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Using PayPal to Buy eBooks

Updated on November 16, 2015

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

I stumbled upon a book I wanted to read and went to Amazon to buy it online.

I discovered that the method of payment I wanted to use, "PayPal", was unavailable. That sucks!

Being a person who has some funds in PayPal, I was totally motivated to find a bookseller who would allow me to use my funds rather than just let them sit languishing there while I used my credit card at a retailer that was more interested in their bottom line than my convenience. Sorry Amazon, but there it is. I happen to like PayPal and HubPages pays it's Hubbers there. It is more than convenient for me to pay with PayPal.

The mission was more challenging than I would have thought. The search brought me to many dead ends and a lot of wasted time. However I was not to be deterred.

The end result is the book now resides on my computer ( I could have received a hardcopy, but I have discovered the ease of ebooks and their space saving qualities).

A second unexpected payoff is the sites do not require you to have a specific e-reader, you can download to your computer! That is quite fine with me, my Kindle is hopelessly overcrowded anyway!

At least 3 Booksellers Take PayPal

Originally I said Barnes and Noble accepts PayPal...however I signed up to buy a ebook today and did not find any link to PayPal at their checkout or anywhere on their site, so I apologize for this. It seems they no longer accept Paypal

At all the sites you need to register. That means a more detail unfortunately.

1.) For Canadians ( might work for other countries as well) Kobo accepts PayPal...that is where I bought my title.

2. ) I previously bought another book I wanted at They are more specialized but carry some Northern Light books I enjoy. I had misplaced my password, but they emailed me a new one and I was in business. I have used Paypal to buy there.

3.) Another choice I found this morning is, however, I found their site daunting to navigate to search their selections. I know they take PayPal since when I selected a book to buy they brought me straight to my PayPal sign in page. I however did not plan to buy the book...I was just testing the system.

What You Need to Download to Your Computer in Lieu of an e-Reader?

Don't just dash off and buy the book. There is some research you must do!

You need to prepare your computer for the books if you want the digital copy.

That means a download of their proprietary software for your computer ( if you do not have that particular e-Reader). What is so wonderful is you are not stuck with only one retailer. The world just opened up big time! Yes! You do not even need to own a e-Reader...double Yes!

There now is a download of Nook software for Barnes and Noble, A Kobo download for Kobo books and from Chapters and Indigo.

Also you need Abobe Digital Editions 2.0 as a default for various formats... that is where my books from Kobo and Onlinebookplace downloaded.

These downloads are small file sizes with quick downloads... so decide where you want to buy and check their FAQ section to find what you will need... download their e-reading software and pay with PayPal!


Happy reading!

For the Curious..

The book that got my interest is "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander a neurosurgeon that had a near death experience while he was in a coma for 7 days. His brain, according to him and his doctors was completely inactive due to a bacterial infection that almost cost him his life.He should have become a vegetable (if he survived...and he did). His chance of surviving went down to 3%.

Yet his faculties returned to normal after a period of time. Quite amazing..

Before his episode with NDE, he always assumed NDEs were a figment of the imagination created by the brain and though he had heard countless explanations from his patients did not ever give it much thought or credence.

Though technical in many places as he explains why he should "not have had" the experiences he had because the infection had affected the areas of the brain associated with being human. Yet he had a vivid experience that expanded his understanding.

Food for thought.

I love a good mystery!



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  • PageBeard profile image


    4 months ago from Always Moving

    Nice article, just what I needed. Humble Bundle will also accept Paypal, but their selection is very limited and they just offer bundles of books. For example, you might see "programming books".

  • Scribenet profile imageAUTHOR

    Maggie Griess 

    18 months ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Virginia, That is a wonderful idea! I am just now beginning to utilize the cloud for storage and storing ebooks there is a great memory saver! Thank you for that idea...please take note readers!

  • Virginia Allain profile image

    Virginia Allain 

    18 months ago from Central Florida

    Regarding the overcrowding on your Kindle, I've resorted to having all my new downloads go to the Cloud. I've set that as the default download for Kindle on my Amazon profile. When I'm ready to read the book, I bring it into the device.

  • Scribenet profile imageAUTHOR

    Maggie Griess 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Elias! Thanks for commenting...I thought this was something that could be of use to all of us with PayPal...I love books and ebooks are so handy!

  • Elias Zanetti profile image

    Elias Zanetti 

    6 years ago from Athens, Greece

    Useful hub and interesting tips. Haven't use paypal to order a book so far so thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  • Scribenet profile imageAUTHOR

    Maggie Griess 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi drjb! Glad to be of help! The book is interesting as for thought and very interesting in the details of Eben's experiences.

    Thanks for commenting! :)

  • drbj profile image

    drbj and sherry 

    6 years ago from south Florida

    Thanks, Scribenet, for the useful info on using PayPal to buy Ebooks. Will also check out 'Proof of Heaven' which looks like a winner.

  • Scribenet profile imageAUTHOR

    Maggie Griess 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Genna...Thank you...I found the process tedious, so thought I would share what I learned and try to simplify it for others.

    The book is interesting because it is the account of a neurosurgeon and they routinely dismiss these experiences. Apparently he is now a believer in the fact we are immortal. Nice thought! It is 50% off at Barnes and Noble as of yesterday.

  • Genna East profile image

    Genna East 

    6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Hi Scrib;

    Thanks for this very helpful hub; the downloads can be confusing, as well as the best way to pay for e-books online. The book you mentioned by Eben Alexander sounds fascinating...I will definitely take a look.

  • Scribenet profile imageAUTHOR

    Maggie Griess 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi point2make! Glad you found the Hub useful. Technology is so amazing!

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    6 years ago

    Interesting and very helpful hub. Thanks for the great info and suggestions. Well done.


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