MakeUseOf offers some excellent free manuals and guides for many popular apps and devices. They’ve earned my respect and I just downloaded Your Unofficial Kindle Fire Manual by Christian Cawley. The download is free in exchange for a Tweet, Facebook share, or a simple Google +1. Fair enough.
The manual is in PDF format and is jam-packed with nicely formatted information, including a generous number of screenshots. At 38 pages, it’s short and to the point with just the things every user needs to know. It doesn’t cover rooting the Fire, in case you were wondering, but has some neutral information for those contemplating a jail break in order to use Google Play.
I have an eInk Kindle 3, a color Nook, an Android phone, and a new iPad. I don’t feel any great need to get a Kindle Fire until the first round of improvements in the next release. Then, I may get one for checking eBook conversions on it if warranted, and perhaps rediscover my previous collection of Kindle books.
I moved from Kindle to the color Nook last year for a better reading experience, and now to the iPad, which offers both Nook and Kindle apps on a nice big screen with more white-space and clarity, much like a printed book. With a tablet, it’s easy to forget about the interface and focus on the book at hand. I wonder about the future of dedicated eReaders, but right now, they still have a big role to play, especially for people who read a great deal and appreciate the convenience of a lightweight, go-everywhere device.