PDFs in Your Pocket

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Remember books? In many quarters, printed books seem to be going the way of the 8-track tape. The good news is that they’re often being replaced by ebooks, which are portable, searchable, and weightless.

For me, a trip to the library these days usually means logging in to my library’s website and downloading some ebooks to the Kindle app on my iPad. But my iPad holds more than library books. It also holds two important Scouting publications: the Guide to Safe Scouting and the Guide to Advancement.

How did they get there? Every Kindle device and app comes with an email address–something like john_12345@kindle.com. When you email a document to that address, it ends up on your Kindle device or in your Kindle app. Compatible file formats include .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, and more. (For complete details, see this help page.)

Since Kindle apps are available for both iOS and Android devices, there’s no reason for any smartphone-carrying Scouter not to have access to these key Scouting publications at meetings and on outings. And you can find many other useful documents with this search string in Google:

*.pdf site:scouting.org.

Add in your troop handbook or other troop-specific documents, and you’ll have a handy little library in your pocket or backpack.

Oh, and a not-so-shameless plug. Both The Eagle Court of Honor Book and The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook are available as Kindle books! Click the book titles above for details.

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