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Our most frequent Amazon Kindle questions answered:

Does the Kindle have a light?

E-ink technology cannot be backlit. For that reason only the Paperwhite, Voyage, and Oasis can be read without an external light.

Does the Kindle come with a charger?

The Kindle Paperwhite does not ship with a charger. You can use any micro-USB cable to charge the Kindle, but most users recommend using an official Kindle charging plug. Many people report connectivity issues when using non-Amazon plugs.

How long does it take to charge a Kindle?

This varies depending on the device, but generally, after initially charging your new Kindle for 4 hours, it will take about 2 hour to charge your Kindle by plug adaptor.

Does the Kindle read to you?

This depends on the Kindle model and the features of your particular book. If Text-to-speech is available for your book you will see “Text-to-Speech: Enabled” in the product description.

This function is currently available with the following Kindle versions:
Kindle Touch (4th Generation)
Kindle Keyboard (3rd Generation)
Kindle (2nd Generation)
Kindle DX (2nd Generation)
Fire (7th Generation)
Fire HD 8 (7th Generation)
Fire HD 10 (7th Generation)
Fire HD (6th Generation)
Fire HD (5th Generation)
Fire (5th Generation)
Fire HDX (4th Generation)
Fire HD (4th Generation)
Kindle Fire HDX (3rd Generation)
Kindle Fire HD (3rd Generation)
Kindle Fire HD (2nd Generation)
Kindle Fire (2nd Generation)
Kindle for PC
Kindle for Mac (OSX 10.10 or above)

Does the Kindle app use data?

Downloading books uses data if you are not on a wifi network, but reading does not. Most books are relatively small and will use no more than about 2KB per page or about 0.5MB per book.

Does the Kindle app cost money?

This Kindle app is available for free but has many disadvantages over a real Kindle. Backlighting is a big problem with the app as it keeps you up at night and consumes battery quickly. Also, e-ink is much clearer and easier on the eyes. If you read often, a Kindle is worth the investment.

Does the Kindle emit blue light?

The Kindle e-reader models use e-ink which emits no blue light(the stuff that keeps you from sleeping). The Fire, which is an LED tablet does emit blue light which is one of the reasons we recommend true e-readers like the Paperwhite, Voyage, and Oasis over the Fire tablets.

Does the Kindle keep you awake

This answer is related to the previous blue light question, which is the cause of user frustration. The Kindle uses ‘E-ink’ screens which are are much easier on the eyes than LCD or LED screens on normal phones or tablets.

Does the Kindle have bluetooth?

Yes. All Kindle models since the 2018 Paperwhite come with bluetooth connectivity for wireless headphones.

How do I buy a Kindle book on Amazon?

You will need to visit here and sign up for an Amazon account. You can pay per book, or if you are an avid reader get Kindle Unlimited and have access to their entire library for $9.99/month. If you read more than to 1 or 2 books, this is a must!

How do I get Kindle Unlimited?

You can sign up for Kindle Unlimited here and get a free 30-day trial that will automatically renew after the first month. To cancel visit this link.

How much is Kindle Unlimited?

Kindle Unlimited is $9.99/month but is now offering a free 30-day trial that can be cancelled at anytime. This gives you access to every book and audiobook in Amazon’s catalog for a flat subscription.

How do I buy Kindle books on Amazon?

Is the Kindle waterproof?

Yes! Finally Amazon has released its first waterproof Kindles with the Oasis and Paperwhite which are both IPX8 rated. This means they are water-resistant for up to 60 minutes in six feet of fresh water.

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