Kindle ecosystem – the very best Kindle sites, tools, blogs

Here are my picks for the best Kindle sites in the Kindle ecosystem.

May 2013 Update: You can subscribe for Free Emails with hand curated Free Kindle Books from our site KEBooks.

Kindle Blogs

  1. Kindle World - Lots of good tips for the Kindle and coverage of Kindle news and issues. Andrys does a great job of keeping you up to date with what’s important in the world of Kindle.
  2. Kindle Nation - Steve runs a great blog and a weekly newsletter. The blog has lots of coverage of Kindle news, offers, indie authors, and other Kindle things.
  3. I Love My Kindle - Bufo Calvin runs a blog full of Kindle Tips and Kindle goodness.
  4. The Digital Reader - A very good blog with lots of updates on everything about eReaders.
  5. Teleread - General eReader and eBook News with lots of Kindle related news thrown in.
  6. Kindle Daily Post – The official Amazon Kindle Blog.
  7. Blog Kindle - A good blog plus the author also coded the unicode font hack for the Kindle.
  8. Kindle Reader – Jan has regular updates on books worth reading.
  9. BookSprung - Used to be Kindlerama. Offers free screensavers if you have the screensaver hack.
  10. Red Adept Reviews – Reviews on books for the Kindle.

Kindle Main Stream Coverage

  1. Wired Kindle - Charlie Sorrel and Tim Carmody do a very good job of covering the Kindle plus it’s free of ‘Apple’s iMouse is so much better for reading’ nonsense.
  2. Engadget Kindle - Engadget has lots of Kindle related news. It’s also one of the sites, along with BusinessWeek and NewsWeek, where Amazon tends to release ‘leaked & secret’ news.
  3. Techmeme - Has good news updates on technology, with occasional Kindle news.
  4. Google News: Kindle – The latest Kindle news via Google News.

Kindle Podcasts

  1. Kindle Chronicles - Len Edgerly does a great weekly Kindle podcast.

Kindle Book Deal Blogs & Kindle Free Book Blogs

  1. Free Kindle Books at KEBooks - Handcurated daily free kindle book lists. Disclosure: Our Site.
  2. Books on the Knob - Lots of deals.
  3. Randomize Me – Lots of deals and offers.
  4. Daily Cheap Reads – Books at $5 or less.
  5. Pixel of Ink – Free & Bargain Kindle Books.

Kindle Forums

  1. Official Kindle Forum – The best forum to start with.
  2. MobileRead Kindle Forum – Lots of good information here. This is a treasure trove of hacks and technical tips for the Kindle.
  3. Kindle Boards – Perhaps the second biggest Kindle Forum after the official one. It’s more like a forum with karma and direct messaging etc. so it’s better than the official forum in some ways.
  4. Kindle Korner - A good Yahoo group. Lots of members and good quality control.

Kindle Social Network

  1. BookSummit – Has more authors than readers. Works from the Kindle. Disclosure: Run by me.

Kindle App Blogs

  1. Kindle App Review. Disclosure: This is my blog. Haven’t been updating this much as making apps is getting in the way of writing about apps.
  2. Kindle App News – Updates whenever there are new apps or app sales.

Kindle Reading Apps

  1. You can get Kindle Reading Apps from Amazon for the following platforms – iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7.

Kindle Tools and Sites – Conversion

  1. Calibre – For all your conversion needs. It does a lot of stuff including ebook management and meta tag editing. Definitely worth trying out.
  2. MobiPocket Creator, Publisher Edition - this is great for converting documents to Kindle Format.
  3. Stanza for Mac - Replaced with Kindle for Mac now.
  4. On-Kindle PDF and ePub converter (Do read the warnings).
  5. AutoKindle takes PDF, Lit, PDB, CHM, and HTML and converts to Kindle format.

