If you live outside the U.S. and is using Amazon’s Kindle for PC, here’s a tip on how to automagically download and read free public domain books.
- Click on this link to download the Magic Catalog of Project Gutenberg eBooks
- Once downloaded, load the .prc file to your Kindle for Windows by double-clicking on the file. This is assuming that you already installed Kindle for Windows installed on your computer.
- Once opened on the Kindle for PC, you should see a list of books. Choose any book and click on it using your mouse.
- After clicking, your default browser will open and automatically download the book your chose.
- After downloading, just double click on the downloaded file and you should now be able to read it on Kindle for Windows.
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.
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.
I know that the International Version of the Kindle has free access to wikipedia through Whispernet. But access to Whispernet is spotty and let’s face it, wikipedia through Whispernet is not exactly as fast as we want. This is where Kindlepedia comes in: individual wikipedia articles can be processed and converted to a Kindle-friendly format.
I tested downloading an article and it worked pretty well with my Kindle. The output file format is in .mobi so other ebook readers can also take advantage of this service. This should come in handy for Kindle-toting students.
Want to read something scary this Halloween night? Then pick your poison from this list from Freekindlebooks.org.