The one kindle app you should know about

When I purchased my first Kindle 3G I was only aware of how to purchase books through the Amazon Kindle Store.  With the 3G /Wifi capability buying new books wasn’t too much of a problem as long as I had a data connection nearby. In my “real life” job I find myself not having Wifi/Cellular Service for days at a time. Couple this with downtime and you find yourself searching for reading material or entertainment quite frequently. One day a coworker who owned a Nook asked me “Can’t you just put my books on your Kindle?”  I wasn’t too sure until I could take a look. So I did what any self-respecting Engineer would do, found a solution.  Enter the open source e-book converter Calibre.

The program is about 48 Mb for Windows and 76Mb for OSX. Definitely not what I would call a small program, but not too large either. Once installed all you do is connect via USB, let the program recognize the device, then you can move and convert as you’d wish. All of the books I converted in my early attempts were DRM-free and were mostly technical writings, but it is possible to make it your one-for-all e-book converter. (A push in the right direction)

The plug-ins mentioned in the Alf guide do work  and I can verify that it is very simple to achieve with just a few clicks and a few device account identifiers.  Why would you need this? For starters, not every title you purchase on Amazon is lendable at this moment.* The ones that are, only allow that title to be lent once and only for a period of 14 days.  Between Mica and I we own more than a handful of devices and without an active internet connection, sharing between devices we own is not an option. Couple this with the fact that I will not read a book twice. There was reason enough for me  to see if it was worth the time to make all of our books readable on each device on/offline.  Total time from download to install to verifying if the program worked correctly on each device was about 45 minutes.  Definitely worth it.

*The lendable percentage is around 35% according to several Google searches, but my actual rate was a little  lower at around 23%.



The Calibre app can also be used to send PDF’s I’ve created to my Kindle without charging me the data fees that Amazon charges when you email documents through the Kindle email function.  An extremely convenient way to add offline maps or directions without paying per Mb for Amazon to do so.


Have you heard of this app already? If you haven’t, will you give Calibre a try?

If you like the app feel free to donate at their site.


This recommendation is strictly my opinion and was not influenced by any outside sources. I received nothing from the Calibre app to endorse this product.