Amazon's Kindle electronic reader, or e-reader, stores books, magazines, and other reading materials in one small handheld device. The Kindle 3 and the Kindle DX can hold up to 2,500 books, the Kindle 2 holds up to 1,500 books, and the original Kindle can hold 200 books. While the books stored on the Kindle may contain the same material as paper books, reading books with the Kindle is an entirely new experience. With some simple Kindle book tips, users can get the most from their time reading on the Kindle
Get Free Books
Amazon offers a large collection of books for free download to Kindle. The free books change on a regular basis, but as of March 2011 many classic books were available such as "Little Women," "Dracula" and "The Time Machine." Other free Kindle offerings may include new releases, but these books may be offered free for a limited time period only. The "Kindle Top 100 Free" list, which includes both new releases and popular classics, can be accessed in the Kindle store. This list, separate from the list of bestsellers that cost money, changes regularly to reflect the most popular free Kindle downloads.
The Kindle can store thousands of books, so good organization is important. Since each book is listed individually until it is organized or moved, the book list can be hard to navigate. To organize Kindle books by group, highlight a book title on the Kindle home screen, then click the five-way directional pad to the right to bring up the collection screen. To start a new collection that you can add to later, select "Add To Collection," followed by the "Create New Collection" option. Enter a name for the collection (for example, "Science Fiction Books.") To add to an existing collection, simply select "Add To Collection," then select the collection you wish to add the book to from the list that appears on screen.
Highlight Book Passages
Rather than highlighting or underlining important or particularly meaningful book passages, the Kindle allows electronic highlighting. To highlight a passage, press "Menu" followed by "Add a Note Or Highlight." When the cursor appears, use the five-way directional pad to move to the first word of the passage to be highlighted. Click the middle of the directional pad inward to begin the highlight, then move the cursor to the right to highlight additional words. Click the middle of the directional pad again to end highlighting. The book passage will now be underlined for future readings.
Kindle users can place a bookmark in books without the need for dog-eared pages or an actual physical bookmark. Bookmarks in Kindle books work much the same way as traditional bookmarks: Any page can be bookmarked, via a quick process. Press the "Menu" button and use the five-way directional pad to navigate down to "Add a Bookmark," then press the middle of the directional pad. This automatically bookmarks that particular page of the book.
Dictionary Searches While Reading
The Kindle features a built-in New Oxford American Dictionary that can be accessed at any time. It is unnecessary to leave the book page to get a definition. Click the five-way directional pad either up or down to bring up a cursor, then move the cursor to the beginning of the word you need the definition for. If the dictionary contains a definition for that word, that definition will appear in a pop-up box, superimposed over the book text. To remove the definition from the page, click the "Back" button.
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