I’ve recently gotten a series of emails, and seen a small number of comments around the site here, from people confused or misinformed about what is and is not possible for the Kindle Fire at this point. Mostly, as I mentioned previously, the result of misinformation still floating around the net from the state of things when it first launched. Regardless of the reason, however, it seems worth going into some tips for getting the most out of your new Kindle Fire‘s potential.
Remove Apps From The Kindle Fire
It has always been possible to just delete the local data that an app installs on your Kindle. Just press and hold on the app’s icon and choose “Remove From Device”. What if you want it gone entirely though, even from the Cloud tab of your App selection?
- Go to Amazon.com
- Go to Kindle > Manage Your Kindle
- Sign in now if prompted
- Select Manage Your Apps from the menu bar on the left
- Find the App or Apps that you want gone in this list
- Select “Delete This App” from the drop down menu next to each one
- When prompted, choose “Delete”
Now, don’t be too upset when it does not disappear from the device’s menus immediately. I found that it usually takes an overnight wait to get results right now. Not sure why Syncing and such don’t do it immediately, but they don’t. Regardless, now that Kindle Fire app is gone.
Return Library Book
I’ll start this out by mentioning that this advice may not complete the whole process. Consult with your librarian in case it doesn’t, as some libraries have their own individual proceedures.
- Go to Amazon.com
- Go to Kindle > Manage your Kindle
- Sign in now if Prompted
- In your Kindle Library, find the book you want to return
- From the drop down menu next to it, choose “Return This Book”
- Do NOT choose “Delete”, as that will not return the book to the library system early
For the most part that is all that’s required. Since all of the OverDrive software seems to be routed through the Amazon.com page when dealing with Kindle Book borrowing, it makes sense that this is the way you have to return.
Access All Magazine Issues
While the Kindle Fire might appear to only allow you to read the most recent edition of a magazine, but fear not! All of your subscription should still be hanging around. Simply navigate to the most recent issue, press and hold. An option will appear to view back issues.
Obviously these are far from all of the useful things that one needs to be aware of when using a Kindle Fire, but there’s only so much room to work with here. Let me know either here or in my email what you are interested in finding out and I will do the research and follow up! No point in waiting and wondering how things work.