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Best reviewed Kindle Paperwhite covers

July 8, 2015

Best reviewed Kindle Paperwhite covers

One of the nice things about the three generations of the

All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is that the dimensions have been the same…so any Kindle Paperwhite cover fits any Paperwhite.

Personally, we like and use a relatively inexpensive brand:

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

The covers are reasonably sturdy, and they have a nice variety of patterns and colors. For us, it’s also important that they aren’t animal leather…not everybody cares about that, of course, but that’s a choice we make.

The Fintie coves certainly aren’t poorly reviewed, but I wanted to look at the best reviewed Paperwhite covers on Amazon.

On Prime Day

July 15th is “Prime Day”: will there be deals on Kindles?

my guess is that there will be a sale (although it may be short lived) on Paperwhites…probably the Paperwhite 2, the model I use every day, but we’ll see.

Might be nice to have an idea what cover you want before then. 🙂

Paperwhite covers by average customer review (at AmazonSmile*)

Amazon may show you several variations of the same thing as separate clickables on that page, but if multiple items have the exact same (substantial) number of customer reviews, I’m going to count them as one item:

  1. Amazon’s own cover | 4.7 stars out of 5  | 13,700 customer reviews | $39.99
  2. Verso Prologue cover | 4.6 stars | 1,623 reviews | $34.99
  3. Leslie Hsu PUNCHCASE | 4.6 stars | 94 reviews | $37.99
  4. Jonathan Adler | 4.4 stars | 316 reviews | $29.99
  5. Hello Kitty | 4.6 stars | 63 reviews| $34.99
  6. Caseable Paris cover | 4.7 stars | 20 reviews | currently unavailable
  7. Built NY | 4.7 stars | 15 reviews | currently unavailable
  8. Marblue Vassen | 4.5 stars | 160 reviews | only available used
  9. Caseable It’s in the Water | 4.9 stars | 11 reviews | $24.99
  10. Otterbox Defender | 4.2 stars | 246 reviews | $69.95

Interesting!

Well, it appears that being well reviewed doesn’t mean you can stay in business. 🙂 That’s not necessarily what not being currently available means, but that part is intriguing.

I didn’t really know Jonathan Adler or Leslie Hsu, but I do like the look of both of them.

One thing I do prefer in covers for my Kindles: “auto-wake”. That means that when you open the cover (usually like a book), the Kindle wakes up…close it, and it goes back to sleep. I just find that both convenient and reminiscent of a p-book (paperbook). I didn’t need to use a power switch on a p-book either. 😉

What do you think? Are there covers you’ve liked? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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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.

 

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Round up #230: deals, T-rexes, and the Strand

December 27, 2013

Round up #230: deals, T-rexes, and the Strand

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

AmazonLocal deals: e-books, accessories, Audible

I saw an interesting comment from someone on the

recently. They didn’t think having Special Offers on your Kindle was worth it anymore, because the good deals on things like Kindle books were available through

AmazonLocal

Well, I’m guessing that person doesn’t have a Kindle Fire. 🙂

We get those

that save ridiculous amounts of money, if you are lucky enough to get one (they sell out in seconds, or have so far).

This holiday season, we saved enough in my household to buy a Paperwhite with those deals…and not just one of those ones we got for $19! 😉

That said, there are great AmazonLocal deals, and to me, it makes sense to open a free account there. Right now, there are three in particular that caught my eye:

  • 100 selected Kindle books for $0.99 each (you can buy as many as you want of them). The authors include Ed McBain, Max Brand, and the Hangman’s Daughter series
  • Half off select Kindle accessories, including covers and speakers
  • Three months of Audible audiobooks (you can pick one book a month) for $0.95 per month, instead of $14.95. You don’t have to be an Audible (owned by Amazon) member like this to buy Audible books, but some folks like it this way

As is typical with AmazonLocal, you get a coupon, and then redeem it. There is a limited time to get these coupons…but I think you have a week on all of them yet.

