Kindle Unlimited Explained

In July of last year, Amazon introduced a feature called Kindle Unlimited; about two months ago, I started putting a line next to each book title in the blog’s posts to let you know if a book was part of the Kindle Unlimited program or not.

However, I’ve received quite a few emails over these past few months from people asking me what I was taking about – so, what is it?

Basically, Kindle Unlimited is a program where for just $9.99 per month, you can read as much as you want from over 700,000 Kindle books as well as listen to thousands of Audible audiobooks – as many or as few titles as you want for the $9.99 per month fee. You also get a free three month membership to Audible.  For those books on the blog that say “Yes” in red as being part of the program, if you are a Kindle Unlimited member you can read that book for free.

I wouldn’t categorize these offerings as a bunch of books you’ve never heard of, as there are a lot of bestsellers on the list. Some independent authors love it as it has allowed more people to check out their work (and buy their other titles), some independent authors absolutely hate it as it cuts into their royalty (i.e., salary), and there are other independent authors who refuse to enroll their books in the program. I could argue the merits and cons of each position, but I digress as that’s not the purpose of this post.

While the rest of the text below is from an Amazon press release, I’d say check it out – you get a free 30 day window to try it for free and you can cancel it before they charge you anything. You can check it out yourself if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/kindleunlimited into your web browser.

 

Kindle Unlimited features include:

  • Unlimited reading: Access over 600,000 books including best sellers like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, Water for Elephants, Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, All the King’s Men, Wonder Boys, Ask for It, The Princess Bride, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, The Atlantis Gene, Kitchen Confidential, The Sisterhood, Crazy Little Thing, The Blind Side, and The Giver,plus thousands of classics such as Animal Farm, To the Lighthouse, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Cat’s Cradle,and The Good Earth,as well as books featuring beloved children’s characters from Sesame Street, and useful reference titles including books from the For Dummies series and Lonely Planet travel guides.
  • Unlimited listening: Keep the story going with unlimited access to more than 2,000 audiobooks from Audible with Whispersync for Voice, and switch seamlessly between reading and listening to customer favorites like the Hunger Games trilogy, Life of Pi, The Handmaid’s Tale, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, The Great Santini, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Winter’s Tale, Boardwalk Empire, El Narco, Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies, Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, The Finisher, Johnny Carson, The Stranger I Married,and Life Code.
  • Kindle exclusives: Choose from hundreds of thousands of books only found on Kindle, including Brilliance by Marcus Sakey, The Hangman’s Daughter series by Oliver Pötzsch, War Brides by Helen Bryan,Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct and Matthew Hope books, When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath, Chasing Shadows by CJ Lyons, and Sick by Brett Battles.
  • Short Reads: For a quick escape, select from thousands of books that are 100 pages or less, including Kindle Singles from Stephen King, Andy Borowitz, and Nelson DeMille, and short fiction from Amazon Publishing’s StoryFront imprint.
  • Free three-month Audible membership: In addition to the thousands of professionally narrated audiobooks from Audible included in Kindle Unlimited, subscribers get a complimentary three-month Audible membership, with access to more than 150,000 titles.
  • Popular Kindle features: Enjoy all the great Kindle features customers love such as Whispersync, Popular Highlights, X-Ray, customer reviews, and Goodreads integration.
  • Read and listen everywhere: Access across Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, PC, Mac and Windows 8–so you always have your library with you and never lose your place.

For more details on Kindle Unlimited, visit http://smarturl.it/kindleunlimited

 

Have fun!

Michael

 

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A Quick Reminder

Here’s a quick reminder – if I or anyone else tells you about a book being offered for free on the Amazon Kindle website and you are interested, please jump on it immediately.  Don’t wait a few days or even a couple of hours, or you may see the book being offered for sale vs. what you thought was free!

For example, over the last two weeks I can think of four books off of the top of my head that were listed as free – the authors confirmed to me they were being free – yet shortly after publication to the blog they went back to paid status.  I received quite a few emails about it from the subscribers!

Why did that happened?

One of the authors ‘fessed up and let me she forgot about the promotion and switched it back to paid status, two of the others had scheduled their books for free but told me Amazon’s server didn’t make the change on the date they requested, and the fourth one has gone silent on me – maybe they hit their internal quota for freebies of the particular title, or maybe there was a switcheroo going on – I don’t know the answer but if you give me enough time I might be able to come up with a creative answer.

