Home' LAPTOP Magazine : October 2010 Contents Though Amazon's Kindle and Barnes &
Noble's Nook at first glance appear to be
simple devices, each has features you may
not have yet discovered. Did you know that you
can read eBooks from your local library on the
Nook? Or that you can buy books from stores
other than Amazon for your Kindle? We'll show
you how to get the most out of your eReader,
whether it's fresh from the box or you've been
using it as long as Eat, Pray, Love has been on
the bestseller list.
❶ Get rid of image burn by
refreshing the page.
Like CRT monitors of old, the eInk display on the
Kindle sometimes suffers from image burn when
you leave the same screen on it for too long.
If doing so leaves traces of words or images,
don't worry, you haven't ruined the display. Just
refresh the screen by pressing Alt + G on the
❷Savebatterylife. Since the
a lot of juice,
your Kindle can
ast for days on
a charge. Still,
here are times
when the bat-
ery may drain
due to the wire-
ess radio. If
you're in an
area where the
integrated 3G technology can't find a signal---on
an airplane, or in an area with low or non-existent
3G coverage---the radio will constantly search for
one, thus draining the battery much faster. To turn
wireless off, press Menu > Wireless Off. Or you
can turn the Kindle completely off by holding the
power slide to the right for about five seconds until
the screen goes blank.
❸ Create notes and highlight
Updates to the Kindle's software brought welcome
functionality to notes and highlights features.
Users can now add them to PDF files and books,
then share those notes with friends.
12 ESSENTIAL eREADER TIPS
Make the most of your Kindle or Nook.
by K.T. Bradford
• Use the joystick or 5-way controller to move
the cursor to where you want to attach a note
in the text.
• Start typing on the Kindle's keyboard, which will
automatically bring up the notes window.
• Once you're done, press down on the joystick/
controller to highlight one of the options: Cancel,
Clear, Save & Share, or Save.
• Move the cursor to text you want to start high-
lighting, then press the center of the joystick/
controller (as if you were selecting an option).
The cursor will slant to the right.
• Move the cursor right to select a small passage
or down to select one line at a time.
• Click the joystick/controller again to stop high-
lighting or the Back button to cancel.
❹ Save and share notes and
Amazon gives users access to notes and highlighted
passages online at kindle.amazon.com and through
the desktop software for PCs or Macs. However,
you can grab a plain text copy of all notes and
highlights at once.
• Connect the Kindle to your computer via USB.
• Navigate to the documents folder and copy the
MyClippings.txt file to your computer. (This simple
text file will list notes and highlights in the order
they were created.)
If you're a social reader, the Kindle now makes
it easy to share favorite passages and annota-
tions with your friends via Facebook and Twitter.
But there are limits in both instances. Notes you
share to the web are limited to 120 characters
(leaving room for a link to the book and the
#kindle hashtag). Saved notes don't have this
limit and are still visible via the online Kindle
interface, though not to others. Shared passages
can be much longer, but no matter how much
you highlight, the link will only show around 460
characters to your friends.
• First, go to Menu > Settings > Social Networks
to set up and manage your social networking
• Once that's done, whenever you create a new
note in a book or highlight a passage, the Kindle
will give you the option of sharing it on Facebook
❺ Search the dictionary, Google,
Wikipedia, and more from within
You don't need to exit the book you're reading to
access the Kindle's browser and look up words or
phrases via online resources.
• Move the cursor anywhere in the book and start
typing. The notes window will pop up.
• Instead of choosing one of the four options you
see by default, click thejoystick/controller down
once, then to the right to access the search set
of options: Dictionary, Find, Google, My Items,
Store, or Wikipedia.
• Choosing Google or Wikipedia will launch the
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