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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch Tablet Review

A notable size upgrade over the first Kindle Fire HD, the 8.9 inch version falls a bit short.

November 29, 2012
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Reading Books

Reading eBooks on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch is an interesting experience if you've never done so on a tablet, and very familiar if you have. Controlling the book app is easy: swipe or tap the edge of the screen to turn pages, or you can use the menu callout at the top of the screen to change font size, color, and background.

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Buying Books

Once your Kindle app is open, all you have to do to access Amazon's store is to tap the shopping cart icon at the top of the screen. After you've done so (and assuming you've added billing information to your Amazon account), you can search or browse for the title you'd like to buy. When you find a title you would like to read, tap the "purchase" icon and your card will be billed; your download will start immediately after your payment clears, and you'll be reading within seconds.

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eBook Formats

Native file support for eBooks is paltry at best if you have a library of content from other providers, so you'll either have to re-buy titles or convert them if they're not supported. PDF files, TXT files and AZW files are all that's supported on the device to start with.

Newspapers & Magazines

Periodicals work much in the same way that eBooks do on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch: they can be purchased or subscribed to through the eBooks store, and read in the Kindle app with the exact same controls. Should you decide to subscribe to a periodical, you can also set it to download the new issue as soon as it comes out automatically.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Conclusion
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