15 and a half Amazon Kindle tips and tricks to help with your new ereader
Make the most of your Kindle
If you've just joined the wonderful world of Kindle ownership, or are a veteran of the club looking to teach your old dog new tricks, we've used them enough to have loads of useful tips and tricks that you might not know about.
Amazon Kindle ereaders are terrific devices for book fans, as they let you transport and access whole libraries on one slender device, but there's so much more you can do with them to enhance the reading ability.
That's why we drew up this list of useful Kindle tips and tricks, so you can truly appreciate your Amazon ereader. There are fifteen full features and one half one, and hopefully below we've got at least one entry that'll help you with your Kindle.
New such devices are always coming out, with the Kindle Paperwhite family the new additions for 2021, and these tips and tricks will work whether you have an older model or the brand newest.
1. Change the font and page color and size
There are a couple of ways of changing how your Kindle page looks, and depending on your preferences, you might want to tweak these to make reading as comfortable as possible.
Firstly, there is a Dark Mode like most electronic devices have, which makes the background dark and the text light. Toggle this by pressing 'Settings' from the main menu, then 'Dark Mode' at the top. It's easy to use, so there's no harm in doing so to see how it looks.
There are loads more options, though. Jump into a book, tap the screen at the top, then press the 'Aa' text logo. In here you can jump between different themes which affects the font, size and boldness of the font, and save presets if you prefer, and change the kerning or spacing of words and lines. You can really customize the words to your heart's content.
Want an easy way to change font size? Use two fingers and pinch them together on the screen, to quickly bring up the font size slider to adjust them while you're reading.
Furthermore, depending on your Kindle, you can press 'Settings' at the top to find a way to adjust the brightness and warmth of the page itself. Warmth basically gives a page a redder crispy hue, as though you're reading on an older book.
2. Sign up to a subscription service
Avid book readers can save money by signing up to reading subscription services instead of buying new books individually.
If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you're already on one of them - Prime Reading lets you download from a select catalogue of texts, and you can have any 10 on your Kindle at once. You can read our full write-up of the service here .
The big service is Kindle Unlimited, which doesn't come with Prime so you'll have to purchase it yourself. For $9.99 / £7.99 / AU$ 13.99 a month you can get unlimited access to over a million books, as well as audiobooks, magazines and comics. For prolific readers, you'll likely save quite a bit of money using Unlimited instead of buying books.
There are more services though. ComiXology is a big one, which you can read about here , and it lets you download loads of comic books onto your Kindle. If you have an ereader with Bluetooth audio functionality, Audible is also a great option as it works with Kindles, and we'll explore that in more detail later on this list.
3. Set a Kindle password
If you're security conscious, you might want to set a password for your Kindle, to stop people reading your books or other files stored on the device.
Doing this is easy. From the main Kindle menu press 'Settings' at the top, then 'All Settings', then 'Device Options' and then 'Device Passcode.
Now you can set a numerical code to protect the Kindle, and while this will make jumping into a story or poem a little harder, it will mean other people can't do so even if your Kindle is stolen.
4. Get definitions of words
If you’re reading a book and the language starts to confuse you - maybe you haven’t seen a word before, or the text is from another dialect or time period - you don’t have to just gloss over the word. Your Kindle has a built-in dictionary.
Simply press and hold on a word that you’re unfamiliar with, and the dictionary will pop up telling you various meanings of a word. It’ll even tell you regional ones, depending on where your text is set or who wrote it.
The best part is, this dictionary doesn’t use the internet, so you can even search words and meanings when you’re offline.
5. Set a cool screensaver
The default Kindle screensaver, which pops up when the device is not in use, is fine. But you can actually change it, to the cover of whichever book you're reading.
To do this, from the device home page, press ‘Settings’, then ‘All Settings’, then ‘Device Options’. Now toggle ‘Display Cover’ to turn it on. Easy!
Now when you start reading a new book, the screensaver will change to match it too.
6. Keep the battery lasting longer
Kindles generally have pretty good battery lives, lasting weeks or months between charges depending on how frequently you like to read. But there are ways to extend it even further if you want to ensure it’ll have charge when you need it.
Firstly, it’s best to turn Wi-Fi off when you’re not using it, and if you have a data-connected Kindle model, switch that off too. This is the single best thing you can do to improve battery life (well, other than not using the Kindle!). From the main Kindle menu, press ‘Settings’ then ‘All Settings’ and ‘Wi-Fi & Bluetooth’, which will let you alter these settings. ‘Aeroplane Mode’ will also be worth turning on.
Other ways to save battery life would be changing display settings - press ‘Settings’ again, and turn down Brightness and Warmth (if your Kindle has the latter) to save some juice. Turning off Auto Brightness on models with that feature will also help (assuming you set the brightness low as well).
Oh, and as with all electronics, try to avoid keeping the Kindle plugged in when it's already fully charged - this'll stop the power pack degrading as much over time.
7. Browse the internet
You might not know this, but Kindle devices have internet browsers built into them - sure, it’s not going to be as quick to use as the one on your phone, tablet or computer, but it exists.
To find it, from your Kindle’s menu, press the three vertical dots in the top-right corner to bring up the options list, then select ‘Experimental Browser’. You’ll need to be connected to the internet for this to work.
