Archive for April, 2017

Checking in on MYCD (formerly MYK) April 2017: resend gifts to a different address!

April 25, 2017

Checking in on MYCD (formerly MYK) April 2017: resend gifts to a different address!

What should hypothetically be one of the most important parts of our Kindle experiences is

MYCD (Manage Your Content and Devices), formerly MYK (Manage Your Kindle) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

That is the centralized place to manage what is happening on your account. Since that’s where our Amazon Kindle purchases live, you would think people would be in there every week. After all, do you spend more time in your house or in your car?

Actually, that may be an apt parallel: I would say most people care more about, and have a more intimate relationship with, their cars than their homes. Not true for everybody, of course, but cars are what we use, and that’s true of our devices versus MYCD, too. It’s also possible that the relatively short lifespan of a car/device versus the home/account makes us care about them more.

That said, I would think that someone like me, who loves to alphabetize** and play with databases, would be constantly checking in on MYCD to see what’s new.

That’s just not the case. For so long, we had relatively little we could do there that, well, I think I just got out of the habit. I have to have some conscious prompt to go look, typically, and this time, in came in the form of a private e-mail.

The suggestion was that there were new features. The first thing I did was check the

Manage Your Kindle category at ILMK

and it’s actually only been since October that I last wrote about it.

By the way, another part of that discussion was you would think that Amazon would alert us in some way if there were improvements, and tell us what they were and how to use them.

That’s definitely something I would change about how most cutting edge technology companies do things. They’ll work really hard on creating a new feature…and then not spend any time creating real instructions for it. 🙂

I see that all the time in VAMM (Virtual/Augmented/Mixed/Merged) Reality space. Hulu, Netflix, Oculus…they’ve all had interesting experiences for me there, but they were really trial and error for me to figure out how to use them.

I know writing user-friendly instructions takes a bit of work…maybe they could crowd source that?

Anyway…

On the content page, these are the choices in the first “Show” dropdown:

  • Books (books you buy from the Kindle store)
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Blogs
  • Audiobooks
  • Music (with a jump link)
  • Apps
  • Instant Video
  • Docs (personal documents you’ve uploaded, which could include books from non-Amazon sites, like Project Gutenberg)
  • Active Content (apps and games for non-Fire Kindles)
  • Dictionaries & User Guides
  • — (dividing line)
  • Collections
  • Kindle Unlimited (you might not have that if you aren’t a member)
  • Prime Reading
  • Gifts
  • Pending Deliveries

The last time I listed that was about two years ago, and the sub-dividing part is pretty different.

The second dropdown, which starts as “All”, has

  • All
  • Purchases
  • Samples
  • Rentals
  • Loans
  • Borrows

It was a big deal when we got “Samples” management, but that’s not new. It used to be that when you downloaded a sample, there was no record for you of that, which made things confusing at times…especially if you were only part way through a sample. If you sample a giant omnibus edition, it’s possible the sample contains an entire book (or more), so not being able to move it from one device to another was an issue. Another thing is that some people use samples as a “to buy” list…and if your device died, you lost that record before it was added to MYCD.

Clicking the ellipsis (…) to the left of a book title gave me information about the book and my purchase of it, and then these choices:

  • Deliver to Default Device (or) Others (the latter did let me select multiple devices to which to download it at once)
  • Delete
  • Download & transfer via USB (that’s how you get books when you don’t have a wireless connection)
  • Clear furthest page read
  • Read Now
  • Manage Family Library
  • Add to Collections

At the end of the book’s record, it had a column for Collections…it showed me a linked number and a dropdown (down caret). If the book was in zero Collections, it offered a link for me to add it to one. If the book was in one or more Collections, there was a link where I could go right to the Collection to manage it.

I was hoping something would tell me to which devices the book had been downloaded…people really want that. I understand that it would be difficult for it to tell you if a book is actually on a device, since someone could delete a book from a device without having the wireless on, and your MYCD would have no way of knowing that.

There was a banner at the top of the page:

“Have you sent digital gifts to your friends and loved ones? Now you can view and manage them from Manage your content and devices page. ”

That’s a different banner from last time (which talked about Cloud management of Collections).

Switching to Gifts, that did look new!

The second dropdown now gave me a choice between pending gifts and redeemed gifts. The pending gifts showed a delivery date.At first, I thought I had many more that were pending than have been redeemed, but it just took a while for the redeemed ones to all populate. I download every Kindle gift book I’m given, and generally love reading those! I really appreciate them from my family.

Gifts of

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*),

show, but not

My Amazon Giveaways

which is good. I don’t get any information about people who enter to win through my Giveaways, except the name they chose to enter, and that’s only if they win. I debated about sharing that, and went with first names only…I do think it makes it seem more real to people to show a winner, but I want to protect your privacy. In one case, the name was two people, which I thought was too revealing, so I just used initials.

