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Kindle Users Shouldn’t Miss These 5 Sites and Apps

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Amazon’s Kindle has changed the ereader and ebook experience completely. If you’ve got a Kindle, you can level up that experience with a few choice sites and apps, delivering RSS feeds, tracking book sales, and even giving you free ebooks. This isn’t the first time we’re doing one of these lists 5 Brilliant Kindle Apps and Sites Every Ebook Lover Needs 5 Brilliant Kindle Apps and Sites Every Ebook Lover Needs Amazon’s Kindle is the best ebook reader around.

These Kindle apps are designed to enhance your reading experience. Read More and it won’t be the last. As with all things books, there are innovations and new discoveries all the time, and they only make your reading time better.

Kindle Lite (Android): Official Lightweight App

You can get the full Kindle experience without buying an ereader if you just use the free app Should You Buy a Kindle or Just Use the Free App? Should You Buy a Kindle or Just Use the Free App? Just about everyone owns an e-reader these days — and most people own Kindles.

But do you really need a Kindle when you can just use the Kindle app? Let’s find out… Read More . Granted, it’s a completely different type of screen, but you can still buy ebooks.

Plus, it’s not one or the other, the app is an excellent way to pick up where you stopped on your ereader. Android users would know well that the current Kindle app is bloated and clunky. That’s why Amazon quietly launched Kindle Lite, a lightweight version for Android Save on Storage Space With These 7 Lite Android Apps Save on Storage Space With These 7 Lite Android Apps If you have an older device or just a cheap Android phone, these apps will be much better for you than their mainstream counterparts. Read More , which takes less storage space and doesn’t hog other resources either.

The Kindle Lite app, in fact, is akin to the web-based Kindle Cloud Reader for desktops. It lets you read ebooks, get recommendations to buy other books, but not much else. You can change the font and background, as well as add highlights and notes.

Kindle Lite also has a handy screen to show how much data or storage the app is using. Kindle Lite launched in India and is slowly expanding to other countries. Indian users can download it off the Play Store directly, while other users would need to manually install the APK How to Manually Install or Side Load Apps on Android How to Manually Install or Side Load Apps on Android Sideloading a file onto your Android device is easy, and we can show you how to do it. Read More linked below.

Download: Kindle Lite for Android | APK from APK Pure (Free)

Just Kindle Books (Web): Free and Discounted Kindle eBook Deals

On the internet, good content is free (and legally free, at that). But you need to know where to look for it.

Just Kindle Books is the place to get updates on free and discounted Kindle ebooks. The site doesn’t bother with other ebook formats or stores. It’s all about the Kindle, and that’s a boon for anyone who has looked at some of the best ebook sites The Best 6 Sites to Get Free Ebooks The Best 6 Sites to Get Free Ebooks If you’re a voracious reader, buying ebook after ebook can burn a huge hole in your wallet.

Thankfully, there are plenty of websites offering free ebooks, and these are the best. Read More in the past only to find a plethora of titles from other stores. Just Kindle Books mostly has selections from small or independent authors, so it’s not always that you’ll find a winner here. But once in a while, you’ll get a doozy.

I’d recommend subscribing to their newsletter so you don’t miss out on any new deals, or following them on social media if that’s your thing.

Global Grey (Web): Free eBook Series and Collections

Kindle Users Shouldn’t Miss These 5 Sites and Apps Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books are famous. But did you know that Doyle also wrote another character called Professor Challenger, who has five science-fiction/fantasy books?

This is why you need Aisha of Global Grey. She’s going to tell you how to download all those books for free. You probably know that classic books are available for free on sites like Project Gutenberg.

But Aisha goes the extra mile. She collects some of the best book series in collections that you’ll find easy to download and read. Go to “Series” section on Global Grey and you’ll get an endless reading of free ebooks in collections.

