Tristan has used a Kindle since he was 10 years old so has extensive experience using this device.
This article is about the smaller and lesser-known Kindle tips and tricks that I’ve learned and discovered over the near-decade that I've been using my Kindle. Both people who have recently got a Kindle and those who have been using Kindles for years should find something useful in this article.
Send to Kindle Email Address
My biggest tip that most people do not know about is that you can send documents to your Kindle directly from any device like your phone or computer.
Kindles can display formats like PDFs, but the best to use are MOBI files, which allow things like font and text size changes. There are loads of places that distribute free MOBI files, usually for older classic books, but I'm sure if you look hard enough, you can find MOBI files for more modern books too.
Either way, once you have the PDF or MOBI file ready to send to your Kindle, all you need to do is go to settings, your account, and at the bottom, there is an option called "send to Kindle email." You can send the files to this address, and they will appear on the Kindle in a few seconds, ready for you to read.
The best thing about this is that the sent files are actually saved to your Amazon content library, so they are available on the Kindle app on your other devices like iPads and phones too. That leads me to my next tip.
Once you start sending these book documents, which I mentioned in the previous tip, to your Kindle, managing them will become very important. Most people simply use their Kindle to delete and to try to organize their library; however, there is a better way. If you go to Amazon and hover your mouse over your account, you will see a whole menu worth of options. Look for the menu item called "Manage your Content and Devices,"' and click on it.
This page shows all of your content, including the magazines and books that you have purchased directly from Amazon, but also the book documents that you have sent to your Kindle using the method explained in the first tip above. If you click on the content tab, you can easily change between these different content types easily and use the search bar to look for exactly the piece of content that you are trying to find.
The main benefit of this website is that you can simply manage and organize your content of every kind. If you look for the options menu, you will be given a number of available actions, including delivering the item to a device, adding it to a collection, and deleting it permanently. It is just a straightforward central place to see all the content that you have in your Amazon library—definitely worth using if you find your Kindle too cumbersome to organize effectively.
Family Sharing Kindle Content
Something that not enough families take advantage of is the family sharing features that Amazon offers. If someone in your family pays for Amazon Prime, that membership can be shared with one other person in your household, giving them access to all the benefits of Amazon Prime, including Prime Reading.
Furthermore, people within the family sharing household can read each other’s books on their own accounts. This is hugely beneficial as most families decide to just share one Amazon amount in order to allow everyone to read the same books. The issue with this is that everyone is essentially reading the same book—progress, notes, and highlights are also shared.
Utilizing an Amazon household means that although books can be shared, all progress, etc. is completely separate. A big benefit of this is also if people in your family live far away, you can still share books just as easily—something that would be either impossible or far more inconvenient if you wanted to share physical books.
Syncing the Kindle App for Reviewing Notes
One of the great benefits of using a Kindle to read is how easy it is to highlight and make a quick note. When in bed and public transport, it is inconvenient to need to hold a number of pens and highlighters. All you need is one hand to make a highlight on a Kindle. However, admittedly, reviewing these highlights and notes is not the most convenient thing.
Luckily, Kindles sync everything you do with a book to all your devices. Thus, if you have the Kindle app on your phone or tablet like an iPad, it is very easy to flick through your highlights and notes.
Additionally, doing this makes it easy to copy and paste your highlights. One thing that I try to do after having read a non-fiction book is to go through the highlights, copy them over to a Notion document, and make additional notes about my opinion in the book. This is easy with the Kindle app on the iPad but impossible by just using a Kindle.
Rather than a couple of paragraphs, these are just a few smaller but still very important tips that I have found valuable and discovered but most people either do not know exist or do not make use of.
- You can add the clock at the top of the Kindle so you do not go to bed too late. Although you might be really enjoying a book, it should still not come at the expense of a good night of sleep. This is an easy setting to find by tapping the "Aa" text option when reading a book.
- You can save themes that are easy to switch between for different reading times, for example, if you prefer larger text when reading in bed. This is easily accessed in the same "Aa" option as the previous tip. This is a great option as it changes multiple parameters simultaneously, including text size, line spacing, margins, and font.
- A little-known time-saver is that you can tap the bottom left to cycle through the different options such as reading speed, location, page number, or make it show nothing. This is far faster than going into the settings to change it.
- There is now the option to have the book cover of the book that you are currently reading to be the screensaver. This looks cool and is better than only having those strange default images as screensavers. However, this can also be turned off if you want more privacy when reading your book—sometimes, you do not want everyone in public to know what book you're reading.
- If you are someone who frequently reads their Kindle in public and might accidentally lose it, a password might be something you want to set up so that nobody else can get into your Kindle or Amazon account.