Here’s another edition of the random blog post and a few answers to your questions…
Kindle Keyboard Giveaway
Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the free Kindle Keyboard / Kindle 3, which I launched to promote the Kindle Books for a Buck (or Less) blog (you can click here or go to http://ebooksforabuck.wordpress.com to see this blog). The Kindle Books for a Buck (or Less) blog was designed to promote the many independent, self-published authors that typically fall under the radar screen amidst all of the noise from the “headline” authors I have really enjoyed. I think you will, also, and to me the purchase price of one dollar or less is a pretty easy price point vs. throwing down ten bucks or more for something untested. Hopefully, many of you have had a chance to check out some of the offerings of this blog.
As I type this post, there are almost 12,500 entries so far in the giveaway. You can enter once each day so if you haven’t signed up – or if you haven’t completed today’s entry – I encourage you to signup. To enter, just click here or you can go to your computer’s web browser and type in http://wp.me/p2b82w-2F9 and enter away!
Rock and Roll Rip-Off Freebie
This morning, I posted about the Rock and Roll Rip-Off book being free – you can click here or type in http://bit.ly/JuseYM into your computer’s web browser in case you missed it or want to see it again. I received a note that another book in the series, Rock and Roll Homicide, is also free from blog reader Penandra. Thanks for the update, Penandra, and if you would like the next book in that series you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/M8619z into your computer’s web browser.
Earlier this month, I had a post about how to organize your Kindle books into collections – you can click here or type in http://bit.ly/MYnyjS into your computer’s web browser in case you missed it or want to see it again. I received this note from William, as well as several other people along the same lines:
I can put books into collections, but the book also stays outside the collections. E.g., If I put “Rome” into the collection, “History,” then when I select History, Rome will show up. BUT Rome is also on the screen outside of the collection. How can I organize so the only thing on my home screen is the list of collections? And thanks for a great job on free books and tips!!
This happened to me when I first started organizing things into collections, and it drove me nuts until I was able to figure it out – I still had my collections shown on the Kindle, but I also had each and every book on my Kindle going on for page after page after page: all I wanted to see was the name of the collection!
It sounds like you need to just show all of your titles by collections: underneath the battery power status bar and the wireless signal bar of my Kindle Keyboard, yet above the first book or category name, your Kindle tells you how it is organizing your content. Your options are (a) Most Recent First, (b) Title, (c) Author, and (d) Collections. In order to arrange your books by the collection title(s) you have created, here is how you do it:
- Click the Home button to go to the home screen.
- Using your five-way controller click the “up” portion of the five-way controller one time until the “Showing All…” items has been highlighted – this should be the line-item immediately below the battery power status bar and the wireless signal bar of your Kindle.
- Right-click the five-way controller one time to display the sorting options mentioned in (a) – (d) above.
- Move your five-way controller to the “Collections” option, and select it by pressing the middle portion of your five-way controller.
Assuming you have organized your books into collections, all of the categorized books should now be in their respective category and the collection name / category should be all you see with a number in parenthesis of each collection name to let you know how many titles are in each category. If your Kindle is like mine, you will also have several books that haven’t been categorized yet immediately following all of the various Collections you have created.
Of course, you can use the same procedures to organize your content by author, etc.
Kindle Fire Stylus
I am looking to buy a stylus for my and my kids’ Kindle Fire, in the hope it will be a lot smoother – and less grimy – than my index finger. Has anyone tried out the Amazon Basics’ Style (click here or type in http://amzn.to/firestylus into your computer’s web browser)? If you have, and care to share the good and the bad before I drop $33 for three of them, I’d appreciate your thoughts – just use the comment form at the bottom of this post the blog’s web page.
I’m almost done going through the results of the reader survey – while seeing the multiple choice answer results is fairly easy, what is taking me some time is reading (and hopefully understanding correctly) the additional comments many of you put in the narrative sections. I’ll be sending out the results to each of you via a blog post over the weekend. For those of you who took the time to share your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions I appreciate it!
Anyway, that’s all for now – I hope each of you have a great rest of the week!