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5 Awesome Things You Didn’t Know Your Kindle Could Do

KindleA 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.

Happy reading!

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:

  1. Select “Create New Collection” from the Home screen menu.
  2. Enter a name for the collection.
  3. 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 bookyou 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.

Via Amazon

6 Books Better Than Your Favorite TV Shows

What makes your favorite TV show so great? Is it the plot that hooks you in from beginning to end? Or the drama, filled with twists, turns and surprises crammed into a suspenseful hour-long primetime slot?

A great mystery or thriller book does just the same – without the one-hour time limit! If you’re looking for suspenseful new reads, check out the titles below. All of them have similar themes to popular shows, helping readers enjoy the action long after they turn the TV off.

NCIS

Every Tuesday evening, a team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative service – or NCIS – solves crimes in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The CBS show is one of America’s most widely watched TV series, and if you enjoy it as much as the rest of the nation, you’ll also love Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin. In this crime thriller, Lt. Frank Duffy investigates an ex-cop’s murder and attempts to solve a crime that still haunts his past.

Rizzoli & Isles

The TNT series Rizzoli & Isles, featuring police detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles, was actually inspired by Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli & Isles novels. If you like those books and the television show, you should also check out The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths. The book follows Ruth, a forensic archaeologist who investigates a complex World War II mystery that just surfaced – while also juggling motherhood.

Person of Interest

In the hit CBS show Person of Interest, an ex-CIA officer is tasked with using government surveillance to stop crime before it happens in New York City. Similarly, in Russell Blake’s Silver Justice, FBI Special Agent Silver Cassidy must stop a Manhattan murderer before he can kill again.

The Bridge

The Bridge is an FX series that portrays Mexican and American law enforcement attempting to apprehend a murderer on the U.S.-Mexico border. In the fast-paced thriller The Devil’s Bounty by Sean Black, a former military bodyguard must track down a playboy criminal in Mexico.

Hawaii Five-0

This remake of the classic 1970s American television series Hawaii Five-0 proves that crime can happen in even the most idyllic locations. Along those same lines, in Torch Ginger by Toby Neal, Detective Lei Texeira investigates mysterious disappearances on the remote island of Kaua’i.

Elementary

Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic Sherlock Holmes character, Elementary promises a modern-day spin on the classic novels. If you can’t get enough Sherlock Holmes, you’ll also enjoy The Sherlockian by Graham Moore. In this acclaimed New York Times-bestselling mystery, Arthur Conan Doyle and a modern-day Sherlock Holmes fan each confront a grisly murder.

For fans of TV shows like the ones listed above, these books can provide some excellent alternative entertainment.