Kindle Fire: Out of the Box
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2011
Pages: 75

When you open the box for your brand-new Kindle Fire, you'll find the hottest 7-inch tablet to hit the market, a power adapter, and a "Quick Start Guide" that tells you how to turn it on. But to really take advantage of all the content and features the device has to offer, you'll need a little more. Kindle Fire: Out of the Box gets you up and running beyond the first "Slide to unlock" screen to unlock all of your media from the cloud in the palm of your hand.

Whether your media library lives in Amazon Cloud Drive or on your device, the Fire gives you immediate access to all of it, wherever you are, as long as you know where to find it and how to consume it. With Kindle Fire: Out of the Box, you'll jump right in to reading full-color magazines, newspapers, newly enhanced ebooks, and your own personal documents. Quickly download music from your Amazon Cloud Drive or new music from the Amazon MP3 store to listen offline, and get instant, unlimited access to streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows. And go beyond your own media to experience integrated email, games, Android apps from the Amazon App Store, and ultra-fast web browsing with the revolutionary, cloud-accelerated Silk browser.

This intuitive, easy-to-follow ebook opens the world of possibilities made possible by the Kindle Fire, right out of the box.

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      4.0

      A good basic introduction

      By Bill O

      from Dallas, TX

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      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

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      Comments about oreilly Kindle Fire: Out of the Box:

      The Kindle Fire, like a lot of devices these days, does not come with a user manual. Kindle Fire: Out Of The Box covers the basics of setting up and using your Fire.

      This 76-page book is divided into 6 chapters:

      - Get to Know Your Kindle Fire
      - Set Up Your Fire
      - Books, Newsstand, and Docs
      - Music and Video
      - Apps
      - Web and Email

      The book is loaded with detailed, annotated screen shots, which makes it easy to figure out exactly what you should be seeing on your Kindle's screen. However, this comes at a price - the pdf file is 21 megs in size, which might make it difficult if you're wanting to email it to your Kindle.

      The chapters on books, music/video and apps are very Amazon-centric, but that's because the Fire is designed primarily as a device for consuming Amazon's media rather than as a generic Android tablet. However, there are instructions for loading media via USB or Amazon's Cloud Drive. Also, there are some good instructions on some of the available options you have while reading a book - changing the font and typeface, highlighting and adding notes, and using the built-in dictionary features.

      The Apps chapter is by far the smallest; take out the screen shots and there's only a single page of text. This is where I have my only real gripe with the book - I would have liked to have seen something about how to determine how much of the Fire's storage space your apps (and music, videos, etc., for that matter) are taking up.

      The Web and Email chapter covers the basics of browsing and setting up your email client, but if you use an email provider other than one of the four included presets (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and AOL) the setup instructions are pretty much "contact your administrator".

      This book will save the average user many Google searches looking for answers to basic questions. While you're not going to find any in-depth technical information, I wouldn't hesitate to give it to my parents if they got a new Kindle Fire. O'Reilly has what appears to be a more detailed book coming up called "Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual"; I'll be curious to see what additional information it contains.

       
      3.0

      Clear, Concise but Limited in Scope

      By shawnday

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      • Easy to understand
      • Well-written

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      • Too basic

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      Comments about oreilly Kindle Fire: Out of the Box:

      Well, hot off the digital press and literally out of the box comes a handy manual for the Amazon Kindle Fire. Kindle Fire: Out of the Box provides a comprehensive look at a variety of the features of the Android-enabled Amazon tablet. The volume is short and concise, but throughly addresses the Fire's features. It is copiously illustrated and provides a great overview of what makes the Fire special. This is useful manual for those who possible feel intimidated by the rather unique Kindle Fire interface. As Sawyer states, Amazon made a decision to 'turn Android on its head' and focus on content delivery and then put a custom interface on top of Android that allows for access to the Android platform and a variety of Amazon-ok'd apps through a simplified user interface.

      Does the Fire need a manual? Probably for most people no, and this is why Amazon took the decision to include in the package (in the Apple manner) a tiny getting started pamphlet. There is additional material provided as an ebook on the device itself. This manual picks up where the amazon ebook takes off looks at the configuration and setup of the Fire, Books and Newstand, Videos and Music and finally Apps and web services. The general tone of the narrative is peppy and sardonic, but clear and as I mentioned terse but makes copious use of screen shots and graphics. There are call outs providing handily tips clearly identifiable and to the point. The volume ends rather suddenly though and I was surpassed that there was no conclusion or discussion of future steps or directions which would have been a great addition.

      The book is clean, clear and a useful overview of how to make the best use of a new Kindle Fire. Most users may not require the extra detail provided by this manual, but for those wanting to make sure that they are exploiting all the exciting new possibilities of the Kindle Fire, this is a useful resource.

       
      3.0

      A Good Start To Learning About Your New

      By Mathias

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            Comments about oreilly Kindle Fire: Out of the Box:

            It covers all of the important things to get you going. I have had my fire for about a month, but there were a few new things I learned from reading this.

            Two Notes

            -- There is a note that says 3rd party car charges should work. I see that there is a special car charger @ Amazon that puts out 2.1 amps instead of the normal 1 amp.

            -- There has been a software update since this was written and one of the changes includes the ability to remove items from the carousel.

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            1.0

            Nothing Enlightening

            By Anonymous

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                Comments about oreilly Kindle Fire: Out of the Box:

                Even for the low fee, I expected more from O'Reilly.

                I should have taken the lack of showing a table of contents as a sign (there is a table of contents).

                If you want standard information, here it is. I thought there might be some discussion of the baseline android underneath (nope); or how to search for "standard" android apps from elsewhere (nope).

                Just google - you'll find more information than in here.

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