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Initial post: Mar 13, 2014 2:23:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2014 2:26:08 PM PDT
Bought a hardcover book on Amazon a week ago and the amazon purchase confirmation gave me a link that downloaded a sample (~first 20 pgs) to cloud reader and to my Fire HDX. Today I ordered several more hardcover books and the amazon purchase confirmation gave me a link that again loaded a sample of one of the hardcovers to my cloud reader. However, the new sample is only viewable on my PC via amazon cloud reader; it is not on the Cloud library of my Fire HDX. I doublechecked that the Fire HDX is still listed in ManageMyKindle as a registered device ... it still is. All of my devices are registered under a single Amazon account. Lastly, I went back to the Amazon listing of each of the four hardcovers I purchased today and see that all four offer a free downloading sample to any of my Kindle Devices. So I selected my device as my Fire HDX and that particular book sample immediately downloaded to my Fire HDX.

So here is my question ... is the Amazon post-purchase offer of free Kindle sample following purchase of a hardcover book the same thing as the free sample kindle downloads shown on many Kindle ebooks on their purchase listings?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2014 2:26:16 PM PDT
I would imagine it is. It may be advertised differently, because folks who never buy Kindle books may not know about them or the sample feature.

Samples also aren't stored on your Cloud, they have to be sent individually to each device. You stumbled on that it seems, that is the explanation for it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2014 2:26:29 PM PDT
Tom - Yes. If that one book sample only went to your Cloud Reader, it may not be compatible with your Fire HDX.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 2:27:55 PM PDT
I must be missing something. Why would you want a sample after you've already bought the book? I routinely get samples of Kindle books before I buy them, but why sample afterwards?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2014 2:29:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2014 2:30:29 PM PDT
When you order a hardbound or paperback book.

All the Prime ranting fuzzed your brain? ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2014 2:33:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2014 2:34:51 PM PDT
I still don't understand. I get that this is about paper books, but to me that still begs the question. Why do you want a sample of something you've already bought? Do you take a car for a test-drive after you've already signed the purchase papers?

And I'll have you know that my fuzzed brain had nothing to do with Prime, and please!! don't start that rumor or all the other oh-so-entitled Prime members will want theirs fuzzed, too............... even though that's already been taken care of by mother nature.............

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2014 2:35:35 PM PDT
I don't know. I guess in case you want to read part of the book before it arrives in the mail? Or you also may want a Kindle version?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2014 2:38:14 PM PDT
Ref M Francis ..." Why do you want a sample of something you've already bought? "

Well, you'll have to ask Amazon about that since Amazon offered that upon my purchasing a paper book last week and again today. My question above was exploring 1) why it showed up in my Clloud versus on my Fire and 2) if the post-purchase auto-generated sample is the same as the samples listed for ebook buys.

Kindle is new to me so I'm still learning the ropes

Appreciate the timely feedback from the "Kindle Forum Pros" in the preceding posts.

Tom

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 2:39:09 PM PDT
CatChat says:
People have said they enjoy the sample because then they can start reading the book immediately and not have to wait while it's being shipped.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2014 2:46:12 PM PDT
Amazon touts it as a way to start reading the book while you wait for snail mail to deliver your paper version.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2014 3:02:18 PM PDT
They tout the same with AutoRip CDs; listen while you wait for the physical media to arrive.
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