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Kindle Reset Instructions

I am going to set this message up to go out periodically for each of my blogs, as most of you read them on your Kindles vs. the computer or via email: if you’ve seen it before and know what I’m talking about, or if you’re just plain ‘ole tired of seeing it don’t worry – I’ll be back with a new post soon.

There seems to be a Kindle problem for a lot of folks – that is, what do you need to do if (a) this or any other blog, newspaper, or magazine all of a sudden stops updating each day on the Kindle, and (b) you can see the blog, newspaper, or magazine post in the to be downloaded list of the “Manage Your Kindle” section of the Amazon website and for some unexplained reason it doesn’t show up on your Kindle, or (c) you’ve ordered a book, app or anything else for your Kindle and it never seems to download,

You may need to write this down, or try to memorize it, because if it happens to you I’m willing to bet you won’t remember unless you’ve reset your Kindle a few times!

If you would like to print this out, click here or type in http://smarturl.it/screenshots into your web browser to read my post on the Kindle Books and Tips blog to how to capture screen shots on your e-Ink Kindle and Kindle Fire.

If this happens to you, you will need to reboot your Kindle.

Here is how you reboot an e-Ink Kindle:

  1. Click the “Home” button to get back to your home screen.
  2. Click the “Menu” button, and select “Settings.”
  3. You will see several options, but “reboot” is not one of those options. Press the “Menu” button again.
  4. You will have several options, but choose and click the “Restart” button.

Here is how you reboot a Kindle Fire:

  1. Press and hold the power button for 20 seconds, then release the power button.
  2. The Fire will turn off.
  3. After the Fire has turned off, press the power button once and release it to restart the Fire.

Once you reboot your Kindle, it could take about 1-2 minutes to reboot. Make sure your wireless is on, and the Kindle will go look in the Amazon store to see what is pending to be downloaded and viola! You should be back in business. If you ever need to restart your Kindle, I hope this helps!

Michael

Looking for more – or a more reliable – source of free books for your Kindle? You can check out my book, Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them, which was updated in November 2013 if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/fkb into your web browser!

Are you receiving the blog’s posts by email? You can if you click here or type in http://www.fkbooksandtips.com/subscribe into your web browser – just fill in your email address, smack the “Subscribe” button, and make sure you reply to the confirmation email!

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Thank You!

As we start the new year, I just wanted to thank each of you who are reading this blog on your Kindles and paying Amazon the 99 cents per month to have it delivered to your e-Ink Kindles.  As many of you know, I donate 100% of the proceeds (I receive 30 cents of your 99 cents per month from Amazon) to the Nehemiah Center of Houston, a non-profit charitable organization (sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Houston) who provide a children’s after-school program for at risk children. Thanks to the Kindle community, we have raised over $8,400 for this fine organization since 2009!

If you would like to know more about the Nehemiah Center of Houston, you can click here or type in http://www.nehemiahcenterhouston.org into a web browser – I hope you will agree they are making a big difference in people’s lives.

Have a great 2013!

Michael Gallagher

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My Other Blogs

I am sending this out to each of my blogs…if you receive this more than once, feel free to delete it as I will be back soon with a new post.

Several times a week, I get asked a question via email along the lines of “…are you the same person who does the other Kindle blog named…?”

The answer is probably, “yes,” as I publish a total of six blogs that are available on the Kindle.

I believe one of the neat things about the Kindle “experience” is your Kindle is much more than an eBook reader – I use the free wireless service to check email, follow the scores for my favorite teams via ESPN’s mobile website, and check the weather forecast. As I type this, there are over 13,000 blogs available to be sent directly to your e-Ink Kindle. Some of them update several times per day, just once a day, a few times per week, or a couple of times per month.

