Since my last post about awesome websites that make the Kindle even MORE awesome than it already is, I’ve paid for premium service with Kindlefeeder.com.

How much?

I paid $19.95 USD for one year of premium service.

Why upgrade?

I’ll go into all the features a premium membership brings in just a minute.  But the main reason I upgraded was because I wanted to be able to subscribe to more than 12 feeds.  I think for free, basic membership, 12 feeds is more than fair.  Well, it’s free.   Any thing more than none would be fair.  But, I love my feeds.  I have a lot of sites that I want to read regularly, even more regularly than the every-day-or-two I check in with my Google Reader.

What comes with premium service?

So. much.

  • Unlimited number of feeds.
  • Ability to trigger a wireless delivery from the kindle.
  • Subscribe to feeds from processing-intensive* feeds.
  • Lots of delivery options. Lots. (See picture below).

Click the picture for a full view of my Kindlefeeder feeds management page.

As you can see, there’s a drop-down menu under delivery window.  From Kindlefeeder.com:

You can restrict the delivery of content from a feed to weekday mornings, weekday evenings, or weekends only. “Evening” means after 3 p.m. EDT; “morning” means before 3 p.m. EDT. “Weekends” means Saturday and Sunday. This setting affects both scheduled deliveries and immediate deliveries that you trigger yourself.

  • Schedule up to TWO automatic deliveries per day at times you choose.

If you recall my previous post, deliveries from Kindlefeeder were triggered by going to the site and clicking a button.  Not so with premium service.

Note that delivery options are the same.  An email to forward to your free Kindle address (Kindle 3 only); an emailed zip file you can unzip and load directly to your Kindle; a direct delivery to your Kindle (which will incur a surcharge by Amazon).  Or, at least, I’m pretty sure it will.  I’ve been too cheap to try it out.

One final note.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that scheduling automatic conversions / documents to your Kindle may violate the terms of service.  It’s unclear.  Or, it would seem to be so, but Amazon hasn’t yet responded to the creator of Kindlefeeder when he asked for clarification (in March 2009) and hasn’t stopped users from receiving emails from Kindlefeeder.com.  Yet.  Even more unclear, if one forwards them from one’s own email, does that violate the terms of service?  If I find out a clear answer, I will let you know.

* Processing-intensive feeds, like Yahoo Pipes and EchoDitto, take an “inordinate amount of time to fetch and update.”  They are only available to premium users because of the “disproportionate burden these feeds impose on the Kindlefeeder service.”

Edit 05.04.2012: Kindlefeeder seems to be gone. I’ve unlinked the links that were available in this post.

Yes, apparently, you can LOAN your Kindle ebooks.  At least, some of them.  I find this awesome because it allows you to say, “Hey, I think you’re going to love this author.  Give this book a try!”

My nephew and I are finding that our reading preferences cross in strange places.  So, we’re a little excited to recommend books to each other.  Our new deal?  I’ll read Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Side of the Moon if he reads Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Unfortunately, neither of us have these books on the Kindle, so we can’t use the loan feature this time.  (Of course, we have paper copies because they’re faves).  But, I’m just so excited to share books with friends.  Even friends who live far away.  I’ve talked at least two people into a Kindle since Christmas.

So, how does it work?

Go to www.amazon.com/myk.

You’ll see a list of books you’ve purchased (or sampled).  Click on the plus icon beside the book you want to loan.

Click the “Loan this book” button, beside the cover.

Here’s what comes up:

Fill out the fields and that’s it!  You’ve loaned your ebook!

The Fine Print

  • Not all publishers allow you to loan books.  Boo to them, I say.  Lending reaches more readers which means more purchases later!
  • The book must be downloaded within 7 days or it is no longer available to your lendee.
  • Your lendee can keep the book for 14 days.  Presumably, Amazon removes the book at that point–finished or not.
  • You can’t read your book for the 14 days it’s being loaned out.  Which makes sense.  If you loaned a real book, you couldn’t read it, either.
  • Most books I’ve explored can only be loaned once.  Not quite the same as a real book, but I see the need for limits (since this is so easy) and I can live with that.

P.S. I swear this is not becoming the pimpmykindle site.  It’s just… topical and interesting to me.  And, oddly, I like writing about those things.  Enjoy!

I use my Kindle everyday.  This is no secret.  I’ve facebooked, tweeted, and posted my love for the Kindle.

I consider myself tech-ish savvy.  I’m not a geek (a badge I’d wear with honor, mind you), but I know a few who point me in the right directions.  And, so, because I’m awesome, I’m going to point you to some very awesome Kindle sites that will make it even harder to pry the Kindle from your grip.

