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Kindle 1st Quarter Sales Numbers Down? Maybe Not….



amazon kindleIn the last quarter of 2011, Kindle put up a mean fight and took names with their sales numbers. What happened between then and now is anybody’s guess. Apple has been flexing their iPad muscles for awhile now in an effort to dominate the tablet market. As a result, the iPad accounts for 68% of the tablet market, according to market-research performed by IDC. What’s the deal?

I read quite a few articles and blogs with similar sentiment: Apple beat out the Kindle Fire by a long shot. But then I saw this article by Jeff Bertolucci from PC World that offered a different perspective on Kindle’s sales numbers this quarter. Jeff says these numbers are “misleading” and that “many tech bloggers and journalists don’t understand the difference between “shipments” and “sales” of a product.” After reading his article and digging a little further, it makes more sense.

What are your thoughts?

Get Your Readmill On

Earlier this month my boss, Tim, informed me of his plans to visit the folks at Readmill in mid December. Being in the eBook/Self Publishing industry, I knew who they were, but now I had a special interest and wanted to know more. So I did what anyone in my shoes would’ve done. I went online and snooped! After plugging in their site address, my eyes were pleasantly met with a clean, sleek design layout. Well played, Readmill. Their tagline “Books have a big future” struck a chord with me since BookRix embraces the same mentality.

Readmill logo2Don’t let my comments surrounding their site aesthetics fool you. The team at Readmill offer much more than an polished website. This past year, they’ve built a solid e-reader platform that allows their users to connect with one another regardless of the e-reader device they’re utilizing (Kindle, iPad, Nook, Smartphone, etc). Brilliant, right? According to them, their goal is to “integrate books with the web making them linkable, embeddable, shareable and hackable.” Who wouldn’t want this level of freedom?

Sadly, my Kindle was laid to rest this past November after a nasty fall down my apartment stairs. Until Santa brings me my new iPad for Christmas, I’m stuck bugging everyone with an e-reader to test various apps and programs for me. When I asked Tim about Readmill for iPad, he sang its praises and was quick to recant how “easy and comfortable” the app was to use. That’s what I like to hear!

With the Readmill Reader for iPad, you can read books, track your progress and share your highlights. On Readmill.com you can follow people you like, explore books, and see what your friends are reading. It’s also a great companion for the books you discover with us on BookRix. Rather than listen to me talk about it, why not take a look and see for yourself? Check it out: http://readmill.com/invite/bookrix

Comment your thoughts below. I’d love to hear what you have to say!

Put Down That Wii Control and #ReadADamnBook


kid playing video gamesWhile sitting in a waiting room earlier this week, I noticed something that got on my nerves. Truthfully, I can’t go anywhere without something annoying me (in some way, shape, or form), but this was different. Each kid, ranging from 3- 14, was playing a game. And I’m not talking Trivial Pursuit either. There were Game Boy’s, Mattel sports games, and a few iPads with Angry Birds and Super Juicy in full electronic effect. Sadly, not one of these kids had a book. As I took a seat on the floor, I rolled my eyes in disappointment and pulled out the Michael Connelly my sister loaned me earlier in the week.

Later in the day, I was still bothered by what I’d witnessed in that waiting room. Growing up, I loved reading. Going to the library or the bookstore was a special treat and I looked forward to it each week. For my birthday last year, my mom sent me The Indian in the Cupboard via Audible and the voice of Lynne Reid Banks took me back in time. Nostalgia at its best. These poor kids from today don’t even know what they’re missing. Sure it’s great to have a high score on Mortal Kombat (is that still around these days?) but there are far more important scores to worry about. Like SATs. When I read this article the following day, it confirmed my thoughts.

I don’t have children of my own, nor do I want them. But I’ve got very strong feelings about parenting as a whole. 99% of my opinions I’ll keep to myself (ok, maybe 95%), but stressing the importance of reading is huge to me. I can still remember crawling into my parents bed with my older sister to listen to my dad read us a story. It was such an enjoyable experience that it saddens me to think these kids are missing out.

If you’ve got kids – for the love of God, read to them. Please. And while you’re at it – throw that damn Game Boy away.

Downloading BookRix e-Books to e-Readers

In the past, BookRix has given contest prizes of e-Readers, such as the Kindle for the Worst Nightmares mini-contest (of which Gooduklady was the lucky and talented winner) and soon an iPad in the Dear Diary contest! But did you know you can download e-books from BookRix to your e-Reader? It’s fairly easy to do so regardless of if you have a Kindle, Nook, iPad or other e-Reader!

It’s as simple as going to the book on BookRix that you want to read and hit the Download/E-Reader button on the right below the book cover (see image below). Follow the prompts to download the book to your computer or your e-Reader device.

Where to find the Download eReader button

For most e-Readers, you’re set to go because your e-Reader accepts the ePub file format. For the Kindle however, you will need to convert the ePub files to Kindle-friendly formats like .mobi. To do so, you will need the help of third party conversion software programs like Calibre and Mobipocket. There may be some formatting that does not convert well, but that mostly occurs with complicated layouts or formatting. Once you have converted the e-book into a Kindle-friendly format, you’re on your way to enjoy your free e-books. With thousands of books and e-books in our online library to choose from on BookRix.com, you’re sure to find several e-books that e-xcite you!

Have a favorite book or author online on BookRix? Share it in a comment here on this blog post!

Dear Diary BookRix Writing Challenge

Dear-Diary-BookRix-Writing-ContestThe BookRix Dear Diary free writing challenge begins today! The challenge? Write 30 entries in 30 days!

This March diary journalers will get 30 days to create 30 diary entries, with a chance to win an iPad with a cool hardback leather case!

Write your 30 diary entries either in a BookRix online e-book or via the SocialBook© social media application feature, new from BookRix! Journal keeping and daily microblogging has never been this easy – collect posts from your Facebook status updates or your Twitter tweets with a SocialBook© easily and effortlessly with this automatic software! The idea for Dear Diary contest participants is to create a story via real or fictional diary entries spanning across 30 entries within 30 days.

Writing starts March 1 and ends March 30. At that point, your 30 entries should be complete in an online book on BookRix and submitted. Voting begins on March 31 and is open to voting by the BookRix community until April 14. The top ten contestants as chosen by the BookRix community will advance on to the independent jury, where final selections are made.

The prize for the top diary book of entries is an iPad with a cool bookbook case from TwelveSouth! That’s nearly a $600 value!!!

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Readers can also win great prizes for reading, commenting and voting on Dear Diary contest books! Plus, if you participate in the Dear Diary contest by voting for your favorite, you will be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card! We’re giving away 10 Amazon gift cards so there’s a high likelihood you could win. Good luck!

Guidelines for Contest:*

Contestants will have 30 days to write, create their books and post them on the site. Books should be uploaded by March 30. Voting starts March 31st and goes until April 14, 2011, 11 pm GMT.

The book must contain 30 diary entries, which tell a story. Entries do not have to be created on 30 different days, but there must be 30 diary entries. You can begin writing as soon as you like.

The entries can be fictional or true.

The diary entries can be posted in a SocialBook© or in a BookRix book. The 30 entries can be posted in one day or over the 30 day writing period.

There will be no wildcard nomination for this contest. If you like a contest book, feel free to pass the word along to your friends and ask them to read and vote for it if they think it deserves their vote. You could help them get into the top ten!

Please do not spam your BookRix friends with voting requests – no one likes spam.

*For complete rules, please visit the Dear Diary contest’s Conditions of Entry page.

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Ready to get started in the Dear Diary Contest using SocialBook©? Watch this tutorial to learn more:

SocialBook© Tutorial Part 7: How to Use a SocialBook© As a Journaling Tool Without a Hashtag

Writing on Your iPad

Just in time for NaNoWriMo! From AppVee:

As a reviewer, I do my fair share of writing, but nothing comes close to those who spend all day writing novels and producing other excellent literature. With a tool as awesome as the iPad, I was excited to begin writing without a keyboard or being tied down to the computer. Although Apple has provided an excellent document editor for the device, there was always the feeling that there needed to be something more. iA Writer for the iPad is that more.

See it in action:

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