Amazon: “We are facing some technical issues from our end which prevents publishing blogs. “

January 17, 2017

Amazon: “We are facing some technical issues from our end which prevents publishing blogs”

Some of my readers reported to me that two of my blogs had not been delivered to their Kindles in some time.

That’s happened to me before, and it’s quite frustrating, as you can imagine.

I’ve been publishing my blogs the same way for years now, starting with this one in August of 2009. When it fails to deliver to my paid subscribers, I can honestly say it isn’t because of something I’ve done.

When I get alerted to it happening, I let Amazon know…and usually, it’s a pretty good fix.

I do subscribe to my own blogs, but I feel a bit bad in this case that I hadn’t checked the delivery for months on my Kindle EBRs (E-Book Readers). If I had, I would have noticed.

At any rate, it appears to be something different this time, more widespread than the past.

I said:


I have been informed by my readers, and have confirmed on my own device, that two of my Kindle store blogs have not been delivering to paid subscribers, despite posts being published. My publishing method has not changed, and my third blog is publishing properly.

The two blogs in question, along with their last delivered post date are:

221B Blog Street (ASIN: B0031ERD9S) (last delivered date: November 2, 2016) (posts have been published typically every day during that period)

The Measured Circle (ASIN: B0038JEN4Y) (last delivered date: September 21, 2016) (approximately 15 posts have been published since then).

I have appreciated when this has happened in the past and Amazon has been able to investigate and resolve the situation.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Bufo Calvin


This was Amazon’s response:


Hi Bufo,

Sorry to hear about this.

We are facing some technical issues from our end which prevents publishing blogs. Our technical team is working on it with high priority and we will keep you posted once the blog is published.

I appreciate your patience.


I edited it very slightly to fix a typo. šŸ™‚

This seems to suggest that it is all blogs…but I think ILMK has been delivering (although there was a period not too long ago when it didn’t).

I wanted to share this with you, although it may seem like one of my favorite Ashleigh Brilliant lines: “Inform all troops! Communications have completely broken down” (I’m not sure about the punctuation). šŸ˜‰

People who pay to subscribe do sometimes read the blog other ways, so they’ll see this. If this blog is delivering, they may see it as well.

I’ll keep you informed…

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A great Google Chrome extension for eReaderIQ

January 16, 2017

A great Google Chrome extension for eReaderIQ

I have often referred to

eReaderIQ

as the best resource for Kindleers on the web.

I’m not associated with the site, although we have had e-mail correspondence (just as a user making suggestions).

They have a number of free services:

  • You can track a Kindle store book to see when it drops in price an amount you specify
  • You can track an author
  • You can be notified when a book first becomes available for the Kindle
  • You can search the Kindle store in a much more sophisticated way that Amazon gives you

Well, I was excited to see that there is a new “extension” for the Google Chrome web browser!

This is a free little program that you add to Chrome, and when you are on a Kindle store book page, it brings some of the functionality of eReaderIQ into your Kindle store experience.

My favorite thing is that I can see the price tracking.

It’s possible they’ll give me permission to post a screenshot here (or send me one…I haven’t contacted them yet), but I’d suggest you try it yourself (it’s free).

What this means is that I can see if a book has ever been on sale before, and when. That can help you guess if it might go on sale again…no guarantee, but if it goes on sale periodically, that can be an indicator (as can be if it never goes on sale).

You can also choose to track it right there…very convenient. šŸ™‚

The easiest way to get it is to be in Chrome, and go to

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ereaderiq-integrator/epjfabiijflnfmjjhanhddglfhokheae

Alternatively, go to the Chrome Web Store and search for eReaderIQ (it’s called eReaderIQ Integrator).

Enjoy!

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Kindle blogs at Amazon.com

January 14, 2017

Kindle blogs at Amazon.com

It’s been quite a while since I posted about

Blogs at Amazon.com (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Oh, I track how many there are every month, as part of theĀ Snapshots, but I think I last wrote about the top ten blogs in late 2014.

You can get a free trial subscription for 14 days, and you can choose to subscribe. For example, subscribing to this blog is $0.99 a month. I’m thankful for my subscribers! Some of them have been with me since the beginning, back in 2009, and it definitely makes a difference. Thanks, subscribers!

Okay, here are the top ten (out of 15,985) at time of writing:

  1. Free Kindle Books and Tips by Michael Gallagher
  2. The New York Times – Latest News
  3. Free Books OnKindle
  4. Huffington Post
  5. Free books for Kindle
  6. Two Minute Conservative
  7. Taki’s Magazine
  8. LRC Blog
  9. National Review: Articles
  10. Kindle Nation Daily

12. I Love My Kindle

Looking through the next blogs, there are actually several blogs that appear to be at least focused on free books for your Kindle. I can’t argue about that too much, since that was the title of my first book. šŸ˜‰

Michael Gallagher’s blog was also #1 in 2014…and had been the previous time as well.

