How to Subscribe to Blogs for Free on Your Kindle 2 or Kindle DX
You can use your Kindle 2 or Kindle DX to subscribe to blogs, and you have several options for doing so. For a fee, you can read Amazon’s own publication, the Kindle Daily Post, which selects blogs from well-known commercial magazines. Also for a fee, you can subscribe to your choice of Amazon’s 1,500 available blogs, and Amazon will automatically send you “feeds” of blogs as they are updated.
Amazon offers only a tiny fraction of the blogs available for subscription, so there’s a great chance that it doesn’t offer the blog you really want to follow. Fortunately, you can set up blog feeds for your favorite blogs on your own. And even better, you can do it for free!
Using Google Reader for blogs
When it comes to feed aggregators, it’s hard to beat Google Reader. It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it comes from Google, which is one of the most trusted and well-known brands on the Internet.
To use Google Reader, you need a Google account, which is free and well worth getting because you can then sign up for Google’s free Gmail service as well. To get an account, go to Google’s Home page, click Sign In, and follow the steps shown on subsequent pages.
Sign up with your computer rather than your Kindle; it’s faster than on the Kindle, and you need to perform the next step on your computer, anyway.
When you have your account set up and you’re logged in, follow these steps:
Go to the Google Reader page.
You need to use your computer for this because you need to add subscriptions from your computer.
Click the Get Started by Adding Subscriptions button.
The Discover and Search for Feeds page appears.
Choose blog feeds.
You can choose a prepackaged bundle of feeds (news, sports, staff picks) or search for the blog you want by entering its name in the search box and clicking Search for Feeds.
You can return to the Discover and Search for Feeds page and add more subscriptions.
After you’ve subscribed, return to the Kindle and start up Basic Web. You should see Google Reader in your list of bookmarks. (If you don’t, go to www.google.com/reader/m.) When you connect to Google Reader, you’ll see a list of your blog feeds, like the one shown in the following figure.
If you have trouble connecting the first time, press Home, press Menu, and select Sync & Check for Items. The Kindle will connect to Amazon’s database and add Google Reader to your bookmarks.
Kindlefeeder, a free feed aggregator by Daniel Choi, is easy to use. As the name implies, it’s designed especially for the Kindle. One advantage of using Kindlefeeder is that it can automatically send (or in computer terms, push) the feeds to your Kindle. You can decide to have everything sent to you at 6 a.m. so that your feeds are there in time for your morning coffee. And it happens quickly because the Kindlefeeder feeds (up to 12 for free) are sent in a single file each day.
The two feed aggregators mentioned here are hardly the only options in town. You need only do a search on Google or another search engine for feed aggregator or feed reader to find other options. They include Lexcycle and BlogLines.com, among others.