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My family of origin bought me one. It's a Kindle 6-inch with keyboard. My grandmother bought a case for it which should arrive tomorrow. A good thing too; it's got a snowy white plastic border around it that is just begging to get scratched and smeary.

So it's charging now and I'm looking at the Kindle book dollar bin, as it were. There are lots of horror collections, including HP Lovecraft, in there and I intend to start doing some damage. This is great. I can have multi-volume collections all in one skinny little device.

I *do* have to finish "Brothers Karamazov" and "Helsreach" (a 40k novel) and move those along before I start delving into the electronica. This is going to be fun!

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taxlady
Jul. 26th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Before spending time checking through the dollar bin, check out Project Gutenberg for the free, public domain stuff.
kishiriadgr
Jul. 26th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
But can I feed it into my Kindle? The whole idea is for me to be able to carry around my library in electronic format.
napoleonofnerds
Jul. 26th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you can. First you want to download this: http://www.mobipocket.com/en/downloadsoft/productdetailscreator.asp

And then use that to import from whatever format people like Project Gutenberg have to .prc or .txt. You can then move them onto the kindle with the USB cable. This: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Kindle_HowTo:_File_Conversion explains it pretty well.
kishiriadgr
Jul. 26th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Thanks!
catdraco
Jul. 26th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Ooh, can Kindles read .prc files? I use MobiReader on my phone, and I've been a bit reticent to venture into Kindle land mainly because I'm not sure about the file types it can read.
napoleonofnerds
Jul. 27th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, almost all the stuff on mine is .prc.
taxlady
Jul. 27th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
That was one of the first things I checked when I looked up the site. There is a link near the top of the page for various mobile devices. Lot of info on that page.

Can you download stuff with the Kindle?
zeonchar
Jul. 28th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
Project Gutenberg is awesome! There's some great old Sci-Fi collected works on there.
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catdraco
Jul. 26th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
I don't have a Kindle (though I'm considering buying a similar e-reader), but I do have an e-reader on my phone. I didn't think I'd use it much because reading books on a screen surely sucks, and the screen on my phone is only, I dunno, 1.5x2.5" or so?

But I have read so many books recently, and all of them in digital format. The convenience is what sold me - being able to carry round an entire library in my pocket is fantastic, and I can whip it out while I'm standing in line in the supermarket, or read in the dark as I walk home (yes, I are smrt).

I have some suspicion that Kindles are a bit picky about the file format. I know they have a proprietary format, but I think they can also do .txt or .pdf files? If so, you should be able to utilise Project Gutenberg. I don't know how you feel about internet piracy, but if such activities don't register on your moral radar, The Pirate Bay is a treasure trove (badum-ching!) of pirated e-books.
napoleonofnerds
Jul. 27th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
The .pdf support is touchy at best, you're better off converting to .prc, as I said above.
fitfool
Jul. 27th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
oooh. I love the idea of fitting several books into the size of one single notebook. When packing to go on vacation, I'm always torn over which book to bring.
zeonchar
Jul. 28th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
I hope you enjoy it! My Mom got me the Nook earlier this year. I downloaded a couple of Lovecraft compilations as well.
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