Frequently Asked Questions


General

Public Notes

Profiles and Following People

Popular Highlights

Daily Review

Your Books

People with Similar Books


General

Q: What is this website about?
Kindle.amazon.com is a website dedicated to making reading better by bringing readers together and by helping them to learn more from the books that they read. You can follow people of interest to you to see their Public Notes and reading activities, and review your books, highlights, and notes.

Public Notes

Q: What are Public Notes?
This feature allows Kindle customers to make their highlights and notes available for anyone to see. Now authors, thought leaders, passionate readers, professors and all Kindle users can opt-in to share their notes with other readers, helping friends, family members, and other Kindle users who choose to follow them to get more from their reading. If someone you follow has highlighted a passage in a book and has turned on Public Notes for the book, you'll see that passage highlighted along with the name of the person who highlighted it. You'll also see the notes that they made in the book.
Q: Are my notes automatically made public?
No. You have to explicitly turn on Public Notes for a book before anyone can see your highlights and notes in that book.

You can turn on or off Public Notes in Your Books

Q: Can I see Public Notes from other customers without turning on Public Notes for any of my books?
Yes. If you follow someone then you will see their Public Notes in the books that you both have in common. You have to explicitly turn on Public Notes for a book before anyone can see your highlights and notes in that book.

As these actions are separate, it's possible for you to follow other customers and see their Public Notes while keeping Public Notes turned off for all of your own books.

Q: Can I make my Public Notes available only to specific people?
With this feature, we don't allow you to restrict who can see your Public Notes once you turn them on in a book. This is similar to Amazon customer reviews; when you write a customer review you make it available for anyone to read.
Q: Can I turn on Public Notes for newspapers, magazines, blogs, or personal documents?
This feature is available for books bought through the Kindle store. It is not available for newspapers, magazines, blogs or personal documents.
Q: What does the message "You own a different version of this book" mean?
You saw the message "you own a different version of this book" because this customer's Public Notes are from a different version of the same book. We can only show you someone's Public Notes if the book version matches.

Different versions of a book typically arise if one of you received an earlier version of the book that contained some errors that have since been corrected.

Q: Does my Kindle support Public Notes?
The Public Notes feature is available on on latest generation Kindles and Kindle 3G's running software version 3.1 or later.
Learn more: Kindle Software Updates
Q: I don't have a Kindle running software version 3.1 or later. Can I still turn on Public Notes in my Kindle books even if I don't have a Kindle?
Yes. Although you won't be able to see Public Notes from the people you follow as you read, you can still go to Your Books and make your highlights and notes public.

Profiles and Following People

Q: What does it mean to follow someone?
When you go to a person's profile page then you'll see a "follow" button. If you follow someone then you will see their Public Notes as you read. In addition, we will make it easy for you to keep up with their recent reading activities, for example through the Recent Activity from People You Follow feature.
Q: How do I get to my own profile?
Sign in and then click on your name in the top right corner of your browser window.
Q: In my Profile, why is it that the number of books that I have with various reading statuses seems too low?
Your Profile shows you as everyone else sees you, and so any book counts shown there only reflect books for which you have made your reading status public. You can make the reading status of more of your books public in Your Books.
Q: How do I find someone?
Search for the name of the person you would like to follow in the search box in the top right corner.

Popular Highlights

Q: What are Popular Highlights?
The Amazon Kindle and the Kindle Apps each provide a very simple mechanism for adding highlights. Every month, Kindle customers highlight millions of book passages that are meaningful to them.

We combine the highlights of all Kindle customers and identify the passages with the most highlights. The resulting Popular Highlights help readers to focus on passages that are meaningful to the greatest number of people. We show only passages where the highlights of at least three distinct customers overlap, and we do not show which customers made those highlights.

Daily Review

Q: What is the Daily Review?
Daily Review is a tool to help you review and remember the most significant ideas from your books. It shows you flashcards with either your highlights and notes or the Popular Highlights from one of your books.
Q: How are books chosen to appear in the Daily Review?
Only books that you have marked as "read" are eligible for review, and Daily Review will take you through all of your read books, one per day.

The periodic review of ideas makes it easier to remember them. This works better if you space the reviews over increasing time intervals, a "Spacing Effect" that was first identified by German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus. Depending on how many books you have marked as "read", you will see a particular book again in the Daily Review in roughly 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and thereafter annually. You're not limited to reviewing only one book per day; at the bottom of the flashcard you can select "Review another book".

Your Books

Q: Where do the books in Your Books come from?
We use your book activities on Amazon to get you started quickly in using this website. We do not include your newspapers, magazines or blogs. Your Books includes books from your purchase history, books that you rated, books you told us "I own it", and books from your Wish List or Customer Reviews.

To add books to Your Books, search for them (e.g., by title or author) and set their reading status on the search results page.

Q: Where do the book reading statuses in Your Books come from?
We initially set the reading status of these books as follows. We give books from your Wish List a status of Hope to read, we give books that you rated or reviewed a status of Read, and we give books you've annotated a status of either Reading or Read. You can modify the reading status of any of your books.

Your reading status and rating for a book that is public can be seen by others through your Profile.

People with Similar Books

Q: What are People with Similar Books?
These are people who may be of interest to you because they read similar books. The "similar to you" percentage is a calculation of how similar their reading is to yours, based on the books that you both have made public.