One of the most proverbial question by Kindle Malaysia fan is can Malaysian Credit Card & MY Billing Address be used to make paid eBook purchase from Amazon Store?

The answer is yes if you enjoy paying more for the same eBook and be contented with limited choices of eBooks to read in this information age.

It is almost like giving up for “Made in Malaysia” goods to opt for “Made in China” goods because it is simply more expensive to acquire and with less variety in Malaysia.

See comparison table with links to Amazon Kindle Store as of June 30, 2015 and links are included below for verification with your own Amazon Account:

Amazon Kindle Store US EBooks Amazon Kindle Store MY EBooks Variance
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks

86,321

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks

5,792

93%

Science Fiction & Fantasy

226,735

Science Fiction & Fantasy

39,920

82%

Self-Help

98,392

Self-Help

17,349

82%

Literature & Fiction

1,173,137

Literature & Fiction

255,830

78%

Parenting & Relationships

63,771

Parenting & Relationships

13,943

78%

Children’s eBooks 

261,221

Children’s eBooks

57,213

78%

Crafts, Hobbies & Home

75,406

Crafts, Hobbies & Home

16,629

78%

Cookbooks, Food & Wine

59,556

Cookbooks, Food & Wine

14,089

76%

Humour & Entertainment

97,322

Humour & Entertainment

24,135

75%

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

193,821

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

48,069

75%

Travel

56,615

Travel

14,551

74%

Teen & Young Adult

149,022

Teen & Young Adult

38,592

74%

Health, Fitness & Dieting

238,542

Health, Fitness & Dieting

62,579

74%

Religion & Spirituality

368,719

Religion & Spirituality

97,996

73%

Romance

290,414

Romance

87,917

70%

Biographies & Memoirs 

159,343

Biographies & Memoirs

52,399

67%

Sports & Outdoors

66,701

Sports & Outdoors

22,101

67%

Foreign Languages

668,240

Foreign Languages

248,917

63%

Education & Teaching

133,858

Education & Teaching

50,796

62%

Comics & Graphic Novels 

62,325

Comics & Graphic Novels

24,703

60%

Nonfiction

1,784,653

Nonfiction

715,829

60%

Reference

116,711

Reference

48,566

58%

Business & Money

220,272

Business & Money

94,534

57%

Computers & Technology

61,715

Computers & Technology

30,227

51%

Law

46,995

Law

23,574

50%

Arts & Photography

208,822

Arts & Photography

106,254

49%

History

249,983

History

139,578

44%

Science & Math

207,175

Science & Math

119,742

42%

Engineering & Transportation

53,196

Engineering & Transportation

32,304

39%

Medical eBooks

89,806

Medical eBooks

54,669

39%

Politics & Social Sciences

230,546

Politics & Social Sciences

142,550

38%

Subtotal

7,799,335

Subtotal:

2,701,347

65%

Sample eBook Price from Kindle Store US:

$7.32

Sample eBook Price from Kindle Store MY:

$9.32

Variance

27% or USD2 More per Ebook


In summary,

  1. Average Malaysian would miss 65% of EBooks published in Amazon.com from around the world.
  2. Malaysians will miss most for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks” with over 93% of eBook titles unavailable to Malaysians.
  3. Perhaps, Malaysians can be proud for missing the least of “Politics & Social Sciences eBooks” with over 62% available in Malaysia.
  4. As for “Law eBooks” & “Computer & Technology eBooks” or “Arts & Photography eBooks“, Malaysians can only claim to know half of the subject with about 50% available in Malaysia.
  5. In short with the above “preferential treatment”, Malaysians could claim to know more about politics but are totally oblivious about everything else especially Lesbian, Gay, & Transgender issues.

On the other hand, some Malaysians may refute that the difference of eBooks are not significant because they may not buy them in the first place. So, let us compare free eBooks obtained from Kindle Store US vs Kindle Store MY. As it turns out, average Malaysian would miss up to 90% of eBooks published for Free from the world.

See comparison table with links to Amazon Kindle Store as of June 30, 2015. Once again, we include the Amazon links so that you can verify with your own Amazon Account:

Perhaps, another way to look at this is contentment. Simplify our ways of life, by being satisfied with whatever we get, and the more content we are with what we have, the happier we are.

In pursue of happiness, Kindle Malaysia keeps all our wits to offer Painless Way to Own Kindle in Malaysia with Complementary Service to register New Amazon US Account to enable download FREE e-Books, Magazines, Music, etc from Amazon Store US and make paid Ebook purchase with Amazon Gift CardAmazon Prime Membership or Kindle Unlimited from Kindle device directly in Malaysia.

Compare Kindle Store Malaysia vs Kindle Store US

Compare Kindle Store Malaysia vs Kindle Store US

To see the difference with your own eyes, you may:

Step 1: De-register your existing Amazon Account from your Kindle device

  • From Home, press the Menu button, and then select Settings.
  • Select Registration and Household and then select Deregister.

Step 2: Register Kindle Malaysia Shared Amazon Account into your Kindle device/ Kindle Free Reading App.

  • Go to Home, press the Menu button, and then select Settings. Select Registration and Household.
  • Choose “If you already have an Amazon account:” Enter one of the following Amazon account information. Select Register.
  • New Amazon Account : kindle@KindleMalaysia.com
  • Password                    : kindle123

P.S. You may also enjoy Unlimited Reading with over 1 Million eBooks & Unlimited Listening from Amazon Kindle Unlimited (worth RM53) for 1 Month. Renew for RM10/Month @ Kindle Malaysia Club Library here.

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