This is just awesome. I love technology and it has brought learning to a point where it has never been more accessible than it is today. Sometimes I wish I was a kid again.
I’ve had several Kindles for a while now and received some great resources for my professional career thanks to Microsoft’s Downloadable content for eReaders. But it doesn’t stop there. A couple of months ago I won a Kindle Fire at a Microsoft event. Already having an iPad and the previous Kindles, I basically toyed with it for a few weeks and rooted and hacked it to run Icecream Sandwich OS. Then I found this little gem:
How great is it that? All sorts of children’s books right there in the palm of your hand. So my daughter now has my Kindle Fire (she calls it her mini-iPad) and has access to all of these great stories. She loves The Bobbsey Twins.
And it doesn’t stop there. 21 American Literature classics that are free on Kindle is another great resource. She’s not quite ready for Little Women but how great is it to know that these classics are available to her when she is ready.
And that’s just the start…
The National Academies Press announced last year that all the PDF versions of its books will be available free to download.
- Behavioral and Social Sciences
- Biography and Autobiography
- Biology and Life Sciences
- Computers and Information Technology
- Conflict and Security Issues
- Earth Sciences
- Energy and Energy Conservation
- Engineering and Technology
- Environment and Environmental Studies
- Food & Nutrition
- Health and Medicine
- Industry and Labor
- Math, Chemistry and Physics
- Policy for Science and Technology
- Space and Aeronautics
- Transportation and Infrastructure
And while PDF is sometimes hard to read on a Kindle, I love the Calibre eBook Management program by Kovid Goyal because not only does his program do conversions of .pdf to .mobi, he gives his amazing software away for free. I use this program on a regular basis for loading all of my reading needs into my Kindle/iPad.
It’s not all learning of course. Since we’ve got a Netflix account, she can also watch the Electric Company streamed right to the Kindle Fire, along with several other great educational series. I know it’s not a free resource, but at $8 a month, it’s tough to beat.