Archive for February, 2014

Heads up! Limited time deal on Oster blender at 330 pm Pacific

February 19, 2014

Heads up! Limited time deal on Oster blender at 330 pm Pacific

Sorry to make this short…on my phone.

Limited time deal. ..check your Kindle Fire for limited time deal on Oster blender for 20 dollars at 330 pm Pacific today.

Update below:

These are special limited time offers, which are only available to Kindle Fire owners.

What happens is you can get a text to alert you to an upcoming deal (details in the links below). You don’t get much warning…maybe an hour (about half an hour in this case).

The deal also appears on the sleep screen of your Fire, and you can find it under Offers on the homescreen (all the way at the end).

Then, you say you want to “learn more”. You’ll get to a screen with a countdown clock. As soon as the clock gets to zero, you need to click to have a chance to get it.

They have typically been selling out in seconds. In this case, I wasn’t in a place where I had a wi-fi connection…although my Significant Other would have been interested in this one. 🙂

Here is information on the program:

As I’ve written before, I look at these LTOs (Limited Time Offers) sort of like buying a lottery ticket: I don’t expect to get one (win), but its exciting if I do! Of course, the “ticket” doesn’t cost me anything.

These LTOs are one of the best arguments for having Special Offers…and yes, a good argument for having a  Fire (at AmazonSmile)!

Did you get one? Do you have any other comment on this? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

===

Nominate a child to be given a free Kindle at Give a Kid a Kindle.

===

* 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.

Reading by channels

February 19, 2014

Reading by channels

I read an interesting

CNN article (originally Wired) by Kyle VanHemert

in my morning Flipboard (at AmazonSmile: support a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) read the other day**.

The thrust of the article was that services like Netflix, Roku channels, and Amazon Instant Video are missing an important element by having us choose what we want to watch each time.

I agree.

Sure, it’s great to be able to choose…to say, “I want to watch this movie now” and be able to do it.

However, it’s also a wonderfully serendipitous feeling to just blunder into something that’s good.

Think about it. I would never ever have to watch something without knowing what it was first. Yet, I do.

Let me give you an example.

In the NBC News channel on my

I can select to watch individual stories, maybe just ones that interest me.

I don’t do that, usually. I start the top news running, and just let it run from story to story.

Why?

I think it’s fun. 😉 I think we are geared towards having unplanned experiences…that’s a lot more natural. We have a joy of discovery.

VanHemert has a great point:

“Consider, for example, a strange paradox of the streaming video age: You’ll totally watch an hour of “Ghostbusters” on TNT, but you’d never in a million years start it up from the top on Netflix, even though it’s always right there, just a dozen clicks away.”

I own DVDs of movies, but I’m a lot more likely to watch a show if it just happens to be on than to pull out the DVD (those seem to be more for special occasions…like when my adult kid and an adult friend and I watched all of The Prisoner ((at AmazonSmile)) in one day). 😉

Naturally, that got my mind exploring (most things do).

What if we read like that?

What if there was, say, a science fiction channel, a romance channel, a mystery channel, a non-fiction channel, and so?

You would “tune into” a channel, and see what was on. If you wanted to read it great…start reading.

Now, I don’t mean that everybody would read it at the same time. While we all generally have the same “watching speed”, we don’t have the same reading speeds.

You’d have to be able to download it and read it at your own pace.

I would think you could only have one thing downloaded at a time. When you finished it, you’d “return it”…and see what else was “on”.

I wonder if that would work?

It’s even possible to me that I would read half of a book (a novel if I’ve read it before…maybe a collection of non-fiction essays if I haven’t), but that seems unlikely to have mass appeal. 🙂

No, I’d see it being with novels and non-fiction books…but short stories might work especially well.

Yes, I would go to a short story channel, and just read whatever came up.

That might work.

The faster you would read, of course, the more opportunity you’d have to read, but I think that’s reasonable.

Don’t see something you like on one channel? Go to another channel…switch from “urban short stories” to “Victorian poetry” to “Penny Dreadfuls” until you found something you liked. Download it, read it, see what else was on.

Would it work economically?

Hard to say.

I think publishers might especially like the discovery aspect as a way to “push” lesser known works. There could certainly be a way to buy other works by that author at the end of the piece you read…and/or you could buy it if you wanted to keep it. Gifting might be another income stream.

It could be like television now. Either you pay for it by watching ads, or it is a subser (subscription service…you pay a flat rate for the month or year).

Certainly, there are some things a little bit like this. Science fiction magazines come to mind: we wouldn’t get to choose which stories would appear in which issues. In my Sherlock Holmes blog, 221B Blog Street, you just get each day whatever is the next chapter or story in order (unless you are reading on the website). There are other literary magazines and blogs, of course.

That doesn’t seem quite the same…

This is all just a thought experiment. I’m not at all convinced it would work. Many people have a lot higher standard for what they read than I do…I’m pretty open to reading all different kinds of things. Some people say that they “…don’t have time to read bad books”. I’m not yet convinced that there are bad books…there are better books, but I’ve never regretted reading a book yet.

I also have to say, some of my favorite books (including Doc Savage), I didn’t seek out and read by choice…they were the only books available to me at the time.

