How to Organize Your Amazon Kindle: 7 Tips and Tricks to Know

Once you’ve downloaded a few dozen books to your Kindle, it becomes difficult to keep everything organized. Sorting through hundreds of titles to find what you’re looking for is no fun, which is why organizing your Kindle books is important.

By deleting, filtering, sorting, and using Collections, you can make it much easier to find the book you’re looking for. Here’s how to organize your Amazon Kindle through several simple steps.

1. Remove Kindle Books You Don’t Need

If you feel overwhelmed when you look at your Kindle, there’s a good chance that you need to get rid of some books. Your digital bookshelf can become packed over time thanks to books you’ve acquired through the many handy Kindle services. Since your digital books are stored in your Amazon account, you can always get them back after removing them.

On the homescreen, tap Your Library near the top-left to see a list of your books. Scroll through the list until you find a book you want to delete. You may want to tap the Sort button at the top-right, then choose List or Grid depending on your preference.

Tap and hold on the title or cover image, depending on your current view. You can also press the three-dot button that appears to the right of the book title in List view or at the bottom-right of the cover in Grid view.

From there, just hit Remove from Device to take the book out of your Kindle library. Note that it says “remove,” not “delete”. This is because you can restore the book later.

Kindle Remove From Device

Recovering Deleted Books

Even after you remove books from your Kindle, they’ll still show up under the All header in your library. To hide them, simply switch to the Downloaded tab. This will only show books that are on your device, making your library much easier to manage.

To download a book again in the future, just switch back to the All tab and tap a title to download it.

2. Sort Your Kindle Books

Once you’ve deleted a few books, it’s time to organize the rest of your Kindle library. The Kindle provides some sorting options that can make this a lot easier. For ease of use, we recommend using List view. Tap Sort at the top-right of the library and select List to show your titles in text form instead of showing their covers.

Kindle Grid List Views

Now, tap Sort again and choose one of these options to sort the books in your library. Recent will show you books in the order that you last opened them. Normally, this will show you the book that you were last reading at the top of the list. But if you tend to go back to flip through other books or look at highlights, the order will get messed up.

kindle sorting options

Title and Author are pretty self-explanatory: they both alphabetize by the chosen criteria. Collection is a bit different, though. You can put your books into Collections (the Kindle equivalent of folders), which we’ll discuss in a moment.

When you sort by Title, Author, or Recent, any book that’s in a Collection will still show up in the main library list. No matter how many Collections you have, those sorting methods will always show you every book on your Kindle.

Sorting by Collection, however, is different. Your Collections show up at the top of the list, and any books that aren’t part of a Collection show up below them. If you decide to use Collections to organize your books, this is definitely the best view.

3. Filter By Document Type

Also in your Library, you’ll see a Filter button at the top. This allows you to show only certain types types of content to further organize your Kindle.

Kindle Filter Options

The large list at the bottom lets you pick from the various document types: Books, Audible, Comics, Samples, Periodicals, Docs, and Collections. In case you weren’t aware, Periodicals holds magazines, newspapers, and similar. Docs holds any documents or websites you’ve sent to your Kindle, as well as your clippings.

You probably won’t need to use most of these, unless you have many different kinds of media on your Kindle.

After selecting one of these categories, you can use the Read and Unread filters to find books that you haven’t finished yet. And if you’re a Prime member, the Prime Reading section will show all the books you’ve downloaded as part of that program.

4. Take Advantage of Kindle Collections (Folders)

One of the best ways to keep your Kindle from getting overrun by books is to use Collections. Since they’re like folders, keeping your books organized in Collections makes it a lot easier to find what you’re looking for. To start, make a new Collection.

Tap the three-dot icon in the top-right corner under the clock to open the menu, then select Create New Collection at the bottom.

Kindle Create Collection

Type in a name for the Collection. You might make a Collection to hold the books you want to read next, titles by your favorite author, a certain genre, or some other criteria. Tap OK after entering a name to create it.

kindle new collection

After you create your Collection, your Kindle will prompt you to add books to it. Just check the boxes next to the books you want. This list sorts alphabetically by title, but if you’d prefer something different, you can use the Sort and Filter menus at the top to change the ordering. Hit Done at the bottom when you’re finished.

