About This Blog

An interactive blog from the author of the best-selling Kindle book Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them, here’s a quick summary of the daily free book offerings from Amazon as well as the thousands upon thousands of books, short stories, and more available for you to read on your Kindle for no charge from numerous sites in addition to Amazon.  This blog also gives you the insider tips, tricks, and information you need for your Kindle!

As far as the author – I’m just an obese, gray-haired, and desk-bound guy in Texas….

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89 responses to “About This Blog

  1. Donna

    My Kindle is no updating your website when I ask it to sync, so I have not been able to get the daily updates. What can I do to make it work? I susbscribe to your site and until 2/18, if I hit the sync button it would updagte once or twice a day. I am addicted and need your updates!
    Thanks

    • Michael Gallagher

      There seems to be a Kindle problem for a lot of folks – that is, what do you need to do if (a) this or any other blog all of a sudden stops updating each day on the Kindle, and (b) you can see it in the to be downloaded list of the “Manage Your Kindle” section of the Amazon website.

      You need to reboot your Kindle. Here is how you do it:

      1. Click the “Home” button to get back to your home screen.
      2. Click the “Menu” button, and select “Settings.”
      3. You will see several options, but “reboot” is not one of those options. Press the “Menu” button again.
      4. You will have several options, but choose and click the “Restart” button.

      Once you do that, it will take about 1-2 minutes to reboot. Make sure your wireless is on, and the Kindle will go look in the Amazon store to see what is pending to be downloaded and viola! You should be back in business. If you ever need to restart your Kindle, I hope this helps!

  2. Sarah

    Do the tags show up anywhere on the free book offers when they are delivered to my Kindle? I see them on the blog on the computer, but have not figured out where they appear on the daily Kindle download.

    Thanks!

  3. Kelly

    Michael – just wanted to take time out to THANK YOU for all the Kindle Tips you provide and free book offers. I just got my Kindle for Christmas and the little manual it comes with was no help in comparison to what you have taught me. I do not always have time to review Amazon for the free offers so I COUNT on you to keep me updated with those! You are AWESOME!

    • Michael Gallagher

      Kelly-

      Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it and I hope you continue to enjoy your Kindle!

      Regards,

      Michael

      • Steve Brewer

        Michael,
        I subscribe to your blog on my Kindle, but I don’t know how to reach you other than what I am doing here. Is there a better method? The reason for contacting you is to see if you knew anything about James Grippando’s “When Darkness Falls” Part 3. I have downloaded parts 1 & 2 but can not find info about 3. Thanks for any help you can provide. steve4t5

      • Michael Gallagher

        I don’t see it as available in the Amazon bookstore, and it looks like they pulled part 2. It may have been a limited free promotion before they put out th epaid version. Keep on checking periodically, as you never know what may happen!

        Thanks-

        Michael

  4. Billy Gooch

    Michael

    I find my subscription to your blog invaluable. It makes my Kindle experience all the more sweet.

    Best regards,
    Billy

    • Michael Gallagher

      Billy-

      Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it!

      Regards,

      Michael

      • Cindy Oldenkamp

        Michael, is there a way to designate books for younger readers on your blog? So many kids are now reading on a Kindle.

      • Michael Gallagher

        Cindy-

        I’ve added a “Tags” section on the right-hand side of the blog, which shows all of the categories of the posts. For your question, take a look at the “children’s” and “young adult” tags. While I have tried to tag most of my posts, it would have been helpful if I had the summary on the right-hand side!

        Hope that helps-

        Michael

  5. Steve Brewer

    You have made using my Kindle very satisfying.

  6. Al Priest

    Your February 26, 2011 blog stated: “You can also read PDF files on your Kindle. My experience with the Kindle 2 and the original Kindle is….” So, have you ever actually read a .PDF file on a Kindle 1? If so, how did you do it? I have two Kindle 1s (I don’t want a K2, K3, or KDX, because I don’t want to give up the SD card option or the ability to replace my own battery). I put several .PDF files on an SD card and while the Kindle “sees” the SD card, it does not see the .PDF files (even when Content Manager is directed to “Show ALL” or “Show SD Memory Card Only”),

    • Michael Gallagher

      Al-

      I have read, and tried to read, severa PDF’s on a K1. What I had to do was send it to my free.kindle.com email address and Amazon converted it for me. THe results were not too good. I also converted several PDF files using a program called Mobipocket (free program) and similar results.