A deal not from Amazon

I usually do report on deals from Amazon and not as often from other places. I figure we all have Amazon in common, and are comfortable with them, for one thing.

In this case, I’m going to mention something from another company where I have shopped, PulseTV.

They do big sales on items, which don’t tend to be available for very long (I assume it is a close-out place, mostly). I’ve found the service to be fine.

In this case, it is:

USB Talking Classics

For $19.99, you get 100 audiobooks for $19.99 (they give you more of a discount when you order more than one…that’s typical for them).

These are in MP3 format, which means you could listen to them on a Kindle device which has sound. You’d have to transfer them yourself.

The titles are all public domain (not under copyright protection) books, but I think it is a pretty good group. You can see the list here:

titles list PDF

I haven’t heard these…as regular readers know, I actually prefer text-to-speech to audiobooks (I don’t like the actors/author interpreting the characters for me). That’s different if I’ve read the book, though…then it is more like going to a movie based on a book (and I’m fine with that).

Let’s see, at quick glance…I would certainly guess I’ve read more than half of these (Edgar Rice Burroughs and William Shakespeare? Check.). Some of these are not novel length…I see at least one poem.

Still, if you like audiobooks, this seems like a good deal.

Great holiday season for Amazon, but…

I always look forward to Amazon’s funny stats on the holiday sales, and they didn’t disappoint in this

press release

Just a couple of examples:

  • Amazon customers purchased enough youth archery kits to outfit every resident of Katniss Everdeen’s hometown, District 12, four times over
  • The number of “Star Trek Into Darkness” Blu-ray combo packs purchased would span the distance of 25 Star Trek Enterprise space ships
  • If the Nylabone Dinosaur Chew Toys purchased during this holiday season were stacked on top of each other, they would be the height of more than 950 T-Rex dinosaurs

Wouldn’t you just love to be in the room when they are figuring out those comparisons?

They do talk about great sales for Kindle Fires and Kindle non-Fires…including this stat:

  • Cyber Monday holiday shopping weekend was the best ever for Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers

However, when they listed the best-selling items, although they did tell us that the

were the best-selling tablets for Amazon. That should include tablets from other companies, and the

they did not tell us which non-Fire Kindle was the bestseller. It makes the non-backlit models seem  slighted, a bit, to me, although I do think Amazon will continue to support and promote that line of hardware in 2014.

Mayday’s amazing day

I’ve written several times about Mayday, Amazon’s free onscreen tech help on the Kindle Fire HDX line. I think it’s the greatest innovation in Customer Service in some time.

Along with other people, I was wondering how it would go for them on December 25th. Would they be overwhelmed? How close would they be to the fifteen second response time which is their stated goal (but not a guarantee)?

Well, according to this

press release

they weren’t that close to it…they were way under!

The average response time on Christmas Day was nine seconds!

It probably usually takes you nine seconds just to push zero to speak to an operator. 😉 Well, not quite, but that’s still fast.

The press release has some funny stuff:

  • A young girl got a Kindle Fire HDX for Christmas. She was playing around with it and accidentally tapped the Mayday button—when she saw the Tech Advisor, she just screamed “MOOOOOOMMM!”, not having expected a person to pop up on the screen. Her parents could be heard laughing in the background
  • A group of carolers called in and sang to the team—they wanted to thank the Tech Advisors for their work and spread some holiday cheer

If you were proposing something like Mayday to your Customer Service department, they would be listing these sorts of things as reasons not to do it…and Amazon celebrated them! That says something about Amazon…and something that we, as customers, like.

Meanwhile…in the brick-and-mortars

So, with all of this success (even without all that much profit yet, based on their financials) at Amazon, how are the brick-and-mortar bookstores doing?

It was nice to hear about a tweet from the Strand, a famous store in New York. I’m a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, and made a special trip to visit it when I was there: I proudly have a cap with their name on it. 🙂

They tweeted that December 23rd had been the biggest sales day in their history…and that’s a history that goes back eighty-six years! For some perspective, that’s before mass market paperbacks even really existed.

Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it was the day that the most books were bought, since books used to be a lot cheaper. It is, though, remarkable, and my Strand cap is off to them. 😉

* 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.

2013 ILMK Holiday Gift Guide

November 29, 2013

2013 ILMK Holiday Gift Guide

As we enter into the biggest shopping period of the year, there are a lot of choices to make.

You want to get people gifts that make them happy…and make you happy, too. 🙂

That means something that is a good value, both in what they get out of it and what you have to put into it to get it.

I’m always leery when people ask what the “best” something is. People and use cases are different: what would be best for one person might not be best for another.

You might be the only person on your Amazon account…or you might share it with a hundred people.

You might just read on one device…or you might switch between your EBR (E-Book Reader), phone, and tablet.

You might live in a place where you have wi-fi everywhere you go…or where the only hope of connecting is 3G/4G.

You might be interested in watching movies on your high-tech gadget…or just want to settle in with a good book.

That said, I’m going to make some suggestions for things which I think would be good. If you think otherwise, or have more questions, feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

Kindle Devices

There are two distinct lines of hardware called “Kindles” (you can see my comparison of all of the models here).

One of them is the Fire line. Those are multifunctional tablets. Yes, you can read on them (I do that daily), but they are really well suited to multimedia, like watching videos and playing games.

The other line is the one with dedicated reading devices. They are great for reading books: you can read easily inside or outside, and battery charge life is measured in weeks, not hours.

Many people own both.

If you want to get something for a reader, I recommend the Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light (Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*). The Paperwhite line is the most comfortable reading experience I’ve ever had…including paper. It has frontlighting, which means that the light shines at the screen, not in your eyes. It can do some fancy things, but it doesn’t need to do them. It’s currently $119 with Special Offers (those are ads which reduce the price of purchase), or $139 if you aren’t willing to let advertisers subsidize the purchase. It also comes in a model that does both wi-fi and 3G (at AmazonSmile)…for $70 more. Having 3G available can make the device a bit easier to use, because you don’t have to know your wi-fi network password at home…you don’t even need to have wi-fi at home. Where I live, there is plenty of wi-fi available outside of my house (Starbucks, Whole Foods, and so on), and I have no problem entering a wi-fi password.

Alternatives: the less expensive ($69) “Mindle” (at AmazonSmile), which doesn’t have a touchscreen or a light, and the Kindle DX (at AmazonSmile) ($239), which has a much larger screen, but a lot older technology. Other older models may also be available, especially refurbished or on the secondary market.

In terms of the tablets, I went with personally and would recommend the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ (at AmazonSmile). It’s the latest generation, and has the incredible Mayday feature. You tap a button on the screen, accept the connection, and get live tech help on your screen…24 hours a day…typically within fifteen seconds…who can take over your device (only if you want) and fix things for you…for free! It’s probably the greatest innovation in Customer Service in decades. You can give a Kindle Fire HDX to a non-techie relative, and as long as you get it on the network for them, you won’t have to be tech support. 😉 This one is not going to sit in a drawer because somebody can’t figure it out. You can finally actually get e-mails from all your relatives, regardless of their tech ability…that’s a good thing, right? 😉 It’s $229 in its least expensive configuration. Why would you spend more? To get more memory (if somebody is going to store several videos on it at the same time, that’s important), and to get 4G (so you can connect more easily in more places…but that will require a monthly payment for a data plan). There’s also a larger model with a back-facing camera (so you can take pictures with it more easily).

Alternatives: Kindle Fire HD 7″ (at AmazonSmile) ($139)…no camera and no Mayday.

Kindle Accessories

What do you get to go with a Kindle? Maybe somebody already has one, or you want to get a gift to go along with one you or somebody else is giving.

The one that I would consider to be important to have is a cover, and there are many options for that.

