Monthly Archives: May 2011

How to make books Kindle readable.

There is a function where you can give your Kindle a name – so I have named mine Gilbert, after that great writer, thinker, and lover of cheese, Gilbert Keith Chesterton.

It comes with a wire that has a usb end and a micro usb end, and a three point plug. The Kindle can be charged using the plug pretty quickly – about an hour or so, or much more slowly via the computer. The wire can also be used for transfering books and audio onto the Kindle from the computer.

I have downloaded CALIBRE to my computer. It is free software that allows the user to covert books in a different format to mobi so they can be read on the Kindle. I have converted a few Pdf books this way. Apparently the best way of doing this is to convert from pdf to Lit first and then from lit to mobi. It has worked well for me, and isn’t too techy which is good.

If, like me, you might want to get Word or Publisher docs made Kindle friendly, then I recommend Primo pdf converter. It is also free. It’s what I use to make the freebies Kalei puts on her blog and as she was the one who gave me the heads up on it. I assume it’s what she uses to make all her amazing resources available to the rest of us.

Primo works in the “print” option for your documents.

Once you have made your pdf document you can make it mobi with Calibre.

Be warned however, some of the pdfs you can download from Internet Archive do not convert cleanly. However as many of their books are Kindle now, it doesn’t matter so much.

The other thing to note is that many free books, especially those from Internet Archive are not fotmatted very well – I think they were just converted. This can make some books a bit of a challenge to read on Kindlw – especially those with footnotes, but as they are free I am not complaining.

When you plug your Kindle into the computer and open files you will have Audible, Documents and Music. Apparently you can listen to music while you read. I haven’t tried this yet.

Audible is for audio files – mp3, audio books and so on.  I have loaded up THESE GEMS from G.K.Chesteron, and I have a series on the Shroud from EWTN which I think is no longer available.

The speakers on the Kindle aren’t that bad imo, but I do tend to use headphones when I’m listening, if for no other reason than the almighty racket in my kitchen when I’m working makes it difficuklt to think sometimes. LOL. (Washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, breadmaker, children…)

I have had a look at the Amazon UK Kindle store. Those of us this side of the pond cannot buy Kindle books from for some reason, but there are so many books out there that this shouldn’t be a problem at this point.

One thing I did note, sadly, is that the most popular books Amazon advertise are heavily towards the porn and erotica end of things. How very saf that is.

There’s plenty of really good stuff out there- I’ll try and post a list soon.

Free lesson: a brief history of the priesthood.

I spent quite a bit of time writing this free lesson plan, but I am afraid the subject is way way too big for a little lesson. Still, hopefully, some of you will find it a good starting point.

There is huge ignorance and confusion about the nature of the pesitshood. But then there is huge confusion about spiritual matters over all.

It is a real shame that we have given up our understanding and embraced a terribly narrow view that all reality is material. For people my age, the confusion was taught to us, and I think, it is largely thanks to the internet that people like me have had access to authentic teaching. Anyway, have a look and see what you think.

Don’t forget to have a look at the other stuff Kalei puts up and leave her a message of encouragement.

Quick Memory for the Decologue.

Today’s Gospel reminds us that Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My Commandments,” and by this I assume He meant the all in one commandment of ‘Love God, love neighbour’ which is unpacked in the 10 commandments, the 8 beatitudes and the Our Father.

Here’s a quick way to remember the 10.

Jesus said “Love God and love your neighbour.” We must see that we cannot do one without the other. We must love God first or we will be incapable of loving our neighbour.

The Ten Commandments split into two parts with one overlap. So we see loving God is the first three:

Worship only God and put nothing ahead of Him (that includes the false image of what you see in the mirror each morning)

Keep His Name holy (don’t misuse it in something like a vow at a babies baptism where you swear in God’s Name to bring the child up in His way and you have no intention of doing so. Also marriage vows come under this).

Keep His day holy (That is the eighth day now. The Lord’s Day)

Then there’s the overlap commandment that stands between earth and heaven.

Honour your father and mother; that is your biological or adoptive parents AND your spiritual parents.

Then comes love of neighbour.

Don’t murder people (no matter how small or sick)

Don’t commit adultery (or other sexual sins)

Don’t steal.

