As a writer, it’s no surprise that I love to read. But like many others, it wasn’t always like that. As a child, I hated assigned reading with a passion; I refused to read books that I hadn’t chosen myself. The idea of reading was boring and time-consuming. Why read stories when you can watch them on TV?
But as my passion for writing grew, so did my love of books. Reading a book felt like a private connection to the author, like being privy to a secret that triggered imaginary journeys. Stephen King once said that reading “creates an ease and intimacy with the writing process”, and that’s what I felt.
A Kindle e-reader ended up changing my life. Books are already portable, but eBooks are portable to the next level: all your books are at your fingertips in one compact device. But how do you get the most out of your Kindle? Let’s start with how you can buy books on the device.
Also: The best e-readers: Kindle, Kobo, etc.
How to buy ebooks on Kindle
Step 1: Link Your Kindle to Your Amazon Account
When you buy a new Kindle, you have the option of already linking it to your Amazon account when it is delivered. If you didn’t choose this option during checkout, sign in to your Amazon account on your Kindle or create an account.
Step 2: Access the Kindle Store
The Kindle home page will show Your Library, which contains books you’ve purchased or borrowed, and the Store with books to purchase.
Step 3: Select a book to buy
The Kindle Store lets you browse by genre and popularity, or find recommendations just for you.
Once you see an interesting book in the Kindle’s digital library, you can see a summary, page count, and other information about the book. You can also scroll down to read reviews and learn more about what others are saying about the book.
Step 4: Buy the book
Once you have chosen a book, press the button Buy for [$ price] on your Kindle to purchase it. This process will charge your Amazon account, so whatever payment method you use on Amazon will be applied to the purchase.
Once payment has been processed, the book will begin downloading to your Kindle and will be available in your Kindle Library (the Kindle homepage) within seconds.