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Initial post: 10 Oct 2010 17:37:29 BDT
Hello fellow Kindlers,

Could someone tell me if it is possible to share books with my sister in law who also has a Kindle. Thought I'd cracked it to add another mobile device onto my existing one, but you can only register one kindle. Is my only other option to register an additional e-mail address, but if I do that, will they charge me?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on 10 Oct 2010 17:46:14 BDT
I think that the only way for you to share books with your sister in law is by registering her kindle to your amazon account (she'll have to deregister hers from her account first). You should be able to register multiple kindles (and kindle apps) to the same account.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2010 17:49:07 BDT
Hi thanks for the swift reply, but that's just the thing, you are only allowed to register one Kindle to one e-mail address, it's just that I thought I had read in the User Guide that you can share your books with other Kindle users?

Posted on 10 Oct 2010 18:09:49 BDT
Hi everyone,

Just in case anyone else is interested in this. I have just had a look at a video from CNN about this. She is saying you would first of all have to trust your friend, as you would both have to de-register your account and re-register using your friend etc's email address and password, the books would be downloaded, then you would have to read them in their entirety, making sure neither of you bought anything during this time, as the other would be charged for it. Then re-register your own details, at which time, the books would be deleted from your list. She said the only device available to do this on is called a Nook, which probably isn't even available in the UK. Shame, would have been a brilliant idea.

Posted on 10 Oct 2010 18:14:59 BDT
willie wit says:

: )

Posted on 10 Oct 2010 19:15:10 BDT
sharing books on Kindle defeats the object from the point of view of publishers. i.e. maximise profit. If you could share then they would sell less 'books'. That's where we luddites have it over you technos.

Posted on 11 Oct 2010 14:59:42 BDT
ChrisJ says:
LOTS of people DO share books between Kindles.
TYPICALLY, that is husband / wife partner sharing, where they do trust each other. Regsiter the different devices to the same Amazon account. Give them different names / different email addresses. Each person can buy books, and either person can then down-load the books onto their Kindle devices.
If you want to share wider (within a family), then setting up a new Amazon account and registering the Kindle's to that account. Populating the account with gift vouchers rather than credit card details works well.

Sharing wider still (outside the family) is outside the current Amazon market place for the Kindle.

Posted on 18 Oct 2010 14:35:40 BDT
Lesley says:
It is a shame that there is such a performance to this. I have a Kindle and really like it - but with a paperback book I can go to a book shop selling bargain books - for instance I got the latest Patricia Cornwall novel Scarpetta for £2.00 in hardback in one such shop - it is mine, I paid for it and I can share it with anyone I registering or de-registering etc...this could be the Kindles biggest weakness

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2010 16:43:22 BDT
Donato says:
I started a thread with the suggestion that you should have the option to lock down your kindle with a password that allows exceptions.
It would then allow only the exception to be read when powered up, allows no access to your one click account and is also useful for yourself when travelling. It just allows access to the book you are currently reading so if lost no panic about someone else charging to you account. plus any private docs are out of reach.

Just like paper. ;-)

If Amazon can sell and make a profit out of second hand books I don't see why they should object to me doing what I wish with my Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2010 16:44:49 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2010 18:06:00 BDT
Lesley says:
thanks for your response - 'sharing' books does seem the be a feature of the Amazon marketplace when you can get books for as little as 1p

Posted on 9 Nov 2010 18:42:16 GMT
Adriaan says:
It seems amazon is listening -

Not sure when this will be a reality though. Thanks for all the tips though - ChrisJ above has answered my question :-)

Posted on 9 Nov 2010 22:37:43 GMT
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Posted on 9 Nov 2010 22:47:28 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2010 23:07:06 GMT
willie wit says:
Mrs B , I have moved your post into one of its own - entitled `Help`
this should ensure a reply .