Bottom line here is don’t wait – log on to the website frequently (www.fkbt.com) or check your email shortly after 2:00 p.m. Central time for the daily digest.  Grab them now as once the book is yours, no matter if you paid nothing or $100 for a book, it is yours forever!

Have a great weekend-

Michael

 

 

Samples of Kindle Books

With all of the new Kindles opened up over Christmas, as well as some of you who may need a reminder, I thought it an appropriate time to talk about the free sample option Amazon has with the Kindle program: consider it like going to the bookstore (well, that is if there are many of them still open these days) and turning a few pages before buying it. You can get a free sample of a Kindle book – usually a few chapters to just a couple of pages – to try out and see if the book is something you are interested in prior to buying. I use the feature quite a bit, as I get extremely annoyed in shelling out money for a book and realizing about 10% of the way through it I think it’s not for me.

Also, from time-to-time Amazon will make available a book that has an introduction and a chapter or two of a book for free: I guess you could call it the “super sampler” in that you get to try out more of a book for free. On the other hand, James Patterson books often release 30 chapters for free but there is a catch – his chapters sometimes are just a paragraph or two so who knows if it is really longer than the free sample of a book? I really think of those as a marketing gimmick, listing a few chapters as a “free book.”

I don’t really care too much either way – if I am interested in the book, I will do one of two things:

  • If it is a free book and I am even remotely interested in it, I will download the whole thing. What do I have to lose? Nothing (e.g., it’s free!). Should I complain because I don’t like the genre? No. Again, it’s free – why the sense of entitlement? Over the past several years there has been a lot of religious-genre fiction offered for free on the Amazon website, and a lot of folks have been complaining loudly about it on the Amazon discussion boards every time an item like this becomes available. Why? I don’t know – a publisher or independent author is making it available for free. Maybe the complaint should be directed at other publishers who are choosing to not offer their items for free. Like I said before, you don’t have anything to lose! Maybe these folks should redirect their energies and complain directly to the dysfunctional US Congress – both parties – about getting their act together and behaving as adults…but that’s another blog post for another venue.
  • If it is not a free book (gasp!), I usually will download the sample in order to see if I like the first couple of pages, then I will make my buying decision. Why waste money sight unseen when I can have a sample downloaded to my Kindle for free?

I bring this up as I don’t want any of you to forget about the free sample option. I have a separate folder / category devoted to samples on my Kindle, and I select and download 3-4 samples at a time when I see something after trolling through the Amazon store, but I may not check the sample out until later. Why wait so long? Usually, it is because I am in the middle of another book – I’m not one of those people who can multitask between three and four books at the same time. When I’m reading a book, I’m usually pretty absorbed and get deep into the story, characters, etc. and can look up at the clock and realize three hours have quickly passed.

So, how do you find / download the free Kindle sample? Go to any Kindle book available on Amazon’s website and, just underneath the “Buy now with 1-click” icon on the right-hand side of the page you will see another section titled “Try it free” with a “Send sample now: icon. Click that button – if you have multiple Kindles, please make sure you have the correct Kindle listed in the drop-down menu. IF you are looking at a book via shopping directly on your Kindle, one of the options is to check out the free sample, click that item and the sample will be delivered to you.

With the free samples, plus the books on my Kindle now, I should be set for a long time…

Hope that helps!

Michael

 

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Kindle Reset Instructions

I am going to set this message up to go out periodically for each of my blogs, as most of you read them on your Kindles vs. the computer or via email: if you’ve seen it before and know what I’m talking about, or if you’re just plain ‘ole tired of seeing it don’t worry – I’ll be back with a new post soon.

There seems to be a Kindle problem for a lot of folks – that is, what do you need to do if (a) this or any other blog, newspaper, or magazine all of a sudden stops updating each day on the Kindle, and (b) you can see the blog, newspaper, or magazine post in the to be downloaded list of the “Manage Your Kindle” section of the Amazon website and for some unexplained reason it doesn’t show up on your Kindle, or (c) you’ve ordered a book, app or anything else for your Kindle and it never seems to download.

You may need to write this down, or try to memorize it, because if it happens to you I’m willing to bet you won’t remember unless you’ve reset your Kindle a few times!

If you would like to print this out, click here or type in http://smarturl.it/screenshots into your web browser to read my post on the Free Kindle Books and Tips blog to how to capture screen shots on your e-Ink Kindle and Kindle Fire.

If this happens to you, you will need to reboot your Kindle.