New this year (directly from Amazon) are customizable covers (both for Fires and non-Fires: www.amazon.com/kindlecreateyourown (at AmazonSmile). You can upload your own image to be printed on the cover, which makes a really unique gift. Even if someone already has a cover, this is a great way to go.

Alternatives: there are many cover choices (and skins and sleeves), but we like a relatively inexpensive brand called Fintie. They have fun colors and patterns, and come for both Fires and non-Fires.

Going from the aesthetic to the practical, power supplies make good gifts. Sure, Kindles come with some way to charge them, but in some cases, it’s just by USB (which is much slower than by wall. The other thing is that I use more than one: I keep one with me at work, and I have more than one at home.

This is less of an issue for non-Fires, because they stay charged for so long. For Fires, though, your gift recipient may be doing some power intensive things (like playing games or watching movies)…and may want to use it plugged into the wall.

I recently got this one: Pwr+® Extra Long 6.5 Ft Cord 2A Rapid Charger Ac Adapter Micro-usb Power Supply Cord (at AmazonSmile). It’s a good home cord. It seems to charge my Fire quite quickly, and I like having the longer cord (you can even use your Fire as a nightstand clock…it has a mode for that). The prongs don’t collapse, though, so I don’t like it as well for travel.

Do you have someone who is a world traveler on your list? Fortunately, all Kindles are “universal voltage”, which means that you don’t have to have a power converter. However, you do have to have an adapter, so it can fit in the wall outlets (which are different in different places), unless you plan to charge just by USB. Amazon has the Kindle PowerFast International Charging Kit (for accelerated charging in over 200 countries) (at AmazonSmile). This is a power supply with twist-on adapters.

Are you thinking about headphones? Not all Kindles have sound (the Paperwhites don’t), and only some of the Fires have Bluetooth (all of the current generation Fires do, the HDXs and the new HD). The ones that can do headphones have a 3.5mm jack, which is pretty much the standard for mobile devices (if it says it will work for an iPod/iPad, it will work for these Kindles).

Here is something a little out of the box. For people who have the HDX, they can use it to “mirror” their screens to a TV (some other devices do this, too…my Galaxy S4 phone does). That means you can display what is on your Fire HDX on your TV. However, many TVs do not have the necessary Miracast wireless capability. If it’s a modern TV, it is likely to have an HDMI port. I bought the Netgear Push2TV which is about $50. Before you buy that, read my post on it: A Miracast adapter that works with the Kindle Fire HDX. It isn’t perfect, and I did have to update it (which wasn’t super easy), but I do use it every day now.

For accessories, there are also styluses, stands, screen protectors (I don’t use the last one)…a lot of possibilities.

Prime

Brand new this year is the ability to gift Amazon Prime to people. For $79 a year, they get free two-day shipping on many items at Amazon. It amazes me how much we use that! For Kindle owners, though, there are other advantages. You can borrow up to a book a month (from a list of over 100,000 titles…many of them are from small publishers, but there are some well-known books as well) at no additional cost. You can also get a pre-publication book for free…this is new, and the first month we had four choices. For people with Fires, or with other ways to watch Amazon Instant Video, you also get access to tens of thousands of videos at no extra cost. These include TV shows like Under the Dome and Downton Abbey, and many movies, including popular, fairly recent movies like Skyfall and Thor.

Amazon Prime (One Year Membership)
at AmazonSmile

E-books

You can gift most e-books in the Kindle store. You can’t do it if they are free, and there are geographic restrictions. To gift a book, go to it on Amazon…you’ll see a “Give as a Gift” button under the Buy button. You even specify a future date for it to be delivered, and include a message. So, if you see one go on sale (quite likely), you can buy it at the low price and have it delivered on the gift-giving occasion. I mention sale books quite often in this blog.