The word ‘experimental’ is pulling a lot of weight there, and the browser isn’t great for handling lots of web formatting - images don’t usually work, for example, making the TechRadar home page look horrible. But if you need to quickly search something, it’s a fine option.
8. Clean up your library with collections
If you’re like us, your Kindle library can easily become cluttered with loads of books you’ve downloaded (including plenty you’ll probably never read). You don’t have to have such a messy library page though.
Using collections, you can group selections of books together, so a collection will take up just one slot in the library. To use them, press the three vertical dots from the Kindle menu, select ‘Create New Collection’ at the bottom, give the collection a name, then choose texts that are on the Kindle to pair them all together.
By creating themed collections, like bringing together all the works from a certain series or by a particular author, you can easily reduce the amount of clutter in your library pages, making it much easier to find whatever you’re looking for.
9. Turn your Kindle into a kid-friendly device
If you want your kid to be able to read a book via your Kindle, but don’t want them stumbling onto something more adult-focused from your own library, you can use the Amazon Kids function, accessible by pressing the three-vertical-dot options button from the menu, then clicking ‘Amazon Kids’.
This function lets you make a specific profile for the child, and share whichever books from your own collection you want them to read. You can even set them goals for how much they need to read, check their progress, stop them accessing the aforementioned internet browser, and reward them digital badges for their work.
If you want, you can pay for Amazon Kids Plus for a nominal fee, which does the same as the above, but also lets the kids access a curated collection of appropriate books depending on their age. This service works on all Kindles, not just the Kindle Kids Edition, though we’d advise caution before handing an expensive Kindle Oasis over to a young child.
10. Leave notes, highlights and bookmarks when reading
If you’re reading something that you find particularly profound, or that you want to remember, you can leave a variety of markers to help you find it again in a pinch.
First, and most basic, is the bookmark, which lets you remember the position of an entire page. To make a bookmark, when you’re in a book, press at the top of the screen, so the Kindle header and footer appear. Now, next to ‘Go To’ there will be a little bookmark icon to the right of the screen - press this to set a bookmark. You can then press in this corner when the menu’s not up, to find a list of the bookmarks you’ve left.
Second is a highlight, which you can use to identify quotes you like. To leave one of these, press and hold on a word, and when it’s highlighted, draw the start or end marker to encompass the whole quote. Select ‘Highlight’, which is one of the options that appears, and the text will darken a tiny bit to show it's a highlighted section.
Finally, you can leave a note on a quote. To do this, follow the above steps, but press ‘Note’ instead of ‘Highlight’, then type in whatever you think of the excerpt. You can navigate the Notes by pressing at the top of the book to bring up the Kindle footer, selecting ‘Go To’, pressing ‘Notes’ at the top then browsing this list.
If you want to see a handy overview of all the excerpts you’ve noted or highlighted, the browser-based Kindle site has a handy Notebook tool which lists it in an easy-to-understand way.
11. Download PDFs or other documents onto your Kindle
The best hidden Kindle trick is the fact that you’re not locked to Kindle ebooks on the device - you can send your own PDFs, word documents and more onto the ereader, to read at your leisure.
We’ve written an in-depth guide on how to send a PDF to your Amazon Kindle device , as writing down each step would double the length of this article. It’s a little fiddly, but is really worth it to master.
With this tool, you can send work documents to your Kindle, get free ebooks from your friends or sources like Project Gutenberg, and get all your school or university reading onto your device (which plays really well with the aforementioned Notes and Highlights functions).
12. Listen to audiobooks
If, for whatever reason, you own a Kindle ereader but don’t like to read, you can actually use the Audible audiobook service through your Kindle. Just be warned, you’ll need some Bluetooth headphones to connect to the ereader to actually listen to them.
From the Kindle menu, press the three-vertical-dot options menu and select Audible Store. Audible is an Amazon-owned company, hence the close collaboration. From here you can peruse a long list of audiobooks (many of which have Kindle versions too).
If you have a separate Audible subscription, you can use this to get audiobooks for free or reduced too.
13. Read reviews of books or log your reads
Another book-related service Amazon owns is Goodreads, a website where you log books you read, review them, and read reviews from other fans. And, of course, the service is available from Kindle ereaders - well, parts of it.
From the Kindle menu, simply press ‘Goodreads’ at the top - it couldn’t be easier. This will bring you to the service, and once you’ve logged in (or made an account), you can using the social service largely as you would on desktop.
This includes seeing what your friends have read recently, recommending books to people, and adding things to your wish list. Some functions are missing though - namely, you can’t write reviews, though you can log and rate books.
14. Download books onto your Kindle without using it
Kindles aren’t the snappiest devices in the world, but you don’t actually have to scroll through the on-device library to buy or download books. You can do it all via your computer.
We’ve written a whole guide on how to buy, download and lend Kindle books via the Amazon web store , and this will let you easily choose which books to buy on your computer before sending them to your Kindle. We find this the easiest way to buy Kindle books, and we expect you will too.
15. Read your Kindle ebooks, without using the ereader
Sometimes you’ll find yourself without your Kindle - maybe you didn’t manage to fit it in your suitcase before a holiday, or forgot to charge it before a trip. Fortunately, you don’t have to forget about reading until you’re back, as there are other ways to access your books.
There’s an online Kindle reader platform which lets you read books assigned to your account, even ones not actually downloaded onto your device. There’s also an Android app and iOS app which do the same thing, so you can read on your phone.
Using these, you’ll be able to keep up your reading habit while not physically touching your Kindle.
And finally... charge your Kindle wirelessly
We're listing this final point as a half-tip instead of a full one since only one Kindle can currently do it. Hopefully, more Kindles will offer this functionality in the future.
If you've got the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition , launched in 2021, you can actually charge up your device without using cables. That means no more faffing about trying to work out which plug you need.
You do need a wireless charging mat, pad or stand, but you might have one of these for your smartphone, smartwatch or earbuds already. If you do, simply place your Kindle on the charger and watch it power up.
If you don't have a dock, Amazon sells a fairly inexpensive one that fits the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition.
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This wikiHow teaches you how to add eBooks to your Amazon Kindle. eBooks can be added to your Kindle from Amazon via Wi-Fi, or you can use an email or your Kindle's USB cable to transfer existing eBooks from your computer.
Things You Should Know
- Select the book in your Amazon account and click Deliver. Then, click the Devices Selected box and choose your Kindle in the dropdown menu.
- Click Manage Devices in your Amazon account, then select your Kindle to see your Kindle email address. Email the book as an attachment to your Kindle.
- Connect your Kindle to your computer via USB. Open your Amazon account, select the book, and click Download & Transfer via USB.
Transferring from Amazon via Wi-Fi
- If your Kindle is incapable of connecting to Wi-Fi, you'll need to use your Kindle's USB cable to transfer an eBook instead.
- If you aren't logged in, select Account & Lists , click Sign in , and enter your email address and password .
- You may have to scroll down to find the book that you want to move.
Transferring via Email
- If you aren't logged in, select Account & Lists , click Sign in , and enter your email address and password.
- If you already have an email address here, make sure you know what it is, then skip the next step.
- Your eBook can be in AZW, PDF, or MOBI format. If it isn't in one of these formats, you'll need to convert it before you send it.
- Most email services have a 25 MB limit on attachments.  X Research source
Transferring Any eBook via USB
- Select Account & Lists
- Click Your Content and Devices
- Click ... to the left of a book.
- Click Download & transfer via USB
- Select your Kindle from the drop-down box.
- Go to the EPUB to MOBI converter website in your computer's web browser.
- Select the proper file-to-file converter on the left side of the page.
- Click Add File...
- Select your eBook's file.
- Click Start Upload
- Click the MOBI file's link in the "Download Link" column to download it onto your computer.
- If you're using a Mac, you might not have traditional USB ports; if so, you'll need a USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter for your computer.
- You may first need to unlock the Kindle and/or double-click the "Internal Storage" folder.
- If you're using a Kindle Fire, you'll open the "Books" folder instead.
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- While it's possible to put EPUB files on a Kindle, PDF or MOBI files are typically preferred. Thanks Helpful 1 Not Helpful 0
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To put books on a Kindle, start by connecting your Kindle to Wi-Fi and then logging into your Amazon account on a computer. Then, click on "Account & Lists," followed by "Your Content and Devices" to access a list of all of your books. Next, click the checkbox to the left of the book you want to put on your Kindle, and then click on "Deliver," followed by the "Devices Selected" box. Finally, choose your Kindle in the drop-down menu before clicking on "Deliver." To learn how to put books on your Kindle using a USB, scroll down! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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Unfortunately — like all Kindle apps — you are unable to purchase books directly on your Apple computer. The workaround is to purchase from Amazon and have the book immediately delivered to Kindle.
To do so, use Amazon's 1-Click option on your desktop or mobile device and select the Kindle you wish to deliver to.
While your books should sync across your devices, selecting "Kindle for Mac" ensures it's downloaded immediately to your desktop if you wish to read it from your computer. For this option to appear, you will have to download the app and log in to your account first.
Amazon will charge the card you have on file when you use the 1-Click buying option. This process looks similar to buying books on your iPad and on your iPhone .
Here's how to buy books on Kindle on your computer or mobile device.
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1. Use your browser of choice to access Amazon's website and log into your account if you haven't.
2. Click the menu icon in the upper left hand corner — which appears as three lines — to shop by category.
3. Click "Kindle E-readers & Books."
4. Click "Kindle Books" under the "Kindle Store" section to browse through books.
- If you have a specific book in mind already, select "Kindle Store" from the dropdown menu next to the search bar. Enter the book title or author name to search.
5. Click on the book of your choosing. This will bring you to its details page, where the Kindle version should be selected (as opposed to Audiobook, Hardcover, or Paperback).
6. Click the dropdown menu under "Deliver to:" to change the device to your choice. If you have multiple registered, another device — such as your iPhone — may be the default. Purchases sent to one device should sync with all others.
7. Click "Buy now with 1-Click" to complete the purchase. Your new book should automatically appear in your Kindle.
How to buy books on Kindle on a mobile device
You can also deliver books to Kindle by purchasing on your mobile device. This allows you to purchase on the go but have your new book waiting for when you open your Kindle.
