How to Check for New Books on Kindle

When you buy books on Amazon, your Kindle should automatically add them to your Library. Sometimes, though, books do not show up straight away.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
April 21, 2022

When you buy books on Amazon, your Kindle should automatically add them to your Library. Sometimes, though, books do not show up straight away. Let’s find out what to do when that happens.

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Ensure Your Kindle is Connected to WiFi or Cellular

When your Kindle is connected to your Wi-Fi network you will see a little Wi-Fi symbol in the top-right of your screen. For Kindles with Cellular data, there’s also a 3G or 4G symbol. Refer to the below image:

Kindle 1
Checking if Wi-Fi enabled

If you do not see one, or you see an Airplane symbol instead, your Kindle is not connected to the internet. Seeing the Airplane symbol it means your Kindle is in Airplane mode.

Tap the arrow at the top of the screen to open the menu. Then, tap the Airplane icon to turn it OFF. This will allow your Kindle to connect to your Wi-Fi network.

Otherwise, first, tap the arrow at the top of the screen to open the Menu, then tap All Settings icon to open the Settings menu. See the below image:

Kindle 2
Selecting the All Settings icon

Next, tap Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, then tap Wi-Fi Networks to see a list of all your available Wi-Fi networks. See the following image:

Kindle 3
Your available networks

If you do not see your Wi-Fi network, restart your router. Otherwise, select the network you want to connect to and, if you need to, enter the Wi-Fi password.

Force Yout Kindle to Sync

First, from your Home screen, tap the Arrow at the top of the screen to open the Menu. Refer to the below image:

Kindle 4
Opening the Menu

Next, tap the Sync icon. This will force your Kindle to check in with Amazon’s servers. See the below image:

Kindle 5
Selecting the Sync icon

Now, tap the Library button in the bottom toolbar. See the following image:

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Selecting the Library button

Next, tap ALL at the top of your screen. Notice at the bottom right-hand corner, that we show 1 of 3 pages. Tap the one you want to read. If it’s not already on your device, it will download straight away. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting to show ALL Kindle books

Now, this will show you all the Kindle books in your Amazon account, not just the ones downloaded to your Kindle. Any new books should show up first.

To see your downloaded books, tap DOWNLOADED at the top of your screen. Notice at the bottom right-hand corner, that we show 1 of 1 page. See the below image:

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Selecting to show DOWNLOADED books

Need Some Help

If you still can not find the new book you’re looking for after forcing your Kindle to sync, there are a couple of things you can do:

  • Restart your Kindle. Turning things off and on again really can work.
  • Update your Kindle to the latest software version.
  • Check your Amazon orders to see if your purchase went through.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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