So you received a new Kindle for Christmas. Now what do you do. Below the jump you can find out about borrowing books, importing books, audiobooks, tracking the prices of kindle books, finding new books, getting your questions answered and more. This post focuses on Amazon Kindles, but some of the content is also true for Amazon Fire Tablets or other eink readers as well.
Free or Sale Kindle Books
One of the first things you want to do is check out free books. There are a lot of free books, usually 500-600 free books a day (although many repeat at least quarterly). You have a couple of options to find free ebooks. The ones I most I recommend are ereaderiq or ereaderperks. Both will send you a daily email of 30 to 40 recommend kindle books divided into genre, with a short summary and a book cover. You can customize the email to the genres that you are most interested in.
You can also follow Bookwi.se. Bookwi.se posts a free Christian Kindle books nearly every day and several days a week I post about sales. Project Gutenberg and Christian Classic Ethereal Library are excellent for finding public domain books. Baen Publishers maintains a free library of ebooks if you enjoy science fiction or fantasy.
Borrow from Your Library
Bookwi.se has a post about how to borrow books from the library. It is fairly easy, free, and most public libraries are now participating. If you like audiobooks, borrowing from the library can help you get discounts on audiobooks from Audible.com
Borrow from other Kindle Users
Amazon got into the borrowing and lending of kindle books fairly late in the game. But they learned from others and made the process very easy. Here is a post about how to Borrow or Lend a book. Many people do not know a lot of other kindle owners, so Kindle book sharing sites popped up. Bookwi.se has reviewed two. Lendle and Booklending. I prefer Lendle, but it requires you to earn credits by offering up books to be loaned (most free books are lendable, so you can get some free books to build up some credits). Booklending allows you to borrow without lending, but does not have as many books. However, there is not a good reason to not check both sites if one site does not have a book you want to borrow.