November 25, 2009
November 11, 2009
When I installed Amazon’s Kindle for PC yesterday, I was disappointed to see that there was no option to install my own eBooks on it. There was no menu option for adding or even managing books I already have!
Well, I was wrong. It turns out that the Kindle for PC *can* read books not purchased from Amazon! So here’s a short instruction on how to add non-DRM’d books to the Kindle for PC.
- Go to your favorite free ebook downloading site. Make sure that the ebooks that can be downloaded are in Mobipocket format (either .mobi or .prc) (I recommend Feedbooks.com)
- Make sure that you’ve already downloaded and installed Kindle for PC on your computer.
- Download your desired ebook.
- Once downloaded, simply double click on the file (either .mobi or .prc) and choose to open it using Kindle for PC.
- That’s it! The ebook you have just downloaded can now be enjoyed using Kindle for PC.
The picture below shows my Kindle for PC with an ebook I recently downloaded from Feedbooks. It also shows the Kindle’s Users Guide that came with my *real* Kindle.
November 10, 2009
The beta version of the PC version of Kindle is now available for download. So for people who have Kindle-envy, do not fret. You can now buy, read and organize kindle books on your computers!
I heard that people from Canada can’t download this app just yet. Bummer!
UPDATE: I have downloaded and installed this application to my laptop (running Win7) and I must say I’m underwhelmed. I thought I could manage my Kindle using this program through the USB but I guess I was wrong. But it does sync with the Kindle through Whispernet.
I was also able to send a sample book to the Kindle for PC. Reading a book using this program is nothing to write home about. Its no different from reading a plain old PDF file on the computer.
Will I be using this program? I don’t think I will. Reading on my Kindle is a far better experience than this. However, if you are still holding out on your Kindle purchase, maybe this application can get you started because you can start building your ebook library through this program and when you finally get your own Kindle, you’ll be set.
November 4, 2009
Less than a week with the Kindle and the title of this post accurately reflect what I am feeling right now. I am an avid reader and because of that, I have a rather sizable eBook collection that I have accumulated all these years. I’ve already gone through most of them but some books, I feel like reading again.
Right now, I have at least two dozen books that I intend to read. Almost of it are books that I intend to re-read. Before I got the Kindle, I read using my Nokia e71 and with the phone, I get to sneak some reading when I take a smoking break. Of course I also read before sleeping, in bed, while the lights are off. On the Nokia e71, i get to finish reading a book in a week, two weeks at the most.
Now with the Kindle, I have to change my reading habits. I can no longer read during my smoking break, the Kindle is too large-sh to carry around with me during those breaks. That gave me less reading time. I also discovered how to read blogs and news on the Kindle for free and that further reduced my time in reading my eBooks.
Well, hopefully I’ll find more time to read my books. I still have a long to-read list but after a few weeks of adjustments, I hope to find my “reading groove” back.
September 24, 2009
Time has a list of 100 Best English-language novels written between 1923-present. I feel so… illiterate because I have only read around 5 books in the list. I now have a new “ambition” – to read the contents of this list!
Anyway, here’s the list in alphabetical order
A – B
The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
American Pastoral – Philip Roth
An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Appointment in Samarra – John O’Hara
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume
The Assistant – Bernard Malamud
At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Beloved – Toni Morrison
The Berlin Stories – Christopher Isherwood
The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder
C – D
Call It Sleep – Henry Roth
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
The Confessions of Nat Turner – William Styron
The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell
The Day of the Locust – Nathanael West
Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather
A Death in the Family – James Agee
The Death of the Heart – Elizabeth Bowen
Deliverance – James Dickey
Dog Soldiers – Robert Stone
F – G
Falconer – John Cheever
The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
Go Tell it on the Mountain – James Baldwin
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
H – I
A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
Herzog – Saul Bellow
Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson
A House for Mr. Biswas – V.S. Naipaul
I, Claudius – Robert Graves
Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
L – N
Light in August – William Faulkner
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Loving – Henry Green
Lucky Jim -Kingsley Amis
The Man Who Loved Children -Christina Stead
Midnight’s Children -Salman Rushdie
Money – Martin Amis
The Moviegoer – Walker Percy
Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
Native Son – Richard Wright
Neuromancer – William Gibson
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
1984 – George Orwell
O – R
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest -Ken Kesey
The Painted Bird -Jerzy Kosinski
Pale Fire -Vladimir Nabokov
A Passage to India -E.M. Forster
Play It As It Lays -Joan Didion
Portnoy’s Complaint -Philip Roth
Possession -A.S. Byatt
The Power and the Glory -Graham Greene
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie -Muriel Spark
Rabbit, Run -John Updike
Ragtime -E.L. Doctorow
The Recognitions – William Gaddis
Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett
Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
S – T
The Sheltering Sky – Paul Bowles
Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
The Sot-Weed Factor – John Barth
The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
The Sportswriter – Richard Ford
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – John le Carre
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
U – W
Ubik – Philip K. Dick
Under the Net – Iris Murdoch
Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
Watchmen – Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
White Noise – Don DeLillo
White Teeth – Zadie Smith
Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
September 21, 2009
Warning: This post may include some spoilers. If you have not read the book and intend to do so, close your browser and come back after reading the book. You have been warned.
I was lucky enough to get a copy of Dan Brown’s latest work “The Lost Symbol”. This book has generated a lot of buzz prior to its actual release because of the controversies generated by his previous works – The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. These two earlier works earned the criticism of the Vatican and the Catholic faithful. As such, there were a lot of speculations that The Lost Symbol will generate a similar reaction, this time from the Freemasons together with the usual target, the Catholics.
Well, both the Catholics and the Freemasons can put down their pitchforks – this book is not as controversial as the first two Robert Langdon novels. In fact, the book reads like an apologetic has written it.
As for the story itself, if you have already gone through “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons”, you’ll feel as if you are reading a mash-up of those two novels. Here’s a ridiculously simplified synopsis:
Robert Langdon is whisked to Washington D.C. for a speaking engagement. He found a decapitated hand with a lot of clues. He follows the clue to find yet another clue. Solves the “riddles” of the clues and finds the “Lost Symbol”. He did this while the CIA is hot on his trail and while his friend is being taken as hostage by a demented tatooed nemesis. The story is interspersed with a lot of “lectures” regarding Freemasonry, apotheosis and other obscure yet interesting tidbits of trivia.
So, what do I think about this book? I think its a pretty good read despite of what the literary snobs all over say. Will I be re-reading this book? I don’t think so because as I’ve said, its like I’ve gone through it three times already. Do I recommend this book? Well, if you are a Dan Brown fan, yes. If this will be your first Dan Brown book, yes. If you already read Dan Brown’s previous work and is easily bored, no.