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Are there any pre-loaded books

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Initial post: 8 Mar 2013, 10:24:24 GMT
Just broken a Kobo and thinking of switching to Kindle. Our Kobo came with 100 books pre-loaded. Does the Kindle?
Sorry if this seems a stupid question but I can't see any useful information in the above data.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2013, 10:35:45 GMT
Damaskcat says:
No - it doesn't come with any pre-loaded books but there are thousands of free books available to download.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2013, 10:37:34 GMT
Brian says:
No it doesn't , Peter, except for a dictionary, and user manual, but there are loads of free books available in the kindle store.

Posted on 8 Mar 2013, 10:41:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Mar 2013, 11:06:43 GMT
K. A. Newton says:
No there are no book preloaded.

You do get dictionaries though - these have to be there as you can highlight a word etc etc.,

Lots of freebies, also all the books out of the public domain.

I just got a Shakespeare omnibus for 49p. which is table of contents activated and also ready for Text to Speech. If the Kindle you choose has sound. Some Kindles don't.

Don't know how long this will stay at 49p.

THE COMPLETE PLAYS OF SHAKESPEARE (Special Kindle Illustrated and Commented Edition) All of William Shakespeare's Unabridged Plays AND Yale Critical Analysis ... (The Complete Works of Shakespeare)

Any other favourites of yours ? ?

If you do decided to get a Kindle - power your account with gift vouchers so that your bankstatement does not get full of small amounts of cash - or your card blocked cos of small amounts. You can buy e-mail gift vouchers from your Amazon account page. You just enter your own e-mail address - the one fixed to your Amazon account.

This forum is having a shake up at the moment.

Try the 20p book link. There used to be a lot of 20p. books but they have dried up a bit - 49p. and 59p. seem to be around.

By the way if you and your partner both have Kindles registered to the same account you only need to buy a book once, you can download it to the other kindle for free.

Children - parental controls are available on most Kindles so your child cannot buy books from the Kindle store or download unsuitable books from your archive. Just don't forget the password you pick when you set the controls on.

In the meantime while you are thinking about buying a Kindle, if you have an Amazon account you can download Kindle for PC or Kindle for Mac etc etc. for free on to your laptop and download free books to that app to read on your PC, (and bought ones too), laptops are back lit of course so watch for sore eyes.

If you buy a Kindle later you can download all your already bought and free books from Amazon on to that - 2nd and subsequent downloads are free.

Just make sure the Kindle for PC app is the correct one for your system. I understand there has been problems with the Windows 8 version.

Kindle for PC puts a page on your laptop so you can read books - and you get to see the colour pictures too - no parental controls on here though. You can use the whole screen. The covers of all books bought or obtained free from Amazon will appear on your Kindle for PC but you can only read the ones actually downloaded to Kindle for PC. If you click on a cover a book downloaded to just your Kindle the book will then download on to Kindle for PC. Remember no parental controls on Kindle for PC. etc.

I download cookery books on my Kindle for PC. I can highlight text, COPY and PASTE on to word processor page and print out for use in the kitchen or as a shopping list.

Lots of the classics are free. If you have a favourite author enter the author's name and see what comes up.

There can be many versions of a certain book so have a look first at what each offers you.

By the way, welcome.

Posted on 8 Mar 2013, 10:41:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Mar 2013, 10:42:08 GMT
As above unfortunately not but if you have a look at the top 100 free books I'm sure you can pick some up and there's always a thread on here with freebies of the day.


Posted on 8 Mar 2013, 10:49:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Mar 2013, 11:10:56 GMT
K. A. Newton says:
By the way. The Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD are great tablets but hopeless for reading text - ie. e-books in bright sunlight.

Had quite a few people on here back from holiday having had to buy tree books in Spain etc., as they can't read outside on their Kindle Fires etc. because of the reflection problem.

Your next problem is which Kindle. If you are not bothered about audio. or text to speech. The basic Kindle at £69. is a nice size to hold - even in a case it is not too heavy.

You can get clip on lights but I prefer a bookmark type that's tail fits between the case or I can even use it on tree books. The top bends over and a LCD light shines down, powered by 2 flat coin batteries.

Or you can buy the Kindle Paperwhite that has special built in lights.

There is a 3G Paperwhite so you can buy or download books while away from your router. If you don't plan on needing 3G you can buy a WiFi version Kindle.

My Kindles work at home and also at my daughters - I have Wifi connection with her router too. You can also go in McDonalds or similar and use WiFi contact there too.

Posted on 8 Mar 2013, 11:13:48 GMT
THanks for all your quick and helpful replies.

Posted on 8 Mar 2013, 11:36:54 GMT
K. A. Newton says:
A short while ago Kindle Touch e-readers became available in refurbished form.

Today I have noticed they are back again. Don't know how long for.

One is shown at £84-99 but there are others called Certified Refurbished at £69. the same price as the new Basics.

I bought two of these Certified Refurbished and they were like new. They have sound and if you download the most recent update (if not already on it) you can have the covers of the books on it displayed albeit in black and white.
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