I’ll keep that in mind. My kids have rarely used my Kindle (generally while waiting somewhere) and neither I nor Them go into the bookstore. I am cynical enough to figure the similarity would not be a coincidence.
Actually, we got the 2 oldest used Palm Pilots for Christmas (gotta love Freecycle!) and I used to use mine as a small ereader. I will be setting theirs up with the PDF Reader, and Mobipocket Reader… and they will be able to read a LOT of the books out there. (Mobi format is the same as Kindle format – but you can’t read the ones you BUY or Download from Amazon – but there are lots of free books from other sources.) If needed, I think there is an EPUB reader too. The screen isn’t as nice (a B&W LCD) and the screen is small, but will work for us with the great price of Free.
And that is a great option for people that would like a prortable eReader but can’t afford it – put a WANTED post on Freecycle for working Palm Pilots and you may get an answer. We picked up 4 before Christmas (someone put up an OFFER) – and someone else put up an offer for 3 or 4 a few days ago….
great Idea suzukimom. I didn’t think someone would freecycle something like that. I have gotten a couple really nice things on there and never thought of posting a want. I landscaped my lawn for free. :) If I get a chance I will have to try it. Thanks for the idea.
Thanks for all the great info. Britney, thanks for letting another non-tech savvy person know that I could still probably use the Kindle Touch:) Suzukimom, that’s a great idea and I had no idea you could use Palm Pilots for that, I have my old one from college but my kiddos broke the charger/USB cabke trying to plug it in:( Maybe it would be cheaper to just get a new charger if they still make them for my model. Thanks again everyone
Hey, just a heads up for anyone using a Palm Pilot… For quite a while you couldn’t sync one (using USB, which was my only option) with a Windows 7 (64 bit) computer. That was actually when I stopped using my palm pilot, and ended up getting a Kindle. There is now a free 3rd party driver that works great… so if you need help with that, let me know.
Here are some posts on my blog that might be helpful they are older posts…
http://maplehillacademy.blogspot.com/2009/06/ebooks.html – this one has about using a Palm Pilot – with some links
http://maplehillacademy.blogspot.com/2010/09/kindle-book-links.html – some places to get Kindle ebooks – includes a link to another blog where that author was compiling places to get free ebooks for the AO curriculum
http://maplehillacademy.blogspot.com/2009/06/ebook-resources.html – links to general places to get free ebooks
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