How to Share Kindle Books With Your Family and Friends

Books are wonderful things, and e-books are even better in some ways. Since they weigh nothing, you can carry as many as you want in your pocket, making them perfect for long trips and commuting.

But there are a few ways a physical book wins out over its digital sibling, and being able to share books with friends and family is one of them. Since your e-books are tied to your device, you may not like handing your Kindle to someone else while they read the latest bestseller.

Fortunately, you don’t have to do that, because Kindle e-books actually have a checkout feature built in. It’s called the Family Library, and a lot of Kindle users might not know it because, well, it’s not easy to find. It’s worth figuring out though, because it’s a convenient way to share your Kindle book collection with other Kindle users. Here’s how to use it.

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How to Share a Kindle Book with Your Family

One of the easiest ways to share e-books is through Amazon’s Family Library feature, which allows you to share books with members of your immediate family. The Family Library allows up to two adults and four children to share some or all of their Kindle books, apps, and audiobooks with each other. Don’t worry about interrupting another reader’s progress, as each family member can progress separately and at their own pace, regardless of whether you’re using a Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Oasis, or Amazon Fire. Also, they can borrow books for as long as they want.

However, sharing titles can be a bit of a long process. Before you can start sharing Kindle books with your family, you must give other family members access to your Family Library. Here’s how to do it:

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Step 1: Go to the Manage your content and devices section of your Amazon account.

Step 2: Under the preferences tab, click the Homes and Family Library section.

Step 3: Click Manage your home.

Stage 4: From there, press the Add adult / Add child / Add adolescent button.

Step 5: Have the other adult / child enter their Amazon email and password (if they have one), or create a new account.

Step 6: Click Yes to allow both your account and that of another adult or child to share payment methods.

Step 7: Choose which books you would like to share with the other adult / child, and ask the other adult / child to choose which books they would like to share with you.

Step 8: Click End up.

Loan New Kindle Books

Now that you’ve added adults and children to your Family Library and shared your previous purchases, you’re ready to start lending new Kindle books. That’s how:

Step 1: Go to Manage your content and devices section of your Amazon account.

Step 2: Select the Show family collection from Your content tab.

Step 3: Select the books you would like to share with a family member and then click Add to library.

Stage 4: Choose a family member and then click okay.

How to Download a Kindle Book from the Family Library

Fortunately, once you’ve set up Family Sharing, accessing and downloading your books is a breeze. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Go to Manage your content and devices section of your Amazon account.

Step 2: Choose the books you would like to send to your device or app and click Deliver.

Step 3: Select where the books should be shipped from the pop-up menu and then click Deliver one more time.

How to share a Kindle book from the product detail page

One of the easiest ways to share a Kindle book is by heading to its product page in the Kindle Store. This is what you need to do to get there:

Step 1: Navigate to the Kindle Store on your computer and type the name of the title you would like to borrow.

Step 2: Click on the book you would like to check out from the resulting list.

Step 3: Click Loan of this book on the product page.

Stage 4: Once this is done, you will be sent to the Loan of this book page, where you can enter the recipient’s email address and an optional message.

Step 5: Click Send now.

Share a Kindle Book from the Manage Your Content and Devices page

You can also share books on a Kindle without going to the Kindle store. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Log into your Amazon account as you normally would and head to the Manage Your Content and Devices page.

Step 2: Click the Actions button next to the title of the book or magazine you want to check out. Please select Loan of this title.

Step 3: Enter the recipient’s email address and an optional message.

Stage 4: Click Send now.

How to request a Kindle book from a friend

You can request a Kindle title from a friend if you don’t have a library card or the budget for new books. You’ll receive an email notification when your friend lends you the book, instructing you to download it to your Fire tablet, Kindle e-book reader, or the Kindle app.

Downloading it is easy:

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Step 1: Open the e-mail with the subject “A Borrowed Book for You.”

Step 2: Click on the Get your book on loan now button. A will open in your web browser.

Step 3: Log into your Amazon account as usual.

Stage 4: If you have a Fire tablet, Kindle e-book reader, or the Kindle app, select the device you want the book to send to, and then click Accept borrowed book.

If you don’t have a Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, or the Kindle app, click Accept borrowed book and follow the onscreen instructions to download the Kindle app.

How to return a borrowed Kindle book

Book loans are automatically due at the end of the 14-day loan period, so you never have to worry about turning them in on time if you receive a book loan. If you finish it earlier, you can return it earlier. That’s how:

Step 1: Log into your Amazon account as you normally would.

Step 2: Go to the Manage your content and devices page.

Step 3: Click on the Behaviour next to the borrowed book.

Stage 4: Please select Delete from the resulting list of options.

Step 5: Click Yes to confirm your return.

Things to know before lending or borrowing a Kindle book

You can still share books with someone outside of your family group, but the process is a little different. Here’s what you need to know before sharing a Kindle book with a friend:

  • You can only loan a Kindle book to another reader for up to 14 days. Either The road not taken or Dante’s hell, your friends have a two week window to finish what you send them. But don’t worry if they start reading immediately or if they send the loan out too soon. If they don’t accept the loan within seven days, go back to your library.
  • A Kindle book can only be loaned once. Once you check out a title once, you can’t share it again – it’s locked in your library.
  • During this two-week period, you will not be able to read the book you borrowed unless your friend returns it sooner.
  • The borrower does not need to have a Fire tablet or Kindle e-book reader to open the book, but will have to download the Kindle app.
  • Not all Kindle books can be borrowed. Some publishers impose restrictions on loans; If you don’t see an option to check out a Kindle book, it can’t be shared.
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