Anyway, just a thought…

What do you think? Could this work at all? Have you ever read only part of a novel…on purpose? Maybe on vacation, or in a store? Have you ever read something “by accident”, just because it was there…and loved it? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

Nominate a child to be given a free Kindle at Give a Kid a Kindle.

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” 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.

** I’ve written before on this blog about having what I refer to as “Temporal Awareness Disorder” (that’s just my term for it). I really don’t have a good sense of the passage of time. While I don’t remember all things equally, I can’t tell from a memory if it’s old (like a decade ago) or new (like a week ago). I typically have to look at internal clues to figure it out. My Significant Other pointed something out to me years ago. I refer to “today”. I refer to “yesterday”. Everything else that is in the past, if it isn’t “yesterday”, is often simply, “the other day” for me. That could be true if it happened just recently or when I was a kid…

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.

The e-books are strong in this one…Star Wars for the Kindle

February 17, 2014

The e-books are strong in this one…Star Wars for the Kindle

My birthday was a few days ago, and while it was fun to give away close to a 1,000 of my books to my readers (859, to be accurate), that doesn’t mean I didn’t get something cool, too. 😉

My Significant Other got us tickets to

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination

We plan to go on Presidents’ Day, and I thought this gave me a good excuse to take a look at what Star Wars titles are available for the Kindle.

I should say first that I saw Episode IV (movie 1) when it was first released, and I have a great Darth Vader audioanimatronic bank (at AmazonSmile). I also have the very first Star Wars novel in paperback (written by George Lucas…not, I think, available for the Kindle: Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker ((at AmazonSmile))). Oh, and I carry a pair of Yoda lightsaber chopsticks (at AmazonSmile) with me…

However, while I am a fan, I wouldn’t say I’m a superfan. 🙂 I have a lot of interests, and Star Wars is just one of them. You can read my advice to J.J. Abrams on making Star Wars (and how it differs fundamentally from Star Trek…which will help explain to regular readers why I would say I’m more philosophically in tune with the latter) here:

The Measured Circle’s Star Wars category

Okay, let’s take a look.

Searching for

Star Wars in the USA Kindle store (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

gets me a staggering 1,559 results. 1,505 of those are listed as e-books.

It is possible that some of those are false positives, but you might be wondering how there could be that many Star Wars books.

Well, many of them actually are novels, and there are a lot of different arcs happening there.

Some of them are also graphic novels.

Then you get into books about the movies.

Of course, there are also videogame guides and such.

It’s a big, big universe!

There are also seventeen

Star Wars tagged blogs in the Kindle store (at AmazonSmile)

although they’ll range beyond Star Wars in their coverage.

When we get to

Star Wars MP3s (at AmazonSmile)

there are 164 albums, and 3,763 tracks listed.

Oh, I should say, I once saw John Williams in concert (in the cheap seats). One of the coolest parts was when the composer/conductor did the Star Wars theme. R2-D2 was actually on stage. This giant orchestral sound is blasting through the hall, and John Williams points to R2 for a very electronic “mee-mee-me-mee”. 🙂

I always loved the story John Williams told when someone asked about writing that theme. It went something like this (as I recall):

“Well, we didn’t have a lot of time, and there wasn’t really a lot of money. I’d already written Born Free, so I just took the sheet music and turned it upside down.”

I certainly can’t swear that’s an accurate memory of mine, but if you think about the music, it really fits.

Moving on to

Star Wars Amazon Instant Video (at AmazonSmile)

there are 373 (!) results.

Finally,searching for

Star Wars in the Amazon Appstore for Kindle Fires (at AmazonSmile)

gets 342 results.

While many are unofficial, it’s also nice to see a number of free ones, including:

  • Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles
  • Angry Birds Star Wars
  • Star Wars Tiny Death Star

Be aware that free apps often have ads (that’s how the studio is getting paid, since you aren’t paying), and may require periodic connection to the internet to refresh those ads.

Wow! That’s a lot of Star Wars stuff! Amazon has a lot more things that are less Kindle connected for Star Wars…from t-shirts to collectibles.

I expect we’ll have fun at the exhibit!

May the force be with you…

Nominate a child to be given a free Kindle at Give a Kid a Kindle.

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” 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 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.

Round up #240: S&S profits way up, AmazonLocal deal on e-books

February 15, 2014

Round up #240: S&S profits way up, AmazonLocal deal on e-books

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

AmazonLocal: select Kindle books for $0.99 each

AmazonLocal is an Amazon deals site. You have to belong to it (that’s free), and then typically what happens is that there is a coupon available for a limited time. You get the coupon, and you have a limited time to use it.

It might be that you buy the coupon…pay $10, and get $25 off, something like that.

In some cases, the coupon is free.

