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Posted on Mar 26, 2014

Limited Book Selection in Lebanon? Kindle has the answer

Limited Book Selection in Lebanon? Kindle has the answer

I found myself when I settled back in Lebanon that there is a significant shortage of book selections in libraries, particularly Virgin Megastore and Librairie Antoine, which makes my enthusiasm to read books drop by the faint of all excuses: I can’t find my book. It is completely understandable that such enterprises can’t afford to get all books (particularly the expensive business ones, for example) for such a small society that isn’t too fond of reading, they do offer the option to get any book from Amazon, but that’ll cost you.

The price to be paid is often the book’s original price (not amazon’s discounted value) and often free shipping if not a flat fee and a month’s tedious wait to get a measly book.

Edit: A friend of mine recently noted that Librairie Antoine doesn’t charge a fee for ordering books and received it in 3 weeks time

For the habitual reader, that won’t be a problem, as there’ll always be some book to finish before that. But for an amateur reader trying to develop the habit of reading, that might kill the enthusiasm by the time the book reaches the motherland.

I recently got a Kindle Paperwhite as a birthday gift from my thoughtful sister. I frankly didn’t realize its potential before it occurred to me to look for all the books that I had lurking in my wishlist, waiting to be shipped in bulk after checking their final price in Lebanon. While this requires an initial investment to get the Kindle, and this might be off-putting for some, it won’t be long before the benefits are realized by instant access to books, easier reading wherever you can borrow a seat, and a lightweight alternative to those bulky novels.

Not to mention the more books you read, the greater savings you reap through Kindle’s discounted prices instead of paying the full value + shipping costs. So far, I bought 3 novels that I’m enjoying behind one easy to read e-ink display. If you face this challenge whilst traveling, I recommend getting a Kindle.

PS: Mine was bought from Malik’s Bookshop

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  1. Nicholas, I am not sure when you wrote this article but how did you download the books whilst you are in Lebanon as it says it is not available in Lebanon store? Thank you

    • Hi Nabila,

      I have always used Amazon US or FR to purchase books and merchandise from Amazon. I recommend using an international credit card or an internet card and switching to a foreign Amazon store. Using this method, I never encountered any problems regarding purchasing books from Amazon. Hope this helps!

  2. How the hell are you downloading ebooks from the amazon Kindle Store while in Lebanon. I just got my kindle from france, and it doesn’t work ! So frustrating. Gonna have to return it or something

    • Hi Imad,

      Thanks for sharing your feedback on my Kindle article. After further research it turns out I was using my US account and never had a problem. Coincidentally, I purchased an item from Amazon France last month and didn’t even require a username on the french site. I am not sure what error it is giving you, but I assume your issue can be solved by using an international credit card (not even debit) or an internet card. Most lebanese cards are not approved worldwide so having international access solves most of online purchases.

      I hope this helps! Let me know how it goes.

      Nicolas El Hayek

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