Round up #150: NOOK $50 credit, Daily Variety ankles paper
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
Daily Variety ankles paper
For about 80 years, Variety (the showbiz newspaper) has published a daily edition in paper.
That ends March 19th of this year.
That’s part of a number of changes, including an updated version of the website which will be available on March 1st:
I’ve written about other well-known print periodicals ending publication in that format and/or declaring bankruptcy. I think Variety will do just fine after the dust clears. That might just be my prejudice, though…I’ve really enjoyed it over the decades. :)
By the way, “ankle” is Variety slang from someone leaving a position…it purposefully doesn’t indicate whether someone quit or was fired. As regular readers know, I love making up neologisms, and Variety has done so many, they have a dictionary of them online:
Variety slanguage dictionary
Buy a NOOK HD+, get a $50 credit for content
You can buy a NOOK HD+ 16GB ($269) or NOOK HD+ Tablet Slate 32GB ($299) through March 12th, and get a $50 credit towards buying content. Terms and conditions apply, so go to the link above to find the rules and make sure you do it correctly.
One nice thing: you can do this online (with a checkout code of 50FREE) or in a store by printing out a coupon.
I do feel like B&N’s NOOK future has gotten cloudier (more uncertain) in the last couple of days, and they’ll be announcing their third quarter results on Thursday.
If you are already in the Barnes & Noble ecosystem, this is a nice deal…
Apple settles on kids’ in-app purchases
New York Times article
Well, this proves two things: in-app purchases are a problem; and Apple sometimes settles. ;)
I’ve written about
Parental controls and your Kindle
and no question, it’s something you want to understand. The default is that your kid (or anybody else using the device) can make in-app purchases with real money while, for example, playing a game. It might be a case of buying virtual food for a virtual pet, or some sort of power-up, but it can add up pretty quickly.
You can require a password for in-app purchases on your Kindle Fire HD but you have to actively make that choice.
I think it would be nice if Amazon could let you check a box for “this is for a child” or something like that, and default parental controls (probably with a generic password initially, which you would change), but that’s not how it currently works.
Sticknfind Bluetooth item finder has started shipping
Ever panicked because you couldn’t find your Kindle?
You knew it was probably in the house somewhere, or in the office, or the car, but weren’t sure where?
has started shipping (earlier than announced). For about $50, you can get two of the quarter-sized devices. You stick it on, well, pretty much anything, and within about a 100 feet of the lost device, a SmartPhone (with Bluetooth…check the site for specifics) can locate it. It sort of plays “warmer/colder”…it figures out the distance, but not the direction, so you walk around to see the signal getting stronger or weaker.
A single SmartPhone can handle up to 20 of the stickers, and they show them being used on things like remote controls, luggage…and cats (on the tag on the collar).
You can set different alarms for different items, and those alarms can alert you when something moves in or out of range (so you know the cat got out, perhaps).
It would work for any of your Kindles (the device on which you put it doesn’t need Bluetooth, the sticker does that). You could put it on your SmartPhone…but hopefully, that’s not the thing you lose. ;)
I suspect Amazon will carry them eventually, but you can’t be sure.
This might be a good gift for somebody…although I suppose they could be sensitive about not being able to find their keys. :)
I thought Dr. Dean Edell had a great line years ago when Alzheimer’s was first becoming well known. People were worried if they had it or were developing it, and they were taking normal forgetfulness as a symptom.
To point out the difference, Dr. Edell said, “If you are standing in the middle of the room wondering where your keys are, that’s not Alzheimer’s. If you are standing in the middle of the room wondering what your keys are, that’s Alzheimer’s.”
Amazon beats Nordstrom in Customer Satisfaction
I saw this headlined as Amazon beating Netflix, but Netflix has taken some hits in the last year or two (although House of Cards may really help it, especially if it wins some Emmys…and I’ve read that it is eligible).
Looking at the
American Customer Satisfaction Index
ratings, I’m more intrigued that Amazon, an internet retailer, is a point ahead of Nordstrom, which is legendary for shopping experience.
As a former brick-and-mortar store manager, that seems odd to me. How much service do you really get from an online store? Well, a lot, apparently. ;) Certainly, Amazon’s ability to deal with returns is super easy, especially for Kindle store books. You can just go to
within seven days of purchase, and “return” a Kindle store book for a refund.
Last time I checked, neither Barnes & Noble nor Sony allowed e-book returns at any time for any reason.
Amazon leads the internet retailer category…which leads everything else, including specialty stores.
Service, selection, and price…the three principles Amazon follows.
Amazon changing the rules on sites that promote free Kindle e-book downloads
This may change what websites do, making free Kindle e-books not as widely promoted.
quotes the new policy.
I don’t think it is going to affect me and you…I have linked to free books…for example, in the
Random Public Domain freebies posts
but that doesn’t result in 20,000 or more free downloads (which is one of the conditions). Websites could have more than 20,000 free downloads…as long as those downloads don’t amount to 80% or more of their referred “sessions”.
I’m not exactly sure who this will affect…perhaps
but I don’t know how their stats work out.
If somebody has a month like that, they get no affiliate fees for the month.
I’d appreciate you letting me know if you notice a change in any sites you use…I’m just curious.
What do you think? Do you now get better Customer Service online than in a brick-and-mortar? Would you worry about buying a NOOK tablet at this time? Are you going to get a Sticknfind, for yourself or somebody else? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.