No way I could have completed a blog challenge and not use K to talk about Kindle and Kindle Direct Publishing.
But I’m not going to talk about it’s merits. What I’m going to talk about instead are a couple of hacks people seem to be missing when using it.
Subscribing to blogs on the Kindle
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You can find a full listing of blogs that are available on the Kindle here.
Emailing yourself documents
While it’s great that you can buy books with one click and download them to your Kindle, if you’re not buying from Amazon, all is not lost. As long as you’ve got the right formats, you can email yourself books. You can even do it when you don’t have a Kindle, just the app.
To do so. Log into Amazon in the territory you live in. Go to ‘Manage your Kindle’ (it’s in the ‘Your account menu) , then to personal document settings. There, you should see a list of places you use your Kindle app/your kindles. You can set one email address for each place, OR use the first one.
Also, whitelist your emails on this screen, so it doesn’t say you’re not allowed to email to it. You can also add certain sites to it, such as Netgalley etc.
Once you’ve got it, tuck a free between the @ and Kindle (so it’s @free.kindle.com). If the document emails no problem, but doesn’t show up, go back into Manage your Kindle, look at ‘all items’ or ‘personal documents’ and tell it to go to the device you want to use. Or search for it in app. Either way, it’ll ‘push’ eventually.
Kids and Kindles
Do not underestimate the power of KindleFreetime, but do still watch them. Even disabled, my teen managed to break out of Kindle Freetime and download Facebook.
And there you have it. What neat tips do you have for the Kindle?
D Kai Wilson- Viola is a prolific and often intensely fun writer. Her favorite genres are Sci-Fi, where her Darkness series is set, Fantasy, where she writes up actual play from RPGs she never got to run, urban fantasy, mostly inspired by her bad idea bear (aka her partner, Tempus, and mental health advocacy, as she’s got a raft of diagnoses, none of them particularly pleasant, but none that tend to hold her down for long either
When not writing, and still *thinking* about writing often enough to get caught out, Kai can be found training with her beloved at the Ludosport Academy they belong to, hanging out with family and friends gaming, or enjoying exploring parts of the world they’ve got access to at the time.
A nature and animal lover, Kai is a writer because she has to, because she loves it, and because it’s fun. She is the mother of two cats, two adults and lives in the Cotswolds, UK, with her beloved.