10 Hints and Tips for Using the Amazon Kindle


10 Hints and Tips for Using the Amazon Kindle


By Marco Gustafsson

The Amazon Kindle is one of the more popular of the e-readers, but by no means one of the first. That distinction belongs to the Rocket eBook and the Softbook introduced in 1998, with the Kindle not appearing until 2007. Nevertheless, it is often best not to be first, and the Kindle ironed out many of the problems associated with previous machines.

In taking the accolade of an ‘advancement’ in its field, any item of hardware will have introduced innovations and features that the general public might need help with, and here are ten hints and tips on how to get the best from your Kindle, although many of these also apply to other e-readers. These do not refer to how to use the various buttons, or most other aspects of the Kindle that you will learn by reading the Instructions, but they are things that you would only find out through using the device.

1. Read the Instruction Manual

Many technophiles are so confident that they don’t ever need to read the manual. However, many of the problems people come across with their Kindle could have been avoided had they done just that, and had ‘lowered’ themselves to ‘read the instructions’! That’s what they are there for. However, given that you have done that, here are some other tips for using the Amazon Kindle, most of which are not mentioned in the instructions.

2. Free eBooks to Read

You can get free books from the public domain – in fact over 300,000 of them. Among them are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Grimm’s Dairy Tales and many of Mark Twain’s, Charles Dickens’s and William Shakespeare’s works. You can even download the Declaration of Independence free of charge.

Some of these are available on Kindle’s own free library, from where you can download selected books using 3G, and because it is an Amazon site, the format is ideal for your Kindle. Project Gutenberg contains a massive selection of eBooks: that is what it was designed for. To render them compatible with the Kindle, just download them in .mobi format. As it is noted in the article “A Review of Websites About eReaders and eBooks“, not all of these books are in the public domain, so make sure that you read the copyright license inside the eBook and adhere to its requirements when using it (Digital Book Readers). There are others useful sites, such as Kindlepedia that will change any Wikipedia page into an eBook for your Kindle.

3. Avoiding Image Burn

As with most screen displays, your Kindle screen can suffer from image burn from static text. This can occur if you leave the same page up for any length of time, but there is a way to protect your screen. You can’t use a screensaver (yet), but if you refresh the screen by clicking Alt+G then you can resolve the problem.

4. Using Kindle Shortcuts

The Kindle offers you a number of shortcuts. Here are some of the more useful:

Alt+T displays the current time.

Alt+P will play MP3 files you have stored on an SD card.

Alt+ F will go to the next MP3 on the list.

Alt+SHIFT+R will reset your Kindle. Use this soft reset if your Kindle freezes when in use.

Alt+B will bookmark the page you are on.

Alt+SHIFT+G will take a screenshot of the page you are on.

Alt+H will move the cursor one space right when typing.

Alt+J will do the same to the left.

Alt+Backspace will clear all text.

5. Using the Read-to Me Feature

The read-to-me feature is a text to speech option that enables the Kindle to work a bit like an audio book. The speech is computer-generated of course, similar to ordinary PC equivalents using a word library, so it does not flow quite the same as an audio book, but it is good nevertheless. The tip here is that if you are holding the device when you are listening, such as if you are on a train or bus, or are taking a walk, then if you accidentally press the menu button or the space bar, the reading will be stopped. This can be a nuisance, so in such situations it is a good tip to hold your Kindle upside down: you are then less likely to hit these buttons. Even better, don’t hold it! Keep it in a bag or a pocket.

6. Find Your Location

Amazon’s 3G CDMA module has a location capability that can be used in Google Maps:

Alt+1 – shows your currently location

Alt+2 – shows nearby gas stations

Alt+3 – shows nearby restaurants

Alt+5 – shows a custom keyword used nearby

7. Fast Forwarding

To fast reverse or forward through your book pages: press Alt and hold it down while pressing the Previous or Next keys.

8. Defragmenting your Kindle

When you delete anything from your Kindle, it leaves a space in memory. When you load up a book it will use that space and perhaps some other spaces available, until the whole file is uploaded. This means each of your books could be stored in small areas all over the memory. You can defrag the device by attaching it to your computer and running your computer defrag utility, pointing to the Kindle as the drive to defragment. This can have a remarkable effect on the speed of your Kindle.

