Archive for October, 2009

Flash! Kindle for PC coming soon!

October 22, 2009

Amazon is announcing on its website Kindle for PC!

Kindle for PC page 

You’ll be able to read Kindle books on a PC with no Kindle required.  It will be a free download.

You’ll also be able to sync with your Kindle.

This is part of that platform expansion for Kindle books Jeff Bezos has mentioned, and something a lot of people have wanted.

It competes directly with the B&N e-reading software as well.

This is really exciting!  It means reference books for the Kindle can link to live content (like web videos) and be much more effective.  That content could be accessed on the iPhone and iPod touch before, but now anybody can get it.  You’d read the book on your Kindle typically, but switch to the PC to connect to the other material.

If it works with the free books from the Kindle store, that’s even better.  :)

International users, the books to which you have access would still be limited.

EDIT: Here’s a link to a demo video on Windows 7, done by Microsoft: Kindle for PC Demo on Windows 7 

UPDATE: See also this later post.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

Flash! Kindle 2 no longer available new at Amazon site, Kindle International drops in price

October 22, 2009

Wow!

The Kindle International has gone down to $259…and the Kindle 2 is just gone!

That makes it a collector’s item, I guess.  That’s going to be a problem for people where Sprint would have been the better connection in the US.

UPDATE: Amazon has added an info box to the Kindle 2 page.  It says:

A Newer Kindle is Now Available
Due to strong customer demand for the newest Kindle, we are consolidating our family of 6″ Kindles. The new Kindle has 3G wireless that works in the United States and also globally in over 100 countries. We will continue to fully support Whispernet for all U.S.-only Kindles. You can buy used and refurbished versions of the U.S.-only Kindle…

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

Frequently Asked Kindle Questions: special Kindle International edition #2

October 21, 2009

This post is a special Kindle International edition of Frequently Asked Kindle Questions.  This second edition addresses people who are using the Kindle International outside the US. 

An earlier edition addressed people who currently have an earlier version of the Kindle (the Kindle 1Kindle 2 , or Kindle DX) and are in the USA. 

Q. I’ve ordered the Kindle International.  When should I get it?

A. That’s going to depend on where you are and what kind of shipping you used.  People have already started to report receiving them in Europe.

Q. Will I be able to use it out of the box?

A. Since the K2i (Kindle 2 International) can be charged using a USB connection, you should be okay with what came with it.  In most countries (but not Australia) you get a US power cord with it.  That cord is “universal voltage” (from 100 to 240 voltage…should be everywhere).  However, you may need a plug adapter, so it can fit in your wall outlets.

Q. I can’t find my USB adapter.

A. It’s the same cord as the power cord.  Slide the end off that would plug into the wall. 

Note: some European customers are finding that an initial reset makes it more responsive.  Hold the power switch (on the top edge of the Kindle) to your right as you face the Kindle screen for twenty seconds.  Give it a minute to reset itself. 

Q. How do I use my USB cord to charge my Kindle?

A. Plug the big end into your computer, with the design (the “Vulcan fork”) facing up.  Plug the little end (again, Vulcan fork facing up) into the Kindle’s bottom edge.  The screen should change to show that it is in USB mode.

Q. I have more than one USB port on my computer.  Does it matter which one I use?

A. Yes.  Some USB ports are not powered and won’t charge the Kindle.  Generally, a port on the computer itself is fine.  If you have a USB port on your keyboard, for example, it may not be properly powered. 

Q. Can I use my Kindle while it is charging?

A. Yes.  Keep the Kindle connected to the computer, but “safely remove” or “eject” it.  If you are using a PC:  in the bottom right corner of your computer screen (near the clock), you will typically see a grey rectangle with a green arrow. You might need to click a right facing chevron (like an arrowhead without the stick) to see it. You may see a choice for a USB storage device. After you click on that one, it should show you a choice for the Kindle. If it tells you the Kindle can not be stopped at this time, don’t disconnect it. If it won’t let you safely remove, you can shut down the computer. When the Kindle shows you the regular screen, it is safe to disconnect.

