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Hiding books from other family Kindle devices possible??

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2016 8:37:10 PM PST
TuxGirl says:
for eink kindles, you can also turn on parental controls and just turn off access to the cloud. You can still deliver books to the device, but the device can't view the cloud or pull books down from it.

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 8:11:07 PM PST
A. Anderson says:
Yes, that is why I returned my Kindle Fire after I got the $35 deal. The biggest dealbreaker was not being able to easily access Librivox books (probably because they compete with Audible). I wanted some parental controls, and some Kindle book access without it being as restrictive as Free Time since my kids will be growing older. Glad I found this thread - I think the deregistering will work well. Hopefully I can periodically re-register and download new books I want for the kids. I wish I would have thought of a separate children's account, but since I've already bought a lot of children's books I won't start now. Also, I have three kids and will be using the same books for education at least (I homeschool), as well as for enjoyment.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2015 5:45:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 14, 2015 5:46:21 PM PDT
Amazon user says:
Unfortunately, there is no way to let older kids use an internet browser or sideloaded apps with FreeTime. Get it together, Amazon!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2015 8:55:25 AM PDT
Best Buy employees have NO information on how Kindles work. None.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 8:30:11 AM PDT
I was told by a best buy representative that if you go into your amazon account, manage contents and devices, chose which kindle you would like to back up and that you could back up not only all the content but also all the progress etc that you have in your games on that account. He said that it is called "mirroring". But when I go there I don't see that option. Has anyone figured out how to do that? Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2015 11:35:55 AM PST
King Al says:
You can already do both of those things.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 11:31:03 AM PST
P. B. Reddy says:
Shoud not our great app developers be doing everything to solve this issue instead of wasting their intelligence and money on other unused features.I may not anybody else who gets hold of my device my device to see what books i dwonloaded or have on the cloud. Simple as that.
My email is password locked my files are password locked can they simply do something abiut this?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2014 6:42:44 PM PST
That's an easy solution, and it worked. Thanks

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 8:59:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 10, 2014 7:01:05 PM PST
Patrick says:
On the Paperwhite, you use the parental controls to manage this feature. Here is a link that helps walk you through setup.
[UPDATE 12/10/2014 - You can now use the Kindle Free Time Solution on Kindle Paperwhite too!]

If they are using a Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD, you can manage this by utilizing Kindle Free Time. This allows you to control all titles (as well as apps) that are available to the kids on the device and I've found it to be a way to manage this for the Kindle Fire's in the household. Depending on kids age, it also allows you to easily setup time limits for various different items (so a child's screen time will only let them read after 1 hour and turn off the apps for instance.

I'm not sure if all of these were available when this post originally started, but all are available currently.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2014 4:08:07 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2013 5:36:54 AM PDT
That's what I did, after a couple months of sifting through all the titles on my account after getting the kids Kindles one Christmas. I created two new free webmail addresses, then opened separate Amazon accounts for both those emails.

When my daughter turned 18 the next year, I gave her the logins and passwords, and off she went; it's HER account, now, with all the books we purchased prior to her taking over. *I* don't want the YA books, and she can now do whatever she wants to with that account.

Of course, I control my son's email & Amazon account; he has no clue that anything changed after those first couple months. The books I bought him before the secondary account *are* stuck on my account, but that's the price of learning the lesson.

That said, those books were purchased when he was 8, and now he's 10, so his tastes have evolved. If I have grandkids someday, and the Amazon ecosystem is still in place, I can have a "Grandma's Kindle Library" for the 6-10 set.

Otherwise, all his books now go to his own account, and when he turns 18, he can do whatever he likes with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2013 12:11:14 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
And in which direction are you heading?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2013 12:10:30 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
As said many times, Kindle *devices* *do* have such a mechanism.

