How to Use Your Kindle to Read More Books

Mihir Patkar 09-06-2016

If you like reading books, you need a Kindle. There are really no two ways about it. You might need some help choosing the right Kindle 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 , but Amazon’s eBook reader has outclassed all others at this point.


More importantly, anyone who likes to read books will find themselves reading more often once they get a Kindle. Unsolicited responses are the best indication, right?

Naturally, Kindle’s ease of use, long battery life, and instant buying ability means it’s more likely to get you reading books you want to read. But there are some other tips and tricks you can employ to read more books than you ever have before.

The 10% Rule

Like many others, Sam Thomas Davies got a Kindle to read more books. The author of habit-reformation book Habits of Change came up with a simple daily ritual to increase his word consumption: The 10% Rule.



The only thing you need to commit to is reading 10 percent of a book every day. Remember, Kindle doesn’t count progression in pages, it counts it in percentages. And 10 percent isn’t as large an amount as it seems. You’re free to read 10 percent in one sitting, but you can also chop it into installments. For instance, if you commute to work every day, split it into 5 percent of the book each way.

Of course, 10 percent will change depending on the length of the book. Try reading 10 percent of one of the A Song Of Ice and Fire books in a day and you won’t get anything else done. In that case, feel free to turn that 10 percent into a more manageable number. Davies advises reading when your energy is at its highest, so you don’t succumb to decision fatigue How Decision Making Skills Are Vital for Life Even before you know it, a decision creeps up on you. For a happy and productive life, decisions have to be managed. Let's talk about strategies to get better at making good decisions. Read More .

One Place, One Routine


If you want to read more books every year 5 Tips To Read More Books Every Year There are just so many amazing books out there. To never have finished at least some is a regret waiting to be felt. Forestall it by reading more and reading smart with the following tips. Read More , then make it a habit by setting aside some time or place for it every day. It’s pretty much vital to your quest.


This could mean something as simple as keeping your Kindle in your bathroom so that it’s part of your routine when you answer the call of nature. Instead of fiddling with your smartphone, use your “throne time” to boost your brain. Pair it with the 10 percent rule or a smaller percentage and you’ll get into the habit of reading every day. Just remember to buy a waterproof cover though!

We’ve got plenty more advice on how to form a new habit and stick with it How To Form A New Habit When It Seems Too Hard To Keep Going Habits don't form overnight. Every year, we make these resolutions that call for major changes. If you want a new habit, you need to be ready for pitfalls and how to overcome them. Read More , so if you’re serious about reading more, make it a part of your daily routine.


Read More Than One Book at a Time


I know what you’re thinking. “I can barely get through one book, and this loon is telling me to read two simultaneously?” But hear me out.

Think of books like your favorite music or TV shows. Sometimes, you’re in the mood for Breaking Bad, but sometimes, you just want some mindless reality TV entertainment like Keeping Up With the Kardashians. You might also enjoy classic rock days, and then some electronica days. So why should books be any different?


The Kindle’s biggest benefit is that you can store multiple books on it, and it automatically remembers your last reading position on them all. That’s a big advantage, so make the most of it. As Redditor kaylakoo says:

I like reading multiple books at once. So while I want to read on my break, I don’t know which one I’ll want in the morning when I’m leaving. Kindles let me have my entire library with me at all times.

Download two or more books from different genres, like one humorous, one thriller, and one biographical. Then pick a book based on your mood. You can find free, unlimited content for your Kindle How to Find Free Unlimited Content for Your Kindle Looking for more things to read on your Kindle? Here are all the websites, tools, and tips to fill your e-reader with high-quality free content that will keep you reading for hours Read More , so there’s no reason not to load it up with a big library.

Ignore Bestsellers and Peer Pressure

One of the biggest hindrances to reading more books is that you think you ought to have read a famous book that everyone is raving about, even if it isn’t really to your taste. Shed the social pressure that a “bestseller” carries, and read only those books that are recommended by trusted sources.


As well as launching the Kindle, Amazon acquired Goodreads, a social network for book lovers An Unofficial Guide to Goodreads for Readers and Writers I am digital marketer who works in traditional publishing, and I am also a writer. And though I am not self-published, I have two words for those who are: Goodreads STAT. Read More , which acts as a recommendation engine. Whenever you finish a book on your Kindle, it is marked as read in your Goodreads catalog. Over time, this builds your reader profile, which lets Goodreads recommend books you’ll like.

