One liners #1

One liners #1

This is a new feature I’m going to try…feel free to let me know what you think about it. I’m not known for an “economy of expression”…I tend to use a lot of words. 🙂 I love getting in depth, and I think that has a real value…but sometimes, I just have a single, pretty easily expressed thought about something that I think would interest you. I won’t promise no ellipses (…s) or clauses, 😉 but I’m going to give this a shot.

Amazon responded to customer concerns by adding a $15 option to opt out of advertising on the new Kindle Fires…that’s good, but changing $599 to $614 not to have ads doesn’t feel like good marketing (which is why it’s not a price changer, but a fee, I think).

The publishers are taking a low key approach to promoting J.K. Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy, so they can reintroduce the author without tying this book to Harry Potter…people who know Harry Potter probably know who J.K. Rowling is anyway, and people who don’t…probably don’t care who the author of a book is. 😉

Can’t wait to try out X-Ray for movies on my Kindle Fire HD 7″ this week…yes, I’m a geek like that.

Speaking of that, Jeff Bezos did a good job of showing the synergy in companies they own (IMDb, Audible) during the presser (press event on September 6)…they haven’t always done that.

It’s very interesting to see the number of people complaining about the lack of TTS (Text-To-Speech) on the Kindle Paperwhite wi-fi only, which doesn’t even have speakers…I’m passionate about that feature and its advantages for the disabled, but have been surprised to see how many other people are making noise (ironically) about the lack of “noise” on the Paperwhite.

Can anybody say “Paperwhite” without it sounding at first like “Paperweight”?

There are two  Kindle Daily Deals today, and one of them is Brave New World for $1.99.

I don’t know yet if you’ll have the option to use the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE Wireless 32GB with a carrier other than AT&T, but my guess is you will…it will just cost you a lot more.

I recently lowered the price on Love Your Kindle Fire from $2.99 to ninety-nine cents, since the model is now sold out…I haven’t decided yet when or if I’ll do a book on the new models.

I’m working on another book, not related specifically to the Kindle (but I think some of you will like it), which I hope to have done for the holiday season…I’ll let you know about it. 🙂

Apple has an announcement to make on Wednesday (September 12)…it could be the iPhone 5 and/or a “mini iPad” that might be the same size as the smallest Fire, and/or a bigger iPod touch…will their presenter do as well as Jeff Bezos did?

The new immersion reading feature from Amazon, where the words “light up” as they are spoken aloud, is a huge plus for people with reading difficulties…and will likely improve retention in the general population.

Amazon is just giving you a bunch* of audiobooks for free when you download a free public domain e-book and then download the matching audiobook from Audible…details are here:

Some of the biggest movies yet to come this year are based on books…The Hobbit and Life of Pi, to name two.

More language support, availability in more “country-specific” stores, the European Appstores…Amazon is really setting the world on Fire.

The product pages for the new devices have been changing rapidly…giving us more information that is more accurate.

The Kindle Fire HD has physical volume buttons, and the power button has been moved off the bottom edge (both have been requested changes).

I was happy to see that Amazon is introducing “Kindle Serials”, which are serialized fiction…I wrote about why I thought that was a good format for e-books back in 2009.

I feel like I did pretty well predicting Amazon’s announcement…I’ll do more detail on that later, but you can see what I said for the “year ahead” on December 31st, 2011, here:

I bought a Bluetooth keyboard to use with my new Fire…I’m hoping that means I stop using a netbook, and I think that (if it works well), that’s a problem for netbook and laptop makers.

I find it irresponsible that so many news sources are identifying the author of No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by name…regardless of what you think about the book or the politics, that seems like it needlessly endangers the author.

One of the first things I’ll check on my Fire and my new Paperwhite will be the Collections capability…even though I don’t really use them, since I keep so few Kindle store books actually on my devices.

Amazon is including author bios with books now…will that also mean book descriptions that you can read without going online?

I’m already using movies that became part of Prime streaming thanks to the Epix deal…there are some great movies in that!

