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Initial post: Jan 13, 2012 11:11:41 AM PST
Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi

Can books be hidden on other devices in the family's home? There are books that I read that aren't appropriate for my children to read and they are automatically downloading onto my kids' Kindle Fire's. Is there a way to keep our books where we want them?

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 11:25:39 AM PST
Fud53 says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2012 11:27:37 AM PST
J. Donahue says:
If all of your Kindles are registered on the same account, there is no way to hide specific books purchased on the account from any of the other Kindles on the account.

It's a "all or nothing" kind of thing when it comes to book purchases on one account.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 11:56:13 AM PST
TerryInTexas says:
Agree with J. Donahue, with one additional question. This phrase confused me a bit - they are automatically downloading onto my kids' Kindle Fire's - as when you purchase a book, at least with Kindle K3 and Touch, you select which device you want to download the book to. It doesn't automatically download anywhere (thank goodness, cause my Dad is on my account and I don't want him seeing everything I read either). Now, the book title shows up in Archives, is that what you are referring to? cause if that happens, you are right, they could download those books by simply touching on them......

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 12:14:08 PM PST
Bookie says:
This is a slightly more tiresome way of handling things, but my husband and I bought our daughter a Fire for Christmas. She is 4 and like you I don't want her having access to my adult books (in the future). So I ended up setting up a 2nd email account through gmail with a 2nd Amazon account, and have her Fire linked to it, and my kindle is on my original Amazon account. I can see any purchases she makes (or will make once she is allowed to make them with permission) because the emails still come to me. Hope this helps, and good luck in your quest!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2012 12:23:11 PM PST
Jeri says:
bigdtc:
If you are on the same account as your dad, he can see everything you read. Your books are in his archives even if he doesn't choose to download them, and they are on the account even if he never looks at his archives. He does know what you are reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2012 12:26:21 PM PST
TerryInTexas says:
Jeri, he can't find Archives, much less figure out what to do with them :) His method of using the Kindle is to open up whatever book is on top. I have shown him how to delete several times, and am not sure he has mastered that yet, judging by the fact that he asked me to delete his read books on the last visit. Since I add a few new each month and keep him at around 50-70 books (more than one page), and he is not a fast reader, as long as I don't download the book I'm pretty safe.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2012 12:28:56 PM PST
If you purchase books on one account, all of your purchases will show up on the Cloud heading on the Kindle Fire.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 2:59:05 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 4:43:22 AM PDT
Mum says:
Totally agree, we need the option of hiding certain books, pass code protecting bookshelves

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 5:00:14 AM PDT
Cyriacus says:
Well if more than one device was added then each would need a vault! Just saying....

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 5:02:03 AM PDT
I suggest you forward this suggestion to Amazon via the feedback link found by clicking on help at the top of the page and then the contact us button.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 7:20:56 AM PDT
Or, just keep separate accounts.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 7:28:22 AM PDT
Mary Jane says:
Terry, if you have a Fire, any new purchases to the account will show up in the carousel right on top. You will have to tap on them to download them to the Fire, but they show up almost instantly.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 7:42:48 AM PDT
MommaCat says:
I suggest getting a Kindle 3 for "those" books. It has those parental controls you want. But for once I agree with Fud. Teach you children well. They will become productive and decent adults.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 11:05:09 PM PDT
Amy R says:
I hope Amazon is reading this because I have greatly curtailed my buying habits because of this! I understand if children or husbands can get to them if they really tried. I just do not want them to automatically download to my husband's iPad or to the kids computer. I mean, if they choose to find it that is one thing but it is shows up and marked as "NEW."

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 1:29:15 AM PDT
Sue says:
Just get a seperate account. It is not up to Amazon to watch what your children read. People actually did that before parental controls were even thought of.

As mentioned before books are not automaticly downloaded to every device (except for the Harry Potter ebooks). You have to choose the device it goes to.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 4:06:41 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 21, 2012 4:52:26 AM PDT
A. says:
The other solution is for you to manage your children's Kindles for them. Register the devices to your account. Download all of the books you feel are appropriate for them. Then deregister the device from your account. They will no longer have access to your archives. As time goes on, and more of your books become appropriate for them, just load them on.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 6:02:38 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
If you are ashamed of what you are reading and want to hide it then get separate accounts. Shared accounts mean just that. Why should Amazon make a way to hide books on a shared account? Makes no sense to me.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 6:29:35 AM PDT
Jeff, it's not a matter of being ashamed. Some of the covers of books are not something I want my 73 yo mother or my 6 yo daughter seeing! Neither has access to my Fire, but that's not the point. I deleted quite a few of the freebies with extremely naughty covers from my account. To my surprise, the covers were still in the carousel, and had to be removed there also. If I get a second Fire for my kids, it will go on a separate account.
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