Don’t lie about other people (or gossip or detract)

Don’t envy your neighbours wife (and family)

Don’t envy your neighbours stuff.

There is a profound logic to the order of the commandments. I go with the numbering that keeps worship only God as one commandment and separates out wife and property at the end. I truly dislike the lumping together of wife and property. That’s truly yukky imho.

Anyway, once you get the logic, remembering them is easy.

Jamie Olivier in LA

Jamie calls parents to show him what their children are eating in school and among the horrible junk a couple of children show him apples.
Jamie is amazed – fresh fruit.
“We homeschool!” announce the owners of the fruit.
Says it all.

Frugal Friday: How to use my time better

It’s the last day of half term and I have finished a week of watching what I do with my time to see if I can squeeze even more into my week.

I made and printed up a week, with each day divided into half hourly slots and tried to keep on top of what I was doing with my day. Well, to be honest, I don’t think I’m wasting a lot of time, but it was a useful exercise to see if I can cram in a little more reading time (now that I can read hehehehe) and some more writing time, so that I can offer more freebies to y’all – or at least a few better written ones as they wont be so rushed.

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Confessions of a Kindle owner…

I have a confession to make. I have really annoyed my 17 year old daughter, a well brought up girl, who has a great love for books – real books. How can I have so offended her? Well, I have bought a Kindle.

This was not a sudden transaction on my part. I have been considering the merit or otherwise of e-readers for some time and have carefully considered the choices out there. Iona made it perfectly clear from the beginning that she utterly and completely disapproves of a book where there is neither booky smell nor the satisfaction of page turning. “When I am told a book is a ‘page turner’,” she tells me, “I think, that is the very least I expect of a book. What kind of book would it be if I couldn’t turn the page?”

Well the answer, which she finds most distressing, is a Kindle. Her most indecorous mother is now in possession of such an item. Worse still – I love it!

Now in part I have to blame dear Nonna for helping to lead me astray. She told me that not only is it gentle on the eyes, but (and this was the clincher) she can hold it easily and her arms don’t hurt!

Now, I must admit, all things being equal, I lean towards Iona’s point of view. Books are the most wonderful invention of man (properly written ones that is) and we have a house full of them. In fact we have so many books, it has caused  my poor husband to proclaim the oxymoronic phrase “Too many books.”

So why did I buy the darned contraption?

Firstly, because I just can’t see to read very often these days and when I can see well enough, it’s not a good time. I needed something that would allow me to read even when I normally can’t and wouldn’t hurt my eyes the way the computer screen does. Going by what I’ve found on line lots of people with sight problems for various reasons have one. The font size is adjustable and the “ink” is very clear on the page. It is light to hold and so doesn’t hurt the way a heavy tome tends to these days. For really bad days when my eyes wont even cope with super-sized print, there is the audible section where I can listen to MP3 downloads and audio books. So, you see all bases are covered and the Kindle has become a fibro-friend.

Free books are all over the place and then there are some fairly cheap books to be had too. Other books are not much cheaper for a digital version as for a hard copy, which is a surprise but perhaps as more people want to use  e-readers the prices of ebooks will come down. We’ll see. Can’t complain too much as the Kindle versions I could download are available straight away and I can read them! In fact there are some books we have in hard copy that I am finding so difficult to see, I am wondering about buying the e-version just so I am able to read it when I would like to read.

The fact is, as my eyes have become more unreliable and my hands don’t work so well, managing a book has been more difficult and I had reached a point when I was hardly reading anything unless it was on the computer (which was not helping my eyes).  This is my way around all these problems.

I will write another post telling you what I have on my Kindle.

Saint Bede the Venerable

It’s the feast of St. Bede today. I am rather fond of St. Bede and I recommend a visit to Bede’s World should you ever be in that neck ‘the woods.

It has been put about that the Church did not allow venacular translations of Scripture. This is, of course, ridiculous. Sadly this black legend is so entrenched that many people fail to realise that the first translation of parts of Scripture into English was done by St. Bede. He did not live long enough to get it all finished but I beleive quite a few pages of his work on the Psalms still exist. (not sure, but I remember reading something on that somewhere.)

St. Bede ora pro nobis.

Please may I also ask your prayers for Rita whose husband’s funeral is today.