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Initial post: 18 Jun 2013 17:21:34 BDT
My old Kindle with a keyboard is broken. Not worth repairing. I want a Kindle Paperwhite. Can I transfer books on my old Kindle to the new one? If so how?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2013 17:41:45 BDT
Denis Powell says:
No need. As soon as you connect any new device to the Internet all your Amazon ebooks will appear listed in the Cloud tab and can be downloaded from there. You can also send them to any new device from Manage Your Kindle which you'll find listed by clicking on Your Account at the top of this page.

Amazon ebooks are coded to only work on the device or app they're downloaded for. Copying the files from your old Kindle would be a waste of time. They wouldn't work.

Any ebooks you've bought elsewhere and not stored with Amazon can be sent to your new Kindle via email.

Posted on 18 Jun 2013 20:00:29 BDT
Rhodie says:
Hi everyone, I wonder if you can help me. I have bought a Kindle Fire for my mother in law who lives in Zimbabwe, but I want to download a whole lot of books for her before I send it off to her in Zim, if I register the Kindle to my own Amazon account so I can download the books, can she change it and register it to herself when she receives the Kindle? Many thanks...

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2013 20:24:13 BDT
Denis Powell says:
When you deregister a Fire all the media is deleted so what you plan won't work.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2013 21:01:55 BDT
Rhodie says:
Ah OK thanks. If I register it to me then, for her to use in Zimbabwe, will she be able to use my account to buy books and just leave it registered to me?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2013 21:39:01 BDT
@SS: She will be able to use it for a time. However after a time Amazon may note that it is being used full time overseas and raise some questions. They will probably send a polite email asking her to confirm her account details or to amend them to use

This is only my thoughts on the matter.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2013 21:42:23 BDT
Rhodie says:
OK great, thank you for that. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 07:28:59 BDT
K. A. Newton says:
Remember too that if you send the Kindle to Zimbadwe and it is still registered to your account and it gets stolen - anyone finding it can buy e-books off your bank card/account.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 09:54:33 BDT
Rhodie says:
I didn't even give that a thought, so many thanks for that...I think I will refrain from using mine and just get my nephew to set up her own account as I saw many, many free books on there that she does not need to pay for, her favourite being Mills and Boon. Thank you :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 09:57:33 BDT
@SS: IF she is setting up her own account then please remind her that she can start ordering her books (especially if they are free or on offer) right away. They will sit in her Amazon library and she can either start reading them by downloading the free Kindle for PC application or wait until your lovely gift arrives when all the books will be on it.

Hoping that she has many hours of pleasure :) CW.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 10:01:43 BDT
Rhodie says:
I will speak to my nephew and then he can sort it out for her. Many thanks.

Posted on 7 Jan 2014 23:41:59 GMT
joy says:
am thinking of getting a kindle fire but dont want to lose the books on my old kindle which i have not read yet is it easy to transfer them

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2014 00:37:30 GMT
K. A. Newton says:

All you need to do is buy the Kindle Fire.

If you buy it from Amazon on your account it will come registered to you already. Charge it and then switch on and choose your language etc. Connect it to WiFi and select your router's name and enter the security key or password for your router. Once you are connected - - - -

What will start happening is that ALL your ebooks will parade on the carousel of the Kindle Fire. So if you have 500 books or more it'll be a big job to decide which to download fully - - - Long touch each book in turn and you'll get a menu asking if you want to download (on to your Kindle Fire) or to remove from the carousel. Click to remove from the carousel if you are not 100% sure.

Think carefully about your ebooks - you don't want to swamp your Kindle Fire and leave little room for the rest of the things you want to put on it.

The Kindle Fire's Cloud list will contain every single book of yours, the ones that you choose to download on to the Kindle Fire will have a tick on them. The Device's list will just have those fully downloaded on your Kindle Fire listed.

It is so easy to connect to WiFi and download a book of your choice - it is really not worth having hundreds of books on your Kindle Fire. I suggest you to stick to about 50.

I hope you are planning keeping your old Kindle. The Kindle Fire is wonderful but terrible for reading in bright sunlight ie. on the beach or next to the swimming pool.

