Amazon’s Kindle devices are part of the best readers you can buy. They’re easy to use, but to get the most out of your Kindle, there are some features you might not be aware of. We’ll show you the best ones.
Let’s start with something everyone really needs to know. One of the advantages of using an e-reader rather than a physical book is that you can customize text size and appearance. It’s a simple feature, but one that can make all the difference. Open a book and tap anywhere near the top of the screen to bring up the menu, then tap the “Aa” icon to see text options.
Switch to dark mode
Dark mode everything. If that’s your mantra, you’ll be glad to know Kindle e-readers also have a dark mode. It’s super easy to turn on and off. Just swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the “Dark Mode” icon.
Hide audiobooks from your library
Modern Kindle e-readers can download and read audiobooks as well as e-books. However, if you don’t want your Kindle to be your audiobook listening device, they can be distracting on the Home screen.
Fortunately, it is possible to hide audiobooks from your library. This way you will only see the ebooks on the home screen. The option is in the “Home and Library” section of the “Device Options” settings.
Organize books into collections
If you have a ton of books, it can be difficult to organize them all on the Kindle home screen. You can organize them into “Collections”, which is like having folders for your books.
First, tap the three-dot menu at the top right of the home screen and select “Create collections”. You will be asked to enter a name for the collection, then select all the books you want to add to it. The collection will be in the “Library” tab.
Read in landscape mode
The default orientation of Kindle e-readers is vertical “portrait mode”. This matches the orientation of most physical books, so it makes sense. However, you can switch to horizontal “landscape mode” as well as. You can swap the orientation by going to the “Layout” tab in the text options when reading a book.
Disable Popular Highlights
Kindle’s “Popular Highlights” feature underlines text in eBooks when more than ten people have highlighted the passage. Sounds like a good idea, but it can get boring. The good news is that you can turn it off.
You might not think of your Kindle as a device with a lot of personal information, like a smartphone, but you might want some privacy. The password function is an easy way to add a layer of security between the outside world and your library.
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Transfer EPUB Books
Although Amazon is heavily integrated with the Kindle eReader experience, you are not limited to books from the Amazon store. EPUB is a common format that you will find outside the store, and it can be transferred to a Kindle.
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Borrow books from your library for free
This is perhaps the best feature of Kindle devices. You can get free e-books from your local library right on your Kindle, and all you need is a library card. It works with a service called “Overdrive.”
Since this is a library, there are typical library limitations. There aren’t an infinite number of ebooks to rent, so you might have to wait your turn. Also, you will have to “return” the book after a certain period of time.
Free up storage space
Kindles have enough storage space to hundreds or thousands of ebooksbut you may still run into storage issues, especially if you download a lot of audiobooks, which take up more space.
Kindle devices have some handy ways to easily free up extra space. There is a manual option and a “Quick Archive” feature, which will automatically delete items that have been downloaded from the cloud and have not yet been opened.
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That’s the beauty of Kindle e-readers. They offer a simple experience that doesn’t require a lot of tweaking, but if you’re an advanced user, there are a few extra niceties to take the device even further.