That’s the case with this one…it’s free:

http://local.amazon.com/national/B00IDNLGGS

Here is the deal page, so you can see what books are available and the rest of the details. Remember, though, that there is a process to this: you can’t just go to that page and get a book (up to thirty of them, actually) for ninety-nine cents:

Exclusive Offer for Amazon Local Customers: Select Kindle Books for $0.99 Each (at AmazonSmile: support a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

There are some interesting titles here. People sometimes worry that deals like this are only on obscure books, but this time, certainly, there are some with quite a few reviews (which can be considered somewhat of an indicator for how well-known a book is. Here are the ones with more than 100 customer reviews (I’m not linking, because I don’t want people to buy them instead of going through the proper procedure, and end up paying more than $0.99 for them):

  • Doc: A Memoir by Dwight Gooden (4.3 out of five stars, 225 customer reviews)…a good gift for a baseball fan
  • Silent Harmony: A Vivienne Taylor Horse Lover’s Mystery (Fairmont Riding Academy) by Michele Scott (4.3 stars, 171 reviews)…teen/children’s fiction, and the categories include “detectives”, “horses”, and “peer pressure”
  • Angel Wings by Harold Kaminsky (4.3 stars, 120 reviews)…mystery/police procedurals
  • Harrowgate by Kate Murayama (4 stars, 115 reviews)…horror/suspense
  • Downward-Facing Death (A Matt Bolster Yoga Mystery) by Neal Pollack (3.6 stars, 106 reviews)…mystery

Hm…you know what else all of those have in common? They were all traditionally published by Amazon. That might even be true of all of the books in this deal.

Enjoy!

NOOK lay-offs

You know how many people work in Barnes & Noble’s NOOK division?

Fewer than before.

This

New York Times article by Julie Bosman

and other sources report a recent lay-off of “fewer than 100 people” in Barnes & Noble’s NOOK division.

If this is really a lay-off, that’s significant. That means that the jobs were eliminated. As a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, I can tell you that a lay-off means something different from someone being fired.

At least in California, you couldn’t hire somebody to replace somebody who was laid off. By definition, the job was gone. You were also supposed to offer the job back to people you laid off if you needed the position again.

Obviously, this suggests that B&N needs fewer people working on the NOOK than they used to need.

They say they are committed to continuing in the device business, and they may well be. These weren’t necessarily development people. For example, let’s say that B&N decided that selling NOOKs in the stores was a bad idea, but selling them online was fine. In that case they could be eliminating people involved specifically with selling the NOOKs in the stores.

Another real possibility to me is that they plan to drop part of the business…let’s say they stopped making either the tablets or the non-tablets. That could mean a need for a lot fewer people.

If they did that, my intuition is that they would drop the non-tablets, and maybe just start selling the Kobo.

That’s all speculation, though.

How did Wall Street react?

The stock went up.

Sure, you know how investors feel: “Employees…ew.” 😉 Employees are expensive, and eliminating them eliminates some costs, which investors see as a good thing.

Of course, a sinking ship also looks to lighten the load…

My sympathy to the people who lost their jobs…here’s to hoping they find something new, and change the world!

A Farewell to Adverbs

Here’s an interesting (and fun) one!

You can paste text you are editing into

http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

It will analyze your writing, and make suggestions…like cutting out adverbs, avoiding the passive voice, using shorter words, and so on.

I guess you’d end up with a more Hemingway-esque work, if you followed the advice…but I’m not sure how accurate that is, or even if that’s always a good thing. 😉

When you get to the page, you can do CTRL+A (on a Windows computer), and then paste in your text.

Have fun!

H.M. Ward: “I turned down over a million bucks in trad deals”

My guess is that many people who are publishing independently would be thrilled if one of the Big 5 publishing houses came to them and said, “We want to pay you $200,000”.

Certainly sounds good, and I think it’s one many people still think being a “real author” means…being paid by someone else for your work (besides readers, of course).

Well, this

The Passive Voice article

quotes H.M. Ward (at AmazonSmile) as saying (this is just a short excerpt…I recommend you read the article):

“The most recent offer was for a high six figure deal on my next novel, on spec, sight unseen from one of the big 5. I gave the same terms – show me a kick *ss marketing plan and I’ll consider it. They were excited and on it! They were going to wow me. Like I was gonna be so wowed that I’d die of the wowness. True story.

Dude, the marketing plan I got back was the equivalent of, ‘we’re gonna do stuff.’ Their email list – yeah, they don’t personally have one, but this archaic place does – had 2K people on it. That was the bulk of their plan.”

Ward has the credentials to make a claim like that. According to the author’s Amazon Author Central page (linked above),

“H.M. Ward is the #1 bestselling New Adult author in the world, having sold over 4 million books in 2013. This NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA TODAY, and Amazon #1 bestselling writer’s series…”

It’s going to get increasingly difficult for tradpubs (traditional publishers) to attract newer authors. It may be possible for authors to make more money as indies with  more control, and get it faster.

However, that won’t be true for everyone. The trick is always going to be to understand the difference between the possible and your own situation. In some cases, it may make sense to take the money and run. For example, if you are shy and/or not willing to promote yourself, you might not make as money as the tradpub will pay you.

Everybody say, “Aww…”

Okay, I may get a reputation here as a cat person…not that there’s anything wrong with that. 😉 I’ve had cats (and dogs…and exotics, although I don’t recommend the latter), and I’m definitely an animal lover.

I did think this was super-cute, though, and a clever program to stimulate reading in kids:

Taxi article by Dorothy Tan

According to the article

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Pennsylvania

has set up a “Reading Buddies” program where kids read books…to shelter cats!

Seriously, take a minute to take a look at the photographs…both cats and kids look thrilled.

