Tech Tricks: Convert PDF’s into Kindle readable format

The Kindle is a pretty amazing device. I personally own the Kindle Paperwhite (2012 edition), and have never been happier. If you read, this is one of the best (if not the best) ebook reader out in the market right now.

One of the things i do on my Kindle is to read and digest personal documents. By personal documents i mean Word documents, PDF’s, HTML’s etc. (You can view the full list here). Amazon allows you to basically email these documents to a Kindle address, and magically it’ll appear on your device. To set this up, see here.

However you will realise that for PDF’s, the Kindle will display the document as-is – meaning the format will be retained. If the font size is small, you’ll have a hard time scrolling and reading the content. Here’s how it looks:

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Looks awful, right?

Now here’s the neat trick:

When sending the document to your personal Kindle address, type the word “convert” in the subject line. Nothing else, just the word “convert”. What this does is that Amazon will convert whatever format the document is in, into a Kindle readable format. Here’s how it looks post conversion:

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Pretty nifty, eh?

Comment below if you know of other neat tricks for the Kindle, or if you use it in some interesting ways. I’m always looking forward to learn more.

A look at my current setup (Mac)

Here’s a view of my dock, and below my current setup.

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Communication: Adium (Google Talks) + Skype

Social Media: Tweetdeck

Browsing / Reading: Pocket & Chrome

Emailing: Sparrow (Gmail’s, both my personal inbox & the company’s)

Calender-ing (is this even a word?): BusyCal (which syncs with Google Calendars)

Generally-running-my-life:

Evernote + Skitch

Alfred running in the background with Powerpack and workflows (This.)

Music & Podcasts: Spotify + iTunes

I’ll be digging into each app in more detail in future posts. Let me know if you’re particularly interested in some of the apps and methods i get around doing stuff.

Happy to hear from you too.

’til the next post, here’s a dancing Spiderman (with a bit of history) for you.

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Hello World.

I feel as if this is an annual ritual, but here i am re-launching the blog again.

I promise this time it will be different. One of my new year resolutions is to start writing again, and to write consistently. Mostly because 2013 has been a fantastic year which led me to different places (both physical and metaphysical) by being in new countries, meeting new people and making new friends, learning tremendously and hopefully grown wiser.

I want to share these experiences and observations i had, and hopefully these will be helpful to you, dear reader, who’s currently reading this now. If you would, please leave comments, provide feedback, and i’ll love to have a conversation with you.

Also, this is mainly a space to store some of the recipes of my geekier pursuits, including, but not limited to, productivity hacks, app setups, workflows, and matters as such.

If you would indulge me, come stay awhile and listen.