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Thanks to everyone who posted these notes on the Kindle discussion forum. For privacy sake, I am not listing your Kindle IDs. But you know who you are.


Two important blogs: I strongly recommend these two blogs for all Kindle readers, but especially for new Kindle readers. They offer a wealth of information. You can read them online for free but it is much easier to subscribe on your Kindle and read them there. No need to keep checking for updates. They will automatically appear on your Kindle home page.




Where to get books

Guttenberg: 20,000 or so titles - mostly classics or things that no longer have copyrite. Multiple languages. There are links to other sites that boast a total of 100k titles. ***, ****

FreeKindleBooks This is a site that has mostly Gutenberg books in a kindle ready format.

Worldlibrary: 400,000 titles - classics, modern, government, multiple languages, many are free. Requires $8.95 yearly subscription fee, consider it the cost of a library card.*, ***, ****

FictionWise: offers both unencrypted and encrypted .mobi files. Full range of reading and many free books as well. *, **, ****

MobiPocket:  lots of titles, most you can find on amazon.com in the Kindle section for less.

WebScriptions:  This is Baen books and mostly SiFi. None are encrypted, many are free, and can be transferred directly to your Kindle. Choose Kindle compatible for the download. ****

Wowio: uses .pdf format. **, You will need to register and can download up to three books a day, free. Only available to people in the US, due to copyright and licensing restrictions.

FictionPress: 900,000 Mostly original works, as in unknown, normally unpublished authors. Some good, some not, take your chances, you may discover the next JK Rowling. Displays in text. Cut, paste and email to yourself, or save in .txt file and upload.

ManyBooks: 20,000 titles or so. Has a Kindle format. ***, ****

Mnybks: an extension of Manybooks above, but if you access it through the basic WebBrowser in Kindle, you can download directly to your Kindle, the way you would an Amazon book. Choose the Mobipocket format.

FeedBooks: Share books, self published books and a make it yourself newspaper. With a little manipulation of the tools below, you can get your own newspaper, you could probably even directly email it to your Kindle in the morning if you allow that site to send you stuff. You will need to register, but there is no cost. There is now a "Kindle Download Guide" from www.feedbooks.com includes links to many classics, including many in foreign languages.

Ccel: Christian centered works. Available in pdf, word, and text, all readily transferable to your Kindle.

Munseys: About 25,000 books, classic and contemporary. Download in a variety of formats.

* They save as .pdf files that you can email to your Kindle. It sees the .pdf as a file of words, not pictures of words, so it can be resized and adjusted just as any other ebook. Download the book to your PC, and email that file to your Kendle, or username@free.kendle.com and load through the USB cable if you want to save the 10 cent conversion charge. (but they have not started charging yet anyway)

** For the encrypted ones in .mobi, a tool can be used to allow the kindle to see it. This tool does not make a copy of the book, merely adds a flag so that the Kendle can display it (it would be hard to call this a violation of copywrite or use conditions since both formats are amazon's). The tool and directions on how to use it are at: http://igorsk.blogspot.com/2007/12/mobipo cket-books-on-kindle.html

*** Site runs on donations

**** Can be downloaded directly to your Kindle when it is plugged in as an external storeage device, simply specify the Kindle folder when selecting where to put your book.


eTextbooks, other than from Amazon. Most are in PDF format



Some programs to convert eBooks to Kindle format



  1.  Stanza was developed primarily as an e-book reader for the iPhone. It reads most of the common e-book formats (about 24 file formats). There's a "desktop" version for Windows and Mac, which also has the capability to export a book to just about any format, including Kindle (azw). Converts MS Word (doc), Rich Text Format (rtf), HTML, text, and PDF files to Kindle format and move them to a Kindle over the USB cable. How well Stanza does the conversion depends on how well the original file is formatted. Some files get turned into a huge block of text with no line ends; some have "hard" line ends so when they're converted there are breaks in the middle of paragraphs.  
  2. MobpiPocket Creator will convert text, HTML, MS Word and PDF files to MobiPocket (prc) format, which can be read on the Kindle. As with Stanza. conversion success also depends on how well the original file is formatted, but sometimes Creator does a better job than Stanza. If you find a non-encrypted file in another format (Microsoft Reader, etc), you can use Stanza to convert it to a format that Creator can handle and then use Creator to convert it to prc format. Get it at 
  3. Calibre is an e-book manager and conversion program. A lot of people say it's great; Some have said it is a lot more cumbersome to use than Stanza or Creator. But it does have the advantage of being open source and available for Windows, Mac and Linux. 



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