Review: Kindle Fire – You Want My Old Kindle?

So, sort of a departure today for reviews. I’m not reviewing a book, but thought I’d give my thoughts on the new Kindle Fire, which I’ve had for a couple of days now. Instead of a book, I’ll be giving away my much-loved basic Kindle. Read on for details.

I bought the Kindle Fire because I’m exactly the customer Amazon was targeting. I’m already a member of Amazon Prime, which means I pay a flat sum once a year and enjoy “free” two-day shipping the rest of the year. 
I’ve also had iPad envy for a while now but couldn’t bring myself to shell out $500-plus for a tablet when I knew most of what I’d do with it was play on it, and I don’t have time to play. Day jobs to tend to, books to write, and all that. The last thing I needed was an addiction to Angry Bird. But it was just so damned cool, you know?
Last year, my best friend gave me a basic Kindle for Christmas. I’d insisted I didn’t want an eReader, I loved printed books, but she thought I needed it, and she was right. I love it. I can read faster on it, blow the type up because I’m half blind anyway, and store lots of books. I still buy my favorite series in print, and always will. What I really like–and what surprised me–was being able to subscribe to magazines. I missed the graphics but like the bookmarking functions, the portability, and the ability to keep a bazillion back issues without taking up lots of space. And I was able to do some light proofreading and manuscript editing on the Kindle by emailing documents from my laptop to the Kindle, something I hadn’t anticipated. 
The Kindle Fire seemed like a good compromise, and so far I’m happy with it. It’s heavier than the basic Kindle–weighs more like a Nook color, if you’ve handled one of those. The web-browsing function is fast. Streaming movies from Amazon is extremely fast and not a hitch so far. My magazines are OMG beautiful on the color display, sharp and clear. There was a rumor floating around that the Fire wasn’t compatible with Google products like Gmail or Google or Google Plus, but that is not true. Setting up my Gmail was seamless and fast. Ditto moving my music files from iTunes–I uploaded them from my computer to Amazon’s Cloud Server and then downloaded them to the Fire. I think there’s a way to transfer directly from the computer to the Fire, but I haven’t figured that out yet. And I actually like the 7″ touchscreen (as opposed to the iPad’s 10-inch screen) because it’s easy to hold and control with one hand. 
The only negatives so far, I can live with. The touch screen is a little less sensitive than what I’m used to on my iPhone but I’m getting the feel of it. Since it’s backlit, it has more glare than the old Kindle. The Fire doesn’t have text-to-speech capability yet, though I’ve read it will be in a future software update. The on-off button is small and dark and wedged next to the charging dock so I have to feel around for it if I’m not in a well-lit room. I’m sure I’ll get used to that. I wish it had 3G capability but I spend 90 percent of my time in wireless environments and have my iPhone the rest of the time, so it’s not that big a deal. 

So, that’s the report so far. In the meantime, I have a basic wi-fi Kindle (no 3G) that needs a new home! Yeah, it’s used, but it’s cleaned off and deregistered and ready to go…and free. I have a leather case for it and a charger (it charges either by USB port or by AC adapter). All you’ll have to do is go to the Amazon site and register it to yourself when you get it. Oh, and you never know, I might put the first chapter of ROYAL STREET on it for you 🙂

So…Since this is kind of a special giveaway, I’m going to keep it running until December 9. Every Friday (today, Nov. 18;  plus Friday, Nov. 25; Friday, Dec. 2; and Friday, Dec. 9) you’ll have a chance for four entries–so a possible 16 entries total–one entry for comment, one for blog follow, one for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and one for a Tweet or Retweet of the contest. 
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

62 thoughts on “Review: Kindle Fire – You Want My Old Kindle?

  1. I, too already have a Kindle, but I really appreciate the review of the Fire. The Big Guy got himself a tablet this week (it’s a Samsung something-or-other), and he’s been busily trying to find the books he wants to read to put on the Kindle App that came with it. It will be interesting to learn how the App on the tablets compares to using the Fire.

