Learn How to Share a Kindle Book with Family and Friends | Digital Trends Spanish


In the past, borrowing a book used to be considered a bad idea, as you will most likely never see it again. However, the way we do things has changed, and that includes reading. The Amazon Kindle ecosystem makes it easy to share books with friends and family. It’s like the digital equivalent of lending a hardcover copy, but without the coffee stains. The only downside to the Kindle’s book-sharing tools is that they can be a bit complicated. To help you clear up the confusion, we’ve created this guide that explains how to share a Kindle book.

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How to Share a Kindle Book with Family Members

Learn how to share a Kindle book

If you are part of a family of constant readers, we have good news for you: it is very easy to share books with all the members. The Family Library allows up to two adults and four children to share all or part of their books, apps, and audiobooks. Members can read the same title at the same time without interrupting each other’s progress, regardless of whether they use a Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Oasis, or Amazon Fire.

However, there is a process. Before you can share books with your family members, you need to grant them access to your Family Library. This is done like this:

  • Go to the section Manage content and devices in your Amazon account.
  • In the tab preferences, in the section of the Family library, click the button Add adult/Add child/Add teenager.
  • Ask the other adult or child to enter their Amazon email and password or to create a new account.
  • Click on Yes to allow your accounts to share the payment method.
  • Choose which books you want to share with the other person, and let her choose the ones she wants to share with you.
  • Click on Finish.

Now that you’ve added adults and children to your Family Library and shared your previous purchases, you’re ready to check out new books.

  • Go to the section Manage content and devices in your Amazon account.
  • Open the link Show family library in the tab Content.
  • Choose the books you want to share with a family member and click Add to library.
  • Choose a family member and click okay.

How to download a book from your Family Library

When you have received a book from another family member, it is very easy to download it to the device you are using.

  • Go to the section Manage content and devices in your Amazon account.
  • Choose the books you want to download to your device or application and click Deliver.
  • In the pop-up menu, select where you want the books delivered, and click again Deliver.

What should you know before borrowing or ordering a Kindle book?

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The method of sharing a book with someone who is not part of your Family Library is a bit different. Here’s what you need to know to lend a friend a book:

  • You can only borrow a Kindle book for up to 14 days. It doesn’t matter if it is Don Quijote of La Mancha, your friend will have two weeks to finish it. If the loan is not accepted in seven days, it will return to your library.
  • A Kindle book can only be checked out once. After that, it won’t leave your library again.
  • During the two week period, you will not be able to read the book you borrowed (unless it is returned to you first).
  • The other person does not need to have a Fire tablet or Kindle reader to access the book, but then they will have to download the Kindle app.
  • Not all Kindle books can be borrowed. Some publishers impose restrictions on loans; If you don’t see the option to lend it in a book, you can’t.

How to share a Kindle book from the product page

One of the easiest ways to share a Kindle book is by heading to the product page in the Kindle Store. Just follow these steps:

  • Navigate to the Kindle Store on your computer and type the name of the title you want to borrow.
  • Click the book in the list of results.
  • Click on Lend this book. You will then go to another page where you can enter the recipient’s email, along with an optional message.
  • Click on Send now.

How to send a Kindle book from the Manage Content and Devices page

There is a way to share books on a Kindle from your library without going through the Kindle Store. This is what you have to do:

  • Log into your Amazon account as you normally would, and go to the Manage Content and Devices page.
  • Click the share button next to the book or magazine you want to check out, and choose Lend this title.
  • Enter the recipient’s email and an optional message.
  • Click on Send now.

How to borrow a Kindle book

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You can not only borrow books; you can also borrow them. When they lend you one, you will receive a notification in your email telling you to download it to your Fire tablet, a Kindle reader or the Kindle app.

To download it:

  • Open the message that will arrive entitled “A borrowed book for you.”
  • Clicking the button to get your book will open a link in your browser.
  • Login to your Amazon account.
  • If you have a Fire tablet, a Kindle reader, or the Kindle app, select the device you want the book to reach and click To accept.
  • If you don’t have any of this, click To accept and follow the instructions to download the Kindle app.

How to return a borrowed Kindle book

If you borrowed a book, you don’t have to worry about returning it on time, because when its 14 days are up it will automatically expire. However, if you finish it earlier, it is easy to return it.

  • Log in to your Amazon account and go to the Manage content and devices page.
  • Click the button Actions next to the borrowed book and choose the option to Delete.
  • Click on Yes to confirm the return.

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