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Answering Your Kindle Email Questions and Random Thoughts

 

 

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!

 

Kindle Books for a Buck (or Less) Blog

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:

Facebook: click here or type in http://www.facebook.com/fkbooksandtips into your computer’s browser.

Twitter: click here or type in http://twitter.com/fkbt into your computer’s browser.

 

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!

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 (updated September 2011).

 

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Whispers in the Shadows Free from Amazon Kindle Store

Whispers in the Shadows Vol. II by Alan James Keogh 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/qcos7Z into your computer’s web browser.

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

Whispers in the Shadows is back with a second instalment, featuring 20 short stories ranging from horror, suspense and thriller

including:

A Little Fun: Jane’s just been dumped and spends a night on the town, but just how far will she go to get over her ex?

A Single Drop: A Woman wakes to find a strange liquid, dripping from her ceiling. What is it and where is it coming from?

And Yet I scream: Brian has agreed to be part of an experiment, three months and a big payoff, but the three months have long since passed and he is still inside, locked in his room.

The Dressmaker: Angela is renowned for her amazing creations, but how is she producing up to a thousand dresses a week by herself? The price for a dress is high, and it’s not paid entirely in cash.

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241 Free Short Stories in Amazon Kindle Store

There are several new short stories available for free from the Amazon Kindle store this morning, although I am not going to list them here as there are just too many – plus, I am traveling again for work this week and the time bandits are all over the place.

A lot of the free short story offerings I have read have been pretty good, and are perfect to knock out a couple of them during my lunch break at work.  As I type this, there are 241 short stories available for free in the Amazon Kindle store – if you would like to check out and possibly pick up any (or all) of them, you click here or type in http://amzn.to/mSX6o4 into your computer’s web browser, you can surf and click away!

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.

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The Lighter Side of Darkness Free from Amazon Kindle Store

Here’s a quick one – The Lighter Side of Darkness by Joshua Scribner is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and is a collection of nine short stories.  I’ve read several of Scribner’s short stories over the past few months, and most of them have been pretty good: I could see them as outlines for full novels.

If you would like this one, just click here or type in http://amzn.to/oTJkd2 into your computer’s web browser.

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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Mastering the Art of Life Free from Amazon Kindle Store

Mastering the Art of Life: 5 Collected Essays by Julie Sellers is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 3 customer reviews.  You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/j7PNui into your computer’s web browser.

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

Julie Sellers’ essays have been featured on NPR’s This I Believe, in the This I Believe: On Love anthology and the Letters from the Heart Anthology, Dear Daughter.

This volume features 5 of her favorite essays, Mastering the Art of Life, Princess Margaret, The Father’s Day Gift, The Last Resolution and This is My Garden.

This is a collection of 5 essays and not a full length book.

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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Secret Sidewalk Free from Amazon Kindle Store

Secret Sidewalk by Tom Lichtenberg 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/jiBZHO into your computer’s web browser.

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

Beauregaard Sweet became invisible, but his troubles began when he suddenly reappeared. Now everybody wants something from him. Manny the mechanic wants his wife. Sharad LeMaster wants his secret. Emma Biggs wants another shot at the TV news, the leaders of the Four Tribes want to send him back to wherever it was he’d gone, and all he wants to do is eat some donuts and watch reality TV

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3 Free Short Stories in Amazon Kindle Store

Amazon has released three short stories for free today in the Kindle store; rather than a separate post on each, I am listing them all here:

Tuned In To Love: A Short Story by Karen Jerabek has received a perfect 5 out of 5 stars based on three customer reviews – click here or type in http://amzn.to/qzCCZi into your computer’s web browser for your free copy.

Spine Slaughter by Nick Spalding – click here or type in http://amzn.to/qRBwB7

Moth Madness by Eric Wilder – click here or type in http://amzn.to/oC7Bkq

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