Kindle: reading, bookmarking and PDFs

Posted: 6th January 2009 by ElShaddai Edwards in Faith & Theology, Uncategorized

I‘ve purchased a few titles now and have been reading regularly now that I’m back in my daily “work” routine and not on holiday vacation. I typically ride the metro bus to/from work, which means at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading (or nap) time each way!

Titles I’ve purchased:

  1. KJV Bible
  2. NET Bible (Noteless)
  3. Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Betrayal
  4. The Message// Remix: Solo: The Uncommon Devotional

I tend to read the Bible during the morning commute and my “fluff” stuff in the afternoon when I’m tired. I’ve been looking for a way to integrate The Message into my reading and a daily devotional is as good an approach as any – though it remains to be seen whether this particular format will be appropriate or not for commuting. I’ll write more about this book when I have some time with it under my belt.

I’m disappointed that the TNIV The Books of the Bible is not readily available for Kindle – I had hoped to make that my “reading Bible”, but only the NT books are available on Amazon and for ~$40 total, whereas you can order a print version for under $10. Go figure.

Reading on the Kindle is brilliantly simple – I’m able to sit on the bus and read page after page with only the twitch of my finger on the Next Page button. This ease can not be overstated enough when you’re packed together like sardines and everyone is wearing their winter combat gear. I don’t have to worry about shifting hands to turn pages and accidentally elbowing the person sitting next to me. That said, I haven’t tried Kindle reading and drinking coffee at the same time nor have I had to read while standing on a full bus yet…

The Bookmark feature is very easy to use – flagging a “page” saves your current location in a book and you can return immediately to that spot. The Kindle even “dog ears” the page you were on to help out if you’re visually “flipping” through pages instead.

Finally, I’ve downloaded a copy of Mobipocket Creator, which promises to be able to convert PDF files to a format that is readable on the Kindle. So theoretically, I will be able to convert my PDF version of the NETS (New English Translation of the Septuagint) to a Kindle-compatible format, as well as any other articles or books I’ve collected. Of course, those wouldn’t have any coding or indexing, e.g. Table of Contents, but the content at least would be accessible.

  1. Peter Kirk says:

    You can download the complete TNIV for free in PDF form, so Mobipocket should save you that $40. But not I think in Books of the Bible form.

  2. Yes – I was thinking that I had that TNIV PDF as well – though the Kindle formatted TNIV is readily available (for purchase) too.

  3. David Ker says:

    Keep the reviews coming. I’m really interested.

    The NET without the notes! Yikes. The notes are the only part I use. 🙂

    Can you browse biblegateway or NeXt or the NLTSB Online? I’m not sure if your commute is fully wireless.

  4. @David: The NET without the notes! Yikes. The notes are the only part I use.

    Yeah, but it was just $0.99, so it was kind of hard to pass up as a reading text…

    Can you browse biblegateway or NeXt or the NLTSB Online?

    Theoretically yes, but wireless browsing is slow, even with layout styling turned off. I’ve never surfed the Web from a cell phone, so I can’t compare to that, but I can’t see this being a regular use of the Kindle unless the download speed improved drastically.