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Initial post: Jan 6, 2014 5:29:00 PM PST
Bill Hansen says:
Can that be done at all? Purchase a Kindle e-book, download it to Android, read it on the smart phone? I ask because I've just ordered a complex new camera and it would be wonderful if I could carry the downloadable manual with me in the field, on vacations, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2014 5:35:52 PM PST
B. Marks says:
If it's an Android camera it's very likely that you can do that.


Posted on Jan 6, 2014 5:38:48 PM PST
C. S. Jones says:
Just install the Kindle for android app and register it to your account. Your library will be listed in the all items tab. Download whatever you want.
Your account owns all content and makes it available to any compatible device / app registered to the account.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 5:49:02 PM PST
Most camera manufacturers will provide a downloadable manual at no charge, you shouldn't need to buy one. Carry it on your phone in PDF format.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 5:53:02 PM PST
Susan says:
I have two Kindles, a Macbook Air and an iPhone. I've installed the Kindle app on the Apple products. They read well and sync to/from the Kindles. The android app makes it a bit difficult to move to an exact page if, say, you've left the house and forgot to sync your devices but want to continue reading from where you left off. As mentioned by C.S. Jones, your entire library will download to your devices (registering the device to your account is vital).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2014 6:19:43 PM PST
Bill Hansen says:
Colin - Canon's manual is on DVD, but there's a downloadable version available in PDF format. I've got that on my computer, but I want it on the phone. I've also got an aftermarket book on the new camera from the Kindle store, but I'm stuck as to how to do anything with the Kindle app. The phone is registered to Amazon/kindle, but all I see when I open the Kindle app is a blank gray screen with a couple of notations to go the the "MENU" - but there's no menu there, nothing.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 6:23:54 PM PST
Bill Hansen says:
Further info - I think something has gone wrong with the phone. I know there's an SD card in there but I keep getting the message that there's no card. I've transferred photos and music from my cameras and my computer to the phone, so the card worked - but not now. I'll take it up with the Android people and with Verizon, the other possible culprit.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2014 6:35:55 PM PST
Personal documents don't display on kindle apps, so unless the manual is purchasable as a kindle book, you can't display it within the kindle app. What you *can* do is use a document-capable app within which to view the PDF file.

The after-market book should display in the kindle app.

Just to clarify something Susan said - your entire library *can* download to the kindle app, not "will download". That is, when you sync the app it should show all your library as being in the Archive, and you choose which of those books you actually want downloaded to the phone.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 7:17:40 PM PST
Susan says:
Thanks for the clarification CBP. I have my entire library on all devices, but as you pointed out, not all are downloaded. The cloud holds all of the archived books.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 5:29:07 AM PST
Bill Hansen says:
I've got it partly sorted out. Had to reset the phone, uninstall/reinstall Kindle app, and now my books show up. The Kindle app for Android seems to be limited though - I don't see a way to navigate through the book other than the small slider at the bottom of the screen. Highlighting is easy enough, but the familiar "go to", "comments", "notes" etc are missing. Are those hiding somewhere? Without them, navigating a technical manual is more difficult - not impossible, just more difficult.

Thanks to everyone for your help. If someone can point me to the navigation tools which we have on our tablet computers, that will be wonderful. If not - well, then Kindle for Android is still a nice app, but it needs upgrading again.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 10:17:25 AM PST
Susan says:
Bill, when you have a page of your book on the screen, touch it. Then touch the symbol at the top left hand corner, and it will give you a search function, access to your library, table of contents, etc. The top right hand corner gives you bookmarks. The bottom line of symbols gives you various choices that you can explore. I've not used the app to read technical manuals, but these choices should give you more access to navigation. And, yes, the app could be upgraded further, but I'm thankful for being able to have it on my iPhone for the purpose of reading away from home.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 10:27:16 AM PST
Bill Hansen says:
Nope - no symbols in either upper corner, or anywhere else, no matter how many times I tap, or how hard, or how long. Not at the top, not at the bottom. Occasionally I'll get a tiny bar which gives me choices like "search the web", but even that is usually not available. The other problem is that the app has a mind of its own, presents gigantic fonts at times, small ones at other times. There's no way to alter size of fonts once they're presented. The app has very limited value on an Android phone. I'd give it 2 stars, just because it's there at all.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 11:09:52 AM PST
Susan says:
Wow, it's time for a phone call to Kindle support. If you don't get an answer that works, say you need more in-depth understanding and ask for another support technician (sometimes your call is answered by someone not fluent in English and whose only tech knowledge is the page from a notebook s/he is reading from). Keep at it until you get an authentic Kindle support tech; or you can hang up and call back to reach someone else who is likely to treat the issue in a different way. Even though the Kindle app is free, you have downloaded to a compatible device (android based), and amazon has a stake in the app behaving correctly.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 12:55:56 PM PST
I have to use the menu button on my phone (not within the app) to bring up options.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 5:00:53 PM PST
Bill Hansen says:
Thanks Susan - that's good advice, and I'll take it. - Bill

Posted on Jan 18, 2014 9:04:14 AM PST
does anyone know why my kindle android shows my book covers and titles but whn I open it goes to a full size blank screen instead of showing my book pages.. have reset tablet and done tech support with kindle 3 times nothing works to fix this problem though it was just taking time to load but sits there for 30 minutes or more or just shuts itself off

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2014 9:50:29 AM PST
Sarida says:
Which Fire? And what did Customer service tell you to do?

Posted on Jan 18, 2014 10:20:42 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 18, 2014 10:48:45 AM PST
Bill Hansen says:
Thanks to everyone for your help and advice.

The original question was about how to us an Android smart phone to view a book purchased through the Kindle store. That problem seems to have solved itself. I don't think I did anything differently, but the one book I did need to read on the phone is now available to me. Other books in my Kindle library are not visible on the smart phone (DroidX). That's not a problem at the moment, since I don't need to read those on the phone. I'll phone Kindle CS as soon as I get a bit of time during the workweek. Last week was so packed I couldn't see straight, but the coming week may be a little better.

Main thing, though, is that the downloaded book, a camera manual, is available. I'm very pleased.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2014 11:38:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2014 11:39:15 PM PST
Matt Taylor says:
I have the *exact* same issue, Sabrina. Have a Samsung Galaxy Note. Installed the Kindle for Android App. Seemed to work fine. The app is registered to my Amazon account. I am able to send the book to my device, and the book shows up there.

When I open the book, however, nothing. Just a blank screen. I can get the page slider to show up at the bottom. But all of the pages are blank.
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