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Using Kindle: Your Guide to All Things Kindle and Kindle DX, 4th Edition

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  • Copyright 2011
  • Edition: 4th
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-4110-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-4110-3

Make the most of your new Amazon KindleTM eBook reader! Read books, play media, get free content, uncover powerful, little-known Kindle features you’ll love!


Learn to do all this and much more… 

  • Connect to Amazon’s Kindle Store and buy content
  • Download a world of free books and other content
  • Manage your content and quickly find what you’re looking for
  • Read books on Kindle and customize a better reading experience
  • Quickly sync content across multiple Kindles and other devices
  • Make the most of Kindle’s menus, keyboard shortcuts, and search
  • Read Adobe PDFs without converting them
  • Listen to Audible audiobooks–and use Kindle’s text-to-speech to hear other books, too
  • Play MP3 music and games
  • Use Kindle’s built-in New Oxford American Dictionary and Oxford Dictionary of English
  • Add bookmarks, notes, clips, and highlights to your books
  • Use Kindle Whispernet to read email, check Facebook, even manage your Netflix queue
  • Convert and manage Kindle content with Calibre
  • Find the best third-party Kindle apps, add-ons, and web resources

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Finding Content for Your Kindle

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Table of Contents



About the Author

Welcome to the Kindle

Chapter 1: Getting Started with the Kindle

The Amazing Kindle

The Kindle's Unique Features

The Kindle Home Screen

Sorting and Filtering the Home Screen

Items Available on the Home Screen Menu

Configuring Your Settings


Device Name

Wi-Fi Settings

Device Info

Voice Guide

Device Email

Device Password

Device Time

Annotations Backup

Popular Highlights

Social Networks

Personal Info

Kindle Version

Chapter 2: Reading Content

Reading on the Kindle

Keyboard Shortcuts While Reading

Using the Progress Indicator

Using Whispersync

Using the Reader Menu

Using the Dictionary

Using Bookmarks, Notes, Clippings, and Highlights

Kindle Bookmarks

Using Notes



Using Text-to-Speech

Reading Books on Kindle for PC

The Kindle for PC Home Screen

Downloading Books to Kindle for PC

Chapter 3: Finding Content

Using Amazon's Kindle Store

Accessing the Kindle Store

The Kindle and Digital Rights Management (DRM)

Finding Books from Other Sources

Project Gutenberg



Planet eBook

Baen Free Library




Other Sources

Creating Your Own Kindle Content

Address Book

Shopping Lists

Your Medications

Your Travel Itinerary

Study Notes

Meeting Notes

Inventory List

Using Search on the Kindle

Chapter 4: Managing Your Kindle Content

Using Archived Items

Using Amazon's Your Media Library

Using Amazon's Manage Your Kindle

Your Kindle(s)

Your Computer and Other Mobile Device(s)

Your Kindle-Approved Email List

Your Personal Document Charge Limit

Your Default 1-Click Payment Method

Your Country

Your Active Kindle Subscriptions

Open Orders

Your Orders

Your Individual Charges

Transferring Files To and From Your Kindle

Organizing Kindle Content

Using Collections

Using Calibre

Editing Metadata

Converting eBooks with Calibre

Transferring Books with Calibre

Chapter 5: Internet and Email on the Kindle 

Web Browser Basics

Navigating the Web on Your Kindle

Web Browser Settings

Using the Kindle on the Web

Reading Blogs on the Kindle

Reading News on the Kindle

Checking Movies and Show Times

Checking Flight Status and Airport Information

Accessing Traffic Information

Find Recipes

Browse and Bid on eBay Auctions

Manage Your Netflix Movie Queue

Social Networking on the Kindle

Email on the Kindle

Google Gmail

Windows Live Mail (Hotmail)

Yahoo! Mail

Chapter 6: Games and Multimedia on the Kindle

Games on the Kindle

Playing Music

Listening to Audio Books

Listening to Podcasts

Taking Screenshots

Chapter 7: Kindle Resources and Accessories

Amazon's Kindle Page: www.kindle.com

Kindle Nation Daily: kindlenationblog.blogspot.com

Blog Kindle: www.blogkindle.com

The Kindle Chronicles: www.thekindlechronicles.com

Booksprung: booksprung.com

Kindle Accessories

Kindle Lighted Leather Cover

DecalGirl Kindle Skins

Kindle FAQs

Chapter 8: Kindle FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About the Kindle

Are Kindle books the same as the hardcover or paperback versions?

Why doesn't the Kindle have a backlight?

Why does the screen flash when I turn pages?

How long should the battery last between charges?

Can someone else buy a Kindle book for me as a gift?

I received a Kindle as a gift, but it's registered in that person's name. Can I fix that?

Can I create folders to organize my content?

Can I take screenshots on my Kindle screen to post on a blog, a web page, or to send to someone?

What happens if I delete a book from my Kindle?

Is it true I need a credit card issued in the United States to buy content from Amazon's Kindle store?

Do I need a computer to use a Kindle?

Do I have to pay for wireless service to use Whispernet on the Kindle?

Can I read a Kindle book I bought from Amazon on my computer? What about a book I downloaded from somewhere else on the Internet?

If a book is not currently available in Kindle format, is there a way I can request that it be made available?

Can I be notified when a book is made available in Kindle format?

Is there any way I can create my own Kindle books from a paper book that I've purchased?

Should I turn off wireless when I'm not using it?

How should I clean the Kindle screen?

How should I clean the Kindle?

Should I charge my Kindle after each use?

What if my family has more than one Kindle?

Can I use my Kindle outside the United States while traveling?

Is there a way to see page numbers on a Kindle? What if I need to provide a page number reference for a Kindle book citation?

Can I share a book I bought with another Kindle user?

Is it possible for a Kindle screen to get burn-in so that artifacts of a previous screen are permanently left on the screen?

If I have purchased a traditional book from Amazon, can I get a Kindle version free?

Is it possible to zoom in on images if they appear too small?

Does Amazon ever add new features to the Kindle?

Is it true that I must have wireless access to Whispernet to read Kindle content?

I've heard that the Kindle cannot read PDF files. Is that true?


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