A blog subscription to be sent directly to your e-Ink Kindle costs 99 cents per month – I don’t know how they come up with the pricing as Amazon sets the pricing on the blogs. With respect to each of my blogs on the Kindle platform, of the 99 cents Amazon gets 69 cents and I get 30 cents. As you can probably guess, I am not getting rich off of this but it does allow me to purchase a few woodworking tools on occasion, and has helped to pay for my Christmas vacation in the past!

Amazon allows you to check each blog out for free on your e-Ink Kindle for a two-week period, and you can cancel within that two-week period at any time with no cost to you. There are quite a few blogs out there I think are pretty interesting, and I subscribe to a few myself.

In no particular order, here are the six blogs I have available for reading on your Kindle.

 

Free Kindle Books and Tips

Free Kindle Books and Tips is my largest blog in terms of Kindle subscribers as well as the number of people who either read it on the web, with the free Kindle Fire app, email subscription, Facebook, and Twitter. I’ve been very fortunate with this blog as it has been the #1 bestselling paid subscription Kindle blog since 2010, and has been in the Top 100 of all Kindle titles (books, magazines, blogs) for almost two years. What is it all about?  As new free titles become available in the Amazon Kindle store or places in addition to the Kindle store, I provide a brief synopsis of the book as well as the link to download it to your Kindle for your enjoyment.

Based upon my own experiences as well as what I have been able to find out from others, I also provide reviews of and information about the numerous sites that offer free material, tips on how to maximize your Kindle experience, and various other Kindle-related information I think is interesting. Maybe you will, too. If you would like to check it out the free two-week trial of this blog, you can click here or just type in www.tinyurl.com/fkblog into your web browser: this shortened web address will save you from typing in a really long series of characters and will take you right to the blog’s Amazon page.

From the blog page on Amazon, just click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page. You have two weeks to try it out for free (and free is the name of the game).

Bible Verse of the Day

If you did a search for my name in the Kindle Blog section of the Amazon store, you will also see the Bible Verse of the Day blog I also publish: you can check out the two-week free trial if you click here or type in http://tinyurl.com/bvoftheday into your web browser and click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.

Any receipts I receive from Amazon for this blog (again, after Amazon’s cut) are donated to The Nehemiah Center of Houston, a Houston, TX based charity which is a Christian-based organization that offers academic, emotional, cultural, social, and spiritual enrichment to the children and families in the MacGregor Elementary School Area just outside Houston’s Third Ward. I have visited this facility, and they are making a tremendous difference in the lives of hundreds of at-risk children. You can find out more about the Nehemiah Center of Houston by pointing your web browser to www.nehemiahcenterhouston.org

Thanks to the generosity of this blog’s subscribers as well as their direct contributions, collectively we have donated over $7,000 to this charity since 2010.

You can always visit this blog’s website at https://gbvd.wordpress.com

 

Kindle Books for a Buck (or Less)

This is a supplemental blog to the Free Kindle Books and Tips blog. Each weekday, I spotlight a book in the Amazon Kindle store that costs all of a dollar or less (sometimes free) with an emphasis on the independent author.

The main purpose of this blog is to focus on the many independent, self-published authors that typically fall under the radar screen amidst all of the noise from the “headline” authors I have really enjoyed. I think you will enjoy it, too, as you will come across recommendations of many genres – plus the purchase price of one dollar (or less) is a pretty easy price point vs. throwing down ten or more bucks for something.

You can check out the two-week free trial if you click here type in http://amzn.to/kb4abuck into your computer’s web browser and click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.

You can always visit this blog’s website at http://ebooksforabuck.wordpress.com

 

Trivia of the Day

This blog features random trivia and facts hand-picked and designed to give you a “leg-up” on your friends, relatives, and co-workers…you should know this stuff! If you read this one for just a week, you will know a heck of a lot of random trivia and people may think you are like Cliff from “Cheers.” To try out the two-week free trial, just click here or type in http://tinyurl.com/toftheday into your computer’s web browser and click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.

