Category: Writing, Reading
Everyone has heard of the Kindle by Amazon. It’s known as an eReader; a way to read book in a digital format without having to sit at the computer.
There are several versions of the Kindle available: the original, the Kindle Keyboard, the Kindle Touch, and the Kindle Fire.
|Go to Amazon to watch the Quick Tour…
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Today I’m going to talk specifically about the Kindle Fire and its usefulness for writers.
To start off, one of the first pieces of advice you get as a writer is to read a lot. Read inside the genre you write and outside of it as well. Read the good stuff and read the bad stuff. Read everything.
I currently have well over 100 books on my Kindle Fire. Most come directly from Amazon, but I also have many in PDF format. There are best sellers from the Big Six as well as books from indie and self-published authors. (I should tell you that owning a Kindle doesn’t mean I don’t read print books. I do. A lot. In fact, it’s kind of an addiction.)
|Open Office Pro|
Reading isn’t the only thing you can do on a Kindle Fire though. Not only can you get your magazines through the Fire, you can play games (like Stupid Zombies), watch movies and TV shows (it’s on, Game of Thrones!), and surf the web (including checking out this here blog *wink wink**nudge nudge*). But one of the best things about the Fire is its usefulness for writers by way of apps.
There are several apps available that make working on your writing easy to do when on the go.
The most useful writing app I’ve found so far is Open Office Pro. When you first get a Fire, Open Office is already in the apps pre-installed. It’s a good tool for reading any documents you might have in cloud storage, but you are limited in what file type you can view. I recommend installing the upgrade to Open Office Pro because you can edit your documents more easily including any Excel spreadsheets or Power Point presentations. It costs about $15 (US) but is worth the expense.
The great thing about Open Office Pro is you can directly link all of your cloud storage to it; including Google Docs, Dropbox, and Evernote just to name a few.
You can also download an app specifically for your cloud service if it’s offered in the app store. For Dropbox, you have to go to the website on your Kindle and download the app directly from there.
And, if you’re skeptical about using a Kindle Fire as a tool for writing, use this post as a reference… I wrote it on mine=)
I’m also over at The Dojo today. K is for Kicks (and Tricks)!