What would you put on your Kindle?

#1 Jan 26th, 2012, 03:32
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I just made a few .pdf files of family/hometown photos, and the trainline maps of each province ill be visiting.

Ill also scan and .pdf my passport/visa etc, no harm having another copy.

Anything else you think its worth putting on?

(Also just put 150 books on...it is so nice to have a choice of something to read on a trip, not just what can be found along the way)
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If you lost your credit card would you know what number to call to report it? That might be worth putting on your kindle.
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Has anyone found any guide books that work well in Kindle format?
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Originally Posted by Elaine W View Post Has anyone found any guide books that work well in Kindle format?
The 14th edition of the India Lonely Planet is available for Kindle. Although it's slightly less convenient to flip through pages to a section, it's easy to search and bookmark. Imagine the size and weight savings of this one book alone. The physical version is 1220 pages. http://www.amazon.com/Lonely-Planet-...7966159&sr=8-1

I just purchased this, which looks promising. The kindle edition is only $3.99. I'll have to report back about it. It is definitely more like a handbook than a guidebook, though.
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Originally Posted by PeteFord View Post I just made a few .pdf files of family/hometown photos, and the trainline maps of each province ill be visiting.

Ill also scan and .pdf my passport/visa etc, no harm having another copy.

Anything else you think its worth putting on?

(Also just put 150 books on...it is so nice to have a choice of something to read on a trip, not just what can be found along the way)
I'll probably do a longer post about this at another time, but consider setting up a Dropbox (free). With this, friends or family can send you documents and you can download them for free over 3g by going to your web browser on the device, opening your dropbox account, and selecting the file you want from your "Activity Feed". After the file downloads it automatically appears on your homescreen. This could be very helpful in many situations. It's also nice to have some free online storage for backups of photos, documents, books, etc.

In addition, I would make a Google Voice account (also free), wherein you can send and receive free SMS messages to/from the US (from a US number)from your kindle if you're in a bind. I've used this in areas where I don't have cell service activated or I don't have a phone. Just log-in to the mobile version of google voice from your kindle's browser.
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Originally Posted by KanoBhalu View Post The 14th edition of the India Lonely Planet is available for Kindle. Although it's slightly less convenient to flip through pages to a section, it's easy to search and bookmark. Imagine the size and weight savings of this one book alone. The physical version is 1220 pages. http://www.amazon.com/Lonely-Planet-...7966159&sr=8-1

I just purchased this, which looks promising. The kindle edition is only $3.99. I'll have to report back about it. It is definitely more like a handbook than a guidebook, though.
Thanks, I have read the first chapter of the book ou provided the link to and it looks very interesting.
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I am now about 65% through the book and have thoroughly enjoyed it. If you want, I can lend it to you when I finish.

Cheers
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@PeteFord - everything that 20th century advice said to take a copy of, now put on Kindle. Itinerary, e-tickets, accommodation reservations, a list of addresses for postcards, copies of credit cards, passports, copy of travel insurance etc. Your digital camera manual.

@KanoBhalu - Kindle provides an email address to deliver documents, although you need to authorise the sender email in advance. No need for Dropbox or Skydrive or similar.

@Elaine - +1 on Lonely Planet Guide. I don't find the navigation and searching all that friendly, but once you've bookmarked the relevant chapters, it's quite easy.

Note: These comments are based on using the Kindle for iPad app on an iPad2.
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Originally Posted by DrRudi View Post @PeteFord - everything that 20th century advice said to take a copy of, now put on Kindle. Itinerary, e-tickets, accommodation reservations, a list of addresses for postcards, copies of credit cards, passports, copy of travel insurance etc. Your digital camera manual.

@KanoBhalu - Kindle provides an email address to deliver documents, although you need to authorise the sender email in advance. No need for Dropbox or Skydrive or similar.

@Elaine - +1 on Lonely Planet Guide. I don't find the navigation and searching all that friendly, but once you've bookmarked the relevant chapters, it's quite easy.

Note: These comments are based on using the Kindle for iPad app on an iPad2.
The kindle e-mail address only delivers documents to the device with a Wi-Fi connection for free. 3G download costs from Amazon are steep, especially overseas ($.99/MB)- plus you have to manually authorize each person you want to be able to send you things. If you have a large document (the India LP is 85MB, it could cost you an Indian fortune.

With Dropbox you can access your documents anywhere you have cell service, with no additional charge. Through a service like dropitto.me, anyone who you give your unique URL and password you've created for dropitto.me can put upload files to your public dropbox folder.

A scenario where this would be useful: before your trip you send an email to all family members and close friends with the details of your dropitto.me. At any time then can upload documents to you, and you can download them anywhere you have cell service- for free. You could likewise tell your friends on facebook the same thing.

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I used the Indian LP size as an example, but maybe it was confusing. If you buy the book you don't have to pay to download it over 3G.
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Originally Posted by KanoBhalu View Post The kindle e-mail address only delivers documents to the device with a Wi-Fi connection for free.
Whilst I said my comments were in respect of the iPad2, I neglected to say, 64GB, 3G, WiFi.

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Originally Posted by KanoBhalu View Post 3G download costs from Amazon are steep, especially overseas ($.99/MB)
Purchases from Amazon come at no additional cost.


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Originally Posted by KanoBhalu View Post plus you have to manually authorize each person you want to be able to send you things.
Yes, I said that.


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Originally Posted by KanoBhalu View Post If you have a large document (the India LP is 85MB, it could cost you an Indian fortune.
No one is going to send me the India LP. Actually, I wonder why I would want anyone to send me any documents.


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Originally Posted by KanoBhalu View Post With Dropbox you can access your documents anywhere you have cell service, with no additional charge. Through a service like dropitto.me, anyone who you give your unique URL and password you've created for dropitto.me can put upload files to your public dropbox folder.
Or Skydrive, without the security concerns of DropBox.
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WHAT? No one said porn?
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A man's gotta do..
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Thank you for the offer. I bought a copy straight away which cost me over 6!! Why is an ebook so much more expensive in England? Anyway I am quite glad I did as I think I will read parts of it several times before I go and I will be glad to have it with me but thanks very much for the recommend.
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Everyone must have The Internet is a playground by David Thorne in his/her Kindle. But you must take care not to read it when you have someone sitting next to you while traveling. It is insanely hilarious and you tend to laugh out of the blue and people stare at you weirdly.

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