Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kindle Skills - Love of Reading and Sharing

You have probably noticed since you first plugged in your Kindle you are reading much more than before. It is such a handy device, and easy to keep close at all times.

It also makes it very easy to read more than one book at a time. Go back and forth easily from one book to another, knowing your Kindle will always remember your place in every book. Your books are always right there, listed on your Kindle Home screen. You really can have your entire library in your hands.

If you have a spouse, it is really easy to share a Kindle. Set up Collections with each of your names to help organize your books, and pass it back and forth easily. If you notice a little trouble in paradise and find yourselves wanting the Kindle at the same time, you might want to consider an extra Kindle and share the same account.

Free on Amazon Today

Note: If you are reading this on your Kindle and want to get a book from the Kindle store now, type the title with your Kindle, then toggle your 5-way switch to the right until the word store is highlighted. Press in on it to search. When the title comes up, use the 5-way toggle switch to move around the book info area to read more about the book. Make sure it is still free (or an acceptable price) before finally pressing in on the 5-way switch to "buy" it. You can always press the back button (before you press buy) if you change your mind.

And remember... what is FREE today may not be FREE tomorrow, so get it while you can!

Dots and Boxes (A Free Game for Kindle)
By: Amazon Digital Services
Available for free in: United States
A Sarah Dessen e-book Sampler
By: Sarah Dessen (Speak)
Available for free in: United States
Kindle Skills - From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard If you have a Kindle you will love this book! Get a sample and see.

Ask Mrs. Wizard: Please send me a personal email (mrswizard@mrswizard.com) if you have any questions. I answer all my emails and am more than happy to help any time I can. Your questions mean a lot to me, and may even inspire an article that will help others and make this a more valuable resource to anyone who reads it. 

If you are reading this on your computer and would like to have this blog delivered to your Kindle wirelessly every day, click the link below. New subscribers will get the first two weeks free! If you know of a fellow Kindle owner, please share a good word and let them know about From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard - A Kindle Blog

Friday, April 29, 2011

Kindle Skills - Backing Up Your Books


Backing up the contents of the Documents folder on your Kindle is as easy as dragging the folder to the Desktop on your main computer. Since you are dragging from an external drive, which is what your computer thinks your Kindle is when you connect it via USB, to your main computer, it will automatically copy, rather than move the folder. You can't go wrong, or accidentally delete the folder on your Kindle. Whether it is a Mac or PC, any time you drag something, a file or folder, from one drive to another, Copy is the default action. 

Once you have your folder safely copied on your main computer, you can safely remove the Kindle connected. Then you can move that folder to a more permanent home for archiving. This could be a blank recordable CD, or a USB drive, or you may want to rename the folder (Kindle Documents?) and put it into the Documents folder on your PC or Mac. 

Any time you need to restore what is on your Kindle, you can copy the contents of this folder back to the Documents folder on your Kindle.

Note: You really don't need to worry about any books you have purchased on Amazon. This includes all the free books I have been telling you about all these months. A purchase is a purchase, even when it is free. Everything you purchased from the Amazon Kindle store is stored in "the cloud" on Amazon's servers and can be retrieved any time by visiting your Archives.

Now personal files and ebooks you acquired from other sources (like manybooks.net) are another matter. You should have a special folder on your computer for the initial storage of these, and copy only the books you want to read on your Kindle (as you need them) to your Kindle documents folder. 

If it makes you feel better to copy the entire contents of the Documents folder on your Kindle for backup purposes, go for it. Good backup habits are few and far between. I'm proud of you!

Kindle Skills - From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard If you have a Kindle you will love this book! Get a sample and see.

Ask Mrs. Wizard: Please send me a personal email (mrswizard@mrswizard.com) if you have any questions. I answer all my emails and am more than happy to help any time I can. Your questions mean a lot to me, and may even inspire an article that will help others and make this a more valuable resource to anyone who reads it. 

