This is a somewhat rambling blog post…part of it relates to some information I want to share with you while the remainder of it is just me banging away at the keyboard with whatever comes to mind. If you would like to write to me, my email address is michael at fkbooksandtips dot com (I type it out that way in a small effort to try and avoid the spammers).
Changes to the Blog
As most of you know, there have been some changes to the blog over the last week and a half or so. However, I am still receiving emails / posts to the blog’s Facebook page, etc. from people asking “hey, what happened?”
The overwhelming number of emails, etc. I have received to the changes to the blog have been encouraging and supportive, and I appreciate it. I hope you are enjoying learning about other places to feed each of our free book addiction, finding new authors who have graciously made their books available for members of the blog at a significant discount, and learning a tip or two about how to better your overall Kindle experience. I think you will enjoy what comes down the road and I really appreciate the encouraging words as the blog moves forward in a new direction.
I have also received some pointed notes from a smaller number of people who are insistent I revert back to the way things were and have been pretty blunt I only tell them about free Kindle book offerings on Amazon.
Folks, this is out of my hands and beyond my control. I will be the first to say I didn’t like the change because it is causing me to take a good financial hit, but the more I think about it I am getting excited because it is a new challenge and has some good opportunities not only for me but also for you as we try out new things and hopefully learn a lot. After I got over my frustration, the change Amazon is enforcing also made me realize things had become routine over the last few months: I really dislike the routine and complacency in my day job, and am always open to a challenge or change in direction.
Stick along for the ride and try it out: I guarantee you will find some good, and free, Kindle book offerings; you’ll also find some stinkers you can’t stand. I also will be willing to bet you’ll find some useful information as this blog has never been about being a 100% dump of freebies like some sites (that are probably shutting down now), but I do try to put some personality and differentiation into it.
If you think about it, a 100% free model of anything – Kindle books, apps, even government-funded entitlement programs – is not a sustainable model in the long-term. Authors, for example, do need to sell a few books to give them a reason to keep creating the things we enjoy reading. I’m a huge believer in offering free things as an incentive, but I am also a bigger believer in paying people for working – especially if I receive a benefit from it. If I am going to receive 4-6 hours (or more) of entertainment from something like a book and you compare the hourly rate to other forms of entertainment like eating out, clubbing, or going to a movie I see no problem at all with paying the creator of that entertainment (the author) a couple of bucks because he or she provided that entertainment outlet.
I’ll still be getting and reading free books, and I’ll still be telling you about free books, but I’m also going to be telling you about other things. The blog, like everything else in life such as your job, company, family, and the environment has to adapt to change or it will wither away. I don’t want to wither.
I’ll get off of my soapbox and mini-rant for now, but I will admit some of the emails and sense of entitlement in those emails pushed a button!
Authors Telling Me (And You) About Free Books
Just because I have slowed down the spigot of free books doesn’t mean you need to go through withdrawal. Independent authors are still going to the blog’s Facebook page and posting about their free days on Amazon: give it a look, and you can find some good things that way. While you’re there, how about giving the page a “Like?”
To check out the independent author posts, here is what you need to do:
- Point your web browser to www.facebook.com/fkbooks
- On the right-hand side of the page, just below the total number of “Likes,” is a section titled “Recent Posts by Others.” Take a look at this section.
- On my computer’s screen, it shows the last four posts. To see more, click on the “More Posts” menu item at the bottom of that section.
The Blog’s Emails
The blog’s email capability has been up and down lately. Most of you who have signed up still receive them, but there are a few of you who have had it stop – you try to sign back up, the server says you are already subscribed, but you still don’t receive them.
I hope to have that fixed shortly with a new email provider. Once that is ready to go, I will shoot out a post telling you how to get it.
Read an eBook Week
I hope you have enjoyed some of the variety on some of the Read an eBook week free eBook offers. I’ll be telling you about a few more as the week continues!
The Spring Break Washington DC Trip
Here’s an update for those of you who purchased my children’s book as a fundraiser for my daughter’s spring break trip to Washington, DC (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can click here or type in http://bit.ly/NEzWll into your web browser to read the post about their collaborative efforts in writing their first Kindle book): the plane leaves next week. I’ll be posting comments about her trip and experiences once she returns. Thanks again to everyone who helped make this trip happen for her!
That’s all I have for now – I hope each of have a great rest of your week!