This post includes kindle productivity tips and tricks that save you time and money. Let’s start with time saving kindle tips and shortcuts.
Kindle Productivity Tips
There are a lot of ways to save little bits of time when using Kindles. Do add your own to the list –
- Clear out whatever you’ve typed (use judiciously) – Alt+Delete.
- Quick Search – When Searching a book, just type in your search term to automatically bring up search, and then instead of moving over to the ‘find’ button, just press enter.
- Navigate Home Page Books List quickly – ‘Number’ (1, 2, 11, etc.) + clicking 5-way (or pressing enter) takes you to that page of book listings.
- Quicker notes –
You can start typing in notes BEFORE the note shows up.
* If you want to add ‘great chapter’ at the start of a chapter just press the 5-way to begin a note/highlight.
* You can type in ‘great chapter’ using the keyboard BEFORE the note field shows up.
* You can also press down on the cursor and click the 5-way to save the note BEFORE the ‘save note’ field is highlighted.
You can literally save a one alphabet/digit note in 1 second with this (navigate to note location, click 5-way, type in ‘a’, press 5-way down, click 5-way – the note is done ;) ).
- Quick Delete – On Home Page or any book listing page, simply press left on the 5-way cursor to get a Delete button. Press 5-way to confirm.
- See The Time, Free Space Left – Press Menu on Home Screen or in any book to get these at the top of the page. Kindle 1 – use Alt-T.
- See Day, Date and Time (Courtesy Andrys as are the next two) – Press Enter on the home page to bring up search and then type in @t and press enter again.
- Search a phrase or name quickly –
Begin a Highlight that includes term you want to search for. Instead of pressing the 5-way controller to save the highlight, press space bar or any keyboard key.
This will open up a search box with your highlighted term.
Just press Enter to search.
- Copy-Paste into a note (also from Andrys’ Kindle World) –
Begin a Highlight that includes the text you want to add in the note. Then instead of pressing the 5-way controller to save the highlight, press space or any key to bring up search field.
Navigate to the right in options to get to Note, and save a note.
- Quicker Restart – Instead of holding the power button for 15 seconds, just use Home Page > Menu > Settings, and then Settings Page > Menu > Restart. For Kindle 1 it’s Alt+Shift+R.
- Travel Tip – the Kindle Power Adapter works worldwide. You do need a physical adapter to match the plugs in different countries.
- Use the Free Kindle Calendar and Kindle Weekly Planner.
- MP3 Tips –
* Alt+F for Forward (next).
* Alt+Space (Kindle 2) or Alt+P (Kindle 1) for Pause/Restart.
- Read To Me Tips –
* Start and End Read To Me – Shift+Sym.
* Pause and Restart Read To Me – Spacebar.
- Use tags to create folders (sort of) – kindle folder workaround.
These tips are focused on helping you do things faster. For general kindle tips take a look at –
- Kindle 2 Tip List – Kindle 2 shortcuts, tips and more.
- Kindle DX Tips – Still evolving so please do leave your kindle dx tips.
- Kindle 1 Tips – This includes a few tips that might come in handy for Kindle 2 and Kindle DX users too.
Kindle Money Saving Tips
Although having 300K+ books available with 1-click is super dangerous, you can use these money saving tips to limit the damage –
- You get an email for every purchase. One super effective way to un-trivialize every $9.99 purchase (courtesy Milton H. Erickson) is to make a note of the email on a sticky note (perhaps even keep a running count).
- Check the Free Book offers section of this blog. 5+ free books a month (10+ in June) and cheap independent books combine for kindle money saving.
- Set a Budget and stick to it –
Buy a kindle gift card every month that matches your budget – only use the card throughout the month.
Alternately, use a program like Mint or Quicken or Microsoft Money to monitor your Kindle Store purchases.
- Frontload Free and Cheap Books –
- Free Books in the Kindle Store – At Book Monk, you can search through kindle store free books (or just new, free books).
- Books under $2 thread at Amazon – This is new, upcoming authors who are selling their books for under $2.
- If you want free public domain books beyond the 7,000+ offered in the Kindle Store, check out Many Books.
Make this tip even more effective by setting up a hassle that’ll remind you to read a free book a week.
- Set ground-rules to ensure you aren’t buying too much or more than you can read. Pick one or more of –
* No purchases if you have more than 3 unread books.
* Must download and finish a sample before buying the full book.
* No more than 1 purchase a day or week rule.
* Wait one day rule. Just set a reminder to buy it tomorrow.
Will add more Kindle money saving and time saving tips as they surface. Do send in what you find to be effective. Thanks!