Monthly Archives: November 2010

Thanksgiving Challenge Results

This is just an update to the Thanksgiving Challenge I ran this week (click here and here if you missed it).

Thanks to your support, we were able to collectively raise $175.70 for the East Texas Food Bank during Thanksgiving week, or enough money to feed approximately 1,400 people – wow!  Thank you for supporting this great organization and putting a warm meal in front of folks who would otherwise go hungry.  The Kindle community is great, and I certainly appreciate it!

If you missed the promotion, you can still make a direct contribution to continue helping people out through Christmas and beyond: you can click here or point your web browser to http://www.easttexasfoodbank.org/

Have a great rest of your 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.

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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!

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Thanksgiving Challenge Update

 

This post is going out to each of my five blogs plus my cousin’s Kindle version Joke of the Day blog.

Earlier this week, I put out a “Thanksgiving Challenge” in an effort to support the East Texas Food Bank during this week of Thanksgiving (click here to see the original post): for each purchase of my book Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts until noon central time tomorrow (Friday), I will donate 100% of the royalties Amazon will pay me (a whopping 35 cents per copy) to the East Texas Food Bank; for each dollar this fine organization receives, they stretch a dollar and can feed approximately 8 people.

Here’s an update on the progress as of this morning: thanks to your efforts, we have raised $128.  In other words, collectively, we will be able to feed a little over 1,000 people.  Wow!

I am setting this up to send out to each of the lists in the afternoon – now that you are stuffed from the turkey, steak, pizza, or whatever you may have had during Thanksgiving, why not help out someone less fortunate?  You can click here to purchase the book and learn a few things about your Kindle that is not in the user manual, or you can click here to go directly to the East Texas Food Bank’s website and make your own contribution.  I think it is a really bad thing to think of people going hungry during this holiday season.

Thanks again for supporting this organization, and I will give you a final tally of how much we were able to raise during this promotion tomorrow afternoon.  For our subscribers in the USA, I hope you are having a great Thanksgiving; for our other readers across the globe, I hope you have a great rest of the week!  (And if you’re tired of hearing about this, don’t worry: I’ll be back soon with new free book offers and tips).

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 Thanksgiving Week Challenge

I am sending this out to each of my five blogs:

This post is a challenge not only to you, the blog readers, but to other blog publishers.  I know many other Kindle blog publishers are reading this blog – and I’m asking you to consider running a similar promotion on your blog during Thanksgiving and give back.  Readers, if you are so inclined please pass the message along!

In late August / early September, I ran a promotion on all five of my blogs that was two-fold: one, (and admittedly self-serving) was to have sales of my new book Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts and two, to raise money for the East Texas Foodbank (you can learn more about them if you click here).  With that promotion, I pledged to contribute 100% of the profits in a week period to the East Texas Foodbank.  My cousin joined in with his Kindle version Joke of the Day blog for greater participation.

Thanks to your generosity, we collectively raised a little over $100 for that fine organization, which has allowed them to feed over 800 people – that’s 800 children and adults who are down on their luck during this recession who would have otherwise missed a meal.

Selfishly, the rankings of the book went up, too, during this 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.

It is Thanksgiving week here in the USA, and one of the big focal points is counting your blessings and being thankful, combined with a huge meal with family and friends on Thursday.  As there are a lot of people who are hurting out there, I am going to run this promotion again – from 9:00 a.m. Central time today through 9:00 a.m. Central time Friday – for every purchase of my revised guide of Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts I will donate 100% of the profits again to the East Texas Foodbank.  These people can stretch a dollar – they can make just $1 feed 8 people.

Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts costs just 99 cents in the USA and, depending upon the exchange rate less than a pound in the UK (although the fine folks in the UK haven’t set the world on fire purchasing it); 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.  To make the math simple – if you buy the eBook, your portion will feed about three people.  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
  • Contacting Amazon’s Kindle Customer Service
  • Converting PDF Documents to Kindle Format
  • Discussion Boards
  • Displaying the Time
  • Download Problems – What To Do
  • Flight Check
  • Formatting Issues in a Kindle Book – What To Do
  • Games on Your Kindle
  • Gifting a Kindle Book / Gift Certificates
  • Internet Access (it’s 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
  • Password Protection
  • 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
  • Transferring Existing Collections to Your New Kindle
  • Checking the Weather
  • Wireless Coverage for Your Kindle
  • Random Tips
  • Blogs Available on Your Kindle

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

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.

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

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