Kindle Tools and Sites – RSS, Read It Later, Browser Helpers, Trackers

  1. Kindle Feeder - Send RSS feeds to your Kindle using Kindle Feeder.
  2. InstaPaper - People seem to love this to an unhealthy extent. It’s a way to mark articles for later reading.
  3. Read It Later + Calibre – A good solution for reading articles later (on your Kindle).
  4. KInstant – A Browser helper for the Kindle that makes websites Kindle friendly.
  5. Skweezer - Squeezes websites into a format that works well with Kindle 1 and Kindle 2 browsers.
  6. Mysteria - Create a watchlist of books and the instant they are available in Kindle format you get an email.
  7. eReaderIQ – Price Drop Tracker with Email Updates. Also has advanced search.
  8. Kindle Start Page Tool – Add your favorite bookmarks and get a file you can keep on your Kindle Home Page to instantly go to your bookmarked sites.
  9. Kindle Page Number Tool – A very rough way to convert locations to page numbers.
  10. Mangle (Manga + Kindle) - Manga on the Kindle.
  11. Star Charts optimized for the Kindle.

Free Kindle Books Sites

  1. New Free Books in the Kindle Store. This goes to a post on this blog.
  2. Free Books from Project Gutenberg - The best formatted free public domain books.
  3. ManyBooks – Just as good as Project Gutenberg.
  4. Internet Archive – 1.8 million books and texts.
  5. Librivox- LibriVox has over 1,000 free audiobooks.

Kindle Tips

A plug for our Kindle Tips App – It has 130+ tips, it lets you add tips you find elsewhere, it has a slideshow mode, and it lets you select tips as favorites.

  1. Top 25 Kindle Tips.
  2. Top 25 Kindle 2 Tips.
  3. Top 25 Kindle DX Tips.

Kindle Hacks

  1. Jesse Vincent - Kindle Hacking Blog.
  2. Reversing Everything Blog – Kindle Hacks. Igor’s original Kindle Hacks/Tips post. Most only work on Kindle 1.
  3. Run your own Screensavers -  Go to this page, and see Post #41 for directions and the code. Heed the warnings – this is risky.
  4. Kindle 1 Font Mod Tool.
  5. Jesse Vincent’s hack to connect your Kindle 2 to the Internet via a USB connection to your computer (rather than WhisperNet).
  6. Jesse’s hack/tool to convert ePub files to .mobi format (which the Kindle 2 supports).
  7. AppleScript to email text from online newspaper articles to your Kindle.

Note: Please don’t link to your own site. Also, sites that don’t meet a rather random, undefined bar will not be included.

Mobile sites for Kindle

Sites that work on the Kindle browser (for the most part) are hard to come by.

So here’s a giant list of sites you can access from your Kindle – it’s experimental and based off of sites that work for Phones. If a site doesn’t work for you, please do write in so I can update the list.

Most Popular

  1. Google
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Amazon
  4. CNN

Mail, IM, Utilities

  1. Use YMail at http://m.yahoo.com.
  2. Use Yahoo Messenger at http://us.m.yahoo.com/p/messenger/.
  3. Use Gmail at http://m.gmail.com - Help at reelsmarts article and Gmail etc article.
  4. Hotmail
  5. MSN Messenger

Social Networks

  1. Facebook
  2. MySpace
  3. Twitter
  4. Kindle Social Network at BookSummit.

News and Magazines

  1. New York Times – mobile.times.com.
  2. Time.com – mobile.time.com
  3. CNN – m.cnn.com
  4. CNBC – mobile.cnbc.com
  5. BBC – bbc.mobi

Amazon Anywhere and Amazon

  1. Amazon Anywhere Mobile Site – shop anything at Amazon.
  2. Amazon
  3. Kindle Store

Favorites

  1. Mobile Version of Flickr.
  2. Weather Updates from National Weather Service’s Mobile Site.
  3. Orbitz’s Flight Status Tool.
  4. Twitter Mobile – m.twitter.com.
  5. Yahoo Mobile – http://wap.oa.yahoo.com
  6. Fandango – Movie ShowTimes and Buy Tickets. mobile.fandango.com/
  7.  MapQuest
  8. Google Reader
  9. Google Calendar
  10.  

Sports

  1. ESPN
  2. Yahoo Sports
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