1. Open the Amazon app on your mobile device.
2. Once you have successfully signed in, tap the menu icon in the upper left corner. The menu appears as three lines.
3. Tap "Shop by Department."
4. Tap "Kindle Store." This will bring you to the book section of the Kindle Store online. Browse through the lists or search for a specific book or author.
5. Tap the book you wish to purchase. This will bring you to the details page, where the Kindle format should already be selected (as opposed to Paperback or Hardback).
6. Scroll down and tap the device under "Deliver to:" to change to the Kindle you wish to deliver to. An orange bar should appear next to the selected device. Click the "X" to close the pop-up.
7. Scroll up to the top of the page and tap "Buy now with 1-Click" to complete your purchase and deliver the book to your desktop.
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Discover six ways to get free eBooks for your Kindle.
1. search for free kindle ebooks on amazon, 2. sign up for kindle unlimited or amazon prime, 3. share books using amazon household, 4. check goodreads for free ebooks to enjoy, 5. explore resources like project gutenberg and scribd, 6. hit up your local library for ebooks.
What could be better than having a Kindle full of all the books you want to read? Not having to pay for those books, that's what. It might seem too good to be true, but there are plenty of legitimate ways to get free books for your Kindle. Bookworms, rejoice!
From Libby to Project Gutenberg, we're highlighting six ways to get free books for your Kindle so that you can satisfy your need to read.
Kindle is an Amazon creation, so it makes sense that Amazon would be a great source for free eBooks. You can find classics from the pens of Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo as well as popular offerings from today's authors.
With Amazon, you can search for free Kindle Books or view the Top 100 free best sellers. You can also search for books that are available for the low price of $0.99 . It might not be free, but it's pretty close.
Amazon Prime membership comes with a lot of benefits that extend beyond fast free shipping. For avid readers, one of these perks is free eBooks for Kindle.
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As an Amazon Prime member , you have unlimited access to a rotating collection of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and comic books. You can also get one free pre-release Book each month that comes directly from the editors' picks.
Not an Amazon Prime member? It's not a problem because you have another option. Kindle Unlimited is a service that lets you read as much as you want. You can choose from more than three million books, thousands of audiobooks, and plenty of magazine subscriptions. It's just $9.99 per month, and you can try it for free for 30 days .
We've mentioned Amazon quite a bit so far, but there's one more Amazon resource we'd like to mention before moving on to other sources for free eBooks. If you don't have Amazon Prime, but someone in your home does, you'll want to consider Amazon Household .
With Amazon Household, it's possible to share Amazon Prime benefits with another adult in your household. You both need your own Amazon accounts, which you'll link together. Once you do, you can share digital content, including eBooks and audiobooks, and control how the content is shared. It allows two people to enjoy the benefits of Amazon Prime for one price.
As a bookworm, there's a good chance you already have a Goodreads account. However, if you don't, you'll want to stop what you're doing now and sign up for one. One of the many benefits that Goodreads members enjoy is assistance finding free eBooks .
Goodreads provides a list of free eBooks from sources like Amazon. You'll need to do a little digging to find the eBooks that are truly free, but the good news is that you don't have to be a member of Goodreads to access the list. Additionally, you can enter Goodreads giveaways for a chance to win free books, including eBooks. There are dozens of giveaways at any given time and the books represent a variety of genres.
As you browse the vast expanse that is the internet, you'll find plenty of different resources that provide access to free eBooks. Some of our favorites are Project Gutenberg, Open Culture, and Scribd.
- Project Gutenberg is a free digital archive of more than 60,000 documents and books. It's a great place to find plain-text versions of classic books.
- Open Culture is another source for classic novels. While it doesn't provide traditional eBooks, it does provide a list of more than 800 free eBooks and where you can download them.
- Scribd is a subscription service that allows you to access books, audiobooks, magazines, podcasts, and even sheet music for $11.99 per month. While there is a monthly fee, you can try it for free for 30 days.
Finally, let's not forget the ultimate resource for free reading materials: your local library. Many people think the library only lends physical copies of books and media. However, most libraries have fully embraced eBooks and offer them in addition to hard copies.
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Each library is a little bit different in terms of lending eBooks to borrowers. Thankfully, there's an app that can streamline the entire process. Libby is a free app that works with public libraries that use OverDrive, which is over 90% of those in North America.
Once you've downloaded Libby, you can take out eBooks from your local library and read them across multiple devices. You can also listen to eBooks in your car, send eBooks to your Kindle, and access all your eBooks and audiobooks offline.
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Most of Tirzah Price's life decisions have been motivated by a desire to read as many books as humanly possible. Tirzah holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has worked as an independent bookseller and librarian. She’s also the author of the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries, published by HarperTeen, and Bibliologist at TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations . Follow her on Twitter @TirzahPrice .
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Kindles are marvelous inventions because at what other point in human history have we been able to access hundreds of thousands of books at our fingertips, in a device that is light, portable, and looks just like paper? Besides being able to carry around a library’s worth of books in your bag, Kindles are amazing because of their ability to get almost every book you can want with the few taps of a button…but that can be dangerous for your wallet! While there are so many great Kindle deals and budget-friendly options like Kindle Unlimited to keep you in reading material, truly the best way to enjoy unlimited reading on your device for FREE is through your local library with library books on Kindle devices.
If you’re thinking, Wait, I can get library books on my Kindle? Yes, you can! With a few stipulations and a few steps, you’ll be reading more books than you can keep up with. However, reading free library books on Kindle does have a few requirements, and takes a little set up. Once you’ve gotten things squared away, though, it’s a fairly seamless process. All that’s required is your Kindle, and if your Kindle is NOT a Kindle Fire, one additional device that can connect to the internet, whether it’s your phone or a public access computer at your local library. Let’s dive into how to get library books on Kindle devices!
The first step may seem obvious, but you’ll need to obtain a library card. If you don’t already have a library card, find your closest library and head in to get that sorted out. Library cards are almost always free. In rare cases, you might need to pay a membership fee if you don’t live in a particular library’s service area, but everyone is always welcome in a library, and librarians will be able to direct you to where you can get a free library card. Usually, you will need to show some kind of proof of address — a piece of mail or an I.D. — but not always. Ask your librarian how to get started, and I promise you that they’ll be happy to get you signed up.
Most libraries have a service called Overdrive, which is a platform that provides ebooks and digital audiobooks to library users, and for some, even magazines. If you’re not sure if your library offers ebooks and audiobooks via Overdrive, just ask! A librarian will be able to set you up with an account and help you navigate the platform.
Many libraries are part of a consortium, which means they share access to thousands of titles across library systems. Some large library systems have their own Overdrive collections. It depends on your library and their budgets. But every ebook on Overdrive is free to access, which will save you money in the long run by borrowing instead of buying.
How to Borrow Library Ebooks
Once you’re set up with your own library account for Overdrive, there are two ways you can access ebooks: on the browser, via your library’s unique Overdrive web address, or via the app Libby. Both offer the same catalogue, but they look a little different. Here’s how my Overdrive accounts look on the browser (above) vs. on the app (below).
You’ll start off by searching for a title and viewing the results. Make sure that you are only choosing “ebook” results. You can even filter your search to only include ebooks.
If a book is labeled “waitlist,” that means it’s checked out. Most Overdrive materials are like physical library materials, even though they’re digital — only one person can check out one copy at a time, so if a library only has one or two digital copies, you’ll have to wait until they’re returned before you can borrow them. But if you put yourself on the waiting list, you’ll be notified when it’s ready to check out! Some materials, such as works in the public domain, will have an unlimited license so they’re always available.
Another consideration is what format the book is available in. You will find this information on the right side of the book listing, if you’re on the browser. if you’re in the Libby app, you’ll have to scroll down to the book’s info, and look under “Read With.” In both instances, you’ll want to find “Kindle” listed under format.
When you’re ready to borrow a book, click borrow. A pop-up will appear to confirm the borrow, and you can adjust your borrowing period to be either seven or 14 days, with 14 days as the most common lending period. Then you’ll borrow the book!
Getting Library Ebooks on Kindle
Now that you’ve borrowed the ebook, there is just a couple of extra steps to get it on your Kindle device. In Libby, you’ll be shown a few different options. You’ll want to click on “Go to Shelf,” where you’ll see the books you’ve borrowed listed. Click on “Read with Kindle.” On the Overdrive website, a pop-up will show up with the button “Read now with Kindle.”
Once you click on either, your internet browser will open up at take you to Amazon. If you’re not logged into your Amazon account already, you’ll have to sign in. Once you sign in, you’ll see the library book listed, with a yellow “Get Library Book” button, and then you’ll have the option of delivering the book to any of your Kindle apps or devices. As long as your Kindle has a wifi connection, the book should appear almost instantly on your Kindle!
How Do I Return Library Books on Kindle?
Once you get your library book on Kindle, you’ll have it for the duration of the loan checkout period, seven or 14 days. Once the book expires, it will no longer be accessible to you and the book will automatically return itself on Overdrive — which means no overdue fines for you! Sometimes the book will still appear in your Kindle Library after it’s been returned, but you can simply delete it from your library, as it’s a book you no longer own.
If you wish to be a good library user and return books as soon as you’re done with them, you can do so from the browser or app by clicking on “Loans” under your Shelf, and then clicking “Return” on the browser, or “Manage Loan” and “Return early” in Libby.
And just like that, you’ve opened up a whole new world of reading on your Kindle! Library books for Kindle are amazing because they allow you to make all the same adjustments to the size and font of the text as you would for an ebook you purchase, but you don’t have to pay for access to the books. Plus, you can access Overdrive anywhere at any time, so no more worrying about returning books to the library on time or getting to the library before they close.
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How to get thousands of free eBooks on ‘Stuff Your Kindle Days’
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Winter is around the corner, and it’s time to start planning. If curling up by a fire with a book is one of your favorite cold-weather pastimes, “Stuff Your Kindle Day” is for you!
On Sept. 20-Sept. 22 anyone can download thousands of free eBooks through Amazon, Google Play, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and more. The titles normally cost up to $14.99 each.
The special day for readers is hosted by Romance Bookworms , but includes all kinds of genres. The complete list of free eBooks is available on the site. Titles can be narrowed down by specific theme or device by hitting Control +F (or Command + F on a Mac) to search for key words. You can also click on a specific category on the site.
