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Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual: The book that should have been in the box 1st Edition

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About the Author

Peter Meyers designs, speaks, and writes about digital books. After co-founding pioneering multimedia textbook publisher Digital Learning Interactive, he launched a successful career as a freelance journalist, writing about the strange and wonderful effects of computers on mainstream culture for many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice. During a subsequent five-year tour of duty at O’Reilly Media he worked in the Missing Manual group, serving as managing editor and associate publisher. His most recent writing projects include Best iPad Apps (O’Reilly Media, 2010) and Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience. Peter's undergraduate degree is from Harvard, where he studied American history and literature, and he has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. You can follow him on Twitter @petermeyers.

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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449316271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449316273
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
I bought a Kindle Fire on its launch day. While I've come to enjoy the device, I read Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual by Peter Myers to see if there if there was anything I missed in my tinkering with the Fire. Well, I am pleased to report that the book provides a friendly yet in-depth coverage of the Kindle Fire's features. Even if you are a longtime Kindle Fire user, you will find something in this book.

Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual takes the reader from unpacking and setting up Amazon's hot new eReader to using it as a traditional eReader, perusing the Newsstand even consuming video and music on the device. If you are open to use it as a tablet, section III of the book takes readers through using the Fire for email, managing your contacts, and web browsing. Section IV of the book is devoted to tricking out the Kindle Fire with apps from the Amazon App Store for the full realm of tablet tasks.

The appendixes aren't just an afterthought because they do a solid job of explaining the various Kindle Fire settings and finish out with Troubleshooting and Maintenance documentation. Both appendixes should are a good introduction to users new to troubleshooting tablets while still being helpful to more tech savvy Kindle users suffering from brain freeze or a random synaptical misfiring when they have an issue with their new device.

The pleasant part of the book is that the author doesn't cheapen the book by calling it an "iPad Killer". Even when he gets into areas like using the Kindle Fire as for documents and spreadsheets (the Kindle Fire does have a built-in Docs Library), getting photos and home videos onto the Kindle Fire, and managing time, tasks, and travel.
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If you are new to the Kindle Fire, this manual is a fantastic way to learn all it can do. The writing style is clear, informative, and entertaining. The book covers every conceivable topic you might have questions about, from the best apps to buy, to how a WiFi connection is set up, to methods for sharing photos. Since I've been using my Fire steadily ever since it was available, I didn't find many things in the book that I didn't know, but it was still worth buying, to have as a reference available for when questions come up. For example, the section on the Fire's e-mail app is particularly well-done and useful. Throughout the book, the illustrations look great, especially in color, and the contents are organized in a clean, effective way.

Amazon offers a free User's Guide to the Fire, but it has only 458 locations. This tome checks in at 5,420 locations. If you're not sure what a location is, Peter has a nice explanation of it, in which I learned that each location comprises 128 bytes.

This manual obviously took a lot of work to write, and I recommend it highly.
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This book gave me the courage to explore my new Kindle Fire. It is written for the average person in the average person language. Everything is clear and well thought out. It makes understanding this new fangled device easy and removes anything intimidating. I liked the idea of the Kindle Fire when I bought it but now I don't know how I got along without it. This book unlocked everything. I'd give it 10 more stars if that were possible.
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I love the Kindle Fire tablet/ereader. I am a long term Kindle ereader, but not into texting etc. with a cell phone or other device. The only difficulty I found is that the features are not intuitive and the product does not come with a real manual. I have purchased two books on the Fire and I am slowly gaining the knowledge I need, and remembering it when I need it. This book is extremely helpful and easy to understand.
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Format: Paperback
O'Reilly Publishing provided me access to an electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

The bad thing about purchasing the first generation of a device is the lack of material written on how to find all of the hidden features and best use the product. Sure tech geeks and hackers try all kinds of things as soon as they can, but what about the average person that just wants to use the device? And that's the best thing about this book. It's written for the nongeek/nontechie so that they can figure out what they can do with the device and the best way to use it.

Written in a clear easy format, Peter includes step by step instructions for navigating the Kindle Fire and provides copious illustrations to help you make sure you're in the right place. Peter provides information on:

How to get started with the device
How to get materials on your fire from ebooks to magazines to newspapers
How to watch movies
How to add music to the device
How to open documents such as PDFs and Word files (and more)
And perhaps most importantly to readers not familiar with apps, how to find them, load them, and use them.
Lastly the appendixes, which provide a number of helpful hints on troubleshooting the device such as getting/using wifi.

One of the things I liked most about the book is that Peter offered feedback on common criticisms of the Kindle Fire, such as the location of the power button, and ways to avoid the problems that people are complaining about, which is a nice addition to the book. My one quibble about Peter's writing style is that in a few places he mentions something, such as the startup bar, but then says he'll explain what that is in a few pages.
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