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Old 01-31-2011, 09:09 PM   #1
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Getting a Kindle

I don't own any e-reader currently. But I did the social living Amazon card deal, and will be getting an amazon gift card on Valentine's Day as well. I believe that with the two and a little of my own money I will be able to get the K3 3g/wifi.

Since I don't own an e-reader I may ask some stupid questions or be under some mistaken information I've gathered while trying to read about devices/issues/ebook management etc.

I have bought several of the free books from Amazon to use with my Android phone which has the Kindle app. From reading some of the threads here I believe that by using whisper sync and possibly the usb on my computer accessing the purchases from my amazon account I'll be able to transfer all those books (about 25) over to the Kindle without any issue, right?

Also I had a question about downloads from Project Gutenberg... I've seen on several books I would like to get that they have file downloads for kindle. Do I have to do anything special to load those up, and synch them in with my Android Kindle app as well?

I just want to make sure that I know what I'm doing as much as possible before I get the Kindle. I'm really excited about it and would love to hit the ground running.

Thanks for any help on this that anybody could provide as well as any other useful tips that folks have.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:12 PM   #2
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To download Project G books either go to their website using your computer browser, then transfes files to your Android, or download then through Kindle and then take them from the Kindle to your Android device.

Amazon back up on their server only the books you purchased through them.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:06 PM   #3
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When you get your Kindle, you will see something called "archives" on it. To download books you've already got (free or paid for) from Amazon just click in there and select a book to download - it will tell you to switch on the wifi/3G to do so. You can only download one at a time but it us surprisingly quick and you don't need to wait for one to download before clicking on another.

Project G just visit the www on your kindle web browser - search for the mobile version of it on google - and you can browse and download away right from there. Very easy to use.

It is very exciting - congrats
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:09 PM   #4
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Check out the free books available here. I know that the folks who are proofing them take it very seriously and do a great job with them.

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Old 02-01-2011, 12:42 AM   #5
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Thanks for all your help. I will definitely check out the books available here. I'm pretty excited about the prospect.

This website is exciting to me because I know that I'll be able to get more from my e-reader because of all the experience of people who've had more experience with it.

Even before I've bought my Kindle I feel like I've learned a lot from reading the threads on the forums.
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:54 AM   #6
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In addition to transferring via USB from your computer to your K3, you can also do the whisper thing and email your ebooks to your K3 via your @kindle.com (wifi) or @freekindle.com (3g) accounts. Just be aware of a 25 MB file size limit (if you use GMail) when using this method to transfer ebooks. I've only run into one book thus far where this was a problem. Any books not purchased from Amazon already in your computer library should be able to be transferred this way.

Check into a software program called calibre to help you manage your ebooks. I believe there's a forum here at MR for it too. I email my ebooks to my K3 via calibre.
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:34 AM   #9
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In addition to transferring via USB from your computer to your K3, you can also do the whisper thing and email your ebooks to your K3 via your @kindle.com (wifi) or @freekindle.com (3g) accounts. Just be aware of a 25 MB file size limit (if you use GMail) when using this method to transfer ebooks. I've only run into one book thus far where this was a problem. Any books not purchased from Amazon already in your computer library should be able to be transferred this way.

Check into a software program called calibre to help you manage your ebooks. I believe there's a forum here at MR for it too. I email my ebooks to my K3 via calibre.
Cool. I've read about Calibre a little bit on these boards and will definitely get it. Thanks for the tip about emailing too. I'm so pumped about getting this thing.
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:54 PM   #10
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Well my Kindle arrived this evening. A day early. I may not get any sleep tonight, but I'm going to play around with it. I've done some homework and will be getting some of the ebooks here in addition to the ones I already got free of charge, and the ones I bought on Amazon. I hope I do it correctly. I'm so excited. My work may suffer tomorrow, but it definitely seems worth it?

Separate question: Do you any of you find you read more because of the ease of using your e-reader? I've always loved to read, but especially lately I haven't had as much time as I would like. I'm just hoping that maybe with the Kindle I will somehow 'find' more time.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:05 AM   #11
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Separate question: Do you any of you find you read more because of the ease of using your e-reader? I've always loved to read, but especially lately I haven't had as much time as I would like. I'm just hoping that maybe with the Kindle I will somehow 'find' more time.
Yes. Very VERY yes.

I used to read off and on, depending on the book if I really liked it and such. But now... now I read all the time.

As I tell people, maybe because it's a new toy; maybe because it feels Star Trek-ish; maybe because it's lighter than a hardback and easier to keep from losing a page than a mass-market paperback; maybe because 4 other people in my family have Kindles and are thus prone to talk more about books lately.

Any way you slice it, I read much more than I used to.
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My sister recently commented that she has never seen me read so many books before I got the kindle. Even iphone and sony reader didn't make me read as often. I blame the free ebooks offered by kindle every month. My TBR list keeps growing.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:16 AM   #14
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No denying it - the K3 really has ramped up the consumption of books - especially with so many 99c ones too being offered by all sorts of authors.
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