Some of these look new to me.

It’s worth noting Stephen Windwalker’s Kindle Nation Daily: I believe it may be the longest-lived Kindle-focused blog at Amazon.com.

In terms of ratings/reviews, Michael Gallagher does have 3.9 stars out of 5 with 162 customer reviews, which is quite good. I’m proud that ILMK has 4.2 stars with 41 reviews. It’s the only blog in the top twenty with at least 10 reviews and 4 or more stars.

In terms of my other two blogs:

221B Blog Street (the adventures of Holmes and Watsonā€¦one chapter at a time!) (at AmazonSmile*)

It’s highest listing is #726 in Arts & Entertainment Kindle blogs. šŸ™‚

It does have a perfect 5-star rating…but with only two reviews.

I never expected it to be very popular, but I really like that it recreates in Ā a sense the way that Holmes & Watson were originally published…serialized. I only do the public domain stories, and do them in order…once chapter or short story a day.

When I’ve gone through the set, I do publish my Holmes parody, which is four posts. I’m proud of that one, too. šŸ™‚ I wanted to submit it for an Edgar, but I think I was too late that year. It’s a modernized Holmes & Watson…and I did do it before the Cumberbatch version. šŸ™‚

It’s not hard for me to do (I just have to keep cycling the publication dates of the posts…two weeks takes me maybe five minutes), and there are some people who like it.

The Measured Circle

Nobody’s ever reviewed TMC at Amazon.com, but I do get comments and retweets, so I know it is read at to some extent.

I really like doing it: it’s eclectic. I’d say the main focus has become geeky entertainment. I do also write about robotics and other tech there from time to time, and I’m about to start writing more often about Virtual/Augmented/Mixed/Merged Reality.

It’s also the branding and heart ofĀ  The Measured Circleā€™s Geek Time Trip at The History Project. They’ve really been improving The History Project (having major backers doesn’t hurt, I’m sure), and I do think there’s a possibility it could “break” this year. I’ve been working on it, too.

It’s highest ranking is #98 in Kindle Blogs – Humor & Satire…and #306 in Kindle Blogs – Arts & Entertainment, putting it considerably above 221B Blog Street.

I’ll mention one more:

A Kindle World

That’s Andrys Basten’s blog, 4.1 stars with 10 reviews.

Andrys has done some of the best writing about the Kindle, with surprising technical information and insightful thoughts.

A paid subscription to a Kindle store blog means that you can have it delivered to your EBR (E-Book Reader) automatically…I think some of my readers read their blogs before they get out of bed or at night before sleeping.

That’s it! If you have any blogs to suggest to me and my readers, or other thoughts you would like to share, feel free to comment on this post.

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Can movies and TV shows be literary?

January 11, 2017

Can movies and TV shows be literary?

I would guess that most readers have had the experience of reading a book and thinking, “This would make a great movie!” I’ve certainly had the thought that a book was deliberately written with the thought that it would be adapted into a movie or TV show (after all, that may be how a book author makes the most money). Those books may sometimes be described as “cinematic”.

Is the reverse true?

Do you ever watch a movie or TV show, and think, “This would make a great book!”?

They are certainly two very different media…and arguably, three.

Books are very much under the control of the reader. If people want to read the end of the book first (and I have a reader who has said they do that at least sometimes), they can. The reader can jump around, go back and re-read a chapter, skip over a “boring part”, and so on.

With a movie (at least seen in a theatre), you go at the movie’s pace. Miss something for some reason, and you’ve missed it. Want to stop and think about an element, or even have a discussion with a friend or family member before proceeding? Not happening in your cinema.

TV has become different from movies, in that it can be under the viewer’s control. That’s especially true with the “binge watching” model, where an entire season (series, in UK parlance) may be released at once. Skip ahead, go back, stop and discuss…all an option.

I suspect that’s part of why I am more likely to think of a TV series as “literary” than a movie. Moreover, that precedes the home recording era. I think I pretty much always thought of Star Trek: the Original Series as feeling literary. I knew those characters, and I did discuss episodes.

A TV series being a series is part of that literary feeling, I think. It’s like chapters in a book: time for contemplation, and call-backs and foreshadowing. A movie can foreshadow…but for no more than about two hours.

If that’s the case, have I thought of movie series as more literary than stand-alones?

I’d say yes. For example, the first three Star Wars movies felt literary to me. There was a lot of thinking about what happened (despite what Isaac Asimov, who I admire, saying about the first movie…I believe it was something like that you would enjoy it if you “parked your brain outside”). I’d even say something like The Bowery Boys can feel more literary to me than most stand-alone movies…even though they are pretty visual (but malapropisms being significant shows a connection to words).

