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Kindle 3 Handout with Hands-On Exercises (09/2013)
 

Kindle 3 Handout with Hands-On Exercises (09/2013)

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This material was created as part of the 2010 Institute of Museum and Library Services 21st Century Librarian program grant to the Nebraska Library Commission.

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  • This is a really helpful handout. Very detailed and informative. The Kindle is a great device and most users like the different features it has especially the ability to make annotations and highlights. These can be accessed online through Amazon's site but some users have been finding it difficult to do so.

    An iOS app called Snippefy (http://www.snippefy.com) will be released on November 2013. This app will make it more convenient for Kindle users to read and share their notes and highlights and they will be able to export these to Evernote, Dropbox and email.

    I just wanted to share this resource and hope all of you will find it most useful.

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    Kindle 3 Handout with Hands-On Exercises (09/2013) Kindle 3 Handout with Hands-On Exercises (09/2013) Document Transcript

    • Created by Michael P. Sauers Last Updated: 05/30/2013CC BY-NC 3.0 Nebraska Library CommissionKindle 3Handout with Hands-On ExercisesPreliminary Setup Requirements for Kindle Owners:AnAmazon.com account.Access to a Wi-Fi connection in order to shop for content. (Unless you have aversion that supports a 3G cellular connection.)Section I: Getting to Know Your Kindle 3Turn the Kindle On:Slide the power button to the right to turn on the Kindle. The power button is locatedon the bottom edge of the device to the right.Turning on the Kindle will take you to the screen you were on the last time you turnedoff the device.Home Button:The Home Button is located at in the lower-right of the keyboard.Use it any time youwant to return to the Home Screen.
    • Created by Michael P. Sauers Last Updated: 05/30/2013CC BY-NC 3.0 Nebraska Library CommissionHome Screen:The home screen shows you the titles thatyou currently have on your Kindle. Use thecursor buttons to move within this list. Upand down will move you through the list.Pressing left will give you the option todelete the title you have currently selectedwhile pressing right will give you additionaldetails about the selected title.The dotted line beneath each title represents the approximate length of the book alongwith how far along you have read.From here you can also move up the line above the titles. Once there, press right to seeadditional title sorting options.Use the page left and page right buttons to move to the next and previous pages onthe home screen. The current page number and total number of pages will be displayedat the bottom of the screen.The Menu Button:The menu button is located above the directional controller on the keyboard and iscontextual. In other words, depending on the screen you’re currently on, the menubutton will give you different options.You navigate through the menu using the directional controller. To exit a menu pressthe Menu button again.Open a Book:To open a book, select the title from the menu and press the select button.(The buttonat the center of the directional controller with the dot)Turn Pages in a BookTo turn pages in a book use the Previous Page and Next Page buttons located on bothsides of the screen. Please be aware that unlike Web browsing the buttons on the leftdo not automatically mean ―go back‖. This design is to support both left-handed andright-handed readers. Additionally, notice that the Next Page button is the larger of thetwo since it tends to be used more often.
    • Created by Michael P. Sauers Last Updated: 05/30/2013CC BY-NC 3.0 Nebraska Library CommissionSection I: Getting to Know Your Kindle 3 – ReviewSpend your first few minutes of hands-on time making sure you are familiar with thelocation and functionality of the following:Power Button – Where is it?Home Button – What does it do?Menu Button – What menu options are available from the library?Searching – Try searching your library for Nebraska.Home Screen – Can you page back and forth through the library?Opening a book – Find and open Zendegi by Greg Egan?Menu Button – What menu options are available from within a book?
