Not really a confession per se (other than neither one of us thought of this beforehand), but now we’re thinking.
I know… it sounds a little morbid, but it’s something to consider, and I’m so thankful that JulieO brought this to our attention.
She messaged me saying:
My girlfriend told me something interesting the other day that I had never thought of.
Her aunt passed away and they had a ‘reading of the will’ and her granddaughter, who is in her twenties was bequeathed her 4 kindles which were loaded to the max. Apparently they both shared a love of books. Someone else got other household items or the car etc. but she was overjoyed with the kindles.
Apparently the attorney made the transfer of all books legal etc?
Just makes you think. There was quite a bit of money tied up in those kindles. Many people who are cleaning out loved ones belongings probably do not know the value of the e readers and the cloud storage and may have just tossed away.
Thought you might bring that to everyone’s attention.
Thanks Maryse for all you do. Sending you hugs right now!!!
Wow, Julie… I’ve never even thought of that!! It’s obvious that my mom (who also loves reading as much as I do) should get my Kindle, but it comes down to more than that, doesn’t it? I’d need to arrange for her to have legal access to my account where all my ebooks are stored (or transferred to her account), but that would need to be prearranged, wouldn’t it? Figuring out how to transfer them to her access, if the time comes.
We have hundreds if not thousands of books all stored neatly away, hidden and unobtrusive (so different from an entire bookcase of books), that it might be easy to disregard.
Something to think about…
Lauren: We had this discussion a couple of years ago on an author’s page but it was about our non-ebooks. Our paperbacks & hard covers & signed books. When my ex-husband’s father died, I was given his extensive book collection. Some classics, a couple of first editions, but mostly just lots & lots of regular books. I treasured those books.
When my husband & I divorced, my ex mother-in-law came by our house when I was at work & boxed up the books & I never saw them again. They still sit in those same boxes in her basement. Heartbreaking.
Non readers just don’t get how precious books are to a reader. Now I tell people to put their wishes in writing. If you want your books to go to the right person, make it known NOW, before something happens to you.
Jessica: I figure when I die my kids will get my kindles and amazon account. I’ve thought about this a lot
Susan: I have 3700 books on my kindle so this is definitely something to prepare for. My sister will have enough reading to last the rest of her life. LOL!!
Maryse: Gotta plan for our precious books… they can live on FOREVER. That’s an incredible thought!! I have entire series collections in my digital library…
Rae: You have to leave provisions in your Will to “bequeath” the books. If not they revert to Amazon so you must leave an instruction what is to happen to your Kindle/e-books.
Kaitlyn: Canadian book lover and Estate Paralegal here. In Canada, you would ask your lawyer to include a “digital media” clause in your will with a memo attached outlining your “digital assets”, including login and password info (if desired). This way your Executor/Estate Trustee can legally access it and give it to whomever you wish. This will cover your ebooks, email, digital ‘shops’ (Etsy) and things that you own in the cloud, so to speak. Hope this helps!
Maryse: Wow!! Thank you SO much Kaitlyn! This is awesome info (and help!). 😀
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