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1. Sold more than 50 books on Amazon.
2. Sold more than 25 books on Amazon in a single day.
3. Sold more than 50 copies of one book on Amazon.
4. Broke the 10,000 ranking on a single book (8.161 was the highest I saw, but Author Central claims it hit 7,437).

Fade To Grey at 8,161.

5. Broke the 500 ranking for science fiction authors (377 was the highest I saw).

Author Rank

6. Hit three subcategory top 100 lists simultaneously.

#17 in First Contact

7. Probably made more than $100, but I’ll have to wait until the sales numbers come in.

I need to write more :). Now I’m owed more than $100, I also need to get an IRS tax ID sorted out so I can actually have them pay me.

In honour of these breakthroughs, Petrina is free again this weekend.

Anyone else getting Amazon recommendations for their own books? I received an email this week suggesting I buy Final Contact, which was amusing.

I honestly don’t know, but it’s about three hundred times too many. I don’t know what the problem is, but just about anything that remotely taxes the CPU seems able to lock it up, such as trying to download too many e-books at once, or connecting it to my laptop with the USB cable to copy files over.

It’s a good device when it works, but it’s very unreliable. So much so that I’ve had to create a new page listing things that suck about it.

I was just looking through my Amazon wishlist, and I see that most of the books on there are now available in Kindle versions as well as paper. But while I looked through it with every intention of buying one or more of them, in the end, I didn’t.

Why?

1. Several of them are more expensive on Kindle than paper. I can have a paper book printed, shipped to a warehouse and shipped to me for less than the cost of buying a few bits that take a fraction of a second to reach me over the Internet. That is insane, for obvious reasons.

2. DRM. Every one of those books has DRM which restricts them to my Kindle. So unlike a paper book, I can’t sell them, I can’t lend them to people who don’t have a Kindle, and I can’t read them on any computer which doesn’t have Kindle for PC installed (and, let’s face it, the Kindle software really sucks).

So the books are expensive and crippled. Cheap and crippled I could live with, but expensive too? No thanks. Hence I’ll be sticking to buying indie books for the forseeable future since they’re generally reasonably priced and DRM-free; I’ll borrow the others from the library.

So I finally bought myself a Kindle; I have to say, it’s much easier to read on than a laptop screen and it also turns pages much faster than the other e-reader I’ve used (I forget whether it was a Nook or a Kobo, but it was an old generation model either way).

Two things I’ve found so far are that it doesn’t like being told to download hundreds of books in one go, and when you have a thousand books on the Kindle search takes forever and locks up the device with no way to abort it. Twice I rebooted it (hold the power switch over for thirty seconds) because I didn’t think it was going to come back, the third time I left it and eventually it did.

I do wish it had number keys, because entering a 63-character random Wi-Fi key was painful when I had to keep figuring out which key was which number. But at least that’s something that you only do rarely. Overall I’m pretty happy with it and it should help with book reviews as I can’t read more than a few dozen pages at a time on my laptop.