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Old 07-27-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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What do blogs look like on the Kindle?

Right now I'm thinking about publishing my blog on the Kindle, and I have a few questions.

I've looked at the preview, and it's not very pretty. There's no TOC or basic formatting like page breaks before each blog post. Does the published version have the TOC?

What do think of the quality of a blog on the Kindle vs on the web?
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:17 AM   #2
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Here's a screenshot from Gizmodo. My AT&T connection is too sucky for a decent web experience, so I don't normally look at blogs on the KDXG.

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Old 07-27-2010, 11:27 AM   #3
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Thanks.

That looks just like the preview. Ick.
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:57 AM   #4
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How long would you say that page took to load?
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:07 PM   #5
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I subscribe to about 30 blogs and after trying to make them work the way I want in Calibre, I determined that blogs on an e-reader just plain suck.

It downloaded the header of each blog whether there was a new post for that blog that day or not. It wasn't completely reliable either. It paginated the pictures wierd.

So I went back to reading my blogs on Google reader.
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:04 PM   #6
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Also, you're charged a delivery fee, right? Does any money go to the blogger?
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:07 PM   #7
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That looks just like the preview. Ick.
Yep, and that's why i don't do blogs on the Kindle. Well one reason anyway.

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I didn't time it, but it took a while. But I think a lot of the problem lies with the lackluster AT&T coverage at my home. I'm in a huge metro area (Dallas/Fort Worth) but cellular coverage here with AT&T sucks. As far the Kindle, it rarely shows 3G, and it rarely shows as many as 3 bars. (Neither does my BB or Donna's Nokia phone.) When I download books I often get a failed to connect message. Once again, I don't blame the Kindle, I put the blame on a terrible AT&T network that has been crippled by too many lousy iPhones.

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Also, you're charged a delivery fee, right? Does any money go to the blogger?
I'm not aware of any delivery fees, but there is a subscription fee. Just like books, I'm sure part goes to the blog owner and part to Amazon. I think Gizmodo blog costs $1.99 USD per month. Too much in my opinion when I can see it free on the internet.

Having said all that...

I bought my KDXG for reading and not blogging, browsing, Facebooking, etc. I love it for reading, and I don't care about the other Swiss Army Knife crap they included.

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Old 07-27-2010, 02:19 PM   #8
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Thank you for the information. I think we all need to remind ourselves that these Kindle devices are intended as a single purpose device for reading. It is not a shortcoming. That behavior is by design. Browsing on handheld/mobile devices is still in its infancy. Most websites are still optimized for resolutions that only large LCD displays can deliver.
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:43 PM   #9
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For those of you interested in rss and/or blogs, I suggest you have a look at Instapaper.com (compatible with Google Reader) and feedbooks.com - which will allow you to create your selection of news sources and then download it directly from the kindle, wirelessly in .mobi format anytime, with no additional charges.
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Kindlematic, are you liking the DXG more now? Have you worked around some of the issues you were having with PDF?
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:20 PM   #11
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I'm happy I read this, because I almost chose a Kindle for its ability to display blogs. Looks like I'm not missing out.
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Kindlematic, are you liking the DXG more now? Have you worked around some of the issues you were having with PDF?
Well - every day I learn a new trick, which is great. I just wish serif fonts looked crisper, as I have loads of document using them. Apparently not that many people either care or notice such defect. Hopefully your software development will help
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Well - every day I learn a new trick, which is great. I just wish serif fonts looked crisper, as I have loads of document using them. Apparently not that many people either care or notice such defect. Hopefully your software development will help
There is a font hack that is easy to do and you can substitute your favorite fonts. I like sans serif when reading on computers or ebook readers, so I use Arial Rounded MT Bold. It makes the text a lot easier to read. See sample page attached.

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