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Kindle Fire: The Complete Guidebook - For Your First Generation Kindle Fire [Kindle Edition]

Michael J Young
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Book Description

Illustrated Step-by-Step Instructions, Plus Tips on Getting the Most from Your Kindle Fire and Finding Free Books, Videos, and Apps

COVERS: The First Generation Kindle Fire, released in 2011 and sold from November 2011 through August 2012 (in the US only).

IF YOU HAVE A KINDLE FIRE MODEL RELEASED IN 2012 OR 2013: Please see "Kindle Fire: The Complete Guidebook - For Your Kindle Fire HDX and HD, Second Edition," available as a Kindle book by the same author (

The Kindle Fire is a unique device and many of its most useful features lie just beneath the surface. A little guidance can greatly enhance your enjoyment of your Kindle Fire.

This tutorial and reference manual was written to provide that guidance. It includes three types of material for your edification and enjoyment, which you WON'T find in the documentation included with your Kindle Fire:

(1) COMPLETE, illustrated, step-by-step directions on all the essential operations of the Kindle Fire.

(2) Explanations and insights to help you UNDERSTAND the logic and organization of your Kindle Fire -- what makes it tick.

(3) TIPS, TRICKS, and SHORTCUTS that go beyond the basic instructions to help you get the most from your Kindle Fire.

The book also includes extensive guidance for finding FREE AND INEXPENSIVE KINDLE FIRE CONTENT: videos, apps, and especially Kindle books.

The book was designed, written, and formatted specifically for the Kindle. You can read it on your Kindle Fire. OR, if you would rather read it on a separate device while you learn your Kindle Fire, you can read it on any other Kindle device or free reading app, or in your web browser with the free Kindle Cloud Reader. (Amazon provides free reading apps for most computers, tablets, and other mobile devices, including the iPad.)

You'll find a companion website for the book at, where you can contact the author and also read ongoing updates, corrections, and elaborations on the material covered in the book.

Chapter 1. Setting Up Your Kindle Fire
Chapter 2. Working with the Kindle Fire Home Screen
Chapter 3. Kindle Books: How to Buy Them, Find Them for Free, and Read Them
Chapter 4. Reading Magazines and Newspapers
Chapter 5. Listening to Music
Chapter 6. Movies and TV Shows: How to Buy Them, Stream Them for Free, and Watch Them on Your Kindle Fire
Chapter 7. Personal Documents and Free Ebooks: How to Convert them to Kindle Format and Copy them to Your Kindle Fire
Chapter 8. Browsing the Web with Silk
Chapter 9. Games and other Apps: How to Buy Them, Get Them for Free, and Run Them on Your Kindle Fire
Chapter 10. Using Email and Storing Contact Information
Chapter 11. Optimizing Your Kindle Fire Settings, Getting Help, and Learning More

Michael J Young has a master's degree in computer science and is the author of 30 books on computing. His book "XML Step by Step" won the top award, "Distinguished Technical Communication," in the 2000-2001 International Technical Publications Competition of the Society for Technical Communication.

"Kindle Fire: The Complete Guidebook - For Your Kindle Fire HDX and HD, Second Edition" ( The version of The Complete Guidebook for the Kindle Fire models released in 2012 and 2013.

"Kindle Fire HDX + HD: Tips, Tricks, & Troubleshooting" ( A collection of practical tips, tricks, and troubleshooting instructions that go beyond The Complete Guidebook.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2120 KB
  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Self Reliant Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086KROE6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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For any one who has bought a KINDLE and hasn't a clue where to beginning using its features, this is a MUST have. I directed me to solving a problem I had with my Kindle Fire for months and helped me fix the problem.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book February 10, 2013
This book was very detailed and informative. I have read several books on how to use the Kindle fire and this one was the most comprehensive and easiest to understand.
Michael Young gives very good advice.
It will be a help to anyone that owns the first Kindle Fire.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY INTERESTING February 18, 2013
By ngp
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Book has Good detail about all the Fire features. We 've had this fire for about a year and while I've gotten around on it okay, I learned a lot. Obviously, I need. To read the keyboard instructions again. Well worth your time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars opened a whole new world for me! September 29, 2012
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This book was so helpful! I have been using my Fire since the 1st of the year yet this book taught me many tricks & things I didn't know. The biggest help was in downloading my music! Thank you for re-introducing music into my life - now have tons of music on my Fire & my phone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful basics December 30, 2012
If you understand the book search and are off to a good start. This book will fill in all the other unknowns for using your Kindle. Good read and you can skip the parts you already know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Fire The Complete Guidebook November 3, 2012
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This was a awesome book. Very well researched and patiently explained. No
extra fluff that adds nothing to the article. Amply illustrated to help in the explanation.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too complicated September 6, 2012
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Far too complicated for the average person. Needs to understand that we are not all techies need to look from a average users viewpoint. I could not find in every day language the help i needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD INEXPENSIVE INFORMATON June 22, 2014
By Rayford
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This book offers all the instruction and information I needed for my purchase of a 2nd generation Kindle Fire and at the right price. THANKS!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easier to understand than the kindle for dummies I have. Lots more detail
Published 4 months ago by Clifton G. Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, Helpful book
A friend upgraded his Kindle Fire and let me have his old one. I knew nothing at all about it. Having read Michael Young's book, I now know more. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shari A. Mann
1.0 out of 5 stars Ordered hard copy, not software.
I wanted a hard copy; that was the key point. If I could navigate this, I would not need it.
Published 11 months ago by sandman
2.0 out of 5 stars book of instructions
My daughter gave me her old KIndle Fire tablet thing to use and I was unable to do much on it since it did not come with instructions. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Grandma Joanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, nice to refer to when you have a question.
I felt it was a necessary purchase and very helpful to refer to when there is a question. A lot to go throug which s why it got a 4.
Published 15 months ago by Gale S. Hanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Fire Guide Book
This is a very informative book ,with easy to understand instructions it helped my Daughter to become quiet proficient with her Kindle Fire.
Published 16 months ago by Willard E. May
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference
Easy to understand. Well organized. A must read for the new owner. Don't skip this one. You'll find it very useful.
Published 18 months ago by L. Kelley
3.0 out of 5 stars it was ok
I was a little lost when I got my kindle so I bought this i found more info for free on line it just takes a little practice to figure it out
Published 19 months ago by grim
2.0 out of 5 stars i need directions in hand
And rereadwhat i need to know so i need written instructions in my handNothiing against the guide book per sa I have trouble with needing to recheck
Published 19 months ago by Janncy
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Fire,The complete Guide book For you
I FOUND the guide FANTASTIC and easy to follow. The step by step instructions were easy and clear. Great book.
Published 19 months ago by R. K. M.
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