Moving from print to Kindle

Changing your book format preference from hardcover/paperback to Kindle


Amazon wish lists are great. See something you like? Just add it to your wish list. It’s not only handy list for yourself, but your friends and family will appreciate having a list of books you are interested in. And if your family is the type that doesn’t like buying something off a list, then your wish list is great research into the types of books you like.

You can even add Kindle books to your wish list. Right now almost all 200 of my books on my wish list are the print edition. I’m looking for a way to easily change the format of all my books on my wish list to the Kindle version.

I sent Amazon an email using their contact form:

I have a question about Amazon wish list and changing my book preference to the Kindle. I have about 200+ books on my Amazon wish list. Almost all of them are paperbacks or hardcoverss. I’m assuming that about one-third or one-half of those are now available as Kindle versions.

My question I would like answered is: Is there an easy way of converting all my books on my Amazon wish list over to the Kindle version (where the Kindle version is available)?

Right now I went back to about 10 books and added the kindle version and deleted the old paperback/hardcover version. There are several problems with this:

  1. I lose the original date added. When I add the Kindle version, it puts the date down as today’s date. Often I like to know when I added something to my list. I’ve had this wish list since at least 2000. Having the date added is very important to me.
  2. I lose any notes or priorities. Yes, I could copy and paste the notes and I could assign the same priority. But, really? Do you want your customer to have to do all that work?
  3. It’s simply too much work to hand-change all my books by re-adding the book in Kindle format, and then going back and deleting the paperback/hardcover. And then also to reassign priorities and notes.

As Amazon is battling the eBook market with other formats, I would think Amazon would want to make it as simple as possible for customers to change their book format preference on their wish list.

Thank you. I would greatly appreciate an answer to how to change the format from print to Kindle.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to do this?

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Lisa Schryver
Lisa Schryver
9 years ago

They already have a box listing all available formats for a particular title. They should just be able to use the same code for the drop-down menu and add that to the wish list and shopping cart pages. #NerdAlert

Juan Gabriel Delgado
9 years ago

Wait…do you own the wish list?

Lisa Schryver
Lisa Schryver
9 years ago

Oh! That would be a good feature. Even in your shopping cart too. Like if you realized that you accidentally added the paperback version instead if the kindle version. They could have a drop-down right there that lets you edit the format. That doesn’t seem like too difficult a change to make.

Juan Gabriel Delgado
9 years ago

So what your saying is you wish you had a kindle that speaks German?

Abhay Shah
Abhay Shah
9 years ago

Why should they give you the kindle format for free? That’s like saying “Hey, I have this record, but now it’s available on CD format, so can I get it for free?”

Leigh Hanlon
9 years ago

When will the rest of us in the world of work be able to leave off our last names?

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