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Old 05-11-2008, 07:41 PM   #1
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I'm so thrilled with my Kindle that I'm going to buy another. If there's anyone here who has two Kindles, can you share books purchased from Amazon or do you have to designated which device you are going to use when you buy a book? We could simply pass the Kindles back and forth if a book can only be downloaded/read on one of the devices, but it would be much easier to be able to pull any of the purchased books onto either device. I looked through the FAQs at Amazon, but didn't see this mentioned. (And no, I didn't read all the postings in the Kindle topic here or in the Customer Discussion section at Amazon.)
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Old 05-11-2008, 07:56 PM   #2
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I'm so thrilled with my Kindle that I'm going to buy another. If there's anyone here who has two Kindles, can you share books purchased from Amazon or do you have to designated which device you are going to use when you buy a book? We could simply pass the Kindles back and forth if a book can only be downloaded/read on one of the devices, but it would be much easier to be able to pull any of the purchased books onto either device. I looked through the FAQs at Amazon, but didn't see this mentioned. (And no, I didn't read all the postings in the Kindle topic here or in the Customer Discussion section at Amazon.)
From what I have read you can assign up to 6 Kindles to the same amazon account and share all purchased books on all kindles. The only thing you can't share is subscriptions which must be assigned to a specific device.

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Old 05-11-2008, 09:14 PM   #3
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There are two ways to do it - I just did the quick and easy way and have both of them on my account, so it's a snap to share books. When I buy a book from Amazon, I pick which Kindle (Beanie or Cecil) it's sent directly to. Both Kindles access the same Amazon library (via Content Manager), so even if I send the book to one Kindle, the other can access it. The advantage of that is when your reading doesn't overlap with the other person - there are a lot of books I read that he's not interested and v.v. (the "economics doomer porn" kills me), and when I buy a book it isn't automatically downloaded to his Kindle. Multiple Kindles don't have to be registered to the same person to share the Amazon library, though, but you need to go through Amazon to get your devices linked. I have a friend who is buying one just because he's used to borrowing books from me, so I'll have to get his linked in.

Magazine and newspaper subscriptions are only for one Kindle though, so you have to pick who gets to read The Atlantic and who gets The Nation (that one was easy).

Non-Amazon books can either be emailed or mailed through the Kindle system. I haven't tried the email thing, but supposedly there is both a free way and a 0.10 fee way (I'd guess that one uses [yourKindlenameID]@kindle.com and the other one involves using [yourkindlenameID]@freekindle.com).
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Old 05-11-2008, 11:09 PM   #4
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the email way works slick, we use this way all the time. The converted book arrives back in a few minutes at most
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:25 PM   #5
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Magazine and newspaper subscriptions are only for one Kindle though, so you have to pick who gets to read The Atlantic and who gets The Nation (that one was easy).
If you go into Content Manager on the Kindle that does not have the subscription are you able to manually download the issues or do they not even show up? Just wondering.

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Old 05-12-2008, 02:12 PM   #6
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If you go into Content Manager on the Kindle that does not have the subscription are you able to manually download the issues or do they not even show up? Just wondering.

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Just checked - nope. The Atlantic only shows up on mine, and The Nation only shows up on his.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:48 PM   #7
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Just checked - nope. The Atlantic only shows up on mine, and The Nation only shows up on his.
Thanks for checking. It seems strange given how they allow books to be shared. Maybe it is something in the contract they have the the subscription providers.

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