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Initial post: May 14, 2014 12:23:32 AM PDT
Steve Scott says:
How do I determine which Kindle account I'm using now? I've had 6 over the years, because I like to give them away to family member, but I'm trying to download a book, and I tried the last number, but it doesn't seem to work. Shouldn't there be a reference number somewhere?

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2014 1:13:21 AM PDT
CatChat says:
amazon accounts are tied to emails, which is also used as the username for that account. using a specific email and the correct password is the only way to enter an account. do you not know which amazon account your kindle is registered to? if it is registered all you need to do to download a book is click on the cloud and click on which book you want to download.

Posted on May 14, 2014 2:28:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2014 9:30:44 PM PDT
What do you mean when you say 'click on the cloud' to download a book? I know you are referring to the Amazon cloud, but which one, and what button or URL or icon do you click? Where, exactly, is it located? I am needing to know to which Kindle each of 125+books went to, but i no longer have my old Kindled to be able to crosscheck to see what's missing on my 4th Kindle, so I can download the books that were sent to an old Kindle by mistake.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2014 2:54:47 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2014 2:59:46 AM PDT
CatChat says:
contact customer service. click on the blue Help link at the top of the page then click the yellow "contact us" button.

ETA: see also the separate thread you started:

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2014 9:23:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2014 9:48:48 PM PDT
Thanks so much for this suggestion, CatChat. I hope that Customer Service has a solution. I do understand what 'Kindle Forum Amateur' is saying - i.e., that I can just download anything that's missing, to my Kindle 4. Problem is, what's missing?

Speaking as a person who spends over 14 hours per day on a computer (7 days a week), I really do need an expedient list of what's where. That way, I can visually cross check what has been downloaded to my Kindles 1, 2, and 3, but is missing from my Kindle 4. I didn't really notice - until way late - that when I buy a Kindle ebook, the Amazon system had begun defaulting the download/delivery to my Kindle 1 or Kindle 2. So some books are missing from my Kindle 4. Having to view a list of more than 125 purchased books online in my 'Manage My Devices' account, and then scrolling through my Kindle 4 to see if each of those 125+ books have been downloaded to the Kindle 4, has no appeal to this screen-weary woman. So hopefully Customer Service can help. Thanks again. Fingers crossed!

Posted on May 15, 2014 10:58:17 PM PDT
Beth Sexton says:

On the e-ink readers like the K4, the books on the Home screen are on the device. The books listed in the Archive (Cloud) are books that are in your account but have not been downloaded to the device.

Just get on the K4, pull up the archives and download everything listed there.

The other way would be to go to and download everything to the K4. If it is already on the K4 it will not download it again.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2014 11:22:22 PM PDT
Thanks, Beth. I didn't find a link to 'Archive' or to 'Cloud' (I know there are different Cloud storage areas, but don't know where to access the correct one). So I did the /myk route. I have well over 100 books listed there, but I don't find an option to download 'all' to my Kindle Fire 7 HD (which is labeled as 'My 4th Kindle' in my account). I see only individual drop down lists - one per book. Is that the only way to do it - one button at a time? Hopefully not, given that I am looking at over 100 books. I am hoping for an 'expeditious one-touch' option. :-) Thanks!

Posted on May 15, 2014 11:30:07 PM PDT
P.S. to Beth: Well duh, I just realized that you meant I should access the 'Cloud' that is seen at the top of the list of books on the screen of my Kindle Fire 7 HD - not on the Amazon website. Ok - got that. And so I am assuming that any book that doesn't have a checkmark beside it has not been downloaded to my Kindle. Right? If so, you get the Golden Kewpie Doll Award of the year for this great tip. Woot! Many thanks, Beth.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2014 11:35:29 PM PDT
Miss Carol says:
To answer your question - no there isn't currently a way to download "all" at the same time. Each book that the Kindle downloads, it also needs to index (recognize every word so the dictionary and search features will work). If you try to load too many at one time, it will freeze the device. You need to decide for every book whether or not you want it / need it on there.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2014 5:48:15 AM PDT
May I ask why you need the downloaded books on each device to be identical? I'm not picking at you; you can do it however you like. I just don't understand.

