Sure, roses are nice. But here’s another great way to say “I love you.”
(Even if you are looking in the mirror.)
When you clicked on our Kindle Nation Daily “Like” button at some point in the past couple of years, you were probably counting on Facebook to deliver our posts about free and bargain books, Kindle news and tips, and our weekly Kindle giveaway sweepstakes.
Unfortunately, right around the time that Facebook went public with its Wall Street IPO last Spring, the company’s delivery system became a lot less dependable. Some have questioned the ethics of Facebook’s change in approach, but for now we will avoid any editorializing and just focus on what you can do, as someone who “likes” us, to make sure you are getting our posts.
Because we like you too. A lot.
There are really just a few easy steps involved.
Step 1. Make sure you have “liked” our page.
Just go to our Kindle Nation Daily on Facebook page right here and click the “Like” button in the upper right (or the lower right of the screenshot above, except that it says “Liked.”)
Step 2. Check “Get Notifications” and/or “Show in News Feed.”
Once you’ve liked us, you can just click on the “Liked” button and a pull-down menu like the one at the right will appear on your screen.
You can click on either or both of the first two options here, depending on how you use Facebook:
It’s really that easy, and making your choices from the options above should improve dramatically on the deliverability of our posts to you — which. If you click on both “Get Notifications” and “Show in News Feed,” your “Liked” pull-down menu should look like the one at the right.
But because we’re looking to provide you with the greatest value with the least expenditure of time, we’re also going to share an options for getting all your Kindle Nation Daily freebies, bargains, tips, sweepstakes invitations and winner notifications, and other information in a single daily post!
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Whether Facebook still works for you or not, we’re happy to report that there is also a much more efficient option:
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Well, not really, but it kind of seems that way. You may recall that a few days ago I gushed about Guy’s latest book as “the book that hits the sweet spot for everyone who has a personal or professional interest in the ebook revolution from the author’s or publisher’s side of the equation.” The book is entitled APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How to Publish a Book, and even at its original Kindle price of $9.99 then, a sufficient number of our readers and authors picked it up that it shot up from #1,859 to #743 in the Kindle sales rankings, and rose to the level it deserves in Amazon’s “Authorship” category: #1. We’ve yet to do a sponsored post for the book, so it’s worth saying here that Guy hasn’t paid us a cent to go ape over APE.
Kawasaki and his collaborator Shawn Welch have just completed an update of the book, and if you have already purchased it you can grab the very useful new stuff at no charge by going to Manage Your Kindle. Just find the book in your Kindle Library, click on the “Update Available” link next to the book’s title, and then follow the update prompts. The book was already “great.” Now it’s Tony-the-Tiger Grrreat!
And just for today, if you haven’t bought it yet, there’s even better news. As you already know if you check out our Kindle Daily Deal post when it goes live every day about 7 a.m. EST, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How to Publish a Book is the lead book in today’s Kindle Daily Deal from Amazon at just $1.99! Now that’s a deal! (That bump from #1,859 to #743 after our KND post was nice, but it’s nothing compared to what the authors will see as a result of the Kindle Daily Deal at that sweet $1.99 price. We don’t want to jinx you, Guy, but I see Top 10 in your future!)
Once this book gets to the Top 10, I think it will be pretty slow to drift back toward the mid hundreds, because as much as any book now on the market it is a book that can help millions of people do better at the work they love to do. And we know that every one of those people is a reader. That’s the kind of book that will sell a lot of books in 2013, but with a couple of updates a year it may well sell more in 2015 and even more in 2017.
And oh, by the way, if that’s not enough Guy for you today, you can tune in to him as this week’s guest on NPR’s Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me podcast.
Amazon.com today announced that the best-selling and iconic author Stephen King has published a personal essay — “Guns” — available exclusively in the Kindle Store as a Kindle Single. This essay highlights one of the compelling features of Kindle Singles—they allow top authors to publish their works quickly. “Guns” is available now, and exclusively to Kindle customers in the Kindle Singles Store for $0.99.
“I think the issue of an America awash in guns is one every citizen has to think about,” said King. “If this helps provoke constructive debate, I’ve done my job. Once I finished writing ‘Guns’ I wanted it published quickly, and Kindle Singles provided an excellent fit.”
“It’s exciting to offer a way for a brilliant writer like King to publish quickly, and to reach a large audience of loyal readers and new customers,” said David Blum, editor of Kindle Singles. “King finished this essay last Friday morning, and by that night we had accepted it and scheduled for publication today.”