Amazon is making cool automatic wake/sleep covers for their new devices…but apparently only in leather, which I don’t use. 😦

Speaking of which, I haven’t ordered any accessories yet except for the keyboard (which has already arrived)…I expect to get a cover for the Fire (but don’t see one I like yet), and maybe the faster charger (that’s not included).

Your old Kindle Fire case will not fit the new Kindle Fires.

I found out that Amazon paid to fly independent authors to the September 6th announcement…how cool is that?


Okay, what did you think of this? Too little information? Too many topics? It would only be part of the mix, along with the Round ups and the other types of posts. I’m probably going to cut back on excerpts and short stories from public domain works…I never did a whole lot of those, but they weren’t ranked high among your favorites when I polled you recently. Feel free to let me know what you think.

* Thanks to a reader who alerted me in a private comment that I apparently overstated the number of free audiobooks…but it’s still worth noting. 🙂

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

22 Responses to “One liners #1”

  1. Karin Says:

    I definitely enjoyed the one liners. Thanks for the info.

  2. Tuli Reno Says:

    I don’t listen to audio books much but I thought I would give the free audio a try. At first the site wanted to charge me for the audio version of A Tale of Two Cities which i own already as an ebook. I got one of those “Chat” thingies and after asking my question about the free audio versions of public domain books, the chat person gave me a rundown on how Audible works. I signed off after telling him/her about the free audio book deal.

    So, I downloaded the free Mysterious Affair At Styles ebook and it sent me directly to the free Audible feature. It is narrated by David Suchet. How cool is that?

    I went back to A Tale of Two Cities thinking I would have to delete it and download the free book again. But no. I tried the link again where it says since I own the book I can download the free audio version. And it worked. Yay!

    Thanks for this and sorry my reply is so long.

  3. D. Knight Says:

    I like this format. The disadvantage is it is a little more difficult to comment because there are a lot of topics, but, IMHO, that is well counterbalanced by it being easier and more fun to read. I’m speaking from the point-of-view as a subscriber to the blog.

    I know a lot of people are nicknaming the Paperwhite “paperweight”, but as a gardener, when I hear “Paperwhite” I think of flowers. (Paperwhites are a type of Narcissus).

    FWIW, my thoughts on TTS and the Paperwhite: probably the decision to was to leave off speakers, and I bet that was a hard decision made to help keep the cost (and possibly size) down. I figure it must have been hard given that two of their big content announcements require audio, and releasing a new product that doesn’t support audio had to be something that was debated internally.

    I would think that Amazon has had plans all along to put audio back in next years model. If it wasn’t before, I bet it is now 🙂 (given the “noise” about it on the Kindle Forum).

    As for me–I don’t mind so much. Although I always liked the idea that my KK had audio capability, in the nearly 2 years that I owned it, I have never actually used it except to show off the Kindle’s capability. (Part of the reason for this is that I also have a Fire). Still, I understand that its loss is hard for the people who do use it, especially if they fear that Amazon is abandoning this feature in the RSKs.

  4. Karen Salmons Says:

    I like what you’ve done here with 1 Liners.

    Now, honestly, why would anyone pay to not have advertising when all it is is a screensaver? It doesn’t affect any reading or movie areas and why not help keep prices low? Whatever…

    I sold both my “Mindle” and my Kindle Fire at fixed price on eBay within an hour of listing them and now have nothing! I’ve ordered the 7″ HD and the Paperwhite and hope one or the other ships SOON.

    Guess there must be something wrong with me because I have no problem saying paperwhite as opposed to paper weight. Guess they could have called it the Kindle Spark since it’s smaller than the Fire!

  5. Zebras Says:

    Love the one-liners, but my ADD mind forgot the ones from the beginning by the time I got to the end. Maybe 1/2 as many at one time?

  6. Angelo B. Says:

    I have enjoyed ILMK since I got the K3 last year and look forward to your posts each day. Thank you for providing a wonderful service to Kindle fans. One Liners are a great addition to the blog; hope you’ll do more. Agree that cutting back on excerpts and short stories is a good idea. Keep up the great work, Bufo!

