Monthly Archives: August 2010

A Special Request

About a month or so ago, I ran a promotion that was two-fold: one, (and self-serving) was to have sales of the new revision to my book Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them and two, to raise money for The Nehemiah Center of Houston.  With that promotion, I pledged to contribute 100% of the profits in a 24 hour period to The Nehemiah Center of Houston.  Thanks to your generosity, we collectively raised a little over $80 for that fine organization in 24 hours; I also contribute 100% of the profits from the Bible Verse of the Day blog to this organization, and thanks to the Kindle subscribers this year they have received over $800 through the end of July.

Selfishly, the rankings of the book went up, too, during this 24 hour promotion for which I am very appreciative.  I certainly can’t quit my job from the eBook sales, but it does help in this terrible economy.

There are a lot of people who are hurting out there, so I am going to run another, similar, promotion but this time for a week vs. just a 24 hour period – from 4:00 p.m. Central time today through 4:00 Central time Saturday – for every purchase of my new guide called Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts I will donate 100% of the profits to an organization called the East Texas Foodbank (you can learn more about them if you click here).  These people can stretch a dollar – they can make just $1 feed 8 people.

Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts costs just $1 in the USA and, depending upon the exchange rate less than a pound in the UK; after Amazon’s cut (65%), that leaves about 35 cents for each book sold – I told you I couldn’t quit my job from this – but there are a lot more folks out there who need help vs. my needs.  I hope I am writing a large check to them reflecting your contributions!

You can pick up the US version if you click here or type in http://tinyurl.com/ktipsusa into your web browser; the UK version can be found if you click here or type in http://tinyurl.com/ktipsuk into your web browser.

While the folks over at the East Texas Foodbank will receive a monetary benefit from this promotion, you will get a benefit, too.  I’ve assembled the majority of the tips I’ve sent out in the Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips blog into one eBook – all for just 99 cents.  Topics include:
• Archived Items
• Battery Replacement
• Calculator Functionality
• Checking Your Email
• Collections
• Converting PDF Documents to Kindle Format
• Discussion Boards
• Displaying the Time
• Download Problems – What To Do
• Flight Check
• Games on Your Kindle
• Gift Certificates
• Internet Access (its free) on Your Kindle
• Kindle Reading to You (Text to Speech)
• Losing Your Place While Reading
• Lost Kindle Tip
• Mobile Websites – Access Them on Your Kindle
• Permanent Deletion of a Title
• Pictures on Your Kindle
• Playing Music on Your Kindle
• Popular Highlights Feature – Turning it Off
• Reset Your Kindle
• Samples of Books
• Screen Freeze Fix
• Screenshots – Printing Out What You See
• Social Networking with Facebook and Twitter
• Transferring Books to Your Kindle
• Checking the Weather
• Wireless Coverage for Your Kindle
• Random Tips – several dozen hints and shortcuts

We have a very vibrant community here, and I think our collective efforts can help a lot of folks – I’m just asking for one dollar.  So, why not help out these folks, as well as help yourself with the tips and shortcuts?

I’ll keep you updated on where we are throughout the week!

Thanks!

Michael

 

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Checking the eMail

Just to clarify, based on an email I received from Sandy Lu (you can email me by sending an email to kindle at gagler dot com – I type it that way to avoid the spam robots).

On Saturday, I sent out a post on how to reset or restart your Kindle.  Sandy wanted to know if by doing so, would she lose any of the books she had downloaded to here Kindle, and if it would do anything to the folders she had set up as part of the “Collections” from the latest software upgrade.

The short answer is “no, it won’t make you lose your downloaded books, nor will it mess up your collections.”

Think of it as rebooting your computer.  Assuming everything has been saved to your hard drive in the computer example, 999 times out of 1,000 everything will remain on your hard drive (I didn’t make it a perfect 100% because I guarantee someone, somewhere has had something bad happen).

The same analogy holds true with your Kindle – the books you have downloaded to your Kindle have been saved to the Kindle’s hard drive, so they should be okay.  The folders / collections you have created have been saved to the Kindle’s hard drive, and they should be okay, too.

I’ve rebooted / restarted my Kindle 2 several times, and noticed no issues of data loss.

Hope that helps!

Michael

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Kindle Reset Instructions

We have a lot of people reading this blog on their Kindle’s, and I am going to set this message up to send out approximately once a month: 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.

There seems to be a slight 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 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 a post from the Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips  blog on 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!

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer?  Click Here for the On This Day in History Amazon Page

Don’t have a Kindle?  Click Here to learn more!

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Amazon Launches UK Kindle Store with Lower Prices

Here’s some great news for our UK Kindle subscribers – Amazon has finally opened up the Amazon Kindle store in the UK, and says other countries are coming soon; they also claim to have lowered a lot of the prices!

For those of you who have written me about it in the past, that means “YES,” you can now also finally get this and other blogs sent wirelessly over your Kindle.  I’m not going to copy and paste the entire press release (you can click here to read it), but here are a few links:

Kindle Store in the UK: www.amazon.co.uk/kindlestore

Links to my blogs now available for wireless delivery in the UK:

On This Day in History: click here

Trivia of the Day: click here

Bible Verse of the Day (all proceeds of this blog go to charity): click here

Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips: click here

Quote of the Day: click here

Don’t have a Kindle?  Click Here  to learn more!

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