After charging the battery I was happy to discover the user's manual is on the Kindle. Yay! It's several hundred pages long. Slow and dry reading, to be sure. I started skimming and the same thing that happened to me in Intermediate Algebra thirty years ago happened again. At some point, I crossed the line of what I knew and got into new stuff that I didn't know, and now I'm totally confused. In the spirit of the typical man, I said "Who needs instructions, I can figure this thng out!" (In my defense, I write from the male POV most of the time. This hasn't caused many problems except that one time I tried to pee standing up. But, I digress...)
Totally frustrated with a Kindle loaded with a slew of western novels, I gave up that first night and went to bed. As usual, things often look brighter the next day. I figured out that I had to delete the previous owner's registration and register the thing with my Amazon account. It was simple to do, the Kindle is wireless, like a cell phone, so I never even had to hook it up to my computer. It all just changed, *poof*. Suddenly, I had a Kindle in my name (with a slew of western novels.) I tried uploading my pdf books and after finally going online to a Kindle forum, discovered the first generation Kindle doesn't accept pdf. It only reads Kindle format. There's a way to get around that, by emailing a pdf file to yourself on your Kindle, but there is a small fee for each email and I did NOT want to set up an account with my credit card because knowing me, I'd have a host of unintentional charges on the thing.
I discovered you can get a chapter of a book for free. I downloaded a chapter of one of my books, just to see my author name on the Kindle. hee hee hee It worked. So I had one chapter of a book, and those westerns.
I did figure out that the Kindle reads prc versions of books, and TEB sends me that version. So I loaded the memory card for my Kindle up with some of my books. Now, I can read most of my titles, a few of Jude Masons, and a slew of western novels. Things are looking up!
I saw a post by another author that her publisher gives away a free Kindle title regularly and she provided the link. When I went there, I was amazed to discover that lots of people give away free Kindle books. I got twenty books for free, five of them were classics like Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, and Dracula, but the rest were erotic novels or mysteries that are generally one in a series. I know they want the reader to love that free book, and go look up the author and buy some more. I hate to break it to them, but with my schedule of working, writing, and life, those twenty books are going to last me a while. But I'm excited to have reading material on my Kindle. Now I just need to go somewhere so I can enjoy the luxury of sitting and reading. Hmmm, I have a dentist's appointment in March...
Have a great weekend, and happy reading!
Postscript: This morning, before I went to post this message, I found a link to an article in the New York Times talking about how the bestselling Kindle books are free. There's an interesting debate about this. Some publishers such as Brian Murray, chief executive of HarperCollins, say "free is not a business model".
But one of the epublishers giving monthly freebies reports that in October, they had 26,897 free downloads of the featured romance novel. The author's previous novel, which had sold 97 copies at Kindle in Sept, sold 2,666 in Oct. That same author sold 119 copies of another novel in Sept., and 3,279 in Oct.
The NY Times article goes on to say, "With e-books still representing about 5 percent of the total book market, data on the effect of digital giveaways is still inconclusive. Brian O’Leary, a principal at Magellan Media Consulting Partners, which advises publishers, said that while it appeared that free downloads led to an uptick in actual book buying, there was a risk that free reading could eventually 'supplant paid reading'."
In my case, this is sadly, possibly true. But I do admit, if I love one of the free books, I'll remember that author the next time I'm in the market to buy a book.
What do you think?