I found this book today (Kindle version is free today, Sunday, September 30th, BTW) via the kindle book reader must read site, Kindle Review, 30 Free Kindle Books for Sunday, September 30, 2012 and had to laugh. It's good to know that my dog isn't bork'd and there are other dogs and their humans with this challenge...
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Here in the UK we never received the print version of MSDN Magazine even as an MSDN Enterprise/Universal subscriber, so we relied on the compiled help file (CHM) version for offline reading. Recently this changed to PDF, which works on a Kindle, but isn’t the ideal format for the small screen and the PDF does take quite a while to appear on the MSDN site (currently April and May are not available).
Coming the rescue is the the free and open source, eBook tool, Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/). I first discovered this application when I wished to download the Economist newspaper to my Kindle. Calibre includes a ‘Fetch News’ ability, which allows scheduled downloading of web site content, with ‘recipes’ that convert those screen scrapes into various formats including MOBI, EPUB or PDF. It even will update your Kindle over USB, loading any new titles into your documents folder.
One of the recipes available is for the MSDN magazine. So the moment a new version appears on the MSDN web site, (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/default.aspx), you can just fire up Calibre and download the latest version to your Kindle. If you run Calibre on startup you can even schedule the MSDN magazine to be collected every month and automatically downloaded to your Kindle.
I need to check this out as I love me my kindle... The only thing I see that I'd want to look into more is if Calibre can use the Send To Kindle app (and if not, I don't think it would be to hard to hack that... ). Still this is cool and something I hadn't known about (I heard of Calibre but not the recipes thing).
Thursday, November 17, 2011
"Last year we announced an exciting new feature for Kindle customers--the ability to send your favorite Kindle books to friends and family as gifts. Starting today, you can specify the date you would like that book to be delivered.
It's easy to get started: simply select a Kindle book to gift on the Amazon.com website, click the "Give as a Gift" button, enter the recipient's e-mail address, then choose a delivery date. If you prefer, you also have the option of having the gift email sent to you, so you can print and personally deliver it to the recipient, or use it as a stocking stuffer.
There is no Kindle required (for the giver, or the recipient). Kindle book gifts can also be read ..."
Nice! Thank you Amazon. I can now unhide/share my Kindle ebook wishlist... :)
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Your Photos on your Kindle in the Pictures Folder - a Kindle Feature
In the meantime, Kindle owners CAN put favorite photos or illustrations on the Kindle in a special Pictures folder, and I've found that many don't know this is possible.
Remember that Kindle books or files can be Searched for words like "pictures" and sometimes that makes it easier to find a feature.
A Kindle customer posted step-by-step instructions at the Amazon Kindle forums. In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, Anthony Hansen wrote (slightly modified) :
KINDLE IMAGE CONVERTER
This is a nicely easy-to-use tool that converts almost any image you have (size does not matter much) to a Kindle-compatible black & white version in the right size and orientation for the Kindle display. It works for 6" Kindles and the 9.7" Kindle DX's.
E-NKI MANGA, COMICS, AND GENERAL BULK IMAGE CONVERTER FOR KINDLE
I haven't had a chance to try this one. E-nki describes it this way:
"E-nki is an image processor designed for latest Kindle.
"It converts common image documents (JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP) into optimized PNG files for e-ink displays, and more important, you can convert your compressed archives directly. (CBR and CBZ too!)
There is also a link to the FAQ, which does answer questions not addressed on the main page. E-nki is a downloadable file and there's no web-style conversion tool.
On what, specifically, the utility does:
1) Converts pictures to grayscale
2) Tries to remove white borders
3) Resizes pictures while maintaining the aspect ratio
4) Rotates the pictures
Yep, I'm one of those people who didn't know that the kindle could natively view image files (like JPG's, PNG's, GIF's, etc). I mean I knew it could render them, having seen any number of images in books, etc, but I didn't know that if you put those images files directly on the kindle, in a pictures folder, that you could view them natively...
Sure they are in not in color, but still I thought this "hidden" feature kind of neat.
Monday, March 28, 2011
If you have a Kindle 3 (the one with the 6″ screen) chances are that you love it, as I do. Except that reading most PDF ebooks and documents on Kindle 3 is rather annoying and can be downright impossible, with unreadable, miniscule text and lots of wasted white space in the margins. This is the case because the Kindle 3 attempts to display each page of a PDF document fully on its 6″ screen, and the zoom function seems like it was purposely designed to be as unpractical and un-user-friendly as possible, segmenting your PDF pages into strange quadrants that make reading a chore.
