My thoughts on the Kindle Fire……

I have no delusions that an electronic device is going to play a major role in my and my family’s survival if TSHTF. With that in mind – I love my Kindles.

I enjoy the many conveniences that technology today can provide. This includes GPS, hi-tech cell phones, Blu-Ray, and the Internet. Over the past year I have been using an Amazon Kindle-keyboard for reading several books. I have found the Kindle to be simple to use. With it I have bought and stored many books as well as other documents. Battery life has been incredible. I have generally charged the Kindle about once a month.

If you are not familiar with what a Kindle is – it is basically an electronic book reader. Books can be bought and stored on the Kindle. That is not all. The Kindle can also store music and audio books. Still…..that is not it. PDF files can be transferred onto the Kindle once hooked up to a computer. So – with the Kindle you can listen to your favorite music, sit back and read your favorite book, and also read any PDF you wish. Pretty versatile.

Enter the Kindle Fire.

November 15th I received a new Kindle Fire. This new Kindle is quite different in that it displays in full color and is capable of video. It can do everything my older Kindle can do and so much more. All my books from my old Kindle transferred with ease. Now – I have the capability to watch movies, store and read magazines, as well as browse the web. The Kindle Fire also has access to thousands of apps so I can check weather, my email, and create tasks and reminders of things I need to do.

Now – “What does this have to do with survival & preparedness?” many may be asking. The simple answer is “maybe nothing”.

I just got finished reading The Survival Template. I am currently reading The Tehran Initiative. I have several other books on my digital bookshelf waiting. My point is – the Kindle Fire is a great way to store books – both preparedness-related and not. I also have transferred many PDF’s on my Kindle Fire for future reference and reading.

PDF on my Kindle Fire

There are many preppers out there that have bought and stored away several Kindles jam packed with preparedness PDF manuals, books, and other documents. Often packed in .50 cal ammo cans  – these Kindles can be re-charged with a small solar system and information can be referenced when needed.

The Kindle is not for everyone but I am enjoying mine.




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  1. I have been wanting one for quite a while just have not had the extra funds to get one but that is going to be remedied this next week. Almost everyone I know has one now. They look pretty cool to me. I am kind of a gadget guy anyway so this is right up my alley. Its a good way of storing all my survival manuals and such.

  2. My problem with the kindle is that it is a propriety platform that was designed to provide a cash streamt to the manufacturer/seller. It was not designed for nor can it be used for most of the computer oriented applications we are all used to. I thought I could use it to store text and word files and even as a “notebook” that would allow me to write in the field. In fact it pretty much only allows you to pay to download stuff for viewing.

    • GoneWithTheWind –

      You are sorta correct – it is not a notebook. Notebook’s are totally different. You can create and store text files though – and also Word files.


  3. I’ve had my Kindle (original with the keyboard) for about a year and I too LOVE it. Between all the simple solar and hand crank ways to charge electronic devices (I’ve got a small pocket size solar panel that can charge most smaller digital gadgets and should work with the kindle). Battery life on the original is awesome. I recently got a Fire for my DH and we love it, though it does use a lot more power so the battery life is MUCH lower, but for all the extra features (and the price) you can’t beat it. I’m hoping to add a couple more small solar/crank chargers for my gadgets for emergency entertainment and resource retrieval.

  4. GoneWithTheWind, you have a good point about proprietary platforms particularly with regard to ebook formats. The Kindles use their own format which is derived from an older one, mobi. Outside the Kindle world, the txt, html, epub, pdb, and pdf format are quite popular and there are a fair number of free downloads (for instance from Project Gutenberg and Google Books) in these formats. DRM (Digital Rights Managment) tends to be a big part of the ereaders that are oriented to selling you books, but not all ereaders tend to emphasize DRM. Some formats support both DRM and non-DRM, such as PDF.

    I have 2 ereaders, and both have removable SD cards (2-32GB) and USB connections for data transfer. Both also support WiFi but I have no current plans to use it. I strongly prefer that arrangement in terms of not having to ask the mothership if its ok for me to read something (ever owned an orphaned device?), the ability to readily backup your data to an EMP-resistant environment without committing an entire device per backup, and OPSEC. My nicest ereader also will recharge with 12vdc input, which I can easily supply under adverse conditions.

    One thing is for sure, the choice in ereaders is about to explode and I really look forward to it.

    Rourke, keep bringing the great stuff. Another important subject. Thanks!

  5. I was aware that you could use an “ap” to allow you to store PDF’s. I was not aware that either txt or word docs were supported by Kindle. If it is an “ap” that allows you to do it I would tend to shy away from it. I don’t want problems with my hi tech equipment and it always seems to be the things that allow you to work around that cause problems. What attracted me to the Kindle was it’s long use time between charges. What does not attract me and would never use is book or movie purchases. I fully expect to never pay for a downloaded book, movie or song in my lifetime. I wish Amazon well but I have no intent of purchasing that particular group of products. I have a similar problem with Apple’s products in that they are generally designed to make money for the seller and to limit the buyer. I’m not 100% familiar with itunes but again I have never and would never use it simply because it costs me money. I have found in my life that I can do without many things if I put savings as a priority. I would buy a kindle tomorrow if I could use it to load and view all of the media formats I now have on my PC, if it would allow me to enter text, and use the wifi feature to access the internet. My understanding is that many of those things are intentionally crippled so that the platform (almost) only can be used to view media that you must pay for. I have no desire to be a cash cow for Amazon or anyone else.

  6. Arrrgggghhh! I just lost a nice long post (my own fault), have when that happens. Maybe I’ll try to reproduce it later … but maybe not.

    Anyway, what I wanted to mention was another vendor that offers some interesting devices – PocketBook. Their devices tend to support a wide variety of ebook formats. For now, I’ll just point you at their website and forum. The forum is worth skimming just to get an idea of issues their users have. Ereaders and tablets are relatively new items and the industry is still shaking out the bugs.

    Their IQ device is currently on sale, but it looks like a follow-on device is in the pipeline with greater capabilities.

    • Mo –

      To get them set up to your wireless internet (required) – got to know your way around networking a little. Once that is done – not bad at all.

      Take care – Rourke

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