Reading on Kindle is becoming more popular, as studies say traditional publisher market share is decreasing. When you initially buy your Kindle Fire HD, it’s not as easy as switching it on and reading your books. This is one of the best-selling products and one of the best Kindle deals Amazon has ever produced, but the setup process has confused quite a few people. In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to go about setting it up.

It will also answer some of the key questions you may have about this device.

Step 1 – The Need to Network

In order for your Kindle Fire HD to work, you must have some sort of Internet connection. This is necessary to install the necessary updates and to download your content onto the device. Make sure that you are using a secure network because you will be required to login to an existing Kindle account.

This tutorial is going to assume that you don’t already have a Kindle account, so it’s going to take you through the process of setting it up as well.

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Step 2 – Registering Your Account

Once you have successfully connected to the required Wi-Fi network, you will be expected to register your Kindle. Below, you will see the following window pop up. If you haven’t already got an account, and this tutorial assumes that you haven’t, you should click the Register button at the bottom of this screen.

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By clicking on the button, you will be taken to the Create An Amazon Account section. You don’t have to give up all your personal information. Amazon will only ask for your name, email address, and password. You may be able to use an existing Kindle purchasing account, but otherwise, you will be setting up an account from scratch.

Continue along the same path and you will be taken to a screen filled with terms and conditions. Agree to these terms and conditions. After you have completed this process, you will complete the registration process by pressing on the Register button.

You will also be required to enter information relating t your time zone. Just select your time zone and this will bring you to the end of setting up your account.

Step 3 – Confirming Your Account

You will now be asked to confirm your account. This is to make sure that the email address is valid and that it really belongs to you. If you have entered the wrong account information you can click the small link below the confirming your account section to return to the beginning of the process.

Once you have confirmed your account, you will be able to connect your main social media accounts. At this stage, only Twitter and Facebook are able to be connected.

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You don’t have to connect your social media accounts if you don’t want to. After you have finished this area, you should tap Get Started Now to begin the tutorial process for the Kindle.

Once you fire up your Kindle Fire HD again, you will be presented with various screens that go through all the features of your new device. You can either read through them or skip over them. After you have completed this brief introduction, you will be returned to the Kindle Fire HD Home screen.

Now you are free to download any content you have already purchased on Amazon, or upload any Kindle files you happen to have on your computer.

Purchasing Kindle Books and a Note on Ownership

The process of downloading and taking Kindle files to your device is much the same as any of the previous incarnations of the Kindle. You simply have to download the Kindle app and whenever you make a purchase on your computer the file will be downloaded to it. Connect your Kindle and synchronize.

Alternatively, you can simply synchronize your Kindle Fire HD with your Amazon account and it will automatically download any files you happen to own.

But you have to bear in mind that you don’t actually own these files. Kindle files are still the property of Amazon and they can revoke your access to these files anytime they please. It’s a matter of simplicity for them because all they have to do is delete your account, and they can do so for any reason.

The only way to actually make the files your own is to remove the protections Amazon puts in place on the files. This is technically against their terms and conditions, but it can be done easily enough. Plus, those files are then yours forever and Amazon can do nothing about it.

 

AJ Agrawal
I cover the art of using smart, simple shortcuts that lead to growth. I am a regular writer for Forbes, Inc., Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Media (among others), as well as CEO and Chairman of Alumnify Inc. Proud alum from 500 Startups and The University of San Diego. Follow me on Twitter @
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