One of the most common uses of Android tablets in for reading ebooks.
There are many different formats for ebooks some, are proprietary like Amazon kindle, Nook, and others are more open and standard like pdfs (portable document format) ebooks.
The two most common are ebook formats are Kindle and pdf.The Android Kindle reader App can read both formats
Reading Kindle Books
You don’t need an Amazon kindle to read these kindle ebooks as there are Apps available for Android, and IOS as well as for windows PCs.
However you will need a free Amazon account to purchase and download the books.
Amazon ebooks are stored on Amazon servers on the Internet, and are available for you to read on any device that is registered to your account.
This means you can read an ebook on your PC and later open the same ebook on your android tablet or phone.
You will need an Internet connection to download the book, but you can read the book when offline.
When you open a book on your tablet it is downloaded and stored on your device, and will then be available if you later go off line.
You can also download and store books to your tablet without opening them (see later).
But remember, just because the book is visible in the carousel when you open your kindle App, it doesn’t mean that it is stored on your device.
If you are looking for your books on your device they appear to be stored in:
\Internal storage\Android\data\com.amazon.kindle\files\ or \sdvard\Android\data\com.amazon.kindle\files\
However it is difficult to tell what books are stored there as Kindle uses obscure names for the Book names.
Reading Books on Android
When you open the Kindle App your books will be displayed in a carousel.
These are the books that are in your library, but not necessarily those that are stored on your device.
Long Press on the book cover and you will be able to manage the book properties.
If you tap the icon (three horizontal lines) in the top left next to the kindle icon you can:
- Download the Book to store on the device
- Remove the book from the device.
- Synchronise the Library between android and your Amazon account.
The library section is useful as if you tap on the link ON DEVICE you will see a list of all books that have been downloaded and stored on this device.
Notice the tick that indicates it has been downloaded.
You can remove a book from the device by long pressing on the book cover,a menu appears at the top with a trash can icon.
Press the trash can to remove the book from the device.
Note: it is not deleted from your Amazon account.
To download a book go to the library and view all items.
Books that haven’t been downloaded will not have a tick.
Long press on the book cover and a menu bar appears at the top. Press the download icon to download the book to your device.
To open a book just tap the cover.
When you open a book the book appears in full screen.
To move between pages swipe left or right or tap the screen on the left or right.
If you tap in the middle of the screen you will see menu options in the top left and right, and a location bar at the bottom of the screen.
Your current location is shown by a white circle.
You can move position in the book using the location bar by dragging the pointer (white circle.)
Drag this pointer to a new position on the location bar.
The two smaller gray icons are your last two positions, click on any one of them to move quickly to that locations.
If you tap the book cover icon (three horizontal lines) in the top left you can navigates through the book using the table of contents and return to the library to select another book.
In the top right hand corner you will see the display icon Aa.
Tap and you can change the screen display properties. You can also change the text size using two fingers to pinch in or out.
Next to the display icon you see the menu option tap here and you can access your bookmarks, kindle store, and share parts of the book with others.
You can also add bookmarks by clicking in the top of screen while in full screen mode.
When you do that a blue bookmark appears at the top of the screen.
This Amazon help page has more details.
Reading PDF Books on Kindle- Manually Adding Books
You can manually add books to the kindle reader by placing them in either books or kindle folders.
These folders are directly under the sdcard directory.
Note: The sdcard directory is called primary in the AStro file manager.
Kindle will open pdf Books without being converted to KIndle format.
If you place these books in the books or kindle folders then they appear on the carousel, in the Library (all Items), and in Docs.
Note: Kindle doesn’t see files in sub folders so the pdfs in the wordtracker folder don’t appear in the Kindle library.
Note 1: I use the books folder when adding files manually.
Note2: Books that you manually add to an android tablet/phone aren’t available to other devices.
Personal Document Storage -Sending Books by Email
You can send word and other documents to your Kindle by using email.
Kindle supports a number of document formats as shown below:
Your kindle App has an email address and you can send documents and books to it by attaching them to an email.
To find your email address go to Settings and you should see the email address:
If you use the subject line convert then Amazon will convert the files to Kindle format.
They appear in the carousel and in the docs folder of the Kindle App. They are automatically downloaded and stored on the device in the kindle folder.
You can find you device email address by going to the main menu and settings.
Manage Kindle Devices
To manage all of your Kindle devices and content you need to go to the Manage Your Content and Devices Web Page.
The opening page has three main tabs.
This is used for managing your ebooks. You can add books to collections,create new collections etc
Kindle creates generic device names like My Android Device,My 2nd Android Device etc which make it difficult to know which device you are trying to manage.
You can change the device name,email address etc by selecting the device and clicking on the appropriate links..
You can also change the device name by going to the device itself and selecting settings.
Change you billing options and other Kindle account settings
Common Questions and Answers
Q- What Happens if I purchase a new Tablet or phone can I still access my Books
A- Yes -All the Kindle Books you purchased through Amazon are stored on the Amazon Web Server, and you can read them on any device with a Kindle reader. Just install the Kindle App on your new tablet and connect it to Amazon using your Amazon account.
Q- Where are kindle Books stored on my tablet/phone?
A- They are stored in the Kindle folder or books folder
Q- Can I read books with Wi-Fi disabled?
A- Yes you only need a internet connection to download them. If they are already stored on your device then you don’t need an Internet connection. Turning Wi-Fi off is a good way of conserving your battery.
Q- My Kindle App is slow to respond when I don’t have an Internet connection?
A- Disable Wi-fi.
Q- Can I read pdfs on an external SD card?
A- You will need to copy them to the books folder on your internal sdcard first.
Q- I’m using my Kindle to read a pdf but the navigation isn’t what you described.
A- The navigation options are basic and different then when reading a kindle formatted book.You will get better control and navigation if you open and read the book user the adobe reader.
Resources and Related Articles:
- Useful Apps For Android
- Installing Amazon Store on Android
- Android Accounts-Setup,Settings and Sync
- Amazon help