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Overview

Step-by-step instructions with callouts to Kindle Fire HDX photos that show you exactly what to do

Help when you run into Kindle Fire HDX problems or limitations

Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your Kindle Fire HDX

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Kindle Fire HDX working just the way you want. Learn how to:

  • Quickly set up your Kindle Fire HDX or HD
  • Connect to practically any network, including unlisted WiFi networks
  • Smoothly transfer content between cloud, computer, and tablet
  • Find your favorite books, audiobooks, newspapers, or magazines
  • Read and write reviews at Amazon’s global Goodreads community
  • Move your Amazon printed book purchases online with MatchBook
  • Play your music and video, wherever it comes from (even iTunes)
  • Display movies on your TV and use Kindle Fire as a remote
  • Control subscriptions so you pay for only the content you want
  • Do more than ever with the newest Kindle Fire apps
  • Connect via Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and email
  • Edit personal documents and photos on your Kindle Fire HDX
  • Manage your life, contacts, and calendar on your Kindle Fire HDX
  • Make the most of Kindle Fire’s built-in cameras
  • Browse the Web with Kindle Fire’s newly-upgraded Silk browser
  • Find great apps for kids and control how they use Kindle Fire
  • Get free Amazon personal support whenever you need it
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789752932
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 2/26/2014
  • Series: My... Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 267,325
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet 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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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

Chapter 1 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

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

Chapter 2 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

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

Chapter 3 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

Chapter 4 Reading on the Kindle Fire 103

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

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

Chapter 5 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

Chapter 6 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

Adding a Video to Your Watchlist ........... 175

Removing a Downloaded Video .................. 176

Using Second Screen ........................................ 177

Watching Video with Second Screen ....................... 178

Chapter 7 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

Chapter 8 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

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

Chapter 9 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

Chapter 10 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

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

Chapter 11 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

Chapter 12 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

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

Chapter 13 Giving Your Kids a Kindle Fire 303

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

TOC, 9780789752932, 1/13/2014

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