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deekay
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Kindles

I am considering buying a Kindle and I have a query which will show my complete ignorance regarding them!
Can I install stuff on them myself? If, for example, I get a computer program and its manual is on a CD, can I transfer this manual to the Kindle? Printing a 50+ page manual would cost me a fortune in printer ink!
I have Googled, but can't find the answer.
Many thanks for any help.
Keith

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Re: Kindles

I have a manual in pdf format loaded onto my Kindle and it reads fine.
Simply connect the Kindle to the PC with a USB cable and drag and drop the file into 'Documents' on the Kindle.

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deekay
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Re: Kindles

Thanks very much for your reply, Strat.
It's good news and I will defininately get a Kindle ASAP.
Cheers
Keith
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Re: Kindles

You can also email personal documents to your Kindle http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200767360 .
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Re: Kindles

For a small fee.

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shalom2010
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Re: Kindles

@Strat
It actually free:
"You can also send your personal documents via e-mail as attachments to [name]@free.kindle.com. To have a document converted to Kindle format (.azw), the subject line should be "convert." Kindle Personal Documents Service will attempt to deliver your personal documents to your Kindle device via Wi-Fi when connected, and to the e-mail address associated with the Amazon account to which the device is registered. You can use the e-mail to download the file to your computer and transfer it to your Kindle device using a USB connection."
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_kin_200767360_pdoc_lmsend?nodeId=200767...
I've used this service for the last two years! The program 'Send To Kindle' is worth downloading (http://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle) as you just right click the document/s to send to your free amazon address & after a few minutes it's ready to download to your Kindle.
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For a small fee.

Yes, I thought that Strat, but you only pay if it's delivered over Amazons 3g network.
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Thanks guys, that's useful to know Smiley

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Re: Kindles

Shalom2010,
Some good links there, Thanks.
deekay
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Re: Kindles

Thanks for all your replies.
There is some very useful information you have given
Cheers
Keith
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Re: Kindles

Sometimes I  find ebooks in the .EPUB format which the kindle does not read. A nice little program to convert them to .MOBI ( kindle format) is, Calibre, ebook manager and converting tool. Well worth using. It's got a lot in it but I only really use it to convert other formats to kindle Mobi.
Linky if interested.  Smiley
http://calibre-ebook.com/
shalom2010
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Re: Kindles

I was using Calibre but much prefer http://www.hamstersoft.com/free-ebook-converter/ - it's tiny in comparison & far easier to use (and quicker too!)
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Unfortunately, adding WINE just to run it results in 4x the space for calibre Roll eyes Cry
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