Saturday, June 30, 2012

Free on Amazon Today

Oh My!  I don't know how long this book will be free, so you NEED to get it while you can. It sounds like a real goodie. It also appears to be "borrowable" through the Amazon Prime service, so if you miss this while it is free, there is still hope if you have Amazon Prime.

Book Description (from Amazon)

 November 4, 2010
The Books of Rachel is a fictional microcosm of 500 years of Jewish history. Since the 15th century, in the Cuheno family, the first daughter born to the family is given the name Rachel and a heritage of faith and courage as precious as the family diamond. A saga sweeping from the Spanish Inquisition to the birth of a Jewish homeland.
"Highly recommended."
—Library Journal 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Free on Amazon Today

 This Kindle ebook will be available for free download on Amazon between June 27 and July 01 (free promotion begins June 27 at 12:00 AM Pacific Standard Time / free promotion ends July 01 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time).

Title: A New Dawn in Montana
Author: Isla Teague
ASIN: B0070L65OW 
Free period 5 days: June 27, 2012  to  July 01, 2012

Book description:

A New Dawn In Montana

Holly Winters arrives in Montana having inherited a ranch from the father she never knew.

As far as Holly is concerned, the faster she can do what she's got to do in Montana - and get back to her hectic career - the better.

But there are two things she hasn't bargained on:

- Falling for the heart-stoppingly lovely Ben Cormack, owner of the neighboring ranch;
- And finding out something important about her father - something that will make her re-evaluate everything about her life. 

A New Dawn in Montana is a sweet romance novella (10,000 words / 30 pages).

Friday, June 15, 2012

Free on Amazon Today

Thank you Trey for letting me know about this so I could share with my readers... This book is free from today (June 15) till June 18th.

Loved Again is the story, from a teddy bear's perspective, of growing up with a little boy who became a man. The bear learns that he can be loved again by the man's little son.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Free on Amazon Today

Thank you Celia, for letting me know about this.... I love Young Adult Novels, and this looks like it might be a goodie!

And, dear readers... it is FREE today!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Certainly check on a regular basis. It is one of my favorite places to go when I want to peruse the classics and other free ebooks. You will find the formatting on these offerings is among the best available on the Internet... Just the good stuff, my friends.

And... it doesn't matter if you have a Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPhone or iPad, you can find just the file type you need.

Kindles like .mobi files. iPhones and iPads do great with epub files. If you have the Amazon Kindle app on your iPhone or iPad, you can use the .mobi files, email them to yourself, open the file on your iPhone or iPad and choose to open with Kindle app. It is a really neat and quick way to get a file to your device.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Kindle Fire - Favorites and Download Carousel Choices

Add To Favorites:
Add to Favorites and Download options
The Favorites area is just below your Carousel on the first screen you see on your Kindle Fire. It is a great place to really organize any books you are currently reading, as well the apps you use the most and want handy. You can make this Favorites area as large or as compact as you want. It's all up to you. To add something from your Carousel to your Favorites, press with your finger and hold the item until you see the choices. Then press the words Add to Favorites. Your item will appear as the top left item on your Kindle Fire in the Favorites area. To arrange your Favorites items the way you want, press, and while holding your finger down on the item, drag it to the position on the Favorites list you want it to occupy. You may have to play with this a bit until you feel comfortable with it. Depending on the number of items on your Favorites, you can drag up, down, left or right, replacing (nudging over) any items you come close to.

When you see the Download choice on a Carousel item, you can pretty well bet it is a book. Even if you "purchase" a free offering from Amazon and have it sent to your Cloud Reader, it will appear in your Carousel (just in case you want it on your Kindle Fire too?). Choose Download and it will be downloaded from the Archives (or Cloud) to your Kindle Fire and you will be able to access it (even if you remove it from the Carousel) in your Books area.