If you are reading this on your computer and would like to have this blog delivered to your Kindle wirelessly every day, click the link below. New subscribers will get the first two weeks free! If you know of a fellow Kindle owner, please share a good word and let them know about From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard - A Kindle Blog

Free on Amazon Today

Note: If you are reading this on your Kindle and want to get a book from the Kindle store now, type the title with your Kindle, then toggle your 5-way switch to the right until the word store is highlighted. Press in on it to search. When the title comes up, use the 5-way toggle switch to move around the book info area to read more about the book. Make sure it is still free (or an acceptable price) before finally pressing in on the 5-way switch to "buy" it. You can always press the back button (before you press buy) if you change your mind.

And remember... what is FREE today may not be FREE tomorrow, so get it while you can!


Baby, I'm Yours
By: Step hanie Bond (Mira)
Available for free in: United States, Africa*, Asia & Pacific, Canada, India, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Middle East*

Mormonism Mama And Me
By: Thelma Geer (Moody Publishers)
Available for free in: Europe, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Asia & Pacific, United States, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Middle East*, India

Team Secrets Of The Navy Seals
By: Anonymous (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
Available for free in: India, Asia & Pacific, Australia, Africa*, United States, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Middle East*
Royal Wisdom
By: Kate Petrella (Adams Media)
Available for free in: India, Asia & Pacific, Africa*, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Middle East*


The Shepherd
By: Ethan C ross ( The Fiction Studio)
Available for free in: United Kingdom, Africa*, Asia & Pacific, Australia, Canada, India, Middle East*, United States


Kindle Skills - From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard If you have a Kindle you will love this book! Get a sample and see.

Ask Mrs. Wizard: Please send me a personal email (mrswizard@mrswizard.com) if you have any questions. I answer all my emails and am more than happy to help any time I can. Your questions mean a lot to me, and may even inspire an article that will help others and make this a more valuable resource to anyone who reads it. 

If you are reading this on your computer and would like to have this blog delivered to your Kindle wirelessly every day, click the link below. New subscribers will get the first two weeks free! If you know of a fellow Kindle owner, please share a good word and let them know about From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard - A Kindle Blog

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Free on Amazon Today

Note: If you are reading this on your Kindle and want to get a book from the Kindle store now, type the title with your Kindle, then toggle your 5-way switch to the right until the word store is highlighted. Press in on it to search. When the title comes up, use the 5-way toggle switch to move around the book info area to read more about the book. Make sure it is still free (or an acceptable price) before finally pressing in on the 5-way switch to "buy" it. You can always press the back button (before you press buy) if you change your mind.

And remember... what is FREE today may not be FREE tomorrow, so get it while you can!


Blindsided
By: Tolman Fa rrah Geffs (Greenleaf Book Group LLC)
Available for free in: United States, Australia, Canada, Africa*, Asia & Pacific, India, Middle East*


The Wicked House of Rohan
By : Anne Stuart (Mira)
Available for free in: United States, Africa*, Asia & Pacific, Canada, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Middle East*

And here are the top 5 listings for FREE... 2 are games even.

Number Slide
1. 
Number Slide
Kindle Edition
Free
The Strange
2. 
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
Kindle Edition
Free
Do the
3. 
Do the Work
Kindle Edition
Free
Almost Perfect
4. 
Almost Perfect (Perfect Trilogy)
Kindle Edition
Free
Shuffled Row
5. 
Shuffled Row
Kindle Edition
Free

Kindle Skills - From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard If you have a Kindle you will love this book! Get a sample and see.

Ask Mrs. Wizard: Please send me a personal email (mrswizard@mrswizard.com) if you have any questions. I answer all my emails and am more than happy to help any time I can. Your questions mean a lot to me, and may even inspire an article that will help others and make this a more valuable resource to anyone who reads it. 

