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In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 3:43:13 PM PDT
jsh1120 says:

I can certainly understand your frustration but the fact of the matter is that there may not be a better answer than to 'reset it.' I hope Amazon has learned a lesson from this debacle but once it occurred there may well be no better answer in terms of fixing it than the one you received.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 4:50:56 PM PDT
@Michael E Burk I looked at Printshare Mobile, but it was $12.95. Until I know I need it, or can use it, would prefer a 'free' app. Looked at Easyprint, but it requires Google Cloud service, which I don't use. Anyone else that can suggest a free app to allow printing from the KF? Also, I still need an answer to my earlier post about the 'clipboard'! Appreciate your help, Michael, and still may act on your advice.

Posted on May 14, 2012 5:05:22 PM PDT
@pineapple Just tried your instructions ln the above post, and it worked great with stuff already on my (I assume) 'clipboard'. Back to the did I miss that made it so I may NOT need a print-from-Kindle app. , although I do want to locate one just in case. Thanks again for your clear, concise advise!!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 5:46:04 PM PDT
Avid Reader says:
I didn't know you could get all the free books if you are not a Prime members. A friend of mine has 500 free that belong to her since Feb and I have about half that number that belong to me. SSome I put in my cloud, some in kindle, and some in my pc. I have no charges.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 5:51:02 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
retiredpeddler, sorry, still not a dumb question. I've been answering questions for a very long time, and I've never heard a dumb one, sincerely asked.

The clipboard is a part of the computer's memory. For years, we couldn't access it on a Windows computer, either.

After you've copied it, go to somewhere that will take text. You mentioned e-mail...that should be fine. "Long press" where you would type the text, and you should get the choice to paste.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 5:53:24 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Avid, the books that are in the KOLL (Kindle Owners' Lending Library) are a special set of books. Eligible Prime members can borrow up one of those a calendar month at no additional charge. They have to return one before they can get the next one.

The free books are own them afterwards, and never have to return them. There have been free books in the Kindle store (and outside of it that work) since the Kindle 1.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 5:56:16 PM PDT
 Ann says:
Books that are free to buy are free for everyone. Prime membership isn't a factor, and you can 'buy' as many free books as you like.

Books that say 'Read for free', next to a Prime logo, are free for Prime members to borrow, at the rate of one book per month. You have to borrow from your Kindle itself, not via the Amazon website.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 6:29:40 PM PDT
TuxGirl says:
Trust me... the addiction gets worse. :)

I have nearly 1900 books in my archives, and that's ignoring all the piles of books ive gotten from and probably around 90% of the books were free, and well over 90% are still unread.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 6:46:32 PM PDT

William, go to and search for PrinterShare Mobile Print, this is an older version that is free. While it can be used with the Google Cloud Printing services, that is not necessary for local printing.

It will connect to any local Wireless Printer.

Also if you have a printer connected to a computer on your local WiFi Network with the Print Server Software, which is free from the developer, you can print to that printer.

You will need to go to from your Kindle Fire and install the Getjar App to install the software. It is safe. Glenn, Q and I use it. "The Getjar App"

Posted on May 14, 2012 7:04:57 PM PDT
Lordy, Lordy, I thought by waiting a few "fast" months, the early adopter issues for the FIRE would be resolved. Silly me. What is Amazon throwing at the development stream on this device, three or four "really good" developers? And why are you good folks going THEIR JOB? I don't see them on this forum, what's up with that?

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 7:17:26 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 7:19:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2012 7:20:00 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
John, Kindle Support is always available at

There is a

Contact Us

button there. People can e-mail them, call them, have Amazon call them, and sometimes chat.

That's Amazon's job. :)

It isn't part of their job to answer questions here...this is a forum that they provide for customers, so we can talk to each other. They do post an announcement here from time to time, and I have seen them (rarely) answer something here, but they have that other direct method of reaching them.

When you use that method, by the way, you are typically signed into your account...that makes it much easier for them to know what is going on with the account.

Oh, and I do it mostly because I like helping people. :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 7:54:25 PM PDT
Q says:
Hey Glenn,
On being an app gamer, have you found that ASTRO is able to also back up game progress? I haven't and wondered if you had from your brief comment. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 7:59:17 PM PDT
This is more like a users group than an Amazon official support area. Handling CS issues via phone or chat is much more efficient than in a forum environment.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:00:35 PM PDT
Rogue says:
Q. Hi stranger. I'm not a gamer but my grandson plays Angry Birds and a few others. He came over the other day and started to play and said his saved games levels were not lost. I trust the word of an 11 year old. Glenn

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:03:26 PM PDT
Miichael E. Burk

Using my newly learned skills, I copied your supplied link for 'Printershare Mobile' into the Getjar app (which I already downloaded several days ago), It takes me to the 'Printershare Mobile app, but when I try to download it, tthe program thinks my KF is a cell phojne, and asks for input of some numbers, etc.

