I have been wanting to track the reading time on my Kindle and wondered if there are any official methods.
I have also had plenty of readers come up to me with the same query.
This got me to curate this article, to finally put an end to the query as to whether you can check your reading time on your Kindle.
You can track reading time on Kindle using Kindle Insights. You can access it on the Kindle app or on the website. Kindle Freetime and Goodreads are alternate methods to keep track of your reading time and other personalized statistics.
Tracking Kindle Reading Time Using Kindle Insights
Kindle does have a program that displays your Kindle reading stats, aptly named Kindle Insights.
Kindle Insights gathers all personal stats and information from your Kindle devices and curates them under a single roof in an eye-pleasing manner.
The information includes all the books that you have finished so far, your reading streaks, and days you read sorted by months, amongst plenty of reading statistics.
Of course, it also includes your reading time.
Kindle Insights was first introduced in 2018, so you will have access to reading stats from 2018.
Unfortunately, you cannot access your Kindle Insights from your Kindle device.
This is quite unfortunate, as direct access to my reading time should have been a godsend feature.
A valid reason is that Kindle users usually prefer to stay offline, and Kindle Insights requiring internet access to sync information across all devices might not be favorable for many.
But this is a software feature that Amazon can easily add in the future, and with their Kindle app having access to Kindle Insights, this future is probably not long off.
There are two primary ways with which you can currently access your Kindle Insights:
Using the Kindle App on iOS and Android
Despite having app launch issues, the Kindle app on iOS and Android is the place to be if you want to gain access to all the latest features, and Kindle Insights is one such feature.
You can easily track and check your Kindle insights app directly from your Kindle app, and the most surprising thing is that this is not hidden under countless menus.
To check your Kindle Insights on the Kindle app, follow the steps given below:
- Open the Kindle app on your iOS or Android device.
- Tap on the More option residing in the hamburger menu at the top.
- Tap on Reading Insights.
Using a Web Browser
Kindle Insights can also be accessed from your Amazon account by visiting its homepage.
This can be a far more convenient option for users who don't necessarily use the Kindle app on their phone or tablet, and would rather prefer to check the stats online.
It paves a very easy way for readers who prefer using a PC to read their Kindle books.
To check your Kindle Insights on a web browser, follow the steps given below:
- Visit the Kindle Insights website.
- Log in with your Amazon account.
In theory, this method should also work by using the experimental browser bundled with your Kindle device.
But if you have spent a minute in the browser before, you should know how tedious it is to navigate and use a browser on a Kindle with an E-Ink display.
With your sanity in mind, it is best to consider accessing Kindle Insights using the experimental browser only as a last resort measure.
Tracking Kindle Reading Time Using Kindle Freetime
This is an alternate method bordering a hack territory for Kindle users who badly want to have access to their reading time on their Kindle devices.
Kindle Freetime is a service that is intended for parents who want to track what their child reads on their Kindle.
Parents can add books for their children to read, and track their progress and reading stats.
This is the feature that we require.
Kindle users across multiple forums have been making use of this service for a long time to gain access to their reading stats directly from their Kindle devices.
Basically, you will need to create a FreeTime account and add books to your FreeTime Kindle library.
After your reading session, you can check out the dashboard to gain access to the reading stats.
To track your Kindle reading progress using Kindle Freetime, follow the steps below:
- Download the Kindle FreeTime app on your iOS or Android device and log in with your Amazon credentials.
- Link your Kindle to this FreeTime account and add the book of choice to your FreeTime library.
Your Kindle should now have access to your reading stats for that specific book.
There are certain drawbacks with this method, in that you will be required to enter a password each time you read, owing to parental controls.
You will also not be able to track and share your highlights and notes from your FreeTime library.
But that should a small price to pay, especially if you are already accustomed to using Kindle's password protection, and you rarely utilize the highlights feature.
Tracking Your Kindle Reading Using Goodreads
If you are an avid Kindle reader, you should have come across its Goodreads integration.
Goodreads is a social media service designed specifically for readers.
Goodreads is super helpful in letting your peers, as well as you, know about your current reading status and the books you have wish-listed and read so far.
Goodreads has been integrated with Kindle devices for the longest time, so it is only a matter of linking your Kindle and Goodreads accounts.
To link and enable Goodreads on your Kindle device, follow the steps below:
- Open the homepage or library of your Kindle.
- Tap on the three-dot menu in the top right corner.
- Tap on Goodreads.
After creating your Goodreads account and linking your Kindle account with it, Goodreads will ask you for regular updates based on your activity on the Kindle.
If you are starting out on a book, a pop-up will show up before you read asking you whether you want to add this current book to your reading status on Goodreads.
The same goes for wishlists and books marked as read on your Kindle library.
You can also rate the books from a star meter so that your Goodreads friends can know your thoughts on the book.
The Goodreads community is pretty huge and is a must-have for avid readers.
Reset the Reading Time on Kindle
Kindle, like any software program, is susceptible to errors and issues regarding personalized statistics.
Although not many, there have been a few moments where I wanted to reset the reading time that Kindle has estimated for me to finish my book.
This will lead to plenty of disparities in your overall reading insights.
This can pop up if the file size is too large, or if the book is just not perfectly suited for your specific Kindle device.
Fortunately, there is an official method with which you can actually reset your Kindle reading time:
- Open the book you want the reading time reset.
- On the search bar on top, type in the following: ;ReadingTimeReset
- Tap on the search button. Fret not when no results pop up.
- Simply go back to the book and you will notice that Kindle is recalculating the reading time.
The command ";ReadingTimeReset" for invoking Kindle to recalculate the reading time is case-sensitive.
If you have further queries regarding your Kindle, feel free to contact Amazon Kindle support.
I hope my article on whether Kindle devices can track your reading time and related statistics has helped you in quenching your curiosity about the same.
Have a good day!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do Kindle devices have ads?
Kindle devices do not have ads. but ad-supported Kindle devices are available directly from Amazon at a subsidized price.
Does Reading Insights for Kindle work without the Internet?
Reading Insights will not work without the internet and requires an active WiFi connection to gather all reading statistics from connected Kindle apps and devices, and upload them to the Amazon servers.
The statistics once uploaded will stay on the Insights page without the need for the Internet.
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