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Initial post: Aug 5, 2012 1:58:42 PM PDT
I would like to buy a Kindle for my mother. I don't know whether she has an Amazon account. I'd like to add some books to it before her birthday - both some that I will purchase for her, and also some public domain books. Can I do that? I do have my own Kindle application on my computer and my own Kindle app on my iPad, if that makes any difference. I have never researched using a library with it, nor tried Amazon Prime.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 2:00:43 PM PDT
unless you plan on loading books on her kindle always, she needs to be on your account or her own, but yes it can be done

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 2:16:05 PM PDT
Does that mean I can plug it into my computer, buy a book and load it - then take the Kindle to her house and plug it into her computer, have her log onto Amazon (or create a new account), and the book I bought would be on her Kindle? How would it know not to be on my Kindle app?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 2:19:44 PM PDT
❤ Ann says:
You'll need to first decide if you want to share your Amazon account with your mother, or if she will have her own account.

If you share your account with her, her Kindle will be registered to your account, books she buys will be charged to your 1-click payment method, and both of you will have access to all of the books in the account. If you do it this way, you can buy her Kindle with your account and pre-load books for her.

If you (or she) prefer that she have her own account, you will need to check the 'This is a gift' box when you order the Kindle, and she will then register it to her account when she receives it. If she doesn't already have an account, she can set one up during the registration process. You can send gift books to her, by using the 'Give as a Gift' button on a book's product page. She will get an email with a link to accept the gift(s).

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 2:26:38 PM PDT
angels says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 2:28:44 PM PDT
That's wrong. Lent e-books are for two weeks. Gifts belong to the recipient's account forever.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 2:29:53 PM PDT
what ever gave you that WRONG idea?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 2:32:12 PM PDT
❤ Ann says:
You're confusing gifting and lending.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 2:36:31 PM PDT
I didn't know I could lend an e-book.

What is the procedure to give someone an e-book (either by purchasing it from Amazon or from somewhere else)?
What is the procedure to lend someone an e-book?

I'm guessing I need to know that person's Kindle account name.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 2:40:01 PM PDT
No, no, no, do not do this. Buying books on your account as a "gift" for another person is like buying a new car and telling your kid it's a gift for them because you'll let them drive it any time they want - as long as they live in your house and obey your rules. It's a nice gesture, but not really a "gift" because the license still belongs to you. The proper way to actually give someone the gift of a Kindle book is to use the "Give as Gift" button. And angel doesn't know what she's talking about.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 2:45:34 PM PDT
❤ Ann says:
No, you don't need to know a person's Kindle account information for gifting or lending. You only need their regular email address.

Gifting Kindle books - http://amazon.com/help/kindlegift
Lending Kindle books - http://amazon.com/kindle-lending

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 3:50:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2012 4:11:41 PM PDT
Dog Lover says:
Howard,

I just bought 2 gift kindles. I recommend that you set up a separate account, fund it with a gift card, maintain your ownership/access to that account until (if ever) your Mother feels comfortable enough to manage it without your assistance.

You can, from the day it appears on that account as registered (that will be just before they actually ship the device) go ahead and load it up. After she/you have used the Kindle to access Amazon via wifi, all those books will appear on the home page of the device. You do not need to wait until it is physically present to set all that up. If your situation is similar to mine, the only difficulty may be getting that Kindle to access wifi. If you are present you can, no doubt, manage it. It was, um, "interesting" to walk my people through it via long-distance phone calls because they already had an issue with their AT&T wireless set up. Once they had called AT&T to resolve that, the rest went like, well, you know - a goose's digestive system.

If you have Amazon Prime, those benefits will NOT accrue to another account. If you feel those benefits are more useful to your Mother, her Kindle will need to be registered to your account that has Prime.

Helpful?

DL

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 3:52:36 PM PDT
Dog Lover says:
Another point: If the two of you will read a great many common books, it is better to have all the Kindles on the same account. Yes - loaning is possible but ...

All depends on the commonality of your reading preference, IMMHO.

DL

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 4:29:31 PM PDT
bookcrazy says:
Howard-

I am a 60 something girl and I share an account with my husband, my adult daughter, my adult son, and among my three grandsons, an additional kindle is on my account.

We read lots of the same stuff. When my daughter or son wants to purchase a book, they just send a gift card to our account. They seldom purchase books so it is not a big deal. My agreement with the three grandsons is that I will finance any book they want as long as they have permission from either their mother or their father.

How you set up an account for your mom depends on a couple of things: 1. is she computer savy or willing to learn some basic stuff 2. does she prefer not to share an account with you.

If you registered her kindle under your account, you could load up any books that you want her to have. Then de-register it from your account and register it to her account. She would have your books until she archived them. At that time, they would disappear from her kindle. She would not have access to them to put back on her kindle because they are not on her account. You could however, go through the de-register, register, de-register, register process again to put them back on her kindle.

When you are looking at a book to purchase, you can scroll down to see if the book is lendable.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 4:34:40 PM PDT
CLS10 says:
"I just bought 2 gift kindles. I recommend that you set up a separate account, fund it with a gift card, maintain your ownership/access to that account until (if ever) your Mother feels comfortable enough to manage it without your assistance. "

I think this is a good idea only if the OP's mom doesn't already have her own established amazon account. If she does, I'm sure she's prefer to stick with it instead of switching back and forth.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 5:09:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2012 5:17:13 PM PDT
Dog Lover says:
Absolutely agree. I inferred from the OP that she is not a current customer. I should have clarified that!

DL

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 5:13:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2012 5:16:15 PM PDT
Dog Lover says:
Perhaps I wasn't clear.

For accounting purposes, privacy, future independence, non-common reading preferences, etc. a "new" account would be a good idea. If both persons, in the beginning, have the email-address/password information, then each could manage that Kindle's content. At that stage it is, really, the "Kindles" account.

There are many options but the easiest thing in answer to Howard's original posting is that he need not wait until the Kindle is delivered to load it up. It will, however, be automatically registered to the account which he uses to purchase it. If that is his personal account and he wishes to have that Kindle registered to another one, it would be best to set up that account first before he starts buying/loading books onto it. If, as I said, he and his Mother have common reading interests, then sharing an account would be far simpler. The registering/unregistering/registering, etc. to get books back and forth is simply, IMMHO, not worth the effort.

DL

EtA: Whether or not Momma Brazee actually ever uses the computer may be moot. All the book transactions can be done directly from the Kindle device. BTW - I am assuming this isn't a Fire Kindle in question. If it is, I have NO idea how differently things are managed with that device.
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