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Love Your First Generation Kindle Fire: The ILMK Guide to Amazon's 1st Entertablet [Kindle Edition]

Bufo Calvin
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

NOTE: This book applies to the first generation Kindle Fire, which sold out on August 30, 2012.

This unique book will get you loving your new Kindle Fire quickly!

Bufo Calvin, author of the bestselling I Love My Kindle blog, takes you through all the options with a thorough hands-on.

The book has a series of what the author calls "splinterviews", where Bufo interviews Bufo on each of the main functions of the Fire, from movies to web browsing to apps to e-books.

For those looking for the official information, an appendix gathers links to Amazon's Kindle Fire resources in one spot.

Among the discoveries you may make:

* How to set a password for your Kindle Fire

* How to remove websites from your Carousel

* How to use the Pulse app to get free blogs on your Kindle Fire

* How to change your notification sound

Newly added:

* Apps Reviews (including ones that greatly enhance the value of your Kindle Fire...providing parental controls and transferring files between your Fire and your computer wirelessly)

* Testing other sources for video besides Amazon

* What you lose when you deregister and reregister your Kindle Fire (it's not like the other Kindles)

Updated with information about the new 6.2.1 update! That includes how to remove items from the Carousel and how to put them back, and password protecting internet access.

Updated with information about the 6.2.2 update (adding full screen on webpages and the ability to set Flash to be "on demand). We've also added a handy troubleshooting section, addressing some of the most common situations. Latest app reviews include Splashtop which displays content from a computer on your Kindle Fire and lets you interact with it.

Now with information for version 6.3: this significant update changes some menus, redoes the keyboard, makes finding your personal documents easier, adds a reading mode for some websites, and enables you to chat with other readers (and maybe the author) while in a book.

A new "how-to" section gives step by step instructions for popular activities, including listening to text-to-speech with your Kindle Fire (although not with Kindle store books), using the Overdrive app to get e-books from your public library, and downloading movies to watch on an airplane.

A major revision has added nearly ten thousand words (bringing the total close to 45,000 words), with new introductions to each of the content types. The earlier introductions have been moved to the back of the book. A new section explains what the difference is between doing things on your "Device" and in the "Cloud". The book has also been updated to reflect the 6.3.1 update, which added parental controls.

Product Details

  • File Size: 202 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Bufo Calvin; 20111120i edition (November 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006B94QEU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes You On A Tour Of Your Fire November 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This little book isn't very long, but it takes you through every setting on the Kindle Fire and explains things clearly. It is written in a non-threatening, folksy style. It is not a technical manual by any means. It is more of a "hold you by the hand" and tell you what every menu option means and what it does. I can see that this would be very helpful and reassuring to people who may be intimidated by the new technology of the Fire. Nicely done, Bufo!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the non-Droids among us November 24, 2011
By Dictum
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you are an experienced Droid user, or even an experienced techie, this handbook may provide more explanation than you need. I'm not a techie,* and found this much more useful than the Fire's manual (although, to Amazon's credit, it has some additional help on the Fire buried in various "use" sections, assuming you can locate them).

This guidebook contains descriptions of tablet basics. It also includes specific controls on the Fire, what the options are, and how to access them.

It also includes descriptions of various content categories for the Fire, including applications (or "apps") and the internet. The pointer to the Pulse app, preinstalled on the Fire, was worth the price of the book for me.

Is there more to be said on the operation of the Fire? Sure. I've still got questions myself. But this will get you started with some confidence.

* By way of context, I had to locate and download my iPod Touch's user manual before I could figure out that one needed to press the circular thing to make the device do something. I did manage to figure out the Fire's "on" sequence more quickly!

Update: the author indicates that he has updated the new version with descriptions of additional apps. I have not seen the new version, but the descriptions in the blog were very useful.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior to Amazon's Kindle Fire User's Guide November 22, 2011
By Daisy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having never owned a tablet, I read the "official" Kindle Fire User's Guide twice before my Fire arrived. Bufo's new book, published five days after taking delivery of the Fire, contains more useful information than that found in Amazon's guide.

The technique of "splinterview," in which Bufo interviews Bufo, works extremely well. With splinterview, Bufo, the interviewer asks a question about the Fire and then Bufo, the author responds. Topics are covered in a non-intimidating easy-to-understand format.