See the little down arrow on your Carousel item? This means you don't even have to go as far as pressing with your finger and holding to see the Download choice. You can just touch the item and it will begin to download to your books area.  If you have touched it and downloaded it by mistake, you can always (while the item is still in your Carousel) touch and hold and choose remove from device. That will put it back into the Archives (Cloud) until you want it again.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Kindle Fire - Notes and Marks

Special Thanks to Janet for the question that led to this little goodie!

Q: Do you know (of course you do) how to put a note in a book your reading, like your own personal review or date you read it. The area with my notes & marks is grayed out.

A: Whenever an option is not available, there is a reason. Notes and Marks are not going to be available unless you actually have either a note or a bookmark.

How to add a Note:
Notes can be added to any page in a book by simply selecting a word or group of words. Once you have the word selected, you will see a dialog box appear with choices. Touch the word note and you will see a keyboard appear with a box your text will appear in. Type whatever you want, then touch the Save button to the right of the text entry. That's it! The next time you bring up the options while in that book, your note will appear under the words NOtes and Marks. Touch it and you will be transported to that page where you will see the word you highlighted and a little note icon next to it. Touch it and read your note. In this little "reading your note" area, you will also find a button to touch if you would like to delete the note.

This is not a place to write a long dissertation, but for notes and little memory joggers, it is great.

Bookmarks (Marks) are treated just like your notes, and can be found in the same place. Creating a bookmark is as easy as touching the little bookmark icon at the top right corner of every page in your book. Touch it once, and you have added the bookmark. Touch it again and you remove it.

Free on Amazon Today (and tomorrow)

Thank you for the head's up Eram!

Hi Cindy,

As requested I am sending you this email alert that my Best Seller book on credit repair is FREE today to be downloaded over the next 48 hours. Your readers will find easy to implement and easy to understand tips to fix their own credit and save hundreds of dollars in the process. Please post on your blog so everyone can take advantage of this. Thank you so much.

Book: How To Raise Your Credit Scores 25-100 Points in 48 Hours, Guaranteed
Author: Eram Saeed
FREE dates: June 6 to 7, 2012

Here are a couple of reviews, more on the Amazon page.

After reading this book and applying her principals I began to see FAST results. My credit score increased 83 points in 4 days. I simply followed her "flow chart" of procedures and everything fell into place.... my hard work paid off---quickly! I HIGHLY recommend this book" ~Tony Zermeno, Real Estate Investor, Bank Under Writer"

Eram's book clarified how the scores are really calculated and highlighted some things I had done that probably hurt my scores ... like recently cancelling some credit cards. Using her tips and clear instructions, I am now better able to proactively manage my credit score to improve it. For anyone, even those with good credit, this book is a great source of accurate information on a topic that everyone should learn to master." ~ Marcus Elliot, President AEC Cost Recovery LLC.
Eram Saeed.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

$79 Kindle Software Update

If you have the entry level Kindle, you are going to love this! Thanks Lynn for sharing!

If you keep your Kindle connected to the Internet, you don't need to do a thing. The update will just happen automatically. If not, you can visit the Amazon link (below) and find instructions to get it right now.
Click HERE to read more.
It is free of course. Here are the highlights:

New features in this update include:

  • Improved reading font that is higher contrast and crisper so that you can enjoy a paper-like reading experience.
  • Parental Controls that allow you to restrict access to the Experimental Web Browser, Archived Items, and the Kindle Store.
  • Support for books with complex layouts and formats with Kindle Format 8.
  • Support for children's books with Kindle Text Pop-Up and comic books with Kindle Panel View (which allows you to read a comic book panel by panel). Books that support these features will be available in the Kindle store over the next few weeks.
  • Dictionaries grouped into a collection in Home and Archived Items called "Dictionaries" for better organization.
  • Improved table and image viewing (panning and zooming) on supported titles.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Free on Amazon Today

Now just look at these top three FREEBIES on Amazon (for today) and see if you don't see what I see about the kind of stuff we like to read the most?

I'm in the throes of Fifty Shades (not free) and am having a very difficult time putting it down! GEEZ! What a way to ignore the economy!

