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Hiding books from other family Kindle devices possible??

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 5:20:16 AM PDT
Dog Lover says:
A wonderful example of how such a feature SHOULD be discussed. Thank you.

It is still possible for you to register your own K to a new account. Or (as I did a couple of days ago), buy that $79 K for a new account and use that one for those private books.

Unless and until Amazon provides for "private" books, I can't think of another alternative.

Thanks again for the beautifully balanced perspective on this issue.


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 5:40:08 AM PDT
A. says:
Anastasia, good post. While reading it I was thinking of another solution to the problem. Rather than the way I have been doing it, (loading books onto kids' kindles then deregistering them), you gave me another idea. For books people want to just keep private always (like a journal) perhaps creating a separate account at Amazon for just those purchases. Then we can load the books from both accounts onto our own kindles, without worrying about prying eyes.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 5:41:31 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Anastasia, Amazon's approach so far has been to provide parents with mechanism of limiting their offspring's access to their common library (and that only on basic Kindle more or less completely, with de-registering semi-solution for other e-ink Kindles, and nothing usable for Fire or apps). I can see how one can have an opposite requirement - "hiding" purchases from *all* other household members (friends, reading group, whatever), who otherwise share the library.

Any solution should not be incompatible with Amazon backup of content, and should enable content sharing at some later day. Perhaps password-protecting a library item at the moment of purchase? But who provides the password - account owner, whoever does the purchase...? It actually is not as simple as it sounds at first glance.

If you have some solution in mind, I would be glad to hear and discuss it. Aunty Ammy will not admit as much, but if it is good, it does have a chance of getting implemented :o)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 5:43:10 AM PDT
Beth says:
You will have to register and deregister as you switch between accounts since a kindle can only be registered to one account at a time. This has some problems with the fire but would work OK with the e-ink models.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 5:43:35 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Does not work for Fire, sadly...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 6:00:55 AM PDT
A. says:
Yeah, ok. There is a wrinkle for Fire owners. ;) Although having one library or the other on the Fire at one time doesn't seem like too much of a problem.

I guess in the end what I would do if there were books I was too embarrassed for anyone to see EVER, is that I'd probably buy the $79 starter Kindle and register it to its own account. I'd probably have to name that Kindle "Dirty Kindle" or "Henry". ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 6:05:41 AM PDT
Hey DL, I have MS, so I know what you're talking about when it comes to MRI's. I refuse to have them now. What good does it do to know how 'bad' I'm doing when there's nothing that will make me better? Especially when the last one (a 3T) cost me over $1,200 out of pocket.

To keep this on topic, I was always allowed to read anything in the house, and I did. Can't say I got much out of "The Joy of Sex" at 10, though. I looked at some of the pictures and promptly put it back in Mom's nightstand. Never had the desire to touch it after that.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 6:17:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2012 6:18:10 AM PDT
Beth says:
Ditto on everything but I still get the MRI's since the Doc uses them to decide on medication changes.
My father had his Playboys delivered in the mail and "The Joy of Sex" was not particularly joyful. All his spy thrillers were good and I was reading adult level at a young age. I think it is a matter of how much you block. If that erotic (or whatever) is going to be a sudden surprise to everyone (young or old) then you may as well figure out how to continue hiding it. And I do not let strangers or casual acquaintances root around my archives.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 6:24:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2012 6:35:14 AM PDT
Karen Walker says:
The only option I have been seriously contemplating is seperating my e-ink kindle from our prime account. My children range in ages from 12 to 24 so pass protecting WiFi on their fires is tantamount to cutting off their knees (in their eyes at least!). Starting a seperate account seems like the most viable solution... I just haven't taken the plunge. Like any good guilty pleasure, It makes me feel guilty for wanting a seperate account. I vacillate to the point of inaction and fall into the realm of wishing Amazon would do something to solve my problem.
HA! Wouldn't it be great if these discussions became a wish board fora! Oh the wishes I would make!
Back to reality. I guess a seperate account it is. Hey, this means I will be able to have a second identity. It will still be something with a Will and Grace theme... or maybe not. The new me could do more than lurk in the erotic discussions... Ummm.

Edit for verb and noun disagreement.


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 7:09:07 AM PDT
A. says:
Uh oh. Anastasia is on the loose! ;)

Seriously, after listening to the more well reasoned arguments and suggestions here, I'd say that's the way to go. Giving your children access to your account also gives them access to your forum posts. Your shopping cart. Etc.

EVERYONE has things that are private in their brains, their journals, their drawers. If they say they don't, I say they are lying. I am not saying that keeping secrets is good. Well...actually I guess I am. Really I don't want to know when my spouse is thinking my bum looks fat, or they are checking out (even briefly) another bum. I don't want my children knowing I really enjoyed last nights episode of True Blood. My books are not weird or sick. I just don't like people "reading over my shoulder". Some things are just for me. Everyone has layers that are public and layers that are private, and varying degrees in between. Complete transparency is BS. Everyone wants some privacy. Whether it's a shower curtain or a book that is just for them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 8:15:56 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
And keep it under the mattress :o)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 8:17:04 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
"Mom, ewwww!"


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 8:21:37 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Well said, both A.s!

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 8:43:37 AM PDT
Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi

I have enjoyed reading the explosion of posts the last few days. I posted this question back in January and now, suddenly, all these posts... We have two kids on Kindle Fires, so it appears everyone understands the difficulties with the Fires. What I would really like to see is a set up like **dare I say??** iTunes - we have about 4 iPod/Pad devices around the house at most times. In the music library, when I sync purchases/library to each of those devices, I can select or de-select any song or audiobook I want for any of the devices. This allows me to keep clean out already listened to audiobooks from any device I want, to save the space. When I started this discussion, I was concerned mostly with being able to get the carousels pared down to ease searching through them - I did not want the kids to wade through some of my books, such as Kingsolver's "The Poisonwood Bible" to get to their books. They do not have access to uploading whatever I have in there, so that book is not taking up space on their device...except on the carousel. I hadn't even thought of erotica. That said, I would not want my kids (aged 8 and 11) reading my Sookie Stackhouse books at this point in their lives... Thanks, all, for comments. I will direct Amazon to this discussion if I can find that method that, I believe Dog Lover continues referring to.

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.


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 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!


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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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..
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