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Use Kindle to get longer Amazon book previews iOS devices
With the advent of Amazon's free Kindle application for the iPhone and iPod touch, readers who don't want to spend the bucks for an actual Kindle device can use their mobile device to read e-books.

While this is interesting, many readers don't want to read e-books on a small screen, or simply don't want to buy books that are not made of dead trees. However, you can use the Kindle app for something else: to get previews of just about any book an Amazon.com. (Currently, that's 245,000 books, according to Amazon.)

To do this, install the Kindle app on your iPhone or iPod touch, then set up your account. Go to the Amazon site, and find a book you're interested in. Click Send Sample Now to have a sample sent to your iPhone or iPod touch. When you open the Kindle app, sync it, and you'll get the sample. You can read a long-ish chapter of the book you're interested in -- much more than Amazon's Look Inside feature offers you.

So if you want to sample a book, use the Kindle app, then buy the book on paper; or, try an e-book to see if you like reading on your iPhone or iPod touch.
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Use Kindle to get longer Amazon book previews
Authored by: Shawn Parr on Mar 10, '09 08:16:55AM
With the advent of Amazon's free Kindle application for the iPhone and iPod touch, readers who don't want to spend the bucks for an actual Kindle device can use their mobile device to read e-books.

We've been able to read ebook on mobile devices for quite a long time actually. There are/where plenty of apps for doing so on Palm and Windows Mobile devices for years before the iPhone was announced.

After the iPhone App store opened there were a lot of eBook apps for it as well, currently I'm using Stanza, although previously I used the Portable Reading web app which worked very well.

The tip is a good one, and I apologize for the off-topic rant, but statements like the above really drive me nuts. It is rude to all the developers, publishers, authors, and readers who have worked so hard to make eBooks a reality over the past decade and more. If it wasn't for those people the Kindle wouldn't exist, and neither would the apps for the iPhone. Making it sound like the Kindle is the only thing that validates eBooks is wrong IMNSHO. The Kindle may be making it more mainstream, but it is still a late player in the game.



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Use Kindle to get longer Amazon book previews
Authored by: kirkmc on Mar 10, '09 10:09:48AM

The difference is between, currently, a few thousand books, mostly by unknown and self-published authors, available from a handful of sites, and 245,000 books available from Amazon. And it's also a difference of price: new releases - hardcovers - mostly for $10, far below what the other sites charge.

I certainly understand that this is an incremental change - I was doing some work for an ebook publisher here in France about ten years ago - but content is king. What Amazon has done for ebooks is similar to what Apple did for digital music.


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Almost Every Book?
Authored by: EatingPie on Mar 10, '09 01:11:38PM

I'm a Sony Reader owner, and I'm rooting for e-books like crazy, even Kindle versions (we need a unified standard, desperately!).

But to claim that this is "almost every book" is so far off the mark, it's amazing. The *majority* of books are *not* in Kindle form.

Two simple examples: The Lord of the Rings books and the Harry Potter books. These are absolutely the most famous fantasy novels of all time, and there is no Kindle version.

I'm not saying this to be rude or mean. I'm just pointing it out because it's not an honest or accurate assessment of things. I WANT the majority of books in Kindle format, but we aren't even close... and knowing that means we should pressure Amazon and Publishers to rectify the situation and get the e-books rolling!

-Pie

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Use Kindle to get longer Amazon book previews
Authored by: David Luckhardt on Mar 10, '09 10:10:00AM

Great hint! I had downloaded the Kindle iPhone app, created the Amazon account, but had stalled out on actually purchasing any Kindle books because I hadn't seen the interface or how the text displays.

Would never have known the "send sample" option exists without reading it here.



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Use Kindle to get longer Amazon book previews
Authored by: hixer on Mar 10, '09 02:08:07PM

I'm not sure what the problem is - Amazon offers the longer previews of books as part of the Kindle Store, whether it's on the Kindle or any other platform. It's part of the package, and I'm sure the author and publisher have signed off on this. It's a feature of the store, not stealing from the artist.



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Use Kindle to get longer Amazon book previews
Authored by: milkmage on Mar 10, '09 05:51:46PM
here are 4 full sci-fi titles available for free until the end of May

http://www.amazon.com/gp/blog/post/PLNK1CAZLU3TFAPN8

Random House is offering a "free library" of books to download at no charge until May 31st "to introduce new readers to popular and acclaimed science fiction and fantasy series." Enjoy!

Settling Accounts Return Engagement by Harry Turtledove
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Red Mars by Stanley Robinson


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