Kindle Fire

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  1. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Very Well-Known Member
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    You know, @Diane Lane , for $10-$20 , you can get a refurbished Kindle Fire on ebay, and use that for reading with exclusively.
    It is well worth doing this !
    That will totally free up your tablet for whatevr else you need it for, and all of the books will be on the Kindle.
    Every month, Kindle First will offer a selection of new books to read.
    They are only $1.99, and if you have Amazon Prime, then they are free. You can look through the selection and choose which book you want to read. You only get one book that way, but every month is a new selection for you to choose from.
    Plus, if you use apps, the Kindle store gives away a free app every day. Most are gaming apps; but not all of them are that. I think that you might have to have Prime for this benefit; but I am not sure about that. Since I only use my kindle for reading, I never even look to see what apps are on there for free every day.
    Also, if you have Prime, then you can check out books each month with the Kindle Lending Library. Only some books (prime books) are offered with the lending library, but you can read some very expensive books for free this way.
    Think about it !
     
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    I really like my Kindle Fire alot. However, I have now noticed that I am running out of storage space. I either have to delete some things, or buy an SD card. I think I will delete some items I don;t care about. Also, one of the books, I downloaded came with narration, and I was trying to turn it off and ended up with voice directions on the kindle...and a tutorial. That was annoying. It took awhile to get it off, and I still have the narration! OH well I will figure it out..although I may have to resort to contacting Amazon.
     
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    I haven't found any Kindle Fires for that price. I've also looked at the other Kindles, and the decent ones are also out of my price range. Eventually I'll get one, but when you're on a tight budget, an extra $10, $20, $30 or more isn't always available. I think I'm going to remove some of the books for now, in the hope that doing so will create a little buffer, so I'll have enough resources for the other tasks I need to accomplish with the tablet. Eventually, I'd love to have a dedicated reader, but for now I'll make do with what I have. The recent medical adventures have wiped me out even more so than usual, but I'll keep my eyes out for deals.

    @K E Gordon Which version do you have? Do you only use it for book storage? I definitely don't want to struggle to buy one, only to find that I'm having the same storage issue on that as my tablet. I do have an SD card in my tablet, but for some reason, it won't give me the option to store pictures on the card, just apps.
     
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    Amazon has brand new Kindle Fires on sale for $49 right now, @Diane Lane . If you have any Amazon gift cards to use, that would make it even cheaper.
    I just looked on ebay again, and looked at completed listings for refurbished Kindle Fires, and there are definitely some being sold for the $20+ range. Of course, some of them go for a lot more, so you do have to watch, and bid on the cheaper ones until you get one that sells for that amount.
    I thinnk that I read that a Kindle Fire can hold 3,000 books; so it is not likely that you would run out of space very easily of all you are doing is using it for reading books, even if you stored them all on the Kindle.
    I think that once you start using the cloud storage for mot of your books, that will help a lot, just by doing that one thing, and your tablet should then have more room for other things you need room for.
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    The Amazon Fire has gone on sale for $39.99 - down from $49.99.
     
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    I ended up buying a used Kindle Touch. I'm very happy with it. The Fires and others (except the version 3) were out of my price range. I've had it for about a month now maybe, and use it pretty much on a daily basis. I chose the touch over the version 3 because I was used to a touch screen, and I thought the buttons on the bottom of the front would annoy me. I'm sure i'd have hit them frequently, disrupting my reading. Eventually I'll update the case I'm using on it, or possibly the actual reader, to a backlit one, but for now, this will suffice.
     
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    I like the Silk web browser that comes with the Kindle Fire. It's very smooth and doesn't take up much of the screen.
     
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  8. Ken Anderson

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    In case anyone's interested, Kindles are on sale right now. The lower end one, usually $49.99, are $39.99, and others are at reduced prices too. I think I'm going to get an HD8, which are usually $89.99, since they are on sale for $69.99 right now.
     
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    I love my Kindle Fire 8. I don't do it much, but it's large enough that I could watch a movie on it if I were sick in bed or something, and the sound quality is good. The stand that I have for it is far more practical than the one that Amazon sells so if I am using a Kindle book as research, it works well alongside my computer. It holds a charge far longer than my smaller Kindle Fire. It's also large enough that I don't mind getting online with it, although I far prefer a real computer for that.

    I don't use it for everything, though. Since the first Kindle 8 that I got broke the first time it fell from the bed, the case that I have for it is heavy-duty, which makes the Kindle a little heavy for me to use in bed, so I usually use my smaller Fire for that. But if I need to have a Kindle book open at my desk, the Fire 8 is perfect, and it's very good for reading while in a restaurant, etc.

    I just rescued one of the old Kindles, the kind that came with a keyboard that wasn't virtual, and with actual buttons to press in order to turn pages. My wife was selling hers at a yard sale so I absconded with it. She lost the cable for it, and it's different than the ones used for the newer Kindles, so I ordered one. Those Kindles aren't backlit, so they are easier to read. I had sat on my Kindle of that version, and had forgotten that Michelle had one too.
     
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