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Amazon Kindle 1: The Definitive User's Guide (Includes all Kindle Tricks and Hidden Features, Kindle User's Keyboard Shortcuts, How-to Use Kindle for Email, Free eBooks, plus much more) by [Williams, Errol R.]
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Amazon Kindle 1: The Definitive User's Guide (Includes all Kindle Tricks and Hidden Features, Kindle User's Keyboard Shortcuts, How-to Use Kindle for Email, Free eBooks, plus much more) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Ailax Merchandise (UK) (11 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I6E9IG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #463,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thought it would tell how to get more from my Kindle. It doesn't, well not in the first 10 chapters. It tells you how e books started, not a brief history of e books. I'm sorry but it was boring. If there is any usefull info I didn't find it, I lost interest, Removed it from my kindle and library. Only deals with kindle 1, I have 3, silly mistake.
Tells you about the SD card facility. Mine hasn't got one.
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This book is not worth the paper on which it is written. I learned more by experimenting and reading 'On-Line instructions' I would NOT recommend this book to ANY Kindle purchaser.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98b29e70) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98b2da08) out of 5 stars Worthy Information 4 May 2008
By Timothy Mulder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As a newbie author for the Kindle Catalog, I was understandably anxious to expose myself to as much 'technological' information as I could get my hands on. This guide, more a 'manual than a book', does provide many useful and interesting techniques, but assumes a great deal of skill and ability with PC/software usage on the part of the reader. For the price, I was expecting more detailed instructions. It was certainly not a waste of my time to purchase, but wish it had not cost as much. Finished reading it in 45 mintues. (Since my review, the author has adjusted the price to a somewhat more modest scale, I would change my 'star setting' to a four, if the system allowed. This manual is helpful)
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98b2da5c) out of 5 stars Informative article for Kindle enthusiasts 2 May 2008
By GB Banks (publisher, author) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
While this article doesn't reveal anything in particular that one couldn't find elsewhere, it is a good, solid assemblage of "all the things you ever wanted to know about the Kindle, e-readers, and ebooks, but didn't know who to ask." The author not only presents all the technical specifications and the history of the Kindle, but he also explores the history and current status of e-readers. There is also a brief but interesting exploration of the ebook market in general, including facts how, despite how we always here that "ebooks don't sell," that there is a huge market for them in Japan, which even more surprising, are being read on cellphones. The article also includes a list of shortcuts and tips for using the Kindle.

The article has great information, but I often felt that not enough attribution was given to support the facts presented within the article. While I believe those facts to be accurate, the author should do a better job of citing the sources for those facts, as that is the key to establishing the credibility of the information given. The article also is need of careful editing, and is priced more like a full-sized book. It should be at least $4 to $5 cheaper.

Overall, however, this is a great article that contains a lot of information about both the Kindle specifically and e-readers in general that Kindle enthusiasts like myself will find interesting.

- Gregory Bernard Banks, author, reader, reviewer
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9901e6a8) out of 5 stars He Needs to Hire an Editor 16 Aug. 2008
By Dave Edmiston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read the reviews here and then bought it anyway. At least my expectations were adjusted before I started reading it.

I found about 2/3 of the chapters to be pretty interesting. The other third (word formatting, self publishing, etc.) seemed outside the scope of this document.

My two biggest complaints, though, were the formatting (or lack of formatting) of the tables and the atrocious spelling.

The typos and grammatical errors were the worst I've seen in any publication (even worse than my town's local paper). The misspelled words jumped off the page! They were so bad that I wonder whether the author even proofread his own document or if he just wrote it in one pass and clicked "send." He could have paid a high school kid fifty bucks to read through the draft and mark up the errors. Very shameful for any document, let alone one that I had to pay for.

The formatting of the tables made them nearly useless. If he saved his Word doc as HTML then the tables still should have been preserved. If that didn't work, then he could have taken a screen shot of the tables and pasted them in as images. There has to be a better solution than one column of jumbled terms and values.

Outside that, I actually enjoyed the background of the Kindle device. I was looking forward to the keyboard shortcuts, but I'm either too thick to figure some of them out or they've been discontinued (or maybe they were just incorrect). For example: alt-Aa?!?! Does that mean I hold down alt, shift, a for the first capital "a" and then press a second lowercase "a"? Do I hold down the "a" to make it two As? I tried many different combinations and never had any success.

As others have said, you get what you pay for. It was worth a buck, but no more than that. He mentioned that we should check for upcoming releases. Maybe he'll spell-check it and post another version.

UPDATE: Reading through the Kindle User's Guide (which, I'll admit, I should have read first), I discovered that the keyboard shortcut for sleep mode is alt-aA (the font size button). Again, it's a point of confusion that an editor and/or a little clarification by the author could have prevented.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By P. Sheehan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was only .10 cents, so who cares? I found a few handy shortcuts I did not know about without having to search the Kindle message boards, so that alone made it worth it. Would I go so far as to call it a book? No. A lenghty magazine article with helpful information, yes. Also, I did not need nor want detailed information on the evolution of e-readers. I just wanted what the title stated.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98b30588) out of 5 stars Good Experience 27 Aug. 2009
By M. Plackett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Definitive User Guide by Errol R. Williams

It was a good experience to read about the Kindle 1 on the Kindle 1 and use all the information in the book on the Kindle 1 at the same time.

I already knew a lot of the history included in the book. Much of the remainder of the book included a lot of new territory for me. I am one of those "early adopters" of technology tools everyone likes to discount. In this case, that is a pretty fair assessment. I bought the Kindle to buy inexpensive best sellers and read them. I read a lot of books and this technology fits that part of my profile really well. But, I hadn't spent a lot of time exploring the technology.

However over the last six months I've become really interested in the potential "reading revolution." Between eBooks and the eReaders there are a lot of books being sold and downloaded and I've been studying the technologies. This book was a very useful stepping stone on that path.

I was particularly interest in the file upload capabilities, and the information on publishing for the Kindle. I found the information detailed, useful and entertaining enough that it kept me making notes and reading through to the end. And at the end I found out about eBooks published on Kindle can, and are, updated. For many self-publishers, that can be a big deal. Finally, the author offered an opportunity to give feedback. I did that and got an email back! That was another positive for me.

This is a must read for those of you interested in either the Kindle or eReaders in general.
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