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Initial post: Oct 27, 2012 7:41:18 PM PDT
I have checked out a few kindle books from my local library and would like my daughter to access them through Free Time. Is there a reason this does not work?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 4:46:12 PM PST
I am interested in the same thing. Does anyone have any useful tips?

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 7:22:34 PM PST
Fud53 says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 3:39:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2012 3:42:42 AM PST

This is a community forum - a place where users seek answers from other users. I got the impression from your thoughtful answer that you simply lacked the understanding of what this venue was for. You are forgiven now that you have been made aware.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 3:47:23 AM PST

I stumbled upon the answer. From website, select Manage Kindle. There you will find the apps and books. Select ACTION for the book in question and select the option to add to Freetime library. I hope this helps.

Fud, see? That's how the forums work!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 3:57:16 AM PST
Ignore Fud. He's the resident jester.

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 10:44:40 AM PST
Thanks for your response. I tried this and got an error. It works for other content, but not for borrowed public library books. I think there is some kind of block on those. I'll try submitting a ticket to Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 9:18:03 AM PST
I chatted with support and received the following info:
Upon further checking my resources here. I'm sorry to inform you that Prime Instant Video content, video rentals, public library books, or borrowed books from the Prime Lending Library can't be added to FreeTime.

That's too bad. Start requesting this capability so maybe they'll add it.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 7:35:15 PM PST
Well...I doubt they'll just "add" it to FreeTime because they've already figured out how to get everyone to pay for it via FreeTime Unlimited. The FTU version works differently because you have access to several books & videos at once vs. the book lending restrictions in place via Prime. But the bottom line is that since they've found a way to get us to pay for content on FreeTime, then I seriously doubt that they'll just add the capability to access Prime content via FreeTime. It makes me mad that they've found yet another way to get their hands on my wallet, but I suppose if it were my company...I'd probably do the same thing.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 5:13:02 AM PST
Charles Neal says:
I would email customer support and (nicely) complain. It is not disclosed on either feature page and while it is not directly misleading, it is a reasonable assumption that content would be usable inside the FreeTime app. I don't know if it is financially driven or also a question of complexity in management, but I agree it is a very poor decision to exclude library books in an interface specifically designed for kids.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 7:48:25 AM PST
Amy R. Kosin says:
I havent tried it but what if you put the overdrive app under freetime

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2013 7:56:10 AM PST
Apps in FreeTime are subject to the time limits the parent sets. Even if you downloaded the ePub version and accessed it through Overdrive, your child would only be able to read for the amount of daily time you established when you set up the profile for the child.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2013 7:50:55 AM PST
Betty White says:
Yep, you can add Overdrive to Freetime and read the books that way. There are a few trade-offs here:

1) You have to make sure you're downloading the ePub format and not the Kindle one.

2) If your family shares a Kindle, you're giving your kids access to your books unless you want to constantly deal with toggling between library accounts. (I haven't yet found a way to create separate reading lists in Overdrive if that option even exists.)

3) You can't distinguish between this any any other app within the FreeTime time limits. My preference would be to limit to an hour a day of apps (i.e. games) but to allow a longer time for books. Unfortunately, this is an app so it's in the same category as the less educational stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2013 7:55:54 AM PST
Betty White says:
What a joke that is. I gave the Kindle a pretty bad review in large part because of this which apparently prompted customer support to reach out to me. And part of their response was to send me a canned message detailing all of the limitations of FreeTime including not being able to add borrowed library books. Let me tell you how much that relieved my annoyance *eye roll*.

It is absolutely a financially driven decision! Think about it: Amazon is bluntly saying to us "If you want to buy a book from us, it'll work just fine. If you want a free book, screw you." My experience with the Kindle so far is that the only things that work well on it are those that get you to hand more money to Amazon.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 12:48:24 PM PDT
I downloaded overdrive and used my son's library account. This allowed me to log on his borrowed books. I added overdrive to his free time account and opened the book he needed for school with no problem. I downloaded in Kindle format. Hope this helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2013 12:50:50 PM PDT

Okay, just so we're clear for the folks who have been upset, thinking it can't be done: You're saying that you downloaded FREE loaned public Library books THROUGH your kid's Free Time app profile.

Do I have that correct?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2013 9:01:58 PM PDT
I used the overdrive app and downloaded it into my son's free time. It worked for the first book. I was excited! I would guess it could depend on how the author allows the book to be downloaded. So far I'm pleased with that solution.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2013 6:10:53 AM PDT
Wonderful! Good to know that it works.

In rereading some of the other posts, it appears that some people take exception to "having to switch between" their own Library ID, and their kid's. Big hairy deal. You can't have everything.

Thanks for your update!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2013 12:00:57 PM PDT
Corn Girl says:
I tried this and the only way she could access her library book was through the overdrive app. Can you explain please how you downloaded it? I don't see a way. Thanks!

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 11:36:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2013 11:43:41 AM PDT
Christy says:
Just wanted to share one solution that I found to the time-limit issue when using the Overdrive app....I created 2 different Freetime "profiles" for my daughter. The first profile includes everything (books, apps, games, including Overdrive) and is limited to 30 min app time. The second profile is unlimited time, but it only includes books, Overdrive, and a few math-pratice apps. If she uses all her app time, but wants to read, I just have to type in my password to switch profiles.

It's not perfect. Having to type in the password to switch profiles is the only glitch to this method of getting around Amazon's unfortunate (perhaps intentional) limitation to library books in FreeTime. If you are not with your child when he/she runs out of time, he/she can't switch between the profiles. If you are around when they are using it, though, this works pretty well.

I should also add that I always get my library books in Kindle format, so that my books aren't in the Overdrive app. That keeps our books separate. I use my library account and Kindle format, she uses her library card and Overdrive; even though both our kindles are on my Amazon account, we never overlap books.

Can't wait until Amazon actually fixes this problem. Hope this helps one or two parents in the meantime.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 2:07:09 PM PST
K. Perkins says:
Press release today indicates that both borrowed library books, as well as those from the Kindle Lending Library will soon be available in FreeTime. Some other new features mentioned, as well.

In the meantime, my daughter is reading books in her FreeTime profile by using the Overdrive app and selecting only books in the format of OverDrive Read, and then she reads them within the app.

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 10:00:05 PM PST
I am in Overdrive, logged into my Son's account. When I download it to "Kindle Book", it goes to my Amazon log in where I see the book. Then I try to find it for him to read, it is not in his book shelf. I can find it on my account once outside of FreeTime. If I download as an EPub, it tells me adobe is not available in FreeTime. But, it is now available as a Read in your browser. But then he needs to be connected to wifi... What about when we are out of the house and he wants to read?

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 6:49:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 6, 2014 6:50:17 PM PST
A. Sahely says:
I, too, see it on my child's kindle in his library, but am unable to see it in Freetime. Very annoying since I have stipulated that he must read for 30 minutes before he can access the entertainment content.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 9:03:29 AM PST
BaileysMom says:
I love amazon and buy everything I can from them, but after have the Kindle for less than a day, I despise it!!! Not being able to add library books inside free time is more than just irritating - it makes free time nearly useless - yes, I can add the overdrive app, but then I can't limit his other game apps without restricting his reading - crazy! This is obviously financially driven and I will likely return the kindle and be left with a jaded feeling about my beloved amazon.
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