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    22 Must-Know Amazon Kindle Tips For Anyone Who Loves To Read

    Livin' that sweet e-reader life.

    Maybe you got a new Kindle on sale during Black Friday. Or someone very kind got you one for Christmas.

    Lucky you! Here are just some quick reasons why I love my Kindle:

    - It keeps me off my phone before bed.

    - Reading on a Kindle is way less distracting than reading on your phone.

    - It lets me quickly look up words I don't know.

    - Physical books are heavy.

    - A fully-charged battery lasts for weeks.

    - I read faster on a Kindle. Maybe it's a psychological thing.

    But let's keep going if you want to take advantage of everything your Kindle has to offer.

    1. Put a Popsocket on your Kindle to make it easier to hold while reading.

    Or buy an Ungrip for $10.52 from Amazon.

    The choice is yours.

    2. Put your Kindle in landscape mode so it feels more like, you know, a book.

    Viewing two pages at a time is also an option. The instructions are slightly different depending on which model you have and are detailed here.

    3. Using airplane mode goes a long way to conserving the battery.

    You only really need to turn on the wi-fi if you're trying to download something from the Kindle store or cloud, or if you want to sync your reading progress to the Kindle app on your phone.

    You'll also want to turn your wi-fi to take advantage of the software updates — Amazon will include cool new features like faster page turning.

    4. If you don't have one of those newfangled waterproof Kindles, put it in a ZipLoc bag to take it into the bath with you.

    The buttons (even on a touchscreen) will still work.

    5. Install the "send to Kindle" browser extension to easily send any article or web text to your Kindle.

    This handy Chrome extension will send the text of any website you're on almost instantaneously to your Kindle.

    6. Get free books from your local library digitally on your Kindle using Overdrive.

    You can basically "borrow" books on your Kindle from your local library if you have a library card. It works pretty much like a real library — there might be waiting lists for certain books, you might have to wait for someone to "return" a book before you can check it out, and you do have to "return" the books. This is because libraries hold licenses to the books that limit the number of users.

    Libby is Overdrive's app that makes perusing selections and checking out books super easy. It has a nicer and prettier user experience.

    Hot tip: If you keep your Kindle on airplane mode, you can keep the book past the 21 day due date.

    7. Install Library Extension on your browser while perusing Amazon and Goodreads — it'll tell you whether the e-book version is available at your local library.

    A must-have if you are going to be an Overdrive user.

    8. There are a few sources for free e-books besides Overdrive.

    Standardebooks and Project Gutenberg are two popular sources. You can also search "free Kindle books" in the Amazon searchbar, or if you have Amazon Prime, go to for a selection of "read for free" books.

    9. If you need to quickly manage your subscriptions or find your send-to-Kindle email address, bookmark this link:

    Every Kindle has a unique email address that you can use to send files to your Kindle (for instance, if you want to read a .pdf file on your Kindle).

    10. If you want to send .pdf files to your Kindle, put the word "convert" in the subject line of your email.

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    This converts the pdf to Amazon's .azw file type, so you can take advantage of functionality such as variable font size.

    11. Think Kindle books are always a little too expensive? Use a site called eReaderIQ to track any price drops on books or authors you want to read.

    You basically sign up for an account, enter in any books or authors that you want to monitor price drops for, and it'll send you an alert. It only works with Amazon books.

    12. Any Kindle that comes with "free cellular connectivity" means free internet (aka no wi-fi necessary) in over 100 countries.

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    It only comes with more expensive models (starting at the Kindle Paperwhite, which is $84.99), but if you don't have an international data plan on your phone, this feature makes a Kindle very well worth it. The browser is primitive and the surfing speeds are slow, but I will go ahead and tell you that my Kindle saved my ass during a predicament with passport control at the Montreal airport (I'll save you the details, but thank goodness I had access to the World Wide Web in that trying time).

    13. Use as your homepage in the Kindle browser.

    It provides quick-loading links to Kindle-friendly versions of popular sites like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and various news and entertainment sites.

    14. Bookerly is the best font*, and that's that.

    *OK, this is completely subjective. But the Kindle does support custom fonts now, and you could certainly fall down the rabbit hole of trying to find the perfect font for your Kindle by watching this tutorial.

    15. Get access to your Kindle notes and highlights anywhere with the Amazon "notebook" link.

    Super handy if you want to read something you highlighted but don't happen to have your Kindle on you. It only works with Amazon Kindle books (aka no personal documents or articles you've had sent to your Kindle).

    16. Set up a password for turning on your Kindle.

    Go to Settings > Device Options > Device Passcode.

    17. Screenshot by tapping on the top left and bottom right simultaneously.

    18. Keep track of characters and key concepts using the X-Ray tool.

    The X-Ray tool is a super useful way to remember characters or locations throughout your book — especially helpful for books with complex storylines. After getting a brief description of the character, you can scroll through X-Ray to see all the times that the character is mentioned in the book.

    Learn more about X-Ray here.

    19. You and your friends can loan each other Kindle books for free.

    The book has to be eligible for loaning, you won't be able to open the book during this time period, and the loan period is only 14 days. Still...pretty cool, though!

    Read more about it on Amazon's website.

    20. Or use to borrow books between strangers.

    21. Purchase a Kindle for less from Amazon's refurbished Kindle center.

    22. Finally, make it a habit of charging your Kindle every week.

    I always fall out of the habit of reading when my Kindle dies and I don't have easy access to a micro USB cable (somehow I always have a million iPhone chargers but the micro USB cable is nowhere to be found whenever when I need it). If one of your New Year's resolutions is to read more thanks to your new Kindle, you'll also want to make sure it's never too difficult to charge it. Keep an adapter in your car if need be!