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Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes – Enter Here by October 7 to Win a Brand New 7″ Kindle Fire HD, sponsored by James Sanbourne, author of My Mormon Life; A Boy’s Struggle With Polygamy, Magic Underwear, and Racism

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… but first, a word from this week’s Kindle Fire giveaway sweepstakes sponsor!

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In a deep torch lit cavern, beneath the Mormon temple, hundreds of barefoot, white clad youths wait in line to be plunged beneath the water in a bronze tank that rests on the backs of twelve gigantic bronze oxen. Each time they are lowered backwards into the water, a member of the Mormon priesthood evokes the name of a person who is dead.

My Mormon Life is the story of a boy, raised in the Mormon faith, who examines the beliefs of the church and comes to realize that what he is being taught by the church is not consistent with what seems to be the real world. In this process he takes the reader on the grand tour of Mormon beliefs, from baptism of the dead, to polygamy and Mormon underwear, survival food, and the separate policy toward Blacks. One by one the unique beliefs of Mormons are explored by the boy’s active mind, often leading to humorous conclusions. By following these explorations the reader will find the answers they are seeking about the Mormon Church and by the end of this story understand what it means to be a Mormon.

Ultimately the Mormon faith does not hold up to the scrutiny of this young boy’s mind and this leads to powerful questions about the whole process of forcing fanatical religious beliefs on the mind of a child.


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Video Post: Kindle Fire vs. Kindle Fire HD Audio Quality

This is a post from another in the Kindle Nation Daily family of sites, Kindle Fire on Kindle Nation Daily, where you can find all things Kindle Fire, every day!


The original, first-generation Kindle Fire had a single speaker, so the only way to get stereo sound from that device was through headphones.

The newer, non-HD Kindle Fire has a hardware upgrade that includes stereo speakers, but its sound quality still pales in comparison to the Dual Dolby Digital speakers of the Kindle Fire HD.

In the video post embedded below, our Editor in Chief April Hamilton demonstrates the difference in sound quality between a first-generation Kindle Fire and the Kindle Fire HD.

If you have any difficulty viewing the video embedded below, you can watch it on the YouTube site by clicking here.

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Kindle Fire HD Giveaway Sweepstakes – Enter Here by September 30 to Win a Brand New 7″ Kindle Fire HD, sponsored by Elena Aitken, author of NOTHING STAYS IN VEGAS

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Nothing Stays In Vegas

by Elena Aitken

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Lexi Titan has mastered the art of pretending everything’s fine. After all, how else could she ignore the fact that her husband is never home, her son barely knows him and the last time she had sex, well, who can remember? With her life crumbling, the last thing she wants to do is go on a trip, especially back to Vegas; a city full of glitz, excess, and Leo, the man she’s spent the last six years trying to forget. But when her best friend announces she’s getting married, Lexi doesn’t have a choice. Besides, it’s ridiculous to avoid an entire city because of one guy. Even if he is the father of your child.

Face to face with memories of the past and the gorgeous man who started it all, Lexi can no longer deny the truth to anyone, especially Leo. But honesty will come at a price, and Lexi must decide if she’s wiling to take that risk. And what exactly will she tell her husband? Because as she now knows, NOTHING STAYS IN VEGAS.

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“Turn off that phone, Find that comfy spot, a big cuppa and a place in the sun for this wonderfully refreshing novel. A story of love, chemistry, destiny and the unexpected stories these elements can bring into our lives. The characters were very relatable. Such a refreshing angle for the story to be explored via the two main characters. A romantic novel that didn’t make me squirm, just eager to find out what was going to happen next! Is it a happy ever after? You’ll have to read to find out. I can say you won’t be disappointed.”
~Julie-Anne Adams

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“Elena Aitken has brought us such an incredibly sweet story of love almost lost. She breathes such freshness into the story, creating characters I could easily relate to. The story flowed so easily, I lost myself in the events as they unfolded. This had me looking for flights into Vegas! I highly recommend this if you are looking for a light, fun summer read (or any season for that matter!)”
~Diana Murdock


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Which Kindle Models Have Our Readers Been Ordering?

KindleFireFamilyBannerJust in case you are wondering, we thought it might be interesting to take a look at which of the new (and previously offered) Kindles our Kindle Nation Daily readers have been ordering most often during the 15 days since Amazon’s September 6 press conference. We shan’t disclose any actual numbers, and we’ll hasten to aver that this particular offering of crowd-sourced information is anecdotal rather than scientific, but just below we offer a percentage breakdown of Kindle hardware orders placed after visits to our website for anyone who is curious. And if you are more interested in comparing the actual features and specs on the various Kindle offers, just click here or on the image above right.