Even apart from the series, quality is a big consideration at Global Grey, so you can get completely free ebooks that don’t suck 4 Sites With LOTS Of Completely Free Ebooks That Don’t Suck 4 Sites With LOTS Of Completely Free Ebooks That Don’t Suck If you know where to look, you can snag free ebooks to read online, download to your computer, or transfer to your Kindle. And you’ve come to the right place… Read More . What you’ll find here are classics or highly recommended scholarly books.

eReaderIQ (Web): Advanced Kindle Search Engine and Price Watch

Kindle Users Shouldn’t Miss These 5 Sites and Apps

Some sites are excellent but go under the reader. eReaderIQ is among the best Kindle tools I’ve ever seen and I didn’t know about it till this week. The site does everything that a Kindle user could possibly want. The best feature is book tracking.

You can set alerts for books you are interested in, so that you know when they are available for Kindle, or have hit a certain price, or are on sale. eReaderIQ has an advanced search engine and browsing option that is far better than Amazon’s own. You can filter lists by genre, check if the book is also available in paperback, set a length for the book, and check discounts. Categories like New On Kindle, Freebies, Price Drops, and Under £1 will make sure you never miss a good deal.

The site’s only restriction so far is that it works with the USA, Canada, and UK Amazon stores. If you’re outside of these three countries, your local Kindle store won’t work.

Keendly (Web): Send Perfectly Formatted RSS Feeds to Kindle

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Keendly isn’t the first app to send RSS feeds to your Kindle, but it’s the easiest to use.

Setting it up takes about two minutes, as you can see in the above video. Then it’s all about selecting what you want and sending it. Keendly does the heavy lifting of taking any web article and formatting it for Kindle-based reading.

But I loved that Keendly actually let me choose whether to grab images as well and if it should load the full article or only the excerpt. Plus, whenever it sends those articles to your Kindle, it will mark them as read in your RSS feed, which is a persistent problem with most other RSS-to-Kindle apps. The only issue with Keendly is that its scheduled auto-delivery is a paid feature, which costs 3 euros per month.

But for free, you can manually visit the sit and send updates to yourself when you want. If you don’t mind the bad formatting, you can use IFTTT to schedule articles How to Use IFTTT to Supercharge Your Kindle How to Use IFTTT to Supercharge Your Kindle IFTTT is a fantastic service for automating all kinds of things. But it’s not just for smart home automation and saving money.

It can also help you supercharge your Kindle experience. Read More to your Kindle for free.

I’d also recommend checking out Reabble, a web-based RSS reader made for the Kindle browser.

12 More Sites for Kindle Owners

If you already knew about these sites and apps, or wanted something more, we’ve still got you covered.

In our other article on the 12 sites every Kindle owner should know about 12 Sites Every Kindle Owner Should Really Know About 12 Sites Every Kindle Owner Should Really Know About As awesome as Kindles are out of the box, there are a handful of websites that you should be using to get even more out of your Kindle. Read More , you’ll find other ebook search engines, book-lending solutions, and even communities to discuss all things Kindle.

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Sony Xperia Ear Duo review

The line between headphones and hearables is blending together now more than ever, and Sony’s Xperia Ear Duo is one of the most innovative products we’ve seen on the market that tries to push those two ideas together. Hearables are devices that can offer similar functionality to a smartwatch, such as giving you notifications from your phone, updates from apps and other functionality, but this all comes directly into your ear through audio rather than on a display as on a watch or phone.

The Xperia Ear Duo follows on from 2017’s debut product in this category for Sony, which was the Sony Xperia Ear open-style and which wasn’t a particularly popular product and which we didn’t get to test properly. This new product brings two hearables to the mix in one package.

The Xperia Ear Duo is similar to true wireless headphones we’ve seen in the past, such as the Apple AirPods, where there’s no wire between the two Bluetooth earpieces. This looks different though as it hooks around your entire ear and looks more like a Bluetooth headset from the late noughties rather than offering a stylish and distinctive look. Here’s our full verdict on the Sony Xperia Ear Duo and whether it’s worth picking up to hear your notifications and listen to music.

Sony Xperia Ear Duo price and release date

  • Announced at MWC 2018, released in June 2018 in the US and UK
  • Price set at £279.99 or GBP249 (about AU£380)
  • Quite expensive considering competition

Announced at MWC 2018, the Xperia Ear Duo was one of few wearable devices announced at the show and it was particularly eye-grabbing as it’s such as strange idea to begin with.

