Buying a Kindle on Amazon from the Philippines

Hello, my fellow e-book lovers!

My new Kindle Paperwhite 4 just arrived a few days ago and I thought I would share my experience on buying it. My previous one, Kindle Paperwhite 3, broke down during quarantine. 😭

BUYING EXPERIENCE

Since I live in the Philippines, Amazon is not easily accessible so I am hoping this post will help my fellow Filipino readers who are thinking of buying one. There are a few shops in Lazada (like Juan Gadget) that people swear are legit but during the time I was looking for it, there were no stocks available. Fortunately, when I checked on Amazon, the Kindle Paperwhite was on sale from $149.99 to $119.99. I paid $27.26 for the shipping fee for a total of $147.25 or approximately 7,300 PHP.

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This price is closer or sometimes cheaper than what is sold on Lazada. Right now, the price is back to $149.99 but I’m pretty sure it will be on sale again. If you’re skeptical about buying from third-party sellers, I suggest that you buy from Amazon directly.

I used my Philippine-issued prepaid card and it’s also what I use to buy Kindle books so the payment method is definitely not an issue. Amazon will give you a choice between paying in PHP or USD but if the current exchange rate is lower than Amazon’s default conversion rate, I suggest that you pay in USD.

It took almost a month to get here but Amazon already informed me that international shipping is delayed due to the pandemic. I believe it usually takes 15 days. It was delivered door-to-door and I didn’t pay any fee. If you’ve ordered items overseas from the Philippines, I am pretty sure you know that sometimes, we have to collect our package at the post office and pay a postal fee.

WHAT’S INSIDE

It came in this box so you won’t have to worry about it breaking.

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As with the previous Kindle Paperwhite, it comes in a box and another pretty black packaging inside.Kindle Paperwhite packaging

Inside is a manual, a Kindle Paperwhite, and a USB charging cable.

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Here’s what the text looks like. I apologize if the lighting is slightly different. I took these pictures late in the afternoon when the sun was about to set.

kindle paperwhite

FEATURES
  • The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet—with a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight.
  • Now waterproof, so you’re free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath.
  • Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks.
  • Now with Audible (in countries where available). Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your story.
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.
  • The built-in adjustable light lets you read indoors and outdoors, day and night.
REVIEW

One thing I noticed straight away is the screen which is different from my Kindle Paperwhite 3. The Kindle Paperwhite 4 is definitely smoother and you won’t have to press as hard. It also doesn’t have the indented screen which is good because dust wouldn’t be able to accumulate on the edges. I am also glad it is lighter and is now waterproof. I haven’t tried the Bluetooth yet but this feature is definitely a plus for those who love audiobooks.

While physical books are better and I love collecting them myself, I also think it’s worth investing in an e-reader. Here are a few reasons why I just can’t live without it:

  • The Kindle looks like paper and doesn’t hurt my eyes.
  • It is also very convenient to carry everywhere especially when you’re traveling and you can’t decide which book to bring or you don’t want heavier luggage.
  • You won’t have to bring another book when you’re almost finished with the one you’re reading and you’re worried that you will run out of something to read while you’re outside.
  • It’s easier to buy books especially when you live in a country where bookstores don’t really have most of what you want.
  • There are a lot of Kindle deals every day so you can buy books really cheap ($1.99 or 100 PHP) and support the authors legally. Sometimes you can even get them for FREE.
  • You can read your anticipated release on time and not wait for your order which sometimes takes weeks to arrive.

If this post has convinced you to get a Kindle, you can get the Kindle Paperwhite 8GB international version below which ships to the Philippines. It is only available in black though but I have no problem with it since it’s the color I prefer anyway.

BUY ON AMAZON

I hope this post was helpful and thank you for reading! 🙂


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5 thoughts on “Buying a Kindle on Amazon from the Philippines

    1. Hello, I purchased it a month ago and they still allowed international shipping. When I checked now, it can’t be shipped to PH. I asked Amazon customer support and they said that it seems like shipping was restricted. It’s probably due to the pandemic. Hopefully, they will allow international shipping again. 😦 If you want to buy from Amazon directly, I believe you can also use LBC shipping cart. You can also buy other items from Amazon to save on the shipping fee. 😀

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  1. I love my kindle paper because there’s no back light, meaning i can read for longer before getting eye strain/fatigue. I think mine is a 3rd generation.

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