Friday, August 29, 2014

Free music on your Kindle Fire

There are a couple of ways to get free MP3s from Amazon for your Kindle Fire.

1) Browse the MP3 section for the FREE MP3s
This is quite limited but with the benefit of owning the music you download.

2) Amazon Prime members can download music on Kindle Fires or any device with the Prime music app.

Simply find the song or ready made Playlist from the Prime Music link then Add to Library.
On your kindle, to play without wifi connection, Tap & hold > View Album > tap download & store it on your device!
Works for phones and MP3 players also.

More How To info & videos can be found here (view details)

Note that you must be an active Prime member and have a US Billing address to keep this music in your library.

To learn more about the features of Prime or to start a 30 day free trial, visit this link or got to

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Kindle tip: Device versus cloud

Device versus Cloud

All Kindles have 2 views:

1) the device view
This shows items that are downloaded onto the kindle and stored in its memory. You can access these at any time.

2) the cloud view (called archives on older kindles).
This shows items that are stored on the amazon server but not necessarily on your device. You may only access these when you have a wireless connection.
Some kindles show a check mark against the item if its on the device. Others show a down arrow, meaning you can tap to download to your Kindle.

For ereaders, you can sort Device view items into collections. For updated Paperwhites and Touch you can also organize your cloud books into collections. The titles show up in your Device View but are grayed out so you can tell they are only in the cloud.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kindle Tip: Read While Your Book Ships

I am not sure if I will ever use this feature, unless I was sharing a physical book with someone in my family who prefers paper. But you might like it, and it was included in the recent round of updates so I am sharing the news with you!
Read While Your Book Ships

You can now start reading a sample of the beginning of your physical book purchase on select Kindle devices and reading apps.

    Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"
    Kindle Fire HDX
    Kindle Fire HD 2nd Generation
    Kindle Paperwhite 2nd Generation
    Kindle for Android
    Kindle for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
    Kindle Cloud Reader
    Fire phone

This feature is available for select titles.

To read your sample:

    After you purchase a new, physical book from Amazon, select Start Reading on the Thank You page. This opens the sample in Kindle Cloud Reader and saves it in your account.
    After you select Start Reading, the sample will appear in the Cloud tab of your Kindle device or reading application.
  For Kindle Software updates, visit Amazon at this page

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kindle Fire Tip: Keyboard shortcuts

On the Kindle Fire, there are little shortcuts to various symbols, punctuation, fractions and other alphabets (letters with accents etc)

To access the keyboard, tap on your screen anywhere that allows typing, such as a comment box or search bar. If you are reading this on the Kindle Fire at the blog page, then you can use the comment box below.

To get special letters or symbols (with accents or other alphabets) or additional punctuation, tap and hold a letter and options pop up. Slide along to the option you want then release.
For punctuation you use the period (.) button.  Practice and see!