Amazon Fire HDX User guide

My
Kindle Fire
HDX
Jennifer Kettell
800 East 96th Street,
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240 USA
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Contents at a Glance
Introduction .....................................................................................................................................1
Chapter 1
Getting Started with the Kindle Fire....................................................................9
Chapter 2
Accessing Amazon’s Cloud Services ................................................................ 49
Chapter 3
Using Amazon’s Manage Your Kindle Page ............................................. 83
Chapter 4
Reading on the Kindle Fire...................................................................................... 103
Chapter 5
Listening to Music on the Kindle Fire ......................................................... 145
Chapter 6
Watching Video on Your Kindle ......................................................................... 163
Chapter 7
Installing and Using Apps ........................................................................................ 181
Chapter 8
Using Social Media and Chat ............................................................................... 201
Chapter 9
Reading and Sending Email .................................................................................. 227
Chapter 10
Managing Your Personal Documents and Data ............................. 247
Chapter 11
Taking Photos with Your Kindle Fire HDX .............................................. 271
Chapter 12
Browsing the Web with Silk ................................................................................... 291
Chapter 13
Giving Your Kids a Kindle Fire .............................................................................. 303
Index.................................................................................................................................................. 321
Table of Contents
Introduction
1
An Overview of the Various Kindle Fire Models ................................. 2
What’s New on the Kindle Fire ........................................................................... 3
What You’ll Find in This Book ............................................................................... 4
How to Navigate This Book ................................................................................... 5
Let’s Light This Fire ........................................................................................................ 7
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Getting Started with the Kindle Fire
9
The Hardware..................................................................................................................10
Initial Setup.......................................................................................................................11
Setting Up Your Kindle Fire ........................................................................12
Connecting to an Unlisted Wi-Fi Network ....................................14
Connecting to Facebook and Twitter ...............................................15
The Home Screen ........................................................................................................15
Downloading Items ..........................................................................................17
Removing Downloaded Items from Your Kindle Fire .........18
Adding an Item to Favorites......................................................................18
Removing an Item from Favorites .......................................................19
Rearranging Favorites .....................................................................................20
Navigating the Kindle Fire...................................................................................20
Accessing Content Libraries ......................................................................22
Opening Navigation Panels .......................................................................24
Notifications and Options ...................................................................................25
Viewing Notifications ......................................................................................26
Using the Options Bar.....................................................................................26
Switching Applications or Content.....................................................27
Settings.................................................................................................................................27
Locking the Screen Orientation .............................................................28
Adjusting Screen Brightness.....................................................................29
Enabling Airplane Mode ...............................................................................29
Using Quiet Time to Disable Notifications ...................................30
Changing the Screen Timeout ................................................................31
Checking Device Information ..................................................................33
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Using the Keyboard...................................................................................................35
Entering Text ...........................................................................................................35
Positioning the Cursor ....................................................................................36
Selecting and Editing Text ..........................................................................36
Copying/Cutting and Pasting Text ......................................................37
Entering Punctuation and Numbers..................................................37
Adding Accent Marks and Diacriticals .............................................38
Splitting the Keyboard ...................................................................................38
Connecting to Other Hardware......................................................................39
Adding Bluetooth Accessories ................................................................39
Searches ...............................................................................................................................41
Searching Your Library ...................................................................................41
Searching the Web.............................................................................................42
Searching Amazon Stores ...........................................................................42
Getting Help ....................................................................................................................44
Using the Mayday Button............................................................................44
Accessing the Kindle Fire User Guide ...............................................45
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Accessing Amazon’s Cloud Services
49
Amazon Prime ................................................................................................................50
Setting Up Amazon Prime ..........................................................................51
Amazon Cloud Drive ................................................................................................52
Accessing Your Cloud Drive .......................................................................53
Creating Folders ...................................................................................................54
Deleting Folders ...................................................................................................55
Recovering Deleted Items...........................................................................55
Adding Files to Your Cloud Drive ..........................................................56
Downloading the Cloud Drive Application .................................57
Accessing Cloud Drive Files from Your Kindle Fire................58
Saving Files to Your Device ........................................................................59
Amazon Cloud Player ..............................................................................................60
Launching Cloud Player ................................................................................61
Importing Your Music......................................................................................62
Playing Music on Your Computer .........................................................67
Creating Playlists .................................................................................................69
Downloading Songs to Your Kindle Fire ........................................70
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Amazon Instant Video .............................................................................................72
Getting Videos from Amazon Instant Video ...............................73
Kindle Reader Applications and Kindle Cloud Reader ..............74
Accessing Kindle Reader Applications.............................................74
Accessing Kindle Cloud Reader..............................................................75
Opening and Downloading Books......................................................76
Reading Books on the Kindle Cloud Reader ..............................77
Transferring Files from Your Computer ...................................................78
Transferring Files from a PC .......................................................................79
Transferring Files from a Mac ...................................................................79
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Using Amazon’s Manage Your Kindle Page
83
Managing Your Books and Documents...................................................83
Accessing Manage Your Kindle...............................................................84
Viewing Books and Docs ..............................................................................85
Sending Books and Docs to Your Kindle........................................86
Downloading Books to a Computer ..................................................87
Deleting Books and Docs ............................................................................88
Changing Your Kindle Email Address................................................88
Adding an Approved Email for Docs .................................................89
Disabling Doc Archiving ...............................................................................90
Managing Subscriptions .......................................................................................91
Changing Where a Subscription Is Delivered ............................91
Canceling a Subscription .............................................................................92
Reactivating a Canceled Subscription .............................................93
Changing Subscription Privacy Settings .......................................94
Updating Kindle Payment Information ...................................................94
Changing Amazon Purchases Credit Cards .................................95
Changing Current Subscriptions Credit Cards..........................96
Managing Your Kindle Devices .......................................................................97
Deregistering a Kindle or Kindle App ...............................................97
Renaming Your Kindle Fire .........................................................................98
Turning Off Special Offers ...........................................................................99
Turning Off Whispersync .......................................................................... 100
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Reading on the Kindle Fire
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Finding Content........................................................................................................ 103
Buying Books ...................................................................................................... 104
Using the Kindle Lending Library..................................................... 106
Completing Your Book Collection with MatchBook ........ 107
Lending Books to Friends and Family .......................................... 109
Subscribing to Periodicals....................................................................... 110
Organizing Your Books ....................................................................................... 111
Browsing Your Library ................................................................................. 112
Downloading a Book to Your Device ............................................ 112
Removing a Book from Your Device .............................................. 113
Creating a Collection ................................................................................... 114
Editing a Collection ....................................................................................... 115
Adding a Book to a Collection ............................................................ 116
Removing a Book from a Collection .............................................. 117
Reading on Your Kindle ..................................................................................... 118
Reading a Book ................................................................................................. 118
Navigating a Book .......................................................................................... 120
Changing Font Styles .................................................................................. 121
Looking Up Definitions.............................................................................. 122
Working with Notes and Highlights....................................................... 123
Adding a Note .................................................................................................... 124
Viewing an Individual Note ................................................................... 125
Editing a Note..................................................................................................... 125
Deleting a Note................................................................................................. 126
Adding a Highlight ........................................................................................ 126
Viewing All Notes and Highlights .................................................... 127
Deleting a Highlight ..................................................................................... 127
Working with Bookmarks................................................................................. 128
Adding a Bookmark ...................................................................................... 128
Removing a Bookmark ............................................................................... 129
Moving to a Bookmark............................................................................... 129
Reading Magazines and Newspapers................................................... 129
Reading Magazines ....................................................................................... 130
Reading Newspapers ................................................................................... 133
Listening to Audiobooks .................................................................................. 134
Downloading Audiobooks ..................................................................... 134
Listening to Audiobooks .......................................................................... 135
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Immersion Reading ....................................................................................... 137
Using Text-to-Speech .................................................................................. 139
Searching Content and Accessing Reference Materials ....... 140
Using X-Ray for Books ................................................................................. 140
Searching the Current Item ................................................................... 141
Searching Wikipedia or Bing from Books .................................. 143
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Listening to Music on the Kindle Fire
145
Browsing and Downloading Your Music ............................................ 145
Browsing Music ................................................................................................. 146
Scrolling Through Your Music .............................................................. 149
Monitoring Downloads from an Album ..................................... 150
Searching Your Music Collection....................................................... 150
Playing Music .............................................................................................................. 151
Listening to Music .......................................................................................... 151
Viewing Song Lyrics ...................................................................................... 153
Accessing Music Controls ........................................................................ 154
Managing Playlists.................................................................................................. 155
Creating a Playlist ........................................................................................... 155
Editing a Playlist ............................................................................................... 156
Adding Artists or Albums to a Playlist ......................................... 157
Playing a Playlist............................................................................................... 158
Downloading a Playlist .............................................................................. 159
Deleting a Playlist ........................................................................................... 160
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Watching Video on Your Kindle Fire
163
Navigating the Video Store ............................................................................ 163
Browsing the Video Store ........................................................................ 164
Viewing Movie Details ................................................................................ 165
Renting or Purchasing a Movie .......................................................... 166
Purchasing TV Show Episodes ............................................................ 168
Purchasing Complete TV Show Seasons.................................... 169
Accessing Movies and TV Shows from Prime
Instant Video ................................................................................................ 170
Buying a Season TV Pass .......................................................................... 171
Working with Your Video Library .............................................................. 172
Watching a Movie or TV Show ............................................................ 172
Using X-Ray for Video .................................................................................. 174
