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How many Kindles can you have on one account?

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Initial post: Aug 23, 2011 7:18:57 PM PDT
Does anyone know how many Kindles you can have on one account?

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 7:19:36 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 23, 2011 7:20:45 PM PDT

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 7:22:10 PM PDT
Actually, I think you can have more than 6 Kindles on an account but most books only allow you have the book on 6 devices at any given time.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 7:23:21 PM PDT
There is no limit to the number of devices you can have registered to the account.

The limit is on how many of those devices can have a given book at the same time. Usually, that number is six. That means that 6 of any combination of devices (Kindles, PC, iPhone, etc.) can have the same book at one time. If someone wants to add it to a 7th device, first someone must 1)remove the book from a device and 2)sync that device. That frees up the license and now another device can have it.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 7:25:50 PM PDT
PRBC says:
I've had as many as 5 Kindles, 2 cell phones and maybe 4 or 5 computers. If I had named the different computers, I could delete those that have died. I don't think there's a limit, except as noted above, that only so many (usually, but not always 6) can have the same book open at the same time. That depends on the license on the particular book.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2011 7:26:51 PM PDT
GeekyGal says:
Actually, there is not a limit on the number of Kindles [or apps] on an account, as far as I know. The limit of 6 relates to the most common number of devices which can have a given book loaded at one time. Some books have unlimited device licenses, some have one or two. If you have 2 Kindles, a Kindle for PC, Kindle for android, Kindle for iPhone, Kindle for Mac, Kindle for iPad -- you have more than 6 "kindles" registered to your account. If you then get another Kindle which wants to read the same book [assuming the license number of 6], you need to delete it from one of the others.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 8:26:42 PM PDT
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The Blade says:
"No limit" is the correct answer. I currently have 8 devices on my account, 5 Kindles and 3 PCs.

6 is the standard number of devices that can load the book at any one given time, as M. Francis & GeekyGal said. If the product description page is silent on this, it will have a limit of 6. Else it will tell you what the limit is.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 8:47:49 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
That number six is a common misconception. I think that comes from the default number of simultaneous device licenses.

You can have an unlimited number of devices on one account. You could literally have a thousand people on the account and all read the same book for one purchase price. Not, typically, at the same time.

We currently have ten devices on our account, for example.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 9:10:45 PM PST
I have six kindles currently on my account. I want to add a 7th. Anyone know how I do that? It doesn't appear as an option on the Manage Your Devices page to add another device.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 9:26:45 PM PST
You just register it to your account. But first, it has to be de-registered, if it is registered to another account.

I have 10 kindles on my account, including two fires. That does not even include the two I gave to my daughter and son-in-law. Oh no, I think that means I'm a Kindle Hoarder.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 10:15:33 PM PST
@Jeanne: The information at the start of this thread is wrong. You can have as many devices as you like registered on your account. The limit of 6 is for the number of devices that can have an ebook on it at the same time (usually).

And you have to register the device to the account using the menu item on the device or app - you can't do it from the Manage Your Kindle page.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 10:49:36 PM PST
Thanks, John.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 11:32:14 PM PST
@Jeanne: You are very welcome. :>)

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 2:52:42 PM PDT
We use kindle to download textbooks for our high school. I've MANY iPads on the same account. The number of devices that can have the same book at the same time is determined by the licensure of each individual book. Some textbooks allow only one device to have the book at a time while others will allow us to download it to up to 10 devices. We simply purchase it to as many devices as it allows and then purchase another book and continue to download until we have all that we need.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2013 3:00:05 PM PDT
We have just recently purchased kindles for our high school and want to start downloading novels to the kindles. If the novels are free, then can we have them on every kindle (50 of them) at the same time?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2013 3:07:40 PM PDT
No. Just because a book is free at this moment does not imply that you can put on numerous devices. When you look at the product page just below the description of the book is information regarding how many devices a book can be on simultaneously. I have never tried to purchase a free book more than once but That is what you would need to find out how to do (which I would bet is the same as with a $value book -- once it is on 6 devices you are prompted to purchase a new copy to add to more devices).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2013 3:54:45 PM PDT
There are some books (usually the self-published ones) that have unlimited simultaneous usage. There are also places that have out-of-copyright books that are free and can be loaded to as many devices as you want. If this is for an English class, for example, you can get all of Shakespeare, Austin, Trollope, Twain, et al, in places like gutenberg, mobileread, and the like.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 4:30:29 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
Product Details
File Size: 374 KB
Print Length: 196 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456498231
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Lending: Enabled

Here's an example of the table on the product page for 'Works of Edgar Allen Poe, Volume 2'
Note that this one says Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Some books say 5, some say 1, some don't say.
If the Details section doesn't mention Simultaneous Device Usage, then that book allows the default, which is 6 copies in use at one time. It doesn't mean 6 ever. In order to free up a usage license, delete it from one device and sync with wireless on. Then you can download to another device.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2015 7:52:32 AM PST
Hey guys,

I'm looking at getting 12 of the new $50 kindle with cases for my classroom. I have not owned an e-reader before so I'm unfortunately not knowledgeable at all about some of the hurdles I might come upon using them in my class. It sounds like I can buy a new book and install it on six different kindles. I am wondering about something when I put them into my cart online however. It asks me if I want to link them to an account (which it sounds like I would so that I can put a single book on multiple devices) but I'm worried about issues this will present if they are linked to the school's prime account. Will I need access to that account to purchase books then and to install the books on multiple devices etc.? Will this present any issue with students making purchases etc. on devices when they are linked to the school's prime account?


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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2015 12:44:50 PM PST
T. Cannon says:
Actually I don't think you can buy multiple copies. You have to remove the book from one device to free up a "slot" and then it can be downloaded to another device.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2015 1:05:05 PM PST
njack26 says:
You will need to have an account with a credit card, and you will have to use that account to buy a book, so yes, you will need access to the account that the Kindles are registered to.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2015 1:34:30 PM PST
Beavis says:
Amazon has an alternative program for using the Fires in classroom settings. You should probably contact Amazon directly rather than just ordering a bunch of them and then trying to figure out how/what to order for them.
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