Q. Can I use it without charging it first?

A. Probably, but it’s a good idea to plug it in.  That’s recommended in the Kindle Quick Start Guide, which should have been in the box.

Note: if you are not using the Whispernet, keep it off.  While the Kindle is trying to find a signal, it will use significantly more power.  Home-Menu-Turn Wireless Off

Q. My Kindle International was a gift.  Do I need to do something to register it?

A. Yes.  It’s possible your Kindle was pre-registered if you bought it for yourself.  If not, you can register it one of two ways.  If you have a wireless connection, you can go to Home-Settings-Register.  You’ll need the e-mail and password associated with your Amazon account.  If not, go to the Manage Your Kindle page. You’ll need the serial number, which is on the back of the Kindle (in addition to the e-mail and password).

Q. My Kindle is registered.  How do I buy my first book?

A. This is key.  To avoid any possible charges, you may want to shop directly from your computer.  If you download to your computer and then transfer to your Kindle’s documents folder using your USB cable, you will not have any additional charges.

When you buy the book, use the dropdown where it says “Deliver to:”, make sure you select Transfer via Computer. 

If you don’t, and you are outside your country’s Whispernet area (for example, a US customer abroad), you may be subject to charges.

Q. How much are the charges?

A. For Americans when abroad using the wireless:

  • $1.99 to get a book from the Kindle store or your archives
  • $1.99 to get a single issue of a subscription
  • $4.99 to get all of your subscriptions for a week
  • $0.99 per megabyte (rounded up) to send personal documents

Remember that you avoid these charges by downloading to your computer and transferring using your USB cord.

Q. The Kindle store says I’m in one country, but I’m really in another one.  How can I change it?

A.  Go to the Manage Your Kindle page.   If you are moving, you can change the country associated with your account there.

Q. Does the Kindle International work all over the world?

A. You can read books all over, but which books you can buy and whether or not you have wireless access varies.  Go to the Kindle International, and you can check to see what the access is like for your country.

Note: just because there is wireless coverage shown in your country does not mean that the Kindle or Kindle content will be available there.

Q. Why aren’t certain books available in my country?

A. It’s up to the rightsholders.  For example, German publishers may not have secured the rights to sell certain e-books in the USA.  So, they wouldn’t haven’t prepared those books.  Now that Kindle books can be sold in Germany, it’s reasonable to assume that more books will become available.  In the future, it may be more likely that publishers negotiate for worldwide e-book rights.

Q. Why wasn’t my country included in the program?

A. There are a number of things that need to be resolved: technical; legal; and licensing.   It’s reasonable to assume that Amazon wants to do business in as many countries as possible.

Q. I think something is wrong with my page buttons: they are hard to push.

A. The Kindle buttons push on the inside edge, not the outside edge.  This makes it less likely for people with limited tactile sense to drop the device.  Push the button on the edge towards the middle of the Kindle.

Q. My Kindle international won’t connect to the wireless.  Is there anything I can try?

A. Yes.  Try Home-Menu-Settings, then type 311.  It may take a minute or two but you’ll be given a list of carriers to try.  Try connecting and if it doesn’t work, try a different network.  This may be a slow trial and error process.

Q. What if I need help from Amazon and I am out of the country?

A. You can go to this page to contact Amazon, either by e-mail (which is free) or by telephone: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/kindle-help.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200316870&type=email&skip=true#csTop .  The telephone number for help out of the country is 1-206-266-0927, but remember that international calling fees will apply.

Q. I want to read up on the Kindle.  Where can I see the documentation?

A. You can get the manuals (even in other languages than English) at the Kindle Documentation page.

Q. What else should I do to take care of my Kindle?

A. Get a cover, get a recovery service sticker…see this earlier post, How to love your Kindle.

If you have additional questions about using the Kindle International outside of the country, let me know.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

Flash! Barnes & Noble’s “nook” named after…

October 21, 2009

When I read that Barnes & Nobles’ new e-book reader was called a nook (they don’t capitalize it), there was a nibbling at the back of my mind that there was something off about naming an e-book reader that.

It’s not just that the fans will inevitably be called “nookies” (although that’s bad enough…I like “Kindleer” so much better).

Then, J. Taylor in the Amazon Kindle forum pointed it out.

In the Dr. Seuss classic, One fish two fish red fish blue fish, there is a character called a Nook.  One line reads:

“But a Nook can’t read…”

So, they named their book reader, as J. Taylor pointed out, after an illiterate character.

Well, I guess there’s no particular reason that the marketing folks should be familiar with, you know, a book…  :)

Just kidding…I’m sure they thought people would think “new book” or “next book” or something…that’s better, right?

Hey, a lot of people find it weird that the Kindle is named after the verb to “start a flame” (or inspire).  Flames, replacing paperbooks…that’s not the best image, either. 

Anyway…you’ve got to love those clever forum people!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

Sing me a book

October 21, 2009

Some books actually have a very song-like quality.  One of our favorite baby gifts to give is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, which would be very difficult to read without feeling a sense of the rhythm.   That’s true for quite a few books: I still think of Shel Silverstein as a musician first, and an author second, although I’d have to guess that Where the Sidewalk Ends   has a bigger pop cultural awareness now than Freakin’ at the Freakers Ball.

Oh, and a warning for parents: Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book  is a parody, not intended for children.

Entire books that make good songs are rare, usually intended for children, and more properly considered poetry than songs.

How about songs being turned into books?

Well, there are books of lyrics, but that’s not quite the same thing. 

So, you’ll accept the postulate that songs and books are different, right?  ;)

Why am I writing about this in a Kindle/e-book blog?

One of the hot button topics in e-books is DRM (Digital Rights Management).  DRM is code that is inserted into a digital file that is intended to control the use of that file. 

While some people simply think that there shouldn’t be copyright at all, others don’t like DRM because it is used for other things besides enforcing legal rights.  For example, text-to-speech for private use is a non-infringing use, according to the Copyright Office.  DRM can be used that will block that function. 

Similarly, when you buy a Kindle book, would you be within your legal rights to read it on your computer?  Particularly if you weren’t making another copy?  That certainly seems reasonable.

So, it doesn’t just manage rights, but uses.   I suppose they could have called it Digital Use Management, but I don’t think rightsholders would have been happy with that acronym (DUM).  ;) 

The whole basic argument about DRM is for another post, but I want to address specifically the idea that the music industry eventually found out that DRM was a bad idea, and that based on that, the e-book industry shouldn’t use it either.

Book use versus song use

Let’s consider the way most people use a fiction book and the way  most people use a pop song.

My sense of it is that most people read a fiction book once, and that’s it.  They might keep it, or give it to a friend or family member, coworker, donate it, or sell it.  Certainly, some people re-read books.  No question, non-fiction/reference books have a different use pattern.

So, how often do you re-read books?

On the other hand, I think most people listen to a song several times.  It seems weird that someone would buy a song, listen to it once, and then never listen to it again.  It might be an unfair comparison: perhaps we should be comparing books to albums.  In the digital age, though, many people buy individual songs.

How often to you “re-listen” to a song?

This, then, is one clear-cut difference between the music industry and the publishing industry.   If people tend to read a novel once, it is much worse for the prospects that they will buy it for them to have access to it than it is if someone hears a song.  

That means that the publishing industry can’t just “learn a lesson” from the music industry…they are, after all, studying different subjects.  :)

Hearing a song for free increases, I think, the odds that you will buy it.  Reading a book for free (whether from the library or borrowed from a friend) decreases the odds you will buy it.

There’s another major significant difference between what the music industry experienced with Digital Rights Management and what the e-book industry is experiencing.    When digital music first became popular, about ten years ago, there weren’t easy legal outlets to get the music.  While I don’t agree with this argument, some people figure that if there isn’t a legal way to buy it, they aren’t hurting the rightsholder by getting it in an unauthorized manner. 

