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It’s ILMK’s 7th birthday…and I’m celebrating with a giveaway!

August 28, 2016

It’s ILMK’s 7th birthday…and I’m celebrating with a giveaway!

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

Oh…um, Hi!

Seven years…and they said our relationship wouldn’t last! 😉

Every year, I’m more amazed by the impact that this blog has…both when I hear things from readers, and when readers say things which impact me. It’s definitely a two-way street. I love it best when commenters respectfully disagree with me…I learn new things that way, and/or get a deeper insight into my own thoughts.

Thank you to my commenters!

This blog would not be what it is (one of the most popular blogs of any kind in the Kindle store), and I wouldn’t be what I am, without  them.

Thank you.

Thanks also go to those who subscribe through the Kindle store…that’s part of what it makes it possible for me to devote this much time and energy to writing I Love My Kindle! Thanks, subscribers!

More thanks to people who follow links on this blog…it may be to buy something from Amazon (including gift cards) or to be exposed to something I’ve suggested. The latter lets me help  out people and organizations I find interesting.

Let me also thank those of you who read the blog, but haven’t yet followed a link or subscribed. You never have to do either to be part of the energy that feeds this galloping Pegasus of literary pixels!😉

In order to make my thanks a bit more tangible, I’ve made as many of my Kindle store books free as I could for August 28th!

Please check that a title is free for you before buying it.

I have asked Amazon to make them free on August 28, but I can’t say exactly when it will happen. I think they may also only be free to customers in the USA.

So, you can click on the titles before, but please make sure it is free when you click the 1-click buy button.

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

When this one was first published in December of 2012, it was the number one bestselling book of quotations at Amazon…including paper! That didn’t last long, but it was fun while it did. :)

Love Your First Generation Kindle Fire: The ILMK Guide to Amazon’s Entertablet (at AmazonSmile)

This one has been a bestseller. It was written before the Kindle Fire HDs and HDXs, so it doesn’t match up exactly with those. If you do have the first generation Fire, though, I think you’ll find it useful.

The Kindle Kollection: Three Early Books about the Kindle (at AmazonSmile)

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

ILMK! (I Love My Kindle!): Being an Appreciation of Amazon’s E-Book Reader, with Tips, Explanations, and Humor (Revised Edition)(at AmazonSmile)

This has some fun stuff…and other things that are out of date. If you want The Happy Little Bookworm, this one has it. :)

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

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). I’m coming up on the five year anniversary of the blog, and I’m considering doing a “best of” book. I’d include the posts that are less time-dependent, I think…if you have any opinions on ones that you remember, feel free to let me know.

Remember, double-check that they are  free to make sure before buying. Since they are also in Kindle Unlimited, you may see a zero price showing, but it won’t be zero near the Buy button.

Enjoy!

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

All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project! Do you have what it takes to be a Timeblazer?

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

My February 5th interview on The Kindle Chronicles: the annotations

February 6, 2016

My February 5th interview on The Kindle Chronicles: the annotations

I am the featured interview on Len Edgerly’s The Kindle Chronicles podcast for Friday, February 5th, 2016, and you can hear it here:

TKC 392 KINDLE BLOGGER BUFO CALVIN

It was a great experience!

Len and I exchange occasional e-mails, and I’ve been on the show a couple of times before. We’ve never met in real life, though…our mutual admiration comes from each other’s work. 😉

I also have to say that I think Len did a terrific job editing our interview! We actually spoke for well under an hour, so it wasn’t so much cutting out things as it was polishing them. I did make one mistake, and referred to our adult child by a gender specific term, which I don’t do here in this blog (I’ll explain in a moment). Len was nice enough, and skillful enough, to edit that out for me when I mentioned it.

On this blog, I don’t identify inherent characteristics, such as my own gender. There are some other things I don’t reveal as well. There are two reasons for that.

The first is that I want this to be a place where people can participate based solely on their ideas and feelings. When people make comments (which I always appreciate), I don’t want them to feel that they should reveal gender, or marital status, or age…or anything they don’t want to do. 🙂 They are welcome to do so if they want, but if I do it, I think people would be less comfortable not doing it.

The second reason is that it’s a challenge and fun. 😉 I’ve taught people how to use the same skills we use in improv to have better interactions at work. One of those is the ability to think about one thing while you are doing something else (for example, thinking about how what you are saying will affect someone at the same time you are saying it). One thing I’ve had people do, with no warning ahead of time, is stand up and talk for thirty seconds about what brought them to this place in their lives…without using the word, “I”. Great trainers (that’s my “day job”) can all do that pretty smoothly. Most people have a very difficult time.

While I definitely would like you to listen to the show, and I think I was completely fairly represented, I thought that some annotations might be helpful.

Here’s the first thing:

You can hear one of our dogs on the show. 😉

What you actually hear is Elf squeaking a favorite toy, a plush mustache which is about the same length as the dog (who, while a rescue and undoubtedly mixed, turned out to apparently be primarily Portuguese podengo pequeno wire-hair). It’s pretty quiet, but you can hear it in the background at one point. Elf will squeak it repeatedly for minutes at a time….I actually encourage that by saying, “Squeaky! Squeaky!”

Two things about that, and one which is not just about me. 😉

I did the interview at home. As I said, it took under an hour, so I blocked some time on my work calendar, recorded it during what was basically my lunch break, then went to my nearby office.

The second thing, and Len and I were both impressed with this, was that I did my end on my now discontinued Fire Phone (I was one of the few who paid the initial about $200 for one) with the earbuds and in-line microphone that came with it.

The sound quality is quite good! I use those earbuds at work, but I haven’t recorded anything for broadcast with them before.

We did the interview via Skype, and I tried a couple of other configurations first, including a headset I got for use with Dragon (a very popular speech-to-text program…you talk, it types)…but this was the best.

You aren’t going to buy a Fire Phone at this point, but you can buy the headphones:

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

At $14.99 at time of writing, I think they are a good deal. You could use them with other SmartPhones and devices…you know, unless the next iPhone drops the headphone jack, which is a rumor. 😉

We covered a lot of topics, and they tie back into five things you can read from me. Two are previous posts in this blog:

The first one we discuss explicitly. The second one addresses the idea of “inheriting” e-books…I wrote it back in 2009, but the basic information should still be current.

There also a question and some discussion about

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

which you can read as part of

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

or it’s available in the USA for $0.99.

My other blogs came up a couple of times. I mentioned a funny statistic about my Sherlock Holmes blog, and my broader pop culture blog was named. Those are:

Another item that was mentioned was one of my sibling’s first novel

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

I didn’t mention it by name, because I didn’t want this interview to feel like I was promoting items, but I did refer to it.