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Adding a Video to Your Watchlist ..................................................... 175
Removing a Downloaded Video........................................................ 176
Using Second Screen ........................................................................................... 177
Watching Video with Second Screen ............................................ 178
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Installing and Using Apps
181
The Appstore ............................................................................................................... 181
Browsing Apps................................................................................................... 183
Viewing and Purchasing Apps ............................................................ 184
Testing Driving an App .............................................................................. 186
Viewing Subscriptions ................................................................................ 187
Your Apps Library.................................................................................................... 188
Browsing Your Apps Library .................................................................. 188
Installing a Purchased App..................................................................... 189
Adding an App to Favorites................................................................... 190
Uninstalling an App ...................................................................................... 191
Updating an Application .......................................................................... 191
Application Settings ............................................................................................. 193
Force-Stopping an Application .......................................................... 193
Clearing Application Data ....................................................................... 195
Games for Your Kindle Fire.............................................................................. 196
Accessing Games............................................................................................. 196
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Using Social Media and Chat
201
Sharing with Social Networks ...................................................................... 201
Setting Up Your Social Networks ...................................................... 202
Using the Facebook App .......................................................................... 204
Using the Twitter App ................................................................................. 206
Talking Books with the Goodreads Community ......................... 209
Sharing General Comments About Books ............................... 209
Sharing Highlights from Books .......................................................... 210
Before You Go in Books.............................................................................. 210
Accessing Goodreads from Your Books Library................... 211
Video Chatting Over Skype ............................................................................ 214
Setting Up Skype............................................................................................. 214
Adding Skype Contacts ............................................................................. 217
Communicating via Skype...................................................................... 218
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Sharing Game Achievements with GameCircle........................... 220
Identifying GameCircle Games ........................................................... 220
Creating a GameCircle Profile .............................................................. 221
Adding Friends on GameCircle........................................................... 222
Accessing Game Achievements ......................................................... 223
Accessing Leaderboards ........................................................................... 223
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Reading and Sending Email
227
Email Accounts .......................................................................................................... 227
Accessing the Add Account Page .................................................... 228
Adding a Gmail, Microsoft, AOL, or Yahoo! Account....... 229
Adding a POP3, IMAP, or Exchange Account ......................... 230
Modifying Your Account Settings .................................................... 232
Managing Your Email Inbox ........................................................................... 236
Choosing an Inbox......................................................................................... 237
Choosing a Folder or Label .................................................................... 237
Searching Email ................................................................................................ 239
Synchronizing Email and Loading More Messages ......... 240
Selecting and Managing Multiple Messages......................... 241
Reading Email ............................................................................................................. 241
Reading a Message........................................................................................ 242
Viewing Attachments .................................................................................. 243
Composing a New Email Message .................................................. 244
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Managing Your Personal Documents and Data
247
Managing Personal Documents ................................................................ 247
Viewing PDF Documents ......................................................................... 248
Viewing Word Documents ...................................................................... 250
Viewing Spreadsheets ................................................................................ 252
Using the Contacts App .................................................................................... 254
Viewing Contacts and Marking VIPs .............................................. 254
Adding a Contact ............................................................................................ 255
Editing a Contact ............................................................................................. 257
Changing Contact Sort Order and Name Display ............. 258
Joining Contacts .............................................................................................. 259
Deleting Contacts ........................................................................................... 260
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Using the Calendar ................................................................................................ 260
Viewing the Calendar .................................................................................. 260
Adding an Event .............................................................................................. 263
Adding Facebook Events.......................................................................... 266
Editing or Deleting an Event................................................................. 267
Archiving Old Apps and Data ...................................................................... 268
Using the 1-Tap Archive ............................................................................ 268
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Taking Photos with Your Kindle Fire HDX
271
Accessing Personal Photos and Videos ............................................... 272
Importing Your Facebook Photos .................................................... 272
Viewing Photos ................................................................................................. 273
Sharing Individual Photos with Other Apps and
Social Media ................................................................................................. 275
Sharing Photos from the Photos Library Screen ................ 276
Sharing Multiple Photos ........................................................................... 277
Editing Photos ............................................................................................................ 278
Entering Editing Mode ............................................................................... 278
Enhancing a Photo ........................................................................................ 279
Cropping a Photo............................................................................................ 279
Rotating a Photo .............................................................................................. 280
Fixing Redeye ..................................................................................................... 280
Using Filters .......................................................................................................... 281
Adding Stickers, Text, or Drawings to a Photo ..................... 281
Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, Saturation,
and Warmth .................................................................................................. 283
Changing the Focus of an Image ..................................................... 283
Adding a Splash of Color to an Image ......................................... 284
Using the Cameras ................................................................................................. 284
Taking Photos ..................................................................................................... 285
Taking Panoramic Images ....................................................................... 287
Taking Videos ...................................................................................................... 288
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Browsing the Web with Silk
291
Browsing the Web................................................................................................... 291
Browsing to a Website ................................................................................ 292
Navigating a Page........................................................................................... 293
Sharing Pages with Social Networks and Other Apps... 294
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Sharing Pages with Email ........................................................................ 295
Copying a Link to the Current Page ............................................... 295
Copying and Opening Hyperlinks ................................................... 296
Searching the Web......................................................................................... 296
Working with Tabs .................................................................................................. 297
Navigating Tabs ................................................................................................ 297
Using Bookmarks and History ..................................................................... 298
Bookmarking the Current Page ......................................................... 298
Bookmarking a Hyperlink........................................................................ 298
Viewing and Following Bookmarks ................................................ 299
Editing a Bookmark ....................................................................................... 300
Viewing History................................................................................................. 300
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Giving Your Kids a Kindle Fire
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Setting Up Kindle FreeTime ........................................................................... 303
Accessing Kindle FreeTime ..................................................................... 304
Setting Up Child Profiles........................................................................... 306
Manage Content on FreeTime............................................................. 308
Setting Daily Time Limits ......................................................................... 309
Changing the Parental Controls Password .............................. 311
Teaching Your Kids How to Use Kindle FreeTime ....................... 312
Using the FreeTime Interface ............................................................... 313
Navigation for Nonreaders ..................................................................... 315
Exiting FreeTime............................................................................................... 315
Parental Controls for Older Children ..................................................... 316
Setting a Parental Controls Password........................................... 317
Managing Parental Controls Settings ........................................... 318
Index
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About the Author
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About the Author
Jennifer Kettell is the author of Scrivener Absolute Beginner’s Guide and
has written and contributed to dozens of other books about software
applications, web design, and digital photography. She also writes fiction.
When Jenn isn’t writing, she can usually be found curled up with a good
book, reading almost a book a day. Jenn has lived all over the United
States but currently calls upstate New York home. Visit her website at www.
jenniferkettell.com.
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Acknowledgments
Dedication
For my family—Greg Kettell, Roberta Ackerman, Lorraine and Stephen Ravner, Shari
and Norman Back, Marcia and Flynn Ravner, and Sharon Ravner, as well as Mandy,
Zach, Erica, Jordan, Madison, Reese, Joey, Heather, and Rachael.
And in memory of Dan Ravner.
Acknowledgments
My deepest gratitude and thanks to the many people at Que Publishing who
have worked so hard to support me. I’m grateful to Loretta Yates for inviting
me to write this book and always brightening a tough day. Huge thanks to
Todd Brakke for his editing and sense of humor. Thanks also to Mandie Frank
and Barbara Hacha for their production and copyediting expertise. Once
again, I appreciate Greg Kettell for reviewing the technical content of this
book moments after I finished each chapter—and for always being so supportive of all my writing efforts.
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Introduction
You might have purchased your Kindle Fire primarily to read books
and watch movies, but the device you hold in your hands can do
so much more. After you connect to the Internet and register the
Kindle Fire with your Amazon.com account, you’ll quickly fill it with
books, periodicals, music, videos, apps, and games. You’ll use it to
browse the Web. You’ll even add your own photos and personal
documents, making your Kindle Fire uniquely yours.
That’s not to say that the Kindle Fire isn’t good for reading. You’ll
have access to millions of books on Amazon.com and other websites; many of them are free or cost $2.99 or less. You can borrow
books from your local library. When reading is inconvenient, such as
when you’re driving, you can even have your Kindle Fire read to you,
either with an audiobook or using text-to-speech. You’re also not
limited to books; you can read magazines and newspapers, as well.
The Kindle Fire is primarily intended for consuming content—that
is, for reading, listening, or watching. Much of that content is stored
in the cloud, on Amazon’s servers, and you access it over a Wi-Fi or
4G connection. Even if you download content to your device, at
which point it becomes device content, a copy stays in the cloud so
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that it remains accessible from other devices—or if you need to download a
new copy. If all that sounds a bit confusing right now, don’t worry! Everything
will become clear after you read this book.
An Overview of the Various Kindle Fire
Models
Other Kindle devices are dedicated e-readers, but the Kindle Fire is also a
multimedia entertainment device and a tablet computer. Several models of
the Kindle Fire exist, with four models currently supported by Amazon. All of
them have access to more than 22 million books, movies, songs, magazines,
audiobooks, TV shows, games, and apps. Each model also offers free, unlimited cloud storage for your Amazon content. This book focuses on the Kindle
Fire HDX (both the 7- and 8.9-inch models), although many of the tips for
using the device apply to the Kindle Fire HD, as well. The processor, display,
and storage options vary for each model, as noted here:
• Kindle Fire HDX: The new Kindle Fire HDX has a 7-inch screen with
1920×1200 resolution. It contains a Quad-Core 2.2 GHz processor, which
makes it three times faster than previous Kindle Fire devices, and offers
11 hours of battery life in mixed use and up to 17 hours of battery life
when reading. The HDX has a front-facing HD camera. You can opt for 16,
32, or 64GB of storage and either Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi plus 4G LTE access
(which requires an annual data plan through AT&T or Verizon). Pricing for
the Kindle Fire HDX starts at $229 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only and ranges up
to $409 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE option.
• Kindle Fire HDX 8.9”: The Kindle Fire HDX also comes in an 8.9-inch
model. This top-of-the-line device contains the same Quad-Core 2.2 GHz
processor as the 7-inch HDX, but offers 2560x1600 resolution for crisp,
sharp images. The battery life on this model is also better: 12 hours with
mixed use and 18 hours while reading. Most important, the HDX 8.9”
comes with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera in addition to its frontfacing HD camera. This model is available with 16, 32, or 64GB of storage
in either Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + 4G LTE versions. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9”
costs $379 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version up to $579 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G
LTE option.
• Kindle Fire HD: This is essentially the second-generation Kindle Fire
(released in 2012) with updates to the operating system and hardware.
This device comes with an HD LCD display with 1280×800 resolution. It
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offers a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, with either 8GB or 16GB of storage.
The battery lasts for up to 10 hours of mixed use. This model offers only
Wi-Fi and does not have a camera. The Kindle Fire HD costs $139 for the
8GB version and $169 for the 16GB model.
• Kindle Fire HD 8.9”: Want a larger display on the 2012 model Kindle
Fire HD? As its name implies, this model comes with an 8.9-inch HD LCD
display with 1920×1200 resolution. The HD 8.9” has a front-facing HD
camera and is available with either 16, 32, or 64GB of storage, depending
on whether you choose Wi-Fi only or the Wi-Fi + 4G LTE option. Pricing
for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” starts at $229 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, up to
$514 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE device.
