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What is Amazon Whispernet?

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Initial post: Oct 29, 2010 9:40:57 AM PDT
The shipping process on my Kindle started yesterday. I should get it around Nov1 to 5. I got an email giving me some info. I read where we can go ahead and download books via "Amazon Whispernet". What is Whipernet and don't we have to register our Kindle first before we download anything?

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 9:43:48 AM PDT
Angie49 says:
Whispernet is just Amazon's fancy name for thier 3G connection to your Kindle.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 9:53:20 AM PDT
The exact meaning of the term tends to vary. Considering that wifi Kindles still "use" Whispernet, I don't think Amazon is specifically referring to 3G connections.

Basically, it just means a variety of services that Amazon provides to Kindles via "over the air" data connections.

No, you do NOT need to do anything other than register your Kindle to your Amazon account, if it doesn't arrive already registered to your account (it's supposed to but mine didn't).

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 9:55:36 AM PDT
Virgoddess says:
You can start to purchase books you want - and then when you *do* register, they will be waiting for you. It's nice to grab freebies before you even have your Kindle in hand. They will likely be in your archive when you initially get things set up. Or you could start to read on Kindle 4 PC.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 9:56:49 AM PDT
Can I purchase and download ebooks to my Kindle, even though I haven't received it yet?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2010 10:24:35 AM PDT
Rob Kroese says:

Yes, you can. They will get sent to your Kindle as soon as it is activated and connected to Whispernet (probably the first time you turn it on).

Rob Kroese
Author ofMercury Falls

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 10:34:44 AM PDT
Ok, thanks Rob. So I can order books right now and just put them in my library on my computer?

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 11:42:35 AM PDT
krystalspin says:
Click "Your Account". Scroll down to Digital Content, click Manage Your Kindle. You will see if your kindle has been pre-registered (should be if you bought it from the same account) in the Devices section. If so you can buy books and send them directly to the Kindle (if you have activated an app like Kindle for PC, you will have a choice where to send them, a drop-down box).

If the Kindle isn't pre-registered, you can't register it before you get it because you'd need the serial number. In that case, download Kindle4PC and register IT, and buy books (including free books) to that 'device'. Then when you register the Kindle, it will show up as a choice and you can send copies of the books to it in the Orders section (farther down the Manage Your Kindle page). Or from the Archives *on* the Kindle, but for multiple books, Orders on MYK is easier/faster.

If you have two or more devices, you can change their names so that the one you most commonly want to send a purchase to, comes first in the alphabet and so first in the dropdown box, to save you a step.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2010 3:09:20 PM PDT
Thank you, Krystalspin, for the great info. I checked it, as you suggested. It is registered and I noted that I already have a welcome message on there!!:0) So I am good to go.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 5:15:15 PM PDT
Carol--it's not exactly a 'library on the computer'. It's more like (as I understand it) the cloud concept. Amazon keeps your digital library information on it's servers. You download whatever you want from your library to whichever device you are reading. You CAN keep back ups on your computer--but each copy is coded for an individual device. In other words you can't copy or drag a title from your Kindle to your PC or MAC (or other) application. Your desktop (or whatever) app gets it's own copy. You can keep as many or as few of your titles on the actual Kindle--and the rest are available on your archive or digital library on Amazon. You can download via either 3G network, wifi connection or via your computer internet access and sideload with a USB cable. When you buy a title you will specify which device it goes to and whether or not you want to 'transfer via computer'. It's all very easy once you get accustomed to it...but the one thing you don't NEED are computer backups on your hardrive--I do it anyway (in case of loss of internet access, wifi and 3G failure, I still may want to reload my Kindle, but I am paranoid).

If/when you buy titles from somewhere other than Amazon, you would download to your computer and transfer via the USB. These are NOT in your online/digital/cloud/archive with Amazon and you SHOULD have these well backed up (I keep a folder on my desktop, I back up regularly to a hardrive I keep at work and do an SD card periodically--I am a touch paranoid, BUT a lot of the smaller sellers don't keep you backed up and I would lose track of all my purchases otherwise anyway).

More info than you asked for, but hopefully it's helpful, and I was referring to your 'library' comment.


Posted on Oct 29, 2010 5:19:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2010 5:19:56 PM PDT
Miss Carol says:
I'm (hopefully) getting a K3 for Christmas and already have books on K4PC. When (if???) I get the Kindle, will those books just sync up on both devices? Or do I have to do something? If so, what?

