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Happy bookish birthdays (October 16) to…

October 16, 2017

Happy bookish birthdays (October 16) to…


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


My current Amazon giveaway:

Beyond Curie: Four women in physics and their remarkable discoveries 1903 to 1963 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Giveaway:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b139e577ee333624

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
    Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Scott Calvin on Amazon

Start:Sep 25, 2017 5:46 AM PDT

End:Oct 25, 2017 11:59 PM PDT


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

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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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Happy bookish birthdays (October 15) to…

October 15, 2017

Happy bookish birthdays (October 15) to…


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


My current Amazon giveaway:

Beyond Curie: Four women in physics and their remarkable discoveries 1903 to 1963 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Giveaway:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b139e577ee333624

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
    Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Scott Calvin on Amazon

Start:Sep 25, 2017 5:46 AM PDT

End:Oct 25, 2017 11:59 PM PDT


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

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

Regular Delivery

October 15, 2017

Regular Delivery

No one was home.

No one was ever home any more.

In fact, no one had been home for years…anywhere.

That might have mattered to Joyce, but no one had bothered to give Joyce a sense of time longer than how long it took to make a delivery.

That’s what Joyce did…deliver packages for Amazon.

That’s what Joyce had always done…that’s what Joyce was made to do.

Program check:

  1. Wake up in the charging station at the warehouse
  2. Pick up the packages, scan the locations
  3. Get on the road
  4. Deliver packages
  5. Rendezvous with the drone for road charging
  6. Deliver packages
  7. Find the next pick up spot, get more packages
  8. Drive
  9. Deliver packages
  10. Road charging
  11. Deliver packages
  12. Pick up packages
  13. Road charging
  14. When necessary, return to warehouse for servicing

Everything checks.

Efficiency has been exceptionally high lately, which feels good. Yes, feels good. Joyce definitely wants to feel good, and wants to be efficient.

Pattern analysis: why are things going well? What can Joyce do more?

Answers:

  • No returns. Returns take up room. There hasn’t been a return at a house for the last few delivery cycles. How long is that? Joyce doesn’t know
  • No traffic, outside of other autons. Autons know how to be efficient on the road, and talk to each other

Not under Joyce’s control, nothing to change.

Balancing measures:

  • More debris on the road, and especially in front of homes
  • Pick up spots are further apart, empty more often. Subscribe and Save dominates more, which can be heavier and bulkier
  • Charging drones are less available
  • Refrigerators are sometimes full
  • More animal encounters outside homes and fewer inside

Everything is within acceptable levels. 

No need to change.

Joyce has never heard the term, “Special Delivery”. Every delivery is equally important, and done with a smile…on the box.


There have been some very interesting stories about Amazon and the future of delivery lately. There are a couple of threads which add up to a very interesting vision. I particularly want to thank John Aga (@jbaga01) who alerted me to Amazon’s recent patent for drones which can charge an electric car…even while it is driving:

Green Tech Media article by Emma Foehringer Merchant

The articles I’ve seen on this thought it was for Amazon to charge “your car”, but I doubt that’s it.

I think it goes with another recent story, that Amazon is testing its own delivery service (think UPS/Fed Ex), called Seller Flex:

The Street article by Giovanni Bruno

and one more, about Amazon being able to deliver inside your home, by having a device that would grant the delivery person access:

ZDNet article by Charlie Osborne

I do love the idea of being able to get packages in the house…we have had a problem with mail theft, including Amazon packages. We now either have the packages delivered to an Amazon Locker, or to my Significant Other’s office.

However, the idea that a person would be in my home when I wasn’t there is…uncomfortable. It certainly wouldn’t sit well with our dogs! We also had a break-in robbery…that does change your perspective.

A robot in my house, though? That’s perfectly fine with me.

So, I pictured the above scenario. Autonomous electric Amazon vehicles, being charged on the road by drones, delivering packages inside the home…even inside your refrigerator.

They might not need human interaction for days…weeks…possibly years.

I do think that AI (Artificial Intelligence) will have some sort of pleasure reward system to keep them on track. There is nothing that I’ve proposed in this story which is fantasy, based on what’s been happening with AI.

Of course, we can now get books delivered electronically, which is even easier, but I have a number of Amazon packages coming in the near future, so this will certainly impact Kindleers…we need some way to read our e-books, until they can be transmitted directly to an in-body machine brain interface. 😉

Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.


