10 Amazon Kindle Features You Should Be Using
Amazon Kindle devices are some of the best e-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 know about. We will show you the best.
Let’s start with something everyone really needs to know about. One of the advantages of using an e-reader over a physical book is that you can adjust the size and appearance of the text. It’s a simple feature, but can make a world of 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 the text options.
Switch to dark mode
Dark Mode everything. If that’s your mantra, you’ll be happy to know that Kindle e-readers also have dark mode. It is very easy to turn on and off. Just swipe down from the top of the screen and tap on the “Dark Mode” icon.
Hide audiobooks from your library
Modern Kindle e-readers can download and play audiobooks as well as e-books. However, if you don’t want your Kindle to be your audiobook listening device, it can be annoying on the home screen.
Fortunately, it is possible to hide audiobooks from your library. This way you will only see eBooks on the home screen. The option can be found in the “Home and Library” section of the “Device Options” settings.
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Organize books into collections
If you have a ton of books, keeping them all organized on the Kindle home screen can be a challenge. You can organize them into “Collections”, which are sort of folders for your books.
First, tap the ellipsis 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 for Kindle eReaders is vertical “Portrait Mode.” It matches the orientation of most physical books, so it makes sense. However, you can also switch to horizontal “Landscape Mode”. You can swap the orientation by going to the “Layout” tab in the text options while reading a book.
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Turn off Popular Highlights
Kindle’s “Popular Highlights” feature underlines text in e-books when more than ten people have highlighted the passage. It sounds like a good idea, but it can get annoying. The good news is that you can turn it off.
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Add a password
You might not think of your Kindle as a device that holds a lot of personal information — like a smartphone — but you might still want some privacy. The password feature 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 into the Kindle eReader experience, you are not limited to books from the Amazon Store. EPUB is a common format you’ll find off-the-shelf, and it can be transferred to a Kindle.
Amazon began supporting EPUB on Kindle devices in August 2022. Now it’s very easy to send EPUB files to a Kindle e-reader using the Kindle app on Android, iPhone or iPad.
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Borrow books for free from your library
This may be 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 are not an infinite number of e-books to rent, so you may have to wait your turn. You will also have to “return” the book after a certain time.
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Free up storage space
Kindles have enough storage for hundreds or thousands of e-books, but you can still run into storage problems—especially if you download a lot of audiobooks, which take up more space.
Kindle devices have some handy ways to easily clear out extra room. There’s a manual option and a “Quick Archive” feature, which will automatically remove items downloaded from the cloud that haven’t been opened yet.
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That’s the beauty of Kindle eReaders. They offer a simple experience that doesn’t require much tweaking, but if you’re a power user, there are a few extra goodies to make the device go even further.