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The Complete User's Guide To the Amazing Amazon Kindle 2: Tips, Tricks, & Links To Unlock Cool Features & Save You Hundreds on Kindle Content (#1 Guide to the Kindle US & Global) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Windwalker
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Book Description

From the author and publisher of Kindle Nation Daily (the #1 paid blog in the Kindle Store), here's the inside scoop on the latest generation Kindle (both the Kindle International and the Kindle 2).

Part One: FREE - How to Get Millions of Free Books, Songs, Podcasts, Periodicals & Free eMail, Facebook, Twitter and Wireless Web With Your Amazon Kindle 2
1. Isn't It Ironic? That Expensive Kindle That You are Holding is the Key to "Free"
2. Find and Download Thousands of Free Books from the Kindle Store
3. Find and Download Free Books from Kindle-Compatible Services (Project Gutenberg's "Magic Catalog," MobileRead and Feedbooks)
4. Find Free Books from the Web, Including Any of Google's Million-Plus Free Public Domain Books, and Read Them on Your Kindle
5. Find and Download Free Book Samples and Free 14-Day Periodical Trials from the Kindle Store
6. Use Calibre to Manage Your Kindle's Free Books and Other Kindle Content
7. Read Blogs, Periodicals, and Other Web Content for Free on the Kindle
a. Read Directly on the Web With the Kindle Web Browser
b. Set Up a Google Reader RSS Feed for Your Kindle
c. Flag and Send Interesting Web Content with Instapaper
8. Fetch the News, Newspapers and Magazines, and Other Content with Calibre
9. Use Kindle Nation Daily's Free Book Alerts
10. Unlock the World of Free Audio on the Kindle
11. Use Free Email, Facebook, Twitter and Other Services on the Kindle
12. Use Kindlepedia for Free Wikipedia Research on Your Kindle
13. The Mythical $9.99 Price and the ABCs of Kindle Store Pricing
14. The Politics of "Free" Books in the Age of the Kindle
15. Why Your Kindle's Free Wireless Web Browser is a Revolutionary Feature, and Why Amazon Should Keep it Free
16. Tips for Making the Most of Your Kindle's Free Features
a. Check Sprint's Wireless Coverage
b. Kindle Gift Certificates
c. A Directory of 500+ Kindle-Friendly Web Links
Part Two: What's New With the Kindle 2
Enhanced Design and Placement of Buttons, Switches, Bars and Keyboard
A 5-Way Joystick Controller for Better On-screen Navigation
The New Kindle Battery and Charging Options
What's Inside the Kindle 2
An Enhanced, More User-Free Kindle Reading Environment
Let Your Kindle Read to You with a New "Read-to-Me" Feature
Hands-Free Reading Options
Improved Periodical Navigation
Improved Reading and Web Navigation with the Joystick and the Back Button
Zoom in to Enlarge Graphics, Tables and Pictures
Instant On-Screen Dictionary Lookup
WhisperSync Feature Allows Instant Synchronization of Catalog and Reading Place Across Kindles and Other Devices
Slightly Improved Content Management and Sorting
Opening, Deleting, and Restoring Kindle Content
An Electronic Paper, e-Ink Display Screen, Purpose-Built for Long-Form Reading and Easier Navigation
The Best Features of the Original Kindle, Improved
Whispernet Wireless Connectivity: The Kindle's Connection to Millions of Books
Instant Access to a Growing Amazon Catalog
Greatly Improved Free Wireless Web Access
Emailing Content to Kindle

Product Details

  • File Size: 455 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harvard Perspectives Press - Kindle Nation Daily (June 17, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,312 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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401 of 409 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Need to Know About The Kindle March 22, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I received a Kindle 1 as a birthday gift back in November and followed the simple Amazon directions to download books and then read them. This worked. However, when I went to the Amazon website and read conversations with people that were doing more with the Kindle than I could understand, I purchased Windwalker's book. His ad offered information about "more" ways to use this revolutionary toy and I wanted more. His first book opened the door to understanding how this not just a reader, but a mini computer capable of bringing a huge world of books and information to my fingertips. Now my Kindle experience was great.

By the time Kindle 2 came out, I was way hooked on this product, bought it and of course then immediately read his Kindle 2 information. Although I really enjoyed the struggle related to Kindle 1 (I have been working with computers since the early 80's) - his Kindle 2 book puts readers just a tiny click away from anywhere they want to go and any books they want to read on this marvelous machine. Now the experience was terrific.

Windwalker has made it easy to enjoy all the benefits of the Kindle 1 and 2. His advice and ideas are very valuable and the links are perfect. By the way, I'm a 73 year old woman and I find everything about this technology fantastic.
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184 of 202 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pass on this "Beta version" March 2, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Apparently this hasn't gotten much past the step of changing the former title from Kindle to Kindle 2. There are some changes to the Kindle 2 system that aren't corrected in the book. Check the forums. Hopefully the author will get around to making the corrections.

Personally, I think it's lame to release a "Beta version" of a book anyway. Books shouldn't become like software. That's the slippery slope we get into with eBooks. It should either be finished and ready for release or not. Period.

