Since a lot of you either have the Kindle or are interested in learning more about it, I thought I would share my experiences. I've only had it since Friday afternoon and already I've downloaded books -- free and $$ -- and learned to convert .pdf files for viewing -- including knitting patterns!!
First let me talk a little about viewing knitting patterns. Since I have some patterns of my own, I decided to try converting and viewing one of them to see what would happen. I took the Booga Bag pattern and sent the .pdf off to Amazon. There are 2 options -- one that costs 10 cents and allows you to have it sent directly to your Kindle, and one that is free, but you have to copy the converted file onto the Kindle. I choose the free method.
All you need to do is send an email with an attachment that includes the file you want to covert. The email you send it to is YOUR_KINDLE_EMAIL@free.kindle.com where YOUR_KINDLE_EMAIL is the email you set up when you register your Kindle. If you ever forget it, you just log into your Amazon account, go to your Kindle page and it's right there for you. After this -- in about 5 minutes -- you get an email back with a link to your file. Download it, plug in your kindle to your computer using the USB cable and move the file from your computer into your "documents" folder on the Kindle. Super easy!
Tomorrow I'll tell you about downloading free books -- also super easy and there are tons to choose from -- classics as well as some great CC licensed books.