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Initial post: Sep 30, 2011 7:14:32 AM PDT
Just want to confirm that all versions of the Kindle are stand alone devices, that you do not need to hook it up to a computer in order to use it, to buy products, etc.

Is that correct?

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 7:18:27 AM PDT
A computer can sometimes be usefull for searching books you want to buy, it can be a bit clunky throught the Kindle, but it isn't impossible. Some of the new Kindles only come with a USB charger, but you can pay extra for the AC plug. Other than that, you don't need a computer for regular Kindle use.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 7:18:37 AM PDT
Correct, though I personally prefer to do my book browsing and shopping with my laptop, then have whatever I buy sent to my Kindle directly.

I also buy from several non-Amazon sites in the mobi or prc format. Some sites are able to utilize the kindle email to effect a whispernet delivery, but some require side loading.

In the dark ages when I had a US only K2 and lived overseas everything I bought was sideloaded via the USB port. Nowadays as long as you have wifi (or 3G with an appropriate Kindle) you don't need the computer.


Posted on Sep 30, 2011 8:27:05 AM PDT
Bookaholic says:
I almost never use my computer with my Kindle. I don't mind typing the name of a book or author on the keyboard. I only connect my Kindle to my computer when I convert something using Calibre, which is roughly once a month or less.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 8:32:25 AM PDT
T. E. Maddox says:
That is correct.

But as others had said it is far quicker and easier to use a computer and browser to search for the books and order them. It is not a requirement though.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 8:33:44 AM PDT
❤ Ann says:
You would only need a computer if you want to download a book and you do not have wireless or 3G available for your kindle. In that case, you'd have the book sent to your computer, and then you'd transfer it to the kindle via the usb cable. I've been a Kindle user since the K1 came out, and have never needed to hook a Kindle up to the computer.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 2:27:15 PM PST
I feel silly asking this question but here it is...I downloaded a book from the Kindle library via USB. How do I send the book to another Kindle that's on my account?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 2:35:06 PM PST
You have to download it again specifically for the second Kindle.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 2:35:07 PM PST
When you download a book for a specific Kindle the DRM is set for that Kindle. To read that book on another Kindle, on your account, you must download it again. Most eBooks can be read on 6 Kindles or Kindle apps at the same time.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 2:51:13 PM PST
I left out the most important piece...the other Kindle belongs to my mother-in-law and she does not have a computer. Do your answers change at all?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 3:02:37 PM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Mandy, you will be able to sent the book to your MIL's Kindle from your page if it is registered to your account and if if has functioning wireless connection.

If the other Kindle is not on the same account, it might be possible to lend your MIL the book (not all are lendable). See

However, there has to be a way to deliver it - either via computer and USB, or wirelessly.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 3:03:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2012 3:03:35 PM PST
A. Dietz says:
As long as your mother-in-law is on your account, you and download books to your computer and transfer them to hers. As mentioned above, you need to indicate during the download process which Kindle the book is going to, you can't just download it once and copy it to multiple devices.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 3:03:44 PM PST
Winkinod says:
Craig, If you don't have a computer, chances are you don't have a WiFi network in your home. To "buy products" you must download them via WiFi, 3G, go to a WiFi hotspot or a USB connection on a computer. If you don't have a computer you should probably consider a 3G Kindle. The Fire does not have 3G.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 3:14:50 PM PST
Thank you all! Since I downloaded it again, the option to send the book to her Kindle was available. I guess she won't boot me out of her will :)
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