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New Website – Your Action Needed!

This post should only be going to those of you who read the Free Kindle Books and Tips blog via an RSS feed or via email.  There have been some important changes that, unfortunately, require a little bit of action on your part (that’s the bad news), but that action should take you less than 30 seconds (that’s the good news).

What are the changes?  Well, I had the website moved to its own domain vs. the shared version I had on WordPress.  The WordPress version worked out great when I started this blog a few years ago, but with the breadth and size it has become now it was beyond time to move to a dedicated website and hosting solution.  You can check out the new website at http://www.fkbooksandtips.com

To continue receiving the updates via email or an RSS feed, here is what you need to do:


Updates via Email

Please click here or type in http://www.fkbooksandtips.com/subscribe into your computer’s web browser and enter your email address under the “Your email:” line-item  and click the “Subscribe” icon.

Once you do that, you will receive a confirmation email to the email address you just input on the web page: I am sending out a confirmation email to make sure no one is being spammed.  In the email, there is a link to click – once you click it, you will start receiving emails of the free Kindle book offers and tips to maximize the enjoyment of your Kindle.

Some of you may wonder why didn’t I just transfer all of the email addresses to the new site…the short answer is I could, but the emails would really look like &%# and all sorts of other bad things like text-only and summarized.  I would rather think you would like a better-formatted email.  I hope all of you will resubscribe, and I will probably lose a few of you, but for the long-term health of the blog it is necessary to resubscribe.

Updates via RSS Feed

If you have been receiving the blog via RSS feed, you will need to update the URL with the associated feed to http://feeds.feedburner.com/fkbooksandtips

That’s it!  How about checking out the new website at http://www.fkbooksandtips.com and let me know what you think?  My new email address is michael at fkbooksandtips dot com

Thanks!

Michael

 

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Kindle Reset Instructions

I received four messages today about people not receiving the blog for a number of days on their Kindles; as most of the people who read this and my other blogs read them on their Kindles, I am sending this out to each of my blogs. I am going to set this message up to go out monthly: if you’ve seen it before and know what I’m talking about, or if you’re just plain ‘ole tired of seeing it don’t worry – I’ll be back with a new post soon.

Don’t have a Kindle? Well, you should get one! They range in price from $79 – $379 depending upon the number of bells and whistles you get. You can click here to give the kind of Kindle I use a look.

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 or newspaper all of a sudden stops updating each day on the Kindle, and (b) you can see the blog or newspaper post in the to be downloaded list of the “Manage Your Kindle” section of the Amazon website and for some unexplained reason it doesn’t show up on your Kindle..

You will need to write this down, or try to memorize it, because if it happens to you I’m willing to bet you won’t remember unless you’ve reset your Kindle a few times!

If you would like to print this out, click here to read my post on the Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips blog to how to capture screen shots on your Kindle.

If this happens to you, you will 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!

 

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Based Upon Your Feedback…

I thought I would peck out a few things about my request for feedback on the formatting of the free book offers on the blog.  Based upon quite a few email and blog entry responses, I heard:

  • Keep it the way it has been (i.e., no changes).
  • Go to a summarized format where I just put the title, author, customer rating, genre, and a link.
  • Keep it the way it has been, but put something on the post indicating what the genre is.

I’m probably going to go with option #3 – if you read the blog on the web page, you’ll probably be saying “you’ve always done that.”  That’s true – if you read the blog on the web vs. your Kindle, for example, you will see the various genre categories you can click on to see more.

However, 90% of the folks who read this blog do so on their Kindles and they can’t see those categories.  So, in an effort to make it easier to review each day, I will have the name of the book, the author’s name, the customer rating (if there is one), a link to the book, and the book’s description.  However, in between the link to the book and the book’s description I will also tell you the genre of the book according to how it is listed at Amazon.  Sometimes there isn’t one listed on the Kindle page: if that happens, I will do my best to get it right (in other words, I am going to make a guess).

Please bear with me as we go forward, as I’ve basically been typing the same introduction for a few years now and I might forget here and there!

For all of you who replied back with your comments, I appreciate your feedback!

Regards,

Michael

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The Variant Effect Free from Amazon Kindle Store

The Variant Effect by G. Wells Taylor 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/mPbuoA into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

VARION was a popular medication that could cure anything from Anxiety and Depression to Schizophrenia and Zoophagia. Everybody took it back in the day, because there were no side effects… …AT FIRST. By the time they learned about the Variant Effect it was too late.

