Have you tuned out all the hype and talk about Kindle books, like the new Obituaries in Genealogy: A Research Tool, because you don’t have a Kindle device? What you and many other genealogists may not know is that there is a Kindle app you can download for FREE that will allow you to read Kindle books on almost any device!
How the FREE Kindle App Works
Click here to download the Kindle App and follow the steps in terms of what device you are using. (It is recommended that you access this post from the mobile device where you want the app installed and then follow the instructions).
Then you can go to the Kindle Store and activate your device per the instructions and begin downloading Kindle books. Remember that there are many FREE Kindle Books (see below) and that you can also import certain types of books from Google Books and Internet Archive (also see below).
How I Use Kindle for Genealogy
The image above is a screen capture from my own Kindle App on my PC desktop. The fact is, I don’t own a Kindle device because I feel I already have too many devices between my laptop, my iPad and my iPhone. So why not enable these devices so they can access my Kindle books? That’s why the Kindle App is so important.
If you take a close look you can see I read books on social media, business, creativity, entrepreneurship as well as genealogy. Many genealogy books like Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith are available in Kindle format.
Another trick: if I can download the EPUB format of a public domain book from Google Books or Internet Archive, I then upload it to the Kindle App . . . like The History of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Monticello, New York for One Hundred Years, 1816-1916. This way, I have it accessible on my iPad or other devices and I consult the book while on a research trip. I can even access my own books by uploading the EPUB file to the Kindle App.
The fact is, with the Kindle App, you can transform your tablet computer or other mobile device into a genealogy resource center. No more copying PDFs or ebooks to flash drives which then get lost. Also, you can instantly make purchases through the Kindle Store via the Kindle App just as you would on a Kindle device.
Tip: Join the Kindle for Genealogy Group on Facebook to stay up-to-date on new and free genealogy books on Kindle as well as other Kindle news!
Tons of Free Books for Kindle
Having the Kindle App installed doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money on Kindle books. Visit the Free Kindle Book group on Facebook to find free books. And click here to search the Kindle Store for free genealogy books.
An Incentive – Free Kindle Book Resources
Here are some resources on getting free ebooks to use with your new Kindle App!
- 88 Places For Free History eBooks Online
- Ancestor Search: Free Genealogy Online Books
- Free e-Books: Collections
- How to Find Free E-Books About Your Ancestors
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