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From the Kindle Nation Mailbag: "How do I get the Kindle Shorts on my Kindle?"

Thanks to Kindle Nation citizen Carol, who wrote in: 

Forgive me for being stupid, if indeed this is a stupid question, but how do I get the Kindle Shorts onto my Kindle.  I don’t want to read them on line.  Thanks, Carol

Not stupid at all, Carol, and thanks for asking. Although I’ve experimented with several approaches to this, it is not feasible to email the file directly to the Kindles of the thousands of Kindle Nation citizens.

Instead, there is one easy, straightforward way to ensure you get Free Kindle Nation Shorts delivered directly to your Kindle in a nicely formatted presentation each week: just subscribe for 99 cents a month to the Kindle edition of Kindle Nation Daily. As you’ll see from the screen shot at the right, yesterday’s terrific Free Kindle Nation Short by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff is displayed second from the top in the current lists of posts or articles, and is available in its magnificent 8,000 word entirety for reading or even for listening via the Kindle’s text-to-speech feature. And of course, you’ll also get all the other daily posts pushed right to your Kindle, including Free Book Alerts, bargain alerts, tips and news that are bound to get you back that 99 cents with plenty to spare.

If that doesn’t work for you, another alternative is to cut and paste a Free Kindle Nation Short into a word processing file and send it to your [you]@free.kindle.com address for conversion through Amazon.

Kindle Nation Daily Free Book Alert for Saturday, January 16, 2010

Originally posted January 16, 2010  – Copyright Kindle Nation Daily 2010

Please note: If you’re reading this on your Kindle and you’d like to go to your computer to click on these links, just enter bit.ly/KindleDaily into your browser
“Free” refers, for now, to the price for US-based Kindles. Amazon adds various charges for Kindles based beyond US borders.

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Click here for recent Kindle Nation Daily Free Book Alerts (please note that many free book promotions  last for only a few days, so always check the current price before you buy)

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Under a Buck Today in the Kindle Store (1/3): Faking It by Elisa Lorello

Faking It by Elisa Lorello 

Paperback, $15.26
Kindle Edition, 99 cents

What happens when a writing professor and a male escort become friends? Thirty-four-year old professor Andi Cutrone has broken up with her fiancé in Massachusetts, moved back to her native New York, and wants to be a better lover. So after meeting Devin, a handsome, charming escort, she proposes an unusual arrangement: lessons about writing in exchange for lessons about sex. When Devin accepts Andi’s proposal, he draws up a contract in which the two are forbidden to see each other socially. There’s just one problem: Andi also wants Devin. Faking It is a witty, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-wrenching story about relationships, writing, and getting real.

Kindle Exclusive: A Regular Couple (Atlantic Fiction for Kindle) by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Atlantic has released its “Atlantic Fiction for Kindle” exclusives for January, and the stellar career of Curtis Sittenfeld continues with her story, A Regular Couple, now available in the Kindle Store for $3.99. 

Here’s the capsule review and bio in the Kindle Store:

Available exclusively for Kindle, Curtis Sittenfeld’s A Regular Couple follows Maggie, a star lawyer who while on her honeymoon encounters her one-time nemesis, Ashley, the faded queen bee of her high school. Discovering that the erstwhile prom queen is married to a bore, Maggie might have felt pity for Ashley. But old resentments surge, and she can’t quell the questions that rage within her. Could her wonderful new husband really love her, plain as she is despite her star-lawyer status? Or is he only with her for her money? Is she still that same gullible high-school girl? Shouldn’t Maggie be married to the bore, and doesn’t her new husband belong with Ashley?

Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the bestselling novels American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams, which have been translated into twenty-five languages. Prep was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times, nominated for the UK’s Orange Prize, and optioned by Paramount Pictures. Curtis won the Seventeen magazine fiction writing contest in 1992, at age sixteen, and since then her writing has appeared in many publications, including The Atlantic, Salon, Glamour, and on public radio’s This American Life.

Appearing alongside Sittenfeld this month is another Atlantic Fiction for Kindle exclusive by Jennifer Haigh, Beast and Bird.

Kindle System Restart: A Quick Fix if, for Example, You’re Not Getting New Kindle Subscription Content

Tip: A Fix of First Resort for a Multitude of Kindle Problems

I subscribe to the Kindle editions of several Kindle periodicals and blogs including, just so I can keep an eye on it to make sure Kindle subscribers are getting what I post, this one.

Several times over the past year I have noticed that new posts of mine or another blog or newspaper were not updating in a timely fashion to my Kindle, and I have occasionally received emails from subscribers if they experienced something similar. Since I generally deliver 15 to 20 posts a week to the citizens of Kindle Nation, it’s usually a Kindle problem if Kindle Nation Daily does not appear on my Home screen when when I sort by “Most Recent.”

So here’s one of those little “fix” things that seems to work without my really having any idea why it is working. Frankly, it’s one of the first fixes that I go to — before I contact Kindle Support via the web or by calling 1-866-321-8851 (1-206-266-0927 outside the US) — with almost anything I suspect is not working properly on my Kindle. Sort of like turning the computer off and on.

Step-by-Step: Kindle System Restart
  1. Make sure your Kindle is on.*
  2. Disconnect the Kindle from the USB or Power Adapter cable.
  3. Press the Home button on the right edge of the Kindle.
  4. From the Home screen, press the Menu button on the right edge of the Kindle.
  5. Select “Settings” from the Home Menu.
  6. From the Settings page, press the Menu button again.
  7. Select “Restart” from the Setting Menu.
  8. Wait a couple of minutes for your Kindle to Restart, then give your Kindle another few minutes to update files, blog posts, etc.

*If your Kindle does not come on, or seems frozen, connect it via its Power Adapter to a wall outlet and give it an hour to re-energize itself.

If you’re still hvaing problems, contact Kindle Support via the web or by calling 1-866-321-8851 (1-206-266-0927 outside the US).

For Kindle Owners New or Seasoned: Tips on Sharing Your Kindle Account and Books

For Kindle owners who have several Kindles in your household, your book group, or among your closest, most trustworthy friends or classmates, sharing one or more Kindles across a single Amazon.com Kindle account can work very well. The feature is usually limited to 5 or 6 devices in order to protect copyright holders, but if used appropriately it can save you money on content and make it easier to share Kindle books the same way you might share your favorite hardcover or paperback reads.

But don’t take my word for it! Instead, I recommend you give a listen to the latest edition of Len Edgerly’s The Kindle Chronicles podcast. Len interviews his wife Darlene and two people (her sister and a friend) with whom she shares a Kindle/Amazon account, and the interview brings out all the nuts and bolts and potential concerns involved in such sharing.

From the Kindle Nation Mailbag: A New Kindle Meet-up Group in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina

Thanks to Kindle Nation citizen Lewis Faulkner, who shares work of a new Kindle Meet-up Group in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina!

Lewis FaulknerIf you live in the Raleigh/Durham area of NC, check out a new Kindle Meet-up group called Triangle Kindle Readers Group. The first meeting is 1/23/10.

I noticed that the Triangle Group even has its own spiffy website. Here’s a link.

Have a great first meeting — wish I could be there!

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