If you don’t own a Kindle yet, we heartily recommend you buy one.
Kindles have dramatically longer battery lives than smartphones and tablets and allow you to carry around thousands of books everywhere you go. Ultimately, owning a Kindle can help you read more books in less time.
However, as awesome as Kindles are out of the box, there are a collection of websites that you should use to get even more out of your Kindle. The following Kindle websites are the perfect companions to your e-reader.
1. OverDrive: Borrow From Public Libraries
Anyone can browse OverDrive’s huge selection of ebooks and view samples of any title, but you’ll need a library card to check one out to your Kindle. The borrowing period typically depends on the library you use to check out the ebook.
It’s also worth mentioning that this Kindle-friendly site lends out audiobooks as well. Listening to an audiobook counts as reading a physical book or a book on your e-reader. And although there are several differences between podcasts and audiobooks, podcast lovers will still feel right at home with an audiobook.
After all, both let you drive your car, exercise, or do work while listening to something compelling. And since audiobooks are really expensive, you can save a lot of money by borrowing them instead.
2. Book Lending: Lend Your Ebooks to Others
Book Lending is an interesting service that complements, rather than overlaps with, OverDrive. Whereas OverDrive is all about borrowing from a public library, Book Lending offers a crowd-sourced group of users who share their ebooks with each other.
As a participant, you can put up your ebooks to lend and choose to borrow the ebooks that others have put up. Just keep in mind that during the 14-day loan period, you can’t read the ebooks you loaned out. Since ebook lending is an Amazon feature, there’s no risk: Book Lending simply matches borrowers with lenders (and vice versa).
3. Instapaper: Send Web Articles to Your Kindle
Instapaper is a simple service that lets you store web articles in one place. This way, you can read through them all when you have some free time. It also has a bunch of other nifty features, like letting you share those articles with others and exporting them so you can read them on other devices.
As a Kindle user, Instapaper is great because you can set it to periodically send your articles over to your Kindle device in a readable format. So as you browse the web, you can save articles for later, then wake up to your article-filled Kindle. It basically turns your Kindle into a morning newspaper.
RSS feeds are a speedy and efficient way to receive updates and information about just about any topic you can think of. For example, there are RSS feeds for weather updates, and you can even get RSS feeds on movie news.
What you need to make the most of your RSS feeds is a reader that can make sense of them. And Kindle4RSS serves this purpose. After you set up a bunch of RSS feeds, you can then send them to your Kindle.
With the free plan, you can send up to 25 articles at a time, and each delivery comes with a “Table of Contents” for easy browsing. All images are included in the delivery, and it can also convert partial-text feeds into full text, which is surprisingly convenient.
5. Online-Convert: Convert Between Ebook Formats
Not all ebook formats are equal, and not all ebooks are produced in all formats. Imagine stumbling across a free offer for a highly-anticipated novel that’s only available in LIT or FB2 formats. Or perhaps you have an older Kindle that can’t read a newer Kindle format. Either way, an online converter is the way to go.
Online-Convert is one of a handful of high-quality online ebook converters you can use for almost every format. Although there are other tools of its kind, this is the most straightforward one that we’ve found.
Supported formats include AZW3, EPUB, FB2, LIT, MOBI, PDF, and even the latest KF8 format from Amazon, developed for use with Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch devices. You can convert files from any supported format to any other supported format listed on the site.
6. IFTTT: Automate Kindle Tasks
IFTTT is an automation service that lets you set up “triggers” and connect them with “actions” that are performed any time the given trigger occurs. For example, one IFTTT recipe sends any article in Pocket tagged as “Kindle” over to your device.
You can search the IFTTT Kindle section for pre-existing recipes, but it’s most effective if you learn how to create your own IFTTT recipes. Since the site supports thousands of different triggers and actions, your imagination and ingenuity are the only limits to what you can do.
7. KBoards: An Online Forum for Kindle Users
It might seem weird that thousands of Kindle users check into KBoards every day to discuss all manner of Kindle-related topics, but it happens. Here you’ll find subsections dedicated to specific devices, activities, and ebooks.
In other words, it’s the perfect place to ask for technical support, find out about Kindle tips, discuss books, and chat with other members of the Kindle community. The sections for device reviews, trading devices, and finding cheap Kindle books are sure to come in handy as well.
8. r/Kindle: A Subreddit for Kindle Users
Not a fan of Reddit? Then feel free to gloss over this one. Reddit is a top 25 website in terms of worldwide traffic, with approximately 1.7 billion visits in May 2022, according to Statistica. So it should be one of your first stops any time you’re looking for an active online community. At the time of writing, the Kindle subreddit has over 209,000 subscribers, making it one of the largest subreddit communities.
There are dozens of new threads every day. Most new threads are support requests, but the subreddit can be a great way to stay on top of Kindle-related news. You’ll also find reviews for new devices, occasional links to Kindle book deals, and a monthly “What Are You Reading?” thread which can lead to some interesting new reads.
The Kindle Chronicles podcast has been around since 2008, which is an incredible run for any podcast, let alone one that focuses on a topic as niche as the Kindle. Each episode has a guest who talks about various subjects related to Kindles, ebooks, e-readers, Amazon devices, and more.
Host Len Edgerly is an expert in all matters Kindle, and he reviews all the latest tech as soon as it is released. So, if you’re thinking of updating your e-reader, listen to The Kindle Chronicles for advice about which Kindle device you should buy. With over four hundred episodes, you can also delve into the podcast’s archives.
Facebook isn’t everyone’s favorite social media site, and that’s understandable. However, it does have an active Kindle community. The official Amazon Kindle page gives you your daily dose of Kindle news and book recommendations and lets you interact with other Kindle users.
If you’re not comfortable interacting with such a large community, Facebook is home to several smaller Kindle book clubs and groups. Simply search for “Kindle” in Facebook’s search bar, and you’ll see several communities dedicated to sharing free ebooks and discussing Kindle-related topics.
11. Goodreads: Record Your Reading Progress and Get Book Recommendations
Since Amazon acquired Goodreads in 2013, it has integrated this book recommendation site into the Kindle’s functionality so completely that it now comes pre-installed on your device.
It’s easy to create a free account and then get Goodreads on Kindle. You can use the service to organize your reading lists, follow your favorite authors, and get reading recommendations.
12. Bookbub: Learn About Bargain Books
Every reader wants to know when there’s a great deal on a book. One of the best ways you can keep updated on bargains and special offers is by visiting Bookbub, a free service that keeps you abreast of all the latest deals.
Sign up and choose your favorite genres, and you’ll get a daily email with personalized recommendations. As well as alerting you to Kindle bargains, you’ll also see offers for Apple, Google, and Kobo books.
Use These Sites to Get More From Your Kindle
Whether you want to chat with other Kindle users, convert file formats, or borrow ebooks, these Kindle websites are essential bookmarks. Using these tools will allow you to get even more from your Kindle device.