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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kindle For PC (beta) is here!

Kindle For PC (beta)

It's HERE!

You now can buy and read Kindle ebooks right on your Windows PC! The (beta test) version of Kindle For PC is now available for download at the link above. I've installed it on my Windows Vista Home Premium machine (says it works with XP, Vista and Win7) and was able to immediately download my previously purchased Kindle ebooks.

This is a beta test version and they've got plans for new features in the works, but it does a great job right now, so don't hesitate, download and install it now! Sorry guys, but the Mac version isn't available yet - although they're working on it.


Blogger Robin said...

I've recently bought a Bookeen Cybook Gen 3 and am delighted with it. Rather than having to buy ebooks from a specific supplier, I can download HTML files, PDF files and TXT files from anywhere and read them very well using CBG3.

I'm surprised digital readers haven't taken off in Australia much better as, like mobile phones, anyone could use one.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Derek A Benner said...

I imagine it's more because many ebooks sold in Australia have a much higher price than the same ebooks sold in the US. If I understand correctly, many such books are sold at prices closer to hardcover retail even though the paperback versions have already been released at a lower price.

This has been discussed over at and I look forward to the day when Australia's publishers grasp the logic behind lower ebook prices.

8:43 AM  
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8:09 PM  
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10:05 AM  
Blogger Derek A Benner said...

Not a problem to that anonymous. I DO manage to get in here to post from time to time.

Right now I've been sucked into enjoying my Kindle 2. See, I ran across a K2 on eBay that had a broken screen. I WON that K2 for $38 (total cost) and, after receiving it and contacting Amazon, I discovered that it was still covered by warranty for four more months. They FIXED it for free and I'm now in the process of reading all my Cybook .mobi/.prc ebooks on it.

I gotta say, compared to the Cybook Gen3, the Kindle is quite nice. Sure, I'm giving up about half the font sizes I'm used to, but I've gained the ability to have multiple fonts within the document AND I've gained the feature that allows for the ebook reader to directly boot into the ebook I was reading rather than having to re-open it every single time!

Not only that, but the total boot process is faster than that of the Cybook.

I'm happy.

However, I'm now struggling to come to grips with Microsoft Office 2010 (beta). I've been using MS Office 2003 and the jump to the O2010 interface is, to say the least, quite different! I'll get used to it, but I DON'T have to like it!

Thank goodness that Atlantis word processor is out there! It has such a nice UI and it is so much *smaller* than Word - even though it has the ability to save to ePub format. (Mom's got a Sony PRS-500 that we're upgrading to the ePub format.)

Also trying to get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday which means buying all the food supplies so we can create our family's stuffing recipe. Gotta have the sausage, the raisins, the herbs and spices, the chopped walnuts, the apples and onions - and can't forget the pre-packaged stuffing mix! ARGGGGGHHHH!

This year, we're taking a graham-crumb pre-made pie crust and using the pumpkin pudding mix to make our pumpkin pie. We tried the pudding this last year - as a pudding, and it was so tasty we decided that making a no-bake pumpkin pie made more sense than baking one. After all, we tend to take those small 4"-6 sized mini-pumpkins, hollow them out and stuff them with a meat, rice, tomato and cheese filling for 'stuffed pumpkins' - rather like the stuffed bell peppers that people normally make. They're not sweet, but savory - and quite delicious!

1:14 PM  

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