Using a Kindle to take your CPE course

Want to use your Kindle to take a CPE course?

A FunCPE student emailed this question recently:

“I noticed a blurb about Kindles when I was doing CPE a week or so ago. I am going to be traveling in a few weeks and thought I would use my time on the plane to do some CPE so, If you could give me a little info on how I can facilitate that on my Kindle I would truly appreciate that info.”

Kindles are e-book reading devices sold exclusively through View the list of the textbooks used for FunCPE courses available as e-books–most are available. For simplicity and ease of use, Kindles are great.

For this discussion, we will assume you have a Kindle with Internet connectivity.  Some of the older Kindles do not connect to the Internet and are more difficult to use for taking an online course.

And you can buy a Kindle for only $49.99. (Note:  we may receive a small commission if you purchase from this link, for being an amazon affiliate.)

How do I take a FunCPE course using a Kindle or e-book reader?

  1. Purchase and login to your course (computer, Kindle or iPad)
  2. Print exams (optional but suggested) (computer, Kindle or iPad)–you need to print wirelessly from a Kindle or iPad)
  3. Read the materials or book (computer, Kindle or iPad)
  4. Mark you answers on the paper exams while reading your e-book (old fashioned pen and paper)
  5. Login to the FunCPE course system to enter your answers for the exams (computer, Kindle or iPad)

Let’s face it, most of your time is spent reading the materials or book, and that is what Kindles & iPads are good for.

If it is more convenient, you have the option to record your answers on an answer sheet, but most of our students print the exams on paper, and circle the correct answer there, regardless of how they read the material.

Courses using online materials (PDFs)

How do I read the PDF files for the online courses?

Some of our courses use “online materials” which are in the form of a PDF.  You can read PDF files on your Kindle when you are offline (like on an airplane), but there are a few steps involved.

Kindle DX, Kindle Fire or a Kindle 2 or later

It is fairly easy, from your Kindle:

  1. Login to the course system
  2. Launch your course
  3. Click on View or Print your materials
  4. Click on small down arrow near top left of screen (the arrow looks like a “v”)

Kindle 1 or Kindle Touch

Not so easy.  With the older Kindles, you have to convert the PDF to a Kindle format, then transfer it to your device.  Unless you are something of a technical whiz, we do not recommend using the older Kindles to download PDFs, such as the PDFs used in some of our tax courses.

Courses using books

View the list of CPE course books available here. Most of the book courses have a Kindle version available, in addition to the hard or soft copy version.

Kindle versions of books are usually at least 10% cheaper than the printed books, and of course there is no shipping charge.

One of the (many!) advantages of FunCPE courses is you can get your book however you want–

  • Borrow from a friend
  • Obtain from the library
  • Purchase a new or used book at a local store
  • Order online from Amazon
  • Download directly onto your Kindle or iPad

Questions? Comments? Write to us and let us know your experience using an e-book reader so we can help all of our students use this newer technology!