Most pages on amazon.com are public, but when you make a purchase, store your preferences or get a book for your kindle, you must create an account. Although this tutorial is intended for people who will buy -or get free- books for the kindle platform, it can be used by anyone wanting to create an account at amazon.
For those who are more visual, I have included a video tutorial showing the steps, while for those who prefer to follow a list of instructions, it’s included too.
How to create your account at amazon
The procedure described here works for amazon local shops (Spain, UK, etc.) and once created; your account can be used in any subsidiary. However, not all products are available in all stores, which is why I will illustrate the process through the matrix store, amazon.com. The objective of this tutorial is to create an account on amazon, but the instructions for adding a secure method of payment to your account as well as the configuration of the buying process via 1-Click are also included (which is essential to acquire books from the kindle platform, whether paid or free).
Here is the video tutorial to create an account at amazon.com.
If you’re in doubt, or prefer to see the step by step instructions on how to create an account on amazon.com, these are the proper instructions.
Create your account on amazon.com
1 Go to amazon.com using the browser of your choice, type “amazon.com” in the address bar, which will take you to the main page of amazon. The top of the page is displayed in the picture below. [divider]2 Sign up as a new customer. To do this, hover your mouse over the region where it says “Hello, Sign in Your account” which will display the menu shown in the picture. Below the yellow button labeled Sign in, it reads “New customer? Start here. You have to click on “Start here“. [divider]
Amazon.com, through the many years being the absolute leader of online shopping, has developed methods that make shopping even more enjoyable in its store (perhaps the primary reason for its leadership). Among these improvements, is what is called “Buy Now with 1-click” of associating a means of payment and a preferred default address in the user’s account; when he wishes to make a purchase, you can do so by clicking the button designed for that purpose, instead of adding the product to cart and then go through the checkout process, indicating the payment method, shipping address and the method associated with it.
To shop for books on kindle, amazon.com has adopted this method as the only one that can make the purchase. This means you cannot add a book for kindle to the cart, they should always be purchased with the 1-click technology. Since the purpose of this tutorial is to purchase books on kindle, and when I say purchase I mean both paid and free books, which are many, we’re going to understand how to setup the 1-click payment.
1 Log into your account. As we did in step 2 of the previous section, with the registered user and within amazon.com, you have to proceed to hover the pointer over the text Hello, [your username] Your Account, which will display a menu. In it, you must select Your Account, which will take you to a screen similar to the one shown in the picture. Once there, you need to click the option 1-Click Settings, located inside the box called Settings (it is the third top-down). [divider] 2 Select Add Address. Once you’ve clicked on 1-Click Settings, a page where you can select the address where you want the products purchased via 1-click to be sent will be charged. For purchases of electronic books or eBooks or any other goods or digital service, this address will not be used, however it is a requirement to purchase. You should click on the Enter a new address button, allowing you to enter the address. There are two buttons with the same label, it doesn’t matter which one you choose. The following picture shows the page where you will make the selection. [divider]
Then you can optionally indicate whether the address you are creating can receive goods during weekends (Weekend Delivery) and an access code if you live in closed communities or buildings (Security Access Code). Remember that this information applies in the case of physical products only.
By completing this step, you have access to free books for kindle found on amazon.com, which vary from day to day. There are many good books. If you want to purchase paid books, complete the following section, which is the last of this tutorial.
Select a payment method
As part of the benefits mentioned above, amazon.com presents a number of options to pay for our purchases. Among them are the Gift Card, which can be purchased at the same amazon store and apply to our account (or received as a gift). We also pay with our bank account (allowed for almost all US banks) or with a credit card or debit card.
The idea is to store the data of our credit or debit card into our account on amazon, because in this way, each time we make a purchase is not necessary to enter the data all over again. In the past, people worried about the safety of their information. Today, although still there are few unreliable sites to introduce our cards, amazon.com offers an armored security, with fraud protection in addition to banks and electronic commerce.
1 Log into your account. As we did in step 1 of the previous section, you have to proceed to hover the pointer over the text Hello, [your username] Your Account, which will display a menu. In it, you must select the Your Account option, which will take you to a screen similar to the one shown in the picture. Once there, you must click the Add Credit or Debit Card option, located inside the box called Amazon Wallet (it’s the second from the top down). [divider]
In the first step, you must enter the card number (in the box with the title Card Number), only the digits, and no dashes. Then you must enter the name exactly as it appears on the card (Name on card), then the month and year of expiration of the card (under Expiration date). Once this information is entered, click on the yellow Next button. Amazon.com will validate the card number there (but it will not charge to it, it’s a simple validation that the number belongs to a valid card) and take you to a screen where you will complete the second and final step.
Amazon submits your name as introduced in the previous step. You must enter, as you did when you were creating the address in the configuration of 1-click, the physical billing address of the card in the next two fields (in the boxes Address Line 1 and Address Line 2), your city (City), State / Province or Region (State/Province/Region), Zip (ZIP), Country and telephone number (Phone Number).
Once you have entered this information, click on the Save this address yellow button and your method of secure payment has been associated with your account.
The only thing missing, if you want to enable the purchase with 1-click, is to go to your account (Your Account), select Manage 1-click Settings (as we did in Step 1 of the Settings 1-click section). Once there, you will see the address you created, and an indication that it has not been associated with any payment method to that address, which reads: Payment method: No payment method Associated With This address, click Edit to add one. Once you click on Edit, select the card you just entered and you are ready to buy books for kindle.
With this tutorial on How to create an account at amazon.com, with 1-click settings enabled and a payment method associated with your account. The only thing left is to start enjoying kindle books. This post has been long, but I hope it’s been useful.
I welcome your comments and questions, which can help users clarify any questions that may arise.