That reasoning is still used by people today.  Since J.K. Rowling won’t authorize e-books for the Harry Potter series, the agument goes, it doesn’t hurt her to get them other places.  After all, there isn’t any way to legitimately give her money for an e-book.

I don’t like that J.K. Rowling doesn’t allow e-books, but that’s her choice.  My concern is that a lot of people have physical challenges that make it hard to read physical books…especially a book that weighs a pound and a half.  They can’t comfortably get the same enjoyment out of Harry Potter that I did.

That’s key, by the way.  If Harry Potter was legally released as an e-book, many people would buy it…including buying it again.   That contradicts with what I just said about re-reading, right?  Well, a different physical medium is different.  Also, people do re-read some books…although they are usually books they read some time ago.  In a 2007 British survey, the top five re-read books were:

1. The Harry Potter series

2. The Lord of the Rings

3. Pride and Prejudice

4. The Hobbit

5. Jane Eyre

Reuters article 

Taking the first publication of the first books in the series (or individual title) above, the books had been published on the average 97.4 years before the survey.  :)

My intuition is that most people who had a choice between buying an e-book that was legal and getting one that was illegal would prefer to get a legal one.  Oh, there are some folks who would get one free and illegal over ten dollars and legal…although I do think they are in the minority of current e-book buyers.

The availability of legal sources for e-books is very different than the number of legal sources for downloadable music in 1998…another reason the optimal strategies may not be the same now as then.

Do I think the current strategy for Digital Rights Management for e-books is the best one?  Nope.  I would like to see books able to be read on more devices.  If I buy a book, I think it’s reasonable that I can read it on my computer if I want to do that.  I don’t mind them controlling my ability to give it to other people: I think six simultaneous licenses is pretty generous, actually.

However, saying that the publishing industry should do things exactly the same way that the music industry “should” have done it ten years ago seems to me to just not take into account all of the factors.

So, Mr. Piano Man…play me a few bars of War and Peace, okay?  I’m in a nostalgic mood.  ;)

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

Flash! Barnes & Noble e-reader revealed

October 20, 2009

Quick flash before the daily post:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/20/barnes-and-noble-officially-launches-nook-e-reader-259-pre-orde/#continued

This link has a promotional video and the press release.  We knew they were announcing this today.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

Kriddles #1 (Kindle riddles)

October 20, 2009

Q. What do the owners of the larger DX call the K1 and K2?
A. Munchkindles

Q. How do readaholics pay their monthly bills?
A. By the Kindle of their teeth

Q. What do you say to someone who has to spend all day on the KDX reading work materials?
A. “All work and no play makes Jack a Kin-dull boy”

Q. Who lives on E-Skull Island?
A. Kindle Kong

Q. What dance do you do when Amazon sends you your new e-book reader?
A. The Kin-Kin

Q. What huge North American country didn’t get Amazon’s International e-book reader?
A. Kin-ada.

Q. Who lived happily ever after with Prince e-Charming?
A. Kindle-ella

Q. what do they call the new gold-plated Kindle?
A. The Kin Midas

Q. What did the Little Engine say when it learned to read?
A. “I think I Kin, I think I Kin…”

Q. What does the bumper sticker on Jeff Bezos’ car say?
A. Practice random acts of Kindleness

Q. After turning it around several times to write notes or use the next page button, what did the left-handed reader call the Kindle DX?
A. The “Tin Dizzy”

Q. What do the much smaller Kindle 1 and Kindle 2 call the Kindle DX?
A. “Sir.”

Q. Why did the Kindle cross the road?
A. It didn’t: it got what it needed through the Whispernet

Q. Which state has the most e-book readers?
A. Kindle-tucky

Q. Who is the greatest e-Jeopardy champ of all time?
A. Kin Jennings

Q. What did one Kindle 1 say to the other?
A. Sadly, nothing…K1s can’t talk

Q. What did Playskool name its kiddie e-book reading chair?
A. The “Sit ‘N Kin”

Q. What do e-romance fans read?
A. Harlekindles

Q. What does Bob Dylan (or Manfred Mann) say about the Kindle?
A. “Come all without, come all within…you ain’t seen nothing like the mighty Kin!”