Gift Cards

Unfortunately, you can’t gift all kinds of content (in particular, instant videos and apps come to mind). It’s also hard to know exactly what somebody wants. No problem: you can give Amazon Gift Cards (at AmazonSmile). You have lots of options: electronic, gift box, animation featuring you (from Jib Jab), your own photographs…you can also make a suggestion with the card, but the person doesn’t have to use it for that. For example,  you could suggest somebody get a sweater, and they could pick the right size and color (or get something entirely different). You can set the amount as low as fifteen cents (!) and as high as $2,000. These are so much more flexible and fun than they used to be, and every Kindle owner will make use of it! Note: even though some gift cards have designs that have to do with a Kindle or even specifically a Kindle Fire, all Amazon gift cards can be used for any eligible item. Some items can not be bought with gift cards, like periodical subscriptions (they have to have something they can bill each month).

Amazon Wish Lists

One other thing (added to the post). Many people have Amazon Wish Lists. This can be the best way to see what people really want…even if you don’t get something directly from the list (and you can’t always…see Gift Cards above), you could see the types of items they like.

They can send you a link, or the list may be searchable. You can search for lists here:

Amazon Wish Lists
@AmazonSmile

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Those are some suggestions: hope you and yours have great times together…that’s the best gift of all. 🙂

* 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.

Fintie covers

November 22, 2013

Fintie covers

Covers for Kindles can be expensive.

I do like my Origami cover, but $50 was a lot for it.

Well, we’ve recently been buying some covers from another brand…Fintie.

We’ve bought them both for Kindle Paperwhites and for Fires.

The price?

As low as $5.99 from what I’ve seen, and under $20!

Another nice thing?

You get your choice of colors…a lot of colors (and patterns). My Significant Other has one in “Giraffe Purple”. Not every color/pattern is available for every device, but still, there’s quite a bit of flexibility here.

They also have (at least the ones we’ve gotten) the autowake/autosleep feature. That’s so nice! It means that you just open the cover to wake up your device, and close it to put it to sleep. You don’t have to worry about where the power button is. That doesn’t seem like a big deal, but since the Kindle Fire, for one, can autorotate, it can be confusing.

Check them out:

Definitely worth considering for a gift for the holidays! Of course, you could get one just for fun for yourself…your Kindle deserves a new outfit, right? 😉

* 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. I recently polled my readers about my linking to AmazonSmile, and while more than two-thirds of the respondents said they would like it or didn’t mind (and about 15% didn’t know), there were enough people who wouldn’t like it that I’m not going to just jump into it and do it for everything. I’m going to try doing both links in this post, and see how hard and/or confusing that is for people. You can let me know how you feel about having both links by commenting on this post.

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 #221: PODBAM!, customizable covers

November 14, 2013

Round up #221: PODBAM!, customizable covers

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

Now you can judge a Kindle by its cover

In this

press release

Amazon announces a new ability to customize your Kindle cover. You can upload a picture, and get it printed on an Origami cover (or some other options).

Well, I should say, “…a new to Amazon ability”. It’s been possible to have custom covers/sleeves made at third party sites for some time (I had one years ago that my adult kid had done for me), and these are being done by those other companies from what I’ve seen, and being sold through Amazon. I’ve seen ones both from CafePress and DecalGirl.

It’s pretty simple.

You go to

www.amazon.com/kindlecreateyourown

or, if you want to support a non-profit while shopping*, to

smile.amazon.com/kindlecreateyourown

You pick your device (the HDXs, the new HD, the Paperwhite ((both generations use the same cover)), the Touch), the underlying color of the cover (you may be covering only one side), and the type of cover (mostly Origami now, Marware coming in the future, from what I saw).

You pick from existing library images, or upload your own…and that’s about it.

The cost?

The same as without the personalization!

Why not do this? Here’s a great idea for a gift: buy the cover through AmazonSmile, support your gift recipient’s favorite non-profit (you can switch to it just for that one purchase), and upload an image that says something like, “I support XYZ”. The recipient gets a nice cover, gets to make a statement, and Amazon donates to that non-profit (for a $50 cover, they get twenty-five cents).

