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The best Kindles to take your library anywhere

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The best Kindles to take your library anywhere

Kindles have useful features that you may want to take advantage of. Press and hold a word or phrase to see its definition, stand out that, or take grades. You can also search the entire book for that particular word or phrase or translate it to or from other languages.

Wise word displays brief definitions in small text within the lines. Unfortunately, it’s not available for all books, but when it is, you can turn it on or off and choose more and fewer suggestions. Clicking on the short definition opens a longer one from Word Wise and the New Oxford American Dictionary or the Oxford Dictionary of English (you can switch between the two), plus translations and a Wikipedia page, if applicable.

While reading, touch the top of the screen and click “Aa” to change font size or type—There is even a font called OpenDyslexic that helps make reading easier for people with dyslexia. You can also control the size of the margins and line spacing from that menu.

When a Kindle is connected to a Bluetooth speaker or headphones, VoiceView Screen Reader (accessed through Settings > Accessibility) lets you use gestures to navigate your device and reads out what you’ve pressed. You’ll also read a book out loud, although it doesn’t sound as good as an audiobook.

Amazon owns good readingsso it syncs perfectly with Kindles (press the button three point menu > good readings). If you have a Goodreads account, you can review the Kindle books you’ve read or explore their bookshelf and recommendations. Long-pressing on a word or phrase, in addition to the above, opens an option to share quotes directly to Goodreads.

There is a Web navigator also if you are connected to the Internet (three point menu > Web navigator). It’s not the best, so I would reserve it for emergency searches.

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