The ellipsis on a pending book gift has a great new choice: you can send it to a different e-mail address! You can also resend it to the same one, but this is a significant improvement. I gifted a couple of my books to Jeff Bezos more than five years ago…it’s possible the Amazon CEO (Chief Executive Officer) just hasn’t gotten around to them yet 😉 but I could give up and gift them to someone different.

There are also ones I sent to myself, and then printed out and gave to people to redeem. Knowing that they haven’t been redeemed is useful…I could resend them to their own e-mail addresses, in case they lost them, or assume they aren’t really wanting to redeem them…which might make me rethink my gifting. 🙂

For redeemed books, you obviously don’t get those resend choices.

It’s exciting to find this new capability! This post is long enough for now, but double-check the Collections management and look at the other tabs in the next week or so, and let you know if there is anything new and interesting there.

Thanks to my reader, Edward Boyhan, for the discussion (I’ll look more at your specifics)…I’m just waiting to hear from the other person and will update this with the name if it’s okay.

Questions? Thoughts? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

 

My Amazon Giveaways: 

New!

I recently concluded a giveaway for

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

and there were ten winners. I’m doing a new one for the same book:

1 winner

Requirements for participation:

  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Kris Calvin on Amazon (you’ll be notified when future books are added to Amazon…I think that’s the only contact you get, although I’m not positive)

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/c2fb235f3cf97ced 

Start:Apr 24, 2017 6:06 AM PDT
End:Apr 29, 2017 11:59 PM PDT
I’m sharing you the experiences of running these Amazon Giveaways, which I really like! It’s new to me, though, so I’m experimenting with the options…and I made a mistake on the first ten giveaway of OMM which meant that it didn’t appear in Amazon’s public list. That clearly really dampened down participation…I had about 60 participants for that, and I’m already over twice that in about a day on the new one.

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LAST TWO DAYS TO ENTER! There have been about 1,000 entrants at time of writing

CelebriDucks Rocky Horror Picture Show Dr Frank-N-Furter RUBBER DUCK Tim Curry (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/10d9d8f4121e9918

Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
18+ years of age (or legal age)
Tweet a message: “Happy birthday, @timothycurry! Tim Curry born April 19 1946 https://www.thehistoryproject.com/projects/view/1433/timeline?eventId=31535 https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/ #giveaway”

Start:Apr 19, 2017 7:04 AM PDT
End:Apr 26, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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* 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! :) 

** Me and alphabetizing and databases…I had once been in a videostore (remember those?) for anout an hour when an employee tentatively approached me and asked me what I was doing. “I’m alphabetizing the movies.” Employee: “They are already alphabetized.” Me: “Well, the ‘As’ are in the As and the ‘Bs’ are in the Bs, but they aren’t alphabetical within the letter.” The employee walked away slowly. 🙂 Another time, I was teaching a database class and said something like, “Remember those little plastic file boxes you played with as a kid? You’d have 3×5 cards, and write things on them and sort them into categories?” Needless to say, crickets. 😉 I guess I was the only person in the room who had fun doing that as a child…

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.

 

Today is World Book Day: imagine a bookless world

April 23, 2017

Today is World Book Day: imagine a bookless world

Today (April 23rd) is World Book Day, observed since 1995 by many countries around the world. In addition to a good

official site

Amazon has been promoting it for several days, and also has its own

Amazon World Book Day page (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping* ((and Amazon recommends three book related ones on that page)))

There are so many positive things about books for society (in addition to us as individuals), and that got me thinking.

Imagine that a wand was waved, and all of the good effects from books disappeared.

In this thought experiment, it’s not that books (or the written language, for that matter) never developed.

It’s a takeaway. Good effects which had happened are simply subtracted from the equation.

What would change?

I need to make a quick working definition of a “book” before I go ahead.

“A book is a substantial set of verbal statements which are preserved in a way that they can be consumed by someone independent of their creator.”

Yes, that will work for me for now. 🙂 I wouldn’t consider a single five line poem a book, but I would consider an audiobook a book…verbal can mean spoken or written. The odd part, I suppose, would be separating this definition of a book from, say, an album.

So, let’s look at some effects of a bookless world:

Social Movements

Many years ago, I was working on a show called Freedom From Fear TV (or F3TV), which was a mix of comedy and surrealism. Well, working is perhaps misleading, because it was a public access show (meaning we didn’t get paid). 😉 One sketch I wrote was about the President declaring a “War on Books” and explaining why to the country. At one point, the President help up Uncle Tom’s Cabin and said something like, “It was a book which started the Civil War…” That’s hyperbole for comedic effect, but it certainly influenced the timing and heightened abolitionist feeling.

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson similarly sparked the environmental movement.

