Kindle the Reading Habit – All about Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

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I love reading and my kindle. I  recently added a second one since both me and my better half are voracious readers.  There is a good sale going on in Amazon and I got the 6″ Glare free touch screen display but in white. This is the 8th generation of Kindle.   I don’t think anything else comes close to the versatility Kindle provides and the Kindle Unlimited (KU) is a huge plus. Here are some frequent queries on Kindle and KU

The kindle paper white which I bought for Rs. 5000 does not have any glare and behaves just as any book. It has a good readable print and generally gives me everything including social media connectivity. I especially like the white which is now available.  Call me sacrilegious but since I have run out of physical space at home, I have started reading more in kindle. Now a hundred thousand books occupy 6 inch of space.

What do you like and why? Leave your comments

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Kindle

Q. What  file formats does the Kindle read?

A. Doc, PDF, KPF (Kindle Packaged Format), mobi, azw, HTML (zip, .htm or html). Many of them say the kindle reads epub but frankly it has never worked for me. My favourites are mobi and azw as they are  not file heavy and easily storable

Q. I don’t have any of these formats, what do I do?

Use a software called Calibre  which is free for use and can change from any format to kindle supported ones

Q. Can I only read books I bought on Amazon?

A. Not really. When you buy a kindle it comes with a data cable which allows external uploads through the computer. The free apps does not allow this feature.  With the free app available on android or IOS, you can only read books downloaded from Amazon.

Q. Is there a workaround for the free apps?

A. Yes there is.  Every user is assigned a kindle email id (xx@kindle.com) .  You can send the books to this address and it can be downloaded into the app.

Q. Are there free books available out there?

A. Amazon itself has a huge repository of free kindle books and the public domain itself has millions of free books. Look at  Project Gutenberg which has restored and digitized an unbelievable number of books from banned books to classics. If you get the PDF version you can read directly in Kindle but trust me, change it to either mobi or AZW and you will thank me.

 

Q. My screen broke or does not go to the next screen

A. If is it within the year of warranty you can request Amazon to send you a new piece and return the damaged one. But this is valid for one year only. You can also return your older kindle for some discounts from Amazon. You might have to drive a hard bargain through.

Q. Can I share my kindle unlimited account with my friends or family?

A. Ideally not an ethical situation to be in. If you are comfortable sharing your personal amazon details with them go ahead. I use two kindle devices one for me and one for my wife which has my account in both so she can take advantage of my kindle unlimited subscription.

Kindle Unlimited

Q. What is the cost?

A. The regular price is Rs. 199/- a month but watch out for some great deals. I had to pay only Rs. 1400 for the whole year !!

Q. Is Kindle Unlimited worthwhile?

If you are an avid reader but a fan of best sellers probably not the best option. I and my wife like to read some obscure books which are available on the unlimited.  It has a lot of popular books. The best part is the large collection of free audio books which are otherwise expensive to purchase. I got to read some of my favourite books and authors for free in KU

Q. Do I need to buy Kindle for Kindle Unlimited?

A. No !!!! 🙂    You can enjoy the  KU with  the free Kindle App available for Android or IOS

Q. What happens to the books taken as part of KU when the subscription ends?

The books are no longer available

Q. How many books can I “borrow” at a time from KU

A. Upto 10 books can be borrowed and for every new book the old ones have to be returned or removed from device

Whether its a kindle or book it’s more important that you inculcate the habit of reading.   Saying this I also leave you with another thought

The fact of knowing how to read is nothing. The whole point is knowing what to read

If you have some books I can help you with ( I have a huge pile from the free books of Project Gutenberg) contact me at books@phenomenalworld.in

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Very useful and informative post. But I am not a big fan of Kindle, thanks to my high myopia. I a big lover of bounded books.

    1. Pheno Menon says:

      Meena reads it at the highest font sometimes 🙂 Another advantage of resizing fonts maybe 😀

      1. I too do that. But bounded books are my favorites.

        1. Pheno Menon says:

          I used to love collecting hardcovers and had quite a collection. When I ran out of place, I tried selling them and found they are worth less than paperback as second hand 🙁

  2. Melody62 says:

    I don’t have one because I don’t read anyore, not able to anymore sadly enough.

    Wishing you lots of continuing fun !!

    Melody (ABC-W-team)
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    1. Pheno Menon says:

      An interesting response. What keeps you from reading?

  3. Parul Thakur says:

    I moved to Kindle last year because I did not have any space to keep books. I live in a small rented apartment and there was no scope to buy a book shelf. With a husband who doesn’t read – Kindle was a great buy. I love it 🙂

    1. Pheno Menon says:

      I have a huge pile of books in my hard drive for kindle. Let me know if you are looking at anything particular

      1. Parul Thakur says:

        perfect! I will 🙂

  4. Rachna says:

    I think it is time that I bought Kindle. I have still been only sticking to paper books. Having a library membership helps in that sense. 🙂

    1. Pheno Menon says:

      I have got comfortable with it

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