Do you ever have one of those days where you gave someone some advice and, unfortunately, a few days later you need to retract or clarify it? This is one of those days.
A few days ago in this post, I recommended in a Kindle gift certificates post on purchasing a Kindle, linking it to your account, and adding books from your account to the new Kindle – then deregistering it and giving it away as a gift. I gave that advice based upon various Amazon posts on the Amazon discussion boards.
Amazon has made a change to the terms of service I saw on a couple of Kindle discussion boards today, specifically addressing selling your Kindle, where they say to not do that – they want you to remove all of the purchased material from the Kindle device. You can see the exact wording by clicking here, but if you are reading this blog on your Kindle here is what the link says:
If your Kindle is registered to your account, deregister the Kindle before selling it. Deregistering ensures that your Kindle cannot be used to make purchases on your account. Also, once the Kindle is deregistered, any books, subscriptions, or other content you’ve purchased from the Kindle Store will no longer be delivered to the device.
Now, the above concerns selling your Kindle only (and I can imagine there must be a lot of folks selling Kindles loaded up with hundreds of books on places like eBay and Craigslist) and doesn’t cover, say, giving one to your Dad or Aunt Martha for Christmas. While I will tell you it’s probably not a good idea to sell a loaded-up Kindle on eBay or Craigslist, a one-off basis of giving away a Kindle to a relative – who then links it to their own account – is probably okay I will also tell you I am not an attorney: it’s your call.
If I get other updates or clarifications I will let you know.