The first time you turn on your new Kindle Fire HD, it will automatically walk you through the registration process and get you started accessing your Amazon content. Limited help files are also preinstalled, but there is no paper or electronic manual to help you get the fullest use out of your device. Fortunately other options exist for instructions, tips, and tricks, but you have to know where to look. Here are three good sources of information to get you started enjoying your Kindle.
1. The Amazon Prime Library – If you have an Amazon Kindle Fire HD, you should have an Amazon prime membership. Prime membership will give you access to content for streaming, as well as to Amazon’s Kindle lending library. The library has a number of books that will help you get started using your Kindle Fire HD, which are freely available to Prime members.
From the homepage of your Kindle, select “Books” from the ribbon at the top, then select “Store.” A number of titles on how to use your new Kindle fire HD will automatically appear under the heading “Recommended for You.” You can download sample chapters to help you decide which book to check out or buy. Your Prime membership allows you to check out one library book each calendar month. You may keep a book as long as you like, but you cannot check out another until you return it.
For example, the regularly updated e-book, “Best 100 Kindle Fire HD Apps,” will help get you started customizing your Kindle with the functions you want. I learned about the “ChefTap” app thanks to this book, which turned out to be perfect for collecting and organizing all the recipes I’ve bookmarked online into an easy-to-use electronic format.
2. Discussion Forums – The Kindle help forum on the Amazon website is great for finding answers to specific questions. You can post your own question there, but first try searching for related topics. Chances are excellent that you aren’t the first to have a particular problem, and your answer may well be there just waiting for you.
Before I even purchased my Kindle Fire HD, I had a question about “side-loading apps,” which means installing Android apps from sources other than the Kindle app store. I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy a Kindle if I couldn’t install the Barnes and Noble Nook app in order to access e-books I’d purchased in the past, which aren’t compatible with the Kindle format. The forum discussion on this topic confirmed that side-loading is possible for many, although not all Android apps, and provided basic instructions with links to more detailed sources.
3. YouTube — There’s nothing better than a video demonstration to walk you through how to do something. YouTube has many helpful videos on using your Kindle Fire HD. I was having trouble figuring out how to do the simple operation of copy and paste on my new Kindle. Entering “How to copy and paste on Kindle Fire HD” into my search engine took me to a video covering exactly what I wanted to know. It works, but even the video demonstrator had a little trouble getting exactly what he wanted. No written description could have as accurately conveyed the sequence of touch actions needed to get the job done.
Making use of these three resources should help you find any information you need to customize your Kindle Fire HD for your requirements. The more you learn about your device, and the more you use it to its fullest capabilities, the more fun you will have with it.
Amazon.com, Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Amazon Prime Members Enjoy
Amazon.com “Best 100 Kindle Fire HD Apps” (Updated With Top Apps for the Kindle Fire HD!) [Kindle Edition]
Amazon.com ChefTap recipe app
Amazon.com Kindle Help Forum
Barnes&Noble. Nook for Android
You Tube. “Kindle Fire HD: How to Cut, Copy, and Paste”