10 years of ILMK! Free books! Amazon gift certificate giveaway! All to thank you!

10 years of ILMK! Free books! Amazon gift certificate giveaway! All to thank you!

August 28, 2009…the first post in this blog.

August 28, 2019: today!

It’s been quite a journey…I may have been the driver, but you’ve been the engine. 🙂

I want to thank you…and I’ve got some gifts lined up to do just that.

First, three of my books are free on Amazon.com…please make sure you check that they are free. I’ve asked Amazon to make them free today (and I’ve extended that period through the weekend), but you never know. They also may not be free in your market.

The Collected I Love My Kindle Blog Volume 1 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

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).

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

When it was first published back in 2012, I believe it was the most popular book of quotations in any format at Amazon…for a really, really short time. 😉 The focus is on geeky books/movie/TV and I know they aren’t the most profound quotations for everybody, but I really enjoyed doing this.

The Kindle Kollection: Three Early Books about the Kindle

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

Regular readers, though, now I’ve given those away before. 😉

I’ll only have a first decade celebration in this blog once, and this is sort of a last hurrah from the paid subscriptions…so I’m going to give away 10 $10 Amazon gift cards!

I thought I could do that through an Amazon giveaway (I love doing those), but gift cards aren’t eligible.

If you want to be in the running for one, please comment on this post saying that’s the case. Do not include your contact information in your comment! I’ll see the e-mail address you use to post. I will only use that to send you the gift card (it would just be electronic) if you are picked.

I’ll give people until noon Pacific time this Sunday, September 1st, 2019, to comment. Then, I’ll randomly select ten winners from those comments that say they are interested. Each person can only win once, unless there are fewer than ten comments (in which case, I’ll randomly select again for who gets the ones exceeding ten…I think that’s unlikely, though). I will not publish the e-mail addresses or names of the winners, although you can mention you won in a comment, if you like. I’d love to have some idea what you plan to spend it on, as long as it isn’t too personal!

Good luck!

In no particular order, here are ten of my favorite posts from ILMK’s first decade. Is that egotistical? I don’t think so…I think it would be unhealthy if you didn’t like and take pride in what you do.

Okay, that was 11…one to grow on. 🙂

I didn’t pick any of my analysis posts…those were actually some of my favorites to do, but they’d be really obsolete at this point.

I have, of course, loved comments from my readers, but there isn’t a good way to recognize those here.

I certainly want to recognize my fellow bloggers: we formed a very loose community, but would discuss things in e-mail sometimes.

I want to thank all the authors! Whether they were already famous or not, I’m always honored when an author “stops by” to contribute. I’m still honored that Anne Rice gave me permission to reproduce a quote

Anne Rice asks: should major authors consider going straight to Kindle?

That permission came from the Kindle Forums, where I was super active for some time, and which in a way, led to the genesis of this blog.

I want to particularly thank Len Edgerly on his podcast several times:

The Kindle Chronicles

Thanks also to Amazon! None of this would have happened without them, and I’ve appreciated my interactions with them. I’ve never gotten to interview Jeff Bezos…but maybe some day in the future, because I’m not planning to stop. 🙂

Finally, and specifically, I want to thank all my readers and especially my paid subscribers. Without your interest, I would never have kept ILMK going this long.

Thank you.

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. 


19 Responses to “10 years of ILMK! Free books! Amazon gift certificate giveaway! All to thank you!”

  1. Joe Bowers Says:

    Happy Anniversary, B.C.! Congratulations and thanks for informing, entertaining and amusing us for a decade! Here’s to many more…

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    WOW! Ten years is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations! It makes me sad that Amazon has decided to sunset Kindle blogs, but I’m glad for the time they were available.
    Thank you for sharing so many tips and giving so much good advice in those 10 years. I learned so much about the Kindle through this blog—stuff I would probably have never figured out without it. I know I would have sent my Kindle Voyage back within the 30 day period if you hadn’t guided me through all the changes that had been made since I’d purchased the Kindle Keyboard.
    I hope you find a way to keep this blog going, even if it requires some adjustments or a name change.
    Thank you for the “freebies.” I already have all your Kindle books, but I’d appreciate being in the drawing for a gift card.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I tried to send you a gift card (I decided to give one to everybody who entered). It bounced: my guess is that you had a typo in your e-mail address…I can see what could have happened.

      Please reply to this and if the e-mail address is different, I’ll try sending it again.

  3. Robert Zimmerman Says:

    Buford, as a longtime subscriber I am interested in your giveaway of Amazon gift card. Thank you. Still subscribing. Bob Z

  4. Karin Says:

    10 years has gone by so fast. Congratulations Bufo!
    I just re-read the Anne Rice thread. I remember her posting on Amazon. I would be curious to know how much a market e-books now have. I buy very few p books anymore, maybe 2 or 3 for those friends who won’t even try an e-reader.
    Please add me to the drawing for a gift card, thank you!

  5. Zebras Says:

    Happy 10-year Blogiversary! I have so enjoyed reading your Blog and posting comments for maybe 8 or 9 of those years, you have really enriched our Kindle and many other experiences. I would know so much less about the Amazon World if not for you. Thank you for your offer of your books, I have long since enjoyed them all already, so I will throw myself into the drawing for a gift card.

  6. Karen Farmer Says:

    I would love to win a gift card. Gave a Kindle to an elderly neighbor and one to my brother and based on your blog, we have a guest one. I have held off buying Louise Penny’s newest. Remember the newest books were $9.99? Have followed you since my White Kindle 1 and appreciate all you have done.

  7. Nancy Says:

    Congrats on 10 years! Please enter me for the Amazon gift card drawing

  8. Marjorie Says:

    I am interested. I appreciate that you are going to keep writing your blog. I have really enjoyed reading it over the years!

  9. Vicky Says:

    would love to win a gift card; so many books, so little money Sigh

  10. Joan Huston Says:

    I love your blog, and have for years. I would like an Amazon gift card!

  11. booksfan Says:

    Wow! 10 years! Congrats! I think I’ve been reading for almost that long too 🙂 I would like the opportunity for a gift card, as well. Thank you for the chance.

  12. bgroberts Says:

    Thanks for all the work you do!
    I’d love to be entered for a gift card.

  13. EJC Says:

    Lasting for ten years is certainly impressive. Many people run out of things to discuss or just get redundant. Although I haven’t read for all ten years (8.5? Maybe), I have enjoyed your posts although we do not always agree.

    I will add myself to the gift card drawing. I am heading to my family reunion this weekend and will likely be helping several of my 70+ yo relatives “fix” their kindles, my parents included. If I win, one of them will get the gift card. Maybe the one who doesn’t need a “fix”? The fixes are primarily things like: they deregistered by accident, let the power run down too far, or got a new device and need it set up. I have tried to teach them to do this for themselves but even if I leave explicit directions, they will wait until I visit. I don’t understand this as I cannot go a day without reading. My husband fixes their computers and android phones or tablets, I fix their Kindles, and they are out of luck with the Apple devices. We don’t have any.

  14. Karen Says:

    Thank you, Bufo. Going to buy a book and put it on the guest Kindle. That was a great idea you shared.


  15. bgroberts Says:

    Thank you for the gift card. Greatly appreciated!

  16. booksfan Says:


    Thank you for the gift card! My nephew has written and published a Kindle book and I used the gift card to buy 2 copies of his book for a giveaway. If anyone is interested in fishing, please take a look. https://smile.amazon.com/ga/p/0f939f7ae08e96fa

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