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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Amazon Announces New Kindles!

In case you missed it, Amazon had a lot of press releases today announcing the new version of e-Ink Kindles and Kindle Fires.  Most of them look pretty good (more on that a little bit later) and, rather than try to explain all of the new whistles and bells to you I’m going to give you a link so you can check them out for yourself – besides, there’s a heck of a lot of new information for each one of them out there, and I would probably miss some of the more relevant details!

Yes, I’ve ordered a couple of them to play with and I will be posting a review of my experiences once they arrive.

If you’ve been thinking about ordering a Kindle or Kindle Fire for Christmas for yourself or someone, I would recommend ordering them now as the past couple of years they went out of stock prior to Christmas!

 

Kindle Fire HD

Amazon is coming out with two new versions of the “regular” Kindle Fire – a 7” version (which is the same as the old) and a new 6” version.  The impressive thing is they have reduced the price for the base models to just $99 for the 6” version and $139 for the new 7” version.  Each of these has all sorts of new whistles and bells such as faster processors, front and rear facing cameras.  Also, rather than just the standard black model you can make it a little more personal with magenta, white, citron, and cobalt: for those color challenged like me, it looks like black, pink, white, yellow, and blue!

You can check out the 7” version if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/7fire2014 into your web browser.

You can check out the 6” version of you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/6fire2014 into your web browser.

 

Kindle Fire HDX – 8.9” Version

With this one, Amazon has made many comparisons to the iPad Air – with more “this” and “that” such as 30% more pixels (makes the display more crisp), 20% lighter than an iPad Air, faster processor, and Dolby Atmos for a unique sound experience.  These are pretty pricey, starting at $379 for a basic Wi-Fi version to a couple of hundred dollars more if you want both Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connectivity.

You can check out the new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9” version if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/89firehdx2014 into your web browser.

 

Kindle Voyage

The Kindle Voyage is a new e-Ink reader which (to me) looks like a much thinner version of the Paperwhite with an almost 50% improvement in the number of pixels per inch (that means the letters on the screen are more crisp), and he ability to turn the page without touching the screen with “Reimagined page turns.”  The starting price on these is $199 for the Wi-Fi version, and $269 for one with both Wi-Fi and free 3G cellular.

Interestingly, and it seems rather chicken of Amazon, a power adaptor has to be purchased separately for $15 if you purchase it at the same time as you purchase the Voyager (or $20 if you purchase it later), so if you already have a micro-USB charger handy I wouldn’t order one of the chargers.

You can check out the new Kindle Voyage if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/kindlevoyage into your web browser.

 

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The plain-Jane, stripped down e-Ink reader has been retooled for 2014 – I’m not real sure what changed from last year’s model except for the claim of faster page turns with a new processor; it is also a touch screen and is Wi-Fi only.  Similar to the Voyager above, Amazon is not shipping these with a power adaptor.

You can check out the new Kindle if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/thekindle into your web browser.

 

Fire HD Kids Edition

This one is fairly interesting – it is built a little tougher and looks kind of like a toy and is geared directly for kids – yet it also has front and rear facing cameras.  Parents, if you’ve been considering a tablet for one of your children I would check this one out: Amazon is offering a no questions asked two year replacement warranty with the claim “…if they break it, we’ll replace it for free.”  I think that’s huge as both of our kids broke their Fires and it was a good thing we had the extended warranty.

It also has a lot of parental controls you can set as well as a kid-proof case.  A 6” version costs $149 and a 7” version costs $189.

You can check out the Fire HD Kids Edition tablet if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/kidsfire into your web browser.

 

That’s all I had for tonight, and you should stay fairly busy if you check out the links above – have fun!

Regards,

Michael

 

 

 

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Free Amazon Gift Card

The following is a revision of a post I last posted about in October 2013. The number of people reading this blog has grown since then (and I hope some of that is attributable to folks thinking there is some value to the blog), and I thought it appropriate to repeat it: I was reminded of this post as I’ve got another big jar of coins I gathered at home while doing some much-needed cleaning of the closets!  If you are reading this post on the blog’s website or Facebook page, I would appreciate a “Like” or “Share” so your friends and family can be notified of this tip, also!

Kindles and other eBook readers have some costs to them: by the time you purchase the Kindle and other related accessories (cover to protect it, maybe an extra charger, etc.) can certainly add up. However, you’ve made your initial investment in the Kindle hardware, and there is enough free content out there for you to read the rest of your life without buying another book. Forever.

Forever is a long time.

While I do read a lot of the free books I talk about here in the blog I still enjoy certain authors and will purchase a lot of books. Some of them are inexpensive offerings from independent authors and some are from your mainstream “big name” authors, and I don’t care what the price is – I’ve gottagetitnow. Well, I do care what the price is but I may just wait until it gets below $10 unless it’s a new one by Harlan Coben. I’m sure there are offerings by favorite authors you want to buy, too.

So, what’s my point with this post? Great question because, as in real life, I am getting long-winded.

You have a source of “free” money you can spend in the Amazon store and you probably don’t realize it as it is right under your nose. I’m talking about your loose change.

