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Organizing Your Kindle Content

Content on the Home Screen

Illustration of the Kindle Home screen with labels describing features.


  • Kindle Books: Books are shown by title and author. Below the book title are a series of dots which give you an approximation of how long the book is. Bold dots within the series indicate how far along you are in the book based on the last page you viewed.

  • Periodicals: Periodicals include newspapers and magazines that can be purchased as a single issue or as a subscription delivered on a regular basis. Your Home screen lists the most recent issue of each periodical you have on your Kindle. Older issues are listed in "Periodicals: Back Issues" on your Kindle.

  • Blogs: Subscription-based that appears on the Home screen as a single entry like books. Depending on the size and frequency of the entries, approximately 10 to 20 recent blog entries are available on your Kindle, and older entries are rolled off.

  • Audiobooks: Audiobooks look similar to books, but they will be labeled in the Home screen as audio content. Like regular books, they have a progress indicator that shows where you are in the audiobook.

  • Personal Documents: Any personal documents such as text files or DRM-free e-books will appear on the Home screen under the title of the file that you transferred to Kindle.

  • Kindle active content: Kindle active content is software that can be downloaded and used on your Kindle device. We're excited to offer two word games, Shuffled Row and Every Word, for free on Kindle. We're just getting started and are excited to share more in the coming months.

Sorting Content and Using Collections

Available with the 2.5 software release.

Kindle allows you to choose how the content on the Home screen is sorted.

To change how your content is organized on the Home Screen:

  1. Move the 5-way controller up to the top of the screen to underline the current Sort setting. The default setting is "By Most Recent First."
  2. Move the 5-way to the right to see the Sort options.
  3. Select your desired option using the 5-way controller.

Here's a list of the Sort options available.

  • Most Recent First: Sorts your content by the most recently added or recently opened items first.
  • Title: Sorts your content alphabetically by title of the item.
  • Author: Sorts your content alphabetically by the author's last name or publisher's name. If you choose this option, periodicals will be sorted by their dates.
  • Collections: Sorts content based on categories you create on your Kindle to organize your content.

Creating Collections

If you store a lot of content on your Kindle, you can create collections to improve your organization. A collection is a category you create on your Kindle Home screen. You can then move your books, audiobooks, active content, and personal documents from the Home screen to the collections you create. Your Kindle will sort your content by collections after you create your first collection.

Kindle Home without Collections

Content Organized into Collections

To create a collection:

  1. Select "Create New Collection" from the Home screen menu.
  2. Enter a name for the collection.
  3. Select "Save" with the 5-way controller when finished.

To rename or delete a collection:

  1. Highlight the collection name on the Home screen.
  2. Move the 5-way controller to the right to reveal the collection options.
  3. Select the desired action with the 5-way controller.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Note: Deleting a collection from your Kindle does not change the content stored on your device. Items previously placed into the collection that are stored on your Kindle will appear on the Home screen after the collection is deleted.

To sort your Home screen content by collection:

  1. Move your cursor to the top of the Home screen to highlight "Showing All Items" and your current viewing option.
  2. Move the 5-way controller to the right to reveal available viewing options.
  3. Select "Collections" from the options.

Managing Content in Your Collections

After you create one or more collections you wish to use for organizing your Kindle's content, you're ready associate items on your Kindle with those collections. Here are a few handy collection features:

  • Collections are stored on Amazon: When you create a collection on a device, we'll save your collection so it appears in Archived Items on other devices registered to your account. This allows you to transfer collections across registered Kindles.

  • Books are associated with collections until removed: If you add a book to a collection on your Kindle and then delete the book from your device, it remains associated with that collection in Archive Items. If you download the book again, it will automatically appear in the appropriate collection on your Home screen.

  • Books can appear in more than one collection: You can associate a single book or other item from your library with multiple collections if you wish.

  • Collections don't change device or Archive Items content: If you delete content from a collection or delete an entire collection from your Kindle, it does not change the actual items saved on your Kindle or in your Archive Items on Amazon. When you delete a collection from your Kindle, any downloaded items from that collection will appear the Home screen instead of in the collection.

To add or remove collection items:

  1. Highlight the collection name on the Home screen.
  2. Move the 5-way controller to the right to reveal the collection options.
  3. Select "Add/Remove Items" with the 5-way controller.
  4. Highlight and select a title you wish to add or remove. Items currently in the collection will display a check mark to the right of the title.
  5. Select "Done" at the bottom of the screen when you've finished editing your collection.