Here is how you reboot an e-Ink Kindle:

  1. Click the “Home” button to get back to your home screen.
  2. Click the “Menu” button, and select “Settings.”
  3. You will see several options, but “reboot” is not one of those options. Press the “Menu” button again.
  4. You will have several options, but choose and click the “Restart” button.

Here is how you reboot a Kindle Fire:

  1. Press and hold the power button for 20 seconds, then release the power button.
  2. The Fire will turn off.
  3. After the Fire has turned off, press the power button once and release it to restart the Fire.

Once you reboot your Kindle, it could take about 1-2 minutes to reboot. Make sure your wireless is on, and the Kindle will go look in the Amazon store to see what is pending to be downloaded and viola! You should be back in business. If you ever need to restart your Kindle, I hope this helps!

Michael

 

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Protecting Your Kindle

I last posted this tip in 2013, but with the millions of new Kindles opened up over Christmas I thought it a good time to post it again…

 

How are you protecting your Kindle?

I’m not talking about what I call the obvious – for example, not leaving it out on a table unattended or on your car seat where a person with sticky fingers can grab it and all of a sudden you have a Kindle that has legs. I am assuming you would guard it like you do your purse or wallet, a laptop or camera, or anything else you have several hundred dollars invested in.

What if you left your Kindle in a cab, plane, or just plain can’t remember where you left it? I like to assume there are more good people than bad in the world out there and someone would attempt to return it to you – would that someone know how to return it to you? I read an article about a year or so ago posted online about how a reporter from CNET found a Kindle in a cab, and was only able to determine the owner’s name was John – that’s all.

You would hope someone would know how to check the settings and get your personal information, or maybe you have done something like put a label on the back with the way(s) to contact you. However, if a non-Kindle owner were to find it, they may not know how to check the settings, etc.

There have been many discussions about why not calling Amazon, and let them help you since it’s an electronic device, the next time it is turned on or synched with the server they can do something like either (a) send a message to whoever is holding the Kindle, or (b) use the cell tower’s GPS to give an idea where it is. Unfortunately, Amazon will not do any of that for you – in fact, if it is stolen, deregistered by the thief and then re-registered by the thief, there have been cases where Amazon has not done anything to stop that behavior unless you call it in to Amazon’s Customer Service department: at that time, they can “brick” it, which will essentially lock it out forever, making your Kindle a glorified door stop for someone.

To me, that seems really wrong, but it is another topic for another day.

Is your contact information in the Kindle?

For example, you can put your name, number, and other information in your Kindle. Here is how you put that information in your e-Ink Kindle (note this is not an option for the Kindle Fire at this time):

  • From the menu item, click on “Settings.”
  • If you look three items down (technically four, but one of those you can’t click to change) you should see a section called “Personal Info.” Click on the option to “edit personal info.”
  • This is the section where you should utilize the keyboard and type in your name and contact information. For me, I put my name, address, and cell number.

The above assumes the person finding your Kindle will know where to navigate to find this information or, alternatively, is proficient enough to figure out the menu options to find out this information.

Here’s a way to identify your Kindle to make it easier to be returned to you – for all Kindles including the Kindle Fire – change the name of your Kindle. For example, if I named mine “Michael’s Kindle” that will show up in the top left-hand corner of my Kindle and Kindle Fire when I turn it on and am at the Home screen. However, I’ve changed that to “Michael xxx-xxx-xxxx” where the X’s are my telephone number; if you do change it and have a cell phone and are worried about personal security, you may want to change it to your cell vs. your home telephone number. Seems like a simple solution to return what is yours!

Here is how you do it with every version of Kindle except the Kindle Fire (Kindle Fire instructions follow immediately below this):

  1. Push the “Menu” button.
  2. Select “Settings.”
  3. Under the “Device Name” option select “edit name.”
  4. At the bottom of the screen, you will see what your Kindle is named (for example, Michael’s Kindle). Just use the keyboard to type in whatever you want, and click submit.

Here is how you do it for a Kindle Fire (you can also do this for any other version of Kindle):

  1. Using your web browser, go to the “Manage Your Content and Devices” page of the Amazon website at http://amazon.com/myk – you may need to log in with your Amazon email address and password to proceed past this screen.
  2. On the left-hand side of the screen under the “Your Kindle Account” menu item, select the “Manage Your Devices” option.
  3. A new screen will appear, listing all of the registered Kindles on your account.  Right above the graphic image of each Kindle is the current name of each Kindle.  Select the “Edit” link next to the Kindle name.
  4. Type in whatever name you want for your Kindle, then click the “Update” icon.

