Did you know your #Kindle can do more than just hold books?

Kindle apps


It’s come to my attention from some readers that they may not be familiar about how exactly Kindle works, and what it’s other capabilities are. So today I’m going to go over a few pointers about Kindle and some of its additional uses besides downloading books.


First, a Kindle is a cloud-based virtual bookshelf with no limit to how many books you choose to download to it. As a writer and an avid reader, I wouldn’t be without one. Don’t get me wrong, I love paperbacks and have too many bookshelves of books, many from years past and many from the years since I’ve been a writer which are mostly books on tools of the trade.


I tend to like paperbacks for referencing. I also destroy their beauty by folding pages, highlighting passages, inserting sticky notes, well, you get the drift. But my Kindle is for reading everything else and it comes in handy to read in bed and take on vacation, avoiding the extra weight to carry.


There are numerous updated versions of Kindles available which I’m not going to get into here, some of which have even become more like a mini laptop. But when I purchased my first Kindle, which is still the only one I use, I bought the plain, original version. Why? Well, I have a wonderful author friend who I refer to as my mentor because I learned a lot about self publishing from his help and advice, esteemed horror writer, James Thorn. He advised me to buy the plain one because it had no bells and whistles, but it also has no backlight. Without a backlight there is no glare, making it easy to read outdoors and while traveling. If any of you have tried to work on your laptop or look at your mobile phones while in the sun, you can appreciate this.


I digress, besides the ability of loading numerous books on our Kindles, we can also send other documents, articles, PDF’s, etc. to the Kindle. This can come in handy when we want to have access to read or use as reference without having to be at a computer. Also, keep in mind, in order to send books or anything to Kindle, you must have Wifi active to send. Once the book or document is loaded on the Kindle you don’t need Wifi to read anything.


All Kindles offer a menu where you can adjust fonts, jump to different pages, highlight passages, even look up words from. I know all the newer versions offer even much more.


So how do we send books and other things to our Kindles?


For books, you must start by signing up with an account on Amazon. Once you’ve signed up, you’re able to buy a book with one click. Your book will be automatically delivered to your Kindle. You will also be able to check in your ‘library’ in your account which books you have purchased, and if you happen to click to buy a book you may have already purchased, it will let you know you’ve already done so.


Before I got my first Kindle I already had many books in my Kindle library on my computer. When I received my Kindle from Amazon, it came loaded with all my books I’d already purchased! But no worries if you purchased elsewhere, because you have to register it with your Amazon account as part of the set up process and then your previously purchased library of books will automatically download to it.


Keep in mind, if you don’t own a Kindle, you can also read on your computer or phone. You would only need to load the Kindle App. To do that you would go to  https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/kcp  and click on the applicable device you want to load the Kindle app on, then your books will magically appear there too.

Let’s say a friend has sent you a book, or  PDF of their book, or you wanted to load a document or an interesting article off the web onto your Kindle. To do that you will need to add the ‘send to Kindle’ App to your computer first. Once you’ve downloaded that to your computer you would only have to go to your documents in your computer, or wherever you’ve saved an article or book you want to transfer to Kindle, right click on the item and an option will come up for you to ‘send to Kindle’, eazy peazy!  Here’s the link to add the ‘send to Kindle’ App to your computer –  https://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle/pc .


I hope this article has been helpful to you, and if you have any further questions, I’m happy to answer them in comments  🙂

49 thoughts on “Did you know your #Kindle can do more than just hold books?

  1. I’ll get my self used to using kindle. I’m kinda old school still but I see the great advantage of reading from kindle books. I am still learning millions of things on the digital world and I feel overwhelmed at times. Thanks for sharing this post Debby 🙂


  2. Very helpful!

    I use Kindle for Mac but prefer the printed pages of paperbacks. Yes I dog-ear, make marks, etc. But usually only if it’s my own book – ha!


    1. Lol Marian. Good to know you make a mess of books too, shall we say ‘the lived in look’ after they’ve been read. And yes, of course there’s a Mac version (thank you for mentioning), which of course there is a download for in the Kindle for PC App link that I left here. 🙂


  3. I don’t have a kindle – my books are on a kindle app on my ipad. But eventually I’ll get one for the ability to reduce glare if nothing else. Thanks for the tips, Debby. BTW – my paper books are all underlined, highlighted, and dog-eared too. They’re well-loved!


    1. Thanks for chiming in Diana. You don’t have a Kindle, but you’re using the Kindle App which you downloaded in order to be able to read your Amazon books, so you’re already ahead of the game. And I have to laugh every time I hear another writer say they dog-ear and highlight their paper books too. I remember reading an article once stating how sacred books are and that they shouldn’t be destroyed by writing on them and folding pages. I laughed out loud. Really, I thought. That’s what gives a good book character, lol. It’s like wearing a well worn pair of jeans, right? 🙂


      1. Lol, so funny. I also don’t write in hardcover books, but truth be told, I’ll buy paperback before I’ll have to succumb to hardcover. They are too heavy to read comfortably in bed, which is where I do most of my reading. 🙂


