Kindle Unlimited subscription: roller coaster of emotions

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After a series of just ‘meh’ books, I decided to cancel my Kindle Unlimited subscription.  I tend to do this every 12-16 months. Then, after 6 months or so  – either a) I see book buying bills or b) something really good gets released on Kindle Unlimited.  So,  I sign back up and restart the cycle.  The thing about cancelling your Kindle Unlimited membership is it keeps going through until the end of the month for which you have paid, instead of prorating the subscription.  Which means that you get an email saying (basically) “are you confident in your decision? What will you read tomorrow?” It grips your heart and you doubt every decision you’ve ever made.  But no, I was confident, I did not renew my subscription, and as of tomorrow, I’ll be Kindle Unlimited free. In theory, Kindle Unlimited is an amazing program. I love everything about it. A subscription fee for borrowing books is a great idea.  I am a person who loves the library, so basically a digital library is amazing.  However, the execution isn’t quite right, is it?  The platform has not attracted enough authors/publishing houses.   I am not an author, so I don’t really […]

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Not too in depth instructions: how to setup Amazon Family Library

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Did you know you can share Kindle books with others in your household?  Well, you can.  And I am going to tell you how. I am sure many of you already have this set up, and it’s awesome, so congratulations.  However, I kind of knew about this, but hadn’t done anything about it until the other day.  Now, I set up my folks and my husband and I to have household accounts.  My mom called and said that my dad bought her a book, but she couldn’t get it on her iPad.  Of course, my first response was did he buy it on your account or his?  Naturally, she had no idea.   While I normally love to make fun of my mom on things like this, she had a point this time.  She could have asked my dad to go to the store and pick up a book, so why couldn’t he buy a Kindle for her? The obvious solution was to set up the Family Library for them. However, I didn’t know how to do this, so I googled, of course. Amazon has great directions, but there is an awful lot of information in that post too.  So, […]

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You can read Kindle books on your phone

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Unless you live under a rock, you know that you can read Kindle books on your phone.  Well, it turns out, the husband of this book blogger, lives under a rock. The (new?) Kindle app for your phone Most of my reading takes place on the subway commuting to and from work.  I commute about 40 minutes each way between midtown Manhattan and Jersey City. In other words, I have 80 minutes of reading time everyday.  Time that I don’t have to feel guilt about not doing something more productive, like cleaning the bathroom or making dinner. As I shared before in the iPad needs to cool down posts, I do most of my reading on the Kindle app.  When I’m on the subway, I usually read on my phone.  It’s just easier to read on my phone than getting out an iPad.  You know, I am trying hard not to fall into the lap of strangers, which seems to happen more often than you think, so it’s easier to read on a phone. However, I do my bedtime reading on my iPad.  Luckily, switching between devices is easy with the app which remembers my place.  This all seems really easy basic info, right […]

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Tell me a story, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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I saw a Tweet last week from Audible announcing that “Anna Karenina”, narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal is available as an audiobook.  I love “Anna Karenina”, and Maggie Gyllenhaal has a really compelling voice.  Match made in heaven, right? Although, I don’t really listen to audiobooks.  Do you?  I think I may have listened to one or two books when I used to have a long driving commute.  It’s not that I am against audiobooks. They just never really compelled me, which is weird because I love podcasts. Go figure. The last time I updated my Kindle App, I noticed a little headphone icon telling me the audio version is available.  Also on the book drop down menu, there is a “switch to listening” option, so I thought I’d give it a try. Getting access to the listening content was really easy.  You simply click that “switch to listening” and the app downloaded an audio version.  I am reading “The Short Drop” by Matthew FitzSimmons, and I was really impressed that once I downloaded the audio it picked up on the page I was reading.  The book even highlights along with the voice.   The technology worked great!  It was easy and seamless to […]

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iPad needs to cool down

I love to read outside. There is nothing better than sitting out in the sun with a good book.  Living in Jersey City, my favorite place to read is Hamilton Park.  It is referred to as a Victorian age park. Being completely honest, I’m not fully sure what that means. Does that just mean it was built during the Victorian age, or does it have some defining characteristic that makes it Victorian? I love to read in Hamilton park not because of the confusing Victorian-ness, but because it has a terrific dog park.  I do not have a dog, and I want one in the worst way. Yes, I am the pathetic lady sitting on the bench looking covetously at your dogs.  Keep your eye on him, or I’ll scoop him up and take him home. My dog lurking tendencies aside – I do most of my reading on the Kindle App on my iPad.  What about you? Any hardcore ‘book only folks’ or have you all transitioned to the ease of the app? When I’m at home or commuting to work, reading on my iPhone or iPad is easy.  However, being outside to read there are a couple of […]

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