The list would be long: for one, Upton Sinclair’s 1906 exposure of the meatpacking industry, The Jungle, brought about big changes.

Politics

This might seem similar to social movements, but one thing that occurred to me was the people who have been elected President who had significantly selling books before they won. The last three Presidents all fit that category. Many Presidents have written books after leaving office, but there are indications that being an author (even years before entering the race) helped them win.

Books about politicians have also shaped the public’s impression of them…sometimes for good, sometimes for ill.

Science

Great science communicators have been able to affect…the very direction of society. A book is very different from a lecture, or a movie. The self-paced consumption means that people of different aptitudes can all understand a book in a way different from everything else. If the ideas expressed in Charles Darwins’ Origin of Species had been done in any other known way (and some elements had been floating around), could they possibly have changed the perception of the place of humans in the world for so many the way that the book did?

Religion

This one is obvious…”The Bible” even means “The Book” or “The Books”, and that’s just one of the guiding books for major religions.

Movies

Without books, I think many people would think of movies as what would have stood in their place (although TV is perhaps gaining, and music also is a mass medium). Many of our most popular movies are based on books: The Lord of the Rings; The Hunger Games; Gone with the Wind; and so on. In today’s Hollywood, we rarely see original works at the top of the box office (outside of animation, where originals still often top the charts).

Relationships

Whether it’s romantic relationships, familial ones, or even business, books have greatly influenced how humans interact: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie; Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray; Baby and Child Care by Dr. (Benjamin) Spock; and so many more!


A couple of the books I’ve listed so far are fiction, but I would be remiss not to bring up how fiction also impacts people. Science fiction has inspired many, and in some cases, led them into impactful careers in science. Many readers have taken inspiration from the actions of characters, or sought to avoid their failings.

Books are both powerful transferrers of information and invokers of emotion. They multiply the impact of a single individual in ways that shape the world…

I was curious what Amazon would do with today’s

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

being that it is World Book Day, but they also had such a good sale yesterday!

They decided to do “highly rated” Kindle books, and again, there are some great titles! There are books from: David Baldacci (4.6 stars on a scale 1 to 5 with over 2,500 customer reviews); Faye Kellerman; One Second After by William Fortschen (4.5 stars, over 7,000 reviews); The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver; Joyce Carol Oates, Nelson DeMille, Jade Chang..and Abandon by Blake Crouch (the Crouch book is also available t no additional cost to members of Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)).

Enjoy!


My Amazon Giveaways: 

ENDS TODAY!

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

Ten winners

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e39ec1bca3592757

Start:Apr 8, 2017 12:05 PM PDT
End:Apr 23, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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CelebriDucks Rocky Horror Picture Show Dr Frank-N-Furter RUBBER DUCK Tim Curry (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/10d9d8f4121e9918

Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
18+ years of age (or legal age)
Tweet a message: “Happy birthday, @timothycurry! Tim Curry born April 19 1946 https://www.thehistoryproject.com/projects/view/1433/timeline?eventId=31535 https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/ #giveaway”

Start:Apr 19, 2017 7:04 AM PDT
End:Apr 26, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

* 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.

 

May 2017 Kindle book releases

April 21, 2017

May 2017 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have largely returned to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 6,713 titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in March 2017 (nearly 900 more than last month):

May USA Kindle Store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 984 (169 fewer than last time…and that’s with a lot more titles) are in

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month. Amazon doesn’t do these by popularity any more, they do them by featured…and this month, those aren’t Kindle First books.

Some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list (eight of the top ten). I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

Okay, books!

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? / Oso pardo, oso pardo, ¿qué ves ahí? (Bilingual board book – Spanish edition) by Bill Martin, Jr., and Eric Carle
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan | This is a Kindle First book, and I don’t always include those in these posts…but this one has 4.9 stars out of 5 with 507 customer reviews…impressive!
  • Atlas Obscura (Spanish Edition) by Joshua Foer and Dylan Thuras | Atlas Obscura is a fun website with unusual places to visit (or just to enjoy as stories)
  • Anne of Green Gables (Macmillan Collector’s Library Book 126) by L. M. Montgomery | $1.20 (this series is inexpensive…and you have to be willing to pay something for a book you can get for free, at least in the ones I’ve seen. That means they are counting on production value, at least in part)
  • Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto and Zachary Slayback
  • The Other Side of the Sun by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Swayed: How to Communicate for Impact by Christina Harbridge
  • Murder in the Dark (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Book 16) by Kerry Greenwood
  • Dalton’s Undoing (The Cowboys of Cold Creek) by RaeAnne Thayne
  • Deep in the Valley (A Grace Valley Novel) by Robyn Carr
  • The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry by Paul Starr
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth: Inside the Creation of a Modern Fairy Tale by Guillermo Del Toro and Nick Nunziata
  • A Swift Guide to Butterflies of North America: Second Edition by Jeffrey Glassberg
  • The Best Gift (Sisters & Brides #1) by Irene Hannon
  • 23 Minutes in H*ll: One Man’s Story About What He Saw, Heard, and Felt in That Place of Torment by Bill Wiese
  • Along Came Trouble: A Romance Novel (A Trinity Harbor Novel) by Sherryl Woods
  • DK Readers L3: Star Wars: Star Pilot by Laura Buller and Tori Kosara
  • Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books by Cindy Wang
  • The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy
  • The Sense of Wonder: A Celebration of Nature for Parents and Children by Rachel Carson