Not something I’ve written or that a family member or someone I know has written (you can see those at I know these authors!) but that I referenced was software that can give you a virtual background when you are on a video call. I’ve used

ManyCam

It’s free, and a lot of fun!

I do want to clarify something about that part of the conversation.

I said that I had used it at work to have an office background, and jokingly told Len not to tell my company. 😉

I’m a very honest person, as I think my readers know. I never did this to trick anybody. I was actually authorized to test out the technology for possible use at my company. Yes, I did “fake” an office background, but I would always tell them before the end of the call to get their feedback.

One question (about public libraries) was asked by a reader who was named on the show, but I didn’t get that question directly here, so I’m not naming names…I’ll just say thank you, and I’ll name you if you like. 🙂

I want to make very clear my gratitude to people who subscribe to this blog through the Kindle store! I mentioned that they really make it possible for me to do this, but I don’t think I said the words, “thank you”, so…thank you!

Finally, I mentioned a project I have that I will make public on February 29th. I think readers of this blog will find it interesting, and I’ll announce here it here when it is ready.

I’d be interested in any feedback you have for me about the show, or additional questions about topics we didn’t cover. Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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

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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things. 

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.

I’m going to be interviewed on Len Edgerly’s The Kindle Chronicles this week

January 30, 2016

I’m going to be interviewed on Len Edgerly’s The Kindle Chronicles this week

I’m honored, and excited, to be interviewed by Len Edgerly for The Kindle Chronicles podcast!

The Kindle Chronicles

I’ve described it this way: “It’s a brilliant podcast about the Kindle…gentle, insightful, and with really major guests.”

I’ve been on the show before, but it’s been years. I was very pleased to get an e-mail from Len, asking if I would do the interview this Tuesday (February 2) for broadcast on this Friday (February 5). Of course, things could interfere, but that’s the plan. 🙂 These are my previous appearances:

I’ve mentioned TKC in the blog before, most extensively in this post back in 2011:

Review: The Kindle Chronicles podcast

Another reason it came up here more recently? Listening to it on our

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

which I wrote about here:

Round up #295: greedy readers, living tree book

That’s the easiest way! If you have an Echo, just say, “Alexa, play The Kindle Chronicles podcast on Tunein”. You might be able to say it in a simpler way, but that’s what I’ve used.  🙂

What are we going to discuss?

I don’t know yet…and I don’t think Len has finalized the topics, either.

That’s one reason I asked Len if I could let you know now.

I’m curious what you would want to hear me asked and answer.

I suggested some topics as possibilities:

  • The Amazon Echo and books
  • Copyright reform and the argument for permanent copyright
  • Blogging through the Kindle store
  • I’m always happy to discuss text-to-speech 🙂

However, as I’ve told my co-workers, I love chaos. 😉 I’m a trainer, and I get a real adrenaline rush walking into a classroom or meeting and not knowing what I’m going to be expected to do. That doesn’t mean I don’t like preparation! I like that, too, but I love it when I need to hyper-focus on the other people and have my mind going at top speed. Hey, years ago, I was in an impov troupe…same idea.

This is a rare opportunity, though, and like love, the internet is forever. 😉 I really value the ideas and insights of you, the readers of ILMK. The comments I get, and the discussions we have, are one of my favorite things about doing this.

So, any suggestions for the podcast? I think if you make them by, oh, Sunday early evening, they could perhaps have influence on the Tuesday recording.

If you’d rather send your thoughts directly to Len, this is the address on the website:

podchronicles@gmail.com

I certainly view this as an opportunity for growth, and you might send Len a more insightful topic or question than you would want to share with me and my readers.

I also thought I’d take this piece to address another topic…how I write.

I write quite a bit…when I started, I told myself I’d average a thousand words a day in this blog. By traditional word counts, that’s about four pages of a book.

That’s ambitious, but I’m confident I’ve maintained that over the life of the blog (which began on August 28, 2009).

I usually write at least two posts in a 48 hour period (I sometimes go 24 hours without publishing a post). This will be my 3,008th post in this blog.

Some obvious questions: how do I come up with topics? When do I write? Do I re-write? Where is writing in my priority list?

I’ll take the last one first.

I’d have to say it goes family (and I use that term pretty broadly), my day job, and then writing. If it was better for my family that I left my job, I would. If I have to do something for work which prevents me from writing for that day, I will.

However, I do love the writing! I’ve always had some kind of creative outlet, and writing has usually been part of it. My Significant Other has finally gotten me to consider eventually retiring. One way that would work for me is that it would mean more writing (it would then become my second priority). I’m now trying to take one writing day a month…using a PTO (Paid Time Off) day for that.

I write in the morning or in the evening during the week, usually. While I think of myself as constitutionally a night person, I now wake up quite early (most people would consider it unreasonably early). For years, I would go to sleep at 9 (after my night owl years) and get up at 5 AM…the “recommended” eight hours sleep.

Maybe a year or two ago, that changed…and I normally wake up between 2 AM and 3AM. That means I get about five hours sleep a night. I talked to my doctor about it. I’m not having negative impacts that I can see. In my job, if I had cognitive decline, I’d know it right away. I don’t fall asleep during the day. I might fall asleep in the hour before I plan to go to sleep (my SO laughs because it may happen while I actually am exercising, and it can happen while I’m writing, sitting up with my hands on the keyboard). It seems okay to me that I’m sleepy when it is about time to go to sleep…that’s the way it should work, right?

My doctor thinks it is not unhealthy at this point.

I don’t usually write during breaks or at lunch at work. I do review comments and might do a short answer during a break, and I might answer an e-mail, but I’m more likely to exercise.

That’s been a big change since I started the blog! My baseline for exercise is ninety minutes a day, but it’s usually more than that.

My Kindle/Fires have been part of my getting in the best shape I’ve been in for decades. That’s because I used an app:

Review: MyFitnessPal

I didn’t start using it without first checking with a Registered Dietician at work, though.

Over about two years, I lost about forty pounds in a healthy way (I work for a healthcare company,  so I have a lot of information available to me). I’m not losing more weight, but I still plan to get into better shape.

While I’m working out, I may be reading when I can…especially

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

I can do that while doing “floor work” or some of my other personally designed routine…I have my now discontinued Kindle Fire HDX 7 on a shelf during part of it.

Flipboard brings me around to how I get ideas about what to write.

I don’t plan out carefully what I’m going to say before I write. That also goes for when I write fiction, which surprises some people.

When I started writing

Doctor Watson’s Blog

of which I’m quite proud, I didn’t know what the answer to the mystery was. Even when I was foreshadowing, I wasn’t sure where it was going.

Right now, I’m writing pretty much stream of consciousness.

