Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2012
Pages: 280

Enter a bright new world of entertainment with Amazon’s red hot tablet. This guide lights the way with lots of illustrations and step-by-step instructions for browsing the Web, emailing, playing games, and viewing books, movies, and magazines in blazing color. Learn how to manage your media library on the Fire and in the cloud—and where to find the coolest apps.

Note: This first edition of Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual covers only the original Kindle Fire sold between November, 2011 and September, 2012. For later models, please see Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual, 2nd edition.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Read all about it. Find, load, and read a variety of ebooks, magazines, and newspapers.
  • Go online. Browse the Web and manage email with a secure Wi-Fi connection.
  • Put on a show. Watch movies and TV series, and showcase your photos and videos.
  • Fill up your jukebox. Listen to your favorite music from Amazon and iTunes.
  • Load up on apps. Get popular games, guides, references, and more with Amazon’s Apps for Android.
  • Take your briefcase. Read PDFs, Word files, Excel spreadsheets, and other docs.
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    Comments about oreilly Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual:

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

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

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

    The pleasant part of the book is that the author doesn't cheapen the book by calling it an "iPad Killer". Even when he gets into areas like using the Kindle Fire as for documents and spreadsheets (the Kindle Fire does have a built-in Docs Library), getting photos and home videos onto the Kindle Fire, and managing time, tasks, and travel. While the Kindle Fire can do all of these things, I may not get past just playing around with those features, because I am better served using my iPad for them. However, I did enjoy the coverage and picked some other power user tips from the book. I definitely plan to spend some more time revisiting those features for sure.

    I recommend this book to readers brand new to eBook Readers and the Kindle Fire as well as experienced eReader users. It's well written and has something for everybody.

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    Comments about oreilly Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual:

    This is just to offset "Kitty's" unfair review.

    Kitty: I don't think you understand what product you just reviewed. You posted a review for a book, that is published by O'Reilly media. The title of that book is "Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual." The text in your review indicates that you think that you are actually reviewing a device, manufactured by Amazon, called a "Kindle Fire." The two things are distinct products. To post reviews for the Kindle fire itself, you should go to this page (on the Amazon site):

    Btw, the Kindle Fire doesn't ship with a printed manual because it's an ebook reader. The manual it ships with is electronic, and it's preloaded on the device. However, people who want more (which isn't generally necessary, given how easy the Fire is to use) may find solace in this book, which will detail every aspect of the Fire's interface, and show you how to get the most out of the device.

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