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Now you might think it funny that I consider my Kindle to be a must have in any "rainy day" scenario. Hell, it weighs over a pound, suck downs batteries like they were free beers, and is too hard and flat to pack well. my tablet might be a pain in the ass, but it gives me the one thing I don't want to be without... information.

"Hey Preppa-D, I think these mushrooms are good to eat, you want some?"

Ummm, no. I'll be over here looking at some beautiful full color pics of edible fungus in one of my field guides. I would love to know all the things I can eat in the wild, but I can't remember them all. I know the ones I see around here a lot, but if it comes down to being dead if I'm wrong, I'll whip out the old tablet and double check, you know?

So I can easily carry with me all sorts of survival info. What else? Well, how about lots of issues of Mother Earth News and Home Power Magazine. How about the SAS Survival guide and the US Army Survival manual and a hundred other FMs and TMs? I carry books on medicine, reloading data, books on building with local materials, and all sorts of engineering stuff. Hey, I have 32 gigs to play with, might as well use some of it.

Of course it also plays movies and games. Great games like chess, cribbage, spades, and backgammon. And yes, some not so great games too. So anyway, it's worth having.

Powering the beast is another topic altogether.
 

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My thoughts too.. As long as its not cooked in an EMP.
 

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Yes the kindle's are nice, I use mine quite a bit and would suggest getting an inexpensive padded slip cover and a quality plastic screen protector for the device. I find that with the kindle it's a trade off, one gets a huge amount of information in a small package yet is tied to a battery charger.

Most of the classic literature is free to down load and a lot of good information can be downloaded for less than five dollars. Buying new releases can get expensive, as can some manuals. Other than that it's a good deal. Like having an entire library in ones back pocket.
 

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And don't forget that used smart phones are a good substitute for these too! You can pick up early generation androids from friends and family and install all the same stuff as you can on a tablet - or just get a generic tablet for very cheap.

I'm working on creating a (used) tablet to leave at my BOL and an old droid phone to cache with extra batteries and chargers for both. This is in addition to my kindle that I keep with me most everywhere.
 

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Scribd

Take your pick of any military manual or about anything else you like.
my problem isn't 'not having something' its that I have too much. I'm sure you've seen the links all over the net with MASSIVE prepper type libraries for download - thousands of books, manuals, etc. But how do I wade through it all in a timely manner? That is my problem - if I have 10,000 PDFs on my tablet how do I know which ones I'll really need?
 

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Tough one for sure! I keep the bulk of my library on such material on a 1tb portable hard drive inside a grounded metal gun cabinet. Removes any concern about EMP. If I remember right I got the hard drive at Samsclub for $79. The hard drive can be plugged into ANYTHING with a usb slot and the library loads right up.

I tried organizing it all into categories and folders, but to much of it fits under several different subjects. Anymore when I want info. on one particular thing I just search for keywords.
 

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My main library contains well over 200,000 ebooks., many of them just dumped into one folder. It's a mess, to be sure.

I started a new folder called "Organized Library" and am going through and sorting them as I find time.

I immediately discard any less than great copies, unless it's a hard to find title. I'm also adding the publication dates to the titles and trying to keep just the newest, most useful books. It takes time, but I just do a batch now and then and am making headway.
 

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Hmm, just saw this in my inbox - I might have to check it out. SURVIVALKEY *shrug* downloadable to up to 3 different systems at a time, not too bad if it holds up to what they claim, I might check it out and get back to you.
 

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I don't believe you guys for one second. I know you just can't live without porn and have downloaded a lot more than books.




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Oh, I forgot to mention that mine contains fairly detailed maps of all of North America too.

FYI Fuzzee, I watched my very first porn movie the other night.

It's hard to believe how skinny I looked back then.

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interesting topic - does a kindle transmit? I know anything that connects to wifi must transmit.
 

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interesting topic - does a kindle transmit? I know anything that connects to wifi must transmit.
Yes, I'm pretty sure all of them will transmit. I would actually suggest getting a knock off instead of a kindle, unless you want to use it a lot not just for 'prep use'.

Something like this is much cheaper.

It has 4GB of internal storage (that is a LOT of books!) and you can plug a microSD card in to expand it - I just bought 32GB at staples for 30$...
 

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I have to ask - because I am 63 today and these tablets are something I know little about.

Do these operate as a computer? What OS? 4GB is not a lot of "permanent" storage... is more available?

I am not thinking of prep stuff but it would be nice to be able to take "part" of my computer with me when I am "away from home".
 

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I have to ask - because I am 63 today and these tablets are something I know little about.

Do these operate as a computer? What OS? 4GB is not a lot of "permanent" storage... is more available?

I am not thinking of prep stuff but it would be nice to be able to take "part" of my computer with me when I am "away from home".
Most run on 'android' operating system, just like an android phone. You can use a lot of 'similar' applications and surf the web on them. I use mine to read books, review (not create!) word/excel/powerpoint, send/receive email, browse the web, etc.

Most will have an SD or MicroSD slot that you can expand the memory with, some will have USB or micro USB that you can attach to other external harddrives.

For daily use - spend a little money and get a samsung galaxy or other nice tablet if you can. For throwing in a box a cheap one is fine (less memory, less processing power, etc - fine for SHTF use but annoying if you use it daily).

I also think the 7 inch models are the best size.
 

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Holy crap! You do realize that for the same $200 I can get a notebook or laptop computer.
I can put Linux on it for free and run everything I have on my desktop on it. The laptop can have over a terabyte of storage and there is an app for sending text messages.
The size difference is negligible for me as I would be less likely to lose the laptop. I guess I don't see the advantage of the smaller package.
 

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Holy crap! You do realize that for the same $200 I can get a notebook or laptop computer.
I can put Linux on it for free and run everything I have on my desktop on it. The laptop can have over a terabyte of storage and there is an app for sending text messages.
The size difference is negligible for me as I would be less likely to lose the laptop. I guess I don't see the advantage of the smaller package.
Size/weight/battery life(and power consumption! less power in a grid down situation would be important). But you are spot on, you lose a lot of functionality for those trade offs. You could try one of the el-cheapos for ~75 but I wouldn't use it for much more than email/web/books, most won't have the horsepower to watch streaming video or other things like that.
 

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I have the 9" Kindle Fire HD and an old Kindle. The old Kindle would run weeks on a charge, the new one only 4 - 6 hours. But the Fire HD is color, which is important to me because I use it for field guides and need color pictures.

If I had it to do over, I would have gotten the 7" Kindle Fire or maybe something else altogether. I don't like the way Kindles restrict (or try to) what apps you can use and where you can buy them. I mean really, no Google Apps?

PaulS, Happy birthday! You can get tons of apps for tablets. For example, I run a ballistics calculator, MapQuest, and a lot of others. You can't connect an unpowered external drive to the Kindles. As far as I know, the micro USB ports don't supply power. The ones on the Kindle are fr charging and data only. So why are there two ports? Good Question.

The Fire I have has 32 Gb, but won't take an expansion SD card. :(
 
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