      My experience showed if you had a crisp and clean PDF made from a Word program, the results were ok – not great but ok. If yo uhad a document that was typewritten and scanned on a scanner and converted to PDF, the results were horrible.

      WIth a K3 and the new software upgrade, it is much better but I don”t use the feature enough to make an “expert” opinion.

      Sorry that didn’t help much!

      Regards,

      Michael

  7. I called Amazon regarding “Staying at Daisy’s” which you mentioned as FREE on your blog. It has also been on the FREE Kindle Top Sellers list for 72+ hours (updated hourly?) and no matter how I’ve tried to look it up it’s always $7.43 or something similar. Amazon claims that they will “fix” the problem, but today, 3/21/2011, there it is still on the FREE Kindle Top Sellers list. Do you have any suggestions, answers, to this problem?
    Thank you in advance

  8. Brad

    How did you miss all the G.A. Henty books for free???? I just downloaded like 40 of them for free from amazon kindle store!!!

    • Michael Gallagher

      Brad-

      I didn’t miss the G.A. Henty books: he died in 1902 and all of his works are in the public domain. While there are other blogs that focus on public domain material, and Henty was a fine (and prolific) author, I try to focus on current publications.

      Thanks for writing!

      Michael

  9. Shaun McG

    Michael,
    I just recently got my first Kindle (K3), and I have found your blog to be very helpful. Actually, it is one of only 2 blogs which I have checed out through the Kindle store that seem to have any real value and is actually worth the $.99 fee.

    I have also really enjoyed your recent posts regarding your actual life and addressing the e-mail questions. Getting to know a little more about you and not just reading book reviews has been interesting.

    Also, while I know many people are interested in Kindle games, I know some of us are not. Games are what my iPhone and laptop are for, and I don’t want to be tempted by them when I should be reading 🙂

    Hopefully amazon will make updates which will improve the ability for links within the Kindle, as it is a pain to try to direct your links through the Kindle version of the blog. So far, I have used my amazon app on my iPhone to search the titles which you have posted, then one-click them to “purchase” them for my Kindle.

    I would highly recommend your blog to anyone who has a Kindle. It’s nice to open up my Kindle to your posts every day. You are totally worth a dollar a month!

    -Shaun McG

    • Michael Gallagher

      Shaun-

      Thanks for writing, and I hope you continue to enjoy your Kindle.

      Concerning the games – some of us don’t have iPod’s (I don’t)!!

      Regards,

      Michael

  10. Pia

    How come, that since about two weeks, all the free books you present here, are no longer free for me in Switzerland. Yes, I know, they were never free, I had to pay 2$ but now they cost lots more. Did they change something?
    Thanks for your answer. Have a great weekend.
    Regards
    Pia

  11. robin2p

    I wanted to send a quick note of thanks for a great blog. Considering how many free books I have gotten, I would pay at least three time the price.
    Do you have an option for people to make donations if they choose?

    • Michael Gallagher

      Robin-

      While donations sound great from time-to-time, that’s not necessary. However, the best thing you could do to “pay me back” would be to get a friend to try out the free two-week trial of the blog!

      Failing that, maybe one day I will organize a Kindle party one Saturday at the Gingerman in Houston: we could enjoy one or two of 100 or so cold beers on tap, have our Kindles, and enjoy a nice afternoon on the porch!

      Regards,

      Michael

      • Jack

        Michael, set it up. I’m sure quite a few of your blog subscribers would attend!

        Jack_cyclist

      • Michael Gallagher

        Jack-

        You never know – it’s just too hot out there right now: I took the day off from work today, and it is 110 in the sun and 101 in the shade under the porch.

        Regards,

        Michael

      • Heather Koogler

        Oh my! Gingerman right around the corner from us! It would be an enjoyable afternoon. Maybe in October… Keep us posted!

  12. Hi Michael, Thanks for the great book references… Glad you also include Christian books as well…

    Two questions: (not sure if they have been asked other places)
    1. Is there anyway that I could put my own screensaver pictures on the cover or am I doomed to look at John Steinbeck for the rest of my life?

    2. My daughter dropped her beloved Kindle. It is showing weird fonts and messing up titles and she can’t download anymore. Are we doomed? Is suggestions for where to have it fixed or will that just cost more than a new one?

    3. A few months ago you told about a book of a criminals waking up into a new world, built to test and see if they are really reformed or will always be criminals. Forgot to download and now I can’t find it… Anyway you might know which one I am talking about…

    Thanks again!

  13. Michael,
    The smartest thing I did when I got my new Kindle a month ago was subscribe to your blog.
    Thank you so much for the tips, tricks, and daily links and reviews for free books. If I hadn’t subscribed, I would have had to pay lots of $ for all the wonderful books that I’ve downloaded.
    I recommend your blog to everyone Kindle owner that I know.
    You rock!

    • Michael Gallagher

      Laura-

      Thanks for the kind words, and I am glad to hear you are enjoying your Kindle!

      Regards,

      Michael

  14. Amy Anson

    Michael,
    I subscribe to all your daily newsletters and have a comment about the Daily Quotes. I love quotes and save many for future use. I’ve noticed your chosen quotes seem to have the common topic of success, goals, getting ahead. There are soooo many other interesting topics to be shared. So how about some variety?

    Whoopi said something brilliant on “THE VIEW” a few weeks ago that even made Barbara Walters take note. I forget what they were talking about but Whoopi interjected “Experience trumps assumption”. I love this one as it applies in so many facets of life.

    Thanks for all you share with us (and your humor), keep up the good work.

    Amy

  15. Michael, are you the same Michael Gallagher I met several years ago at Ft. Bend Writers Guild or maybe it was Beaumont conference for Golden Triangle WG?

    I’m always recommending this blog so just wanted to put a face and personality to the blog.

    Sincerely,
    Joan Reeves

    • Michael Gallagher

      Hi Joan-

      Thanks for the recommendations, I appreciate it! No, that wasn’t me – I’ve never been to either of those conferences.

      Regards,

      Michael

  16. In that case, Michael, I’m pleased to meet you. Totally love your blog. I recommend it often on Kindle threads, on my own blog SlingWords, and to friends and family who read ebooks.

    If you ever would like to be interviewed on my blog, just let me know. Thanks so much. I’ve discovered so many wonderful books from you.

    Best wishes,
    Joan Reeves

  17. Craig Logan

    Hi Michael,
    I can’t say enough about the value of your blog. I am so very very glad I stumbled upon it soon after getting my kindle or I would have possibly already have spent hundreds (hopefully not more) of dollars buying books. I love the balance of what you post for “free”. I am a missionary in Asia and of course i particularly favor the Christian / Theological books, but have so uch more that I possibly never would have if it had not been for your blog. Thanks again.

    One question which I’m sure you have answered somewhere along the lines. Is there any easy way of organizing the “my clippings” file? In my google search, I only found one particular program which does a half way decent job. As much of my reading is for study purposes, I would love to be able to pull together whatever I underline in by book categories and not by date etc…

    Thanks & Best regards,
    Craig

    • Michael Gallagher

      Craig-

      There probably is a way to do it, but your guess is as good as mine – I don’t use the clippings feature that much, and when I do I usually put it on my computer or am done with it with a quick turnaround. What is the name of the program you found?

      Regards,

      Michael

  18. Don Morrison

    Hello Michael,
    I can no longer download a free choice from your daily suggestions. Kindle support cannot help so I have to go to my Mac and input the URL? ? ?
    Thanks, Don

    • Michael Gallagher

      Don-

      Could you please be a little more specific on exactly the things you are trying to do?

