It’s time for another rambling blog post where I have no set agenda before I start banging away on the keyboard. Well, that’s not exactly true – I’m going to try and answer some of the questions you have sent me as I’ve received quite a few repeats: I figure if that many of you have the same question, there are more of you who have it who just haven’t asked me yet. There may also be a random thing or two totally unrelated to the Kindle experience….
If you would like to write to me, my email address is michael at fkbt dot com – I type it out that way in an ever-losing effort to thwart the spammers out there.
Free Kindle Books
Many of you have noticed I have increased the number of free Kindle book offerings vs. paid books over the last few weeks – such as those priced at 99 cents (then again, maybe you didn’t notice). That ratio has increased over 100%, and the total number of free Kindle books has increased, also, but I didn’t take the time to count the exact number. I’ve done that for a number of reasons as the economics under Amazon’s program have shifted: long-time subscribers may remember when the economics shifted the other way about three years ago. I believe I could write a “how-to” guide about it yet that’s another post for another day.
The bottom line is I expect the trend of more free Kindle book offerings to continue which really goes back to the spirit of why I started this blog. The independent author would appreciate it if you would leave a review after you’ve read their book, and if you see one priced at 99 cents it’s ok to give it a shot every once in a while…
I’d appreciate it if you’d tell a friend and have them try out the blog, also. They can receive a free daily digest email of the day’s offerings at 10:00 a.m. Central time – just have them go to www.fkbt.com/subscribe and enter their email address, and be sure to tell them to click on the link in the confirmation email!
Kindle Daily Deal and Free App of the Day
I used to have a daily post about Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal and Free App of the Day, and over the last couple of months I’ve received notes asking me why that stopped?
For the Kindle Daily Deal, it used to be a really big deal: a highly-rated book normally priced at $3.99 or above priced at 99 cents for one day only. Amazon changed that model and the Daily Deals are normally priced at $1.99 – a lot of them were things I didn’t think I would like (which tells me you may not like it, either), and after the revision most of the books were normally priced at $2.99 so the $1.99 special pricing didn’t seem like too much of a deal.
For the Free App of the Day, Amazon killed the program – I’m pretty sure it’s because there are so many free apps out there it wasn’t making sense to spotlight one; Amazon also initiated a program where app developers can pay for Amazon to promote their apps on the same web page so let’s think about it: if you were Amazon, would you want to give away something for free (now that you’ve sold several million tablets and have people hooked on them), or would you rather have someone pay you to advertise something you were going to give away for free anyway? That doesn’t seem like that hard of a decision to me….
There are quite a few good free apps out there: for me, you just have to weed through a lot of the garbage to find it. If you’d like to see a lot of the free apps for your Fires, you can always click here or type in http://smarturl.it/appdeal into your web browser and hunt to your heart’s content.
Baseball? What does baseball have to do with the Kindle experience? Absolutely nothing!
Long-time blog readers know baseball is my favorite sport, and I have been a Texas Rangers diehard since I went to my first game in 1973 (translation: I have a lot of unconditional love). This has to be the first year, however, I feel relatively clueless about who a lot of the players are…is it just me, or has free agency – as well as all of the other distractions in life – numbed us to really rooting for a particular team?
I posted about how to restart your Kindle or Fire not too long ago, but I still get emails from people asking how they can “unfreeze” a Kindle or Fire that is stuck. Here’s a link to that post, and I would recommend you bookmark it in your web browser because it will happen to you sometime: https://fkbt.com/2016/03/11/kindle-reset-instructions-35/
That’s all I had for today, have a great rest of your week!