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Reading PDF and HTML articles on my Kindle

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 20 April 2012



Reading PDF and HTML articles on my Kindle
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 142
Posted DateFriday 20 April 2012 18:45 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttps://kindle.amazon.com ... 
http://www.instapaper.com ... 
http://www.instapaper.com/user/kindle ... 
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId ... 
http://www.cutepdf.com ... 

A few months ago I bought a Kindle. Funnily, I did not buy it for reading books, I bought it for reading PDF articles.

So many papers and articles are only available in PDF format and I find them almost impossible to read on-line, especially if they are formatted in two columns.

I used to have dozens of the things printed-off and lying around at any one time on my coffee table, by the side of my bed, in my book case and I could never find the one I wanted when I needed it and even then they were never easy to read even on paper.

What is great about the Kindle, is that I can email my PDFs to Amazon where they convert them to the Kindle format and usually within the hour, like magic, they appear on my Kindle.

I love it. But it gets better.

I often find interesting articles on a website in HTML format. I don't want to read them there and then and I don't want to read them online or print them off with all the headers, footers and margins.

Now I can convert these pages to read on my Kindle also. Here is the process I have been using up until now:

  • bookmark the page with Instapaper (Instapaper is a free web service that saves articles for later reading on web browsers, Apple iOS devices, and Amazon Kindle in a sripped-down text format.)
  • later, go to the stripped-down text document in Instapaper
  • print the plain text to a PDF file (I use a free printer driver called CutePDF Writer)
  • save the PDF file to a folder on my laptop. I have created one called Kindle PDFs just for the purpose.
  • email the file to my Kindle

I have just discovered, however, that I can configure Instapaper to send articles I have bookmarked directly to my Kindle. It will even compile several articles into one file. Now that's really cool.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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