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My Kindle Fire (My...) [Kindle Edition]

Jim Cheshire
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Book Description

Step-by-step instructions with callouts to Amazon Kindle Fire photos that show you exactly what to do
Help when you run into Amazon Kindle Fire problems or limitations
Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your Amazon Kindle Fire
Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Amazon Kindle Fire working just the way you want. Learn how to:
* Master all the basics, fast: reading, playing, watching, browsing, and more
* Tweak your Kindle Fire for quicker access and longer battery life
* Sample best-seller book chapters for free
* Mark up any eBook with highlights, notes, and bookmarks
* Convert your personal documents for use on Kindle Fire
* Discover Calibre, a powerful eBook management tool
* Control even the largest music libraries
* Get instant answers from Wikipedia, and from Kindle Fire's built-in dictionary
* Listen to personalized Internet radio stations created just for you
* Use your Kindle Fire as a digital photo frame
* Prevent unwanted subscription charges
* Set up any email account to work on your Kindle Fire
* Explore any web content with Amazon's innovative Silk browser
* Use Amazon Cloud to get your stuff anywhere--even if you left your Kindle at home
CATEGORY: Consumer Electronics
COVERS: Amazon Kindle Fire
USER LEVEL: Beginning--Intermediate

Editorial Reviews Review

Interview with Jim Cheshire, author of My Kindle Fire

Q: Why should someone buy a guide to using the Kindle Fire instead of just using the manual that comes with the Kindle Fire?

    The manual that comes with the Kindle Fire isn't anything like My Kindle Fire. The manual provides a brief description of using the major features of the Kindle Fire, but it doesn't go into the level of detail that you'll get in my book. It's also important to realize that Amazon wrote the user manual as just that; a user manual. My Kindle Fire is much more than that. Yes, I provide the reader with step-by-step walkthroughs of all of the functionality in the Kindle Fire, but I also point out things that might not work exactly as you expect, I point out pitfalls, and I cover many topics that the manual doesn't cover.

Q: There are several guides available for the Kindle Fire. Why should readers choose My Kindle Fire over another guide?

    I bought copies of the other guides so that I could get a feel for what they offer. My Kindle Fire covers a lot of things that aren't covered in other guides. My Kindle Fire also has many times more screenshots than any of the other guides, and all of our screenshots are high-resolution, so they'll look great when you zoom in on them on your Kindle Fire or other Kindle device. (They look beautiful in print, too.)

    In addition to comprehensive Kindle Fire coverage, I cover using Calibre, a free application for Mac or PC, to manage your eBook library and to convert and transfer books to your Kindle Fire. That's something you won't find in other guides. In addition to that, I go into detail on how you can use free tools to convert your own videos and music and transfer them to your Kindle Fire, something that no other guide does.

Q: So you cover additional tools that aren't covered in other guides? Does that sum it up?

    That's one major difference between My Kindle Fire and the other guides. However, I also provide details on Kindle Fire features that are missing in other guides. For example, I have an entire chapter on using Amazon's Manage Your Kindle page, an important tool for managing your Kindle Fire device. I also provide details on using all of Amazon's Cloud services that tie directly into the Kindle Fire.

    Here are some other things you'll find in My Kindle Fire that aren't covered in other guides:

    • I have a large number of walkthroughs for managing music playlists, including how to use cloud playlists.

    • I go into detail on how you can reinstall multiple apps at once in case you reset your Kindle Fire.

    • I have step-by-step walkthroughs on configuring all types of email accounts.

    • I cover handling attachments in your email application.

    • I show you how you can import contacts from your existing email application or cloud service, and I also show you how you can export your contacts in order to back them up.

    • I show you how to use Copy and Paste on the Kindle Fire.

    • I show you how to use social networking integration with Facebook and others.

    • I have walkthroughs on using the Gallery app, Pandora, Audible, and other popular apps.

    • I show you how you can access files on other computers in your house right from your Kindle Fire.

    These are just some of the things that are covered in My Kindle Fire that I was surprised to see missing in other guides.

Q: That's a lot of coverage, and some of it looks like it might be a little bit technical. Do you think it will be easy for users who aren't at all technical to understand?