9. Newspaper Subscriptions

Many people use their Kindle with a newspaper subscription, but some papers are better suited than others for the Kindle. It makes sense to use a trial copy first: you can get these very cheaply just to try out, so do that first before making your mind up.

10. Saving the Battery with 3G

The Kindle battery life is good, but if you use 3G connectivity then your battery will run down quickly. The only way to turn 3G off is in the settings, so make sure that if you are not using it for a while, go to Settings and turn 3G off. Even if you are not using it, it will still drain your battery unless you do this. Always turn off Wi-Fi when your signal is bad.

These are just 10 hints and tips for using the Amazon Kindle. There are more, but these are some of those that come up most frequently.

Marco Gustafsson is author of articles on ebook readers, e-inc technology and electronic books. Visit Digital Book Readers to find more information and discover new dimension of reading.

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10 Hints and Tips for Using the Amazon Kindle


10 Hints and Tips for Using the Amazon Kindle


By Marco Gustafsson

The Amazon Kindle is one of the more popular of the e-readers, but by no means one of the first. That distinction belongs to the Rocket eBook and the Softbook introduced in 1998, with the Kindle not appearing until 2007. Nevertheless, it is often best not to be first, and the Kindle ironed out many of the problems associated with previous machines.

In taking the accolade of an ‘advancement’ in its field, any item of hardware will have introduced innovations and features that the general public might need help with, and here are ten hints and tips on how to get the best from your Kindle, although many of these also apply to other e-readers. These do not refer to how to use the various buttons, or most other aspects of the Kindle that you will learn by reading the Instructions, but they are things that you would only find out through using the device.

1. Read the Instruction Manual

Many technophiles are so confident that they don’t ever need to read the manual. However, many of the problems people come across with their Kindle could have been avoided had they done just that, and had ‘lowered’ themselves to ‘read the instructions’! That’s what they are there for. However, given that you have done that, here are some other tips for using the Amazon Kindle, most of which are not mentioned in the instructions.

2. Free eBooks to Read

You can get free books from the public domain – in fact over 300,000 of them. Among them are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Grimm’s Dairy Tales and many of Mark Twain’s, Charles Dickens’s and William Shakespeare’s works. You can even download the Declaration of Independence free of charge.

Some of these are available on Kindle’s own free library, from where you can download selected books using 3G, and because it is an Amazon site, the format is ideal for your Kindle. Project Gutenberg contains a massive selection of eBooks: that is what it was designed for. To render them compatible with the Kindle, just download them in .mobi format. As it is noted in the article “A Review of Websites About eReaders and eBooks“, not all of these books are in the public domain, so make sure that you read the copyright license inside the eBook and adhere to its requirements when using it (Digital Book Readers). There are others useful sites, such as Kindlepedia that will change any Wikipedia page into an eBook for your Kindle.

3. Avoiding Image Burn

As with most screen displays, your Kindle screen can suffer from image burn from static text. This can occur if you leave the same page up for any length of time, but there is a way to protect your screen. You can’t use a screensaver (yet), but if you refresh the screen by clicking Alt+G then you can resolve the problem.

4. Using Kindle Shortcuts

The Kindle offers you a number of shortcuts. Here are some of the more useful:

Alt+T displays the current time.

Alt+P will play MP3 files you have stored on an SD card.

Alt+ F will go to the next MP3 on the list.

Alt+SHIFT+R will reset your Kindle. Use this soft reset if your Kindle freezes when in use.

Alt+B will bookmark the page you are on.

Alt+SHIFT+G will take a screenshot of the page you are on.

Alt+H will move the cursor one space right when typing.

Alt+J will do the same to the left.

Alt+Backspace will clear all text.

5. Using the Read-to Me Feature

The read-to-me feature is a text to speech option that enables the Kindle to work a bit like an audio book. The speech is computer-generated of course, similar to ordinary PC equivalents using a word library, so it does not flow quite the same as an audio book, but it is good nevertheless. The tip here is that if you are holding the device when you are listening, such as if you are on a train or bus, or are taking a walk, then if you accidentally press the menu button or the space bar, the reading will be stopped. This can be a nuisance, so in such situations it is a good tip to hold your Kindle upside down: you are then less likely to hit these buttons. Even better, don’t hold it! Keep it in a bag or a pocket.

