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Reading Enhancements

Use special features to enhance your reading experience on your Fire tablet. Help for Kindle Fire HD (3rd Generation), Kindle Fire HDX 7" (3rd Generation), and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" (3rd Generation).

Note: X-Ray is available for select English content only. The product detail page for a book title will confirm whether X-Ray is available.

Read and Listen at the Same Time

Use Immersion Reading to add professional narration to eligible Kindle books and watch real-time highlighting as you read.

To use Immersion Reading, you need to own the identical audiobook version of your Kindle book, and the title needs to be Whispersync for Voice-ready. For a list of books that support Immersion Reading, go to Whispersync for Voice-Ready.

  1. To activate Immersion Reading:
    • If you already own the title: From the Books library, tap Store, and then search for the book you currently own. On the product detail page for the Kindle book, tap Add Narration to purchase the identical audiobook version of your title, and then tap Download.
    • If you do not own the title: From the Books library, swipe from the left edge of the screen, and then tap Immersion Reading. From here, you can browse all titles in the Kindle Store that currently support the Immersion Reading feature. Tap the title to purchase the book, and then activate Immersion Reading.
  2. To use Immersion Reading, open your Kindle book, and then tap the center of the screen. Tap the headphones icon if needed, then tap the Play button to hear narration and see real-time highlighting in the text while you read.

Listen to Content with Text-to-Speech

Listen to your Kindle content with Text-to-Speech.

Note: Most Kindle content and personal documents are eligible for Text-to-Speech. If Text-to-Speech capability is available for your book, you'll see Text-to-Speech: Enabled on the product detail page before you purchase your book.

  1. While reading, tap the center of the screen, and then tap the menu icon .
  2. Tap Additional Settings, and then tap the switch next to Text-to-Speech.
  3. Tap the screen to show the progress bar, and then tap the Play button next to the progress bar to hear the text read aloud. To increase or decrease the reading speed of the Text-to-Speech voice, tap the Narration Speed icon. You can listen to the Text-to-Speech voice through the external speakers on your device or through your earphones plugged into the headphone jack.
    Tip: If you're reading a book in another language, you can download a Text-to-Speech voice for that language without leaving the book. Tap the download prompt at the bottom of the progress bar to install the Text-to-Speech voice.

Learn More About a Book

While reading, use Smart Lookup to research words on your Fire tablet, or use X-Ray to explore your book.

Note: To use Wikipedia or Instant Translations, your Fire tablet needs to be connected to a wireless network.

  1. While reading, press and hold a word or press and drag a phrase, and then release to see the Smart Lookup cards. Swipe to the left or right to switch to a different Smart Lookup card.
    • Dictionary - Tap Full Definition to see more, or tap Change Dictionary to select another dictionary on your device. The dictionary opens to the word you looked up.

      Note: Free dictionaries are added to your account so you can seamlessly look up definitions without having to purchase a dictionary from the Kindle Store. Because we offer Kindle content in multiple countries, these dictionaries come in a variety of languages. You may also use another dictionary you purchased from the Kindle Store while reading your Kindle books.

    • Wikipedia - Tap Go to Wikipedia to view more information about a word from Wikipedia.
    • Translation - Select the language you want to translate the selected text into. To hear the translated text, tap the Speak button. Translations are provided by Bing Translator. To learn more, go to
    • X-Ray - If you come across a character, concept, or term in a Kindle book with X-Ray enabled, the X-Ray card will appear. Tap More on Shelfari to learn more about the character, concept, or term from Shelfari (if the option is available).
  2. Tap outside the cards to return to the book.

Note: You can use X-Ray to explore the "bones of a book." View detailed information on characters, terms, and more from Wikipedia and from Shelfari, Amazon's community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. If X-Ray is available for your book, tap the center of the screen while reading, tap the menu icon , and then tap X-Ray.

Expand Your Knowledge with Flashcards

If you own a Print Replica textbook, you can test your knowledge of key terms and concepts using Flashcards on your Fire tablet.

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Access Flashcards

While reading, tap the center of the page, and then tap Flashcards.

Create a new flashcard
  • From X-Ray or Notebook, tap .
  • From Flashcards, tap +.
Edit a flashcard or a set of flashcards
  • From the Flashcards screen, tap , enter your changes, and then tap Done.
  • To rename a set of flashcards, press and hold the set, and then tap Rename. Enter the new name, and then tap Done.
Delete a flashcard or a set of flashcards
  • To delete the flashcard, tap , and then tap .
  • To delete a set of flashcards, press and hold the set, and then tap Delete.
Add a new flashcard to an existing set

Tap the set from the Flashcards screen, tap , and then tap Done when complete.

Test your knowledge

While reading, tap the center of the screen, tap Flashcards, and then select the set you want to use. Tap the card to read information on the other side (such as the answer), and then drag the flashcard into the Correct or Incorrect pile.

To shuffle your set, tap . To restart your set, tap .

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