If you couldn’t tell, I am trying to catch up on email with personal replies. If you would like to write me, my email address is kindle at gagler dot com (I type it that way in a small attempt to thwart the spammers).
Consistent with what I have done before, if I get the same question a couple of times I figure more of you have the same question – so let’s provide an answer so the rest of the group can see, and possibly answer even more.
Here’s one I recently received (and replied to) from Brad:
I’ve enjoyed following your blog, and have downloaded several of the free books you’ve noted.
But I keep wondering why so many of the books you feature are so “wimpy” for the lack of a better word–mostly lightweight fiction seemingly aimed at teenagers or the romance novel market, and many Christian-oriented works which have little interest for me.
Is this because you “like” this kind of reading, or because the free books available tend to be this kind of lite fare? I seem to read through 20 or so of your suggestions before I find something I think I might like. More often than not, I’ve been disappointed with the few I have downloaded–with a few notable exceptions. (I might have enjoyed some of the business books more before my retirement last fall).
Don’t get me wrong, it is nice to get your frequent notices about free books and Kindle tips, but how about some QUALITY literature, fiction, etc. ? Maybe the answer is that quality is not free while schlock is? It would be helpful to have your thoughts on this.
Here was my answer back to Brad:
Sorry for the delay in my reply.
I wouldn’t say I like one genre over the other, although lately I’ve been reading one heck of a lot of science fiction. Here’s what I’m doing; basically, I list everything that is offered for free in the Amazon Kindle USA store with two exceptions: public domain books (they list over 25,000 of them), and erotica (to read why, see this link: http://fkbt.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/a-clarification-3/) . I also list books from other websites that are free that sound interesting either to me or based on the popularity (in terms of number of clicks) on the blog.
Over the last 6-8 months, I’ve posted about 100 free book listings per month. A lot of them I can’t stand – the romances, especially. I also don’t care too much about the cooking, reference, religious fiction, and a couple of others. For example, I don’t particularly care for a lot of the business books as they seem to rehash the same ten concepts and topics I’ve been reading about for the past 25 years.
However, I do get about half a dozen (sometimes more) that I do find interesting and I grab them. I suspect that’s the way it goes with the other folks on the blog – while I listed the genres I don’t particularly care for, there are thousands of other people on the blog who do, and they probably have similar dislikes for the things I do like. I’ve found some winners and some real stinkers, but I only actually purchase about 2-3 books per month now vs. who knows how many I was buying in my pre-Kindle days.
I don’t expect anyone to like everything I post about that is free. The good thing is, they are all free: if you don’t like it, you can always stop reading and delete it and not be out any cash!
Blog reader Kevin sent me in a question that stumped me about the “Search” feature on the Kindle. The search feature is something I really don’t use – I think I’ve used it maybe three times in my Kindle experience – so here is hoping you experts can tell me the answer. If you do know the answer, just post a comment to this blog post or shoot me an email to kindle at gagler dot com. So I won’t screw it up, here is Kevin’s question in his own words:
I noticed that I lost a search feature that was very handy before a firmware was done on my gen 2 kindle. I used to be able to do a search by clicking on a string in any book and then dragging to create the string I want to search on. It used to stay in memory as I next selected “Find.” Now I have to type the string again instead of relying on the string to be in memory. Is there a way to bring back this functionality or am I missing something?
Several questions went along these lines:
My son gave me a Kindle for a gift last Christmas. I do not know what version my Kindle is…duh. How can I tell? He does not know either.
There are several ways to tell what version you have, and here are a couple of them. The Kindle doesn’t tell you by looking at the front, but I am hoping your son bought you the latest and greatest Kindle, which would be a K3 (now, you DX, K2, and K1 owners don’t start jumping at me with the “latest and greatest” comment).
If it is really big, it is a Kindle DX. ;}
Look at how you turn the power on: If you turn it on with the switch on the back, it is a K1. If you turn it on with the switch up top, it is a K2. If you turn it on with the switch on the bottom it is a K3.
Assuming you have the regular sized Kindle, on the other hand, look at what version of the software you have. If it starts with a 2, you have a K2; if it starts with a 3, you have a K3. To tell what version you have, do this:
- Go to the home screen.
- Press the Menu button.
- Select the Settings option.
- Look at the right-hand side, bottom line: it should say “Version: Kindle x.x” where the “x.x” has numbers. If the first “x” is a 3, you have a K3; if it is a 2, you have a K2.
Hope that helps!
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