Thanks for the kind words!

Here are some nice things people have said about Bufo Calvin’s Kindle work:

“Kudos to Kindle Community member Bufo Calvin for this tip!”

Amazon Kindle Customer ServiceMarch 5, 2009 post about Bufo’s recommendation for tagging books

“Beyond a doubt, Bufo Calvin is the Kindle owner’s new best friend…”

FREE PRESSJuly 24, 2009  review  of Frequently Asked Kindle Questions

“The best advice I found…”

–Etan Horowitz, The Orlando SentinelMarch 27, 2009 article, referencing Free Books for Your Kindle

Featured blog on on November 17 2009:  Doctor Watson’s Blog!

“Any Kindle owner should get a copy of this book…”

Andrys Basten, A Kindle World

July 2, 2009 review  of Frequently Asked Kindle Questions

“I think it is safe to say that we can look forward to a blog unlike any other….highly original”

–Stephen Windwalker, Kindle Nation

August 31, 2009 blog post

“…tons of information…excellent…clear and concise”

Red Adept, Red Adept’s Kindle Book Review Blog

October 8, 2009 review

“…prolific and much-loved…highly original”

–Len Edgerly, The Kindle Chronicles

August 28, 2009 show summary

“Bufo Calvin is a seriously funny fellow.  Bufo’s postings on the Kindle Boards here at Amazon are the stuff of legend – and his blog isn’t simply more of the same:  it’s even better!”

Ten Kindle Blogs You Must Subscribe To: Books, Movies and More Listmania! list by J. Hassler

“I found interesting and useful information in almost every post…excellent, and definitely worth your time and money.”

Curious Reader (from Germany) in a review of The Collected I Love My Kindle Blog Volume 1, January 9, 2010

“…the first person who’s been able to answer my questions and I can actually understand what you are saying.”

–November 10 2009 Amazon Kindle Community post by ryeme

“It’s like getting a letter from a friend every day…I’m hooked on it.”

Theresa Stafford

Amazon Kindle Community thread,  January 7, 2010

“The tips are as if he is reading my mind and the help is priceless.”


Review of the I Love My Kindle blog, February 8 2010

“…super smart”

The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, March 16 2011

I think this may be my favorite comment so far:

“Bufo’s book is not cr*p.”

–Stephen WindwalkerSeptember 15, 2009 blog post


October 17 2009: #1 Blog in the Kindle Store!

October 17 2009: #1 Blog in the Kindle Store!

“I just wanted to send a BIG THANK YOU TO BUFO CALVIN. I’m now on my 4th Kindle (Kindle Fire HD), and I’ve received a tremendous amount of help from the ILMK Blog from my first timid steps on my Kindle, 2nd version. I’ve since upgraded to a black Kindle 3, then to a Kindle keyboard, then to the first Kindle Fire, and finally to my Kindle Fire HD, which I’ve had for about six months. Luckily I found the ILMK Blog in my first week of my first Kindle.

I’m disabled and virtually house bound, and my Kindle is my window to the world outside. ILMK has opened my eyes to many features and tips I would never have found, greatly expanding the usability of my Kindle. I didn’t even know what “FLIPBOARD” or “PULSE” were for example, and both are fantastic – both are everyday musts.

Thanks to BUFO CALVIN for making this busted up old Viet Vam era vet’s Kindle experience so much more than a basic e-reader.

–Larry, in Bufo’s Amazon forum, May 6 2013


14 Responses to “Thanks for the kind words!”

  1. Tammy Says:

    B&N-first I thought their letter was sneaky and underhanded. Then I thought someone at B&N should get a prize for creative writing and points off for accuracy. iguess their legal department wouldn’t let them use it in an ad to avoid the whole truth in advertising thing.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Tammy!

      Well, it’s interesting. The rules for advertising, public figures, and other individuals are different. If this letter said “Jeff Bezos” instead of Amazon, I assume it would have been actionable. If Barnes & Noble had said,

      “Jeff Bezos would threaten small businesses’ livelihood rather than comply with state law”

      I think Bezos could successfully sue…if you oouldn’t prove that he isn’t complying with state law. However, that’s tricky and I don’t think it would be the right thing to do.

      Amazon should not directly reference the letter, in my opinion.

      In case people want to see the post which links to the letter, this was it:

  2. Deb Schmalz Says:

    Help! How do I get my other books and music back on my second Kindle Fire?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Deb!

      Were the books on there before and then they disappeared?

      Are you able to see the books on the Cloud tab on Books?

      If they are there and they are gone, that’s happened to me. Amazon recommended I deregister and regegister it, and that worked…but I had to download my books again.