Cats do, in my experience, like the sound of the human voice…they are especially amused by it when it is telling them to do something and they are completely ignoring it. 😉

Speaking of pets, I was quite surprised to see a picture of our dog, Elf, in my morning Flipboard (at AmazonSmile) read!

What happened is that I wrote about our dog recently in this blog, and one of my readers wanted to see a picture, so I added that…and then the tweet that goes out whenever I post something got re-tweeted, and that ended up in Flipboard!

Elf is a bit unusual looking (in a good way, I think), and so I was first thinking, “Wow, that dog looks like Elf!” 🙂

Bookstore sales are down, Simon & Schuster profits are up

Here’s a reason for Barnes & Noble to be concerned…er, another reason. 😉

Bookstore sales were down 1.3% last year, according to this

Publishers Weekly article

citing the U.S. Census.

Not too worry, though, right? Publishers still need bookstores.

Well, maybe not as much as they used to need them.

This other

Publishers Weekly article (this one by Jim Milliot…PW doesn’t always put a byline)

reports that Simon & Schuster’s profits were up 32% in 2013.

Those are profits…not just sales, like we often hear about with Amazon.

Here’s what should concern B&N (and those NOOK owners which rely on it):

“[CEO Carolyn] Reidy said she is feeling very positive about where S&S stands. She said because of less consumer traffic in retail stores S&S has done a better job in reaching consumers directly and that those efforts will continue.”

Yep…I’ve talked about that before. Publishers may figure out real ways to connect directly to readers, cutting out retailers (including Amazon, of course).

Amazon can counter that to some extent with traditional publishing of its own (as we saw above), but if the bricks-and-mortars increasingly are seen as only one channel, and not even the most convenient channel, to buy books, that’s bad for B&N.

What do you think? Do your pets like you to read out loud to them? Do they just like it when you settle down to read, or are they jealous of your Kindle? Can publishers cut out the middle and go directly to readers? Would B&N drop the non-tablets first, or the tablets? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

Nominate a child to be given a free Kindle at Give a Kid a Kindle.

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” 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 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.

Romance is in the air…er, or at least at Amazon

February 14, 2014

Romance is in the air…er, or at least at Amazon

This is one of those days where I write ahead, so I can stay off the computer during family time. 🙂

I thought I’d take this post and give you some links for romance content at Amazon…

Romance, in this case, is a category of fiction which focuses on romantic relationships between people.

At least, that’s what it means now. It used to mean other things (in medieval times, romances were about heroic quests and things, as I understand it).

“People” also can be somewhat loosely defined, including supernatural beings and non-human aliens, just to get started. 😉

The

Romance Writers of America

includes this:

“A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel.

An Emotionally Satisfying and Optimistic Ending: In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love.”

However, I’m going to make it easy on myself, and go with whatever is categorized as romance at Amazon. 😉

Just as with romance in real life, what one person considers a romance may not be what another person considers one. Publishers can define the categories, and that can sometimes be for marketing purposes and may be quite surprising. One could argue, I suppose that the first three Star Wars movies are a romance…although, while the relationships are important, they aren’t the main story (for most people).

Well, let’s start out with books:

Romance books in the USA Kindle store (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

At the time of writing (a few days before you see this), there are 167,278 titles. That’s about 7% of the total number of e-books in the Kindle store. That’s more books than there are in science fiction and fantasy (144,348), and more than in mystery, thriller, and suspense (132,327).

Let’s break romance down a bit more:

Romance

African American (3,571)
Collections & Anthologies (6,651)
Contemporary (57,143)
Fantasy (12,589)
Gay Romance (9,134)
Gothic (720)
Historical Romance (21,680)
Holidays (3,421)
Inspirational (9,434)
Lesbian Romance (2,107)
Military (2,102)
Multicultural & Interracial (2,781)
Mystery & Suspense (16,723)
New Adult & College (3,532)
Paranormal (20,430)
Romantic Comedy (7,657)
Science Fiction (3,000)
Series (16,027)
Sports (1,259)
Time Travel (2,118)
Westerns (5,160)

Romantic Themes

Amnesia (311)
Beaches (995)
Gambling (349)
International (711)
Love Triangle (2,511)
Medical (1,479)
Second Chances (1,370)
Secret Baby (1,141)
Vacation (526)
Wedding (1,583)
Workplace (917)
Romantic Heroes
Cowboys (2,505)
Doctors (625)
Firefighters (236)
Highlanders (722)
Pirates (595)
Politicians (754)
Royalty & Aristocrats (1,859)
Spies (1,110)
Vikings (280)
Wealthy (3,130)

Author

Graeme C. Simsion (1)
Janet Evanovich (27)
Dean Koontz (3)
Jojo Moyes (7)
J. S. Cooper (15)
Helen Cooper (7)
James Patterson (4)

Some books will appear in more than one of these categories: many won’t appear at all, I would guess.

There are also always inexpensive and free romance books available. The old saying may be that “there ain’t no such things as a free lunch”, but there are always free reads. 😉

Next, let’s talk about

Amazon Appstore romance apps (at AmazonSmile)

I have 574 results at the time of writing (although those may not all be available for Kindle products).

158 of those are listed in the “Books & Readers” category.

I tested

Romance Reads – Free Romance eBooks for Kindle (at AmazonSmile)

a free app which is supposed to keep you informed about free and bargain romance books.

It had 3.8 out of five stars with 32 reviews, which isn’t bad.

When it first opened, it asked me to subscribe to the “Romance Reads” newsletter. Hm…I don’t see a way to get past giving them my name and e-mail address, even though I can see some things behind it.

Okay,having done that, it asked me to like them on Facebook (sorry, I don’t do that…don’t really use Facebook), to get the Kindle app if I needed it, and to invite friends.

Clicking on Today’s Romance Deals, there were primarily low cost deals…although I did find one freebie. Interestingly, they list both Amazon and B&N.

I removed it from my device, although I can see why some people would find it useful.

Next, I went to the MP3 store.

Putting in “Romance” didn’t work…it got me My Chemical Romance. 😉 So, I switched my search term to

Love Songs (at AmazonSmile)

That got me 68,626 results…just in MP3 albums! For MP3 songs and extras, there were 1,046,363 results.

Many of the songs were free, and a few of the albums were.

Now, on to

Romantic Movies at Amazon Instant Video (at AmazonSmile)

This does have some somewhat non-intuitive results for me: the musical of Little Shop of Horrors, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, for example. Thinking about them, okay, sure, there are love  themes  in there…but again, is that the main focus?

It seems inconsistent to me with the other categories, but they don’t give you a count.

The same sort of thing seems to be true for

Romantic TV shows at Amazon Instant Video (at AmazonSmile)

What do these two shows have in common: Downton Abbey and Party Down? They are both romances…? 😉

Well, I suppose that’s sort of the point of this post. However you define romance, Amazon probably has content about it. 😉

I think I’ll stop there…might be a bit more…risky to start looking at physical objects. 😉

Best to you and yours!

Nominate a child to be given a free Kindle at Give a Kid a Kindle.

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” 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 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.

Happy my birthday, 2014!

February 12, 2014

Happy my birthday, 2014!

February 12th is my birthday, and continuing a tradition, I’m giving you presents!

This is to thank you for making another year of my life richer. I have a lot of fun writing this blog, and I sometimes get to help people…and what could be better than that?

Part of KDP Select (the program through which users of Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing make books available for eligible Prime members to borrow through the KOLL…Kindle Owners’ Lending Library) is the ability to make books free for five days (they need not be consecutive) in a ninety-day period.

Please check that a title is free for you before buying it.

I have asked Amazon to make them free on February 12, but I can’t say exactly when it will happen. I think they may also only be free to customers in the USA.

Some might be fun to give as a little Valentine’s Day present…you can buy it today as a gift, and schedule delivery for the 14th.

So, you can click on the titles before, but please make sure it is free when you click the 1-click buy button.

The Mind Boggles: A Unique Book of Quotations (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

When this one was first published in December of 2012, it was the number one bestselling book of quotations at Amazon…including paper! That didn’t last long, but it was fun while it did. :)

Love Your First Generation Kindle Fire: The ILMK Guide to Amazon’s Entertablet (at AmazonSmile)

This one has been a bestseller. It was written before the Kindle Fire HDs and HDXs, so it doesn’t match up exactly with those. If you do have the first generation Fire, though, I think you’ll find it useful.

The Kindle Kollection: Three Early Books about the Kindle (at AmazonSmile)

This one combines the three below into one volume:

* ILMK! (I Love My Kindle): Being an Appreciation of Amazon’s E-Book Reader, with Tips, Explanations, and Humor
* Free Books for Your Kindle
* Frequently Asked Kindle Questions

ILMK! (I Love My Kindle!): Being an Appreciation of Amazon’s E-Book Reader, with Tips, Explanations, and Humor (Revised Edition) (at AmazonSmile)

This has some fun stuff…and other things that are out of date. If you want The Happy Little Bookworm, this one has it. :)

The Collected I Love My Kindle Blog Volume 1 (at AmazonSmile)

This is the first 101 posts in this blog. :) I did 101 posts so I wouldn’t cut off Doctor Watson’s Blog: A Kindle Abandoned (which is a four-part story). I’m coming up on the five year anniversary of the blog, and I’m considering doing a “best of” book. I’d include the posts that are less time-dependent, I think…if you have any opinions on ones that you remember, feel free to let me know.

Remember, double-check that they are  free to make sure before buying.

Happy birthday! ;)

I also wanted to add something different to the post this year. I suppose I can’t help being a little reflective on my birthday, and I was just thinking…

If I wasn’t a reader…

…more people at work would understand me, because I wouldn’t offhandedly drop a 19th-century term into a conversation

…we would have bought a smaller house (we bought an extra bedroom just to be a floor to ceiling library)

…people wouldn’t keep asking me how to spell things

…I wouldn’t mispronounce words as much (because, as I told the parent of a child who mispronounced something in the brick and mortar bookstore I managed, that’s the sign of a reader…it means you’ve read the word, but you’ve never heard it said)

…I would never have been to Oz, or Narnia, or Barsoom

…I wouldn’t have learned to speak Mangani (the language the “great apes” in Tarzan speak…I used to know all of the original words)

…I wouldn’t have become the Education  Director of a non-profit corporation (I was reading a magazine that happened to do with the focus of the group when I was in a park, and one of the members approached me)

…I would have needed one less suitcase when I traveled pre-Kindle

…I wouldn’t have had the example of Doc Savage to help make me a better person

…I wouldn’t spell something the British way and some things the American way

…I wouldn’t be nearly as good as I am at Jeopardy (and trivia)

…We wouldn’t have friends who swore they would never help us move again

…I wouldn’t be a writer

…I wouldn’t be me

Nominate a child to be given a free Kindle at Give a Kid a Kindle.

