Monday, May 9, 2011

Kindle Tip! Changing the Kindle Primary Dictionary

When you first buy a Kindle, it is equipped with a standard dictionary The New Oxford American Dictionary with over 250,000 entries and definitions.  The great thing about the Kindle default dictionary is that you can look up a word in a book you are reading without turning a page... just scroll to the word and the definition appears at the bottom of the screen. For more info, see  Tip #12: Using Dictionary Look Up on Kindle

But what if you want a different dictionary? If you find the current Kindle dictionary inadequate or you want a more specialized dictionary, you can easily change it! For example, if you want a language dictionary, or one that is specific to the Bible, you can load your Kindle with several and change the Primary one depending on what you need, whenever you need it.

How to change the default primary dictionary

It's very easy to change to and from different dictionaries.

Step 1. Buy and download your new dictionary. Make sure that it can be used as a Primary or Default Dictionary on Kindle. If it can be, it will say so in the product description on Amazon.
Step 2. From Home page, Click Menu, Settings then Click Menu again.
Step 3. Scroll to "Change Primary Dictionary".
A new screen appears with your options. Scroll to the one you want and click enter.

Dictionaries available

WordNet 3 (largest English dictionary and thesaurus)  
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition
Italian-English Dictionary (Italian Edition)

Merriam-Webster's French-English Translation Dictionary, Kindle Edition 

Easton's Bible Dictionary for Kindle (instant definition lookup while reading any Bible) (Updated)
Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE)


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  2. Note, every Kindle version is not the same, they do not all support this. Free Kindle reading apps also do not support this.