When I started writing this post, I didn’t know I would include the “How I write” part. “How I write” was what I had planned to write this morning…but then it occurred to me to ask you about the podcast. When I’d written that, it seemed too short…so I decided to keep going on this. 🙂

Yes, the word count drives me to write longer pieces…which is why it’s there. I’m not padding the word count: I’m not avoiding contractions, for example. I think it helps me give enough context and explanation. There are times people criticize me for too much explanation, but I think that tends to be people who are particularly sharp, quick, and knowledgeable of the topics. I’m also writing for people who aren’t techie and aren’t (or at least haven’t been) serious readers. I want somebody who stumbles into this blog with a question to feel included. I think intelligent people are often also empathetic, and understand why I try to be clear and helpful for those with less fluency in e-books and publishing.

I also don’t significantly rewrite. I will polish a piece…I’ll notice that I left out a word, or had a misspelling, or just wasn’t sufficiently clear. I like to fix those, and I really appreciate it when readers point out issues. Usually, though, there is enough of a flow that it would be hard for me to go in and delete or add a section. I will do that with breaking news (like a new model announcement), sometimes, and indicate that it is an update.

Why was I going to write about how I write?

It just came to me. 🙂

I’ll have an inspiration like that: just a single idea, which gets me started.

As to Flipboard, it’s a news aggregator. That’s a place I’ll see something that will intrigue me, and might lead me to more research. It’s also a great source for my Round-ups, where I do a number of short pieces.

The most common type of post I abandon after starting to write it is the round-up. What happens is I start writing what will be a short piece…but then I flesh it out, and it becomes enough to be its own post.

Do I want to be first with a story?

Sure, that’s fun. I love it when I find something original through analysis and share it.

On a complex topic, though, I may hold off a few days while I research it. I’d rather contribute something to the understanding of the topic than just blurt it out to be the first place you see it…and then you see it five other places pretty much the same way.

If I need to do something in a hurry, I may tweet it…if it’s significant and time sensitive enough (like a big sale), I may do a short sort of interim post in this blog.

I also have some recurring features…for instance:

  • First day of the month, I do my Snapshots
  • Within the first few days of the month, I write about the Kindle monthly deals and the Kindle First books
  • Towards the end of the month, I write about some books being released in the following month
  • Maybe once a year, I do A Day in the Life of a Kindleer
  • At the end of the year, I do The Year Ahead and The Year in E-Books
  • Irregularly, I analyze the bestseller list, and do a post on my Flipboard magazines

Finally, and one of the most important, I sometimes get ideas from you.  It may be a comment that leads us to a discussion, or that just sparks me to write something. More rarely, people specifically ask me to write about something.

There you go! A bit of insight into my writing process…if that prompts you with more ideas for The Kindle Chronicles interview (or you had ideas before I went into the second part of this piece), feel free to share them by commenting on this post.

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

* 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.

ILMK’s WordPress stats for 2015

December 30, 2015

ILMK’s WordPress stats for 2015

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 460,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 20 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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That’s what WordPress prepared. 🙂 I want to call attention to a few things myself.

First, I thank each and every one of you who read this blog! I’d do it individually, but it might take a while. 😉

The more people who read it, the more people I help, and that’s really the thing in the world that makes me feel the best.

I also specifically thank the subscribers through the Kindle store!

I Love My Kindle blog (automatically on your Kindle!) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

While feelings are important, I also need to be able to justify to myself the time and energy I spend on the blog…and the subscribers are a very big part of that.

I also want to thank everybody who commented!

I always want to improve myself, and intelligent, empathetic, and respectful disagreements are one of the things which can most contribute to personal growth. I’ve learned a lot…both about the world and myself.

These were my top five commenters, according to the report:

  1. Lady Galaxy
  2. Edward Boyhan
  3. Phink
  4. Tom Semple
  5. Harold Delk

Their criterion is just the number of comments, but I consider them extraordinary in several dimensions. 🙂

The stat that blows my mind every year is the cosmopolitan nature of the blog…readers in 217 countries this year!

The United Nations has 193 member states. 🙂

Here are those countries:

Country Views
United States 297966
United Kingdom 60755
Australia 10815
Canada 10573
India 9914
Germany 4538
Ireland 3762
Singapore 3338
Spain 3017
France 2556
New Zealand 2442
Italy 2305
Brazil 2242
South Africa 2223
Poland 2104
Japan 1634
Hong Kong SAR China 1603
Philippines 1544
Mexico 1522
Netherlands 1304
Romania 1197
Israel 1103
Switzerland 1084
Turkey 1038
Hungary 971
Argentina 937
Czech Republic 933
Norway 927
Russia 855
Sweden 828
Vietnam 827
Thailand 794
South Korea 782
United Arab Emirates 750
Malaysia 718
Austria 702
Belgium 655
Bulgaria 636
Denmark 633
Indonesia 616
European Union 613
Taiwan 560
Ukraine 559
Pakistan 558
Slovakia 556
Portugal 513
Chile 492
Greece 469
Colombia 403
Saudi Arabia 386
Finland 383
El Salvador 354
Trinidad & Tobago 339
Croatia 330
Lithuania 267
Serbia 265
Egypt 265
Puerto Rico 261
Slovenia 260
Bangladesh 229
Peru 223
Jamaica 213
China 204
Costa Rica 196
Sri Lanka 193
Kenya 192
Dominican Republic 188
Nigeria 186
Venezuela 173
Nepal 165
Malta 163
Ecuador 161
Qatar 156
Bahamas 155
Guatemala 151
Belarus 146
Cyprus 136
Estonia 135
Barbados 132
Iceland 127
Luxembourg 119
Tanzania 117
Uruguay 116
Bahrain 115
Panama 114
Georgia 113
Lebanon 109
Latvia 108
Kuwait 106
Jersey 105
Morocco 104
Albania 98
Guernsey 95
Jordan 91
Isle of Man 88
Cambodia 87
Kazakhstan 80
Ghana 75
Bosnia & Herzegovina 75
Armenia 75
Mongolia 73
Oman 73
Uganda 71
Myanmar (Burma) 68
Ethiopia 65
Bolivia 63
Zimbabwe 62
Brunei 62
Moldova 59
Maldives 58
Honduras 57
Algeria 55
Guyana 54
Azerbaijan 54
Belize 52
Guam 51
Bermuda 48
Mauritius 48
Nicaragua 43
Gibraltar 43
Iraq 42
Antigua & Barbuda 41
Macau SAR China 40
Haiti 39
St. Lucia 39
Macedonia 37
Cayman Islands 35
Paraguay 33
Aruba 33
U.S. Virgin Islands 32
Montenegro 31
Zambia 31
Namibia 29
Tunisia 28
Kyrgyzstan 23
Rwanda 23
St. Kitts & Nevis 23
Botswana 23
Réunion 21
Suriname 21
Grenada 20
Turks & Caicos Islands 19
Curaçao 19
Afghanistan 18
Senegal 18
Mozambique 18
Laos 17
Malawi 16
St. Vincent & Grenadines 16
Sudan 15
British Virgin Islands 15
Fiji 13
Palestinian Territories 12
Dominica 12
Uzbekistan 11
Bhutan 10
Papua New Guinea 9
Angola 9
Monaco 9
Samoa 9
Cuba 9
Northern Mariana Islands 8
Libya 8
Guadeloupe 8
Cameroon 8
Madagascar 8
Seychelles 7
Vanuatu 7
Cape Verde 7
Djibouti 7
Burkina Faso 7
Sint Maarten 7
Côte d’Ivoire 6
Somalia 6
American Samoa 6
New Caledonia 6
Benin 6
Sierra Leone 6
Falkland Islands 5
Swaziland 5
Burundi 5
Mali 4
Martinique 4
Chad 4
Andorra 4
South Sudan 4
Liberia 4
Guinea 3
Congo – Kinshasa 3
St. Martin 3
Anguilla 3
Niger 3
Mauritania 3
Faroe Islands 3
Congo – Brazzaville 2
French Polynesia 2
Solomon Islands 2
Iran 2
Micronesia 2
Marshall Islands 2
Tajikistan 2
Syria 2
Gambia 2
Gabon 1
Togo 1
St. Helena 1
French Guiana 1
Vatican City 1
Yemen 1
Greenland 1
Timor-Leste 1
Eritrea 1
Caribbean Netherlands 1
Cook Islands 1
Liechtenstein 1
Mayotte 1

