Buying Kindle Books in Rupees

When you purchase eligible Kindle items from Amazon.com and you use a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card issued in India, we'll show you the total amount of your order in Rupees so you don't have to calculate the cost of your purchase in Rupees.

We'll lock in the exchange rate at the time of purchase, and the applicable exchange rate includes all fees and charges for your purchase. Your purchases will be processed in US dollars (USD) if another payment method such as American Express is used to place your order.

Some frequently asked questions are listed below. Click the question to view the answer.

Why am I seeing prices in Rupees on Kindle detail pages?

We use several pieces of information, such as your billing address, to determine whether your local currency is Rupees. You'll see prices in Rupees on Amazon.com detail pages if you have set India as your country of residence in your account settings. You may still choose to pay in U.S. Dollars (USD).

How do I qualify to pay in Rupees?

To qualify to pay in Rupees:

  • Items you are purchasing must be eligible Kindle items, such as Kindle eBooks. Digital content including pre-orders, magazines, newspapers, Audible content, Pottermore titles, blogs, active content, gifted content and textbook rentals are not eligible for payment in Rupees.
  • You must use a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card issued in India as your payment method.

Which Kindle products can I purchase using Rupees?

Kindle eBooks are eligible for purchase in Rupees. Digital content including pre-orders, magazines, newspapers, Audible content, Pottermore titles, blogs, active content, gifted content and textbook rentals are not eligible for payment in Rupees.

Which payment methods are supported?

We currently offer Amazon Currency Converter when you use either Visa or MasterCard.

Payment can include promotional offers or discounts, but cannot include Gift Cards.

Can I pay in Rupees when using a Gift Card?

At this time, Gift Cards cannot be used to pay in local currency using Amazon Currency Converter.

How do I view / place my order in Rupees or American Dollars?

If your payment qualifies for Amazon Currency Converter, your payment total will be displayed in Rupees automatically on the final checkout page before you pay.

You can always click the "Switch Currency" button and choose the "USD" option to view and place the order in US Dollars.

Of course, after you've paid, you can log into Your Account on Amazon.com to view details of your payment. Locate the order that you paid for and click the "View Order" button.

Why do I only see 'Pay in USD' on the final checkout page?

If you paid for your order using a Gift Card or a payment method other than a Visa or MasterCard, then your order will not qualify to be paid in Rupees. If your order contains Kindle items that are not eligible for currency conversion, you will have to pay in U.S. Dollars.

If your order qualifies for currency conversion, we'll automatically display your order total in Rupees when you place your order. If your order doesn't qualify for some reason, you'll only be able to order in U.S. Dollars, and the option to convert your currency won't be available.

How is paying in Rupees more convenient for me?

Amazon Currency Converter makes purchasing Kindle books on Amazon.com convenient in many ways, including:

  • Your payment total will be displayed in Rupees on the final checkout page automatically, so you don't have to calculate the payment total in Rupees.</li>
  • Paying in Rupees does not involve any foreign exchange conversion by your bank or credit card issuer, so you don't have to wait for your bank or credit card statement to know your payment total in Rupees. In some cases your bank may still charge you a fee.
  • We "lock in" your exchange rate, so if you're entitled to a refund, you'll get the exchange rate used for your original payment.

Will buying from Amazon.com using Rupees make my purchase less expensive?

When you pay in U.S. Dollars (USD) with a card issued in a different currency, your bank later converts the USD amount to Rupees . So, it's only when you get your bank or credit card statement that you see the total amount you paid in Rupees.

In addition to the exchange rate, you may see other charges and fees that increase the amount you actually paid. In some cases, your bank may still charge you a fee.

With Amazon Currency Converter, your payment total will be displayed in Rupees on the final checkout page, so you know how much you are paying before you pay.

You might also pay less in Rupees using Amazon Currency Converter than if you used your bank or credit card to make the purchase in U.S. Dollars (USD), as we try to ensure that we receive a competitive exchange rate from our bank service provider for Amazon Currency Converter in displaying the payment total in Rupees.

Of course, you'll always have the choice to pay in US Dollars, if you're happy to wait and see what you are charged on your bank or credit card statement.

Does buying in Rupees cost me anything? Are there any additional fees?

You can view the applicable exchange rate used to display your payment total, by clicking the "View Exchange Rate" button on the final checkout page. The applicable exchange rate includes all Amazon fees and charges related to your use of Amazon Currency Converter.

Amazon will not charge you additional fees or charges. The payment total you see during checkout will be the amount reflected on your bank or credit card statement. In some cases, your bank may still charge you a fee.

How can I view the actual exchange rate used for my order?

You can view the applicable exchange rate by clicking the "View Exchange Rate" link on the final checkout page before paying.

Why doesn't the exchange rate used by Amazon Currency Converter match the one that I see in newspapers or other websites?

Foreign exchange rates listed in newspapers or elsewhere are generally wholesale or inter-bank rates that are not available for retail consumers.

However, we try to ensure that we receive a competitive exchange rate from our bank service provider for use by Amazon Currency Converter in displaying the payment total in Rupees.

What exchange rate does Amazon use for refunds?

We'll use the applicable exchange rate used for your original payment when processing the refund related to that payment.

If I cancel an order but then change my mind, can I get the original exchange rate?

If you cancel an order but then change your mind and re-order and pay again, the applicable exchange rate may be different from the applicable exchange rate for the previous payment.

The applicable exchange rate for each payment is determined at the time the payment total is displayed. The currency type and rate is determined at the time you place an order.

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