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You Can Still Find Kindle Nation Daily on the Web: An Update Concerning Web Access to Kindle Nation Daily

I know Google’s corporate motto used to be “Don’t Be Evil,” but somehow, during the course of what was otherwise a wonderful week, the company’s Blogger App inexplicably stopped providing service to Kindle Nation Daily a little after midnight on Christmas morning. Although I was away from home and office and about the very important business of celebrating the holiday and my sweetie’s birthday, I took short-term steps to restore a service that I know is valued by thousands of citizens of Kindle Nation, at another website address. 

We are currently working to strengthen the website’s infrastructure through a new hosting service, but for the present you can find Kindle Nation Daily posts at this website, and I encourage you to share this link or the shortened URL with your friends and colleagues in the Kindle community — it’s bit.ly/KNDBlog, with or without thehttp:// prefix. You can also find complete archives of past issues of the weekly email newsletter at http://bit.ly/KindleNationArchive. And when it’s time to move the Kindle Nation Daily website permanently, we intend to send out a timely email so that you’ll suffer no interruption in service.

We’ll also be working over the next few days to restore the website’s archival posts and other features, but meanwhile you can expect a fresh new edition of the free Kindle Nation weekly email newsletter in your inbox tomorrow, and for those who want immediate access to our free and bargain book alerts and other posts while the information is still fresh and useful, subscribers to the Kindle edition of Kindle Nation Daily can expect an uninterrupted flow of daily posts as well.

US Kindle Catalog to Surpass 400,000 Books – Today? Here’s the Entire Catalog Sorted by Price

Copyright © Kindle Nation Daily 2009. To read the original post on the web please visit bit.ly/KNDBlog.

Sometime this week Amazon’s Kindle Store catalog will surpass the 400,000-title milestone, with the title count in many countries beyond US borders lagging about 20 percent behind, but the rate at which downloaded copies are flying off of Amazon’s virtual shelves all over the world is an even bigger deal.

On Saturday Amazon issued a press release announcing that “[o]n Christmas Day, for the first time ever, customers purchased more Kindle books than physical books.” That’s exciting and seemingly newsworthy, although it is natural that this would have happened with hundreds of thousands of new Kindle owners opening their Kindles and finding nothing to read on them but a snappy welcome letter from Jeff Bezos.

But that’s not to say it is not a big deal. It is the latest in a steady flow of data points suggesting not only that Amazon is dominating both the hardware and content markets of the ebook sector but also that the ebook revolution itself is moving with stunning alacrity from its inflection point this past September to a tipping point that should occur, at the latest, in 2014.

While all of this is great for Kindle owners and for Amazon, the folks for whom it is most compelling are authors and publishers. The sheer size of the installed base of Kindles — probably over 3 million now — is creating ebook sales numbers that will raise eyebrows in publishing offices around the world over the next few weeks. My own Kindle guide was already the #1 consumer guide in the Kindle Store before Christmas morning, but the three days since most gifts were unwrapped have already accounted for over two-thirds of its total copies sold for the month of December.

The current catalog of 399,563 titles, as I type this around dawn on December 28, can be a little daunting, so below for your shopping convenience is a breakdown of 19,822 Free Kindle Edition Books & Over 379,500 Other Kindle Books Sorted By Price. If you are reading this post on your Kindle and you would prefer to view it on the web just type bit.ly/KNDBlog into your browser.

Free Books in the Kindle Store

“Big Deals” on Kindle web page – Seldom Updated

Kindle Books Priced at $0.00

Kindle Books Price from $0.01 to $0.98

Kindle Books Priced at $0.99

Kindle Titles Priced from $1.00 to $2.99

Kindle Titles Priced from $3.00 to $4.99

Kindle Titles Priced from $5.00 to $7.49

Kindle Titles Priced from $7.50 to $9.98

Kindle Titles Priced at $9.99

Kindle Titles Priced from $10.00 to $14.99

Kindle Titles Priced from $15.00 to $19.99

Kindle Titles Priced from $20.00 to $29.99

Kindle Titles Priced from $30.00 to $39.99

Kindle Titles Priced from $40.00 to $49.99

Kindle Titles Priced from $50.00 to $99.99

Kindle Titles Priced from $100.00 to $199.99

Kindle Titles Priced from $200.00 to $999.99

Kindle Titles Priced from $1000.00 to $6431.20

Under a Buck Today in the Kindle Store: Over Two Dozen Philip K. Dick Stories and Collections