Note
Amazon displays what they call “Special Offers” on the lock screens of the
device. These ads may offer discounts on items and content purchased on
Amazon or contain promotions for movies, music, or video games. You can permanently disable these offers for an additional $15. Personally, I don’t find them
distracting, because they appear only on the lock screen and not while you are
using your device.
What’s New on the Kindle Fire
No matter which Kindle Fire model you choose, you will find plenty to do
with it. If you’re upgrading from a first- or second-generation Kindle Fire, you
will be happy to discover many new features. In addition to the upgrades in
display, processor, and other hardware enhancements, the new Kindle Fire
HDX offers many other improvements.
• Upgraded operating system. The Kindle Fire now runs Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito,”
a proprietary operating system based on Android.
• Improved color accuracy and brightness for higher-quality video display.
• Improved battery life. When you are reading on your Kindle Fire, the system automatically turns off unused components to extend the battery
life even further.
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• An 8-megapixel rear-facing camera on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9” to capture
photos of the world around you. Both Kindle Fire HDX models have a
front-facing camera to facilitate video chatting.
• Improved position of power and volume control buttons to make it easier to adjust the volume on your device while holding it.
• A “Mayday” button in the Settings screen offering 24/7 live support from
Amazon. This feature is available only on the Kindle Fire HDX models.
• Prime Instant Videos available offline. If you have an Amazon Prime
membership, you can now download Prime Instant Video movies and TV
shows onto your Kindle Fire to view later offline.
• Better content management. The Kindle Fire identifies items that have
not been used recently and offers the option of archiving them to the
cloud to free up space on your device.
• Better app management. You can switch between multiple apps or content with a side-swipe gesture.
All Kindle Fire models come with a free month of Amazon Prime, if you don’t
already have an account. Amazon Prime offers unlimited streaming of more
than 25,000 movies and TV shows, making it easy to watch a show wherever you have Wi-Fi (or 4G) access. Prime also lets you borrow one free title
a month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. And if you shop for other
products on Amazon.com, you can get free two-day shipping on most items
as part of your Prime membership.
What You’ll Find in This Book
The Kindle Fire is a tablet computer for people who aren’t necessarily computer geeks and who just want to be entertained, read a good book, or have
fun—and might have the occasional need to get some work done. My Kindle
Fire HDX was written with that same mindset. I show you how to get the most
fun out of your Kindle Fire HDX and teach you how to access your personal
documents when you need to work. However, if you are a computer geek
who is new to the Kindle Fire, this book can help you as well.
This book covers all the capabilities of your Kindle Fire. I cover each feature
using a step-by-step approach, complete with figures that correspond to
each step. You never have to wonder what or where to tap. Each task shows
you how to interact with your Kindle Fire using simple symbols that illustrate
what you should do.
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This icon means that you tap and hold an object on the screen.
This icon means that you drag an item on the screen.
This icon indicates that you pinch on the screen.
This icon means that you spread your thumb and finger on the screen.
This icon indicates that you swipe on the screen.
Along the way, I add plenty of tips that help you better understand a feature
or task. If you want to dig deeper, you’ll appreciate the Go Further sidebars
that provide a more in-depth look at certain features. I also warn you of problems and pitfalls with particular tasks with It’s Not All Good sidebars.
How to Navigate This Book
There is a lot to discover about your Kindle Fire. The major functions might
be visible to the naked eye, but a lot more hides beneath the surface. As
you read this book, you might be surprised to find that your Kindle Fire does
more than you ever imagined.
Here are the topics we’ll cover in this book.
• Chapter 1, “Getting Started with the Kindle Fire,” explains how to set up
your device and access the most common settings. You also learn how to
operate your Kindle Fire and use the onscreen keyboard. Set up external
devices, such as a Bluetooth keyboard, and share your screen with an
external display. Finally, learn how to access the new Mayday feature,
providing 24/7 personal support for your device.
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• Chapter 2, “Accessing Amazon’s Cloud Services,” covers managing and
transferring your content between Amazon’s cloud, your personal computer, and your Kindle Fire.
• Chapter 3, “Using Amazon’s Manage Your Kindle Page,” shows you how
to access the Manage Your Kindle page on the Internet, where you can
review your Kindle library, rename your Kindle Fire, manage all your
Kindle devices and Kindle apps, and much more.
• Chapter 4, “Reading on the Kindle Fire,” describes how to find reading
material and take advantage of the Kindle Fire’s powerful features for
reading books, newspapers, magazines, and more.
• Chapter 5, “Listening to Music on the Kindle Fire,” shows you how to use
your Kindle Fire to play music in your music library (both on your device
and in the cloud) and use Amazon’s MP3 Store to add to your music collection. You also learn about using playlists and how to view song lyrics.
• Chapter 6, “Watching Video on Your Kindle,” covers using your Kindle
Fire to stream and download videos from Amazon’s video store. You also
learn how to convert your own videos to play them on your Kindle Fire.
In addition, discover how to use Second Screen to turn your TV into a
large display for your movies and use your Kindle Fire as a remote.
• Chapter 7, “Installing and Using Apps,” introduces you to the world of
apps that dramatically increase the functionality of your Kindle Fire. You
learn how to find and install apps, as well as how to deal with misbehaving apps.
• Chapter 8, “Using Social Media and Chat,” shows you how to access
Facebook and Twitter to stay connected with your friends and how
to video chat with them using the Skype app. Discover how to watch
YouTube videos on your Kindle Fire. Learn how to connect to Game Circle
to challenge your friends and compare scores on your favorite game
apps. Finally, learn how to connect with the Goodreads community to
read and contribute book reviews.
• Chapter 9, “Reading and Sending Email,” shows you how to use your
Kindle Fire to read and send email. You also learn how to handle attachments in email.
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• Chapter 10, “Managing Your Personal Documents and Data,” covers loading, viewing, and editing your personal documents and photos on the
Kindle Fire. You also learn how to add and manage contacts and calendars, turning your device into an efficient personal management system.
• Chapter 11, “Taking Photos with Your Kindle Fire HDX,” explains how to
use the front- and rear-facing cameras on certain models of the Kindle
Fire. Discover how to edit those photos and use the filmstrip feature, as
well. Finally, learn how to take screenshots from your Kindle Fire.
• Chapter 12, “Browsing the Web with Silk,” walks you through using Silk,
the web browser that comes with your Kindle Fire. You learn how to
access websites, use bookmarks and tabs, and control Silk’s behavior.
• Chapter 13, “Giving Your Kids a Kindle Fire,” describes how to set up
Kindle FreeTime to establish time limits and restrict the content your children can access from their Kindle Fire. I also explain how to sign up for
Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, a service that helps take the guesswork out of
locating age-appropriate content for your children.
Let’s Light This Fire
If you’ve already gone through the initial setup of your Kindle Fire, you might
be tempted to skip ahead to Chapter 2 at this point. I urge you to avoid the
rush and at least skim Chapter 1. You won’t want to miss some of the new
features covered there.
Now that the stage is set, let’s light up your Kindle Fire!
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Cloud Instant
Player Video
Cloud
Drive
In this chapter, you learn how to load Amazon
and other content onto your Kindle Fire and
use Amazon’s Cloud to access content from
your computer. Topics include the following:
 Amazon Prime
 Amazon Cloud Drive
 Amazon Cloud Player
 Amazon Instant Video
 Kindle Reader Applications and Kindle Cloud
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 Transferring files from your computer
Accessing Amazon’s Cloud
Services
Amazon offers a collection of cloud services that augment the
functionality of the Kindle Fire. In fact, your Kindle Fire is designed
to be a handheld conduit into these cloud services. You can set up
the Amazon Cloud Player, add all your music, and have that music
immediately available to you on your Kindle Fire anywhere you
can connect to the Internet. You can get a movie or TV show from
Amazon on your computer or set-top box, watch part of it on your
television, and then pick right up to watch the rest on your Kindle
Fire while in bed or while traveling. You can also use Amazon’s Cloud
Services to load your personal photos and documents onto your
Kindle Fire. Even if you leave your Kindle Fire behind, all your music,
books, videos, and personal files are accessible from any computer
with an Internet connection or from many mobile devices.
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Amazon Prime
The key to accessing Amazon’s Cloud Services is your Amazon account. A
standard Amazon account enables you to manage your Kindle Fire device
(more on that in Chapter 3, “Using Amazon’s Manage Your Kindle Page”) and
to purchase books, music, and much more. To get the full value from your
Kindle Fire, however, consider upgrading to an Amazon Prime account.
An Amazon Prime account costs $79 per year. For that price, you get the
following:
• Prime Instant Videos: Unlimited, instant streaming of more than 40,000
movies and television shows. You can watch on your Kindle Fire or on
any other Internet-connected TV or game machine you own.
• Kindle Lending Library: You can check out one book per month from
the Kindle Lending Library catalog without any due dates and load it on
your Kindle Fire. The Kindle Lending Library has more than 350,000 titles,
so you’re sure to find something to read each month.
• Free two-day shipping: When you shop for material goods on the
Amazon site, you get free two-day shipping on most items. One-day
shipping costs only $3.99 per item for eligible purchases. The Amazon
Store sells everything from toys to food to clothing, so it’s easy to see a
return on your $79 Prime membership investment if you frequently shop
online.
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Extended Prime Benefits for Caregivers and Students
If you are the primary caregiver (mom, dad, grandparent, and so forth) of a
young child, you can get 20 percent off diapers, wipes, and certain other family goods by joining Amazon Mom as a member of Amazon Prime. Browse to
www.amazon.com/prime for details.
If you are a college student, you can get a free 6-month subscription to Amazon
Prime and then continue for $39 per year, a 50% discount over the regular
membership fee.
Setting Up Amazon
Prime
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When you went through the setup
process for your Kindle Fire, you
either connected to an existing
Amazon account or created a new
one. You can set up a free trial of
Prime on the same account. You do
this on your Kindle Fire using the Silk
browser or via the web browser on
your computer.
1. Open a web browser and navigate
to www.amazon.com.
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2. Click Try Prime. If you are not
already logged in to your Amazon
account, enter your email address
and password.
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3. Click Start Your 30-Day Free Trial.
4. Enter your billing information.
5. Select Start Your 30-Day Free Trial.
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Prime All the Time
At the end of your free trial, Amazon automatically bills you for $79 to extend
your Prime membership for a full year. If you decide that you don’t want to keep
Prime, go to the Amazon.com site, select Your Account, and then select Do Not
Upgrade sometime before the end of your 30-day trial.
