Tuesday, May 8, 2012 #

MSDN Magazine on your Kindle

Here in the UK we recently had a long weekend due to a public holiday. So what better time to sit back in a comfy chair with the laptop and read the latest MSDN Magazine online? Unless you have children, of course, keeping them trapped in the house for three whole days would be a nightmare. So that means heading out and about on buses, trains and heading off to the Isleworth Spring Fayre.

Now you can read the MSDN Magazine web site on a smartphone but on a 9cm screen it’s not ideal, and I don’t really want to drag a notebook (even a netbook) with me on my travels. So wouldn’t it be great if I there was a Kindle edition of the MSDN magazine?

Here in the UK we never received the print version of MSDN Magazine even as an MSDN Enterprise/Universal subscriber, so we relied on the compiled help file (CHM) version for offline reading. Recently this changed to PDF, which works on a Kindle, but isn’t the ideal format for the small screen and the PDF does take quite a while to appear on the MSDN site (currently April and May are not available).

Coming the rescue is the the free and open source, eBook tool, Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/). I first discovered this application when I wished to download the Economist newspaper to my Kindle. Calibre includes a ‘Fetch News’ ability, which allows scheduled downloading of web site content, with ‘recipes’ that convert those screen scrapes into various formats including MOBI, EPUB or PDF. It even will update your Kindle over USB, loading any new titles into your documents folder.

One of the recipes available is for the MSDN magazine. So the moment a new version appears on the MSDN web site, (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/default.aspx), you can just fire up Calibre and download the latest version to your Kindle. If you run Calibre on startup you can even schedule the MSDN magazine to be collected every month and automatically downloaded to your Kindle.


Web  version

Kindle .mobi version

Posted On Tuesday, May 8, 2012 7:54 PM | Comments (3)