Although I never considered myself a bibliophile as a young adult, when I got my first Kindle years ago, I found myself unable to put it down.
A Kindle is a great way to carry all your books in one single package. A handy device that is lighter than a tablet and relatively inexpensive, the Kindle makes it easy to buy, borrow, and keep your books safe.
How to share or borrow a Kindle book
There are two simple ways to share a Kindle book: by lending it to someone else or by sharing it through your family library. We’ll cover both options, so you can choose which suits your needs.
Other ways to get the most out of your Kindle:
Borrowing a Kindle book
There are some books that you can lend to other users after you’ve purchased them. Unfortunately, many don’t support lending. The publisher sets the lending conditions for their books, so the loan term varies — but is often about 14 days. If the book is not accepted as a loan within seven days, it will be returned to you.
Next, you’ll be taken to a form where you can enter your loan details for the recipient’s email address, name, who it came from and a personal message.
Not all books can be borrowed, so if yours doesn’t have them Borrow this title option, there’s the option to try sharing it through your family library.
Sharing with Family Library
An alternate option to share a book is doing it through the Family Library. This can be done in the same actions menu that you reach by following steps 1-4 above.
When you select someone to share the book with, click on the yellow Make Changes button to share the book with them. You can add or remove books from your family library at any time.
How many devices can share a Kindle book?
A Kindle book can only be shared once. This means that after the book is returned to your library in 14 days, you won’t be able to share it again with anyone else.
Also: How to turn your old electronics into Amazon gift cards
However, one book can be read on several devices at once, as long as you’re logged into those devices with your Amazon account through the Kindle app. So you can pause reading a book on your Kindle and pick it back up from the Kindle app on your iPad, for example.
Can I share a book from my Kindle directly?
Loaning is not available on the Kindle settings, but you can view and manage your family library right on your Kindle device. Here’s how:
- From the Kindle homepage, tap on the menu button (the three buttons on the top right corner)
- Select Settings
- tap on Household & Family Library
- Choose which account to manage
What is Amazon’s Household and Family Sharing?
Amazon Household lets users share some of their Prime benefits with their family members, including one other adult, up to four teens and up to four children. This lets other people use Prime benefits with their own account without having to pay for separate subscriptions.
You can share ebooks with other members of your household and add or remove people by going to your Amazon account and clicking on Manage your household.