Do you work in a business or organization and have a need to maintain a library of reference books? Or maybe your team reads the same books to stay current with the latest thinking or trends in your industry.
Why not buy one or more Kindles and share the devices? With minor exceptions, six people can read the same book on up to six devices at the same time. And a Kindle costs as little as $89.
Here's how it works:
1. Buy one or more Kindles.
2. Create a new account on Amazon.com and use that account to register the Kindle devices and buy the books. You only need to buy one copy of the book.
3. You can also use the free Kindle reading app but keep in mind that the device you use it on must be registered with Amazon. If this is someone's personal iPad, Android phone or laptop then their device counts as one of the six. (See tradeoff below.)
4. Turn off synchronization between devices.
Now when you buy an eBook simply login to your account and send the book to each Kindle device. It is like a library only instead of checking out books, you check out the Kindle device. Every device would have a complete set of the books in your reading library.
Another great benefit is that you can download company information to the devices. These can be Word or PDF files and transferring them to each Kindle can be as easy as sending them via email. Most text documents require no special conversion process beyond what Amazon does automatically.
It comes down to developing an effective device-loaning program.
Are there tradeoffs? Yes, but they are more like inconveniences:
1. Because your books are shared each reader will see everyone's highlights and bookmarks. Although this isn't necessarily bad it could be distracting.
2. If there is a sharing limit you will see the message “Simultaneous Device usage: Up to X simultaneous devices, per publisher limits” on the detail page.
3. If you decide to replace a device you will need to deregister it. Once deregistered you must delete the content from that device and you cannot reregister it again in the future.
4. Subscription content like blogs and magazines can only be downloaded to one Kindle at a time and cannot be accessed from Kindle for iPhone.
Contact us about getting your library started. We offer consults and eBook conversion of corporate eBook content to Kindle, Nook, and Apple.
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