The old building in a rundown part of Metro was a perfect place to find a body, but they wouldn’t have dragged Joe Borland out of retirement if it still had its skin. It’s been 20 years since Borland battled the Variant Effect, and 20 since he let his partner get skinned alive. Now both of them are ordered back into action to meet a terrifying new threat.

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Kindle Reset Instructions

 

 

As most of the people who read this and my other blogs read them on their Kindles, I am sending this out to each of my blogs.  I am going to set this message up to go out monthly: if you’ve seen it before and know what I’m talking about, or if you’re just plain ‘ole tired of seeing it don’t worry – I’ll be back with a new post soon.

Don’t have a Kindle?  Well, you should get one!  They range in price from $114 – $379 depending upon the number of bells and whistles you get.  You can click here to give the kind of Kindle I use a look.

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 or newspaper all of a sudden stops updating each day on the Kindle, and (b) you can see the blog or newspaper post in the to be downloaded list of the “Manage Your Kindle” section of the Amazon website and for some unexplained reason it doesn’t show up on your Kindle..

You will need to write this down, or try to memorize it, because if it happens to you I’m willing to bet you won’t remember unless you’ve reset your Kindle a few times!

If you would like to print this out, click here to read my post on the Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips blog to how to capture screen shots on your Kindle.

If this happens to you, you will 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!

 

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The One You Love Free from Amazon Kindle Store

The One You Love by Paul Pilkington 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/pPMHFB into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Emma Holden’s nightmare has just begun. Her fiancé vanishes, leaving the battered and bloodied body of his brother in their London apartment. Someone is stalking her, watching her every move. And her family are hiding a horrifying secret; a secret that threatens all those she loves. In a desperate race against time, Emma must uncover the truth if she ever wants to see her fiancé alive again.

A fast-paced suspense thriller, The One You Love follows in the tradition of writers such as Linwood Barclay, Harlan Coben and Nicci French.

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips.

Looking for more or a reliable source of free books for your Kindle?  Click here for my “Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them book (updated April 2011).

 

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Another Penny Book in the Amazon Kindle Store

Wow, in terms of number of clicks the book I told you about yesterday that was just a penny was extremely popular: the book ranking went from the 97,000 range to #5 in the Amazon Kindle store.  In case you missed that post, click here or type in http://bit.ly/ktjpEY into your computer’s web browser.

Now, some of you may say I am going against the spirit of this “free” eBook blog by listing something that actually costs money.  I would agree with the purists on one hand, but on the other hand – and a valid point, I believe – you just can’t buy anything for a penny anymore, not since the piece of gum I used to buy from a bin from 7-11 as a kid a few decades ago.

So, I looked around the Amazon Kindle website and found another book in the Kindle format that is listed for just a penny called Love Springs / Prelude: Two Inspector Monde Tales of Strange and Terrible Adventures by John Booth.  You can try it out if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/kWVDjw into your computer’s web browser.  Let’s see if we can move this one up from its current ranking of #13,171.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

Love Springs
A woman, a man, each searching for the other, fear etched in their eyes as Inspector Monde seeks to understand. Only he knows if the bridge will reveal their secrets.

Prelude
An invitation, a warning, a clue. An old case that still haunts Inspector Monde resurfaces and he suspects revenge. Even Cervantes and his kind flee the evil that postures and taunts and lures Inspector Monde to a place of such corruption that the unthinkable becomes real.

Inspector Monde walks the dark side of Paris where the supernatural can be found. Every police force has an Inspector Monde though they try to deny it. When the blood chills and the hairs on the back of the neck rise they send for him and don’t look too closely at what he does. For the Inspector does not particularly believe in the Law but will fight for Justice to his last breath.

From the Author:

Book 5 in a series of 7

Charles Monde is one of my favorite creations. The stories are set at the beginning of the sixties. Monde has been touched by death and has an affinity with ghosts. This is fortunate because the ghosts of Paris are often unaware of their status, can look and act like those of flesh and blood. They have a tendency to seek revenge.

If you like twisty, creepy little ghost stories then Monde should be right up your street.
Why not give him a go?

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips.

Click here for my “Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts” book (in the Kindle format, of course).

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