Amazon Cloud Drive
Your computer has a hard drive in it where you can store your stuff. When
you’re sitting at your computer, that stuff is easy to access, but what about
when you’re not at your computer? The cloud is like having a hard drive available from anywhere you have Internet access.
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Amazon provides 5GB of free storage that you can use for photos, personal
documents, or anything else you want to store in the cloud. This space is in
addition to the unlimited cloud storage Amazon provides for books, music,
and videos you purchase directly from Amazon. If you need additional storage, Amazon offers plans from 20GB for $10 a year to 1,000GB for $500 a year.
As a frame of reference, a typical HD movie is approximately 2GB (2,000MB).
A single song is 3MB to 6MB, and a complete album is around 50MB. A highquality photo is about 2MB to 3MB. As you see, if you start putting all these
items onto your cloud storage, it can fill up quickly.
WHY WOULD YOU NEED MORE SPACE?
You can use your Amazon Cloud Drive for more than just making your files
accessible to your Kindle Fire. Your Cloud Drive can serve as a backup for
important files in case your computer crashes. You can also use it to access
your files from any other computer with Internet access simply by logging
in to your Amazon account.
Content you purchase on Amazon is automatically accessible from your
Amazon Cloud account and, thus, from your Kindle Fire. But to access your
personal photos and documents, you must upload them to your Cloud Drive.
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File and folder management
Upload
Files
button
Folders
Amount
of used
storage
Accessing Your Cloud
Drive
You can access your Cloud Drive
using Silk on your Kindle Fire or using
the web browser on your computer.
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1. Open your web browser and go
to www.amazon.com.
2. Hover over Shop by Department.
If you access the Amazon
website from Silk, tap Shop by
Department.
3. When the Shop by Department
menu opens, point to Amazon
Cloud Drive.
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4. Select Your Cloud Drive from the
menu. You might get a prompt
to install the desktop application,
which I explain later in this chapter. You can install it at this time or
click Continue to Your Cloud Drive.
(Enter your email address and
Amazon password, if prompted.)
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After you log in, you’ll see your Cloud
Drive and a big Upload button to get
you started. I show you how to create
folders and upload files next.
Creating Folders
By default, your Cloud Drive contains
folders for the common file types.
You’ll see folders for pictures, documents, and videos. Those folders are
a good starting point, but you might
want to create additional folders. For
example, if you’re uploading pictures
of your pets, you might want to first
create a folder inside the Pictures
folder called Pets and then upload
those pictures there.
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Click New Folder. If you want
to place the new folder within
another folder, first click that
folder from the Folders sidebar.
2.
Enter a name for the folder.
3.
Click Save Folder.
More Actions
You can copy, move, and rename
files and folders using the More
Actions button.
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Deleting Folders
You can delete folders from your
Cloud Drive that you no longer need
or to free up some space.
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1. Click Your Cloud Drive so that
your folders are visible.
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2. Check the box to the left of the
folder(s) you want to delete.
3. Click Delete. You will not see confirmation of this action, so be sure
you choose your files correctly.
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Recovering Deleted
Items
If you accidentally delete your files, you
can recover them. If you delete a folder
that contains files, the files are deleted
along with the folder. Recovering a
folder also recovers the files that were
originally inside the folder.
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1. Click Deleted Items.
2. Check the box to the left of the
files or folders you want to recover.
3. Click Restore to Folder.
Permanently Deleting
Files
When you delete a file or folder,
it is moved to a Deleted Items
folder and continues to use space
in your Cloud Drive. To permanently delete these items, click
the Permanently Delete button in
Deleted Items.
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Adding Files to Your
Cloud Drive
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To add files to your Cloud Drive, you
upload them to Amazon.
1.
Click the Upload Files button near
the top-left corner of the Cloud
Drive screen.
2.
Click the drop-down list to select
a folder for your uploaded files.
3.
Select your folder.
4.
Click Select.
5.
Click Select Files to Upload, locate
the files on your computer, and
select them.
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After step 1, you might see a notice
about the Amazon Cloud Drive application. You can choose to follow the
prompts and download this application or proceed uploading your files
using your web browser.
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Downloading the Cloud
Drive Application
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If you use your Cloud Drive on a
regular basis, you might find it easier
to download and use the Amazon
Cloud Drive application. You can
download and install it when you see
the prompt as you attempt to upload
from your web browser, or you can
install it at any other time.
1. On your computer, go to www.
amazon.com.
2. Hover over the Shop by
Department menu.
3. Point to Amazon Cloud Drive.
4. Click Get the Desktop App.
5. On the page that appears, click
Free Download. The application
downloads to your computer.
6. When the download is complete,
double-click the file to initiate the
installation procedure and follow the instructions to install the
Amazon Cloud Drive application
on your computer.
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Open the Amazon Cloud Drive
application and enter your
Amazon account username and
password.
8.
Click Sign In.
9.
Click Create Cloud Drive Folder.
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To add files and folders to your
Cloud Drive on a PC, drag files
over the Amazon Cloud Drive icon
in the taskbar. On a Mac, drag
files over the Amazon Cloud Drive
icon in the menu bar. On either
computer, you can also paste files
and folders directly into the Cloud
Drive folder that was created earlier in step 9.
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Files from Your Kindle
Fire
Your Kindle Fire automatically syncs with
your Cloud Drive whenever you have
an Internet connection. Files on your
Cloud Drive are automatically sorted
into the appropriate content library on
the Kindle Fire. If you want to view the
photos you uploaded to your Cloud
Drive, for example, you can find them in
Photos. Personal documents are found
in the Docs library.
1.
Use the Navigation menu to
access the library for the files you
want to view. In this example, we
access the Docs library.
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2. Press the Cloud button if it’s not
already selected.
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3. View a list of the files you have in
the cloud for that library.
Folders and Subfolders
Folders and subfolders keep your
documents organized. When you
view your Docs library By Name,
By Recent, or By Type, all your
documents are listed, no matter how they’re grouped in your
Cloud Drive. View your docs By
Folder to see only documents
within a particular folder or subfolder.
Saving Files to Your
Device
When you select a document from
the Docs library on your Kindle Fire,
it is automatically saved onto your
device, and you can then open it
from either the Cloud or On Device
options. The process for transferring
photos from your Cloud Drive onto
your device is a bit different.
1. Select Photos from the Navigation
bar.
2. Select a photo or folder from the
Cloud library.
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Tap the menu icon.
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Select Download.
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Amazon Cloud Player
Amazon Cloud Player is a convenient way to manage music on your Cloud
Drive. You can also use it to listen to your music when you don’t have your
Kindle Fire with you, because it is available from any computer with Internet
access or on most mobile devices.
Your
Music
Album
Songs
Play
controls
Now Playing
Amazon Cloud Player
Launching Cloud Player
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You can also elect to download the
Amazon Cloud Player application
onto your PC or Mac.
1. Open your web browser and go
to www.amazon.com.
2. Point to MP3s & Cloud Player on
the menu.
3. Click Play Your Music at Home.
4. Click Download for PC and Mac.
5. When the download is complete,
double-click the file to initiate the
installation procedure and follow the instructions to install the
Amazon Cloud Player app on your
computer.
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Open the Amazon Cloud Player
application and enter your
Amazon account username and
password.
7.
Click Sign In.
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Amazon Cloud Player Is
Also on the Web
You can also access Amazon
Cloud Player from your web
browser at www.amazon.com/
cloudplayer.
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Importing Your Music
You can easily upload your music from iTunes and other music apps to Amazon Cloud
Player, which then makes it available on your Kindle Fire. You can upload up to 250 songs
for free or upgrade to a Premium account that stores up to 250,000 songs for $24.99 a year.
1.
Open the Amazon Cloud Player app.
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2. In the menu bar, click File, Import Music to Cloud Library.
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Click Continue to launch the Cloud Player website.
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Click Import Your Music.
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Click the Download Now button to download the Amazon Music Importer application, and follow the installation instructions.
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Open the Amazon Music Importer application, and enter your Amazon account information.
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Press Sign In Using Our Secure Server.
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8. Click Start Scan. The Amazon Music Importer application scans your hard drive, including your iTunes folders (if you have one), for music.
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9. After the scan is complete, you might be prompted to choose to upgrade to Cloud
Player Premium for $24.99 a year or to select up to 250 songs free. If you have previously imported songs to your Amazon Cloud Player, the number of free songs remaining in your limit appears on the Import button.
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To select which songs to import into your Cloud Player, check the boxes to the left of
the song, album, artist, or playlist title.
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Click Import Selected.
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When the import is finished, click Close.
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Importing Directory from the Cloud Player Website
You can bypass steps 1–3 by opening your browser and navigating directly to www.
amazon.com/cloudplayer.
Music that you purchase directly from Amazon’s MP3 Store is automatically added to your
Amazon Cloud Player, which makes it almost instantly available on your Kindle Fire. It also
does not count against the 250 song or Premium storage limitation on your Amazon account.
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CONVERTING YOUR MUSIC
The Amazon Cloud Player can import music in either MP3 or unprotected
AAC (iTunes) format. If your music is in some other format, you can find free
converters by searching the Internet.
Playing Music on Your Computer
You can stream music from the Cloud Player app without downloading the music to your
computer.
1. Locate the music you want to play. You can browse by song, album, artist, or genre.
2. Double-click an album to see all the songs on that album.
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Double-click the song you want to play. You can also press the Play button at the top
of the list to play all the songs that are displayed.
4.
To play the songs in a list in a random order, press the Shuffle button.
5.
To pause the song that is playing, click the Pause button. To continue playing, press
the Play button that appears in its place.
6.
To go to the next song, click the Next button.
7.
To go to the previous song, click the Previous button.
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Creating Playlists
You can create playlists of songs to
play only the songs you want to hear.
Playlists are a great way to make a
song list for a party or special event.
Playlists you create in Cloud Player
are also available on your Kindle Fire.
1. In the Amazon Cloud Player app,
drag the songs you want to add
to a playlist to the playlist sidebar.
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2. Enter a name for the playlist.
3. Click Save.
4. Browse to other songs and drag
them to your playlist as desired.
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5. Click the Back button when
you’ve completed your playlist.
Refreshing Cloud Drive
Your Cloud Drive refreshes on
your Kindle Fire every 10 minutes.
Songs or playlists that you add
appear after a refresh. If you’re in
a hurry to get your songs or playlists onto your Kindle Fire, swipe
down from the status bar on your
Kindle Fire to open the Quick
Settings, and then tap Settings
and Sync All Content.
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Downloading Songs to
Your Kindle Fire
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If you plan to be away from an
Internet connection, you can still play
your music by first downloading it to
your Kindle Fire.
1.
On the Navigation bar of your
Kindle Fire, press Music.
2.
In the Cloud tab, select a playlist,
artist, album, or song.
3.
Click the Download All button.
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4. If you want to exclude some
songs for an artist or album from
being downloaded, select the X to
the right of the song title. When
the download is complete, press
Device to confirm that only the
music you wanted is now stored
on your Kindle Fire.
DOWNLOADING MUSIC TO YOUR
COMPUTER
The Amazon Cloud Player app detects whether you have iTunes installed on
your computer. If you do, after it downloads a song, it automatically imports
that song into iTunes. This saves you the trouble of importing music you
purchase on Amazon into your iTunes library. If you don’t like this behavior,
you can change it. You can also change the folder where Amazon Cloud
Player saves the songs you download.
To change these settings, click File, Preferences (on a Mac, click Amazon
Cloud Player, Preferences). Click the Change button to select a new folder
in which to save your downloaded music. Under Export New Amazon MP3
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Purchases To, select None if you don’t want your Amazon music automatically
imported into iTunes.
Changing these settings is best done before you start downloading a lot of
songs, so you don’t have to make a lot of manual changes after the fact.
Amazon Instant Video
Amazon has a huge selection of videos, including both movies and television
programs, that you can watch on your Kindle Fire. You can also watch those
videos on your computer. You can even purchase or rent videos on your computer and watch them on your Kindle Fire, or vice versa.
When you rent or purchase a video, it becomes available on any computers
and devices that are connected to your Amazon account. To view free Prime
Instant Videos, however, you must order them directly from the computer or
device on which you want to watch them.
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Getting Videos from
Amazon Instant Video
You can use your computer to buy,
rent, or stream Amazon Instant
Video. Videos that you buy or rent are
available on your computer, on your
Kindle Fire, or on any other device
that supports Amazon Instant Video.
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1. Open your web browser and go to
www.amazon.com/instant-video.
Or go to www.amazon.com and
select Unlimited Instant Videos
from the Shop by Department
menu; then click Amazon Instant
Video Store.
2. Select the movie or TV show that
you want to watch.
3. Choose to purchase, rent, or
watch your video. Not all options
are available for all titles.
Watching Prime Instant
Videos Offline
When you purchase or rent a
video, you can download it to
your computer or device for
offline viewing, but you cannot
watch free Prime Instant Videos
on your computer if you’re offline.
The Kindle Fire HDX, however,
allows you to download select
Prime Instant Videos so you
can watch them later, even
when you’re not connected to
the Internet. This feature is not
available for all Prime Instant
Videos. Learn more in Chapter 6,
“Watching Video on Your Kindle.”
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Kindle Reader Applications and Kindle
Cloud Reader
In addition to reading on your Kindle Fire, Amazon offers free Kindle Reading
apps for the PC, the Mac, and most mobile and tablet devices. All these applications enable you to access your Kindle books from the Amazon Cloud and
save them to your computer or device to read offline. You can also access
your Kindle books from the Kindle Cloud Reader on the Internet. If you purchase new books from the Kindle Store while on your computer or mobile/
tablet device, it appears in your Cloud account so you can also read it on your
Kindle Fire.
Accessing Kindle Reader
Applications
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Before you can read Kindle books
on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, you must download and
install the appropriate app.
1.
In a web browser, go to www.
amazon.com.
2.
In the Shop By Department menu,
choose Kindle E-readers, and then
choose Free Kindle Reading Apps.
3.
Select your computer or device
and follow the directions for
downloading and installing the
appropriate app.
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Downloading Smartphone and
Tablet Apps
The information pages for each of the
smartphone and tablet apps (iPhone
and iPod Touch, Android, Windows
Phone, BlackBerry, iPad, Android Tablet,
and Windows 8 tablet) have links to the
appropriate store or marketplace to
download the required application.
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Reader
The Kindle Cloud Reader makes it
possible to read your Kindle books in
your web browser from any location
with Internet access. Kindle Cloud
Reader requires a current version of
either Google Chrome (www.google.
com/chrome), Apple Safari (www.
apple.com/safari), or Firefox (www.
getfirefox.com). It does not run on
Microsoft Internet Explorer.
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1. Browse to read.amazon.com
using your web browser. You can
also go to www.amazon.com,
choose Kindle from the Shop
by Department menu, and then
select Kindle Cloud Reader.
2. Click the Get Started Now button.
3. Enter your email address and
Amazon password, and then click
Sign In.
4. View your Kindle Library in your
browser window.
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Cloud button
shows books in
the Cloud
Downloaded
button displays
books you’ve
downloaded to
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Opening and Downloading Books
When you select a book, the Kindle Reader app or Amazon Cloud Reader automatically
begins downloading it to your device or computer. This makes the book available even if
you continue reading offline.
1.
Locate the book you want to read. You can click the magnifying glass at the top of the
screen to search for books, if necessary.
2. Click a book to start reading it. If you are using the Kindle Cloud Reader, the book
begins downloading to your computer as you read. If you are using one of the other
Kindle Reader apps, the book downloads to your device and then allows you to read it.
3.
If you want to download a book without immediately beginning to read in the
Kindle Cloud Reader and computer Kindle Reader apps, right-click the book and click
Download & Pin Book. In the smartphone and tablet Kindle Reader apps, press and
hold the book until a Download button appears; then press that button.
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Reading Books on the Kindle Cloud Reader
The Kindle Cloud Reader has many features to make reading a book more enjoyable. The
other Kindle Reader applications are similar but might have slight differences in the location and method for accessing some features.
1. Open a book as described in the previous section. If the book has been opened previously on any Kindle device, it automatically opens at the farthest point read.
2. To turn pages, use the arrow keys on your keyboard or click the arrows on the left and
right sides of the page.
3. Quickly access a part of the book using the Go To menu.
4. Change font size, margins, and color settings using the View Settings button.
5. Bookmark a page using the Bookmark button.
6. View notes and highlights using the Show Notes and Marks button.
7. Synchronize with your other Kindle devices using the Synchronize button.
8. Click the Library button to return to your library.
9. See where you are in the book using the location bar.
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To add Notes or Highlights, use your mouse to select the passage you want to mark;
then right-click and choose to create a Note or Highlight.
11.
To bookmark a page to return to it later, tap the Bookmark icon in the top-right corner
of the page.
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Transferring Files from Your Computer
Most of the content you view on your Kindle Fire is available directly from
Amazon and can be easily accessed from the Amazon Cloud. You can also
transfer books, videos, music, and other files from additional online sources
or your personal library. This is known as sideloading. To get this content onto
your Kindle Fire, transfer the files via the micro-USB cable that came with
your device.
Kindle File Types
You can transfer the following types of files onto your Kindle Fire:
• Books and documents: AZW, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, DOC, and DOCX formats
• Audio (Music): MP3, Non-DRM AAC (.m4a), MIDI, OGG, and WAV formats
• Video: MP4 format
• Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP formats
The Kindle Fire cannot read Mobipocket files that utilize Digital Rights
Management (DRM) protection. The Kindle Fire also does not support EPUB
books.
Transferring Files from Your Computer
Transferring Files from a
PC
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If you’re using Windows Vista or later,
the Kindle Fire automatically shows
up as an available external USB drive.
After connecting your Kindle Fire to
your PC using the micro-USB cable,
follow these steps:
1. In Windows Explorer, click
Computer.
2. Click Kindle.
3. Double-click Internal Storage.
4. Copy your files from their original location on your PC into the
appropriate folders in the Internal
Storage folder.
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Transferring Files from a
Mac
If you’re using a Mac, you must download Android File Transfer, a free app,
before you can transfer files using USB.
1. In your web browser, go to www.
android.com/filetransfer.
2. Click the Download Now button, and follow the instructions
to install Android File Transfer to
your Applications folder.
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3. Use the micro-USB cable to connect your Kindle Fire to your Mac.
5
4. Double-click the Android File
Transfer app to open it. After
you’ve opened it for the first time,
it automatically opens whenever
you connect your Kindle Fire to
your Mac.
>>>Go Further
5. Copy your files from their original
location on your Mac into the
appropriate folders in the Android
File Transfer app.
TRANSFERRING FILES FROM LINUX
If you’re a Linux user, you can transfer files to your Kindle Fire using a
Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) USB driver. You can find more information
about connecting your device using MTP at http://research.jacquette.com/
jmtpfs-exchanging-files-between-android-devices-and-linux/.
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Index
Symbols
1-Tap Archive, 268-269
A
aborting setup, 13
accent marks, 38
accessories
Bluetooth, connecting, 39
covers, 10
accounts
Amazon Prime
cancelling, 52
caregiver benefits, 51
college student benefits, 51
costs, 50
features, 50
setting up, 51
website, 51
email, 227, 232
Add Account page, accessing,
228-229
checking frequency, 234
default, 234
deleting, 235
Exchange, adding, 230-231
general settings, editing, 236
IMAP, adding, 230-231
POP3, adding, 230-231
settings, editing, 232-235
signature lines, 235
storage options, 235
webmail provider accounts, adding, 229-230
FreeTime child, 306-307
sharing, 113
Skype, 214-216
social networks, 202-203
achievements (GameCircle), 223
Add Account page, accessing, 228-229
Adobe PDF reader, 248
ads (apps), 190
Airplane Mode, 29-30
Album Only songs, 148
albums
adding to playlists, 157-158
information, viewing, 147
Amazon
Cloud Drive
accessing, 53-54
adding files, 56
application, downloading, 57-58
creating folders, 54
deleting folders, 55
downloading files to devices, 59
features, 52
file access, 58-59
recovering files, 55
refreshing, 69
322
Index
Amazon
Cloud Player
application, downloading, 61-62
downloading music to
computers, 71
downloading music to
Kindle Fire, 70
features, 60
importing music, 62-66
launching, 62
playing music, 67-68
playlists, creating, 69
Instant Video, 72-73
Kindle Store
books, 104-106
periodicals, 110-111
Lending Library,
106-107
Manage Your Kindle page
accessing, 84
approved email
addresses, 89
archiving, disabling, 90
benefits, 86
deleting books/docs,
88
deregistering Kindle
devices/Kindle apps,
97
downloading books to
computers, 87
features, 83
Kindle email addresses,
88-90
payment information
updates, 94-96
renaming Kindle
devices, 98
sending books/docs to
Kindle devices, 86
special offers, turning
off, 99
storage space, 90
subscription management, 91-94
viewing books/docs, 85
website, 85
Whispersync, turning
off, 100
MatchBook service,
107-108
Music Store, accessing,
147
Prime accounts, 50-52
purchases credit cards,
updating, 95
Store
parental controls, 318
searching, 42
Video Store. See Video
Store
AOL accounts, adding,
229-230
Apple Safari website, 75
approved email address, 89
App store, 181
app details, viewing,
184-185
apps
purchasing, 185
subscriptions, viewing,
187
test driving, 186
browser access, 182
browsing, 183-184
limited access, 182
apps
adding to Favorites, 190
ads, 190
Amazon Cloud Drive,
downloading, 57-58
Amazon Cloud Player.