I just have one problem with this so far, and I asked Amazon about it when they sent me the press release.

The release says,

“… a library of hundreds of images, logos, designs and patterns—including popular comic, movie and television show graphics from Peanuts, National Geographic, Breaking Bad, Star Trek, and more.”

I haven’t found any of those brand name image options, and I’ve checked quite a few of the choices.

For some people, of course, there will be an irony here: Amazon doesn’t generally let us change the sleep pictures/screensavers/wallpaper on our devices. 🙂 That’s different, and would be complicated for people who have Special Offers on their devices, but this is a nice option.

Buy a Kindle Fire HD, get a $15 gift card today only

If you buy a

Kindle Fire HD 7″

Kindle Fire HD 7″ and support a non-profit through AmazonSmile

today (Thursday, November 14) only, you get a $15 Amazon gift card for free! Do make sure you see that banner on the page before you click…this certainly might not apply in your country (I know I have readers around the world).

It applies to any of the configurations of this model, so you could get a Kindle Fire with the new Mojito operating system for $124, effectively.

By the way, I’ve also seen a story today that you could get $40 off, but when I’ve tested that links, that doesn’t seem to be working. It might be for only certain people, or it may have been withdrawn.

BAM! goes POD

This one will particularly appeal to my reader, Roger Knights, who has advocated for the idea of Print-On-Demand (POD) in bookstores…we’ve had some lively discussions about that.

Well, Books-A-Million, now the second largest bookstore chain in the USA, has just announced in this

press release

that they are going to start installing the Espresso Book Machines in their stores (two at this time, one in Maine and one in Alabama).

What does that mean?

A customer can select a book from about seven million titles, and a machine prints the book for them right then.

One concern in the past has been the selection of books, but it looks like that has been solved. They say,

“These titles are available through partnerships with Google, Lightning Source, Harper Collins, Hachette, Penguin, Macmillan, McGraw Hill, and others, and includes content from publishers like Random House, W.W. Norton, and Simon & Schuster.”

That probably won’t mean every book from those publishers, of course, but it might be a great way to do the backlist.

How long does it take?

It happens “within minutes”, and produces a bookstore quality paperback.

How much does it cost?

Hmm…it says they are priced according to length, but I’m not seeing what the prices would actually be.

Still, this is an exciting option for people who still want p-books. I was really expecting us to see them in other kinds of stores, retailers of more general interest (is that like Rodents of Unusual Size?).

Score one for Roger! 😉

How much is that Penguin in the galley?

You know how Amazon recently introduced Kindle First (Kindle First and support a non-profit), where eligible Prime members can get an Amazon published book before it is released at no additional cost?

Penguin has something similar.

First to Read

You can sign up (through Facebook, if you want, but you can do it without that), and then request upcoming books (just like Kindle First, from a very specific short list)…for free.

Although, I have to say, it’s a bit weird and complicated.

I signed up for it today, and it kept kicking me out (I had to switch to Chrome from Maxthon).

There was a particular book I wanted to get…and it didn’t show up in all the places I could see choices.

There are appear to be a limited number of “copies” available, and there seems to be some sort of lottery for who gets them.

You get points, and you might be able to spend them to guarantee that you get a copy…but none of that was spelled out easily for me.

Overall, I’m happy that a publisher is trying this…but it really shows you what Amazon has figured out about making things simple!

Yes, we pay $79 a year for Prime…but in terms of Kindle First, getting a book is super easy.

This “First to Read” was a bit complicated and frustrating, certainly by comparison.

Still, you know…free books. 😉

* 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. I recently polled my readers about my linking to AmazonSmile, and while more than two-thirds of the respondents said they would like it or didn’t mind (and about 15% didn’t know), there were enough people who wouldn’t like it that I’m not going to just jump into it and do it for everything. I’m going to try doing both links in this post, and see how hard and/or confusing that is for people. You can let me know how you feel about having both links by commenting on this post.

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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