How to Set Up Amazon’s Family Library
I’ve railed about the inability to share amazon.com bookshelves with family members for years, so it’s incumbent on me to pass on Kudos to them now for enabling shared accounts. Even though this happened way back in January, I just discovered it now.
Before you jump for joy there are some drawbacks: videos don’t seem to share, however all of our books and some apps do. If you aren’t comfortable sharing your credit cards across the two accounts, this is not the droid you are looking for.
For my wife & me this works just fine however, and we can add the kids (up to 4) as well. Amazon also allows you to register up to … well several devices. We have multiple pads, phones, and kindles, as well as our PC’s as devices on the account. I’m sure there’s some kind of limit there somewhere, but we haven’t found it yet.
also there’s a sale on Fire HD7’s right now, 79 bucks is a great deal
There’s big news in the ebook world. For the first time, you can share your Amazon ebooks, audiobooks, and apps with other family members. (See How ‘Family Sharing’ Can Save You a Ton of Money on Apple and Amazon for an overview.) Here’s how to set it up.
Be warned: A lot of this gets more complicated than it should be — the setup, the restrictions, the relationships between accounts, and so on. If you value your money, though, it’s worth the slog.
For Amazon’s version of the instructions, click here; note, however, that Amazon’s help page doesn’t include any illustrations, and the wording of buttons is wrong in a few spots. For my version of the instructions, read on.