If you are reading this on your computer and would like to have this blog delivered to your Kindle wirelessly every day, click the link below. New subscribers will get the first two weeks free! If you know of a fellow Kindle owner, please share a good word and let them know about From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard - A Kindle Blog

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Kindle Skills - Numbers Update

Special THANKS to Roger for this information:
  You needn't press Alt and an upper-row key concurrently to create a number. (It would be awkward to press the left-hand end of that row if one is using two-thumb typing and grasping the Kindle with both hands.)

   Instead, one can press them consecutively--first the Alt key, then the upper-row key. One can also do this with the Shift key to create capital letters. These vital tips were documented in a couple of places in the first edition of the Kindle User Guide, and in one location in the second edition. In eight other locations where this might be mentioned, only the concurrent method is offered.

   I wrote to Kindle-Feedback@Amazon.com about this recently and they said they'd fix the Guide ASAP. It's too bad they (or someone down the line) ignored my first e-mail on the matter, six months earlier.
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The recent message to Amazon:

--- Recent message: ----
The Kindle’s “Persistent” Shift & Alt Keys Are Inadequately Documented
   One of the Kindle’s cleverest touches is its use of “persistence” in its Alt & Shift keys. I.e., the user need not push those keys concurrently with the key being Alt-ed or Shift-ed, but can do so in advance—which is a great help when employing the two-thumb typing that the Kindle User Guide recommends.
   However, many current users are unaware of this feature. When I pointed it out a week ago on the Mobileread forum, one poster 
(“snipenekkid”) responded as follows:

“really?  I mean REALLY...that is totally cool!!  hahahaha...I have  laugh at myself on this one because you'da thunk after owning every  Kindle but the original DX and K3 I would have stumbled across that  neat feature.  Sigh, old age...I got my first stuff from AARP the  other day so I guess it's a sign.  :p

   “Thanks a TON for that though!

   “Really I can't thank Roger enough for the tip.  What a huge  difference that makes for using the keyboard.  I really had given up  any idea of using it.”

   The reason for this ignorance is that Amazon has hidden its light  under a bushel. The recent, second edition of the Kindle User Guide  contains only one mention of key persistence, at location 412. It  contains eight recommendations to "press and hold," at 355, 358, 935,  945, 1098, 1102, 1721, 1766.
   What’s worse is that the first edition had two mentions of the  feature (at locations 349 (Shift) and 403) and seven recommendations  to only "press and hold." (At locations 350 (Alt) 925, 934, 1079,  1084, 1692, and 1738.) So the Kindle’s documentation has been moving  in the wrong direction: toward greater concealment the feature. At  this rate, the third edition won’t mention it at all.
   What’s still worse is that Amazon ignored my complaint about the  first edition’s inadequate treatment. My e-mail provided all the  locations that needed correction. (Reference #: cust.service03
+ANN0P312MLYFJ@amazon.com, Date: Oct. 11, 2010, Subject: "Usage  errors and infelicities in the K3 User Guide")
   I suspect the tech writers in charge of the User Guide think “We Know  Best.” (Or maybe they don’t bother to read critical input.) That  attitude is only tolerable when it comes from people who actually do.

Roger Knights
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Really Roger... thanks again!  When I think of how hard it is to hold both those keys down at the same time... almost impossible without using two fingers... and how amazingly nice it is to just press one, then the other key. Refreshing!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kindle Skills - Numbers

The Kindle 3 keyboard looks like it is a bit smaller than the previous model. You may notice the top row of numbers is missing. It really isn't missing. The top row of letters is actually doing double duty for the older number row. To see them in action, make sure you are on the Home screen and, while holding down the Alt key, press each letter on the top row. You will see Alt+Q is the number 1, Alt+W is the number 2, etc.
top row does double duty with numbers

If you aren't comfortable with that, you can press the Sym key any time and select the numbers from the popup box along with symbols.

Remember...There is always more than one way to do something.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Kindle Skills - Samples

Samples are a great way to see if you really want to invest your hard earned $$'s in a new book. A sample is just that, a sample, and you can get samples of any book you see the send sample now button. I want to say samples are available for all the Kindle books, but I can't for certain. I can say I haven't seen one yet that didn't have the send sample now button as an option.