I’m always impressed with the number of views in countries which don’t have the legal sale of Kindles and Kindle content. I wonder how much of it is from people who are traveling there, and how much of it is from people who live there who are just interested in the topic. I assume some people find it by mistake 🙂 but there are hundreds of views in some “Kindle free zones”. Honestly, of course, some people may also have the devices or content outside of their government’s policies.

The five most popular posts have a lot of overlap with last year, which doesn’t surprise me much. You can see last year’s here:

ILMK’s WordPress stats for 2014

Some posts are of more lasting interest than others,  because of the nature of the topic (people will, unfortunately, probably always lose or have stolen their devices).

The top five most viewed ILMK posts for 2015 were:

  1. The reading experience: Paperwhite vs. Kindle Fire HDX (from 2014) (#2 last year)
  2. Which Kindle do you have? (from 2011) (not in the top 5 last year)
  3. Got a new Kindle? Here’s the most important thing to know (from 2011) (#1 last year)
  4. You can now reset your Kindle password yourself (from 2011) (#3 last year)
  5. What to do if your Kindle is lost or stolen (from 2009) (not in the top 5 last year)

The “Reading Experience” post is impressive: clearly, that’s an important question for people still.

I’ll also say, it wouldn’t bother me at all if Amazon took note of these stats, and looked at revising their own Help Pages on the topics…

Finally, I want to note that the number of views was up by about 30,000…we can call that about an increase of about 14%! That’s not bad for a six-year old blog. 😉 Looking at the posts, I do see I made fewer of them this year…I didn’t average quite a post a day (I had 335). It’s been a busy year for a lot of reasons, but I’ll try to step it up again in 2016 (although some of you may feel you get quite enough the way it is) 😉 . I should hit my 3,000 post for the lifetime of the blog in January.

Once again, thanks to all of you for a wonderful 2015, and I’m looking forward to continuing the ILMK journey with you in 2016!

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

* 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.

 

The “I know these authors!” page is live

May 10, 2015

The “I know these authors!” page is live

Today is Mothers’ Day in the USA, and just a quick note before I join the festivities. 🙂

My mother has a book at Amazon. 🙂

That was the real motivation to get the

I know these authors!

page published today. I’m very proud of my mother, and this was one little thing I could do to honor her.

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

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.

Categories in ILMK

March 8, 2015

Categories in ILMK

I realized after a recent post that, while I use categories in this blog to identify the nature of posts, I haven’t ever explained that to the readers.

That can cause some confusion. In that post, I was offering my opinion about something, and a reader reasonably took it as me offering something I could prove.

That happens to me in real life, too. 🙂

People tend to believe me…that’s valuable for me as a trainer, and I’m sure I’ve gotten positive reinforcement for ways of communicating that suggest that I am a credible source of information.

Even when I’ve told people in person that, “I really don’t know, I’m just guessing,” they may report it as fact and tell people it was true because I said it. 🙂

On the blog, I tend to think people see the category and that it helps them interpret what I am saying. That’s probably foolish, on my part…the categories appear after the post, not before, so it’s really going to be more whatever their expectations are when they start reading it.

Still, I thought it would be useful to share the categories I am currently using, and tell you a bit about them. The number in parentheses is the number of posts

Oh, and the same post might have multiple categories! That’s why some categories appear to have so many posts (like the Amazon Echo). If I write a short piece about something in one of the Roundups, that would show up as one of the posts below…even if it was only a couple of sentences.

