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I've inherited a Kindle

Having joined the cult of the Iphone, it was probably inevitable that Hubby would then join the cult of the Ipad as well. He did this mostly for the drawing apps. (He'd already purchased one kind of tablet and discovered it wasn't what he wanted.) HOWEVER, since he now has Kindle for Ipad, which he likes much better, and I am the (proud?) owner of his Kindle DX and no idea what to really do with it.

As a result of burning my eyes out reading fanfic on-line for a few years, I now find it very hard to read anything longer than a short blog-post on the computer. One reason it's taking so long to get through my fanfic list is that I basically have to print it out and usually the only place I read is rare occasions I'm still on public transportation or when I'm at the Mint waiting to sing. It's not like I'm doing much better at reading book books either. In the past year, I only finished the Lawrence Harvey biography and a book about locovore eating. I have the usual stack, but since I'm usually distracted by being on line OR my eyes are shot anyway and I have focus problems....(YEAH, I'M GETTING OLD!) So not much reading getting done.

But I WANT to read. I'm a person who has always defined themselves by either consuming or producing the written word in some form. My earliest identity was bookworm. (As in the one who hid in a corner reading during family social events.)

The question is whether I look for Kindle versions of the books I already own and have been trying to read for the last few months....or over a year, and somehow never getting past the first five pages over and over or whether I try a beloved favorite first, just to get used to the experience. Also, I know there's some function on A03 to get the fics in a E-readable format...do I just hit the "download" button?

Of course the most important thing is making it look pretty. The cover that hubby was using is shot to shit. So among the new toys I want to purchase, possibly today, is a cover. Then I'll figure out the rest.

Your thoughts, suggestions, helpful hints etc are greatly appreciated.


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Jan. 5th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
Does the Kindle use E Ink technology?

I have a Kobo using eink and find it easy to read, especially after being on the computer all day. E Ink is easier on the eyes and I can read all day without my eyes burning out or losing focus.

For books, try your library or keep an eye out on Amazon for cheap deals.
Jan. 5th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
For fics on AO3, just download the .mobi format via the download button. Then email that file to the email associated with the Kindle - you can find that on the "Manage my Kindle" section of Amazon. (Amazon assigns each Kindle its own personal email, e.g. karaokegal@kindle.com) Put "convert" in the subject heading. (I'm not 100% sure you still have to do this, but you did when I started sending fan fic to my Kindle years ago, so I still do it just in case.)

I love the Kindle for reading long fan fic, although I'm very much off fan fic the last few months.

FYI, there's lots of free classics available from Amazon for the Kindle, and probably from other websites too, if you don't want to spend money right away.

You should definitely get a cover you like. I have the Amazon one and I like it. I've also had polyurethane sleeve ones and those are nice too.

Funny, I got an iPad mini for Christmas and just started using the Kindle app for it and I think I might like it better too.
Jan. 9th, 2014 04:43 am (UTC)
THANK YOU! And may I say....HOLY SHIT! It worked.
I still have to figure out stuff that hasn't made it to A03 yet, but this is an amazing step and may help me make a dent in that rather large and intimidating list of fic I've been accumulating.
Jan. 9th, 2014 05:00 am (UTC)
Yay! I haven't had as good luck converting fics from LJ. Sometimes it works well and sometimes it doesn't.
Jan. 5th, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)

Calibre is recommend by a lot of users. I haven't really used it much yet, because it didn't play nicely with my Fire. Now that I'm mostly using my Paperwhite for book reading, I should probably install it and play around. The e-ink is very kind to the eyes, I've found. (I work in tech, so I spend most of my waking hours staring at a computer screen, and the e-ink doesn't seem to trigger the same eyestrain headaches that computers do.)

Many library systems will also lend out e-books, which is a handy use of Kindle.
Jan. 6th, 2014 05:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info. Out of curiosity, is there a connection between the app and your user-name or is it just a coincidence?
Jan. 6th, 2014 12:37 pm (UTC)
Complete coincidence! I've had this username for well over a decade now, so it predates even the Kindle itself, as I recall. (Though I am hitting the point where I can't remember when now-ubiquitous products came out.)
Jan. 6th, 2014 03:21 am (UTC)
I am seconding the calibre recommendation.

I'm not sure how much Hubby used it, but when you're eyes get tired there is the text-to-speech function. I tend not to use it because listening is so slow compared to reading, but I do use it occasionally. And not just for the hilarity value of it badly mispronouncing "clydesdales."
Jan. 6th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
Firstly, I'm assuming it's all set up & registered to your Amazon account now, rather than your husband's? If not there should be something in Amazon's Kindle FAQs to get you started.

My experiences of Kindle are via the UK Amazon site, so availability of specific titles may vary for you. There are tons of books available, including lots of non-fiction. If you want something to dip into, the QI books are on Kindle, as are The Meaning of Liff and Afterliff; I also recommend you track down "1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue" by Francis Grose, which is an often very funny look at English slang - not all of which has passed out of fashion.

I bought my Kindle as a way to encourage me into reading all the classics I've never read - which I haven't really done, but lots of old out-of-copyright stuff is available for free, and I bought lots of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens books for something like 74p each. I've also got a ton of Jeeves books and Bill Bryson books on - I did go a bit mad, to the extent that my credit card got stopped and I had to phone them up to confirm that it really was me having a mad bookbuying splurge.
Jan. 7th, 2014 08:12 am (UTC)
Wow. Such a small thing but makes people to look for so much to make it easier to read...

Now I really don't want,a Kindle... I better do actual library books oh my phone if I read fanfiction.
I can't get used to reading fics on computer screen. It's just too big...

You should try for a cover, yeah. Usually I recommend KinLeaves but those are just 'glueable' onto device and just vinyl skins you can even design yourself. Probably not the cover you'd need... But they are great on all iDevices (except Mac) and Android devices, available for Kindles too (last time I checked)
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