Archive for July, 2010

Add your own pictures to the Kindle to be used as the screensaver images that get rotated thru.

  1. Connect to your Kindle via USB.
  2. Create a folder named ‘pictures’
  3. Within that new folder, create another folder name ‘My Pictures’
  4. Copy any number of pictures you want into the new ‘My Pictures’ folder.  600×800 is the size of the screen display.
  5. On the Kindle, go to the Home Screen
  6. Press ALT+Z
  7. There should now be a ‘book’ named ‘My Pictures’ displayed.
  8. Open the ‘book’ to start the picture viewer.
  9. Cycle thru all of the pictures pressing F (to make them full screen), then ALT + Shift + 0 (the number zero) to select each one for the screensaver.

There you have it, enjoy your favorite pics.  What are your thoughts on this neat feature?

There’s a website called  manybooks.net that has kindle formated books available.  Now you can try books on your kindle that won’t cost you a penny. Many of the books I read when I was younger and would consider great books for your own library are available at the site.

There is a large number of books at manybooks.net that I wouldn’t bother with, but I plan on grabbing many of the classics that I haven’t read or haven’t read since I was much younger.  A large number of Shakespere’s works, Poe, well far more than I had expected. Thanks to ManyBooks.net for hopping on the bandwagon early and getting their collection converted so quickly.  Go check it out, I can’t image you won’t find at least one book you’ll download.

You can also check out Amazon’s selection of free books.  The link I provided lists all available Kindle books sorted by price. All of the free books should appear first, even if you click on a category on the left of the page. I’ve used this technique many times to find new books for zero cash.

From the home menu, hold down Alt-Shift-M simultaneously to launch Minesweeper.  Just like you play on your PC, the Kindle packs a full Minesweeper game.  You use the I, J, K, and L keys to move up, left, down, and right, and ALT-Scroll to toggle from row to row or column to column.  The M key lets you mark a mine and the Space key uncovers a cell.

Kinda cool that the Kindle has hidden features that allow to take a break from reading.