That’s only a small fraction, and just ones that caught my eye. If you have other books being released to the USA Kindle store in May 2017 to suggest for me and my readers, you can do so by commenting on this post. If you are directly connected to the book (the author, the publisher) that’s okay…just identify yourself as such and make your comment in your own words (not as an ad).

Enjoy!

My current Amazon Giveaways:

LAST DAY TO ENTER!

Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)

by George Takei (in honor of the actor’s 80th birthday on April 20, 2017)

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0a55a7230ccfd4aa

Start:Apr 11, 2017 3:56 PM PDT
End:Apr 21, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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ENDS SUNDAY!

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

Ten winners

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e39ec1bca3592757

Start:Apr 8, 2017 12:05 PM PDT
End:Apr 23, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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CelebriDucks Rocky Horror Picture Show Dr Frank-N-Furter RUBBER DUCK Tim Curry (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/10d9d8f4121e9918

Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
18+ years of age (or legal age)
Tweet a message: “Happy birthday, @timothycurry! Tim Curry born April 19 1946 https://www.thehistoryproject.com/projects/view/1433/timeline?eventId=31535 https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/ #giveaway”

Start:Apr 19, 2017 7:04 AM PDT
End:Apr 26, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

 

* 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.

Today’s KDD: a great selection!

April 20, 2017

Today’s KDD: a great selection!

You gotta love the

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

!

Even if you aren’t what I call a “piece buyer” and pay for books one at a time to own, you probably give them as gifts. 🙂 At least, I figure that’s the case with a large chunk of my readers.

Today’s KDD is a great selection of books, which Amazon has been doing this year. There have been really amazing deals, and today has many well-known authors.

Remember that you can buy the book at this discounted price and either delay the delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or even print out a gift code you can (wrap if you want, and) give whenever you want.

Check the price before you click, tap, or eye gaze (the last in virtual/augmented reality) that Buy button…the prices may not apply in your country, and it’s possible you’ll see this after the sale has ended.

Titles include:

  • Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  • Paper Princess by Erin Watt
  • The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
  • Cinda by Marissa Meyer
  • Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross #1) by James Patterson
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • For One More Day by Mitch Albom
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Infinity Gauntlet (Marvel Comics) Jim Starlin, George Perez
  • Hidden Secrets by Carolyn Brown
  • Sleep Tight by Anne Frasier
  • Charming (Pax Arcana #1) by Elliott James
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Enjoy!


 

My current Amazon Giveaways:

CLOSING TOMORROW!

Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)

by George Takei (in honor of the actor’s 80th birthday on April 20, 2017)

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0a55a7230ccfd4aa

Start:Apr 11, 2017 3:56 PM PDT
End:Apr 21, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

Ten winners

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e39ec1bca3592757

Start:Apr 8, 2017 12:05 PM PDT
End:Apr 23, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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CelebriDucks Rocky Horror Picture Show Dr Frank-N-Furter RUBBER DUCK Tim Curry (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/10d9d8f4121e9918

Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
18+ years of age (or legal age)
Tweet a message: “Happy birthday, @timothycurry! Tim Curry born April 19 1946 https://www.thehistoryproject.com/projects/view/1433/timeline?eventId=31535 https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/ #giveaway”

Start:Apr 11, 2017 3:56 PM PDT
End:Apr 21, 2017 11:59 PM PDT


 

* 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.

Jeff Bezos: defining Day 2

April 18, 2017

Jeff Bezos: defining Day 2

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO (Chief Executive Officer) has released the 2016 (this year) letter to shareholders.

This is a tradition at Amazon, and honestly, I think this is one of the most valuable ones yet.

You can read it here:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9NjY2MjA1fENoaWxkSUQ9Mzc0MDUyfFR5cGU9MQ==&t=1

and you can read previous ones here:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&p=irol-reportsannual

along with annual reports and proxy statements.

What makes it valuable?

It’s really about philosophy, and that’s what gives me confidence (reasonable confidence, I would say) in Amazon’s long-term success.

I have a lot invested in Amazon being here and going strong fifty years from now.

