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Initial post: Apr 24, 2012 7:17:48 PM PDT
Mark Wagner says:
Internet Surfing Question (Using Kindle Keyboard 3G)

[I obviously don't surf the web on my phone.]

So I gather there is NO URL standard naming convention for mobile websites?

I am now using www.Kinstant.com which helps for sure. But how do I find a website's mobile access IF they have one?

For instance, I know Blogger offers this, yet I can't find how to access it??

Adding m. to the beginning of a web URL doesn't work for most major sites, including Gmail for the Kindle. That URL is: https://mail.google.com/mail/x

Thanks for any help here.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 5:53:15 AM PDT
no, there is no URL standard for mobile. "m." in place of "www." often works, sometimes adding "/m" to the end of the URL will also.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 7:41:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2012 7:42:15 AM PDT
T. Cook says:
As stated above, the most common practice is to replace www. with m. but no, it's not a standard.
Sometimes websites have a "mobile version" button near the top of their homepage, but that's not a standard practice either.
A practice I have is I embed code in my homepage that senses the browser you're using and directs you either to my main website or the mobile version of my website, but I've found this not to be as common as it could be either.
You could try using a search engine to look for the mobile version of a website, but, again, it might be hit and miss.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 9:28:00 AM PDT
Mark Wagner says:
Yeah, I suppose I am going to have to investigate it one by one - OR use Kinstant to help.

Thanks.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 9:49:27 AM PDT
How do I add my husband to my amazon account? Does he have to use my password or can he create his own?

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 9:50:49 AM PDT
There can only be one password associated with each account.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 10:09:27 AM PDT
J. Donahue says:
Eileen, it's a really good idea to start a new thread if you have a question different from the original topic. That way, more people see your question.

Are you adding your husband's Kindle device to your account? Or are you asking about something else?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 10:11:34 AM PDT
Thanks for advice. I would add my husbands kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 10:47:21 AM PDT
Just register his kindle on your http://www.amazon.com/myk

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 11:07:33 AM PDT
Poschi says:
Mark,

Here is a Kindle book you might like to take a look at:

Web Browser Surfer 3rd Edition (Web Surfer Series)

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 11:12:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2012 11:13:00 AM PDT
Mark - most websites that have a mobile version are designed to detect when a browser is coming from a mobile device and switch to the mobile site automatically. OTOH, the Silk browser lets you set it to appear like a desktop browser, which defeats that. If you want to see the mobile version of most sites just turn off the Desktop mode option in the web settings, and most will direct you automatically.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 11:18:05 AM PDT
Mark Wagner says:
Thanks, I'll keep an eye out for it if it's ever offered FREE.

I simply won't pay for ANY ebook rated under 4 stars.
It's a simple system, but effective for me.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 11:22:15 AM PDT
Mark Wagner says:
Bruce,

I understand the concept, but don't see where to 'turn off the Desktop mode' in my Kindle Keyboard 3G?

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 11:54:22 AM PDT
Sorry, I missed that you were using the KK. I was referring to the Silk browser which is only on the Fire. I'm not sure how the experimental browser presents itself - I'll have to take a look when I get home. I know that it confuses some websites into thinking it's a desktop running Safari, though.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 12:14:35 PM PDT
Mark Wagner says:
There's NO auto detection going on with websites to the Kindle Keyboard.
Not to confuse, but out of the box, there isn't any auto detection going on with the iPhone either.

For the Kindle, the best I can default to is Kinstant - which does a nice job.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 12:17:40 PM PDT
I don't know how you can say that. All browsers include a useragent string, otherwise the server won't talk to them. The server then chooses what version of the site to send back to the browser. If it sees something that it recognizes as a mobile browser, it will send the mobile version.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 12:34:49 PM PDT
Mark Wagner says:
Roy, well then, my Kindle browser MAY have that string, BUT since it's entirely capable of receiving a full webpage, it does NOT default to a mobile connection.

If I type: www.cnn.com or www.espn.com - it WILL bring up the full almost unmanageable interface.

I think I need to keep reminding people this is for the Kindle Keyboard 3G model.

Going through Kinstant will FIND the mobile URL for a site, OR TRY to convert that specifically to Kindle's mobile format. In most sites this works rather well.

For other sites, I am independantly finding and bookmarking their specific mobile URL. A good example of that is Gmail. By the way, the mobile URL for Gmail as shipped from Amazon in MY Kindle WILL NOT WORK, period. I had to find the proper URL and change that. (Yes, I worked with Kindle Customer Support and they've noted the correction).

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 12:38:13 PM PDT
Mark Wagner says:
Oh, and for the record, I just received my Kindle Keyboard 3G from Amazon 2 weeks ago, new.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 12:56:16 PM PDT
Poschi says:
@Mark,

I did note that you have a Kindle Keyboard and that is why I suggested the book that I did.
The book does have numerous links and most, if not all, I believe, are for mobile sites. Have a look at the sample.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 12:59:03 PM PDT
Mark Wagner says:
Thank you Poshi. :)
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