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We have two kindles in the house and want to link them so we

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hi we have two kindles in the house and want to link them so we can share books, however, I cannot figure how to di it.
JA: What's the make/model of your device? How old is it?
Customer: about a year old, make is kindle version 5.8 kindle paperwhite
JA: How long has this been going on? What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: I don't think they were ever linked together...
JA: Anything else you want the E-reader Expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: that should do it.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: E-Readers
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 month ago.

Hi, thank you for contacting My name is***** will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.

Do you want to share the books from one Amazon account? or books from two or more different accounts?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
we both have amazon account, though my partners is prime. we would like to have access so that we can read each other books.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 month ago.

Do you both have the same Amazon account and username?

Or do you have different Amazon account and usernames?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I think we have two separate account with different names..
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 month ago.

That is definitely a difficult thing to set up, then. You can 'gift' books from one account to the other - but at a cost to the account that is giving the gift. Or you can have both Kindles on one account, which would mean buying one book for one charge to the account, but getting that book on both Kindles.

But as for simply getting each other's books for nothing... the most effective way, with two different accounts, is to swap Kindles. And I suppose that wouldn't do as a solution.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
how do I arrange to have both kindles on Marks account which is the prime account ?
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Is there a way to transfer my kindle to his account so that we can share?
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 month ago.

OK... that can be done. You would lose access to your account, on your Kindle. Your Kindle would be erased of all of your account's books... though those books would still be in your account online, and be readable from a Kindle Reader application on a computer or an iPad or iPhone, etc.

If that is acceptable, let me know, and I will instruct you how to proceed.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
What is the simplest method to combine account and be able to share books.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Can we transfer the books to marks account then combine, so we don't lose those that I have already purchased?
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 month ago.

The method is this:

On your Kindle device, to switch it to Mark's account and thus get acces to his books, you go to

Home screen


Register (for your Kindle)

and choose Deregister.

When you choose that, your Kindle is un-linked from your account, placed in a neutral status, may perhaps be erased of your books also, and is, after a bit, open to being

Registered... to Mark's Amazon account, with his account name and his account's password.

Then your Kindle will, after that, have access to Mark's books, and can order books and charge them to his account, etc. Just as if it were his Kindle.

Is that a good solution for you?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Hi when I go to device is says "marks 2nd kindle".
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I "deregister" my account and put it into neutral. Now I am going to enter marks information and re register the book..At this stage. I think we have figured it out. I will now check. Am not seeing my books on Marks library or his on mine..?
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 month ago.

If your Kindle is 'Marks 2nd Kindle', then you already have it on Mark's Amazon account, it would *seem*... but maybe that's just a name.

Is your Kindle buying books on your account, or on his account? is the real question. If it's already on his account, it cannot be switched ... it's already there, so to speak.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
It is still the same way, not showing us the other persons books. It appears that when I buy a book Mark gets notified by email and charges all go through on his credit card
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 month ago.

OK. So... they're on different accounts for charges. Or the Kindles are registered to a different credit card but both are registered to his account.

I'm not sure which. You may have to call Amazon Customer Support to figure it out... unless the situation is obvious. Did you do the deregistering, then registering to his account, already?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Hey were both purchased at same time and under Marks name.
They are not showing as sharing currently.
I did un register mine and set up to be sharing with Marks book, but nothing happened.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 month ago.

Try going into My Library now, and see if the books on Mark's Kindle can now be downloaded from there... if so, there will be no charge I think (if they are in My Library on your Kindle now, as opposed to being browsed for and bought, for which there would be a charge.)

Does it look as if My Library's books, have changed over to Mark's books?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I show 9 pages of books while Mark shows just 3....
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 month ago.

Are they still your books? the ones you bought, previously, on your Kindle?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
the ones I bought are on my kindle and it appears that the ones mark bought are on his..
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 month ago.

So - if you Deregistered, then Registered, just now... did you Register again, using Mark's username/email for his account, and the password ***** his Amazon account also?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I reset using Marks information and password.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Should I de register M arks kindle as well?
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 month ago.

Then you must have had it originally registered in Mark's name and on his account, but specially arranged to be on your own sub-account, or some such esoteric special arrangement that cannot be easily undone. I recommend that you call Amazon Customer Support - and no, don't re-register Mark's Kindle, at all, that would mess things up - call Amazon, to check on this, on the status of your Kindle especially. They can be reached at

1(###) ###-####/p>

and once you have checked on the current status and standing of your Kindle device, with them, get back to me, here, and I will tell you how to proceed... or perhaps they will tell you how to share books from his device to yours... unless we've already achieved that now.

Let me know how it turns out, please.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Ok will do. thank you.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 month ago.

I hope that I helped you with my advice. If so, and if the case may be closed, would you be willing to rate my work and my answer? (And if you need further help or advice, let me know, and I will continue to help toward a solution.)