So your Kindle locked up. Ever notice that it doesn’t have a CTRL key? So how do you give it the 3 fingered salute, CTRL-ALT-DEL? Actually, all you do it hold the power key in for a minimum of 15 seconds, and it will eventually reset itself from there. Don’t freak out because it flashes during the reset, that’s normal.
Ever wished that the Kindle would turn the pages for you? Give that thumb a well needed rest? Well, you lazy son of a gun, this tip is for you! Turn on Text To Speech, turn the volume all the way down, play with the speed until it kinda matches your reading speed (press the Aa button to speed up or slow it down.), and voila! Insta-lazy! Yes, I just made that word up, you read it here first. This tip is also for folks that for one reason or another, i.e. carpal tunnel, really do need to give that thumb a break. It’s also a pretty good tip for those with a broke thumb. Ouch!
This doesn’t work on all books, as some publishers think that someone is going to record the Kindle reading their precious book aloud, then make a zillion dollars selling it on eBay or whatever. Some publishers need a clue.
Alt + B, Bookmark the page you are on.
Alt + F, skips to the next MP3.
Alt + G, Gets rid of Ghosting. Doesn’t always work, but that’s because there really are ghosts in your Kindle.
Alt + Home, Kindle BookStore.
Alt + Space, Start playing MP3s.
Alt + R, Reloads a web page in the Kindle Browser.
Alt + Shift, Selects the address bar in the Kindle Browser.
Alt + Shift + 1 thru Alt + Shift + 9, Change spacing between words/lines, won’t change the font size. Low numbers = low spacing, high numbers = high spacing.
Alt + Shift + G, Screen shot of your Kindle. To see it, plug the usb into your computer, browse to documents folder’. Pictures begin with, “screen_shot.”
Alt + Shift + M, (from home) Starts Minesweeper game.
Alt + Shift + M, (from home) then G Starts Gomoku game.
Shift + Sym Toggle Text To Speech on and off.
Spacebar Pause and unpause Text-To-Speech, audiobooks, podcasts.
Menu, Check free space, the time, WhisperNet connection speed.
C. Actual size.
E. Reset zoom level.
Q. Zoom in.
R. Rotate 90º to the right.
W. Zoom out.
When you add new books to your Kindle, it indexes them to make searches faster.
Sometimes a particular ebook gets corrupted, and the indexing process gets stuck. If you do a search for some gibberish , i.e., “ngfjksg” while it indexes it will show the status of the indexing. This is helpful to see if the indexing is stuck. If it is, delete the ebook, and resend it to the Kindle.
“Kindle’s wireless signal uses low power while in sleep mode so that your subscriptions can download overnight. If you are in a low coverage area, this could cause the device to use more battery power as it continually tries to maintain a signal. Unless you are subscribed to periodicals that you want to receive overnight, we recommend turning wireless off (Press the Menu button and select “Turn Wireless Off” of the menu options) before leaving the device in sleep mode. This will further conserve battery power.”
So, no subsciptions, no wireless!
Also, the Kindle battery does NOT need to be drained before recharging. It doesn’t have the memory effect.
Amazon recently started allowing folks to lend out their ebooks they purchased. No, really, they did! This entirely depends on how the author / publisher set it up with Amazon. If you lend out a book, it is for 14 days. You can’t read it until the 14 days expires. Imagine that! No more worrying if you get your book back!
You can read the Amazon book lending FAQ here.
Someone created a Kindle book loaning club. Wow! That didn’t take long! Join up here.
Guess what? There is a free service that lets you save the location of an article you are reading in your computer browser, then the service sends the article to your Kindle 3 for free over wi-fi (if you own a previous Kindle version, you may get charged for delivery). No really, it’s true! It’s called ‘Instapaper’, and what you need to do is, create an account on the InstaPaper Website. Then go to Here, and set it up. You will need to be armed with your Kindle’s email address. You do know it, don’t you? No? Then open up a new tab in your browser, log into Amazon.com, and find the ‘Manage Your Kindle’ page, that is where your Kindle’s email is. Don’t log off just yet, you need to do something else in a sec…
Switch back to Here, and fill in your Kindles
Well, I have finally decided to enter the fray of which eReader is better. Why do I want to further stir up that hornets nest? It’s because I see people making arguments that essentially boil down to (for example), “The Nook color is better because it’s in color!”. No kidding, I’ve seen entire articles that went on and on about color LCDs and how they were gonna take over the eBook market. Of course, there was no mention of the 2 most basic reasons why LCDs won’t take over the eBook market, namely:
1) Battery Life: The Kindle gets up to a month. The Nook color gets up to 8 hours.
2) Weight: The Kindle comes in at 8.5 ounces. The Nook color at 15.8 ounces.
And of course no mention of how great the near universal access to the web the more expensive Kindle 3G models have. I can download sat images off Google Maps from practically anywhere (look for the link from Tip #1). Or check my email from practically anywhere. I can indeed check out library books on the Kindle, something I constantly read that I can’t do. But seriously, these are reasons I like the Kindle, and you may have reasons why you like Brand X. So this post will be to help decide which is best for you. I won’t declare a winner. The winner for me is the one I purchase, just as the one you purchase is the winner for you. For some folks, rooting the Nook color is all they want.
So here is a comparison of features between the Kindle and the Nook(s):
Free Intenet 3G browsing on more expensive version of Kindle
Wifi connection on Kindle 3
Memory: 4GB with Kindle, no additional slot
Battery Life: up to 30 days
Weight: 8.5 ounces
Display: Latest Pearl e-ink display
Display Size: 6 inches
Operating System: Linux – proprietary
Lend Books: Yes
Physical Keyboard: Yes
3G allows for purchasing books, available only on more expensive Nook. No internet browsing
Memory: 2gb with microSD expansion slot up to 16gb
Battery Life: up to 10 days
Weight: 11.6 ounce on Nook Wi-Fi, 12.1 on Nook Wi-Fi & 3G
Display: older e-kink display
Display Size: 6″ diagonal
Operating System: Android
Lend Books: Yes
Physical Keyboard: No
Memory: 8gb with microSD expansion up to 32gb
Battery Life: up to 8 hours
Weight: 15.8 ounces
Display Size: 7″ diagonal
Lend Books: Yes
Physical Keyboard: No
I’ll be updating this post occasionally to add more models, so stay tuned!
Do you find that managing your Kindle book collections from your Kindle is a bit clunky and troublesome, at best?
There is a beta going on for the Kindle Collection Manager, a program that allows you to manage your Kindle ebook collection from your PC. Just register for the beta, and he’ll send you a link to download the program. This is definitely something that should have come with the Kindle! Are you listening, Amazon?
OK, so the Kindle isn’t known as a gaming machine. And for good reason. However, sometimes you just want to goof off a little, so here is a way to find free games for your Kindle.
Go to the Amazon Kindle store, search for ‘game’, and then sort the results by ‘Price: Low To High’. Look through the selection for games until the price goes above $0.00. Free games you can download to your Kindle include:
Jumble – 3 Free Puzzles
Check back every once in a while, they sometimes add another one.