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Is 16 GB enough for an avid reader?

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Initial post: Sep 6, 2012 1:38:35 PM PDT
Mandy says:
I love to read. I mean a book a day, most days. Is 16 GB enough or should I get the 32 GB on the new Kindle Fire HD? Does anyone know how many books they hold?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 1:39:38 PM PDT
J. Donahue says:
Remember, you can keep your books in the Amazon cloud and download them when you need them.

they don't have to reside on the actual device.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 1:41:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 6, 2012 4:28:38 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
That is alot of space for books.

The Paperwhite has 2gb and can hold approximately 1100 ebooks. The 16gb if all you have on it is books can hold approximately 8800 ebooks.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 1:42:03 PM PDT
Alicia says:
Way to much if you're only going to hold books. 4GB on the kindle keyboard already holds thousands of books.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 1:42:13 PM PDT
The paperwhite has 2 gb.

On-Device Storage 2 GB internal (approximately 1.25 GB available for user content). Holds up to 1,100 books

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 1:42:57 PM PDT
R. Nelson says:
Considering they say: 2 GB internal (approximately 1.25 GB available for user content). Holds up to 1,100 books for the e-ink version, 16 GB for books should be plenty.

I prefer to have more living in the cloud then on my device. I still keep a wide selection on the device, but see no need to have them all on the device. Is all you plan on storing books on the fire? Or movies, music, apps???

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 2:24:15 PM PDT
HD movies is what takes up lots of space ...but thats only if you store locally to watch offline. Doesn't sound like you have time for watching movies :-) you could read for months or years with 30 odd gb of books. Still if you are in range of wifi during the day/week/month you can move some to/from the cloud. Project Gutenburg on dual layer DVD is around 9 gb with 17,000 books.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 2:26:07 PM PDT
K. Rowley says:
"Is 16 GB enough or should I get the 32 GB on the new Kindle Fire HD?"

I've got nearly 2,500 books on my Kindle Keyboard - and still have 1.8GB left.. (think they come with 4GB)...

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 2:29:33 PM PDT
Books take up only a tiny bit of space. what the storage is useful for is music and videos and such.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 2:54:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 6, 2012 2:56:21 PM PDT
16GB is more space than you (probably) could ever need, if all you were using the Fire for was reading books. You could probably store over 20,000 ebooks with 16GB. The reason the Fire comes with that much is so that people can also download movies, music, and android apps. All of those take up much more space than an ebook.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 3:08:07 PM PDT
Mandy says:
How much does apps take up?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 3:08:45 PM PDT
Mandy says:
How much does music take up?

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 3:12:13 PM PDT
Korlithiel says:
daughteroftheKing, those both vary greatly. Unless you plan to use the Kindle Fire for more than just reading, consider getting a Kindle Keyboard.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 3:22:52 PM PDT
R. Nelson says:
DautheroftheKing -

How much space Apps and Music take is dependant on what you load. Apps can take up a little bit of space, some more. The handy thing is you can move them freely between device and cloud if you want to change what games you have installed for example.

Amazon states the typical size of an SD movie is 500 MB, and an HD movie is 2 GB.

The previous Fire allocated a portion of memory to Application space. I expect this one does the same, but to what way I don't know. We do know that on the 16 gb version approximately 12.6 GB is available for user content.

I have a current Fire sitting here, it has about 25 apps on it and shows I've used 793 MB of the application storage. But again, this is entirely dependant on what apps you install.

Music can be streamed from the cloud if you have wi-fi.

This Fire has 230 or so songs installed and 14 books (I don't use this to read, I prefer my e-ink version) and it indicates I've used 2.5 gb for this data. I think it included a few documents from the office application installed as well. I'm not positive what side those are counted on for space.

So use that to try and determine your space needs.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 4:21:40 PM PDT
Mandy says:
Thank you so much for the information. I really appreciate it.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 4:26:09 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 4:58:40 PM PDT
Mandy says:
No, I mean read books, but my kids will want to watch a few movies and play games. I also want to take pics and listen to music. I really have no idea when it comes to storage space. I don't want to spend the extra money to get the 32GB if I don't need it, but I don't want to get the 16GB and need one bigger. Any help would be appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 5:00:35 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
When you say "a few movies", how many do you want stored on the device (as opposed to available for streaming) at a time?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 5:01:35 PM PDT
Mandy says:
I plan to put mostly books on it, but I also want to listen to music, watch a little bit of movies and have a selection of apps for my kids.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 5:07:50 PM PDT
Mandy says:
Maybe 3 movies at a time. Can you stream movies from Netflix? I'm really not familar with the cloud everyone keeps talking about. Can anyone explain this please?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 5:18:33 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
Netflix is a streaming service, so you wouldn't be storing the movie on the device.

I'm not an expert on the "Cloud". As I understand it, it just means that you're storing things on Amazon's (or whoever's cloud it is) servers instead of on your device. The benefit is that you don't need as much storage space and the people operating the cloud will be backing up the data; the downside is that you'll need to be connected to the Cloud to access anything (which for many is not a big deal).

Other people here know a lot more about this than I do, but from what you've said I suspect the 16GB device will be more than enough for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 5:27:05 PM PDT
R. Nelson says:
Yes, you can stream movies from Netflix if you are on wi-fi. Even if you spring for the 4G model you wouldn't want to steam movies on 4G, it would eat up the data.

Pretend like the cloud is your own personal hard drive in the sky. It will hold all your Amazon purchases, the apps, books, music, videos and you can keep them there until you need to use them. You can also upload some of your own stuff to the cloud as well. Amazon explains cloud drive here:
The help information for the cloud is here:

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 3:43:48 AM PDT
Yes. That is lot of books. But really most storage of previously read books needs to be on amazon cloud. It has unlimited storage of amazon purchased content and large amount of storage for other content. You can redownload a book in seconds. I read a lot too. Keep 5 or 6 books on my kindle and the other 300 Digital books I own in the cloud.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 4:25:52 AM PDT
Perry says:
Some higher end game apps can take up over 500MB or even 1GB (check EA and Gameloft). Storing full length movies locally will be similar size. One thing I have not seen anyone mention is magazines. I get a free Time magazine digital subscription for my iPad that came with my paper version. I was happily downloading years worth of back issues, and then found my iPad storage was filling up. Each issue was over 100MB. Not sure if this is the same for the Kindle Fire magazines or not.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 5:03:03 PM PDT
kbrksy says:
I am thinking of getting my 10yr olds a Kindle for Christmas. Not sure whether to get them the new Kindle Fire HD or the new Kindle Fire HDX. My decision is really based on how much GB would be sufficient. The Kindle Fire HD only goes upto 16GB, is that enough?? Mostly what they would use it for is to play games and such, probably take pics and put some music and books on it. Any input would be helpful. Thank you!
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