Personal rating: 2/5
Yearly count: 4
Kindle Buffet is a book that promises to help you find and download the best free books, magazines and newspapers for your Kindle, iPhone, iPad, or Android. Now doesn’t that sound great? It probably would be greater if it didn’t feel like a giant commercial for the author’s website, Kindle Buffet. Now granted, he comes right out and tells you Kindle Buffet is his website and therefore his favorite. And Kindle Buffet does publish some links to free Kindle books. But I want more than just that!
To be fair, the author does give out some other sites that also show you free Kindle books. But it’s not much. Then he goes on about books that are free because they’re in the public domain. He gives the link to the Kindle section for those books, as well as Project Gutenberg. But he mentions there’s a lot pf places to find these books…except he doesn’t tell you where. Then he goes on about Amazon Prime. Which, while it may be a good deal, is not free. And I’m honestly not even sure if it’s available for non-USA customers. But even if it is, it’s still 79 dollar annually!
The weird part is, that despite the title, there’s a part in this book about Adobe Digital Editions that lets you loan e-books from your library. What this has to do with finding free content for my Kindle, I don’t know. The part about loaning books with your Kindle from libraries or friends with a Kindle was more appropriate. There’s also a bit about using the Kindle’s Document Service…which didn’t, so far as I could see, have anything to do with getting free content. Neither did telling me that I can search within an e-book’s content with my Kindle.
One good part I found was about recognizing illegal content. If you’re searching for legal, free books, it’s good to be aware of this so you don’t accidentally steal an author’s work. They’ve got enough trouble making a living as it is. Another plus of this book was the part about Apps, but that’s only useful if you have a Kindle Fire. Since I have a first-generation Kindle, that’s not me. Getting free news with Calibre on my Kindle sounds nice, but honestly, I think it’s quicker just reading the news on the internet. But that might just be me. There’s actually a big section about working with Calibre, because it can convert things to a Kindle format, including books. It wasn’t news to me, but it’s a good section.
Basically, this book could’ve used a good editor. There’s some good bits of information in there, but it’s scattered. I also found the book very disorganized. Not really recommended, as I’m sure there’s a better way to find the same information without having to slog through this.