What happens to all my Kindle e-books when I die?

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What happens to all my Kindle e-books when I die?

Adam Holt-2
Where Do e-Books Go When You Do?

NYT excerpts:

Amazon replied, “I’m sorry; Kindle content can’t be resold or donated, or transferred between accounts. The purchase and download of digital content from Amazon.com, including content from the Kindle Store, is associated with the Amazon.com account used to make the original purchase. As a result, Kindle content can’t be transferred to another person.”

So, if I’m reading this right, I can’t give my e-books away before I go, not one of the entire 70 I’ve purchased so far. By the way, I appreciated the “I’m sorry,” which was comforting even though it did sound a bit like I had already passed away...

[Better news later, but...] not to be a pain about it, I went ahead and asked Amazon just exactly how this would work. Could I really give my account — my e-books — to someone before I die? And would the account last, well, for ever and ever?

And the e-book Lord said, “I understand your concern regarding the Kindle content in your account in your absence. You may consider donating or gifting your Kindle to your relatives or your friends and you can share your log-in password of your account to them. The authorized users of your account can still access your Kindle and your Kindle library. Your Kindle library never expire unless you close your Amazon.com account. I hope this information helps! We look forward to seeing you again soon.”

Never mind the phrasing mistakes and subject-verb disagreements, “in your absence” and “see you again soon” are nice touches — as if I’ll be coming back. Which I well might, if I need WiFi to download the latest recommendations from my fellow readers e-mailing me from the here-below about books I positively cannot miss no matter where I am sent to spend eternity. Because one thing in this life is certain: You can bet your last e-dollar I won’t be leaving my Kindle behind. No way in hell (pardon). I’m taking it with me. Why? Because I like it. And because I can.

To my dear children: No, I didn’t leave you my Kindle. But I did leave you access to my e-books. Get on my account (password will come later) and enjoy the heck out of yourselves. You can even buy a Kindle (think of it!) and register it to my account and have yourself a jolly old time. As for the hundreds of real paper books in my study, please don’t fight over them: Take what you like, give the rest away. I’d recommend, however, that both of you read “As I Lay Dying” by Faulkner and “A House for Mr. Biswas” by Naipaul; so share...

It turns out that, yes, you can take it with you when you head for that great reading room in the sky. All my mourners will have to do is tuck my Kindle (and cable) into my casket and I’ll be set. Grave goods like these will be the envy of heaven or hell...


IN FULL:

http://nytimes.com/2012/05/11/opinion/where-do-e-books-go-when-you-do.html
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