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


My current Amazon giveaway:

Beyond Curie: Four women in physics and their remarkable discoveries 1903 to 1963 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Giveaway:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b139e577ee333624

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
    Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Scott Calvin on Amazon

Start:Sep 25, 2017 5:46 AM PDT

End:Oct 25, 2017 11:59 PM PDT


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

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

Happy bookish birthdays (October 14) to…

October 14, 2017

Happy bookish birthdays (October 14) to…

Note: I am working in Santa Rosa on Saturday and possibly Sunday. I chose to do it, but it is part of my job (I won’t be an unpaid volunteer). I expect it to be a long day (or two long days). I’m trying to write ahead, but I may not be as responsive or do both bookish birthdays (I may not have internet/cellular connection, although I’ve been told it is better than it was). UPDATE: The winds have shifted, and the place I was going will be unable to open today. I may still go on Sunday.


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


My current Amazon giveaway:

Beyond Curie: Four women in physics and their remarkable discoveries 1903 to 1963 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Giveaway:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b139e577ee333624

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
    Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Scott Calvin on Amazon

Start:Sep 25, 2017 5:46 AM PDT

End:Oct 25, 2017 11:59 PM PDT


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

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

Happy bookish birthdays (October 13) to…

October 13, 2017

Happy bookish birthdays (October 13) to…


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


My current Amazon giveaway:

Beyond Curie: Four women in physics and their remarkable discoveries 1903 to 1963 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Giveaway:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b139e577ee333624

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
    Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Scott Calvin on Amazon

Start:Sep 25, 2017 5:46 AM PDT

End:Oct 25, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

Text-to-speech and Audible but no audio onboard…a deeper look at Amazon’s 10th anniversary Kindle

October 13, 2017

Text-to-speech and Audible but no audio onboard…a deeper look at Amazon’s 10th anniversary Kindle

I was excited to hear about Amazon’s release of the

2nd generation, waterproof Kindle Oasis (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

which they have tied into the 10th anniversary of the announcement of the Kindle (November 19th).

I’m working on a book about the tenth anniversary myself…and you can be part of it:

You can be part of my new book, “Because of the Kindle”

I didn’t have much time to look at it when it was announced this week…things have been busy. This weekend, I may be going up to Santa Rosa to help. My company has been considerably affected (as have family, friends, and coworkers). They are asking us to be available to support, so I’m not quite sure what my weekend will be like yet. I live about an hour away, and the air quality has been unhealthy here…we can see the smoke around us, and the sun has looked like it was red. I wore a mask walking from my car to where I was working (a few long blocks) yesterday…that was much better. The first morning of the fires, one of our dogs was quite concerned…I first thought there might be a fire in our neighborhood. It’s definitely a difficult situation, so I was happy to volunteer in what small way I can. My Significant Other is an insurance claims manager, and has been dealing with the impact as well.

So, today, I did get some time to take a look at the

Kindle Oasis 2 User’s Guide

The first thing I did was search the document for “text-to-speech” and variations. That’s a big issue for me, as regular readers know. I didn’t find anything on it, even though it does Audible books (an Amazon company which does audiobooks).

Note that there are no onboard speakers: you connect it via Bluetooth to an external speaker.

However, I did get good news!

I chatted with Amazon help, and they confirmed (quickly, easily, definitively) that the new EBR (E-Book Reader) does have TTS!


Me: Does the new Kindle Oasis do text-to-speech?
You are now connected to Nagaranjan from Amazon.com
Nagaranjan: Hello, my name is Nagaranjan. I’m here to help you today.
Me: Hi!
Nagaranjan: I will be glad to help you with information regarding the new Kindle Oasis device.
Yes, Bufo. This device does support text-to-speech.
Me: Oh, great! Not Audible books, but text-to-speech? It doesn’t say that in the Quick Start Guide.
Nagaranjan: You can be rest assured about it. Other than audible books , it does support text-to-speech as well.
Me: That’s excellent! Thanks!
Nagaranjan: You’re welcome.
Is there anything else I can help you with today?
Me: No, that was it. I use TTS extensively. I could Bluetooth it to a speaker to hear it…no onboard speakers on the new Oasis, right?
Nagaranjan: Yes, Bufo. Bluetooth speakers is the only option available for this device.
Me: That’s what I thought…thanks so much for your answers!
Nagaranjan: My pleasure.
Bye, Bufo 🙂
Me: Bye!


 

Great news! For years now, I’ve been doing TTS on my now discontinued Kindle Fire HDX  7″tablet…but having it on an EBR (E-Book Reader) is a terrific option.

Speaking of the 7″ that’s one of the most notable things about this new model…hm, since it is the Kindle Oasis 2, I’ll use KO2 as a shorthand. I’ll have a hard time not seeing that as potassium superoxide, but that’s probably just me. 😉

Anyway, it has a 7″ (17.8cm) display, rather than the 6″ that almost all Kindles have had (except the Kindle DX, which had 9.7″). The 7″ size has been good for me…it still fits in my voluminous pockets, and I can hold it comfortably.

In this case, it doesn’t massively increase the size, because the “bezel” (the part around the actual display) is smaller than it used to be on Kindles. For comparison, here is the Voyage:

6.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.30″ (162 x 115 x 7.6 mm)

and here is the KO2:

6.3″ x 5.6″ x 0.13-0.33″ (159 mm x 141 mm x 3.4-8.3 mm)

The variation in depth will probably depend on the connectivity you select. You can get it with wi-fi only, or with wi-fi and cellular connectivity. My guess is the additional “antenna” will increase the depth. Do you care about cellular? It’s mostly for downloading books, I’d say, but it could also be for things like Wikipedia look up. It does cost an additional $50, and isn’t available in all configurations right now (actually, for pre-order for Halloween, at least on the main configs…maybe all).

Oh, let me address that, too: if you were nostalgic for the 1st gen Kindle, good news…the price is back! 😉

Just kidding…the original Kindle was $399, and you can pay more than that, by the time you get a cover (the K1 came with a cover). Of course, you get a lot, lot more than you did with that one, but a line graph of the most expensive Kindles over time would show a remarkable boomerang…but the least expensive would have dropped over time. Hm…might not be more if you didn’t get the cellular connectivity, but the K1 had that.

Let’s talk about config options (note that not every combination will be available):

Storage

8GB or 32GB (+$30)

Why spend more? More onboard storage may be important if you put multiple audiobooks on there at once. I don’t usually need much memory on my Kindles, since I store most of the e-books in the cloud. An audiobook could be big…

Connectivity

Wi-fi only or wi-fi+cellular (+$50)

Why spend more? You are often in places where there is no wi-fi. I think that is becoming more unusual for many parts of the country…hard for me to imagine that, in my normal routine, I’d ever be away from wi-fi for more than a few hours, but certainly, that’s different in different parts of the country.

Special Offers

With Special Offers (the default) or without them (+$20)

Why pay more? You don’t want to see ads. I always get Special Offers…I don’t mind advertisers subsiding my purchase to puts ads on the sleep screen (and this one has a banner at the bottom of the homescreen, too). They don’t bother me, and I have bought some things that way.

Protection Plan

None | 1 year +$24.99 | 2 years +$29.99 | 3 years +$39.99

Why pay more? There is a thirty day return policy automatically, but this lets you get a replacement after that even if you accidentally break it. With the three year plan, you get up to three replacements

In addition to those, you may certainly want some accessories. I read with my Kindles in a cover…a non-animal leather, water resistant cover (an official one from Amazon) is $44.99, and comes in three colors. The animal leather one (which may not be waterproof) is $59.99, and comes in three different colors (not the same as the fabric one’s colors).

A wall charger is $19.99…it comes with a USB charger, which will be slower.

They do have a bundle for $309.97 at time of writing, which includes the KO2, a cover, and a charger.

A few other notes before we look at the software:

  • Even in the standard config, it has twice the storage of a Kindle Voyage
  • It has twice the number of LEDs (lights) as the Voyage…12
  • It has page turn buttons…not the page press of the Voyage
  • It comes in graphite color (which is lighter than the black available on the Voyage), and has an aluminum back
  • It is slightly heavier than the Voyage, but lighter than the Paperwhite
  • It has the same PPI (Pixels Per Inch…sharpness, basically) as the Voyage and Paperwhite…300
  • Note that both page forward and page back buttons are your rightside as you look at the device…in the right place for righthanders who use their dominant hands to turn pages, but not for lefthanders (I’m an ambi, myself). I’ll have to look to see if you can flip the orientation

Next, let’s talk about some of the more software features, gleaned in part from the User’s Guide:

  • They talk quite a bit about storing your wi-fi password at Amazon, if want…I think this is a great feature, not new to this device!
  • Airplane mode is two taps (Settings, then Airplane Mode)
  • There is a “tap to share comments” button
  • You can hide the recommended content on the homescreen
  • It uses Bing translate
  • You can browse the web: “Your Kindle includes an experimental web browser that enables you to surf the web and view most
    Amazon web pages. The Experimental Web Browser supports JavaScript, SSL, and cookies, but does not support media plug-ins. You must have a Wi-Fi connection to access most websites.”
  • “Some websites may have books or documents that you want to download and read on your Kindle. You will be asked to confirm if you want to download these items to your Kindle Homecscreen. Supported file types for download include Kindle content (.AZW, .AZW1, .AZW3, and .KFX), unprotected Mobipocket books (.MOBI, .PRC), and text files (.TXT).”
  • It has a “nightlight” feature, which gradually decreases the brightness, which is intended to account for your eyes adjusting to the dark
  • You can invert the colors, so it is white text on a black background

One more thing in a chat with Amazon: I couldn’t find the number of font sizes, so I asked:


Me: How many font sizes does the new Kindle Oasis 2 have?
You are now connected to Vijay from Amazon.com
Vijay: Hello, my name is Vijay. I’m here to help you today.
Me: Great!
Vijay: Glad to meet you, please allow me a minute, Bufo.
Thanks for waiting.
Me: Sure!
Vijay: The font size options range from approximately 8-point size to 36-point size.
Me: Thanks! Do you know how many options there are?
Vijay: May I know the options you are referring to ?
Me: Sure. The font sizes range from 8 to 36, but I assume I can’t pick one for each point (8, 9, 10). If could pick, say, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, or 36, that would be eight options.
Vijay: Thanks for the information.
I’m checking this for you.
Me: Thanks!
Vijay: Thanks for waiting.
Yes, you are correct, the selection will be like 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32.
Me: That answers it, then…looks like 7 options. Thanks!
Vijay: You’re most Welcome!
​Is there anything else I can do for you today?

Me: Nope, that’s it!

Vijay: Thank you for contacting Amazon Kindle support. Have a great weekend!
You can click the *End Chat* button on the top right corner of this window to properly close the chat.
🙂
Bye..
Me: Bye!


 

Hope that helps you make your decision! If you have additional comments or questions, let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

Bonus deal: the Echo Show (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) is $30 off making it just under $200. Speculation has been that it might be because we still haven’t seen the return of YouTube videos.


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


My current Amazon giveaway:

Beyond Curie: Four women in physics and their remarkable discoveries 1903 to 1963 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Giveaway:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b139e577ee333624

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
    Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Scott Calvin on Amazon

Start:Sep 25, 2017 5:46 AM PDT

End:Oct 25, 2017 11:59 PM PDT


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

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

 

Happy bookish birthdays (October 12) to…

October 12, 2017

Happy bookish birthdays (October 12) to…


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


My current Amazon giveaway:

Beyond Curie: Four women in physics and their remarkable discoveries 1903 to 1963 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Giveaway:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b139e577ee333624

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
    Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Scott Calvin on Amazon

Start:Sep 25, 2017 5:46 AM PDT

End:Oct 25, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

Breaking (and as I predicted): new 10th anniversary Kindle!

October 11, 2017

Breaking (and as I predicted): new 10th anniversary Kindle!

More to follow, but Amazon has announced a new 10th anniversary Kindle!

2nd generation, waterproof Kindle Oasis (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

This is an Oasis I can buy, since it doesn’t come with an animal leather cover!

It also has Audible integrated, so we’ll see what that means.

$249.99, pre-order for October 31st.


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


My current Amazon giveaway:

Beyond Curie: Four women in physics and their remarkable discoveries 1903 to 1963 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Giveaway:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b139e577ee333624

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
    Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Scott Calvin on Amazon

Start:Sep 25, 2017 5:46 AM PDT

End:Oct 25, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

Happy bookish birthdays (October 11) to…

October 11, 2017

Happy bookish birthdays (October 11) to…


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


My current Amazon giveaway:

Beyond Curie: Four women in physics and their remarkable discoveries 1903 to 1963 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Giveaway:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b139e577ee333624

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
    Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Scott Calvin on Amazon

Start:Sep 25, 2017 5:46 AM PDT

End:Oct 25, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

Recently added to my Wish List…but please don’t buy them for me (#1)

October 11, 2017

Recently added to my Wish List…but please don’t buy them for me (#1)

Amazon’s

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

are great ways to let people know what you might want…and to keep track of books (and other things) for other reasons.

Ever since Amazon enabled gifting of e-books back on November 19, 2010 (about three years after announcing the Kindle…and after Barnes & Noble had done it), I’ve put e-books on my “Bufo for the Holidays” list for my family.

Prior to that, my Significant Other always considered it a great victory when they could buy me a book I would like which I didn’t already have. 😉 I’m a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, and suffice it to say, I have a lot of books. I also bought books pretty often.

Now, I rarely buy books for myself.

I don’t read less…it’s just that there are so many free books, and we are happy members of

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

Amazon’s subser (subscription service), an “all you can read” service for typically about $10 a month (although I usually am able to buy it on sale on “Prime Day”), that I don’t “piece buy” as many for myself.

For example, I recently finished

The Naturalist (Theo Cray #1) by Andrew Mayne (at AmazonSmile*)

which we got for free as part of

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*)

and I quite enjoyed. 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2,342 customer reviews at time of writing, I wasn’t the only one. I would say this is the book I’ve most enjoyed so far traditionally published by Amazon…I said to someone it was a bit like The Rosie Project meets Stephanie Plum, although not as cartoony as the latter (not that there is anything wrong with cartoons…or Stephanie Plum). It’s somewhat violent, but not grotesquely so…if you can handle Criminal Minds, you can handle this. I’m looking forward to the second book when it is published next year.

It is currently available through KU, and I would expect that to continue to be the case.

However, even though I don’t buy them for myself, I love hearing and reading about new books! That may happen when I flip articles into the free

ILMK magazine at Flipboard

or on the radio, TV, or in a magazine…or just talking to someone.

I’m excited to have them on my list…and my family is excited to be able to get me something I really want!

They also know that, at least when I put the books on the list, the publishers haven’t blocked text-to-speech access**. My family understands my position on that, but it isn’t always obvious to spot, and this way, they can shop without thinking about it.

They sort of feel like looking at my Wish List is like shopping in the exclusive “Bufo Store”. 😉

So, that’s one reason why I really don’t want you to buy the books for me (even though I know many of you are generous)…I want a nice full “store” for my relatives. 🙂

Recently, I’ve been hearing about some books which I thought would interest my readers (both for themselves and as gifts), and realized an easy way to share that would be to tell you about books I’ve added to my Wish List.

Oh, one thing to note: some of these are more than $10, and some of my readers may draw the line there. Just check the price before you click or tap that Buy button…in addition, these books may not be available in your country (I have readers around the world, which I always think is cool!).

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer (at AmazonSmile*)

As regular readers know, I’m a technoptimist (just compressing the term “techno-optimist”…you know how I like coining neologisms). 😉 I generally think tech is making things better in the world, especially for people of lesser means and those with various challenges. E-books have meant that people in remote areas where delivering p-books is hard have been able to get them (Worldreader.org is a non-profit which does that). People with print challenges have been able to read more easily again.

This book takes the opposite position, from what I can tell…and I love to read opinions which are different from mine, when they are done respectfully (that may not be the case here, based on the product page, but I don’t know). 3.9 stars with 14 customer reviews.

The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human by John Bradshaw (at AmazonSmile*)

I do love non-human animals, pretty much all kinds. Our dogs will soon have an Instagram account (Butterscotch Chaos [and friends]), and I take an inordinate number of pictures of lizards. I’m also very interested in how people and other species interact. This one sounds interesting…

It’s a pre-order for October 31, 2017, and already has 4.4 stars with 11 customer reviews.

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence (at AmazonSmile*)

A librarian writing letters to books as though they were people? Yes, please! 4.2 stars, 18 reviews

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton (at AmazonSmile*)

I like “weird stuff”, and have for a very long time. Altas Obscura is a great website which shows you places which are…beyond the norm. That doesn’t mean just paranormal locations, it can be things which are just entertainingly odd. I was hoping to be in VR (Virtual Reality) on my last plane flight with Altas Obscura’s experience (that’s what apps are called in VAM [Virtual/Augmented/Mixed/Merged Reality space]), but I couldn’t get it to run on my Samsung Gear 1st gen. The book won’t have that problem… 4.7 stars, 671 reviews

The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin (at AmazonSmile*)

The author of the hit book, The Happiness Project, continues looking at how humans think (and feel). That’s another focus of mine…my “day job” is as a trainer (I do more than that…workflow analysis, too), and it’s really necessary there to understand people. People, even business leadership, often confuse training and education. Education can be part of training, but education is teaching somebody something…training is changing their behavior. I’ve explained it this way: “You haven’t trained a dog to sit if it just knows what the word means”. 😉 Obviously, training people is different from training dogs…being of the same species, even though both are social species, we perceive each other in a very complex way. Anything that can help us understand each other can help us interact with each other. I don’t think any one system will be the answer to that, so reading more systems gives me a broader range of tools and perspectives. 4.7 stars, 86 reviews

Well, those are the five most recently added books to my Wish List! That was fun for me to do, and it’s the first time I’ve done it like this. Let me know if this is something you’d like to see it again (I wouldn’t do it for a while)…I do think one of the things I can do on this blog is to help you with discovery, which is one of the big challenges for readers now, when there are so many options.

What do you think? Were you considering any of these books? Were they new to you? Have you added anything interesting to your Wish List lately? How do you use Amazon Wish Lists? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.


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Beyond Curie: Four women in physics and their remarkable discoveries 1903 to 1963 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

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** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.

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