To add individual books to a Collection later, tap and hold on the title or cover, then select Add to Collection. Tap the box to the right of the Collection you’d like to add the book to (choosing multiple if needed) and hit Done when you’re finished. Since you can add one book to as many different Collections as you’d like, they can also function like tags.

kindle add collections

To get back to the multi-selection tool later, open the Collection from your library. From there, open the three-dot menu at the top-right and select Add/Remove Items. This menu also lets you rename the collection, remove it from your device, or delete it entirely.

Repeat the above steps to create as many Collections as you’d like. How you organize your Kindle library is up to you. Maybe you can categorize books by whether you’d like to read them again, if you want to share them, or similar.

5. Search Your Kindle Library

Even when your Kindle is highly organized, there are times when you can’t jump directly to what you’re looking for. In these cases, it’s faster to use the search bar at the top-right of your Kindle. Just start typing the book’s title or author, and you’ll see an instant list of results.

Items that show with a book icon are on your Kindle, while search terms with a shopping cart next to them will search the Kindle store for you. You can also select the Search Everywhere option at the bottom to see results from your library, the Kindle store, Goodreads, and other places.

Kindle Search

6. Utilize Reading Lists

Another handy organizational tool of your Kindle is the Reading Lists feature. While this won’t help you find a book that you bought years ago, it’s a good way to remind yourself of the books you want to read next. Tap Your Reading Lists at the top-right of the Kindle home page to access it.

Because of the link between Amazon and Goodreads, you’ll see both your Goodreads Want to Read list and Amazon wish list items directly on your Kindle. This page also shows any samples that you’ve downloaded to your Kindle. There’s a good chance that your reading list is also out of control, but that’s another story.

Kindle Reading List

7. Change Organization Preferences in Kindle Settings

While not extensive, the Settings menu on your Kindle lets you make a few changes to the homescreen layout. Tap Settings at the top, then All Settings to access the full menu. From there, go to Device Options > Advanced Options and select Home & Library.

Kindle Advanced Settings

Here, you can disable Home Screen View to hide the main page with your reading lists and recommendations. Disabling it means you’ll go right to the Library view instead.

The other option is Audible Content. This lets you choose between two options for displaying audiobooks on your Kindle. Show in Library and on Home will show audiobooks everywhere, just like regular books.

Change this to Show in Library Filter Only to hide them from view unless you select the Audible filter in your library, as mentioned above. They’ll also show normally if you downloaded an audiobook to your Kindle. This can help reduce clutter if you own a lot of audiobooks.

Keep Your Kindle Books Organized

Organizing your Kindle isn’t always easy, but it’s a worthwhile endeavor. Don’t let hundreds of books pile up on your device. With sorting, filtering, and Collections, you can turn an overwhelming library into a well-curated and easily searchable one.

Interested in doing more with your Kindle? Then check out our list of essential Amazon Kindle tips to get more out of your device. And if this isn’t enough management for you, consider trying the beloved Calibre ebook manager on your computer. We’ve looked at hidden Calibre features that make it extra powerful.

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The Kindle App for Android and iPhone: As Good as a Real Kindle?

Forget carrying books around in your bag. Don’t worry about ereaders. You don’t need a Kindle when you have a smartphone in your pocket. Because the Kindle app works extremely well.

With that in mind, here’s how to read books with the Kindle app for Android and iOS.

How Can You Use Kindle on Your Phone?

The Kindle ebook reading service has been around since 2007. Initially launched for dedicated ebook readers, access to the platform was then opened to PCs and smartphones. While Amazon launches a new Kindle ereader every year, you can also read Kindle books on other devices.

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Where Can You Get the Kindle App for Your Phone?

You’ll find the Kindle app for Android in the Play Store and Kindle for iOS in the App Store.

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Before opening the Kindle app, ensure you have an Amazon account set up. Note that if you have already signed into an Amazon service on your phone, the credentials should be accessible to Kindle.

Finding Books for the Kindle App for Android and iOS

With the Kindle app loaded up on your phone, you should be able to access your existing library of titles.

Simply launch the app and sign in when prompted. To purchase a book, either open the Store or check the list of recommendations. You’ll typically see things based on your previous physical book purchases if you’re new to Kindle.

Before purchasing a book, you can read the first chapter as a free sample to see if you’re going to like it. To do this, open the Store, browse for a book, then tap Download Sample to see if it suits you.

