A Kindle device offers several advantages for prepping purposes. (1) Low cost, relative to a laptop or tablet device. (2) Can hold hundreds of books with information relevant to prepping and survival. (3) Has a longer battery life than a laptop (up to one month or more). (4) Lightweight, easy-to-use, fits in any bugout bag.
If the low cost — under $100 for the least expensive model, as of this writing — is still prohibitive, you can get a free Kindle reader app for your smart phone. Many of the newer model phones have plenty of storage space. You might be able to hold just as many books on your phone as on a Kindle device.
Which books should you keep on your Kindle or smart phone? I suggest that first aid and medical books should be among your top choices. For printed books, I have previously suggested the following titles:
American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care
First Aid for Babies and Children Fast
American College of Emergency Physicians First Aid Manual
The Merck Manual of Medical Information: 2nd Home Edition
Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Fourth Edition
American Medical Association Family Medical Guide, 4th Edition
However, none of the above books are available (as of this writing) in Kindle format. So in this post, I will suggest two First Aid books, which I purchased and downloaded in Kindle format:
Of the two books, the ACEP First Aid book has more information. Each topic has greater depth than the Handal book. On the other hand, the Handal book offers a clearer explanation. Each topic is divided into a summary of the injury or illness, a list of signs and symptoms, a list or explanation of what to do, and a list of things NOT to do. If you are using the book during a medical emergency, the Handal book is a better guide.
The ACEP book has numerous photos of injuries and their treatment. The Handal book has some illustrations (drawings), but no photos. However, many of the photos in the ACEP book are unnecessarily graphic in their display of severe injuries.
Formatting is always an issue with Kindle books. Most Kindle books are printed books that have been transferred, more or less skillfully, into the Kindle format.
The Handal book is well-formatted. There are internal links from one section of the book to a related topic. The book is easy to navigate. The detailed table of contents lists various injuries and illnesses. Find the topic of interest, and jump to the instruction on how to deal with it. From within that section, click a link to go to a related topic.
The ACEP book suffered in the translation to Kindle format. The printed book obviously had many “sidebar” sections, written on top of a colored background. These sections become their own pages within the Kindle book. But as sidebar content, they don’t necessarily fit well into the page order. Also, many of the underlined words and phrases in the ACEP book do not function as links. Perhaps these words were underlined in the printed book. But they look like links in the Kindle version, yet they don’t work.
Both books were reasonably priced. Of the two, you can probably tell from the above description that I prefer the Handal book: Doc’s First Aid Guide. It is more approachable for the reader with no medical training, and more useful as a moment to moment guide during an emergency. (And it is also available in a Spanish Kindle edition.)