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Your Amazon Prime membership entitles you to one free book per month.
If you or someone you know is trying to check out a book on the Kindle Lending Library, you may become totally frustrated with the hoops you have to jump through, and chuck the whole idea before you check out even one book. When you become a member of Amazon’s Prime Program for $79/yr, they allow you check out one free book per month. How in the world do you find a book from over 300,000 available?
Here are the exact steps you can use yourself or (be a friend) direct someone else who is ready to tear their hair out from the process:
1. Head to http://Amazon.com.
2. Locate the left edge of the search bar, click little arrow next to “All”, then click “Books”.
3. Now click “Go”.
4. Scroll down until you see Amazon Prime in the lefthand toolbar. Click the “Prime Eligible” box.
5. In the following page, in the Format area, click the header marked “Kindle Edition”.
At this point you are finally able to view every single book Amazon allows you to check out as part of your prime membership. You’ve got 6 sorting options, and may want to view “Most Reviews” for best results. Amazon has their act together in most places, but they may want to tweak the steps for their customers in this area.
*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”*****
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Did you know you can write a book for Kindle?
If you think this seems too far-fetched and you don’t believe in yourself, let me be your encourager. Start by answering these simple questions:
Have you written an essay or term paper in high school or college?
Do you know to research on the internet or in the library?
Have you written a poem?
Have you written a letter to a loved one?
Have you written a sentiment on a birthday card?
Have you sent e-mails, or texts, or tweets?
Do you regularly post on Facebook?
If you answer YES to any of these, then you can write a book.
This will be the first in a series of posts that will give you your own ideas for your very own book that you can begin to craft for Amazon Kindle–and share with the world.
It does not have to be a huge book. You can publish short stories (fiction or non-fiction) from 15-30 pages to start. Remember, you can always do a small test book just to get the hang of what it involves. It doesn’t have to be a best seller right out of the gate. Sometimes it is easier to start with a non-fiction book.
Start brainstorming. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- What are your PASSIONS (think: hobbies or ANY life experiences)
Do you sew? Write computer code? Bike? Play Warcraft? Raise children? Raise goats? Live on a farm? Grow flowers? Collect toy trains? Cook? Bake? Entertain? Belong to a book club? Retired? Professional? You get the picture.
Start making a list. Get a notebook just for this pursuit.
I’ve got a spiral bound, 5-subject notebook that has 5 colored dividers. In the first section goes all the brainstorms of all the ideas I have for writing. Start your Kindle journey by brainstorming everything you like or know something about. You don’t even have to be an expert at it. Make a list. It doesn’t matter if you think it is stupid, or that you think nobody would want to read what you write about. Just write it down. This is just for you. The list might look like this:
- Mother (or father) to two children
- Speak a foreign language
- Grow flowers from seed
- Run my own farm
- Race dirtbikes
- Love motorcycles
- Grow my own organic vegetables
- Exercise daily (biking, running, soccer, basketball, football)
- Great organizer
- Know how to budget
- Love to travel to new places
- Have a dog (or cat)
- Married (or single)
- Love to sing
- Play Piano (guitar, sitar, ukelele, banjo)
- Great at cutting hair
- Woman of a certain age
- Man of a certain age
- Divorced and dating
If you have more, keep adding to the list. See how many you can come up with. This is going to be your springboard for your first small book. In the next post, we’ll go into narrowing down the list to #1, and how to expand the material into a book. Have fun!
One of the first Kindle books I actually bought and paid for was “Rumors of Water–Thoughts on Creativity and Writing” by L.L. Barket. The title does not hint at the valuable nuggets inside this book. This is a book about writing–writing about your world. The lessons are woven right into the stories. The author writes about her experiences in her every day world, which consists of teaching her two daughters at home. Lest you think this would be scarce material to write about, she surprises us. The stories spring from their lives, and the language beautiful. Did you know you can weave a wonderful story around tea and flowers and picking colorful vegetables? It is true.
Each of the book’s seven headings tells part of the story:
The one big take away from this book, is that all of us have a story. Our stories–yours and mine–are stories that need telling, and there are people that need to hear them.