Kindle is a great device, but it isn’t complete without some ways to discover things to read.
Now that Amazon’s event is behind us, the only thing left to say is that I probably won’t get an Amazon phone from any of you. Get me a Kindle Fire HD instead. For those who might be pursuing the Kindle road instead of an iOS one, there’s something to know, and that’s where to find great reading material – you definitely didn’t buy the tablet for the new movie deals Amazon got with EPIX. Or did you?
Call me a Findle – a Kindle fan. I truly love the concept and the device. I curse Amazon on a daily basis for spending so much time reading and ending up with a larger reading list than I started the day with.
When I received my first Kindle it was bare for a couple of weeks. It had a book or two at a time – nothing more. I used it the same way I used Amazon physical books before it, which didn’t translate well for the digital experience it can offer.
With time, I found more resources I can use to find good content to read, mainly at a lower price point than the mainstream stuff you can find.
Here are 4 awesome reading sources that I use:
100 Top Books
Amazon has a top list for everything. For the Kindle specifically there’s the top 100 Kindle books list, which is actually a lot more than a single list: it is a list per category, where in each there are two lists: top 100 paid and top 100 free.
I am a sucker for the science fiction top 100 list.
Start your way by selecting 2-3 books of your preferred categories on the free list and also on the paid one. I usually check out these lists when I am out of reading material or just want something fresh.
The Daily Deal
Amazon has its Kindle Daily Deal. If you are into exploring new grounds and book categories that you don’t usually read, then this is the best way to do that.
Each day, Amazon selects two books – one for adults and one for kids – and reduces their price to 2 dollars or less. For a single day. The books there don’t related to your reading habits – it is just a single book, promoted globally and reduced to a price you just can’t resist. And to make it even more tempting, they have an email subscription to it.
This daily deal thing cost me a lot until now, but it also exposed me to a large number of books that I wouldn’t have tried and enjoyed without it.
This is curated content from Dave Pell. He just decided to look at news articles in US newspapers, and share a few of them at a time – for Kindle reading people. You can subscribe to the service on Delivereads.com.
Only problem is, there was nothing new from him for most of 2012 which is sad – the articles he selected were always interesting, eye opening, and out of my usual reading list.
I do hope he will continue with it – subscribe to it just in case.
Send to Kindle
If you own a Kindle, then you also have a @kindle.com email address. You can send stuff to it – long emails, documents, and web pages. I use it a lot to read things on “paper” instead than reading on a PC screen.
For best results, use Amazon’s own Chrome extension: Amazon Send to Kindle
Works like a charm.
There are more ways to dins great things to read on a Kindle – be sure to share them with me in the comments.
And if you are still not convinced about the Kindle, then here’s why it is way better than the iPad: