It’s that time again, time for another rambling blog post where I have no set agenda before I start banging away on the keyboard. If you would like to write to me, my email address is michael at fkbooksandtips (I type it out that way in a small attempt to thwart the professional spammers).
Kindle Fire Giveaway
Many of you have entered to win the new Kindle Fire the blog is giving away…but there’s even more of you who have not entered. It’s free to enter, so why not take 30 seconds and enter? You don’t have to be a Facebook member or Twitter user as in prior giveaways, and you only have a couple of days left to go before a winner is drawn: you can enter if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/firemeup into your web browser.
I’m also certain your friends and family – as well as your co-workers, casual acquaintances, and even your enemies – would like to own a Kindle Fire: why not pass along the link above to them so they can enter, also? The more the merrier!
Has anyone besides me (and two of the blog members who also emailed me) noticed Amazon is no longer selling the Kindle Keyboard? Go ahead, click here or type in http://smarturl.it/linq4h into your web browser to take a look…
That’s disappointing to me, as I’ve become quite attached to mine – it’s been all over the United States, as well as several Latin American and European countries with me (a willing traveler, of course) – and I feel a certain attachment to this model. I don’t recall seeing an announcement from Amazon saying they were done with this model but, then again, I wouldn’t expect to see one.
Will it return? I don’t know – I do know the Kindle Touch came and went before appearing again, and it’s gone yet again from the Amazon storefront. The Kindle DX was around for a while, left for a while, then quietly reappeared again. Stay tuned…
Speaking of the Kindle DX – I really like mine. The screen is an impressive size at almost ten inches (and despite popular opinion on some things, size matters in items such as screen size on an e-reader), it has a keyboard, and you still get international free 3G. The pricing when this model was first introduced was a whopping $499, but a brand new one is listed for $299: if you need a keyboard, or want a large screen e-ink reader, you should check it out. You can click here or type in http://smarturl.it/kindledx into your web browser to see the latest version of the Kindle DX.
Reading the above makes me realize some of you need to get your mind out of the gutter…
Kindle Daily Deal
Several of you have emailed me asking why I’m not posting the Kindle Daily Deal as frequently as I used to – the short answer is I’m trying not to overwhelm people with 5-6 posts per day. Feel free to skip ahead to the next section if you don’t want to read the longer answer…
The longer answer is, I’m trying to differentiate from other lists that are similar to this one – those that inform you of free and discounted book offers – that have distribution lists that may be larger or smaller than this one (size doesn’t matter in this case like it did in my example above). I try to keep it personable from time-to-time by sending out a tip to maximize your Kindle experience, answer a few questions, and generally have fun with it. I don’t want to turn the blog into a one-way communication platform where I just send out a post about free and discounted books!
While the books are fun to get, no doubt, I need your help: share your thoughts and comments on the posts either on the blog’s website (www.fkbooksandtips.com) or the blog’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fkbooks) page. If you read and enjoyed a book on the various posts, let people know in the comment fields on the website or the Facebook page! Along those same lines, if you didn’t care for one of the titles or have something to say, feel free to comment as, after all, that’s the nature of a blog: two-way, active participation and communication by the participants!
All that being said, who has the first question or comment?
For this specific post, you can use the comment field just below the end of the post; if you are reading this on a handheld device or one of the blog’s apps, you can click here or type in http://wp.me/p2b82w-4Lh into your web browser, scroll to the bottom, and start typing away! Now that I’ve set the stage, it would be very embarrassing for me if no one commented on this post, so please don’t leave me hanging!
What does the weather have to do with a Kindle? A lot! Besides being dang hot here in Houston, most of the USA is once again right in the middle part of our normally hot summer. Seeing as how we’re about to head into August, the hottest month of the year, please make sure you are protecting not only yourself but your Kindle from the heat! Prolonged periods of high heat could fry your Kindle and, besides the financial cost of replacing it, I would find it upsetting if my Kindle died while I was in the middle of a good book!
Sure, you can continue to use your Kindle outside, but don’t forget to bring it inside every once in a while where it is (hopefully) cooler than outside!
That’s all I had for today – I hope each of you has a great rest of the week.