These screenshots from the iPhone version of the Kindle app show slightly different screens, demonstrating the book suggestion and library screens.

Free content is also available through the Kindle store. Mostly this consists of public domain works, such as classics released many years ago, and now out of copyright. You might also sign up to BookBub, a daily newsletter recommending free ebooks and heavy discounts currently listed on the Kindle store.

Read Magazines, Newspapers, and Comics on Your Phone

The Kindle app for Android and iOS is not just for books. You can also use it to read magazines and newspapers.

This makes it the go-to app for reading material on your smartphone.

In the Kindle Store you will find a Search feature. Use this to search for magazines and newspapers. Note that in most cases you will need to purchase a subscription to read them on Kindle.

You can also read comics on the Kindle app. Tap Store then scroll to the bottom of the list of categories. Tap More Categories > Comics and Graphic Novels. Here you will find a vast library of thousands of comics, graphic novels, and books about the industry.

Manga titles, plus books from DC, Marvel, and many other big publishers are available. You can either own comics or “borrow” them with Kindle Unlimited or Prime Reading.

Kindle Benefits for Amazon Prime Subscribers

Using a Kindle device or reading app as an Amazon Prime subscriber gives you a supercharged ereading experience. Note that different Amazon Prime subscriptions are available.

In 2020, Amazon launched Prime Reading, which is similar to Kindle Unlimited (see below). Both services let you “borrow” books; that is, download and have access to titles for a short time.

Titles on the Prime Reading list includes top-rated books which you can read for free. Some of these can be found in Amazon’s Top 20 list. To read a book with Prime Reading, browse to the Prime Reading section of the Kindle app (under Home).

Tap the book, then Read for $0.00 with Prime Reading. You’ll receive notification that the book will appear in your library once downloaded.

Get Books With Kindle Unlimited

If you don’t have an Amazon Prime subscription, don’t worry. Amazon also offers the Kindle Unlimited service.

Offering a huge range of books and magazines for $9.99/month, Kindle Unlimited lets you read pretty much anything you want. The range of titles available with Kindle Unlimited makes this good value for money. Better still, where available, Audible versions of your chosen books can be downloaded.

Imagine having an entire library of books in your pocket! Once added to your Kindle account, you’ll find Kindle Unlimited titles on your phone ready to read.

Useful Features to Enhance Reading in the Kindle App

The Kindle app for Android and iPhone isn’t all about buying and downloading books. Once you have actually started reading, the app offers a selection of features to improve the experience.

The Android Kindle app allows you to set the screen brightness, preferred screen orientation (landscape or portrait), font size, and background color. Line spacing, alignment, and page color can also be set.

With these options you can set your reading environment to make sure it’s just right for you. Just tap the center of the screen on your current book to display these options.

With the Kindle app, it’s possible to use the built-in dictionary to look up words as you’re reading. You can also use Google or Wikipedia to research a topic further. All you need to do is tap and hold a word to see the options available to you. Other options include making notes or even reporting an error.

Further settings let you toggle animated page turns, give you the option to turn pages with your phone’s volume buttons, and more.

If you have a Kindle or use the Kindle app for another device, you can sync reading across devices. This means you can read on your phone while commuting, then continue from the same page when you later switch to your Kindle device.

The Kindle app will sync bookmarks, furthest point read, highlights, and notes.

Forget the Kindle and Use the App Instead

Most smartphones have screens smaller than Kindle eReaders. So, while a Kindle will fit in your bag with ease, it will not necessarily fit in your pocket. Unlike your phone.

The argument for reading books with the Kindle app on Android or iPhone is clearly strong. Admittedly, the backlight might not be as kind on the eyes as the adjustable light of a dedicated Kindle ereader. However, despite this, reading an ebook on your phone is a great alternative to using a Kindle.

If you do own a Kindle, here’s how to use IFTTT to supercharge your Kindle.

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9 Essential Amazon Kindle Tips: Key Benefits to Take Advantage Of

Despite what fans of physical books may say, the Amazon Kindle has modernized the reading experience. It has offered people new ways to read books, and being able to carry hundreds of novels on a device you can keep in your bag is a Godsend.

However, most people don’t realize that there are benefits to owning a Kindle beyond the ability to buy an ebook on Amazon. So, in this article, we list some of the many Kindle benefits that let you take full advantage of your Amazon ereader.

