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Linking Kindle to prime account of family member

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Initial post: Nov 3, 2011 11:30:03 PM PDT
Claud says:
I have a prime account. A family member has access to my prime account and this family member also has a Kindle. How does the family member link their Kindle to the prime acccount so that they can borrow books from the Kindle Owner's Lending Library?

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 11:36:59 PM PDT
TuxGirl says:
they would have to register their kindle to your account. the prime sharing (where you link another account to your prime account) only gives the free shipping. the video streaming and the kindle stuff is all only for the primary account.

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 12:29:33 PM PST
PDX says:
I got an invite from a family member as below.
" The membership, valid until January 1, 2013, is pre-paid by *******, so there is no cost to you. To accept this invitation to join Amazon Prime"
I accepted the invite, but how do a borrow from her library? Kindle has an option to borrow using the the kindle, no problem getting there. I followed the instructions all thru "Owner's lending library" select the book & borrow for free, but didnt really do anything, just telling me to join to be a Prime member.
Did I get this all wrong? Misunderstood the whole thing? Can someone help me?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2012 12:31:12 PM PST
Read the post directly over your own.

The Prime sharing applies to shipping only. You don't get the other goodies. If you want the other goodies, you have to open your own Prime account.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2012 12:32:30 PM PST
You can't borrow from the Kindle Owners Lending Library on a shared Prime account. You must have a paid account.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 3:48:54 PM PDT
Lori M. says:
so we have to pay the $79 again? (Situation is we have a shared prime account; i got the first Kindle; now husband has one and we want to share books; do we link his Kindle to my account or open a new account, possibly paying again for Prime (we won't do that)...

Posted on May 24, 2012 3:50:33 PM PDT
Register both Kindles to the paid Prime account and both will have access to the library, but you will still only be able to borrow one book a month, not one per device.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 4:45:07 PM PDT
Lori M. says:
Yeah, and we don't want to both be linked to the Prime account becuase we don't want to see each other's gifts, lose personal account histories, etc.

I think we'll just register to a fresh non-Prime account and for-go the lending library. It was iffy, anyway (tho I did read The Hunger Games that way!)

Can we use the same email address for the new account? No big deal to create a new one, I guess...

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 4:58:03 PM PDT
Adding another account to the mix is only going to make it more difficult IMO. Having both of your Kindles registered to the same account is the only way to really share all of your books.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 9:33:54 AM PST
mompharmd says:
We've had an Amazon account for a while, using my personal e-mail address. We got a Kindle Fire HD for Christmas and had to register it using a g-mail address. When we purchased the Prime membership through Amazon, it automatically used our personal e-mail address on file. Now the Kindle isn't recognized so we aren't able to watch the videos. Does anyone know how to link both the accounts on Amazon, or should I cancel the membership through my e-mail address and re-register through the g-mail account??

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 9:40:18 AM PST
Accounts can't be linked. If you want to take advantage of the free streaming video, canceling it on the other account and subscribing to it with the g-mail account would be the way to go. You could then invite the other account to be a guest on the g-mail account, and would still get the free shipping benefits on that account.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 9:40:33 AM PST
A. Dietz says:
The paid Prime membership needs to be on the same account your Kindle is registered to in order to receive the benefits. Amazon won't merge or link accounts. You should contact customer service and see if they will cancel Prime on one account and add it to the account your Kindles are on.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 9:41:37 AM PST
Why did you not register the Fire to your regular Amazon account at the time? That's what you should have done.

No, you cannot link the accounts so your best choice is to move the membership to the Gmail account as you suggested. You can then "invite" your regular email account as a Prime guest so you can continue to use the shipping benefits there.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 9:44:26 AM PST
We created a new shared account when we got our Kindles. So we had 3 accounts for the two of us: His, Hers, and Ours. It's worked beautifully. We got Prime recently, and made the "Ours" account the paid Prime account, and shared Prime with His and Hers. All our Kindles and streaming-capable devices are registered to Ours.

We're gradually migrating much of our purchasing to Ours, but since it's just the two of us, and we tend not to buy each other gifts anyway, it's not that big a deal. Not much purchase/gift history to lose.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 9:01:11 PM PST
How do I transfer my prime account to the kindle account?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 9:09:26 PM PST
R. Wilde says:
I guess to transfer to the "kindle account", you'd just cancel Prime membership on that account, and start it on the one that has the kindle registered to it.

It might be easier to just deregister the kindle from the existing account and register it to the account with the Prime membership. However, you'd have to look at your specific situation to see if that's what you want to do.

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A. Dietz says:
Sharon, you're responding to a discussion that was started in 2011. The process and terms of sharing Prime have changed significantly since then. Before you get all bent out of shape about terms that don't even apply any more, check out the Amazon household accounts described here: In the future, pay attention to the dates of the posts you're responding to.

"I think ill let the better business bureau handle this one"

Hahahaha, that's really funny. On what grounds? Again, you're responding to posts from four years ago.
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