      If they haven’t been there, it may not be registered to the correct account…

  3. Deb Schmalz Says:

    This is a new replacement Fire. My first Fire overheated during charging. With that Fire I didn’t know how (and still don’t) to put my music in the cloud. Is sideloading using my Kindle 3 (Keyboard) the way to go? The custom. rep @Amazon told me that without having all my tunes in the cloud (460plus) that they were just gone. That doesn’t sound like Amazon at all. Merry Christmas! by the way.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Deb!

      Okay, let’s take stock.

      Amazon stores things for you digitally in the “Cloud” (also called your archives). If your music had been there and your first Kindle Fire died (sorry to hear that! I’m on my second, but it’s because my first one was scratched), then you wouldn’t have had a problem. You could have just downloaded them again.

      When you sideload personal files on to a Kindle, Amazon doesn’t know about it.

      MP3s, fortunately, aren’t tied to a specific device. You could copy them en masse to a computer, and from there to the Kindle Fire’s music folder.

      In the future, a couple of possibilities:

      I regularly back up my Kindles, precisely because I keep personal documents on them. I just copy them to a computer, and label the backup with the specific Kindle’s name. That way, I can put the files back on there that I want to do. That won’t work for Kindle store books, usually, but does work for a lot of other things.

      Second, you can store up to 5 gigs in the Cloud for free…and any music you got from Amazon doesn’t count. 460 songs may seem like a prodigious amount, but it really isn’t. My guess is that you don’t have three gigs of storage with that..even if they all came from somewhere besides Amazon.

      I have to say, though, it may be a lot easier to sideload that much music than to download it anyway. 🙂

  4. Deb Schmalz Says:

    You are my guru for everything Kindle, truly. And I agree with the seriously funny post!! Two further questions: 1: How do I I put music I buy from now on into the cloud upon purchase? 2: Why won’t the books either opened, in a collection or in my K3 3G archives transfer to my Kindle Fire. They don’t show up in the cloud. Even the ‘to be read’ collection won’t transfer.

  5. Deb Schmalz Says:

    Ah – I have a sync question. When I use a link from you, Stephen Windwalker, Andrey’s Hasten or and buy a book using my K 3 3G I can easily sync said book(s) to my Fire. However, if I buy a book on my Fire it doesn’t sync to my K 3. If the new book is on my K 3 3G I sync from my Fire. It just doesn’t work the other way around. I’m really gettin’ my aggravation quota made between my music that is ‘out there’s somewhere (bought & paid for), my K 3 books that are in archives but not in thee cloud and books that won’t sync. Help?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Deb!

      Actually, the Fire and the Kindle 3 (should) work pretty much the same way…they just look different.

      When you buy a Kindle store book, the book goes into the archives (called “the Cloud”) on the Fire.

      It’s available to each of the devices on the account.

      On the Fire, it may look more like a book you bought and specified to be sent to the Kindle Keyboard (K3) is on the device…but it isn’t. That’s what the Carousel does to people’s perception of it, I think…since you see a nice looking cover, it seems like the book is there.

      It isn’t on the Kindle Fire until you tap on it and download it.

      The same thing is true of the Kindle Keyboard. The book you buy to be sent to the Fire should appear in the Archived Items list on the Keyboard. It isn’t actually on that device until you download.

      Now, the one thing I can see as the difference is that my guess is that people tend to have the Fire connected to the internet, and tend to have the K3 not connected (that’s my case, anyway). You may have to sync both ends of the equation before it appears.

      1. Order for Kindle A

      2. Sync Kindle A

      3. Sync Kindle B

      You don’t always have to sync, but that should do it.

      As to your other questions, I’m sorry that isn’t resolved yet. Have you spoken with Kindle Support again?

      You’ll see a

      Contact Us

      button on your right. I’d call them or have them call you.

      One big question in all of this…both Kindles are registered to the same account, right? They’d have to be to sync in either directions, but that would account for books not appearing in the Cloud on one device.

  6. Tanga Moody aka PokerRun3 Says:

    2 interesting articles on I came across and thought I would pass them along…

    New nook simple touch may have front-lit screen by Angela Moscaritolo

    Amazon wants your old Cd’s for cold, hard store credit by Damon Poeter

  7. Tanga Moody Says:

    Thanks for posting the articles. I was on the Fire last night and couldn’t get to the article links. I’m sure it was the operator 🙂

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Tanga!

      No problem…you can try “long pressing” on the Fire (hold your finger or stylus on it for about a second).

  8. Carolyn perreau Says:

    wanted to let readers know. there is a free Jodi picoult story free. to be released on May 19

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