Monthly Archives: May 2010

Bible Verse of the Day for Monday

“For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.”

        – 1 Thessalonians 4:7

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Bible Verse of the Day for Sunday

“Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work – you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it.”

        – Exodus 20:8-11

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The Weekend Update and Random Thoughts

Most of the subscribers to this blog are reading it on their Kindle’s.  I posted the following to one of my other blogs, Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips, and I thought it appropriate to share with you.

As I sit here this weekend, I have a couple of random thoughts I wanted to share (hey, you are my captive blog audience!):

Next Generation Kindle Coming Soon?

If you believe the folks over at Business Week, the next generation Kindle 3 will be released in August: click here to read the full article.

Here’s a couple of highlights on this rumor:

  • Thinner than the current version
  • A more responsive screen
  • Sharper picture

The article also speculated 3 million eBook readers were sold in 2009, with Amazon controlling about 60% (or about 1.8 million) of that market and an estimate 6 million eBook readers will be sold in 2010.

One hint I thought was interesting commented on Amazon’s previous purchase of a company called Touchco, which specializes in touch-screen technology.  Interesting….

Harry Potter Books Coming to Kindle?

Author J.K. Rowlong has long been opposed to digitizing her successful Harry potter franchise to the eBook format – I won’t go into all of the reasons but if you do a Bing search (click here) you can read some of her reasons.  If you read this article from The Book Seller website (click here), maybe that will change and she can realistically make another $100 million or so.

Amazon Removes Charge for Free Books for non-USA Customers

This one, to me, is pretty big – Amazon used to charge a wireless download fee (equivalent to about $2 in US currency) for its free book offerings if you are a Kindle owner and didn’t live in the USA; they would even charge it for books you happened to be reading on the Kindle for PC application.

That doesn’t really sound like free.

As I said in my lead-in to this section, Amazon “used to charge” this fee – they quit doing that this past week.  I think that’s great, and should lead to more market penetration and sales of Kindle titles across the globe.  Why do I think that is great?  The more purchasing power Kindle owners have, maybe it will apply more pressure to the publishers who are insisting on charging more than $9.99 for digitized books or, worse, those publishers who somehow are charging (don’t know if they are able to get it) as much or more than the paper version of the book for your Kindle copy.  Simple economics on the cost of the publication hurts my brain on that rationale.

Memorial Day Weekend

Monday is Memorial day here in the USA.  If you are a Kindle subscriber or web reader of my Trivia of the Day blog, I was planning on posting a special trivia article about the history of Memorial Day.  If you see a veteran while you are taking your holiday from work and about to enjoy a grilled burger or dog, or know of a family who has lost a family member while serving, please stop and thank them for their service.  We may not have it all right in our particular corner of the world, but at least we are free to complain and do something about things we don’t particularly like!

Have a great weekend!

Michael

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Bible Verse of the Day for Saturday

 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

        – II Corinthians 1:3-4

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Bible Verse of the Day for Friday

 

“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

        – Isaiah 54:10

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Bible Verse of the Day for Thursday

 

“One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you.”

        – Joshua 23:10

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Bible Verse of the Day for Wednesday

 

“But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.'”

        – Mark 16:6

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