How to Share Kindle eBooks with Family Members

You have purchased and collected a wide range of eBooks for your Kindle library, either on a Kindle device or on your computer, smartphone, or tablet using the Kindle app. Now other family members want to read one of your ebooks. Do they have to buy their own copies? No, not if you create a family library.

By setting up a family library, you can exchange ebooks with other family members. The Family Library allows two adults, each with their own Amazon account, and up to four children. Once the library is created, you can share eBooks and other content with your whole family.

Create an Amazon household

Your first step is to set up an Amazon household, after which you can create your family library. To initiate this process, launch your favorite browser and surf to Amazon Households(Opens in a new window) page. Click on “Add an adult”. Then enter your Amazon username and password, if prompted.

Log in and verify

Log in and verify

Here you can either enter the name and email address of the adult you want to add to your household and invite them by email, or select “Join together on this device”. We will try option #2.

Approve payment split

Approve payment split

The screen to add an adult describes the benefits of setting up an Amazon household, including the ability to share ebooks. Enter the username and password of the adult you want to add to your household. Then click on the “Verify second adult’s account” button.

Content sharing

Content sharing

The next screen asks you to set up any content that each adult in the family wants to share with the other. You can either enable sharing here or manage your shared content after setup is complete. We will wait for the configuration to be completed. Click Next.

Add children to your household

Add children to your household

You’re then returned to a main menu, which shows the two adults in your Amazon household and the various options you can view and select, such as adding a child to your household. Click on “Add a child” or “Add a teenager”.

Add a child

Add a child

Type the child’s first name, select the gender and date of birth, then click an icon to represent the child. Click Save.

Manage your content and devices

Manage your content and devices

Now you can select the content you want to share with the rest of your family. Click on the “Manage your content and devices” option, then click on the link of the same name.

Select a book

Select a book

On the “Manage your content and devices” screen, click the Actions button for a book you want to share.

Manage the family library

Manage the family library

In the context menu, click the “Manage Family Library” link.

Share a book

Share a book

In the “Manage Family Library” window, click the name of the person you want to share the book with (assuming there are more than one other person in your Amazon household).

Confirm booking

Confirm booking

The window confirms that the book has been added to that person’s library by displaying a “Remove from Library” button. You can now close the window or add the book to someone else’s library.

Finalize content management

Finalize content management

You can continue to share other books using the same process. Other family members can then view the shared books on the Kindle website as well as on a Kindle tablet or through the Kindle app on any computer, smartphone, or tablet.

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