Ebooks are a convenient way to read on the go. You only need one device to hold multiple titles without you having to log around a heavy, book laden bag. The only thing I miss is being able to share a book I love with my friends and family after I have read it. But did you know that you can share books on Kindle? It’s a pretty straightforward process if you know where to loo.
This article takes a look at how you can share your Kindle books with your family and friends.
Can I send a book to someone else’s Kindle? Only if You do these Things
The short answer is: Yes. If you know how it can be done.
To explain this in more detail, not all books are shareable. In fact, to be honest, the majority are not. You will have to first check the product details before purchase or on your content devices page to find our if you can share the book. You will find a “loan this title” or “loan this book” link if it can be shared.
Once you know that the book can definitely be shared, there are only two ways in which you can:
- Family Library – an Amazon household feature
- Directly to a recipient’s Kindle App
How do you share books on Kindle?
Creating a Family Library
A lot of people do not know about the Family Library feature in Kindle, mostly because it’s not that easy to find. Basically, the feature allows you to connect and share Amazon benefits with others. Two adults and up to four teens and four child profiles may link in a Household.
The members of the Amazon household can share all or some of their Kindle books, apps, and audiobooks with one another. The great thing about this is, members can read the same book at the same time without interrupting each other!
Let’s take a quick look at how to set it up.
- First, go to the Manage Your Content and Devices section of your Amazon account.
- Under the Preferences tab, click the Households and Family Library section, and click Learn More about Households. From there, click the Add Adult/Add a Child/Add a Teen button.
- To add an account, you just need to enter the person’s name and email and click on Sign up together on this device. You also have the option to invite someone if you do not directly add them to your account.
- Click Yes to allow both your account and the other adult’s/child’s account to share payment methods.
- Click Finish.
Now that you’ve set up your household, it’s time to create your Family Library to be able to share content.
- Go the Manage Your Content and Devices section of your Amazon account.
- Select the Show Family Library link from the Your Content tab.
- Select the books you would like to share with a family member, and then click Add to Library.
- Choose a family member, and then click OK.
And that is it! Your Kindle books are ready to be shared with members of your household. There are no limits on what books you can share or time frames for lending, and, as I mentioned earlier, you can both read a book simultaneously!
Just a friendly reminder though, because you share payment methods, both adults will be able to view and use the payment information. So save this method for someone you trust.
Directly sharing books with someone without using the Family Library
This method to lend books on Kindle is pretty straightforward and all you need is the email address associated with the recipient’s Amazon account. Your friend will have to have the Kindle app downloaded on their device to access the book, no Kindle needed!
Once the recipient receives the book and accepts it, they have 14 days to read it (no pressure!). Unfortunately, the first downside to this option is that once you loan them the book, you do not have access to it for 14 days. So, make sure you are done with the book before sharing it! If the recipient does not accept the book within 7 days, it will be returned to your library automatically.
The second downside is that a Kindle book can only be loaned one time. Once you lend a title once, there’s no sharing it again — it’s locked to your library. So you’re going to have to carefully choose who you want to share your books with.
Bonus: What about you?
What if you want to borrow a book but no one you know has it in their libraries? There are other Kindle users out there who are willing to share too! Lending communities offer platforms that when you sign up, you can share a list of Kindle books you own that are eligible to lend. The more you lend, the more you can borrow from other users.
In conclusion, sharing a Kindle book is quite possible if you know how to do it and what is involved. It’s convenient and you do not have to worry about your friend losing your book or returning it in a less than desirable condition!
However, if you still not sure about Kindle and want to know more? Check out our full review here.