1. The Benefits of Kindle Unlimited

Benefits of Kindle Unlimited

While Kindle Unlimited can have its ups and down in terms of quantity over quality, this program is a heavyweight in terms of reading options. It’s also one of the overwhelming benefits of owning a Kindle device.

For a nominal subscription fee, you’re granted access to Amazon’s massive digital library, which contains over 1 million ebooks. Its cheap price and huge library put it on a par with streaming services like Netflix, and Kindle Unlimited is basically a Netflix for ebooks.

So long as you’re subscribed, you can read as many novels as you want every month.

Still think that Kindle Unlimited is too expensive? Consider the fact that most bestselling ebooks sell for $10 a pop. This means that Kindle Unlimited is a steal even if you only enjoy one book per month.

When it comes to Kindle advantages and disadvantages, this is definitely the former.

2. Join the Amazon First Reads Program

Advantages of Kindle First Reads

Most people subscribe to Amazon Prime for the free two-day shipping and access to Prime Video. However, there are other Amazon Prime benefits you’ve probably overlooked.

One of those benefits is the Amazon First Reads program (formerly known as Kindle First).

With Amazon First Reads, Prime members get early access to one free Kindle book each month. You can pick a book of your choice from a pre-selected showcase of soon-to-be-released novels. In other words, you get one-month early access to one book every month of the year!

While most people can be picky over what they read, each month’s offerings are spread across multiple genres and categories. As such, there’s a good chance that something will catch your eye.

As an added bonus, you can also buy one of six pre-selected hardcover novels for a discounted price. Specific details can be found on the Amazon Prime benefits page.

Overall, Amazon First Reads is definitely one of the benefits of owning a Kindle.

3. Use the Kindle Owners Lending Library

Kindle Owners Lending Library KOLL

The Kindle Owners Lending Library (KOLL) is another one of the benefits of owning an Amazon Kindle. It’s accessible to anyone who has a full Amazon Prime membership connected to,,,, or an account.

With KOLL, you can borrow one book per month from Amazon’s vast library. You must return that book in order to borrow a new one the month after that. Once you borrow a book, however, you can read a particular book as many times as you’d like before returning it. Think of it like a modified library.

Note: KOLL is different from the Lending for Kindle feature, which we will detail next.

4. Lend Books With the Lending for Kindle Feature

Lend Your Kindle Ebook

Did you know that you can also lend books you’ve bought to family and friends?

The ability to lend books through Kindle was a feature that was advertised when Amazon released the first device. However, the Kindle Book Lending feature has seemingly been forgotten.

While this program does have its benefits, there are some major limitations. The biggest being that you can only lend a book once.

Once your ebook is loaned, the borrower has 14 days to read the ebook before it must be returned. While loaned, the ebook cannot be read by the lender.

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5. Use the Kindle Public Library

Benefits of a Kindle Public Library

You may be asking yourself, “Why should I get a Kindle when I have access to the library?”

Because you can use your Kindle as a literal library, too.

One of our favorite Kindle features is the ability to check out eligible ebooks from public libraries. This lending service becomes invaluable if you’re too busy to go into a library to grab a new book.

How does this Kindle Public Library service work?

  • This feature is only available in the US. Everyone else is out of luck.
  • The ebooks are offered through a service called OverDrive.
  • Through OverDrive, you can search for your library to see if it’s part of the program.
  • If it is, all you have to do is get a free library membership card at your library to start borrowing ebooks.

Specific instructions on how to borrow a library book can be found on the Kindle Public Library page.

Note: Not all public libraries participate in the Kindle Public Library program. For those that do, every library will have its own unique selection of books to offer. Once borrowed, you will need to return those books within a specific time period.

6. Read Kindle Newspapers and Magazines

Kindle Newsstand

If you like monthly nonfiction updates, Amazon Kindle also offers a unique service where you can subscribe to periodicals like newspapers and magazines.

This feature, called Kindle Newsstand, is somewhat niche but surprisingly convenient. Essentially, you can subscribe to individual newspapers through Amazon. Each periodical will have its own price tag attached, and each issue will be delivered to your Kindle when made available to the public.

7. Add Your Device to a Kindle Family Library

How to Share Books Amazon Household

One of the lesser-known advantages of Kindle is the fact that Kindle users can benefit from a Kindle Family Library.

