It’s time for a brief update or rambling blog post, where I have a few things I want to talk about – plus you never know what else I might say as I beat away on my keyboard. If you would like to write to me, my email address is michael at fkbooksandtips dot com (I write it out that way in a small effort to avoid the spammers).
Collections App for Kindle Fire
Many of you have purchased and are using the Collections App I had developed for your Kindle Fire (you can click here or type in http://smarturl.it/firecollections into your web browser to see it), which allows you to categorize your Amazon-purchased Kindle books on your Kindle Fire.
Approximately Tuesday of last week, Amazon pushed out an update to the Kindle Fire software which has caused a small issue with the app: of course, there was no advance warning to the developer community, nor has there been a list of changes sent out to the developer community which is quite frustrating. While the app still works, and you can move your books between different categories, it has one hiccup where new books you may add to your Fire are not recognized on the initial scan and, as a result, you can’t categorize these new additions.
The developer team is working on the issue, and I expect to have a new version out soon. Of course, I will have a PT Barnum moment or two telling you about it when that happens. In addition to this fix, I have taken the feedback I’ve received on new enhancements which should be integrated with this new version. More to come, and I appreciate everyone’s patience!
Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway
Last week’s giveaway of a new Kindle Paperwhite with 3G was very popular, and I expect to have another giveaway of some sort soon!
We did have a winner, but I am waiting on a reply from the winner so I know where to ship it: if your email address starts with “lbg68” followed by more characters and a specific domain, please check your email, your spam folders, etc. because I want to give it to you! And no, if this isn’t your email address please don’t go register a bunch of similar email addresses with yahoo or google – the email address is not with either one of those providers…
I’ve sent out another email to this winner, and if I don’t hear from them by midnight Saturday – that would have given them a full week to respond – we’ll just have to do it again.
Free Kindle Book Listings
I still receive a lot of emails, Facebook messages, etc. basically asking the same thing: “why aren’t you listing free Kindle books anymore,” “what happened to the format of the blog,” as well as some pointed advice on what I should be doing in terms of posts vs. what I am doing right now. Not to be too repetitive, but I’ve posted about this several times.
- If you missed the initial post on the matter, you can click here or type in http://smarturl.it/1pn4z6 into your web browser.
- If you missed the follow-up post I had, you can click here or type in http://smarturl.it/bn5q72 into your web browser.
If you have noticed, over the last couple of days I have been re-introducing free Kindle book offers from the Amazon website: I will continue to do so, but I am monitoring the free to paid download ratio on a daily basis. I am sure there will continue to be changes to the blog’s post structure as the interpretation of the new rules is further defined. I encourage you to give the “for sale” books I tell you about a try as, for example, they are from some great independent authors and I am applying the same review criteria for them as I did for the freebies; you may also find a new favorite author!
The reality, however, is a 100% free model is not sustainable for either Amazon or me as I, for example, have to cover the operating costs of the blog’s infrastructure (and it ain’t cheap!).
Hopefully, you have enjoyed some new reads, learned a few things about your Kindle, and have participated in the weekly informal polls. The blog was never meant to be just a data dump of freebies, but I encourage you to interact with the posts as much as you can or feel comfortable in participating!
Speaking of the informal polls, they have been pretty popular in terms of the number of readers and participation of people adding their comments and feedback. Personally, I am regretting having last week’s about the favorite series as I have added a few more Book #1 series to my to-be-read pile: now, I just need to carve out more time to read!
If you missed or would like to see the weekly informal polls we’ve had so far, you can click here or type in http://smarturl.it/polls into your web browser to give them a look: dive in and participate in a few of them!
As usual, baseball really has nothing to do with your Kindle…it is, however, my favorite sport. I have long moaned of being a Ranger fan in the home of the lowly Astros (please spend some money, Mr. Crane!), but I had my dose of humble pie when the Astros thumped the Rangers on Opening Day. <sigh>
Good thing there is a rematch tonight!
That’s all I had for right now…I hope you have a great rest of your week!