  • A Day in the LIfe of a Kindleer(4): I do these posts about once a year, just to share how I personally am using Kindles and other Amazon devices. I’ll basically go through a typical day. I think that tends to help people discover options for them
  • A Kindle Abandoned (4): this is my four-part Sherlock Holmes parody. Honestly, I think it came out quite well
  • A Kindle Carol (3): more fiction…a parody of A Christmas Carol. I’d say it has some of my best just straight up writing. I tend to repost it during the holidays, which also gives me the ability to focus more on my family at that time
  • Accessibility (5): primarily, this has to do with text-to-speech, although I’ve addressed other accessibility issues
  • Accessories (4): covers, stands, that sort of thing
  • Advice (15): this may be tongue in cheek at times, but it’s advice I give
  • Advice to Amazon (14): I understand that at least some Amazon employees read this blog, and I do get sent press releases. Hopefully, I have or will make the Kindle experience better for everyone at some point
  • Agency Model (18): the Agency Model is a pricing strategy wherein the publisher sets the price and Amazon just acts as “the agent”. We may not have seen my last post on this…
  • Amazon Aisles (4): I also have a section of links for these on the blogsite. When you are walking through a physical bookstore (I used to manage one), you go down aisles for different subjects or different categories. These posts have to do with sections of the Amazon website
  • Amazon Echo (13): Amazon’s ambient computing device. I’m supposed to get mine at the end of May…or in July
  • Amazon Financials (9): Quarterly and Annual reports
  • Amazon forums (2): I mentioned Amazon threads in their forums quite a bit…I sometimes actually write about the forum itself, rather than individual thread
  • Amazon Publishing (11): Amazon does a lot of traditional publishing now…this will largely be about that
  • Amazon services (1): hm…the only one in here so far is about Prime Now
  • Amazon statements (1): I’m not sure this one needs its own category, but the intent was to link to actual statements from Amazon
  • Analysis (200): as you can see, one of the most common categories. When I label something as “analysis”, it means I’ve done actual work on it myself, typically crunching numbers. The Snapshots are a sub-category of this. When I’ve done the math, I’m prepared to be challenged on it 🙂
  • Annual Snapshots (4): once a year summary of the Kindle store
  • Apple (16): the company
  • Apps (40): these apps may have something to do with books, but there may be some other reason I cover oner
  • Audiobooks (11)
  • Author profiles (3)
  • Authors (31)
  • Awards (1): I like awards (I do a big Oscar thing every year)…the only one in there right now has to with the Goodreads (owned by Amazon) Awards
  • Bestseller analysis (13)
  • blogs) (3): need to fix the way this one is displayed! It’s not about my blogs, but about blogs in general (other Kindle blogs, for example)
  • Booklovers (2): individuals who love books
  • Books on my Kindles (5): I go through from time to time and list the books I have on my Kindles at that time
  • Brick-and-mortar bookstores(32): I used to manage one, so I keep track. I think my readers are interested in this
  • Bufo’s books (10): the ones I’ve written
  • Bufo’s Life (33): this blog is, unavoidably, to some extent about me 🙂
  • Canada (1)
  • Children (17)
  • Cloud Collections (3)
  • Cloud Reader (1)
  • Collections on Amazon (1)
  • Comics (8): as in comic books, viewable on some devices
  • Comparisons (15): this is going to be a comparison between two or more items, such as between different types of Kindles, or a Kindle and other EBRs (E-Book Readers)
  • Copyright (26): this affects what you read to a great extent, and I have a particular interest in it (as a layperson…I’m not a lawyer)
  • Customer Service (2)
  • Digitizing books (5): ways to take paper books and convert them to e-books
  • Discovery (10): how you can find books to read…I think will become increasing important
  • Doctor Watson’s Blog (4): again, the Sherlock Holmes parody. Why have both categories? The other one is a sub-category of this one…I wanted to leave open writing another Doctor Watson’s Blog…I rather enjoyed it
  • Eddiecoms (7): part of the humor category: fake comments that I get that are apparently really ads, and can be quite surreal
  • Excerpts (22): excerpts from public domain books. I’ve heard from my readers that they aren’t big fans of this for the most part, so I don’t do it very often
  • Fiction (47): fiction I’ve written, not that I’ve read 🙂
  • Fire Phone (10)
  • Fire TV (12)
  • Fire TV stick (6)
  • Flash posts (502): I used to label breaking news posts with “Flash!” in the beginning. Some people got confused with Adobe Flash, and I think I was just hearkening back to an earlier era (like Walter Winchell: “Flash! To Mr. and Mrs. America, and all the ships at see…let’s go to press!” Not sure that’s an actual quotation, by the way…
  • Flipboard magazines (9)
  • Focus on Free (11)
  • Freebie Flashes (204): I used to pretty often send out listings of free books, but there were so many of them, and Amazon changed the rules of promoting free books, that I have pretty much stopped
  • Freedom/censorship (4)
  • Frequently Asked Kindle Questions (8): these are usually extensive question and answer type posts on a particular topic. I haven’t done in a while, but I do think they are valuable
  • Fun (1)
  • Future features (1)
  • Games (57)
  • General (29)
  • Gifts (5): this has to do with giving gifts, the mechanism of that. It used to pretty complicated
  • Give a Kid a Kindle (5): I gave away a Kindle. My sense is that didn’t appeal to my readers all that much. Might do it again at some point
  • Giveaways (39): could be from me, but these are also commonly from other places, and I just like to give you the heads
  • Globalization (14)
  • Goodreads (6): one of Amazon’s social reading sites
  • Google (1)
  • Google settlement (12): this settlement had to with Google scanning books in public libraries, basically…more to it than that
  • Guest Posts (1): not something I’ll do commonly at all, but it could happen again
  • Hachazon War (14): the dispute between the publisher Hachette and Amazon, recently resolved
  • History (1): I’ve done one of these, about when Amazon started doing Special Offers on Kindles
  • Holiday Gift Guides (1)
  • Holidays (27)
  • Humor (82)
  • ILMK (6): this blog…that’s where this one is going
  • Indie (independent) publishing (2)
  • Interviews (3): I enjoy doing these!
  • Jeff Bezos (4)
  • KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) (8)
  • Kindle 3 (9)
  • Kindle 4 (Mindle) (5)
  • Kindle 7 (Mindle Touch) (5)
  • Kindle Community (1)
  • Kindle Convert (2)
  • Kindle DX (3)
  • Kindle Fire (81)
  • Kindle for Android (3)
  • Kindle for iPad (2)
  • Kindle for iPhones and iPod touch (2)
  • Kindle for PC (6)
  • Kindle Key Concepts (1)
  • Kindle Matchbook (3)
  • Kindle Paperwhite (21)
  • Kindle Reader Apps (2)
  • Kindle Scout (1)
  • Kindle Scout (4)
  • Kindle Touch (7)
  • Kindle Unlimited (22)
  • Kindle Voyage (3)
  • Kindle with Special Offers (2)
  • Kindle Worlds (9)
  • Knowledge Check (1): I probably should have just put this under games…
  • Kobo (3)
  • Legal Actions (26)
  • Limited Time Offers (6)
  • Manage Your Kindle (6)
  • Menu Maps (6): when I do a menu map, I go through the options in a device’s menus. I find this to be very instructive for me, and I think useful for my readers. I also like to refer back to them sometimes after an update
  • New models (12)
  • New Owners (7)
  • News (1,101)
  • newspapers (2)
  • nook (60)
  • Observations (4): generally, this should be making an observation about something…not necessarily commenting on it much, although I’m sure I tend to do that
  • Odyssey Editions (4): a publishing imprint
  • One liners (1): people did not like the title of this, although I thought the content was good
  • Opinion (190): that’s my opinion, of course. 🙂 These may be more stream of consciousness, less fact based. Let me rephrase that: more subjective than objective
  • Parodies (13)
  • Personal Documents (1)
  • Pictures (1)
  • Poll Parties (2): this is a subcategory under Polls (see immediately below)
  • Polls (66): I like polling my readers…it isn’t scientific, and I don’t think my readers are typical, but I find it interesting. I think people like doing them
  • Popular Pre-orders (17): I stopped making them particularly popular ones, but I’ve kept that category
  • Prime (13): Amazon Prime
  • Public libraries (20)
  • Publisher Profiles (4)
  • Publishing (1)
  • Purchasing decisions (1)
  • Random public domain freebies (1): there shouldn’t be two categories here…again, I should clean that up
  • Random Public Domain Freebies (3)
  • Random Tips (3)
  • Read the Book First (3): books being made into movies/TV shows
  • Reader Apps (3)
  • Reader Heroes (4): one of my favorite things! We honor someone who honors reading
  • Recent Kindle Releases (17)
  • Recommendations (91)
  • Reposts (6)
  • Reviews (61)
  • Round-ups (287)
  • Sales (234): items on sale
  • Sales Tax (19): the issue of sales tax being collected
  • Smile.Amazon (5): it became known as AmazonSmile, but when it first came out, I named the category after the way the website address works…and I’ve left it that way
  • Snapshots (70): one of the most labor intensive types of posts I do. My Significant Other knows that on the first of the month, I’ve got some writing to do as I do analyses of the Kindle store
  • Social Media (6)
  • Sony (1)
  • Special Offers (7)
  • Splinterviews (2): interviews with myself. 🙂 ILMK is not the first place I’ve used the term “splinterview” for that
  • Subscription Items (magazines (3)
  • Subscription services (7)
  • Ten Most Wanted (1): these are the books people most wanted to see “Kindleized”, based on the watch lists at eReaderIQ
  • Text to speech (12): people sometimes think I write too much about this issue, I know…but it’s an important one to me personally and to some of my readers
  • Textbooks/schools (2)
  • The Year Ahead (4): predictions
  • The Year in E-Books (6)
  • Third party (1): the first two parties are Amazon and its customers…I probably could use this category more, but it’s when someone who isn’t Amazon makes something for use with Kindles and Fires
  • Thoughtabouts (46): I’m typically musing here, and haven’t made up my mind (although I try not to lock myself into an opinion at any time…at least, in real world matters)
  • Tips (177)
  • Traditional Publishers (29)
  • Trivia (3)
  • Uncategorized (31): there really shouldn’t be any of these, but what sometimes happens is the post gets saved before I’ve assigned a category…and it automatically puts the Uncategorized category on it. If I don’t notice that and add another category, it doesn’t take this one away
  • Updates (49): I started putting all of the Version categories below into this
  • Version 2.5 (8)
  • Version 3.1 (1)
  • Watching the Watchers (12): I write about journalists writing about topics of interest to this blog
  • Whispercast (1)
  • Worth a Thousand Words (1): I don’t do a lot of pictures in this blog, unless they are to illustrate something I’m writing. This one was an exception, and I could do more

