These Amazon Kindle tips will help you get the most out of your device and your e-reading experience. Did you know there's an advanced search page for Kindle books? Do you have a browser tool that finds free e-books for you? Want to know the easiest ways to save your notes and highlights or how to get a better deal on your next Kindle? Are you using all the features that make e-reading easier on your eyes? Have you used X-Ray yet? You're going to want to know about all of this and more.
Amazon has a powerful search engine. There's an advanced Amazon search page to use when you need help finding a book. To get to Advanced Search select Kindle Store from the main search box's drop-down menu and hit Enter or click on the search button.
Next, select Advanced Search.
Advanced Search has more search boxes. By giving the search engine more information, you get better results. There are also selectors. These are drop-down menus that let you narrow your search by subject, language, and date. Use the "Sort Results by" drop-down menu to sort your results by relevance, price, reviews, publication date, and best sellers.
How many of the classics are still on your reading list? Classic books are in the public domain and available as free e-books from many sources. Getting them from Amazon is a quick and easy way to have them delivered to your Kindle. Many of them will have some or all the Kindle features enabled (e.g., Page Flip, Word Wise, and Enhanced Typesetting). To find them search in Kindle Books for "free popular classics." There’s a big list. Some are available only through Kindle Unlimited, a Prime Member benefit. Download and start checking them off your reading list.
It's easy to find free e-books you'll want to read. Here are seven things to do:
Many books are available in audio format. If your Kindle has Bluetooth, you can use it to listen to audiobooks. You'll need Bluetooth headphones or a Bluetooth speaker. Go back and forth between reading and listening. It's a great way to get in some serious bookworm time.
E-readers make it easy to save important things from your reading. The Kindle includes features for bookmarking pages, taking notes, and highlighting passages.
To bookmark a page, tap the upper right corner. Next, tap the plus sign by the location number. A solid bookmark will appear in the top right corner.
To use the highlighting feature, tap on a word, hold and drag to the end of the passage you want to save. A dialog box will appear; select Highlight. Tap on a highlight to change the color, add notes, and more.
To make a note, tap on a word or highlight and select Note from the dialog box to record your thoughts and ideas. To edit a note, tap on the note icon that appears next to your note.
You have a Kindle notebook. Use your computer to manage and edit all your notes and highlights from there. Here are two easy ways to copy notes and highlights from your notebook to another document.
Don't let eye strain keep you from enjoying your reading time. Make it easier on your eyes by changing the e-book font and text options. Here are eight tips for reducing eye strain when using the Kindle.
Add a password to protect your Kindle and personal documents. Also, add your contact information. If you lose your Kindle, a good Samaritan will be able to get it back to you.
Don't run out of power when you're reading. Here's how to make your Kindle's battery last longer.
When you're traveling, you want to be able to recharge on the go or wherever you're staying. Have multiple ways to charge your Kindle. Get these four things to charge your Kindle using a computer, a wall outlet, a car cigarette lighter, or a backup battery.
Are you a Goodreads member? Connect your Amazon account to your Goodreads account and share about things you're reading. If you don't have a Goodreads account yet, consider signing up. It's a free online, book-loving community.
To connect your Kindle with your Goodreads account, look for the Goodreads link. Tap it and follow the steps to activate Goodreads.
Save money every time you buy a new Kindle. As long as your Kindle works, trade it in and get credit toward your new one. You can trade in other Amazon electronic devices for credit too. These credits can also go toward your new Kindle. Again, make sure they're all in working order to get this credit.
Look up words, people, events, and places with Kindle's built-in reference tools. There's a Dictionary, Translator, access to Wikipedia, and a feature called X-Ray. To access Wikipedia or the Translator you must be connected to a wireless network. Tap and hold on a word to view definitions, translations, or access Wikipedia entries.
The X-Ray feature displays all the places in the book where a character, place, event, or important concept are mentioned. Use this feature to explore and keep track of everything you're reading. Press and hold on a name, place, or term and tap Open X-Ray. Select from the list. Tap the back arrow in your toolbar to return to where you were reading.
The Kindle offers fantastic tools and features. Try all the settings and experiment with every tool. Decide what works best for you. Learn how to use everything to get the most out of your Kindle and your reading.