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Kindle has achievements now?

Hey y’all! I got a notification that from Kindle that I had gained an achievement, which seemed very strange. Apparently Kindle has introduced achievements that vary by season. It seems like they match the season of the year, as the current one is listed as the Spring Challenge, so I assume others will come seasonally.

There are three categories for the achievements: number of books finished on Kindle, number of days that you’ve read on Kindle, and a set of mystery ones that will show what the criteria for them are on a set schedule. The first reveal is on April 15th.

The badges when achieved are little bookmarks. I have no idea what happens with them once the time-frame has ended, but it seems like there might be a little collection to see.

I don’t think this would motivate me to read more, but it’s a fun little way to see what my reading habits are with a visual! What do you think? Are you hoping to collect some of these new little badges for digital reading?

Update on 5/4/22

I’ve learned a bit more about these achievements, and wanted to include some more details in this post!

Mystery Badge Reveals

The first mystery achievement was revealed on April 15th, and it was for a Scholar badge that requires finishing a nonfiction title. I’m not totally sure how they judge the criteria for each book, but it probably links to the book’s Amazon page and details on it. The achievement has a list of recommendations for titles that would work.


Another mystery achievement was revealed in April for World Book Day, tying in to the free books Amazon gave away for that week. If you read a kindle book on April 23, 2022, it gave the Voyager badge.

The future mystery badges seem to have an overlay that hints at what the badge will be for. Some of them are more easily visible than others. This one for May 20th appears to have a person at a typewriter with a bubble up from it showing a boat or something — so many it’s a book with a journey, set on the sea, or from 1800s or earlier! Guess we’ll find out on May 20th.

What counts as “Reading” on a day?

I haven’t found an exact amount of pages or time that you need to do in order to qualify the day as having read something. I’ve read for as few as 5 minutes and as few as 4 pages and had those both still count. It seems like as long as it’s a few minutes and/or a couple page flips, it will count it for the day!

Leveling up badges

Some badges stack, like the Perfect Week and Perfect Month badges where you read every day for that time. When you achieve it again, it adds a little multiplier sticker in the corner. These also keep track of your days so you know where you’re at. Missing one day in April was super annoying to see on that tracker the rest of the month. xD

How to access

So far, it looks like this is only accessible in the kindle app or on their newer e-readers with a home page setup. My Kindle Fire tablet has them, as well as the app on my phone, but nowhere on the Amazon or Kindle websites are they shown yet.

Seeing the other badges

In addition to the badges for reading a certain number of books, there appear to be 2 badges related to a specific genre or list of book. This challenge has one for reading sci-fi / fantasy and one for reading a book from the 2021 Best Books list of Amazon (linked on the badge in the app). And yes… these dang achievements absolutely did push me to read a book that I had posted about a while ago since it was on this list and I wanted the badge. xD I’m a sucker. ….But it was a good book!!

The badges that I had (apparently??) achieved in January are listed in a little section below the current challenge to view. If there were any others I didn’t get, those are no longer shown. I had no idea these even existed until April so maybe they were backdated? If anyone else has others listed, comment below because I’d love to hear it!

  • Bronze Reader: read at least 7 days in January
  • Series Starter: started reading a series title in January
  • Quitter’s Day: read on January 19th, the day most people quit their New Year resolution
  • Finisher: finish a book in January

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7 thoughts on “Kindle has achievements now?

  1. Oh, how interesting! Is this on the Kindle app or is it on the Kindle itself? I noticed that it keeps track of how often I’ve read on my Kindle when I look at the app on my phone but I haven’t seen this latest achievements update. Looks cute!

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    1. It looks like it’s only on the app. I didn’t see it on the kindle reader website. I assume devices like a fire tablet or kindle itself would have them, though as well! Apparently there were some from January too that it told me I got, but I definitely never saw them before. xD

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      1. I haven’t seen it on my kindle tablet but they’ve really changed the interface up so maybe I just need to look properly 😂 I feel like the kindle reader site has gotten worse (or at least worse when you open a book and read it) or is it just me? 🤣

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      2. Yeah I’m not loving the new tablet updates either. I feel like they’re showing less of the books and library, which are the whole point!!! I do see the achievements in the Kindle app home page on my tablet now though, so looks like they added there too

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