Romance Bookworms warns anyone who wants to take advantage of the freebies to double check the price at checkout, just to make sure the title is still free when they are ready to purchase.
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A Kindle or Kindle subscription are not required to download or read the free books. They can also be accessed on iPads, iPhones, Androids, Nooks, laptops and regular computers.
“Stuff Your Kindle Day” takes place four times a year. The next one is scheduled for December 27, 2023.
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How to Get Library Books on Kindle
After I wrote a post about how much I love my Kindle e-reader, I got a ton of requests for a tutorial on how to get library books onto your Kindle.
The good news is that it’s very simple!
And once you have your Kindle connected to your library account, you can have library books on you Kindle in 5 seconds flat after that.
I LOVE my Kindle reader and being able to get library books for my Kindle makes it even more valuable!
Here’s how to do it:
First, you’ll need to make sure your Kindle is registered on Amazon.
You can check if your Kindle is already registered by going to Amazon and under your account choosing “Content and Devices” and under the Devices tab, see if your Kindle shows up. It should say “default device” next to it, too.
If it’s not registered, here’s how to do that!
- On your Kindle, select the Menu icon and the press “Settings.”
- Choose “My account” (newer Kindles) or Registration (older Kindles).
- Enter your Amazon username and password.
Now you’re registered!
Time to start getting library books on your Kindle!
Open the Overdrive or Libby website or app on your computer or phone (I talked about those apps in detail here , if you’re new to them!).
Log in to your library system and find a book you want to read that’s available on Kindle (I find that MOST e-books through the libraries I’ve used are available as Kindle, but you can also filter for Kindle titles by clicking “More Options” when you type in the search bar and choose “Kindle” under the “Availability” tab).
Once you’ve chosen a book, click “Borrow” and then choose “Read with Kindle.”
When you click that, it’ll take you to Amazon (you may have to log in with your Amazon username and password) and it’ll say “Get Library Book.” Make sure the button below shows your correct Kindle and press “Get library book.”
As soon as your Kindle connects to your Wi-Fi, the book will appear in your Kindle library! Ta-da! (It may take a few minutes).
And if you have more questions about how to download library books to Kindle, let me know and I’m happy to help you troubleshoot!
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September 3, 2019 at 5:13 am
This got me excited, but I was sad to find that neither Kindle nor mobi is an option that shows up on Overdrive for me. According to Overdrive’s help file: Kindle Books are currently available for U.S. libraries only. Too bad for Canadian Overdrive users!
September 3, 2019 at 1:01 pm
Yes it’s not available in Australia either. But the most recent Kobos have a similar link to Overdrive on them that works here, and you can manually transfer e-books from the Bolinda system. Perhaps it’s the same in Canada and you could look into a Kobo for your next e-reader?
September 3, 2019 at 10:14 am
This is super helpful – thank you!
September 4, 2019 at 6:29 am
I’ve done this for years with my kindle, but we recently got our 9 year old a kindle and so I decided to download a book for her through the app. I went through all the steps and it says it’s delivered to her kindle (on amazon) but it’s nowhere to be found. Her kindle is in “Kindle FreeTine” mode to keep her from buying books, seeing my content, etc. When I take it out of FreeTime mode it shows up and I download it, then put it back in FreeTime mode and it’s gone again. Any advice? I’m also searching kindle FAQs and forums.
September 19, 2019 at 7:57 am
I think the problem is that you have to send your daughter’s library books to her “Kindle Free Time” profile. Otherwise Amazon doesn’t know it’s safe to let her access these items and keeps blocking them, which is why they aren’t appearing in Free Time mode, even though they are loaded on the tablet.
First, use a desktop computer. I’m not sure you can do everything you need to do on a phone or tablet. Next, go to your Amazon parent dashboard. It’s at parents.amazon.com. You should see your child’s name along with a list of options regarding their online activity. Off to the right of their name, you’ll see a gear box, circle shaped thing – “settings” menu. Click on it. The first item listed is “add content.” Click it. Then click the “books” button. You should see all the library books you’ve downloaded. You should be able to click the check box on which items you want to share with her. You should also be able to see any Audible books you’ve bought or borrowed. Click on those to share with her as well.
Once you share the items with her in Free Time, Amazon says they will be delivered within 30 minutes of connecting to wifi. I’ve found they’re almost always immediately available.
Just remember that Amazon Free Time operates as a sort of fire wall around what your daughter is doing online. Unless you click through to let Free Time know that the apps, books, videos and apps you’re downloading are safe for her, Free Time will block them out, even if they are loaded on her tablet.
Hope that helps!
September 7, 2019 at 6:22 pm
I love love love getting library books on my kindle, Thanks for this because people often ask me how and honestly, i have no idea how to explain it! A few months ago got my 10yo a kindle and started supplementing his library haul with ebooks too – its great! he loves it! The only problem is his books show up on MY kindle account, its driving me crazy that when i open my app I have to scroll through dozens of his books to get to mine and I cannot figure out how to stop it. I don’t download them but the book covers are there. I am able to keep my account separate from my husbands books but with the kids account it seems automatic. Any ideas??? He reads 20-30 books a month on the kindle alone and its clogging me up!
