Kindle: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

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We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Kindle, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the popular reading app that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!

Number Eight: The Kindle Can Read to You

Seriously! You can use your Kindle to have it read to you just by turning on the text-to-speech option. However, only certain publishers allow this, so the option isn’t available for every book.

Number Seven: It Lets Users Play Games

Nope, your Kindle isn’t just for reading! Regular devices offer users the option to play Minesweeper and GoMoku. If you want to play Minesweeper, simply hit “Alt,” “Shift,” and “M” at the same time.

Number Six: It Can Be Used as a Music-Listening Device

If you like to listen to music while you read, then you’re in luck! The headphone jack on the device isn’t just for listening to audio books. Users can copy MP3 files to the device and put it in a separate folder.

Number Five: It’s a Secret Camera

Most people think the camera on the device is just for using Skype, but in reality, it can be used to take pictures as well! However, the camera is front-facing, so logistically it’s not the easiest thing to do.

Number Four: If You Jailbreak It, You’ll Still Be Under Warranty

Several websites have listed instructions on how to jailbreak the device. While jailbreaking other electronic devices usually voids the warranty, this isn’t the case with the Kindle.

Number Three: The Company Refuses to Release Sales Information

Despite the insane popularity of the device, there isn’t any sales information about it. However, Morgan Stanley has estimated that the sales of the device totaled up to $5 billion in 2014.

Number Two: Prices Differ Depending on Where You Are

If you’re in the United States, you might be paying more (or less) for a book than someone else in Australia. The prices of the books the app offers vary depending on where its users are.

Number One: It Lacks Privacy

The device collects all sorts of information about the people who read Amazon e-books (it’s unclear if it does this for other e-books as well). Not only will the device have access to the user’s identity, but it also collects data about the last pages of books read, how much time is spent on each page, and which passages are personally highlighted. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Kindle!

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