Kindle Paperwhite 2021 shows the notes and clippings page next to a notebook

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The Amazon Kindle is part of a rare breed of devices that are very easy to get started. The e-reader comes with your Amazon account pre-configured, so all you need to do is turn it on and read. But don’t let the simplistic interface fool you – the Kindle also comes with a fairly robust toolset for the power user. Here are ten Amazon Kindle tips and tricks to help maximize what you can do with your eReader.

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Add More Dictionaries to Kindle

Amazon Kindle Tips with Dictionary Selection

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Reading is widely regarded as the best way to learn a language, and Kindle readers open doors to more books than you could ever read. After studying French in high school, a few years ago I decided to dive deep into French literature to brush up on my vocabulary. However, jumping between my Kindle and a dictionary app to look up new words quickly became frustrating. Then I discovered that you can add additional dictionaries with Amazon. Here’s how to do that:

Go to the Library tab and set the Kindle to display all books. Scroll down or swipe to the Dictionaries collection and select one of the 46 available options. Tap on your dictionary of choice and let it download. You can now change your dictionary under Language and Dictionaries in the settings menu.

Disable Amazon Home Screen Recommendations

Amazon Kindle Tips Kindle Recommendations

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Part of the reason the Kindle line is so affordable is that Amazon offsets the cost of the hardware with revenue from its e-book store. So it’s no surprise that the company does its best to promote upcoming titles that the algorithm thinks you’ll like. Personally, I find my Kindle to be a very curated experience, complete with some sort of virtual bookshelf. Turns out, you can easily disable the home screen recommendations to achieve just that.

From the home screen, tap the three dots at the top and go to Settings. Tap Device Options and go to Advanced Settings. Under Home and library settings, turn off the Home screen view.

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Create collections to better organize books

Kindle Paperwhite 2021 makes a new collection

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I’m a big fan of science fiction and fantasy anthologies that span several, sometimes even a dozen books. However, organizing these books can be quite an arduous task. By default, the Kindle simply presents you with a list or bookshelf of titles for you to browse. If, like me, you’re in the habit of taking a break with another book while reading a series, you’ll find that the library view mixes up all the books. Kindle collections are combined to ensure that relevant titles stay together in one place. Here’s a simple Amazon Kindle tip to quickly create a collection of Kindle books, genres, or other categories you want:

Tap the three dots below the library view. Tap Create New Collection. You can now add all the books you want to the collection.

Schedule Warm Light Mode

Amazon Kindle Tips warm light schedule

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I swear by the warm light mode on my Kindle Oasis. It goes a long way towards creating a comfortable reading atmosphere. My personal preference is to let the Kindle do its thing based on sunset and sunrise. Amazon also allows you to create custom schedules to adjust the heat of the screen. (Did you also know that the Kindle also has a full dark mode? I’ve never found it particularly useful for long reads, but the option is there if you need it.)

Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Schedule brightness under heat settings. You can now select the automatic schedule or choose a manual schedule. You can even set a custom heat setting.

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Turn pages without losing your position

Amazon Kindle Tips Turn Kindle Page

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Reading long anthologies also often means going back to keep up with the storylines or the tiniest details of a conversation. A few years ago, Amazon added the ability to turn pages without losing your reading progress. The Kindle Page Flip feature lets you turn pages and then jump back to your current reading position. This is how it works:

Swipe up from your book. Use the slider at the bottom to jump to chapters or use the forward and back buttons to turn pages. Tap the location or page marker in the lower right corner to return to your reading position.

Set your current book cover as screensaver

Amazon Kindle Tips book cover as wallpaper

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I hacked into my Kindle keyboard several years ago to be able to use a custom book themed background in standby mode. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier now. Last year Amazon added the ability to set the cover of your current book as the standby background and it couldn’t be easier to set up. Here’s how:

Make sure you have an ad-free Kindle. Go to Device Options under All Settings. Tap the Show Cover option to show the cover of your current book as the wallpaper on the lock screen.

Display the time while reading a book

Amazon Kindle Tips show clock while reading

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It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re completely absorbed in a book. A handy feature tucked away under settings can make sure this doesn’t happen. While I’m surprised Amazon doesn’t ship the Kindle with the clock turned on by default, it’s just a switch away. Here’s one of the simplest Amazon Kindle tips we can offer: how to enable the clock on your eReader.

Swipe down while in your current book. Tap the A button which allows you to adjust the font size. Tap the More button. Turn on Show clock while reading to show the time at the top of the screen while you are reading.

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View Kindle Notes and Highlights on Goodreads

Goodreads Displays Kindle Highlights

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Amazon-run Goodreads is an excellent platform to find new books to read, look up reviews, or even track various reading challenges. While the Kindle’s integration with Goodreads isn’t quite perfect, the e-reader can easily sync notes and highlights to the platform, provided you purchased the book from Amazon. Want to share your notes with the Goodreads community? Here’s how to do it:

Go to Goodreads.com and connect your Amazon account to it under Account Settings. Now go to the Kindle Notes & Highlights section. Highlights from all your Kindle books should now appear under the settings. You can now selectively share any notes you want.

Secure your Kindle with a passcode

Amazon Kindle Tips add passcode

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It’s not hard to imagine a scenario where a toddler picks up your Kindle and accidentally flips through a few pages. Or maybe you want to keep your reading habits private. Whatever the reason, this passcode tip can be very helpful in keeping your Kindle properly locked. To set a passcode on your Kindle:

Tap the three buttons along the top edge of the Kindle interface and go to Settings. Now tap on Device Options. Tap the Device Passcode option to set and confirm a passcode.

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Clearing Storage on Your Kindle

Amazon Kindle Tips Quick Archive to Free Storage

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Unless you’re a compulsive book collector, chances are you’ve used up the storage space on your Kindle. However, if you want to keep your eReader neat and tidy, you can use the Quick Archive option to delete books you haven’t opened in a while.

Go to Settings and tap Storage Manager under Advanced Settings. Tap the Quick Archive option. You can now delete content from the Kindle based on when it was last accessed.

Do you have any other interesting Amazon Kindle tips and tricks that we should be aware of? Let us know in the comments.

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