You can always visit this blog’s website at http://triviaoftheday.wordpress.com

Quote of the Day

This blog features inspiring quotes from famous and everyday people to start your day – sometimes wise, sometimes humorous, you are sure to find something that will inspire you in your walk of life. To try out this one’s two-week free trial, just click here or type in http://tinyurl.com/qoftheday into your computer’s web browser click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.

You can always visit this blog’s website at http://gqod.wordpress.com

On This Day in History

Have you ever wondered what happened on a particular day, such as historical events, birthdays, deaths, worldwide holidays, etc.? Well, the On This Day in History blog will tell you – every morning you will receive the unique events of that day directly to your Kindle. The listed events are not just USA-specific, but worldwide. To try out this one’s two-week free trial, just click here or type in http://tinyurl.com/otdhistory into your computer’s web browser click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.

You can always visit this blog’s website at http://otday.wordpress.com

 

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Thank You!

Before the weekend gets here, I just wanted to thank each of you who are reading this blog on your Kindles and paying Amazon the 99 cents per month to have it delivered to your e-Ink Kindles.  As many of you know, I donate 100% of the proceeds (30 cents of your 99 cents per month) to the Nehemiah Center of Houston, a non-profit charitable organization (sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Houston) who provide a children’s after-school program for at risk children. Thanks to the Kindle community, we have raised over $6,500 for this fine organization since 2009!

If you would like to know more about the Nehemiah Center of Houston, you can click here or type in http://www.nehemiahcenterhouston.org into a web browser – I hope you will agree they are making a big difference in people’s lives.

Have a great weekend-

Michael

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New Kindle Fire for Just $164 – Today Only – Voucher Instructions Attached

As most people read this blog on their Kindles, I thought it appropriate to send out to the members of the blog.  As I will be sending this to each of my blogs, if you get it more than once you won’t hurt my feelings by deleting it!

Amazon is running another “Local Deal” today for the Kindle Fire by giving you a $30 off voucher plus a $5 voucher for instant videos to be watched on a Kindle Fire or your TV and, if past history is any judge, I would imagine this deal will be gone quickly (remember when they discounted the regular e-Ink Kindle to $49 – that was over by mid-afternoon of the day of the event).

With a one-year warranty, that makes the price of a brand new Kindle Fire just $164 vs. the price of a refurbished Fire being $169.  Basically, Amazon is taking off an additional $35 on the price of a new Fire but there is a catch – the additional $35 is for today only.

If you know of someone who has been wanting a Kindle Fire but couldn’t justify the expense, why not pass these instructions on to them?  If you have been wanting a Kindle Fire for yourself or as a gift for someone, I would recommend jumping on this one fast.

In order to get the $30 off voucher and the $5 movie credit, here is what you need to do:

  • Go to the Amazon Local deal by clicking here or typing in http://bit.ly/KoFD4t into your computer’s web browser.  You need to go to this specific page to get your voucher – the voucher is free, but they are limited in quantities and are offered for today only, and you have until June 15th to redeem the voucher.
  • Click on the “Get Voucher” icon on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • If you are not signed into Amazon, you will need to sign in with your email address and password for the Amazon website.
  • You will be taken to a check out screen: while they ask you to confirm your billing information as linked to your Amazon account, you will notice the price is zero.  Click on the “Place Your Order” icon in the lower right-hand corner.
  • You will next be taken to a confirmation page, but you can then click on the “Your Vouchers” icon in the top right-hand corner of this confirmation web page.  It may take a minute to generate the code – keep pressing your browser’s refresh button (it took about 30 seconds for me).
  • Click on the “View Code” icon to the right of the voucher’s details.
  • A new window will open up with your code.  Copy that code down with your mouse or write it down on a piece of paper.
  • Go to the Kindle Fire page by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/kindlefiretablet into your computer’s web browser.  Once on this page, click “Add to Cart” and proceed to checkout.  Don’t click the 1-click option as you need to perform a step after the “Add to Cart” option.
  • On the “Review Your Order” page, enter your voucher code in the “Gift Cards & Promotional Codes” field, and complete checkout.
  • That’s it!

