[CQ-Contest] Any more good Kindle contest books?

James Cain jamesdavidcain at gmail.com
Sun Jun 19 05:57:15 EDT 2016

I have read hundreds of books on my Kindle, all of them history, biography, 
science, etc. That is, primarily words. Kindles are pretty much unusable for 
photos and drawings. Occasionally, a book I'm reading will have a map or a 
chart and I need a magnifying glass to make any sense out of them.

I did read one technical book on my Kindle: "The Radio Amateur's Hand Book." 
by A. Frederick Collins, published in 1922. Available for free from Project 
Gutenberg. It was fun to read! I was able to brush up on my rusty knowledge 
about spark gaps and crystal detectors and the Branly Coherer. 
Interestingly, the diagrams in this book are quite readable on Kindle, maybe 
because most of them consist of a dozen or fewer elements.

I know something about converting a book to Kindle. The text is pretty 
straightforward if you are skilled at working with a pure text file. But 
photos can be a nightmare of trying to crop, reformat, and size. IMO this 
requires someone with magical Photoshop skills. I have never seen an ARRL 
book on my Kindle so I can't comment on how they look.

Jim Cain, K1TN

> -----
> "Something to think about. I've heard that Kindle isn't a great way to 
> read/study technical books, because it's not easy to jump around to look 
> at something in the book referenced by pages you're currently reading. I 
> use a Kindle only rarely to read a novel that my XYL has bought, so this 
> does NOT reflect my experience. Others may feel otherwise. :)
> 73, Jim K9YC" 

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