I thought it would be a good time to answer a few of the emailed questions I have received in a group format: these are usually the ones I have received several times, which leads me to believe there must be a lot more of you out there with the same question!
If you would like to write to me, my email address is kindle at gagler dot com (I write it out that way in a small attempt to thwart the spam email harvesters).
First of all, I told you in a previous post I was a bit under the weather, and many of you sent well-wishes – thanks! The crud I have has become better, but it just won’t go away. There is a bad cold hitting the Houston area and lots of people are missing work and other activities, with three people in my small group at work out with it right now. Here’s hoping this thing doesn’t travel to your part of the world!
Rating Kindle Books
Doug and a few others had a question about rating books after they have been read, and here is Doug’s email to me:
Michael, I found your free kindle book blog after my kids got me a Kindle for Father’s Day and since then I now get the buck or less blog. The first thing I do when I turn on my Kindle in the morning is read both. I really like the tips and book offers. I do have one question, on finishing a book you get the opportunity to rate book or share that you have finished book. Since I can’t share my opinion as I don’t twitter or facebook or whatever you need to social network does my book rating get added to the total? Thanks again for your interesting blogs. Doug
If you didn’t know, what Doug is referring to is on most Kindles, after you finish a book the very last page is actually a pop-up from Amazon, allowing you to rate the book you have just completed. The heading starts off with “You’ve finished. Before you go…” with several options you can pick and choose.
The first option is to Tweet via Twitter or post via Facebook you have completed the book: if you are a member of one of those social networks, you can share the news accordingly if you so desire (the accountant in me wonders how much Twitter and Facebook are paying Amazon for that functionality, or is Amazon paying them to link back to the Amazon store?).
If you scrolled down one menu option below the “Tweet” option, you can select “Rate this book,” which will open a new pop-up window to grade it on a 1 to 5 star rating. If you chose this option and rated the book on the star rating system, and you save / share or just save this rating, it will then be uploaded to the Amazon website.
As most of you know, I try to rate everything I have read on the Amazon website as I believe we are all one little (but large) community, and I appreciate your reviews – and hope you like mine – as I might be interested in what you like to read and vice versa. On the other hand, we may have totally different tastes in literature. However, I try to provide a few brief comments of what I liked and disliked vs. relying solely on the “star” rating system without providing a spoiler and I appreciate reviews that do the same as most of the time it gives me a good gauge of the book. You can see the reviews I have written at any time by pointing your web browser to http://amzn.to/mpgreviews
Returning Kindle Books
Michael S. sent me an email Friday, telling me there is an easier way to return Kindle books. I really haven’t used that feature in a while, so I guess it is time for me to get more up to speed and thanks to Michael S. for sharing this with not only me, but you. Here’s what he had to say:
Love your blog.
Under your description of free kindle books, you talk about how to return them. There is now a very easy way, not needing either immediate action, nor do you have to go through customer support.
Books you purchase from the Kindle Store are eligible for return and refund if we receive your request within seven days of the date of purchase. Once a refund is issued, you will no longer have access to the book. To request a refund and return, visit Manage Your Kindle, click the actions tab for the title you’d like to return, and select “Return for refund.”
Thanks for passing this one on, Michael! If you have a tip you would like to share with the group, maybe a shortcut you use that helps you out and / or saves time, how about sharing it? Just email it to me (kindle at gagler dot com) and you may see it appear on the blog!
Monthly Kindle Fire Giveaway
Many of you may remember author C.J. West, who gave away a copy of his book, The End of Marking Time, to the blog’s readers in 2011 (it’s $2.99 now, but I liked it and it as an average user rating of 4.5 stars based on 130 customer reviews – click here or type in http://amzn.to/f2xFZA into your computer’s web browser to see it.)
I’m frequently asked what I am reading on my Kindle. Technically, I am not reading anything right now: I just finished a book this afternoon called The Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly (click here or type in http://amzn.to/uWeNjy into your computer’s web browser to see it). I told you about this one on December 27th when it was free, and I grabbed it as it sounded interesting. Now that I’ve completed it, I thought it was great! Unfortunately, it’s not free now but priced at $3.99 – it’s well worth it, so if you missed it when it was free I highly recommend it!
Other blogs I Read
Many of you want to know if I read other blogs about the Kindle. The short answer is “yes,” I pop over and read a couple of Kindle-related blogs from time-to-time, including:
I Love My Kindle by Bufo Calvin. Bufo is a mainstay on the Amazon Kindle discussion boards, and is quick to offer a helping hand with Kindle-related questions on the discussion boards. He usually has one to two posts per day with various things about the Kindle as well as his life, and the book business in general. He also has a nice writing style. I’ve never met Bufo, but we’ve corresponded a couple of times over the past few years, and seems like a guy I’d like to have a beer or a cup of coffee with one day. You can read his blog at http://ilmk.wordpress.com/
Kindle Boards – this really isn’t a blog, but more of a discussion board of a lot of things Kindle, reviews of books, and an area for independent authors to discuss various trends. You can lurk around and read it for free, but if you want to participate in a discussion and post you need to register (registration is free). You can check it out at http://www.kindleboards.com/
Beyond Black Friday / Me and My Kindle by Jon Cog. You never know what Jon is going to post about from day-to-day: one day there are a few free book offers, the next it’s an interview with someone, or a general post about the eBook or publishing industry. You can check it out at http://www.beyond-black-friday.com/ and you can read the interview he had with me at http://www.beyond-black-friday.com/2011/12/27/my-interview-with-a-best-selling-author/
If you’ve made it this far in the post, congratulations! That’s all I have for now, and I hope you have a great week next week!
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Check out my new Kindle guide, Kindle Fire How-To Guide: Your Guide to Tips, Tricks, Free Books, and Startup. You can check it out if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/firebook into your computer’s web browser.