Basically—when two Amazon accounts are linked—they can share their media using a feature called Amazon Household. Each account can designate whether they want to share all of their media, or only select items.

So what can be shared through the Kindle Family Library?

  • Audiobooks.
  • Kindle books with Amazon First Reads.
  • Kindle books with Prime Reading.

And what can’t be shared through the Family Library?

  • Kindle newspapers.
  • Kindle magazines.

If you have a close-knit family and you share the same tastes in books, then this might be a good option for you.

8. Try a Kindle Book Sample Before You Buy It

Kindle Book Samples

One of the best built-in features found in Kindle devices is the ability to download and read “samples” of ebooks prior to buying them.

There is no deadline for reading this sample, nor any payment up front. The samples are 100 percent free and can be easily deleted from your Kindle once you have read them. This allows you to dramatically decrease the risk of buying something that you don’t like.

How does it work?

  • When you browse the Kindle store through your device and click on a book’s info page, you should see a button beneath the book cover and price that says Try a Sample.
  • When you click on that button, the sample will be downloaded to your device, free of charge.

Samples are typically very short, usually no more than the first chapter (or two) of a book. Essentially, they’re long enough that you can decide whether the writing style within the book will be something that you’ll enjoy.

If you buy the book directly through your Kindle device, the sample will automatically convert itself into the full version of the novel.

9. Use Tools to Keep Your Kindle Books Organized

Create a Book Collection on Kindle

Lastly, one of the best ways that you can take advantage of your Kindle is not through some lending service, but through the organizational tools located on your Kindle itself.

While it’s great that each individual Kindle can carry tons of books, this collection can become unmanageable once you buy your first hundred or so novels.

To make it easier to browse through your books, you can organize your Kindle downloads into custom folders, which Amazon calls Collections. These folders can be named according to your personal tastes.

For example: I have two folders on my Kindle called “Complete” and “Currently Reading.” I use these two folders to sort through the books I’ve paid for and read, versus those books I’ve paid for but haven’t finished.

Additionally, you can organize the way that your Kindle Library displays these collections by clicking on Your Library > Filter through the Kindle homepage.

Basically, if you manually adjust how your Kindle organizes your files, it will make buying, finding, and reading those books a breeze.

Take Full Advantage of Your Amazon Kindle

All of these features are a great way to take advantage of your Kindle, even if you prefer printed books over digital ebooks. If you don’t have a Kindle, we also think these are great reasons to buy a Kindle, too.

And if you’ve already decided to buy a Kindle, be sure to check out our guide detailing how to choose the right Kindle for you.

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Woman Who Sold Access to Pirated Books on Dropbox Handed Suspended Sentence

Regular eBooks are among the cheapest items of digital content available to buy today but due to their cost, the underground market for academic textbooks continues to thrive.

Pirated textbooks are relatively easy to find on the open web and via dedicated pirate sites. However, some people are creating their own libraries in an effort to make money, offering online access to such material in exchange for a fee.

Danish anti-piracy outfit Rights Alliance (Rettighedsalliancen) has been homing on these for-profit pirates for some time and this week reported another success in a local court.

According to the group, which acts on behalf of a wide range of copyright holders, publishers included, routine monitoring for pirated content drew its attention to an advert placed on Den Blå Avis (The Blue Newspaper), Denmark’s largest buying and selling site.

For a fee of 20 kronor (US$2.91) it offered access to 115 digital copies of books usually sold by publishers including Gyldendal, Lindhardt and Ringhof, University of Southern Denmark, and Social Literature. The books were conveniently stored on Dropbox, with customers able to download them with minimum fuss.

With assistance from local police, Rights Alliance was able to have the advert quickly removed but also managed to identify the seller, a woman from the Vanløse district of Copenhagen. The group said that the woman admitted to the unlawful distribution of the content, which included books dedicated to physiotherapy.

This week her fate was decided by a court in Nykøbing Falster, which reopened for business on Monday after a closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Following a guilty plea, the court handed down a suspended sentence of 20 days in prison accompanied by a financial confiscation order.

The decision is being welcomed by Rights Alliance chief Maria Fredenslund who notes that such offenses carried out by individuals can have serious consequences, including police involvement and a criminal record.