If you have multiple Kindle devices (Kindles or iPhone, iPad, Android, etc) there will be a Deliver to area with arrows to the right of the box so you can choose exactly where to send your sample. You will also see a link to a help section explaining How sampling works and another link letting you know you can get the sample on your PC or Mac too, depending on which you accessed the Amazon site with at the time.

Isn't it amazing how they know which computer you are using at any given time? Well, I am very comfortable knowing my information is safe with Amazon. I've been shopping with them for years with no problems at all... And they didn't pay me to say that.

If you do decide to try a sample or two (or three or four), remember you are never under any obligation to purchase the book. When you are finished with the sample, if you have purchased the book or not, delete it by right clicking on it (using the 5 way right button) from the Home screen. Then choose Delete, confirm that is what you really want to do, and be done with it.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Kindle Skills - Table of Contents

Some of your better formatted Kindle books have a nice Table of Contents you can go to and navigate from.

To see the Table of Contents in any book that has one, press the Menu button at any place in the book. Move the 5-way selector down until the words Go To are underlined (selected), press in on the middle button (or the 5 way toggle switch on the Kindle 2 or DX) to see the Go To options. If they are available, you will be able to go to the Cover, the Beginning of the book, the Table of Contents, or a Location number. Move the 5-way down and to the right or left until the words Table of Contents are selected. Press in on the center button to make it happen.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Free on Amazon Today

Note: If you are reading this on your Kindle and want to get a book from the Kindle store now, type the title with your Kindle, then toggle your 5-way switch to the right until the word store is highlighted. Press in on it to search. When the title comes up, use the 5-way toggle switch to move around the book info area to read more about the book. Make sure it is still free (or an acceptable price) before finally pressing in on the 5-way switch to "buy" it. You can always press the back button (before you press buy) if you change your mind.

And remember... what is FREE today may not be FREE tomorrow, so get it while you can!

Love a la Carte
By: Jeff rey Stepakoff (Thomas Dunne Books)
Available for free in: United States

Cooking with Yashim: Turkish Recipes and a Preview of An Evil Eye
By: Jason Goodwin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Available for free in: United States



The Network Imperative: Community or Contagion?By: Yoram (Jerry) Wind (Wharton School Publishing)
Available for free in: United States, Africa*, Australia, Canada, India, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Middle East*, Asia & Pacific

Let's Go Europe 2011: The Student Travel Guide
By: Inc., Harvard Student Agencies (Let's Go)
Available for free in: Australia, Canada, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Middle East* , United States, Africa*, Asia & Pacific

Becoming a Talent Champion: Refocusing Executives on the Five Talent Activities That Matter
By: Corporate Executive Board (Corporate Executive Board)
Available for free in: Australia, Canada, India, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Middle East*, United States, Africa*, Asia & Pacific, Europe

Generation Rising
By: Andrew C. Thompson (Abingdon Press)
Available for free in: Australia, Canada, India, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Middle East*, United States, Africa*, Asia & Pacific, Europe

RX from the Garden
By: Kathleen Barnes (Adams Media)
Available for free in: United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Middle East*, United States, Africa*, Asia & Pacific
Kindle Skills - From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard If you have a Kindle you will love this book! Get a sample and see.

Ask Mrs. Wizard: Please send me a personal email (mrswizard@mrswizard.com) if you have any questions. I answer all my emails and am more than happy to help any time I can. Your questions mean a lot to me, and may even inspire an article that will help others and make this a more valuable resource to anyone who reads it. 

If you are reading this on your computer and would like to have this blog delivered to your Kindle wirelessly every day, click the link below. New subscribers will get the first two weeks free! If you know of a fellow Kindle owner, please share a good word and let them know about From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard - A Kindle Blog

Friday, April 22, 2011

Kindle With Audio and Video?

