To download your purchase from Manage Your Kindle and transfer via USB:
1. Visit the Manage Your Kindle page (http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle). 2. Locate the item you wish to download in the "Your Orders" section at the bottom of the page. If you have a lot of content, you may need to use the Previous and Next options at the bottom to navigate through all of your content. 3. Click on "Deliver to . . ." next to the title and choose "Transfer via Computer" from the list. 4. Save the file to your computer when prompted by your web browser. 5. Connect Kindle to your computer with the USB cable. 6. Use your computer's file browser to drag and drop the file to your Kindle.
Books belong to the account are are available to any Kindle device / app registered to that account. If Kindles are on separate accounts they have no access to books that don't belong to the account it is registered to. When you do the download you must select the specific Kindle device / app it will be put on since it can only be opened by the Kindle device / app that it is intended for.
If that's the case, then a solution would be to register both Kindles to the same account. You could de-register one of the Kindles, and then register it to the other account. So it could be "My Kindle2".
When Amazon first started selling digital content most families used one email for the whole family. Today everyone in the family has a separate email account even young children. It would be great if Amazon could let you have separate accounts but link them as a family to a main account letting everyone linked share media. They could require that every account had to have a common payment account. So if everyone in your family had the same credit card listed as one of their payment options it could be linked to share content. The master account could then be used to allow the movie rating allowed for each linked account and if that account is allowed to purchase additional content. They could even allow the main account to allot a monthly allowance for each sub account to be charged on the common payment option.
For clarification, if I de-register my Kindle and re-register it to my husband's account, we would not lose the books I have on my Kindle and we could then access each other's existing books? And then any book either of us purchase under the one account would be available to both of us?
You can register any Kindle or Kindle app to any Amazon account for which you know the user ID and password. Deregistering a Kindle from an account does not remove any books. You have to manually delete them.
However, books on your Kindle that belong to a different account or no account are not saved in your archives.
It didn't work for me . . . I had an account that I used to buy Kindle content for my iPhone . . . when I bought my first Kindle I thoughtlessly used a different amazon account . . . so I deregistered it and registered it to the other account, downloaded the few books I wanted to keep . . . then deregistered it and reregistered it to the newer account. But not all of the books I had just downloaded were there after. . .
This sort of happened to me. My mother bought me a Kindle for my birthday and, this being the third Kindle she'd purchased, it came pre-registered to her account with access to all of her books. When I got it home I registered it to my Amazon account. I instantly lost access to all of her books.
My wife downloaded Kindle for PC a while ago, but re-registering the app to my account did not result in combining our libraries, we just lost access to "her" books until we put the registration back to her account.