Huzzah, your bookworm reputation precedes you, and some kind soul gifted you a shiny Kindle Fire. Here's how to set it up properly—so you don't get burned.
Cover: Start It Up
First off, let's turn it on. Should be simple enough considering there's only one physical button on the darn thing. Just hold it down for a few seconds and you'll see the Kindle Fire logo. Now, I bet you're just itching to plug it in and charge it. Don't do that! Here's a little secret: Let your battery die before you reach for an outlet. You should try to do this all the time, but this is especially important during the first charge cycle. Here's an article that explains why. The short version is that your battery will last longer if allowed to die between charges. Plugging it in when it's half charged will degrade the life of the battery.