While poking around on Google, I noticed a mention of Kindle books with Audio and Video. I couldn't resist doing a quick search on Amazon in the Kindle store and was amazed to find quite a few (mostly for children) at first glance. It is certainly something I am going to dig into a bit more.

While our regular Kindles are not equipped for video, they certainly are for audio files (Audible.com audio books come to mind). And if you have an iPhone or iPad, one of these audio/video books would be fine I would think. I ordered a sample of Yoga in Bed, Kindle Edition with Audio/Video (sounded good to me!) and had it sent to my iPad. Sweet... very sweet!

Special Note: These books are only available for iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch devices equipped with WiFi.

Kind of makes you wonder about the next generation Kindle, doesn't it? I'm telling you, the IPad is making Amazon sit up and take notice!


Kindle Skills - From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard If you have a Kindle you will love this book! Get a sample and see.

Ask Mrs. Wizard: Please send me a personal email (mrswizard@mrswizard.com) if you have any questions. I answer all my emails and am more than happy to help any time I can. Your questions mean a lot to me, and may even inspire an article that will help others and make this a more valuable resource to anyone who reads it. 

If you are reading this on your computer and would like to have this blog delivered to your Kindle wirelessly every day, click the link below. New subscribers will get the first two weeks free! If you know of a fellow Kindle owner, please share a good word and let them know about From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard - A Kindle Blog

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kindle Skills - Let It Sleep

There is no need to turn your Kindle off when you aren't using it. When you think about it, you really have to work to truly turn it off. You have to slide the switch on the bottom of the Kindle (or top if your Kindle is the previous model), and hold it for several seconds. Then you will see the screen go blank and it will be fully off. When you do this your battery has to work harder (and will drain quicker) when you turn it back on. There is also a longer wait while your Kindle "boots up."

To keep it nice and frisky, put it to sleep instead. This will happen automatically after about 10 minutes or so of inactivity, but you can do it manually by briefly sliding the switch and releasing it.

Because of the e-ink technology, the battery isn't in use unless you are turning pages, so the sleep mode seems to be the best choice unless you know you won't be using your Kindle for an extended period of time, like a week or so.

Kindle Skills - From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard If you have a Kindle you will love this book! Get a sample and see.

Ask Mrs. Wizard: Please send me a personal email (mrswizard@mrswizard.com) if you have any questions. I answer all my emails and am more than happy to help any time I can. Your questions mean a lot to me, and may even inspire an article that will help others and make this a more valuable resource to anyone who reads it. 

If you are reading this on your computer and would like to have this blog delivered to your Kindle wirelessly every day, click the link below. New subscribers will get the first two weeks free! If you know of a fellow Kindle owner, please share a good word and let them know about From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard - A Kindle Blog

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kindle Skills - Charging the Kindle

Charging with the wall plug will give you a faster charge than charging it while connected to a computer via USB. I have no idea why.

The only time I connect the Kindle to a computer via USB is when I am transferring books to it.

The USB cable is interchangeable for Kindle 2 and 3 and the DX. The first Kindle has a different connection (slightly larger) on the cord end that connects to the Kindle. I have found it to be the same as several of my camera USB connectors, so they can do double duty in a pinch. Don't hesitate to go through your private stash of extra cables (I know you have one). You never know.

Kindle Skills - From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard If you have a Kindle you will love this book! Get a sample and see.

Ask Mrs. Wizard: Please send me a personal email (mrswizard@mrswizard.com) if you have any questions. I answer all my emails and am more than happy to help any time I can. Your questions mean a lot to me, and may even inspire an article that will help others and make this a more valuable resource to anyone who reads it. 

