Kindle User’s Guide 18
Chapter 3 Reading Kindle Documents
Notes will appear as superscripted numbers within the text. To view a note the next time
you visit that page, simply tap on the number. If several other Kindle users have highlighted a
particular passage in the book you are reading, you will see that passage underlined. To turn
off these highlights, select Settings from the Home screen menu, then tap Reading Options
and change the Popular Highlights setting. You can also display highlights and notes from
people that you follow on To turn off this option, select Settings
from the Home screen menu, tap Reading Options, and change the Public Notes setting. The
Public Notes feature is not supported in all countries.
Bookmarks: Amazon’s Whispersync technology automatically saves your place in whatever
content you are reading. To add a bookmark, select Add Bookmark from the menu or simply
tap in the upper right corner of a page. The top right corner of the page will appear folded
down. To delete a bookmark, tap in the upper right corner again or select Delete Bookmark
from the Menu.
Highlights, notes, and bookmarks are added to a file on the Home screen called My Clippings.
To manage them for a specific book, tap the Menu button and select View Notes & Marks.
When Annotations Backup is set to On, these items are stored in the Cloud for you so they
won’t be lost.
X-Ray: The X-Ray feature lets you explore the “bones” of a book with a single tap. For
example, you can see all of the passages in a book that mention specific ideas, fictional
characters, historical figures, and places or topics that interest them. Note that X-Ray is not
available for all Kindle books.
When you’re reading a book, tap the top of the screen to display the toolbars. The secondary
toolbar contains an X-Ray button. If X-Ray is not available for a book, the button will be disabled
or the Sync button will display. X-Ray scans your entire book for characters, historical figures,
and terms. It can also provide detailed information from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon’s
community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. To find out if a book has X-Ray, look for
X-Ray Enabled in the Kindle Store description of the book. X-Ray is not available in all countries.
Viewing reading progress
Your Kindle Paperwhite includes several metrics that allow you to view your reading progress
and location within a book, including location numbers, time left in chapter, time left in book,
percentage of content read, and actual page numbers. (Not all Kindle books include page
Because Kindle books can be read on devices with different screen sizes, locations identify
specific places in a book, just like a page number would for a print book. Location numbers
allow you to direct a friend to the exact same place in a Kindle book you are reading.
The Reading Progress feature uses a unique algorithm to estimate the amount of time it will
take you to complete the chapter or book based on your past and current reading speed.
Your specific reading speed is stored only on your Kindle; it is not stored on Amazon servers.
When reading, select Reading Progress from the menu, then choose a display option.
Options include Location in book, Time left in chapter, and Time left in book.
Many Kindle books also contain page numbers that correspond to the real page numbers in
an actual print book. To view the page number of the book you’re reading, tap the top of the
screen to display the toolbars. The current location, page number, total number of pages, and
percentage of content read are displayed at the bottom of the screen. The reading time left
will also display at the bottom of the screen.
On the Home screen, dots below the book title indicate how long the book is, with bold dots
showing how far you have read.