Top 12 hidden Kindle and Kindle Fire Features

Amazon's e-reader has transformed the world of publishing, and its tablet arguably prompted Apple to launch the iPad Mini - but what are some of its best hidden features? Here's a list of 12 top tips

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1) Games

Ever tired of reading and just want to play games on your Kindle?

The regular Kindle has two hidden games: the ever-popular Minesweeper and GoMoku.

To access Minesweeper, press Alt+Shift+M on the home screen.

To access GoMoku, or five in a row, press the G key on the Minesweeper screen.

2) Free 3G browsing

Regular Kindles include a web browser, but if you have a 3G Kindle Keyboard, you can browse from anywhere over the 3G network for free.

Amazon has put in place a 50MB monthly limit, but you can carry on using Wikipedia and the Amazon Kindle store even after hitting the limit.

To launch the Kindle’s browser, press the Menu button on the home screen, select Experimental, and select Launch Browser.

3) Music player

Although your Kindle includes a headphone jack and speakers for listening to audio books as well as using text-to-text speech with eBooks, it can also be used as an MP3 player.

To do this simply copy MP3 files to your Kindle by connecting it to your computer using the USB cable, and then place the files in the music folder.

After ejecting your Kindle, press the Menu button on the home screen and chose Experimental. There should be a Play Music option next to Play MP3 on the Experimental page.

Press Alt+Space to pause or resume playback, and to skip to the next song press Alt+F.

4) Picture galleries

In black and white the Kindle can support images in JPEG, GIF and PNG formats.

Connect your Kindle to your computer and in the root directory create a new folder named “pictures”. Inside this folder, create one or more image gallery folders and place your images into the relevant subfolders.

Once you have disconnected your Kindle from the computer, press Alt+Z to rescan the files on the Kindle’s storage and a new option for each image gallery you created should appear in your library.

Toggle through the images using the following shortcuts:

f – Toggle Full-Screen Mode

q – Zoom In

w – Zoom Out

e – Default Zoom

c – Actual Image Size

r – Rotate Image

5) Screenshots

Simply press Alt+Shift+G to take a screenshot of your Kindle’s screen, with the Shift key being the up arrow on your keyboard.

The screen should then flash, and the screenshots will be saved in GIF format and should appear in the documents folder.

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