Is there a way to track and export time spent reading on a Kindle?

I'm setting a goal around reading books several hours a week, and I would love to automate the tracking.

Amazon seems to track furthest page read and your bookmarks and highlights, but I can't find any way to track time spent. Ideally, I'd like to export this data as JSON or CSV.

  • Yes Kindle FreeTime is great for that purpose. I don't understand why Amazon has not changed its policy of targerting this feature to children only. I would also love to be able to add subscription magazines worth reading from cover to cover.
    – user6610
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 9:22

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I discovered an answer to this in this quora thread:

The only way I've found to do this is to get the latest firmware for the Kindle Paperwhite and enroll yourself in "Kindle FreeTime". This is a program intended to restrict the content that children can read while tracking their progress. It provides reading time, books read, pages read, etc. Why this is hidden behind a feature that is 100% directed at children is unclear to me. But if you don't mind occasionally entering a parental control password (I just set mine to a single letter) and jumping through a few hoops, I'd checkout FreeTime.

I verified the solution, and wrote up a guide. Using Freetime, you can definitely track these metrics.

freetime metrics

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    Free time only works with purchased content
    – user5461
    Commented Oct 22, 2015 at 0:47
  • Guide site can't be reached at the moment
    – Tom Hale
    Commented Dec 23, 2020 at 4:03

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