A Kindle is so much more than a book. A Kindle is an incredibly innovative piece of technology; however, many readers aren’t aware of the depth of features offered on their Kindle and are truly missing out by failing to utilize the device to its full potential. But we’ll let you in on some secret tips and tricks to helping you make the most of your Kindle device, and get to an even better reading experience. Please note that these hacks are not universal for all Kindle devices and applications and may vary depending on which Kindle model you own.
Check your storage
Worried your Kindle is running out of room for more books? Get some peace of mind by doing a storage check. On your main screen, press the menu button, and your amount of available free space is shown in megabytes in the upper left corner of your screen.
Organize your books into collections
Whether you have 500 books or just 50, it’s undoubtedly frustrating to scroll through them to find the next one you want to read. Instead, group them into collections of your choosing, such as genres, authors, subject matter or even who recommended them to you.
Here are instructions from Amazon.com on how to create a collection:
- Select “Create New Collection” from the Home screen menu.
- Enter a name for the collection.
- Select “Save” with the 5-way controller when finished.
Look up definitions
Rather than stumbling over a tough word while reading, why not learn its definition? Pressing Kindle’s 5-way controller and moving your cursor over the troubling word will allow the definition to populate the lower portion of your screen.
Learn more about characters and places
Similar to looking up a definition, with Kindle’s X-Ray feature, you can tap on a character, location or event to find out more information about it. For example, using X-Ray for a character will yield info about who he is and where he appears in the book. This feature, however, can only be used with certain books that have information pre-populated for X-Ray.
View your highlights
Every reader knows what it’s like to get caught up in a good book—you highlight an inspirational quote or stirring passage while reading, only to forget about it moments later. To revisit your highlights, log in to your Amazon account at kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights.