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The May Informal Poll

Each month for the past two years, I’ve started or participated in a monthly poll on the USA Amazon Kindle discussion boards asking people a simple question: what are you reading on your Kindle? I’ve received some great tips with past monthly polls, finding out what others are reading on their Kindle, and found some “new” authors I generally wouldn’t have found using my hunt-and-peck method. While I have certainly enjoyed the “mainstream” author suggestions over the past year, I’ve also enjoyed a lot of independent authors from each month’s poll I never would have heard of previously.

Last month’s poll had over 1,000 posts by almost 400 participants (I think that is the record), so let’s see if we can beat that with this month’s poll! If you would like to check out the poll and find some new things or, better yet, tell others what you are reading, just click here or type in http://amzn.to/il3QOS into your web browser and start!

Here’s how this works – list a book you are currently reading or just recently read on your Kindle (insert the product link using the little button above the text box in the discussion forum so others can find it), whether you would recommend it, did you get it free, and anything else you would care to share.

I started off this month’s poll with I was considering starting the book Two Wars which I had picked up for free – it’s still free, and if you would like to check it out you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/lfRT9u into your computer’s web browser.

I didn’t read it.  Why?  Because I was lucky enough to receive an advance review copy of Jeff Shaara’s new book, The Final Storm” A Novel of the War in the Pacific.  Yes, it was a “paper” vs. Kindle book, which I will admit felt strange reading a it has been well over a year since I have read a paper book.  However, I will say it has to have been one of the best books I have read in a while which is consistent with his other books.  If you would like to check out the Kindle version, you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/kJsWKF into your computer’s web browser.

I’ve lately been on a short story binge, as there are a lot of them offered for free in the Amazon Kindle store – if you missed yesterday’s post about the number of free short stories in the Kindle store, that’s okay: if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/mSX6o4 into your computer’s web browser, you can surf and click away and grab as many of the 92 I told you about as you want.

And here’s a continuations of last month’s request for prior participants in the poll. If you like or dislike a title you have read, in addition to telling us about it in this informal poll, how about writing a book review on the Amazon website? The review will certainly last and be visible a lot longer than this poll will. If you’re like me, you look at the customer reviews in order to see if you want to investigate a book further. Since we are all a little community here, I know your friends and online discussion neighbors would appreciate it – I would!

I’ve read a few things in-between the April and May polls, and besides the Jeff Shaara book I told yu about above nothing that I would say “hey, you need to read this right now,” plus I am behind on writing some reviews. If you would like to see my reviews – the good and the bad – you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/em7kGw into your web browser.  You’ll see I have varied tastes in literature, and while I believe I write an honest review I will tell you some authors have lately taken exception to some of the reviews I’ve written.  Go figure.

I’m not sure what I am going to read next.  Why not help influence that decision and tell us what YOU are reading on your Kindle?  Just click here or type in http://amzn.to/il3QOS into your computer’s web browser to get started!

Have a great rest of your week-

Michael

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Don’t Forget This Month’s Informal Poll

This is just a reminder to not forget this month’s informal poll on the Amazon Kindle discussion board…this month’s USA poll continues to have outstanding participation, with over 700 posts from almost 300 participants as I type this blog post.  Can we reach 1,000 posts?  The first UK poll really doesn’t have much participation (hint…).

Each month for the past two years, I’ve started or participated in a monthly poll on the USA Amazon Kindle discussion boards asking people a simple question: what are you reading on your Kindle?  I’ve received some great tips with past monthly polls, finding out what others are reading on their Kindle, and found some “new” authors I generally wouldn’t have found using my hunt-and-peck method. While I have certainly enjoyed the “mainstream” author suggestions over the past year, I’ve also enjoyed a lot of independent authors from each month’s poll I never would have heard of previously.

If you would like to check out the poll and find some new things or, better yet, tell others what you are reading, just click here or type in http://amzn.to/hrt5kZ into your web browser and start!  Also, for the first time, I started a monthly poll on the Amazon UK Kindle discussion board.  You can click here or type in http://amzn.to/fsGKB9 into your computer’s web browser to see it.

Here’s how this works – list a book you are currently reading or just recently read on your Kindle (insert the product link using the little button above the text box in the discussion forum so others can find it), whether you would recommend it, did you get it free, and anything else you would care to share.

And here’s a continuations of last month’s request for prior participants in the poll. If you like or dislike a title you have read, in addition to telling us about it in this informal poll, how about writing a book review on the Amazon website? The review will certainly last and be visible a lot longer than this poll will. If you’re like me, you look at the customer reviews in order to see if you want to investigate a book further.  Since we are all a little community here, I know your friends and online discussion neighbors would appreciate it – I would!

I seem to be on a science fiction habit of late, and started off this month’s poll with I was currently reading An Enemy of the State – a novel of the LaNague Federation (The LaNague Federation Series), which I picked up for free over a year ago and just now getting to read.  I thought it was a good story and rated it a 4 out of 5 stars.  It’s $2.99 now, and you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/hcejHo to see it. 

I next started and finished yesterday one of the books I told you about during Read an eBook Week, Paul Dayton’s We’ve Seen the Enemy, which is another science fiction book; I thought it was very good and rated it a 5 out of 5 stars.  Unfortunately, the Read an eBook Week promotion is over, and it’s $3.89 in the USA Amazon Kindle store – click here to see it or type in http://amzn.to/gPGhjw into your computer’s web browser.

I then continued more of the science fiction journey with another book I picked up for free during Read an eBook Week called Fortress on the Sun by Paul Cook, which I rated 4 out of 5 stars.  It’s not free any longer and is now $4.61 in the USA Amazon Kindle store – click here to see it or type in http://amzn.to/dXW55F into your computer’s web browser.

Can you tell I read a lot of the free books I tell you about?  It has been some time since I have purchased an eBook for myself – my wife, on the other hand, has been on a James patterson kick lately and at $9.99 each I’m glad I’m bringing the overall cost per book down!

I also took my own medicine and wrote reviews for each one of the books mentioned above, which you can see if you click the book titles and read the reviews from newest first.  You can even vote on the reviews to indicate if they were helpful or not if you are so inclined.  Alternatively, i you would like to see all of my written reviews – the good and the bad – you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/em7kGw into your web browser (you’ll see I have varied tastes in literature). 

And, yes, I started another science fiction book I picked up during Read an eBook week.  I’m way too early in the book to even tell you if I like it or not…

What are YOU reading on your Kindle? 

USA Poll: click here or type in http://amzn.to/hrt5kZ  into your web browser.

UK Poll: click here or type in http://amzn.to/fsGKB9 into your computer’s web browser

Have a great rest of the week-

Michael

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The April 2011 Informal Poll

Each month for the past two years, I’ve started or participated in a monthly poll on the USA Amazon Kindle discussion boards asking people a simple question: what are you reading on your Kindle?  I’ve received some great tips with past monthly polls, finding out what others are reading on their Kindle, and found some “new” authors I generally wouldn’t have found using my hunt-and-peck method. While I have certainly enjoyed the “mainstream” author suggestions over the past year, I’ve also enjoyed a lot of independent authors from each month’s poll I never would have heard of previously.

Last month’s poll had almost 1,000 posts by over 300 participants, so let’s see if we can beat that with this month’s poll!  If you would like to check out the poll and find some new things or, better yet, tell others what you are reading, just click here or type in http://amzn.to/hrt5kZ into your web browser and start!

Also, for the first time, I started a monthly poll on the Amazon UK Kindle discussion board.  You can click here or type in http://amzn.to/fsGKB9 into your computer’s web browser to see it.

Here’s how this works – list a book you are currently reading or just recently read on your Kindle (insert the product link using the little button above the text box in the discussion forum so others can find it), whether you would recommend it, did you get it free, and anything else you would care to share.

And here’s a continuations of last month’s request for prior participants in the poll. If you like or dislike a title you have read, in addition to telling us about it in this informal poll, how about writing a book review on the Amazon website? The review will certainly last and be visible a lot longer than this poll will. If you’re like me, you look at the customer reviews in order to see if you want to investigate a book further. Since we are all a little community here, I know your friends and online discussion neighbors would appreciate it – I would!

I started off this month’s poll with I was currently reading An Enemy of the State – a novel of the LaNague Federation (The LaNague Federation Series), which I picked up for free over a year ago and just now getting to read.  It’s $2.99 now, and you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/hcejHo to see it.  I seem to have been on a science fiction kick lately, but this one – while written a few decades ago – seems to have a lot of today’s details involved with its plot: a government growing larger and larger, increasing unemployment, an ever-increasing public debt, and inflation growing unchecked.  I thought it was pretty good, and have the next one in the series but will wait a while to start it.

I next started and finished yesterday one of the books I told you about during Read an eBook Week, Paul Dayton’s We’ve Seen the Enemy, which is another science fiction book; I thought it was very good.  Unfortunately, the Read an eBook Week promotion is over, and it’s $3.99 in the USA Amazon Kindle store – click here to see it or type in http://amzn.to/gPGhjw into your computer’s web browser.

Can you tell I read a lot of the free books I tell you about?

I’ve read a few things in-between the March and April polls, nothing that I would say “hey, you need to read this now,” plus I am behind on writing some reviews.  If you would like to see my reviews – the good and the bad – you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/em7kGw into your web browser (you’ll see I have varied tastes in literature).  I’m not sure what I am going to read next.

What are YOU reading on your Kindle? 

USA Poll: click here or type in http://amzn.to/hrt5kZ  into your web browser.

UK Poll: click here or type in http://amzn.to/fsGKB9 into your computer’s web browser

Have a great weekend-

Michael

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 (in the Kindle format, of course).

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Don’t Forget This Month’s Kindle Informal Poll

This is just a reminder to not forget this month’s informal poll on the Amazon Kindle discussion board…this month’s poll continues to have outstanding participation, with almost 900 posts from over 300 people as I type this blog post.  Can we reach 1,000 posts?

Each month for the past year I have started or participated in an informal poll on the Amazon Kindle Discussion boards asking people what they have been or are reading on their Kindles.  This is part of an effort for me to find things out of the mainstream I might be interested in at hopefully a lower price vs. buying and reading what everyone else is reading on the latest NYTimes bestseller lists; while I do read what is on the NY Times bestseller list, and enjoy a lot of it, there are a lot of authors out there in the Kindle self-publishing or “indie” space I have really enjoyed, too.

Each post starts off something like this:

Time for the monthly poll: I’ve received several great tips on past monthly polls with what you are reading on your Kindle!

Here’s how this works – list a book you are currently reading or just recently read on your Kindle (insert the product link using the little button above the text box so others can find it), whether you would recommend it, did you get it free, and anything else you would care to share.

If you would like to check this month’s poll out, you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/gE5GC0 into your web browser and start!  As an update, I did finish reading Run, by Michaelbrent Collings (click here to see it), which cost me all of 99 cents – it came recommended on a previous poll, so I tried the free sample, liked it, and bought the book. It’s a mystery / science fiction book, and I thought it was great, with a neat twist at the end.  I do hope the author will write a sequel!

Since completing that one, I started and stopped a few books, and seem to be back on yet another science fiction kick as I am reading F. Paul Wilson’s An Enemy of the State (click here to see it or type in http://amzn.to/hcejHo into your computer’s web browser)’ I actually picked this up for free over a year ago but am just now getting around to reading it – it’s $2.99 now.  I am 47% of the way through it, and am enjoying it.  No, there are no aliens but is about man’s progression across the galaxy and the resulting conflicts.

As usual, I have picked up several books and added them to my electronic “to be read” pile….now, if there were only enough hours in the day to read everything in that pile!

Anyway, what are YOU reading on your Kindle?

Michael

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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The March 2011 Informal Poll

Each month for the past two years, I’ve started or participated in a monthly poll on the Amazon Kindle discussion boards asking people a simple question: what are you reading on your Kindle?  I’ve received some great tips with past monthly polls, finding out what others are reading on their Kindle, and found some “new” authors I generally wouldn’t have found using my hunt-and-peck method. While I have certainly enjoyed the “mainstream” author suggestions over the past year, I’ve also enjoyed a lot of independent authors from each month’s poll I never would have heard of previously.

Last month’s poll had over 1,000 posts by over 350 participants – that has to be the record, so let’s see if we can beat that with this month’s poll!  If you would like to check out the poll and find some new things or, better yet, tell others what you are reading, just click here or type in http://amzn.to/gE5GC0 into your web browser and start!

Here’s how this works – list a book you are currently reading or just recently read on your Kindle (insert the product link using the little button above the text box in the discussion forum so others can find it), whether you would recommend it, did you get it free, and anything else you would care to share.

And here’s a continuations of last month’s request for prior participants in the poll. If you like or dislike a title you have read, in addition to telling us about it in this informal poll, how about writing a book review on the Amazon website? The review will certainly last and be visible a lot longer than this poll will. If you’re like me, you look at the customer reviews in order to see if you want to investigate a book further. Since we are all a little community here, I know your friends and online discussion neighbors would appreciate it – I would!

I am currently reading Run, by Michaelbrent Collings (click here to see it), which cost me all of 99 cents – it came recommended on a previous poll, so I tried the free sample, liked it, and bought the book. It’s a mystery / science fiction book, and I thought it was great, with a neat twist at the end.  I hope the author will write a sequel!

I’ve read a few things since this one, nothing that I would say “hey, you need to read this now,” plus I am behind on writing some reviews.  If you would like to see my reviews – the good and the bad – you can click here or type in http://amzn.to/em7kGw into your web browser (you’ll see I have varied tastes in literature).

What are YOU reading on your Kindle?  Just click here or type in http://amzn.to/gE5GC0 into your web browser and start!

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 (in the Kindle format, of course).

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The February Informal Poll

Each month for the past year I have started or participated in an informal poll on the Amazon Kindle Discussion boards asking people what they have been or are reading on their Kindles.  This is part of an effort for me to find things out of the mainstream I might be interested in at hopefully a lower price vs. buying and reading what everyone else is reading on the latest NYTimes bestseller lists; while I do read what is on the NY Times bestseller list, and enjoy a lot of it, there are a lot of authors out there in the Kindle self-publishing or “indie” space I have really enjoyed, too.

Each post starts off something like this:

Time for the monthly poll: I’ve received several great tips on past monthly polls with what you are reading on your Kindle!

Here’s how this works – list a book you are currently reading or just recently read on your Kindle (insert the product link using the little button above the text box so others can find it), whether you would recommend it, did you get it free, and anything else you would care to share.

If you would like to check this month’s poll out, you can click here or type in http://tinyurl.com/feb11poll into your web browser.

Last month’s poll had a few mishaps where the original thread “disappeared” after a lot of posts, yet even after we started round two it took off with a bang and ended up with over 1,000 separate posts.  I did pick up some winners and losers.

I didn’t start this month’s poll as I’ve been literally burning the candle at both ends, and thanks to discussion board user “Joshua” who took the initiative to get it going.  I finally posted to the board today, and here is what I had to say:

I recently read The n00b Warriors (Book One) which is a freebie (and still free). While it had an interesting story outline, I really didn’t like it as I thought it was in serious need of a professional editor. It was one of those ones I kept turning the page thinking “it has to get better” and it didn’t; once it was finally over, I kicked myself wondering why I had wasted my time reading it. I’m glad it was free!

I just finished The English Assassin by Daniel Silva which I thought was very good – I’ve had it on my Kindle for at least six months and finally waded through the to be read pile. It is the second book in a series, so I highly recommend reading the first book in the series called The Kill Artist which was free not too long ago. Now that I finished The English Assassin, I went and picked up #3 in the series called The Confessor. I’m 10% through it and like it so far.

If you would like to check this month’s poll out, you can click here or type in http://tinyurl.com/feb11poll into your web browser.

Anyway, what are YOU reading on your Kindle?

Michael Gallagher
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002MSG20A
Publisher of the Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips blog

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 (in the Kindle format, of course)

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