Also, save your money and read the well-written manual that comes installed on your Kindle. There are lots of tips and tricks already in there.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Windwalker is my "go-to" guy March 23, 2009
By v.g.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I ordered The Complete User's Guide to the Amazing Amazon Kindle II the same day I found out that my husband had ordered my Kindle. I had already relied on Stephen's advice for my original Kindle, and knew he would have excellent tips and explanations for the new version.
His included links turned out to be a double bonus. I refer to the book often, and really feel that it has enhanced my usage of the Kindle. This book really is a must have for any Kindle owner who wants to get the most of their ereader!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What You Already Know in Repetitive Prose April 19, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Most of the information in this book is included in the free guide that was included on my new Kindle 2. The first half of the book reads like a an advertisement for the Kindle. The second half is like a beginner's guide to using the web. I am a happy new Kindle user, but I was not impressed with this guide.

The writing is generally more casual and entertaining than a typical user manual, but it's also poorly structured and puzzlingly repetitive at times. For example, the author explains how the Kindle 2 has two built-in speakers but also can be used with headphones in four different sections of the book. Do those count as 4 of the 500 alleged "tips and tricks"? Many other features of the Kindle are described several times in the book. This actually confused a new Kindle user like myself; at first I assumed I was accidentally hitting some button that caused me to re-read sections of the book.

This was not a pleasant book to read for that reason, but there will be some value for some users. The book contains a long list of web links (in desperate need of editing) that includes few helpful pointers to resources for free (public domain) e-books. This information will be helpful for many new e-book readers like myself, but it's also probably nothing that I could not have learned with a few web searches such as "free ebooks"
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 1.99 rip off May 1, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Even at $1.99 it is a rip off. Nothing but links and some of them don't even work.

It says you can e-mail him for a list of the links which can be used from your computer. Don't waste your time asking for this; I have e-mailed 4 times and NEVER GOT A REPLY!!!!

Save your money; wish I had!!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent even for techno-savvy folks April 4, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've worked in the computer industry for over 30 years, and usually have no problems figuring out how to use technology related products, and so I wasn't sure if I would need Stephen's guide. I was pleasantly surprised not only at the quality of writing, but also in the detailed lists of links and features of the Kindle 2 that I could not find documented elsewhere. Just the tips on the best ways for setting up the Kindle browser and how move over photos was worth it. So, even if you are good with technology related products, you'll save time with Stephen's guide.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for this Guide! March 22, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
My new Kindle 2 actually arrived a day earlier than I expected and I love it. However, I knew that I didn't really have time to do the exploring on my own so started looking for a guide. I knew I'd made the right choice when a "Click Here" didn't connect and I sent an email to the author and received a message back in less than twenty-four hours. That problem has been removed already. He also allows us to download the book to a computer letting us read his instructions/suggestions and play with the Kindle at the same time. I have joined Kindle Nation and am happy with the entire Kindle experience. I'm out of the country right now and the instructions to download to my computer and then to the Kindle have been a lifesaver. It's so easy to read all that I want and not have to worry about finding the books and disposing of them when I finish. Luggage is meant for clothing. The Kindle makes it easy to travel and still relax with a favorite read. The Guide makes it all that much easier. Thank you, Stephen Windwalker!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle guide.
The name is deceiving. It is not complete. It is helpful for someone starting with a Kindle. It is worth the money.
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Now you can get a guide to understanding your kindle without getting mad at it. Simple instructions for the beginners to learn about your kindle .
Published 13 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very informative. Always nice to know all your device can do. Easy read and easy to understand. It always nice to know all you cZn.
Published 13 months ago by BettyBoop
4.0 out of 5 stars A great reference.
I use this all the time especially when I'm trying something new. It's easy to follow. I'm rating it this way because I'm still using it and finding more all the time.
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Published on February 18, 2013 by bookworm33
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Kindle 2 user guide
I actually purchased this for my grandson because he received on as a gift. To the best of my knowledge this book does just what it says if one needs to learn about the Kindle 2.
Published on January 27, 2013 by busmantc2000
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I don't remember much about this guide, except that it was a good help in learning to use my Kindle (which I have had for three years).
Published on January 11, 2013 by Linda O. Stokes
1.0 out of 5 stars The Complete User's Guide To the Amazing Amazon Kindle 2
I am sorry that I had to give this book any star at all, just to get started on the review. I have been dying for it to appear in my books to be reviewed. Read more
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More About the Author

I cut my teeth as a writer covering the Cape Cod Baseball League and other sports for what was then called the Cape Cod Standard-Times and later the Boston Globe, studied the craft of writing with Robert Lowell, Kurt Vonnegut, Monroe Engel and Carter Wilson, and served as Fiction Editor of the Harvard Advocate. In 1999 I founded a small independent publishing company called Harvard Perspectives Press (named after two of my favorite institutions from my undergraduate years, the Harvard House of Pizza and the Harvard Wine Company), and it has done astonishingly well, with a couple of niche bestsellers, other work that we have been proud to published, and now some stunning successes with the Kindle publishing platform. I have three wonderful children, and along the way I've been an author, a community organizer, a bookseller, a publishing executive, a marathoner, an elected official, and some other things unsuitable for mention here.


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