E-reader is becoming more popular than ever thanks to its low-cost price, long battery time span and the availability of various free e books or affordable ones. Currently in the e-reader market, there are more than 5 options for bookworm, but Kindle, the third generation e-reader produced and distributed by Amazon, is still the leader. Not only does Kindle help you save a lot of money but also brings you more joyfulness with reading experience. Besides, with some tips, you are able to entertain some games such as chess, listen to music, check mail and surf the Internet on this e-reader.
Recently, Amazon has rolled out a web-based portal which the Internet giant designs exclusively for Kindle users, allowing theme to read e-book on the web from PC or mobile phone. However, in fact, there has been already many webapps for Kindle since this well-known portable device made its first debut. Here in this article, I want to sum up some useful webapps that are all designed with the aim to enhance your experience with Kindle.
In the first line of this list, of course is the Kindle Cloud Reader which has just kicked off recently.
1. Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader
Based on HTML5 technology, Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader allows you to read books from your PC on the go. Just go to the Internet and instantaneously access the story you have not read the last words.
Some analysts said the Amazon Kindle portal is a direct answer to Apple since the iPhone maker also sells ebooks on its Apple Store and by listing links to external stores, Apple requires Amazon and other partners pay 30 percent. Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader not only does serve you like other normal webapp but also allows you to purchase new Kindle ebooks with once-click. In addition to that, the portal brings you a handful of benefits such as organize your library, keep your reading flow back at the page you have stopped by losing Internet connection or so.
No matter environment you are using to connect to the web, even iPad or other smartphones, you can always visit Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader. At the moment, Amazon Cloud Reader only supports Chrome and Safari browsers.
Sometimes, you read a nice article on your PC or laptop and for some reasons, you want to save or bookmark it on your Kindle for usage later. In this case Kindlebility will be very useful. This service is designed with only one goal: it sends any article you want on the Internet to your e-reader with only once click.
Kindlebility is completely free and it works with various browsers including Google Chrome, Firefox 3.5+, Safari 4+, Opera and IE8+. Like other offer, this is a bookmarklet which has been configured to help you receive articles on your Kindle with few steps.
After access Kindlebility, you need to fill in the register box with your own @Kindle.com email address. Then drag the bookmarklet to your browser. At the last step, visit Kindle.com and add firstname.lastname@example.org into your approved email list.
Each time you want to save an article on any website on your Kindle, just hit the Bookmarklet button on your browser. Then whenever your Kindle gets connection to the Internet, the articles you have bookmarked will be automatically delivered to your Kindle email address as a PDF file.
3. Send to Reader
Have a same target with Kindlebility, Send to Reader is more popular than the above service that can turn any article into an email and automatically and instantly delivery to your Amazon Kindle.
Like Kindlebility, SENDtoREADER also uses a bookmarklet to deploy their service. SENDtoREADER bookmarklet works on all browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and of course Opera.
All you need to do is register an account with SENDtoREADER and add their bookmarklet into your browser. After that, you can easily turn any webpage into a personal magazine.
In my opinion, SENDtoREADER has many advanced features. For example, SENDtoREADER will automatically process the original articles on the web to enhance readability of the content so your Kindle will only receive important parts. Some unnecessary things will be removed such as ads, banner, polls. Also, you can combine SENDtoREADER with Google Reader to send any post one your RSS reader to your Kindle. It looks like that SENDtoREADER is somehow better than Kindlebility.
BONUS TIP 1: If you are a fan of Android, Kindle and using SENDtoREADER, take advantage of a new released application for Android smartphone that will surely improve your reading experience. Its has a noticeable name: DroidToReader. Using this application, you can easily send any article on the web while accessing it on your Android to your e-reader for later usage.
The article will be improved with a proper format and eliminate any unimportant factors. You need to use your confidential information on SENDtoREADER before getting started. Each time you want to bookmark an article on your Android smartphone for reading later, just tap on DroidToReader option on the Share menu of your browser. Download DroidToReader for your Android (Android 2.1 or later) here.
BONUS TIP 2: In fact, at the moment, there are many same services with DroidToReader and Kindlebility. In one of the previous article, I have ever covered about Klip.me and Instapaper which also help you bookmark any article on your PC and read it later in your Kindle. If you are looking for another webapp choice that can enhance your reading experience, I think you might consider Readability. Perhaps, now is the time for you to make the last decision. Let share with my readers which services you have used and which one you will visit in the coming time!
4. Kindle Periodicals
If you use SENDtoREADER, I think you will fancy with Periodicals. This is a new service from the creator of SENDtoREADER. Kindle Periodicals, in my point of view, will be a must-have for all Kindle users. Here are reasons:
Playing a role like a real RSS feed aggregated hub, Sendtoreader Periodicals will automatically deliver any RSS source to your Kindle with an enhanced format. The most awesome feature is that Sendtoreader Periodicals will grab and send the full articles instead of only short excerpts like other RSS readers.
Each time you connect your Kindle to an Internet wireless access, Sendtoreader Periodicals will download all text RSS sources you have chosen, convert theirs format and send them to your device. Needless to say, it will help you save a lot of time.
Periodicals is quite flexible. You can choose to send articles daily or weekly. Also, you are able to configure list of RSS feeds for more convenient. All you need to do is register an account here, active it and get started.
The is a “downside” however. Though Periodicals idea is so excellent, it only works well if you upgrade into premium user with $5 per month. Otherwise, Periodicals will not include Sendtoreader ‘ features, meaning you might have to read articles with unfriendly formats or still have some unnecessary original content ‘s elements.
5. Read Newspaper on the Kindle browser.
While searching around the Internet to find relevant information for this article that relates to Kindle device, I found a very handy webapp from an Asian coder. You can visit it here.
This webapp has two offers. At first, it turns some selected websites into a Kindle friendly interface: clean, bigger font, non-adds, image integrated. You can easily customize the webapp with your own taste, such as the font. There is only one downside here: The service supports only some newspapers which almost relates to technology fields. But perhaps you will be happy with CNN, BBC and New YorK Times on the list.
This app also allows you to receive articles on your Kindle to read them offline. The configuration process is simple. If you are not familiar with the original language on the page, you can use Google Translate to understand the instruction. Hopefully this service will add more newspaper portals in the coming time.
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