Kindle Keyboard 3G – $139-159        3%
Kindle Paperwhite 3G – $179-199       13%
Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi Only – $119-139       12%
Kindle Basic  – $69-89     1%

Total eInk + Paperwhite Kindle eReaders        29%

Kindle Fire 7″ – $159       5%
Kindle Fire HD 7″ – 16 GB – $199       30%
Kindle Fire HD 7″ – 32 GB – $249         5%
Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE 32 GB – $499    10%
Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE 64 GB – $599      8%
Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ – WiFi 16 GB – $299         8%
Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ – WiFi 32 GB – $369         5%

Total Kindle Fires       71%

How To Decide Which Kindle Fire HD Is Right For You

This is a post from another in the Kindle Nation Daily family of sites, Kindle Fire on Kindle Nation Daily, where you can find all things Kindle Fire, every day!

We’ve been posting about all the upgrades and great new features of the Kindle Fire HD, and we’re not done yet. But since the only significant differences among the various new Kindle Fire HD models are screen size and the 4G LTE option, the most urgent question for many of our readers is how to decide which one to buy.

The answer is, it depends on two factors. First, how do you plan to use the device? And second, what are your budgetary limitations?

Amazon already provides a handy, at-a-glance comparison table that makes it easy to see the differences between all the different Kindle models – just click this link to view it. Again, with the exception of screen size and the 4G LTE option, you can see for yourself that the whole line has a more or less identical feature set.

The entry-level Fire HD is just $199, the same as first-generation Kindle Fires originally cost, but then there’s the option to pay a little more for more on-board memory, and there are also those other HD Fires with larger screens and higher pricetags. Should you take the plunge?

On-Board Memory – Worth The Upgrade?

When deciding between the entry-level, $199 7″ Fire HD with 16GB of on-board memory and the $249 7″ model with 32GB of on-board memory, it’s a simple matter of how much storage space you’ll need.

Non-illustrated and lightly illustrated Kindle books don’t take up much space, and you generally only need to have the few you’re actively reading downloaded to your device at any given time; your entire Kindle book library is stored to Amazon’s Cloud at no extra charge, so it’s not necessary to keep a copy of every Kindle book you own on the device itself.

On-Board Memory Is Less Important When You’ve Got A Wifi Connection Available

Also, no matter how much video, music and audiobook content you own and want to access from your Fire HD, if you’re mostly using the device at home, in locations with free, public wifi hotspots, or at other locations where wifi connectivity is freely available to you, then you probably don’t need the memory upgrade because you don’t need to download your content to the device in order to access it. Wherever you’ve got free access to wifi (or to your home network), you can stream your content.

On the other hand, if you’re frequently using the HD for video, audiobooks and music in locations away from home and out of range of free, public wifi hotspots, then the memory upgrade is probably a good choice for you since it will allow you to download a good chunk of your video, audiobook and music content before you hit the road, making it accessible to you regardless of wifi availability.

How Much Memory Is Needed For Different Content Types?

The memory upgrade is also worth considering if you frequently download magazines, which can easily consume a gigabyte or more of memory per issue (though the memory is freed up again when you delete an issue) and cannot be streamed to your device over wifi.

Apps can’t be streamed either, they must be downloaded and installed to run, but they don’t tend to take up much space. Apps vary widely in memory consumption, but even the largest don’t usually require more than 5-7 megabytes of memory; since there’s about 1,000 megabytes in a gigabyte, you’d have to own a LOT of apps to exhaust 16 gigabytes.

For standard definition videos, figure about 1 gigabyte of storage space per hour of video; for HD video, a good rule of thumb is to double that. For MP3 music, figure on about 1,000 kilobytes of memory per minute of music. Since there’s about 1 million kilobytes in a gigabyte, this means you get about 1,000 minutes of MP3 music per gigabyte.

For Audible audiobooks, file size depends on the file quality option you choose at the time you buy the book—the higher the quality, the larger the file. The second-highest quality level, MP3 audio, strikes a good balance between file size and audio quality; that quality level uses approximately 14.4 megabytes of memory per hour of audio. As an example, the MP3 quality Audible audiobook of David Copperfield, which is just under 34 hours long, would require about 490 megabytes of storage space. That’s a little less than half a gigabyte. The highest quality level, “enhanced audio”, takes about twice as much memory for storage.

7″ Versus 8.9″ Screen – Worth The Upgrade?

If your primary usage of a Fire HD would be for watching videos, reading magazines, web access, email and Facebook, it’s very much worth it to invest the extra $100 to upgrade to the $299 8.9″ screen model. You’ll appreciate having that extra screen “real estate” a great deal when using these functions.