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” 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 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.

Heads up! Limited time offer at 4:15 PM Pacific

February 11, 2014

Heads up! Limited time offer at 4:15 PM Pacific

Need to get this out right away so people have a chance to get it…

Amazon: Upcoming Limited-Time Special Offer on Kindle Fire: Lindt Chocolate Truffles for $7 (otherwise $21.57…68% off). Deal starts at 7:15 PM ET/4:15 PM PT. Limit 9,000.

These are special limited time offers, which are only available to Kindle Fire owners.

What happens is you can get a text to alert you to an upcoming deal (details in the links below). You don’t get much warning…maybe an hour (about half an hour in this case).

The deal also appears on the sleep screen of your Fire, and you can find it under Offers on the homescreen (all the way at the end).

Then, you say you want to “learn more”. You’ll get to a screen with a countdown clock. As soon as the clock gets to zero, you need to click to have a chance to get it.

They have typically been selling out in seconds. In this case, I wasn’t interested (we just don’t eat things like that).

Here is information on the program:

As I’ve written before, I look at these LTOs (Limited Time Offers) sort of like buying a lottery ticket: I don’t expect to get one (win), but its exciting if I do! Of course, the “ticket” doesn’t cost me anything.

These LTOs are one of the best arguments for having Special Offers…and yes, a good argument for having a  Fire (at AmazonSmile)!

Did you get one? Do you have any other comment on this? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

===

Nominate a child to be given a free Kindle at Give a Kid a Kindle.

===

* 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.

Scribd app now available for Kindle Fire: “all you can read” for $8.99 a month

February 11, 2014

Scribd app now available for Kindle Fire: “all you can read” for $8.99 a month

Scribd is a one of a couple of big “subsers” (subscription services) for e-books.

You can subscribe to it, and for $8.99 a month, read as much as you want from a decent selection of books (including many well-known ones).

I was sent an e-mail about the now available app, although I’d heard about it as well.

I just tested subscribing to it, both from that e-mail on my Kindle Fire HDX 7″ (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) and going from scratch on my Significant Other’s KFHDX7.

Let me first commend them on making this easy.

On my SO’s device, I just searched for “Scribd” in Silk (I’m going strictly onboard with that device for test).

It found it,and as soon as I got to the site, there was a link to install the app.

Note that you’ll find the apk (what you need to install it) by clicking on the menu in Silk, and going to Downloads. You also have to have allowed the installation of apps from unknown sources, but it will help you with that if needed.

I signed up (I already had a Scribd account, because I read some government documents and such there). I did need to put in a credit card, although you get one month free. All in all, though, this was a pretty easy process.

You can search with the magnifying glass in your top right, or browse with the menu (three horizontal lines) in your top left.

Both worked reasonably well.

When you find a book, you can read it online, store it on your device, or add it to your library.

The reader is pretty basic. You can increase the font size, and change the background color and font.

Tapping an open book gave a nice navigation window, to jump by chapters.

There is no text-to-speech (at least, I can’t find any…I’ve written to them asking). That’s something that I would miss personally, but the program isn’t blocking it…it just doesn’t have that feature. That’s a very different thing for me from a publisher blocking the access.

Update: further demonstrating their professionalism, I got a  response back from Scribd. It reads in part:

“We currently do not support text-to-speech, I’m sorry. We’re still small and we’re working our way towards such features, but right now we don’t have that capability and there’s no current release date for that feature either.

Let me know if there’s anything else I can answer for you or if you’re having any other issues.”

Outside of text-to-speech, let’s just accept that this is a decent reading app for now.

The obvious question for most people is going to be, “Does it have books I want to read?”

Well, I think the answer is going to be yes, for most folks…certainly, probably worth $8.99 if you read tradpubbed (traditionally published books).

Here’s a quick look at some of their most popular books:

  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Gee, the top ten is dominated by Neil Gaiman! That suggests to me that either Gaiman has promoted this, or we are only seeing early adopters so far (who may be more techy and science fiction oriented).

Let me skip around a bit:

  • A Prayer for Own Meany by John Irving
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • A Tree Grown in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman
  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  • The first three Miss Marple novels in a bundle by Agatha Christie
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard

Well, well, well…definitely some books in there I have read or would recommend.

Adding more books each month will also matter to people. It looks like 16 books were added in the past three days.

I’ll be interested to get feedback from my SO on this, who may be a bit more of a mainstream reader.

I will also say that their “similar to” sections do actually look useful for me.

I also checked to see if we could use on multiple devices. Scribd says,

“You may read commercial content using up to 3 different browsers or computers in any 24-hour period. If you use our Android or iOS apps, you can save content on up to 6 devices for offline reading.”

Works for me. 🙂

This is simple: Amazon will likely need to do a subser for adults this year, or they will start feeling the impact of this from Kindle Fire users.

If you have a Fire, I would say, go ahead and try the free month. Remember to cancel if you don’t want to continue. You can do that right from the device, easily…use the Menu, then go to Settings. Again, this all looks very professional: I can see the next bill date and amount and which plan I have, right there. If you do try it, let me know what you think by commenting on this post.

Here’s the link directly to where you can subscribe, just to make it easy:

http://www.scribd.com/mobile/app/kindle

Hey, Amazon! I have to admit that I feel sort of funny linking to a direct competitor like this, but I have to keep my readers informed of the options. The ball is in your court: I’m looking for you to return it with your spin on it…and dominate Scribd with superior features (including TTS, of course).  😉

Nominate a child to be given a free Kindle at Give a Kid a Kindle.

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” 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 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.

Round up #239: Dreamworks makes books, not ninety-nine

February 11, 2014

Round up #239: Dreamworks makes books, not ninety-nine

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

HuffPo: 11 Reasons to Date a Bookworm

I need to add a twelfth before the link…and then tell you why. 🙂

12. We don’t spoil books for other people…ever 😉

That’s why I had to add that. I have to recommend that you not read this list, unless you’ve: read both Harry Potter (all seven of them) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) and The Help (at AmazonSmile); you figure out a way to skip #10; or you don’t care about spoilers.

Honestly, I stopped reading a newspaper forever after a major spoiler. I’d love to leave a comment on the HuffPo letting them know about my concern with this, but they have one of those “you must let us post for you to Twitter or let us publicly identify you with one of these other accounts” things. Oh, well…if you fit one of the three categories above, enjoy the

HuffPo article

.lit me once, shame on you. .lit me twice…

According to this

The Verge article by Tom Warren

Microsoft is looking to hire someone to make “…”a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics.”

As I wrote about back in 2011, Microsoft used to have a Microsoft Reader software…and abandoned it that year.

Anybody out there still have books you bought in .lit format?

Anyway, this is probably a good thing…anything that encourages reading is good for the world, right?

NPR: “Romance Novels Sweep Readers Off Their Feet With Predictability”
This

NPR article

has a fascinating assertion:

“It’s estimated that about 60 percent of all romance novels are e-books, and that’s compared with about 40 percent of trade fiction. I think one thing is that literary fiction does not get along well with e-books and self-publishing because it takes too long to write, and e-books are cheap. So e-books will favor writers who can write schematically, quickly.”

That’s not an estimated of the number of copies/licenses which are sold…just the number of titles, I assume, which would make it easier to make that guess (since titles are public, and sales figures often aren’t).

No surprise here, by the way. Cheap formats, for the reasons indicated above, have often relied on genre writing for their early success. “Penny Dreadfuls”, “Dime Novels”, even mass market paperbacks weren’t likely to draw the brand name literary authors of the day, since the compensation was less (try a penny a word for some writing).

Charge less, pay less…get less known writers. Since you can’t sell the writers as well, you sell the genres, and you make them formulaic so that the reader is reasonably comfortable with what they will get.

Is it a good time to start a publishing imprint?

My feeling?

Absolutely! The walls of the giants’ castles have crumbled, and readers are running everywhere! Certainly, those giants will scoop some of them back up, but they are out in the wild like they haven’t been for decades.

Dreamworks announces in this

press release

that they are going to start a publishing program, with books coming out “… in time for the 2014 holiday season”.

“The in-house staff will produce digital and print books, along with book apps featuring DreamWorks Animation franchises including Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek and the upcoming B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, as well as assets from the DreamWorks Classics portfolio and recent acquisition AwesomenessTV.”

This makes sense to me.

I would assume that these would be sold at Amazon (along with other places), and that it wouldn’t affect the possibility that these might get licensed into Kindle Worlds, that sort of thing.

Who gets hurt by this?

Traditional publishers which have been publishing books based on Dreamworks characters.

Take down the barriers, and it isn’t just the indies (independent publishers…often just authors) who can benefit…

Adobe doesn’t obsolete some EBRs…exactly

I had reported earlier that Adobe was changing its DRM (Digital Rights Management) in a way that might make it difficult for people with some EBRs (E-Book Readers) to read their books.

Now, this

GOODEREADER story by Michael Kozlowski

paints a somewhat rosier picture.

Kozlowski says,

“Although Adobe will not cut old e-readers off, they still won’t be able to read the new eBook formats, once more companies start adopting them.”

I recommend the article for the details.

It appears to me that you’ll be able to read what you already bought, but won’t be able to read newer titles, eventually. It’s a bit like listening to your 8-track tapes: as long as you had a player that worked, you could still do that, but most new artists weren’t releasing in that format.

I always shy away from comparing a physical item like that to a digital format, but because we are talking about DRM, here, there are some similarities…

The return of dualume!

Gee, the last time I wrote about a “dualume” device (my term for one that uses both a backlit screen and a reflective screen…like a Kindle Fire and a non-Fire Kindle) was back in 2012, when Amazon got a patent:

Amazon patents dualume tablet

This

EBOOK FRIENDLY article by Piotr Kowalczyk

reports that Google has also patented one.

