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Happy my birthday, 2014!

February 12, 2014

Happy my birthday, 2014!

February 12th is my birthday, and continuing a tradition, I’m giving you presents!

This is to thank you for making another year of my life richer. I have a lot of fun writing this blog, and I sometimes get to help people…and what could be better than that?

Part of KDP Select (the program through which users of Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing make books available for eligible Prime members to borrow through the KOLL…Kindle Owners’ Lending Library) is the ability to make books free for five days (they need not be consecutive) in a ninety-day period.

Please check that a title is free for you before buying it.

I have asked Amazon to make them free on February 12, but I can’t say exactly when it will happen. I think they may also only be free to customers in the USA.

Some might be fun to give as a little Valentine’s Day present…you can buy it today as a gift, and schedule delivery for the 14th.

So, you can click on the titles before, but please make sure it is free when you click the 1-click buy button.

The Mind Boggles: A Unique Book of Quotations (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

When this one was first published in December of 2012, it was the number one bestselling book of quotations at Amazon…including paper! That didn’t last long, but it was fun while it did. :)

Love Your First Generation Kindle Fire: The ILMK Guide to Amazon’s Entertablet (at AmazonSmile)

This one has been a bestseller. It was written before the Kindle Fire HDs and HDXs, so it doesn’t match up exactly with those. If you do have the first generation Fire, though, I think you’ll find it useful.

The Kindle Kollection: Three Early Books about the Kindle (at AmazonSmile)

This one combines the three below into one volume:

* ILMK! (I Love My Kindle): Being an Appreciation of Amazon’s E-Book Reader, with Tips, Explanations, and Humor
* Free Books for Your Kindle
* Frequently Asked Kindle Questions

ILMK! (I Love My Kindle!): Being an Appreciation of Amazon’s E-Book Reader, with Tips, Explanations, and Humor (Revised Edition) (at AmazonSmile)

This has some fun stuff…and other things that are out of date. If you want The Happy Little Bookworm, this one has it. :)

The Collected I Love My Kindle Blog Volume 1 (at AmazonSmile)

This is the first 101 posts in this blog. :) I did 101 posts so I wouldn’t cut off Doctor Watson’s Blog: A Kindle Abandoned (which is a four-part story). I’m coming up on the five year anniversary of the blog, and I’m considering doing a “best of” book. I’d include the posts that are less time-dependent, I think…if you have any opinions on ones that you remember, feel free to let me know.

Remember, double-check that they are  free to make sure before buying.

Happy birthday! ;)

I also wanted to add something different to the post this year. I suppose I can’t help being a little reflective on my birthday, and I was just thinking…

If I wasn’t a reader…

…more people at work would understand me, because I wouldn’t offhandedly drop a 19th-century term into a conversation

…we would have bought a smaller house (we bought an extra bedroom just to be a floor to ceiling library)

…people wouldn’t keep asking me how to spell things

…I wouldn’t mispronounce words as much (because, as I told the parent of a child who mispronounced something in the brick and mortar bookstore I managed, that’s the sign of a reader…it means you’ve read the word, but you’ve never heard it said)

…I would never have been to Oz, or Narnia, or Barsoom

…I wouldn’t have learned to speak Mangani (the language the “great apes” in Tarzan speak…I used to know all of the original words)

…I wouldn’t have become the Education  Director of a non-profit corporation (I was reading a magazine that happened to do with the focus of the group when I was in a park, and one of the members approached me)

…I would have needed one less suitcase when I traveled pre-Kindle

…I wouldn’t have had the example of Doc Savage to help make me a better person

…I wouldn’t spell something the British way and some things the American way

…I wouldn’t be nearly as good as I am at Jeopardy (and trivia)

…We wouldn’t have friends who swore they would never help us move again

…I wouldn’t be a writer

…I wouldn’t be me

Nominate a child to be given a free Kindle at Give a Kid a Kindle.

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Giveaway: my new book, The Mind Boggles

October 13, 2012

Giveaway: my new book, The Mind Boggles

I’ve just published my first non-Kindle related book in the Kindle store:

The Mind Boggles: A Unique Book of Quotations

It’s not unrelated to books and publishing, though, since it does have quotations from many books in it, as well as from other sources.

These are all quotations I’ve personally collected over decades. It’s only a couple of hundred quotations, but they aren’t the “usual suspects”. :) If you like quotations, I think you’ll find this unique.

I love quotations! I especially like ones that come from unexpected sources, and say things beyond what you would expect.

