Round up #181: giveaway of What Do We Care What Other People Think?, news about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

Round up #181: giveaway of What Do We Care What Other People Think?, news about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Giveaway! What Do We Care What Other People Think?

I have a sibling who is a professor at Sarah Lawrence, and has just published this Kindle book:

What Do We Care What Other People Think?

This is from the description:

“Inspired by the autobiographical tales of Richard Feynman, this is a collection of true (or true-ish) stories written by first-year students at Sarah Lawrence College. Encouraged by the example of the famous physicist to write fearlessly, employing self-confidence or self-deprecation as each situation requires, the students’ writings demonstrate that you do not need to be famous to be interesting, and do not need to have a Nobel Prize to have important insights about the world. The stories feature adventure (listening to country music while fleeing a charging elephant…or a teenage daughter’s embarrassing night out watching male strippers with her mother), humor (including more than one snappy come-back!), and touching introspection (one of the authors even met Jesus on the Upper East Side of Manhattan).”

The book is only a $1.02, but I do want to help out…hey, we’re proud of each other in my family!

I’m going to give away ten “copies” of the book (actually licenses…that’s how it works in the Kindle store) to my readers (only in the USA…that’s mostly a technical limitation of gifting). If you’d like one, just comment on this post and ask for one. I’ll send you a Kindle gift for the first ten requests I get. You’ll then get an e-mail from Amazon with the link to redeem it. Do not include your e-mail in your comment: I’ll see it privately, and I’ll only use it to send you the gift.

I haven’t read it yet (I’ll do that soon…), but I’m looking forward to it. 🙂


Library for All: A Kickstarter-funded digital library for the developing world

I’ve written before about WorldReader. org, which brings Kindles to 3rd World locations. Why Kindles and not paperbooks? Part of it is just logistics…can you imagine getting a thousand hardbacks to a remote village where there aren’t roads? Wouldn’t it be easier to get ten Kindles with 100 books on each of them?

Now, there is a new group trying to set up a digital library for those living in poverty around the world…and they are concentrating on content and delivery. They say they have six of the ten largest US publishers on board, although I don’t know who they are or how exactly they are contributing (are they allowing free use…which might fit the scenario I have suggested before about needs-based library lending from major publishers?).

You can donate to it right now (I am) through this link:

Library for All at Kickstarter

Kickstarter is legitimate (I’ve donated there before) and this is tax deductible, according to the site.

At time of writing, they had about 71% of the $100,000 they are trying to raise by July 13th, 2013.

Oh, and you can donate through Amazon (starting at the Kickstarter page)…that’s how I did it.

It may seem strange that you can get e-books to “Third World” locations more easily than you can paperbooks, but electrons are light. 😉 There are places in the world that have cellphone access, but no landlines…this is similar.

It’s up to you, of course, but this is something that you can do. I can’t personally vouch for the company, but I do like the idea…

Kindle Special Offer: 10 select Kindle e-books for $1 each

Note that this offer is only available through the Special Offers on your Kindle. I’m mentioning it for a couple of reasons.

First, people sometimes ask about the value of having Special Offers. Those ad-supported devices have been more popular than their non-ad-supported counterparts (typically) since the program was introduced. Basically, you agree to see advertising, and that lowers the initial cost of your Kindle. You can think of it as being paid to see the ads. The ads don’t bother me, and sometimes they have book-related ones…like this one.

Second, there are people who have Special Offer Kindles…but don’t turn on the wireless very often (which means they don’t update). Even though I wouldn’t say the selection has me dancing a happy dance (there are some intriguing titles, but nothing I already know well and would recommend), I didn’t want people to miss the chance.

You have to accept the offer on your Kindle by the end of July 6th. Here are the

Deal Details

including the titles. Note that this one is only in the USA.

Samsung announces prices and dates for the Samsung Galaxy 3 tablets

Even though my phone is perhaps now a bit of an older model (they grow up so quickly!) ;), I like my Samsung very much.

One of the competitors for the Kindle Fire is certainly the Galaxy tablet line, and they’ve now announced dates and prices for the

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

Samsung lists the following for pre-sales June 25 (tomorrow, but you can pre-order one today from Amazon at the link above), sales July 7th…and all are wi-fi only, no 3G or 4G

and according to this

PCMAG article by Sascha Segan

there will be a 10.1″ for $399.

The smaller ones both have front and rear cameras, and expandable memory (I can’t check the more expensive one as easily). Those are nice, but I didn’t see Bluetooth…having a Bluetooth keyboard really expanded the capabilities of my Kindle Fire.

At this price point, I’m not really seeing what would make this a star, but I’m sure it will get some marketshare.