You’re done! If, for example, you changed your Kindle’s name to “Michael 123-555-1212” that will now show up in the top left-hand corner of your Kindle on the next time it synchronizes with the Amazon server.

You could also put a label with the same information on the back of your Kindle (I did for each one), as well as on the inside flap of the Kindle cover (if you have a cover) and a person could theoretically figure out who the owner was without knowing how to turn the thing on. I guess you could also get one of those engravers and engrave your information on the Kindle – but I wouldn’t recommend that as who knows what all of the vibration, etc., that occurs while etching the information onto the Kindle will do to the Kindle’s computer insides: the last thing you want to do is “kill” your Kindle while trying to protect it!

Hope that helps!

Michael

 

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Welcome to Your New Kindle!

Merry Christmas!

If you believe the various blogs and posts from news outlets around the world, several million people across the globe opened up a brand new Kindle or Fire today for Christmas. If you are one of those, welcome! You are about to really enjoy your new eBook reader or tablet and, if you are like me and numerous others, I’m willing to bet you are about to start reading more than you ever had before the Kindle’s arrival.

There are a lot of books you can buy immediately from the Amazon Kindle store, and I’m certain many of you have done so already. There are, however, millions of books offered for free – both from Amazon as well as many other sites across the globe. I am going to give you a link below to sort through several thousand non-public domain free books on the Amazon website that you can download immediately (for free, of course) from the Amazon website. There is also a link on the webpage to various free collections from Amazon and other third party websites.

To start you off, click here to get my book that lists out thousands of titles for free not only on the Amazon website but quite a few external sites, also.  This is the same book that hit the Top 100 for all Kindle titles sold for two years in a row and normally costs $2.99 – it will be free on the Amazon Kindle website from now through December 27th.  For long-time readers of the blog: yes, this includes all of the links by genre to the various free Kindle books on Amazon.  Grab it now why you can!

Enjoy your new Kindle!

Michael

 

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Kindle Fire App Updates

I realize this is a repeat of a post I had about a year….however, many of you will understand “why” if you follow the instructions below!

I thought it was time to blog about a tip as, after all, that’s part of this blog’s name! If you have a question, you can always email me (michael at fkbooksandtips dot com). If enough people ask the same question, I’ll probably answer it in a public forum like this as it usually means a lot more of you have the same question!

I’m frequently asked about updates to various apps people have purchased from the Amazon App Store – how much does it cost to get the upgrade, how do you find out about them, how do you install them, etc.?

The first question is pretty easy: if an app publisher, including my own little company, updates an app in the Amazon App Store, you get it for free. Updates to apps generally revolve around bug fixes or minor improvements, so why should you have to pay again for an update?

Finding out about an update can be a little tricky: on my Android-enabled phone, I do get notifications of upgrades / updates and it is easy to just tap an icon or two, the update installs, and I move on with life. With the Fire, however, it can be a little tricky to see if you have any available updates – the original Kindle Fire used to be easy, but with software upgrades to the Fire’s operating system, the release of several new versions of the Fire, I’ve found out the hard way I had available updates that needed to be installed. Sometimes the apps update automatically, sometimes the apps send you a notification if you would like to update, and sometimes you just don’t know unless you know how to check it manually.

All that being said, and assuming you want to manually check and see, how do you find out if you have updates available to your aps and how do you install them? To check out if you have available updates on your Kindle Fire for apps you have purchased from the Amazon App Store, just follow these steps:

• Turn on your Kindle Fire, and make sure your wireless feature is on.

• From the Home Screen, tap the “Apps” icon at the top of the screen.

• Tap the “Store” icon in the upper right-hand portion of your screen.

• Tap the menu icon at the bottom-center of your screen if you have an older Fire (it looks like a representation of a piece of paper to me, or a box with three horizontal lines) or the top left or bottom right if you have a newer Fire.

• Tap the “App Updates” option on the new pop-up menu. Who knows, you might be surprised at what apps have been updated and are available?

• Tap the “Update” icon to the right of the app(s) you would like to update.

• If the previous version of the app is still on your Fire, you should receive a warning message it can’t update unless you remove the previous version. To install the new version, you must remove the old version.

Hope that helps!

Michael

 

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Amazon Account Without a Credit Card?

Here’s a question I received via email from a blog reader named Carol:

I have been downloading Kindle books for my iPod for quite a while, always the free ones. In fact my account is so old I don’t have a credit card attached to it anymore, so I couldn’t download a priced book even if I wanted to. I really like the freedom this gives me, in that, I don’t have to worry about making a mistake, clicking the button, and getting charged for something I didn’t realize was free.

Here’s the dilemma… I now own a Kindle Fire and would like to download a Solitaire game, which is not free. Is there a way to do this without using a credit card? I’m not quite sure how gift cards work. Any ideas?

Thanks again for your great website and for all the suggestions and hints you give us.
An Amazon account without a credit card – I’ll bet it’s rare, but it could happen if your initial credit card expired or you got rid of it and never updated your Amazon account; seeing as how Carol gets her Kindle material for free, I can envision a situation where someone could download the free books, games, music, and apps from the Amazon website and never pay a cent.

That doesn’t answer Carol’s question – how to purchase something from Amazon without a credit card?  She can’t purchase an Amazon gift card, as it would take a credit card or a draft from an existing checking account to buy it from the Amazon website.  While I am sure there are other ways to do this, three ways I can think off the top of my head to get an Amazon gift card without using an existing credit card:

  1. Have someone give you an Amazon gift card.  I’m assuming that option is not available for Carol.
  2. Turn in your spare change to a Coinstar machine and receive an Amazon gift card in exchange for no fee (click here or type in http://smarturl.it/fagc into a web browser for my post on instructions on how to do that).
  3. Most major grocery stores and other large retailers have a gift card display, where you can purchase gift cards not only to that store but to the big box retailers and online retailers such as Amazon and the iTunes store.  You could take cash to one of those stores and purchase an Amazon gift card in varying denominations.

Assuming you tried one of the three methods above, you would then go online to the Amazon store, login to the My Account section, and apply the gift card code (and funds) to your Amazon account – all without having to whip out a credit card.

Can anyone think of another method?  If so, please leave a comment in the comment field below.

Hope that helps!

Michael

 

 

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Book Reviews – Why I Write Them

As A Blog Publisher, Why Do You Write Book Reviews?

That’s actually a nicer way of summarizing some of the emails I’ve received over the last few years!

Yes, I do write reviews for the books I read, and starting in 2011 I started to make a point to write a review for most things I read.

Why do I write reviews? Well, I do read what others write for reviews, and those reviews do influence my decision to (a) first try out the free Kindle sample, which a lot of the time leads me to (b) purchasing a book.  I appreciate the time and effort complete strangers took to write a review to tell me the good and the bad, and common courtesy tells me I should do the same.  If I liked it, I’ll tell you – if I didn’t like it, well, let’s just say I’ve been told my professional career has been limited a time or two for being too honest (i.e., blunt).

If you’re like me, you look at the customer reviews in order to see if you want to investigate a book further – while my general cutoff is a book needs to be at least a 4 out of 5 stars, I also read the text of the review: things that may make a reviewer dislike a book might be favorable to me and, things a reviewer absolutely loved (and mentioned in the review) could be a complete turnoff to this grey-haired guy.

I also look to see if a review on the Amazon website is from an “Amazon Verified Purchase,” which tells me the person writing the review actually purchased the item from Amazon; if the reviewer purchased the item from the Amazon website, and didn’t “uncheck” the box to label it as an Amazon Verified Purchase, you will see that notification just below the title of the review and right above the main text of the review.

Why do I look for an Amazon Verified Purchase?  I’ve been burned too many times by friends and family of the author, or shill, reviews – ones that immediately rate things a five star, only have about one sentence of commentary, and are generally marked by it being the one and only review a person has ever written on the Amazon website; these are typically reviews done in order to inflate a book’s overall rating.  Another good indicator is a book will have a flurry of reviews around the same day, are short and all five stars, and the reviewers are from the same general location in the USA.

If you’ve read as many reviews on the Amazon website like I have over the years while looking for books to promote on the blog, you learn to spot the friends and family reviews pretty quick.

The “star” rating on Amazon can be broken down like this:

5 stars – I love it
4 stars – I like it
3 stars – it’s ok
2 stars – I don’t like it
1 star – I hate it

As far as the reviews I write, I try to write an honest assessment if I liked something or not without providing a spoiler: why write a spoiler and ruin the ending for everyone?.  I also think your and my taste regarding the likes and dislikes of a particular book are more honest than a paid book reviewer a major publishing house contracts with to have in a book’s advertising materials. My motto is to keep it short and sweet on your likes and dislikes without providing a Cliff’s Notes version of the book.

