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Initial post: Dec 24, 2011 5:18:42 PM PST
Judi says:
I bought myself a Nook Tablet yesterday, I would like to give my kindle to my co-worker's daughter, is it possible to do so? What would I have to do to make the kindle usable so my co-worker can open her own account for the kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2011 5:20:42 PM PST
L. Fields says:
Just de-register it, give it to her, and she can register it with her Amazon account. That's very nice of you!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2011 5:22:47 PM PST
Yes, it's possible. Just deregister it from your account. Amazon says that you are supposed to delete all your eBooks from your Kindle before giving it away/selling it, but... =)

If you do decide to give it to your co-worker's daughter without all your eBooks already on it, just reset the factory defaults.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 5:39:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 24, 2011 5:43:10 PM PST
Knuckles says:
You should reset to factory default for 2 reasons:

1) You agreed to do so when you accepted the Kindle license. If you read the license, you will see that you cannot give away books that you have bought. Not ethical and not what you agreed to do.

2) The license on those books will then be tied up permanently if you leave them on the device. You are only allowed to have a book on a set number of devices at any one time. If you do not remove those books from the give-away device, you will have one less available license to use. Remove those books first and you release the license for your future use.

So you should reset to factory default and deregister. Then she can add it to her account with no issues. A very nice thing for you to do for her. :)

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 6:12:16 PM PST
vshow says:
I am a Kindle owner and love it, but I disagree that giving away a Kindle with books to a family member is "unethical". So if my wife and i (who share an account) were to die, it would be unethical for anyone else to read the 300+ books we purchased on our account? If, for example, a family member were to receive our Kindles and kept the account what would be the problem? We paid for the Kindles, we paid for the books. Would it be unethical for a family member to keep our DVDs or CDs or purchased MP3s or movies?

While I agree that it would be unethical to, for example, jail brake a Kindle and remove the advertising screen savers, I think it should be just fine to pass our Kindles and Amazon accounts along to family members. It is not like the price of ebooks is that much cheaper than printed books. What exactly are we paying for? Book lending or ownership?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2011 6:33:59 PM PST
S. Prewitt says:

It would be unethical in the sense that you are violating a contract you willingly accepted. From

"Existing purchased Kindle content already on a device cannot be given as a gift according to the License Agreement and Terms of Use."

Some people take these things seriously. But many people (like you and me) wouldn't think twice about giving our Kindle device, content, and account to someone else. I would sleep well.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 6:39:41 PM PST
srk says:
I just bought a kindle and have decided that I want the kindle 3G Touch and I already have books downloaded to the kindle that I have purchased. My question is, Will I have to purchase those books again to put on the Kindle 3G touch. I am taking the kindle I have now back to the store and want to trade it for the Kindle 3G. I know I have to deregister the Kindle I am taking back. I just dont want to have to purchase the books all over again.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2011 6:41:22 PM PST
GnomeEd says:
No you won't. Your books are connected to your account, not your device.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2011 6:42:13 PM PST
vshow... ditto!
I am not positive, but I'm pretty sure that when you deregister a Kindle all the books disappear. If you leave them on and just give her the Kindle, of course she will have access to your account and buy stuff till the cows come home.. only to be done with people you know and trust...
when I die, I want my Kindle to go to the kid who will read everything on it and in the archives and I have NO reservations about that being a moral AND legal thing to do.. I bought these books. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2011 6:47:57 PM PST
Cyndi G. says:
Also, she is not giving it to a family member. She is giving it to a co-workers daughter.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2011 6:51:08 PM PST
Yes, I know, it was in my post.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2011 6:53:29 PM PST
Not on a regular Kindle, just the Kindle Fire, will the books disappear if you deregister it. All they have to do is deregister it, it will no longer be attached to their account & nobody can buy anything using her account credit card that she has on file.
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