Alternatively, you can find other people on Goodreads who share your tastes, and see what they’re reading.

Personally, I trust my own network of friends and family, and you should do that too if you are surrounded by bookworms. I know the tastes of my friends and family, and I’ll choose to accept or ignore recommendations based on the history of our common likes and dislikes.

Remember You Don’t Need to Finish Books


This is the one point where so many of us trip up. A book feels like a commitment. It’s an intellectual pursuit where you feel like you ought to see it through to the end, whether or not you’re actually still interested in it. Well, it’s time to get over that habit.

In our tips to read more books Want To Read More This Year? Here Are 10 Ways To Do It Spending more time reading isn't always easy. But think of the benefits -- escape and de-stress, learn new things, connect with people, think in new ways, and gain new insights. Read More we suggested you shouldn’t finish books you aren’t enjoying. Trying to get through an uninteresting book will slow down your speed, and worse, make you abandon the act of reading to do something else, breaking your habit ritual.

Instead, stop feeling guilty about not reading a book to the end. Be honest with yourself that this one didn’t do it for you, whether it’s an acclaimed classic or not, and move on. Enjoying more books is a far better way to spend your time than judging yourself.

Do You Have Any Tips to Share?

In addition to the above, audiobooks deserve a brief mention. If you haven’t tried them, you should get started with audiobooks on your Kindle app Getting Started with Audiobooks: How to Finally Finish Your "Reading List" Audiobooks are a good way to tackle your reading list, but it can be difficult to get started with them. Let's make it simple. Read More . In fact, thanks to buying Audible, Amazon boasts the biggest audiobook library of all, and there’s a 30-day free trial to take advantage of too.

These techniques should have you reading more books than ever before with your Kindle. For those trying to inculcate a new habit of reading, I’d recommend starting with “One place, one routine”, but if you already read a bit and want to up the ante, then play around with the 10% rule, adjusting the percentage as you see fit.

If you have a technique or tip to reading more, we’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!

Related topics: Amazon Kindle, Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Ebooks.

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  1. Angela Randall
    June 12, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Ooh, I'm liking the 10% rule. That's a keeper.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Yeah, that seems to be everyone's favourite from this article :D

  2. Anonymous
    June 10, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    As an old, avid reader, I have a couple old-fashioned ideas to read more. When my kids were small, I always gave them an extra half-hour to read after they had to be in bed, or else the lights went off. They grew up loving to read and still do. I've always had a love affair with books, and even when I had a 45-hour a week job, I spent a half hour in a bubble bath at night reading, and set aside more reading time before I turned off my light at night. I own a Nook and three Kindles, (I know, overkill), haunt bookstores and spend an inordinate amount of time on Amazon, and am never without something to read.

    There is a line from an old poem that I share with people: "Books are keys to wisdom's treasure." Remember that and you'll always have time to read!

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Ohhh I love the "extra time if you want to read, but no extra if you don't read" idea. I should try that. Thanks for sharing, Marjorie!

  3. Beto
    June 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Robert, these tips apply for any eReader. I started ereading in a Palm III.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      A Palm III! Wow, I should be asking you for tips, not the other way around :D

      • Alberto
        July 1, 2016 at 3:49 pm

        Jajaja, that was a long time ago. I remember I used to download the books in any format, then transform them to txt, and then upload them to my Palm. I have a kindle, and also have it sync with the kindle app in my phone and tablet, so I can read my book anywhere. That could be also a tip to read more. Regards

  4. Anonymous
    June 10, 2016 at 7:29 am

    A Kindle or any old e-reader or android tablet is good, particularly if, like me, your eyesight is going as you get on in years. I like to use a tablet because of the backlight while my Kindle offers crisper text and longer battery life.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Have you tried the new Kindle Paperwhite, Patrick? Adds a light and I find it easier to read than tablets.

  5. Robert
    June 9, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Kindle is NOT the defacto reader & has a LOCKED IN FORMAT. Kobo is FAR MORE FLEXIBLE with open epub & I can get my books from the library as well. Was this an Ad for Kindle?

    • Angela Randall
      June 12, 2016 at 9:33 am

      I'm sure these tricks can be used on any device.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      You can use these on any ebook reader, Robert. I personally use a Kindle, which is why I felt myself to be in a better position to talk about Kindle specifically. Nothing more than that :)

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Kindle is not the defactoreader, but is the defacto benchmark.