Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Kindle uses other then Kindle Store

I just got a Kindle 2 for my birthday a couple weeks ago and I'm loving it to say the least. Already finished a couple of books from the Kindle Store, but I quickly learned the products you buy from Amazon would only leave you scratching the surface of the wonderful device.

My favorite thing to use the ebook reader for is Manga. A PC program called "Mangle" will take a folder of images and put them in the proper dimensions for your Kindle. So I quickly learned to put about 10 volumes of a Manga in a folder, convert and then upload to the device. It is simple and fast to do. Of course I only encourage you download Scanlations of Manga that haven't reached these shore yet.

That being said, LICENCED manga publishers need to get their head out of the sand and start realeasing some of these titles to the Kindle Store. Every second they don't, money is vanishing into thin air.

But that is a topic for another post.

The Kindle has also helped with my RPG gaming needs. While I hate to admit in public I use GameFaqs, the only excuse I can provide is I'm trying to rush through the Megaten games as fast as possible so I need a guide handy at all times. And seeing as how Nocturne guides cost over $50, it is much easier to go to Gamefaqs, grab the FAQ, put it in a txt doc and send it to my Kindle. Then as I play the game I have handy the entire FAQ, right in front of me in ebook form. And since the battery life on the Kindle is amazing I can leave it sitting in front of me, while it is "on" for an entire gaming session. Excellent.

To go hand in hand with the above, and nearly combining both of those purposes, I recently bought Soul Hackers for my Japanese Sega Saturn. Of course the game is only in Japanese, but translations exist online. I'm sure you've guessed by now how I handled this conundrum, but I'll go over it anyway. I download the translation, upload it to my Kindle, and as I play the game, the translation is sitting in my lap the entire time.

I tried all these methods before with my iPhone, but the small screen and the aforementioned battery life became a hassle. The Kindle is an ideal solution over these problems.

Also I have used the Kindle to download entire Japanese novels that have been translated by the fans.

Here are some links of some of the things I mentioned in the above post:

For Mangle, go here:

http://foosoft.net/mangle/

For a huge archive of Scanlated Manga:

http://stoptazmo.com/

And some good translated Japanese novels:

http://www.baka-tsuki.org/