Welcome back to Tech-Knowledgy, where your tech questions are answered! This week The Wonder of Tech received so many questions about Kindle and its Whispersync feature that I am dedicating the first section of Tech-Knowledgy to Kindle and Whispersync. If you don’t have a Kindle or have already mastered the art of Whispersync, feel free to skip that section and read the other questions instead. (Note: Whispersync allows a reader to sync Kindle books between devices. This means you can start reading on one device, say your Kindle, and pick up where you left off on another device, such as your Android phone.
Kindle/ Whispersync Questions
Q. Does it cost money to use Whispersync?
A. No, Whispersync is free to use, even if you are traveling internationally.
Q. Do you have to be connected to the Internet to use Whispersync?
A. Yes, both devices must be connected to the Internet for Whispersync to work.
Q. Does Audible use Whispersync for audiobooks?
A. No, Whispersync is just for Kindle books, not for audiobooks.
Q. If you buy a Kindle book, do you get a copy of the real book too?
A. No, you just get the ebook (though many would call the ebook a “real” book).
Q. Can you use Whispersync between two iPads?
A. You can use Whispersync between any two devices with Kindle apps.
Q. Do I have to be connected to the Internet when I’m reading a Kindle book?
A. No, you need to be connected to the Internet to download a book and to use Whispersync, but you do not need to be connected to the Internet to read a book on any device.
Q. Is there a data cap on my Kindle?
A. No, there is no data cap on the Kindle. Feel free to download as many books as you like!
Q. Can you read on your Kindle app when playing music on your iPhone?
A. Yes, you can do both at the same time on the iPhone.
Q. Do I need sign up for a data plan on my Kindle?
A. No. If you have a 3G + Wi-Fi Kindle, the data is included for free on your Kindle. No data plan is required.
Q. If I buy a Kindle book, where is it stored?
A. A Kindle book is stored at Amazon.com (or Amazon.co.uk or your local country’s Amazon website). When you download a Kindle book to a device, the book is stored on the device, but also remains at Amazon. If you delete a book from your device, but want to read it again later, you can always download is again from Amazon to your device.
Q. Do I need a Kindle to read a Kindle book?
A. No, Kindle apps are available for nearly all models of smartphones, tablets and computers. You can read your Kindle books on any or all of these devices and use Whispersync to sync between them.
Q. I’m really interested in the Virgin Mobile Plan you talked about in Smart and Cheap!, but I want to use my iPhone with it. Can I do that?
A. I wish that were possible. That would be my ideal situation, to have the amazing deal of unlimited data and texts with 300 minutes of talk time for $25 per month. Sadly, you cannot use the iPhone with the Smart and Cheap plan with Virgin Mobile. Virgin Mobile restricts the use of its network to the phones that it sells, though currently that selection includes two models of Android phones.
Q. I need to print out emails often but when I press Control + P, I get a print of what’s on the screen instead of what is in my email. Is there a better way of printing my emails?
A. Yes, Control + P (or Apple + P on Mac computers) is a shortcut that will allow you to print files. This may include images that you don’t want on your screen but leave out other things that you want to print. Shortcuts are great, but they have their limitations.
When you need to print an email, don’t use the Control + P shortcut or File => Print on your toolbar. Instead, open the email you want to print and click on the Print button within your email program. This way you only print the email and not the other text and images on the screen.
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