Buckaroo Banzai and Casablanca are both movies that are stand-alones, but have somewhat of a literary feel to me. I could certainly see reading the lines in Casablanca in a book. Now, Casablanca was a play first, and Earl Mac Rauch had written about Buckaroo and the Hong Kong Cavaliers considerably before the movie (but those writings weren’t published before the movie…a novel was in conjunction with the movie). I don’t think that’s why they feel literary to me.

For me, there are a few elements which I believe may increase that literary feel:

  • There are a lot of words. šŸ™‚ Books are word-based; movies are generally visual image-based. Casablanca is one of the most quotable movies ever
  • The plot is complex. That doesn’t mean it’s a Gordian knot of double-backs and sub-plots. Many movies nowadays spend almost the entire movie in “crisis mode”, with tactical responses to what is happening now, rather than strategic planning and a variegated pace. I felt that “crisis mode” issue with the latest Star Trek movie, which is part of why it didn’t feel like an episode of the original series to me. That’s an advantage for many TV series, where there are multiple plots and episodes which feel different from each other. A movie which amounts to a single chase scene or battle (or a combination of the two) doesn’t tend to feel like a book to me
  • The audience can speculate about what the “right choices” are, or what things mean…and different audience members may come to different conclusions. For me, that’s part of why Rogue One (the latest Star Wars movie) didn’t feel as literary to me. I’m very careful about spoilers, so MILD SPOILER WARNING, although I won’t reveal any plot points. I didn’t feel like the audience was ever supposed to be in doubt about what the right choices were in Rogue One. END SPOILER In the original Star Wars movies, we could argue with each other that characters might have legitimately made different choices

I would be remiss to omit that there are books made from movies and TV shows. I have really enjoyed some of those. Star Trek and Star Wars have had very successful books which were not novelizations of the movie plots. However, those aren’t the only ones, by far. There were Man from U.N.C.L.E. originals (which I own and liked). It might be surprising to some that the same is true of Get Smart novels I own. šŸ™‚

Amazon has a section for “tie-ins”…they refer to it as movie tie-ins, but it includes TV series and videogames:

Literature & Fiction – Genre Fiction – Movie Tie-ins (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

There are 2,783 titles there at time of writing.

There has been some great writing in “tie-in” or “expanded universe” writing, and there is an organization dedicated to them:

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers

I recommend taking a look at the site, which is copyrighted by prominent authors Lee Goldberg (at AmazonSmile*) and Max Allan Collins ( at AmazonSmile*). They are both successful authors of original works, in addition to their work with IAMTW.

One more note: “fanfic” (fan fiction) is something different, given that it isn’t authorized by the rightsholders. It tends to be self-published, not for profit, and can have both more “freedom” and less quality control for those reasons. Amazon hasĀ Kindle Worlds (at AmazonSmile: support a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which has books in existing universes which are authorized but not curated by the rightsholders. It’s sort of a hybrid version: not unauthorized fanfic, not edited tie-in.

What do you think? Can movies and TV shows by literary? If so, what makes them feel like that to you? Are there particular movies/TV shows which have struck you that way? How do you feel about tie-in novels…are there ones you have read, original stories in a universe first established in a visual medium, that you would particularly recommend? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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Today’s KDD: e-textbook sale

January 9, 2017

Today’s KDD: e-textbook saleI’ve been loving Amazon’s

Kindle Daily DealĀ (at AmazonSmileā€¦benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

this year! 2017 has seen so many discounts on well-known books for what I call “piece buyers” (people who buy one book at a time, as opposed to buying access through something likeĀ Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) or usingĀ Prime Reading (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)).

It used to be that the KDD was just four books, then it went to six…and this year, it could be tens of books on a theme.

Today, for example, there are 139 (!) titles. An Amazon alert told me this was an e-textbook sale, but you don’t need to be an academic to read many of these. šŸ˜‰ In fact, I don’t know how many professors would assign “The Carsons of Mustang Creek” series of romances. šŸ˜‰

There are definitely books which I would consider traditional textbooks (and some of them are a lot more, even discounted, than the $5 or less we typically see in a KDD).

I’m just going to list a few, but it’s certainly worth checking out this sale…remember that you can also buy them as gifts, either delaying delivery or having them sent to yourself and then printing them out.

Also, check the price before you click, tap, or eye gaze (the last one when you are in virtual reality) that Buy button…the sale may not apply in your country:

  • The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Nearly 100 Tools for Improving Quality and SpeedĀ by Michael George and John Maxey
  • Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy during the Cold WarĀ by John Lewis Gaddis
  • The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building PeaceĀ by John Paul Lederach
  • When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World’s Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge (Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics)Ā by K David Harrison

Enjoy!

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* 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: youā€™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)ā€¦and the good feeling youā€™ll get. :) Shop ā€™til you help! :) By the way, itā€™s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to ā€œstart at AmazonSmileā€ 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 theĀ The Measured CircleĀ 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.

Today’s KDD: 46 “Best of the Month” books from 2016 for $3.99 or less each

January 8, 2017

Today’s KDD: 46 “Best of the Month” books from 2016 for $3.99 or less each

I’m certainly not going to tell Amazon to slow down on the great book deals this year!