    I’m busiy trying to pretend that I am more than satisfied with my basic Kindle and iPhone, but I keep stealing glances at his new toy…

  2. Wow! A Kindle Fire sounds so awesome! Too bad it’s so expansive for me to buy a Kindle from my country. I’d end paying about U$500 with all the taxes and handling fees… >.>’

    thanks for this great chance! I’m hoping it’s open intl, like all your competitions. 🙂

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    +1 for blog follow (Kah_cherub)
    +1 for Twitter follow (@vollkopf)
    +1 for a Tweet :!/vollkopf/status/137543056256811008

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  3. Thnaks for the review. I’ve been eyeing the Fire but am not sure I want a tablet that’s Wi-Fi only since I’d like to use it when I’m traveling.

    In the meantime I could manage to give a home to a gently used Kindle.

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    sgiden at

  4. Thanks for the review! I’ve been dying to get my hands on a Kindle, but having only just started my new job, it’s a little far down on the list of “things that really need buying” (wireless router that actually works: bought. Ceiling light: bought. Jeans that fit and have no embarrassing holes… next paycheck. X-mas gifts… working on it. Haircut… January isn’t that far off, right? Welcome to being 26 and college-educated.)

    The backlit vs. non-backlit is actually a big thing for me. My eyes are bad enough as-is, so I’ve really wanted a Kindle to give them a break. Especially since I stare at a computer all day for work, and then go home and stare at computer all night to write. For me, the non-glare is a huge benefit.

    +1 for blog follow
    +1 for comment

  5. Speaking as a librarian, although printed matter is my favorite, the appeal of the e-reader lies in the fact that it’ll save me physical space, of which is at a premium. So I would love to give your Kindle a new home.

  6. Thanks for the comments, everyone!

    @ Marissa, all you have to do is send an email to your kindle with no text in it and attach your .doc or .rtf or .docx document to your Kindle address (if you don’t know it, you can go to “Manage Your Kindle” in the Kindle Store on the Amazon website). It downloads to your Kindle just like a book, and you can bookmark and make notes.

  7. @Marissa-you attach the document to your email, not to your email address (duh). Also, go to “Manage your Kindle” and make sure your personal email is added to the list of addresses from which you can receive Kindle docs.

  8. Thanks for this review. I was eyeing the Kindle Fire for my son for Christmas since he has taken over my husband’s Kindle. I am still working with print books but would love the chance to own your gently used Kindle. And thanks for the info on downloading docs to the Kindle. I plan on trying that.

  9. I follow you everywhere woman, lol. I’ve been hankering for a Kindle for a while since half of the review copies I get are in that format. I’m not inclined to buy the fire yet. I have the nook color and honestly don’t use half of the features. I really just want to read. lol. Will tweet for you!

  10. LOL, Rachel–glad to see you here! I had both a Nook and a Kindle for a while, but sold my Nook once Netgalley started having their book galleys in Kindle format.

  11. I want the Fire. BAD. LOL Don’t put me in the competition…I have a Kindle DX, but I will share this out. I now there are folks who would love to have one. 🙂

  12. Hi, Suzanne. I saved you by following your blog, before me the # of followers was 666. Now it’s 667.

    I think that deserves an extra entry, don’t you?

    I NEED that Kindle!

  13. Congrats on the Fire! I need a Kindle in the worst way. Over 1/2 the books I review are ebooks. Have you ever tried to read a book on an iPod Touch? My eyes are screaming “No more, crazy lady!!”. Only 5 months until Royal Street comes out, right? Thanks for the opportunity!
    +1 comment
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  14. Right now I’m in the market for an ereader. There are several I am eyeing kindle, sony and nook but the kindle keeps coming on top mainly because of the sharp contrast which is the most important thing in a dedicated reader. As of now my stance is I love my print books and will keep buying them but I love the convenience of an ereader and being able to read books that are ONLY available in ebooks. I’ve purchased many ebooks for “when I get an ereader” but many aren’t read. Some I’ve read on my kindle for pc app but it’s a slow-go. Knowing myself I’d probably love an ereader but prints will still have a huge hold on me. I’ve been trying to win one but I know probably next year I’ll cave in and buy one! The irony is some kindle contests I’ve tried entering requires writing book reviews for ebooks which I’ve done a few on my PC. Lol if i had one it would be so much easier. Thank you for the chance.

