Can Kindle Downloads Work on Multiple Kindles?

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Can Kindle Downloads Work on Multiple Kindles?
Read content on multiple Kindles by using the same Amazon log-on. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The Kindle e-reader works by downloading books, magazines and other content from Amazon and displaying the content electronically on the Kindle. If you've got more than one Kindle and wish to use the same content on both, you can easily transfer and download the same content by using the same Amazon log-on with each device.

Kindle Books on Multiple Devices

When you use more than one Kindle, or Kindle application, register the device to the same Amazon log-on that you use for the main Kindle. On the Kindle, navigate through "Home" then "Menu," "Settings" and then select "Register" to register the device to your Amazon log-on. Books that you have downloaded on your main Kindle will also be available for download on any other Kindle or Kindle application that utilises the same Amazon log-on.

Loaning Kindle Content

Some Kindle content can be loaned to another Kindle device that does not use the same Amazon log-on, so if you want to share a book with a friend that uses a different log-on, you may be able to loan the content for up to 14 days. Lending varies between different publishers and different content. To determine if you can lend a book, go to "Manage Your Kindle" within your Amazon account, and select the title to see if there is an option to lend it.


Some subscriptions to magazines or newspapers may not be shared over multiple Kindles, even Kindles associated with the same Amazon log-on. To determine if you can download a particular magazine or newspaper to more than one Kindle, or to change the subscription, select the publication in the "Manage Your Kindle" screen on Amazon. Use the expand button, to the left of the title, to open the menu where you can select "Send wirelessly to Kindle" to move a particular issue or the entire subscription to a different Kindle.

Wireless Sharing

You can share content wirelessly between your multiple Kindles using Amazon's Whispernet. This wireless service allows you to download content without connect your Kindle device to a computer. Manage wireless downloading by viewing "Manage Your Kindle" once you're in your Amazon account. If you don't want to wirelessly download content, you can transfer the content to a computer using a USB cable and then move it to a different Kindle from there.

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