  4. I love my Kindle PaperWhite. I use Calibre to create a mobi version of the word or PDF document. Then I import it to my Kindle via USB. I had no idea this would work. I will have to try it. I do this all the time when I am reviewing books. Also, your Kindle is excellent for reading your book and catching any errors. I was shocked how many more I caught that way. I also have a Kindle Fire. It is more difficult but you can download a mobi file to it. The problem is it stores it in documents and you lose the functionality of the bookmarks, etc. My PaperWhite is almost worn out and I will get another. I agree with the backlighting. Excellent information. Thanks, Debby. ❤


    1. Thanks so much Colleen for adding your own feedback from your experience with Kindle. And yes, you are absolutely right, every author should read back their own book once download to Amazon before signing off on it. It allows us to see our book in format as other readers see it. Of course, I use the Kindle previewer (also must download first) to view my book when loading the file on Amazon, where I always seem to catch something or other. Thanks a lot Colleen. ❤


  5. I email documents to my Kindle all the time, usually client work when I read the full manuscript before diving into a critique, but sometimes my own drafts as well. Depending on the text, I use the highlight and notes feature a lot, but still prefer to jot notes by hand. I have a Paperwhite as I don’t want a lot of distractions while reading, and I rarely read on my iPad.


    1. Thanks for adding your experience here Jeri. I’m with you too on writing notes by hand. I find that more convenient for myself than having to go back and forth in the Kindle. 🙂


  6. SO busy, that’s why I’m not around much. Anyway, I have a Nook but no Kindle. I read Kindle on my desktop computer. If I ever get a tablet or a laptop, then I can move on there. 🙂


    1. Absolutely John. As long as you download the Kindle app your books will come with you. And yes, I know you’ve been busy because I haven’t seen or heard from you in awhile. 🙂 Hope all is okay. 🙂


  7. I love paperbacks. I’m one of “those” people. That said, I love my Kindle for other reasons. Many you state here. It stores SO many books and it doesn’t add to my “screen time” of which I get way too much. Helps with eye strain. Or, rather, keeps me from getting eye strain. You know what I mean. 🙂 This is a fantastic post, Debby.

    Oh, and bonus points for adding the Kindle App here. So many people don’t seem to know about that.


  8. There was a time when I dismissed the idea of getting a Kindle. My daughter wanted to buy one for me and told me in 2008 that there is this device which can hold as many books as you want but I was not impressed as I loved to turn pages and hold a real book. Would you believe that now I love the same device I scoffed at!
    Isn’t it amazing how powerful technology is! 🙂


    1. I was with you on same thought Balroop. When I published my first book, my friend James Thorn said, ‘You don’t have a Kindle?’ Then he advised that if I was going to publish books I better get myself one. And now, here I am, lol. 🙂


  9. Not sure I can add anything other than I have a kindle paperwhite which I still take for outdoor reading. It just doesn’t show photos or graphics well. I have downloaded free books from email that can be added by emailing to the kindle. I will have to look into Calibre for creating MOBI files. I really dislike reading pdfs on any kind of kindle. I’m using a small android tablet for my Kindle reading and its so easy to add comments, highlight etc. I read at the gym when I do my elliptical workouts! Really great post, Debby!


    1. Thanks Terri, I agree about being able to read some PDFs clearly, but it depends how they were formatted when the PDFs were created, on how well they’ll show up on Kindle. 🙂


  10. I recently got a Kindle because my Ipad bit the dust. I was devastated at first, the Kindle was smaller (I had one of the larger Ipads). I mainly use my Kindle to watch YouTube videos in the mornings, when I get ready for work, ha ha. I read quite a bit via the Kindle app on my phone, which if you want to talk about smaller, it truly is. I think Kindle is a great way to collect books and not take up more space, although I have shelves and shelves of well loved books. Great informative post, Debby.


    1. Thanks for sharing Lana. And you must have one of those newfangled Kindles that lets you see youtube videos on. The capabilities never cease to amaze! 🙂


  11. I feel like you aimed this one directly at me, Debby, and I am sooooo grateful. I do have a Kindle, but I have no idea which version it is – it was sent to me as a regift of a regift, so no help there. I’m sure it must be one of the older ones since my friend said it came to her because the original owner had upgraded.

    Attempting to push through my frustration to understand how to use it has always taken more time than I wanted to give it. You have made it seem more approachable and made me feel like less of a Luddite. 🙂

    I love holding a book and turning the pages (and yes, I highlight & underline etc. too), and generally don’t like reading longer works onscreen. HOWEVER, the benefits you outlined in the article have nudged me toward changing my mind. Whatever would get me away from my office and allow me to read in bed (or even another room) could be a godsend.

    Pinned it to two of my boards: Blogs and Bloggers, and Waay Too Much Screen Time to make it easy to find (for me as well as my followers).

    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”


    1. Lol, well I did have you in mind, I told you I would write a post! Now seeing as someone gave it to you, you may have their books on it, which may or not bother you. But you must sign into it to make it your own. This means, you must first have (or create) an account with Amazon online. Then go into settings in the Kindle and enter your Amazon signup name, etc. so the Kindle knows it’s yours, then whenever you purchase books from Amazon, they will go directly to your Kindle. If you’re stumped, just ask me to guide you. 🙂 xxx


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