Random Tips #2

Random Tips #2

I like to cover a subject in-depth, like I do in the Frequently Asked Kindle Questions category.  However, that can be a lot to swallow at one time.  I like giving you the big picture, the whys and wherefores.  Sometimes, though, you just want to hear something cool and self-contained.  :)   So, this time, I’m just going to give you little random tips.  After all, you can search the blog to find things…even if they are in a patchwork quilt post.  This is the second in a series…thanks for letting me know you liked the first one!

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Want to search your e-mail on your Kindle Fire? Swipe down when you get to the message list.

Want to report misspellings or other errors on a Kindle Touch? Highlight it, then tap More, Report Content Error.

Want to see which books have recently delivered to which Kindles/apps on your account? http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle – Pending Deliveries – scroll down and click to View Recent Successful Deliveries.

Want to return a Kindle store book for a refund within seven days of purchasing it? Go to that http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle page, click or tap Actions…and you’ll see the choice.

Want to quickly add books to a Collection? Open the Collection (not an individual book), and choose to Add/Remove Items. Once you’ve selected the ones you want, you can go to Home..you don’t need to click or tap the Done button first.

Want to find out when an e-book drops in price, or when it first appears as a Kindle edition? Use http://www.ereaderiq.com/.

Want to play a particular sound recording when you choose on a Reflective Screen Kindle? Put it in the Audible folder, rather than the Music folder. It will appear like an e-book in your homescreen.

Want to change which Kindle is the default when you buy something from the Kindle store? First, if you shop from your Kindle, that should be the default. Second, it’s done when you shop on your computer alphabetically (except that hardware Kindles come before Kindle apps…and Kindle Fires are treated like Kindle apps). You can go to http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle, Manage Your Devices. Under the column that says “Kindle Name”, you’ll see a link that says “Edit” in the record for each of your devices.

Want to send Amazon feedback about anything Kindle? kindle-feedback@amazon.com.

Want to get more information about where you are in a book? On RSKs, try hitting the Menu…that will likely show you your location, and page numbers if available.

Want to contact a traditional publisher? Try http://www.publishers.org/.  Then, click or tap Join AAP, then click or tap AAP Members.  If you want to skip the home page (which can have some very interesting things), you can go directly here: http://publishers.org/members/.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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8 Responses to “Random Tips #2”

  1. Pam Says:

    Thanks for the search email tip! That was NOT intuitive! :)

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Pam!

      I found that one accidentally. :) I think I was just trying to swipe down to get to a notification…

  2. rogerknights Says:

    “Want to report misspellings or other errors on a Kindle Touch? Highlight it, then tap More, Report Content Error.”

    I hope this feature will come to the Kbd Kindle in the summer. I’m curious to know more in the meantime. You mentioned about a week ago that you were contacting a publisher about some screwups in its Kindle book. If you were to use the Touch to do that next time you make a similar complaint, you could report back on what the process was like–and what feedback you get. E.g., is there a message posted saying that “your error report has been forwarded to the publisher”? Or is it sent to the author? Or both? And does the message hint that they may report back to you, or does it say that a reply can’t be expected? It would be easy to find a “typo” or other reportable error you could use as a test within a week or so.

    A full-featured error-reporting mechanism would enable the Kindle to capture the all-important usage-snob market-segment, FWIW. ;-)

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Roger!

      Hm…as we both know, language is interesting. :)

      I would never have described my highlighting apparent errors and sending them as a “complaint” or as a “screwup”. :) I send them to the publisher, not because I want some sort of repair of the situation (which I would hope is the purpose of a complaint), but so they will improve the product for other people.

      Almost no one catches all of the errors, so I don’t really consider it a “screwup” if there are a few. Although I must say, I am reading a book published by Amazon, and it’s been impeccable so far…I’m more than 50% through it.

      If I get a reasonable opportunity to test that system, I will and report back.

      • rogerknights Says:

        I should have said you picked a nit, or did some free backup copy-editing. Whatever. ;-)

        Thanks for volunteering to be a guinea pig test subject. I’m very curious to see how the details I inquired about are set up.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Roger! :)

        I would describe them as “suggestions”…

      • rogerknights Says:

        Sorry, I should have used less emotive terminology. I usually do.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Roger!

        Not a problem…emotions are natural…

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