Todayā€™s

Kindle Daily DealĀ (at AmazonSmileā€¦benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is 46 “Best of the Month” books from 2016, for $3.99 or less each.

Yep…these books were published in the USA Kindle store just this last year. Several of these are what I call “People Magazine books”…books you would read about in that publication, meaning that even casual readers might have heard of them.

As always, check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze (the last in Virtual Reality) that Buy button…the prices may not apply in your country.

As a reminder, you can buy these books at today’s discounted price, and then either delay the delivery for a gift-giving occasion (you won’t even have to remember you did it when the day actually happens), or print it out so you can gift it whenever you want.

Titles include:

  • Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  • Mischling by Affinity Konar
  • In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi
  • The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
  • Siracusa by Delia Ephron
  • Chaos Monkeys by Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  • All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
  • Good as Gone by Amy Gentry (also available throughĀ Ā Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*))
  • Orphan X by Gregg hurwitz
  • The Education of Dixie Dupree by Donna Everhart
  • As Close to Us as Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner
  • Powerhouse by James Andrew Miller
  • The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
  • Maestra by L.S. Hilton
  • The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
  • The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle
  • Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
  • Lust & Wonder: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
  • Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel by Tom Wainwright
  • Brighton by Michael Harvey
  • Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon by Kelley and Thomas French
  • Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti
  • As Good as Gone by Larry Watson
  • This Is Your Brain on Parasites by Kathleen McAuliffe
  • A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin
  • Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
  • The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock
  • The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church
  • The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler’s U-boats
  • I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman
  • Never a Dull Moment: 1971 the Year that Rock Exploded by David Hepworth
  • Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride
  • Security by Gina Wohlsdorf
  • Green Island by Shama Yang
  • The Longest Night by Andria Williams
  • Perfect Days by Raphael Montes
  • Consequence: A Memoir by Eric Fair
  • Guapa by Saleem Haddad
  • Not Pretty Enough: The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown by Gerri Hershey
  • A Hundred Thousand Words by Bob Proehl
  • From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives by Jeffrey E. Garten
  • All Stories are Love Stories by Elizabeth Percer
  • Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Enjoy!

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* 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: youā€™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)ā€¦and the good feeling youā€™ll get. :) Shop ā€™til you help! :) By the way, itā€™s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to ā€œstart at AmazonSmileā€ 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 theĀ The Measured CircleĀ 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.

 

Round up #153: book deserts and B&N’s sales

January 7, 2017

Round up #153: book deserts and B&N’s sales

The ILMK Round upsĀ areĀ short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

PEN America to hold “Literary Protest” at NYPL

According to this

Huffington Post article by Katherine Brooks

and other sources, PEN America is planning a demonstration in favor of freedom of expression on Sunday, January 15 starting at 2:00 PM at the New York Public LIbrary. It will feature famous authors (including two poet laureates) reading outside the NYPL. They will then go to the President-Elect’s residence to present a petition (which can be signed online) to “DEFEND THE FIRST AMENDMENT”.

PEN America is association with PEN International, which goes back to 1921. PEN now stands for “Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, Novelists”, although it was originally just Poets, Essayists, Novelists.

I think it’s worth taking a moment for me to explain when I choose to include stories (both here and inĀ the freeĀ ILMK magazine at Flipboard) which are arguably political. Regular readers know that this blog strives to be open to people of all opinions…whether or not I personally agree with those opinions. I’m happy to say that I’ve been told that readersĀ aren’t sure of my own political feelings…I don’t want people to feel like they can’t make any respectful comments here they want.

My standard is that the story has to be about the topics of interest to this blog…for me, this is a story about the authors who will be there, rather than about the President-Elect. The P-E is an element of the story, but if it was a demonstration by people who were unconnected to publishing, e-books, or Amazon I wouldn’t include it.

I believe I would be just as likely to cover it if it was a demonstration about the current President or any President.

Saying that, the authors appearing (and there are many and they expect more to appear) include:

  • Robert Pinsky (Poet Laureate Consultant)
  • Rita Dove (Poet Laureate Consultant)
  • Laurie Anderson (Margaret A. Edwards Award winner)
  • Art Spiegelman (cartoonist author of Maus)
  • Rick Moody (The Ice Storm)

The public is invited, and the first two on this list will reportedly read new poems.

Brick-and-mortar implosion

While Amazon has moved a bit into brick-and-mortar, it’s clearly to the advantage of Amazon for people to move more to online shopping (which is clearly happening).

I do believe brick-and-mortar stores of some kinds can continue to thrive…ones that give special experiences when people go there, and ones where the customers are consciously willing to spend more money to support them.

