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Can I share books with another Kindle User?

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Posted on 17 Nov 2011 16:03:36 GMT
I wish I knew how you have done this. When I received the two extra kindles, I turned them on and all the books automatically appeared in their archives. Then when you click on archive, you can ONLY choose to "add to home page". Kindle support have told me I cannot remove them from their devices unless I delete it from the library completely on my PC. The trouble with even leaving them in the archive is that when I download any new books, you would have to sift through all of them before you found the new book. Also, when I downloaded a new free book the other day, it automatically went to the other two kindles as well, even though I'd chosen to send to my kindle!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2011 16:39:34 GMT
Denis Powell says:
lancslass, when you reply to a post please use the "Reply to this Post" link or it's not always clear who you're responding to.

I'm not sure exactly what your problem is. When you purchase a book, free or paid for, it's only downloaded to the Kindle specified below the One Click button. It doesn't go to all Kindles on the account. It will appear in the archive of the other Kindles, but it's not actually downloaded to them. All the Archive contains is a list of books and not the books themselves. You could, for instance, have 10,000 books showing in the archive on your Kindle but none of them would have been downloaded to it.

If you have your Home page sorted by "Most Recent First" it will show all the books downloaded to the device with the latest book delivered or read at the top of page one. The first book you'd added would be on the last page. If you buy 10 new books all 10 of them will appear on page 1. There's no "sifting" needed. You can also sort the Home page by Title or Author which is another way of finding a book.

If you want to delete books entirely from both the Kindle and the archives you have to do that via Manage your Kindle on the website, but be warned that if you do that you would need to buy the books again if you wished to read them again. The archive list takes up almost no space on your Kindle as it's little more than a document containing links to books you've bought but not downloaded to that particular device.

If you want to think of it in terms of a physical library, your Home page is like the bookshelves, full of the actual books, but your Kindle archive is just like the index file your library might look at to see if they have a particular book in stock. Or, like a physical address book contains a list of home addresses and not the actual houses themselves. I know that sounds a bit silly, but I'm not sure you understand what the Kindle archive is.

Posted on 17 Nov 2011 16:53:26 GMT
Daphne says:
and you don't have to sift through the archive, you can search by alphabet (either title or author- depending on how you sort it.) just press the first letter and then the centre button and it will take you to those books. it's a great time saver

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2011 18:48:28 GMT
bluecat says:
@lancslass - Anything that shows up in the archive folder is NOT on that particular kindle. Books that have been downloaded will be displayed on the homepage or customers' own categories. The archive simply shows the names of all the books that are available to be downloaded if one wishes.

Hoping this is clear to you now...

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2011 19:42:36 GMT
DaveyH says:
"I have recently bought a kindle for my daughter and for my Mum. I have registered both extra kindles to my email address. When I registered one of them, it automatically downloaded every book from my library."

"When I received the two extra kindles, I turned them on and all the books automatically appeared in their archives."

Which is it, we can't help with your 'issue' if you're changing your story from post to post!

Posted on 17 Nov 2011 20:29:42 GMT
Daphne says:
i think that no matter how many times we say it, this poster will not believe that listed in "archived items" is not the same as being on the kindle.

Posted on 22 Nov 2011 16:48:45 GMT
Rebecca says:
Well I get what you mean and I dont yet have a Kindle so thanks for all the posts as I am keen to understand how it all works before deciding whether to take the plunge!

I am a constant reader and my husband is a holiday reader. We both like the same kind of books. I am thinking of getting a Kindle but the off putting factor for me was having to then buy physical books to take on holiday for him (we both get through 5-6 books in a 2 week beach holiday) when I would just need the Kindle.

Having read this though, it looks like, if I take the plunge and get me a Kindle, I could buy a second for him, register it to my account so that he could read books that I have bought during our holidays.

Useful info. Just need to decide whether to go for it now!

Posted on 25 Nov 2011 11:47:12 GMT
A. J. Horner says:
I have just bought a Kindle, and am reading my first book. My mum has had her Kindle since April and has a lot of books downloaded and in her archive. I would like us to be able to share books with each other but not be registered to the same account. Is this possible?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011 11:48:58 GMT
J. H says:

Kindles can only share books with other kindles on the same account.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011 12:03:51 GMT
A. J. Horner says:
Thanks. I have read other posts that say I could deregister my Kindle and register under my Mums download her books then deregister and register back to my own account. Are there any problems with doing this?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011 12:08:20 GMT
J. H says:
Well, its not really on is it..........

Yes, it can be done like that, but I believe there is a limited to how many times you can get away with it, and it is just wrong isn't it.

Amazon have agreed that books can be shared by users on the same account. Doing it that way really is not in the spirit of that........

If you want separate accounts, then you really, morally, need to buy separate books. (or the same book twice even!)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2011 00:19:28 GMT
I second that. When I finish a book I don't want to dust it. I want to give it away. I've bought and read my first and last ebook.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2011 09:05:43 GMT
Damaskcat says:
You don't have to dust ebooks ;-^

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2011 09:51:08 GMT
Maria says:
Nor do they require storage, transporting, or disposal when finished. Great.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2011 20:23:08 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Edward, if you want to buy a book and give it away later then you have to buy a paper book not an ebook. It's the same with movies. If you want to watch a movie and give it away to someone else after you've seen it you have to buy a DVD and not a cinema ticket. Some things you can share and some you can't.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2011 20:26:40 GMT
BeeJayTee says:
"I've bought and read my first and last ebook. "

On what and why?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2011 09:40:41 GMT
Damaskcat says:
Exactly, Maria

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2011 11:39:23 GMT
Pattycake says:
Denis........EXCELLENT point! The very best point I have read here! Common sense! Wish I had posted it! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2011 12:19:15 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Ms P, I don't think I was the first with that idea actually so can't claim it as my own.

I've never understood why people get so upset over an ebook not being the same as a paper book. Personally I love not having to find shelf space, being able to increase the font size, the fact that my new Kindle slips easily into my coat pocket, even in it's cover, so that I can take it anywhere with me, being able to buy a book at any time, even lying in bed on a Sunday morning. Those things make an eBook far more useful to me than a paper book, and I usually pay less for it too.

Some people will never be happy, but I couldn't live that way. At my age life is too short not to enjoy it.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2011 13:25:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Dec 2011 13:36:07 GMT
Pattycake says:
Absolutely................. snap! :-) It also occurs to me that there have been many times when I have loaned a favourite novel to a friend and have never had it returned. Doesn't happen with the Kindle and it is great when travelling which is the main reason I purchased it. If I fall asleep reading...........I don't lose my place! Ha ha ha!

Posted on 12 Dec 2011 00:13:40 GMT
Is there any way to delete the Archived Items on my 2nd

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2011 08:31:27 GMT
DaveyH says:
No, if you delete the items from the Manage Your Kindle page then they're gone forever for all devices. If you want to read them again then you'd have to repurchase.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2012 14:05:44 GMT
You can download free books from Kindle - bit of a bargain!
And having bought a kindle, it doesn't mean that you're never allowed to buy or read a paperback book ever again.

Posted on 18 Jan 2012 13:40:39 GMT
this has always been a fascinating discussion

Posted on 27 Feb 2012 18:09:42 GMT
i want to share ebooks with my friend as we allways have with both hard backs and paperbacks, am i right in thinking this is a bit of a nightmare?
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