Amazon Kindle devices are among 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 may not be aware of. We will show you the best.
Let’s start with something everyone really needs to know. One of the advantages of using an eReader over a physical book is that you can customize the size and appearance of the text. It’s a simple feature, but it 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 for 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 a dark mode. It is very easy to activate and deactivate. 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 and eBooks. However, if you don’t want your Kindle to be your audiobook listening device, they can be annoying on the home screen.
Fortunately, it is possible to hide audiobooks from your library. That way, you’ll only see eBooks on the home screen. The option can be found in the “Startup and Library” section of the “Device Options” settings.
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Organize books into collections.
If you have a lot of books, it can be a challenge to keep them all organized on the Kindle home screen. You can organize them into “Collections”, which is like having folders for your books.
First, tap on the three-dot menu at the top right of the home screen and select “Create Collections”. You’ll be prompted to enter a name for the collection, then select all the books you’d like to add. The collection will be in the “Library” tab.
Read in landscape mode
The default orientation for Kindle e-readers is portrait “Portrait Mode”. This matches the orientation of most physical books, so it makes sense. However, you can also switch to landscape “Landscape Mode”. You can change the orientation by going to the “Layout” tab in the text options while reading a book.
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Disable popular highlights
Kindle’s “Popular Highlights” feature highlights text in eBooks 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 passcode
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 a bit of privacy. The passcode 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
While Amazon is heavily integrated into the Kindle eReader experience, it’s not limited to books in the Amazon Store. EPUB is a common format that you’ll find outside of the store and can be transferred to a Kindle.
Amazon began supporting EPUBs on Kindle devices in August 2022. It’s now easy to send EPUB files to a Kindle e-reader with the Kindle app on Android, iPhone, or iPad.
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Borrow books from your library for free
This might be the best feature of Kindle devices. You can get free eBooks from your local library right on your Kindle, and all you need is a library card. This works with a service called “OverDrive”.
Since it is a library, there are typical library limitations. There is not an infinite amount of eBooks to rent, so you may have to wait your turn. Also, you will have to “return” the book after a certain amount of time.
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Free up storage space
Kindles have enough storage space for hundreds or thousands of eBooks, but you can still run into storage issues, especially if you download a lot of audiobooks, which take up more space.
Kindle devices have a couple of handy ways to easily clear up a little 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 not yet 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 a power user, there are a few extra niceties to take the device even further.