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Initial post: Sep 1, 2012 2:25:43 AM PDT
Yesterday I lost my Kindle and after a major crying jag I ordered a new one. While I don't mind sharing my things it bugs me that someone who finds it and doesn't turn it in may have an early Christmas gift. Can anybody answer the below questions?

(BTW I did deregister/deactivate the device per customer service)

Can a kindle be used by another once deactivated? If so how can it be used?

Will they be able to access your library?

Once you order a new kindle and download your library from the archive can the library on the lost kindle can be deleted?

Posted on Sep 1, 2012 2:42:23 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
since you immediately deregistered it by going to your Manage Your Kindle Page - Manage Your Devices (write down the serial number first) and clicking on the deregister link - they will not be able to purchase anything from your account or access anything from your archives

then call amazon and they will "brick it" so no one else will be able to register it (this is why you needed the serial number) - you did this

once it's been bricked by amazon, they can use it and read what's on it, but they can't register it, so what's on it is all they have
and once it's deregistered, it has already been removed from your Manage Your Devices page
when you get your new kindle, all you have to do is register it to your old account and you will have all your books available for download

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2012 4:35:05 AM PDT
SeaLevel274 says:
"Can a kindle be used by another once deactivated? If so how can it be used?"

They can't register it with Amazon if it was blacklisted, but they can still use it with compatible books from other sources.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2012 5:39:38 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
EvengelineMcBain, sorry to hear that happened! I've had a Kindle Fire stolen...the theft was even on video.

First, your questions:

Yes, a Kindle can be used while it is deregistered, but not as much. You didn't mention which kind of Kindle it was, which makes some difference. However, on every Kindle the finder could download books from a site like Project Gutenberg using a computer, and then transfer them to the Kindle using a cable. It won't be able to use Amazon's Whispernet or shop from the Amazon store.

No, they can not access your library (archives) at Amazon. Your library is tied to your account, not a device, and deregistering by definition takes it off your account.

No, if the Kindle is not registered, a message can't be sent to it to delete books on the Kindle. I'm a little confused by that question. You'll be registering the new Kindle to the old account so you have access to the books you already bought. A Kindle doesn't have a "library", except for the books that are on it.

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