I never ever intended to buy a Kindle; in truth I swore that I would never do so. I disliked the concept of reading a whole book on a screen; I saw no justification for replacing an object I loved with something as dull and soulless as an ‘e-reader’. The gizmo appeared like a close cousin to Alan Sugar’s famously naff ‘E-Mailer’, last spotted in Alan Partridge’s ‘static house’ on the borders of Norwich. Alan, I presumed, must have a Kindle by now.
All this was a bit naive. I was willfully blinding myself to a procedure which by now ought to be dreadfully familiar, where a piece of technology – a digital video camera, a microwave oven, a cellphone – goes from being a gimmick to something obviously vital to civilised life. Right before Christmas, browsing Amazon, I discovered myself in the Kindle area, and wound up reading the all rave evaluations for what the company said was its best-selling product. Some kind of effective subliminal pressure was at work, and sure enough it worked. Before I knew it I had clicked the ‘Buy now’ button and the machine was on its way.
What Is A Kindle?
No doubt you understand exactly what a Kindle appears like: a bit like an iPad, just smaller and lighter and very grey, even when it’s turned on. Compared to the iPad, or other tablet for that matter, it is extremely limited in exactly what it can do. For some factor I was anticipating a touch-screen, whereas the Kindle’s primary navigation tool is a little square button with ridges on all 4 sides, along with a rather fiddly keyboard of small round keys that calls for a good set of fingernails if you are going to operate it with any degree of precision. Navigation throughout the screen is jerky and undependable: it is far too easy to click on the incorrect link. For reading you get an option of two font styles, an ugly serif and a plain sans-serif, which you can view in different sizes. Every page is in black and white. You turn a page by squeezing the right or left edge; each time you do this a reverse image of the text flashes at you distractingly, disrupting the reading experience, which in my view ought to be as smooth as possible. The Kindle can access the internet, however it is sluggish and cumbersome, and susceptible to crash if you ask it to do anything in a hurry. The worst thing it does (the center is carefully included under the label ‘speculative’) is to check out to you in a mid-Atlantic robotic voice, with the sort of wood phrasing that makes it perfectly clear that it doesn’t comprehend a word it is stating.
When you start using the Kindle, however, much of your resistance to it disappears. It has 2 great advantages over the book: it can stores as many titles as the typical library in a space smaller than a sandwich; and it is serviced by a remarkably efficient support group that allows you to download a huge variety of titles more or less instantly wherever you have web access. And a few of what it supplies is extremely excellent worth. Practically every important classic can be downloaded for less than two pounds, numerous of them (for instance, the Collected Balzac) in packages of up to a hundred and thirty books in a single file. Numerous individual volumes are absolutely complimentary. If you have an usage for these books, the Kindle will spend for itself within a week. The disadvantage is that a great deal of them– the less expensive downloads in specific – are extremely inadequately formatted. Poetry in specific is a hot spot, much of it coming out as a solid block of words without line-breaks. Paragraphing is frequently haphazard, as is the making of text in italics. The larger and less expensive collections are particularly bad: frequently the initial text appears to have actually been scanned into an OCR programme and published to Kindle without anybody troubling to proof-read a single page. (The organisations responsible for a number of these bundles of classic books tend for some reason to have deliberately ominous names -‘ Golgotha Press’ for example.).
All the above may sound like quibbling, but the fact is that much of these defects turn up quite frequently, even with the more expensive products. Everybody likes a deal, but it is a pity to need to read a deathless classic (or a thriller, for that matter) in a type that is constantly interfering with the reading experience.
My grumbles (a Kindle fan called them ‘whinges’ when I published them as an Amazon review) rather faded into insignificance when, rather by mishap, I found something that you can do with Kindle that few individuals appear to understand about, and yet which promises to open up an enormous brand-new field of opportunity for authors who have not yet been able to break into print. For the Kindle can be utilized to publish your very own books, really quickly and for absolutely nothing. As if that wasn’t enough, Amazon will pay you between 35% and 70% of every sale you make (ex VAT) on its Kindle site.
Getting Lost In Kindle-land
Browsing the Kindle shop bestsellers I unintentionally downloaded a novel called ‘Switched’. (It’s really easy to hit the wrong button with the Kindle, especially if like me your hands are a little awkward.) The book had to do with teenage giants; its author was a young American called Amanda Hocking and it cost me all of 49 pence. In spite of the rather glaring awkwardness of the writing, ‘Switched’ was ranked among the top fifty Kindle bestsellers. In truth Amanda Hocking has an overall of nine books on Kindle, all of them in the leading hundred, which is pretty excellent thinking about that the whole Kindle list now consists of some 639,000 titles. Clearly she has discovered herself a devoted audience, and is selling a lot of books. Partially this might be due to the reality that she writes in trilogies, and rates the first volume of each at listed below ₤ 1.00, however people don’t go on buying books by a particular author merely due to the fact that they’re inexpensive. Her marketing strategy works due to the fact that the individuals who read her books desire more.
After some research I discovered where she had learned her techniques from. Doing a little deep diving is not new to me, so I can only say that it is something that comes natural to me. That is why here is where I will share what she knows by revealing this link.