Here’s one we haven’t mention for a while – a classic of Eastern mysticism:
Meanwhile, you may notice that there are nine new “free” titles that you will want to avoid, for now, in the Kindle Store:
As we mentioned in a post yesterday, Amazon is beginning to venture into the world of book publishing with unique content that comes to it through programs such as the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, and it appears we’ll soon be able to read excerpts from works by the contest quarterfinalists, free, right on our Kindles. Perhaps we’ll even be invited to cast out votes, ratings or recommendations!
That’s all well and good, but currently there’s a bit of a glitch in the system, as nine of these “titles” show up in the Kindle Store with listings such as this one, and they are currently just placeholders:
If you click on the “Buy” button on any of these 9 pages, it will downloaded to your Kindle and your account will be charged $0.00 (or over two buck in most countries outside the US!), but for now all you will find if you click on the title on your Home screen will be what you see in the screenshot at the right.
No harm, no foul?
Not exactly. The problem is that eventually these “placeholders” will be replaced by free content that you may want to read, but you won’t be able to download the updated content as long as the placeholder is in your Kindle account. Merely deleting it from your Kindle yourself won’t be enough of a purge.
So, two suggestions here:
- First, if you’ve already downloaded any of these “titles,” I recommend that you contact Kindle Support (Kindle Support Phone Number 1-866-321-8851 or 1-206-266-0927 outside the US) and ask that they be removed from your Kindle so that you will be able to download it later when the content is live. We’ll have a heads up here at Kindle Nation Daily when the titles are live.
- Second, it’s for reasons such as this that I always recommend buying content via the computer (rather than via the Kindle) whenever it is convenient, because a quick look at the file size — 3 KB in this case — usually tells me whether I am getting a full book (generally over 100KB), an excerpt (generally over 20 KB), or something less.
Obviously, from the fact that all nine of these placeholder titles made the Kindle Movers & Shakers List yesterday, one can infer that a lot of people downloaded the placeholder page. So it seems that a third suggestion is in order, to Amazon, to fix this well-intentioned glitch, because it is eating up time for Kindle owners and will no doubt lead to a lot of wasted time for Kindle Support and unnecessary bandwidth usage, even at this tiny file size, for the downloading process.