Showing posts with label kindle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kindle. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Convert PDFs to Kindle Format

PDF4Kindle is a neat little free service that will convert PDFs into .mobi format for reading on Kindle devices. To use the service all that you need to do is upload a PDF and let PDF4Kindle do the rest. When the conversion is complete you can download the .mobi file. The converted file will let you resize text as you would with any other Kindle document.

Applications for Education
PDF4Kindle could be a helpful service for schools that are issuing Kindles to students. Rather than just distributing PDFs which may not have all of the functionality of .mobi files you can distribute functioning .mobi files to your students. Doing this could potentially expand the library of reading materials available to your students.

H/T to Life Hacker

Thursday, October 25, 2012

One Hundred Free Books for Your Kindle

One Hundred Free Books is a website that offers free Kindle books on a daily basis. On One Hundred Free Books you can browse for free Kindle books by genre or search by title. The list of books changes constantly as new books become available for free and others are pulled from the free collection. You can subscribe to the website to keep up with the new releases of free books.

Applications for Education
One Hundred Free Books could provide you with a good place through which you can build your library of Kindle books for your students without spending a dime.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Send to Kindle Now Available for Mac Users

Back in January I shared the news about Amazon's Send to Kindle software for Windows. As I learned from CNET, Send to Kindle is now available for Mac users too. Send to Kindle allows you to send documents from your computer to your Kindle or another device, such as an iPad, that has a Kindle app installed. With Send to Kindle installed you can drag and drop a document from your Mac to your Kindle and it will transfer wirelessly to your Kindle device.

Applications for Education
While you cannot edit documents on a Kindle, Send to Kindle could still be handy for anyone that needs to read reports or other documents while away from a computer and or without Internet access. Send the reports you want to review to your Kindle device and read them whenever and wherever you take your tablet. For students this could be a good way to read documents that they may have downloaded from the web to read for their courses.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Send to Kindle - Send Docs from Your PC to Your Kindle

Send to Kindle is a free Windows program from Amazon. The purpose of Send to Kindle is to enable you to send documents from your computer to your Kindle or another device, such as an iPad, that has a Kindle app installed. With Send to Kindle installed on your PC you can right-click on a document file and transfer it wirelessly to your Kindle device.

Applications for Education
Send to Kindle could be handy for anyone that needs to read reports or other documents while away from a computer and or without Internet access. Send the reports you want to review to your Kindle device and read them whenever and wherever you take your tablet. For students this could be a good way to proofread their works.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

PadCamp - An EdCamp Dedicated to Tablets

PadCamp is a free unconference for educators interested in learning about and sharing ideas for using tablets (iPads, Android tablets, ereaders) in the classroom. The free event will be held on August 9 in Galloway, NJ.

PadCamp will follow the same unconference model used at the increasingly popular EdCamp events that have been held across the country over the last couple of years. The idea of an unconference is that there are not any keynote speakers or predetermined workshops. Everyone comes to the event, if you want to share something put your idea on the proposed sessions board, and people vote with their feet by going to the sessions that they have an interest in. It might seem a little messy at first, but trust me it works.

If you're in the Galloway, New Jersey area and have an interest in learning more about using tablets in the classroom, PadCamp is for you. And did I mention that all attendees get a free breakfast and a free lunch?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lendle, A Kindle Lending Service, Shuts Down

One of February's more popular posts was about the Kindle book lending service Lendle. In a legal move that doesn't make a ton of sense to me, Amazon has shut down Lendle by blocking Lendle's access to the Amazon API. In short, the service is shut down until further notice. You can read all about it on the Lendle blog.

If you're interested in some other places to lend and borrow ebooks, try Book Lending, Lend Ink, or Open Library

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lendle - Another Kindle Book Lending Service

Almost as soon as Amazon announced that they would start allowing Kindle users to lend books to each other, Kindle lending services popped-up on the web. I've previously reviewed Lend Ink and Book Lending (formerly Kindle Lending Club). Today, I share with you Lendle.

Lendle works much like other Kindle lending services. When you register on Lendle (it's free, but required) you're asked to list the titles you're willing to lend. Initially you're able to borrow two books. To borrow more books, you must be willing to lend your own books. To borrow a book, submit a request and if someone in the Lendle club has that book you will receive an email notifying you that it is available for download. To lend a book reply to borrower requests.

Applications for Education
Lendle and services similar to it could be useful for students in search of independent reading materials. Hopefully, in the future Amazon will allow users lend books multiple times. That would make ebooks a truly valuable asset for school libraries.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Kindle Lending Club Changes Name and URL

Ten days ago I wrote about the Kindle Lending Club. That post is one of the most popular so far this month. Today, through Read Write Web, I learned that Amazon forced the Kindle Lending Club to change its name and url. The Kindle Lending Club is now known as simply Book Lending and the url is booklending.com. The club functions just the same as before.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Kindle Lending Club - Borrow Books for Your Kindle

The December announcement from Amazon that they now allow lending of ebooks between Kindle users made it possible for more people to read more books without spending more money. Almost immediately after Amazon's announcement, services matching Kindle owners with each other popped-up on the web. One of those was Lend Ink which I reviewed last month. Today, I'd like to point out another service to help you find Kindle books to borrow.

