I thought it time to answer a few questions I have received, ramble on while I’m typing for a while, and try not to stir up too much controversy today seeing as how we are baking here in Texas as I am sure many of you are across the globe. If you would like to write to me, my email address is Michael at fkbooksandtips dot com (I type it out that way in a small effort to frustrate spammers).
Get a Free App, Amazon Gives You a $1 MP3 Certificate
Amazon has been running a promotion for most of this month, where they will give you a $1.00 MP3 credit just for downloading a free app from their app store.
That wasn’t a typo on my part: yes, if you download something for free, Amazon will give you a buck to be used for a purchase in their MP3 music store. In other words, you can (a) get an app, and (b) get a new mp3 song – all for free.
If you’re going to choose a free app, you can always get this blog’s free app if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/freefireapp into your browser: you can use it on your Kindle Fire or any Android-enables smartphone or tablet computer. Get it between now and the end of the day Saturday, and you will get the free mp3 credit in addition to a single place to go to be notified of the various free book offers (feeling like PT Barnum for a moment – it’s one heck of a deal!).
Amazon also has free mp3 songs – you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/mp3tunes into your web browser to check them out (save this link as the songs change daily). Clicking on that link right now, there are a couple of songs that are not free that have snuck into the list, so you can either re-sort it once you are on the page by “Price: Low to High” or just be careful of the pricing while you are browsing.
Kindle in a Bathtub Follow-Up
Last week, I had a post about using your Kindle while in the bathtub – you can click here or type in http://bit.ly/KRpKt2 into your web browser to read it again or in case you missed it – that generated a lot of responses: I left a lot of those comments at the bottom of that post, so click those links above to read what your fellow blog community had to say.
Most of the comments seemed to question my judgment / sanity, as they believe there is not enough electricity / juice in the Kindle to electrocute you in the event the Kindle does fall into the tub while you are in it; some people even said you were safe to lick the power terminals of the Kindle with your tongue and you would be ok (side note – I actually had that specific type of reply. Nothing has ever made me want to stop what I was doing in my day to say “this seems like a great afternoon to go lick the electrical points on my Kindle. Anyone want to come over and join me?”)
I will preface my next comment with the disclaimer I am not an electrician. For all of you who said and emailed me it was perfectly ok to be in the tub while a powered-on Kindle was submerged with you, to each their own – but do you really want to test that theory with your life?
On another note, does anyone have any experience with the waterproof cover on the Amazon website? Click here or type in http://amzn.to/kindlewater to see it, and shoot me a note or use the blog messaging interface to tell me the pros and cons – I could see a use for something like this around a swimming pool or a visit to the beach.
Big List of Free Book Links
On Monday, I had a post about all of the free children / young adult books available in the Amazon Kindle store, and highlighted several titles that were free for that day. I had several people who had heard about it from their friends asking me where the post was – you can see it if you click here or type http://bit.ly/LAPll5 in into your web browser. As I type up this post, there are a little over 800 free books in the children young adult category.
You’ll notice in that post I made an easy to remember shortcut link for you to go check it out at your leisure (well, it was easy for me to remember and hopefully you think the same). The list of my larger list of free book shortcuts is one of the most popular pages of all-time on the blog – yes, I think they are easy to remember, also, but I recommend people bookmark them just in case – and I am frequently asked where that post is. You can check out the complete list of shortcuts if you click here or type in http://bit.ly/MdgRVm into your web browser.
I’m frequently asked when the next giveaway of a Kindle Fire, etc. will be. The short answer is “soon.” In response to your answers to the survey I had a few weeks ago, I will be soliciting an independent author to sponsor the giveaway (i.e., buy the Fire) in return for promotion of their books to the blog members. If and or when that sponsorship occurs, please take a moment to check out his or her works and maybe buy a book or two – if it works out for the sponsor by reaching new paying customers, I am hoping word of mouth will trickle down to the author community and we’ll have a line of folks wanting to giveaway all sorts of neat things to the readers of this blog.
I don’t know about you, but I do like free and I like the thought of being able to give away lots of Kindle Fires and other things!
This has nothing to do with your Kindle specifically, but it seems this summer here in the USA is going to be one we’ll remember for a while: fires in Colorado, flooding in Florida, record heat across the summer, and I still don’t believe the drought is officially over in most of Texas. Wherever you are, I hope you are safe from these Acts of God and stay well-hydrated this summer!
Have a great weekend-