September 17, 2019 at 7:46 pm
How do you delete books from my iPad kindle acct. there are several I would like to get rid of.
April 20, 2023 at 7:25 pm
On my kindle how or where do I locate the unlimited books I choose that aren’t on my main library list?? I only see them when I’m asked to delete one of 20 to make room for new book but I can’t find where I can read the unlimited books please advise me Thank you
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How to get Stuff Your Kindle Day on September 20th – books list and more
September 20th, 2023 marks another exciting Stuff Your Kindle Day. Bookworms are champing at the bit to get stuck into their next page-turner – so here’s how to take full advantage and what books are on offer.
20th September 2023 will go down in the (history) books as a day to remember for readers. Users can stock up on thousands of free electronic books on yet another exciting Stuff Your Kindle Day, which is accessible through Amazon and other major ebook retailers.
What is Stuff Your Kindle Day?
Stuff Your Kindle Day is an event that happens four times a year, and on that day, thousands of electronic books are free. This year, the scheduled dates are March 31, June 30, September 20, and December 27.
Stuff Your Kindle Day is an unofficial promotion in the United States, and offers a vast selection of romance novels, for free, over a 24-hour period.
It’s a great way for indie and small romance authors to get their novels out there, and for readers to take a punt on an author they may not have heard of before. And the beauty of Stuff Your Kindle Day is that you can buy the books for zero dollars and they’re yours to keep for as long as you want.
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How to get Stuff Your Kindle Day on September 20th, 2023
If you’re wondering how to get Stuff Your Kindle on September 20th, 2023, it’s pretty simple. If you have a Kindle, all you need to do is go onto your favorite web browser, head to the Amazon website, and make your purchase there. Once you’ve made your purchase, the book will appear on your Kindle app. You can’t buy books directly within the app itself, but because your Amazon account and the app are synchronized your new purchase will be waiting in your library.
However, the great news is that the free book offerings are not limited to Amazon Kindle books alone. Major ebook reading platforms such as Apple Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Kobo, and Google Play also participate in this event so you can use one of those if you prefer.
That means you don’t need a Kindle to buy or read them, and you don’t need to be an Amazon Prime member or have a Kindle Unlimited membership to take advantage.
When does stuff your Kindle Day End?
Readers can stuff their Kindle from September 20, 2023, until Friday, September 22 so that’s two whole days to make sure you get all the free books you can dream of without having to take out a small loan.
Books list, romance categories and more
Romance Bookworms curates a comprehensive list of available free books on Stuff Your Kindle Day. On there, you can navigate which genre of book you’re interested in, plus they’ve included keywords for each title so you can easily search for titles.
Once you’ve found a book you like, click on the provided link to be redirected to the website of the retailer you prefer, where you can obtain the ebook for free.
Categories include: Young Adult, Fantasy Romance, Women’s Fiction, Sci-Fi Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and many, many more.
Here’s just some of the books available in September 2023 for Stuff Your Kindle Day:
- Four Money by Jayne Rylon
- Stolen by the Mafia King by Evie Ros
- Dear Marley (Love Notes Series) by Danielle Keil
- Wreckless by Bria Quinlan
- Diamonds & Deception by Emery Quinn
- Where There’s Hope by Marianne Rice
- Braxton by Hadley Finn
- Enchanted by the Earl by Amanda Mariel
- It’s Only a Scandal if You’re Caught by Merry Farmer
- Tangled Beginning by Sophie Andrews
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‘I got like 200 books the last time’: Amazon customer shares hack for getting free Kindle books without Kindle Unlimited subscription
'i put an alarm on my phone this time so i don't miss it.'.
Posted on Sep 16, 2023
Avid readers know the feeling—after spending days or even weeks on a book, being left with nothing new to read can leave folks feeling like they need a quick trip to the library or their local bookstore.
An upcoming opportunity for e-readers will allow book lovers to effectively “stuff” their Kindles or other e-readers with free romance literature.
Four times a year, romance writers and publishers organize an event on Amazon to bring hundreds of books to readers for free with the click of a button. The Stuff Your Kindle Day event has been heavily advertised by bookish content creators.
Ahead of the next Kindle stuffing event set for Sept. 20, 2023, bookish TikToker @probablyoffreading has shared a step-by-step tutorial to help readers find free books on this day.
“These are very different from Kindle Unlimited,” she says in the video. “With Kindle Unlimited, they only let you borrow 20 books to have in your library at one time, whereas with Stuff Your Kindle Day, a lot of books are put down to zero dollars, so you buy them for zero dollars and they’re yours to keep for as long as you want.”
First, @probablyoffreading instructs viewers to log into their Amazon account and go to the all books section of the website—not just the Kindle book section. From there, readers can select the format of the book—Kindle editions—and select a category to view books. In the tutorial, @probablyoffreading selects the romance genre, then the fantasy subgenre, and sorts the results from low to high price range.
“Now you can see that Kindle is zero dollars to purchase, so let’s click on this,” she says. “Look at that. Buy now with one click.”