It’s possible I’ll still be around and using their services in 2067 (you never know). Even if I’m not, though, the odds are pretty good that people both in my family and in the general public will be affected by things I’ve done by and through Amazon (including writing).

Bufo Calvin Amazon Author Central page (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Amazon is sometimes seen as a cult of personality around Jeff Bezos…will that driving and guiding force still be actively present in 2067? Again, that’s possible: Bezos would be turning 103.

What can certainly still be active is the philosophy of Amazon.

That, however, is not inevitable…and that’s the entire point of this year’s shareholders’ letter.

Jeff Bezos likes to say that Amazon is in “Day 1”: still in the beginning.

That’s always an uncertain, dynamic time. I work in a company where there are many smaller “units”, which we can think of as geographically defined. Let’s think of them as states in the United States.

When we are going to make a change that affects the entire company, we like to pilot it in one or two of these “states” first.

I like to tell the people there that there are big advantages and disadvantages.

The disadvantage is that whatever it is won’t work as well in the first state as it will in the fiftieth.

We will have identified problems and solved most of them.

We will have had a lot of input from the frontline people who depend on it.

The advantage?

Impact.

The earlier you are in an in situ development process, the more power you have.

When you get to the twentieth state to “go live”, you simply can’t change things that affect the first nineteen without a lot of effort.

Day 1 is chaos…and power.

The letter says:

“Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1.”

The stasis part is key. You want to always be changing, because the world is always changing. Just because you are at the top of the heap right now doesn’t mean that there isn’t going to be a bigger heap growing next door.

As I recall (and this is just from memory), Yul Brynner responded to the question of what should be on the actor’s tombstone this way: “I would like it to say, ‘I Have Arrived’..because when you believe you’ve arrived, you’re dead.”

I’ve always liked that. It goes along with the Doc Savage (one of my literary heroes, and soon to be played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in a major movie) oath: “Let me strive every moment of my life to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it.”

Never stop getting better, never believe you are done.

I had a director, Ross Graham, who said years ago, “When you stop being a student, you stop being an artist.”

That’s a lot of what this year’s letter discusses. Keep evolving, and know you are never finished.

This last short excerpt I’ll give you (and encourage you strongly to read the letter, even if you have no involvement with Amazon), ties that ever evolving concept with being a “customer focused” company:

“There are many advantages to a customer-centric approach, but here’s the big one: customers are always beautifully, wonderfully dissatisfied, even when they report being happy and business is great. Even when they don’t yet know it, customers want something better, and your desire to delight customers will drive you to invent on their behalf.”

That’s a philosophy, and one that won’t be irrelevant fifty years from now.

I observed myself quite some time ago that the way that customer-served companies lose their leadership position isn’t by underestimating their competitors, as is commonly assumed, but my overestimating their customers’ loyalty.

It happens when a company figures that customers won’t leave them for an upstart because, you know, “we are the company for this”.

In terms of what the letter might portend, Jeff Bezos talks about embracing external trends, and specifically mentions artificial intelligence and machine learning. No question, that’s important, and could change just about everything else.

It’s good because it’s conceptual. It’s not a specific product. You could get to artificial intelligence a lot of ways, and it may not be the way we are trying now.

I do think that augmented (more than virtual, but virtual, too) is a big part of Amazon’s future this year. However, that is a more specific, narrow thing than AI, so I think it’s good Bezos didn’t mention it in the letter.

Something that’s also nice: this year’s letter, as is traditional, also reproduces the 1997 letter, where JB talks about Day 1 (although it’s in reference to the internet and specifically to Amazon, not just Amazon).

This is why I have confidence in Amazon. It won’t be easy to stay in Day 1 for fifty more years…but they will try to do that.

Do you have thoughts about the letter, or in general, about Amazon’s future? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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My current Amazon Giveaways:

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One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

Ten winners

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e39ec1bca3592757

Start:Apr 8, 2017 12:05 PM PDT
End:Apr 23, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)

by George Takei (in honor of the actor’s 80th birthday on April 20, 2017)

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0a55a7230ccfd4aa

Start:Apr 11, 2017 3:56 PM PDT
End:Apr 21, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

* 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.

 

Today’s KDD: any of the first 7 Harry Bosch novels for $2.99 each

April 17, 2017

Today’s KDD: any of the first 7 Harry Bosch novels for $2.99 each

Today’s

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is the first seven Harry Bosch novels by Michael Connelly for $2.99 each.

Amazon is doing this to tie  into the TV series.

This is an example of something that might be a good gift…you could buy all seven of them for about $21, and give them someone as a gift. That’s not a bad price for a “boxed set” of these New York Times bestsellers.

Since this is late in the day for some of my readers, I’ll keep this short.

