Your Kindle eBooks have the advantage of taking up no space—they don’t sit on a shelf, you don’t have to carry them around, and they last forever, even if your dog has a taste for paper. Even better, more than one person can read the same eBook at the same time, which is impossible with a paperback.

If you have a family of readers, you’ll be happy to know that you only need to buy a book once and then everyone in the house can share.

It’s easy to share your Kindle books with the rest of your family (up to one other adult and four kids), but before you do that you need to set up a Family Library using a feature called Amazon Household.

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How to set up Kindle book sharing with your Amazon Household

The Amazon Household feature in your Amazon account gives you sharing capabilities that go well beyond just your Kindle book library. After setting it up, you can share Prime Video and other Prime benefits as well.

Step 1: Go to Amazon Household page and login to your account, if needed. Alternatively, open Amazon, then click Accounts & Lists at the top of the page, and click Amazon Household in the Shopping programmes section near the bottom of the page.

You can also do this on your Kindle device by selecting the Household Sharing option from the menu in your library and selecting Add New Person at the bottom of the screen.

A screenshot of the Kindle app showing users how to change Amazon Household settings

Step 2: Now it’s time to invite your family. Click Add adult to add your spouse or partner and send an invite to their email address. Follow the instructions on the webpage to agree to share the ability to make purchases for your account, and then on the next page choose what Amazon content you want to share—this is where you can share your Kindle eBook library.

You can also add your kids (12 and under) by selecting Add Children.

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How to share books from your Kindle device

Depending on how you configured your Amazon Household, you’re either already there or almost done.

When you created your Amazon Household, you had the option to choose which Amazon content you wanted to share. If you left the eBooks option checked, then your eBook library will automatically appear on your other family members’ Kindles. Mission accomplished! They can open your books and start reading.

If you didn’t check that box, though, here's how to add or remove a book from your shared household library:

Step one: Select the long press menu on the book in Library or Home, where you can access the Manage Household Sharing option.

A screenshot of the Kindle app showing users how to change Amazon Household settings

Step Two: From there, you can select the household member you want to share the book with.

A screenshot of the Kindle app showing users how to change Amazon Household settings

Step Three: tick or untick the check box underneath each household member’s name to add or remove the book from their library.

Next, check out our Kindle buying guide to help decide which e-reader is right for you.