Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Amazon Kindle and Google Books; a love story

Tonight was another night of technological exploration due to the recent influx of gifts via Christmas 2010. As I had mentioned in a previous post, my daughter Apryl got an Amazon Kindle from my parents. Awesome for sure, except for one issue. Much faster than I can afford to by them, my daughter reads books. Seriously, a Nancy Drew book is gone thru in half a day with little effort, that's $5.95 on Amazon.com!! At that rate her books will cost more than our grocery bill every month. As much as I love her, on my budget I had to figure a different way.

Enter http://books.google.com - a wonderful website. Here is a website with thousands upon thousands of books, with hundreds of them being free due to them having been written before 1920! I had found a goldmine, or so I thought. Come to find out, the Amazon Kindle and Google Books don't speak the same language. Frustration boiled over, well not really; I went total geek-status and started reading about ebooks/readers and the different formats they will work with.

I had the good fortune in finding the path to getting Google Books onto the Amazon Kindle or even an Android or iPad. This program is like iTunes for eReaders, iPad or eBooks, minus the store part. The program is called Calibre and can be found at http://calibre-ebook.com/ for free download. This program is a content management system and works well in loading books on to the Amazon Kindle. It also easily converts epub files to mobi files for use on the Kindle. It will also convert pdf files to epub or mobi. Amazing program for sure, I hope you find it useful as well.

Bill