If you are reading this on your computer and would like to have this blog delivered to your Kindle wirelessly every day, click the link below. New subscribers will get the first two weeks free! If you know of a fellow Kindle owner, please share a good word and let them know about From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard - A Kindle Blog

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Free on Amazon Today

Note: If you are reading this on your Kindle and want to get a book from the Kindle store now, type the title with your Kindle, then toggle your 5-way switch to the right until the word store is highlighted. Press in on it to search. When the title comes up, use the 5-way toggle switch to move around the book info area to read more about the book. Make sure it is still free (or an acceptable price) before finally pressing in on the 5-way switch to "buy" it. You can always press the back button (before you press buy) if you change your mind.

And remember... what is FREE today may not be FREE tomorrow, so get it while you can!



Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People who are P oking the Box and Making a Difference
By: Seth; Godin (Amazon)
Available for free in: Africa*, United Kingdom, United States, Asia & Pacific, Australia, Canada, India, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Middle East*
Updated: 04/19/2011 02:01am
Kiss Me, Stranger (First Three Chapters Free for Kindle)
By: Ron Tanner (Ig Publishing)
Available for free in: United States, Canada
Updated: 04/19/2011 02:01am
The Heart of Memory: A Novel
By: Alison Strobel (Zondervan)
Available for free in: United States

Be a Dividend Millionaire: A Proven, Low-Risk Approach Th at Will Generate Income for the Long Term
By: Paul Rubillo (FT Press)
Available for free in: United States, Asia & Pacific, Australia, Canada, India, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Middle East*, United Kingdom





Allies and Enemies: How the World Depends on Bacteria
By: Anne Maczulak (FT Press)
Available for free in: United Kingdom, Africa*, Asia & Pacific, Australia, Canada, India, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Middle East*, United States

Heir To The Everlasting
By: Janice Daugharty (Bell Bridge Books)
Available for free in: Canada, United States

Essential Lessons on Leadership (Collection)
By: Doug Lennick (FT Press)
Available for free in: United Kingdom, Africa*, Asia & Pacific, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Canada, United States

The Duchess's Tattoo: Thoughts on THE AMERICAN HEIRESS
By: Daisy Goodwin (St. Martin's Press)
Available for free in: United States

Leading at a Higher Level, Revised and Expanded Edition: Blanchard on Leadership and Creating High Performing Organizations
By: Ken Blanchard (FT Press)
Available for free in: United Kingdom, Asia & Pacific, Australia, Middle East*, United States, Africa*, Canada, India

The Message NT w/ Ps and Proverbs Burg Leather
By: Eugene H. Peterson (NavPress)
Available for free in: United States, Asia & Pacific, Australia, Canada, Africa*, India, Latin Am. & Caribbean*, Middle East*

Beyond The Bougainvillea
By: Dolores L. Durando (Bell Bridge Books)
Available for free in: United Kingdom, United States, Asia & Pacific, Australia, Canada, Africa*, India, Middle East*

Deadworld
By: J.N. Duncan (Kensington Books)
Available for free in: United Kingdom, United States, Africa*, Asia & Pacific, Australia, Canada, India, Middle East*

Kindle Skills - From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard - Your Kindle will love you for it!

Ask Mrs. Wizard: Please send me a personal email (mrswizard@mrswizard.com) if you have any questions. I answer all my emails and am more than happy to help any time I can. Your questions mean a lot to me, and may even inspire an article that will help others and make this a more valuable resource to anyone who reads it. 

If you are reading this on your computer and would like to have this blog delivered to your Kindle wirelessly every day, click the link below. New subscribers will get the first two weeks free! If you know of a fellow Kindle owner, please share a good word and let them know about From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard - A Kindle Blog

Monday, April 18, 2011

Helper Software - Calibre Content Server

If you have an iPhone, iTouch or iPad, you certainly need to make sure you install the Kindle software on it. There is nothing like having an extra Kindle around and handy, and if you have the Kindle app on your iPhone, it is really handy.

If you have an extra Kindle or not, you still need to install Calibre, another great open source offering (free). It will transfer files to your regular Kindle without you having to worry about where or what folder. It just works, and it knows when your Kindle is hooked to your computer. I am really learning to apreciate software like this. It's about time programmers began thinking about us normal people.

Another nice trick I discovered Calibre can do is send files wirelessly to other devices, like ... oh... your iPhone? Oh yes! It is an amazing trick, and you almost have to see it to believe it. And you won't have to waste any brain cells during the process. It just works.

Content Server is what allows your iPhone to download ebook files from your Mac or PC over the air... it is so neat. Turning it on is as easy as clicking the Connect/share button and choosing (with a single click) Start Content Server. I have tested this on my PC and Mac and once turned on, each machine became a server with all the books I had organized with Calibre listed. I was able to use e-reader apps on my iPhone and iPad and easily browse each computer and choose just the books I wanted to download to the little device. And I am the queen of loving stuff that just works!

When turned on, it makes your computer available to the device over your wireless Internet connection. Actually, it makes what you have stored with Calibre available. The rest of your computer is quite secure. You can use Tomes or Stanza (ereader apps for non Kindle ebooks), and others to download available books. You open the ereader software on your device, then look in the add books area. You will probably see your computer and Calibre listed as a book source. Follow your instincts and before you know it, you will have new goodies to read. Probably the most difficult thing you will have to do is figure out which app you want to use for reading on your device. Stanza and Tomes are both free, and very good. Don't be afraid to have several on your device. It won't hurt a thing, and some are better than others for different reasons. You will eventually settle on the one or two you like the best. That's half the fun!

Open Calibre
Click Connect Share button in menu button area at top fo main window.
Choose Start Content Server.
Then go to your device and download your books.


So disgustingly fun!

Ask Mrs. Wizard: Please send me a personal email (mrswizard@mrswizard.com) if you have any questions. I answer all my emails and am more than happy to help any time I can. Your questions mean a lot to me, and may even inspire an article that will help others and make this a more valuable resource to anyone who reads it. 

If you are reading this on your computer and would like to have this blog delivered to your Kindle wirelessly every day, click the link below. New subscribers will get the first two weeks free! If you know of a fellow Kindle owner, please share a good word and let them know about From the Desk of Mrs. Wizard - A Kindle Blog

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Kindle Not Required - iPhone/iTouch/iPad

Another free sample chapter from the book... This was meant for this blog but fit real nicely into the book.

iPhone/iTouch/iPad
Oh my! The FREE Kindle software for the iPhone, iTouch and iPad makes having any of them an even more fun experience.

Add an extra Kindle to your collection by simply visiting the Apple app store (you know how if you have one of these) and picking up the Kindle app. The first time you use it, you will be prompted for your Amazon.com account email and password, and you will be good to go. Your little device will become an extra Kindle. It's nice to see something do double duty in such a useful way.

I know the iPhone is little, much smaller than the Kindle, but give the Kindle app a try. You will be surprised how easy it is to read a book in the palm of your hand. If you don't have a Kindle yet (or know someone in that situation), and want to get a taste of ebooks, the Kindle software for your device will give you access to all the same books available to people with Kindles.

For one thing, you will have color, something Amazon needs to figure out how to accomplish, while keeping the easy on the eyes e-ink. I have faith they will come up with something sooner rather than later.
The text size really is easy to read on the iTouch and iPhone. A flick of your finger is all you need to go from page to page. Like the Kindle, the software on these devices will also remember your place if you need to do something else and come back to your book later. Since these devices are back lit, and not e-ink, you will find yourself being able to read quite nicely in darker rooms or areas, like maybe a car at night without having to add an external light.

The iPad is going to be an amazing challenge to Amazon's Kindle. With its color display, magazines and pdf files are easier to read, a joy in fact. And books with the Kindle software are amazing too. You won't be reading much from your iPad in direct sunlight, but I don't know if that is much of an issue for most folks. It is an amazing little machine, in more ways than one. If you already have one for reasons other than reading, add the Kindle software and watch it really earn its keep.