This arrangement involves a lot of trust as the others sharing the account can purchase a Kindle book while the account owner pays for it. I've mentioned in an earlier article that some take care of this with reimbursements via Paypal if the account owner has no interest in the book someone sharing that account ordered.
THE KINDLE CHRONICLES PODCAST THIS WEEK - Sharing a Kindle Account
The main weekly interview for Len Edgerly's popular Friday podcast, The Kindle Chronicles, this week is with Len's wife Darlene and her friend/sister Deb, and the focus is on how they share their Kindle books on Darlene's account. It's a spirited and detailed conversation. Also interviewed is Tom, who uses the third device on Darlene's account.
They all explain how this works for them under Amazon's guidelines. For the record, here is Amazon's language:
' Can I share content with other Kindles?In the "Learn more" sections they add:
Books can be shared between Kindles, Kindle for PC, or iPhones that are registered to the same account. There may be limits on the number of devices (usually 6) that can simultaneously use a single book. Subscriptions to newspapers or periodicals cannot be shared on multiple devices. '
' Downloading to Multiple DevicesOne of the other "Learn More" links (written for the Kindle DX but applicable to the 6" Kindles and reworded a bit when the DX was released):
Content purchased from the Kindle Store can be downloaded to your Kindle, iPhone, or iPod touch as long as you've registered the device to the Amazon.com account that purchased the Kindle content. There is no limit on the number of times a title can be downloaded to a registered device, but there may be limits on the number of devices (usually 6) that can simultaneously use a single book.
That means you can download and read your books on any Kindle device you own as long [as] you've registered each device to the Amazon.com account where your Kindle library is stored.
You can see the items in your Kindle library and send downloads to your registered Kindles from the "Your Recent Orders and Individual Charges" section of the Manage Your Kindle page. (Here's the Guide to using the management page.) '
' You can see the items in your Kindle library under Archived Items on your Kindle and send downloads to your registered Kindles from the "Your Orders" section of the Manage Your Kindle page. 'TIP: SHORTCUT TO HOME SCREEN PAGE FOR ARCHIVED ITEMS
It was mentioned in the broadcast that the Archives are at the end of the HOME screen listing of books and that you can scroll through pages to it.
There are two shortcuts for the HOME page for this:
1. Set your Sorting to Titles (rather than Most Recent, say)
and type only the first letter of the 'book' or folder (in this case, Archived Items folder) -- and after inputting the first letter ("A"), click on the 5-way button. That'll take you to the first entry for that letter and you can NextPage until you see it.
2. Look at the bottom left of the screen. Mine says "Page 1 of 18" and type the number for the last page. In my case, I input 18. Then click on the 5-way button and you'll get right to your last page of listings where you'll find Archived Items.
That's the folder for Amazon-purchased books that you have in your library at Amazon but which are not on your Kindle. Clicking on an item will download that book if wireless is turned on. This will work only in areas where wireless is accessible by your Kindle of course.
TIP: HOW TO PERMANENTLY DELETE A TITLE
During the podcast, they explain that Darlene's request to be able to delete forever a purchased book from your Kindle Library at Amazon has been granted recently (right after her request on another podcast - powerful gal!). This was requested by many on the forums too, and there had been thoughts that Amazon could get some flak if someone requested a deletion and then had a change of heart and wanted it back after Amazon had deleted it but now the customer would have to pay for another copy. They put language in that we understand we'd have to pay for the book again if we need it after doing the permanent removal of the title.
But now a book you hate or might not want others on your account to see can be permanently deleted on the Manage your Kindle page.
Additional Kindle owner experiences and more tips on how to use the Sharing-on-one-account feature are discussed at this Amazon Forum Kindle thread.
TURN OFF SYNCHRONIZATION IF 2+ KINDLE DEVICES ARE READING THE SAME BOOK
One obvious thought is that if 2+ people are reading a book at the same time, you don't want to be using the same Last Page and bookmarks, so you'd need to turn off Whispersync, which is Synchronization between Devices (ON by default). Here's how:
- Go to the Manage Your Kindle page.
- At the bottom of the page, look for "Manage synchronization between devices. Learn more." Select "Learn more."
- Select "Turn Synchronization off." '
I probably should have broken this up into a couple of separate articles but it all seemed related to me. Tomorrow's entry will be shorter.
Current Kindle Models for reference, plus free-ebook search links.
NOTES on newer Kindles.
Updated Kindle Fire Basic 7" tablet - $159
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16/32GB - $199/$249
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 16/32GB - $299/$369
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G 32/64GB - $499/$599
Kindle NoTouch ("Kindle") - $69/$89
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi - $99/$139
Kindle Paperwhite, 3G/WiFi - $179/$199
Kindle Keybd 3G - $139/$159, Free but slow web
Kindle DX - $379, Free, slow web
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £69
Kindle Touch WiFi, UK - £109
Kindle Keyboard 3G, UK - £149
Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $89
Kindle Touch WiFi - $139
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189
Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Check often: Temporarily-free recently published Kindle books
Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources. Top 100 free bestsellers. Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published free books, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.
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