That said, I have like 11,000 books, so it's virtually impossible for me to have all of them on ANY device at all.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2014 6:55:06 AM PDT
Also, the default is the e-ink Kindle whose name comes first alphabetically. If it's not the one you want to be the default, change any or all of their names so No. 4 comes first.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2014 7:03:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2014 7:08:01 AM PDT
Hi Folina. I don't think I explained this very well. I don't want or need the books on all 3 to be identical. I don't have access to the other Kindles and may never have, as they are in another state. I haven't had access to Kindle #1 for 4 years, or Kindle #2 for over a year - and I may not be able to get my hands on either one of them again.

The problem is that there were books on each of those that I have never read. To complicate this, in the past year, Amazon has downloaded a number of the books I've bought to Kindles 1 and 2 by default, instead of delivering them to Kindle #4. I have lost track of which those are, in both situations.

I wanted to find a way to quickly identify the books that I have not yet read that are sitting in the Kindles I can't lay hands on .... so that I can download them to Kindle #4, without having to research the list of of 100+ books online and then individually look for them on the Kndle 4 to see if they were ever downloaded to 4, or not.

But one of you good people (Beth) provided the answer for me: On my K#4, I just needed to switch into cloud mode to view ALL the books I have bought over the years. If it has a check mark next to it, it's already on my K#4. If no check mark, that means it's never made it to the K4. And if I have never read it, then I can just download it to K#4 by simply tapping on it. What a brilliant idea! Fast and simple. And many thanks to Beth for putting me onto the right track!

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2014 7:08:16 AM PDT
I guess my observation is that 100 or so books isn't that many. You should have been able to be DONE by now, even if you were opening each product page here on Amazon and deciding if you wanted it downloaded or not.

Two tabs open to MYD&C. Click, open book. View it. Decide. Go to other tab. Click "send to Kindle". Done. The whole thing shouldn't take more than 60-90 seconds.

It doesn't MATTER what's on the other Kindles. Just look at your book list and send what you want to read NOW to your current Kindle.

I think you need to forget the other Kindles ever existed.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2014 7:16:24 AM PDT
Whew. Okay, I didn't realize that YOU didn't realize that you CAN see all of them. Now it makes much more sense (I didn't understand why you were struggling).

I'm so glad you found that Cloud view!

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2014 7:23:27 AM PDT
Amazon doesn't randomly download the purchase. When making the purchase you designate where it will be delivered. If you wish them to be delivered to a device in your possession and it is an eink device you will need to change the device name so it appears first in alphabetical order thus making it the default delivery spot.

To change the device name you go to manage your content and devices, on the left list of choices choose manage your devices, find the device you wish to have the books delivered and rename. For my default device I have the name start with the number 1.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2014 7:25:49 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
unless the others are e-ink kindles and the preferred kindle is an android device (Fires are) because they always come after e-ink kindles unless they're the current crop of Fires

long story short - check

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2014 7:43:31 AM PDT
True. I belive the OP has an eink device renaming should eliminate the "the keep sending it to the wrong device" .... However for others that could be an issue.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2014 9:21:35 AM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
AliceinDallas, I am glad you got that working for you. I misunderstood when you said Kindle 4, I thought you were saying you had a K4 (Basic) so my instructions were for an e-ink reader.

You are smart to have figured out how to adapt it to a Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2014 7:29:58 PM PDT
When you have lived as long as I have, you become adaptable by necessity! And, the 'work-around' is the name of the game when dealing with devices of any type, right? Thanks again, Beth. You get the prize for this one.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2014 7:38:08 PM PDT
Thanks, BratKat. What a great idea. I'll rename it 1stNLine <lol>. That should take care of the situation until I upgrade to a newer Fire.
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