Have a Family of Bookworms? Try Amazon Family Library

Heather says

A couple of years ago I shared how to download audio books from your local library for free. If you liked that, I think you’ll dig today’s info.

I use Amazon for a lot of things, it’s also a small source of revenue – if I link to something here and someone makes a purchase through that link I get a percentage of that sale. It’s something pretty common on the web and it’s called an affiliate link. If I mention a product I use or like, it makes sense to do this as it doesn’t cost the purchaser any extra. In theory it is possible to be shady when using affiliate links, but I only add the link if it is relevant. I’m not going to try to make you buy a $37 ebook on how to start an aquaponic farm (I saw that yesterday), but I will link to baking soda if it’s in a recipe and sometimes I’ll even plug my own book.  (If I don’t, who will?)

That revenue this brings in isn’t huge and mostly feeds my book addiction and occasional binges on tv shows. I do love Amazon Prime‘s free shipping which keeps me from having to brave Walmart or Target, because, well, people. . .


If I can avoid this, I will.

The kids are taking after me in the read everything they get their hands on department and while I generally don’t mind visiting the used bookstore, I am really beginning to appreciate the ease of the Kindle and free Kindle apps to feed their voracious literary appetites. If you haven’t heard of Bookbub, go check it out, I’ll be here when you get back.  (That is not an example of an affiliate link, it’s just a really cool way to find low cost and free books through publisher promotions.)

How to find and manage free and cheap ebooks for the entire family

If you’re a geek like me, you may find over the years you’ve had quite a few phones, tablets, and apps attached to your Amazon Kindle account. Yesterday I was trying to figure out how to get rid of some of the devices I’ve broken and or sold over the years so I can get the default download to be my current device. It’s kind of a pain, but you can find it under My Account in the Digital Content section.
Amazon manage devicesWhile I was poking aound I noticed something called Amazon Family Library, being curious I looked into it. It turns out you can more easily share content with family members AND this also gives you better control over what you’re giving your children access, too. The younger two have Kindle Apps on their Nabi Tablets and the oldest one has my old Kindle.

I’m still figuring out all the ins and outs of managing the multiple devices, but I thought you might want to hear about it.

I try really hard to be aware of what they are exposed to, my mom had no idea how advanced my reading abilities were as a small child until after I’d read the copy of Stephen King’s It she’d left lying around when I was 7. Oops.

Oh and Amazon Prime includes the Kindle Lending library which lets you borrow books marked Prime for free. *winning*

Of course, like the free audio book rentals, I could just be one of the last to know.

If not, enjoy!


  1. Jennifer on May 31, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Why did I not know about book hub? What a fabulous way to cut down on some of my book costs. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Jen on May 31, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Not so much about devices, but, I sure do miss opening a real book. They smell like my youth (our small town library that I spent a multitude of hours in as a kid) I exclusively e-read now since we moved farther away from our library.

    • Heather Solos on May 31, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      I miss that sometimes, but I definitely don’t miss occasionally being out of new words. 😀

  3. Laura on May 30, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for showing where to take off all of those old devices from my amazon account. I had 13 various ones (some were multiples??!?!) when we only have 3 kindles and my phone.

  4. Tameka on May 30, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    This is great! Now that my kids both have their tablets, we will be using the family library this summer. We also rent audiobooks and ebooks from the library with the overdrive app. Thank you for the info!

    • Heather Solos on May 30, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      I wish I had found it before I bought Ray a physical copy of The Martian just because I was selfish with my devices.

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