The Kindle Paperwhite is one of the most feature-rich e-book readers available, and it makes it easier than ever before to take your favorite books on-the-go. Did you know there’s so much more you can do with the Paperwhite than meets the eye, though?
From checking the news to reading free books, the Paperwhite has plenty of hidden extras. Read on, and we’ll show you how to take your Kindle Paperwhite to the next level.
Take a break from reading with some games
Did you know you can play games on your Kindle? While the library is somewhat limited, Amazon’s list of Kindle games and active content provides a number of games like Monopoly and Battleship, calculator apps, and even interactive fiction, like the old Fighting Fantasy books.
Take a screenshot
Find a passage or image you want to share? Taking a screenshot with Paperwhite is easy. Put one index finger on one corner of the screen and your other index finger on the opposite corner. Then, push the fingers towards each other. The screen will flash, indicating that the screenshot was successful.
To share your screenshot, plug your Paperwhite’s USB cord into your computer. You can email the screenshot, post it to social media or treat it just like any other image file using your computer.
Get articles in your pocket
If you tend to save articles online, and then end up never reading them, Pocket to Amazon Kindle may be the solution. This service delivers your articles to your Kindle on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, or you can send them instantly. So, the next time you’re in a reading mood, you’ll have a nice stack of articles waiting for you. All you have to do is go to the Pocket to Amazon Kindle website and follow the on-screen instructions to set it up.
Get free books
Libraries aren’t just for paper book patrons. You can load up your Paperwhite with free books by borrowing from your local library using the free site Overdrive. All you need is your library card. Just choose your library on the site and check out some
Otherwise, there are a number of ways to get hold of free books for reading on your Kindle. From Amazon’s own store to the monolithic Project Gutenberg, we have a list of the best free Kindle books.
Organize your books
While reorganizing the books on your Kindle Paperwhite might not feel as satisfying as organizing the
Read PDF ebooks
If you download an ebook from somewhere other than Amazon, it’ll sometimes be a PDF instead of a MOBI file. Fortunately, these PDF ebooks are still compatible with your Kindle Paperwhite. First, make sure you have the Kindle app downloaded to your device and then log into it.
Next, download the ebook you want to your smartphone, navigate to the file, tap and hold the file name, and choose the Share option when it comes up. Choose Send to Kindle from the next list, and your ebook will automatically send to your Paperwhite through your Amazon Kindle account. If you don’t see it right away, though, don’t panic—sometimes it takes a few minutes to arrive.
If this process doesn’t work for you, you also have the option of converting your PDF ebooks to EPUB files. Here’s how.