This is something of a “training” post. I have seen a lot of reviews of craft books, knitting books especially, that aren’t reviewing the books themselves. Instead they are “reviewing” the fact that they can’t figure out how to print out patterns from the books.
Myself, I cannot understand why anyone would WANT to print out a pattern from a book on Kindle. I use mine all the time. However, to help out those who are having problems, I posted to the Kindle help site. Below is what I posted. Hope it helps you out!
One of my favorite pattern authors got a bad review because the reviewer wanted to print out patterns instead of using Kindle to follow along. So, I am providing this information for those out there who would rather print out patterns, though I can’t imagine why you would want to, as using the Kindle is AWESOME for patterns.
It isn’t the author whom you should be asking this question of. This is a technical question that should belong to Amazon Kindle. Giving a bad review for a book of knitting or other crafts is totally unacceptable because of something that the author has no control over.
First, using a Kindle for knitting is the PERFECT method. I use it all the time for patterns, some immensely complicated. You can highlight your spot, mark with different colours, make notes of where you are in the document, bookmark, note any changes you make to the pattern. Anything and everything you would want to do with paper you can do with the Kindle, quickly and effeciently and it is still there when you get back to your knitting. You can easily carry your Kindle with you wherever you go, just drop it into your knitting bag and you are good to go. What could be easier?!
Now. You can’t print from the Kindle directly. However, to answer your question, here is what you do.
If you don’t have Kindle Reader for PC loaded on your PC, you can download the software here: http://alturl.com/73xdp
Now, go to your Kindle Library. Find your book. Under the “Actions” dropdown menu, locate “Deliver to My” and in the dropdown box select “Name’s Kindle for PC”. The Name’s is your name, of course. You can also “Download and Deliver via USB” if you don’t have wireless.
The book will download to the Cloud. Now, under “Actions” again, click “Read Now”. It will open up the book in a separate webpage. The tab should look something like https://read.amazon.com/?asin=B00FAUTMBI
You will be looking at the book. To the right and left, you will see grayish arrows to move through the book. To go quickly to the pattern you want go to the Table of Contents and click on the title of the pattern you want. Now you can prepare to print.
The layout on my computer is to see two pages at once, but I have a 24″ screen, so I am not sure if you will see one or two. You may have to print out more than one set of pages, which is fine; the directions I am giving will work. You just have to pull up the pages one by one for printing. It is easier to see and work from this way anyway.
Now, to print out the pages it is just like printing any other document, but you have to use PRINT PREVIEW to set it up the way you want to see it. You may have to play with it. On mine, I set to Portrait (which gives me one page on the screen) and 125% which fills the page and gives me easy reading. You may have to play with it a bit to get the sizing right. Then Print.
If this is too much, and you want to, you can also use Print Screen on each page of the Kindle for PC document, open a Word document, change to Landscape layout then Paste into the Word screen. Then, just print it out.
This should answer all your questions about printing out patterns from a Kindle book.
It is that easy. Happy Crafting!