Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle

Addendum to my post about checking out library books on a Kindle

At the end of my simplified instructions two weeks ago on how to do this, I mentioned that:

I shouldn't have to point out what a boon this is for people with either a limited budget, limited mobility, or vision impairment: you can read all the books you like (with a selection of over 27,000 titles including some of the most popular ones) for free without ever leaving your home, you can never incur a late fee or lose/damage a book, and by merely making a setting in the Kindle reading software you can make a given book's text as large as you need.

FWIW this situation is even better than I suggested: since you can generally download any given Kindle book to up to six devices registered to your Amazon account, if a family member is either completely bedridden or in a hospital without access to a computer, and you either register that person's handheld Kindle device to your own Amazon account or else simply lend him or her one of your own devices, then you can instantly deliver new Kindle books to that person anywhere you have access to the internet.

The 25-book simultaneous checkout limit for Kindle-format library books would obviously be augmented by whatever Kindle books you either have purchased or subsequently purchase directly from Amazon.

I mention all this not to imply that you would want to avoid visiting a family member in the hospital, but rather because this seems like an extraordinarily easy way to keep a voracious reader from going out of his or her mind with boredom.

P.S. Although a strict reading of the phrase "solely for your ... personal use" in the "Use of Digital Content" section of the Kindle License Agreement and Terms of Use document would seem to suggest that non-gift Kindle books purchased through your Amazon account aren't supposed to be read by anyone but you, in practice Amazon seems to be allowing exactly this: the Amazon support forums are riddled with people talking about giving Kindles all registered to the same person to other family members and being told that this is fine, and in this document for educators Amazon explicitly says that registering each account to only one Kindle device is merely "strongly recommended" (and even then this is seemingly being recommended not for the purpose of meeting a licensing requirement but rather merely for the purpose of helping establish an "individualized reading experience").
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