Using Kindle Overseas.

I keep seeing this question pop up, so let me take the liberty to address it. Can you use Kindle overseas? The answer is yes and no. Yes. if you plan to “load up” before you leave or download all your content with USB cable while overseas and no, if you plan to use wireless whispernet while there.

Quite frankly, the wireless whispernet technology is not available in international countries for various reasons. But that of course only limit your kindle usage if you are trying to get your content wirelessly while there.

You can, however, use the old USB – Kindle-Computer connection to get around the problem. All you need to do is get access to a computer while there and follow the procedure. You can also get your content from the Kindle Store or from other compatible sources. There is a lot of free content out there that conform to the format requirement and is not restricted by DRM rights…you just have to know where to look.

Perhaps an even smarter option is to “load” up before you leave. Get all the content you think you will be able to read depending on the amount of time you plan to stay. Of course if you plan to stay “forever,” that’s another story…After all, Kindle do hold up to 200 books and magazine in RAM…and that should hold you for quite a while.

Overseas Content
Everything I said so far is good as long you are planning to read content that’s accessible via Amazon…and from other compatible sources. There are a lot of Kindle support.



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How To customize Your iPhone Home Screen

One of the “kool” features of the iPhone is that You can customize the layout of icons on the Home screen. And that of course include the Dock icons that are sitting at the bottom of the screen. Here’s what you can do:

You can Re-arrange icons
Here’s How:

  1. Touch and hold any of the Home screen icons until it starts to wiggle.
  2. Drag the icon to where you want to place it on the screen.
  3. Press the Home button to fix and save the new arrangement.

You can add links to your favorite websites To the Home screen

  1. Create additional Home screens by dragging an icon to the right edge of the screen until a new screen appears.
  2. Return to the original screen by flicking back, then drag additional icons to the new screen.
  3. – You can create a total of up to nine screens. The number of dots above the Dock is equal to the number of Home screens you have created. The hi-lighted dock tells you which Home screen you are on.
    – Also, Instead of flicking (to the left or right) to switch Home screens, you can tap to the left or to the right of the row of dots above the Dock.

    If in the end your are not satisfied with your Home screen layout, you can reset it to the default layout. Simply do the following:
    1. Choose Settings
    2. Select General
    3. Press Reset
    4.Tap Reset Home Screen Layout

    …and you are done.

Kindle vs PRS-700BC

The following is a detailed comparison between kindle and the PRS-700BC.

prs700bc2 Sony PRS-700BC kindle-photo.jpg Kindle





  • 6 Inch “electronic paper” display
  • SVGA 800×600 Approx.170 Pixels Per Inch
  • 8-level gray scale
  • Uses E Ink® – a significant improvement over CRT and LCD technology. The result is a reading experience that’s similar to paper .
  • Interactive touch screen allows you to turn pages by sliding finger across the screen, activate bookmark, create annotations with a virtual keyboard, highlight text with a stylus pen, and search for text.
  • Built-in LED reading light allows night reading.
  • 6 inch diagonal electrophoretic –electronic-paper display
  • 600 x 800 pixel resolution.
  • 4-level gray scale
  • Uses E Ink® technology which provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper


  • 5.1 inches x 6.8 inches x 0.41 inches
  • 127.6 mm x 174.3 mm x 9.7 mm
  • 4.9 inches x 7.5 inches x 0.7 inches
  • 190 mm x 134.5 mm x 18 mm

Computer Requirement

  • Requires computer to browsing and buy books online, then download books to your PC.
  • From the PC you download selected content into your PRS-700BC.
  • Requires computer to purchase and download content when not in a wireless coverage area


  • BBeB Book (Marlin) (Unencrypted)
  • ePub
  • JPEG
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • BMP
  • MP3
  • AAC
  • ePub
  • BBeB (encrypted)
  • TXT
  • RTF
  • Adobe® PDF
  • Microsoft® Word
  • Microsoft Word (.DOC)
  • Structured HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
  • JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
  • GIF (.GIF)
  • PNG (.PNG)
  • BMP (.BMP)
  • PDF (experimental )
  • Text (.txt)
  • Amazon Kindle (.azw),
  • Unprotected Mobipocket books (.prc, .mobi)
  • Audible Audio books (.aa)
  • MP3 Music files (.mp3).


  • 2 slots – A SD slot and a memory stick Duo slot. Both can be used at once for additional storage


  • No wireless connectivity.
  • Download ebooks from the online ebook store, CONNECT ebooks, to your computer
  • Use the CONNECT Reader software to access ebooks on your computer
  • Use USB cable to transfer content from your computer to the device.
  • Download content directly to memory card to bypass USB cable transfer.
  • Use EVDO/CDMA Wireless connectivity to shop the Kindle store and download ebooks (only if you are in a wireless coverage area)
  • Download ebooks from Online Kindle store to your computer
  • Use USB cable to transfer content to your Kindle (If you are not in a coverage area).

Content Delivery Time

  • As fast as internet connection and USB cable transfer will allow.
  • Less than a minute when done wirelessly.
  • In non-wireless area, its as fast as internet connection and USB cable transfer will allow.


  • Just over 160, 000 books available
  • The CONNECT™ Store puts thousands of eBook titles online. You’ll find all the latest bestsellers as well as a deep catalog of books in every category – fiction, non-fiction, business, self-help and more, with free first chapters available, plus author bios and reviews. Most titles cost less than their print versions, and CONNECT™ offers additional specials.
  • More than 190,000 books available, including more than 95 of 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers and all New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
  • Top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—all auto-delivered wirelessly
  • Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times—all auto-delivered wirelessly
  • More than 250 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN’s Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day.
  • Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.
  • Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.


  • Approx 10 oz, without Soft cover
  • Approx 10.3 ounces


  • Internal memory holds up to 350 average size eBooks at a time
  • Internal memory – 256 MB holds over 200 books, magazines, newspaper, and blogs at a time

Power Supply

  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • AC Power : Optional AC Charger requires 120 Volts 60Hz
  • Battery Recharge

AC adapter: Approx. 2 hours.
USB-cable: Approx. 4 hours

  • Read 7,500 page with a single charge
  • AC Power adapter
  • Long Life Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery.
  • Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day.
  • Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging.
  • Fully recharges in 2 hours.

Wireless Fees

  • No wireless
  • Free wireless

Supplied Accessories

  • PC Management Software
  • Soft cover
  • USB cable
  • AC Power
  • Book cover
  • Power adapter
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • No software necessary


  • 5 sizes
  • 6 sizes


Screen: Sony is better – 8 level gray scale, interactive touch screen, LED reading light as opposed to Kindle’s 6 level gray scale and no interactive touch screen.

Size: Sony is smaller in every dimension.

Computer Requirement: Required at all times for sony content download. Need sometimes for Kindle (only in non-wireless coverage areas).

Connectivity: Both utilizes computer as a connectivity source. Kindle bypasses this requirement when in a wireless coverage area.

Capacity: PRS-700BC holds 350 titles in internal memory, Kindle holds 200.

Battery Power: Both devices give good content mileage.

Sony Introduces the New PRS-700BC

prs700bc2Compared to the PRS-505, Here’s what’s New with the PRS-700BC

6.0-inch Interactive Touch Screen Display – same size as the PRS-505, but with interactive touch screen that allows you to turn pages by sliding your finger across the screen, activate bookmark, create annotations with a virtual keyboard, highlight text with a stylus pen, search for text, adjust the font size between 5 levels – (PRS-505) has no touch screen and only 3 font levels.

Faster Processor, quicker response times when opening content or turning pages.

Holds about 350 digital books in RAM – PRS 505 holds 160.

Built-in LED reading light gives you the ability to read in the dark – PRS 505 had none.

Make annotations virtual keyboard. Highlight text with a stylus pen or touch of your finger. search for text with the virtual keyboard or by highlighting text – PRS-505 has no virtual keyboard or touch screen.

search, browse, discover, and buy new releases, classics, and popular digital book titles from The eBook Store and participating Websites. DRM Free eBooks in file formats supported by the Reader – same with PRS-505.

eBook Library 2.5 PC Software. transfer Adobe® PDF documents , Microsoft® Word documents, BBeB® format, and other text file formats to the Reader – PRS 505 uses 2.0 PC Software.

supports EPUB/ADEPT and connection with Adobe Digital Editions. You can even play back unsecured MP3s and AAC audio files – PRS 505 does not support EPUB/ADEPT.

Dimensions approximately 127.6 x 174.3 x 9.7 mm –smaller than PRS-505 (123.6 mm x 175.6 mm x 13.8 mm)

DRM Text : BBeB Book (Marlin), ePub – No ePub for PRS-505

Image : JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP –Same for PRS-505

Unsecured Audio : MP3 and AAC- Same

Unsecured Text : BBeB, ePub, TXT, RTF, Adobe® PDF, Microsoft® Word – PRS 505 no ePub.

Why it May Not Be The Right Time To Get the iPhone

The Price is Right but what’s the Catch?

I always wanted an iPhone, but was not willing to pay $400 for it. So when the price dropped to $199, I thought it was the perfect time to buy…my goal? To see if this much talked about device would live up to the hype. All those captivating features: touch-scroll-zoom-rotating screen, music, video, internet browsing, email access, navigation system, scrolling contact list, etc., do they really work? There was only one way to find out…get one. The timing was right and the price ($199) made sense…so for me it was time to buy.

I logged on to , credit card in hand, ready to buy only to be redirected to an Apple retail store (AT&T Store). Apparently AT&T have some kind of agreement with Apple which gives them the right to be the sole distributor of the iPhone in the US…bomber! they have Monopolized the darn iPhone!

I mean there is no other mobile phone distributor in the country authorized to sell the iPhone…AT&T have completely decimated the competition. Can you believe it? I couldn’t. Yes, you may be able to get an iPhone (probably unlocked) at, but at what price?…and What does this mean for the customer? it meant they have very few choices. Whatever AT&T throws at them, they have to accept. I was furious, but still went to get one at a nearby retail outlet.

To get the phone, I had to agree to a two year contract, mandatory internet data plan, and optional SMS texting. The cost? – connection fees, prorated charges for days leading up to first billing cycle, plus other miscellaneous charges which I don’t even understand. I didn’t care, I just closed my eyes and got the phone… Within a week, I was slammed with a $200 plus bill…

Since I wasn’t expecting my monthly cost to be that high so fast, I made the decision to either keep the iphone and pay a high monthly bill, or return it, wait out the Monopoly, and get another at a later date. I chose the latter. I kept the iPhone for a month, tried out all the features then returned it. I have to admit, it is a really nice phone with some awesome features. I loved it. I have tried a few imitations including CECT 168 and it doesn’t even come close. Getting rid of the iPhone was really hard for me.

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this phone re-define mobile phones and is worth having at the right price.

At this point, I will wait a while and see what happens…I know I may be waiting for a while because AT&T is going to milk this cash cow for all it’s worth before the competition comes in…but I have time.

In the meantime, I will consider other options. Perhaps I will travel overseas and get one that is unlocked. Several other countries offer the iPhone with less restrictions. AT&T’s tentacles are too short to reach beyond the boundaries of US soil.

As of now, I have learned what I need to know about this phone firsthand. If future upgrades occur that’s worthy of my attention, I will get my hand on another. That said, If you decide to get one now, I would say, “go ahead.” Just be willing to pay the price.

Four Advantages To Publishing A Book On Kindle

Publishing Is Quick and easy
Digital Text Platform brings self-publishing to your fingertips. You can quickly upload your digital content, submit your sales copy, enter pricing information, and publish your content. Your content becomes available almost immediately at the Kindle Store and you have immediate access to thousands of kindle customers who can purchase , download , and start reading. your content immediately.

All the business, marketing, and vendor support you need to optimize your sales is provided right there at the Kindle Store. Titles published at the store are eligible for automated merchandising and personalization,’s excellent Customer Service and order fulfillment services.

As a Publisher You Set Your Own “list Price” for Content.
You are allowed to set the retail price for your content. reserves the right to set the price at their own discretion, but until they exercise that right, pricing is within your power. You will be paid a set percentage of the list price in line with terms and conditions.

From time to time, Amazon may offer your product to customers at a discounted price. This will not affect your earning percentage even if they change your retail price. Amazon’s decision to discount products is based on a number of considerations which may vary from time to time. Hundreds of thousands of items are offered at discounted price at Amazon every day.

Customer Service is Simplified
If for some reason a customer is not satisfied with your product, the kindle store offers a refund within seven days of purchase. You don’t ever have to deal with a customer yourself. Refunds will appear as a negative transaction on your transaction report, and will be subtracted from your account balance.

Payment is Quick and Easy
Each month Amazon will pay you via electronic funds deposited directly into your bank account. You just need to supply your banking information to them. If for some reason your banking information changes over time, you can easily update it on the website so that you can continue to be paid.

You will also need to pay taxes on the income you get from your sales. So, federal law requires that you submit your personal information for that purpose.