What am I missing? I know (think??) that I registered at getjar as a Kindle Fire. Any sugestions??

Posted on May 14, 2012 8:13:57 PM PDT
Maybe I ought to delete the getjar app, download it again to be sure my KF is identified as my choice...

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:19:53 PM PDT
Q says:
Sorry to hear that. If the Parental Control has also locked your WiFi access under a password too, I think you only have two options, as much as you may hate it:
* Keep trying to guess the password. Many have succeeded in this. The Fire didn't just grab the password out of the air, it got it from some password you've used in the past in various possible settings.

It could be a password you used online, your email password, your router's WiFi network password. A few had the last 4 digits of their social security #!

* If that fails, you will *have* to reset your Fire back to factory defaults. If you backup your Fire's contents, the process of restoring things will go much faster.

You can go back in this thread and read how to do that.

Basically, you connect your Fire to your computer via a micro-USB cable (like is used with all e-ink Kindles) and wake it up. It will show up as a flash drive in your PC or Mac's file manager.

Then you create a folder in your computer something like "Kindle Fire Backup" and then copy over everything on your Fire's seeable drive to that folder.

Then disconnect the Fire and turn it on.

Then you reset the Fire:
Gear Wheel > More..> Device > Reset to Factory Defaults

Then turn on the Fire and re-setup the WiFi connection and the re-register the Fire.

Then reconnect the Fire via USB to your computer and wake it up. Copy *back* at least your /Books, /Documents, /Downloads, /Music, & /Video folders. Mostly, you can copy back your entire backup folders *except* the /Android folder. This takes a while since copying to the Fire is very slow.

Then you can disconnect the Fire and unplug it. Restart it (hold in the power button until prompted with the "Shut Down" button. Then restart it.

It should now have all of your books (plus their notes, highlights and bookmarks), Docs, music, videos and newsstand mags you originally had on the Fire, so no need to redownload them.

You *will* need to redownload your apps from your Cloud library and reset up your Home screen Favorites and your browser's bookmarks.

Even your apps and browser bookmarks *can* be backed up first if you want to bother with them via two apps: Backup Master (browser bookmarks) and ASTRO (apps).

If you want to do that, ask us and we'll give you the links.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:24:39 PM PDT
Q says:
I thought owners could borrow a KOLL book for as long as they wanted (no ending date) but, as you say, could not borrow another until the first is returned. And borrowing the next one is the next calendar month *after* the return.

Is that correct or am I misunderstanding something?

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:26:10 PM PDT
Q says:
Yes, I finally said to my wife and myself ... "Enough!" We have so many in the Cloud, it's tough to even scroll through them and even harder to find if we don't remember the title!

Addiction indeed.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:29:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2012 8:31:03 PM PDT
Q says:
I trust his word too.

But I *do* lose my Angry Birds (and Stupid Zombies) progress every time I reset, which has been frequent enough.

Did you back up the apps with ASTRO or with Backup Master? Perhaps I'm using the wrong one to backup my apps?!

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:33:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2012 8:34:12 PM PDT
TuxGirl says:
If you borrow in April, and return in May, you can check out a book in May.
If you borrow in April, and return in April, you can't check out until May.
If you borrow in April, and return in June, you still only get one borrow in June (so, you lost your May borrow).

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:48:40 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Q, I'm not sure if what I said was clear...sorry

I see TuxGirl has gone through it thoroughly...thanks, TuxGirl!

I usually just say "up to one book a calendar month". You can't borrow to books in a calendar month from the KOLL. If you borrow all of the books you can possibly borrow in a year, that's twelve in each calendar month. If you miss a month, as TuxGirl says, you don't get to catch up. :)

You could borrow one on May 31st, finish it that day, return it June 1st, and get another one that same day, on June 1st.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 9:10:33 PM PDT
Avid Reader says:
Oh, Tux, now I feel a little better. It just seemed I couldn't pass up a book I might read later. I did know I shouldn't put too much in the Fire. I do read the reviews more thoroughly and some genre I don't look at. It is near addiction, I admit. I don't know how many times I checked my email the day ereaderiq didn't come. Thank you all. I know my friend is not aware that she can get the ereaderiq books for the kindle she has had for several years.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 9:12:31 PM PDT
Q says:
As usual, you've cleared up the question with great clarity. Very helpful! Thanks!
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