Settings in Manage Your Content and Devices (AKA Manage Your Kindle)

Settings in Manage Your Content and Devices (AKA Manage Your Kindle)

One of the most powerful things we have as Kindleers (although it could certainly be a lot more powerful) is the

Manage Your Content and Devices page (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

formerly known as Manage Your Kindle (and the old links still work).

This is where people who know the credentials (username and password) for an account can change “global” settings, things which affect everybody on the account. I refer to those people as “managers” of the account. Users of the account may just be able to use a device (a Kindle/Fire/app) to buy books, but can’t, for example, delete a book from the account (since that would affect all of the users). Users who are not managers don’t have the password.

If you do go to that MYCaD page, you have three tabs:

  • Your Content
  • Your Devices
  • Settings

Let’s take a look at what Settings options currently exist:

  • Digital Payment Settings: this is where you manage the payment method for 1-click purchases (which is how you buy things in the Kindle store). You actually don’t need to have a payment method…some people do that, and just apply Amazon gift cards to the account to pay for things. There some types of items you can’t do that way (like magazine subscriptions), but otherwise, that can work
  • Country Settings: you tell Amazon where you live here. Some people suggest changing this to fraudulently obtain books not published to their country. I don’t recommend that…
  • Households and Family Library: you can set up cross-account sharing of some items for two adults and up to four children
  • Newsstand Subscription Settings: manage your subscriptions
  • Kindle Unlimited Settings: you could cancel your membership here, and it will tell you when the next payment  is
  • Device Synchronization: you can choose if a book will open on a second device at the same point you finished it on a first device. If you are one person reading on two devices (a Kindle and a phone, for example), that make sense. If you are two people reading the same book at the same time on different devices (as is sometimes the case in my family), it doesn’t
  • Automatic Book Update: if a book is substantially updated in the Kindle store which you have purchased previously, this means your version will update automatically. I keep this turned off: there are times I want to keep the original version, the one for which I paid.You can still update one if you choose
  • Language Optimized Storefront: choose the language for the Kindle store…well, at least you can choose Spanish or English, from what I can see
  • Personal Document Settings: there are several sub-settings here:
  • * Send to Kindle E-mail Settings (choose e-mail addresses for your Kindles)
  • * Personal Document Archiving:if you send a document you’ve created to a Kindle through Amazon’s system, you can select here if you want it stored centrally or not
  • * Whispernet Delivery Options: this affects you if you are getting documents via 3G/4G…it doesn’t affect wi-fi downloads at all. You can choose a maximum charge
  • * Approved Personal Document E-mail List: so you don’t get spammed, you have to authorize specific e-mail addresses to be able to send your Kindle documents
  • Manage Whispercast Membership
  • Your AmazonLocal Voucers

If you have questions about any of these, let me know by commenting on this post.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

2 Responses to “Settings in Manage Your Content and Devices (AKA Manage Your Kindle)”

  1. Steve Mashburn Says:

    I have recently encountered issues with my HDX 8.9 generation 3 tablet. It no longer is recognized by my computer after being recognized in the past with no difficulty. Additionally all of my other devices including my Voyage hook up just fine. I have contacted Kindle support twice to no resolution. Is there something here I am overlooking. Tried a different port, different cable, reboot, and reset to factory default to no avail. I suspect I have a defective device. When the usb cable is attatched it indicates by chiming and the battery indicator that it is connected charging. It seems to me that the recent update may be the culprit. Is anyone else having this problem?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Steve!

      I haven’t heard of people complaining about that, but I can take a look.

      How long have you had it?

      Tell me more about what Kindle Support said. They are usually very good: did they suggest a resolution?

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