@probablyoffreading Replying to @totogutie7 I hope this tutorial helps its the tutorial I did for the last Stuff Your Kindle Day so just remember these aren't available right now but it will be on the 20th! 🤩 I'm so excited! #booktok #fyp #stuffyourkindle #stuffyourkindleday #stuffyourkindleday2023 #books #Kindle #bookworm #booktokfyp #kindleday #booktokpsa #kindledarkromance #kindle #trending #booktokpsa ♬ original sound – Probably Off Reading 🥰
Several viewers shared that they have participated in past events and were able to download “hundreds” of book titles, although the quality of some was less than satisfactory.
“Last time I downloaded around 150 and have read 2 since,” one commenter wrote. “But of course I’ll be there again lol.”
“I got like 200 books the last time… I still have plenty to read,” another user said. “But yeah so going to get sooo many more.”
“Last time like june/july I managed to snag over 300 books,” one viewer echoed. “Only got 4 read tho.”
The Daily Dot has reached out to @probablyoffreading via email regarding the video.
Brooke Sjoberg is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She graduated with her Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.
How Do I Access My Purchased Kindle Books On Amazon?
How to Locate Books Purchased on a Kindle
- Go to Amazon.com.
- Choose “Manage your Kindle” in the fourth section titled “Digital Content.”
- Click “Books” on the left menu bar under “Your Kindle Library.” Read through the list of books you have purchased.
Where did my Kindle library go?
Every Kindle book you’ve ever purchased from Amazon is yours forever and resides in the cloud on the Amazon servers. Even if you can’t find the content on the Kindle you hold in your hand, you still have access to it – you just have to find it and download it again. Amazon has your back.
Why can’t I open Kindle books on my IPAD?
You can’t buy Kindle books on your iPhone using the Kindle or Amazon apps, though. You’ll need to log into Amazon using the Safari app on your phone (or a browser on your computer). Once you buy a Kindle book using a web browser, the book immediately appears in your Kindle library on every device.
Where are my purchased books on Amazon?
You can see a full list of all purchased audiobooks in the Your Content section of the Manage Your Content and Devices section of Amazon. To show a list of your audiobooks, click the drop-down menu next to “Show” under the Your Content section of Manage Your Content and Devices and select Audiobooks.
Can you hide a book on Kindle?
Tap and hold on the approximate center of the book’s preview of the illustrated cover until a menu comes out from the bottom. Tap the “Remove from Home” button. This button will appear between the “Remove from Device” (remove the downloaded copy of the book) and “Cancel” buttons.
Why won’t my books open on my iPad?
First, force close the iBooks app and test the issue again. Force closing can resolve issues with a specific app. If the issue persists, restart your iPad. Restarting can resolve many unexpected behaviors.
How do I put Kindle books on my iPad?
Transfer books from Kindle to iPad – summary
- Step 1: Open your Kindle and sync books with your Amazon account.
- Step 2: Open your iPad and download Kindle app from the App Store.
- Step 3: Open Kindle app and register it with the same Amazon account as your Kindle.
- Step 4: Download Kindle books you want to read on your iPad.
How do I access my ebooks on Amazon?
Go to read.amazon.com to open Kindle Cloud Reader. You may need to sign in with your Amazon account. Your Kindle Library is displayed on the main page. Select a book to start reading.
How do I keep my books off my child’s Kindle Paperwhite?
You can restrict your child’s access to all four by using parental controls. To access parental controls, tap Menu→Settings→Device Options→Parental Controls→Restrictions. The screen shown in Figure 1 appears. Tap the toggle switch for Web Browser, Kindle Store, Cloud, or Goodreads to restrict access.
How do I get my books off my daughters Kindle?
If you’d like to delete an app or book from Amazon FreeTime, press and hold the app or book when you’re inside a child’s profile, and then tap Remove from Device.
How do I restore books on my iPad?
- Open the Apple Books app.
- Tap. or your photo in the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Depending on what you want to redownload, tap Books or Audiobooks under My Purchases.
- Tap “Not on this [device],” then tap All Books or All Audiobooks.
- Find the book or audiobook that you want to download, then tap. .
How can I get free books on Amazon?
Finding Free Books in the Kindle Store Log into your Amazon account. Go to Amazon at www.amazon.com and log in by clicking the “Sign in” button at the top right side of the page. Go to the Kindle Store. Move your mouse pointer over “Shop by Department” at the top right toolbar to open a drop-down menu.
How do I download books from Amazon to my PC?
Step 1 Open a Web browser. Click “Download Now.”. Type your Amazon.com account email address and password into the corresponding text fields. Open a Web browser. Type the name of the book you want to download in the search text field. Click the result that best matches your search. Select “Kindle for PC” from the “Deliver To” drop-down menu.
How do I download books from Amazon Kindle?
Launch the Kindle app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap Library to see all of the e-books in your Amazon library. Tap the book you wish to download onto your device. When it’s finished downloading (it will have a checkmark next to it), tap the book to open it. Read the About this book section to find out the books’ features.
Why Cant I download books on my Kindle?
It’s not very common, but sometimes a Kindle book won’t download properly when using a Kindle app for Android or iOS, and to a lesser extent Kindle ereaders and Fire tablets. Usually it’s just glitch or a bad wireless connection, and the book will often download with a second attempt.
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