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10 June 2011 @ 12:38 pm
Kindle  
I have been reading of peeps Kindlarising their fic and their favourites and their recs and I am jealous - it reads as pretty easy to do too, and that makes a difference to me. As is often the case with new tech, the fact it's useful for my fannish interests makes me tip over into 'do' as opposed to just 'thinking about' :) So as my birthday prezzie to myself I think I will get myself a Kindle. My question though is, do I need a Kindle with 3G or just with wifi? Guys, those of you with Kindles - is the 3G really useful, on the move as it were? Or since I can download any new fic or books from the wifi at home, is that good enough?

glitterboy1? Thank you so much for my prezzie - guess what I'm going to use it on! :)
 
 
 
bookwormsarahbookwormsarah on June 10th, 2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
I *love* my 3G kindle. I don't have a smartphone, so I have used it to download books and check lj/facebook/news when on trains or generally out and about.
Valderys: Macauley Connor - intellectual snobvalderys on June 10th, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
Well, I can afford it so I think I will - is it easy to turn it off if you want to save battery for example?
bookwormsarahbookwormsarah on June 10th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
Really easy - I keep mine off most of the time and only switch it on specificly to use it - makes the battery last far longer.
Triskellian: geektriskellian on June 10th, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
I've rarely used the 3G on mine, because I keep it pretty stocked up with things to read (downloaded while at home), my phone contract includes more web browsing than I ever use, and the Android is slightly nicer for web purposes. (Don't tell Ralph or my parents this, because they bought mine, and I insisted I wanted the 3G version!)

So it depends how much mobile webbing you think you'll do, and what your existing options are. The webbing is free, but it's fairly slow, and navigating is a bit of a pain. I do have a friend who does quite a lot of emailing on hers, though, and it's probably better for typing than an on-screen phone keyboard. YMMV.

(Also, Kindle squeee! I loves mine very much. You must download Calibre for conversion porpoises.)
Valderys: Macauley Connor - intellectual snobvalderys on June 10th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
I will remember Calibre once I have the Kindle in my sticky hands. And I find webbing on a smartphone to be fiddly and a pain in the arse so I hardly ever do it - maybe it would be better on a Kindle? I don't know - email is a certainly a massive annoyance on a smartphone - my fingers are not that small! The screen shows nothing! Arghh! (That's a bit how it goes... :) So maybe a Kindle would be better?
Altarielaltariel on June 10th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
I have 3G, Mr Altariel doesn't. Occasionally he forgets to update before leaving the house, but not so that it's too annoying.

Not having 3G removes one more opportunity to compulsively purchase books. On the other hand, I was able to show a friend his reviews in the pub the other night. But I use my smartphone for web surfing by preference.

A03 lets you download fic in mobi format for easy Kindle reading. And I second the recommendation for Calibre.
Valderys: Macauley Connor - intellectual snobvalderys on June 10th, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
That's interesting because I find I hadly web surf on my new smart phone because it takes ages and is really fiddly - I wonder if it would be less fiddly on a Kindle. I suspect it would just be fiddly in different ways :)

It might be a useful thing able to be turned on when I run out of charge on the smartphone though... Hmm.
Lokiloki_dip on June 10th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
A Kindle is the second thing on my list when the payslips start coming in again. Particularly now AO3 has that handy conversion button for every single fic.

(First is flights to visit Duncan though. I miss him!)

Sorry I can't be more help though, I guess it depends how much you think you may need to download away from home. If you think it's useful and are prepared to pay the extra? I'd probably go for it now.
bookwormsarahbookwormsarah on June 10th, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
AO3 has a kindle conversion button? Oh dear, there goes large chunks of time...
Lokiloki_dip on June 10th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Yup, it has a 'convert to .pdf' button on every single fic. I haven't used it myself but friends are very happy, particularly as it's bgbang season right now!
Valderys: Macauley Connor - intellectual snobvalderys on June 10th, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
And even more relevantly it has a convert to .mobi button which is the format Kindle uses, I believe?
bookwormsarahbookwormsarah on June 10th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
*weeps with joy*
azur_infinieazur_infinie on June 10th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
I got the 3G Kindle because I live abroad, but if you're not planning on traveling much outside the UK the wi-fi version will be just fine.

So how do you share fics via Kindle? I'm new to it too and have so far only got around to downloading all the free classics from Amazon :)
Valderys: Macauley Connor - intellectual snobvalderys on June 10th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
Well, reading up today as I have done - it appears you can get converters that ask you to put in a URL and it converts the contents to Kindle format. Even more easily than that there's a .mobi output button on AO3!
smirnoffmule on June 10th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
My Kindle doesn't have 3G, which is fine for me, but I don't want the internet on the move (leave me alone, internet!) so it depends what you want, really.

Calibre is the best piece of software ever invented. If you ever go near fanfiction.net, fanficton downloader is also the best piece of software ever invented, all you need to do is paste the URL and it'll download and convert for you. AO3's built in function is a buggy pain in the bum, but it's there. There's also a thing called squee book which supposedly lets you convert multichapter fics from LJ, but I have personally never ever been able to make it work, so I just end up c/p and using Calibre. Which is, as mentioned, the best piece of software ever invented.

I heart my Kindle.
Valderys: Snoopy - omg yay!valderys on June 13th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Haha! I have it in my hands now! I have played with Calibre and it is lovely! I have figured how to download from AO3 without symbols and stuff being all weird - you download as Epub, not mobi, and then convert to mobi in Calibre and it turns out yummy and fine! Unfortunately I have tried to make web2disk work on the command line prompt but it does not seem to do what it says on the tin. I suspect it is just that I can't program to save my life and I will need a human interface to explain it to me at some point but for now! I have AO3! And cut'n'paste! It is all awesome!
glitterboy - the dark lord of washing: Tara - my love is come to meglitterboy1 on June 12th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
Yay! That sounds a most excellent use for it!

As for which Kindle, personally, I'd go for the version with 3G. But whichever you get, I hope you have a huge amount of fun with it! x
Valderysvalderys on June 13th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
I will actually be buying kindle books with it, it turns out! gaspode and gaspodia bought me a Kindle for my birthday! They saw my post and got me one on Saturday to bring to the party on Sat night! I was gobsmacked! It was so nice of them!
glitterboy - the dark lord of washing: Tara - my love is come to meglitterboy1 on June 13th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, how wonderful! That's so lovely of them. I'm glad. xxx
Polly: happinessjane_somebody on June 24th, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
Aw, aren't they just the loveliest people :-) And Happy Birthday for Sunday!