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Reading and navigating a periodical on your Kindle

January 30, 2010

Many do not realize the Kindle’s capability of, or have yet to try, reading periodicals–magazines and newspapers.  These can be purchased as individual issues or subscriptions (or even created for free–discussion of this will be in a future post).

For now, let’s get comfortable with how to read them.

Download to your Kindle this week’s edition of Newsweek (free):

Newsweek - February 8, 2010Newsweek, February 8, 2010 .mobi edition

Once you have added the file to your Kindle–either via direct download or transfer to the ‘documents’ folder to a Kindle plugged into the USB port of a computer or by clicking the link while reading this post on your Kindle–it should appear on your Kindle’s home screen at the top of your list of books.

Open it.

It will take you to the first article of the publication:


You can either read the current article, skip to the next article (whose title is indicated in the bottom right corner–“The Perils of Prosperity”) by moving the Kindle’s 5-way controller to the right, or view the table of contents of the publication by pressing the 5-way controller (as indicated by the link “View Sections List”).

Here is what the table of contents looks like:

At this point you can either move the 5-way controller to the section title and click–which would take you to first article within that section–or you can move the 5-way controller to the numbers enclosed in parentheses

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–which will take you to the list of articles for that section:

Click any of the articles to begin reading.

As you read the articles, you will be able to jump to the next article (whose title will be indicated in the bottom right corner) by moving the 5-way controller to the right, jump to the previous article (whose title will be indicated in the bottom left corner) by moving the 5-way controller to the left, return to the table of contents by pressing the 5-way controller OR by clicking the ‘Back’ button on your Kindle.

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