Q. What does Dylan say about the Wikipedia access on the Kindle?
A. “The answer, my friend, is blowing in the Kin”

Subset: authors rebranded for the Kindle:

Charles Dickindles
Rudyard Kindling
Kin Follett
Stephen Kindle
Alexander Pushkindle
Terry Goodkindle

Oh, and did you know there actually is a Patrice Kindl? :)

Q. What was my favorite ride at Disneyland?
A. Kindle-anna Jones

Q. What did George Michael name his Kindle?
A. Careless Whispernet

Special watching TV in Kindleland edition:

Q. What did Cartman say when the Apple Netbook was released?
A. “Oh my g*d, they killed Kinny!”

Q. Who played Kin-ton Harper on Mama’s Family?
A. Kin Barry

Q. What Joss Whedon series stars Eliza Dushkindle?
A. Kindlehouse

Q. What step-daughter of a famous Olympikin is Kindleland’s favorite reality star?
A. Kin Kindleshian

Q. Where do Adam and Eve use their Kindles?
A. The Garden of Readin’
 
Q. Who wrote the Kindleholic’s classic, The Habit?
A. J.R.R. Tolkindle

Q. In the Charles Dickindles classic, Oliver Twist, what did Oliver say when he was only allowed to download ten books a day?
A. “Please sir, Kindle I have some more?”

Q. Who plays Sookie Stackhouse on TV?
A. Anna Pakindle

Q. What do they call pancakes in Kindleland?
A. Kriddle cakes

Q. Who is the most feared villain in all of Kindleland?
A. The Kindler (“Kindle me this, Batman…”)

Q. Who did Mr. Miyagi make wipe off his e-book reader screen?
A. The Karate Kindle

Q. What did Sarah Michelle Gellar name her first generation e-book reader?
A. The Kindle Chosen 1
Special Kindleblanca Edition

Q. What did Rick Blaine say when Ilse found the .pdf of the Letters of Transit on his e-book reader?
A. “Of all the Kindles in all the world, she had to look into mine.”

Q. What did Rick say when Renault asked him what would happen to Rick and Ilse’s e-books if something “unfortunate” were to happen to his Kindle?
A. “We’ll always have archives.”

Q. What did Renault say when Rick asked him what kind of e-books he wanted to read?
A. “Download the usual subjects.”

Q. What did Gumby call Pokey when he saw how many e-books his pal had been buying?
A. A “1-click pony”

Q. What did Paul Simon say when the President considered banning e-book readers as a form of bail-out for bookstores?
A. “Obama, don’t take my Kindle tome away…”

Some of these Kriddles originally appeared in this Amazon thread.   This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

The world changes today

October 19, 2009

Well, the world changes every day…but it’s a question of degree.

The Kindle International starts shipping today (Monday, October 19 2009). 

I believe that the spread of e-books around the world will have a subtle and profound effect on the future of humanity.

Oh, it’s not the Kindle specifically.  It’s the idea that books can be easily and cheaply available anywhere.  A twelve-year old in Fiji reads Shakespeare…and goes on to write a play about the human condition that inspires other people not to give up.  A sixty-year old in Washington reads Lao Tse, and chooses not to support a resolution, changing the political path of the country.  A twenty-five year old in Lithuania reads H. Beam Piper…and just has a good time.  :)

Significantly, it won’t just be classic works.  It will be personal documents…opinions, facts, exposés.  Whereas samizdat under the Soviet Union required copying machines, the new underground literature can be spread instantly at virtually no cost almost anywhere.

Now, I know the Kindle International won’t do all that.  The wireless isn’t available in many countries, the books (including the free ones) aren’t equally available, and there are charges (which are also not the same everywhere).

