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By Victor Luckerson
November 14, 2014

Amazon is now letting Kindle owners access multiple accounts on a single device.

On Friday, Amazon rolled out a software update that includes “Family Library,” a feature that will allow two adults and up to four children to share content on one Kindle. The adults can decide whether they want to share all or just a portion of their books with other users tied to a device, and each adult can separately make annotations and bookmarks in the same e-book.

The software update also includes Word Wise, a dictionary tool that automatically places definitions above difficult words within a book to help children and English language learners become better readers. Kindle owners will also have access to Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, an all-you-can-read subscription program aimed at kids that starts at $2.99 per month. Improved search capabilities and tighter integration with the online book club website Goodreads are also included.

The new update is available for the new $79 Kindle, the Kindle Voyage and the most recent Kindle Paperwhite. Users can wait for their Kindles to update automatically in the next few weeks or download the new software directly here.

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