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”I have gone through a number of books like this one, and most of them are pretty much the same. This is the one you want… Personally, I will check out any book this author writes about apps because, for some reason, maybe a bad case of OCD, he is obviously compelled to do the most thorough investigation into each and every aspect, good and bad of apps in a particular genre. My hat's off to him, and he has my thanks for saving me a ton of time and grief.” - Linda Abbott (Reviewer)
Nearly 800 Pages of In-Depth Reviews, and Tips and Tricks to Help You Get The Most Out of Your Free Kindle Fire Apps
Question: Why Do You Need This Book?
Answer: Because you have better things to do with your time than to trudge through the Amazon App Store and test tons of apps until you find the best ones
Question: OK. But Why Do You Need To Buy THIS Book?
Answer: Because you need more than some random list of “Top Kindle Fire Apps.” You also need:
To know which apps to download first
Tips and tricks for how to get the most out of the apps
How to find help if you’re having a problem with an app
An in-depth review describing what is good and what is bad about each app
Problem: Even if you have a list of the top free apps, how do you know which ones to install first?
Solution: At the end of this book, all the apps are ranked from best to worst according to a
UNIQUE RANKING SYSTEM FOUND ONLY IN MY BOOKS
Question: How Else Is This Book Unique?
Answer: In addition to its unique ranking system, it also offers in-depth reviews that provide the following:
A summary of what the app does
A summary of what is good and what is bad about each app
When available: The app developer’s contact information, website information, as well as links to pertinent articles about the app
Tips and tricks for many of the apps (how to get the most from the app)
A brief summary of the positive and negative reviews of the app on Amazon
A list of 5 must-have free productivity apps that every Kindle Fire owner should install to have greater control over their Kindle Fire
A list of 15 free productivity apps that most Kindle Fire owners will find useful since they provide a great deal of functionality
Question: OK…But What Types Of Apps, Exactly, Does The Book Include?
Answer: A dizzying variety…
Arcade and Board game apps
Mind game apps: Card, logic, and word game apps
Educational apps and Game apps for kids: Apps for toddlers, preschoolers, elementary schoolers, and high schoolers in the following categories: Art apps, Book apps, English apps, and Math apps
Art apps, Calendar apps, Cooking apps, Health and Fitness apps, Job apps, Language apps, Local apps, Math apps, Messaging apps, Movie apps, Music/Sound apps, News apps, Reading apps, Reference apps, Science apps, Security apps, Social Networking apps, System Maintenance/Tools (Utility) apps, Time apps, WiFi apps, and Writing apps
Apps are one of the reasons why I bought the original Kindle Fire, and now with a Kindle Fire HD 7", I still use a lot of apps - mostly games but also a number of utilities and productivity apps. To decide which apps to try, I rely largely on Amazon descriptions and reviews, online blogs and websites, and word-of-mouth. "Free Kindle Fire Apps That Don't Suck" is only the second book of its type that I've read, and although my expectations weren't too high, I gleaned quite a bit of helpful information from it. The biggest part (almost 60%) of the book consists of game apps, with representative arcade games, board games, card games, mind games, logic games, and word games. There's a separate chapter devoted to kids apps (for children as young as two years old), including educational apps, animated books, English language, and arithmetic. The next section of the book covers productivity apps, which included drawing and image editing, cooking, calendars, health and fitness, messaging, music/sound, news/weather, reference, social networking, and other non-game apps.
All of the apps listed in the book were free at the time the book was published, so in many cases, the app will be a limited version of a paid app, or the app will have ads. Most of the well known mega-hits like Angry Birds, Temple Run, and Fruit Ninja are included, but I found a lot of game apps that were highly rated that I had never heard of. At first I was disappointed to not find some of my favorites like Scrabble, but I looked them up, and there are no free versions at this time. (That can change, of course, and that's one downside to books like this - they can't reflect recent changes.)
In the introduction, the author lists the criteria that he used to select the top free apps. I was impressed with the thoroughness of his analysis of the selected apps. The criteria included such factors as build quality/stability, graphic design, music/sound effects, ease of use/intuitiveness, number of features, and - perhaps most important - overall enjoyment. Some of these factors are highly subjective and may be very different from your own experience with an app, but overall, it's a pretty detailed look at the selected apps. For some apps, the author even included his own tips for using the app.
At the end of the book, the author summarizes his choices with lists of "must have" apps. My only negative comment about the book is that a hot-linked table of contents or index would have been helpful.
The bottom line: I was pleasantly surprised to find many listed apps that I wasn't familiar with, but the descriptions and ratings piqued my interest enough to want to download them and check them out.Read more ›
FIVE stars is a must for this highly educational book that has kept me occupied for the last 5 plus hours! I am not a tech geek so I find most technical information hard to grasp, that was mostly not the case with this book and it's straightforward, simplistic approach. I have amassed quite a number of apps and games and have generally made those purchases based upon the REVIEWS attached! I now find out that even those can't be trusted all the time! If for no other reason that fact alone makes me very happy that someone who has such great knowledge in this area would spend hundreds of hours testing each app, then compiling the results to pass on to me and others that may be just as clueless., and you do all this for a mere 99 cents!!
As I closed the last page I Was delighted to see that The App Bible had more books available, I promptly purchased the three that suited my needs, for 99 cent each of course and look forward to learning more!
Happy hunting and many sincere thanks. I'm going appt shopping!
I spent the better part of last night reading about Free Kindle Fire Apps, and then looked at about 20 of the ones I thought would interest me. I expected this to be heavily into gaming, and contrary to other reviews, I was wrong. I've had my KF for over a year, and I'm a little worn out on games and, in fact, apps in general. An app really has to be special to remain on my Kindle. I didn't find many listed in this book, but that shouldn't dissuade anyone from getting it. There are worthwhile apps written about, and the book is organized well. The Sections or Chapters are:
Game Apps (then broken down into arcade, mind, etc.) Kid Apps (sorry, I skipped over these) Productivity Apps such as art, calendar, cooking, etc. (I still haven't found a calendar that's worthwhile.) Health and Fitness Apps (no thank you) Job Apps (I'm semi-retired thank heavens) Languages Apps (found two) Local Apps Math Apps (where were these when I was in high school?) Messaging Apps (I don't message: I email while I still have 10 fingers) Movie Apps (Some interesting apps here though I'm still waiting for them on HBO or Starz - which means another two years) Music Apps News (USA Today is a winner) Reading Reference (All you really need is the Wiki App) Science Security Social Networking (I'm anti-social, but don't let that stop you) System Maintenance and Tools (which you could get from reading the text that comes with your Kindle) Time WiFi (Two Useful Apps, but my favorite is still amped|wireless by Wi-Fi Analytics) Writing
and then some suggestions.
Not even considering the price (nothing), this is worthwhile. However, before you start downloading apps just because they're free, keep in mind memory that apps use, and the time it takes to get the app and then get rid of it if it's as useless as "The Heart." I could have given 5 stars, but found some of this "tedious." It could just be that I find most apps not engaging, and after 14 months, I have only 29 apps and three of those, I can't delete because they're standard Amazon apps. Of course, I like THE Amazon app which gets me here so quickly...