Make A DIY Kindle From A Tablet PC

Love the idea of a notebook-sized device you can use to read books anywhere but don't want to shell out cash for a Kindle? PopSci's DIY Kindle boasts a colour display and a higher screen resolution — and it's cheaper.

Photo by Popular Science.

The November issue of Popular Science had us running from the bathroom (don't lie, that's where you read it too) to show our significant other Phillip Torrone's tablet PC-as-Kindle guide. He's essentially putting together an e-reader with a higher resolution, colour screen, and the ability to make reading things like comics or even children's books plausible and more enjoyable. In the end, he pits the cost at around $US200 — $US100 short of the $US300 Kindle price tag.

Sure it's bigger, a bit bulkier and doesn't have that fancy e-ink, but it's still a pretty swank idea. PopSci explains:

Check out the full details of the conversion above (click to see it full size — unfortunately the guide isn't yet available online). You start with a tablet PC and strip down Windows XP. You'll adjust things in your control panel to use large, tap-able icons and up your contrast. Next up, install a reader software (Calibre, Adobe Reader, Comic Rack or Zinio).

With the tablet's ability to connect to the internet via your home Wi-Fi, it makes a great platform to read your daily rss feeds and keep up on the news as well. Would you utilise a larger tablet PC e-reader? Or would you rather stick to the smaller size Kindle instead? Sound off in the comments.

DIY Kindle [Popular Science]


    Six years ago I was using one of these old Motion Computing tablets partly as an e-reader and partly for playback of sheet-music PDFs as it sits nicely at a piano. Lovely looking unit, but mine's been sitting unloved on a shelf for a few years now

    Total cost = $200? Sounds good.
    "Start with a Tablet PC"... uh-oh.

      Yeah, the title should really read "Make A DIY Kindle From A Tablet PC if you live in the US where tablet PCs are cheap..."

      Considering the OEM price of Windows XP in Australia is sitting around the $150 mark at the moment, I don't think this article is really suitable for Aussies.

      The article does say look for an older model like these > 5yr old examples. These tablets come bundled with Windows XP Tablet Edition (a superset of XP Pro), so the OEM cost hardly enters into it.

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