I’ll just throw in some Amazon Giveaways (my current ones are listed at the end of this post). These are all current at the time of writing. Most of them are Kindle books

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My current Amazon Giveaways:

 

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One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

Ten winners

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e39ec1bca3592757

Start:Apr 8, 2017 12:05 PM PDT
End:Apr 23, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)

by George Takei (in honor of the actor’s 80th birthday on April 20, 2017)

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0a55a7230ccfd4aa

Start:Apr 11, 2017 3:56 PM PDT
End:Apr 21, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

* 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.

Round up #156: Amazon Cash, traveling librarian

April 14, 2017

Round up #156: Amazon Cash, traveling librarian

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

Traveling school librarian

I loved this

CBS News story

about John Schumacher, who is a traveling school librarian.

That’s right…a librarian who goes from school to school.

I love the attitude expressed in the piece! Schumacher advocates for “…letting kids read the books that they want to read”.

Regular readers know that I’m a big advocate of libraries, especially school libraries. A book in a school library made a big difference for me:

A book that changed my life: The Maybe Monsters

I genuinely believe that if the choice was between having to close a school or having to close a library, I would want the library to stay open…with at least one literacy program in it. That doesn’t mean that I don’t value schools, I do. It’s that someone free reading seems to me like the best thing in the world. I don’t have the data to back that up…just intuition. 🙂

Should audiobooks be used in the classroom?

Personally, I don’t like listening to audiobooks unless I’ve sight read the book first (then, I may really, really enjoy them). I just don’t like the narrator (be it actor or author) interpreting the characters for me.

On the other hand, I listen to text-to-speech (software which reads the book out loud to you) a lot…for hours a week during commutes, typically.

Many of my readers like “immersion reading”, which combines an audio version of the book with the sight version…it “reads” along with you.

There are a lot of myths about audiobooks and text-to-speech…some people think it is a “lesser” way to “read” the book…and they put “read” in quotation marks, just like that.

This

EBOOK FRIENDLY article

by the ever interesting Ola Kowlczyk features an infographic which examines several challenges to using audiobooks in the classroom…and offers a refutation.

This columnist will help you find a book

I’m a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, so I’m used to people asking me which books they should get.

I always found that a bit of a challenge. Someone would be hard pressed to recommend a book to me based on what I’ve already read. Well, not really…some sorts of books are more obvious than others for me (I like non-fiction that challenges traditionally thinking, for example), but I read a lot of different things.

Someone would say to me, “What do you recommend for an eight-year old girl?” I always wanted to know more…they are quite different from each other. 🙂

I did enjoy this

“Match Book” advice column by Nicole Lamy

in the New York Times.

This isn’t Amazon’s

Kindle Matchbook (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

program. 😉 That one lets you buy a Kindle book at a discounted price if you previously bought the paperbook from Amazon…sometimes.

Instead, this is like an advice column. People write in asking for book recommendations, and it’s written like a matchmaker column.

Amazon Cash

I wonder what it would have been like if Amazon had been around when I was a kid.

My parents would have been fine with me buying books with my money…but how would I have done that?

As a kid, I didn’t have a credit card. People would have given me Amazon gift cards (they still do), but I would have wanted to buy books with my own allowance money and other ways I earned money.

I did do that, actually. I used to buy these very cheap books about keeping exotic pets…each one was well under a dollar, and I still have them. Actually, I think some extra big ones might have been a dollar, but you get the point.

Well, you actually can buy books (and other things) from Amazon with cash…although not directly.

With the

Amazon Cash (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

What happens is that you get a code from Amazon, and then you go into a participating store (CVS does it), show them the code, give them the cash, and it acts just like a gift certificate.

What does it cost?

Nothing!

I think this is a cool program…I can see it happening with something like a lemonade stand.

Now, it’s worth pointing out that we already do this without a code, sort of.

My Significant Other and I have a (literal) piggy bank. We put our change into the piggy bank…since we rarely shop with cash normally, we work things on purpose to get cash back. 🙂 We usually round up our purchases to an even amount at, say, the grocery store, and that gives us some coins (“pig money”).

I have to say, they sometimes look at us like we are witches. 😉 So many people can’t imagine doing the math, so if the total is, oh, $32.71, and I ask for $17.29, they think it’s irrational…they have no idea why I picked that number.

Sometimes, they see the total and smile…at other times, I just say, that we like to do the math and round up…and they may still be baffled. 🙂

Then, from time to time, we take in the pig money (and it can be heavy!) and bring it to a Coinstar machine at our local grocery store.

When you do that, you can get an Amazon credit instead of cash for your coins. When you do cash, they take a “counting fee”. With Amazon, they don’t.

We used to do this when we didn’t have much money, and we have a “pig day”, and go to a movie and get lunch.

Now, it’s just fun stuff of one kind or another. This last time, when my Significant Other was visiting our now adult kid in the Boston area, I suggested they use the pig money there. Our kid had a great idea: they took our kid’s friends to a meal. 🙂 Nice!

