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Now That You Have a Kindle….

Here’s a Quick Guide to Everything Else You May Need to Protect, Accessorize and Get the Most Out of Your New Kindle, Based on the Most Popular Items with Kindle Nation Readers

KindleFireFamilyBannerOkay, you’ve been rocking your brand new Kindle for about two weeks now, and it may be the best relationship of your life, right? But it’s time to take the next step toward a lifetime commitment. You may not be able to get a warranty on your spouse or main squeeze, but you can get one on your Kindle — as long as you act within 30 days of your receipt of the new Kindle. And even without a deadline, isn’t it time your Kindle was dressed for success in a new cover? The list below is organized bt Kindle type, based on our readers’ favorite Kindle-related purchases over the past few weeks, and rather than burdening it with a lot of additional info we’ll let you click through to see customer ratings, reviews, and more.

And, of course, we hope you’ll agree that, depending on which Kindle you now own, you should also grab a copy of at least one of these three books while they are currently available for just 99 cents:

Kindle Fire Warranties

E Ink Kindle Warranties

Kindle Fire Accessories

All Kindle Fire Models

Kindle Fire 7″

Kindle Fire HD 7″

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″

E Ink Kindle Accessories

Gift Cards for Yourself, to Help You Budget Your Kindle Content Purchases

And just in case Santa left you high and dry….

Kindle Fire Tablets

E Ink Kindles

Five Kindle Fire Accessories for Us, and a Few More That May Be for You


With fewer than 20 days left until Amazon ships the Kindle Fire tablet, we’ll promise to pay some attention in the days ahead to things that you can do to prepare for its arrival in your home and in your life. And the best place to start, despite the contented look on the face of the fellow who is flying his Kindle Fire naked at the right, is with the right accessories.

(If you’ve yet to order a Kindle Fire, the good news is that you can still place your order and have it by November 16 or 17. And of course there’s always our Kindle Fire giveaway sweepstakes, which are currently in Week #3 out of ten.)

There are three things that we think we’ll need, if “need” is the right word for items we never dreamed of a decade or so ago, in order to provide our new Kindle Fire with security and companionship. And then we’ll add two other less likely “accessories,” which will make sense to some of our readers but certainly not all. On each of these, we won’t hit you over the head with arguments as to why you need them — there’s plenty of information on their Amazon pages to decide without undue influence from us. It’s just that these are the specific things Betty and I have selected to go with our Kindle Fire.

The first two come from a new source of Kindle accessories, Amazon’s own AmazonBasics label for electronics, office supplies, and other products that the company manufactures itself. Each of these is available for pre-order, and fair warning: their Amazon pages do not specify that they will be shipped at the same time the Kindle ships.

The AmazonBasics leather folio with multi-angle adjustable stand is the perfect accessory for the Kindle Fire. The folio cover features grooves on the microfiber interior that offer multiple viewing angles to enable ease of use when typing email and hands free viewing of movies. Four corner elastics hold your Kindle Fire securely in place with a convenient elastic strap to keep the case open or securely closed.
There are clearly some good, if somewhat more expensive, alternatives to this AmazonBasics case, including a nice-looking MarWare case with several color options.
4.1 stars – 220 Reviews
The Sennheiser HD202II are closed, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones. Good insulation against ambient noise and a deep bass response make them the ideal companion for DJs – or anyone who likes to listen to modern, powerful music without disturbing others. High efficiency drivers for maximum performance. Sennheiser HD202II Closed Back Headphones Features; Closed,dynamic, semi-circumaural stereo headphones; Earcups can be removed from the headband; Specially designed damping material ensures powerful bass response; Lightweight turbine diaphragms for low bass; High levels and crisp bass for modern rhythm-driven music; Extremely comfortable to wear due to ultra-lightweight design, even for extended listening; Replaceable leatherette ear cushions; Built-tough with a 2 YEAR warranty; Powerful neodymium magnets and lightweight diaphragms for high sound levels; Convenient belt clip for adjusting the cable length when listening on the go.
(Ed. Note: These headphones are my choice because I can’t abide earbuds. If you prefer earbuds, Amazon suggests these as being a good fit for the Kindle Fire.)

What? Am I really suggesting that you get a Kindle as an accessory for your Kindle Fire tablet? Yes, for the beach, the hammock, those times you just want to read and don’t care to hold something well over twice as heavy. Maybe you already have an e-Ink Kindle or prefer to wait for the Kindle Touch models that ship a week after the Kindle Fire. If not, the price is right for this incredibly light, small, and handy dedicated ebook reader.


But all that’s just us. Here are over 15 other “accessories” for which Kindle Nation readers have placed anywhere from one to a dozen or more orders this month:

Security, Tax Relief, Light, and Something Sweet — All in One Post?

I generally confine my Amazon product links to items that are strictly Kindle-related in the narrowest sense, but there are a couple of things I am grabbing today while the price is right, and it struck me that they might be timely recommendations for you as well. (The last time I did this was when I found an amazing deal on pure Vermont maple syrup, and apparently, based on the feedback I got, there were dozens of Kindle Nation citizens with whom I share a sweet tooth!)

In addition I’ll mention a Kindle accessory that I absolutely love:

  • The first is an Amazon Deal of the Day for a Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 3-User disc. My laptop is currently running naked, which can’t possibly be a good thing, so I am jumping on this today while the $26.95 price lasts. H’mm. I wonder if there are any developers out there working on a Kindle Security app….
  • The second relates back to a Tax Time with the Kindle post I did two weeks ago. It’s all well and good to have the tax guides I mentioned, but I’m going to need some software too, and I’ve had good success in recent years using TurboTax Deluxe Federal + State 2009 + efile, which enables to bang out the entire onerous task in one or two sittings. (Of course, that’s after I’ve gathered and organized the data to begin with.) You can also find alternatives Amazon’s tax store.
  • I like to read myself to sleep at night, and I’ve also been known to wake early and read the morning paper on my Kindle before dawn. There’s only one way to carry on such activities without them becoming relationship deal-breakers, and that’s to accessorize one’s Kindle with a great reading light. For Christmas, my son gave me a Mighty Bright XtraFlex2 Clip-On Light, and I use it constantly. I may have to get a second one, since I even find myself detaching it from my Kindle to clip it to magazines and paperbacks when I’m reading something with a tiny font size. Of course, if it comes to that I may be an equal opportunity shopper and try a M-Edge e-Luminator2 Kindle Booklight or a Kandle LED Book Light.

By the way,  if you want a heads up on these Deal of the Day offerings, here’s a link where you can sign up directly with Amazon.