Whoops!

Hey, wait a minute! That’s not what this is. I’ve looked into it a bit more deeply, and it’s actually a device with two reflective screens! My apologies…this isn’t dualume after all.

Why would you do that? Reflective screens, by the way, are ones that you read by the light reflecting off them…the same way you read a paperbook.

Well, it appears that the point is that they could take turns refreshing, and therefore reflect twice as quickly.

I guess I’d have to see it to appreciate it. Right now, I like having a single screen: I don’t need it to mimic a paperbook and have “two pages”. Oddly, I’m at the point now where that feels like it would be awkward to me.

What’s going to work eventually is a two-screen in situ solution: one that can switch back and forth between reflective (for long battery charge life and easy reading in bright light) to backlit (for full animation) in the same physical space. Don’t know how that would be done, but that seems like it will happen eventually.

Connection problems on my Kindle Fire HDX again

Come on, update!

I’m back to having to toggle the wi-fi off and on for my Kindle Fire HDX 7″ (at AmazonSmile) several times a day.

For along time, it worked great. Then there was an update, and it didn’t. Then, without an update, it started to work again. Now, it’s back to having that issue.

I am expecting an update to the KFHDX soon, with some new features and bug fixes.

I’m actually guessing they may wait until after Valentine’s Day, but that’ just a guess. My thinking there is that the ones that they have ready to go out wouldn’t have the new update, and it may be easier to update them before they sent them out. That’s pure speculation, though. 🙂

A new price point?

This is just a bit odd to me…and cheap, which is a good thing. 😉

When I do my price point analyses, I usually base them on the price ending in .99. That’s a good traditional amount, along with ending in .00.

Right now, there are 773

Kindle store books for $1.39 (at AmazonSmile)

including some rather intriguing traditionally-published ones.

Books on the Knob

one of the long-running blogs covering e-books, really inspired me to check that price point when they recently wrote about books from Angry Robot which are on sale.

Interesting! There are also more than 2,000 books which are $1.29!

I used a random number generator to generate three numbers from 0 to 9, and came up with $6.33.

Checking that price point, I get 157 results.

I’m guessing here that some of this might have to do with discounting by a certain percentage…and some of it might have to with pricing algorithms.

When I managed the brick-and-mortar store, we did have an interesting circumstance. Some people would want to pay us more than the price of the book…one penny more…consistently.

Why?

The books were Bibles: and with the discount, and the tax, the price happened to come out to $6.66…

In that case, certain people, because of the number 666, would want to pay us $6.67.

That certainly complicated things! You had to account for those extra pennies in some way.

It was actually easier to let them pay a penny less for it, and take the loss at the end of the day…as long as you accounted for it.

Back to the e-books…I guess any price goes, at this point. Has the psychology of purchasing really changed that much?

What do you think? Is it a good time to get into publishing? Do true bookworms avoid spoilers (while perhaps loving discussing a book with people who have already read it)? Do bookworms make good dates? Are there times when formulas in writing are a good thing? Are you having trouble maintaining a wi-fi connection on your KFHDX? What would be important to you in the next KFHDX update? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

Nominate a child to be given a free Kindle at Give a Kid a Kindle.

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” 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 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.

Sales: Vampire Academy, Gold Medal Discounts apps

February 9, 2014

Sales: Vampire Academy, Gold Medal Discounts apps

There are always sales at Amazon. 😉

However, unlike when I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore, prices fluctuate wildly. It’s a lot easier to enter a new price online than it is to use a “sticker gun” to stick discounted prices on p-books (paper books)!

This earlier post:

10 ways Amazon saves us money on e-books

links to some of the places you can regularly save money, but a couple of things stood out to me today.

First, one of the Kindle Daily Deals is six books in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead for $2.99 each (you can buy one of the titles, or as many as you want of the six at $2.99 for each one):

Gold Box Deal: Vampire Academy (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

This is a well-reviewed (the first book has 4.5 out of 5 stars) popular (the first book has 723 reviews) young adult series.

The movie just opened, and I don’t know the budget…so coming in 7th on opening weekend might not mean it’s another “based on a young adult series bomb”. 😉

If it sounds like your kind of book, maybe you should just skip the movie and get one of these for $2.99. Remember that you can also delay the delivery of the gift of a Kindle store book, so this is a price that might make it worth buying now for arrival on a gift-giving occasion later in the year.

Second, I got a Special Offer alert on my

Kindle Fire HDX 7″ (at AmazonSmile)

for some Kindle Fire apps at “Gold Medal Discounts” (to tie into the Winter Games, I assume). This is one of those slightly weird things, where I find out about the discount this way, and then don’t see the deal promoted at the Amazon Appstore (although the prices are still the same). This includes some very popular apps, and it seems like if you are doing to do a promotion like this, why not, you know, promote it? 😉

These are the titles. Each one is $0.59 at time of writing (instead of $0.99). That’s about 40% off. I’ve seen things online that indicate this will go through February 15th, but always check the price before you click that “Buy” button. It may not apply in your country, and it’s possible apps will go in and out of the deal:

Enjoy!

Nominate a child to be given a free Kindle at Give a Kid a Kindle.

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” 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 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.


%d bloggers like this: