Monday, September 8, 2014

Kindle Tip: Found a Kindle? How to find the owner

If you find a Kindle, Amazon will not/ cannot give out owner information. It causes a fair bit of complaint when the person who has lost their kindle finds out that Amazon won't help the finder but for privacy reasons, they simply won't.

So if you find a Kindle and call Amazon, their advice tends to be turn in to lost & found, give it to the police, or send to kindle recycling.

My advice is to first do a little detective work. There are various places you might be able to locate the details of owner.
  • Remove the case or cover. I have seen many kindles with a sticker on the back, giving the phone number/ address of the owner
  • Turn it on. Sometimes people put their name and phone number in the "device name" to appear at the top of the homepage. {learn how to do that with this old tip}
  • Check the menu settings, device information.  Several kindles have a section for personal info where people record name, number, email address etc. It is a little buried in the menus (why?!) but it is there.
  • Check the registration info. Many kindles state email address of the account holder in the Registration section within the menu settings. Kindles are registered to an amazon account by email address and this is listed in the Registration section.
    Note: Don't use the "Kindle's email address" that ends with - that won't work, you need the person's actual email address.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Free music on your Kindle Fire

There are a couple of ways to get free MP3s from Amazon for your Kindle Fire.

1) Browse the MP3 section for the FREE MP3s
This is quite limited but with the benefit of owning the music you download.

2) Amazon Prime members can download music on Kindle Fires or any device with the Prime music app.

Simply find the song or ready made Playlist from the Prime Music link then Add to Library.
On your kindle, to play without wifi connection, Tap & hold > View Album > tap download & store it on your device!
Works for phones and MP3 players also.

More How To info & videos can be found here (view details)

Note that you must be an active Prime member and have a US Billing address to keep this music in your library.

To learn more about the features of Prime or to start a 30 day free trial, visit this link or got to

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Kindle tip: Device versus cloud

Device versus Cloud

All Kindles have 2 views:

1) the device view
This shows items that are downloaded onto the kindle and stored in its memory. You can access these at any time.

2) the cloud view (called archives on older kindles).
This shows items that are stored on the amazon server but not necessarily on your device. You may only access these when you have a wireless connection.
Some kindles show a check mark against the item if its on the device. Others show a down arrow, meaning you can tap to download to your Kindle.

For ereaders, you can sort Device view items into collections. For updated Paperwhites and Touch you can also organize your cloud books into collections. The titles show up in your Device View but are grayed out so you can tell they are only in the cloud.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kindle Tip: Read While Your Book Ships

I am not sure if I will ever use this feature, unless I was sharing a physical book with someone in my family who prefers paper. But you might like it, and it was included in the recent round of updates so I am sharing the news with you!
Read While Your Book Ships

You can now start reading a sample of the beginning of your physical book purchase on select Kindle devices and reading apps.

    Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"
    Kindle Fire HDX
    Kindle Fire HD 2nd Generation
    Kindle Paperwhite 2nd Generation
    Kindle for Android
    Kindle for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
    Kindle Cloud Reader
    Fire phone

This feature is available for select titles.

To read your sample:

    After you purchase a new, physical book from Amazon, select Start Reading on the Thank You page. This opens the sample in Kindle Cloud Reader and saves it in your account.
    After you select Start Reading, the sample will appear in the Cloud tab of your Kindle device or reading application.
  For Kindle Software updates, visit Amazon at this page