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Do do I cite a Kindle book in APA?

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Answered By: Linda Kern
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016     Views: 7500

I would use example 19 on APA p. 203.

Author, A.A. (2011). Book title goes here. [Kindle version]. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/WhereYouDownloadedTheBookFrom

If the URL is really long, just use http://www.amazon.com .If you happen to have a doi, then substitute that for the "Retrieved from...".

If you are using a quote and must cite the page number, see the info in APA section 6.05 beginning on page 171.

For further information, see http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2009/09/how-do-i-cite-a-kindle.html.

Comments (2)

  1. Why not list Kindle books just like any other book? They are just an electronic version of the printed book with a publisher ? Does the 5th edition of a book change just because it is on a Kindle or other e-reader ? Granted some do not display page numbers but does it really matter where I purchased/retreived the book from?
    by Gregg Garrison on Mar 30, 2014.
  2. I agree with you that it really doesn't matter, practically speaking. However, APA is the final arbiter of all things APA, and that's what it calls for in the APA Style Blog: http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2011/06/how-do-you-cite-an-e-book.html so I go with the flow.
    by Linda Kern on Mar 31, 2014.

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