The Amazon Kindle e-reader has a number of restrictions an owner can make. This is different from the parental controls found on Amazon’s Kindle for kids. A normal Kindle owner can choose to disable store access, so users cannot make purchases or download samples. The Internet browser can also be disabled, so that no one else can surf the Internet and mess around. Finally, the Cloud can be disabled, so that books that are not on the device, but have been purchased, cannot be installed and read.
Why would you want to lock certain Kindle items? Maybe your child is a little too old for a children’s Kindle and is only allowed access to things like Marvel or Disney children’s books. Maybe they like young adult and other content, and have no control over themselves when it comes to using mom’s credit card. Maybe one of the parents has downloaded a bunch of erotica and doesn’t want little Johnny to read hot scenes. This is where restrictions come into play.
In order to make a restriction on any modern Kindle e-reader, you need to click on the 3 dots next to the search bar on the home screen. Next, click Accessibility and Restrictions. There are three different ones that can be disabled. The Cloud, Internet and Store. When you click on any of these things, you will be asked to create a PIN. This PIN will be used to unlock the Accessibility screen and disable all the things you have enabled. After the store is disabled, when you try to click on anything related to the store, like clicking the shopping cart icon or one of the recommended reads, it won’t even show a book description. When a book is finished and it offers other stories, nothing can be clicked on either. Internet can also be cut, so that the browser does not open, and the same with links to Wikipedia. The Cloud, when turned off, will not allow anyone to download titles purchased on another device or stored in the Kindle Cloud.
Locking your Kindle this way is a good habit when traveling or on a plane. If you ever lost your Kindle, at least the person who found it wouldn’t be able to buy and read anything, so it would be useless.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.