In the Mail: Kindle Fire HD 8 Plus (and case).

The case is a kid’s case, but it’s not for my kids: it’s for me. My old Kindle has valiantly kept running, but it’s old enough that the battery requires constant charging. I can almost see the electricity… huh. There’s no good metaphor, there. If your Kindle is leaking electricity you really don’t want to be anywhere near it.

Anyway, this is what the Christmas money bought me. The screen is a little smaller on the Fire HD 8 Plus than my old Kindle but boy is it fast. I possibly should have upgraded last year. I might even use it for more than quick email checking in the morning…

The *next* project.

It’s actually kind of interstitial. I realized that, hey: I have several years’ worth of short stories from my Patreon to draw from. I’ve picked out four of them (total word-count to be around 30-32K), one of which does need to be expanded a little because it could use it. They’re all horror, or at least horror-adjacent, with a common theme. The idea is to edit them some, have people read ’em, edit them some more, then release the four stories as a Kindle-only sampler.

Hopefully, I can get it done by the beginning of September. The only thing is, is this project a $.99 project, or is it a $1.99 one? Four stories, 32K words, remember. My inclination is to go with $.99, but I want people to take them seriously as stories…

Continue reading The *next* project.

My review of the Amazon Fire Phone.

Bottom line is… the Amazon Fire Phone is a phone, sorry. I don’t speak uber-tech, or whatever: I can tell you that the phone is big enough to be able to see things on it; that it recharges pretty quick; that Twitter has been known to freeze more than that it does on my iPod; and that the map function, thankfully, works fine and can get you somewhere else even when you’ve gotten seriously lost. The layout is a lot like the Amazon Kindle Fire itself; it pulled my Kindle books over, no problem.

And, you know, you can make calls on it.

Bottom line is, there are glitches to the thing – I actually largely use it as a phone, because email and Twitter both are still a little hesitant to interface with it – but while it’s not as flashy as an iPhone the Amazon phone is also a danged sight cheaper, while doing the same basic tasks. God knows why I needed yet another electronic gadget to keep me wired, but this one hasn’t made me regret buying it yet. Although, admittedly, I need a cell phone these days anyway (and I don’t like that at all)…

So, I was asked about how I like the Kindle Fire HDX.

The short version is, I like it, but not for the reasons that I thought that I would. I thought that I’d like it for PDFs, but I haven’t gotten the hang of getting them organized yet.  However, the dang thing is incredibly light and I can actually use it to watch movies again.  Although I probably will have to set up a separate Netflix account for it, seeing as I have kids and everything.

So I am well pleased.

It is highly absurd that I can’t register the Kindle and the iPad…

…under the same email address for two separate data plans.  I have no intention of having them share the same data plan, either: the entire point of the Kindle HDX is to still have my own tablet even when one of my children has vultured the iPad.

Ehh.  Just venting.

Anybody got an opinion on Kindle Fire HD vs. Kindle Fire HDX?

I’ve been saving up for the last few months to buy one – my children have taken over the iPad, and that is the way of it – and I’m almost there.  Problem is, I’m not sure which is better: the HDX 8.9″ is lighter and has better resolution, but for the prices that I’m looking at I could get double the memory if I went with the regular HD 8.9″. Anybody who’s played with either have an opinion?

I know, I know: First World problems.  Gimme a break: this is the item I hide from my family and use for my own entertainment needs.  Pretty much every other digital device in the house has been colonized by my children: they’re even eying the Chromebook. Continue reading Anybody got an opinion on Kindle Fire HD vs. Kindle Fire HDX?

…Why is The Black Book of Communism not available on the Kindle?

You would think that The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression is precisely the sort of book that one would want to have in digital form: easy to hide, easy to transmit, easy to overlook.


Moe Lane

PS: Sorry. I’m doing the monthly “buy stuff for my library” and I was just startled to find that there wasn’t an e-book version.

Well, I suppose that flying cars were probably not a good idea anyway.

Also… yeah.

But think about this example: somebody sat down and wrote a book recently on his computer; he sent it into a major e-publishing company and offered it for sale. Meanwhile, I participated in an affiliate program with that same company which provided me with fully taxable revenue in exchange for link placement on my site; the resulting revenue stream allowed me to purchase that book mentioned in the previous sentence, and have it downloaded to one of my four e-book readers for later perusal. A perfectly normal bit of commerce… until you remember that you couldn’t actually do this six years ago.  There was the Amazon affiliate program, but the Kindle didn’t launch until 2007 and the e-publishing thing didn’t start getting legs until about 2010 or so (which, not even close to coincidentally,  is when you started seeing real alternatives to the Kindle*).

Welcome to the future.  And remember: flying cars means flying drunk drivers.

Moe Lane

*Amazing how efficiently and usefully that entire “market forces” thing seems to work, huh?

The best way to get a multi-format book e-reader?

One of Ace’s open-bloggers has a post up on the e-book wars: specifically, reconciling the .epub vs. .azw format (NOOK vs. Kindle).  The way it works out for me is that I generally use my iPad* for reading both formats (as well as PDFs), and save the Kindle for when I want to read outside (because e-ink just simply works better, in a way that computer pixels can’t currently match). I think that this more or less covers all the bases.  Although I think that Amazon is missing a bet by not making their Kindles more accessible to competitors’ content: but I freely admit that this could very well be a distinctly ignorant opinion on my part…

Moe Lane

*Note that the link to the above is to the first generation iPad, which is being priced down to the point where one that’s used is going to be perfectly serviceable as an e-reader.  16 GB, 3G capacity, $260 and eligible for Amazon Prime.  Not top of the line, but if all you want is a ebook and pdf reader with a web browser attached, well…

PS: BTW, if it isn’t obvious or anything: I’m an Amazon Affiliate for Maryland.  Just disclosing that.