A Complete Guide to Amazon Book Return Policy in 2022

Harold J. Yates

The Amazon book return policy guarantees you the best value for money. Provided you meet the set terms and conditions per Amazon’s book return policy, you can always return a book order for a full refund or replacement.

Hello, Bookworms! Did you know that Amazon has a very generous book return policy lasting up to 30 days? And that’s not all. The return process is all too breezy. Simply do it via your Amazon account. If for some reason, it’s well past the 30 days period and you still wish to return a book you ordered, a quick phone call or email chat with Amazon customer support might be all it takes. With Amazon's book return policy, the customer always wins.

Amazon has been a household name for decades, and it's not hard to see why. The online retailer offers an incredible selection of products and services. In addition, it is a great place to shop for gifts for birthdays, holidays, or any other occasion.

The Amazon book return policy guarantees you the best value for money. Provided you meet the set terms and conditions per Amazon’s book return policy, you can always return a book order for a full refund or replacement. In this guide, we’ll break down the details of Amazon’s book return policy and how it works.


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What is Amazon's Book Return Policy in 2022?

Amazon has a 30 days book return policy. This means customers have a whole month during which they can return their book order for a full refund or replacement. And you can easily do this via your account. It’s important to note that the thirty days return policy also applies to sellers on Amazon Marketplaces. So, you can shop for your favorite books worry-free.


How Do Amazon's Book Returns Work?

Books purchased through Amazon are eligible for a 30-day return policy. If you buy a book on Amazon, you can read it and when you no longer want it anymore, Amazon gives you the option to return the book and get a refund or a replacement (in case of a damaged order) within 30 days. However, not all books on Amazon are eligible for the 30 days return policy. It’s important to confirm the return policy of all product, including books, before placing your order on Amazon.

Amazon book returns can be easily done from the user account. Once you've confirmed that you want to return a book, click the Return button next to the book Order. Next, provide a reason for book return, for example damaged, defective or maybe wrong order, and then follow the instructions provided for accessing and printing a shipping label that you’ll use to get the item returned back to Amazon. If the book return is processed successfully, you will be able to get a replacement or a refund.


Can Amazon Books Be Returned After 30 Days?

According to Amazon's book return policy, shoppers have up to 30 days from the time of delivery to return their order. With the exemption of a few (especially book titles sold by third-party sellers), most books on Amazon are covered by this policy.

So, how about if it’s been more than 30 days since I received the order but I still wish to return the book? Well, in such a case, you might want to give Amazon a call to explain your case a little bit more. If they happen to accept the book after the lapse of 30 days after shipment, you may be required to pay a small fee to cater for shipment and restocking of the book.


Can You Return Damaged Books to Amazon?

Yes, you can return damaged books to Amazon. However, whether or not they accept it back depends on the nature of the damage and who caused it. If the book arrived damaged in the box already, then you can be sure Amazon will compensate you accordingly.

All you need to do is take a picture of the damage and contact Amazon. They'll email back with instructions on how to return the item. You will be able to get a full refund or replacement. However, if the damage was caused by you or rather it was damaged while in your custody, then things will be a little different. You will have to meet the cost of shipment, storage, and a couple of other fees that Amazon may decide to levy before accepting your damaged book in their inventory.

For return requests that are coming later than the 30 days period, the prospects of getting a refund or replacement are slim. As such, it’s always recommended that you start the return process within 30 days after you receive the order if you wish to be in luck.

One last thing to bear in mind is that not all books on Amazon are covered by the 30 days return policy. Some titles, especially those sold by third-party sellers may have a different return policy or none at all. Therefore, it’s important to double-check the book’s return policy while placing the order.


Does Amazon Accept Book Returns for Wrong Orders?

Usually, Amazon advises customers against returning books categorized as wrong orders. If you have received the wrong book (a different title from what you ordered), the first thing you need to do is contact Amazon directly and notify them of the mishap.

They will double-check the order process and follow through with the warehouse and even the shipment process to see what may have caused the error. If the wrong order book shipment was a result of a hitch on the side of Amazon staff, they will provide you a shipping label to facilitate a free return of the book for a full refund or replacement.


What Happens to Returned Books at Amazon?

The Amazon Marketplace for Books is a great place to find used books of all genres and many in good condition. It's also an excellent way for you to sell your books.

When a customer returns a book to Amazon, it undergoes a rigorous inspection process. The book is checked for damage and if satisfied, they will attach a "Used Condition" label to it before including it in their inventory. The book must be in good condition; no damaged pages on the cover. The staff will carefully inspect the pages of the book before reselling it. If there are any problems with the cover and pages, they will be labeled as damaged.

The price of used books can vary depending on the title's popularity and its condition. A 20% discount is standard for most books labeled “Used Condition”. However, you could be lucky to get some titles with massive discounts of up to 60%.


Bottom Line

While most items on Amazon, including books, are eligible for the 30 days return policy, it’s important to check the products detail page for more information. Some items are covered by a whole different set of return policies, especially those sold by third-party sellers. The same is true for Amazon books. That having been said, the process of returning a book to Amazon is pretty straightforward. Simply do it via your account. If you are having issues with the whole process, you might want to contact Amazon for more details. And with that, we wrap up this post. Hope you enjoyed it.  

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