Getting Started With the Kindle
Follow the directions on the pamphlet in the Kindle case to charge your Kindle and register it with your Amazon.com account. (If you do not have an existing Amazon account, you will need to create one at amazon.com).
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]@free.kindle.com - 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.
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.
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
Loaning and Sharing E-books
Amazon allows you to share Kindle books you have purchased with another user, one time, for 14 days; see the details of their lending policy. There are now some web sites that match e-book users who want to lend e-books to each other. Have a look at: