Can You Share Purchased Books Between Kindles?

by David Weedmark Google

    Sharing books between Kindle devices is both quick and easy. When you buy a book for a Kindle, it is available on any other Kindle devices you own through your Amazon account. If you have the Kindle app on a phone or tablet, you can download the book to those devices as well. Some publishers make the Kindle editions of their books available for lending. If this is the case for your book, you can lend it to a friend for 14 days so she can enjoy it, too.

    Step 1

    Launch a new Web browser window and log in to your Amazon account. Scroll to the bottom of the home page to find the "Manage Your Kindle" link in the bottom-right menu. (See Resources on this page for a direct link.)

    Step 2

    Click the "Manage Your Kindle" link. A list of your purchased Kindle books appears.

    Step 3

    Click the "Actions" button beside a title. Click the "Deliver to my…" option in the drop-down menu. A popup window opens.

    Step 4

    Click the "Deliver To" menu. A list of your Kindle devices and apps appears. Select one and then click the "Deliver" button.

    Step 5

    Connect a Kindle device to your computer if you don't have wireless access and then click the "Download and Transfer via USB" link to transfer the book to your Kindle.

    Loaning a Kindle Book to a Friend

    Step 1

    Open a new Web browser window and log in to your Amazon account. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the "Manage Your Kindle" link. (See Resources on this page for a direct link.) Click that link to see a list of all the Kindle books you have purchased.

    Step 2

    Click the "Actions" button beside the book you want to lend. A drop-down menu opens, including the option to "Loan This Title" if the book is available for lending.

    Step 3

    Click "Loan This Title." Type your friend's email address, name, your name and a personal message in the appropriate fields and click the "Send Now" button. The book is available to the recipient for 14 days.

    Step 4

    Ask your friend to open her email and click the "Get Your Loaned Book Now" link. Your friend is asked to choose the Kindle device or Kindle app she wants to use for the loaned book. When she clicks the "Accept" button the book is downloaded to the Kindle immediately.


    • If a Kindle edition of a book is available for lending, this is stated on the book's description page in the Amazon store. Look for the words "Lending: Enabled" in the Product Details section of the page.

    About the Author

    David Weedmark's articles have appeared in dozens of publications since 1989, including "The Windsor Star" and "The Ottawa Citizen." As well as being a technology consultant, he is the author of several books, including "The Tanglewood Murders." Weedmark studied English at the University of Toronto.

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