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Kindle FreeTime will not let me add Harry Potter books.


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Initial post: Jul 7, 2014 10:35:10 PM PDT
Has anyone tried to set up FreeTime (I'm doing this on a PaperWhite) and been able to add the Harry Potter/Pottermore books? Am I missing something? The books are on my device and I don't see them in the list of books to add.

I'm very frustrated as these book are part of the reason I got a second Kindle PW.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2014 10:50:02 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
under the help files for the Paperwhite:

"Note: Public library books, personal documents, books from Pottermore or the Kindle Owners' Lending Library catalog can't be added to a profile."

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 1:51:45 AM PDT
C. Chandler says:
this is absolutely ridiculous - I have just bought the Harry Potter books because you can't read the loaned ones and now seems even purchased ones don't show up in the free time library. Amazon you have got to sort this out as it make a mockery of the whole ideal for kids thing - how can Harry Potter not be available unless you turn off all the parental controls. VERY ANNOYED

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2014 2:22:09 AM PDT
HJ Leonard says:
The Pottermore issue isn't Amazon's fault. It's due to the publisher.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2014 2:59:40 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2014 3:17:53 PM PST
HJ Leonard says:
Really? So when did 'Harry Potter' become a personal document or sideloaded set of books? When they were illegally pirated? Uh-huh.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2014 3:27:59 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
books purchased from someone other than Amazon are considered personal documents and here's what it says on the Harry Potter Kindle books listings:

"hese Kindle books can also be purchased at the Pottermore Shop, a third-party site. Selecting "Buy at Pottermore" will take you to the Pottermore Shop, where you will need to create a separate account. Like all Kindle books, books purchased from Pottermore Shop are "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" and will be delivered to your Kindle or free Kindle reading apps. "

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2014 3:29:59 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2014 3:32:20 PM PST
HJ Leonard says:
Right. Not how I interpreted the complaint, however.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2014 7:55:57 PM PST
I was suggesting, since I can download my purchased copies from Pottermore and sideload them myself, that should be the end of it if Amazon hadn't decided to put in an artificial roadblock to getting them into Freetime. I never mentioned pirating anything.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2014 8:05:52 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
no, Amazon decided to let just their books and media be part of FreeTime - you also can't add books from any other source, videos from other sources or music

Posted on Dec 21, 2014 8:16:03 PM PST
Yes, I understand Amazon has decided this. I'm not a fan of this decision, and this is a good illustration of why.

Regardless, here is what they told me about the Harry Potter books specifically:

"Public library books, books from Pottermore, and books borrowed from the Kindle Owner's Lending Library cannot currently be added to a Kindle FreeTime profile from your Kindle Paperwhite.

"If you have a Kindle Fire 2nd Generation, Kindle Fire HD, or Kindle Fire HDX, you can add public library books, books from Pottermore, and books borrowed from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library to your child's Kindle FreeTime profile on your tablet device, and the content will appear in your child's profile on your Kindle Paperwhite."

So, if you have, or want to buy, a kindle tablet you can use it to add the Pottermore books to the paperwhite under Freetime. Given that, I'd hope they'll eventually fix whatever limitation is present only on the paperwhite itself.

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 8:11:45 PM PST
To anyone unaware, Amazon updated the software on the Paperwhite, and Pottermore purchases linked to your Amazon account can now be added to Freetime on the Paperwhite directly.
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