Kindle Joy

Sep. 4th, 2010 08:17 pm
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Well its been an interesting week. It started well with the belated shipping of my new Kindle 3 ereader.

It shipped on Sunday, not Friday. I know it was only two days late, but those were a tense two days! Especially as the case arrived on Thursday, before the Kindle shipped. I am sure it kept winking at me.............

For some reason the UK got really behind with shipping, and couldn't meet the release date.

Anyway, by the time I got home on Tuesday hubby has upacked it and fully charged it for me (bless him), and within 10 minutes I had set it up with my wifi and downloaded the 14 books I had already bought from Amazon!

That's not the reason I bought it though, oh no, it was to read fanfiction on, I was trading up from my Sony Touch 600.

I use Calibre and converted all my PDF's, RTF docs, epubs, the lot, into MOBI format, and by the time I went to bed I had over 500 stories loaded, all set up in nice little collections. Everything reads a dream, even the PDF's flow correctly,

Its a joy to use, and for only £109 its an absolute bargain.............

Off to have a read now..........

Date: 2010-09-04 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Man, I'm so glad you posted this. I've just been looking at the Kindle over on Amazon UK - the price attracted me - and wondered about the formats. I'm a little thick, but I knew yiou couldn't just load on PDF's (which is mostly what I have).Umm, and because I'm super-thick, what is Calibre and how/why do they need to be re-formatted through that? Is that something you can download free from the internet?

Date: 2010-09-04 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi, The kindle is designed to read the MOBI format only, but it also takes PDF's, but they don't read very well as native PDF's, so what I did was convert all my fan fiction stories (including the PDF's) into the MOBI format using Calibre which is a free program you download onto your PC, basicly its your story library.

You save the stories you want onto your pc, then open up Calibre(once you have downloaded it you have an icon on your desktop. Once Calibre is open you click the Add Books button, this loads the story you selected (you can do as many as you like in one go)into Calibre, you then have a Convert button which can convert the story you loaded into MOBI format, just highlight the ones you want to do) then once the Kindle is linked to the PC via a USB lead, and is recognised in Calibre another button pops up which is 'Send To Device' and the stories you highlighted will be sent to the Kindle. You can do as many in one go as you want.

This is the basic premise. I have PDF'S, stories which I copied onto word docs (I then resaved them as RTF's, font size 20, before loading into Calibre) and original fiction bought as epubs (I used to have a Sony ereader and that took epubs, not MOBI) they all converted fine and have been loaded on my kindle without any problems.

Calibre can be found here, there is a demo you can play as well.

If you want any pictures of Calibre or my ebook showing how the text looks then send me your email address, I am happy to help by email if you want

Also here are links to some forums that you might like to look at

The Amazon Kindle forum on Mobile Read

The newly formed UK Kindle users forum
Edited Date: 2010-09-04 08:55 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-09-06 10:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's excellent, thank you. It's kinda put my mind at rest, especially if there's that program that can make doc's readable on the Kindle.

Guess all I need to do now is order one LOL

Many many thanks *hugs*

Date: 2011-01-07 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I just received my Kindle and used Calibre to put my pdfs onto my kindle. Worked fine but then when I went to read them...some of them I could read and others the font was too small. So I searched on lj and found your post. So in reading the above post do you recommend just converting my PDFs into the MOBI format or do I have to do the convert the PDFs to RTF and change the font size as well? thanks so much for your help

Date: 2011-01-07 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi Lisa, converting the PDFs to MOBI, should be good enough, just use all the default settings. Don't try converting them to RTF unless you have to as that could throw up a ton of other formatting errors. PDF direct to MOBI should work fine. If you need any help you can email me on

I never read a PDF on my Kindle, I always convert to MOBI, then they flow like a real book.

Date: 2010-09-05 06:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nice to hear from you sweetie. hope all is well. Happy Sunday.

Date: 2010-09-05 10:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm fine thank you, been busy all summer doing building work on our house, but that coming to a close now. I hope you are okay, I follow your posts avidly, (I don't comment much, sorry about that) and thanks for commenting.

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When ever i hear this, I cry, Im so sad of what happened to him in DH. He was an amazing person! And i cry when Harry talks about him in the epilouge. LONG LIVE SEVERUS!!! xD?

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