“It is crucial that the police move quickly in these cases, as the extent of illegal activities can quickly increase if the rumor about the possibilities for free books spreads among students. Although it may seem innocent to copy a textbook and sell it to other students, it has serious consequences in a systematic way,” Fredenslund says.

The case and sentencing appear broadly similar to one previously reported by TF during October 2019. In that matter, a 26-year-old student also advertised illegal access to textbooks via the Blue Newspaper and was subsequently tracked down by Rights Alliance with assistance from the police.

While he sold access to books for a much higher fee (between US$12.50 and US$88.00) the Court of Fredericksberg handed down an identical 20-day suspended prison sentence plus a confiscation order. The man also entered into a settlement agreement with Rights Alliance. In 2019, another man tracked down by Rights Alliance in a similar case received a 30-day suspended sentence.

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Why You Should Buy a Kindle (Even If You Love Real Books)

If you’ve ever set foot in a bookworm’s bedroom, the first thing you’ll notice are the books. In fact, there are probably so many books that the dusty shelves are creaking under the weight of limited edition hardcovers and dog-eared paperbacks.

This lack of space can lead people to wonder what they should do with their own books. Fortunately, there are a host of brilliant ereaders available, with the Amazon Kindle being the best of the bunch. And these devices solve the problem of space.

And that’s far from the only reason to buy a Kindle, even if you’re a fan printed books. So, in this article, we tell you why you should buy a Kindle, even if you love “real” books.

1. The Single Biggest Reason to Buy a Kindle…

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Forget the Kindle Store. Forget the convenience of having thousands of books on a single device no thicker than a pencil. Put aside the robust, well-built hardware that survives even the most careless of users.

The single biggest reason why the Kindle is awesome is because it’s really easy to use. There’s no learning curve and very few bells or whistles.

Front and center of this reading experience is the screen itself. The Kindle Paperwhite, the most popular Kindle model, uses E Ink Carta technology. With a visual appearance similar to printed words on a sheet of paper, the Paperwhite also has a dimmable screen for reading late at night, and no glare on sunny days.

Additionally, the latest version of Amazon’s E Ink screens refresh almost immediately, so there’s little to no lag.

The Kindle battery can also run for weeks on end while slowly sipping electricity. This makes reading on a Kindle just as easy, if not easier, than reading a printed book.

Moreover, unlike old-school books:

  • You don’t have to worry about bent pages or bookmarks falling out; you’ll never accidentally lose your place in a story.
  • You can highlight passages without ruining the page, or see what other people have highlighted.

This winning combination of easy-to-use features has people reading far more than they otherwise would.

2. Should I Buy a Kindle If I Read at Night?

Should I Buy a Kindle If I Read in Bed?

Lots of us read late at night, but hardcover books aren’t always great for reading in bed. Having a lamp on for too long can also cause eye strain.

This is why Amazon Kindle is great for night owls.

The reason for this? In all modern Kindle devices (ranging from the Paperwhite to the Oasis), there are small LED lights located beneath the screen. This LED system makes sure the screen is lit up just enough for you to read late at night, but not enough that the backlight can disrupt your sleep schedule.

Sleep disruptions caused by backlights are common with phones and laptops, but with Kindle devices, the LED system has a natural, soft white light. It can be manually adjusted for the amount of illumination you require, which ensures that you get the best of both worlds: sleep and entertainment.

3. Why Get a Kindle When I Can Buy Books in a Store?

Why Get a Kindle?

Because you can buy even more books through the Kindle Store, that’s why.

Before we praise the Kindle Store, we want to say that we’re well aware that book lovers enjoy the act of browsing a bookstore to find new content. There’s something magical about wandering the aisles, only to find the perfect book on sale.

It’s hard to replicate that feeling of nostalgia and adventure in an online setting. Fortunately, having a Kindle doesn’t stop you from browsing the shelves. In fact, it will actually increase your ability to hunt for the best book.

The Kindle Store is much larger than most physical buildings. At the last count, it had millions upon millions of titles available, which is huge.

Additional facts about the Kindle Store:

  • You can download free book “samples” to read at a later date.
  • When you buy a book, titles are delivered to your Kindle in seconds.
  • Every day, Amazon sells a wide range of top-tier novels and non-fiction books at knockdown prices. Some of these sales can bring book prices down to $2 a pop, which means that the sales are pretty hard to resist.

Seriously, Kindle is by far the best platform to impulse buy books at all hours of the day, and find new content.