Love Your Kindle Fire: The ILMK Guide to Amazon's Entertablet is a valuable tool for Kindle Fire owners who are well-versed in technology and those who are not. Everyone who reads Bufo's book will learn from it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fire Not Prime November 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was disappointed that Bufo Calvin spect so much time on the Prime Subscription Service, which is not the same as the Kindle Fire device. We don't own a Kindle Fire yet and purchaed "Love Your Kindle Fire" to learn more about how it worked. I didn't realize so much of it was written before his Fire device arrived. Nonetheless, there was enough substantive information, the Kindle e-book was worth the price.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friendly Guide November 22, 2011
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This guide is friendly and fun, in a nice conversation style. It has a lot more information than the official guide, and I like how the author plans on updating it as new information becomes available. I am only giving it 4 stars since the rush to publish it has left in a bunch of typos, like "her" for "here" and "wold" for "would". Once these are corrected I would give it 5 stars.

Update 29 Nov 2011: I see the typos have been fixed the the book updated, so I am changing my review to 5 stars. Oddly, Amazon removed my review for a while. When I contacted Support they acted like they did not know what I was talking about, but eventually, after about a wekk, the review did return.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly a waste of time. December 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I figured most of this out on my own in a few hours of using the "Fire". Much of the book-manual was written before the author even had a Kindle Fire to use, so he was guessing alot!! He spent alot of time on minor things that could have been covered in a few sentences, not many paragraphs. I have had a kindle since the firt one came out and this is my fourth. One might think that gave me a head start, but there is quit a bit of difference between the old and the Fire and a book on the Fire could be helpful; just not this book. Author was in such a hurry to get "something out" and it shows.I would not recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bufo's books are always worth reading December 15, 2011
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I was already pretty comfortable with my Fire but ordered this book anyway. I've learned from my first Kindle that Bufo's books are always worth reading for the extra tidbits I'll pick up in the process. Thanks, Bufo!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bufo Writes a Good One November 26, 2011
By Billwpp
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I learned of the author of this neat little book as I have subscribed to his Kindle blog for two years. I have saved alot of money subscribing to his blog and I look forward to reading it everyday. When I saw that he was publishing this little book to help with my Kindle Fire I had to order it. I recieved my Fire on the 15th as I ordered it early in the morning on the first day of sale and upgraded delivery. I love the Fire and I understand its purpose and its limitations. I do think it is a neat product. Back to the review, I loved this book. It was very informative and helpful. It will not allow you to take the Fire apart and put it back togeather, but it will help you to understanf the features and to use the Fire to its potential. Mr. Bufo did a great job and it was money well spent.``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Returned it sucked!!
Published 2 months ago by George S. Talkachov
4.0 out of 5 stars I really do love it!
I really do love it!! but - do have to take my older Kindle with me to read outside!
Published 7 months ago by Janet Tinsley
3.0 out of 5 stars so so
The kindle should have come with a booklet of instructions, not having to buy instructions. I was very disappointed. There are some people who are not computer savvy etc.
Published on December 13, 2012 by amg
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from the Kindle Guru Bufo
Anything from Bufo everyone knows it will be researched and well written. Loved the apps he suggests and the reason why he likes them.
Published on March 19, 2012 by plain jane
5.0 out of 5 stars i heart my ilmk blog
i find it absolutely amazing there are so few reviews for this blog. maybe there are thousands out there like me that make it their daily go to and just never thought to take a... Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by K. Clisbee
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful starter
When I first got my Kindle Fire, I didn't find it particularly easy to get started with using the included documentation. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars On FIRE for my Kindle Fire!!!
I absolutely LOVE my Kindle Fire!!! No way I could ever afford a $500 tablet, and really thought that I wasn't missing out on much. Read more
Published on December 4, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you!
Although I consider myself computer savvy, the Fire is my first tablet and had me a little baffled. Thanks to this book I am no longer afraid to use it... Read more
Published on November 23, 2011 by Hells_Bells12
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More About the Author

Bufo Calvin has been writing for more than thirty years. With a background both in books (as a former bookstore manager and inveterate reader) and technology (going back to the punch card days), the Kindle was a natural fit. With a strong desire to help people understand and enjoy things, which led to a career as a professional educator, Bufo has become a well-known part of the community of Kindle owners.

Since answering questions is one of Bufo's favorite things to do, you are invited to ask them in the forum on this page.

"ILMK: I Love My Kindle!"


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