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Old 03-21-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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Kindle curiosity

If three friends get together one with a Kindle 3, another with a Kindle DX and a third with a Kindle 2, can they all read the same electronic book? Probably not leagal for the friends to do this but is it possible? Not that one would want to.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:35 AM   #2
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well, they could register their kindles to the account that had the book
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:56 AM   #3
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Yes, it's certainly possible, and perfectly legal.

Most DRM'd Kindle books can be shared among up to six devices. The only restriction is that they must all be registered to the same account. If the book is in the public domain, then there are no restrictions at all.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:08 AM   #4
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Does the 6 device limit count non kindle devices (iPad etc)?
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:12 AM   #5
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Does the 6 device limit count non kindle devices (iPad etc)?
If you're reading it with any of the various Kindle for * applications, then yes... that counts as a "device."

Reading the same book on your Kindle, Kindle for PC, and Kindle For i(Pad|Phone|Pod) would count as three devices.
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:06 PM   #6
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Perish the thought, but you could of course strip out the DRM and convert the book to any other format you like with the freebie Calibre....
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:13 PM   #7
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Not that one would want to.
Why do you think people wouldn't want to? If you cruise some of the social networking book reader sights you will see where groups of friends do this all the time. They establish an Amazon account and everybody puts in an amount of money, usually via gift card. They then group buy the book. You temporarily de-register your Kindle from your own account, register it to the group account, and download your book. Then you move back to your own Amazon account. Most licenses restrict a Kindle book to 6 devices at one time, but a few will have a smaller number.

Especially with high Agency pricing. If a book costs $14.99 - I'd much rather share that bill with 5 of my closest friends than buy it all on my own.
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:14 PM   #8
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But don't be the one with the credit card attached to the account or they could end up buying all kinds of eBooks on your credit.
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:20 PM   #9
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You don't have to have a credit card attached to an account unless you want to put in pre-orders. You can fund with gift cards.
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Perish the thought, but you could of course strip out the DRM and convert the book to any other format you like with the freebie Calibre....
I know what you meant here, but I think it may mislead some people into thinking that Calibre is free DRM-stripping software.

Third party addons provide the functionality of which you speak, but Calibre itself has nothing to do with DRM-removal. It's just fantastic ebook library management software. Let's not give people the wrong idea.

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Old 03-21-2011, 12:40 PM   #11
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But don't be the one with the credit card attached to the account or they could end up buying all kinds of eBooks on your credit.
Bah! use gift cards... I have 12 kindles and 15 other devices on my account at the current time

My family loves to read
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Hi,

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Most DRM'd Kindle books can be shared among up to six devices.
This is the first time I heard about a limitation of Kindle devices.
Till today I thought only ADE has this "6 device" limitation!?



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Old 03-21-2011, 01:21 PM   #13
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This is the first time I heard about a limitation of Kindle devices.
Till today I thought only ADE has this "6 device" limitation!?



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It has been like that from the get go...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom...200127470#FAQs

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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.
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6 is the standard. If it has been modified to be something other than six you will see it in the Product Description like this

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# Format: Kindle Edition
# File Size: 749 KB
# Print Length: 352 pages
# Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310272157
# Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
# Publisher: Zondervan (June 15, 2010)
# Sold by: Zondervan eBooks
# Language: English
# ASIN: B003OUXB68
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Hi,

thanks for your answers.
I didn't know it till now. OK, If I understand correctly, the limitation is per book. But I can still register as many Kindle as I want. (I think, this is the main advantage for the Kindle in comparsion to other eReader and ADE.)


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