I recently discovered a few things about the Kindle.
One-if you are trying to help your mother in law redeem a gift card to her amazon account so she can buy books for her Kindle, the account it is registered to was created by her son’s wife rather than using her already existing account, and no one can remember the email they created or the password, it does not do any good to create a new account (because she can’t remember what her existing account is) and re-register the Kindle to that. I did that and promptly lost all of her books.
Lesson here, books are tied to Kindle amazon accounts, not the Kindles themselves. But you probably knew that. Call me a Kindle newbie.
Two-While spending three hours on Mother’s Day helping my mother in law redeem her cards, messing up her account in the process, then trying to fix what I broke, I stumbled across a little gem on one of the forums. Some Kindle books can be lent out.
I did get her Kindle squared away with her books intact and gift cards redeemed to the correct account. After I accomplished that, I checked to see if she had any books that I could borrow. She had exactly one-Water for Elephants. I promptly lent it to myself. I also checked my own account to see if any of my books could be lent to her. Sadly, none could not.
Now you may already be aware of this lending policy. However, if you are like me and new to Kindling, here is how you do it:
Go to Manage My Kindle on your amazon account and click the plus sign next to your titles it will show your book details. If it can be lent, there will be a link that says ‘Loan this book.’ If it doesn’t have the link, you can’t lend it. When you click the link, it asks for the email address of the person you want to lend it to. That person gets an email. They have seven days to accept it. Once it has been accepted, the lendee has fourteen days to read said book. While they have it, the original owner cannot read it. After the fourteen days is up, the book disappears from the lendee’s Kindle.
Dear fellow Kindlers, do you have any other tips to share with us newbies? (I do remember someone mentioning in the coments getting a free copy of Wings on their Kindle, or did I just imagine that?)