Kindle samples are now stored in the Cloud
This is something people have wanted for a long time!
You can generally get a free “sample” of a Kindle store book to read before you buy it.
That can be very valuable: it’s especially helpful in cases where you aren’t sure about the formatting of the book.
The only broad case where you can’t get a sample is when the book is regularly free. If it’s free, Amazon figures you can just get the whole book if you want.
People, though, use the samples for more than just checking out the book.
A lot of people use them as organizational tools. They’ll get a sample of something which they might buy, and that lets them remember it (similar to the Wish Lists).
It used to be that we didn’t have a record of which samples we’d gotten.
I would tell people that it was like getting a free sample at Costco. One reason why Costco and Amazon could do it for free is there is a reduced cost of sale. There’s no financial processing, and I would guess very little Customer Service costs.
Well, I guess Amazon decided it was worth the expense to make them centrally available!
According to this
You can manage the samples directly from these devices:
- Fire HDX
- Fire HD
- Kindle Fire HDX
- Kindle Fire HD (2nd Generation)
- Kindle Voyage
- Kindle Paperwhite (2nd Generation)
- Kindle (7th Generation)
- Fire phone
- Kindle for iPhone
- iPod touch (version 4.5 or greater)
- Kindle for Android (version 4.7 or greater)
or at the
On the MYK page, you change the dropdown in “Show” from “All” to “Samples”.
I tried testing it this morning. I sent a sample, but it hasn’t shown up yet (maybe ten minutes later), even refreshing the page.
It’s clear from what the page says that you can delete the sample from all devices on your account when you are on one of your devices:
“You can also choose to delete the sample from the cloud and all devices and reading apps registered to your account.”
That’s unusual. Typically, central management is reserved for people who have the password for the account and can do it at MYK. Many people have situations where there are what I call “managers” and “users” of the account. For example, children, or a friend or more distant relative, might not access to the financials of the account, but would be able to use the books on it.
I suppose the thought is that if someone deletes a sample, no real harm done…but that won’t be the case if people are using it organizationally.
What isn’t clear to me is whether I can order a sample from, say, my computer and have it sent to Device A on the account, and then be on Device B and download that sample.
I wanted to let you know about this exciting ability…and hopefully, I’ll get to explore a bit more about how it works soon (after, I presume, the MYK page updates).
Update: that never did show up, but I found out why. I have to request that the sample go to one of the qualified types of devices. When I did that, it showed up both on the device and at MYK. From MYK, I could send it to any of the EBRs (E-Book Readers) on the account, and to my Fire Phone, but not my Fire TV or my (yet to be delivered) Fire TV sticks.
It shows up on the KFHDX like a book.
The sample was also available to download on our Kindle Paperwhite 2…again, similar to an e-book. That’s what I wanted! 🙂
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