I am trying to figure out how to set up family library. My husband and I are both the adults on the family library account and that is working fine. I want to add my daughters IPad and my sons android tablet kindle apps onto the family library so I can deliver and share books with them. How do I add them or "find" them in the settings to add? Previously both kids had kindles, but now we have changed to the new devices mentioned and are having a hard time figuring this out. I don't care about free time. I just want to be able to have them access the books I have "delivered" as accessible to their device without them being able to go the the cloud and see my entire library. Additionally, I would prefer that when they download the kindle app on their iPad or android, they can set up their own Amazon account. (I am thinking this may not be possible) If I have to register the kindle app to myself, I guess that is ok, but stinks that they cannot start to build their own private libr
Thank you for trying to help. Unfortunately, I did review both of the suggested links before submitting my question. The devices my kids are using are on the supported list. Neither link answers my question. (At least not that I can see). Perhaps you have to initiate the family sharing from the iPad app or android kindle app instead of from my Amazon account?
If they still have a child profile under either of the adult accounts in the family library, they are included in the family library. However, you cannot access the FreeTime app/profiles with the Kindle apps. Yes, you/they could set up their own accounts to use a Kindle app on another device, but you can only have 2 adult profiles in a family library. ETA: there is no way to "hide" certain books in the cloud from any Kindle registered to the same account, or in a family library. If you have a Kindle that supports collections, you could use that to organize books, but not to hide or limit access to them.
Thank you. We are fine losing the free time. I realize the kindle app doesn't have that (frankly as the kids got older the restrictions around internet with free time were a huge hassle). Both do still have a profile under my account (from their past kindles). But how to I sync that profile up with their kindle app on the new device? Also, what is the benefit of family sharing if they have access to everything on my Amazon library on the cloud? In that case why not just register their kindle app under my name - which would provide them with the same access to content as I have. Other than my spouse being able to share content as an adult I am not seeing any benefit to the family library for the kids. I could do what I used to do and just register their kindle app under my account since they have access to everything anyway. I was hoping I would be able to enable only certain content to be shared. Appreciate the help.
The Family Library allows for the linking of two adult accounts and any of the children's kindles/apps registered to the two adult accounts. You cannot add another account to the two already linked accounts
For them to use a Kindle app on another device, they will have to either have their own accounts (which cannot be added to the family library) or register their devices to yours or your husbands account. You cannot access a child's profile on the Kindle apps, so, yes, they will have access to all the books. The family library was not designed for children to be able to access certain books in an adult profile. The child profiles are included so both adults can manage the child profile.
This is very helpful and I think I understand. Not to keep harping on it, but what is there to "manage" on a child profile if they have access to everything? Am I correct there there is no difference in adding a "child" account vs just registering their kindle app under my name as another of my devices? it sounds like exactly the same thing as before the family feature but just calling it a "family" library. Really as far as Amazon is concerned it is essentially me using a kindle app on another device to read my stuff - which I could always do, up to a certain number of devices.
You can manage things on a child's profile for things like time allowed for certain things in total. Having to use a certain amount of time on educational books and games before giving them access to non-educational books and games. Having to spend a certain amount of time reading books before they can access any games/apps. How much time they can spend on the Kindle per day. If the child had FreeTime Unlimited, the parent can set age limits on what can be accessed. Etc, etc, etc... Before Family Library, if a husband and wife had separate Amazon accounts and did not know each other's log-in and passwords, only the adult that the child's profile was on could manage the profile. Now, either parent can manage the goals set for the profile. If a child is young enough to need a profile, Amazon doesn't expect the child will have access to other devices. By the age they no longer need FreeTime, most parents set up the child's own Amazon Account, so they can keep their teenage books
Understood. Those benefits are only if you are using a kindle device for the kids, not the kindle app. My kids are 9 and 11. I love Amazon and the kindle and have been a user as an early adopter since their first generation kindle. Both my kids had and used kindle fire for two years, with free time profiles. It was great. But after a few years, and iPhones and android tablets later, along with numerous websites needed to be used for school purposes both kids left their kindles behind and they sat unused. We were forced to decide to either go forward with kindles with freetime, which completely eliminated the ability for Internet access on the device, vs. moving away from kindle. The other option was to open up the kindle without freetime. The kids didn't like the kindle name at that point because it meant complete and utter internet restriction to them (they were at this point biased even if we didn't use freetime). I was hoping the new family sharing would have been the a
You can send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. However, it took this long to get the Family Library we do have, and it's not likely going to increase anytime soon. The problem is not Amazon, though. It's the publisher who originally made the decision that ebooks cannot be transferred or shared from one account to another (yes, even if it was within a household). It was only recently that Amazon was finally able to negotiate the terms they were able to get in order to have the current family library system. Right now, Amazon is the only ebook site that allows or has a system set up to share ebooks within a household. But, it is still the publishers that are putting the restrictions in place.
Although it doesn't do everything that I've been saying I want - there is a work around that is within Amazon's control to enable. Since the kids non-kindle devices are just another device registered to me, Amazon could just enable a tag on each book as to what titles show up in the cloud on which devices registered to that user. Since you can already "deliver" a title to a device the only issue here is what is viewable in the cloud. The problem is that everything is viewable since Amazon never built any security around that on a device by device basis. Enabling an optional tag on the book in the cloud as to which device, registered to the same user, could view the book would not require any approvals from a publisher, since it is actually more restrictive than what is already in place where every title shows up on each of your registered devices. Something to send to enhancements perhaps.
I, too, would like the ability to restrict what books my kids have access to within our account. While they are sometimes reading on a Kindle, more often they are reading on a phone app where they have access to everything in our account. I agree with the above comment that it would be great to somehow restrict certain books to certain devices, even if it means you have to put the ones you don't want accessible to everyone into a separate folder with password. Another option is adding the free time kid's library that is only accessible to them on Kindle as an option on the reading apps on iPads and phones.
I speculate that there no such controls on apps as they will do no good since Junior/Juniorette will just load other apps to do what he or she wishes. What you want to do is like putting a heavy deadbolt on a screen door, thinking it will keep bad guys out. Consider starting over and make a separate Amazon account and buy a Kindle for it. You can keep all your naughty books on it and keep it out of their hands. Only solid method to keep the kids out of them until they are smart enough to look elsewhere online. Like liquor, pot and guns, the only real way to keep books you do not approve of away from your kids is not to have them in the house at all. This won't stop them if they have the wits of a clam but you'll feel better about it and they will learn valuable skills about finding things on their own.
So what if there's a demand? If you want all of the options available on a Kindle or a Fire, buy a Kindle or a Fire. iBooks can only be read on ios devices, unlike Kindle books which you can read on lots of other devices, including an ipad. Since Apple sees no need to cater to non-Apple device users, one would think that you'd be used to having your options restricted unless you use the manufacturer's own devices.