Like all Kindle books, Kindle Singles are “Buy Once, Read Everywhere”—customers can read them on their Kindle, on the web with Kindle Cloud Reader and on free Kindle reading apps for Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Windows 8, PC and Mac.
Launched in 2011, Kindle Singles are typically between 5,000 and 30,000 words. Too long for a magazine article and too short for a book, Kindle Singles allow ideas to be expressed at their natural length. Writers can learn more about submitting their work for consideration here.
Here at Kindle Nation Daily, we’re glad to see a bestselling author like King showing increasing signs that he and his various publishers (including himself!) that he gets the fact that readers should not have to pay exorbitant prices for Kindle books. Of all his full-length books in English on Kindle, the only title currently priced above $9.99 is the pre-order for Doctor Sleep, his September release revisiting the characters and territory of The Shining.
And although many of King’s most ardent fans love him as the master of the 1100-page narrative, here are four shorter tomes that come in at prices anywhere from $1.99 to $3.79:
Mile 81 meets “N.” in this eBook collaboration between Stephen King and his son Joe Hill….
Amazon’s been rolling out some terrific value-adding multimedia features for Kindle Fire owners (and everyone else) this week, and we have been keeping busy reporting on them for you with stories like these:
But if you are a Kindle Fire owner, we also want to make sure that you have discovered our sister website, Kindle Fire at Kindle Nation Daily. There are several different ways you can keep up with the content there, depending on how you like to use the web, social media, computers, or mobile devices:
And we should also mention our two most recent books for Kindle Fire owners:
Hope there’s some help here for you, and have a great day!
Here’s some very cool news from Amazon, and … call us greedy, but we can’t help but wonder: if they can do this for music today, might they be able to do it for books sometime soon?
Introducing “Amazon AutoRip” – Customers Now Receive Free MP3 Versions of CDs Purchased From Amazon – Past, Present and Future
Customers who have purchased AutoRip CDs from Amazon dating back to 1998 will find free MP3 versions automatically added to their Cloud Player accounts – free of charge
AutoRip is the latest in a series of customer benefits exclusive to the Amazon ecosystem of digital content
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 10, 2013– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced the launch of Amazon AutoRip, a new service that gives customers free MP3 versions of CDs they purchase from Amazon. When customers purchase AutoRip CDs, the MP3 versions are automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries, where they are available, free of charge, for immediate playback or download – no more waiting for the CD to arrive. Additionally, customers who have purchased AutoRip CDs at any time since Amazon first opened its Music Store in 1998 will find MP3 versions of those albums in their Cloud Player libraries – also automatically and for free. More than 50,000 albums, including titles from every major record label, are available for AutoRip, and more titles are added all the time – customers can just look for the AutoRip logo.
“What would you say if you bought music CDs from a company 15 years ago, and then 15 years later that company licensed the rights from the record companies to give you the MP3 versions of those CDs… and then to top it off, did that for you automatically and for free?” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “Well, starting today, it’s available to all of our customers – past, present, and future – at no cost. We love these opportunities to do something unexpected for our customers.”
AutoRip features include:
AutoRip is available for industry-wide top-sellers like “21” by Adele; new and recent releases like “¡Uno!”, “¡Dos!” and “¡Tre!” by Green Day, “Overexposed” by Maroon 5, and “The Truth About Love” by P!nk; classics like “Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson; and Amazon customer favorites like “I Dreamed A Dream” by Susan Boyle, which was the most pre-ordered album of all time on Amazon.
In many cases, customers can buy an AutoRip CD, including the free digital copy, for less than they would pay for only the digital album at iTunes.
AutoRip is the latest in a series of new digital music features from Amazon launched in recent months. The Amazon MP3 Store recently expanded its catalog to offer more than 21 million songs and everyday low prices on best-selling albums, many starting at $5. In June, Amazon launched Cloud Player for iPhone and iPod touch. In July, Amazon added new scan and match technology that enables customers to import music into Amazon Cloud Player by scanning their iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries and matching songs on their computers to Amazon’s music catalog. All matched songs – even music purchased from iTunes or ripped from CDs – are upgraded to high-quality 256 Kbps audio and are made available instantly in customers’ Cloud Player libraries, making it even easier for customers to enjoy their entire music collection anywhere. More recently, Amazon made Cloud Player available on Samsung TVs, Roku and Sonos, further extending Cloud Player’s accessibility.