  7. Dave Says:

    Love the one liners, keep up the good work!!

  8. Dave Says:

    P.S. Not wild about the title tho – makes it sound like comedy. Maybe something more like “Quick Thoughts,” “Quick Takes” :etc…

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Dave!

      I appreciate the feedback…in this case, though, the resonance was intentional (as mine often are). At this point, for me, I’ll keep the title. We’ll see if anybody else says anything about it…

  9. Cheryl Says:

    LOVED the one liners ! I always look to you to keep me abreast of what’s happening — since I have a K1, K3, Kindle FIRE and (soon !) a KFIRE HD 8.9, I like your all-enclusive comments.

  10. Tom Semple Says:

    Love the 1 liners.

    Thanks for pointing out the link for free audiobooks. Very clever promotion for the new AudioSync feature and the Fire HD implementation in particular. I am quite rationally resisting getting a Fire HD as soon as it is available (“I don’t need one, I have a brand new iPad.”) but it is these oddly compelling features that bypass such reasoning.

  11. Lady Galaxy Says:

    My only problem with the “one liners” as well as the “round ups” is that sometimes I want to go back and find something I previously read in the blog, and without a specific title, it’s hard to find. If you could just put some sort of tag line at the beginning or end of each grouping about the topics covered, it would make information easier to find.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Hm…I have to think about the feasibility of that. I can tell you that it would be at the end, because I’m not going to know what I have written until I get there. 😉

      I find the blog pretty searchable…don’t forget to use quotation marks if you are looking for a phrase. For example, it would be “Agency Model” rather than Agency Model.

      • Edward Boyhan Says:

        I would think it would be easy to use the “#hashtag” approach (#index/search term) which is becoming something of an internet standard — used (to my knowledge) on Twitter and Google+). Don’t know whether WordPress search facility has hashtag support, but Google search will find posts containing hashtags.

  12. Jands1515 Says:

    A discussion topic on the Amazon Kindle forum led me to my non-leather Fire Hd cover: rooCASE Ultra-Slim (Black) Vegan Leather Folio Case for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 Inch Tablet – Slim Profile 17mm – Support Landscape / Portrait / Typing Stand / Auto Sleep and Wake…and it was less then $12 with shipping!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Jands1515!

      Wow! That is a great deal!

      The only negative (assuming it’s of decent quality) is that it’s not available to ship with Prime…the cover is about $5, and so is the shipping. 🙂 I’m on the West Coast, though, so even without expedited shipping, I should get it pretty quickly.

      The black one is that cheap, and there are other colors. Here’s a link for the black one, in case others are interested:

      rooCASE Ultra-Slim (Black) Vegan Leather Folio Case for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 Inch Tablet – Slim Profile 17mm – Support Landscape / Portrait / Typing Stand / Auto Sleep and Wake

      Thanks again! 🙂

      • Edward Boyhan Says:

        Today, I placed an order for a KFHD 8.9″ 32GB. Amazon offered me 2-day one-click ordering — had never seen that before — had to go research what it was. I went ahead and added two of the three suggested add-ons: the fast charger, and the case (it’s a bit pricey, but looks nice). Charger (which also works with my KF) arrives Friday; the KFHD and case are slated to arrive on 11/26.

        I wonder if that delivery date, and my pre-ordering 5 days after the event says anything about the volume of pre-orders they are receiving? Since first shipments are slated for 11/20.

  13. John Says:

    I like the new one-liners format. I think it’s great as a stand-alone post for the day, or as a Bonus post along with one of your other post formats. I like getting the two posts in one day!

  14. Morgan Says:

    To me this is a great idea but i think it was too many topics in one post. I like ur one topic a post blogs b/c i can more easily skim it and “tune out” if there is too much info. this format makes me read everything or i might miss something. okay now that i reread my post i realized it doesnt make much logical sense 😀 I dont know why Bufo but I do prefer ur typical format. … Regardless, kudos to trying something new!

  15. Helen Burns Says:

    I like this format for an occasional wrapup.

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