For the $5 instant video credit, Amazon will email you a promotional code 72 hours after the Kindle Fire ships.  You will have until August 31st to use this $5 credit.

Hope that helps!

Michael
Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription! Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips or type in http://www.tinyurl.com/fkblog into your computer’s web browser.

Download the Free Kindle Books and Tips blog app for your Kindle Fire – for free, of course – by clicking here or type in http://amzn.to/freefireapp into your computer’s web browser.

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Enter the Free Kindle Fire Giveaway

This is something I meant to send out to all of my blogs but, truth be told, I forgot.  I’m giving away a Kindle Fire to promote my Free Kindle Books and Tips blog, and the deadline to enter is midnight Sunday night (Central Time).  Many of you read that blog, and some of you don’t – if you would like to enter, you can click here or if you’re reading this on your e-Ink Kindle and not the actual blog page, you can go to your computer’s web browser and type in http://bit.ly/KkCGBS and enter away!

Good luck!

Michael

Download the Free Kindle Books and Tips blog app for your Kindle Fire – for free, of course – by clicking here or type in http://amzn.to/freefireapp into your computer’s web browser.

 

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My Kindle Blogs

I am sending this post out to each of my blogs, so if you get it more than once feel free to skip on over the second time you see it.

Several times a week, I get asked a question via email along the lines of “…are you the same person who does the other Kindle blog named…?” The answer is probably, “yes,” as I publish a total of six blogs that are available on the Kindle.

I believe one of the neat things about the Kindle “experience” is your Kindle is much more than an eBook reader – I use the free wireless service to check email, follow the scores for my favorite teams via ESPN’s mobile website, and check the weather forecast. As I type this, there are 13,346 blogs available to be sent directly to your Kindle. Some of them update several times per day, just once a day, a few times per week, or a couple of times per month.

At this time, the only Kindle device you can read a blog on via a paid subscription is an actual Kindle and not, for example, any of the Kindle applications on an iPad, nor can you get a blog subscription on the Kindle for PC application. Why? I don’t know: it seems as if it would be fairly easy to program in the Kindle application, and Amazon (in my opinion) is missing out on one heck of a monthly revenue stream. Amazon really doesn’t promote the Kindle blog arena, and they rarely reply to a question blog publishers pose to them – I wouldn’t be surprised if one day they shut it all down, but that is a topic for another day as well as another blog format.

You can receive blogs on your Kindle Fire, just not as a paid subscription like you can on a “regular” Kindle. I will send out instructions on how to receive this blog on your Kindle Fire for free in a separate post.

A blog subscription to be sent directly to your Kindle costs anywhere from 99 cents to $1.99 per month – I don’t know how they come up with the pricing as Amazon sets the pricing on the blogs. With respect to each of my blogs on the Kindle platform, they are priced at 99 cents each per month: of that amount, Amazon gets 69 cents and I get 30 cents. As you can probably guess, I am not getting rich off of this but it does allow me to purchase a few woodworking tools on occasion, and is helping to pay for a few things here and ther! Hmm, with Amazon receiving 70% of the revenue, it makes me wonder even more why blogs are not allowed / available on other Kindle applications such as the Kindle for iPad / PC / Droid, etc.?

Amazon allows you to check each blog out for free on your Kindle for a two-week period, and you can cancel within that two-week period at any time with no cost to you. There are quite a few blogs out there I think are pretty interesting, and I subscribe to a few myself.

In no particular order, here are the six blogs I have available for reading on your Kindle.

Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips

Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips is my largest blog in terms of Kindle subscribers as well as the number of people who either read it on the web, email subscription, Facebook, and Twitter. I’ve been very fortunate with this blog as it has been the #1 bestselling Kindle blog since 2010, and is consistently ranked in the Top 100 for all Kindle titles (473 days and counting). What is it all about? As new free titles become available in the Amazon Kindle store or places in addition to the Kindle store, I provide a brief synopsis of the book as well as the link to download it to your Kindle for your enjoyment.