Unfortunately, it’s not good news from some famous brick-and-mortars. We’ve heard recently about significant closings of

  • Macys (68)
  • The Limited (all 250)
  • Sears (150 between Sears and K-Mart)
  • K-Mart

The Millions Great 2017 Book Preview

My guess is that this is going to be a big year for publishing, and this

The Millions article

does a nice job of going through month by month, and giving you a paragraph about each. My guess is that you’ll find something that at least intrigues you there. šŸ™‚

Barnes & Noble’s holiday sales…as I figured

In this

press release at Business Wire

we see Barnes & Noble’s holiday sales report…and they were down 9.1% comparable store sales year to year. That’s a lot! They didn’t have any good excuses for it…”lower traffic” should be something that the store managers can affect.

They also note the decline in adult coloring books…that should have been entirely predictable (and I’m writing as a former brick-and-mortar store manager). It was a fad…doesn’t mean it entirely disappears, but it was the kind of thing likely to have a parabolic arc…or at least a turtle curve.

They’d better hope Leonard Riggio is right in describing the season as “unusual”.

A nice infographic on romances by Avery Burch

Romances, science fiction/fantasy, mysteries…fans of these genres sometimes read prodigious amounts. I’d say that’s especially true of romances, where I would have regular customers come in and buy easily thirty a month (mostly from Harlequin).

There is an infographic by Avery Bunch in this

EBOOK FRIENDLY post by Ola Kowalczyk

that has some really interesting stats about romance books…and who reads them. I’d love to have a bit more info and a bit less graphic, but still worth seeing.

Mike Shatzkin on challenges for publishers in 2017

I strongly recommend this

Idea Log article by Michael Shatzkin

Shatzkin programmed and moderated the first seven

Digital Book World

shows (the next one is January 17-19).

This is certainly represents an informed opinion, and as such, is more than just worth reading.

One thing: John Sargent of Macmillan, who famously clashed with Jeff Bezos some time back, will be speaking…and that’s only one of the presentations likely to make some waves.

“Book Deserts”

This

New York Daily News article by Naomi Moland and Susan B. Neuman

talks about “book deserts”…how disadvantaged neighborhoods may have a tiny fraction of the books available to buy in them compared to more affluent on ones.

One example they give:

“One middle-income neighborhood had one book available per every two children living in the neighborhood. In a nearby low-income neighborhood, 830 children would have to share a single book.”

E-books do make a difference…it’s much easier to get a variety of e-books into an area than it is to get an equivalent number of p-books (paperbooks).

It’s obviously easier to get e-books if you own your own EBR (E-Book Reader), but e-books are available if you at least have a computer available to you (although not as conveniently).

Even given that, it does sadden me to think about so many children who can’t hang out in bookstores, which was always one of my favorite things to do. Yes, there are public libraries…but they also are less common in poorer neighborhoods.

Do you have thoughts about any of these stories? Feel free to share them with me and my readers by commenting on this post.

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* 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: youā€™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)ā€¦and the good feeling youā€™ll get. :) Shop ā€™til you help! :) By the way, itā€™s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to ā€œstart at AmazonSmileā€ 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.

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7 reading prompts for 2017, and yet another great KDD (on business books)

January 5, 2017

7 reading prompts for 2017, and yet another great KDD (on business books)

With the super-abundance of access we have to books to read, I would guess that most readers still tend to read the same types of things. That might be romance, or current events, or science fiction, or even the same authors. I have heard of someone who only read two books: Helter Skelter and Gone with the Wind, and just kept alternating them…finish one of them, start the other, finish that one, go back to the first one, and so on.

In the past, I wasn’t a big re-reader…but I have been re-reading the original 14 Oz books (by L. Frank Baum), just before I go to sleep. I’m considering a book tying into Oz, and I really want to see all the connections and detail between events of the books.

Generally, though, I think I’m a pretty eclectic reader. Regular readers know that when I was a brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, I think one of the best things I did was encourage (not require) my employees to read a book from every section in the store…and I did that myself.

I’d say that’s one of the things which really broadened my horizons…before that, I tended to read science fiction/fantasy and certain types of non-fiction. Now, I’m much more flexible.

“Reading prompts” are suggestions…just a way to maybe help you make a turn when you are used to going straight ahead. Hopefully, you find them inspiring. I’m not going to guarantee that doing this will make you a better person or even a better reader. I do believe that exposure to a wider variety of perspectives is healthy, but it’s entirely up to you. šŸ™‚

Here are 7 reading prompts from me to you for 2017:

1. Read a book by someone with whom you strongly disagree

I never want to see books banned. I want people’s ideas to be out there for the public to read…if you disagree with someone, I think it should be an informed disagreement. I don’t tend to think that reading a book is going to warp you in some way, that you will be irresistibly led down the rabbit hole. Pick someone who you think is really wrong, ideally even offensive. That might be politically, but it could be philosophically or even an idea in science. This can work with their personal lives…separating the art from the artist. I understand that you may not want to give them money…it can certainly be a free book.

