Cool things to do with your Kindle
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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