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The Kindle Club

Discussion in 'Book club' started by TheoGriff, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. jonkers

    jonkers New commenter

    Mine has just arrived, can't stop looking at it , it is so beautiful! Have yet to take it out of perfectly formed box to charge. I have a list of books to load before I depart for 1st Christmas off work in over 30 years (long plane journey)
    I hold Theo personally responsible for this fiscal madness, he is such a persuader!
     
  2. I also hold Theo responsible, would never had contemplated a Kindle but I was so intrigued that I had to have a look and that was it.
    Thanks for the tip Bethannie, will have a go at some point, bit manic here at present, kids are more or less off hand but the 'nans' are now the children.[​IMG]
     
  3. Bethannie

    Bethannie New commenter

    Bobby/BillieJoeMacAllister....
    If you download Calibre then you have the opportunity to download free newspapers.
    You can also use Calibre for downloading books. On some sites (Amazon for example) you can simply pick the title you want and send it directly to your Kindle. On other sites there are e-books available but they are not in a Kindle-compatible format. For example, I found a site (authors own personal site) offering a couple of Sci-Fi Slash novels I liked the look of...and they were free. But they were not available directly for the Kindle. So, I downloaded the novels onto Calibre in a different format (E-Pub) . Using Calibre I could then alter the format of the novesl to make them Kindle-friendly and send them to the Kindle.
    Theo will be able to explain this so much better ....I don't do 'tech' speak!
    The main thing is that it is so easy that once I had Calibre even a techno-novice like me was able to work out how to get the novels onto the Kindle...it really is just clicking a few times!
     
  4. paladinStand

    paladinStand New commenter

    Can it read .cbr files?
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    <u>cbr and cbz both need to be converted using the Calibre software - read above for more details.</u>
    <u>Never been interested in this myself,so cannot say how successful the conversion is.</u>
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Free book sites
    Amazon, of course, has several thousand free books. Here are other sites:
    WARNING: you must check the legality of any books you choose to download. It will depend where you are - US and UK copyright laws are different, although I doubt if Virgin Atlantic will seize your Kindle just off NY and tell you that you are out of copyright.
    REMEMBER: get the right format for your Kindle.
    These are sites that I have browsed. I give no guarantees for any of them, although I have e-mailed the chap who runs ManyBooks - he seems a nice fellow, does it for free, as a sort of hobby.
    http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/cgi-bin/gbooks/index.cgi
    http://www.webscription.net//t-kindle.aspxhttp://www.getfreeebooks.com/
    http://www.mobipocket.com/freebooks/Default.aspx

    http://manybooks.net/ http://www.feedbooks.com/

    http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

    http://www.fictionwise.com/

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/Free-eBooks/379001668/?cds2Pid=28843&linkid=1517863 You need a US address to access this. If you know one . . .

    http://worldlibrary.net/give-away.htm

    http://www.webscription.net//

    http://www.wowio.com/index.asp

    http://www.baen.com/library/

    http://www.korben.info/ou-trouver-des-livres-gratuits-pour-le-kindle.html Gives details of books in English too

    http://www.libros-gratis.com/ Gives details of books in English too

    http://www.librosgratis.org/kindle-de-amazon.html Gives details of books in English too

    http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/cgi-bin/category/download-free-mobipocket-ebook-titlesearch
     
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Two free books today on Amazon. Get them now while they are free, and decide later if you want to read them!
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  9. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well, what a horrible mix-up. Sorry about that, folks.
     
  10. cariad2

    cariad2 New commenter

    I've had a bit of time the last few evenings, so I've had chance to play around with the Kindle for the first time since I first got it. I've reread this thread and thanks to Theo's advice (thanks Theo for spending so much time breaking down the instructions so clearly) I've installed Calibre and used it to download a load of free books, and to get a couple of newspapers delivered free every morning.
    The range of magazines and newspapers available via Kindle is very narrow, and nothing there had appealed to me. The number of papers that Calibre offers is unbelievable. I'll still buy my Saturday "real paper" Guardian, because I do like the feel of an actual newspaper, especially at the weekend when you have time to actually read a paper properly. But now I can also get the e-version of the daily paper. I don't have to feel guilty that I'm not paying, because I hardly ever buy the real paper in the week, and they still get my money on Saturdays.
    I've even been reading the Daily Mail - which is something that I wouldn't normally admit to. I hate the politics of the paper, wouldn't want to give them my money, and would be embarrassed to be seen buying it. But - in between the articles that have me shouting at my Kindle - there are some that make an entertaining light read over breakfast.
     
  11. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Another Welsh convert to Kindle! YAY!
     
  12. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  13. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  14. cariad2

    cariad2 New commenter

    None of those titles sound like the sort of thing that I'd normally go for. But I'm a sucker for a freebie - especially a kindle freebie that won't take up any room on my overflowing bookshelves.
     
  15. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    The Bit Literacy one actually looks interesting.
     
  16. My Kindle arrived today - *sigh* it is so lovely! But it's a Christmas present so it's getting tucked away by OH. I am downloading free books now from Amazon, and am trying to download Calibre but my laptop's not having it!
     
  17. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Never mind - not long to go now, and at least it's reached you despite all the bad weather and enormous demand for the Kindle.
    Getting your extra books ready is a good idea too. You can download to your laptop the free books above if you first download the Kindle for PC software, and register it to the Amazon account that you bought your Kindle from.
    Then you can "buy" the freebies and have them sent to your Kindle for PC, ready to move to your kindle at one minute past midnight on Christmas Day.
    Best wishes!
    <font face="Calibri">TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.</font>The TES Careers Advice service
     
  18. I am being really dense but I can't work out what to put where it says Kindle email and send email from in the welcome wizard :-(
     
  19. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yokel - glad to see you've joined us!
    Go to manage Your Kindle - it gives you the email address there. It is also on your Kindle. Go to Home, Menu, Settings. page 2 settings it's there. Mine is theodore.griffiths@kindle.com.
    I just use the USB to download in the mornings.
    Some cheap books today. if you are going to have a Kindle from Santa, you may wish to download these.
    Pre-order this and get it for 99p:
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    All these below are 49p each. Bargains!
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    And this one for just 01p . . . . Might not get it myself.
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    Happy Reading to all Kindlers!
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars, one-to-one career advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.

    I shall be contributing to the Seminars on Saturday 8th January. TheoGriff Job Seminar
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  20. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yokel - the send e-mail from is the actual e-mail address that you use on that computer. Something like: Yokel.Smith@hotmail.com for example.
    Best wishes
     

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