By Terry Wright
I’m a gadget kind of guy. Give me the latest and best gizmo on the market: all-in-one touch screen desktop computer, wireless printer/scanner, awesome laptop, Thunderbolt smart phone, iPad 3, and yes, Kindle Fire. Bobette and I ordered ours before they were released. The best thing about the Fire, we can email files to it; each one has its own email address. I send mine pdf and mobi files so I don’t have to print and read paper documents. It’s a great tool for proofreading. Mistakes leap off a Kindle screen at the speed of light.
This is all fine and dandy, but did you know that you don’t need a reader to read e-books? Most people look at me slack-jawed when I tell them this. Both Kindle and Nook offer free apps for PCs and MACs, smart phones, and tablets. I actually read more e-books on my smart phone than on my Kindle Fire, like when I’m waiting at Motor Vehicle to get my driver’s license renewed. Jeeze!
Most everyone on the planet has an Amazon account, maybe not as many Barnes and Noble, but these accounts are easy to set up and free (of course). Being that these free apps are connected to an account, it’s necessary to sign up. Then you can download the apps from their Web sites or directly from your app stores on your smart phone and tablets.
Here’s the link to Amazon’s free Kindle app: CLICKHERE
Here’s the link to Barnes&Nobles’ free Nook app: CLICK HERE
Now say you download a mobi file (for example) from a site like twbpress.com (for example), all you do is click on the file and it’ll open in the appropriate app. Or you can email your mobi file to your Kindle Fire and open it there. The file is uplifted to The Cloud and becomes available on all your devices.
The technology is so cool it gives me the shivers.