NPR’s Andrei Codrescu likened popular highlighting on the kindle to letting an opinionated mob aboard the book that you’re reading. I have to agree. Numerous sources online try to explain how to turn this odious feature off, but none seem to be very clear. What follows is my attempt to set things right:
1. Let’s start by assuming that you have the kindle app open and are currently reading some text in one of your books. Start by pushing on the upper portion of the page, which opens a horizontal menu across the top of the screen. The extreme left of this menu shows 3 bars stacked vertically, which you now push on.
2. You’re now looking at a large vertical menu with “Library” being the first word at the top. On the same line as “Library”, you will see a “home symbol” to the right. Push on it.
3. You’re now looking at a page listing all your books. It contains a menu band along the bottom, with a gear symbol for “Settings” at the extreme right. Push on it.
4. You have now opened the “Settings” menu, and you’re going to need to scroll to the bottom of it, which is not visible when you first open it. The very last item is entitled “Other”. Push on it.
5. You have now reached the “Other” menu, where the next to the last item is “Popular Highlights”. Push its switch to the left so that the green area is no longer showing.
6. You have now dispersed the mob, and can make up you own mind about what’s important in whatever your reading.