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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118267885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118267882
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author: 5 Things I Love About the Kindle Fire

Author Nancy Muir
From its stunning color touch-screen to its beautifully simple and easy interface, the Kindle Fire is one of the hottest new tablets to hit the market. The Kindle Fire may be pint-sized, but it's a total powerhouse packed with features including web browsing, games, apps, videos, magazines, newspapers, music, e-books, cloud storage, e-mail, and more. Learn all about the cool things your Kindle Fire can do with help from longtime For Dummies author Nancy C. Muir and these five Fire features that are sure to fuel your love of tablets and technology.

1. Content, Content, Content!
Kindle Fire is intended to be a device you use to consume media, meaning that you can play/read all kinds of music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, e-books, magazines, and newspapers. Amazon has built up a huge amount of content, from print and audio books (1,000,000 titles and counting in the Kindle Store) to movies and TV shows (100,000), music (17 million songs), and hundreds of your favorite magazines. Count on these numbers to have risen by the time you read this! Amazon continues to rack up deals with media groups such as Fox Broadcasting and PBS on a regular basis to make even more content available.

You can also find various kinds of content in the Amazon store using the Store button in Video and Music libraries that you access through the Kindle Fire Home screen. Tap Newsstand to shop for periodicals; Music to shop for songs and albums; tap Video to go directly to the Amazon Video store; and tap Apps to shop the Amazon Appstore for Android. All the content you purchase is backed up on the Amazon Cloud. The ability to quickly and easily access all this content and play it back or display it on your Kindle Fire is probably the main reason why this great little device could give iPad a run for its money.

2. Free Cloud Storage
Although Kindle Fire has less storage space (8 GB) than some competing tablets, that amount of storage will probably work just fine for you. That’s because when you own a Kindle Fire you get free, unlimited cloud storage for all digital content purchased from Amazon (but not content that you copy onto Kindle Fire from your computer). This means that books, movies, music, and apps are held online for you to stream or download at any time, rather than being stored on your Kindle Fire. This storage means that you don’t use up your Kindle Fire memory. As long as you have a Wi-Fi connection you can stream content from Amazon’s Cloud at any time.

Tip:If you’ll be away from a Wi-Fi connection for a bit, you can download content like a TV show or movie to your Kindle Fire to watch while you’re without wireless access. When you’re done watching and back within range of a Wi-Fi network, you can remove the content to free up space on your device. The content is still available in the cloud and can be downloaded or streamed again anytime you like.

3. The Size
Sporting a 7-inch display and weighing only 14.6 ounces, Kindle Fire is lighter and smaller than the iPad and other popular tablets on the market. That smaller, lighter form factor makes the Fire easier to hold with one hand. In addition, Kindle Fire is that much easier to slip into a tote bag or laptop case. You don’t really need to prop it up with a fancy stand because you can easily hold it with one hand and tap the screen to get things done with the other.

4. The Price
Kindle Fire costs much less than the lowest priced iPad: $199 versus $499. At the top end, you’ll pay $829 for a 64 GB, 3G iPad. Granted Kindle Fire doesn’t offer a 3G option, and has no camera, and though it’s inexpensive, it’s a very well made device that offers just about all the functionality of the competition in the booming tablet market. How does Amazon offer a quality device at this low price? Quite simply they're making a bet that they’ll make up for what they lose on the cost of the hardware with content sales. And with all the content available, you, the consumer, are the big winner in the end!

5. Amazon Prime
Finally, Kindle Fire comes with one free month of Amazon Prime. Now I’ve been an Amazon Prime member for years so I can tell you firsthand that this service is one of the best deals out there. During your free month, Prime will allow you to get lots of perks such as free two-day shipping on thousands of items sold through Amazon.

If you decide to pick up the service after your free month, it will cost you $79 US a year. So just what do you get for your money?

Prime includes a ton of Prime Instant Video, movies and TV shows that you can watch absolutely free. And, these shows aren’t the dregs either: there’s some pretty awesome entertainment included in Prime Instant Video. You also get free two-day shipping on millions of items and overnight shipping for only $3.99. Not every item offered on Amazon is eligible for Prime, but enough are that it's a wonderful savings in time and money over the course of a year. In fact, you can probably pay for your membership with the free shipping on the first two or three orders you place, and getting your Prime-eligible stuff in only two days every time is super sweet.


About the Author

Nancy C. Muir owns a writing and consulting company that specializes in business and technology topics. She has written more than 100 books, including Computers For Seniors For Dummies. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Harvey published his first novel, Stone and Silt, in August 2013. His previous published works include five technical guides in Wiley's For Dummies series.

The "Stone and Silt" historical mystery is based in British Columbia, where Harvey grew up and spent his teenage summers guiding whitewater raft trips on the Thompson and Fraser rivers. Harvey received a Bachelor of Science degree from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, where his elective studies included the history of B.C. and of western Canada.

Harvey works as a program manager for an IT consulting firm. He is also the founder of KBoards.com - the web's largest independent Kindle user forum.