In this post I am suggesting that the best way to read a PDF on a Kindle 3 involves cropping it first so that the white space in the margin as well as page numbers and any text in the header and footer is removed. This process can in itself result in a PDF that is perfectly readable on the 6″ screen; but if not, I will also describe how to then convert your cropped PDF to the Kindle friendly AZW format, resulting in a continuous text, and without legacy headers, footers, and page numbers showing up as artifacts in your document.
Getting PDF’s onto the Kindle 3 is easy, drag and drop file copy easy. But getting them on there so you can actually read them is a whole other matter…
Since I’m have about a billion PDF’s in their original form on my Kindle, making my eyes bleed every time I try to read them, these suggestions are ones I’m going to put to some good use.
Monday, March 21, 2011
“Here are my picks for the best Kindle sites in the Kindle ecosystem.
Having finally gotten a Kindle for XMas, I’m now a officially a “Kindle Guy” (yeah, one of those guys… ;)
If you’re new to the Kindle, you might not know about the great resources that are available for it. If that’s you, start with this post. There should be enough here to get you more than started. If you’re a long time Kindle’r, there still might be something new for you here too.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Free Kindle Book of the Day “Beer is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing” (limited time offer)
Beer is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing by Charles W. Bamforth. Price: $0. Genre: Food Science, Beer, Brewing. Rated 4 stars on 52 reviews. Another repeat from October 11th, 2010.
Legendary beer expert Charlie Bamforth presents the most compelling social history of beer ever written: where it’s come from, and where it’s headed. From centuries-old cultural values to radical new approaches, craft brewing to globalization, it’s an amazing story. Bamforth tells it all–with humor, behind-the-scenes insight, and sheer joy!
Come on… Free as in Beer! :P
Saturday, January 29, 2011
"Nutrition Diva's 5 Secrets for Aging Well" Kindle ebook can preordered for free (as in get it free when it comes out on February 1st)
I'm a fan of Monica Reinagel, aka the Nutrition Diva (A Feed You Should Read #16 - Nutrition Diva) and have found her bite sized friendly common sense nutrition advice podcast outstanding and a "must listen." If you're fighting the battle of the bulge then the more you know about nutrition then better armed you'll be.
You can can preorder her Nutrition Diva's 5 Secrets for Aging Well kindle ebook for $0.00. That's a hard deal to beat. This is likely a limited time offer...
Related Past Post XRef:
A Feed You Should Read #16 - Nutrition Diva
My castRoll - A list of the pod/web/etc casts on my Zune
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
How about 118+ free (legally) Science Fiction eBooks from top tier authors? Check out the “Baen Free Library” (Or “I tripped over my Kindle and landed in Science Fiction eBook heaven”)
“Introducing the Baen Free Library
by Eric Flint
Baen Books is now making available — for free — a number of its titles in electronic format. We're calling it the Baen Free Library. Anyone who wishes can read these titles online — no conditions, no strings attached. (Later we may ask for an extremely simple, name & email only, registration. ) Or, if you prefer, you can download the books in one of several formats. Again, with no conditions or strings attached. (URLs to sites which offer the readers for these format are also listed. )
By popular request we've added a "Donate to Free Library" button which allows you to "purchase" a free book to show support for the authors and their donations. It works like the normal "Add to Cart" button and you can do one donation per book.
We do it this way rather than direct donations because the minute we start accepting money for books under copyright, all sorts of royalty complications come into play.
We’re talking full/complete books (as far as I can tell, having downloaded a couple) from some of the best authors in science fiction today. David Drake, Harry Turtledove, John Ringo, David Weber, Eric Flint, James P. Hogan and many many more. The books are usually the first couple in a series or a older titles, but many are also classics in their own right.
These books are offered directly by Baen, the publisher, and so appear to be 100% legitimate. As you can see in the snap above, there’s a wide number of eBook formats available too (The “Ebook Price” line is for if you want to “Donate to Free Library”, to help keep these books, free. The book is indeed really free, without even registration required)
I’ve read at least half of these books, but I’m a re-reader kind of guy and have been looking for a reasonably priced, and legal, means of getting some of these exact books. This Free Library is simply awesome…