The added screen size isn’t so critical when it comes to reading Kindle books, with the possible exception of large-format picture books and heavily illustrated books. A good way to consider this is to think about the typical size of print books you’ve read or own; if most of your collection is trade-paperback size (6 x 9″) or smaller, then you probably don’t need the larger screen just for reading Kindle books.

Note that if you opt for the 8.9″ screen AND the memory upgrade to 32 gigabytes, you’re looking at a $369 pricetag. Again, let your planned usage be your guide.

What About The 4G LTE Model? Should You Invest?

There are two primary benefits to owning the 8.9″, 4G LTE model, which is priced at $499. First, it comes with 32 gigabytes of memory standard and has an available upgrade to 64 gigabytes (that model is currently priced at $599, which is still very competitive with the entry-level iPad). The second major benefit is, of course, the 4G LTE wireless connectivity, which offers the same kind of connection availability and speed as you’d have with a cell phone.

If you need to travel with your Fire HD and expect heavy Skype usage, you will be glad you opted for the 4G LTE model, especially since the data plan starts at just $50 per year (offered through AT&T). Another good candidate for the 4G LTE model is anyone who intends to use the Fire HD as a primary mobile computer (as opposed to a laptop), and will need pretty much constant web and email availability. Finally, anyone who absolutely must have the 64 gigabyte memory option, regardless of 4G LTE connectivity, will want to go for the top-of-the-line model.

The device supports 4G LTE connectivity, but you don’t have to sign up for the data plan. If you don’t, you can still use the device with your home network and free, public wifi hotspots just the same as if you’d bought a non-4G model.

What About Streaming Video And Audio Away From Home And Wifi Hotspots?

You may be considering the 4G LTE model because you plan to frequently stream video and audio content when you’re away from home and free, public wifi hotspots. Unfortunately, this is not a good plan because you can easily burn through a whole month’s worth of your data allowance just from watching a couple of movies. Remember that streaming content, downloading files and other data usage via a 4G connection all consume minutes and megabytes from your monthly data plan.

Buy With Confidence!

We hope this article has armed you with the information you need to choose from among the various Kindle Fire HD models, and to know you won’t be regretting your decision, whichever model you ultimately decide to buy.

Fire owners, be sure to “like” our “Kindle Fire at Kindle Nation Daily” Facebook page for daily tips and great content at great prices – http://www.facebook.com/KindleFire.at.KindleNationDaily

 

 

 

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Keeping Score on Our Checklist of Desirable Features for the Kindle Fire HD

Our Kindle Fire editor April Hamilton has been doing a splendid job of reviewing the brand new Kindle Fire HD models which are now shipping for $199 from Amazon, so there’s not all that much for me to add here to her posts which have been coming out nearly every day lately on our site. If you haven’t been keeping up April’s posts you may be missing some very thorough and helpful reporting, including:

  • Yesterday, Sept. 19 – Great News! Text-to-Speech Better than ever, now live on the Kindle Fire HD! Get the details in April Hamilton’s helpful new Video Post: 3 Ways Your Kindle Fire HD Can Read Aloud To You, Including Text To Speech! http://bit.ly/S7JquC
  • Sept. 18 – Kindle Fire HD vs. Kindle Fire: Software and Functionality – plus, Text to Speech on the Fire! http://bit.ly/PwZO5i
  • Sept. 17 – “The New Kindle Fire HD vs. the First-Generation Kindle Fire: Our First KND Hardware Review http://bit.ly/FIRE-HD-on-KND-Hardware

Present and future Fire owners can keep up with all of April’s full-court coverage if they make sure to “like” our Kindle Fire at Kindle Nation Daily Facebook page for daily tips and great content at great prices – http://www.facebook.com/KindleFire.at.KindleNationDaily

So as April regroups today I’ll pinch-hit by focusing on the quick checklist that we posted before the launch of features that we felt might be part of a new Kindle Fire tablet that could potentially dominate the table market, and offer a quick appraisal of Amazon’s progress for those keeping score at home. Here’s what we said Amazon had to do, and in each case, here’s what they have done with the new $199 7″ Kindle Fire HD (herein called the KFHD7:

  • Slim it down – the KFHD is about 11% thinner than the old KF, slimming down from 0.45″ to 0.4″
  • Lighten it up – the KFHD is about 4% lighter than the old KF, 13.9 ounces compared to 14.6 ounces
  • Improve screen resolution – the KFHD display boasts 1280×800, up to 720p HD compared to 1024 x 600 pixel resolution for the old KF
  • Speed up the processor – the KFHD has a Dual-core, 1.2GHz OMAP4460 processor, much faster than the old KF dual-core processor
  • Improve web functionality with less reliance on truncated “mobile” representations – Early usage indicates much improved web functionality for the KFHD, including the capacity to set desktop rather than mobile mode under settings
  • Allow an SD Card – Not yet, probably decreasing in importance with improved onboard and cloud storage plus faster streaming
  • Offer 3G/4G wireless connectivity, possibly free with Amazon Prime – Coming in a very exciting package with the 4G LTE 8.9″ Kindle Fire that will ship Nov. 20 for $499 to $599 with a $50 first-year cost for the data plan
  • Keep the $199 price point for the new 7” Fire and offer a larger Fire for under $250 – 2 out of 3 with KFHD7 at $199, new KF7 at $159, and 8.9″ KFHD at $299
  • Allow greater user control of font sizes on the web and in apps – Vast improvement
  • Allow full input/output functionality for apps such as Google Docs/Google Drive documents – Limited improvement
  • Enhance curb appeal so that the Fire looks and feels as good as the Nexus 7 – Mission accomplished
  • Add external volume controls – Mission accomplished, although we’d prefer the volume control and power buttons to be just a tiny bit more discoverable to touch
  • Provide camera functionality similar to that on the iPhone – Front-facing HD camera only
  • Provide Siri/Iris Capability that hits the sweet spot both for information and for commerce – Not yet
  • Add a microphone – Built in microphone, which I will admit I have not used or tested yet
  • Add Text-to-Speech – Mission accomplished in an amazing array of improved TTS plus Whispersync with Audible.com
  • Place the power switch (and an external volume control) on the upper right edge – Upper middle edge, could be just a tiny bit more discoverable to touch
  • Allow greater user personalization and customization – We’ll get back to you on this
  • Add full-featured GPS for a 3G or 4G model – We’ll get back to you on this
  • Add maximum Android platform compatibility – Not yet
  • Add access to Google’s Android Market – Not yet
  • Seize every available opportunity to make the Fire a replacement for netbooks and notebook computers – Definitely some progress here, but the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD will be the real test.

All in all? It’s not just a home run. It’s a grand slam.

And the good news is that, of course, Amazon added all kinds of things that were not even on our checklist, like Bluetooth for audio and a keyboard (yes! but it’s just sitting dormant on the device for now, without a keyboard offering that we know of … yet), Dolby audio; dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (and 10-band wifi coming on the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD); anti-glare technology; Kindle FreeTime personalization for kids (and other family members!) and much more!

 

Video Post: Whispersync for Voice, Immersive Reading and Text to Speech on the Kindle Fire HD!

Here’s a video post from Kindle Fire at Kindle Nation Daily, another in our family of KND sites.

There are some features of the new Kindle Fire HD that simply must be seen to be fully understood and appreciated, so we’re kicking off a series of video posts demonstrating those features today with one on the topic of all the ways your Kindle Fire HD can read your Kindle books aloud to you.

In the video, our Editor in Chief April Hamilton demonstrates these three options.

Whispersync for Voice – This new feature allows you to switch between the Audible audiobook and Kindle book editions whenever you like, and each format “remembers” where you left off in the other!

Immersive Reading Technology – this is similar to Text to Speech, but instead of having a computerized voice read the Kindle book to you, when you own the Audible edition you will hear that version of narration instead, and the Kindle book text will be highlighted as the narration progresses.

These first two features require that you own both the Kindle and Audible formats of a given book, so Amazon has begun offering special bundling discounts on Kindle books with an Audible audiobook edition available. After purchasing the Kindle edition, you’ll be given the option to purchase the Audible format at a discount.

You can test-drive these two features on a selection of free, public-domain classic Kindle books. Click here to see the included Kindle titles, and be sure to also get the free Audible audiobook editions when the prompt comes up after you’ve “bought” the free Kindle edition—the Audible editions are free for a limited time only, so get these right away!

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR AUDIBLE MEMBERS: when you go to the Audible product page to ‘buy’ the free audiobook, by default, the box to “apply listener credit” may be checked off. If so, click the box to un-check it; you’ll still get the audiobook for free, and your Audible Listener Credit will remain unused.

Text to Speech

Last but not least, it’s that feature so many of you have been wanting on the Kindle Fire: Text to Speech is here on the Kindle Fire HD.

If you have any difficulty viewing the video embedded below, click here to view it on the YouTube site.

Fire owners, be sure to “like” our “Kindle Fire at Kindle Nation Daily” Facebook page for daily tips and great content at great prices – http://www.facebook.com/KindleFire.at.KindleNationDaily