Fans of one of the most interesting fiction writers of the 20th century, whose stories were adapted into the films Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly and Minority Report can now click here to find over two dozen Philip K. Dick stories and collections for less than a dollar per download in the Kindle Store.

Dick authored 36 novels and over 120 short stories during his life (1928-1982), and in 2007 he became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series.

Step by Step: Getting the Most out of Your Kindle’s Dictionary

There are Kindle owners now in over 130 countries around the world, and whether you are in Yuma or the Yucatan, or read English as your native language or a secondary tongue (and no, Sue, that’s not the title of a steamy new erotica freebie in the Kindle Store), the Kindle’s dictionary is one of its truly wonderful features.

If you are already using a Kindle, there’s a good chance that you already know what I’m talking about: a free onboard dictionary that allows you to select almost any word in any book or personal
document that you are reading and immediately see a brief definition at the bottom of your Kindle screen, or a more detailed definition with derivation and usage notes if you click on the ENTER (downward arrow to the right of the period and slash symbols) key while the brief definition is on your screen. Like many other Kindle owners, I find the Kindle dictionary such a convenient enrichment of my reading and lifelong educational process that I will admit to that muscle memory occasionally takes over so that I find myself tapping on a word with my finger when I happen to be reading a printed book.

That same process with the ENTER key, by the way, also automatically pastes any word or phrase into the search field at the bottom of the Kindle display so that you can use the 5-way (or, on a Kindle 1, the scrollwheel) to extend your search beyond the dictionary to your own Kindle items, the Kindle Store, Google, or Wikipedia.

But you may not be aware of the fact that you have a wide range of choices when it comes to selecting the reference that you use as your Kindle’s default dictionary. Your Kindle comes loaded with a free copy of the New Oxford American Dictionary (shown above in its print plus CD-ROM edition but not available in a Kindle edition because its already on your Kindle), which may not be the OED but is a pretty great book in its own right. But if you want to try something else, any of the following list of dictionaries will work with your Kindle.

The catch, of course, is that all of the others will cost you money, so my recommendation is that, if you are thinking of changing dictionaries, you use the free sample option first to make sure you’ve got a keeper. If you scroll down past the list you’ll find the step-by-step instructions to change (or change back) your Kindle’s default dictionary.

So here is a link to the choices that Amazon suggests for Kindle default dictionaries, with choices that feature translation as well as medical and law specialization:

If you have another dictionary that you recommend for the Kindle, I
encourage you to use the comment option below this post to share it
with your fellow citizens of Kindle Nation.

Step-by-Step: How to Change Your Kindle’s Default Dictionary

  • After you use the free sample feature to check out a dictionary and decide that you want it on your Kindle, go to the Kindle Store to purchase a Kindle-compatible dictionary.
  • Press the Home button on the right edge of the Kindle and then press the Menu button further down the right edge in order to select the Home Screen Menu (see screenshot at right)
  • From the Home Screen Menu, choose “Settings.”
  • From the Settings page, press the Menu button to select the Settings Menu
  • From the Settings menu (see screen shot below), use the 5-way to select the “Change Primary Dictionary” option. (Note: the “Change Primary Dictionary” option is visible on this menu only when you have multiple dictionaries present on your Kindle’s Home library display).
Your new primary dictionary will now be the active or default dictionary when you use the dictionary feature while reading any book or other document on your Kindle. To change back to the New Oxford American Dictionary or another selection, just retrace your steps from the step-by-step instructions above.

