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Offline licenced Reading Apocalypse Troll (David Weber)
01 Oct 2010, 10:56 AM | Post: #1

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Add your own web links to the Kindle Home page

Yesterday I discovered the KUF resources mini-book, and I started wondering to myself whether it was possible to add my own quick shortcut links to my favourite web pages to the Kindle Home screen.

Turn's out it's pretty simple. Here's how:
  • You need a document editor - Microsoft Word is good, but I used OpenOffice
  • Start a new document
  • On each line in the document insert a hyperlink. In both Word and OpenOffice you can do this with the menu Insert->Hyperlink. In the dialog that appears you need to enter the URL (called Target in OO and Web Page Name in Word) and the text you actually want to be displayed on the page (called Text in OO and Text to Display in Word). When you are happy close the dialog (OK in Word, or Apply then Close in OO)
  • Repeat until happy
  • Save your document to your computer - if using OpenOffice make sure to select 'Word 97/2000' in the Save As Type field so it saves as a Word format file. The name you give your document will be the name of the book that gets added to your kindle - so if you call it 'Browser Links.doc' your Kindle will show a book called 'Browser Links'
  • Now send your document to your kindle email address - if on wifi use <name>@free.kindle.com. Amazon will convert it into a book and your Kindle will download it. Alternatively use Calibre to convert it and transfer it yourself
  • Open the book on your Kindle and use the 5-way controller to highlight and select a link - it will open the browser and load the page.
The hard part is getting all the formatting right so it appears how you want it on the Kindle.

Some further tips:
  • If you want to make changes to your book simply delete it from the Kindle, edit it again on your computer and resend it.
  • The conversion process strips out tabs - don't use them thinking it will aid formatting for items on a single line.
  • The conversion process does, however, keep indents, so you can use these to create nice lists
  • Formatting in your document like text size is removed - text size is controlled by your Kindle settings
  • Formatting like Bold text seems to be kept - I haven't tried things like italics but they may work
  • Formatting like tables is kept, but you can't select a link in a table with the 5-way so don't use them
  • As a rough guide the Kindle screen is narrower than a PC document and will show between a quarter and half a page worth of text - although this obviously depends on your text size, line spacing and font settings on the Kindle itself. Using the second lowest text size I get 24 lines on the Kindle screen.
As you can probably tell I spent a fair bit of time working all this out so I help this helps someone out there.

Apologies for ripping off the KUF idea of the book of links - you can be sure I've included most of the ones that were in your book in mine, but now I have additional quick links like Google Mail/Search/Reader/Calendar, all my favourite KUF Feeds pages and links to other favourites of mine.

Cheers,
Dave
Offline Lou Reading Ryria Series by Michael J Sullivan
01 Oct 2010, 11:24 AM | Post: #2

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RE: Add your own web links to the Kindle Home page

Thanks for the nifty tips on this. I set the KUF one up in html, but I think word will be a better bet for the majority of people.

I'm wondering if we should compile a list for the official KUF mini-book as the ones on there at the moment are just my choices.
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Offline licenced Reading Apocalypse Troll (David Weber)
01 Oct 2010, 11:32 AM | Post: #3

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RE: Add your own web links to the Kindle Home page

I think you certainly need to promote the KUF mini-book more - I only found it because I saw an update on the thread it's in, and then when I was looking for it again to get the link to it in my post this morning it took me a while to find it again.

Dave

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