Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Beginner's Guide to Ordering

Well actually I am the beginner. I had a bit of trouble ordering the free books I blog about from my Kindle.  That is why I have not been blogging.  I was troubleshooting! There are two things that I did wrong and I hope to save you from those problems.

If you are on your Kindle, you have to log in to your Amazon account from your Kindle to buy books linked from a Kindle blog.  This is different from buying books from the menu item "Shop in the Kindle Store."   You are logging in to what Amazon calls "the experimental Kindle browser.

Use the arrow keys on the 5-way controller to move the hand icon to the link for the book you want from my blog (or any Kindle blog.)  Click on the link by pressing the button in the center of the controller.

If this is the first time you have done this, you need to log in.  Here is how to do that.  You will see the enlarging tool, an icon of a magnifying glass, in the center of a box.  Move the box around with the arrow keys on the 5-way controller.  You want the link for "Sign In" to be in the box. Select the enlarging tool by pressing the 5-way controller button. Use the arrow keys to move the hand icon to the sign in link and press the controller button.

Log in with your Amazon ID and password. I believe (and hope) that you stay logged in forever.

After logging in, you will have to return to the blog and again follow the link to the free book you want from Amazon.  Move the box to the right margin so you can click on the "Buy now with 1-Click" button."  (It says "buy" even when the book is free.)  Press the controller button. Your book should download!

I promised you two mistakes.  Here is the other one.  I did NOT see a buy button.  If you do not see the button, you have the graphics turned off.  I think I diabled images when I had a problem with the "New York Times" locking up the experimental browser.   Go to Menu/Browser Settings to enable graphics and then you will see the "Buy" button and you are on your way!

Please note that if you are a US resident, you may only use the US store - no matter where you might be traveling- and if you are a UK resident, you must use the UK store.

As a US resident and an Anglophile, I would love to register my Kindle to the UK store, but that would only be possible if I had a UK credit card sent to a UK address.  My UK bank account is not sufficient to meet the "residency" requirement.

If you move to another country, you may change which store your Kindle is registered too - but your Kindle may only be registered to use one store.

This blog is a guide to the best free and inexpensive classic literature for the US & UK Kindle. If you enjoy my suggestions, please tell your friends who read to give my blog a try. 
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