Kindle Bestsellers by Category

Kindle Accessories

Kindle Store Bestsellers

Kindle Store Bestsellers: Newspapers Only

Kindle Store Bestsellers: Blogs Only

Kindle Store Bestsellers: Magazines & Journals Only

Kindle Store Bestsellers: Books Only

Kindle Store Bestsellers: Fiction

Kindle Store Bestsellers: Nonfiction

Kindle Store Bestsellers: Hot New Releases (This includes titles released within the past 90 days).

Kindle Store Bestsellers: Movers & Shakers (This highly volatile hour-by-hour list shows the titles from the top 400 Kindle store bestsellers that have experienced the greatest percentage jump in sales rankings during the past 24 hours. For instance, a title that has jumped from #7 to #2 will show a 250% climb).

Kindle Store Bestsellers: Publishing & Books

Kindle Store Bestsellers: Literary Fiction

Kindle Store Bestsellers: Contemporary Fiction

Kindle Advice & How-to Bestsellers

Kindle Arts & Entertainment Bestsellers

Kindle Biographies & Memoirs Bestsellers

Kindle Business & Investing Bestsellers

Kindle Children’s Book Bestsellers

Kindle Computers & Internet Bestsellers

Kindle Fantasy Bestsellers

Kindle Fiction Bestsellers

Kindle History Bestsellers

Kindle Humor Bestsellers

Kindle Literary Fiction Bestsellers

Kindle Mystery & Thrillers Bestsellers

Kindle Nonfiction Bestsellers

Kindle Parenting & Families Bestsellers

Kindle Politics & Current Events Bestsellers

Kindle Reference Bestsellers

Kindle Religion & Spirituality Bestsellers

Kindle Science Bestsellers

Kindle Science Fiction Bestsellers

Kindle Sports Bestsellers

Kindle Travel Bestsellers

Just a Penny Today in the Kindle Store: Here’s a Fun Little Kindle Game That People Who Read Might Actually Enjoy

If you’ve been among the Kindle owners who agree with me that playing Minesweeper or Gomuku on the Kindle is just a waste of time that has nothing to do with reading or any other purpose for which we might have bought a Kindle, well, here’s another game that, at the very least, has two significant virtues:

1. It has everything to do with words.

2. It only costs a penny.

Word Morph is a new, Kindle-formatted version of an old game in which the players uses one’s familiarity with words and dexterity with letters to transform a starting word, one letter at a time, into a predetermined ending word of the same length. That would be child’s play but for the requirement that each interim word in the process must be an actual word.

Click here to download this to your Kindle for a penny.

You may find it a waste of time, but there’s a good chance it will make you a better Scrabble player.

Today’s Kindle Bargains: Under a Buck for the Twelve Days of Christmas – The Complete User’s Guide To the Amazing Amazon Kindle 2: Tips, Tricks, & Links To Unlock Cool Features & Save You Hundreds on Kindle Content (#1 Guide to the Kindle US & Global) (Kindle Edition) … and a Kindle Nation Daily Subscription

My sweetie and I are off for a little holiday — and birthday! — break for a few days beginning this afternoon, but I first wanted to say a very warm Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of the citizens of Kindle Nation. I believe very strongly in the values of community, and this community has been a special one throughout the past year.

As a small measure of gratitude and a welcoming gesture to the many who will be opening the gift of a Kindle for the first time in the next 24 hours or so, I am reducing the price of the Kindle edition of my bestselling Kindle guide to 99 cents — the lowest price that Amazon will allow — from now through January 6.

If you are one of the tens of thousands of Kindle Nation citizens who has already downloaded the book for a slightly higher price, I hope you will forgive me for making this price available to others, and I hope you have found the guide to be worth the price you paid for it. In fact, I hope you will join me in sharing the news about this new lower price with someone who is just opening a Kindle for the first time, via email, Twitter, Facebook, or Pony Express. Here’s a link to the 99-cent price for  you to share with new recruits to the greatest nation in the Kindlesphere: Kindle Nation, and another link to a 99-cent-a-month subscription to Kindle Nation Daily.

A very Merry Christmas and all best wishes for the New Year,

PS: And not to worry, I’ve loaded up the queue with daily posts for Kindle Nation Daily during my brief time away!