Making the transition from hardcover books to digital e-books should be fun, not overwhelming. As you learn to navigate your new Kindle device, no doubt you'll find your own list of favorite tips and tricks. To get you started, here are some of our favorites.
1. Save battery life.
The biggest battery killer on your Kindle device is the wireless connection. Most of the time, you don't need reception for more than a few minutes at a time. Turn the Wi-Fi connection on when you need it, and turn it off when you don't. You'll need fewer battery charges in between.
2. Get a Kindle cover.
Part of the fun of owning a Kindle is taking it with you wherever you go. Keep your Kindle from getting damaged by using a Kindle case. It protects your Kindle if you drop it and prevents scratches, nicks, and dents. The more places you bring your Kindle, the more important it is to protect it with a Kindle cover.
A cover also gives you more surface area to grip, and some covers include extra functions, like an automatic on/off feature when you open or close the cover.
3. Sample before you buy.
It's easy to let book lust overtake you, making you want to buy every book you've ever wanted to read. Unfortunately, you only have so much time to read. So make your choices wisely by sampling books before you buy. Download the books that intrigue you the most, and save the rest for later.
4. Enlarge the font.
If you find yourself squinting at the words on your Kindle screen as it gets closer to bedtime, give your eyes a break by enlarging the font size. Click on the "Aa" button to change the size of the font.
5. Secure the device.
Use a password to protect the information stored on your Kindle. If you lose your Kindle, the security settings you put in place will protect your personal data. Securing the device also prevents others from snooping through your data or downloading books without permission. You can also set parental control options if you have kids who use the device.
6. Learn new features.
Reading a book on your Kindle gives you almost all of the options that you have with a hardcover book, and then some. You can search for character names or other words, look up words in the dictionary, save notes on the text, highlight sections (and remove highlights), set bookmarks to keep your place, or mark your favorite sections. Don't let all the extra features overwhelm you. Just learn one at a time, and focus on the features that are most helpful to you as a Kindle reader.