Hope that helps explain things about this blog a bit more!

Feel free, though, to ask me questions about posts…it could absolutely be that I haven’t written something clearly enough, and my intent hasn’t gotten across.

Bonus deal: through March 11 (Wednesday), 175 Kindle Books for $1.99 Each (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*). There are actually some good books here, and many of them (162 out of 175!) are in Kindle Unlimited

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

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

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.

Amazon technical problem stalling ILMK delivery to subscribers

January 11, 2015

Amazon technical problem stalling ILMK delivery to subscribers

Sigh.

Back on December 5th, I wrote about a technical glitch at Amazon that was preventing the delivery of this blog (ILMK) to paid subscribers. While that resolved fairly quickly, we are back in a similar situation.

There really isn’t anything I can do about it, except alert Amazon.

That is frustrating for me, of course…I like to fix things. 🙂

Oh, not physical things…I’m terrible at that. My Significant Other says that the Calvin way to fix things is that we just stop using them. 😉

Classic case: the side door to the garage (not the big one through which you drive) on our old house broke. We actually bought a door, and we tried to fix it…but the hole for the latch didn’t end up in the right place. I think we just left that door leaning in the doorjamb for a few years.

The part that is good about this is that my readers are nice enough to inform me of issues like this (and typos…and news).

I think regular reader and commenter D. Knight was first, then others (Norma, Jim Colvin) followed…thanks, everybody!

It appears to not just be ILMK…D. mentioned another blog, and not having a way to alert them. I’m glad I have the kind of open relationship with my readers that I can get this sort of information quickly.

I did write to Amazon. They said in part:

“I apologize for the inconvenience caused in this regard.

We are facing technical issues at our end. Our technical team is currently investigating the issue.

We will provide you an update within 2 – 3 working days.”

While blogs have been part of the Kindle contentverse for many years (this one has been running for more than five years), I don’t think we are really front burner for Amazon. Admittedly, they can’t be making much money on them. ILMK is one of the top selling blogs at Amazon, and I know what they make from subscribers in a month on it. Let’s just say that books, magazines, and newspapers are probably more lucrative for them.

However, they do have a motivation to keep things working smoothly on blogs. One of the biggest costs for an organization like Amazon is Customer Service. It’s absolutely the proper thing to contact them when you are having a problem (like the non-delivery of the blog), and I’ve generally found them helpful and friendly.

http://www.amazon.com/kindlesupport (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

It is an expense for them, though…one which makes sense if it retains a customer who then spends on more profitable items (“diapers and windshield wipers”, as I like to say).

Customer Service is definitely a case where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Better not to get those calls if you can avoid them…especially on a relatively inexpensive item. Amazon has very highly-rated Customer Service, and they want to keep it that way.

If a representative is dealing with a problem with a ninety-nine cent blog and that delays them getting to a problem with a thousand dollar computer, well, that’s not a good thing.

Why have there been two problems within two months?

I don’t know, of course, but there are some basic possibilities:

1. They are updating or changing something. That’s always a risky thing to do (although it can have great rewards)

2. Demand has increased…I think that’s unlikely to be a significant problem

3. They aren’t doing necessary maintenance on a system, so there is an entropy issue

4. Devices have changed, so that their bandwidth is no longer sufficient when it was before

I’m hoping it’s number one, and that we get something good out of it. I know that some of my readers would pay for ILMK to have it delivered to their Fire tablets, if Amazon would make that an option. Again, I doubt that it…but we can dream, right? 😉

I’m sorry some of you are being inconvenienced, and I hope this gets fixed quickly.

Thanks again to the commenters who let me know, and thanks to all of the subscribers! You are part of what makes it possible for me to justify the time I spend on this. 🙂

Join more than a thousand readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

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.

ILMK’s WordPress stats for 2014

December 30, 2014

ILMK’s WordPress stats for 2014

Thank you all again for a wonderful year (which still has a couple of days left)!

I’ll be doing my year in e-books soon, but WordPress did send me the annual report for the I Love My Kindle blog. They do a fun job with that, and I wanted to go ahead and share some of the facts with you. You should be able to see the report here:

https://ilmk.wordpress.com/2014/annual-report/

although I’m going to use the site’s private stats to go deeper.

