Saturday, July 26, 2014

Old kindles - what to do with them?

What do you do with your old Kindles? Give them to friends, sell them, throw them away, recycle them?  Amazon gives you some options.

Trade in

Amazon has a trade in program and will pay you for your old device. Each device and generation has an upper limit of price and what you get will depend on the condition of it.

Device service fee exchange

This is something I have done a few times with broken kindles. Since Amazon doesn't repair kindles, they offer a service fee exchange for broken kindles when you order a new one. In other words, buy a new one for a discounted price in exchange for the old one.
You send in the old one, Amazon fixes it and sells it as a refurbished piece at a lower price. You get a new or refurb kindle at a lower-than-retail cost.
Example - my old K2 died outside of the 2 year warranty and I got a very low cost refurb replacement with a 3 month warranty. Another one, I broke & I sent it in a received a brand new Paperwhite at a discounted price with a full warranty.

To get this offer, you must contact customer services directly.

Send your old Kindle to Amazon for recycling. This is especially usefully if you have local laws regulating the disposal of batteries. Vew details on recycling

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Email subscription error

Apologies to email subscribers who received a few misplaced posts recently. One was my mistake (I posted something meant for my BoldlyCompassionate blog); the other was a Feedburner error.
Feedburner is the Google service that manages email subscriptions to this blog, and it sent out an email of a random post from last year, a long-ended contest announcement.

If you received it, apologies. I have deactivated and reactivated the service, so hopefully only new posts will be sent from now on. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tip: Kindle Fire Home screen management

Home screens vary a little on the different Fires. All have the revolving carousel of recent covers. But below that, some have a shelf of favorites, others have a star instead - tap the star to see favorites.

*To add a book, app or other link into favorites, tap and hold the cover then select Add to Favorites.

*For those devices with the banner "Customers also bought" (see below), you can turn this off this distraction.
> Go to settings (cog wheel icon at the top)
> under Amazon Applications tap Amazon Home Recommendations
> under content recommendations tap Hide.

To learn more about the Kindle Fire, visit Amazon. On sale today!

Kindle Fire home screen

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kindle reading without a Kindle - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

You don't need a Kindle to read Kindle books. Amazon offers apps for tablets and for computers. I really like the PC app for organizing books (click and drag into folders) that can sync to my Kindle devices. It's also handy for non-fiction reference books, like cookbooks, and for copy & paste. 

But importantly, they make ebooks accessible to anyone with a device of some kind. Most devices are covered - iPods, tablets, Android phones, Macs and PCs. Let your friends know about it!