How to Use the Family Library on Your Fire Tablet

By Nancy C. Muir

Family Library is a feature that was announced but isn’t yet available at the time of this writing. As Amazon describes it, this feature allows you to add people to your Household so they can share content purchased with a single account and credit card among various Fire devices.

That means that if you buy a book on your Fire and your husband or child wants to read it on theirs, assuming that person is a member of your Household, he or she can simply read it from their Fire tablet.

When you add a profile to your Fire, that person is automatically added to your Household, which can include up to two adults and four children.

You may want to remove somebody from your Household — maybe your son who just graduated from college. Just swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Settings→Profiles & Family Library. Tap a profile. Tap Remove from Household and then tap Remove Profile.

You can’t recover a profile once it’s deleted from your Household; you’ll have to create the profile all over again.

If your family includes college-aged kids, you’ll be delighted to know that they can rent etextbooks for about a quarter of the price of printed versions, and buy etextbooks for about half the price of the print books. If you include your kids in your Family Library, you can see what they’re learning.