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buying 3 paperwhites for nephews-son but want to share books

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Initial post: Dec 31, 2013 1:55:28 AM PST
AKskookum says:
Buying 3 K paperwhites wi-fi for use in 2 different states in different households. Want to know best way to manage a shared account for kids so I or they can buy books in shared library. They won't have access to my payment info. but as teens will share any password so all can download reading material. Best way to set up? Separate email? account in my name as a gift-will this restrict their ability to get books?

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 3:39:00 AM PST
Grimwinder says:
To access the same books, they'll all have to be registered to one account. To restrict purchases on the account you'll need to use prepaid cards or gift cards as the payment option.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 3:58:28 AM PST
AKskookum says:
So I can set up teen account with pre-paid gift card credit from time to time but link it to a main account I control with Prime associated with it? I usually enter a Debit card each time I order from Amazon from my own account. And I buy Kindles as a "gift" from main account?

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 4:22:27 AM PST
Grimwinder says:
No, you create a new Amazon account and just register the devices to it. If I were doing this same thing now (I will be in a couple of years) I'd do this, say for 3 kids-

Set up a new account. Buy the Kindles and register them to it. Put a card on the account with 75 dollars and explain to the kids that they have 25 dollars each to spend on books until you say they can spend more. Tell them they *must* send you a link to any book *before* they buy it for approval. That if they break the rules, they'll lose the Kindle for 2 weeks, then a month, then permanently on the 3rd offense.

Then, you do the old Reagan with the Soviets system- Trust but Verify. If you give them the option to buy books themselves, they can abuse it. So, on a regular basis, log into the account and check the books on the Manage My Kindle page, and delete any that you didn't approve, and punish as necessary. Takes a bit of effort on your part, but as far as I can think, it's the only way to give them the power to buy their own books and still make sure they aren't buying things you don't wish them to.

There's no need to link it to your Prime account, unless you're trying to give them the free shipping perk. If you want them to have access to anything else, you'd have to register them to the Prime account, they can't be registered to more than one, and then all of your books will be available to them as well as any they buy.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 5:33:16 AM PST
The other option would be for each of them to create a separate Wish List, and Aunt could gift those books specifically. That way she controls how often, how much, and whose books are getting purchased.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 5:36:45 AM PST
Grimwinder says:
The Wish List option might be simpler, that way you don't have to answer/track multiple emails form them, good call.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 6:05:40 AM PST
There is no such thing as a teen account. You really need to involve their parents in this discussion. They may not think that you or their cousins are appropriate arbiters for what their children are reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 4:05:59 PM PST
AKskookum says:
This is really great info and advice as is below wish list idea. I am about the only one who buys books for them and hence, the Kindles to make is easier in bush Alaska and more exciting. They can then give me titles they see discussed online or hear about. Thanks all. Grimwinder should write a parenting tips column.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2014 6:12:03 PM PST
AKskookum says:
Well sorry for beating a dead horse and all the 2 PW Kindles from Amazon,power adapters, cases- still in box, got the prepaid gift card with expiration date... Setting up with downloaded books soon for pre-teens in 2 bush Alaska families with no access to town library but have wifi. Since I have an Amazon( with new Prime) account myself (and no Kindle so no stored books)..I could register them under it but with Parental controls, passwords, separate profiles etc. Then when I order another Kindle this week for son, age 14, all the boys could share resources-as they age into older titles? I just have to keep 1-Click turned off and be careful of payment options or posted debit card. No one has access to my computer or Amazon password so does this sound safe for ' $ oopsies." They could still notify me of titles wanted. Could they post a gift card credit themselves if someone ever handed them one like they get with iTune cards? If I ordered a non-book gift for them, would they be able to see my purchase list? Sorry if sound dense. Just getting over the concept of reading a book from a screen! Any downfalls to teens registered to my Prime account? (free tv show watching?) Thanks much.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2014 6:16:04 PM PST
Pretty much "Yes" to everything. I would still recommend a Kid Account for the 3 boys to share. Prime isn't really useful to them on Paperwhites.

If you keep them on your account, yes, they'll see it, including purchases you make. ALL purchases.

If I were doing this, I'd start a free web mail and a an Amazon account just for Da Boyz and manage their library with that.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 7:32:04 PM PST
Grimwinder says:
And to add to what Frozina said, with Paperwhites, you don't have to worry about anything they could watch, as the PWs don't have audio or video capability and only very limited web ability. They are pretty much just pure eReaders. The only content they'll be able to use from your account is "printed" material like books, newspapers, and magazines. Hope they enjoy your very generous gift!

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 8:28:54 PM PST
One other thing you might want to sort out before all this gets going - what happens to the account later on? The books purchased on the account (or gifted to it) belong to the account. They will not be able to transfer the books to individual accounts later on. You may want to figure out some agreement as to what happens then.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2014 6:37:26 AM PST
AKskookum says:
all good tips and enacting them today. Thanks.
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