Setting up ebook for family usage

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Setting up ebook for family usage

Postby paulsiu » Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:19 pm

I have been thinking about actually buying some ebooks. I have been reluctant to do this in the past due to the complexity of it. Suppose I buy a real book, anyone in my family can view it. Suppose I buy an ebook, it's probably liked to an account so only a person on that account can view it. This would indicate I should setup a family account, so I can share the ebook with the rest of the family.

What about parental control? My daughter is too young to read, but at some point we should probably restricted it so she doesn't end up reading something inappropriate.

In addition, anyone have any recommendation on where to purchase it. It appears that one can purchase it from Google Play, Kindle, and iTunes. There are probably pros and cons on each. Based on some initial research, I am edging toward Kindle since it's got broad platform support across Mac, PC, Linux, Android, and IOS.

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Re: Setting up ebook for family usage

Postby Sidney » Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:24 pm

With Kindle you can link more than one device to your Amazon account -- I think up to 5 -- and each one can download and read whatever was purchased on that account. Each one can make purchases also. I don't know if there is a way to limit which linked devices can make purchases.
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Re: Setting up ebook for family usage

Postby nisiprius » Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:32 pm

Sidney wrote:With Kindle you can link more than one device to your Amazon account -- I think up to 5 -- and each one can download and read whatever was purchased on that account. Each one can make purchases also. I don't know if there is a way to limit which linked devices can make purchases.
But it's not very useful, because there's no way to link a single Kindle device to more than one account. So to make this work, you need to have decided in advance that your whole family will use a single account.
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Re: Setting up ebook for family usage

Postby jebmke » Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:39 pm

nisiprius wrote:
Sidney wrote:With Kindle you can link more than one device to your Amazon account -- I think up to 5 -- and each one can download and read whatever was purchased on that account. Each one can make purchases also. I don't know if there is a way to limit which linked devices can make purchases.
But it's not very useful, because there's no way to link a single Kindle device to more than one account. So to make this work, you need to have decided in advance that your whole family will use a single account.

That's what we do. It is easier than having multiple accounts for us. Obviously if you are talking about an extended family that doesn't operate as a financial unit, then it could be problematical.
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