Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kindle and Lendle

Past one week I have not been gaming. I was hooked on reading Stephen King's The Shinning, a digital book I bought using Amazon Kindle. No, I don't own a Kindle, but the Kindle app runs on iOS. I find that it is very pleasant to read novels on the iOS. The Kindle app is easy to use, you can highlight text, put a 'dog ear' on the page to return to it and best of all, you can also see what other people around the world have highlighted - so you would may particular attention to the text :)

And it has dark mode, meaning you can also read it in the dark without straining your eyes.

And the best part - there is also a Kindle app for the PC, so if you are fed up of reading in iOS, you can fire up the PC app and you continue where you stopped! No more figuring out which pages. It auto syncs between devices.

The best part about Kindle book, which I learned today is Lendle. You see, amazon.com allows owner of a Kindle book to lend it out to a friend for 14 days. During this 14 day period when you book is lend out, you have no access to it. Amazon even published API to this capability and Lendle, a third party not aflliated with amazon, built a website where it gathers a community of people to start sharing their books. For each book you lend out, you get borrow credit. So the more people who share their books, the bigger the Lendle library and the more you can borrow! What a brilliant service!

Try it out!

2 comments:

Brian Lee said...

Hi there, Thanks for the info on the Lendle. Very useful! By the way, I can't seem to find the Kindle App on my Apple's App Store. I'm looking for it for my Ipad2 (I'm in Malaysia by the way, Kelana Jaya). Do you know if it's available? Thanks, and have a wonderful week ahead!

Cheers,
Brian

ringgit said...

Hello Brian - hmm, I forgot to mention that you need to download Kindle app from iTunes US Store i.e. you will also need an iTunes US account. It sucks, I know. In fact after you have it, you need to follow a couple of steps to even buy books legally from amazon.com. The things we have to go through to get things legally. No wonder so many people resort to piracy!

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