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    +1 tweeted:!/FieryNa/status/137597257187999744


  15. I’m a bit unsure now…i definitively prefer book in print ( the feeling, the smell everything)but a kindle even used could be so great…even if i’m not sure i’m ready for that ( me and technology…)
    Also, i’m not sure it can be send abroad without problem ( and i don’t want you to have troubles because of me) perhaps another will be more happy with it and is dying to have it ^^( i would be happy too)i guess for me it would better several print books (you will think i’m strange) so win oneereader yes buy one- not at teh moment or in the near futur

    thanks you for your generosity



  16. Wow! Now winning that Kindle would be a prize and a half 🙂 especially since I’m currently in the danger of seriously injuring myself or others if the piles of books collapse on me 🙂 plus the books themselves are in danger…according to my better half accidents do happen and books are just so flammable! 😀

    So I hope that Lady Luck will smile on me and help me convert to e-books 🙂

    thanks for a wonderful giveaway!


  17. I’ve been DYING to get a kindle…not sure if I’m ready to spring for a Fire but I’d love to give your old one a home 🙂

  18. Wow! You are quite generous! And thanks for your review. I haven’t decided on whether I want to get a Kindle Fire or not until I find out if they have any problems, but I would love to have a regular Kindle!

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    jwitt33 at live dot com

  19. Thanks for the report on the Kindle Fire. I’ve been curious about it, and it’s good hearing firsthand info plus the disadvantages/advantages.

    Can you read on it outside if the screen glares a bit more?

  20. the gadget guy in me loves the idea of an ereader…the bibliophile still loves the feel and smell of books. i have books, but no kindle. please do toss my name in the hat for your old one. cheers!

  21. i am really disappointed to learn the fire won’t read your stories to you. that is the one feature i was most looking forward too.

    thanks for the review and count me in for an entry!


  22. I have had a Kindle with wifi for about a year and have loved it…the rest of my family is catching on so it would be great to have another one around the house!

    I followed you on Twitter
    I tweeted the giveaway

  23. I am not sure if this giveaway is intended for international follower as well. If it is, I’ll be more than happy to give a shelter to your kindle!

    +1 comment
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    +1 twitter follower

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  24. If this giveaway is international, then please, enter me too. Almost all of my books are ebooks, and I read them on my computer, which means, that I can read only in sitting position at my desk. I’d love to have a Kindle)))
    Thanks for great giveaway!
    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower as Sofija Kapranova
    +1 twitter follower as @soni_sonik

  25. Thanks so much for posting your thoughts on the Kindle Fire, I’ve been interested in this product since I first heard about it, but had my concerns…all of which you just flew out the window for me. Could I put my existing itunes brought mp3 tunes on it? Yes! What will the reading experience be like with no eink screen. Well, sounds like your a happy bunny with your reading experiences. Considering your giving away your old kindle, that speaks volumes! OKAY. I Want a Kindle Fire. Now to find that Santa and sit on his lap hehe.
    And good luck to everyone who has entered to win Suzanne’s old Kindle xxx and don’t forget to those who don’t win, a Kindle basic is now under $80 — I bet if you’ve all been good, Santa may treat you 🙂

  26. I just saw this! I’d love your gently used Kindle. What a thoughtful (and useful) contest!

    +1 re-tweet

    (I was already following you on Twitter. )


  27. Coolness! I am still stuck on my paperback, but I have the kindle and nook PC apps on my computer and find myself reading on there just as much as my paperbacks, so I think it’s time to get a kindle! lol. I was thinking about the fire, but might hold off until a new version comes out with 4g. For now, just something portable to read my books on will do just well, and if I could win won, that would be AWESOME!

    +GFC Follower
    + Comment
    +Twitter Follower
    + Retweeted about giveaway

    Thanks for the fab giveaway, and enjoy your fire!!!

  28. Awesome giveaway! Especially since it’s open to international entries too 🙂

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follow


  29. I’m very curious about the Kindle Fire, but I love that I can read my kindle in the sunshine…

    Can you see the screen in the sun with it back lit?

    THanks for the review!!!

    Lisa 🙂

  30. I don’t have a Kindle yet. I use my Android phone, so this would be really cool!

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    +1 twitter follower
    +1 retweeting the contest



  31. oh God, how earth did I miss this? O_O Thanks to the lovely Andrea, she told me so here I am. Your kindle fire sounds great!
    Thanks for the generous giveaway 🙂 Fingers crossed!

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