GREK 2050: Intensive Greek (Kindle Class)

Getting Started With the Kindle

Follow the directions on the pamphlet in the Kindle case to charge your Kindle and register it with your account.  (If you do not have an existing Amazon account, you will need to create one at

Kindle File Types

The Kindle's basic file type is a .mobi file; .azw files are also native to the Kindle. Kindle books purchased or free from Amazon will automatically have this file extension, as well books formatted for the Kindle from other e-book sites (see below).  The Kindle can also read documents in many different file formats, including .pdf, .doc, .html, .rtf and more.

Once your Kindle is registered, you will get a personalised Kindle email address (generally something like [yourname] - is it listed in the Manage Your Kindle page at Amazon).  You can email files (attach them to your email) to this address and they will be available on your Kindle.  You can also move files to the Kindle when it is plugged into the computer via USB - treat it just like a thumb drive.

More details on moving files to your Kindle are available at this page.

Books to Buy for GREK 2050

For the summer semester 2011 GREK 2050 Class, please purchase the following from Amazon:

Oxford History of Greece and the Hellenistic World, Kindle edition, $9.99.

Koine Greek Bible: Septuagint, N.T., Apocrypha, Kindle edition, $1.99

Once you have bought the Greek Bible, open the book and page to the Table of Contents.  Navigate down the page to John I and go to that section.  Place a Bookmark at the start of John I so you can easily return to this location (Location Number 140718).  We will briefly go over this in class if you have any trouble.


Concise Lexicon For The Original Koine Greek New Testament, Kindle edition, $5.99.

Finding Free E-Books

Through the UGA Libraries

E-books available through Netlibrary appear in the GIL catalog and are only readable on the web; they cannot be downloaded in an e-book format.
E-Books available through Springerlink also appear in the GIL catalog; they can be downloaded as .pdf files and read on some readers.

Through the Athens Public Library

The public library has e-books for download, although not in Kindle file formats. Some are available in .pdfs which can be read on the Kindle.  They have a guide with some good tips about the trustworthiness of e-book sites and notes on e-book formats.

Web Sites with Free E-Books
Project Gutenberg (excellent for literature from before the 19th century)
Kindle Free E-Books

Reading Kindle Books on Other Devices

The Amazon Kindle store has free applications for download that allow you to read your Kindle books on a computer or smartphone.  Even if you have borrowed a Kindle for a class or through the Miller Learning Center, you will still have access to all books you have bought from Amazon through one or more of these interfaces:

Calibre Software to Manage E-Book Formats

Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management software.  It can be used for:

  • Library Management
  • E-book conversion, including file formats and rescaling font sizes
  • Syncing to e-book reader devices
  • Downloading news (i.e. complete articles from the New York Times) from the web and converting it into e-book form
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer
  • Content server for online access to your book collection

Download the software for Windows, Mac, or Linux here.

Last Update: August 18, 2011 18:23 | Tagged with: greek kindle classics