To import a collection from another Kindle:

  1. Select "Archived Items" from the Kindle Home screen.
  2. Select "Add Other Device Collections" from the Archived Items page.
  3. Select the desired collection to import and select "ok" to confirm.

Due to current device restrictions, Kindle DX cannot support importing collections that contain 1,000 or more items.

Note: Importing a collection from another device does not import the books or other items to your Kindle if they aren't downloaded already. However, books already on your Kindle that are associated with a collection will automatically appear under that collection name on your Home screen.

Searching on Kindle

Kindle's search function allows you to find related items in your content and on the Internet.

To perform a search:

  1. Type in your search term, the Search line will automatically appear. You can use whole words or partial words, and no distinction is made between lower and upper case. You can enter up to 255 characters.

    Illustration of search input field on Kindle.

  2. Move the 5-way to the right to highlight the content or location to search and press the 5-way to select. The arrow indicates that more Search options are available if you scroll in the direction indicated.

    Illustration of search options available on Kindle

Types of Searches

Here's a quick description of the available search options:

  • Find: Searches the item you're currently reading for the search term(s).
  • My Items: Searches all of your content (including text, metadata and annotations in downloaded items, archived items, personal documents, and local reference materials) for the search term(s).
  • Store: Searches for your term(s) in the titles, descriptions, and content of items available for purchase from the Kindle Store.
  • Google: Searches for indexed websites containing the search term(s).
  • Wikipedia: Searches for entries containing the search term(s).
  • Dictionary: Searches your default dictionary on your Kindle for the search term(s).

Viewing Search Results

Kindle displays a Search Results page when the requested search is completed. Use the Next Page and Previous Page buttons if there are more results than fit on the current page. If your results contain a specific item or website, you'll be able to underline and select specific items using the 5-way controller.

My Items

Kindle displays all titles that contain your search term(s) and shows total instances for your term(s) in each item to the left of the title. To see all results for a specific title, select it with the 5-way controller.

Illustration of available search results on Kindle

After you select a specific title from the search results or if you limited your search results to a specific title originally, you'll see a results page that displays all the locations where the search term(s) appear. You can select and view the locations listed using the 5-way controller. Use the Back button to return to your results page.

Illustration of reading location entries from search results on Kindle

Kindle Store

A Store search takes you to the Kindle Store where you can browse available titles.

Illustration of results from Kindle Store search on Kindle


When you look up the meaning of a word, Kindle displays definitions from default dictionary. You can use the 5-way controller to select specific words within the definition to see them defined at the bottom of the screen.

Illustration of definition detail from search results on Kindle

Remote Searches

When you're connected to Whispernet and select "wikipedia" or "google" as your search option, Kindle opens Basic Web and displays the search results from the chosen website. If links are available, you can navigate to other web pages using the 5-way controller.

Downloading New Content

If you just purchased content from the Kindle Store or are waiting for the most recent issue of a periodical to be delivered, you can use Kindle's Home menu to start the download.

To download content pending delivery:

  1. If you are not already on the Home screen, press the Home key.
  2. Check the wireless status indicator to make sure you are connected to Whispernet. If not, select "Turn Wireless On" from the Home menu.
  3. Press the Menu button and select "Sync & Check for Items" using the 5-way controller.
Illustration of the Sync & Check for Items option on the Kindle

Downloading Archived Content

Kindle displays the items you've downloaded on the Home screen. If you have Kindle content stored in your Kindle library that isn't displayed, you can download it from your Kindle library on when connected to Whispernet.

To download Archived Items:

  1. Select "Archived Items" from the Home screen or "View Archived Items" from the Menu.
  2. Select the item from the Archived Items screen.

Removing Kindle Content

All books you purchase are automatically backed up on When you remove a book from your Kindle, it appears in your Archived Items.

Note that if you wish to permanently remove a book so that it will no longer appear in your Archived Items please see Managing Your Kindle on

To remove content:

  1. If you are not already on the Home screen, press the "Home" button.
  2. Underline the item you want to remove with the 5-way controller.
  3. Move the controller to the left and select "Remove from device."

To change your mind, move the 5-way up or down to cancel.

Removing Personal Content

Personal documents you transfer to your Kindle are not backed up at If you wish to keep a copy of personal items for backup before deleting them from your Kindle, you'll need to save them to your computer or another storage device.

Removing Content with Annotations

When you remove a Kindle book you bought from Amazon that is available for re-download in your Kindle library, we automatically save all of your annotations for the book.

The "My Clippings" file on your Kindle will still remain as a separate file containing all the clippings you added regardless of whether the content is a book, subscription, or blog, regardless of whether it was purchased from Amazon or not. See Customize Your Reading for more information.

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