7 Ways to Take Full Advantage of Your Kindle

Joel Lee 04-08-2016

Despite what the purists might say, the Kindle has done a lot to modernize the reading experience, even to the point of allowing people to read more every year How to Use Your Kindle to Read More Books Many of us have a desire to read more books, but it's hard to find the time and inclination to do so. Your Kindle can help you achieve this goal. Here's how... Read More . Being able to effortlessly carry hundreds of books with you anywhere you go will do that.


Sadly, most people don’t know that there’s more to it than simply “buy on Amazon and read on Kindle”. Amazon offers a handful of services that can help you find new stuff to read and acquire those eBooks for significantly less money in the long run.

And the best part is that most of these benefits apply whether you’re using a Kindle device or a Kindle mobile app Should You Buy a Kindle or Just Use the Free App? Just about everyone owns an e-reader these days -- and most people own Kindles. But do you really need a Kindle when you can just use the Kindle app? Let's find out... Read More . So if you like eBooks, no matter who you are, you owe it to yourself to check out these Kindle services.

1. Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited grants you access to Amazon’s massive library containing millions of eBooks and thousands of audiobooks. As long as you’re subscribed, you can read as many eBooks and listen to as many audiobooks as you want every month.


Kindle Unlimited only costs $10-per-month. That puts it on par with services like Netflix and Hulu, and in a lot of ways Kindle Unlimited is basically “Netflix for eBooks and audiobooks” Scribd vs. Kindle Unlimited: Which Netflix for Books Is Best? There are slim pickings for those who want an all-you-can-eat service for eBooks, with Scribd and Kindle Unlimited the only two offerings left. So, which deserves your hard-earned cash? Read More , so if you prefer to get your entertainment from books than shows or movies, this is perfect for you.

Do you think it’s too expensive? 5 Reasons a Kindle Unlimited Subscription Isn't Worth Your Money A subscription service for Kindle ebooks sounds great, but Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited subscription isn't worth the money. Here's why. Read More Consider the fact that most best-selling books sell their Kindle versions for $10 to $15 a pop, meaning Kindle Unlimited is a steal even if you only enjoy one book per month!

2. Kindle First

Most people subscribe to Amazon Prime for the free two-day shipping and access to the Prime Video library 10+ TV Shows That Make Amazon Prime Worth the Money Netflix is undoubtedly the king of the movie and TV show streaming services. However, Amazon Prime has some fantastic television shows that make it worth the asking price. Read More , but there are so many other benefits to having a Prime membership 10 Awesome Amazon Prime Benefits You've Probably Overlooked Free two-day shipping is just the beginning. Here are some notable Amazon Prime subscription benefits you may not know about. Read More that may interest you — including the Kindle First program.


With Kindle First, you get an email every month with a choice of 4-6 books that are releasing next month, and you get to select one of them for free. In other words, you get free one-month-early access to a book every month! And yes, you keep the book afterwards.

Each month’s offerings are spread across multiple categories (e.g. Legal Thriller, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction Essays, etc.) so there’s a good chance that something will catch your eye every time.

3. Kindle Owners Lending Library

The Kindle Owners Lending Library (KOLL) is another one of the many benefits that come with a Prime membership and is accessible to anyone who has a full Prime account, a free Prime trial account, or an Amazon Student account (but not an Amazon Student trial account).

The KOLL allows you to borrow one book per month from Amazon’s vast library. You must return that book in order to borrow another book the next month, but once borrowed you can read a book as many times as you want before returning. No due dates.

4. Kindle Personal Lending

The ability for Kindle users to lend and borrow books from and to each other was a big feature when the Kindle first came out, but has seemingly been forgotten by many. That’s a shame because it’s such a useful feature if your friends are fellow bookworms.

There are some limitations and restrictions though, the biggest being that an eBook can only be loaned once. Once loaned, the borrower only has 14 days to read it before it must be returned. While loaned, the eBook cannot be read by the lender.

5. Kindle Public Library

The last big borrowing-based feature for Kindle users is the ability to check out Kindle eBooks from public libraries. According to Amazon, there are over 11,000 public libraries in the U.S. equipped to lend out Kindle eBooks in this way.


Such eBooks are offered through a service called Overdrive. Search for your library to see if they’re eligible, and if they are, then all you have to do is get a free library membership to start borrowing.

Every library will have its own unique selection of books on offer, and once borrowed you will need to return said books within a specific time period (usually 21 days).

6. Kindle Newspapers and Magazines

Amazon also offers a unique service for those who like subscribing to periodicals like newspapers and magazines. This feature, called Kindle Newsstand, is admittedly somewhat niche but surprisingly convenient.


You can essentially subscribe to individual newspapers and magazines through Amazon itself. Each periodical has its own price (e.g. The New York Times for $20-per-month) and each issue will be automatically delivered to your device(s) when made available.

Every subscription comes with a free 14-day trial, which is nice, and subscriptions can only be made using credit cards at this time.

7. Kindle Family Library

The last lesser-known Kindle trick that you should be aware of is the fact that Kindle users can benefit greatly from an Amazon Household setup: when two Amazon accounts are linked, they can share media using the Family Library.

Each account can designate whether they want to share ALL of their media or only select individual items. So what can be shared through the Family Library?

  • Kindle books.
  • Kindle audiobooks.
  • Kindle apps and games.
  • Access to Kindle Owners Lending Library.
  • Access to Prime Video streaming.

What can NOT be shared through the Family Library?

  • Kindle newspapers.
  • Kindle magazines.
  • Access to Prime Music streaming.
  • Music or video purchased or rented through Amazon.

Take Full Advantage of Your Kindle Now

We recently wrote about how avid book readers should get a Kindle even if they prefer real books Why You Should Buy a Kindle, Even If You Love Real Books In just one week I've been convinced that the Kindle is the future of reading. The Kindle offers everything you love about books, but with a few added extras that justify the whole expense. Read More and these Kindle benefits are just some of the many reasons why. Personally, I prefer eBooks because they’re so much easier to organize and carry How To Manage Your Ebook Collection For The Amazon Kindle With Calibre The biggest problem with an eReader like the Amazon's Kindle is that it requires unreasonable effort to move books between different devices. Before Kindle, I fell in love with Calibre. A bit on the heavy... Read More .

Thinking of grabbing a Kindle? Check out our conclusive guide to picking the right Kindle model Which Kindle Device Should You Buy? A Comparison Guide There are four different Kindle e-readers available to buy for various kinds of users. But which Kindle device is right for you? Read More . And if you’re a voracious reader, don’t be afraid of shelling out the cash for a Kindle Oasis 3 Compelling Reasons to Buy an Amazon Kindle Oasis Once you get over the shock of the price of the Kindle Oasis, you'll find that it actually offers a lot of bang for your buck. Here are three reasons to consider buying one. Read More . It may seem like a gimmick, but the improved ergonomics make it well worth the money.

Are there any other Kindle services that we missed? What do you love most about your Kindle? Or do you prefer physical books? Let us know by leaving a comment down below!

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  1. ARTPeg
    August 7, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I love my kindle! I am a voracious reader, sometimes 5-6 books a week. I have kindle unlimited which allows you to have 10 books at any one time. IF you want more than ten you pay full price. My only complaint is my new kindle paper white has no accessory light to read under low light conditions like my first kindle.