      Thanks-

      Michael

  19. Brad

    Hi Michael not sure if this has been asked before, but would it be possible to put the name of the publisher in your blog post?

    Thanks for this great resource.

    Brad

    • Michael Gallagher

      The name of my publisher? That would make me seem “bigger” than I am already! This is a one-man (and one dog) operation!

      • Brad

        I’m sorry I meant when you post about a book could you include the publisher of the book.

        Maybe like today’s post.
        The Career Explorer’s Journal by Paul Diamond *published by Smashwords* is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and you can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/pbVKO7 into your computer’s web browser.

        I used * because I couldn’t underline.

        Thanks

        Brad

      • Michael Gallagher

        Brad-

        I wll think about it, but personally I don’t think that adds too much to the equation describing what the book is about. Am I missing something?

        Michael

  20. Brad

    Well for me if I see a book from a certain religious publisher like Crossway I will download it 100% of the time because I know they publish theologically sound titles. I may not recognize the name or the author and skip over the book but if I knew the publisher I would take the time to investigate.

    Thanks

    Brad

  21. Lyndsay

    Hi Michael, thanks for your blog! I get most of my reading from you, fellow Texan. 🙂
    I have a question…my kindle is the latest version but it does not have 3g. I would like for it to have 3g. Is there a way to add it after purchase?
    Thanks!
    Lyndsay

    • Michael Gallagher

      Lyndsay-

      Unfortunately, no – you will have to purchase a different Kindle that includes 3G. With the 3G with special offers now being a pretty low price, that might be a good option.

      Regards,

      Michael

  22. Steven Seiller

    Michael – I appreciate your blog and wish to provide you with a suggestion. Even though I know every post title includes the phrase “Free from Amazon Kindle Store”, it is often difficult to comprehend the book title because the two are grafted together. For example, to my eyes “Hello Kitty Must Die Free from Amazon Kindle Store” sends a different message than “Hello Kitty Must Die – Free from Amazon Kindle Store”.

    Even though I know the word free will always follow the title, I am constantly fighting my brain from adding the word free to the title. Please consider adding a separator between the words in the title and the standard “…Free from Amazon Kindle Store.” The search robots won’t care about the separator which they will ignore. From an SEO perspective, the separator won’t change the semantics of the title, but to the human brain the separator will keep the semantics of the title intact!

    Thanks in advance!

  23. Laurie Kissee

    I subscribe to two of the Kindle blogs (free and under a buck). I have gotten the free blog to send in my email, but don’t remember how I did it. (read: I followed a tip from you, but now can’t find/remember) I’d like to get the other in my email. Can you help?

    Laurie

    P.S. I like both blogs, and regularly tell others about them.

  24. Debbie

    Hello, I’ve signed up for the free trial for your blog.. I can’t wait to get started! But, my Kindle has chosen this moment to die, and I can’t figure out how to access the blog on pc or my iphone. It doesn’t show up on the archived items in the iphone. Can you suggest how I might use the computer to get the blog?

  25. Mary

    Hi, Michael,

    One of the reasons I stalled on buying a Kindle is because I hate to pay for books – I’m a library geek, browsing the bestsellers in the bookstores, then borrowing them from the library. To have to pay for ebooks just seemed silly to me. Well, my family bought me a Kindle for Mother’s Day, and your blog was the first thing I downloaded. I love your blog — and my Kindle –and I have not paid more than .99 for a book – with the exception of some $1.99 deals you told us about over the summer. Thank you so much for all the work you do, and for helping me enjoy my Kindle without guilt!! Keep up the good work.

    Mary

  26. Hi Michael,

    I understand you’re Michael P. Gallager, reviewer over on Amazon.com. You gave me a negative review of “Butterfly Boots”; may I reproduce it on my blog? (I’m putting together a blog miniseries on how to parse negative reviews to learn from them.)

    • Michael Gallagher

      Misti-

      If you would like to reproduce it, please be my guest. I did read your blog post about negative reviews, and I think your candor is refreshing: you’re not going to please everyone each and every time, and what may be “bad” to one person might be the best thing ever to another. Once you post the next installment, please let me know as I would like to check it out.

      Regards,

      Michael

  27. Luke

    Ever consider italicizing the Titles of Books or putting them in quotes? I can’t tell you the number of times I get confused reading your blog thinking that that the word “Free” is part of the book title. Outside of that, really appreciate your blog and all your work on it!

  28. Hello Michael,
    A friend of mine who subscribes to your e-mails for free Kindle books recommended you to me. I was wondering how you find out about the book deals – do authors or publishers let you know ahead of time when they’re having a special?

    • Michael Gallagher

      Stephanie –

      I feel unloved – no publishing house has ever contacted me; two authors have. In other words, it’s through trial and error on how I find out about it!

      Regards,

      Michael

  29. Diann Foster

    I’ve been a subscriber for about two months. Have so many books to read & most were free. I didn’t think I’d like reading an ebook, but it’s been the best thing I’ve bought all year!!. A couple weeks ago one of my children were in the hospital. Instead of a backpack of books–after all who knows what I’d want to read–just had my Kindle. Wonderful. Keep up the good work. Diann

  30. Michael,
    First, I’d like to say that you are amazing. I so appreciate the time that you take to provide, what for me, has been an invaluable service. You have saved me both time and money – not to mention the fact that you’ve come across books that I am SURE I would have missed. I’ve read your explanation regarding the divvying up of the $1.00 per month that I pay, so it is patently clear that the money doesn’t even factor in. You’re my hero!

    In an earlier post, you mentioned (I don’t think seriously) getting together someplace in Houston. Seriously, I think it would be fun for your fans (yes, fans) to get together to meet, and greet, and talk all things Kindle. I bet there are many who agree. I am not even in Texas, and I might be down for the trip.

    Something bothers me as I read your blog, and comments. I was going to say this privately via email, but I decided that it needs to be said publicly. You are always very gracious in receiving (and even asking for) criticism and suggestions. But I am beginning to wonder about some folks. It’s almost as if an unintentional outcome of your helpful blog has been a sort of learned helplessness. Can you underline…can you italicize…can you separate the book title from “Free” even though I know that the free is not really in the book title…can you add the publisher…why can’t you do this…why can’t you do that…what should I cook for dinner? I am simply flabbergasted by some of the stuff I see here. I guess what I am trying to say is “come on folks – lighten up a little. Let’s appreciate and enjoy what is being offered here, and let’s appreciate the person who is working so hard to get it to us.”

    There! I’ve said it. It’s off my chest, and I can get back to thinking that everybody who owns a Kindle is part of one, big, happy, family!

    Thanks again, for all you do.

    Linda

    • Michael Gallagher

      Linda-

      Thanks for the kind words. I’m thinking a get together this spring might be in the works!

      Regards,

      Michael

  31. Raymond Mannion

    I have been receiving free books from your blog for sometime now without any problem. I’ve tried several books this evening and keep getting a message that says “your Kindle is unable to load requested page”. I contacted Kindle support and the said they had no control with this problem as it is a third party download. What can I do to fix this problem?

    • Michael Gallagher

      Raymond-

      Are you trying to download a book from Amazon or elsewhere? It sounds like from a non-Amazon website, based upon the response from Kindle supprt.

      Regards,

      Michael

  32. Arlene

    Hi Michael:

    I visit your blog almost every day, and as a result I have lots of free books on my Kindle. Have you come across any PC software that can be used to easily manage Kindle content? Moving items one at a time into categories is a real pain! Also have you noticed that Kindle for Android does not seem to keep your categories? I have an ASUS Eee Pad Transformer instead of a Kindle Fire.
    Thanks!

  33. jcpfuntner

    I enjoy your blog and try to keep up with it daily for your informative tips and opinions. I had a question I was tempted to pose for you to answer but I’m having a hard time trying to find your email address or a form with which to pose questions. I know people ask questions because you answer them in the blog!! How do you want people to contact you if they have questions?

  34. Howdy Michael,
    As a new Kindle author, I want to thank you for posting about my book, Bindi Girl: Diving Deep Into the Heart of India. You’ve got a great site and are doing a wonderful service for your readers.
    Happy holidays from San Francisco,
    Erin Reese

  35. Sandy (Reader)

    I just finished categorizing my Kindle ebooks to better place them in Collections and watich for series continuations. I was very pleasantly suprised to find out how many of them (purchased for free or “a buck or less”) were now selling for $7 – $9. Your blog has obviously saved me much money. Thank you so much! Happy Holidays.

  36. Maria

    Since you don’t seem to be responding to my other post, I’ll try it here. I just received a Kindle and subscribed to your blog. While I am grateful for the recommendations, I cannot download the books from your links via 3G on my Kindle Touch! My guess is that you are using web based links and the web doesn’t work in 3G. Very inconvenient. Also, I have Amazon Prime, and supposedly the blog is free, but the Kindle shows that I will be charged .99 after my free trial period.

    • Michael Gallagher

      Maria-

      The blog is only free for a two week period. Without being physically in front of your Kindle Touch, I can only speulate what the issue may be, but the links do work on my Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard (K3), and Kindle Fire: you just need an active internet connection and beign signed into your AMzaon account.

      • Maria

        Are you turning off your wireless when you try this out on your Kindle Touch, Mr. Gallagher? It doesn’t count if you’re at home with wireless on. It works for me there too. When I am in the car using 3G, I get a message telling me I need wireless in order to download the books when I click on your links. It’s the same message you get when you try using the web browser with 3G on sites other than Wikipedia. Please take this seriously. Amazon confirmed what I’m saying when I called Kindle Support.

      • Michael Gallagher

        Maria-

        I do not work for Amazon, but I can tell you it works on my Kindle Touch.

  37. Steven Seiller

    Maria – you might try putting your Kindle on a wifi network as a control to see if you can download that way. Whenever your Kindle doesn’t seem to work right, first try restarting it.

    Michael is very kind and tries to be helpful. Please keep in mind the main purpose of this blog is to spread the word on Kindle content sales. Amazon is always available to provide qualified technical support. Also note that Amazon has complete control over blogs available on the Kindle as well as their prices and trials.

    Have a happy new year with your new Kindle! Cheer!

    -scout

  38. Maria

    You are insulting me, Steven. I assure you, the issue here is not my lack of technical knowledge. Of course I checked all the possibilities before posting comments here. Of course I checked the wifi first! Yes it works beautifully in wifi and I expected the same in 3G when I am not sitting at home. Today I missed out on several valuable books because I could not download via 3G and was not at home. I do not expect Michael Gallagher to be “kind”. I am not asking for a favor here. If I subscribe to this blog, and pay money for it, I expect it to work as promised. Part of that promise is that I can click on the links in the blog and download a book easily. I will base my decision to pay for the blog on whether or not it works. Mr. Gallagher, if Amazon controls everything, and they’re telling me it’s because your links are browser based, then you should be working with them to make the links operate correctly in 3G. The blog isn’t browser based, and the store isn’t browser based, so why can’t you make the links work without calling up the browser? Also, it’s completely ridiculous that Amazon has disabled all links in their browser including to their own site when you use 3G. I’m just one person and have no pull. A blog’s author who brings in money has more clout to get this fixed.

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  40. Dan

    Michael-

    I certainly hope you don’t get discouraged by some of these negative comments. I totally understand Maria’s issue and her frustration, but I believe that you have done more than is required of an independent blogger. Keep up the great work!

    The (not so) Silent Majority

  41. Linda Barta

    Ditto! You do great work, Michael. I am sometimes shocked at what folks expect of you, and the attitude with which they express those expectations. Know that there are many, many more of us who appreciate all that you do, than those who don’t. Maybe they should just cancel their subscriptions, and/or delete your link. Sheesh!

  42. Eileen

    You said in your blog that you hate Kindle Touch. Can’t find your comments on Amazon. Would like to read your review.

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