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Kindles: How to Use a Kindle

The Basics

Kindle Support Online

This page gives you the basics, but check out Amazon's Kindle Support online for additional help.

Using the Kindle Fire

 Power button: To turn on your Kindle, press the power button. Press and swipe the orange ribbon to the left to start using your Kindle Fire. To put your Kindle in sleep mode, press and release the power button. To turn off the Kindle completely, press and hold the power button for seven seconds until the screen goes blank.

Swipe your finger across the screen to turn pages, or scroll up or down within a screen.

Tap to select buttons or text, and to enter your selections using the onscreen keyboard.

Turning pages: Tap the left side of the screen to return to the previous page in your reading material. Tap the right side of the screen to continue to the next page in your reading material.

Zooming in on images: Use your thumb and index finger expand an image, or to pinch it to a smaller size.

For additional help, visit the Kindle Fire Support Site.

Using the Kindle Touch

Home button: Use the Home button to return to the home screen at any time.

Swipe your finger across the screen to turn pages, or scroll up or down within a screen.

Tap to select buttons or text, and to enter your selections using the onscreen keyboard.

Turning pages: Tap the left side of the screen to return to the previous page in your reading material. Tap the right side of the screen to continue to the next page in your reading material.

Power button: Puts your Kindle Touch to sleep, wakes it up, and turns your Kindle Touch on or off.

For additional help, visit the Kindle Touch support site.

Using the Kindle Paperwhite

Turn on / off your: Kindle Press and hold the Power button on the bottom edge of the device for seven seconds. If you're turning off your Kindle, tap Screen Off in the Power dialog that appears.

Turn pages: You can turn pages by tapping the left or right side of the screen, or swiping your finger across the screen to the left or to the right.

Make a selection: If you're on the Home screen, tap the screen to select options or open a book. If you're reading a book, press and hold a word to bring up options for the dictionary, X-Ray (if available), and translation. Tap the top of the screen to display the reading toolbar.