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Reregistering kindle from my account to another

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Initial post: Mar 17, 2012 6:45:56 AM PDT
TexasD says:
I would like to reregister my kindle under my sons account. we read mostly the same books anyway and I realize I would lose all of my downloaded books. What is the procedure and can we BOTH by new books using our individual Prime accounts?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 7:00:39 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Kindle can be registered back and forth between several account, but just one at a time. Fire looses all downloaded content when de-registered (but it stays in archive/cloud), while e-ink ones keep it.

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 7:12:50 AM PDT
TexasD says:
We have oldrer Kindles (not Fire) so does that mean i would actually be able to keep my books in my account if i wanted to go back and read one again? In other words my books would not be LOST exactly just inaccessible while registered to my sons?

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 7:22:59 AM PDT
My experience is that the e-ink Kindles work in exactly the same way as the Fire, ie when you deregister, you lose all content registered to that account. Which is pretty logical, really...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 7:24:27 AM PDT
If you d/l the books from your account to your Kindle, they'll still be on your Kindle when you deregister it from your account. You can read them while the Kindle is registered to your son's account.

If you delete them while your Kindle is registered to your son's account, you won't see them in the archives (they beleong to your account - not his) but you can deregister your Kindle from his account, re-register it to yours, and the books will still be there.

Any books not loaded on your Kindle while it's registered to your son's account will be inaccessible, but they'll still be in your account waiting for a Kindle to be registered.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 7:35:00 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
that's not true, any books dowloaded to an e-ink kindle remain there - what's lost is the ability to access anything in the carchives/cloud

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 8:48:27 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
TexasD, all that you lose (temporary) when you de-register your e-ink reader from account A and register to account B is access to *archive* of acct A. Downloaded content stay of the device, and archived titles will be available again when you return to acct A. Of course, when you shop from the device, you do that from the account you are registered to at the moment.

So, if you want to move to your son's account, download everything from yours before changing the registration. Leave your acct active, of course, in the case you want to go back or buy something using your rather than your son's credit card.

After you move to your son's acct, you can still buy books on yours from a browser, and send them as gifts to the one you now share. you can also buy gift cards to bankroll your purchases.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 9:20:42 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Must not be hands on experience. Only the apps lose everything when you deregister them. The Fire is using a modified Android app.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 9:23:21 AM PDT
loriltx says:
CBRetriever is correct. You don't lose what is on the kindle's home page, just access to the account that the kindle is registered to. The books on the home page will stay there until you manually delete them.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 10:12:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2012 10:14:34 AM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
TexasD, If it were me, I would download all of my books from my Archives to my Kindle. Then copy the contents of the Documents directory on the Kindle to my PC.

After you deregistered the Kindle from your account and registered it to your son's if you wanted to delete your books from your Kindle you could always reload from the PC file without have to move the Kindle back to your account.

In the past several people have reported that they received cautionary letters from Amazon about moving their Kindles back and forth between accounts but they were doing it several times a week.

If you want to use the Kindle Owners Lending Library for your Prime account you will need to deregister your Kindle from your son's account and register to your account to borrow a book. You only get to borrow 1 book per calendar month.

If you would like to purchase a book for your son's account, you can use your account on the web site to "gift" him a book.

This works both ways. If your son would like copies of the books you have purchased on your account he can deregister from his account, register to yours and then download all your books to his Kindle. He can then back up the Documents folder of his Kindle on his PC.

Most books have DRM (Digital Rights Management) so if you purchase another Kindle, you will not be able to use the copy from your PC. You will have to do the deregister, reregister dance again.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 10:37:09 AM PDT
Strange, this thread is ongoing in the UK too...
@ CBRetriver
Maybe things are different in the US, but that's not my experience. I've only done the dergister/reregister thing once, and what happened is that when I logged onto account 2, I had access to all account 2's books, but *none* of account 1. Which is logical, because when account 2's books are downloaded onto the kindle, the machine is doing a sync with account 2. There's no reason that the books from account 1 should stay there. The books will all return in their original state when you reregister with account 1. But by the same token, account 2's books will go.

It all happens when you connect to Amazon - in the same way as if a book is updated, the new version is automatically downloaded to your machine, and over-writes the old version.

Like I say, maybe things work differently in the US, but clearly if they do, it is highly disadvantageous to Amazon, publishers and writers.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 10:40:27 AM PDT
It's solely based on hands on experience. Maybe things work differently for the US? Have you actually tested it? (Cos if it works, maybe I'll register as a US user!)

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 10:49:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2012 10:51:21 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
there were no books on your kindle after you deregistered? It was wiped clean?

I'm not talking about your archives, because obviously those would be empty since they are the non-downloaded books on your kindel

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 11:52:54 AM PDT
When I de-registered everything looked the same. But when I registered on the new account, then my Kindle, in effect, became a clone of the 2nd account. But thinking about it, this is what I'd expect - if it didn't work this way, what's to stop you registering onto all your friends accounts, and dowloading their books and ending up with (say) 100 titles that you'd never paid for..?

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 12:02:43 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
because a book can only be downloaded 6 times

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 12:16:24 PM PDT
It can only be simultaneously downloaded to 6 devices/apps. Not only six times ever.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 12:21:02 PM PDT
loriltx says:
Nothing whatsoever other than the fact that Amazon is said to keep an eye on accounts that deregister and reregister to other accounts over and over again and to block accounts that appear to take advantage of this.

Is it possible that when you deregistered and reregistered that you didn't have any books on your home page?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 12:42:51 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
picky, but you're right

and loriltx, what will happen then, to the parents who deregister and regegister their children's kindles so they can't buy anything?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 1:09:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2012 1:09:27 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
"because a book can only be downloaded 6 times"

Book can be downloaded as many times as you want. It cannot be on more than 6 devices *at the same time*. Moreover, de-registering a device frees licenses for books on it, as if they were actually removed (I checked this, not by design, when I was having trouble with my K4PC apps).

Edit: Sorry, redundant post.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 1:10:28 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
"But when I registered on the new account, then my Kindle, in effect, became a clone of the 2nd account."

What exactly do you mean by this?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 1:16:39 PM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
It was not deregistering and reregistering to the same account that triggered the letters.

It was deregistering, registering to another account and downloading their books, then deregistering and reregistering to your own account that triggered the letters.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 1:49:43 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Yes, that's what we are advising the OP to do. Apparently, moderation is advised here, as in so many other things... :o)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 5:22:36 PM PDT
loriltx says:
Amazon can tell when your deregistering and reregistering to multiple accounts. Deregistering and reregistering to the same account over and over is not a problem.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 3:14:55 PM PDT
Lester says:
can I reregister a kindle that buy from ebay

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2012 3:52:20 PM PDT
As long as it hasn't been reported as stolen to Amazon.
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