ILMK was visited about 430,000 times in 2014. I added on average of more than a post a day (392), bringing the total to 2,643. I try to average 1,000 words a day, and I think that might be an underestimate. If that was the case, and using the old standard of 250 per pages, that would be the equivalent of a 1,568 page book in 2014.

The top five viewed posts in 2014 were:

  1. Got a new Kindle? Here’s the most important thing to know (from 2011)
  2. The reading experience: Paperwhite vs. Kindle Fire HDX
  3. You can now reset your Kindle password yourself (from 2011)
  4. Parental controls and your Kindle (from 2012)
  5. Why I don’t use Amazon’s Silk browser (from 2013)

While the posts are certainly the bulk of the blog, I want to acknowledge everyone who has taken the time and made the effort to comment. I always appreciate the kind words, thoughtful insights, field reports, and especially, respectful disagreements! 🙂 The commenters who participated the most were:

  1. Lady Galaxy
  2. Edward Boyhan
  3. Tom Semple
  4. Zebras
  5. Harold Delk

Thanks, commenters! The blog wouldn’t be the same without  you.

This next one is one of my favorite stats: how many visitors I had from different countries…although I do have to say, it doesn’t look like I can copy and paste this year, so over 200 (!) countries is going to be a lot of typing! Here we go:

  • USA 306,927
  • UK 49,598
  • Australia 8,880
  • Canada 8,418
  • India 4,662
  • Germany 4,382
  • Ireland 3,702
  • Singapore 2,324
  • Spain 2,002
  • France 1,968
  • New Zealand 1,834
  • Italy 1,809
  • Poland 1,673
  • Brazil 1,652
  • South Africa 1,645
  • Japan 1,356
  • Philippines 1,217
  • Romania 1,085
  • Mexico 1,062
  • Hong Kong 965
  • Netherlands 925
  • Hungary 909
  • Czech Republic 908
  • Switzerland 851
  • Israel 815
  • Slovakia 808
  • Russian Federation 799
  • Turkey 688
  • Norway 651
  • El Salvador 630
  • Austria 612
  • Malaysia 583
  • Viet Nam 572
  • Belgium 546
  • Republic of Korea 545
  • Thailand 532
  • Sweden 518
  • Argentina 515
  • Bulgaria 490
  • Taiwan 481
  • Greece 450
  • Denmark 440
  • Portugal 439
  • United Arab Emirates 439
  • Ukraine 405
  • Finland 349
  • Trinidad and Tobago 347
  • Colombia 328
  • Pakistan 314
  • Indonesia 308
  • Chile 292
  • Puerto Rico 267
  • Jamaica 249
  • Croatia 236
  • Slovenia 217
  • Saudi Arabia 215
  • Costa Rica 212
  • Serbia 209
  • Egypt 183
  • Dominican Republic 175
  • Peru 170
  • Lithuania 169
  • Barbados 151
  • Bangladesh 142
  • Nigeria 138
  • Kenya 135
  • Ecuador 129
  • Venezuela 119
  • Bahamas 119
  • Estonia 117
  • Cyprus 117
  • Iceland 116
  • Georgia 113
  • Malta 108
  • Morocco 105
  • Sri Lanka 103
  • Qatar 103
  • Luxembourg 100
  • Moldova 97
  • Kuwait 96
  • Belarus 90
  • Latvia 86
  • Jersey 84
  • Ghana 82
  • Uruguay 82
  • Guatemala 81
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 80
  • United Republic of Tanzania 72
  • Kazakhstan 72
  • Nepal 72
  • Panama 66
  • Isle of Man 66
  • Lebanon 64
  • Cambodia 63
  • Uganda 57
  • Zimbabwe 56
  • Honduras 55
  • China 54
  • Guernsey 53
  • Guam 51
  • Nicaragua 50
  • Oman 49
  • Armenia 49
  • Bahrain 47
  • Ethiopia 46
  • Algeria 46
  • Bermuda 44
  • Albania 44
  • Belize 42
  • Azerbaijan 42
  • Bolivia 41
  • Jordan 41
  • Antigua and Barbuda 41
  • Virgin Islands 39
  • British Virgin Islands 39
  • Guyana 38
  • Tunisia 36
  • Mongolia 35
  • Saint Lucia 34
  • Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic 34
  • Zambia 32
  • Namibia 30
  • Iraq 29
  • Myanmar 39
  • Mauritius 28
  • Gibraltar 37
  • Macao 26
  • Paraguay 25
  • Cayman Islands 24
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic 23
  • Rwanda 23
  • Palestine, State of 22
  • Uzbekistan 21
  • Brunei Darussalam 20
  • Afghanistan 20
  • Dominica 18
  • Grenada 17
  • Haiti 16
  • Kyrgyzstan 16
  • Montenegro 16
  • Aruba  15
  • Botswana 15
  • Malawi 14
  • Fiji 14
  • Saint  Kitts and Nevis 13
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 13
  • Suriname 13
  • Turks and Calicos Islands 12
  • Cuba 12
  • Djibouti 11
  • Maldives 11
  • Yemen 11
  • Libya 10
  • Madagascar 10
  • Cameroon 9
  • Cape Verde 8
  • Mozambique 8
  • Papua New Guinea 8
  • Sierra Leone 8
  • Togo 7
  • Cook Islands 7
  • Guadeloupe 7
  • Sudan 7
  • Seychelles 6
  • Marshall Islands 6
  • Tajikistan 6
  • Northern Mariana Islands 6
  • Senegal 6
  • Cote d’Ivoire 6
  • New Caldedonia 6
  • Vanuatu 5
  • Anguilla 5
  • Saint Martin 5
  • Tonga 5
  • Reunion 4
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo 4
  • French Polynesia 4
  • Monaco 4
  • Faroe Islands 4
  • Niger 4
  • Syrian Arab Republic 4
  • Andorra 4
  • Timor-Leste 3
  • Swaziland 3
  • Micronesia, Federated States of 3
  • Angola 3
  • Bhutan 3
  • Palau 3
  • Martinique 3
  • Burkina Faso 3
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas) 3
  • Gambia 2
  • Somalia 2
  • American Samoa 2
  • Mali 2
  • Congo 2
  •  Guinea 1
  • Solomon Islands 1
  • Mauritania 1
  • Benin 1
  • Liberia 1
  • Saint Helena 1
  • Lesotho 1
  • Chad 1
  • Aland Islands 1
  • Gabon 1

Thanks, world! 🙂 I think it’s especially cool that I get views from countries to which Kindles and Kindle content can’t even be shipped. That might be people traveling, I guess, or just interested parties, maybe hoping for the day everything gets worked out and they can get Kindle books where they live.