    • Created by Michael P. Sauers Last Updated: 05/30/2013CC BY-NC 3.0 Nebraska Library CommissionSection II: Using YourKindle 3with OverDriveChecking out and downloading OverDrive eBooks on a Kindle 1, 2 or 3 does involve acomputer and a Web browser. You may also need the USB cable for your Kindle if youare downloading books from particular publishers.First you will need an Amazon.com account. This should have been created as part ofthe original setup of your Kindle. This can also be done @ Amazon.com (You do notneed to create an account as part of this workshop. We have done that for youalready.)Section II: Getting to Know Your Kindle 31. On your assigned computer, go to http://nebraska.lib.overdrive.com.2. Sign in using your temporary patron information (Chadron Public Library andlibrary card number provided at your station).3. Browse the collection for a Kindle eBook (not audiobook) to check out. (Besure to use the option for showing only available titles and don’t worry aboutfinding a title you actually want to read.)4. Check out the book.5. Click the Get for Kindle button. This will send you over to Amazon.com.6. Sign into your account if needed. (Check with the instructors if you are askedto log in to Amazon.com.)See the first screenshot on next page for help in determining the next step.If the book can be delivered wirelessly:Select your device and click Get Library Book. Switch over to the Kindle andmake sure you have an active WiFi connection. Book should startdownloading to the Kindle. There is no need to click the Download nowbutton.If the book cannot be delivered wirelessly:Click ―Get Library Book‖, choose your device, then click Continue to save thefile to your computer. Connect your Kindle to your computer via USB cableand transfer the file to your device’s Documents folder just as you wouldmove a file to a flash drive.
    • Created by Michael P. Sauers Last Updated: 05/30/2013CC BY-NC 3.0 Nebraska Library Commission
    • Created by Michael P. Sauers Last Updated: 05/30/2013CC BY-NC 3.0 Nebraska Library Commission
    • Created by Michael P. Sauers Last Updated: 05/30/2013CC BY-NC 3.0 Nebraska Library CommissionTo Return a book:1. If you’re already in the Amazon.comsite in your computer’s browser lookfor a ―Manage your Kindle‖ link.Otherwise you can go directly tokindle.amazon.com, and find it thereunder ―Hello username‖ in the upper-right corner. (You may be asked tolog into your Amazon.com account.)2. Find your library book in the list (it’s probably at or near the top) and click theActions… button and select ―Return this book‖.
    • Created by Michael P. Sauers Last Updated: 05/30/2013CC BY-NC 3.0 Nebraska Library Commission3. Once the book has been returned you can click the Actions… button again todelete it from your reading history if you wish.4. The Kindle should automatically update itself and make the book unreadable. Todelete the book off the Kindle, select the book in the library, navigate left, andpress enter.Example e-mail from Amazon.comsent three days prior to your bookbeing due:Example e-mail from Amazon.comsent when the book has beenreturned:
    • Created by Michael P. Sauers Last Updated: 05/30/2013CC BY-NC 3.0 Nebraska Library CommissionSection III: Reading eBooks on Your Kindle 3Text ToolsOnce you’ve opened a bookthe Text key(the one to the right of the space barlabeled AA) will give you controls foradjusting the text size, typeface, linespacing, words per line, text-to-speech (ifavailable for the title), and screen rotation.Use the directional controller to navigateand change these options.Navigating within a bookOne of the menu items in a book is ―Goto…‖ Selecting this option will give youthe ability to navigate within the opentitle. Here you can choose defaultoptions such as the table of contents,beginning and end among others. Youcan also enter a page number to godirectly to that page.
    • Created by Michael P. Sauers Last Updated: 05/30/2013CC BY-NC 3.0 Nebraska Library CommissionSearch This BookWhile in a book, press the Menu button and navigate to ―Search This Book‖. You arenow given a search box at the bottom of the screen. Here you can type in thekeyword(s) you are looking for. Once you have entered your search you caneither navigate right to ―find‖ and press the select button, or more easily, press theenter key on the keyboard. (Shown right.)BookmarksBy default, the Kindle remembers where you last left off in a book. However, you maywant to bookmark a spot in the book for an easy return later. Bookmarks can be foundunder the Menu button. Selecting ―Add a bookmark‖ will automatically do just that forthe page you’re currently on. Once you have added a bookmark for a particular page,that menu item will change to ―Delete bookmark‖ while you’re on that page.To find your bookmarks open the Menu and select My Notes & Marks.Notes & HighlightsPress the Menu button again and select Add a Note or Highlight. Once you do that acursor will appear on the screen at the bottom-left. Using the directional controllermove your cursor to the place where you would like the highlighting to start or yournote to appear.To highlight (underline) a passage, press the select button. Then move the cursor tothe end of the passage and press the select button again. The passage should now beunderlined.To add a note, once your cursor is in position, start typing your note using thekeyboard. When done select the ―save note‖ option. (Save & Share saves your note butalso shares it out to social networks you’ve connected your device to. We have notenabled this option on the Commissions’ Kindle.)As with bookmarks, you can find your notes and highlights under the View notes &highlights menu option.View Popular HighlightsOne of the things that Amazon does with highlighted content is sync it to your accountin Amazon.com and share that information with others. It doesn’t say who highlightedwhat but selecting View Popular Highlights from the Menu will show you commonlyhighlighted passages from the current title.
    • Created by Michael P. Sauers Last Updated: 05/30/2013CC BY-NC 3.0 Nebraska Library CommissionSettingsLet’s head back home and see what other things we can change about our Kindleexperience as a whole. At home, press Menu, and then select Settings. Here there arethree pages of settings. (Please do not actually change any of them.)Registration — this is the Amazon account name to which your Kindle isregistered. All Kindle Store and other charges will be applied to the credit cardassociated with your 1-Click account.Device Name — lets you personalize your Kindle by giving it a name. Thisname shows at the top of the Home screen.Wi-Fi Settings — displays the number of available (detected) Wi-Fi networks,and shows the name of the Wi-Fi network you are currently connected to. If youare not connected to a Wi-Fi network, the ―Network‖ field displays ―notconnected.‖ Select ―view‖ to view detected Wi-Fi networks or set up a new Wi-Finetwork.Device Info — displays the Wi-Fi MAC Address, serial number, and networkcapability (Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and 3G) of your device.Voice Guide — lets you navigate your Kindle with spoken menus, selectableitems, and descriptions.Device E-mail — this is the e-mail address of your Kindle. You and your friendscan send documents to this address and they will be converted by Amazon andsent to your Kindle. To edit this e-mail address, go to:http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle (U.S. and other countries)http://www.amazon.co.uk/manageyourkindle (UK customers)Device Password — secure your Kindle and restrict access to your content bysetting a password. If you set a password, you will be prompted to enter it whenyou turn your Kindle on or wake it from sleep. If your Kindle is sleeping whenyou attach it to a computer using the USB cable, you will also be prompted toenter your password in order to attach your Kindle to your computer.Device Time — lets you set the current local time on your Kindle. On Kindlemodels that include 3G, you can have Kindle automatically set the device time.Social Networks — allows you to link your Kindle to your social networkaccounts so that you can share your notes and highlights with others in yoursocial network.Popular Highlights — allows you to turn on or off the display of popularpassages highlighted by others in the books you are reading.Public Notes — allows you to turn on or off the display of the notes andhighlights of people you follow in the books you are reading.
    • Created by Michael P. Sauers Last Updated: 05/30/2013CC BY-NC 3.0 Nebraska Library CommissionAnnotations Backup — allows you to turn on or off the automatic backup ofyour annotations, last page read, and collections at Amazon. Disable this featureif you do not want your annotations backed up or shared in Popular Highlights.Personal Info — enter your contact information here such as an address orphone number, in case you lose your Kindle. Press the Symbol key to enternumbers or symbols not present on the Kindle keyboard.ExperimentalThe last item under the home Menu is Experimental. Selecting that will give you threeoptions: Web Browser, Play MP3, and Text-to-SpeechThe Web browser is functional but since the Kindle is an eInk device it’s not the mostuser friendly browser you’ve ever used. The other issue is that since there is no mouse,you need to rely on the directional controller to move around on the screen.The Play MP3 option takes you to the directory on your Kindle that contains anyuploaded MP3 files. Unfortunately, there is no music installed on our Kindle.The Text-to-Speech section here is purely a description. Depending on the titlesinstalled this feature may or may not work.This material was created as part of the 2010 Institute of Museum and Library Services 21stCenturyLibrarian program grant to the Nebraska Library CommissionSection III: Reading eBooks on the Kindle 3 - ReviewFor this hands-on exercise you will need to experiment with the functionality of thereading tools built in to the NOOK Color and the reading tools available through theOverDrive Media Console app. Here are some ideas about what to try in eachreading environment:Turn pagesJump to a particular page/locationSearch for textExperiment with text display optionsInvestigate added features, like highlighting, bookmarks, text-to-speech, andpopular highlights etc.