Monday, September 19, 2011

Part of the Revolution

Thank you so much for all your birthday wishes. You guys are the best. The weekend was good, and for the most part, we had nice weather. I did get a Kindle. I'm a little intimidated by it. Okay, I guess I'm not really sure what to make of it. I love it so far. I just have that little part of me that feels funny reading a book on a screen. I have a cover on order for my Kindle. A really cute one. You know me, I have to have something eye catching for it. You know, to make it different.

The one part of this thing that excites me is I can put a document on it and take it with me. Of course, I have to figure out how to do that. I think there will be a learning curve. I also love the experimental part, where I can surf the web and put my MP3s on it. Cool.

Artwork by Kaitlyn McCane. You could use your Kindle at the beach.

I'm really excited to use this little thing. I ordered my first book--Divergent by Veronica Roth. I can't wait to read it.

If you have a Kindle, any pointers for a beginner?

How was your weekend?

Any goals this week? My goal is to sit and revise. I've had house guests so I've been a little distracted.

Have a great day!


  1. I have a Kindle but I'm afraid I don't use it much! I am not having the same experience as others. I'm one that still goes back to the paperbacks!

    HOWEVER my new obsession is audiobooks! allows me to borrow books from my local library, listen to them at work, and loving it!

    Sorry I missed your birthday! Happy Belated!!! My goal is to iron out the stress and take charge! With querying I feel like I've lost myself - again. I have three ideas, two blogs (started a new one yesterday), and just wanting to once again find myself in this world of writing!!!

  2. I'm glad you had a good birthday weekend. That's great you got a Kindle! I'm getting an e-reader for the first time too. Mine will be a Nook.

    I hope to do some revising this week and maybe write a short story. We'll see what sort of time my son gives to me to work!

  3. Happy Birthday! I'm sure you'll love your Kindle. I found a balance b/c I still love books.

  4. I'm glad you had a great birthday. I don't have a kindle, (one day hopefully), but I have kindle on PC to take advantage of samples and free classics :-)

  5. I don't have a kindle, but I love downloading KOBO books onto my iPod.

    I'm studying rhetorical devices this week and working on edits to my one WIP while dwelling on characterizations for my other.

  6. I do have a Kindle. It's good for trips. You don't have to pack as many books.

  7. happy belated birthday!
    as for me - i don't have a kindle. i bought one for hubby last year, but he returned it when it wasn't working well...he got an android phone instead and reads on that. (not quite the same, but it works for his needs). i asked my teen if she'd like one for christmas and she said, "no, i like holding a book in my hands." we are so NOT technology savvy in my house.

  8. Happy Belated Birthday, and congrats on the Kindle!

    I have a Kindle, and I love it. One thing I would recommend is setting up collection folders to keep your books organized. When I download books or samples, I move them to my "To Read" collection, then move them to the right genre collection as I finish them. You can create collections through the main menu on the Home screen. You can further organize your collections by alphabetizing them.

    If you'd like to lend/borrow books, join

    Finally, if your Kindle ever freezes up, slide the power button to the right and hold it for about 15 seconds to reboot. You may have to repeat this several times, but it should work eventually.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

  9. I don't have a Kindle, but I do have a Nook. I love it and haven't even tapped into what I can do with it. Taking documents with me, especially to help fellow writers and read their work, is my favorite part. :)

  10. How fun! I hope you like Divergent--I loved that one. Good luck with revisions this week!

  11. I don't have an actual Kindle, but I do have the Kindle app on my iPhone. It takes a little getting used to, but it's really nice to have a bunch of books with me wherever I go :)

  12. Have fun with your new Kindle! I want one sooo bad. Just reading the classics (many are free) would keep me busy for years.

  13. I love my Kindle! I just devour books on it.

    And sending documents to the Kindle is easy. It's free if you use the wireless connection, but there might be a charge if you do it by 3G. (However, the charge will probably be about 25 cents.)

    First, go to your Amazon account on your computer, find the My Kindle section, and identify the email address for your Kindle. It's probably something like

    Second, send an email to that address with the subject line: Convert
    Attach your document as a doc file (not docx). It's not necessary to put anything in the body of the email.

    Wait about 10 minutes and check your Kindle! It is SO awesome to see your draft as a book on the screen!

  14. I have the Kindle App on my I-pad. And, like Steph, I like having a lot of books with me on one easy-to-carry device. Happy belated birthday!

  15. Glad to hear you had an awesome birthday! I have a Kindle and it was weird at first. I'd been so used to reading novels in hardcover form. Love the ease of buying though!

  16. Whoohoo! Happy Belated Birthday and enjoy your Kindle. Welcome to the club. You'll get used to reading on the screen faster than you think. In addition to the cover I purchased to protect it, I also bought a skin and a screen guard. I'm a klutz and my baby needs all the protection it can get.

  17. Happy Belated birthday, from another member of the Kindle club, and a fellow Campaigner!

    To add to Dianne's tips about converting your own documents, you can also use to save yourself the whispernet fees - this way, Amazon will email you back the converted book, and you can connect your Kindle to your computer via the USB cable and copy your book to the 'Documents' folder.

    Also, if you have books that the Amazon converter service won't take, like PDF files, or documents from other authors that you want to convert and have listed under their own names instead of your email address, then I reccommend Calibre ebook converter software: