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Reading Books

The Kindle has always been a great device for reading. Instead of carrying around a bag of books, you can put all the books you would want to read on your Kindle. You can easily look up definitions with the integrated dictionary. You can search the Web when you want to read more about something you encounter in a book. You can even increase the size of a book’s text to make it easier to read.

All of these great features are available on your Kindle Fire, and because it’s a tablet computer, your Kindle Fire makes using these features easier than any other Kindle.

Browsing Your Library

You can view books on your device and in the cloud using the Books library.

  1. From the Home screen, tap Books to access your Books library.
  2. Tap Device to see content that has been downloaded to your Kindle Fire or Cloud to see content that is in your online library.
  3. Tap By Author, By Recent, or By Title to change the order in which your books are sorted.

Downloading a Book to Your Device

Before you can read a book, you must first download it to your device.

  1. From the Books library, tap Cloud to see the books in your online library.
  2. Scroll to the book you want to download to your device.
  3. Tap the book to download it to your device. You can also tap and hold the book and then tap Download.

Removing a Book from Your Device

You can remove downloaded books from your Kindle Fire in order to free up some memory on the device.

  1. From the Books library, tap Device to see the books on your device.
  2. Scroll to the book that you want to remove from your device.
  3. Tap and hold the book.
  4. Tap Remove from Device.

Reading a Book

The Kindle Fire is a great device for reading, and because it has a backlit screen, you can easily read in bed at night and in other low-light conditions without a reading light.

  1. From the Books library, tap a book on your device to open it for reading.
  2. Tap the right side of a page or swipe from right to left to move forward one page.
  3. Tap the left side of a page or swipe from left to right to move back one page.
  4. Tap the center of the page and swipe the Location slider to move to a specific location within the book.

Looking Up Definitions

Your Kindle Fire comes with The New Oxford American Dictionary so that you can look up definitions of words while you’re reading.

  1. Tap and hold the word you want to look up in the dictionary. A definition of the word displays.
  2. Tap the definition pop-up to dismiss it.
  3. Tap Full Definition to open the dictionary and see a more detailed definition.

Changing Font Styles

You can change the size of fonts, line spacing, page margins, and colors when reading Kindle content.

  1. Tap the center of a page while you’re reading.
  2. Tap the Text icon.
  3. Tap a font size option to make the text larger or smaller.
  4. Tap a Line Spacing option to change the space between lines.
  5. Tap a Margins option to change the page margin.
  6. Tap a Color Mode to change the color of pages and text.

Changing the Typeface

By default, the Kindle Fire displays type using the Georgia typeface. You can choose from a selection of typefaces if Georgia isn’t to your liking.

  1. Tap the center of a page while you’re reading.
  2. Tap the Text icon.
  3. Tap Typeface.
  4. Scroll to the desired typeface.
  5. Tap the typeface.
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