6. Find Your Location

Amazon’s 3G CDMA module has a location capability that can be used in Google Maps:

Alt+1 – shows your currently location

Alt+2 – shows nearby gas stations

Alt+3 – shows nearby restaurants

Alt+5 – shows a custom keyword used nearby

7. Fast Forwarding

To fast reverse or forward through your book pages: press Alt and hold it down while pressing the Previous or Next keys.

8. Defragmenting your Kindle

When you delete anything from your Kindle, it leaves a space in memory. When you load up a book it will use that space and perhaps some other spaces available, until the whole file is uploaded. This means each of your books could be stored in small areas all over the memory. You can defrag the device by attaching it to your computer and running your computer defrag utility, pointing to the Kindle as the drive to defragment. This can have a remarkable effect on the speed of your Kindle.

9. Newspaper Subscriptions

Many people use their Kindle with a newspaper subscription, but some papers are better suited than others for the Kindle. It makes sense to use a trial copy first: you can get these very cheaply just to try out, so do that first before making your mind up.

10. Saving the Battery with 3G

The Kindle battery life is good, but if you use 3G connectivity then your battery will run down quickly. The only way to turn 3G off is in the settings, so make sure that if you are not using it for a while, go to Settings and turn 3G off. Even if you are not using it, it will still drain your battery unless you do this. Always turn off Wi-Fi when your signal is bad.

These are just 10 hints and tips for using the Amazon Kindle. There are more, but these are some of those that come up most frequently.

Marco Gustafsson is author of articles on ebook readers, e-inc technology and electronic books. Visit Digital Book Readers to find more information and discover new dimension of reading.

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Kindle International – Getting Hold of the Top Selling eBook Reader Around the World

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Roddy_Gulzar]Roddy Gulzar

The Kindle International is the latest offering from Amazon – an eBook reading device that works all around the world! The Kindle itself has been out for a while now, alongside its larger Kindle DX version, but it’s left people wondering ‘when will there be a Kindle UK?’, ‘what about a Kindle Canada?’ and just how long they have to wait to get their hands on the hottest gadget around.

The Wait is Over

The good news for customers around the world is that the wait is over! Kindle (and now Kindle DX) is officially available in more than 100 countries around the world! Not only does this mean that the Kindle ships to you, but it also means that you have access to the wireless download service, Kindle’s very own bookstore stocking all the titles you could ever need!

Kindle International is Great for Those Who Travel

Not only is the Kindle International perfect for people who live outside of the United Stated, it’s also perfect for those in the US who frequently travel and may need to stock up on their Kindle books while they are away. Amazon’s Kindle really is taking the international market by storm!

Where to Buy Kindle International?

The thing that’s important for international customers to realise is that you still need to buy Kindle from Amazon.com: it has not yet been released on local versions of the online retailer. This just means that you need to make your purchase from the.com version of the site, pay your shipping free and the Kindle will ship to you within the estimated delivery time.

Remember, rel=nofollow Kindle International is available to customers from: the United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, South Africa, Japan, Germany, Hong Kong and more. For best results, check reviews to find out just how the Kindle is going to work in your country.

Why Buy Kindle?

Lastly, unless you haven’t heard just why Kindle is such a hot item these days, take a look at some of these features:

o Ability to read PDF files and Amazon’s own Kindle format,

o Ships to 100+countries,

o Lighter than your average book,

o Store over 3,000 digital books,

o Easy to use,

o Ink-link display makes it easy on the eyes,

o And much more!

Kindle has been the biggest seller for months now, and now you can get your hands on one no matter where you live!

Kindle is the hottest selling gadget without a doubt, and if you want my review of the new International Version just check it out here: http://www.squidoo.com/Kindle-International

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Kindle International – Getting Hold of the Top Selling eBook Reader Around the World

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Roddy_Gulzar]Roddy Gulzar

The Kindle International is the latest offering from Amazon – an eBook reading device that works all around the world! The Kindle itself has been out for a while now, alongside its larger Kindle DX version, but it’s left people wondering ‘when will there be a Kindle UK?’, ‘what about a Kindle Canada?’ and just how long they have to wait to get their hands on the hottest gadget around.

The Wait is Over

The good news for customers around the world is that the wait is over! Kindle (and now Kindle DX) is officially available in more than 100 countries around the world! Not only does this mean that the Kindle ships to you, but it also means that you have access to the wireless download service, Kindle’s very own bookstore stocking all the titles you could ever need!

