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Initial post: 4 Aug 2012 10:34:03 BDT
I have a new Android tablet, and have installed the Kindle app. on it.
I want to make the tablet available to all the family, but I would like to keep control of purchases. The Kindle uses 1-click ordering, which cannot be turned off. How do I stop "accidental" or even deliberate purchases using my account without my permission?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2012 10:43:34 BDT
Denis Powell says:
On my tablet you have to buy through the website. Using the "Shop in Kindle Store" option in the app simply opens the browser which then displays the website.

The method you use to prevent family members buying through your PC will work equally well with the Tablet.

Posted on 4 Aug 2012 10:55:14 BDT
When I first used the app it did that, went to amazon homepage, but now it shows a "kindle store" screen and requires no signing in. Is there some way of returning the app. to that state? I can't see a menu offering sign in/out.

Posted on 4 Aug 2012 11:07:46 BDT
Sarah O says:
Unfortunately the new Store fronts across all the devices/apps was the latest update and there is no way to change that. You can't deregister apps like you can with Kindles to prevent access, since they need to be registered (logged in) to your amazon account to work at all.

The only way I could see to make it secure would be to go to your Manage Your Kindle, My Payment Settings, and delete your card info and switch it to gift certificate. And then everyone can contribute a little bit of money to a 10 voucher to use for books? It all depends how trustworthy you consider your kids/family.

You will, of course, get an email confirming any purchase or free download via your account, so you can keep track of it easily. If they start abusing it, no Kindle for them!

I have to say though, there are a lot of families who want to be able to SHARE their Kindle access but LIMIT what others can see. And it's always going to be a case of "all or nothing" since the Kindle or the apps aren't meant to be a "for the family" activity. One user, one reader.

If they have their own app-capable phones you can register them to your account with the gift certificate policy and name their devices to identify them (John's phone) so you can see who is spending what.

Posted on 4 Aug 2012 11:12:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Aug 2012 11:18:00 BDT
Denis Powell says:
Deleted in the light of Miss Ord's post below.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2012 11:14:41 BDT
Sarah O says:
I just tested this on my andriod app and unfortunately the app HAS to be signed in/registered to your account to work at all. It just prompts you to log in again when you deregister, which registers it.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2012 11:26:57 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2012 11:28:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Aug 2012 11:32:46 BDT
Denis Powell says:
When I deregistered mine it worked normally for reading books. It wasn't until I tried a Sync that it stopped working, but that may not be the case for all Tablets. Edited to add that when I re-opened the app it asked me to register again, which I did with no problem and no books were lost.

Posted on 4 Aug 2012 11:34:35 BDT
Thank you Denis, and Miss Ord.
I think I am just going to have to keep a an eye on my account, and trust no one will abuse it.
It just seems odd to me that a financial transaction is allowed to occur without a PIN or password.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2012 11:47:20 BDT
Denis Powell says:
Having to enter a user name and password for every purchase made through a Kindle would be, for many, a tedious procedure so "one-click" makes sense for those. I'm not sure the same could be said for purchases through the website but having the same system across all platforms makes life more straightforward in my opinion.

Amazon have enabled Parental Controls on the basic Kindle and as far as books are concerned that's the perfect solution for many. I lend mine to a friend with the Archive, Internet and Store disabled so that she doesn't have to worry about accidentally purchasing a books and she only has access to the books on the Home page..

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2012 11:54:50 BDT
Hmm.. That would be a partial solution. But my Kindle app. on Archos tablet has no such controls. Maybe they will include such in the next update if I hassle them!
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