The Kindle Lending Club matches book borrowers with book lenders for free. Once you've registered, to borrow a book just search by title or author to find the book you desire. If it's available for borrowing (not all ebooks are), click the borrow button and you'll be notified via email as to when you can read the book. Kindle books can be borrowed for up to 14 days. If you have a book to lend you can visit the lending page to see if anyone has requested that title. From there you can click the lend button to lend your book out for 14 days. Books are automatically returned to you after 14 days if not sooner.

Applications for Education
Unfortunately, Kindle books can only be lent out once. That said, if you're looking to help parents find books for their children to read, the Kindle Lending Club could be a helpful resource.

Monday, January 17, 2011

LendInk - Borrow and Lend eBooks

LendInk is a free service that helps ebook owners lend and borrow copies of ebooks. LendInk matches ebook owners willing to lend with people looking to borrow a specific ebook. LendInk works with Kindle and Nook.

Here's how LendInk works; sign up for an account and you can immediately start browsing for ebooks that are available. When you find an ebook you want to borrow, you make a request to borrow it. You can borrow an ebook for up to 14 days. You can borrow up to three ebooks at a time. LendInk uses a three credit system to prevent you from borrowing too many books at once. Each borrowed book "costs" one credit (credits have no monetary cost). When you return a book you get that credit back. If you have ebooks you're willing to lend, LendInk allows you to list those books in your profile.

Applications for Education
You can only lend to one person at a time using LendInk so it probably isn't the best option if you're hoping to have an entire class borrow and read the same book together. Where it could be useful is in  independent reading programs in which each student reads a different book of his or her choosing.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Amazon Introduces Kindle Book Lending

Earlier this week I shared some places where you can find free ebooks for your Kindle or other ereader. Yesterday, Amazon introduced lending of purchased Kindle books. So if you have bought Kindle books you can now lend them to others for up to 14 days. Borrowers do not have to have a Kindle device in order to read titles that you lend to them. Borrowers can read titles you lend to them on a PC, Mac, iPad, and other devices that have a Kindle reading app installed.

Not all Kindle books are eligible for lending. Books that are eligible for lending are marked as such. When you lend a title you cannot read it until it is returned to you. While that is an inconvenience, it isn't any different than what happens when you lend a physical book. Click here for directions on how to lend Kindle Books.

Applications for Education
Lending Kindle books could add a new dimension to school library programs. I didn't see anything in Amazon's documentation that would prevent school libraries from lending titles to students to use on their personal Kindle devices. The automatic expiration of borrowing after 14 days should mean that school libraries won't have to go chasing down "late returns."

Monday, December 27, 2010

Get Free Books for Your Kindle (or other ereader)

If you or someone in your house got a new Kindle for Christmas, you're probably looking to load that thing up with good things to read this week (especially if you're on the east coast of the US where we've been hammered with snow). If you don't need the latest best-seller, you can probably find some great reads for free in a few different places on the web. The first place to look is in the free ebook collection on Amazon.com. There you will find titles (some promotional, some public domain) made free by Amazon as well as links to Project Gutenberg, Open Library, Many Books, and the Internet Archive. All four of those places offer free downloads.

Some other places where you can find free ebooks are the Google eBookstore and Feed Books. While both places have large collections of free ebooks, I actually found Feed Books to be a little easier to browse by title and or genre. That said, the Google eBookstore offers more options for previewing titles and options for using their titles on Nooks and other non-Kindle ereaders.

Applications for Education
If you have students and or their parents asking you for advice on where to get more good reads for their new ereaders, direct them to some of the places listed above. Good reading doesn't have to be expensive.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Free Word Games for Kindle

In a move that is probably intended to help it compete with other ereaders and tablet devices, Amazon is now offering a couple of free word games on its Kindle devices. The games are Every Word and Shuffled Row. Both games are free to download to your Kindle device.


Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
HeyZap - Strategy Games for Your Class Website
ABCya - Fun, Educational Games for K-5
Smart Kit - Puzzles, Games, and Riddles

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Get Free Technology for Teachers on Your Kindle

It's not a fancy iPhone or iPad app (I'm working on that), but I have managed to get Free Technology for Teacherson the Kindle. Now you can have all of the latest posts from Free Technology for Teachers delivered to your Kindle. Delivery to your Kindle is not free, that's not an option through Amazon, but it is very affordable at $1.99/ month. You can try it free for 14 days.

You can access the Kindle version by clicking the following link Free Technology for Teachers

Monday, November 30, 2009

Did Negroponte Predict This in 1984?

This morning Mashable and other tech blogs reported that Amazon set a new sales record for theKindlein November. Interestingly, this morning I also watched this TED Talk filmed in 1984 in which Nicholas Negroponte predicted that some day we would be reading books on small screens. It seems that Negroponte was right.