Archive for the ‘Kindle’ Category

Amazon used to be good at showing me things I might want to buy, based on what I’d bought and what other people who’d bought what I bought had also bought.

Now they’re more concerned with showing me things that advertisers want me to buy, so they can make a few more bucks selling ads.

Yesterday I didn’t see any also boughts at all on the book pages I looked at.

And it’s not just books. When I do a search for anything now, I have to invest time and mental energy in filtering out the damn ‘sponsored’ results.

Just another reason why I buy less and less there.

Jumped. The. Shark.

Until last year, my sales always used to pick up in November and peak in January. Even books with rankings of 1,000,000 or more would sell a few copies in that time, and the better-ranked ones could sell hundreds.

I was surprised by the marked lack of sales last Christmas. I’m guessing it was KU-related, with Amazon giving a few free months on all those new Kindles.

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.

So I have about 2500 books on my Kindle Keyboard, it’s barely using half the 4GB flash space, but I’ve started to get dialogue boxes telling me to delete things from ‘Home’ to make more memory available.

My first thought was to delete any books I’m not likely to read and download them to my Kindle for PC app instead. But I went to the archived books in Kindle for PC assuming I could CTRL+A to select them all and then mass-download them and… I can’t. I have to go through five hundred books manually selecting download on each one. I went to my Kindle account on Amazon and… have to go through five hundred books manually selecting a menu option and then selecting which Kindle to download to. Is there any way to tell it to download everything that’s not already downloaded?

Then I went back to the Kindle itself. The obvious books to delete are the oldest ones that I haven’t read or put in a collection to read. But there are over 200 pages and there doesn’t seem to be any ‘go to the last page’ option, I’d have to click through over 200 pages to get to the least recently opened books. Is there any way to do that?

Of course at that point it appears I have to go through three screens to delete each one so that will still take hours. I could delete the oldest files via USB, but then I’d also lose any old files that I have put in a collection.

Have Amazon just never considered that someone might actually want to fill up the 4GB of flash that they give you in the Kindle?

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.