Kindle Directions

by David Weedmark Google

    Amazon Kindle e-readers and tablets are designed to be intuitive, so for most people getting used to using one shouldn't take long at all. To get your Kindle up and running you need to set it up and activate it with your Amazon account. You'll immediately be ready to start reading books, watching videos or listening to music. While you shouldn't expect to have any problems with your Kindle, if the screen does freeze or other problems occur, resolving the problem should take just a minute or so.

    Setup and Activation

    The first time you turn on a Kindle you will be asked to select a language and then register the device with Amazon using your Amazon account over a Wi-Fi network. If you don't have an account, you can create one on the device. If you activate the 1-Click Payment option, you won't have to enter your credit-card information every time you want to buy a book. Amazon doesn't accept PayPal, so you will need a credit card or debit card to purchase from the Amazon store. Keep in mind that thousands of free books are available on the Kindle, too, including classics from Project Gutenberg and publisher promotions.

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    You can browse and download books, music, videos and apps (if your Kindle supports these) from the Amazon store directly from your Kindle, whenever it is connected to the Internet. This is always available over Wi-Fi. Some models also allow you access to cellular networks; however, with some models you may need to pay an extra fee for this access. You can also purchase content from a Web browser and then push it to your Kindle over Wi-Fi, or transfer it from your computer using its USB cable. Once you purchase content, it is available for download on any Kindle you own.

    Charging a Kindle

    Battery life varies, depending on which Kindle you own. Versions with the E-Ink screen can last several weeks between charges. The Kindle Paperwhite can last up to eight weeks between charges, if you don't use the built-in reading light. To charge a Kindle, connect it to a powered USB port on your computer and it should be fully charged in a matter of hours. Some models, like the Kindle Fire 2, come with an AC adapter for the USB cable. If you purchase a Paperwhite, you will need to purchase an AC adapter separately.

    Troubleshooting

    Most of the problems you may encounter on a Kindle can be resolved by restarting the device. On a Kindle or Kindle Paperwhite, just slide and hold the power button for half a minute. The screen will become blank while you do this. Wait another half a minute and turn the device on again. If the problem persists, make sure the Kindle is charged before trying again. If you forget your password and enter it incorrectly four times, you will be prompted to restore the device to its factory settings. You can then create a new password when you register it. If you ever lose your Kindle, you can deregister it on Amazon's Manage Your Kindle page on any Web browser.

    Kindle Apps

    You don't need to own a Kindle to take advantage of Kindle e-books. With or without a Kindle, you can purchase and then read Kindle e-books on any Web browser. After purchasing a Kindle e-book, navigate to the Manage My Kindle page to see a list of your purchases. You can then select the "Read Now" option in the book's Actions menu to have it downloaded to your browser. You can also install the Kindle app on Apple, Android and Windows smartphones and tablets. You can send your e-books straight to these devices by clicking the "Send to" option in the book's Actions menu.

    About the Author

    David Weedmark's articles have appeared in dozens of publications since 1989, including "The Windsor Star" and "The Ottawa Citizen." As well as being a technology consultant, he is the author of several books, including "The Tanglewood Murders." Weedmark studied English at the University of Toronto.

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