Posted on 1 Apr 2014 10:48:56 BDT
jane byrne says:
jane D asks, I left my kindle (basic wi fi model) on a plane and it has not been returned to me. I am thinking therefore of replacing. Is there any way all the books stored on the old kindle can be retreived to the new one. Will it make a difference if I buy a paperwhite or am I better sticking to the old model. Do I need to cancel my old account and if so how so, and open a new account.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2014 10:53:39 BDT
Denis Powell says:
You should go to Manage Your Kindle, look to the left for Manage Your Devices, find the KIndle in the list and note the Serial Number down and then de-register it. That will stop the finder being able to buy things on your account. Then you should report the loss to Customer Services.

All your Amazon ebooks belong to the account and those, together with any non-Amazon ebooks that you've saved to the Cloud will be available to download to any device or app registered to the account.

Whether you buy a basic Kindle or a Paperwhite won't matter other than which you prefer. The new Paperwhite is an excellent device with some very nice features.

If you open a new Amazon account you lose access to all the books previously purchased so you shouldn't do that.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2014 11:13:37 BDT
jane byrne says:
How do I report loss to customer services. If I purchase a new kindle today how do I set it up without a new account. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2014 11:16:56 BDT
Denis Powell says:
To contact Customer Services, use the Contact Us button on the right of this page.

If you buy a new Kindle from Amazon it will arrive registered to your existing account. You don't need a new Amazon account. You can have as many Kindles and apps registered to one account as you like. There's no limit.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2014 11:24:31 BDT
HillyDee says:
Hi Denis - you seem to be savvy with the management of the kindle ebooks so perhaps you can give me an answer to this one. I had a KK, it died and a friend gave me his K Touch. I'm all registered etc now but I'd like to be able to transfer all my amazon bought books to the new "K Touch". Do I have to do this one by one or is there a way to transfer them en masse? Also - is there a way to put them into the folders I had on my K Keyboard? Hope you can help. Dee

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2014 11:54:23 BDT
Denis Powell says:
You'll have to download them one at a time from the Cloud tab or send from Manage Your Kindle. There's no bulk sending option at the moment.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2014 11:57:03 BDT
ChrisJ says:
And there are no folders, only collections.
Depending on s/w versions will depend whether you can sync to your previous set of collections (once you have downloaded the books you want - you don't need them all), or whether you use cloud based collections.
Either way, you need to view / sort by collections to see them.

Posted on 5 Apr 2014 12:09:17 BDT
HillyDee says:
Thanks guys. I've managed to download all the books into a collection ("archived items") but I can get to them. I'll just keep it that way so that I know which ones were on my old kindle keyboard.
The other thing I can't work out is how to turn off wi-fi on my kindle touch - I used to do this on the keyboard as this helped prolong battery life. Do I need to do it with the Kindle Touch?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2014 12:20:49 BDT
Denis Powell says:
On the Touch, from the Home screen tap the Menu icon and Wireless On/Off is the very first item.

Posted on 5 Apr 2014 14:23:40 BDT
ChrisJ says:
Books in "Archived Items" are NOT in a collection on the device. Archived Items is a list of all your books in the Cloud that are not on the device. To move them to the device (which you will need to do if you want to read them), you will need WiFi access.

Posted on 28 May 2014 06:45:13 BDT
Peter P. says:
I have bought a Kindle Paperweight and registered it in my name. My wife, also has a Kindle registered in my name. I wish to download a couple of books from my wife's Kindle to my new one. How is this done?


In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2014 07:20:41 BDT
All, repeat ALL of your books purchased on your amazon account are held on your amazon account. They can be downloaded to a billion different devices (small exaggeration) but they always remain registered to your account.

If your wife's kindle has always been registered to your account then the amazon books on her account are ACTUALLY the books on your account. Al you have to do is go to yur CLOUD (or ARCHIVE) which shows every book you have ever purchased and, from your Paperwhite tap/click/touch the cover/title and they will download to your device.

If the books are from some other source then your wife needs to send them to your amazon cloud to integrate them with your library and then you do the same thing - this of course relies on these books not being copy protected.
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