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How to Access the Fire Tablet Libraries

By Nancy C. Muir

Fire tablet libraries are where you access downloaded content, as well as content stored by Amazon in the Cloud. Libraries (with the exception of the Docs and Photos libraries) also offer shopping options when you display the Left Nav menu, which you can tap to go online to browse and buy more content.

Tap any library button to open a library of downloaded and archived content: Games, Apps, Books, Music, Videos, Newsstand, or Audiobooks. When you tap all of these (except Videos), your library of content is displayed along with a Store button to take you to the associated Amazon Store.

The Videos button works a bit differently in that it opens to the Amazon Store rather than a library. You can tap the Left Nav button and then tap Your Video Library to go to your library.

This difference is due to the fact that, in most cases, it’s not very prudent to download a lot of video content to your Fire tablet because this type of content takes up so much of your device’s memory. It’s preferable to play video from Amazon’s Cloud (a process called streaming).

There’s also a Web button among the list of libraries that you can tap to open the Silk web browser.

In a library, such as many of the screens in the Music library, you can tap the Device or Cloud tab located at the top of the screen. The Device tab shows you only content you have downloaded; the Cloud tab displays all your purchases or free content stored in Amazon’s Cloud library, including content you’ve downloaded to the Fire tablet.


You can download archived content to your device at any time or remove downloaded content from your device, and it’s still stored in the Cloud. You can also view the contents of libraries in different ways, depending on which library you’re in. For example, you can view the Music library contents by categories such as Songs, Artists, and Albums.

It’s possible to download video, which is useful if you’ll be out of range of a Wi-Fi connection, but I recommend that you remove the content from your device when you’re done watching and back in Wi-Fi range. Removing a movie from your Fire tablet involves locating it in the library, pressing it with your finger, and choosing Delete Download from the menu that appears.

For a TV show, press and hold the item and then choose View Season Details from the menu that appears. Tap the episode and on the details that appear, tap Download Options. In the dialog that appears, tap Delete Downloads.

As mentioned before, you can also sideload content you’ve obtained from other sources, such as iTunes, to your Fire tablet libraries. Sideloading involves connecting the micro USB cable that came with your Fire tablet to your computer (with the power adapter removed) and then copying content to the tablet.