Question 1. Can I search PubMed and view citations and abstracts on my Kindle?
Yes, because your Kindle probably has 3G or WiFi access to the internet—or both. And if you have 3G or WiFi, you can search PubMed online. The current Kindle browser is limited, though: it's optimized for text-centric Web sites, and it cannot have more than one window (or tab) open at a time. From your Kindle, then, we recommend using PubMed Mobile (beta).
- PubMed Mobile (beta), available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/, enables you to do simple keyword searches, view article abstracts, and link to some full-text. Unfortunately, it does not offer any advanced search features or indicate which articles are available in Levy Library’s full-text collection.
- For many smartphones and tablets, we prefer PubMed for Handhelds to PubMed Mobile. We've linked it from our Databases page and our guide to Levy Library's Resources for Mobile Devices. PubMed for Handhelds offers more search options than PubMed Mobile, and it links to Levy Library’s full-text. But it opens new windows to link to abstracts and full-text, so it doesn't work well on the Kindle.
Question 2: Can I read full-text articles from PubMed on my Kindle?
You can link out from PubMed Mobile to full-text if the article is available in HTML (Web) format, if it opens in the same window as PubMed, and if the article is freely available online. Remember, you won’t be able to open a full-text Web page in a new window. Also, right now the Kindle browser can't get any articles through the Library's licensed E-Journal collection because our journal manager’s search results open in a new, second window.
You can also read articles in PDF format. The last two generations of Kindles support PDF, though color is lost and graphics are rendered in grey scale. But, the Kindle browser does not have a PDF reader plug-in such as Adobe Acrobat, so you cannot link to a PDF article from PubMed—or from any Web site. Instead, you have to download articles on another computer and import them into the Kindle.
According to the Kindle’s User Guide (PDF) there are two ways to do this:
- Drag PDF files over USB to your Kindle
- E-mail PDF files to your dedicated Kindle e-mail address (found on the Settings page on Kindle or the Manage Your Kindle page on Amazon).
For more details, please see the support information on Amazon’s Web site or the User Guide.
So, if you are online, you can search PubMed on your Kindle. And, online or offline, you can read downloaded PDF's. It's more complicated than it would be on a tablet or many smartphones, but we expect the technology to get better with time. Stay tuned.