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Subject: Two users one Amazon Kindle account
Date Posted: 1/30/2011 9:37 PM ET
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My sister is thinking about getting a Kindle and I suggested that if she does so, she should register it to my account so we'd both have access to all the books we have.  Then we had questions that we couldn't answer.

If she registers her Kindle to my Amazon digital account, will she have to sign on to my account anytime she wants to order a book?

Could she order a book under her Amazon account and just "gift" it to her Kindle on my account?

Am I making this harder than it is??? lol

She has no cell reception and no wireless at her home.  Am I correct in thinking that she can connect her Kindle to her computer to download books?  She lives in a fairly remote area and does have a slow internet connection. 

I know all you techies out there will have the answers!  wink

Date Posted: 1/30/2011 10:02 PM ET
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I want to say Vivian, I think, has the info on this, but I cannot remember where her instructions were. I believe you can find this on Amazon, since you can register up to 6 devices to one account. I would start there as well.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 1/31/2011 10:04 AM ET
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Here are the instructions for giving Kindle books as gifts: Link

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 1:11 PM ET
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Though gifting the Kindle books would work to avoid charges to your account, your sister would most likey have to be logged into your Kindle account to accept the gift or download any books.  If she had wi-fi then she could just get the books from the archive on the Kindle itself but when you use the computer to download, you have to be logged in to the Amazon account in question.

It would probably be possible for you to download and email them to her, though I don't know how feasable that would be for you both.

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 4:14 PM ET
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Thanks - I have no problem with her just logging onto my account when she wants a book.  I just thought there might be an easier way but I'm thinking logging on will be easier than going the gift route.

She lives in an area where she'll probably never have Wi-Fi.  I know she will be able to get them when she visits her daughter, which is normally once a week.


Date Posted: 1/31/2011 9:01 PM ET
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Here's from Kindle support:

Can I share content with other Kindles?

You can enjoy your Kindle content on Kindle devices or Kindle applications that are registered to your Amazon.com account. There may be limits on the number of devices (usually six) that can simultaneously use a single book. Subscriptions to newspapers or periodicals cannot be shared on multiple devices. You can see all your Kindle content and send downloads to your registered Kindles or Kindle applications from the "Your Orders" section of the Manage Your Kindle page.


Also, Cozi, Kindle will search for 3G if there is no WiFi available. SO I would make sure she spends the extra 50.00 and gets the WiFI / 3G model so she has both options.

Last Edited on: 1/31/11 9:03 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Ronda (RONDA) - ,
Date Posted: 2/1/2011 3:33 PM ET
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I haven't used it, but the option of logging in with the same account is what lets you share most easily.  this gives the other person access to the credit card of the primary amazon account holder, so you have to trust the people you do this with.  If you don't want the person to be able to access your account, you can register their kindle to your account, download what you want to, de-register their kindle.  you would have to go thru this process anytime you wanted to download, but this might be a good option for a child that you don't want to allow to order books from the kindle.

you can install wifi at your home by buying a wireless router and setting it up with your computer.  but you can always download to computer and plug kindle into computer to load as well.