If you are lucky enough to get a new Kindle, it’s an exciting event. But some of the fun can wear off really fast when you try to transfer a large number of e-books from your library to the Kindle and have it index them. Many Kindle users complain that the process takes a huge amount of time, and that while the device is indexing books it can cause annoying delays in the Kindle’s operation. It can also rapidly drain its battery, which can be especially troublesome if you are on the move and unable to stop and plug the device into a wall socket.
What is Book Indexing?
Many traditional books come with an index in the back, which is essentially an alphabetized list of contents. An index is much more detailed and comprehensive than the Table of Contents, which only divides the book into basic sections. With a good index you can search for almost anything inside a book and quickly find out what page it’s on, which is very handy. That’s particularly true with certain types or genres of books such as textbooks, nonfiction books, “how-to” guides, and reference books.
E-books that are capable of being indexed by your device make it easier to locate the titles and search inside them on your Kindle. You can find content just by entering search words or phrases. In that way, looking through an e-book is sort of like using Google to search for something on the internet. Just go to the Kindle home page and use the search box to enter keywords related to whatever content you’re seeking. But first the book has to be indexed, which essentially means that the device scans through it and registers the information contained within it, to build a searchable database. That’s what e-book indexing refers to, an how it differs from a traditional index in the back of a book.
When Indexing is Problematic
Most people who encounter problems while their device is indexing books report that they are indexing large numbers of titles at the same time. If you have a vast library of large books, the indexing process will naturally take a longer time. You may find that the device has sluggish response. The more e-books you have on the device, the slower it may run, as it scans through all of them to update the index. Sometimes the device’s computer system will even be overwhelmed with power usage and get “hung up” with a frozen screen. When attempting to index a really large library of books, some users find that their Kindle stays locked-up and preoccupied with indexing for hours or even days. These issues are especially common on older, earlier versions of the Kindle, because they have less computing capacity and room for storing data.
How to Solve Indexing Issues
Before you find out that it’s best to only index smaller quantities or batches of titles at one time, you may have already started. You may be experiencing the kinds of problems mentioned before, like slow performance or a device that’s stalled. In that case, you can try to reboot the device by turning off the power. Let it rest for a minute or two and then power it back up again, and that may clear out the problem. In extreme cases you may need to delete new books that are being indexed. They’ll still be in your online library, but clearing them from your device can help you regain control of it. Then start the process again, but load much smaller batches of titles.
How to Avoid Problems
To avoid such problems in the first place, have the Kindle index just 50 or 100 titles at a time. It will complete the indexing task sooner, with fewer glitches or no glitches at all. Then when those are indexed you can add another batch, and continue in that way until all of the new titles have been loaded and successfully indexed. Most Kindles can index about 100 average-sized books per hour. It’s also helpful to perform loading and indexing when you are able to keep the Kindle plugged into a wall outlet. That way it receives a continuous charge. Also try to set aside time for this task, when you don’t need to use your Kindle for reading. If you’re doing other things on a Kindle as it is indexing, that will just prolong the process while possibly slowing down performance on other tasks.
The good news is that once titles loaded on your Kindle are fully indexed, it makes finding information in them easier and fast. That’s a feature that sets e-books apart from traditional books to enhance your reading experience.