See Cloud Player
Appstore, 181-182
archiving, 268-269
browsing
Apps library, 188-189
Appstore, 183-184
Calendar
adding events, 263-264
color-coding, 262
editing events, 267
Facebook events, adding, 266
invitations, 265
reminders, 264
viewing calendars,
260-262
Camera
Camera Roll, viewing,
286
taking photos, 285-288
videos, recording, 288
closing, 194
Contacts. See contacts
data, clearing, 195
details, viewing, 184-185
Documents to Go, 254
Facebook, 204-206
events, adding to calendar, 266
syncing contacts, 259
force-stopping, 193-194
FreeTime, 303
accessing, 304-305
child profiles, setting
up, 306-307
daily time limits,
309-311
exiting, 315
in-app purchases, 303
interface, 313-314
managing content,
308-309
nonreader navigation,
315
parental controls
passwords, changing,
311-312
profiles, 304
removing content, 314
Unlimited, 305-309
games, 196-197
Goodreads, 211-214
installing, 189-190, 198
library, 188
Kindle, deregistering, 97
Kindle Cloud Reader,
75-78
Kindle Reader
accessing, 74
books, reading, 76
OfficeSuite
Professional, 254
spreadsheets, 252-254
Word documents,
250-251, 254
photos, sharing, 275-277
preinstalled, 191
browsing
purchasing, 185
Quickoffice Pro, 254
sideloading, 198
Silk. See Silk
Skype
communication, initiating, 218-219
contacts, adding, 217
setting up, 214-216
subscriptions, viewing,
187
switching between, 27
test driving, 186
Twitter, 206-208
accounts, setting up,
202-203
connecting, 15
uninstalling, 191
updating, 191-192
archiving docs, disabling, 90
artists
adding to playlists,
157-158
browsing, 146
attachments (email), viewing, 243
Audible memberships, 134
audiobooks
bookmarks, viewing, 137
downloading, 134-135
immersion reading,
137-138
listening, 135-137
text-to-speech, 139
auto-renewals (subscriptions), 187
availability
notes/highlights, 123
text-to-speech, 139
X-Ray, 141
B
Blemish tool, 281
bookmarks
books
adding, 128
audiobooks, viewing,
137
moving to, 129
removing, 129
web
current pages, 298
editing, 300
following, 299
hyperlinks, 298-299
removing, 300
viewing, 299
books
audiobooks
bookmarks, viewing,
137
downloading, 134-135
immersion reading,
137-138
listening, 135-137
text-to-speech, 139
bookmarks
adding, 128
audiobooks, viewing,
137
moving to, 129
removing, 129
borrowing, 106-107
browsing in library, 112
Cloud view, 113
collections
adding books, 116
cloud, 115
creating, 114
editing, 115
removing books, 117
definitions, looking up,
122
deleting, 88
downloading
computers, 87
device, 112-113
font styles, 121-122
Goodreads app, 211-214
highlights
adding, 126
availability, 123
deleting, 127
viewing, 127
immersion reading,
137-138
Kindle Cloud Reader, 75
Kindle Reader applications, 74
323
lending to friends/family,
109-110
MatchBook service,
107-108
navigating, 120
notes
adding, 124
availability, 123
deleting, 126
editing, 125
viewing, 125-127
opening, 118
page numbers/location
numbers, 121
purchasing, 104-108
reading, 118
Kindle Cloud Reader,
77-78
Kindle Reader applications, 76
removing from devices,
113
searching
current items, 141-142
Wikipedia/Web, 143
X-Ray, 140-141
sending to Kindle devices, 86
social network sharing
comments, 209
highlights, 210
ratings/reviews,
210-211
Time to Read display,
editing, 119
viewing, 85
borrowing books, 106-107
brightness (screen), 29
browser. See Silk
browsing
apps
Apps library, 188-189
Appstore, 183-184
libraries, 112
music, 146
videos, 164-165
web. See web, browsing
324
Index
buttons
buttons
Mayday, 44
power, 10
volume, 10
buying. See purchasing
C
calendars
color-coding, 262
events
adding, 263-264
editing, 267
Facebook, adding, 266
people, inviting, 265
reminders, 264
removing, 267
viewing, 260-262
camera, 271
Camera Roll, viewing, 286
taking photos, 285-288
flash, 286
HDR, 287
panoramas/wide-angle
images, 287-288
videos, recording, 288
Camera Roll, viewing, 286
canceling subscriptions, 92
caregiver Amazon Prime
accounts, 51
Carousel, 15-17
chatting. See Skype
child profiles (FreeTime),
306-307
Chrome website, 75
clearing app data, 195
closing apps, 194
Cloud Drive
accessing, 53-54
application, downloading, 57-58
features, 52
files
accessing, 58-59
adding, 56
downloading to devices, 59
recovering, 55
folders
creating, 54
deleting, 55
personal photos/videos,
importing, 272
refreshing, 69
cloud items, 17
Cloud Player
application, downloading, 61-62
features, 60
launching, 62
music
downloading to computers, 71
downloading to Kindle
Fire, 70
importing, 62-66
playing, 67-68
playlists, creating, 69
Cloud Services, 49
Amazon Prime accounts
cancelling, 52
caregiver benefits, 51
college student benefits, 51
costs, 50
features, 50
setting up, 51
website, 51
book collections, 115
Cloud Drive
accessing, 53-54
adding files, 56
application, downloading, 57-58
creating folders, 54
deleting folders, 55
downloading files to
devices, 59
features, 52
file access, 58-59
recovering files, 55
refreshing, 69
Cloud Player
application, downloading, 61-62
downloading music to
computers, 71
downloading music to
Kindle Fire, 70
features, 60
importing music, 62-66
launching, 62
playing music, 67-68
playlists, 69, 159-160
Instant Video, 72-73
Kindle Cloud Reader,
accessing, 75
collections (books)
books
adding, 116
removing, 117
cloud, 115
creating, 114
editing, 115
college student Amazon
Prime accounts, 51
color
calendars, 262
photos, 284
comments (books), sharing,
209
composing email, 244-245
computers
downloading
books, 87
music, 71
transferring files from,
78-80
connecting
Bluetooth accessories, 39
Facebook, 15
Twitter, 15
Wi-Fi networks, 14, 29-30
conserving power, 10
contacts
adding, 255-257
editing, 257
joining, 259
marking as VIPs, 255
name display, 259
removing, 260
Skype, adding, 217
sort order, 258-259
email
synchronizing, 257
syncing from Facebook,
259
viewing, 254-255
content
archiving, 268-269
controlling by ratings,
316
FreeTime
managing, 308-309
removing, 314
libraries
accessing, 22-23
navigation panels,
opening, 24
searching, 41
switching, 27
converting music, 67
copying
hyperlinks, 296
text, 37
URLs, 295
covers, 10
credit cards, updating, 95-96
cropping photos, 279
cursors, positioning, 36
cutting text, 37
D
daily time limits (FreeTime),
309-311
data (apps), clearing, 195
definitions, looking up, 122
deleting. See removing
deregistering Kindle apps/
devices, 97
devices
books
downloading, 112-113
removing, 113
deregistering, 97
information, viewing,
33-34
items, 17
double-tapping, 21
downloading, 17
Favorites, 18-20
finding, 17
removing, 18
scrolling through, 21
searching, 41
switching between, 27
renaming, 98
screen, 33-34
brightness, adjusting,
29
orientation, 28
timeout, 31-32
special offers, turning
off, 99
storage, 34
Whispersync, turning off,
100
diacriticals, entering, 38
disabling
doc archiving, 90
notifications, 30
displaying. See viewing
documents
approved email addresses, 89
archiving, disabling, 90
deleting, 88
PDF, viewing, 248-250
sending to Kindle devices, 86
spreadsheets
editing, 254
viewing, 252-253
storage space, 90
viewing, 85, 250
Word
editing, 254
navigating, 251
printing, 251
searching, 251
viewing, 250
words, counting, 251
Documents to Go app, 254
double-tapping, 21
downloading, 17
Amazon Cloud
Device files, 59
Drive application,
57-58
325
Player application,
61-62
audiobooks, 134-135
books
computers, 87
devices, 112-113
Kindle Reader applications, 76
music, 147
computers, 71
Kindle Fire, 70
playlists, 159-160
drawings (photos), adding,
282
E
editing
book collections, 115
bookmarking, 300
calendar events, 267
contacts, 257
email accounts, 232-236
font styles, 121-122
FreeTime parental controls passwords,
311-312
Kindle email addresses,
88
notes, 125
photos. See photos, editing
playlists, 156-157
search engine, 297
spreadsheets, 253-254
subscription delivery
locations, 91
text, 36
Time to Read display, 119
Word documents, 254
email
accounts, 227
Add Account page,
accessing, 228-229
checking frequency,
234
default, 234
deleting, 235
Exchange, adding,
230-231
326
Index
email
general settings, editing, 236
IMAP, 230-231
POP3, 230-231
settings, editing,
232-235
signature lines, 235
storage options, 235
webmail provider
accounts, adding,
229-230
addresses
approved, 89
non-Amazon online
bookstores, 90
editing, 88
attachments, viewing,
243
composing, 244-245
folders, 237-238
inboxes, 237
messages, managing,
241
photos, sharing, 275-277
reading, 242
searching, 239
settings, 232
synchronizing, 240
web pages, sharing, 295
eMusic.com, 161
enhancing photos, 279
entering text, 35
events (calendars)
adding, 263-264
editing, 267
Facebook, adding, 266
invitations, 265
reminders, 264
removing, 267
Exchange email accounts,
adding, 230-231
exiting FreeTime, 315
F
Facebook
accounts, setting up,
202-203
app, 204-206
books, sharing
comments, 209
highlights, 210
ratings/reviews,
210-211
connecting, 15
contacts, syncing, 259
events, adding to calendar, 266
photos
importing, 272-273
sharing, 275-277
web pages, sharing, 294
Favorites
apps, adding, 190
contacts, 255
items
adding, 18-19
rearranging, 20
removing, 19
subscriptions, adding, 19
files
Cloud Drive
accessing, 58-59
adding, 56
downloading to devices, 59
recovering, 55
music formats, 161
transferring from computers, 78-80
filters (photos), 281
finding items, 17
Firefox website, 75
flagging email messages,
241
flash (camera), 286
focus (photos), 283
folders
Cloud Drive
adding files, 56
creating, 54
deleting, 55
recovering files, 55
email, 237-238
following bookmarks, 299
font styles, 121-122
force-stopping apps,
193-194
FreeTime, 303
accessing, 304-305
child profiles, setting up,
306-307
content
managing, 308-309
removing, 314
daily time limits, 309-311
exiting, 315
in-app purchases, 303
interface, 313-314
nonreader navigation,
315
parental controls passwords, changing,
311-312
profiles, 304
Unlimited, subscribing/
unsubscribing, 305, 309
G
GameCircle, 196, 220
achievements, 223
friends, adding, 222
games identifying,
220-221
leaderboards, 223-224
profiles, creating, 221
games
accessing, 196-197
GameCircle, 196
achievements, 223
friends, adding, 222
games, identifying,
220-221
leaderboards, 223-224
profiles, creating, 221
gestures
pinch/reverse pinch,
21-22
swiping, 21
taps
double-tapping, 21
canceling, 20
Gmail accounts, adding,
229-230
kids
Goodreads, 211-214
accounts, setting up,
202-203
comments, sharing, 209
highlights, sharing, 210
ratings/reviews, 210-211
Google Chrome website, 75
H
hardware
Bluetooth accessories,
adding, 39
micro-USB port, 11
power button, 10
volume button, 10
HDR (High Dynamic Range),
287
headphones/headsets
(Bluetooth), 39
help
Mayday button, 44
User Guide, 45-46
highlights
adding, 126
availability, 123
books, 210
deleting, 127
viewing, 127
history (web browsing),
300-301
home screen
Amazon Stores, searching, 42
Carousel, 15-17
Favorites
adding items, 18-19
rearranging, 20
removing items, 19
subscriptions, adding, 19
features, 15-16
items
double-tapping, 21
downloading, 17
finding, 17
removing, 18
scrolling through, 21
Navigation bar, 16
Amazon Stores, searching, 42
content libraries,
accessing, 22-23
items, finding, 17
navigation panels,
opening, 24
Quick Links bar, 16
timeout setting, 31-32
hyperlinks
bookmarking, 298-299
copying/opening, 296
I
images (web), saving, 296
IMAP email accounts, adding, 230-232
immersion reading, 137-138
importing
Facebook photos,
272-273
music, 62-66
photos/videos to Cloud
Drive, 272
inboxes (email), 237
Info window (photos), 275
initial setup. See setup
installing apps, 189-190, 198
Instant Video, 72-73
items
double-tapping, 21
downloading, 17
Favorites
adding, 18-19
rearranging, 20
removing, 19
finding, 17
removing, 18
scrolling through, 21
searching, 41
switching between, 27
iTunes Store, 161
327
J–K
joining contacts, 259
keyboards
accent marks, 38
Bluetooth, connecting,
39
cursor positioning, 36
diacriticals, 38
numbers, 37
punctuation marks, 37
shortcuts, 35
splitting, 38
text
copying/cutting/
pasting, 37
entering, 35
selecting/editing, 36
kids
FreeTime
accessing, 304-305
child profiles, setting
up, 306-307
daily time limits,
309-311
exiting, 315
in-app purchases, 303
interface, 313-314
managing content,
308-309
nonreader navigation,
315
passwords, changing,
311-312
profiles, 304
removing content, 314
Unlimited subscriptions, 305, 309
parental controls
Amazon Store purchases, 318
content control by ratings, 316
content libraries, 318
location-based services, 319
passwords, 317-318
Silk access, 318
turning off, 319
328
Index
kids
video playback, 318
Wi-Fi, 319
Kindle
apps, deregistering, 97
Cloud Reader
accessing, 75
books, reading, 77-78
email addresses
changing, 88
non-Amazon online
bookstores, 90
Lending Library, 106-107
Newsstand, 110
magazines, 130-132
newspapers, 133-134
Reader applications
accessing, 74
books, reading, 76
Store
books, 104-106
periodicals, 110-111
L
language selection, 12
leaderboards (GameCircle),
223-224
lending books, 109-110
libraries
Apps
adding apps to
Favorites, 190
browsing, 188-189
installing/uninstalling
apps, 189-191
updating apps,
191-192
browsing, 112
content
accessing, 22-23
navigation panels,
opening, 24
Games, 196-197
Music. See music, playlists
parental controls, 318
Photos. See photos
searching, 41
video
adding videos to
Watchlist, 175-176
downloaded videos,
removing, 176
removing videos, 172,
176
watching videos,
172-173
X-Ray for Video,
174-175
lighting (photos), fixing, 283
Linux, transferring files from,
80
listening
audiobooks, 135-137
immersion reading,
137-138
text-to-speech, 139
music, 67-68, 151
playback controls, 154
playlists, 158-159
repeating songs, 152
shuffling songs, 152
song lyrics, viewing,
153
volume, 152
location-based services
(password-protecting), 319
location numbers, 121
locking screen orientation,
28
M
Macs, transferring files from,
79
magazines
app subscriptions, viewing, 187
definitions, looking up,
122
font styles, 122
reading, 130-132
subscribing, 110-111
Manage Your Kindle page
accessing, 84
approved email addresses, 89
benefits, 86
books/docs
archiving, disabling, 90
deleting, 88
sending to Kindle
devices, 86
storage space, 90
viewing, 85
deregistering Kindle
devices/Kindle apps, 97
downloading books to
computers, 87
features, 83
Kindle email addresses,
88-90
payment information
updates, 94
Amazon purchases, 95
subscriptions, 96
renaming Kindle devices,
98
special offers, turning
off, 99
subscriptions
canceling, 92
delivery locations, editing, 91
past issues, accessing,
92
privacy settings, 94
reactivating, 93
resubscribing during
free trials, 93
website, 85
Whispersync, turning off,
100
MatchBook service, 107-108
Mayday button, 44
Media Transfer Protocol
(MTP), 80
memes (photos), adding,
282
messages (email)
attachments, viewing,
243
composing, 244-245
managing, 241
reading, 242
Microsoft accounts, adding,
229-231
orientation (screen)
micro-USB port, 11
movies. See also videos
browsing, 164-165
details, viewing, 165-166
expirations, 167
Prime Instant Video,
accessing, 170
renting/purchasing,
166-167
Second Screen, 177-178
watching, 172-173
Watchlist, 175-176
X-Ray for Video, 174-175
MTP (Media Transfer
Protocol), 80
music
Album Only songs, 148
albums
adding to playlists,
157-158
information, viewing,
147
Amazon Music Store,
accessing, 147-148
browsing, 146
Cloud Player
downloading to computers, 71
downloading to Kindle
Fire, 70
importing, 62-66
playing, 67-68
playlists, creating, 69
converting, 67
downloading, 147
formats, 161
listening, 151-152
monitoring downloads,
150
playback controls, 154
playing, 151
playlists
artists/albums, adding,
157-158
cloud, 156
creating, 155-156
downloading, 159-160
editing, 156-157
playing, 158-159
removing, 160
viewing downloaded,
155-156, 159
purchasing, 148
repeating songs, 152
samples, 148
scrolling, 149
searching, 150
shuffling, 152
song lyrics, viewing, 153
sources, 161
volume, 152
N
navigation
books, 120
gestures
canceling taps, 20
double-tapping, 21
pinch/reverse pinch,
21-22
swiping, 21
FreeTime nonreaders,
315
panels, opening, 24
scrolling through items,
21
tabs, 297
web pages, 293
Word documents, 251
zooming in/out, 21-22
Navigation bar, 16
Amazon Stores, searching, 42
content libraries, 22-24
items, finding, 17
The New Oxford American
Dictionary, 122
newspapers
definitions, looking up,
122
font styles, 122
reading, 133-134
subscribing, 110-111
Newsstand, 110
magazines, 130-132
newspapers, 133-134
329
nonreader navigation
(FreeTime), 315
notes
adding, 124
availability, 123
deleting, 126
editing, 125
viewing, 125-127
notifications
disabling, 30
viewing, 26
numbers
entering, 37
page numbers/location
numbers, 121
O
OfficeSuite app
Professional, 254
spreadsheets, 252-254
Word documents
editing, 254
navigating, 251
printing, 251
searching, 251
viewing, 250
words, counting, 251
opening
books, 118
Kindle Cloud Reader,
77-78
Kindle Reader applications, 76
Cloud Player, 61-62
hyperlinks, 296
Music Store, 147
navigation panels, 24
Newsstand, 110
operating system, updating, 11
Options bar, 26-27
orientation (screen), 28
330
Index
page numbers (books)
P
page numbers (books), 121
panoramic photos, taking,
287-288
parental controls
FreeTime
accessing, 304-305
child profiles, setting
up, 306-307
daily time limits,
309-311
exiting, 315
in-app purchases, 303
interface, 313-314
managing content,
308-309
nonreader navigation,
315
passwords, changing,
311-312
profiles, 304
removing content, 314
Unlimited subscriptions, 305, 309
regular
Amazon Store purchases, 318
content control by ratings, 316
content libraries, 318
location-based services, 319
passwords, 317-318
Silk access, 318
turning off, 319
video playback, 318
Wi-Fi, 319
passwords
Amazon Store purchases,
318
location-based services,
319
parental controls
FreeTime, changing,
311-312
regular, 317-318
video playback, 318
Wi-Fi, 319
pasting
text, 37
URLs, 295
payment information,
updating, 94
Amazon purchases, 95
subscriptions, 96
PCs, transferring files from,
79
PDFs, viewing, 248-250
periodicals
definitions, looking up,
122
font styles, 122
reading
magazines, 130-132
newspapers, 133-134
subscriptions
purchasing, 110-111
viewing, 187
photos
editing
Blemish tool, 281
color, adding, 284
cropping, 279
drawings, adding, 282
editing mode, 278
enhancing, 279
filters, 281
focus, 283
lighting, fixing, 283
memes, adding, 282
redeye, fixing, 280
rotating, 280
stickers, adding, 281
text, adding, 281
Facebook, importing,
272-273
importing to Cloud Drive,
272
Info window, 275
removing, 274
sharing, 275-277
taking, 285-287
Camera Roll, viewing,
286
flash, 286
HDR, 287
panoramas/
wide-angle images,
287-288
viewing, 273-274
pinching, 21-22
playing
music, 67-68, 151
playback controls, 154
playlists, 158-159
repeating songs, 152
shuffling songs, 152
song lyrics, viewing,
153
volume, 152
videos/movies/TV shows,
172-173
playlists
artists/albums, adding,
157-158
cloud, 156
creating, 69, 155-156
deleting, 160
downloading, 159-160
editing, 156-157
playing, 158-159
viewing downloaded,
159
POP3 email accounts, adding, 230-232
power button, 10
power, conserving, 10
powering on/off, 10
preinstalled apps, 191
preregistered devices, 13
Prime Instant Videos, 170
printing Word documents,
251
profiles
FreeTime, 304-307
GameCircle, creating, 221
protocols, 232
punctuation marks, 37
purchasing
apps, 185
books, 104-108
in-app purchases, 303
movies, 166-167
sharing
music, 148
password protecting, 318
periodical subscriptions,
110-111
TV shows
costs, 170
episodes, 168
seasons, 169
TV passes, 171-172
Q
Quick Links bar, 16
Quick Switch bar, 27
Quickoffice Pro app, 254
Quiet Time, enabling, 30
R
ratings
books, 210-211
content control, 316
reactivating subscriptions,
93
reading
books, 118
definitions, looking
up, 122
font styles, 121-122
navigating, 120
page/location numbers, 121
email, 242
immersion reading,
137-138
magazines, 130-132
newspapers, 133-134
PDFs, 248-250
searches
current items, 141-142
Wikipedia/Web, 143
X-Ray, 140-141
Word documents, 250
recording videos, 288
recovering files, 55
redeye (photos), fixing, 280
refreshing Cloud Drive, 69
registration, 13
regular parental controls
Amazon Store, 318
content control by ratings, 316
content libraries, 318
location-based services,
319
passwords, 317-318
Silk access, 318
turning off, 319
video playback, 318
Wi-Fi, 319
removing
bookmarks, 129, 300
books/docs, 88
collections, 117
devices, 113
calendar events, 267
Cloud Drive folders, 55
contacts, 260
downloaded videos, 176
email
accounts, 235
messages, 241
FreeTime content, 314
highlights, 127
items, 18-19
notes, 126
photos, 274
playlists, 160
videos, 172, 176
web browsing history,
301
renaming Kindle devices, 98
renting movies, 166-167
reverse pinching, 21-22
reviews (books), 210-211
rotating photos, 280
S
Safari website, 75
samples (music), 148
saving web images, 296
331
screen
brightness, adjusting, 29
orientation, 28
timeout, 31-32
scrolling, 21, 149
search engines, choosing,
297
searching, 41
Amazon Stores, 42
books
current items, 141-142
Wikipedia/Web, 143
X-Ray, 140-141
email, 239
libraries, 41
music, 150
web, 42, 296
Word documents, 251
season TV passes, purchasing, 171-172
Second Screen, 177-178
sending books/docs to
Kindle devices, 86
setup
Airplane Mode, 29-30
Amazon Prime accounts,
51
completing later, 13
device information, 33-34
email accounts, 232
Facebook, 15, 202-203
font styles, 121-122
FreeTime child profiles,
306-307
Goodreads, 202-203
language, 12
Quiet Time, 30
screen
brightness, 29
orientation, 28
timeout, 31-32
Skype, 214-216
Twitter, 15, 202-203
Wi-Fi networks, 12-14
sharing
accounts, 113
photos, 275-277
332
Index
sharing
web pages
email, 295
Facebook, 294
sideloading, 78
Linux, 80
Macs, 79
PCs, 79
third-party apps, 198
signatures (email), 235
Silk, 291
bookmarks
current pages, 298
editing, 300
following, 299
hyperlinks, 298-299
removing, 300
viewing, 299
browsing history,
300-301
default search engine,
297
hyperlinks, copying/
opening, 296
images, saving, 296
parental controls, 318
tabs, 297
URLs
copying, 295
entering, 292
pasting, 295
web pages
navigating, 293
sharing, 294-295
web searches, 296
Skype
communication, initiating, 218-219
contacts, adding, 217
setting up, 214-216
social networks
accounts, setting up,
202-203
books, sharing
comments, 209
highlights, 210
ratings/reviews,
210-211
Facebook, 204-206
accounts, setting up,
202-203
connecting, 15
contacts, syncing, 259
events, adding to calendar, 266
photos, importing,
272-273
web pages, sharing,
294
GameCircle
achievements, 223
friends, adding, 222
games, identifying,
220-221
leaderboards, 223-224
profiles, creating, 221
Goodreads app, 211-214
accounts, setting up,
202-203
comments, sharing,
209
highlights, 210
ratings/reviews,
210-211
integration, 201
photos, sharing, 275-277
Skype
communication, initiating, 218-219
contacts, adding, 217
setting up, 214-216
Twitter, 206-208
accounts, setting up,
202-203
connecting, 15
web pages, sharing, 294
song lyrics, viewing, 153
songs. See music
sorting contacts, 258-259
speakers (Bluetooth), 39
special offers, turning off, 99
Splash tool, 284
splitting keyboards, 38
spreadsheets
editing, 254
viewing, 252-253
status bar notifications, 26
stickers (photos), adding,
281
storage, 34
archiving content,
268-269
books/docs, 90
email, 235
streaming
music, 67-68
videos, 170
subscriptions
adding to Favorites, 19
auto-renewal, 187
canceling, 92
credit card payment
information, updating,
96
delivery locations, editing, 91
FreeTime Unlimited, 305
past issues, accessing, 92
periodicals, 110-111
privacy settings, 94
reactivating, 93
resubscribing during free
trials, 93
viewing, 187
swiping, 21
switching between items, 27
synchronization
contacts, 257
email, 240
Whispersync, turning off,
100
T
tabs (Silk), 297
taking
photos, 285
Camera Roll, viewing,
286
flash, 286
HDR, 287
panoramas/
wide-angle images,
287-288
videos, 288
viewing
taps
canceling, 20
double-tapping, 21
test driving apps, 186
text
accent marks, 38
copying/cutting/
pasting, 37
cursor positioning, 36
diacriticals, 38
editing, 36
entering, 35
numbers, 37
photos, adding, 281
punctuation marks, 37
selecting, 36
shortcuts, 35
text-to-speech, 139
third-party apps, sideloading, 198
time limits (FreeTime),
309-311
timeout setting, 31-32
Time to Read display, 119
tools (photos)
Blemish, 281
Focus, 283
Meme, 282
Splash, 284
transferring files from computers, 78
Linux, 80
Macs, 79
PCs, 79
trophies (GameCircle), 223
troubleshooting apps
data, clearing, 195
force-stopping, 193-194
turning off
parental controls, 319
special offers, 99
Whispersync, 100
Wi-Fi, 29-30
TV passes, 171-172
TV shows
Prime Instant Video,
accessing, 170
purchasing
costs, 170
episodes, 168
seasons, 169
TV passes, 171-172
Second Screen, 177-178
watching, 172-173
Watchlist, 175-176
X-Ray for Video, 174-175
Twitter, 206-208
accounts, setting up,
202-203
books, sharing
comments, 209
highlights, 210
ratings/reviews,
210-211
connecting, 15
photos, sharing, 275-277
txt documents, viewing, 250
U
uninstalling apps, 191
unlisted Wi-Fi networks, connecting, 14
unlocking, 11
updating, 11
apps, 191-192
payment information
Amazon purchases, 95
subscriptions, 96
URLs
copying, 295
entering, 292
pasting, 295
User Guide, 45-46
V
videos. See also movies
Amazon Instant Video,
72-73
browsing, 164-165
deleting, 172
details, viewing, 165-166
downloaded, 176
333
expirations, 167
FreeTime, 308
library, 172
parental controls, 318
personal, importing to
Cloud Drive, 272
Prime Instant Videos,
accessing, 170
recording, 288
renting/purchasing,
166-167
Second Screen, 177-178
Skype
communication, initiating, 218-219
contacts, adding, 217
setting up, 214-216
TV shows, purchasing
costs, 170
episodes, 168
seasons, 169
TV Passes, 171-172
Video Store. See Video
Store
watching, 172-173
Watchlist, 175-176
X-Ray for Video, 174-175
Video Store, 163
movies
browsing, 164-165
details, viewing,
165-166
expirations, 167
renting/purchasing,
166-167
Prime Instant videos,
accessing, 170
TV shows, purchasing
costs, 170
episodes, 168
seasons, 169
TV passes, 171-172
viewing
album information, 147
app details, 184-185
bookmarks, 299
books, 85
calendars, 260-262
Camera Roll, 286
contacts, 254-255, 259
334
Index
viewing
device information, 33-34
docs, 85
downloaded playlists,
159
email attachments, 243
highlights, 127
notes, 125-127
notifications, 26
PDFs, 248-250
photos, 273-274
song lyrics, 153
spreadsheets, 252-253
subscriptions, 187
video details, 165-166
web browsing history,
300-301
Word documents, 250
VIPs (contacts), 255
volume
button, 10
music, 152
W
watching movies/TV shows/
videos, 172-173, 178
Watchlist (videos), 175-176
web
browsing
bookmarks, 298-300
default search engine,
297
history, 300-301
hyperlinks, copying/
opening, 296
images, saving, 296
navigating pages, 293
searches, 296
sharing pages, 294-295
tabs, 297
URLs, 292, 295
searching, 42, 143
webmail email provider
accounts, adding, 229-230
websites
Amazon
Cloud Player, 62
Manage Your Kindle
page, 85
Prime, 51
Apple Safari, 75
Firefox, 75
Google Chrome, 75
local libraries Kindle
book availability, 106
Media Transfer Protocol,
80
Whispersync, turning off,
100
wide-angle photos, taking,
287-288
Wi-Fi
parental controls, 319
setting up, 12-14
turning off, 29-30
Wikipedia searches, 143
Word documents
editing, 254
navigating, 251
printing, 251
searching, 251
viewing, 250
words, counting, 251
X–Z
xls/xlsx documents, viewing,
252
X-Ray, 140-141
X-Ray for Video, 174-175
Yahoo! accounts, adding,
229-230
zooming in/out, 21-22