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What happens to the books on the kindle when you deregister it?


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Initial post: May 26, 2011 7:55:40 AM PDT
Shalene says:
My mother had a kindle and she gave it to me. I have a few books on there that I am reading and would like to read. What happens if I deregister it and sign me up? Will I lose those books?

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2011 8:01:10 AM PDT
Mary Jane says:
Shalene, any books that are on the Kindle will stay there. What you will lose is access to your mother's archive. That is attached to her account. If you delete a book from the Kindle, you will not be able to get it back but it will stay there if you do not delete it.

Posted on May 26, 2011 8:03:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 26, 2011 8:26:59 AM PDT
Chilihead says:
Bufo Calvin recently blogged about this. Apparently Amazon has recently changed their policy and the answer is yes. You can't transfer content to a new owner when you transfer ownership of the kindle. However, if you deregister and reregister under the original account name then the books stay put but now there's a change in the menu option that indicates the original account name.

Edit: I fond the post. It's on his I Love My Kindle blog dated May 19.
"Deregistering the kindle will remove all content from the device"
Bufo tested this by deregistering his kindle and reregistering back under his own name. The content stayed put (good news for those deregistering/reregistering as a child safety measure or to recover collections). But...... when he went to Home-Menu-Settings there was now a new message "This device and any content purchased in the kindle store are registered to the user shown below <person's name>"

What I'd like to know is how this will affect changing the name on the original account in order to pass down your library collection to your heirs. I understand if you reregister under a new account then content disappears, but if it's the same account but a different name then does content disappear?
What about multiple devices/users under one account with different names?
I'm confused.

Posted on May 26, 2011 8:13:43 AM PDT
Plavalaguna says:
I was sharing an account, and when I de-registered and got my own account, whatever books had been on my Kindle stayed there, but I understand that if I were to need to re-boot the Kindle, those books (not being in my archive) would be lost. When a little software glitch appeared, one of the options was to re-boot, but I refused to do that, and another way around the problem was found.

Posted on May 26, 2011 8:26:39 AM PDT
Shalene says:
Thanks everyone! You guys have been really helpful! I think I'll just finish up the books i have and then wait and register on my name. =)

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 4:39:08 PM PST
I am still unclear on this topic. I purchased a kindle as a gift and I want to load with content. I thought I could register it under my account and then switch it to the person I'm giving it to.

Will the content stay on the device?

Thanks,

Holly

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 4:42:44 PM PST
Hi Mary, are you an Amazon employee? I left a message on this thread, but what is the best way to give a kindle as a gift with some purchased content? Should I register it under my account and load books, then deregister once I give it away? Will the content stay on the device?

Thanks so much,

Holly

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 4:50:35 PM PST
No, please don't do that. If you want to give someone Kindle books, use the "Give as Gift" button on the book page.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 5:01:17 PM PST
 Ann says:
Holly - If you're giving the Kindle as a gift, it would be best to send books as gifts rather than registering the Kindle to your account and loading books. If you load content from your account, the books may stay on the device, but won't 'belong' to the recipient. If they ever get deleted, or if the recipient gets a different Kindle in the future, s/he won't have access to those books.

There's a 'send as a gift' option on the product pages for e-books. You specify the recipient's email address and the delivery date, and then the recipient can accept the book and have it in his/her account.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 5:14:06 PM PST
Holly: Amazon's terms of service prohibit giving somebody a Kindle with books on it that were purchased on your account, unless they're going to keep it registered to your account. As Kindlewurm says, your best bet is to "gift" the books to the account the Kindle will be registered to using the "Give as Give" button on the books' product pages.

