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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.

It’s ILMK’s 4th birthday!

August 28, 2013

It’s ILMK’s 4th birthday!

The first post in this blog was published on August 28th, 2009.

Last year*, I gave you lots of statistics on the birthday, and I’d like to do that today. However, I have some family things going on for the next few days, and that may make it difficult. I do expect to have some blogging access during this period (so if Amazon announces new hardware, I should still be able to let you know), but it’s going to mostly be my Fire and a Bluetooth keyboard…which is a bit limited compared to a desktop or laptop.

This limitation may particularly be true today. I may have collected the data on the 27th for the most part…what’s one day between friends? 😉

Bad guys, this does not mean our house is empty. 🙂 There isn’t anything bad going on with this, it’s just going to be some very focused time, so don’t worry, readers! 😉

* If you’d like to compare last year’s stats to this year, you can do so here:

https://ilmk.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/its-ilmks-third-birthday/

I know I will. 😉

Now for some statistics:

  • All time views per WordPress: 1,114,304
  • Number of posts: 2,187
  • Number of comments: 11,829
  • Busiest day: December 27, 2010
  • Highest rank in Kindle store blogs & newsfeeds: #1*
  • Days in the top 100: 1,147
  • This morning’s rank: #10

Ten most popular posts/pages:

Top recent commenters (based on the past 1,000 comments):

  • Bufo Calvin
  • Lady Galaxy
  • Edward Boyhan
  • Roger Knights
  • tellthetruth1
  • Zebras
  • jjhitt

Top views by country since February 25, 2012:

7 Days |30 Days |Quarter |Year |Since February 25, 2012
Country Views
United States 347,733
United Kingdom 35,418
Canada 8,358
Australia 7,994
Germany 3,263
Ireland 2,762
India 2,685
Spain 2,054
Brazil 1,839
New Zealand 1,727
France 1,671
Italy 1,537
Poland 1,437
Philippines 1,338
Japan 1,167
South Africa 1,159
Singapore 1,143
Russian Federation 1,090
Slovakia 990
Czech Republic 955
Mexico 876
Switzerland 859
Hong Kong 858
Saudi Arabia 856
Romania 850
Netherlands 771
Pakistan 715
Israel 670
Taiwan 662
Hungary 617
Thailand 609
Turkey 597
Ukraine 567
Belgium 533
Viet Nam 513
Argentina 505
Norway 494
Malaysia 490
Republic of Korea 482
Sweden 471
Austria 437
Colombia 432
Portugal 427
Trinidad and Tobago 385
Indonesia 370
United Arab Emirates 368
Bulgaria 356
Greece 334
Denmark 326
Finland 311
Chile 288
Dominican Republic 279
Croatia 271
Egypt 219
Venezuela 217
Puerto Rico 207
Costa Rica 203
Iceland 202
Jamaica 200
Slovenia 184
Serbia 175
Bahamas 162
El Salvador 142
Lithuania 140
Peru 140
Barbados 138
Kenya 138
Georgia 125
Bahrain 125
Malta 118
Belarus 111
Ecuador 102
Cyprus 93
Nigeria 93
Latvia 92
Morocco 91
Sri Lanka 89
Estonia 89
Guatemala 84
Bangladesh 77
Qatar 77
Luxembourg 76
Algeria 70
Cambodia 68
Moldova 64
Uruguay 61
Ghana 59
Jordan 58
British Virgin Islands 55
Isle of Man 52
Kuwait 49
Guernsey 49
Lebanon 49
Bosnia and Herzegovina 49
Panama 47
Iraq 45
Armenia 43
Jersey 41
Nepal 40
United Republic of Tanzania 37
Guyana 36
Belize 36
Mongolia 35
Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic 35
Tunisia 34
Azerbaijan 34
Guam 32
Bermuda 32
Albania 32
Cayman Islands 32
Saint Lucia 31
Nicaragua 30
Oman 29
Antigua and Barbuda 29
Bolivia 29
Gibraltar 28
Paraguay 28
Honduras 27
Macao 27
Namibia 27
Ethiopia 26
Botswana 25
Mauritius 25
Zimbabwe 25
Zambia 23
Mozambique 22
Myanmar 22
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 21
Haiti 19
Virgin Islands 19
Afghanistan 19
Uganda 18
Cuba 17
Brunei Darussalam 16
Netherlands Antilles 15
Dominica 14
Sudan 14
Saint Kitts and Nevis 14
Grenada 14
Kyrgyzstan 12
Anguilla 12
Palestinian Territory, Occupied 12
New Caledonia 11
Fiji 11
Suriname 10
China 10
Senegal 10
Aruba 10
Cameroon 9
Maldives 9
Libya 9
Syrian Arab Republic 9
Angola 8
Rwanda 8
Northern Mariana Islands 8
Kazakhstan 8
Benin 7
Yemen 7
Turks and Caicos Islands 7
American Samoa 7
Cape Verde 7
Tajikistan 7
Liberia 7
Monaco 7
Côte d’Ivoire 6
Montenegro 6
French Polynesia 6
Liechtenstein 5
Seychelles 5
Vanuatu 5
Lao People’s Democratic Republic 5
Malawi 4
Andorra 4
Bhutan 4
Réunion 4
Guadeloupe 4
Vatican City 3
Djibouti 3
Papua New Guinea 3
Marshall Islands 3
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) 3
Madagascar 2
Gambia 2
Mali 2
Burkina Faso 2
Micronesia, Federated States of 2
Sierra Leone 2
Palau 2
Eritrea 1
Uzbekistan 1
Martinique 1
Swaziland 1
Equatorial Guinea 1
Faroe Islands 1
Montserrat 1
Solomon Islands 1
Turkmenistan 1

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

What do you like in ILMK? 2013

April 27, 2013

What do you like in ILMK? 2013

Regular readers know that I’m always asking for your opinion. 🙂

I typically put something at the end of a post, and prompt you to comment on what I’ve written.

