I have a friend whose tastes in books are somewhat similar to mine. She would frequently ask me what I purchased and I found so many times that our tastes overlapped. Why not share an ebook account, I proposed. We both have multiple Kindle devices and so I signed us up for a joint gmail account that we would attach to our joint Kindle account. This has been a lot of fun for me. I enjoy going into the Kindle account in hopes that she’s bought something great. From time to time, she’ll ask me what in our joint account we should read.
Kindle permits up to 6 Kindle devices to be attached to one account and any number of apps. We have two Kindle devices, two computers, two phones, and one iPad connected to the account. By pooling our resources, my friend and I have spent approximately the same amount of money than before we shared but we have access to a larger ebook library.
We fund the account primarily with gift cards, although I often “gift” myself books and my friend has recently attached her credit card so that we can access the Prime Library.
I asked on Facebook and Twitter whether any one else account shared and received some really interesting responses.
DA reviewer, Dabney, shares with her sister. Dabney buys the adult books and her sister buys the YA books.
How do you fund your account?
I fund my Amazon account with a credit card. When she buys me a book, she gifts it to me through Amazon.
Did you have separate accounts before ? If so do you spend more or less?
We have different Kindles. For that matter, I own five Kindles–mine, my kids, my husband’s, my best friend’s and my sister’s–that all use my Amazon account. Only I buy books.
I share a Kindle account with my mom, but I do everything as far as getting the books, downloading them for her.
We do it primarily for the Audible account.
We live separately, but I have always been her book buyer, even paper copies. To us, this is just a continuation of the way we have always managed books. It just has the wifi element in it now.
I pay for the books on my debit card. I’ve always bought a lot of books. Honestly, I drink at bars. I always think – hm, I can buy a book instead, right?
We never had separate accounts. I choose the books and she’ll give me a gift card every now. I spend about the same, but I buy more books since I follow both Dear Authors & Smart Bitches for book deals.
I pick the books, though she’s told me about upcoming books or books her MIL has recommended.
How did you decide to share an account?
In the beginning I read a lot more than my 2 other friends so instead of them spending money on something I already had I offered my account. We switch off on who buys the books to keep it fair for the most part. I still read a lot more than them though so I do not save a considerable amount because I will just end up buying another book with what I saved from rotating.
The drawbacks are if one is not careful with changing the CC to theirs or back to mine. I’ve had it happen a handful of times over the last 4 years being charged or charging someone else accidentally. I quickly learned to tell the others not to buy from their Kindle.
Children getting hold of their momma’s Kindle and buying things is another drawback. It’s easy fixed though, I just return the book as an accidental purchase.
There is a way you can buy a book on your Amazon acct & “gift” it to a friend(that way you can keep the books on one acct). I personally found that irritating and that’s when we came up with storing the CCs.
The other option is to “loan” it to a friend but a vast majority of ebooks I had do not allow this feature. I only share with people I trust implicitly! My hubby is in the USAF so we move a lot, sharing books with my friends/family helps keep the bond going strong…and lessens the loneliness one feels from time to time from being apart.
She also shares this account with her mother, her boyfriend and another of her friends. Attached to her Amazon account are 2 kindles (one is her mothers, other is hers), 3 ipads (1 work one and 1 for each of her kids), 3 iphones (2 are hers, one is her friends), a windows phone, an android phone (the boyfriends) and she also has the app for her PC. If I recall correctly she reads her books via her phone and loans out her kindle to friends if they want to read specific books that she can’t loan out otherwise.
As for the money aspect. I know her mother and her load money up on the account to buy books, not sure about the other friend. However she has told me that I can order whatever books I’d like on her account (she’s got prime) and I can reimburse her later. I’ve also mentioned just buying a giftcard, loading that up and paying off that for anything I’ve bought, that was also find with her.