New: set your default delivery device for Kindle books
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Well, this should reduce the questions which get asked in the Amazon Kindle forums!
For years, people have been confused by where a book goes when they order one from the USA Kindle store.
In the past, there were two answers to that:
If you ordered from your device (from a non-Fire Kindle, a Fire, or a Kindle reader app), it would first go to that device. That’s if you are ordering from within the Kindle store…not using your browser to go to Amazon.com.
If you were at Amazon.com (on your desktop or laptop, for example, or in your browser), you could choose which device got it first…but it would default to your first Kindle (including Fires) alphabetically.
That led to people naming their Kindles in special ways, to drive one up to the top of the list. Instead of “Bufo’s Kindle”, for example, it might be “AAA Bufo’s Kindle”.
Today, for the first time, I was asked to set a default delivery device.
Before I tell you how, it’s important that I point out that you might not have it yet.
Amazon is big on A/B testing: in other words, some people get something and some people don’t while they experiment with it.
A new feature might work for me, and not for you…or vice versa.
It might work in one browser and not another.
It might work in one way for one person (a button might be on the left side of the screen or the choice might be in a menu) and a different way for another person (button on the right, for example).
That said, here is what I am seeing.
When I go to
and click or tap on
I see a
Set as default device
link under a selected non-Fire Kindle or Kindle reader app.
For Fires tablets, it’s in the Device Actions menu.
It isn’t available for my Fire Phone or my Fire TV, although they both show on this page (my Fire TV doesn’t have a Kindle app, but my Fire Phone does).
When you set that,
appears under the device’s name.
As far as I can tell, you can change it whenever you want.
Once I’d done that, the “deliver to” dropdown on a book’s Amazon product page changed to showing the default device first.
Opening the dropdown, the choices looked like they did before…same order, with hardware Kindles and Fires alphabetically first, followed by apps alphabetically.
It did not change the behavior when ordering from a device…when I ordered from my
(through the Kindle store, not the browser), it went automatically to that device, not the default device I had designated.
Even those this is a little thing, it’s a big improvement!
A device we don’t use much happens to come alphabetically first…I had sometimes been forgetting to change that, and the book would just sit as a pending delivery forever.
Oh, I could still get it on another device by downloading it from the Cloud/archives, or sending it from that MYK page above, but I really don’t like having those pending deliveries out there (maybe they’ll let us cancel them at some point).
One other tip.
I often get books, and would prefer that they not be on any of my devices right away. I’d rather read them some time in the future, and don’t need them taking up local memory (I usually only keep about ten Kindle store books on any of my devices at a time).
While we can get apps and have them go only to the Cloud, that’s not currently an option for Kindle books.
However, you can get the free Kindle Cloud Reader
and set that as your default device (I checked…yes, you can do that).
That way, by default, it will go to that Cloud reader, which means the book won’t take up memory on your Kindles and Fires…until you download it.
Remember, that’s only if you order in a browser…if you order it in the store on one of your devices, it will go to that device first.
I’m very happy to see Amazon still making these kinds of asked-for improvements!
If you get a chance, take a look and see if you have the option. If you don’t, I’d be interested to hear that. If your interface is significantly different from what I described above, I’d be interested to hear that as well.
What else would be on your list of tweaks (minor changes) you’d like to see? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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