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Amazon updates quotesharing…and it’s nice!

October 26, 2017

Amazon updates quotesharing…and it’s nice!

I’m a big fan of quotations. For a very short period of time, my book of quotations,

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

was the number one book of quotations in any format at Amazon.

Sharing from Kindle e-books, though, has been…limited. It’s been possible, but you had to connect to your social networks, and you only had a couple of choices.

With the recent updates to the Kindle reading apps, it’s greatly improved!

I want to point out that I tested this on an Android device (a Galaxy s7)…so we don’t have all the fancy sharing which the update to Apple devices has (although those are coming to Android later).

I highlighted a quotation in The Mind Boggles, and I had four color highlight choices, Note, Share, Copy, Search, and Translate as options (for me, the last three were reached by tapping a chevron >).

Tapping Share, I had all these options:

  • Message
  • Email
  • Facebook
  • Messenger
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Hangouts
  • Skype

and then by tapping “More”, all the sharing options I normally have on my device. For me, for example, that included Flipboard, Samsung Connect, and many more.

For the second day in a row (I’m not saying I’ll do this every day), I’m tweeting a quotation from The Mind Boggles.

The quotations are more than Twitter’s 140 character limit, but that’s fine. You see the beginning of the quotation, and a link…and it includes the cover of The Mind Boggles. When you tap the link, you see the full quotation, and the beginning of the book. You can “Start Reading” the book…even with no Kindle app installed, people can read a sample of the book! There is also an option to buy the book. Additionally, people can share the book (the information about the book, not the whole contents) with others.

When I tweet, I have the choice of a Direct Message (essentially, a private one-on-one communication) or a public tweet.

When you tweet, you can add more text, a GIF, a picture, and so on. I had 26 characters left.

Oh, and I can dynamically switch accounts! I have two Twitter feeds: one for me, which is where I do most things (@bufocalvin) and one specifically for The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip (@TMCGTT). I’ve been tweeting “On This Date in Geeky History” every day on that one. 🙂

Authors and publishers, I think this is potentially a great way to promote your books! I don’t know what the conversion rate is going to be, but I think it’s an easy way to show the value of your book.

It can also be used for simple social sharing, or to communicate something to a public figure.

It’s worth noting that this is as open as the internet: it’s not limited to

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

members, or Amazon shoppers, or the USA.

For my readers who are Amazon Associates, there wasn’t a way using this tool to include a referrer link, and I don’t think that works from Twitter anyway.

It’s simple, it’s social, it’s low friction…overall, I’m impressed! Well done, Amazon!

Oh, I also just checked it on my now discontinued Kindle Fire HDX: it’s similar, but without as many options (but I don’t have as many apps). I tried it on my work iPhone 5s (they let us use things like the Kindle app on our work phones)…there were some sharing options, but I suspect it would be smoother on a more recent generation.

What do you think? Have you tried it? Is sharing quotations something you do? Do you ever send a quotation to a public figure? What other apps would you use for sharing…would you e-mail a quotation? Text one? Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.

You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!

* 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.




Reports: new Kindle for Android update doubles memory use

December 7, 2011

Reports: new Kindle for Android update doubles memory use

Thanks to Allyson Bright Meyer in the Kindle community for the heads-up on this!

Amazon Kindle community thread

It is being reported that there is a new update for Kindle for Android ( that is considerably increasing the memory used.

I’m on the road and can’t investigate this much until later today.

My Samsung Captivate has not updated yet…I’m on

If you are having a problem with this, try going to your main menu on your device, going to settings, going to Applications and clearing your cache. You could also try clearing your data, but that would likely remove your books from your device as well.

I’m typing this on my phone …my Fire wouldn’t let me edit the body of the post for some reason.

Let me know if you run into this.

Update: before updating, my memory use was:

Total 21.29MB

Applications 0.00B

Data: 16.71MB

That’s on my Samsung Captivate (and it’s not on the SD card)

My Cache is 4.58MB

I don’t use it very much, so I was willing to experiment for you. I’m hoping it doesn’t mess up my other apps, though!

First, I cleared the cache. That did not remove my books from the device (and that’s what I expected would be the case).  My notes and marks and last page read were also preserved.

I then had an update available on my phone for Kindle for Android.

Updating took…oh, twenty seconds or so.

It asked me if I wanted to replace the existing application…I said OK.

The warnings:

  • Storage (Modify or delete SD card contents)
  • Network communication (full internet access)
  • Phone calls (read phone state)
  • System tools (prevent phone from sleeping, retrieve running applications)
I clicked Install.
Installing took about 15 seconds.
I clicked Open.
It took a relatively long time to open (maybe 15 seconds, again).
What’s New:
  • Support for reading PDF documents
  • Phone users: customize your reading experience with new margin and line spacing controls
  • Support for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) phones
  • Several bug fixes
My books were preserved, my last page read was preserved, my notes and marks were preserved.
My new memory readings:
Total: 31.20MB
Applications: 13.39MB
Data: 17.82MB
Nothing in the Cache.
So, my data size increased about a meg, but my applications size increased more than 13 MB.
Interesting stuff…I think we may see an Amazon press release on this, since it brings PDF to the phone. Hard to say, though.

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

Kindle for Android app updated

September 2, 2011

Kindle for Android app updated

My Samsung Captivate just let me know about an update to Kindle for Android.

Under What’s New, it includes:

  • New Home experience with easy access to store (take that, iPhone)
  • Access book recommendations in your library
  • A new layout for newspapers and magazines…designed for Honeycomb tablets (hmm…maybe for a the hypothetical Amazon tab?)…this was version 3.0.0…but it may be that we are getting two upgrades at once?
  • Seamless shopping experience for tabs
This is version 3.1.0…it was about 3 megs.
I like the new lay-out. There is now a banner for Home, On Device, Archive, Store. That’s a lot more intuitive for getting to the Archive, and should reduce those questions in the forum.
The store interface isn’t bad…for example, it gives you the numbers of books in different categories (it says 998,210 Kindle eBooks). It lets you sort by several  things, just like the website store (but that wasn’t intuitive…I had to “long touch” the choice dropdown to get it to go…might just have been me, though). When I got to the category, I could search…even use my Android keyboard’s speech to text. I was able to download a sample, and that worked fine.
I would say the experience in the Kindle store is vastly superior to searching on a Kindle, and certainly comparable to searching on a computer.
Some people may find the new home screen with the recommendations a bit busy, but  it didn’t bother me. Of course, I like a cluttered visual field…more input! 🙂
Feel free to let me know what you think.
Kindle for Android in the Kindle appstore
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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