Why have you replaced a Kindle?
I don’t tend to replace my Kindles/Fires…I just add to the group.
In part, that’s because I want to have older ones around for reference, for when people ask me questions.
That plan got a bit derailed when our house was burglarized, and I lost eight of them.
However, a reader, SKC, and I were discussing battery life. Not battery charge life (how long between charges), but that the battery will eventually become unable to be charged. Since a Kindle/Fire** does not have a user replaceable battery (as many modern electronics don’t), it becomes necessary to replace the device (if you still want to have that many devices).
My thought was that I haven’t heard that often about someone replacing a device because the battery died.
It’s more often been because it was lost/stolen, the screen failed, or they wanted something newer.
That’s just my guess, though…I thought it would make sense to do a poll.
Certainly, my readers aren’t typical of the general population, but it would still be informative.
First, let’s define replacing the device as getting another device (or, I suppose, an app) to take the place of one you will no longer have. You aren’t adding to your total number of devices: you are keeping the count the same.
Second, before I do the poll, let me point out that you still have your content (with a couple of exceptions, which I’ll explain).
It’s easiest to think of it as the e-books belonging to the account, not to the device.
When you register a new device to the same account, it has access to the books previously purchased on that account.
What are the exceptions?
There has been some debate about this, but my understanding is that if a book has been removed from the Kindle store by Amazon for legal reasons (such as it being a case of infringement), Amazon can not let people download it from the archives.
They don’t go after copies you’ve already downloaded to your device: having an infringing copy is not illegal (that’s been established by the Supreme Court…it’s not the same as stolen goods), it’s the distribution that’s the problem.
If a book is simply voluntarily removed from the Kindle store and you already bought it, Amazon will still have that one for you to download to new devices. I have one like that.
That’s one case where you wouldn’t have the book to download to a newly registered device if the old device failed.
Second, there is a question of compatibility. The vast majority of e-books from the Kindle store are compatible with all of the Kindle EBRs (E-Book Readers). However, some may have audio or video which would not be compatible, and then there are “print replica” books which wouldn’t work on the first generation Kindle (the one from 2007), for example.
Another category, not books, is “active content”. Those are games you play on a non-Fire Kindle, and you can imagine that one that works with a touchscreen might not be compatible with an older Kindle without a touchscreen…that sort of thing. Also, currently, active content is not available for the
which, as I understand it, is a conscious choice for Amazon.
Okay, so let’s get to the poll. You can pick more than one choice on this:
If they answer you want isn’t there, please let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.
While we’re here, let me also ask: why have you kept your Kindle/Fire when a new device was released?
Again, feel free to add additional reasons or to just tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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**Update: regular reader and commenter jjhitt correctly pointed out that the 2007 Kindle had a battery designed to be replaced by the user, and people have replaced the batteries on other models…I should have said, “…modern Kindles/Fires…” or perhaps “…current…”
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