Monday, January 23, 2012

Quick Note + Free Kindle Books - Reminders and recommended browsing

Just a quick note

Have been somewhat under the weather, but things are clearing up and I'll be back at it tomorrow morning.

  I did take a little time to check out more closely the Wi-Drive and looked at what is needed for putting video on your Kindle Fire and also on the tiny Wi-Drive that can  smoothly stream video or display images and personal documents  to your Kindle Fire.  And of course it is very useful pocketable storage for images, documents, video, for transfer to the Kindle Fire as needed.  That the streaming or image and document access can be shared with two others is an unusual plus not possible with SD cards, though I'd like that feature too.

Kindle-Edition subscribers of this blog who've never visited the web page might want to come visit briefly (Link:, to take a look at the right-hand column that holds earlier articles that can answer questions that many have had about any of the Kindle models, older or newer, and info on how to make use of the many features not often described or publicized.  Thanks for visiting, either here, or via the Kindle edition, and for the helpful comments I get to blog items or in email.

If you'd like to browse for current free books (especially non-classics) or lower-cost offerings from Amazon that are available on an ongoing basis (although the books themselves go off-sale quite quickly) but which newer visitors will not have seen before, here's some light browsing:

Links to Free Kindle Books - Non-Classics - available today

Dec 2011  Jan 2012, by:
   Publication Date   Bestselling

   Amazon's Limited Time Free Promos

UKPubDate   Popular

Most Popular Free K-Books:
  U.S. & Int'l (although NOT UK):
     Top 100 free
     Top 100 free

Here's the blog's general Free Books Guide

Top 100 free Android apps, for Kindle Fire owners (who should check out the free app of the day each day)

PRIME Lending Library - borrowing books
  In the forums, I've found some who did not know that with the Prime membership,  which gets you free 2-day shipping on almost all of Amazon's own items (not so much 3rd party Marketplace items),  you not only have access to about 12,000 no-add'l-cost streaming videos, you can also borrow one Kindle book per calendar month, from a choice of over 75,000 now, without dealing with waiting times or due-dates.

's Lending Library:
     How to Browse or search the now voluminous List
        Note:  When you borrow a Prime library book, you do it from your Kindle, at the Kindle Store
                  and not from the Amazon web pages.

Non-Classics under $1:
  Highly rated, under $1
  Amazon's specific mostly 99c Kindle Books page

And then there's the Kindle Daily Deal that changes each night, at around midnight, into a pumpkin and then back into a new carriage.

There are also the monthly Kindle book deals, with 100 Editors' Choices priced at $1.99-$3.99.

Ongoing or completed but informative popular discussions   (See Kindle Forums for more.)
  . Are you sorry you bought a Fire?
  . Kindle touch or Kindle Keyboard
  . Kindle Fire for nonTech person?
  . Kindle Fire Keyboard.. Anyone else having issues?
  . Any happy Kindle Touch owners?
  . Kindle Fire video on airplane compared with iPad video, a tense thread :-)
  . Got my Fire!
  . Feel like almost crying - Kindle loss and personalizing Kindles - lighthearted
  . Unusual calls from Amazon because of forum posts
  . Personal docs now sendable to individual Kindles again
  . To Avoid Confusion, Please Use the Official Product Names in Forum" [entertaining]
  . Discussion of geographic restrictions on digital purchases
  . Discount-alert books discussed on separate message thread
  . What have been your favorite public domain books that are not so well known?
  . Best "Free" books you've read (many are no longer free, however).
  . Highly recommended Indie authors
  . Unique Uses of Kindles

Other current forum threads that might interest some
Public Library Lending questions at the forums, and Lendle's Kindle borrowing
  . How many e-books does your public library have?
  . Public librarians: what has been your Kindle/Overdrive experience? Below are ways to Share this post if you'd like others to see it.
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  1. Andrys, the wi-drive sounds like 'almost' perfect. What I haven't heard anyone talk about yet is whether or not Kindle books can be stored on it AND wirelessly transferred back, something like a 'mini-cloud'? I know you can copy books from, say, your Kindle Fire to a computer hard drive and later copy them back to the (same) Fire via USB, but it would seem if you can stream video, you should be able to transfer books somehow. Have you heard anything about this? By, the way, thank you for all your efforts. Your readers really appreciate it.

  2. Bob,
    The drive is accessed via the Kingston app and the app describes copying files only via the USB cord. So any transfer of files would need to be done before you left on vacation.  It's more a wireless streaming device that can provide up to 32 gigs of added space for shared access between three users.  And it's a unit that lets your KFire access the Net while accessing the Wi-Drive, which is its advantage over the 500g Seagate device that's a hard drive and is much larger. This one, smaller than my cell phone, will usually be with me and I like that others can access these on their devices when I want to show something, rather than have them crowd around my little screens :-)

  3. Bob, thanks, by the way, for the nice words. Also, I noticed that the 16 gig drive price is now $50 rather than $60 while the 32 gig one is $90.


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