Most of you have seen the change conversion machines in grocery and other stores, and a lot of you have used them: you take in your coffee can of loose change, dump it in the hopper, the machine counts it and then spits out a receipt you take to the cash register to redeem for paper currency or a credit in the store. The one main drawback to these machines, to me, is a lot of them take an 8% or more commission / cut of whatever you brought in as their profit. For example, at an 8% commission rate you would need to bring in $10.87 worth of change to receive a $10 bill. Some people will say “so what” and accept that as a cost of doing business vs. rolling the money yourself and either turning it in to a bank (if they accept the change these days – my local branch of Bank of America does not) or taking it to a convenience store who needs it and having everyone behind you steam as you and the convenience store clerk count out a bagful of pennies.

If you were following along and did the math to see what the effective annual interest rate is on my $10.87 example above, great. If you didn’t, I’ve performed the calculation for you: assuming the vendor collects the change from the machine every three days and takes it to their bank, that 8% rate for a three day holding period converts to a whopping 266.7% annual interest rate. The grocery store usually splits the fee earned 50-50 with the owner of the equipment, but even if the grocery store is providing a three day loan to the equipment maker until they are reimbursed, that is one heck of a money maker (why didn’t I think of that?)!

I’m sure some of you are still wondering what my point is with this post. I’ll get to it, I just had to set the stage.

Coinstar is one of the largest providers in the USA of this equipment to stores; they are also the parent company behind the Redbox DVD rental machines you seem to see everywhere. They have partnered with Amazon to not charge you a fee for the change you bring in if you bring in a minimum of $5.00 worth of change, but they will give you a gift card eligible for 100% of the change you bring in to be used at the Amazon website; I am assuming Amazon is paying the 8% commission fee as a customer acquisition cost.

That’s actually a huge benefit for you and me as we feed our Kindle book addiction or shopping habits on Amazon.

Using my earlier example, if you brought in $10.87 worth of change and selected the Amazon gift card option, you would get a $10.87 Amazon gift card as your receipt. You would then enter the gift card details on your Amazon account on your computer (or Kindle, if the wireless feature is on with the browser pointed to the Amazon website). You can then use those funds now applied to your account and buy not only Kindle books but anything else on the Amazon website.

You also don’t have to roll the coins yourself or, if your house is like mine, have a couple of containers here and there full of spare change. You’re also not giving up any of your money as a commission just for someone to accept your spare change. I hope that’s change you can believe in (pun intended).

Coinstar has partnered with other companies in addition to Amazon to offer gift cards with no fee to you – you turn in $10.87 worth of coins, you get a $10.87 gift card to the Amazon store or to the other store(s) participating in the program. While Coinstar is one of the largest providers of this equipment to stores in the USA, they are not the only one so don’t assume your local grocery store is a Coinstar machine.

To find a Coinstar machine, you can point your web browser to http://www.coinstar.com and do two things from this page: (1) enter your zip code in the top right-hand corner to find a Coinstar machine near you, and (2) see a list of companies that have signed up for the gift card promotion by clicking “details” under the name of the store / retail location. When I just did the same for a location near me, in addition to an Amazon gift card my selections were to Sears, JC Penney, Lowes, iTunes, Starbucks, Southwest Airlines, The Home Depot and a few others.  You can also donate the change to seven different charities vs. taking a gift card, and the charity will receive 100% of the proceeds.

My old quart-sized Mason Jar I use to hold my change is almost full of silver coins, so it’s off to the Coinstar machine!

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 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

Looking for more – or a more reliable – source of free books for your Kindle? You can check out my book, Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them, if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/fkb into your web browser!

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Amazon Announces Kindle Unlimited

After a few weeks of rumors, Amazon had a huge announcement this morning about a new feature called Kindle Unlimited.

What is it?  For just $9.99 per month, you can read as much as you want from over 600,000 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.

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.

While the rest of the text below is from the Amazon press release this morning, I’d say check it out – you get a free 30 day window to try it for free 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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Kindle and Vacations

Kindle owners do lots of things with their Kindles – some this you may already know how to do, but there may be a lot of you who never thought to do it.  There is an older discussion thread going on over at the Amazon site where members are posting some of the random things they do with their Kindles in addition to “just” reading books.  I will be profiling some of these over the next few weeks – after all, part of the title line of this blog is supposed to be about Kindle tips vs. just a feature on books!

Here’s one of the tips from the discussion board:

We went on a trip to Arizona and the Grand Canyon, and I downloaded all kinds of web info for points of interest, including directions to my e-Ink Kindle. So, when we had a blank spot in our itinerary, I could pull up the info in the car, read it to my husband, decide if we were in vicinity and interested in the place and GO!

I also downloaded the Ranger talks about various observation points in the Canyon and played them while we stood at those points. DISCLAIMER:

  • Those talks could have been listened to on cell phones, if you had service.
  • My husband and son thought I was totally dorky at that point and wouldn’t stand near me while I played them….. I had to force them to listen by playing them in the car between stops!

Do you have a tip you would like to share with the group?  Send it to me via email (michael at fkbooksandtips dot com).

Thanks!

Michael

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Free Kindle Reading Apps

Several people have asked me if they can read the free books on a Kindle app for their iPhone, iPad, and other iYounameit devices.  The answer is “yes, you can.”

Amazon has developed free Kindle reading apps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Windows PC, Mac, , iPad, Android, Windows Phone  devices, Blackberry (do they still make those?), and many other devices.

You can use these apps for free – in other words, your friends who don’t own a Kindle can now read Kindle books using one of these apps: I’m 100% certain they would appreciate your passing this link on to them.

To check them out or to learn more – as well as to download the various reading apps for free just click here or type in http://smarturl.it/readingapps into your web browser.

Hope that helps!

Michael

 

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