Harvey lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his wife, three daughters, a lovable golden retriever, and a stern cat. He enjoys walking mountain trails, learning blues guitar, and being surrounded by great books.

Harvey's author blog is http://harveychute.blogspot.com

Customer Reviews

Well written and very easy to understand.
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The figure pictures are poor and sometimes hard to "figure" out what you are looking at.
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290 of 302 people found the following review helpful By Michael - on December 7, 2011
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Great "in other words" Explanations - of course you can find operating instructions on your Kindle Fire - however, consider this: A wonderfully written Kindle Fire operating manual you can use at the same time you are working on your Kindle Fire!

This is my key reason for having a useful "Dummies and Reference Guide" that you can turn the actual paper pages as you work on your Kindle Fire. This guide gives you great illustrations and explains more than what you have on your Kindle Fire.

INTERESTING TIP: In this book you'll find you can download to your computer and then print it out as a manual, or print out just the pages you would like to. You'll get it in about a minute - it will be saved on your Amazon Cloud and on your computer and on your Kindle Fire.

If you are use to the "Dummies" style books you will appreciate the way it is written and that you don't need to read it from cover to cover; just go to the part you need information on.

Enjoy your Kindle Fire even better with this book!
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110 of 118 people found the following review helpful By John H. Macdonald on December 28, 2011
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This book is required reading for anyone unfamiliar with the touch interface. The Kindle Fire (like the IPad) incredibly does not include an instruction manual, in spite of the fact that it is a new product based upon a touch interface that far from intuitive! In order to get the manual, you must find it...(guess where? on the Kindle!) perhaps an easy task for tech savvy twenty somethings, but not so much for the middle aged folk.

Enter "Kindle Fire for Dummies", a clear and comprehensive guide to the Fire,that should have come in the box. You can open the Kindle box with this book in hand, set up your reader in Chapter One, and slowly and methodically encounter the dozens of menus one at a time in a coherent fashion. Use of the Kindle Fire is covered in a clear linear fashion, providing instructions on menus and interface first, and functionality in increasing depth. Best of all,you can skip ahead to whatever feature you are desperate to master. Worth every penny!
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83 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Terry on December 13, 2011
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This is a useful guide for the kindle fire. It is structured logically seems to have sections that cover most things, that is i haven't identified something it doesn't cover yet. It is clearly written. Maybe the illustrations could be a little larger, but in terms of getting started, sorting out quirks and helping me get the best out of the kindle fire its good.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By jvb on February 1, 2012
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Not done reading the book just yet, but it relies very heavily on screen shots from the Kindle.

The problem is that the pages are really too small to comfortably accommodate the screen shots, which are so integral to the flow and understanding of the text. The result is contant "squinting" at the pages, and an inabilty to fully read/discern all the screen shots.

Otherwise, the book seems to be simply and clearly written. Bottom line: I purchased the book online; had I thumbed through it ahead of time, I would have opted for a book in a larger, more-readable format. I did find that the book is quite concise, however, snd did not have much of the "puffery" and verbiage associated with many books in the Dummy series.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful By E. G. Bray on December 10, 2011
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Kindle Fire For Dummies is well-written and really helps you get up to speed quickly on Kindle Fire. I especially liked all the interesting tips about features I might have missed otherwise. Want to make the most of your Kindle Fire? Buy this book!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Pattycake on February 8, 2012
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I have used other "Dummies" books before buying this one. This book did not give the guidance that was needed to learn the different uses of the Kindle Fire. It tells what the features of the Kindle are, but sometimes leaves you hanging as to how to use, and where the features are located. The figure
pictures are poor and sometimes hard to "figure" out what you are looking at. Unless you have your Kindle with you and you are able to make sure that you are on the screen in question, you can get lost. It is as if the book was written in a hurry. I love my Kindle Fire, but I was hoping this book would be a guide to educate me. The more a customer knows about an item they have bought, the better they will like it.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. R. on January 17, 2012
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Unfortunately, none of the usual problems - setting up mail or deleting URLs - were solved in this hastily written book.
Other concerns - marking books read or deleting them from the cloud - were not addressed at all.
Don't waste your money.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By CAK on March 6, 2012
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Amazon clearly hopes that I'll use my Kindle to buy lots of content from them...and I will. The manual that comes on/with the Kindle is perfectly sufficient for managing this content and, yes, I suppose if you haven't jumped into the joys of swiping and twitching, the book may provide a good guide. But if, and this is what I had hoped it would do, your purpose was to find out how to get content from all the free sources out there -- not just Amazon -- for example Project Gutenberg -- and then how to manage THAT content on your Kindle...good luck. This book doesn't mention any of these wonderful sources and doesn't provide you with any assistance for how to manage to get that content onto your Kindle. I'm not surprised Amazon itself doesn't include this information but the book should have. Despite Amazon's hopes for my purchases their phone support was just wonderful in helping me learn how to copy/paste/upload mobi files. I'm so glad because this book wasn't anything more than a base level copy of Amazon's already quite clear instructions.
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