Cool things to do with your Kindle

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Reading books from Amazon is what most people use the Kindle for, what many people don’t know is all the other really cool things that you can use your Kindle for. The Kindle is a great e book reader, and Amazon makes it very easy and convenient to get and read books from them. If that is all you want to use the Kindle for, you won’t be disappointed, but there is so much more that you can do with the Kindle.

If you don't have a Kindle, read my hub on if you should get a Kindle and why you should get a Kindle.

Free books

The best place for free books is on Amazon itself. Go to the Kindle store free page, scroll down to the Kindle store limited time offer and thousands of popular classic links in the middle of the page. If you want to read the classics, there are just under 16,000 listings on the site, all free. Many of the books that you have read or wanted to read over the years are here free. On this Amazon link, the books are searchable by category from the links on the left side.

The limited time offers link takes you to special offers from Amazon that they have going at that time. Some of these offers last a very short time, some a long time. Pick a book that you think sounds interesting, read the description and read the reviews from readers. When you find a book you would like to read, buy the book for the special price or free. Always look at the list below that says, others who bought this book, also bought these.

There is a great blog that you can get emails from daily that will tell you the new free books at Amazon, some days there are 3 books, some days there are 50.

Free ebooks is a site to get a good number of free books that I’ve found very useful. You pay a one time membership to get access to all the books for life. Pick the books in the Mobi pocket format to read on your Kindle.

Obooko is another great site with lots of free ebooks. Most of the books on Obooko are in PDF format. Kindle handles PDF’s very easily but there are some options dealing with PDF’s read below.

Scrbd is another site with many thousands of books available. Scribd used to have all of their books free, many now are not free, make sure you’re getting the whole book if you don’t want to buy it before you start reading, many are still free.

Online Christian library A good selection of Christian books in PDF format that are free to download.

Bibliotastic is another site with many good free books that are mostly self published. Create an account and you can download Kindle ready books from the site, no charge.

Project Gutenberg is a site with many books in the Kindle format that are free to download, some are classics but there are many others that are public domain books that are worth reading.

Calebre software

Calibre is a program that can convert any style of book you download and put it into the mobi format so you can read it on your Kindle. The software is free and easy to download and use.

Dealing with PDF's

If you download a pdf and it is a single column text document, you can send it directly to Kindle and it will read just like any other document. If the pdf is double column and, or has lots of illustrations or pictures, the text will be small and not easy to read without increasing the size, this will make it so you will need to scroll across the page. Changing the orientation to landscape will helping some cases. Calibre can also convert many pdf’s to Mobi format that will be better than pdf.

Another option is to open it up in Adobe reader and save it as a text document and send it to your Kindle. Email is the best way to get documents to your Kindle and ready to read.

Another option that I have found works well. Email the PDF to your Kindle address and put in the subject line of the email, convert. When Amazon gets the PDF, it will convert it to the mobi format for Kindle. As with other conversions, multi column PDF's do not convert well.

Best Kindle for reading books still

Kindle email

The Kindle email is the best way to get any document to your Kindle that you want to read. This is where the Kindle really shines. You can send any text or word document you can create directly to your kindle via email. You can send a word document with links and can access the links through your Kindle browser from the document. One of the things I do is send online articles that I want to read later to Kindle that I can read whenever I want.

Online articles

There are 2 extensions that I use in Chrome browser that I can send articles or pieces of articles that I want to save or read later, directly to my Kindle. Send to Kindle will clip out parts of what you want to read later. The other one is Kindle it, this one looks better but it will not send links and it will not send selections, only full articles.

If you have the 3G version or when your connected via wifi, you will receive your emails and read them just like any book sent.

Personal documents

You can create any document that you want, including any information that you want to store or have easily accessible to read when you need it. You can password protect the Kindle so you info you carry will be safe and there for you when you need it.

