Fanfiction on Your Kindle
Enjoy Reading Your Favorite Fan Fiction Stories on Your Amazon Kindle Device
Fanfic is fun to read and even more so when you can enjoy it on your favorite reading device. You may be wondering how it is possible to view these FF stories on your own Amazon Kindle Device and, depending what type of model you have, you'll either have to use the in-built web browser or convert the fanfiction to files which you can work with your gadget. Either way is great and you can enjoy carrying your imaginary worlds around in a handy, mobile and portable electronic device.
In case you're new to the whole world of Fanfic, it is essentially fictional stories involving either popular characters from franchises such as Harry Potter or Twilight or imaginary worlds and locations such as Narnia and Middle Earth. These stories are all written by fans rather than the original authors. That means anything is possible which makes it particular fun to read. Enjoy Severus Snape traveling back in time so he does get the woman of his dreams, or what happens to the Narnian white witch if Aslan doesn't defeat her, what happens to the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins if he gets to go on an entirely different adventure? This is the beauty and charm of the world of fanfiction. Let's see how you can read it on your e-ink screen or your Fire tablet.
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1) Where to get Your Fill of FanFiction
One of the most popular fanfic sites is FanFiction.net This has enough pieces to please the most voracious readers. I prefer this website because it has a huge variety of stories both long and short to choose from and the search facility permits me to look only for completed works instead of work in progress pieces which personally I'm not interested in. You can also search for specific characters which I like to do when hunting for Harry Potter fiction.
Here's a list of some of the most popular FF sites:
Harry Potter FF
Archive of Our Own . org
Fictionesque for Fanfic Writers
Star Trek FF
Black Pearl Tales / Pirates of the Caribbean
Dr. Who Fic
What's Your Best FanFic?
Share with Online Readers the type of FF that you read most!
Amazon Fire Color Tablet
With a Fire tablet, you can simply visit the website you're interested in and read online. Although the e-ink devices have an experimental web browser, you will find this hard to navigate and slow to use - so I'd only recommend the Kindle Fire if you want to read your Fanfic online.
You can read fanfic just by browsing to the websites on these devices.
2) How to Put FanFic on Your Kindle
When you've discover the fanfiction that you want to read, one option is to copy and then paste (normally on a chapter by chapter basis, the text into a text file or a document in your favorite word processor. Some sites such as Archive of Our Own.org permit you to view the entire story so you can access this in one go instead of having to move to a new chapter and copy it that way. It's easier to do this on an actual computer or PC although you can copy and paste on an actual Kindle Fire tablet if you have a good notepad application installed so you could try that out too.
On a PC or laptop, you can save your pasted text as a simple and basic .txt document which is a format that Amazon ereaders support. The only downside to using this format is that you will lose any special formatting such as italics and bolding. But the format is one of the easiest to use and you can just copy it over into the DOCUMENTS section or folder of your ereader device when plugged into your computer. I hope you are finding this lens page useful because it has been written with care. You'll find more information below on this topic.
Calibre is some really clever ebook management software you can use on a PC. It allows you to transfer many different file formats such as HTML into files that work with your specific Amazon reader - such as MOBI which is a great format for a traditional e-ink reader. The plus point of changing your file into a MOBI format is that you can have the option to place it straight onto your device in the documents section, email it to your device with your special Kindle email address (you can find this in your Amazon account settings) OR get it directly from your web browser if you save it into a Dropbox folder.
You can discover more on Calibre at calibre-ebook.com
Scroll down for another method on getting fanfic on your eink gadget
3) FFDownloader and Your eInk Device
There is an awesome program which you use to grab your fanfic in complete parts. FFDownloader at fanfictiondownloader.net
If you have Calibre, the ebook management program, installed then you can get all the stories you want via this Downloader and choose MOBI files which you can use with your Kindle.
If you don't want to use Calibre as well, then you can still use the FFDownloader but choose the output as a TXT file and just place it on your ereading device.
As an example of how you use this program, you need to take the URL of the item that you would like to read. For fanfiction.net this would be in the format: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/11111 - this is the link at the top of your web browser. You place this http link into the program and choose the output format you want.
If you need to ask questions about how this all works, refer to the FFDownloader Forum Board
Enjoy Reading on a Paperwhite!
The Amazon paperwhite device or gadget can be read in the dark and in bright sunlight too - it is the best all-round eink reading screen currently available.
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