Wikipedia said:The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-book readers now in its fifth generation. Amazon Kindle eReaders enable users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and other digital media via wireless networking. The hardware platform, developed by Amazon.com subsidiary Lab126, began as a single device and now comprises a range of devices most using an E Ink electronic paper display capable of rendering 16 shades of gray to simulate reading on paper while minimizing power consumption.
Stupidly high resolution images
Kindle source code - all versions
Kindle Documentation page
Kindle Software Update Page
Kindle Customer Service page
Kindle Troubleshooting page
Free Reading Apps main page
Amazon's Digital Text Platform page
Amazon's website "dedicated to helping Kindle customers learn more from the books they read."
Amazon's Free Book Collections main page
*Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers display on Kindle when you're not reading.
** Amazon has added the option to subscribe to "Special Offers" for non-SO kindles on the 'manage your device' page.
MobileRead Forums E-Book Uploads
10,000+ postings in Sony Reader, MobiPocket, IMP, and miscellaneous other formats. Many of these are hand checked versions of the highest possible quality. They have been prepared by MobileReader users.
Borrow Kindle Books from Your Local Library (US)
You can check out a Kindle book from your local library and read it on any generation Kindle device or free Kindle reading app.
When you borrow a Kindle public library book, you'll have access to all the unique features of Kindle books, including real page numbers and Whispersync technology that synchronizes your notes, highlights, and last page read. After a public library book expires, if you check it out again or choose to purchase it from the Kindle store, all of your annotations and bookmarks will be preserved.
Kindle books are available at more than 11,000 libraries in the U.S.
Book lending (Thanks UltimaKilo)
Kindle lending is a feature launched by Amazon on December 30, 2010. Any Kindle book that has lending enabled can be loaned by one Kindle user to another for 14 days. At the end of the loan period the title is automatically transferred back to the book owners Kindle. Each Kindle book you own can only be loaned once. For more information on lending, go to the Amazon page on Lending Kindle Books.
Free (as in GPL2) translation dictionaries for the Kindle
Ive had a Kindle for a little while and really like it, but one of the areas it seems to be somewhat lacking in is the availability of translation dictionaries, as such I knocked up a quick script to convert TinyLex dictionaries from the Apertium project into indexed Kindle dictionaries. The most useful of these is probably the German English dictionaries as these are very complete (over 160,000 entries).
Mobileread wiki free books list
This is the link to Amazon's Free Book Collections main pageThis page lists places where you can find free eBooks. It includes links to sites which allow online reading, and sites which provide downloads. Be sure to check E-book stores that also include some free eBooks. (They should not be listed on this page.) See also: EBook Lending Libraries, which allow you to borrow books for a limited time and Google eBook stores that provide access to lots of free eBooks. See Dictionary for available free dictionaries that may work on your reader. See Project Gutenberg for lots of free eBooks.
FreeKindleBooks.orgFree classics and out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books, as well as limited-time free promotional ebooks available for Kindle
Free eBooks by Project GutenbergFree Kindle Books offers 1000s of Free Classic E-books (below) in Kindle-compatible MOBI and PRC formats. Also for Windows PC, Mobile, PocketPC, Smartphone, Palm, Symbian, Nokia, Sony, Erisson, Blackberry, Franklin, Casio, Psion, Clie, Garmin, ...
ManyBooks.net - The best eBooks at the best price: FREE!Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.
Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from our visitors. Perhaps you'll find something interesting in the special collections. There are more than 29,000 eBooks available here and they're all free!
Screensaver hack for firmware up to 3.1. I will update this section when a hack for 3.2.x is released.
Jailbreak Your Kindle for Dead Simple Screensaver Customization
Backup your Kindle library by simply copying the /system/collections.json file and your kindle/documents folder to a safe location before proceeding with the jailbreak. If anything goes wrong just copy the files right back over.
Use your iPhone to tether your Kindle (Thanks UltimaKilo)
Kindle 1 Screen Saver Hack
Kindle Font Hack for all 2.x and 3.x Kindles
Changing the Margin Size - AL Waters for posting this on the Amazon forum - Posted by bloodydrake
Changing the Margin Size
Credit to AL Waters for posting this on the Amazon forum... edited by me for typos.
