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4 Sites to Help You Find Free Kindle Books

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I don’t think I’ve ever downloaded a free Kindle book from Amazon, but I’ve seen some of my Facebook friends mention that they regularly read free Kindle books. I recently received a tip through my contact form, suggesting a site that lists over 33,000 free Kindle books.

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Amazon Finally Makes It Easy to Reset the Furthest Read Location on Your Kindle

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If you share your Kindle account with someone, it could be a headache to read a book that the other person has already read. The problem? If you use Amazon’s Whispersync technology, your Kindle will think that the furthest read location is the end of the book (or wherever the previous reader left off). I previously wrote about the convoluted process you could use to reset the furthest read location on your Kindle. Fortunately, Amazon has now come up with a much easier way to reset the furthest read location.

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Read All the Skyrim Books on Your Kindle, Nook, or Other E-Reader

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After a long love affair with Bioware games, I’ve found myself smitten with Skryim, by Bethesda. As with the other two games in the Elder Scrolls series that I’ve played, Morrowind and Oblivion, Skyrim features a huge, do-anything world for you to explore. Unlike those two earlier games, Skryim has me completely addicted. If you’re not playing it, you’re missing out on one of the best games in years. Skyrim’s world is tremendously immersive. The number of books that you’ll find all over Skryim adds to that immersion. The drawback with the number of books that you can find is that reading them takes some time. I have limited time, so I wanted a way to read the books when I wasn’t in front of the computer. Thanks to an enterprising gamer, you can do just that.

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Make Web Pages Easier to Read on Your Kindle, With Article Mode

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We’ve previously talked about a few ways to make web pages more readable, and we’ve also covered an extension to do the same in Chrome and Firefox . That’s on the PC, though. How about on the Kindle? The Kindle has an experimental web browser that can do the trick in a pinch, but it isn’t the most pleasant experience, given the Kindle’s limitations. There is a trick, though, to making web pages a bit easier to read on the Kindle.

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eReaderIQ The Easy Way to Find Free eBooks (and Track Price Drops) for Your Kindle

eReaderIQ The Easy Way to Find Free eBooks (and Track Price Drops) for Your Kindle | 40Tech

Borrowing eBooks is a great way to get your free on in Kindle-land, but if you want to actually own the books — and not be subject to time limits — then check out eReaderIQ. Sure, you probably won’t find the latest best sellers, but you will find a lot more than just public domain. The price drop notifications don’t hurt, either.

eReaderIQ is fairly easy to use, though the interface is a bit busy, and they have recently added a Kindle-friendly version of the site so you can browse right from your device. The database is updated hourly and is region-specific, which helps you to avoid any cross-border licensing disappointments. The 10 regions cover the planet, for the most part, though some are very generalized (like “Asia & Pacific” — does it include Russia? Who knows?) and there is a note at the bottom of the site that states prices and availability are accurate for US customers, regardless of the region you choose. It should also be noted that the book links take you directly to Amazon.com, not the Amazon site that is specific to your country.

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You don’t have to register for anything, or provide any personal information at all to eReaderIQ for it to work, but if you do provide your email (upper-right corner of the site) you will be notified up to twice per day of any new free Kindle eBooks outside of the public domain. You can also watch specific books for price drops by adding the ASIN or Item URL, your price-drop Notification Threshold, and your email address.

Another cool feature of the Price Drop Tracker is that you can see a list of books that others are watching (again, with no identifiable information), and can sort by percent of the drop, recent price drops, and most watched. There is also an icon legend to quickly note things like Text-to-Speech, Lending Enabled, etc., which makes it easy for you to find what you are looking for.

eReaderIQ is a great service for Kindle readers looking for free and price-reduced eBooks. Hopefully, they will expand to cover other eBook stores as well, like Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. If you want more details on using the service, check out this review by Guiding Tech.

Where do you find your free eBooks?

Send Web Pages to Your Kindle With a Chrome Extension

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While the iPad has all the bells and whistles, I actually prefer reading on my Kindle instead of on my iPad. If you feel the same, and wish that there were a way to send individual web articles to your Kindle, check out the Send to Kindle extension for Google’s Chrome browser.

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The Long Road to Kindle “Success” (An Author’s Perspective)

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Today, 40Tech is pleased to present a guest post by Kosmo from The Soap Boxers.

For the past two years, I have been writing a new fiction story nearly every week for my blog at The Soap Boxers. Sometimes it’s an uplifting sports story, sometimes a children’s story – but most often, a crime story that ends up with someone dead. In a good story, a few people die. Although most of the stories are rather short, it’s no easy task coming up with a new idea every week – and finding time to write it while balancing other demands of life.

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How to Borrow eBooks From Strangers Using the Kindle Lending Club

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One of the great features of the Amazon Kindle is the ability for users to loan books to each other. Eligible Kindle books can be loaned once for a 14 day period. The borrower doesn’t even need to own a Kindle, as long as he or she has a device that supports the Kindle app. This includes PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, and Android devices. If you don’t have enough friends with Kindle eBooks to make borrowing worthwhile, you’re in luck, as the Kindle Lending Club is an online service where you can lend and borrow Kindle eBooks to and from complete strangers.

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How To Turn Your Kindle Or Nook Into an RSS Reader

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The Kindle and other eReaders are great for reading books, but you don’t have to stop there. With a bit of initial work, you can turn your Kindle or Nook into a competent reader of your RSS feeds from Google Reader. G:RSS-Web is a service that allows you to access your Google Reader feeds in your eReader’s web browser, in a format designed for your device.

Go to a G:RSS-Web address in your device’s browser (on the Kindle, you can find your browser in the Experimental section), where you’ll be walked through setting up your account. G:RSS-Web uses OAuth for accessing your Google account.  On the Kindle, the device that I’ve used with G:RSS-Web, you use keys to navigate through your feeds. Typically, each link on the page has a keyboard letter associated with it. Hit the key, and load that link.

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G:RSS-Web won’t have you rushing to throw away your computer or your mobile phone, but it is definitely serviceable. It is also free.  Do you access Google Reader on your Kindle? If so, let us know how in the comments.

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How to Reset the Furthest Read Location On Your Kindle

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UPDATE 4/26/12: Amazon now offers a way to reset the furthest page location from within your account. For details on this new method, check out our post. According to some commenters, below, the new method only works on Amazon-purchased books. So, for imported books, the method below could still be helpful.

One of the great features of Amazon’s Kindle eReader is Whispersync, which will sync your reading progress across multiple devices.  For example, you can stop reading in the Kindle for iPad app, and pick up where you left off in the Kindle app on your Android device.  A problem arises, though, when you want to reread a book that either you or someone else has already read.  Whispersync will remember the end of the book as the “furthest read location,” defeating your ability to pick up where you left off.  It takes a one-time workaround, but you can reset the Kindle’s “furthest read location.”

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