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The Kindle Fire HD Libraries

By Nancy C. Muir

Kindle Fire HD libraries are where you access downloaded content, as well as content stored by Amazon in the Cloud. Libraries (with the exception of the Docs library) also offer a Store button that 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, Audiobooks, or Photos. Note that there’s also a Docs button, where documents that you sideload from your computer or receive as e-mail attachments in your Kindle inbox are placed, as well as a Shop button to take you directly to Amazon Stores, and an Offers button where you can find Amazon special offers.

The Videos button opens to the Amazon store rather than a library because in most cases, it’s not very prudent to download video content to your Kindle Fire HD. Because this type of content takes up so much of your device’s memory, it’s preferable to play video from Amazon’s Cloud (which is called streaming).

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

In a library, such as the Music library shown, you can tap the Device or Cloud tab located in the top-middle 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 Kindle Fire HD.


You can download archived content to your device at any time or remove downloaded content to 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 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 you should remove the content from your device when you’re done watching and back in Wi-Fi range. Removing content from Kindle Fire HD involves pressing it with your finger and choosing Remove from Device from the menu that appears.

You can also sideload content you’ve obtained from other sources, such as iTunes, to your Kindle Fire HD libraries. Sideloading involves connecting the Micro USB cable that came with your Kindle Fire HD to your computer, and then copying content to Kindle Fire HD.