Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Books for your Kindle... #3

My thanks to the Miniature Wargames site [clicky] as I had no idea you could do this and it's brilliant!

This will allow you to create your own books from Wikipedia content and then download them to your Kindle as a stand alone reading file....  inspired...
  • Start by going the Wiki page you're interested in and then find the "print/Export"option in the menu to the left..

  • Click “Create a Book” and in the next web age click "Start Book Creator" (the green button).

  • Then just navigate to the pages you're interested in and at the top of the page there is an option to add the age to your book..

  • You can click on “Show Book” at any time and in the box bottom left it will allow you to delete any pages you no longer want, or even re-order the ages (just click on the page and move it up or down with a drag of the mouse)

  • When you've finished you simply select the download file type (the default is PDF for your Kindle as they don't support ePUB, but I use Calibre - see the Kindle library page at the top for where to get this - which has a facility to convert file types as part of the file transfer to the Kindle - very handy..), give it a title (in the two blank boxes to the left), and then click "download" - jobs a good' un..



Now with the proviso that Wikipedia articles are not the last word in historical veracity, I think that' a brilliant way of getting content to allow you to do basic research on a project whilst being away from the internet... nifty idea...

13 comments:

  1. That is great stuff. I will now download half if Wikipedia to my ipad!

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    1. Sure is... regimental histories, battle reports, anything you like that you're currently researching - just create a book and load it to your reading device! Amazing...

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    1. Ross - "NP"as the young people (also) say... PS. Once I get some boating stuff sorted out I'm heading to my second game with "Hearts of Tin"

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    1. Scott - AHA... so you're the one who still doesn't know...!? :o))

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    2. Must admit I've never been one to keep up with the latest techno-fangle things... my kids have got ipods/phones or whatever, whilst my phone remains steampowered...

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  4. Nice!! Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Hadik - "YW" as the young people say...

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  5. Oh boy! There goes my fair usage data allowance!

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    1. Grimsby - I know - given the addictive nature of wargamers we'll all soon be buying extra memory!

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  6. Interesting usage, if only I could get the Kindle away from my wife for long enough (perhaps I should buy my own?)

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    1. Will - not such a bad idea... the advantage at the moment is that with all the new models Amazon are bringing out, the price of the basic model is dropping like a stone... seen it just over £50 in places... & Chrimbo coming up... :o)

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