Monday, October 26, 2009

Amazon is not the only source of ebooks for the Kindle

The Kindle ebook reader from Amazon has introduced hundreds of thousands of people to the experience of reading books on a digital device. A big selling factor for Kindle has been the device's ability to wirelessly purchase and download content from Amazon. Although this is a little too convenient for my budget, immediate wireless ebook purchases supply instant gratification, and people like getting what they pay for right away.

Although Amazon naturally corrals its customers into solely buying ebooks from Amazon, Kindle is not limited to only adding ebooks wirelessly. Kindles have USB cords that can be connected to a computer and used to load ebooks from the computer to the Kindle. This capability means that personal documents, as long as they are in a compatible format, can be loaded onto the Kindle for portable reading. It also means that unique ebooks not available from the Amazon Kindle store can be loaded onto the Kindle as well, like my fantasy series The Rys Chronicles.

To accomodate Kindle readers, I offer my fantasy novels in the .prc format from Mobipocket that works just fine on a Kindle as long as it does not have digital rights management restrictions on the file. To load a file from a computer to a Kindle, a person uses the USB cord and, once the device is recognized, opens the documents folder where ebooks can be added.

Formats of ebooks that will load onto a Kindle are:

.azw - the format specific to Kindle
.txt - a basic text file that can be made with any text editor or word processor program.
.mobi - mobipocket
.prc - also mobipocket

This process is obviously not as easy as wireless shopping, but it is nice that the Kindle has an alternative method for adding ebooks to it. This capability has allowed Kindle users to access my novels. I admit I get tempted to add my novels to the Amazon Kindle store, but the lousy sales terms restrain me on principle.

If you are a Kindle user and a fantasy reader, my novel Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I is completely free. It can be downloaded here:

free fantasy ebook