How to Read ALL Your Favorite Blog Feeds on Your Kindle [For Free!]

Although I mostly use my Kindle for reading books and galleys, I also like to read the feeds from my favorite blogs on the go. While I can’t always keep up with my favorite blogs and news sites during the work day, I like the ability to scan the new items on my Kindle when I’m lounging outside on the weekend or waiting for dinner to cook during the week.

Amazon handily offers subscriptions to many blogs delivered by Whispernet, but unfortunately, not all my favorite blogs are available, and the cost to subscribe to all the blogs I’d like to receive would start to become prohibitive at $1 t o $2 per feed per month.

Since I don’t really require feeds to be delivered wirelessly — I’m quite happy to plug in my Kindle via USB while I’m working and not using it — I have been using an entirely different solution.

I have been using a piece of software called Calibre to manage my ebook library as well as delivery of ALL my chosen feeds, completely free of charge.

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Calibre¬†automatically detects your Kindle when it’s attached, and it works much like iTunes does with Podcasts to update it’s feed list and sync your Kindle with the new content.

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I update daily with the entire list of blogs from my Google Reader list, plus some Amazon forum feeds, and a few other feeds made available automatically by the software.

You choose when to update your feeds (I do it at 11am so that my Kindle is updated with the latest news and posts before I head for lunch), and everything else is automatic. ¬†There is a huge list of feeds that are built into the software, including the ability to grab your whole Google Reader list of blogs, and you can also create a custom source from any feed you want, from forums to your family’s blogs.

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Calibre also works with many other ebook readers. Currently the SONY PRS 500/505/700, Cybook Gen 3, Amazon Kindle 1/2, Netronix EB600, Ectaco Jetbook, BeBook/BeBook Mini and the iPhone  are all supported.

3 Responses to How to Read ALL Your Favorite Blog Feeds on Your Kindle [For Free!]

  • Joy says:

    Great tip 🙂 I don’t have a Kindle, but this would be useful if I ever get one… I’ve considered it, but I’m not sure. I take it you are a fan of yours? 🙂

  • admin says:

    @Joy – I’m actually surprised at how much I love my Kindle, though I think I’d love a Sony eReader or any other eInk device just as much. What surprises me most is how much I love reading outside with it. I never imagined how much extra reading I’d get done while waiting for the dog to do his thing, or while sitting in the park waiting for the kids to get bored, tired or hungry.

    I had tried to take a netbook with me to the park, but it was awful trying to get enough shade to be able to see the screen, and I didn’t get any work done at all.

    The eInk is actually clearer in sunlight than indoors, and I’ve gotten tons of work-related reading done during what would otherwise be unproductive times.

    The Kindle isn’t perfect, but I am very happy to have mine.

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