And to answer your other question - you won't get responses from Amazon in this forum. Everybody here are just other customers like you, just with some more experience with the Kindle and Amazon's policies.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 11:55:17 AM PST
Borrower says:
I am borrowing a kindle fire for a trip out of the country. If I download books/content to this kindle under my own account, then return the kindle but end up buying my own, will my account still have all materials on that new kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2012 12:13:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 14, 2012 12:14:57 PM PST
Best way is to give them a gift card along with the Kindle if you want to load them with some content as well. Any content you download apps/books/movies stays with the account so when you deregister the Kindle so they can register they will not have access to that content (not sure about books already downloaded and what happens when a sync is done).

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2012 12:14:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 14, 2012 12:14:25 PM PST
The content is account bound not Kindle bound. Any new Kindle you register to YOUR account will have your content available.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 12:14:54 PM PST
Borrower says:
cool. Thanks

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 6:33:51 PM PDT
Sydni says:
I have had my kindle fire for awhile It is my baby and I have EVERYTHING on it.
I made my account back in December. And never had to do anything with it except add gift cards, but recently I triednto add one and it asked for my password. I had never had to log in after that day in December and I could not remember my password! I tried everything, and it wouldn't send to my email.

I was thinking about making a new account. Would the stuff on my kindle be lost? Am I even aloud to make a new account? Do you have any advice on how to get my password back?

Thanks people!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 7:22:36 PM PDT
If you make a new account you will lose your library. Click that "Help" link at the very top of this page, then click the "Contact Us" button that you'll see on that page. Customer Service will be able to help you recover your password.

Posted on May 11, 2012 8:38:46 AM PDT
Lea Ann says:
My situation is slightly different. My husband bought me a Kindle last year & put it under his account. I left it there, thinking that I could read his Kindle books, too. Well, since that time I've bought my own books & have not read a single book that he bought... Ha.

Regardless, I recently purchased Amazon Prime on MY account. Obviously I wasn't thinking clearly, but I thought since he would "link" to my Prime that his account would receive the lending library, too. Well, that isn't the case. Now I'd like to deregister my Kindle from his account & add it to mine, enabling me to use the Kindle lending library. But, of course, I do not want to lose the books I bought under his account, especially since I am in the middle of a couple of them.

Any suggestions?

Posted on May 11, 2012 8:48:08 AM PDT
Lea Ann, the books won't disappear from your Kindle (unless it is a Fire), but they won't be in your Archives (they are in the Archives of the account they were purchased under). Once you delete them, they are gone. Unless you re-register to your husband's account.

Posted on May 11, 2012 8:51:31 AM PDT
Lee Ann - it would be much easier to cancel your Prime subscription and order it on his account instead, then make your account the guest. That way you get all the benefits - Prime lending and videos on your Kindle, and free shipping on your own account. Besides, who knows - maybe you'll find a book you both enjoy.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 7:34:31 PM PDT
Lucille says:
So I mistakenly sent a book to my kindle from my sisters iPad, when the book was really for her. My plan is to dereguster her kindle app and sign into my own. Will that make all the books on her app dissear forever?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2012 9:44:48 AM PDT
Not forever - they'll still be in her account, but she won't be able to access them without de-registering from your account and re-registering to her own. Why don't you just return the errant purchase and then purchase it on the correct account, or as a gift. You don't need to screw around with her iPad.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2012 7:37:58 AM PDT
Lucille says:
Thank you for you advice but I'm not quite sure how return the errant purchase

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2012 10:06:12 AM PDT
On the account where you bought the book go to http://amazon.com/myk, click "Actons..." on the book, and select "Return for refund"

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 1:13:43 PM PDT
Yes I bought my daughter a kindle and it was registered in her sister's amazon account but then her kindle stopped working and she couldn't turn it on then i bought my son one and he was able to download apps from her kindle then i deregistered both of them then put it in my account now all their books apps and music are gone

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 1:15:17 PM PDT
Yes I bought my daughter a kindle and it was registered in her sister's amazon account but then her kindle stopped working and she couldn't turn it on then i bought my son one and he was able to download apps from her kindle then i deregistered both of them then put it in my account now all their books apps and music are gone
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