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Initial post: Nov 14, 2011 10:08:13 AM PST
I love gadgets that I can figure out - my first and second Kindle still work fine, but I ordered the Touch. I will leave the second version for my husband, although he hardly ever reads. But I am unsure what to do with my first Kindle. It still works and someone might really appreciate it - any ideas on who/where to donate it?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011 10:11:34 AM PST
☼Becky☼ says:
I think that is a great idea. You can try nursing homes or the hospital. I bet they could really use a Kindle.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 10:11:44 AM PST
You could give it to a family member, friend, or neighbor. I am sure they would be very appreciative.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011 10:11:50 AM PST
Don't you have any family or friends who could make use of it?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011 10:13:07 AM PST
I'll bet most nursing homes wouldn't take them. They typically don't want expensive electronic devices kept there. They have all they can do just to care for the patients well.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011 10:13:25 AM PST
I think everyone in my family who would use one has one, although I could ask my niece. If I donate it to a nursing home, they need to have their own Amazon account, right and I don't know if that's possible.
Do I just "de-register" it on my Amazon when I give it away?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011 10:19:17 AM PST
☼Becky☼ says:
Seems to me it would be worth asking.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 10:19:21 AM PST
D. Smithee says:
Second generation and newer Kindles can be donated to soldiers through this organization:

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011 10:20:03 AM PST
☼Becky☼ says:
Unless you end up giving it to a family member and you don't mind if they share your account, then, yes, you need to deregister it.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 10:22:26 AM PST
Skeezix says:
Our public library has a special ereader program for assisted living/nursing home folks and have some Kindles and Nooks for that purpose. We can volunteer to go to the facilities and teach people how to use them. So at least here the library and resident facilities are willing to take the chance. And I think it's a great idea to explore donating to those places.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011 10:32:18 AM PST
Yes, I like that idea. Have you volunteered yet or do you know anyone who has?

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 10:32:53 AM PST
Sara Rice says:
I was wondering about this exact thing. I bought my kindle last year and I really don't like the keyboard so I want to buy the touch when it comes out. Does Amazon do a buy back or upgrade type of thing or is it best to simply donate it?

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 11:56:52 AM PST
Sandie Weir says: This was started by Len Edgerly & another guy. Len does a weekly podcast on the Kindle. Sandie

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 12:34:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 18, 2013 10:19:03 PM PST
Mark Isero says:
You could donate your old Kindle to my ninth grade students in San Francisco and Oakland! My Kindle Classroom Project focuses on motivating reluctant readers by letting them choose what to read. Right now, I have 15 Kindles, and I'm trying to build a class set of 25. For more information, check out

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 12:52:55 PM PST
T. Cannon says:
Mark your project sounds worthy but this thread is almost a year old so I am betting that the Kindle in question is gone. :-) I hope, however, that your project bears fruit. I think any effort to help kids love reading and opening up those worlds to them is a good one.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 2:24:09 PM PST
We gave our extra Kindle that belonged to my Mom to a friend's daughter that has dyslexia. She has found being able to enlarge the words much help.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 3:38:08 PM PST
Sarida says:
There are organizations who collect used Kindles to give to the troops.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 6:33:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012 6:34:55 PM PST
The Blade says:

Unfortunately, they won't take a first gen Kindle which is what the OP has to donate.

We use one of our K1s for recipes, one for reference books, and one for samples.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 7:18:35 PM PST
Angela says:
I'm on Disability and can't afford a tablet of any kind, it would be nice for someone to donate me a kindle, I can prove I'm on disability if I need to to the person I have nothing an my doctor said it would be good for me to have a tablet cause I have a hard time leaving the house, I need to do something read play games puzzles all on a table would be greatly appriciated for someone like me on a fixed income, please contact me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2013 7:21:31 PM PST
Angela says:
I don't know if you saw my post but I'm on disability and can't afford a tablet of any kind my doctor would like me to have one because part of the reason I;m on disability is I can't leave my home, I would appciate a kidle for you to donate to me? I will give you my phone number if you reply. I have no money I'm on a fixed income.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2013 7:30:10 PM PST
P. M. H. says:
Angela, it is never a good idea to list your email on a public forum.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2013 7:55:28 PM PST
Angela says:

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2013 8:08:01 PM PST
King Al says:
Because you might get lots of spam or worse.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2013 8:10:12 PM PST
Angela says:
Ok thank you I didn't know.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 7:45:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 14, 2014 7:46:53 AM PST
There's a lot of good options for donating your Kindle. Personally, I would donate to the Kindle Classroom Project


The KCP focuses on underserved students and has shown to increase the reading levels by a large margin
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