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Subject: Kindle Fire Question
Date Posted: 1/13/2013 3:37 PM ET
Member Since: 12/7/2008
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So it came, and I'm loving it- thank you all for your help in my previous thread!  There are some things I have to get used to- I use iPads at work, and the touch sensitivity is so different.  I'm not a huge fan of the carousel, either, but I'm getting used to both.  I've read a book and a half so far on it, and put a few games on that I've been enjoying, and I've also been able to use my Prime instant viewing for some TV shows, which has been fantastic.

I was not aware that there would be away to put documents onto the Fire, and I am absolutely thrilled about that!  However, I've been struggling to do just that.  I'm following the instructions on Amazon for this, and my documents are just not going.  They are Word documents, small files, and I've sent them from an approved e-mail address to my Kindle address.  Has anyone successfully sent documents?

I'd really like to be able to put a few documents on before I go away on Wednesday.  I'll be going to a meeting while away and would rather not have to bring my laptop.  I don't need to alter the documents, but I will need to reference them.

Also, one thing I'm missing on the Fire is a notes feature.  I may be asking for too much here and comparing it too much to Apple products, but I'd love a way to make quick notes on it.  Is there an app available for that?  Something similar to Notes on the iPhone?

Date Posted: 1/13/2013 4:02 PM ET
Member Since: 5/23/2008
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I don't much care for the carousel either (I liked the one on the original Fire better). I put ADW Launcher on the Fire 2 (go to 1mobile.com and you can get it that way, the free version is what I use).

I don't think Word is one of the formats you can send to Kindle, not sure. You can side load them over USB, I am sure. What I would suggest is using something like SugarSync or Drobox or another syncing website. You put it on your computer, and the app on the Fire. Then the documents you want, you copy and paste them into the syncing folders on your computer. Then you can go to your Fire, open the app, and find your document, and download it to the Fire from there.

I don't know what program on the Fire will read Doc and docx. You could try one of the free apps, Kingsoft Office for Android, Documents to Go. If you picked up Office Suite Pro 6 when it was free or on sale, that would work.

There are note apps for the Fire, Evernote, Colornote, Inkpad, My Binder....all those are free. Download them and see what works best for your needs.

I have sent many a document via email in the past, though I don't any more. Check all the places to make sure your email addresses are right. Have you tried the SendtoKindle applet from your PC? That is even faster than emailing.


Date Posted: 1/13/2013 5:56 PM ET
Member Since: 12/7/2008
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Thanks, Anne!  Yes, supposedly you can now send Word docs to the Kindle Fire 2nd gen.  There's an Office Suite app on it and the description says it contains Word- but I just realized now that the app icon is there, you can touch it, but it does NOTHING until you actually buy the Office Suite app "update."  I'll eventually buy it, I'm sure, but I'm a little annoyed that they let you think you have it until you actually try to do anything beyond open it.

Thanks for the notes apps!  I'm getting a little overwhelmed browsing apps, so it's great to know there are some and what their names are.

Date Posted: 1/17/2013 10:28 AM ET
Member Since: 4/21/2008
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I have sent documents to my Kindles with no problem. Make sure you are emailing it to your Kindle's address - Look at the Manage Your Kindle page then choose Manage Devices to see the "Send to Kindle Email Address". Put the word "Convert" as the subject of your email. Attach the document you want sent. Make sure the email you are using to send the document is on the approved list.

You will not be able to modify that document but you will be able to read it like other Kindle books.


Date Posted: 1/18/2013 10:07 PM ET
Member Since: 4/19/2008
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Also: If you save your Word document as PDF from Word, you can then send the PDF to your kindle email address (there's a free one if you sync via wifi) and it will work. If you're using a relatively new version of Word save-as-pdf is built in. If you're on an old version you can get the plugin from Microsoft.