2. Read a type of book you haven’t read in the past year

Pick one of these types of books and read one. Maybe it will be a type you have never read, or just one you haven’t read in a while:

  • Short story collection/anthology
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Graphic novel

3. Read a book by someone who is a complete unknown to youĀ 

Find an author where you don’t recognize the name and have no idea who that person is.

4. Read a book first published 27 years before you were born

If you need help finding something, let me know by commenting on this post.

5. Read a book first published in a country you’ve never visited

Books are affected by the markets for which they are intended, and not just by the culture in which the author was raised (although that can affect it, too).

6. Read a novel in a genre you haven’t read in the past year

Pick one of these genres:

  • Romance
  • Science fiction/fantasy
  • Western
  • War

7.Ā Ask someone surprising to recommend a book to you

Ask someone with whom you don’t usually discuss books to recommend a book for you to read. That could be someone at work, or maybe a friend (or somebody on public transit or at school or at the dog park…). It might take a few times asking, but go with the first recommendation which you haven’t read before. I realize that this one might be a bit scary…they may want you to discuss the book afterwards. šŸ™‚ Let them know it’s a reading prompt, if you want. On the other hand, it’s likely to also encourage the people you ask to read…and that’s a good thing, right?

There are my seven…do you have any reading prompts for me and my readers? Feel free to let us know by commenting on this post.

Amazon has really been outdoing itself with the

Kindle Daily DealĀ (at AmazonSmileā€¦benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

in 2017!

It’s gone from what used to be four books a day in different (but commonly the same) genres to tens of books, some times themed.

That’s the case today: 47 titles, and I think they intend them all to be tied into books you might read to help yourself at work and in your career.

Again, there are some well-known titles here at great prices! As always, check the price before you click or tap or eye gaze (if you are in Virtual Reality) that Buy button…the prices may not apply where you are. Also, I remind you that you can buy these at the discounted price as a gift, have them sent to yourself, print them out and give the whenever (or, delay the delivery date to a specific gift-giving occasion..Amazon won’t forget, even if you might).

Here are some of the titles:

  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  • Never Split the difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz
  • The Myth of the Strong Leader by Archie Brown
  • Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons
  • The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, MD
  • Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness With by Chade-Meng Tan
  • The Power of the Other by Dr. Henry Cloud
  • The Effective Manager by Mark Horstman
  • How Google Works by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg
  • Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else by Jon Gordon
  • The Five Temptations of a CEO by Patrick M. Lencioni
  • Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired and Secretive Company Really Works by Adam Lashinsky

That’s only a partial listing…if you’d suggest one of the others in the sale, feel free. If this did alert you to a bargain you get, I’d appreciate you letting me know. It helps me tell what helps people in the blog, and it helps your fellow ILMK readers.

Enjoy!

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* 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: youā€™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)ā€¦and the good feeling youā€™ll get. :) Shop ā€™til you help! :) By the way, itā€™s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to ā€œstart at AmazonSmileā€ 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 theĀ The Measured CircleĀ 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.

Amazon owned online holiday shopping, and a great non-fiction KDD

January 4, 2017

Amazon owned online holiday shopping, and a great non-fiction KDD

We are still getting data on the 2016 holiday sales, but it looks like Amazon dominated…on a Bambi Meets GodzillaĀ level. šŸ˜‰

According to this

Seeking Alpha story by Gary Bourgeault

Amazon had 45.5% of online purchases for the week ending December 17, 2017. That’s almost half!

Now, if they had a close competitor, it would just make it a battle…but again, according to the article Amazon had a market share about ten times higher than Best Buy, their closest competitor!

That’s astonishing! It’s like winning a basket ball game 110…to 10. šŸ˜‰

I strongly recommend the article, which uses graphs and multiple sources to do an interesting analysis.

Probably more importantly than the percentage of the market, was the reported increase inĀ Amazon Prime (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) memberships. Amazon has started making a profit, but many of the sales at Amazon during the holidays were due to, well, sales, where Amazon likely didn’t make much if any profit.

Prime members, though, reportedly spend more year round and buy those physical items (diapers and windshield wipers) where the profit is higher.

Why did Amazon dominate?

Yes, sales were part of it…you can think of buying a discounted Echo Dot as a marketing expense, and one that many competitors can’tĀ afford.

Prime is another. I always prefer to buy from Amazon, given a choice…things come quickly, the prices are good, and they already have my financial information. A big thing for me is being able to send items to a local grocery story, using Amazon Locker. That’s not specifically a Prime benefit, but Prime makes you consider Amazon first.

Yet a third was Alexa. Amazon’s digital assistant is now available on many devices, not just the Amazon Echo family. Shopping through Alexa is easy and they had special deals through that service. That’s part of what I mean when I talk about Amazon wanting to be the “infrastructure of the internet”. They want to be both the way that people interact with the internet, and how things get to them (through fulfillment and Amazon Web Services, to name two).

