Welcome to your Kindle…and ILMK (2013)

Welcome to your Kindle…and ILMK (2013)

Did you just get a new Kindle? A Kindle Fire, a Paperwhite, or another model?

If so, welcome!

I’m guessing quite a few people are finding this blog for the first time because of that.

On behalf of me, and my readers (some of whom have been here August of 2009), “We welcome you most e-gally!” (And there’s nothing we must verify legally!).

Sorry, that was a riff on the Wizard of Oz. 😉

Actually, if you feel like you need an apology for puns and whimsical humor, well, this might not be the right place for you…although, on second thought, it still might. 🙂

You see, I write a lot (I told myself I’d average at least 1,000 words a day in this blog, and I do that easily) about Kindles and the world of e-books generally.

Sure, I tell you about things that are on sale and about giveaways.

I also, though, will tell you give you tips and tricks about using your Kindle/Kindle app, as well as give you the news and the stories behind the news.

I encourage you to ask me questions: answering questions is one of the most fun things in life for me.

I’m a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, and I’ve been dealing with technology since the punchcard days (if you aren’t sure what a punchcard machine is…well, I was going to say, “Ask your grandfather”, but it’s probably easier to just ask your phone.) 😉 I think that combination gives me a pretty good background to write about technological books.

Okay, enough about me. 😉 Oh, that’s another thing: I do sometimes write a bit about my life, but this really isn’t one of those diary/confessional sort of blogs.

I try to keep it eclectic. It’s rare that I write two posts in a row (and I usually publish one a day…sometimes more, rarely it might be a day and a half or so) that are really similar.

I’ve been very busy with the holidays, but I’ll be getting back on schedule and you’ll start seeing posts. I plan to write about gift cards and your Kindle, AmazonPrime, and frequently asked questions this season…probably all of those in the next few days. Then there are the year-end posts: a look backwards and a look ahead.

I think this variety is part of what has kept this blog in the top ten most popular USA Kindle store blogs for years (although I’ll sometimes slip to the second ten). That’s also due in large part to my subscribers, and I thank them very much! The Kindle store is based on paid subscribers…you can subscribe to have the blog automatically delivered to your non-Fire Kindle. Why would anybody pay to have a blog delivered? Two main reasons, I think. One is the convenience: you wake up in the morning (or check before going to bed…whatever works for you), and it’s there. You don’t have to go to a website to read it. The other one is, well, to support me. 🙂

Actually, there is something I do in the blog: polls. Let me do a quick poll, here, and then I’ll give you some tips.

You can comment on this post if you have other reasons, or want to say why you don’t pay to subscribe. I’m assuming you read it, since otherwise, how would you find this poll? 😉

On to a couple of stories!

$5 credit for downloading through Amazon Appstore app

I guess Amazon finally started listening to their investors, and realized that discounting so much might not make sense…so they are giving away store credit instead. Won’t that make the investors happy? 😉

It’s an interesting deal, only available through December 28 (Saturday).

Here’s the key thing: you need to download/update the Amazon Appstore and download an app (even a free one)…but not on a Kindle Fire.

Once you’ve downloaded the app (it can be a free one), you’ll be sent a confirmation e-mail.

This is an Amazon store credit, and it is good on “eligible digital items”…but hey, why not do this?

There are lots of apps to download…good ones, too!

Here’s a listing of almost 80,000 free Amazon Appstore apps:

Yep…Candy Crush, Angry Birds Star Wars II, and many, many more!

Not every app is available for every device, but it will let you know if it’s available for yours. Remember, you need to do this through the Amazon Appstore app on your Android device, but not a Kindle Fire. Just use the above links to help you pick something. 😉 Then, go to the app and order.

Apps are not available in every country, and prices could vary. The key thing with Amazon is to check the price before you click that “Buy” button.

Getting discounted Kindle books from Amazon

There are tens of thousands of free books directly from the Kindle store. Many of them are not under copyright protection, but there are always a lot that are. In fact, the titles change frequently.

However, there are also discounted e-books. Check out this post for

10 ways Amazon saves us money on e-books

for links and information.

Well, that should get you started. 😉

A few general tips about Kindles and e-books:

  • Prices change frequently…they might change several times in one day. If you see something which you think is a fair price for a book, go for it. It could go up, it could go down
  • There are typically new Kindle models every year…again, I’d say if you think the price is fair, go for it. Kindle prices won’t go up, typically, but models do get discontinued
  • When you buy e-books (or other digital content) from Amazon, it’s easiest to think of them as belonging to the account, not to the individual device. Amazon automatically backs them up for you, and you can download them again to other devices on the account

Again, feel free to ask me (and my readers) for help, but Amazon has highly-rated Customer Service for a good reason. You can reach them at

Tap or click the

Contact Us

button. My favorite thing is to have them call me…my phone usually rings in seconds, and I’m talking to somebody within a minute.

If you have a Kindle Fire HDX, you can go to your homescreen, swipe down from the top, and tap Mayday. One more tap to okay the connection, and a live person will appear on your screen in under fifteen seconds (usually). They can’t see you, by the way. They can take over your device to fix things, or draw on the screen to show you how. I think it’s one of the biggest innovations in Customer Service in a very long time.

One more thing: there is a thriving Kindle customer community, provided for us free by Amazon. I’m what they call a “Kindle Forum Pro”: Amazon recognizes some of us as being particularly helpful, but we are just customers. It’s a great place to ask questions (although so is the official Customer Service), and can be really fun, too. 🙂

Once again, welcome!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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


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