Here are the best Black Friday Kindle Deals for Christian readers. There are a few more than this, but some of these are normally very expensive, especially Scot McKnight’s book.
If you are struggling to find a simple way to get your Kindle highlights into your Evernote account, you should try out ClippingsConverter.com. As far as I know, there is no other tool like this. I have prepared the steps you should follow to set this up.
Before you proceed, you should know that this method requires that you use an actual Kindle (excluding the Fire) and not an app on a different platform (PC, iOS, etc.). If you fall into this category, see this post for a less satisfying, but possible solution.
Here are the steps to sync your Kindle highlights with your Evernote account:
- Head over to clippingsconverter.com and create an account.
- Now you need to give clippingsconverter permission to access Evernote. You do this under settings, “integration” (or click here).
- Dump your Kindle’s “My clippings” file onto your computer via the USB connection.
- Upload it to clippingsconverter through the “Dashboard.”
- Click on books, and then click export. I highly recommend selecting the option: include “content and tags” since it will add page numbers and Kindle locations to your highlights in Evernote. Note that you can export all of your books at once, or individual books one at a time.
- Evernote will create a new notebook called: “ClippingsConverter” where you will find all of your highlights organized by book!
Consider moving your highlights to a new notebook, as each time you repeat the process the old notes will be updated to include any new highlights. This step is only necessary if you want to edit your notes once they are in Evernote.
One of the things that makes the Kindle unique among the e-readers is the fact that you can loan out your books. Now don’t get too excited, as there are a few catches. First, publishers decide whether books can be lent out or not, and so far only about 10-20 percent of Kindle books can be lent. The other issue is that you can only ever loan a Kindle book out once! Finally, you have to have an Amazon.com account in order to loan your books.
I sincerely hope that they expand this ability in the future, since this is one of my main beefs about e-books. However, in the meantime you should check out a service called Lendle. They pay you to lend out your Kindle books, and allow you to borrow books from other Kindle users. So far I have lent one book, and have put in requests to borrow three. If you want to check it out, be sure to use this referral code so that I can borrow more books: “EXCM6QBW“.
Are you trying to decide which e-book reader to buy? One of the important factors to keep in mind is the price of each book. The original buy-in for the device is hardly worth talking about unless you are going to spring for an iPad or Kindle Fire.
I made these price comparisons a while ago, but I had forgotten about the Kobo until today (I checked a few of the books from the other companies to make sure that the prices haven’t changed too drastically since I first put this together).
It is worth mentioning that the prices for Amazon.com are really skewed by the two Tim Keller books. For whatever reason, Amazon.com has overpriced this book, but when it first came out the Meaning of Marriage was only 12.99.
What should we learn from this exercise?
- Right now I do not recommend shifting your Kindle Library to Amazon.ca—the selection is limited and the average cost of a book is about .50 cents more than Amazon.com; if our dollar improves dramatically in the future this may change, but the bigger concern is the limited selection available on the Canadian site).
- In my experience ebooks are dramatically cheaper when they are first released, even to the point where they give them away for the first two or three days (if you want to know about the daily deals on Kindle books follow this blog via email: http://www.gospelebooks.net/).
- Finally, ebooks are not always cheaper. If you want to compare the same books, but the hard copies, see this post by Tim Challies, who originally got me started on this research.
Have you ever wanted to read a web page on your Kindle instead of on your computer screen, then you should check out Readability. Readability also does several other helpful things, and all for free:
Once you set up an account, you can get an extension for your browser so that you can quickly email the text of any webpage to your Kindle. I find this is really helpful if I am at work and don’t have time to read a full story, but would like to check it out later.
Other benefits include an easy database for collecting your favorite articles in one place, as well as the ability to strip all the pictures and other distractions from a web page, just by clicking “Read Now.” This means you can quickly turn this, into this: