Happy bookish birthdays (13 March) to…

March 13, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (13 March) to…

 


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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

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Happy bookish birthdays (March 12) to…

March 12, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (March 12) to…


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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

 

Happy bookish birthdays (11 March) to…

March 11, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (11 March) to…


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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

Len Edgerly of The Kindle Chronicles asked a question in the John Delaney Town Hall tonight

March 10, 2019

Len Edgerly of The Kindle Chronicles asked a question in the John Delaney Town Hall tonight

I’ve been on Len Edgerly’s

The Kindle Chronicles

a few times, and it’s always been a good experience. I feel safe in saying it’s the leading Kindle podcast: Amazon CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Jeff Bezos has been on it.

As my regular readers know, I try to avoid talking about politics in this blog. Sometimes, politics directly impacts e-books, e-publishing, the Kindle, and Amazon, and I may need to mention that (for example, a Presidential candidate just recently announced an idea to break up very large tech companies…including Amazon), but your politics should not affect your comfort level with reading this blog and contributing to the conversation through comments.

Len doesn’t make that solid a demarcation, and I have to say, it was exciting when I heard Len’s name and saw the podcaster ask a question of John Delaney during a CNN town hall tonight.

I don’t want to discuss the question and response, of course, but it was cool to see Len part of this process.

Just to clarify, Len and I have had some correspondence, I’ve been on the show, but the only time we’ve “met” has been in Virtual Reality. 🙂

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Happy bookish birthdays (10 March) to…

March 10, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (10 March) to…


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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

 

Happy bookish birthdays (9 March) to…

March 9, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (9 March) to…

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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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

Happy bookish birthdays (March 8) to…

March 8, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (March 8) to…

Special note: this is also the birthday of Michael S. Hart, who founded and pioneered Project Gutenberg. While not an “author” the way the other people in this post are, Hart’s PG has been very important to literature, and especially to the readers of this blog. What Hart did was take public domain (not under copyright protection) books (and some other types of literature, including magazines) and get them digitized (turned into e-books)…and then make them available free over the internet. There are now more than 50,000 titles there. Many volunteers contribute to digitizing and proofreading these books. I have read many books which were likely digitized thanks to Michael S. Hart’s efforts (in some cases, they were amplified by people adding commentary or other new material to them). I liken what Hart did to what Benjamin Franklin did in establishing a lending library when books were expensive and difficult to obtain for a large percentage of the population.

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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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

Amazon has released an Echo Auto set up video…we should have them soon!

March 7, 2019

Amazon has released an Echo Auto set up video…we should have them soon!

It’s still only available by invitation, but there’s a major indication that those of who requested the

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

should have them soon!

I got the acknowledgement of my request on September 20th, so it’s coming up on six months.

I’m very excited about this! I use Alexa in the car frequently, and it’s just not that easy to launch things from my phone. We have very strict rules in California…interactions with our phone are supposed to be 1-touch only while we are driving (I think that’s right). If I already have the Alexa app open, I can launch it (to make a request) with one touch, but I’d much rather be able to do the whole thing by voice.

It also has really seemed like they are working hard to integrate more apps with Alexa for the car…directions, but a lot more.

The indicator that we may have them soon is this

Amazon YouTube video on setting up the Echo Auto

which was just published.

There’s very little reason for them to put that out unless people need to use it. My guess is that some people have them already; Amazon likes to have user quotes when they put out a press release for a new product.

We’ll see, but my guess is that I’ll have mine by the end of the month!

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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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.

Happy bookish birthdays (7 March) to…

March 7, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (7 March) to…

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

Happy bookish birthdays (6 March) to…

March 6, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (6 March) to…


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

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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


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