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My current Amazon Giveaways:

The Fourth Transformation (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel

Two winners

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b079fbab9711319a

Start: Apr 8, 2017 11:39 AM PDT
End: Apr 16, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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Blitzwolf VR Headset (at AmazonSmile*)

in honor of “Virtually Mike & Nora”

One winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0ab8bc9943c50e4f

Start:Apr 8, 2017 1:25 PM PDT
End:Apr 15, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

Ten winners

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e39ec1bca3592757

Start:Apr 8, 2017 12:05 PM PDT
End:Apr 23, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)

by George Takei (in honor of the actor’s 80th birthday on April 20, 2017)

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0a55a7230ccfd4aa

Start:Apr 11, 2017 3:56 PM PDT
End:Apr 21, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

* 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.

Happy 101st birthday, Beverly Cleary! (and a giveaway)

April 12, 2017

Happy 101st birthday, Beverly Cleary! (and a giveaway)

Arguably, the most important books you read are the ones you read when you are a child.

No question that a book can change you at any point in your life, but children are by definition in a formative phase. I would say that they are also arguably more likely to be able to imagine things and to emphasize with book characters more completely than most adults.

Beverly Cleary (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is one of those literary alchemists, finding the essential elements in their readers and reinforcing and evolving them to transmute and preserve them at the same time.

Beloved and multiply awarded, Cleary is in that group with Dr. Seuss and Hans Christian Andersen as someone who will be part of growing up for decades to come.

It’s nice to see on April 12th 2017, the author’s 101st birthday, that people still “Drop Everything And Read” (DEAR) on Beverly Cleary’s birthday.

It’s also good to see a robust official website:

http://beverlycleary.com/

A quick listing of just some of Beverly Cleary’s most famous works will make the point:

  • Henry Huggins
  • The Ramona Quimby series
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle (also a series)
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw

In honor of the occasion, I’m giving away one of the Kindle version of The Mouse and the Motorcycle! This will be a short giveaway, just three days, and I am having people tweet Happy Birthday to Beverly Cleary to enter. 🙂

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/faa812fd9e443f3f

Happy birthday, Beverly Cleary!

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My other current Amazon Giveaways:

The Fourth Transformation (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel

Two winners

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b079fbab9711319a

Start: Apr 8, 2017 11:39 AM PDT
End: Apr 16, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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Blitzwolf VR Headset (at AmazonSmile*)

in honor of “Virtually Mike & Nora”

One winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0ab8bc9943c50e4f

Start:Apr 8, 2017 1:25 PM PDT
End:Apr 15, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

Ten winners

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e39ec1bca3592757

Start:Apr 8, 2017 12:05 PM PDT
End:Apr 23, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)

by George Takei (in honor of the actor’s 80th birthday on April 20, 2017)

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0a55a7230ccfd4aa

Start:Apr 11, 2017 3:56 PM PDT
End:Apr 21, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

* 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.

 

Amazon Giveaways: so fun I’m running four (update: 5!) right now :)

April 12, 2017

Amazon Giveaways: so fun I’m running four (update: 5!) right now 🙂

It’s been a bit over two years since Amazon introduced

Amazon Giveaways (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

The idea is simple. You can give something away through Amazon. Amazon handles everything…determining the winner (according to your choice of method), taking the payment, and delivering the prize(s). If you already buy things from Amazon, it’s pretty painless…in fact, I’ve just done my first real ones and I’m finding it really fun!

Why would you give something away to a stranger?

Mostly, it’s going to be for marketing purposes. However, think of marketing very loosely…you could just be supporting a cause, or even celebrating a birthday (it’s up to you whether or not Amazon lists the giveaway publicly…you could have it be just for people to whom you give a link).

My guess is that quite a few of you would also enjoy doing this…especially authors who might be marketing their own books, but it could be anything. I’m going to give you some information on it first, then I’ll list the four I’m running now.

Amazon “how it works” page for Giveaways (at AmazonSmile*)

Amazon Giveaways FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) (at AmazonSmile*)

So, breaking this down…

You go to the Amazon product page of something you want to giveaway. It seems like most things are eligible: I’m doing e-books, but I’m also doing an electronics item. I think it probably parallels what you can give as gifts for specific people: that would mean no apps or subscription items, which is what I find when I check.

There will be a link at the bottom of the page to set up a giveaway…you can search on the page for “giveaway”. 😉

Then, there will be some decisions to make:

How many of the item do you want to giveaway? You can do from one up to fifty (although that may be affected by the type of item). Remember that you’ll be charged for each one. With e-books, you won’t get a refund if they aren’t all claimed. You can either continue the sweepstakes (if that’s what you choose), or gift certificate you can giveaway.