The Duchess
The Duchess of Love
Kindle Edition
Sweet Release
Sweet Release (Kenleigh/Blakewell Family Saga)
Kindle Edition
Shes Gotta

Make the Most of your Kindle Fire Carousel

Touch and hold an item in your Carousel
to see your choices.
Clean it Out... It doesn't need to be a curse, showing everything you have ever opened or done on your little machine, with the most current proudly displayed on top. It certainly isn't very much fun to use. If you want to use it to find something and you have had your Kindle Fire any length of time, you would need to swipe your finger to the left a lot. 

In one of the first updates to your Kindle Fire software, Amazon (sort of) fixed this problem by at least giving us a little control over what appears on the Carousel list. That really is all it is... a list of what apps you have used or books or magazines you have read with the most current at the beginning of the stack.

Now you can touch and hold your finger on any item in your Carousel and see three choices - Add to Favorites, Remove from Carousel, and Download. Each is very straightforward. Touch it and your Kindle Fire will make it happen.

Give yourself a fresh start by removing everything from your Carousel and starting from scratch. For some, this may take a while because you can only remove one item at a time, but it will be worth it in the long run. You don't need to worry about deleting any real things from your Kindle. These are only shortcuts and are perfectly safe to remove from your Carousel. After you have it cleaned out you will have a fresh start. The only things that will remain in your Carousel will be what you choose to keep there. Everything else you can remove as they appear.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

The Cloud and Kindle for PC and Mac

Kindle for PC:
Kindle for PC software
This is a must have software if you have a Kindle. Not only is it a great way to open those .mobi files you download from places other than Amazon and receive from friends, it gives you unfettered Internet access to your Archives (the Cloud). All your Kindle books are handy for quick reference and general browsing.

Files (.mobi) from… Browsing books on can be really fun. Once you download your book to your computer, you can double click it and (if you have the Kindle for PC or Mac software installed) it should automatically be associated with and open with that program. It is a great way to preview the book and make sure you really want it before you copy it to your Kindle.

Where you can find the
latest Kindle software
for your device
I hate to say it, but sometimes I just can't remember a title, and it is not that easy to search a kindle. And if your Kindle depends on your home Internet access, searching your archives isn't going to happen if you are out somewhere and a wifi connection isn't available.  Having this on the computer gives me a quick way to just graze when I feel like it, scrolling the list of Archived Items until you find something you want. Then right click on the thumbnail and choose Download to bring a copy on your computer. Or you can make a note of the book title and do a search on your Kindle for it. Kindle will (if it is connected to the Internet one way or another) find it in the archives for you and download it to your Kindle for almost instant access.

And of course, in addition to all this goodness, there is a nice, easy to find link to the Kindle Store on these apps for your PC and Mac. Who could ask for more?

Kindle for Mac software
Kindle for Mac... Notice the Kindle for Mac looks identical to the software for the PC, right down to the little Shop in Kindle Store button.  You can even right click (ctrl+click) and see the same option to download any archived books.

If you have Collections organized on your real Kindle (all but the Fire) you can import any of them to your PC or Mac application. I wonder why they even bothered with this feature since collections aren't happening at all on the Kindle Fire so far. Maybe Amazon is still considering it for future Kindles.

Updating... Do check your PC and Mac Kindle software periodically. It looks like the software for my PC just popped up one day and let me know an update was available. The Mac software didn't and I had to download the latest version and install after removing what was obviously an outdated version. Hopefully this latest will have better updating capabilities.

Free on Amazon Today

Power of Vitamin D
Free Today
I like books like this. It always helps to have as much information as you can at your fingertips... and what better than your Kindle?

Remember, free means  limited time, so double check before you add this to your Kindle and make sure it is still free or an acceptable price.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Free on Amazon Today

Just for fun... and may not be free for long, so please double check to make sure they are still free (or an acceptable price) before you get them for your Kindle.


Using the Cloud and Kindle Apps

I don't know about you, but I'm loving it! It took a while getting used to, but when you finally get there, you will love it too. There is a certain sense of freedom when you realize all your books (and apps if you are using a Kindle Fire) are only a few clicks or touches away. Amazon has them all stored for you in the Cloud.