Amazon’s Best Books of the Year So Far

It’s always interesting to me when Amazon announces their

Amazon’s Best Books of the Year So Far

although, I think it could be a lot more so. At least the top 20 tend to be the “usual suspects”…if you are talking “best”, not “buzziest”, I’d love to see titles that haven’t sold well are have been already reviewed in the big publications.

Their best twenty includes And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini and Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. Gee, that must say something about the refined tastes of the American republic when two of our very best books also happen to be two of the bestselling. 😉

50 most inspiring quotes about books and reading

This is a great


As you know, I like quotations, and I like books and reading, so this is a perfect combination. 😉

This is one of my favorites on the list. It’s a critique on independently published e-books:

“In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.”

Well, you can at least read it as that…it’s actually from Oscar Wilde. 😉

What do you think? What’s your favorite quote about books and reading? Are you interested in the Samsung Galaxy 3? Is there anything that worries you about a digital library perhaps becoming the main way literature is spread to the developing world? What has been your best book of 2013? Do  you want a free “copy” of my sibling’s book? 😉 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.

41 Responses to “Round up #181: giveaway of What Do We Care What Other People Think?, news about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3”

  1. Connie Says:

    I like your son’s blog so much that I’m sure I’ll like the book your sibling published! Yes, I want it!
    By the way, I’m reading your blog in feeddler. I take it you didn’t do anything special to get it there.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Connie!

      You’re number 1! 🙂 I’ll send you the gift shortly.

      Nope, didn’t do anything for Feedler, so I’m glad that worked. No big deal, but I haven’t identified my kid’s gender…always interesting to see what people guess. 🙂

    • Connie Abbitt Says:

      Interesting. I’ll think about it. Just assumed it was a guy.

  2. Tuli Reno Says:

    I would love to have a copy of the book. Richard Feynman has been a favorite of mine and, at first, when I saw the title of your sibling’s book, I thought it was his. But, it sounds interesting and I’d like to try it out.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Tuli!

      You’re number two!

      My sibling is also a physicist, like Feynman…and an astronomer (but not an astrophysicist: two separate degrees), and a classicist (can read ancient Greek and Latin).

      You should see that Amazon e-mail soon.

      • Connie Abbitt Says:

        Thanks for the book, Bufo! I was so sure your sibling was a girl. Holidays with your family must interesting, lots of good conversation….

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Connie!

        Oh, yes, you can say that…and we do…twenty-seven different ways. 😉 To paraphrase an old saying, “Two Calvins, three opinions…” 😉

  3. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I went in search of the source of my favorite quote, and I found it, but then I got to looking through the other quotes on that page and found my new favorite quote about reading:

    “I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there’s a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style,park your own car out front. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with. Case in point, those darned Harry Potter movies. That was so not what that part-Veela-chick, Fleur Delacour, looked like.” Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever

    I SO agree about the Veela chick part, and I really feel sad for people who saw the Harry Potter movies but didn’t read the books. They missed out on a lot of good stuff!

    The one I was originally looking for: “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” ~Mark Twain

    And of course, there’s that old chestnut on posters, t-shirts, mugs, “So many books; so little time!”

    And if any of those books by are still available, I’d like one please. Thank you!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I like books and movies both, but in different ways. 🙂 I like the Mark Twain quote!

      You’re number three…you should see that e-mail soon.

  4. Brad Bradsher Says:

    I would love to have this book! I read your blog daily

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Brad!

      Thanks for being a loyal reader! 🙂 Look for that e-mail from Amazon on the book…you’re number 4!

  5. Carol Vlasz Says:

    I love your blog, and I would love a copy of the book. I Read, Read, Read.
    Thank You for You !!!!!!!!!!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Carol!

      Thanks for the kind words! You are number five! I’ve always felt a bit like Number 5 from the movie Short Circuit…”Need input…” 😉

  6. George Evans Says:

    It would be a treat to read your brothers book since I read you every day.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, George!

      And thanks for reading! 🙂

      You are number 6…at which point you are free to respond, “I am not a number…I am a free man.” 😉

  7. Harold Delk Says:

    I know I’m among the top 10, but I purchased it with my own money. Sounds good enough to pay for … and I like to support the academic community. So whomever number 11 is … Enjoy it.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Harold!

      That’s so nice of you to do! It’s sort of like paying the toll for the person behind you. 🙂 Thanks!

  8. Phink Says:

    If I’m in the top 10 I’ll take one. Thanx so much. It’s sounds really interesting.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Phink!

      Yep, you made it! Since Harold bought one, you are number seven in the giveaways!

  9. Zebras Says:

    Would love to read your sibling´s work. Anything from the Bufo Calvin family has got to be good

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Zebras!

      You are number eight!

