It’s time for another rambling blog post, where I don’t have a set agenda but just start banging away on the keyboard in an effort to answer a few questions, impart some knowledge, yet try not to waste too much of your time. If you want to write to me, my email address is Michael at fkbooksandtips dot com (I type it out that way in a small attempt to thwart the spammers out there).
Kindle Fire Giveaway
The latest Kindle Fire giveaway ends tomorrow night – as I compose this sentence, there are approximately 25,000 entries so far or about 7,000 or so less than the last giveaway. You’re not going to let the nice folks from the last giveaway beat you this time, are you? It’s easy (and absolutely free) to enter, and takes just seconds: you can enter if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/814kf into your web browser. Once you’re there, just scroll down a little bit to input your information in the entry box.
Your friends, family, and co-workers are eligible to enter, also – the more the merrier! I’m certain they would appreciate your sharing the link!
Social Media Sites
Speaking of sharing, in addition to Facebook I get requests all of the time if the blog is registered on such-and-such social media site. If I reply “no” I usually get a reply back asking me “why not” with a brief synopsis of the plusses (but never minuses) of making a time investment to establish yet another presence on another social media website.
There are so many social media sites, with new ones seeming to appear each week, I can’t keep them all straight. I’m absolutely convinced many of those around today won’t be here in a year or two, and I’m not about to prognosticate on the next big thing or who will make it or not. I’m probably showing my age, but I sometimes think I am social media’d to a slow, miserable death.
Remember My Space, the Excite search engine, America Online? Each of these was worth a gajillion dollars back in the day and were the 800 pound gorilla in the room.
In other words, I’m not going to chase the latest and greatest.
The blog does have three social media sites, which basically provide links to the daily posts and gives you an opportunity to comment on those sites (you can also use the comment features at the bottom of each post on the blog’s website). Those three are:
Of the three social media sites, the one that has impressed me in terms of growth is Pinterest. About a year ago, there weren’t that many members following the blog’s presence there and now there are about 25,000 with all sorts of repinning done by each of you.
Twitter has remained relatively flat in terms of the number of subscribers and Facebook has had a small, incremental growth over the past year. Most of that slow growth is due to both of those companies finally deciding they want to make money – you have to pay through the nose to guarantee that people who have “Liked” your page on Facebook, for example, to see one of your posts on the wall (to have this post shown on all of the blogs’ follower’s walls would cost about $600 – no kidding).
Social media certainly has its uses, and everyone uses it different. Regardless, if one of those is your favorite please feel free to click one of the links above!
Free App for the Blog
About a year and a half ago or so, I released a free app so you can read the blog’s posts on a Kindle Fire or any Android-enabled phone or tablet computer. I did this because Amazon has made a concentrated shift to not publicizing the blogs anymore on the Amazon site (they removed the link to sign up on Paperwhites, but you can still receive it that way if you subscribe on the main Amazon site).
That app has surpassed any expectation I ever had – I thought it would be great if 25 to 50 thousand people downloaded it over the life of the app or blog: a few months ago, it had over 1 million downloads from either the Amazon App Store or the Google Play Store and its affiliates. Wow!
In honor of that millionth download, I published an update to it that has quicker refresh and download times from the blog’s website. You can download and use it for free if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/fkbtfreeapp into your web browser.
Now, if I can just find a way to get $1 annually from each downloader….
Amazon / Hachette War
Based on the email volume, a lot of you have asked me my opinion about the battle between Amazon and Hachette, one of the large book publishing houses. If you don’t know what I am talking about, I am sure you can Google “Amazon Hachette” and see all sorts of opinions and perspectives.
Similar to a divorce, there are always two sides to every story but I have to tell you I am a free market capitalist – I think price controls, market manipulation, subsidies, etc. are never good for the long run as the free market will force supply and demand to dictate what a reasonable price should be.
Although I have commented about it on other forums that were more appropriate for the topic, that’s all I’ll say about it on this forum….for now, at least!
Baseball has nothing to do with a Kindle, but many of you know it is my favorite game. It has been a depressing year for me, to say the least as the Rangers have been snakebit with injuries. Living in Houston as a Rangers fan makes it worse as they aren’t much better….here’s to hoping the Rangers continue their ways and become the big winner with the #1 draft pick next year!
That’s all I have for today – make sure you enter the Fire giveaway by using the link above!
Have a great rest of your week-