4. Should I Buy a Kindle If I Use Goodreads?

How Do I Use Goodreads on Kindle

In 2013, Amazon acquired the book-based social network Goodreads for an undisclosed sum. While this move was initially quite controversial within the Goodreads community, since then, Amazon has largely maintained a hands-off approach to running the site.

The only thing that’s really changed? Amazon has slowly integrated support for Goodreads into all of its Kindle devices, making Goodreads one of the must-have mobile apps for book lovers around the world.

So long as you bought your Kindle from a supported Marketplace, your device should automatically have a Goodreads icon at the top of the screen. Through this integrated app function, you can:

  • See what your friends are reading, and rate the books that you’re reading via Goodreads, too—all without putting down your device.
  • Additionally, you can share passages that you think are interesting or meaningful.
  • You can also see recommendations based upon books you’ve previously purchased or rated.

This is a huge plus for book lovers, especially if you’re looking for ways to easily contribute to this millions-strong community of bibliophiles.

Why Buy a Kindle? Because It’s Awesome!

The Amazon Kindle isn’t perfect, but then, what is? However, we personally feel the advantages of owning a Kindle far outweigh the disadvantages.

For the majority of people, a Kindle offers the ideal way to read ebooks. They’re easy to use, have a low physical footprint, boast a long battery life, and a large storage capacity. And they’re pretty affordable too.

There are also plenty of apps and sites that can improve your Kindle experience. So, if you have the time, we suggest you read up on them too.

Read the full article: Why You Should Buy a Kindle (Even If You Love Real Books)


Book Piracy Scandal at Australian Govt. Could Trigger Police Referral

Music and video piracy grab most headlines, but there’s also a thriving market for pirated copies of books.

Due to their small size, ebooks can be passed around without much trouble. With a file size of just a few megabytes, at most, they can easily be attached to an email.

This is also what happened with the memoir of former Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. Although the official release is today, the book was being sent round en masse over the weekend, reaching the highest levels of Australian politics.

While it’s understandable that Turnbull’s former colleagues want to read all the juicy details first, they are not allowed to. Passing around copies of the book without permission is considered piracy, that’s something lawmakers should be well aware of.

After discovering the unauthorized sharing, Turnbull and his publisher Hardie Grant, decided to take action. They identified a top adviser of Scott Morrison, the current prime minister, as one of the senders.

The publisher reportedly alerted its law firm which sent the advisor a cease and desist notice accusing him of sending pirated copies of the book to dozens of people over email.

“It has occurred on a massive scale. Further, that you are encouraging others to also distribute it. Such an act is calculated to cause irreparable harm and damage to my clients,” the notice, reported by The Age, reads.

The law firm urged the advisor to immediately stop this infringing activity and save all related communication for future investigation. This includes potential legal action.

“My clients will be proceeding against this malicious conduct and infringement of copyright immediately,” the publisher’s law firm wrote.

The strong language caused shockwaves across the highest echelons of Australian politics, with even the prime minister himself being asked to comment on the unusual piracy allegations.

While the current prime minister hasn’t personally commented, his advisor, identified by the Guardian as Nico Louw, did respond. Louw reportedly apologized for sharing a pirated copy of the memoir to 59 people.

The pirated book also became a hot topic at ABC’s political discussion program Insiders. There, Australia’s foreign minister Marise Payne said she “received and deleted” a copy herself, encouraging others “to do the same thing.”

This comment piqued the interest of the book’s publisher, especially because the minister refuses to say who sent her the book. Sandy Grant, a chief executive at the publisher, suggested they might even subpoena politicians to get more details.

The publisher wants to get to the bottom of the matter and Grant said they plan to make a referral to the Australian Federal Police.

“When I watch a senior government minister saying they received stolen goods but can’t help us know where they came from, you despair,” Grant said, quoted by SMH.

“The bookshops in their electorates are closed or struggling, our staff are working reduced hours or being stood down and they seem to see that theft as something they can ignore. Would they ignore someone stealing from the local servo?” he added.

It’s clear that many details are still missing from this story, but perhaps the subpoenas and a police investigation could fill in some gaps.

The publisher of the memoir sees itself as a victim here, which is understandable. However, it’s not all bad news. The piracy scandal is being picked up in mainstream media outlets throughout Australia, which is priceless free advertising.

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