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Can I share books between my kindle and my wife's?


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Initial post: Jan 12, 2010 10:46:08 PM PST
M. J. Wolf says:
I like my kindle and my wife wants to get one, can we share books as we would normally share a book at home?

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 10:48:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 13, 2010 2:21:52 AM PST
If they are registered to the same account, yes! It's possible to even read the same book simultaneously. You can register up to six devices, totaling all your Kindles, iPods, Blackberries, and PCs together. I plan to give my mom a Kindle so we can share a library and she's in North Carolina while I'm in Nebraska!

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 10:58:55 PM PST
luvshihtzu says:
Yes, register them to the same account.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2010 2:31:56 AM PST
A. says:
Phoenix, that's a great idea. Like your own little reading group. :D

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 3:29:08 AM PST
JaymeC says:
Yes. I am amazed at how little arguing there is about new books in my household these days :)

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 7:03:11 AM PST
JANET says:
We are two adults that live together and do not share credit cards. gift cards or bank accounts. we are sisters. we both have kindles. we want to share books and not have to worry about the account being charged. the pc does not allow us to move books from archive to a different kindle. what should we do?

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 7:05:35 AM PST
GreyDay says:
Trade Kindles, or set up a joint account.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2010 7:18:15 AM PST
The Blade says:
MJ,

My wife and I share all the time. Very cool and easy to do. Best of luck. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2010 7:25:07 AM PST
Janet, what my sis and I do is each buy a gift card and apply it to my account. We use that to buy books, and each of us can access any books the other bought. When I shop at Amazon for something other than Kindle books, I don't use 1-click, I just use my Visa card. Works fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2010 7:30:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 13, 2010 7:31:52 AM PST
The Blade says:
Janet,

The only way to share books is to be on the same account. Without sharing a CC or GC you only have one option -

Person A de-registers their Kindle from their account and provides Person B with the serial number from their Kindle. B then registers A's Kindle to their account and loads whichever books you wish to share to A's Kindle. Then B de-registers A's Kindle and A registers it back to their account.

It would sure be a lot easier if you sisters could share a joint account and funded it with GCs as suggested by M. Francis.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2010 7:55:15 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 13, 2010 7:55:43 AM PST
ShirleyKat says:
Janet, Some people who share an account use different credit cards and switch to their own CC when purchasing a book. I don't know for sure how they do it, but it looks like you go to the Manage Your Kindle page, click the Edit link for default 1-click payment option, then select a different card before continuing the purchase. This would mean purchasing using the computer instead of directly from the Kindle.

Others just contribute gift cards to the account and keep track of what they buy, making sure they cover their purchases.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 7:59:27 AM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
Just to clarify, you can have as many devices registered to the same account as you want. The limit is on how many devices a given title can be simultaneously, and that is set by the publisher. Unless stated otherwise on the book's Amazon product page, that number is six. Some are fewer, though, and some are even unlimited.

For more information on Kindle book clubs, see this post:

http://www.amazon.com/tag/kindle/forum/ref=cm_cd_search_res_ti?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdMsgNo=5&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=TxJF8T1SZY04E0&cdMsgID=Mx12G5USNKDB9BH#Mx12G5USNKDB9BH

(Amazon thread relevant to the discussion)

Bufo Calvin
Amazon Author Central page:
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002E0NBIW

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 8:10:13 AM PST
Cathy R. says:
Janet - you can also deregister from your own account and temporarily register your kindle to your sister's account to download the books. Then go back to your own account.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 8:40:24 AM PST
parkite says:
Can someone please describe how you move books between the kindles?

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 8:51:24 AM PST
You don't really move the books between the Kindles. Here's how it works.

1. You buy a book from the Amazon website. If you have more than one device registered, it will have a dropdown menu where you choose which one you want Amazon to send it to (the list is in alphabetical order, so the default is the Kindle whose name is first alphabetically).

2. Amazon sends the file to Kindle A.

3. You go to Manage Your Kindle. Scroll down until you see the title of the book. There will be another dropdown menu under Send To.

4. Select the other Kindle.

5. Amazon sends the file to Kindle B. or iPhone, or whatever.

Notes: The person who has Kindle B has the option to download the file himself from the archives.

If you buy the book from your Kindle, it works the same way. It goes immediately to yours, and can be added to the other(s) via Manage Your Kindle or via archives.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 9:34:49 AM PST
LtL Red says:
I gave my mother and my sister a K2 and they are all on my account. Anytime I download a new book, I send it to them as well - it is great! And they can add gift cards to cover what books they want for those times our reading tastes differ.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2010 5:54:06 PM PST
parkite says:
Thanks - this was really helpful.
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