    Absolutely! First of all, I had a great team of people who worked hard to focus on the organization of content. You'll find it very easy to find exactly the information you need. Once you find that information, you'll find the format of My Kindle Fire makes it really easy to follow along. The book is task-based, so everything is covered using step-by-step walkthroughs, and there are high-quality color screenshots for every step. There's also a numbered callout for each step of every walkthrough, so it will always be crystal clear what you need to do for each step.

Q: That sounds great. Is there anything else you want to share with Kindle Fire users?

    I really love the Kindle Fire, and I especially love how easy it is to use Amazon's cloud services using the Kindle Fire. In order to really get the most out of the Kindle Fire though, you need to have a good understanding of what Amazon offers in cloud services, and you also need to know how to configure those services using your web browser because there are things you can't do from the Kindle Fire itself. In My Kindle Fire, you'll learn exactly that, and you'll also learn about every feature your Kindle Fire has to offer, and you'll do it in a user-friendly, non-techie way. I know that readers will love My Kindle Fire as much as they love their Kindle Fire. The two really do go hand-in-hand.

Exclusive Sneak Peek at My Kindle Fire

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Reading on the Kindle Fire
Using Amazon's Manage Your Kindle Page

Watching Video
Installing and Using Apps


Jim Cheshire has been writing about the Kindle since the very first Kindle device was released. No one knows more about the Kindle universe than Cheshire, and in this guide to the Kindle Fire, Cheshire shares secrets, tips, and tricks that you won't find anywhere else.

Product Details

  • File Size: 19787 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (December 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is the book to have for Kindle Fire. February 23, 2012
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I had downloaded some free Kindle 'guide books' and paid for a couple of the cheap ones ($2 and under). You get what you pay for. They were next to worthless. One(thankfully free)claimed to give you the low down on how to get tons of free books. It was nothing but a step by step instruction on how to download. Others were simply the basics on how to turn it on and what it covered... about the same as the intro doc that comes with it. I'm very good on computers but this was my first tablet device, so I wanted some detailed info on more advanced features- which I just hadn't been able to find. So, I wasn't too hopeful when I ordered this one... but I am now thrilled with it! THIS is the book I wanted!

Written by someone who really understands the processes involved in using your Kindle Fire, it's clear, extremely easy to follow, and has lots of images, sidebars, etc, to enhance the information.

It begins with the standard information on how to use your Kindle, but even there, there are also shortcuts and other tips that go beyond the basics. It's divided into sections (see the list of contents for organization) and each section goes in depth on that aspect. Besides the basics, this book gives you advanced user tips, covers other apps the author found particularly useful/helpful/indispensible.

If all you want to do is read books, you don't need this book - there's plenty of free info out there. But if you want to experience the full range of features you have with the Kindle Fire, you can't go wrong with this book. Truly, I couldn't be happier with it.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book For Kindle Fire Users February 5, 2012
I'm a sixth grader who received a Kindle Fire for Christmas. Then in January I received the book, My Kindle Fire, as a gift. It really has been a great help to me in understanding how to use my Kindle Fire completely. For example it has shown me how to store pictures, how to see how much space my apps are taking up, how to rent movies, how to take and save notes, how to put security on my Kindle Fire, and how to put contents on my favorites. I was really excited to learn all about the Roku system and what Cloud is. I think it's great that the book has actual screenshots to help you understand the process better. I would recommend this book to anyone purchasing a Kindle Fire, and it would be a great idea to purchase this book to go along with the Kindle Fire if you're giving one as a gift.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for the Beginner February 23, 2012
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Part of my job involves helping people find whatever books, resources, and information they need or want. This includes explaining to people how to evaluate and/or use eReaders, so I have considerable experience with people who have little or no knowledge of computers, browsers, and other programs including applications. These are people who do not know the difference between WiFi and 3G, do not know that the "menu" will change depending on which screen they are in, what exactly "downloading" an item does, what a router and hotspot are, etc. Since Christmas, I've had to walk many 50+ and a few younger eReader newbies through the basics of their devices. This manual is just what these beginners need. Even I learned a couple new tricks for my Fire, including the "hidden" keys in the virtual keyboard.


