Indie eBookstores Rejoice! The Kindle Store is Down!

I hope you’re not planning to buy any Kindle ebooks today, because it’s just not going to happen.

For the past couple hours, the Kindle Store has been experiencing some rather odd technical difficulties. As you can see from the screenshot above, none of the titles listed are available to buy. But the really strange part is that this problem is only happening in the US. Other parts of the world can still buy ebooks.

What’s even stranger is that if you click through to the listings, some of the unavailable ebooks are available again. And then they’re not. While writing this post I have noticed the prices appear and vanish at least 4 times.

Luckily this only affects new purchases. I’ve tried several ebooks in my archive and I could read them via the Kindle Cloud Reader. And I wouldn’t worry too much; Amazon will likely fix this in the next few hours. They’ve already responded to complaints posted in the support forums.

We are currently working on a website issue that is affecting the buy box for Kindle books. Some Kindle books are not displaying pricing information and show as unavailable. We anticipate the issue will be resolved shortly, and will update the network when it’s been fixed.


Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Timothy Wilhoit27 March, 2012

    It appears fine now.

    1. Nate Hoffelder27 March, 2012

      Yep. But it was fun while it lasted.

      1. fjtorres27 March, 2012

        Amazon haters have to get their jollies where they can; they are few and far between, no? 🙂

  2. karen wester newton27 March, 2012

    Maybe J K Rowling cast a spell on Amazon! -)

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