For exactly a year now, I own a Kindle 3 ebook reader… At the time I bought it, this version was already released for quite some time so there were plenty or reviews and opinions available. Although I read many positive reviews about the device, my main concern was related to reading technical/programming books on it: some online reviews and also some friends were complaining about the reading experience when it came to technical books.
Nonetheless I decided to go ahead and buy one as I wanted a dedicated ebook reader. One year later I am still very happy with my purchase… and have on my device more documents than I can read at this moment.
In order to use the Kindle at it’s best there are a series of tools that, in my opinion, every Kindle user should use.
1. Calibre – E-book management – this is probably the best ebook manager available and it’s FREE! Supports a wide range of ebook readers (not only Kindle) and besides the syncing of ebook readers contents it also provides the ability to fetch news from the internet. While I used to buy the National Geographic every month before having my Kindle, now I simply download the latest version straight to my device – the language choice is yours! Also it provides a converter to MOBI format, but don’t expect miracles. I tried it, it works, but doesn’t do a great job when it comes to keeping the formatting. Anyway, overall, this is the best option out there for ebook reader management.
2. SENDtoREADER – as they present themselves, SENDtoREADER is a simple web application that allows you to send any webpage to your Amazon Kindle Reader instantly. All you have to do is create an account on their website (or login using your Facebook account) and using their browser addons (http://sendtoreader.com/addons/) you can send any webpage to your Kindle reader.
3. MSDN Magazine on Kindle – if you like to read the MSDN magazine and want to have it on your Kindle, this is a very good option (in my opinion even better than the “Fetch News” feature of Calibre). While downloading and producing the MOBI version of MSDN Magazine, it also downloads the Technet magazine.
While getting newspapers, magazines and web pages on your Kindle is cool, this is not enough 🙂 Below you can find few places where you can get ebooks for free or at discounted prices.
- Microsoft Press Deal of the Day– get a new ebook at 50% discount on every week day… if you are using Microsoft technologies this is a great source.
- Syncfusion Succinctly Series– a free collection of ebooks available in PDF and MOBI formats on various topics. If you want a book which will get you started quickly with a new technology, this may be the place for you.
- O’Reilly– well-known publisher. It has it’s own “Deal of the Day” section and they have “sales” on a regular basis. If you buy books from them, you may be asked to provide a review and you’ll receive a discount code for your feedback.
- in case you are using Microsoft technologies, you will want to take a look at this link. It contains a large collection of Microsoft books in various formats (PDF, MOBI, EPUB, XPS) for technologies like Visual Studio, Windows Phone, SQL Server, ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC, Office etc
I’m sure that there are lots of other resources for Kindle ebooks out there… the ones listed above are just used on a very regular basis by me.
If you own a Kindle reader or any other type of ebook reader and know or use other resources that are not listed here feel free to drop me a message in the comments. I would love to find out about other sources for quality content 🙂