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 6:32:05 PM PDT
C. S. Jones says:
As long as the they are on the same account it will appear in the Kindles archive items list where you can download them (or go to the manage my Kindle page on Amazon and send copies to the Kindle from there).

Posted on Aug 20, 2011 8:50:43 PM PDT
I'm getting a my kindle tomorrow after doing weeks of reseraching. I not quite sure I understand this whisprernet. If I get the one that does not have 3g on it and just the wi-fi which I do not have at home, wi-fi I mean. dose that mean if I have it delevered to my computer do I have to pay a delivery fee?? or can I still buy it by the whispernet and wait(we'll say a day or so) till I get some place that does have wi-fi and then download it.

Posted on Aug 20, 2011 9:03:32 PM PDT
"whisper net" is just Amazons trade name for delivering content over the Internet. 3G means it's done by cellphone signal, like checking email on a cell phone. There's no charge (in the US) for this. If you don't have wifi at home, then yes you can wait to download the book until you go someplace with wifi, although you may be better off downloading to your computer then transferring the book to your kindle via the connecting USB cable that comes with the kindle.
In any event, beside to read the Kindle Users Guide that will come as a book already on your kindle when it arrives.

Posted on Aug 20, 2011 9:05:59 PM PDT
PS: check the date on the first posting of this thread. You'll see it's almost a year old. Probably better to start a new one.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 4:07:02 AM PDT
Steve Thomas says:
Kristi, if you're getting your Kindle "tomorrow", it sounds like you're buying at Radio Shack or someplace like that. I recommend buying the 3G with Special Offers. Although it connects by cellphone rather than wifi, there's no charge for the air time, just the one-time extra cost for the Kindle itself.

You only need to connect when you initially register the Kindle, or when downloading books - and it's possible to download your books to a computer with a USB cable and transfer them manually. However, there's a browser in the Kindle, and sometimes when on the road, I wish I could pull out my Kindle and google an address. Since I have to find a wifi hotspot to use the Kindle, it's easier to just stop at a gas station and get misinformation there.

You probably can pick up a wireless router for nearly *nothing* in the Black Friday sales. Staples and OfficeMax are especially competitive at this. Plug the router into your internet connection, and connect with your computer to the router (most wireless routers have four jacks for connecting if your computer isn't WiFi capable), and you'll be able to configure your router to let your Kindle connect via WiFi.

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 10:51:48 AM PST
Maxi says:
I don't like the idea that ebooks from Amazon are only readable on Kindle. Ebooks purchased from other vendors can be read on various ereaders, not necessarily the vendors. This is the particular reason I refuse to purchase a Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 10:53:13 AM PST
Well, good for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 10:53:46 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
So you came here JUST to tell the world that?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 10:54:33 AM PST
☼Becky☼ says:
I read my Kindle books on my iPhone, my iPad, my PC and my Kindles. Sorry that won't suit your purposes. Perhaps you should get a Nook.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 11:00:27 AM PST
J. Gatie says:
Great. Now please explain to us the particular reason you refuse to purchase a life that isn't so boring that you have to come here and post this tripe? *rolleyes*

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 11:03:13 AM PST
L. Leverton says:
No they can't. If you buy from barnes and noble you can only read them on a nook , if you buy a kobo you can only buy from their store. Same with the others.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012 11:04:34 AM PST
CLS10 says:
"if you buy a kobo you can only buy from their store. "

Not true, a kobo owner could buy books from Kobo, Sony, Google Books, and the like. They just couldn't get books from BN due to a different drm.

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 1:13:58 PM PST
Alyssa says:
How long does it take for ur kindle to get it? Cuz i bought a book on my kindle fire and afterwards it said " we sent it to u via amazon whispernet" and i got it a couple mind ago n I'm curious as to wat whispernet is.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 4:56:59 AM PDT
Having read through most of these messages - I'm looking for clarification and have two questions: (1) I have a tablet PC with e-reader option and understood that I would be able to freely download the Kindle software for it - is that right? and if so, does anyone have a link to the download please? and (2) Because it's not a Kindle - does that mean I can't download anything I buy from Amazon, directly to my tablet? (but if I AM able to do this - can anyone supply the basic steps please?) Thanks :-)
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