Archive for July, 2019

#WDYTWed: How do you find the e-books you get?

July 24, 2019

#WDYTWed: How do you find the e-books you get?

In the almost ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who recently suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, every Wednesday, but we’ll see how that goes.

This is the second one, and since I recently wrote about book discovery, so I thought I’d base today’s poll on that.

Feel free to include additional answers, or tell me and my readers what you think of this, by commenting on this post!

If you have ideas for future poll topics, please let me know!

Thanks, Lady Galaxy!


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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.

Happy bookish birthdays (23 July) to…

July 23, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (23 July) to…


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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

Book discoveries of the serendipitous kind

July 23, 2019

Book discoveries of the serendipitous kind

Finding your next book to read isn’t a walk in the park…except when it literally is! 😉

I’ve written quite a bit about book “discovery”. We have so many options as a result of e-publishing having decentralized distribution. The hard part is choosing which book goes on your TBR (To Be Read) list.

There are many ways people find e-books, from blogs to Twitter to browsing Amazon to more.

This weekend, I had one of those basically random moments.

We were walking in the dog park, which we do a lot. I got into a conversation with somebody…that happens a lot, too. Reading came up (again, not uncommon), and it turned out that my conversation partner was an author!

I violated an unspoken bit of etiquette: I asked the human’s name. 🙂

Asking humans’ names at the dog park is sort of like being in jail and asking somebody, “What are you in for?” You can ask what the dog’s name is, and people can volunteer their names, but asking just isn’t done.

However, I was concerned there might be more than one book in the Kindle store titled

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

There was, but this was the one by Dutton (I said, “Like the publisher?”).

That enabled me to find it…while we were still there, I added it to a Wish List. Why didn’t I just buy it? I use Smile.Amazon to benefit non-profits, and I wanted to order it that way…so I did that when we got home.

I think that’s one of the best ways to find a book…to actually run into the author at random! I’m not very far into it yet, but I’m enjoying it so far.

That chance meeting over a book has changed because of e-books…people can’t see the cover of the book you are reading. That can be a good thing, of course, but I remember discussions early on with the Kindle that some people would like it if the cover of the book they were currently reading optionally showed up on the back of the Kindle (or the case).

I had a great example of the impact it can have when someone can see what you are reading. It was many years ago, and I was reading a specialty-interest magazine in a local park (not a dog park, that time). A stranger came up, a tad trepidatiously, and started talking to me about that topic. Well, one thing led to another, and I ended up as the Education Director of a 501(c)3 organization.

One option nowadays is to have a case or skin that reveals a general area of interest…not the same as a specific book, though, and I read a pretty eclectic set of books…so I’d have a tough time selecting some kind of communicative cover.

I’m curious: have you ever run into an author at a non-book related event and then bought the book? I’d be interested in hearing about it, and I’m sure my readers would be as well. Feel free to let me and readers know what you think by commenting on this post.


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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

Happy bookish birthdays (22 July) to…

July 22, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (22 July) to…


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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

Happy bookish birthdays (21 July) to…

July 21, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (21 July) to…


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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 bookish birthdays (20 July) to…

July 20, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (20 July) to…


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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 bookish birthdays (19 July) to…

July 19, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (19 July) to…


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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

Happy bookish birthdays (18 July) to…

July 18, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (18 July) to…


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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

Happy bookish birthdays (17 July) to…

July 17, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (17 July) to…


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!

Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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.

#WDYTWed: What do you think about Prime Day 2019?

July 17, 2019

#WDYTWed: What do you think about Prime Day 2019?

In the almost ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who recently suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, every Wednesday, but we’ll see how that goes.

For this first one, I thought I’d ask you about

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

since it just happened Monday and Tuesday.

Feel free to include additional answers, or tell me and my readers what you think of this, by commenting on this post!

Let’s see how this goes. It did take about half an hour to do, but it should generally take less time to do a #WDYTWed in the future.

If you have ideas for future poll topics, please let me know!

Thanks, Lady Galaxy!


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!

Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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.


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