      I thank you, my family thanks you…gee, I feel like Jimmy Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy. 😉

      We get into those nature/nurture discussions some times. I have no doubt that part of why so many of us write at least something is that books were such a part of our childhoods.

  10. liz Says:

    Sounds like something I might enjoy – if there’s a copy available, I’d like it!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, liz!

      You made it! You are number 9!

      • liz Says:

        Awesome! I’m really looking forward to reading this … but Bond just got to Blofield’s garden of death, and I gotta find out what happens next! 🙂

        Thanks so much.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, liz!

        Oh, I understand…hope you are enjoying You Only Live Twice. 🙂

        For me, I moved it up, but I’m not using text-to-speech in the car with it, because I do want to proofread (which requires sight-reading…the TTS often gets things right that the eye sees are wrong, like extra spaces). I’ll finish it today.

  11. Ann Von Hagel Says:

    May I please be number 8? 🙂 Thanks!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Ann!

      Well, you are actually number 10…does that work? 😉 Some came in while I was sleeping.

      You should see that e-mail shortly.

    • Ann Von Hagel Says:

      Thanks! When I typed up the request, I was only # 8 — but I guess there were a couple of folks in the queue ahead of me. . . . Thank you! 🙂

  12. Joseph Says:

    I guess I arrived too late to the book-giving party? I would be interested in this giveaway book because that would describe a lot of people’s interaction with each other and how they react to the usual out there. This interests me because I had met with that reaction almost every day. I am unusual in a lot of ways including how I interact with the people out in public. One very good example: I am culturally deaf and is a heavy user of American Sign Language. As a matter of fact, I am a professor at a university teaching American Sign Language. Often I always wonder how others would perceive after encountering me in the halls, restaurants, and other places. I often, at my own amusement, had observed how the people (especially those that can hear) become frozen when encountering a person that do not speak their language as to speak. They either try to find a way to interact with me or look for the means to get away. This would be an indication of how they think of people that are not usually be within their comfort zone.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Joseph!

      Well, it’s my party, and I’ll extend it if I want. 🙂 I’ll go ahead and gift you a copy.

      When I was a bookstore manager, I had a deaf customer who was an excellent lip reader. It was interesting to me how hard it was to get my employees to remember to look at this customer when they spoke…they tended to turn around to indicate things.

      I did learn how to spell in American Sign Language years ago, and have used that on occasion. Now, however, since I usually have my Fire with me (meaning that I can type notes and the other person can do the same), I don’t use it much. Everyone once in a while, though, I do catch myself finger spelling something (like a comment) while I am listening to a speaker. 🙂

  13. Joseph Says:

    And by the way….your comment on the donation of Kindles to Africa…I think it is wonderful idea. But the question is…do Africans have an infrastructure for the kindles to work. By that I mean is there Kindle bookstore operating in Africa? I don’t recall a Zulu-affiliated Amazon bookstore for instance. 🙂

    That brings me to this news that you might had overlooked. I had read your blog daily because I loved your blog but I don’t ever recall you mentioning this so I thought I would bring this up. Last year, Amazon did donate kindles to a deaf school in South Carolina. The link is here:

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Joseph!

      The way that works (and it already works and has been for a while) is that they set it up for them. They don’t seem to have a problem finding someone that can maintain it, and they have used satellite-based internet and solar-powered electrical systems, although electricity may be more commonly available than you think. You can read about it here:

      They do use different solutions in different situations, though.

      They are working on making local books available. Kindles do not need to be registered with Amazon to be effective (especially with public domain materials), although that is easiest.

      There are books in the USA Kindle store in Swahili, by the way, although not all that many. I think many people in Africa read English, and WorldReader doesn’t work just with English.

      I’ll check out that article: I can’t remember if I wrote about it or not. 🙂 Thanks!

  14. Western Reader Says:

    I also love quotations, and quotations about books and reading are like icing on the cake. I have a quotation of my own, but it’s not as erudite as the 50 in the list — it’s simply my philosophy, if you will: Take me on vacation and I may not read a book; give me a book and I’ll be on vacation.

  15. Marlene Stafford Says:

    guess I’m too late – but it was worth a shot.

