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Subject: Kindle Questions (one Fire & one keyboard)
Date Posted: 1/1/2013 9:03 PM ET
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Two very separate questions!

1) Regarding the Kindle keyboard: My mother has two separate Amazon accounts (we gave her the Kindle for Mother's Day a year and a half ago, and I set up an Amazon account for her to pre-load a gift card and put some stuff on the Kindle, and also didn't realize that she already had an Amazon account.)  Even though she now knows about the second account and knows how to use it, she forgot and bought e-books on her original account.  I'm guessing I can't set up her Kindle to be attached to two accounts (can I???) so how do I switch the accounts?  I know she'll lose what's on there already by switching to her other Amazon account, but she bought some full price e-books and really wants to read them.

2) For me!  I currently have a Kindle with keyboard.  I am so, so tempted by the Fire now.  I really enjoy my regular Kindle for the e-ink.  Has anyone been able to get used to the Fire screen after loving e-ink?  I have the Kindle app on my phone and have done a tiny bit of reading on it, and it's been better than I thought, but I was really drawn to e-ink format.

Also, I'd be buying the regular Fire (the 7 inch with special offers), not the HD.  This is a big purchase for me, made possible by some gift cards, and the regular Fire is in my price range.  But is there a huge difference?

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 7:29 AM ET
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I recently got a Kindle Fire and have the Kindle keyboard. I've had it about two months and find it frustrating. Sometimes takes many taps to get the screen to switch. Can't always get the main menu to come up. The screen is very shiny but have managed to read okay with it. Haven't tried it out in bright light, though. All-in-all, I like my regular Kindle better. On top of that, I recently read there's been a lot of trouble with charging and loose port connection on the original Fire. Wish I would have seen that before I bought it. I have to admit I got it just to get it....had no real concept of using it much, just wanted to see what the tablet concept was like.

I have to admit I have little patience so the frustration is because I want things to work instantly. I did go and watch some videos on YouTube and got myself a stylus which helped a little. Perhaps I'll warm to it more down the road.

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 11:52 AM ET
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Kelly- I do not know if their is anyway to move the books to another account BUT are those books lendable? Could she read one in 2 weeks? Then you can go in and lend the ebook to her.  You can also email amazon and explain the mix up, see if they could transfer it to her normal account.

Does she have a smart phone? That could be sync'd with her amazon account and read the books she bought from there.

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 12:37 PM ET
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Another trick--you can deregister the kindle keyboard from one account, and register it to another...and the books already on the device will not be lost. Also she can go back and forth registering from one account to the other any time she wants. It will mess up her collections, but the books will stay.

I have the newest Kindle FIre (non-HD) and it is very nice. Faster and more responsive than the original Fire (which I also have, until I sell it). It's very pleasant to read on, it has a good screen. You could use it to read in bed, AND you can sync your books between your keyboard and Fire, so you won't lose your place when you switch from one to the other. That is a really awesome feature.

Also, MUCH more pleasant to read on a Fire than on a little bitty phone (though the Galaxy Note is a different story...)



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Date Posted: 1/2/2013 2:49 PM ET
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I had no problems going from Kindle 3 Keyboard to Fire HD  You can adjust the light & tone of the background  White on Black  Tan on Black & Black on White.  Then as said Dim or brighten the light in background.   My pages turn quite well LOL 

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 10:43 PM ET
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Thank you all for your help! My mom does not have a smart phone but she does have an iPad. I didn't even think of that, putting one account on the Kindle and the other on the iPad. She much prefers reading on the Kindle! I didn't realize that if I change accounts on the Kindle, the books will stay on it. That's great news. She has read them all but is attached to a handful and her Scrabble game. So if they stay when registering another account on it, that's great.
Date Posted: 1/2/2013 10:49 PM ET
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And I need to admit something. I want the Kindle Fire because... well... I lost my Kindle keyboard. I'm so mad at myself! It's been about six months since I have seen it. So while its great they synch, I unfortunately will not be using that feature. I feel like I lost something so vital. But Anne, thank you so much for the Fire input! Most of me wants to do it. I have Prime and I really want to take advantage of the streaming and books!
Date Posted: 1/3/2013 1:12 AM ET
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1) If you call Amazon support, I think they should be able to merge the two accounts.

2) I have a Fire, Kindle (Gen 1), Kindle Paperwhite and an iPad. I've been pretty disappointed with the Fire. The UI is pretty wonky and the power button is placed in a really inconvenient place. I much prefer to read using the Kindle app on the iPad than using the Fire. (Perhaps an iPad mini?) But I definitely love the Paperwhite for straight reading (no multimedia or reference books.)

Good luck!

 

Date Posted: 1/3/2013 1:28 AM ET
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Definitely call Amazon. They are very good at dealing with non tech people.
Date Posted: 1/3/2013 8:25 AM ET
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The Gen2 Fire is really better than the Gen1, Mike. And though the power button is in the same place, it's not as easy to accidentally press. The Fire2 is faster, smoother, prettier. It is a great device, so glad I got one for my daughter when they were $139.  Wish I had gotten 2 of them. I'll be putting the Fire1 on ebay.

Date Posted: 1/3/2013 5:07 PM ET
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On the HD they Moved the power botton!  Its on the Side in Landscape & on Top the other way.  & you really have to press it to turn Fire HD off.  It will even Ask if you want it off. 

Date Posted: 1/5/2013 7:47 AM ET
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Well, I ordered the Kindle Fire (2nd gen, not the HD version) last night.  Thanks for the suggestion, Mike, but an iPad mini wasn't in the budget.

We shall see... I have heard that the 2nd gen has a lot of improvements.  I'm taking an approach of "let's try this out, maybe it'll be good" and trying not to get overly excited!

And thanks to you guys, I figured out how to switch accounts on my mother's Kindle... and ran into the rather technical problem with me forgetting my wireless password, so I can't get her on while she's visiting (I swear, I need to have this tattooed on me and have personal tech support 24/7 or I just shouldn't be allowed to interact with electronics.)  So she is fully armed with instructions now for when she gets home tonight about how to switch accounts.  Thank you!

Date Posted: 1/5/2013 11:04 AM ET
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Congrats, Kelly! I think you will like the Kindle Fire2. I think it is an excellent tablet for that price! I like it better than the android tablet (Lenovo A2107) that I got for my DD1 for Christmas. I think the display or the resolution is better, even though the tech specs list the same numbers. The Fire2 is easier on my eyes for reading.

Date Posted: 1/5/2013 5:30 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/5/2013 9:04 PM ET
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I'm not seeing that, and I am a member of Amazon Mom.

Date Posted: 1/6/2013 11:55 AM ET
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There's is alos a Kindle for PC app. 

I have a Keyboard and a Fire.  I don't read much on the Fire.  I got it mostly for games and videos and DD uses it more than I do.  It's awesome for cookbooks and I frequently use the internet on it to search for a recipe and then just set it on the counter while I cook.  But it hurts my eyes to read on it. I have super sensitive eyes and cannot do extended reading on a computer screen. 

Date Posted: 1/6/2013 7:05 PM ET
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Fire HD the light adjusts so I read a Lot more on it than I did my Literati or my PC  I also watch movies play games surf the web!  I getting ready to take it to the Hospital when they operate ... LOL