Using the tips in this hub will help you read books that you want to buy, also tens of thousands of free books, any pdf’s you find, any documents that you can create, and read them all later. You can forward emails from your computer and forward articles from web sites. Once you have a Kindle and you learn how to use it, you will consider it one of the best things you own.

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Comments 19 comments

Charles Hilton 5 years ago

Thank's for the info. I prefer the paper page experience, but, I'm leaning towards a Kindle, Nook, or other, just to have one. Now, I have more incentive.

Excellent hub!

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ErinPittman 5 years ago

Good info. Thanks!

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MichelleA2011 5 years ago from Connecticut

I only use my Kindle for reading ebooks and I already knew about what other things you could do with it, but this is a very helpful hub all around!!

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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Great hub with sites I didn't know about. Am bookmarking this.

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spease 5 years ago from Minneapolis Mn Author

Amazon just make borrowing books from 11,000 libraries available today for Kindle. Check out your library

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Usman Musa Usman 5 years ago from Nigeria, kano

I may look for it may be letter,

thank so much.

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htodd 5 years ago from United States

I got very good experience with kindle while reading books..Great device..Everybody must need this

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Audra Alexander 4 years ago from Germany

I didn't realize how my kindle email worked before, so this article was very useful in that respect. Thanks!

STodd 4 years ago

Great article thank you so much. I also use for exporting my Kindle notes to Evernote and also downloading to PDF.

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Oksana Graf 4 years ago from Port Orange FL

Thanks! Now I love my Kindle more :)

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katyzzz 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Great post, wonderful information, thanks

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spease 4 years ago from Minneapolis Mn Author

Thanks. There are lots of uses for the Kindle. It's one of the best things I've ever bought.

liya 4 years ago

nice post, but can u please put more info about the kindle 4.

[ Kindle, Wi-Fi, 6"]

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spease 4 years ago from Minneapolis Mn Author

The Kindle 4 has not been released and no information about it is available. The latest are the Fire and the Kindle touch. They will do all of the things talked about in this hub as well as the Kindle 3.

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DanielNeff 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

Very useful hub. Like others, I still prefer to hold a book in my hand and turn the pages with my fingers, but I also enjoy reading ebooks. If you don't have a Kindle and want that experience, Amazon does have a free Kindle app for the PC that essentially turns your PC into a Kindle. You can then download and read ebooks on your computer.

On that note, I have written a novel which is available for Kindle and is FREE today thru Friday Jan6th 2012.

"Donovan's Island" by Daniel Neff

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spease 4 years ago from Minneapolis Mn Author

I do like being able to carry around hundreds of books in a small package.

I will certainly check out your book.

Daveybee 4 years ago from London

Excellent, got a Kindle for Christmas having decided it's finally time to stick the books in the garage along with the Vinyls, CDs, DVDs and tvs that are 3ft deep.....

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bluebird 4 years ago

Very good, I have been having trouble with PDFs,don't like to read them in single column and move this way and that to read the whole page, so your suggestions on this were very helpful. Now, if I can just do it that easily. Let's hope so! Thanks!

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Twilight Lawns 17 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Thank you for the information above. I have used the dedicated kindle e-mail address from Amazon, and sent myself documents which I can read as a “book”, but have always been annoyed to find that a book I have wanted was only on PDF. But you say that it is easy to send a PDF file to Kindle and the read it there... unless, perhaps, the document is in more than one column, which makes it more difficult.

And also, I have found that the formatting in some sites is awful because the original book has been scanned badly, and the result wasn’t even edited or SpellChecked... Dreadful to try to read.

Up to now, I have found that it is best (or better) to find a site where it is possible to “read it on line”, copy the text into NotePad, paste it into a document where you can go over it, and if it’s worth it to you personally, edit it, reformat it into a decent form and then send it to yourself as a ‘Document’ on your own dedicated Kindle e-mail address where you can then read it as your own book. It may be a bit longwinded, but it’s certainly worth the effort.

I’ll have to look into this. Thanks again.

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