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Initial post: Dec 2, 2010 12:42:27 PM PST
I am thinking about buying a Kindle, but had a question concerning the use of multiple Kindle devices.

The Amazon web pages say that if you have a book on multiple Kindle devices the server will sync each one to the last page read. But it does not say anything about whether or not a single eBook purchase can be read on multiple Kindle devices without paying extra for the second (and more) devices. I know this is a pretty simple question, but I was wondering.

If I buy a Kindle and an eBook for it, can I also read that eBook on my computer Kindle and my wife's iPad Kindle without paying some kind of premium for using multiple Kindle devices?

Thanks.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 12:57:54 PM PST
Yes, both kindles just need to be registered to the same amazon account.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 1:12:20 PM PST
Katherine is correct. In fact, you can have as many devices registered on your Amazon account as you like, e.g. my wife and I have our Kindles, our iPod Touches, our Netbooks, and our laptops. You can usually have up to 6 (sometimes 5) people reading the same ebook at the same time on their registered devices.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 1:26:07 PM PST
ASQ says:
John may well be right on re: all the devices, but I believe you are limited to 4 kindles on one account.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 3:51:29 PM PST
@ASQ: I have not seen that limit anywhere in the forums or on the Amazon website. Can you point me to where I can find that out for certain?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2010 7:40:19 AM PST
That is completely untrue.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2010 8:30:21 AM PST
As far as I know the only limitations other than those set by the publishers as to simultaneous copies of books is the three Kindle PURCHASE limit in place now for the holidays.

Posted on Dec 4, 2010 8:59:51 AM PST
Also, you can sync or not, so if three people are reading the same book they will not be forced to the furtherest read page.

Posted on Dec 4, 2010 9:26:56 AM PST
I am a says:
okay, i have question? i have a kindle but im wanting a device now that is in color, any solutions?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2010 9:41:28 AM PST
Sure. The iPad. It is in color, the display is easy to read and it supports the Kindle reader.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2010 9:46:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2010 9:47:26 AM PST
To all of you who were so helpful in responding to my question about limits on a Kindle - thank you.

Out of curiosity I submitted this question to Kindle customer support and here is what they had to say:

"There is no limit on the number of times Kindle content can be downloaded to a registered device, but there may be limits on the number of devices (usually six) that can simultaneously have a single book or Kindle active content title.".

The response goes on to say that the limit is publisher specific, but does not specify if there is any limit at all if the publisher does not limit distribution itself.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2010 10:09:33 AM PST
You left out the part about the eyestrain from the backlighting and the fact that even the most basic iPad (16 gig, wifi only) costs almost FOUR times what a wifi only Kindle does.

I'm still amused that people try to compare a dedicated eBook reader and a tablet computer...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2010 5:30:57 AM PST
There is no need to be so argumentative.

"You left out the part about the eyestrain from the backlighting".

All color eBook readers that I am familiar with are back-lit. The Kindle type of screen is designed only for monochrome. The iPad, as well as the Pocketbook 701 IQ, are both color and the Pocketbook is designed as an eBook reader with a color screen.

"even the most basic iPad (16 gig, wifi only) costs almost FOUR times what a wifi only Kindle does"

That is true, but the poster did not ask about costs, only about a color eBook reader. I am not trying to sell anyone anything, only trying to answer a question.

"I'm still amused that people try to compare a dedicated eBook reader and a tablet computer..."

I was not comparing them. Nowhere in my post did I use the work "compare". I only tried to respond to the posters question. As I said, no need to be so defensive or argumentative.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2010 5:34:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2010 6:13:41 AM PST
I mentioned the iPad in my earlier post, but forgot to mention the Pocketbook 701 IQ. This is an eBook reader designed for the international community and as such is designed to support pretty much all ebook formats. Most models have monochrome screens although the 701 IQ has a color screen. It is also more expensive than the Kindle, but less than the iPad. They are sold in lots of places (including here on Amazon), but you can find their home site at Pocketbookreader.com.

I need to stress that I have not seen any of the multiple Pocketbook readers so I cannot comment on how well they work.
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