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I'm looking into buying a kindle, but I'm not totally sold.
lets say something happens to it. and i lose all my books. do i have to buy them all again? or are they still stored on the amazon website or my computer? and i have a mac. a lot of the ereaders are not compatible with macs. is kindle?
 
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Molly, welcome to the board. Yes, Amazon does store all the books you have bought from them on their site. Books from other sites you would have to backup on your computer. The nice thing about the Kindle is that you do not HAVE to connect it to your computer. Although, I have not heard anyone complain about it not playing nice with a Mac.

For answers to other questions, you may want to check the Kindle FAQ at the top of the page. It is compiled by our resident expert...Leslie.
 

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You don't even need to own a computer to use a Kindle. :)

Seriously, though, you can't 'lose' your books.  Amazon keeps track of everything you buy from them.  There are also numerous free book sites.  You probably need a computer to access them, at least initially, and anything you get from there you can keep a copy.  They're generally older classics in the public domain.  AFIK mac or windows based is not an issue.  Books bought from Amazon can ONLY be read on Kindle.  Books obtained from other sites may be read on a computer with the appropriate software.  Or they can be sent to Kindle via a direct USB connection or via 'Whispernet' wirelessly.  THAT's why the sort of computer is somewhat irrelevant.  Be aware, however, that there are areas where 'Whispernet' doesn't work -- it's essentially Sprint's data network.  If you're in one of the dead zones you'll have to use a computer to transfer content to Kindle whether bought from Amazon or obtained from a free site.

BTW, there's a FAQ post at the top of one of the forums on this board. . . it's a good place to start.  Check it out.

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What they said!! Hi Molly832 and welcome. Hope you got the answers you were looking for. After 2 + weeks with my Kindle, I would never go back. It is one of the smartest purchases I have made in a long time!! You won't regret it!
 
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Cost of books includes Whispernet. They are supposed to charge $.10 for e-mailing to your Kindle, but no one has reported every being charged.
 

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I have a Mac (well, more than one actually) and the Kindle plays just fine with it. If you have any Mac specific questions, let me know and I can assist.
 

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What Pidgeon & all the others have said ...

Hi, Molly - Nice to have you hear and to welcome another Mac user  :D

Since I got my Kindle I'm mostly using it to look at the Kindle bookstore to purchase books.  I find that I like to browse online & order that way to save the battery a bit.  Using the Whispernet is free and it's Star Trek tm supercool!  It really is something to click a purchase & see it on your Kindle seconds later.  I've

I've got lots of other praises for the Kindle.  I can assure on one thing:  Once you have it you'll see what all the fuss is about

Cheers,

Marci
 

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Welcome, Molly! (previous typo caused by frequent use of the word "polly" in the book I'm reading..., sorry!)

Keep browsing around the various parts of the KindleBoards, you'll find lots of your questions answered and no shortage of people willing to help. We've got a whole separate Tips & Tricks topic.

Betsy
 

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LuckyRainbow said:
Cost of books includes Whispernet. They are supposed to charge $.10 for e-mailing to your Kindle, but no one has reported every being charged.
Welcome Molly! 8)

I have not lost any books purchased on Amazon (had Kindle replaced twice), however, I can no longer find the emailed books to my Kindle on the Amazon site.
 

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Jesslyn said:
Welcome Molly! 8)

I have not lost any books purchased on Amazon (had Kindle replaced twice), however, I can no longer find the emailed books to my Kindle on the Amazon site.
The emailed books aren't stored at amazon. Only content purchased directly from Amazon is kept in Your Media Library.

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Molly, 

There have been many good responses to the  "lost books" issue I have a different solution of my own.  When I finish reading a book on my Kindle.  I turn it off, insert a SD card, turn it on again, then go home, menu, content manager and transfer the book to the SD card.  Then turn Kindle off and remove card again.  This way I can carry finished books with me wherever I go, and look at them whenever I want.  But I don't have to have them cluttering up my home page.  It seem like a long process but once you learn how to do it you'll love the ability to have ALL your books wherever you go.


RLA1996

 
 
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