Based upon my own experiences as well as what I have been able to find out from others, I also provide reviews of and information about the numerous sites that offer free material, tips on how to maximize your Kindle experience, and various other Kindle-related information I think is interesting.  Maybe you will think it is interesting, also If you would like to check it out the free two-week trial of this blog, you can just type in www.tinyurl.com/fkblog into your computer’s web browser: this shortened web address will save you from typing in a really long series of characters and will take you right to the blog’s Amazon page.

From the blog page on Amazon, just click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page. You have two weeks to try it out for free (and free is the name of the game).

If you have a Kindle Fire, you can’t subscribe to this blog via the Amazon interface – that’s not my decision but an Amazon decision.  As a workaround, I’ve developed a free app for your Kindle Fire or Android-based phone or tablet computer that you can get if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/freefireapp into your computer’s web browser.


Bible Verse of the Day

If you did a search for my name in the Kindle Blog section of the Amazon store, you will also see the Bible Verse of the Day blog I also publish: you can check out the two-week free trial if you type in http://tinyurl.com/bvoftheday into your computer’s web browser and click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.

Any receipts I receive from Amazon for this blog (again, after Amazon’s cut) are donated to The Nehemiah Center of Houston, a Houston, TX based charity which is a Christian-based organization that offers academic, emotional, cultural, social, and spiritual enrichment to the children and families in the MacGregor Elementary School Area just outside Houston’s Third Ward. I have visited this facility, and they are making a tremendous difference in the lives of hundreds of at-risk children. You can find out more about the Nehemiah Center of Houston by pointing your web browser to www.nehemiah1.org

Thanks to the generosity of this blog’s subscribers as well as their direct contributions, collectively we have donated just over $6,000 to this charity in a little over two years.

Kindle Books for a Buck (or Less)

This is a supplemental blog to the Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips blog mentioned above. Each weekday, I spotlight a book in the Amazon Kindle store that costs all of a dollar or less (sometimes free) with an emphasis on the independent author.

The main purpose of this blog is to focus on the many independent, self-published authors that typically fall under the radar screen amidst all of the noise from the “headline” authors I have really enjoyed. I think you will enjoy it, too, as you will come across recommendations of many genres – plus the purchase price of one dollar (or less) is a pretty easy price point vs. throwing down ten or more bucks for something.

You can check out the two-week free trial if you type in http://amzn.to/kb4abuck into your computer’s web browser and click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.

Trivia of the Day

This blog features random trivia and facts hand-picked and designed to give you a “leg-up” on your friends, relatives, and co-workers…you should know this stuff! If you read this one for just a week, you will know a heck of a lot of random trivia and people may think you are like Cliff from “Cheers.” To try out the two-week free trial, just type in http://tinyurl.com/toftheday into your computer’s web browser and click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.


Quote of the Day

This blog features inspiring quotes from famous and everyday people to start your day – sometimes wise, sometimes humorous, you are sure to find something that will inspire you in your walk of life. To try out this one’s two-week free trial, just type in http://tinyurl.com/qoftheday into your computer’s web browser click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.


On This Day in History

Have you ever wondered what happened on a particular day, such as historical events, birthdays, deaths, worldwide holidays, etc.? Well, the On This Day in History blog will tell you – every morning you will receive the unique events of that day directly to your Kindle. The listed events are not just USA-specific, but worldwide. To try out this one’s two-week free trial, just type in http://tinyurl.com/otdhistory into your computer’s web browser click on the “Subscribe now with 1-click” button on the right-hand side of the page.

That’s all for now!

Click here for my “Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts” book or type in http://amzn.to/seDbUq into your computer’s web browser and learn a new thing or two about your Kindle!

 

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