There are also very few things I “love” in terms of reading as well as very few things I “hate” as both, to me, are very extreme ends of the spectrum.  Not to sound too hokey, but love and hate are permanent things and very few things qualify for either emotion.

Some people think I shouldn’t be writing reviews because I have this blog, and due to the blog’s popularity it could influence people’s behavior, especially if I “give” it a bad rating – every once in a while I will have a rather interesting dialogue with a few folks regarding the same; remind me to tell you over a beer sometime about how bestselling author Joseph Finder had a public forum / social media temper tantrum on a short story I thought was pretty bad. My response to those type of comments is my – and anyone else’s – review of a book reflects my opinion only and I don’t “give” out anything: your opinion on a book or item may vary, and we probably won’t agree on everything. For example, something I really liked you may absolutely detest and puke all over it.

The same could be true for something you thought was outstanding and I may question why it was published in the first place. When I read reviews I don’t put that much weight into the “star” rating, but I look at the comments, mainly to see if they are substantive to back up the rating as well as to see what the reviewer’s pluses and minuses are with the book.  If you look at those written comments, sometimes they match up to the “star” rating and sometime they do not.

I also discount reviewers who rate everything a 5 star, and I imagine most others do, too.

If you would like to read the reviews I have written, you can click here or type in http://smarturl.it/mgreviews into your web browser.  As I type this post, I have 19 books I need to review but you will see just about everything I’ve read over the last four years – you’ll see I do read a lot of the free book offers, and you’ll also see I have been on a science fiction and thriller kick for a while.

You can vote on the individual reviews on the Amazon website if you think they were helpful or not with a simple “Yes” or “No” vote – you can click on those voting options immediately below the text of each review.  The more “Yes” votes you get in proportion to the overall votes – as well as some super-secret factors Amazon won’t divulge – you will move up in the review ranking scale (yes, Amazon ranks the reviewers).  Right now, the #1 Amazon reviewer is Ali Julia: she has held that position for quite some time now and has written 2,620 reviews (about 1,000 of them over the past year), has received 20,272 “Yes” votes for the reviews’ helpfulness, and has 27 people following her reviews.

So, yes, I will continue writing reviews and I hope you will do the same!  After all, if you can’t share your opinion on a blog what else can you do?

Anyway, that’s all I can type about for now. Have a great rest of your week!

Michael

 

 

 

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Kindle Reset Instructions

I am going to set this message up to go out periodically for each of my blogs, as most of you read them on your Kindles vs. the computer or via email: if you’ve seen it before and know what I’m talking about, or if you’re just plain ‘ole tired of seeing it don’t worry – I’ll be back with a new post soon.

There seems to be a Kindle problem for a lot of folks – that is, what do you need to do if (a) this or any other blog, newspaper, or magazine all of a sudden stops updating each day on the Kindle, and (b) you can see the blog, newspaper, or magazine post in the to be downloaded list of the “Manage Your Kindle” section of the Amazon website and for some unexplained reason it doesn’t show up on your Kindle, or (c) you’ve ordered a book, app or anything else for your Kindle and it never seems to download.

You may need to write this down, or try to memorize it, because if it happens to you I’m willing to bet you won’t remember unless you’ve reset your Kindle a few times!

If you would like to print this out, click here or type in http://smarturl.it/screenshots into your web browser to read my post on the Kindle Books and Tips blog to how to capture screen shots on your e-Ink Kindle and Kindle Fire.

If this happens to you, you will need to reboot your Kindle.

Here is how you reboot an e-Ink Kindle:

  1. Click the “Home” button to get back to your home screen.
  2. Click the “Menu” button, and select “Settings.”
  3. You will see several options, but “reboot” is not one of those options. Press the “Menu” button again.
  4. You will have several options, but choose and click the “Restart” button.

Here is how you reboot a Kindle Fire:

  1. Press and hold the power button for 20 seconds, then release the power button.
  2. The Fire will turn off.
  3. After the Fire has turned off, press the power button once and release it to restart the Fire.

Once you reboot your Kindle, it could take about 1-2 minutes to reboot. Make sure your wireless is on, and the Kindle will go look in the Amazon store to see what is pending to be downloaded and viola! You should be back in business. If you ever need to restart your Kindle, I hope this helps!

Michael

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