Instapaper

I use Google Reader a lot.  It’s how I get my tech fix and find all of these nifty things, it’s how I keep up with gossip from Jezebel (don’t judge me!), and how I know when a friend posts to their personal blog.

With Instapaper, I can use the spacebar to flip through all that content (and it becomes quite a bit–maybe I’ll share my favorite RSS feeds with you one day) and when I find something I think I’ll want to read, I just use the “Read Later” button that sits on my bookmark toolbar.  It saves and when Instapaper sends me my document, it’s all there.

Pros:

  • It sends to your free Kindle address (which only works if you  have a Kindle 3).  What this means is you will download it via your wi-fi, as opposed to Whispernet.  My Kindle does not make use of Whispernet, but I understand Amazon will begin (or has already) charging for those downloads.  I’m fine with waiting for my Instapaper document to download at home (or wherever I can get wi-fi) and then it’s there when I choose to read it.
  • It will send up to 20 articles and you can use your 5-way button to go to the next article if you decide it’s not something you want to read.

Cons:

  • It only sends 20.  I think (correct me if I’m wrong, peeps).  This is easily manageable by going to the Instapaper site and requesting it be sent right away (as opposed to it’s daily, or weekly, deliver time).  That said, after counting “Read Later” clicks in my head and heading there at 20 and hitting send, it could be better.  Say, if it just sent new content (as opposed to sometimes getting halfway through the document only to find stuff I’ve already read) and sent all the new content.
  • It does not pull feeds for you.  But that’s okay, because something else does.

Make It Work:

Get the Instapaper bookmarklet on the Extras page.

Go to Manage My Kindle, under the Account tab, to set up use with Kindle.  (There are several steps. Don’t be like me, read halfway through, then wonder why it isn’t working.)

Kindlefeeder

Once I started using Instapaper, I started seeing trends.  Some feeds, I sent every article to my Kindle.  I actually found the link for Kindlefeeder on the Instapaper site since they don’t pull feeds.

Pros:

  • Perfect if you’d rather read your favorite sites on your Kindle.
  • They come in one document and you can order them anyway you choose on the Kindlefeeder site.

Cons:

  • You only get 12 feeds free.  After that,  you need a premium service.  This has caused me to be really picky about who I let on my Kindlefeeder list.  It’s like that episode of Seinfeld, when they discontinue Elaine’s birth control of choice and she’s trying to decide not if a man is sex-worthy, but is he sponge-worthy.
  • I use the basic formatting and haven’t seen what it looks like otherwise, but you can’t use any buttons on your Kindle to move through sections, other than the one that turns the page.
  • It will not send to your free Kindle address.  It will, however, let you send the document to your email and you can forward it on to your free address.  Other choices include sending wirelessly to your Kindle (not free!) or emailing a downloadable file which you can transfer to your Kindle with the cable.

I’ve considered a premium account, because I really enjoy this application.  You can even trigger a feed pull and automatically send it to your Kindle from the Kindle with this option.  But, that would probably be delivered wirelessly which I’d have to pay for, they say.

Your feeds will be packaged and delivered wirelessly to your Kindle. Make sure to turn your Kindle’s WiFi switch on. Note that Amazon imposes a per delivery surchage on this wireless delivery option.

Make It Work:

Add feeds-Self explanatory, I think.

Manage my feeds-Delete or rearrange the order of your feeds.

Dashboard-Where the magic happens.

I just visit the site every day or two, click send forward, and wait for it to appear in my gmail.  When it does, I clear out the body (not making the document blank seemed to cause Kindle delivery to be hit or miss) and forward it to my Kindle free address.

Send to Kindle Chrome Extension

Want to hear something a little sad?  This extension is why I finally gave in and switched from Firefox to Chrome.  My Kindle owns me, people.

Anyway, get the extension here.

Pros:

  • Send almost* any article, blog post, I guess whatever your e-reading heart desires straight to your Kindle.
  • If you have the Kindle 3, you can use your free Kindle address.
  • They format nicely and include a link to the original at the end of the document.
  • Um, it’s awesome?

Cons:

  • If you are anything like me, and you’re licking up the links people tweet, you can end up with several documents to read.
  • *Sometimes the extension tells me it couldn’t send the content.  Sometimes, if I refresh, it does.  Sometimes, not.  Not sure what that’s about.

And that’s about it for bad things.  Lots to read and, on the rare occasion, it doesn’t work.

Make it Work:

I’m not even going to attempt to explain how to install a chrome extensions.  Others have done it far better already.

The extension itself is easy to setup and can be changed at anytime by right clicking on it (it’s an orange box with a K inside) and going to options.

And that’s it from me.  If you’ll excuse me, I’m heading to surgery to have my Kindle removed from my hand.