Out of curiosity, since you are mentioning iPad, how does Apple solve that problem? Say, if I have two iPads, two iPhones, a Mac Mini, two Windows PCs, a web-based reader app and two Kindle Fires on my iBooks account, how do I control which books go to which of these?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2013 7:38:26 PM PDT
MikeJW says:
I would set up a separate account for him that you control. Then, when he is old enough, you give him control of his own account and he retains all his material like apps and books. Otherwise, once he is old enough for his own account, he will leave yours with *nothing* and have to start from scratch. Because all "his" books and apps really belong to you, your account; and when his device is registered to his own account, everything on it is lost to him.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2013 6:59:55 PM PDT
I agree, I am opting out of amazon kindle. I searched this question because I was ready for an upgrade but now realize they haven't fixed a very important problem.... count me out..

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 10:15:41 AM PDT
N. Fernandez says:
Amazon should implement a better way. It's not just teach your kids well or being ashamed. In my case, my son is required to have an iPad for his Catholic school and I would like to get him kindle books without a second account. If I was amazon, I would make a control panel where I can say that Book X is not allowed on Device Y. It shouldn't be very complicated as Amazon knows your purchases and devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 5:40:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2012 5:41:38 PM PST
Fud 53 - Spoken by someone who either had no children or whose children were very successful at pulling the wool over their parents eyes. Children always push the limits. As parents our responsibility is to define the limits and enforce them using whatever means available. You might live in a fantasy land, but the rest of us live in the real world.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2012 7:13:55 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
New Kindles, particularly Fire HD, have much better parental controls. See "FreeTime" near the bottom of page. Much better than protecting particular folders.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 10:18:46 PM PDT
Why not make an app that a password protects a folder. They have them for aneroid phones.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 6:13:45 PM PDT
I haven't tried that on my Ipod touch. I'll give that a shot because I can save room on my Kindle that way. I have a cool device in my car that plugs into the lighter and charges my ipod touch, kindle, and computer all at the same time. That way when I get to the hotel I don't have to move furniture to find a plug.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2012 11:40:02 PM PDT
Sue says:

I also like the feature for the audible audio books that hold the place you left off. I listen to mine on my iPod Touch and the audible books do that. I have the Harry Potter books on my iPod Touch also and if I listen to my songs and the go back to the books, I have to remeber where I left off. Not a big deal since I know this will happen so I write down where I left off.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 6:22:59 AM PDT
Haven't read all the posts but wanted to add that I listen to audio books on my kindle in my car. I just rip the cd to my computer and pull it over. I find it keeps the place when I turn off the car and put the kindle on pause. If I use the cd's the darn radio starts up at the begining of the track which is a pain.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 9:29:24 AM PDT
Karen Walker says:
Your access to a wide variety of reading material at a very young age may be the correct path to emulate, but I can't in good consciousness bring myself around to that way of thinking. I still restrict them from R rated movies, alcohol, and recreational drugs. Mainly because I try to instill a sense of what it means to law abiding citizens. My youngest child is dying to join facebook but she is not 13 yet and I won't bend the rules. If I want them to follow all the rules all the time, then I have to "walk the talk," so to speak. Sometimes it really stinks to be a mom!
I'm glad your open reading worked for you and I know my examples aren't quite apples to apples, but I think (hope) most parents err on the side of caution.
Wow, this has gotten way off topic. Sorry for that. Anyway, the option to hide books on the kindle, for whatever reason, would be nice... it just isn't possible at this time

Q~ thanks for the period tip at the end of a longer post!


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 8:53:10 AM PDT
Hi Beth, I'm PPMS, so the MRI's never really show that much change from one to the next. The neuronal damage is disseminated throughout the brain. I'm not on any meds, since PPMS does not respond to them. So, I say no more MRI's, and the neuro is OK with getting one only as I need to prove disability status (not yet, but I might need it soon).

I had special permission to read in the adult section of our library when I was 8. I had read everything in the children's and young adult section by then. I really was not attracted to any sort of 'adult' material, but I did come across it occasionally. It didn't cause me any long term damage.

Then, when I needed information about sex when I was older, did I get it from my parents? NO. I got it from the library. Which was probably the best way (for me) because I was looking at reference books, which were at least factual!

That said, I agree that the only way to hide books you don't want others to see is to have a separate account for that sort of material.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 8:49:28 AM PDT
Dog Lover says:

Your OP was one of the best on this kind of topic. The thread, however, ...

Let's just say that it got kinda refocused for a while.

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