Those in the US can buy the Xperia Ear Duo, but it’s not particularly cheap with an RRP of £279.99 or GBP249 (about AU£380). The Xperia Ear Duo is hard to find online in the UK right now, but you can buy it from select retailers in store and we hope it will appear at more online retailers soon. An Australian release hasn’t been made clear yet, but we’d also hope for Sony to bring the hearable to that market as soon as possible

In terms of compatibility, the Xperia Ear Duo will work with any phone that’s running Android 5.0 or higher, while those with an iPhone will be able to use it if their phone is running iOS 10 or later.

Design

  • An outright odd design that’s difficult to put into your ear
  • Hook around your earlobe with touchpads on the sides to interact
  • Comes in a wireless charging case that’s large but portable

There’s no getting away from the odd design Sony has chosen for the Xperia Ear Duo, so we’ll start with that. This is a headset that looks unique, but also reflects a lot of what we’ve seen change in recent years with the introduction of true wireless headsets. The Ear Duo is made up of two earpieces that aren’t connected by a wire, which is what true wireless means.

These both sit within a wireless charging case – more about that later – so you can carry them around and ensure you don’t lose one when you’re walking around.

Unlike Apple AirPods and most other true wireless headphones we’ve used, the Sony Xperia Ear Duo actually looks more like the Bluetooth headsets you used to see wrapped around the ears of business people. There’s a thick piece of tech that houses the battery, the touchpad to interact with it and a variety of other sensors. That sits behind your ear, then a small metal band bends around your ear and provides the earpiece so you can hear the audio.

When we first took the Xperia Ear Duo out of the box we were a little confused by how to wear them.

There’s a handy guide in the box to demonstrate the way you’re meant to put them in, but it’s inherently a problem that they’re so confusing looking that the company has to include that message. We asked other people to try and wear them in the TechRadar office, and often people found them uncomfortable to put into their ears even when they knew how to do it. We’ve been wearing the headphones for over a week, but we still struggle to put them in our ears.

Once you’re used to how the headphones work, it’ll still take you around 10 seconds to hook each one around your ear.

Perhaps we have particularly long earlobes, but we often found ourselves struggling to get the earpiece around the bottom of our ear comfortably on the first go. It’s an odd feeling to have this large piece of tech sitting behind your ear, but it’s not particularly uncomfortable. Each is light, so they sit in your ear well and won’t weigh down either side of your head.

As it’s such a complicated thing to explain, we’ve shared this video that may help you understand exactly how the Xperia Ear Duo sits around your ear.

I’ve been using the Sony Xperia Ear Duo for almost two weeks and I’m still struggling to put them in. Here’s my best attempt so far: pic.twitter.com/AVmooEzTvd22 June 2018

You have three choices of inner ear pieces with small, medium and large being the options. We took some time to figure out that medium was the perfect size, but so far the inner part of the headset has been comfortable.

We’ve also never felt like they could fall out of our ears, which is something that can’t be said of Apple AirPods. To access the smart features, you use your finger along the sides of the bits that sit behind your ears. This is easy to reach and works well.

You can adjust the volume (by running your finger up one of the touchpads) as well as pause and play your music by tapping on them. One interesting quirk is that you can only pause by tapping on the left earpiece, so you have to wear both earpieces to be able to use the headset properly. You can change the volume on both, but if you’re only wearing the right one for some reason it means you’ll lose the ability to quickly pause the music.

Instead, you can long press on the right one to open up Google Assistant, while a quick tap on this one will offer your notifications.

There’s no getting around the fact the Xperia Ear Duo headset looks silly. That said, we also don’t particularly love the look of Apple AirPods, but those have become a popular choice for iPhone fans so it may be that the Sony Xperia Ear Duo is a look many begin to adopt. If you do plan to buy the Xperia Ear Duo, you can buy it in either black (pictured throughout this review) or in a gold color.

When we originally tested the Xperia Ear Duo we saw them in silver too but it looks like Sony decided against that color for the full release. The charging case that comes with the Xperia Ear Duo is large, but it’s easy to slot into a small bag or even your back pocket. It’s thin, and while the round design is large it’s not an oversized case.

This isn’t as slim and easy to carry around as Apple AirPods and its charging case though, so if you’re looking for an easily portable device this may not be right up your street.

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