Maybe I should answer emails in this forum more frequently…wow! If you would like to write to me, my email address is kindle at gagler dot com (I type it that way in a small effort to avoid spammers).
Here are a few of the emails I received, with my attempt at answering some of the questions:
Richard J. starts us off with a tip:
Reading a recent post, I saw an email from Becky K about tracking series on our kindles. Although it only applies to fiction series, fictfact.com is a pseudo user driven website that tracks fiction series. You just login, select the series/authors that you read, and it will tell you the next book to read. Additionally it will email you with release dates as they are available. As a bonus it offers links to each book’s paperback and/or kindle purchase page. I hope this helps. Thanks for the work you do.
Richard, thanks for passing on this tip…Dad, maybe you can get rid of the pieces of paper taped to the inside of your Kindle cover!
Debra had this question, which is one I receive from time-to-time:
I have another question for you. We’re thinking of getting our son a Kindle for his 12th birthday. I have a folder of books I’ve downloaded for him on MY Kindle – lots of the Henty books from when they were free, some YA sci-fi. Is there a way I could gift those books to him, so that he’d actually own them, without having to re-purchase them?
Debra, as long as the Kindles are on the same account you can share them between Kindles – in other words, you can have a copy of each book you have purchased on your account on each linked Kindle. However, if the account is in the other person’s name you can only loan the book out once for a set period of time. In your case, I don’t think many 12 year olds have their own personal credit card so that shouldn’t be a problem for you.
However, let’s fast-forward a few years and your son goes to college, graduates, and starts his own family and he would like for his kids to read the same books he read as a kid – after all, that’s what a lot of us did in reading our parent’s childhood books. The way things stand now, he probably won’t be able to do that as I would assume he would have his own Amazon account by then, and all of those childhood books will be on your account: he will have to repurchase them or get a Kindle linked to your account.
That would be similar to the question raised frequently on discussion boards in terms of eBooks that are part of someone’s estate when they pass away – who owns the electronic content, and how do you transfer it to others? As of now, Amazon and other sellers of electronic products really haven’t addressed that issue. A workaround, in the case of someone passing away, is to give the passwords to someone in your will and you will then be able to access their Kindle content, MP3 purchases, digital movies, etc. You still couldn’t transfer it or merge it over to your account. I would imagine, as the Kindle and other eBook readers become a more mature product, they will have to address the issue.
You can also liken it to taking your paper version of books and selling them to Half Price Books – you can’t do that (yet) with eBooks. It will be interesting to see how this shakes out.
Here’s a question from Gladys C along the same lines:
Can I share books from my Kindle2 with someone who has a Nook?
The short answer is no. The longer answer is the Kindle and the nook use different operating systems and the eBooks are in a different format, plus Amazon and Barnes & Noble are separate companies and their eBooks have a copy protection code on them plus all of the reasons I mentioned in the question above. Maybe one day….
And here’s a message from Lane (thanks, Lane!) on another way to read the blog and interface with his Twitter account. If you would like to follow this blog on Twitter, the URL is http://twitter.com/#!/fkbt
I’m often reading or otherwise away from my computer when I think of something I want to do later. My current technique is to highlight a small bit of text in the book I’m reading, type Alt-Enter to share, and then add the reminder (what I want to do later) in the text area.
What makes this work is my creating a special Twitter account just for these things, which I have set in the Kindle as my share address. Then I can later check the Twitter profile for the reminders I’ve “shared.”
I have Google Chrome’s “Daily Links” plugin set to load this Twitter profile as one of the sites I visit daily. Firefox’s “Morning Coffee” would serve the same purpose.
Have a great Wednesday!
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