  16. marlene Says:

    I am stoked! I am the epitome of Kindle newbie! Many thanks and now how do I stop auto correct- it is driving me nuts!
    . ;_)

  17. poisonalice Says:

    Of course I’m too late for the book. It sounds like a fascinating read though so I’ll just add it to my wish list to buy it the next time I have the money to throw a cheapie (the cheapest being $25 though…so it might be a few weeks, maybe a month, before I can do so)Amazon gift card on my account (yes…I’m too poor for a $1 book. I don’t have a credit or debit card because I don’t…and can’t…have a bank account. Not like I’d ever have money to put in it anyway. Being disabled, 33, unable to work and painfully waiting for a disability hearing to get scheduled SUCKS, but on the bright side it leaves me with all the time in the world to read whenever I want as much as I want 😀 Sorry for being such Debbie Downer!). I remember back in school, I usually had NO interest in the books we were required to read for English classes (like Animal Farm, HATE that book, my sister does too. And, I’ll probably get skewered for saying this with so many avid readers around, but I found A Farewell to Arms incredibly dry and it bored me to tears.), but the books we would get we would be required to read from that I would actually look forward to are those books that were published for high schools, and came in a kind of set (they were from the same publisher and everything, the covers and nearly identical cover art and the biggest difference between the books visually were the books’ colors.) One book was a collection of fictional short stories written by all the literary “greats”, and the other book would be a collection of non-fiction “essays” written by various authors in that “greats” category. It was from these books that I ‘discovered’ just how awesome Edgar Allen Poe’s writing was and that he wrote stuff other than The Raven (nearly the only Poe literature taught in my school :/) and also was introduced to The Lottery, which was actually assigned to us for class, and just how awesome that story is (which seems to change in meaning as you grow older, it’s strange like that). But even though I enjoyed those stories, I seemed to have prefered the non-fictional “essays” in the other book. I love learning how other people live, or lived, in all walks of life. What people think. How things might have changed a person or a society over time. And what I liked the most about those stores was the length, easy, quick reads. And also how freaking random some of the memories and events and such that are written about by people sometimes. But even if someone assumes their lives are too boring to write about, people are fascinating creatures and what a person might feel is boring about themselves, there are plenty of people in the world who would read that story and find it fascinating. I would imagine this is part of the reason why I enjoy reading op-eds too. There really aren’t many “essay” collection books on the market todqy, at least in comparison to what all else is on the market.
    As for the Amazon list of books, you know some of the best books I’ve ever read that I got from the Kindle store are eBooks I got for free in the store. I’m sure there’s plenty of people around that think that if a book is free or dirt cheap in the Kindle store (or elsewhere, like Smashwords, another place I get loads of freebie eBooks) that it’s not going to be worth reading but they would be sadly mistaken. I’m always combing through the current free contemporary eBooks listed in the Kindle store for new books that sound interesting to read for free. I actually began a couple series of books that are now some of my favorite books by getting the first books in the series for free. And I eventually purchased the following books in both series. I think Indie authors are sadly and unfortunately overlooked and underestimated. Again, I’ve read some excellent books from Indies from Smashwords (which is a great site to find new authors to read that are self published and pretty much totally unheard of. Their horror books are usually very well and creatively written. Perhaps in addition to their usual lists, they could do a list of the best authors you’ve never heard of, or the best books you’ve never heard of. Not only would they be more interesting lists (my opinion of course), but it would help “unknown” authors and eBooks gain more exposure, more sales, and hopefully more fans and followers. And an “indie authors bookclub” seems like something would be fun to. Each month, each member could chose an unknown author/book for the group to read and it would rotate in order who would be making the choice each time. Actually…you should start something here on your blog instead, I think it would be loads of fun 😀
    I love the eReader and eLibrary Kickstarter, it’s just awesome and actualy seems like the most logical, economical, environmentally minded, and most easily accessible option. I hope that they meet their goal to do this…and then some! I can’t donate myself, but I’ll definitely pass this Kickstarter’s information around to my friends online on Facebook and Twitter. I even have a few people in mind who would very likely donate to this. 😀

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, poisonalice!

      Well, after a long and thoughtful comment like that, I can go ahead and make it a baker’s dozen. 😉 I’ll gift you a copy of my sibling’s book.

      Amazon has done some to promote lesser known authors (certainly, their Kindle Direct Publishing makes it easier for many authors…and has had bestsellers). I like the idea, though, of specifically, “The best authors you haven’t read”. That could be both traditionally published and independently published. They could be surfaced algorithmically (maybe books with at least 100 reviews and an average above 4.75…and sales of under 1,000), and then curated.

      I’m not a fan of the way reading was traditionally assigned in schools, and your comment illustrates it. How many people hated a book when it was assigned, then read it again later and discovered they actually liked it? The book becomes a chore when it is assigned…however, I understand that it makes it much easier to do it that way.

      Maybe I’ll think about some other ways reading could be encouraged in schools…

      I haven’t done something like a “book club” here, in part because I tend to think that all books have value, and what you get out of them depends more on you than on them. 🙂 I’m also very careful about spoilers, so discussing them would cut people out who hadn’t read them, which is something else I try to avoid.

      For me, I like fiction and non-fiction both…I’m an omnivorous reader. 🙂

  18. Zebras Says:


    Thanks for the book. I opened it up last night to check it out, and read it straight through. Very enjoyable.

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