Posted on 10 Nov 2010 10:13:11 GMT
ChrisJ says:
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Posted on 10 Nov 2010 10:38:05 GMT
@Mrs C Bryant: @ChrisJ advice is spot on. Just to offer a small suggestion - if the problem is only when browsing the store there is a possible user error creeping in. We have all got used to pc's and stuff working very fast. The Kindle is a bit of a slow old puppy. If you are hitting buttons quickly and leaping from page to page etc. then the poor little thing will eventually just gasp and give up :(
My small suggestion, slow down a bit :) Treat your Kindle as if it was using a zimmer frame when "online" and it may well behave a little better :)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2010 10:40:55 GMT
Lesley says:
Thanks for this information Adriaan I've had a look at this and it sounds like a really fair way of doing it - now all we can hope is that the publishers don't start raising the cost of ebooks as I see some already appear to be doing. I don't think the Bargain Bookshops or Amazon Marketplace will be going out of business any time soon.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2010 22:33:59 GMT
Thank you both for your help, think you are right will slow down and take it easy when browsing, and thank you also for the tip on resetting:-)

Posted on 11 Nov 2010 19:40:40 GMT
You definately can register more than one Kindle to each amazon account (up to six devices), so our sister in law could put her Kindle on your account, but that would mean that she would also have access to your account for one click purchases and so on...

Posted on 28 May 2011 10:54:14 BDT
Keith says:
Have thought about getting a Kindle but having to pay more for books than I do now and then being unable to share them with family and friends, as I do now, it all seems a bit pointless.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2011 13:11:31 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2011 20:19:51 BDT
Keith says:
I suppose it depends on what you read. I've just checked some of the authors I read on Amazon. Julian Stockwin - "Victory" - Kindle £4.91; paperback -£4.31. Bernard Cornwell - "Enemy of God" - Kindle £6.49 paperback £4.69. Ken Follett - "Fall of Giants" ( really big book) Kindle £7.19 paperback £4.49. There were many more. Also I doubt if all my family and friends would want to share my Amazon account or would want me to share theirs. Eventually my paperbacks end up in a charity shop. There is no way that is going to happen with Kindle. I like to know if I buy something I own it, not rent it.

Posted on 28 May 2011 22:16:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 May 2011 22:24:55 BDT
Sascha says:
Just in case there's some confusion when new people read this thread since almost exactly the same discussion happened between me and my brother who got a Kindle first. This is an older thread and the market has changed pretty fast through the thread duration. So, both Damaskcat and Keith are both correct for the times they observed. Specifically,, has been broadly forced to switch from a retail model when Damaskcat was buying books (where they buy ebooks as if they were a physical wholesale retailer and can then discount them however they like because they own them) to an agency model now (where the publisher sets a fixed price for all retailers).

So, more often than the old hands may realise, you will sometimes have books costing a LOT more than typical paperback versions. In fact, they often cost the same as the hardback version and only drop in price to around the paperback price when the paperback is released many months later. Sometimes, they do not drop in price and remain at or near the hardback price. There is nothing Amazon can do about this. The price for many books is now soley determined by the publisher.

There is no simple remedy for your situation at the moment, Keith. You may get lucky with particular publishers directly (i.e. check their websites) with some giving free or low cost ebooks if you buy their paper books. You should note that Kindle is actually an open platform so you can use it as a general document reader, including pdfs or format converted ebooks from other vendors. Most other ebook vendors publish to at least EPUB format but this is easily converted. I actually use the Kindle in this way. I have yet to buy a single ebook from Amazon.

I like that the Kindle allows multiple device registration. This means you could create a family account for sharing.

Would be useful if,

1) there was a way to link random accounts and where you could only be linked to one account at a time, for example
2) either party could unlink at any time, but you lose access to content that is not yours
3) users could maintain collections marked for private and public access
4) users could maintain a general authorization system based on Amazon usernames or email addresses. So, I could also mark a collection that could be accessed by the accounts with email addresses belonging to family and friends. Like a sort of Goodreads/LibraryThing+Windows-style permissions (read and maybe even "write" for adding to someone's collection)
5) a simple user interface for accessing other people's collections using contact lists like you'd have on instant messaging platform.

That way, you could just ask the stranger next to you with a Kindle what their Amazon name or Amazon-registered email address is. Then type it once into your contact list on Kindle and by default they will have access to anything marked public in your account when they link to you. Should make for some interesting conversation starters! :)

Posted on 28 May 2011 22:45:37 BDT
J. H says:
@ SN,

Its so clearly obvious that none of that is ever going to happen.
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