With the school year coming soon, you may be looking ahead to ways that tech can help you do your best. Amazon Kindle books offer plenty of features that may make your studying easier, more efficient and less expensive. You may find these features handy even if you’re not currently a student!
Here are 10 ways that Kindle can help you do better in school this year:
No worries about accidentally leaving your books at home or at school. Your Kindle books are with you wherever you go. Use Whispersync to sync to where you left off reading on any device. Your notes and highlights are synced too.
You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books.
You can read Kindle books on your computer, smartphone, and tablet. Whatever device you’re reading this article on you can read a Kindle book on.
☞ See, How to Read a Kindle Book on a Computer for more information on how you can read Kindle books on your computer.
Search books, terms, notes and highlights. You can study effectively by searching for terms in a chapter, characters in a book or other mentions of a concept. You can find quotes easily by using Kindle’s search feature.
Whispersync for Voice
Whether you’re trying to finish up your Summer Reading List before the start of school or have trouble focusing on the text in a book, check out Whispersync for Voice. With this handy feature, you can listen to an Audible audiobook while you’re reading a Kindle book. The words are highlighted in the Kindle book as the narrator reads them aloud. You can slow down or speed up the narration according to your reading speed.
You can also switch back and forth between reading a Kindle book and listening to an Audible book without losing your place.
Whispersync for Voice is available on Kindle Fire tablets and is now available on updated Kindle apps for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and Android devices.
☞ See, Whispersync for Voice: The Marriage of Kindle and Audible for more details on this handy feature.
Changeable Fonts and Backgrounds
With Kindle books you can change the size and look of fonts to make reading easier on your eyes. If the text of a book is too small for you to read comfortably, change the font to bigger and avoid eye strain.
Kindle apps and the Kindle Fire let you change the color of the background so you can read on a white, black or sepia screen.
☞ See, Fixing Your Font Size! for more information on how to change font sizes.
Use Kindle’s built-in dictionary to look up words with minimal interruption to your reading. You can also see definitions of terms in Wikipedia.
A recent update to Kindle software lets you keep track of words you’ve looked up and combines them into note cards so you can study them efficiently.
Send to Kindle
You can send other documents to your Kindle to read them easily. Use a Chrome or Firefox extension or email a document to your Kindle email address to make the document available for reading on your Kindle ereader or Kindle app on your mobile device or computer. Send to Kindle handouts, syllabuses, schedules and more to have them handy in one place.
You can even send this article to your Kindle ereader or app using the Send to Kindle button below!
☞ See, Send to Kindle — eRead (Almost) Anything for more information on Send to Kindle.
X-Ray for Kindle books can help you keep track of ideas, characters, and important places in books. This tool will show you chapters and locations in a Kindle book where these are mentioned. X-Ray for Books also provides background information, biographies, and other facts from websites such as Shelfari, Wikipedia. and YouTube.
☞ See, Kindle X-Ray – Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge for more information about Kindle X-Ray.
Save Money on Books
You may be able to save money by purchasing Kindle versions of your textbooks instead of the print versions. Compare the print versus Kindle versions of books to see if you can save money on school books.
Some Kindle textbooks are available to rent, saving you up to 80% off the cost of buying textbooks. See Amazon’s page on renting textbooks for more information.
☞ See, Load Your Kindle Lightly! for inexpensive ways to get Kindle books.
Enjoy distraction-free reading with Kindle FreeTime on Kindle Fire tablets. You can set timed goals for your reading and earn badges to encourage your progress. With Kindle FreeTime, you can limit the use of the Fire to a limited time for apps, games and videos, but allow use for an unlimited time for reading books.
Highlights and Notes
You can take notes and add highlights to Kindle books. On the Kindle app and Kindle Fire tablet, you can color-code your highlights for easier studying. You can sync and search your notes and highlights so you have them with them wherever you are and can find what you’re looking for quickly.
You can turn those notes into flashcards on your Kindle to help you study more efficiently.
No worries about heading to the bookstore or waiting for a book to be delivered. You can download a Kindle book in less than a minute.
Lighten Your Load
Backpacks can get overloaded with heavy textbooks. Lighten your load by using Kindle books which weigh nothing!
Do you use Kindle books to help you study? Which features of Kindle books work best for you? Do these features help you even if you’re not a student? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Tablets and phones image by Zak Mensah
Carolyn is away from the Internet enjoying her Kindle books. No need to fret, Wonder of Tech articles will be published while she’s away. She will return August 25 to respond to comments.