I got my wife a Kindle for Christmas. She always wants something to read - when she has time - but little time to actually go out and find books. I was kind of nervous about it, since she doesn’t have my penchant for electronics. But she vaguely mentioned the possibility of buying one. The good news is that I had a winner. The bad news is that it wasn’t a surprise.
She hasn’t really used it yet. We’ve been stymied by what to do with our accounts and the DRM. Namely, which of our accounts to put it on. It’s her device, so it would make sense to put it on her account. But my account is an Amazon Prime account, which means that there was some free lending. But putting it on mine meant I wasn’t sure what would happen if I got my own device. We went ahead and used her account, but didn’t buy anything until we knew what we were going to do. Instead, I downloaded some free books from the Project Gutenberg.
For those of you who don’t know, Project Gutenberg is dedicated to taking works in the public domain, digitizing them, and making them available. Thanks to our copyright law, these books tend to be really, really old. On the upshot, here is my chance to actually read War & Peace. There’s a similar project called LibreVox, which is dedicated to taking works in the public domain and putting them to audio. That could be cool.
Anyhow, I read up more on how the DRM and accounts work and determined that her device should be on my account. The problem is that once I changed the account, all of the books on the device disappeared. Even if they didn’t have DRM, they were all associated with her account. I copied them off and put them back on, but they wouldn’t reappear. I had to change the filenames.