It is a reasonable postulate that I can be excessively verbose (translation: I may talk too much).
I’ve done this once before, and I think it was helpful for people.
In this post, I’m going to give you short (no more than seven words) answers to some frequently asked Kindle and e-book questions. I may link you to a post I’ve done with a more thorough answer…I’m not counting that link as a word.
Please recognize that my goal here is to give a straight ahead, simple answer. I won’t be as polite as I usually like to be, and if there is a workaround that lets you get to what you want but isn’t the actual answer to your question, I may not be able to get that in here. To keep these short, I’m going to leave out Kindle 1 answers (since it works significantly differently from the others in several areas). If you want a more complete answer to anything, feel free to ask.
Oh, and my feeling is that the answer “no” should almost always read “not yet”.
Q. Can I send a Kindle book as a gift to someone else’s Kindle?
A. No. Use gift cards.
Q. Will I run out of memory on my Kindle?
A. No. Remove books you are done reading.
Q. Can I buy books from Barnes and Noble and read them on my Kindle?
Q. Is it true that I can only read books I buy from Amazon on my Kindle?
A. No. Lots of other sources.
Q. Is there a charge for using the internet on my Kindle?
A. Only for sending yourself documents wirelessly.
Q. If I bought a book in paper before, do I get it for free for my Kindle now?
A. No. Amazon pays publishers, you pay Amazon.
Q. Can I share Kindle store books with my friends and family?
A. Yes, if they are on your account.
Q. Do all books have text-to-speech?
A. Not if the publisher blocks it.
Q. Can I tell if a book has the text-to-speech blocked before I buy it?
A. Yes. Amazon’s page will say “not enabled”
Q. Do the current Amazon Kindles have a memory card slot?
A. No. Connect to computer, back up that way
Q. What do I do if my Kindle is lost or stolen?
A. Deregister immediately at Manage Your Kindle
Q. Is the Kindle backlit?
A. No, it’s like paper. More eye friendly
Q. Why aren’t there more books available/available in my country?
A. Legal, licensing, marketing…expect more soon
Q. Why can’t I get the Harry Potter books for my Kindle legally?
A. J.K. Rowling says no
Q. Why aren’t all books $9.99?
A. Amazon never said so. Many are less.
Q. Can I listen to music on my Kindle?
A. Yes. MP3s only. Put in music folder
Q. Should I turn off my Kindle or put it to sleep?
A. Sleep, better for it, unless it’s acting weird
Q. Where can I see the Kindle documentation online?
Q. My favorite book isn’t on the Kindle. What can I do to get it “Kindleized”?
A. Write the rightsholder: author/estate, publisher
Q. Can I add “sleep mode pictures” to my Kindle?
A. Kindle 1, yes. Others need a “hack”
Q. Can I install my own fonts?
A. No. Would require a hack
Q. Do the “hacks” that are out there void my warranty?
A. No, but they violate Terms of Service
Q. Can the Kindle display languages other than English?
A. Some. Depends on characters needed. Images ok.
Q. Can I change the contrast on my Kindle?
Q. What are some other sources for books I can use on my Kindle besides Amazon?
Q. Will Amazon pay me a referrer fee for getting people to buy Kindles?
A. Yes. Become an Associate first.
Q. Can I share magazine and newspaper subscriptions with Kindles on the same account, like I can with books?
Q. What are the charges for using the wireless internationally when I’m a US customer traveling abroad?
Q. $1.99/book, $4.99/week/subscriptions
Q. Can I avoid those charges by using my computer and transferring via USB?
Q. Can I set the clock on my Kindle myself?
Q. Does it play games?
A. Yes. Alt+Shift+M
Q. Can I permanently delete a book, so I don’t see it anywhere? I don’t mind if I have to buy it again later.
A. Yes. Manage Your Kindle, plus box, delete
Q. Can I update my US only version to be an international version with software?
A. No, it’s a hardware difference
Q. Is an international version of the larger DX model coming?
A. Yes, in 2010
Q. What does public domain mean?
A. Not under copyright protection
Q. Why are there different versions of the same book for sale at different prices?
A. Anyone can publish public domain, set prices
Q. Is Amazon doing anything about the bad formatting in some Kindle books?
A. Yes. Recently, may remove from store
Q. How do I know if a book is poorly formatted before I buy it?
A. Get a free sample
Q. If I get an e-book I don’t like, can I return it?
A. Within seven days: Amazon, not Sony, B&N
Q. Can I buy books from Amazon if I can’t get a wireless connection?
A. Yes. Buy from computer, transfer via USB
Q. Can I organize the books on my Kindle?
A. Yes. Use tags. More coming in 2010
Q. When is the Kindle 3 coming out?
A. 4 so far, 5th in 2010
Q. If Amazon goes out of business will I not be able to read my e-books?
A. No. Would be legal to circumvent DRM
Q. Wouldn’t it be like having Beta videotapes?
A. No. That was hardware, this is software
Q. Is Bufo your real name?
This post by Bufo Calvin first appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.