~Well organized from start-up and basic use of the Fire to more advanced uses of applications.
~Explains terminology, such as "Home Screen," which can be confusing to beginners and especially those who don't own a computer. (Yes, there are still people in this country who do not own and don't know how to use a computer. Many of these people purchase the Fire to fill this gap while others just want to read books.)
~Excellent illustrations on every page with each step listed on the left having a matching number in the illustration.
~Red-box warnings headed "It's Not All Good" that explain exceptions and caveats.


Only one: If you are not a beginner, you don't need this book as most of the information is something you already know or can easily discover without buying a book.

I will definitely be recommending this book to those who demonstrate a need for a basic understanding of how their devices work. One only has to read the Fire questions posted on the Kindle forum to know there are many owners out there who need this book or something like it.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a Kindle Fire user's manual February 28, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book is very well organized and gives specific details on how to maximize use of the Kindle Fire with all its functionality. This book is intended for those who have never used a tablet or those who are looking to buy a tablet and they want to know what the Kindle Fire has to offer before deciding on their purchase. The book also contains a great number of pictures and illustrations that explain in detail each step of any process or what components each screen has. Lastly the book can also be used as a reference to learn or explore unknown functions in the Kindle Fire. It will probably not teach very much things to advanced or experienced users of the Kindle Fire as the information is very basic and most of the instructions are intuitive to any user of android phones or other tablets.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Kindle Fire February 16, 2012
I received a Kindle Fire for my birthday, but I found the tutorial that came with it a bit cumbersome to use. Then I got a copy of Mr. Cheshire's "My Kindle Fire" and almost immediately the Fire became my "go to" Wi-Fi device. This book quickly showed me the usefulness of the Fire, so much so I rarely use my laptop anymore. I love the way the book is well indexed so that I can quickly look up any subject. The text is written in a non-technical manner, and the many illustrations make it very easy to understand the subject. The book is about the same size as the Fire, which makes it very easy to take along with the Fire on a trip. Mr Cheshire has made a big contribution to the Fire community.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Was a gift
Published 2 months ago by L.C. Hill
2.0 out of 5 stars I did not like this from the beginning
I did not like this from the beginning, nothing like I expected, not user friendly at all, and it has proved to be useless to me.
Published 5 months ago by Wanda L. Murphy
1.0 out of 5 stars It was a waste of money
I purchased a Fire 7HD in December, 2014. This book is outdated and does not help owners of the newer tablet. It was a waste of money.
Published 5 months ago by Bikerev
5.0 out of 5 stars I have arthritis and it is difficult to hold a book but the Kindle is...
I use my Kindle fire all the time to read books, watch videos, and follow crochet patterns. I have arthritis and it is difficult to hold a book but the Kindle is perfect for me.
Published 5 months ago by elaine
3.0 out of 5 stars Back to Basics Please
Not interested anymore in 'devices'. Prefer the real thing... a page to turn... the smell of ink on paper, the ease of retracing and
rereading what I may have and more than... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sheila Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT:-)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have to say this book is was what got me interested in my kindle fire and it was such a humongous help when I was confused or needed help with something . Read more
Published 7 months ago by Izy Rose
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
its okay
Published 8 months ago by MartySue
5.0 out of 5 stars My kindle fire
The kindle fire was even better than I had expected. I love it. I will probably never do without a kindle fire again. Even my husband uses it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Karen S. Randall
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good reference manual.
I knew nothing about Kindle going in and I like to try to learn on my own and this manual was very helpful.
Published 11 months ago by Patrick and Fran
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry guys I purchased a Nexes 7
Sorry guys I purchased a Nexes 7. It sounded like a better deal when I first purchased the Nexus 7 , but now the newer ones by Samsung seem like they have made a better purchase. Read more
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Jim Cheshire is a technology expert and has written over a dozen books on technology topics. Jim also shares his passion and knowledge with readers via online columns and articles.

Jim works for Microsoft on the Azure Application Platform and Tools team. When he's not working, Jim spends time enjoying his family, writing music, and playing with his band, The Others.


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