As shoppers still increasingly move to shopping online, Amazon’s growing dominance in holiday sales looks likely to be an ongoing trend (and Ā speak as a former brick-and-mortar store manager). The one thing they’ll need to watch is people moving to Virtual Reality (which I have been doing since I got a Samsung Gear VR headset (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) at the holidays). I have no doubt that I will be shopping through VR, as I spend more and more time there. I already can, because I can browse the internet. Not getting in on VR now is like not getting into mobile when SmartPhones started becoming popular. I’ve predicted Amazon will get into VR in a big way in my annual prediction post:Ā The Year Ahead:Ā 2017.

Another thing this year? So far, there have been amazing discounts on popular e-books!

Todayā€™s

Kindle Daily DealĀ (at AmazonSmileā€¦benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is any of 26 highly-rated non-fiction titles, each under $4 and many for $1.99 each.

If you think you don’t like non-fiction, some of these titles might challenge that notion. šŸ™‚

Remember that you can buy these as gifts and delay the delivery until the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or have the purchase sent to yourself, print them out, and give them whenever (even wrapped, if you want).

Check the price before you click or tap (or eye gaze, if you are in VR) that Buy Button…the prices may not apply in your country.

Title include:

  • A Night to Remember by Walter Lord | 4.5 stars out of 5 | 536 customer reviews…classic account of the Titanic, been adapted
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn | 4.4 stars | 2,349 reviews
  • Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors by Stephen Ambrose
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
  • The Fall of Japan by William Craig
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
  • We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young: Ia Drangā€”The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam by Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway
  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan (also available as part ofĀ Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*))
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved AmericaOct 19, 2009Ā |Ā Kindle eBook
    by Timothy Egan (KU…these are the only two in the sale which are part of KU at time of writing)
  • Mistress of the Vatican: The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchini: The Secret Female Pope by Eleanor Herman

Enjoy!

I’ve only listed some of the titles…if you’d like to suggest others for me and my readers, or if you have thoughts about Amazon dominating holiday sales (who could disrupt them and how, for example) or my embracing of VR as a consumer reality (so to speak) feel free to comment on this post.

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* 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: youā€™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)ā€¦and the good feeling youā€™ll get. :) Shop ā€™til you help! :) By the way, itā€™s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to ā€œstart at AmazonSmileā€ 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 theĀ The Measured CircleĀ 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.

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: January 2017

January 2, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each:Ā January 2017

Amazon does theĀ Kindle Daily DealĀ (at AmazonSmileā€¦benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which used to discount four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kidsā€™ book). Now, it seems like it is generally more books than that, and not categorized. Today, there are 67 (!) KDDs, focused on self-improvement.

They alsoĀ doĀ Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less eachĀ (at AmazonSmile). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now:Ā 791 at the time of writing…91 moreĀ than last month. It’s a bit interesting that it stayed about the same as December, but January is also a big sales month, partially due to returns, partially due to gift cards, and with e-books, people getting new devices presumably affects that.Ā The highest priced one actually is $3.99, which isn’t always the case.

Those prices only apply to the USA, and one weird thing is that sometimes someĀ of the books seem to sell out at that price (or become unavailable for some other reason).

Another thing is that 498Ā of themĀ (135 more than last month)Ā are available through

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Amazon lists that information prominently…and it’s now commonly a filter in search results. If they are, then you need to consider whether it is worth buying them…even at these low prices. While they are in KU, you can, if you are a subscriber (and there’s a free month available right now), read them at no additional cost. There are, of course, advantages to owning books, especially if you want to re-read them. A book could move out of KU at any time. Even if you think you want to own it, if you are a KU member, you could always read it first to make sure. šŸ˜‰ I will mark them with KU.

By the way, in the new version of the

eReaderIQ advanced search

you can make KU a filter. So, you can search for books by an author, a keyword, an average customer review which you can read as part of your KU membership…nice! I’m not associated with eReaderIQ except as a user (we have had some correspondence), but I do think it is the most valuable website for Kindleers.

This is the third month for my measurement ofĀ Ā which ones are

Prime Reading (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

eligible, which isĀ Amazon’s new benefit for Prime members, a rotating list of books you can borrow each month.

This month there are 103, sixty more than last month. There were around 500 more books in PR altogether, but this is an even greater percentage increase…good sign!

Iā€™m going to list some of the books in this saleĀ that caught my eyeā€¦Iā€™m not necessarily recommending them, but I do think they are interesting.

The ones I link (if I actually link to specific books)Ā also donā€™t block text-to-speech access**ā€¦but I think blocking it is becoming rarer.

Okay, books!

  • Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry (The Rabbi Small Mysteries) by Harry Kemelman (and others in the series…you could buy these former New York Times bestsellers to give as a gift at some point)
  • Casino Royale (James Bond – Extended Series Book 1) by Ian Fleming (not the only one in this series in the sale)
  • Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking (Mindfulness Books Series Book 1) by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport (also available through Kindle Unlimited ((KU)))
  • My Sister’s Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1) by Robert Dugoni | 4.4 stars out of 5 | 11,262 customer reviews (KU)
  • A Quiet Life in the Country (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 1) by T E Kinsey (KU, PR)
  • The Butterfly Garden (The Collector Trilogy Book 1) by Dot Hutchison (KU) | 4.3 stars | 10,317 reviews
  • Death and Her Devotion (Rogue Vows Book 1) by Kendra Elliot (KU)
  • Maude by Donna Foley Mabry | 4.4 stars | 11,863 reviews
  • No Ordinary Billionaire (The Sinclairs Book 1) by J. S. Scott
  • In the Blood (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery Book 1) by Steve Robinson | 4.3 stars | 1,977 reviews (PR, KU)
  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere 1) by Meg Elison (KU)
  • Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy Book 1) by Shannon Mayer (KU)
  • Vanished (Callahan & McLane Book 1) by Kendra Elliot | (KU)
  • Time Is the Simplest Thing by Clifford D. Simak
  • Constitution: Book 1 of The Legacy Fleet Trilogy by Nick Webb
  • Kissing the Beehive by Jonathan Carroll
  • The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series, Book 1) by Charlie N. Holmberg (KU)
  • True Detective (Nathan Heller Novels) by Max Allan Collins (KU)
  • Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani | 4.3 stars | 5,727 reviews (PR, KU)
  • Forging Zero (The Legend of ZERO, Book 1) by Sara King (KU)
  • The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler
  • Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) by Blake Crouch | 4.1 stars | 7,664 reviews | made into a TV series)
  • King Solomon’s Carpet (Onyx) by Ruth Rendell
  • Doing It Over (A Most Likely To Novel Book 1) by Catherine Bybee
  • Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Keith McCloskey
  • Not Quite Dating (Not Quite series Book 1) by Catherine Bybee
  • WIRED by Douglas E. Richards
  • The Rejected Writers’ Book Club (Southlea Bay) by Suzanne Kelman (PR, KU)
  • Ink Mage (A Fire Beneath the Skin Book 1) by Victor Gischler (KU)
  • No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Segar
  • Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller | 4.5 stars | 1,799 reviews
  • A Plant-Based Life: Your Complete Guide to Great Food, Radiant Health, Boundless Energy, and a Better Body by Micaela Cook KARLSEN and T. Colin CAMPBELL
  • My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall (KU)
  • The Line (Witching Savannah Book 1) by J.D. Horn (and others in the series)
  • Thunder City (The Detroit Novels) by Loren D. Estleman
  • The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods – Unofficial Recipes from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones
  • Killer’s Payoff (87th Precinct Mysteries) by Ed McBain
  • Cuba – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture by Russell Maddicks
  • The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreamsā€”On Your Terms by Sara Horowitz and Toni Sciarra Poynter
  • Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet by Carol J. Adams and Patti Breitman
  • So Terrible a Storm: A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior by Curt Brown
  • A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson
  • Americanos: Latin America’s Struggle for Independence (Pivotal Moments in World History) by John Charles Chasteen
  • The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Peter Popham
  • Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food: 65 Everyday Meal Ideas for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Over 150 Great-Tasting, Down-Homeā€¦by Alicia C. Simpson

Remember that you can buy them now asĀ gifts and delay the delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print them out andĀ wrap them for whenever you want.

It makes a lot of sense to have so many series starters, but I should also mention that there may be other books in the series in the group…I didn’t list two book in the same series.

If there were others youā€™d like to mention for me and my readers, please comment on this post.

Prime members, donā€™t forget to pick up your

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*)

You can get one of the six (same as last month)Ā books to own (not borrow) for freeā€¦these are books which will be actually released next month. This line was at the bottom of the listings this time (I changed the link): “Please note: Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)Ā subscribers can borrow these Kindle First books when they are officially released on February 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • The Night Bird by Brian Freeman (Suspense)
  • The Mutual Admiration Society by Lesley Kagen (Family Life)
  • In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell (Historical Fiction)
  • The Winter Over by Matthew Iden (Thriller)
  • Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz GabĆ”s, Noel Hughes (Saga)
  • Never Again So Close by Claudia Serrano, Anne Milano Appel

People like to know which one I pick…I went with The Mutual Admiration Society, in part because I thought it would appeal most to my Significant Other.

Enjoy!

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*Ā 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: youā€™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)ā€¦and the good feeling youā€™ll get.Ā :)Ā Shop ā€™til you help!Ā :)Ā By the way, itā€™s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to ā€œstart at AmazonSmileā€ 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.

** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to itā€¦unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. Thatā€™s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (Iā€™ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I donā€™t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after Iā€™ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there Ā are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.Ā 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in theĀ I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buyĀ Ā Amazon Gift CardsĀ 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.


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