I started this blog in November 2009 – just six months ago – on a whim. I was spending a lot of time trolling around the Internet (I am a night owl) looking for free material (I am also a skinflint) to read on my Kindle, and had developed quite a list of sites offering free material; I had also previously helped someone convert a lot of public domain material from html format to the Kindle format and posted it to Amazon’s Digital Text Platform, and found it to be pretty easy. While sitting around the waiting room of a hospital last summer with my laptop in hand, I was going through my list of sites and came up with the idea of writing my own little guide for others to do the same thing and viola! I was a published author! I wasn’t the first to think of this idea, but I got there as quick as I could…
Who would have thought a short, fat, grey-headed, bean-counter guy like me would have a book on Amazon that people (other than family and friends) would buy? The Digital Text Platform certainly levels the playing field.
People really like to get something for free – after all, you are reading this blog in order to do the same thing – and the current version of Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them is still ranked in the top 500 in the Amazon Kindle store. Wow! I’ve refreshed the original book once, and am working on a new, expanded version which should be available in June: with the continued media salivation with their focus on the Steve Jobs marketing machine eBook readers are receiving a lot of focus, Kindle sales are really taking off after Christmas as those without a Kindle have Kindle envy, I thought it would be a good time to refresh the content. The next version should have a lot of tips in it – I’ve been trying some of them out on you with the blog, so look for more tips to be coming to your Kindle screen. ;}
As I mentioned in the lead-in to this post, this blog was born several months after first publishing the Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them book. I had several scripts setup to alert me of free offerings from Amazon, and after receiving lots of emails from folks asking me to let them know about new free books I thought I would give it a try. If it worked, great – if it didn’t, that would be fine, too. I spent a little time on how to publish a blog and there you have it.
Why am I telling you all of this? It’s to give you a hearty “thank you” for being a subscriber to this blog. As I compose this message, there are 8,981 blogs available in the Amazon Kindle store and our little community here is ranked #2: now that is what I call humbling!
Based on your posts and emails, I really believe we have a little community here and this is really your blog: I’m going to try and not go off on a tangent in future posts and waste your time on what the iPad, Apple, or other eBook manufacturers are doing unless I think it directly affects the Kindle – after all, this blog is supposed to be about the Kindle – and I may make some mistakes or miss a freebie here and there. If you have any suggestions on how I can improve, have a favorite tip or shortcut you use on your Kindle, or know of a free book being offered others in our community might enjoy, please feel free to email me at anytime: kindle at gagler dot com is where you can reach me (I spelled it out to avoid the robots trolling for email addresses to spam later).
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