UPDATED 8/10/09 1:30 AM - Original posting was 4/20/09, 9:55 AM
I've made a separate Kindle file for the bookmarks below, which you can use as a Kindle file made up OF the bookmarks listed -- the websites are linked already in that file so that you can use them for the Web when your Wireless is On.
(Uploaded corrected file replacing wrong file, 8/10/09 at 11:05 AM PDT.
Update info at bottom of file should say 8/10/09 at 12:33 AM.)
If you're not in email while Kindle-browsing, and the words are too small because the Kindle is showing the full screen, try going to Manu/Settings and changing to "Basic Mode" instead of Advanced or Desktop modes. That'll make the fonts normal sized and it'll all be more black & white with higher contrast. See How to use the Kindle web browser tips.
Otherwise, Basic Mode is faster and in better contrast (more b&w) but you may have to "NextPage" through the website's left-column of links first, if they have one. The text being larger is worth it usually.
FILE for download:
You can click or right-click here to download mobiweb.azw which you can then transfer to the 'documents' folder of your Kindle, via your USB cable -- or you can email the downloaded file to [you]@kindle.com to have it sent to your Kindle. Let me know if there are any problems.
Update: If you're on this blog page using Amazon's Kindle-subscription edition of this blog, you can download the file direct to the Kindle. (The live web-browsing version on the Kindle, with rectangle cursor, doesn't allow it for some reason.)
After downloading something to the Kindle, you may have a blank screen. Just press the "Back" button to get back to where you were earlier.
Original Posting of 4/20/09 The Kindle comes with webpage bookmarks put in place for us by Amazon as part of its "experimental" web browser feature, the use of which is at no cost to us currently (partly because web-browsing on a small vertical screen is less than optimal for the eyes and it's difficult to fit a wide page of several columns in a tiny vertical screen. However, with the Amazon's ultra-sharp fonts, it's doable and, best, we're able to use this anywhere cell phones can access Sprint, which provides the wireless ("Whispernet") access prepaid by Amazon -- the estimated average Sprint EV-DO wireless costs are factored into the price of the Kindle unit.
There are no hourly or monthly charges for the user at this point (though Amazon reserves that right), even though cellphone web-data packages are normally a minimum $30/mo. for unlimited access. So, unlimited cellular data access like this normally costs, at the least, $360 a year. For now, we do have tjat unlimited use, though most Kindle users would want to use it only for emergencies when outside the home. It's not speedy.
So, I've used it at restaurants, stores, concert intermissions, whenever I want to look up something. I used it the other day while waiting for diem sum, to read and post to one of the Amazon forums, and
A friend wrote that she lost most of her Amazon-placed website bookmarks while experimenting the other day, and asked me to give her the Amazon-made bookmarks. Since she has a Kindle 1 while I have both Kindles, I gave her a list of what was pre-placed by Amazon on both Kindles. The Kindle 2 handles the web far better than the K1 does, though. By default it tends to present the full width of a regular Internet page, with words very small but also very sharply presented. To get the data in normal larger text instead, we can switch from the automated "Advanced" mode to "Basic" mode (via settings-menu while web-browsing), which means, then, paging through left column data first and then arriving at the middle data columns readable in normal-sized fonts. We can also 'disable images' to just get the text much faster if in a hurry for basic info and not images.
Mobile versions of webpages, however, are programmed to fit on mobile phones with their small screens and so they're very good for the Kindle.
Here are the basic bookmarks put on by Amazon, followed by links to excellent and fairly extensive lists of mobile-versions of popular sites. You won't need to type any of this list if you downloaded mobiweb.azw.
* You NEVER need to type in the "http://" portion for Kindle bookmarks. The Kindle will add that. *
LIST (This is in the file you can download for your Kindle.)
First, AMAZON-placed bookmarks (mostly) from Kindle 1 and 2:
Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com
Wikipedia - http://en.m.wikipedia.org
GMail Mobile – INBOX ONLY, text focus
Gmail Mobile – FOLDERS ALSO, Slower, many boxes
Google - http://www.google.com/pda
Google Mobile products – http://m.google.com/?hl-en
- (Don’t use Mobile Products ‘gmail’ option. See above instead.)
BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/text-only.htm
CNET - http://m.news.com
CNN - http://m.cnn.com
ESPN - http://mobileapp.espn.go.com
MSN MOney - http://mny.mobile.msn.com/en-us
MSNBC - http://www.msnbc.msn.com
AllRecipes - http://mobile.allrecipes.com
E! Online - http://eonline.mobi/topstory.ftl
Fandango - http://mobile.fandango.com
National Weather Service - http://mobile.srh.weather.gov
The following were possibly put there by me:
Lonely Planet - http://m.lonelyplanet.com
Yahoo! - http://us.m.yahoo.com
Yelp - http://mobile.yelp.com
WEB ON YOUR CELL (I use this a lot.)
(WebOnYourCell is excellent - added 8/8/09, 11:58 PM)
This *squeezes* your chosen sites for mobile/Kindle use.
NOTE: If you have the file listing that shows "www.squeezer.com"
please re-download the file, as it should be "www.skweezer.com"
and the file has been corrected. Apologies.
CANTONI MOBILE BOOKMARKS:
TOP MOBILE WEBSITES - Excellent recommendations here
Press Menu/ *Click on “Use Basic Mode” for this.*
( Easier to type than http://webtrends.about.com/od/mobileweb20/tp/Top-Mobile-Websites-.htm )
Amazon asks for feedback on how the experimental basic-web feature works for us. Send them feedback at email@example.com or to
Please feel free to add to the Comments area any useful mobile-formatted pages you like that are not on Amazon's, Cantoni's, or Webtrends' lists. There's a delay in posting comments, and I'll try out any recommended links first. Thanks!
Last update for List - 8/10/08 - 12:33 AM
Last update for blog entry - 8/10/08 - 1:30 AM
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