Actually, we have been using the Cloud for several years now. Whenever you go to the Archives to look for a book you purchased in the past on Amazon, you are using the Cloud. There is no need to have a huge amount of storage space (or pay extra for a Kindle with more storage) because there really is no need to keep more than a few books at a time on your Kindle. When you are ready for a new crop, just remove what you are finished with from your device and go to your Archives and get more. Over the next few days I'll be sharing my various devices and how they interact with the Cloud and Amazon.

You probably have multiple Kindles:
If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can still have the best of Amazon at your fingertips with the free Kindle app. Download and install it from the handy App Store, sign in with your account information the first time you use it (your Amazon account email address and password) and you are good to go.

Kindle App for the iPad
iPad and iPhone... I'm not sure how they managed it, but there are two separate apps available for Kindle books. One is the Kindle app and the other is the Cloud Reader for Amazon. The difference is the Cloud Reader is more of an Internet access shortcut for the Safari browser (iPad), with a direct link to the Amazon Kindle book store.

The Kindle app is a reader only, but has a handy dandy one button access to your Archived books in the Cloud.

There is a reason for this... The iPhone and iPad folks have their own little book store (not very good customer service) and don't allow other reader apps to directly access a book store that competes with iBooks. So, even though the Kindle app is a wonderful way to read your already purchased Kindle books, you can't get to the Kindle store to browse or purchase new ones from within it. On your regular Kindles, and certainly the Kindle Fire, you can (of course).

I have (happily) noticed on the latest Kindle app on my iPad and iPhone, I now have access to the Newsstand, and all those nifty magazines I have subscribed to. It used to be they could only be read on the Kindle Fire, but apparently Amazon has seen fit to make them available on other devices.  This is so nice. Now I can keep tabs on Brad and Angelina from my computers, AND my iPhone! Who could ask for more?

Cloud Reader for the iPad
The Cloud Reader for the iPad is just that. You go to from your computer or iPad. You can access your Kindle Library through Kindle Cloud Reader without having to install the application.

The first time you go to this very special web site, you will need to sign in with your Amazon account information. Then you can (with your iPad) press that little shortcut arrow at the top of the browser screen and choose to Add to Home Screen. That will put a shortcut icon on your main iPad screen you can use any time you want to read from the Cloud. It is sort of an app, but NOT an app (to keep Apple happy).

With the Cloud Reader for Kindle you can do everything while connected to the Internet. You can also download selected books and save them right on your little machine for those times when you may not be connected to the Internet. And of course, since this is an Internet based tool, there is a nice little link (top right) to the Amazon store where you can shop till you drop your iPad.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Clear out your old "Devices"

In the Manage Your Kindle area on your Amazon account, there is a link on the left column (about half way down) named Manage Your Devices. If you have the Kindle app installed on your iPhone or similar device, you have "multiple Kindles" and need to check this list every so often. Over the last couple of years I have replaced an IPhone, my husband had to replace his Android phone, gave my daughter a new iPad (great birthday she is having this year), and I added her iPhone to my Kindle account so we can share the same library.

The Manage Your Devices area even listed (as devices) a couple of old computers we retired long ago. There were some devices I recognized right away, but others that didn't make any sense at all, so I just ended up removing everything I couldn't verify. It thinned down that list quite a bit, and I feel better knowing where all my "Kindles" are. It was certainly time for me.

In the free book area...

I don't know how long this will last, but it sounds like a rip roaring romance, Cherokee love and all kinds of other things that will bring tears to your eyes... Browsing the free books on Amazon is like waltzing in a gold mine. I'm certainly putting this on my Kindle!

Some of the best series I have read began with the first one being offered for FREE on Amazon.

Untamed The
9.  (in the Romance section)
Untamed (The Wild Women Series, Book 1)
Kindle Edition
And... how about a little Mystery/Romance? Hmmmm?

Trouble in Mudbug (Ghost-in-Law Mystery/Romance Series)
25. (in Mystery/Thriller)
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