However…it’s coming.  The Kindle International is a step forward in the democratization of information.  Just the fact that you can send a personal document to someone in another country pretty much instantly makes things different.  Yes, it could cost you ninety-nine cents for a megabyte.  Any idea how big a megabyte is?  It’s the US Constitution, the Communist Manifesto, the 1946 Constitution of Japan, The Prince, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, AND Common Sense…with plenty or words left over.

Obviously, it could be argued that computers have already done this, but it is different.  E-readers are slim, easily hidden, and can run for a week on a single charge.  Convenient, relatively cheap solar power seems inevitable in the next couple of years (there are some options now).  E-reader to e-reader transfer, which was possible with the K1 (by using an SD card) should also be easy.  It could be through a USB bridge, or a Bluetooth kind of short range wireless.

It’s going to become increasingly difficult for governments, societies, and even economies to control what people can read.

Welcome…to the World Wide Word.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

Flash! Amazon adds 10,000 more free books, more news

October 18, 2009

Here’s a quick round-up of some stories before the daily post:

Amazon adds ten thousand more free books!

Kindle store freebies have been hovering about 7000-7500 titles for awhile.  When I checked on October 1, it was 7428.  Checking this morning, it is 18,546…more than double!  I haven’t checked out much what they are yet, but that’s exciting!  Check them out for yourself:

Amazon Kindle freebies 

Startup seeks to digitize “older” books

One of the common concerns people express about Kindle books is the relative parcity of books that are ten to thirty years old.  I refer to books published between 1923 and 2005 in the US as being “in the Well”.  I’ll do a whole post on that at some point, but those books would probably not have had e-book rights negotiated (so those rights would be with the author or the author’s estate), but are still under copyright.

I think publishers are converting the “backlist”, but that may mean a new negotiation, and that takes effort.  The new books have priority.

A new company, OpenRoad Integrated Media, has been formed to concentrate on converting those “Well books”.  It’s headed by a known publishing figure (Jane Friedman), has millions of dollars in funding, and has already secured the contract to publish Catch-22.  The plan is to really promote the books, almost as though they were new titles (since they are new to e-books).

I think this is a great thing, although I think what it will really do is spur the traditional publishers to lock down those rights.   It’s kind of like the old “cyber-squatters” to me.  People registered valuable website names, before the companies that would want them realized the value.  Then, the squatters sold the names to the companies that would want them.  I don’t think the tradpubs will let them get away with this for very long. 

Why would an author (or an estate) choose to sell the rights to the tradpub rather than the startup?  I think it makes sense that different formats of the book are available from the same place…just easier marketing.  It’s also a whole lot easier for accounting and negotiating…and I doubt most authors want to spend a lot of time and energy dealing with multiple companies.

New York Times article 

Kindle Nation survey

Stephen Windwalker asked his Kindle Nation readers some questions, and he’s reporting the results of the 1,683 responses. While it’s not scientific, it’s going to be interesting to see what people say.

P-book Price Wars!

There’s a huge price war going on in p-books for the holiday season, driving down the price to $10 for brand-new, bestseller hardbacks!  For example, the new James Patterson, I, Alex Cross?  List price $27.00…hardback at Amazon $9.00! Pirate Latitudes  by Michael Crichton?  Also $9!  Stephen King’s Under the Dome?  $35?  No way!  It’s also $9 (a crazy 74% off)!

These prices could change at any time, but for those of you still buying p-books, now’s the time! 

Here’s a search that may help:

P-book Price Wars!

This, by the way, is exactly what the p-book publishers have feared about setting the e-book prices at $9.99 for some books…driving down the p-book prices.  The fear is that people just won’t pay $25 for a hardback if this kind of thing enters the public consciousness. 

I Love My Kindle #1 blog in the Kindle store!