Kindle International is Great for Those Who Travel

Not only is the Kindle International perfect for people who live outside of the United Stated, it’s also perfect for those in the US who frequently travel and may need to stock up on their Kindle books while they are away. Amazon’s Kindle really is taking the international market by storm!

Where to Buy Kindle International?

The thing that’s important for international customers to realise is that you still need to buy Kindle from Amazon.com: it has not yet been released on local versions of the online retailer. This just means that you need to make your purchase from the.com version of the site, pay your shipping free and the Kindle will ship to you within the estimated delivery time.

Remember, rel=nofollow Kindle International is available to customers from: the United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, South Africa, Japan, Germany, Hong Kong and more. For best results, check reviews to find out just how the Kindle is going to work in your country.

Why Buy Kindle?

Lastly, unless you haven’t heard just why Kindle is such a hot item these days, take a look at some of these features:

o Ability to read PDF files and Amazon’s own Kindle format,

o Ships to 100+countries,

o Lighter than your average book,

o Store over 3,000 digital books,

o Easy to use,

o Ink-link display makes it easy on the eyes,

o And much more!

Kindle has been the biggest seller for months now, and now you can get your hands on one no matter where you live!

Kindle is the hottest selling gadget without a doubt, and if you want my review of the new International Version just check it out here: http://www.squidoo.com/Kindle-International

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The Kindle – Amazon E-book Reader

By: Paul Rodgers

The battle of the giants, Sony eBook Reader and Amazon Kindle is fierce. The Kindle reader is now available from Amazon. Amazon Kindle is a revolutionary portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, newspapers, magazines and blogs to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight. But overall the most important development in the Kindle reader is that it is going to break the stereotype that eBooks are not usable and convenient like normal books. Actually, Amazon’s Kindle reader is an excellent product and a person can simply order books directly through the device without integrating with a PC or other wireless device – the Kindle has its own wireless connection that operates in the background.

Kindle’s mission statement is to eliminate the need for hard copy documents, by providing you with a all-in-one reference source. Kindle is the first ebook reader with its own cellular wireless connection to let you get new books anytime, almost anywhere when the mood strikes. Kindle has a standard-layout keyboard that makes it possible for users to search the Kindle Store, their entire library of purchased content, and Wikipedia. Kindle simply plays MP3 files in random order as background music without any user control over the order of play. Kindle holds over 200 titles and Kindle does not use WiFi, but EVDO like cell phones. Kindle has no monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments.

Amazon pays for Kindle’s wireless connectivity so you will never see a monthly wireless bill for shopping the Kindle Store. Using the same 3G network as advanced cell phones, we deliver your content using our own wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet. Amazon has complied with Linux licensing by making its modified source code freely available. But whether you choose to jump aboard now or later, Amazon’s entry into the eBook market is a BIG deal — it forever changes the game.

The same Amazon shopping experience customers are accustomed to is offered in the Kindle Store, including customer reviews, personalized recommendations, Click purchasing, and everyday low prices. The email service supports several formats of open-source books as well as Microsoft Word but not PDFs and text-based, but not image-based PDFs.

1- Amazon has actually out-Appled Apple in ease-of-use. Like the iPhone, Kindle lets you buy media-books and periodicals, in this case – without your PC.

2- Amazon’s $9.99-and-under book pricing means book fans can buy more books. They can look up words in a dictionary, Wikipedia or on the Web right from the device.

3- Amazon already sells books. The company long ago figured out the complexities of online book distribution and most book buyers already trust Amazon.

In many ways, the Amazon Kindle is the ultimate ebook reader, but to see just how far that statement holds true, you will just have to try it for yourself. Recommendation: If you typically carry a large stack of books with you or travel semi-regularly, the Amazon Kindle is a no-brainer. The Amazon kindle is definitely a fantastic selection and can definitely be upgraded.
The Amazon Kindle
is the first ebook reader that I have truly loved. The Kindle is a game-changing revolution in buying, reading, managing and using electronic books and other content. It’s also the hottest holiday gift you can buy this year for anyone who loves to read.

About the Author

Paul Rodgers specializes in marketing fitness, diets, health and beauty products and services.

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