OK, it’s that time again for me to ramble about a few topics and try to answer some of the email where many of you have had the same question. If you would like to write to me, my email address is kindle at gagler dot com (I write it that way in an attempt to thwart the email spam robots).
Books in a Series
A couple of weeks ago (click here or type in http://bit.ly/u5QCpO into your computer’s web browser to see the post in case you missed it or want to see it again), we were collectively looking for an answer (or a website) to track a series from a particular author from book #1 to the end of the series as well as being able to get the heads-up when something new is being released. Many of you wrote to me as well as replied on the blog’s web page about www.fictfact.com (for the USA) and http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ (for subscribers in Europe). Thanks for sending that on!
Amazon Gift Card via Coinstar
Many of you wrote to thank me for telling you about being able to get an Amazon gift card via Coinstar by turning in your spare change without having to pay the Coinstar fee – in other words, you get 100% of the change you turn in to the Coinstar machine and Amazon pays the fee (click here or type in http://bit.ly/rWqZoc into your computer’s web browser to see this post in case you missed it or want to see it again).
One thing I would like to point out is the minimum amount to turn in to receive an Amazon gift card is $5.00 – thanks to several of you who contacted Coinstar’s customer service and passed it on to me.
Yes, I did turn in my change! I had a lot more change than I thought I would – in my office at work, because I have such a sweet tooth, I actually have a “gumball” type candy machine filled with M&M’s; in order to eat any of the M&M’s, I force myself to physically find a quarter – otherwise I would eat the entire bag in one sitting (I only use the key to unlock it vs. using a quarter every once in a while). After raiding the candy machine, two old Mason jars at home, my car’s ashtray, and my office desk drawer I went down to my local Kroger and left with an Amazon gift card for a little more than $83!
Unfortunately, I have already spent my $83 windfall plus a few extra dollars on K-cup “Jet Fuel” coffee (it certainly lives up to its name), a new pink cover for the Kindle with Special Offers (my daughter’s K2 bit the dust this week so I gave the new Kindle with Special Offers to her – I still like my original Kindle 3), and a Kindle book my wife wanted to read (she likes the vampire-type books – I can’t stand them).
<sigh> I guess it’s a good thing I read a lot of free Kindle books!
Since I started the Kindle Books for a Buck (or Less) blog in June, I’ve heard from many of you telling me how much you like it – I appreciate it! One of the main reasons I started this one was to focus on the independent author who might be getting lost in the “noise” of the big-name authors or the other 1+ million titles in the Amazon Kindle store. There are a lot of hidden gems (with a few stinkers) in the Kindle store that have been great reads.
One of the bigger complaints, and negative reviews on the blog’s page on the Amazon site) has been the pricing – as I’ve mentioned to you a couple of times before the blog writers in the Kindle store do not have the ability to set the price, Amazon does. Rather than the 99 cents per month for a blog subscription, Amazon set the pricing at $1.99 per month. I bet I received 500+ emails from people saying they would subscribe but they didn’t want to pay $1.99 per month for it. Just to clarify, blog subscriptions pay me 30% of the price charged as a royalty and Amazon keeps the rest.
Well, sometime last week Amazon lowered the price to 99 cents per month – Amazon didn’t inform me, but a blog subscriber did. Now that the pricing has come down to 99 cents per month, how about giving the blog a try? You can click here or type in http://amzn.to/kb4abuck into your computer’s web browser to try out the free two week trial.
Good news for you, a 50% decrease in revenue for me…..looks like I need to find some more spare change for a gift card!
Amazon Reviews and Free Short Stories
Yes, I still write reviews of the books I read; I also write reviews of most of the products I purchase from Amazon (I buy way too much stuff from there, but like most men I hate shopping in a real store). I have about half a dozen related to books I need to write, but you can check out all of my reviews if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/mpgreviews into your computer’s web browser.
You’ll see I’ve been on a short story kick lately, as they are perfect to read during my lunch break at work; you’ll also see that most of the things I’ve been reading are free!
Speaking of short stories, as I type this on a Thursday night for release on Friday there are over 350 short stories available for free in the Amazon Kindle store. They have been perfect to read during my lunch break at work as most of them take about 10 minutes to read, and they may be the same for you during your lunch break, bus / train ride to work, etc. To see a list of the free short stories in the Amazon Kindle store, just click here or type in http://amzn.to/mSX6o4 into your computer’s web browser. I have this link bookmarked as the list changes daily – you may want to bookmark it, too.
Kindle Daily Deal
Amazon still has the Kindle Daily Deal running – this is a promotion where one book per day is steeply discounted for one day only. Each day is different, and there is no telling what may be promoted from one day to the next. I check it out most days to see what is out there – you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/kddeal into your computer’s web browser to check it out (I’ve bookmarked this link, too).
Facebook and Twitter Pages
I’ve received several emails asking where the blog’s Facebook and Twitter pages are located. Here they are:
If you’ve made it this far in the post – congratulations! I’m done for tonight and will set this up to post on Friday morning unless there were another 20 or so free books made available when I wake up. I hope each of you have a great weekend!
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