I also, from time to time, ask your opinion about what I should be writing.

Now, I know that part of the attraction of a blog like this is that it is personal…that who I am affects what I write and what you read. For that reason, I can’t simply write what people ask me to write. I have to write what feels real to me, and that I think can both help people and keep me creatively satisfied.

That doesn’t mean, though, that I can’t shift the focus to more of what people want and less of what they don’t.

I polled my readers a bit more than three years ago

You tell me…what do you like in ILMK?

and based on those responses and other subsequent questions and answers, I have made changes.

For example, I’ve stopped doing as many excerpts from public domain works of fiction. I still do those from time to time, but not as many.

I know I can’t please all of the people all of the time, and I’m not trying to do that. That’s part of why I make an effort to keep the blog eclectic: I really try not to write about the same thing two posts in a row, although when something big is happening, it does happen sometimes.

I was saddened recently when someone commented that they were going to stop reading the blog because I was writing too much about the Kindle Fire.

I wasn’t sad that they had commented: I appreciated that, really. I wish that they had commented before deciding to drop it…that’s my natural tendency. I try to change something before I give up on it…sometimes, that has worked out very well.

I did go back and check in that case: I’d written one purely Kindle Fire post (a menu map) and one app review in the past ten. Apps don’t do you any good on an RSK (Reflective Screen Kindle…anything but a Kindle Fire), but they do also work on other devices running Kindle apps…Android phones, for example, and the app about which I wrote is also available on iPhones, Blackberrys, and more. Not every app is available for every device, but yes, you can’t use an app on your RSK.

That’s another part of the balance. I have people who read this blog who are old hands at the Kindle, newbies to it, people who use the Kindle app on a PC or a Mac…and people from all over the world. It isn’t possible to always write things that are of universal interest, so I hope readers accept that not every post will be applicable to them. That’s part of why I try to stick to that “no two posts the same in a row” guideline. For subscribers (thanks, subscribers!), I really try and make it worth their ninety-nine cents a month. Hopefully, if one of those posts seems like it wasn’t worth the three and a third cents it costs you (approximately), another one is worth more than seven cents. 😉

I’ve also started adding little “bonuses” at the ends of some posts, particularly those which might appeal to a smaller audience. It might be a bonus sale, like one of the Kindle Daily Deals…those appeal to a pretty wide spectrum of my readers (but not everybody…for example, they may not apply outside the USA. In 2012, I had readers in 189 countries, according to WordPress).

I think those help, but I do want to hear what you think. I’m going to poll you, but also please feel free to comment on this post if you’d like to give me more information. You can ask me to keep the comment private, if you like…that’s up to you. I get private comments from time to time (I’ve gotten them about the content of the blog), and I don’t publish those to the blog (I review every comment before it gets published).

So, here we go!

Let’s start out with categories of posts…these won’t match up exactly with the categories you can see when you go the blogsite: the latter tend to be more narrow.

Sales

Category link: Sales (and others)

I write specifically about things where the price is reduced temporarily. That might be a Kindle Daily Deal, or Amazon’s monthly 100 books for $3.99 or lower. I try not to just list them, but to give you some insight about them, even if it’s just that I found a subset interesting. I do think this is one of the things that can really save you money. Still, I could see how someone might think they could get that information elsewhere, or that that isn’t personalized by me enough, or that the sales aren’t available to that person, or that it seems too commercial. In the polls, I’m going to include free books…that can be the ultimate sale, of course…unless the book is always free (as is the case, generally, with public domain books).

Tips

Category link: Tips

There are several sub-categories to this, but this is basically when I tell you about things that can help you use your Kindle or the Kindle service better. That includes things like alerting you to new or old features (the Menu Maps are one way I do that). I really like these, but honestly, I’ve covered a lot of stuff already. 🙂 That’s one reason I like it when Amazon introduces new features, say, through an update…gives me something new where I can help you.

News

Category link: News

For the purposes of this poll, I’m going to include news about traditional publishing houses, copyright and other legal issues, and so on. Think of it of something of more general interest, rather than specifically how you use your device. While it may affect you, it is more about the information. One place I do a lot of this in the Round-ups, where I do shorter pieces and often direct you to other news sources.

Analysis, Opinion, Humor, Reviews, and Bufo’s Life

I’m lumping a bunch of things together here, but they can be broadly thought of as my really original material. Analysis (such as the Snapshots I do every month has to do with me looking at something, and often applying number crunching to it. Opinion (and the newer category called Thoughtabouts) are me just thinking about things, mostly. I didn’t really intend to write reviews when I started this blog, but I have done those and gotten good response to them. I do humor pieces as well, and from time to time, I tell you some things about my life. While you might see things about what I write about in sales or news somewhere else, these are really going to uniquely be seen here. They are different enough, though, that I’m going to approach the polls a bit differently in this section:

Topic Categories

I wanted to ask you more broadly about topics. I’ll do two polls here, one for wanting more of it, one for wanting less.

Whew! I know that’s a lot of questions…just answer the ones you want. I also know that this doesn’t come close to covering everything…feel free to give me and my readers more information by commenting on this post.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.


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