It’s ILMK’s 9th birthday…and I’m celebrating with two free books and a giveaway!

It’s ILMK’s 9th birthday…and I’m celebrating with two free books and a giveaway!

August 28, 2009: the I Love My Kindle blog begins with this post…

Oh…um, Hi!

It has been a long and somewhat twisty road…although, perhaps not as twisty in the last year as I would have predicted. 😉

This year…well, this summer…has been very busy in my day job. There have been other things which have complicated things a bit in my life.

However, I’ve stayed very committed to working on this blog.

What I haven’t been doing, and I think many of you and I both miss, is writing narrative articles as much I used to do.

What’s been affecting that the most is the

Bookish Birthdays

which I started back on September 21st of last year (the earliest ones weren’t in that category, since I hadn’t created the category yet…I’ll need to rectify that). That takes quite a bit of work each day…I would guess about half an hour, but it varies, depending on how many authors I find. While I wake up around 2:00 AM, there are still only so many hours a day I have for writing. 🙂

Once we reach September 21, the amount of time necessary for Bookish Birthdays will greatly reduce (although it won’t completely disappear…new authors become famous each year). I’m thinking that will mean the return of more narratives.

Why do I do the Bookish Birthdays? People do seem to like them…they get retweeted, for example. I also enjoy doing them. I like to recognize authors! Books, of course, wouldn’t exist without them…thanks, authors!

I know not everybody likes them, or doesn’t like them as well as some of my other work. I really appreciate you readers who have stuck with me through this year! I’m looking forward to your comments to my narratives. 😉 Seriously, those comments and discussions are one of my favorite things about doing this blog.

To celebrate, I’m giving away two of my books today. Feel free to spread the information about the giveaway.

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

This is my book of quotations which, for a very short time, was the most popular book of quotations in any format at Amazon…a very short time. 🙂

I’m also going to include a QR Code for that, for the first time. With most modern phones, I believe, you can just have your phone’s camera look at it, and it will take you to the book’s product page. This is a bit of an experiment for me…if you end up using it, I’d like to hear that. I wanted to do one partially so I can share the book easily with other people…I can just have them shoot the QR Code on my phone.

QR Code for The Mind Boggles

QR Code for The Mind Boggles

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

This is the first 101 posts of this blog…I didn’t do just 100, because I needed to include all of the four-part

Doctor Watson’s Blog

my modern Sherlock Holmes parody, A Kindle Abandoned. I’m proud of that one, and I do think it’s important to point out that it came out in 2009, while the Benedict Cumberbatch series started in 2010. There are probably new Holmes interpretations every year, and I’m sure it’s just parallel development (that happens a lot in entertainment)…I’m not suggesting at all that mine influenced theirs. They are quite different anyway. I just like people to know that mine wasn’t inspired by theirs.

To all my readers, and all readers (of anyone and anything) everywhere, thank you!

Updated; oh, and I almost forgot! Here’s the giveaway! I will randomly select one person who comments on this post and e-mail them a $9 Amazon gift certificate! You have until the end of Sunday, Pacific Time September 2nd to be eligible. If you don’t want to receive the gift certificate, please let me know in your comment…thanks!

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

All aboard 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.

10 Responses to “It’s ILMK’s 9th birthday…and I’m celebrating with two free books and a giveaway!”

  1. Joe Bowers Says:

    Yo, Bufo! Happy Blogirthday! thanks for all you do to help keep us informed and entertained. Hope you have a great day.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Joe!

      Yo, Joe, waddayou know?

      I’m very impressed if you replied with, “I just got back from a vaudeville show.” 😉

  2. Robert E. Zimmerman Says:

    the QR code just sent me some text and a not very functional link.Could be my phone app is not performing up to expectations

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Robert!

      Thanks for letting me know!

      I just tested it myself…didn’t work for me either, unfortunately. I’ll experiment more with it.

  3. Lady Galaxy Says:

    Happy 9th birthday ILMK! In human years that would make you a 4th grader, one of my favorite grades to teach. I don’t know if blog years are like dog years, but I’m assuming a 9 year old blog is a major milestone.

    Thanks Bufo for keeping this blog active. Thanks also to all the other commenters who pop in from time to time to ask questions or make comments.

  4. Jane Shepard Says:

    Please help . I am thinking very seriously about purchasing 10 due to Alexa hands free but, I would like more information about it. Do you have any information? .Thanks Jane

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Jane!

      Sure! I’ve heard good things about people using Alexa on the tablet. Show Mode, where it acts like an Echo Show, also reportedly works pretty well.

      Here’s the

      Amazon Help Page

      There is a stand designed for Show Mode, which might be worth it if you plan to use that a lot.

      If you have specific questions, feel free to ask.

  5. Zebras Says:


    Happy 9th! I think I’ve been reading the blox for about 7 of the years, and benefited greatly from the knowledge you shared with us. Thank you so much!

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