Kindle Canada is a different from Kindle USA. It’s International Version and
Here’s the best Tips and Tricks to buy it.
The Kindle Canada is the best selling ereader but getting your hands on it can be a frustration for those living in the True North Strong and Free. One reason being that only a few of the models offered are available outside the U.S. This page will help you get past that.
Actually, Amazon has simplified things hugely in the past year from the nightmare this used to be, resulting in this updated page. Here is the way to go as of January 2012
1. Start at www.amazon.ca
If you do this, you should arrive directly at a page offering the latest Kindle with a very prominent link that says “Learn more at Amazon.com”. This link now takes you directly to the international section of the parent site (the URL in the address box should end “country=CA”)
This link is where you find the details of the ereaders that are available in Canada. It starts with the new 2011 Kindle Wi-Fi and, when I last looked, had three other links to older, keyboard models. To read our article about which Kindle in Canada models are available go here.
On the same page of the Amazon website you will see a box that says “Important Information — To ship Kindle outside the U.S. view important information specific to your country.” If this is your first experience buying a Kindle, make sure it says Canada in the dialogue box and go check it out. You won’t leave the main page, you won’t get lost.
When you are ready to purchase, check any extras you want in the order box on the right hand side and click the “add to cart” button.
Next you will be offered accessories such as covers etc. Choose or don’t choose and keep going.
Note that you are being re-assured all the way along that you qualify for free shipping. Well, you don’t. That’s only for addresses in the U.S. Guess they forgot that one.
At the next page, you select either “I’m a new customer” or “I’m a returning customer”. If the latter, you will need your email and password to revisit your account. The final steps are self explanatory.
As a back-up, if you have any trouble, this is where you want to be to start your hunt for the Canada Kindles.
2. Do NOT start at www.amazon.com
If you do, and if you are lucky, Amazon will recognize your computer is in Canada and will redirect you.
If you are not lucky or not in Canada when you are online, you will get all the way to the order confirmation stage and get kicked out.
Or You Must Go to Amazon International page For Kindle Canada Here
- New Kindle 4 Canada – $109 USD
- Kindle 3 Wifi Keyboard Canada – $139 USD
- Kindle 3g Keyboard Canada – $189 USD
- Kindle DX Canada – $379 USD
3. Be aware you pay duty up front
A Kindle Canada shipment is subject to customs duties levied by Canada. Amazon is able to provide an import fees estimate and facilitate the import clearance process through the shipment carrier. You will be told the amount on checkout.
As a guide, it is $45.48 Canadian for the Kindle DX at full price, the most expensive model available in Canada.
When you buy any Kindle it ships with a power source and a USB cable for a computer. The power source supports voltages from 110v to 240v for traveling.
You pay for everything to do with a Kindle in US dollars, including the content you might choose to buy. Newspaper subscriptions and eBooks are available in Canada, but only in US dollars. Right now (updating in January 2012), there’s not much in it — the US$189 Kindle 3G will cost you $199 Canadian after the conversion.
4. Shipping Rates to Canada
Normal delivery is within 4 to 6 business days to most areas. Priority shipping rates to Canada result in delivery within 1 to 3 business days to most areas, can be up to 7 business days in outlying areas
Standard shipping is $9.98, expedited is $12.98 and priority courier will cost $20.98.