By Spanner Spencer
The Kindle is a proprietary e-book reader, designed and developed exclusively for Amazon, that allows you to read digital books, newspapers, magazines and blogs. The device features a 3GB memory for storing books, a battery that lasts up to a month between charges and a black and white e-ink display. Users can connect to the Amazon Kindle e-book store to purchase books and subscriptions directly from the Kindle.
Turn the Kindle on and use the d-pad buttons to scroll up and down through the list of e-books. When the e-book you want to read is underlined, press the center button on the d-pad to open it.
Press the page turn buttons on the side of the Kindle to flip through the e-book's pages. Page turn buttons are located on the left and right sides of the Kindle, to accommodate both left- and right-handed users.
To stop reading, turn the device off using the power button on the bottom. The Kindle will automatically remember your page.
If you want to change e-books, press the "Home" button on the keyboard and select a different e-book to read. The Kindle will automatically remember the page you were reading in each e-book and return to that page when you reopen the e-book.
To visit the online Amazon Kindle e-book store, press the "Menu" button and select "Browse the Kindle Store."
Use the d-pad buttons to navigate around the store, and press the center button to select any e-books, newspapers or other Kindle content you want to review more closely.
To download a sample of the e-book, click the "Try a Sample" button. The first few pages of the e-book, newspaper, magazine or other content will be automatically downloaded to the Kindle at no cost.
To purchase Kindle content, highlight the "Buy" button and click the d-pad's center button. The e-book will be charged to the credit or debit card linked to your Amazon account, and the purchase will be downloaded automatically to the device.
- To search the content already on your Kindle, or the online Kindle Store, simply begin typing using the keyboard. The text will be entered automatically into a search box.
- Each Kindle is automatically linked to the Amazon account through which it was purchased.
- Content purchased on the Kindle Store can be deleted from a device, and downloaded again at a later date without incurring additional charges.
- If you accidentally purchase content on the Kindle Store, click the "accidental purchase" link on the transaction page before going any further.
Spanner Spencer has been writing since 2005 for a variety of print and online publications. Focusing on entertainment, gaming and technology, his work has been published by Eurogamer.net, "The Escapist," "GamesTM," "Retro Gamer," "Empire," "Total PC Gaming" "The Guardian," among others. Spencer is a qualified medical electronics engineer with a Business and Technology Education Council certificate in technical writing from Huddersfield Technical College.