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3. Reading on the Kindle Fire > Finding Content

Finding Content

Amazon’s Kindle Store provides access to a huge assortment of reading content for your Kindle Fire. You can find just about any book you want to read for the Kindle, many at deeply discounted prices. In addition to books, Amazon offers a wide array of newspapers and magazines as well, and because your Kindle Fire’s screen is full-color, reading periodicals on a Kindle is a pleasurable experience.

Your source of great content doesn’t stop with Amazon. You can also check out books from your local library, borrow books from friends and family, and even download books from other online eBook stores and websites and then transfer them to your Kindle Fire.

Subscribing to Periodicals

The Kindle Store offers a wide array of newspapers and magazines, including some that are optimized with multimedia content specifically for the Kindle Fire.

1. From the Home screen, tap Newsstand to open the Newsstand.


2. Tap Store to open the Kindle Newsstand.


Easy Return to the Storefront

While you’re browsing in the Newsstand, you can easily return to the storefront by tapping Newsstand to the left of the search box.

3. Choose a magazine or newspaper you’d like to read.


4. Tap Subscribe Now to download the latest edition to your Kindle Fire or Buy Current Issue to buy and download the current issue.


Trial Subscriptions

Most periodicals provide a 14-day trial subscription during which time you are not charged. Unless you cancel your subscription within the 14-days, you are charged beginning on the 15th day.

Canceling Subscriptions

If you want to cancel a subscription, you need to use Amazon’s Manage Your Kindle page. Read about the Manage Your Kindle page in Chapter 4, “Using Amazon’s Manage Your Kindle Page.”

Sampling and Buying Books

Amazon’s Kindle Store has more than 1 million books, and they’re all available to you with your Kindle Fire.

1. From the Home screen, tap Books.


2. Tap Store.


3. Tap a book that you’d like to read on your Kindle Fire.


4. Tap Try a Sample to download a sample of the book. Sample lengths vary based on the book.

5. Tap Buy to purchase the book and add it to your Kindle library.

6. Tap Borrow for Free to borrow the book if you are an Amazon Prime member.


Can’t Borrow

If a book is not available for borrowing, the Borrow for Free button won’t be visible. If you’ve already borrowed a book during the last month, the Borrow for Free button is grayed out like the one shown here.

Finding My Books

After you buy a book or download a sample from the Kindle Store, it appears on the Books screen and in the Carousel on the Home screen.

Borrowing Books from Amazon

You can borrow one book per month from Amazon’s Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. You can keep borrowed books as long as you’d like, but you can only borrow one book at a time.

Check Out Your Local Library

You can also check out Kindle books from thousands of local libraries across the United States. To find out if your local library offers this service, go to and enter your ZIP code.

The Amazon Kindle Owners’ Lending Library contains approximately 5,000 books and is available only to Amazon Prime members.

1. From the Home screen, tap Books.


2. Tap Store to open the Kindle Store.


3. If a book is available for borrowing for Prime members, tap Borrow for Free to borrow the book and add it to your library.


Finding Prime Books

To find books that are available in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, tap Kindle Owners’ Lending Library on the home page of the Kindle store.

Only on Kindle Devices

Books borrowed from the Kindle Lending Library can only be read on a Kindle device. You cannot read them on the Kindle app on any other device.

Lending Books to Friends and Family

Some books can be lent to friends or family. Your friend or family member isn’t required to have a Kindle device to read the book you lend to them. Loaned books can be read on a computer or other device with the free Kindle application.

1. Open your web browser and browse to


2. Hover your mouse pointer over the Actions drop-down next to the title you would like to lend.

3. Click Loan This Title.


Why Can’t I Lend My Book?

It’s up to the publisher of a book to decide whether or not the book can be loaned to others. If a publisher hasn’t granted that right for a particular book, the option to lend the book is not available.

You can find out if a book can be loaned to others by reviewing the Product Details for the book on Amazon's site. If the book can be loaned, it will display ?Lending: Enabled.

4. Enter your friend or family member’s information and a personal message.

5. Click Send Now.


What Happens Next?

When you lend a book, the recipient of the book receives an email with a link to accept the request. He or she needs an Amazon account, but a Kindle device is not necessary to borrow a Kindle book.

You are not able to read a book while it is loaned out to someone. You can see the status of the loan on the Manage Your Kindle page at

Sideloading Books

There are many sources of eBooks, many of which are free. (An Internet search for “free Kindle books” turns up plenty of sources.) After you download a Kindle-compatible eBook, you can transfer it to your Kindle using the USB cable. Manually transferring books from your computer to your Kindle is called sideloading. Sideloaded books are available in the Docs library on your Kindle.

An Easier Way to Sideload Books

A better way to sideload books and manage your Kindle content is to use Calibre. Calibre can even convert eBooks in non-Kindle formats to a Kindle-compatible format automatically, and these converted books will show up in the Books screen instead of the Docs screen. See Chapter 5, “Managing Content with Calibre,” for details.

1. Plug your Kindle Fire into your computer using a micro-USB cable.

2. Open (double-click) the Kindle drive on your computer.


3. Select a book on your computer that you want to copy to your Kindle Fire and drag and drop it to either the Documents folder or the Books folder on your Kindle.


Reconnecting USB

If you tap Disconnect while your Kindle Fire is connected to your computer, you are no longer able to see the Kindle’s folders on your computer. You can easily reconnect your Kindle by either unplugging the USB cable and plugging it back in or by tapping the Notification area of the Kindle and tapping the USB Is Connected notification.

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