That ranking varies a lot (they update it every hour), but I was happy to see it.  :)  I didn’t think we’d beat the freebie from Amazon, but for a few hours yesterday, we did.  I say “we” because it’s you readers who are getting free trials and subscribing that make that rating.  Thank you!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

Interesting and useful Amazon links

October 18, 2009

Amazon makes a lot of information available online. However, it isn’t always in an obvious place, especially when you are in a hurry. I’ll update this post from time to time, but I thought it was good to get this in one place. If it says “login required”, it’s a “personal” part of Amazon.  If you are already logged into Amazon, it may not ask you.

http://kindle.amazon.com/kindle  (login required)

This is the location to see the notes you’ve made in your Kindle books online. You can get to your Reading List, Manage Your Kindle, and Kindle Support.

Manage Your Kindle  (login required)

Register, change your authorized e-mail addresses, send your orders to your computer (or a Kindle)…this is the main Amazon management page.

Kindle Support page
Get to the User’s Guides, search the official help information, and so on.

Kindle customer service q and a
(a forum where “…Customer Service will make weekly posts that answer the most common customer questions.”)

Amazon Universal Wishlist button
Get the Amazon Universal Wishlist button from Amazon, so you can put Kindle books (and things from non-Amazon websites) on your wishlist.

Search through Listmania!

Those are lists of Amazon products made by customers.

Buy Amazon Gift Cards

Amazon Investor Relations

Where stockholders can go for information (but you do not need to be a stockholder). This has some press releases, and may have an archived webcast.

Amazon’s Kindle Recycling Program

Amazon Author Central (login required)

Where authors can set up a page with a booklist, blog, forum, and more.

Amazon Digital Text Platform (DTP)

Where you go to publish your own works for the Kindle

kindle publishing for blogs (login required…needs a separate account from your Amazon account)

Where you can publish your blogs through the Kindle store

Amazon Associates

Sign-up to get a “referrer fee” when people buy some items from links you create

Amazon media room

Press releases, images and so on.

Using Kindle for iPhone

Using the Kindle app on the iPhone/iPod touch

Jeffrey P. Bezos’ profile

Jeff Bezos’ public profile: see Jeff review milk! Find out who his Amazon friends are!

The Amazon Kindle forum

Kindle owners and interested parties talk about the Kindle

http://forums.digitaltextplatform.com/dtpforums/index.jspa

Digital Text Platform forums: this is where independent authors ask and answer questions.

See a Kindle in Your City

See a Kindle in your city: arrange to meet up with owners

Kindle Store

Buy a Kindle, books, accessories, and more.

Amazon Kindle License Agreement and Terms of Use

These are the rules you are supposed to follow with your Kindle.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200316870&#howmany

Amazon official statement on number of devices and number of downloads you can have for Kindle books.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-1?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200387080&qid=1255626834&sr=1-1

Using Kindle (U.S. & International Wireless) if You Live Outside the United States

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200375590

Traveling with Your Kindle (includes international wireless fees and links to the coverage maps)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200321920&#personal

Amazon on how to get personal documents on your Kindle, including estimated time and restrictions

https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/kindle-help.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200316870&type=email&skip=true#csTop

Contact Amazon Customer Service: a lot of people like the Call Me feature.

Amazon Easy to Remember Pages

These are ones where Amazon has created an easy address. They may be the same as some of the others in this post, but I thought I’d group them together.

http://www.amazon.com/USBtransfer (how to transfer files to your Kindle using a cable instead of wirelessly)

http://www.amazon.com/kindleownerslendiinglibrary (Information on the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which is how eligible Prime members can borrow up to a book a month from a select group at no additional cost)

http://www.amazon.com/kindleprime (Information on Kindle Prime)

E-mail addresses:

kindledx-feedback@amazon.com

kindle2-feedback@amazon.com

kindle-feedback@amazon.com

kindleforpc-feedback@amazon.com

dtp-feedback@amazon.com (Digital Text Platform help)

kindle-publishing-blogs@amazon.com

Jeff@amazon.com (Jeff Bezos)
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I’ll update this from time to time.  Let me know if you have more Amazon links you think I should add! Also, these links aren’t always stable…if you try one and it doesn’t work, I’d appreciate knowing that as well.

A version of this list first appeared on my Amazon Author Central page.  This version by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.


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