It’s a bit like my post recently on Can a popular book be a good book?, but with a twist: can a bad book have a good quote? ;) I don’t think I’ve ever read a completely bad book, or seen a completely bad movie. I think some genres are simply disqualified out of hand by some people, and that’s certainly not my case. Classic or kitsch, eternal or ephemeral, I’ve enjoyed them. :)

I always like to thank you for being readers, so I’m going to give away ten copies to the first ten people who comment on this post and ask for one. Please do not include contact information in your comment: I can see your e-mail address in the unpublished information. I will not use your e-mail address for any purpose except to send you the gift.

I did make the book available in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, so you can borrow it for free if you are an eligible Prime member with a hardware Kindle. The weird thing is that I make a lot more money if you borrow than if you buy it.

The economics on that is that I get about thirty-five cents when you buy a ninety-nine cent title (which this is).

When someone borrows a book, we split a pool of money. It doesn’t matter what the list price of your book is, you get an equal share for each borrow. That share has been running a bit over $2.

I’d have to sell five copies to make the same amount as one borrow.

That shows you how the economics are changing in publishing.

By the way, I do think this is going to be a good little gift at the holidays. :)

If you’d like a copy, just be one of the first ten to comment on this post and request it.

One other thing: I’m going to try to gift copies to people who are quoted. If you know you are quoted in it, just let me know and I’ll send you one. I’m going to try to be proactive on that, but I know I won’t find everybody. :)

Update: The Mind Boggles is the number one bestselling book of quotations in the Kindle store! I would have thought that was pretty narrow, but there are 897 titles in that group! Thanks, everybody!

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

Love Your Kindle Fire update available

August 21, 2012

Love Your Kindle Fire update available

My book, Love Your Kindle Fire, has been updated to the 7th edition. This one is a considerable change…

  • I’ve added close to 10,000 words
  • That includes new introductions to the different sections
  • I’ve moved the original “splinterviews” to the back of the book
  • I’ve added a piece on understanding your account

I know I’ve talked about this process before, however, I’ve already been asked by someone who got an e-mail about the update how it works.

The first thing I did was upload the updated version to the Kindle store. It typically takes them up to a few days to post an update (they review it in some way).

At about the same time, on July 19th, I sent Amazon (through the Kindle Direct  Publishing site) a notice about the change, requesting that it be made available to prior purchasers.

I got a response back asking for more samples of the changes on July 20th. I was informed that there would be three possibilities after they reviewed the changes:

  • If they decided it was a major change, they’d send out an e-mail
  • If they decided it was a minor change, they’d make the updated version available through the MYK page (see below), but not send out an e-mail
  • If the new changes broke something (that happens), they might pull it from sale and have me fix it

I think during the review they noticed a missing image. That didn’t actually have to do with this update, but they wanted me to fix it. In terms of the timing,  my decision was that the best thing to do was just pull the image…I also described it in text. Fixing it by reuploading the image and the file through a special process would have been complex at that time, and I think result in days of being off sale.

They told me the review could take four weeks.

Well, that seems about right. :) They are sending out e-mails, and the updated version is now available.

If you do update it, it will wipe out your “associated information”. You’ll lose notes, bookmarks, furthest page read, and so on. That also seems to pull any comments you’ve made from the book’s “bookstream”, the live chat you can see on the Kindle Fire.

My recommendation would be that you do the update. Before you do, you could copy any old notes you want to keep from

You can update it yourself (it’s easy) by going to

The only unfortunate thing is that the update is telling people that it is due to “Missing Images”. There was only one missing image…and now people may look for one, when what actually happened is that I pulled it. They aren’t told about all the improvements…that’s not great PR (public relations) for me, but it’s nice that people were told about an available update.

I felt the update was necessary because of all the changes that have happened. I have updated it several times already, but I wanted to move my pre-release speculation to a less prominent position.

New orders have been getting this updated version for about a month. I had been getting a few returns before that. Obviously, I’d rather have no returns, but they are unavoidable…like the occasional 1-star review. :) They aren’t all for the reasons I would do them. However, the return rate has drastically reduced since the update, which is a good sign.

Especially with non-fiction like this, I love that Amazon lets us update the content for prior buyers! It’s just not a practical option for a p-book (paperbook).

If you have questions about this, feel free to ask…or let me know if you have comments on the update, of course.

I don’t expect people to update reviews…obsolete reviews are just something that you accept online. :)

Enjoy the update!

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


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