If like me you think the default margins on the Kindle 3 are much larger than they need to be then there is a simple method to make them smaller.
Step 1: Go to the Home page of the kindle and put it in USB drive mode. (Make sure you're on the homepage not reading a novel)
Step 2: View the files of the K3 and select the organize tab in the top left. Go onto the folder and search options select view and deselect the hide protected operating system files and select show hidden folders. Apply the changes and a system folder should become visible.
Step 3: Open the system folder the com.amazon.ebook.booklet.reader folder and open the reader file with notepad software.
Step 4: In this file you will find the line HORIZONTAL_MARGIN=40. This is the line you need to change. Change the 40 to the amont of pixels you want the margin to be. I've found 10 works well. When you've made the change save the file.
Step 5: Reload your kindle. To make the change go to the settings press the menu again and choose to restart. DO THIS BEFORE YOU OPEN A BOOK TO READ. Once the Kindle restarts open the book you're reading and the margins should be altered.
Kindle 3 Keyboard Shortcuts et al
Latest Version of these tips - In .mobi format with Table of Contents and chapter marks
Download in .azw format converted via Amazon no TOC or chapter marks
- ALT+SHIFT+G or ALT+SHIFT+H (saves a .GIF in the Kindle document directory)
The screen flashes for both ALT+G and ALT+SHIFT+G. As it is easy to do an ALT+G by mistake, ALT+SHIFT+H may be a safer way to do a screenshot.
- Play/Stop: ALT+SPACEBAR
- Next track: ALT+F
- Music files must be MP3s in the Kindles music folder
- Minesweeper: ALT+SHIFT+M from Home screen
MENU for game options
- GoMoku: G from Minesweeper
- "Changing your country of residence works for anything in the Amazon store. If there are Kindle books only available in the U.S. and not in Canada but you live in Canada and want the book, change your address to a U.S. one, buy the book, then change it back. Vice versa too. Sometimes a book will be a lower price in the Canadian (or US) store and I'll pick the lower price one by changing my address. I have no idea why they let you get away with this, but I'm not complaining." -Manics (Thanks Manics)
catfish said:If you do this a lot, they turn on checking, to see if your ip matches country and you get stuck with a 'contact amazon to continue' message
kindlefeeder.com 2.0 (Thanks hEist)
Kindlefeeder is a service for Amazon Kindle owners that lets you aggregate your favorite feeds and have them delivered to your Kindle in a convenient, easy-to-navigate format. Kindlefeeder also lets you save individual webpages and have them delivered to your Kindle along with your feeds.
Instapaper (Thanks hEist)
What does Instapaper do?
Instapaper facilitates easy reading of long text content.
We discover web content throughout the day, and sometimes, we dont have time to read long articles right when we find them.
Instapaper allows you to easily save them for later, when you do have time, so you dont just forget about them or skim through them.
Send to Kindle for Chrome
Send to Kindle for Firefox, Opera, Safari, and IE9
Send to Kindle is a Browser extension for Kindle owners who prefer reading web content on their devices. Its designed to offer a quick way for pushing web content to Kindle, so you can read articles or news later on your device.
Create your own Kindle-formatted articles from Wikipedia by inserting the URL from the page you want to format from Wikipedia and press the button. A link to the formatted article will appear; just click on it to download to your computer. Then drag the file into the documents folder on your Kindle using the USB cord.
KindleMap.net is designed primarily for use with Kindles. However it can be used with PCs, Macs, the Apple iPhone, and other smart phones.
Information displayed on this website is based on content provided by Google, the U.S. Geological Survey and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Sigil - A WYSIWYG ebook editor. (Thanks Manics)
Sigil is a free and open source editor for the EPUB format. It is designed for easy, WYSIWYG editing of EPUB files and for converting other formats to EPUB. It also provides features for advanced users, like direct XHTML, CSS and XPGT editing.
Mangle is cross-platform, open-source software that lets you rotate and down-sample images, automatically generate book data to keep manga pages in order, and sort and organize images with a bulk rename feature. With Mangle, users can change their viewing settings to meet their preferences, fitting width or height and zooming in/out as needed.
Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:
Syncing to e-book reader devices
Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
Comprehensive e-book viewer
Content server for online access to your book collection
- Converting Text Files For Kindle 3 Using Calibre (thanks bloodydrake)
- Calibre Plugins: The simplest option for removing DRM (thanks bloodydrake)
Adobe pdf2txt and pdf2htm online converter
Adobe PDF Conversion by Email Attachment
If the Adobe PDF file is on local media, such as a hard drive, CD-ROM, or internal server, it can be submitted as a MIME attachment to an e-mail message. All converted Adobe PDF documents will be sent back to the sender as MIME attachments. For plain text, mail the attached PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. For HTML, mail the attached PDF to email@example.com
Mobipocket eBook Creator
Mobipocket Creator is a desktop program to generate ebooks into the MobiPocket *.prc format out of text, html, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF and graphics gallery formats.
To summarize, this is what eCub does:
* Creates unencrypted EPUB files from text or XHTML files;
* Creates MobiPocket files if you have the mobigen application;
* allows editing of the text or XHTML files with a simple internal editor or designated external editors;
* helps you create a simple cover design image;
* optionally creates title, content and cover pages;
* can be run from the command line as part of a build script;
* can be used in portable mode (data and settings are stored locally);
* can convert your book content to audio files (WAV or MP3).
eCub does not do WYSIWYG or syntax-highlighted editing, and it currently only produces unencrypted EPUB and MobiPocket output. It's likely to be useful for simple projects, such as novels, where using an expensive tool such as Adobe's InDesign is overkill.
We're providing eCub free of charge, on Windows, Linux, Mac, FreeBSD and Solaris, for personal and commercial use. However, eCub is not an open source application.
Amazon.com said:Blackjack - one of the most popular casino card games of all time is now available on Kindle.
The Kindle version features all of the most common aspects of the game including splits, double down, surrender and insurance, as well as multiple options for customization that allow you to play the style of Blackjack that you want to play. For example, you can configure the game to match specific structures like 'Dealer must hit soft 17' - a common rule variation in many Las Vegas casinos.
Amazon.com said:If you like word scrambles then Every Word is the game for you. Test your vocabulary as you try to find as many words from the scrambled letters in this fun and fast-paced word game.
Amazon.com said:Can you keep up with Shuffled Row? See how many words you can make from 60 lettered tiles.
The tiles are added to your row one at a time so you'll constantly be working with a new set of letters. After you submit a word, the letters you used will be removed and new ones will be added. Increase your score by using less common letters. Create longer words and increase your score even more.
Amazon.com said:Play Vegas-style video poker on Kindle anytime, anywhere.
Video Poker accurately simulates the Vegas-style video poker machine known as Jacks or Better. After making a bet, you will be dealt five cards. You select which of these five cards to hold, and redraw the rest to try to make the best poker hand possible. A hand with a pair of Jacks or better wins
Amazon.com said:Number Slide brings the classic sliding number puzzle to Kindle.
In Number Slide, you are presented with a set of numbered tiles on a grid. One tile is removed and the remaining tiles are scrambled. The objective is to get all the tiles into proper numeric order by moving the tiles into the one open space and sliding them around until they are back where they belong.
Dots and Boxes
Amazon.com said:The classic game of Dots and Boxes comes to Kindle!
In Dots and Boxes, you are presented with a set of dots in a 5x5 grid. One by one, each player must fill in a horizontal or vertical line between two dots. The player that completes a box by filling in the fourth side captures that box. Completing a box allows a player to immediately make another move. When all 16 boxes are claimed, the player with the most boxes wins.
Amazon launches Kindle Touch and Touch 3G: starts at $99, ships November 21st
Amazon reveals $79 Kindle, ships today! (Today being Sept. 28th)
Kindle Paperwhite reviews (thanks to Jayayess1190 and Wario64):
- The Verge
- Huffington Post
- Laptop Mag
- USA Today
- Yahoo Finance
Sony Reader website
B&N Nook homepage
GAF Nook color thread
New Ipad Homepage
GAF 'The New Ipad' |OT|
What are you reading? (March 2012)
GAF Book Club (June 2011) - "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin
Best eInk e-reader right now?
Amazon to release Wifi only version of Kindle eReader for $139
Direct link to Maklersheds post #1 with various book/reading related links
Goodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world. A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more.