Then you choose a giveaway type:

  • Sweepstakes (at the end of the sweepstakes)
  • Random Instant Win (3 in 9, for example)
  • Lucky Number Instant Win (every third, for example)
  • First-come, First-served

You don’t have to make a requirement for people to enter, but if you do…

  • Follow author on Amazon
  • Follow you (or someone) on Twitter
  • Tweet a message you specify
  • Watch a Video Short (hosted at Amazon)
  • Watch a YouTube Video (can enter after watching for two minutes)
  • Answer a poll

You can see the possibilities here.

I’ve done two follow the authors, one watch a YouTube video, and one follow me on Twitter. 🙂

Then you’ll pick a duration…that is clearly impacted by the item. I’ve seen different durations, I think from up to fifteen days to up to thirty.

The last big choice is whether you want it to be public or not…whether you want Amazon to list it for anybody.

Why wouldn’t you do that?

You could do the giveaway for a party, or for an incentive for people at your work. In that case, you don’t want somebody not involved to get it.

After that, you need to write an intro message, a “thanks for entering” message, and a winner’s message…I think you are required to do all three, although I’m not sure. You also name the giveaway, but in your name (I’ve seen organizational names there), and you can put up an image.

Those parts are creative, so they can be some work.

Once you are finished, it takes a little while for it to go live (oh, and you need to pay for it, of course). The e-books happened quite quickly, the electronics item took a bit longer.

Amazon sends you a link you can share, and it will appear on the

Amazon Giveaways (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

page if you said it could be public. Amazon may also alert people through an e-mail to which people can subscribe.

I’ve been astonished at how well it has worked! One of them has been averaging about 500 entries a day!

Here are the ones I’m running right now. I think I’m going to start listing them at the end of all my posts I’m not sure yet if I’m going to do giveaways all the time…they do cost money. I’ll have a better sense if they are justified or not after these first few finish.

The Fourth Transformation (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel

Two winners

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b079fbab9711319a

Start: Apr 8, 2017 11:39 AM PDT
End: Apr 16, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

  • Requirements for participation:
    • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
    • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
    • Follow Robert Scoble on Amazon

Entrants at time of writing: 163


Blitzwolf VR Headset (at AmazonSmile*)

in honor of “Virtually Mike & Nora”

One winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0ab8bc9943c50e4f

Start:Apr 8, 2017 1:25 PM PDT
End:Apr 15, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

  • Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • Watch a YouTube video (on the giveaway page)
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)

Entrants at time of writing: 163


One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

Ten winners

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e39ec1bca3592757

Start:Apr 8, 2017 12:05 PM PDT
End:Apr 23, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

  • Requirements for participation:
    • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
    • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
    • Follow Kris Calvin on Amazon (I like that it is Amazon and not Twitter…probably less intrusive for most people)

Entrants at time of writing: 1


Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)

by George Takei (in honor of the actor’s 80th birthday on April 20, 2017)

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0a55a7230ccfd4aa

Start:Apr 11, 2017 3:56 PM PDT
End:Apr 21, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Follow @TMCGTT on twitter (that’s the Twitter account for my  The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project
18+ years of age (or legal age)

Entrants at time of writing: 64

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Update: I’m also giving away Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle in honor of the beloved children’s author’s 101st birthday 4/12/2017!

Happy 101st birthday, Beverly Cleary! (and a giveaway)


If you enter, good luck! I figure I won’t be told who wins, but if you do, I’d love to hear about it! Feel free to promote them…and if you are doing a giveaway that relates to the topics of this blog (e-books, Amazon media devices…I’ll make the call), you can mention it in a comment on this post. If you have other thoughts or questions, you can also do that with a comment. 🙂

Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

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* 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.

Most Fire tablets are on sale right now

April 9, 2017

Most Fire tablets are on sale right now

Just a quick note on this one:

Most

Fire tablets) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*

are on sale right now for a “limited time”.

  • The Fire (the least expensive one) is $39.99 instead of $49.99 ($10 off)
  • The Fire HD8 is $69.99 instead of $89.99 ($20 off)
  • The Fire Kids Edition is $79.99 instead of $99.99 ($20 off)
  • The Fire HDX 8.9 is $429.99 instead of $529.99 ($100 off)

Not on sale? The Fire HD 10 at $229.99.

Could this sale indicate new models? Not necessarily, but I think that could be the case this time. We are coming up to Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, and graduation, and those are big gift-giving occasions. Not when Amazon usually does a big model line introduction, but they may have other plans for the holidays…


I have three giveaways going on through Amazon right now:

The Fourth Transformation (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b079fbab9711319a

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Blitzwolf VR Headset (at AmazonSmile*)

in honor of

“Virtually Mike & Nora”

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0ab8bc9943c50e4f

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One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Giveway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e39ec1bca3592757

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Good luck!

Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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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