At Last - Hebrew Books on our new Kindle DX (3) in Native PDF Format

We got our large size Kindle DX on Friday - our third Kindle.

We just loaded by cable a 553 page Hebrew book in PDF format onto our Kindle. We downloaded it last week from hebrewbooks.org -- a truly wonderful resource site.

The book is clear and readable. The "Go to" takes you to the page you want and yes, you can save bookmarks.

We like the new big Kindle size. The chicklet keyboard still is a joke. The early adopter premium $489 price is too high.

Much more needs to be said but we have so many books to read - so conveniently  now - and so little time.

We are secretly dreaming at last about our gigantic book-garage sale.


Rabbi Brent Spodek said...

this is very exciting - i've been holding off on buying a kindle till they have one that can handle Hebrew. two questions - 1) was the hebrew a PDF image, or real text, and 2) do you know if there is a Hebrew/English dictionary for Kindle?


SabaJoe said...

Any updates on the discussion of Hebrew on the Kindle? From what I can gather, native pdf files are now an option which should give you a true reproduction of the source upload.as soon as I am sure this will work, I would like to buy one.

Unknown said...

have you found an english siddur for kindle? I've been looking. If so, can you email me please? binkeybike@gmail.com. Toda!

Morris Rosenthal said...


If you have contact with the people who created the Hebrew PDF files you're reading on the Kindle DX, you can simply ask them to create a standard Kindle PDF. I find 4.5" by 5.5" page size is pretty ideal. Wrote it up with a sample on my blog:

Creating Custom PDF For Kindle


Drayton Benner said...

You might be interested to see that there is a new Hebrew Bible available for Kindle (and Nook) with beautiful Hebrew and advanced navigational capabilities.

We at Miklal Software Solutions have overcome the Kindle's Hebrew and right-to-left limitations and have produced a Hebrew Bible for Kindle (as well as a Hebrew Bible for Nook). You can also see screenshots and read a fuller description of these Hebrew Bibles for e-readers.

From the book's description at Amazon:

Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) is a complete Hebrew Bible in an aesthetically pleasing Hebrew script. It contains all of the consonants, vowels, cantillation marks (accents), and other symbols. It follows the text of the Leningrad Codex as digitized by the J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research. This is the same manuscript underlying Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) and Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ).

~Drayton Benner,
President, Miklal Software Solutions

Anonymous said...

Unlike a computer screen, the kindle use e-ink. Text in e-ink remains permanently on the screen until the user changes it even if the power supply (battery) is removed. (it isn't refreshing constantly)
As such, erasing a page with the name of g-d is erasing G-d's name.

This is the reason you'll find few seforim for the kindle.

User beware.

Reb Yid said...

Is that your opinion, or which posek have you asked about that?

I ask, becauseI can see several flaws in your reasoning. The main one is that halacha is usually concerned more with how people would consider something than how it functions on a molecular level. So a computer monitor, which will keep the image forever if left undisturbed, should not be any different from e-ink.

Anonymous said...

Commenting on an old post, but I was curious to know. I'm looking to get the chok leyisrael onto a kindle (which I haven't bought yet). Is there somewhere I can get all 5 so that I don't have to format it?