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Kindle Paperwhite: Lending vs. Sharing

By Leslie H. Nicoll, Harvey Chute

What is the difference between lending and sharing on your Kindle Paperwhite? When you purchase Kindle e-books from Amazon, they’re associated with your Amazon account. If you have more than one Kindle device or app registered to your account, content can be shared among the devices, but it can’t be shared with a device registered to another account. Sharing refers to “sharing” books among devices registered to a single account.

Although you might not mind having multiple devices on your account, keep in mind that those other devices have access to your account to buy content using the credit card associated with the account. Even though devices on the same account can be shared, publishers may limit how many times you can download a copy simultaneously to different devices or apps. Books do not have unlimited sharing privileges.

Some Kindle e-books can be loaned to devices not registered to your account. In general, e-books that can be loaned to another Kindle owner on a different account can be lent only once, for a period of two weeks. While the e-book is on loan, it isn’t available to you.

Current subscription content, such as e-magazines and e-newspapers, is limited to one Kindle at a time. For example, two people can’t share a daily subscription to the New York Times and read the current day’s paper at the same time on two different devices. Past issues can be downloaded to compatible devices on the same account. Subscription content cannot be loaned across accounts.

If you give a used Kindle as a gift, the content you purchased can’t be given as a gift. The device must be deregistered and the previous content erased. You can deregister a Kindle Paperwhite on the device itself or from the Manage Your Devices section of your Amazon account. Follow the same steps as you did to register your Kindle Paperwhite.

Read the License Agreement and Terms of Use at the Kindle Store. This document governs the use of e-books and digital content you download from Amazon.

You can’t buy e-books or other content from your Kindle Paperwhite without a wireless connection, either Wi-Fi or 3G. On the other hand, if you buy an e-book while browsing on your PC and send it to your Kindle, that purchase is queued and sent to your Kindle the next time you turn on wireless, whether it be minutes, days, or weeks later.