What! No Kindle version of this book? Maybe there is…

Posted on April 14, 2009

tellpublisherNothing is more frustrating than going to buy a book at the Kindle Store only to find out it's not available. As a consolation, Amazon posts this little message and link to tell the publisher you want the book for Kindle. You have to wonder if clicking the link really sends an notification to the publisher or does it get lost in the vast wasteland of the Internet. The truth is out there...but we may never know.

If you don't mind doing a little investigative work, you might be pleasantly surprised to find out that the book you want may already be in a digital format. The first thing you should do is visit the publisher's website. Some publishers have ebook versions of their books that are not in the Kindle Store but are in a Kindle compatible format or a format that can be easily converted. Be sure to read the help or FAQ page on their website for compatibility issues.

Case in Point:

I recently went to buy a technology book on Learning jQuery by Packt Publishing. Amazon has this book in print version only. I stumbled upon the publisher's website and realized that I can download the same book in PDF format at a discounted price (similar to kindle book discounts). Better yet, the have bigger discounts when you buy a second book from their catalog or a combination print and digital eBook. I also discovered that Packt Publishing now provides password-free and print enabled PDF ebooks. This allowed me to send it to my Kindle account to be converted and sent wirelessly to my K2. The conversion is more than adequate for easy reading and I still have the original PDF file if I want to copy and paste some code or print out sections.

As you can see, there may be cheaper and more flexible options out there vs. buying it through the Kindle store (if it is available). Happy Shopping!

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3 Responses to “What! No Kindle version of this book? Maybe there is…”

  1. CMR
    Apr 15, 2009

    Hello there! I am interested in buying a kindle but I am curious to know whether I would be able to use my favorite website for reading latin online: nodictionaries.com.

    Do you know if I can use that website on a kindle? Would you be so good as to check it out on your own? I would be highly gratified.

  2. CMR
    Apr 15, 2009

    Groovy! magnas gratias tibi ago!

  3. admin
    Apr 15, 2009

    Hi CMR – I checked out that website but their books seem to be integrated in the website and not downloadable. The good news is the site is text based and I was able to browse and navigate through it using the Kindle 2 integrated browser. FYI, most of the books in the Kindle store are English only but they are working on changing that. Hope that helps. Dave

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