I’ve been traveling in the UK for over a month now. One major pain point I encountered with Kindle is downloading periodicals and books to the device without WhisperNet connctivity. It’s one thing when you are in the US, you click on a book and within a minute or two it appears on your Kindle. However if you have to get the file on the device manually, number of clicks increases. As for periodicals, you actually have to manually download it to the device every day. It’s almost as if you had to go to the store for your newspapers rather than have it delivered by subscription.
Being lazy as I am, I put together some scripts that automatically login to amazon.com, check for new content and download it to folder on my PC. Once I connect my Kindle it is automatically synced with the device.
I realized that this software might be useful even for people who don’t travel abroad:
- Maybe you don’t have Sprint WhisperNet connectivity in your area
- Or you would like to automatically back up all the digital content you purchase from Amazon
- Or you want to improve battery life by turning the 3G radio off in Kindle and dock it instead.
I can’t release these scripts to the public right now for a couple of reasons:
- They are very crude and are not meant to be used by anyone but me right now. They even have my amazon.com login information hard-coded into them.
- They might be considered to be a violation of amazon.com EULA since they can be considered to be a “robot accessing the website”
All this can be fixed. However before investing some effort in making this software usable and getting the OK from Amazon I would like to know if anyone would be interested in this stuff and actually use it. If I see enough interest in the project I’ll release it to the public freely and open-source it if there will be no objections from Amazon.
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