One last stat of a different kind: my customers’ purchases appear to have resulted in over a thousand dollars in donations through AmazonSmile* in 2014! Doesn’t it feel great to have helped out ike that? 🙂

Join over a thousand readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

* 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.

Amazon technical issues preventing delivery of ILMK to subscribers

December 5, 2014

Amazon technical issues preventing delivery of ILMK to subscribers

Well, it seems a bit odd to use a blog post to tell people that they won’t see it, I think it is worth the effort. 🙂

Two of my subscribers, D. knight and Karen, told me that they had not gotten a new ILMK post since December 1st.

Subscribers actually pay ninety-nine cents a month to receive this blog on their Kindle devices (Amazon does not make it available by that kind of subscription on Fires).

I can never thank them enough for that! It is one of the things that justifies me spending the time and energy that I do on this.

I know that some people continue to pay the subscription fee, even though they may be reading it on a tablet, just to support ILMK…and I really appreciate that. I started to say to “support me”, but ILMK really is more than just me.

A significant part of the value of ILMK comes from my readers…their comments, often giving generously both of their thoughts and their time, provide a valuable community resource.

I understand it when people don’t subscribe…even ninety-nine cents a month can be a lot for some people, especially if they aren’t really getting the product. Everyone is welcome here.

However, those who do subscribe through

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

give my family a predictable contribution to our lives, and help enable some of the good things we can do.

I want those subscribers to have a good experience.

So, when I was alerted about the problem, I first checked it on our

Kindle Paperwhite 2 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Yes, I pay to subscribe to it, just like you do. That way, I can check to see the functioning: and I had the same situation. The last new post had been December 1st. I don’t check it every day (after all, I read it when I write it) 😉 , but this was a situation where I was glad I did.

I contacted Amazon, and got a response back pretty quickly:

“Dear Publisher,

I apologize for the inconvenience caused in this regard.

We are facing technical issues at our end. Our technical team is currently investigating the issue.

We will provide you an update within 2 – 3 working days.”

At least I can assure my readers that it is nothing they have done and it isn’t their devices.

Hopefully, this is resolved quickly.

Thanks again for your support!

Update: the problem is fixed! From an Amazon e-mail this morning:

“Dear Publisher,

Our technical team has fixed the issue and your blog “I Love My Kindle” has
resumed publishing on December 05, 2014 14:39 UTC.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused in this regard.”

Join over a thousand readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

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.

 

 

5 years of ILMK

August 28, 2014

5 years of ILMK

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

Oh…um, Hi!

It has been an amazing journey…a five year mission indeed!

I would guess I’ve written something like the equivalent of forty 200 page books…you know,not quite Stephen King speed, but up there. 😉

While I’m certainly proud of a lot of what I’ve written, I have to say that one of the best parts (and one that I didn’t really anticipate) is the interactions I’ve had with my readers. There are many people who regularly read and comment on this blog, and I’ve had some very thoughtful discussions with them. I really appreciate it when they disagree with me (respectfully, as is almost always the case), and when they point out ways the blog could be better (including typos and other errors or omissions).

This blog would not be what it is (one of the most popular blogs of any kind in the Kindle store), and I wouldn’t be what I am, without  them.

Thank you.

Thanks also go to those who subscribe through the Kindle store…that’s part of what it makes it possible for me to devote this much time and energy to writing I Love My Kindle! Thanks, subscribers!

More thanks to people who follow links on this blog…it may be to buy something from Amazon (including gift cards) or to be exposed to something I’ve suggested. The latter lets me help  out people and organizations I find interesting.

Let me also thank those of you who read the blog, but haven’t yet followed a link or subscribed. You never have to do either to be part of the energy that feeds this galloping Pegasus of literary pixels! 😉

In order to make my thanks a bit more tangible, I’ve made as many of my Kindle store books free as I could for August 28th!

Please check that a title is free for you before buying it.

I have asked Amazon to make them free on August 28, but I can’t say exactly when it will happen. I think they may also only be free to customers in the USA.

So, you can click on the titles before, but please make sure it is free when you click the 1-click buy button.

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

When this one was first published in December of 2012, it was the number one bestselling book of quotations at Amazon…including paper! That didn’t last long, but it was fun while it did. :)

Love Your First Generation Kindle Fire: The ILMK Guide to Amazon’s Entertablet (at AmazonSmile)

This one has been a bestseller. It was written before the Kindle Fire HDs and HDXs, so it doesn’t match up exactly with those. If you do have the first generation Fire, though, I think you’ll find it useful.

The Kindle Kollection: Three Early Books about the Kindle (at AmazonSmile)

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

Note: especially check the price on this one. I was having trouble getting the book to be free, and I’m not sure it took. If it didn’t, I’ll offer it free later, and let you know.

Update: the issue was that you can’t a book free under this promotion program on the first day or the last day of its enrollment period. I have now made it free for Saturday, August 30th…but again, verify before you buy. 🙂

ILMK! (I Love My Kindle!): Being an Appreciation of Amazon’s E-Book Reader, with Tips, Explanations, and Humor (Revised Edition)(at AmazonSmile)

This has some fun stuff…and other things that are out of date. If you want The Happy Little Bookworm, this one has it. :)

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

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). I’m coming up on the five year anniversary of the blog, and I’m considering doing a “best of” book. I’d include the posts that are less time-dependent, I think…if you have any opinions on ones that you remember, feel free to let me know.

Remember, double-check that they are  free to make sure before buying. Since they are also in Kindle Unlimited, you may see a zero price showing, but it won’t be zero near the Buy button.

Enjoy!

I’d also like to ask you for a favor.

I plan to put together a book of the best of the first five years of this blog, and I hope to have  it done for the holiday season.

I know some of you have been with me from the beginning, and certainly, others who have joined us later have been quite involved.

Choosing the posts for the “best of” book is going to  be a challenge. My natural tendency is…to put in too many. 😉

What I’d like you to do, if you are so inclined, is to let me know which posts stand out to you. You don’t need to give me any times or dates…just comment on this post and say something like, “I liked the Star Trek parody,” or “I’m still thinking about the permanent copyright post.” That would help me in choosing.

If you want me to keep your comment private (posts may have affected some of you in ways you’d rather not share with the rest of my readers), please let me know at the top of your comment.

Also, although I’d like to include comments to the posts, I think it’s better if I don’t put those in the book (that wasn’t where people intended them to go when they wrote them). I plan to link to the posts, and people will be able to see your comments that way. When the book is published (and I’ll let you know when) there will be a forum on the Amazon product page for it, and of course, you’ll have the opportunity to do a review (again, only if you want to do that). It will be part of Kindle Unlimited…borrowing it is fine with me. 😉

So again, thank you for half a decade of ILMK! I look forward to our time together in the future.

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

* 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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