Knowing the fact that the earliest Kindle device of 4gig can hold up 30,000 books [¹], why will anyone still lug a physical book around? If it is a short trip commuting from one point to another, a book does provide a quick mental getaway, covering and finishing more pages and finishing the book earlier too.
What if wanting to have the option to have all the titles in one device weighing under 200 grams? And it costs less than $100.
Will you want it?
If your answer is yes, this page will be useful for you to pick the right Kindle to suit your lifestyle.
This basic Kindle model uses a 6inches if electronic ink capacitive touchscreen for reading, and it lights up so you can read in the dark. A single charge lasts up to 4 weeks, based on a half-hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 13.
The only downsides are it’s not water-proof, no light-adjusting sensors or rotating page orientation, and it still uses a MicroUSB charging port.
Not only it has the largest screen size of 7inches, the best-LED front lights, but it also has an ergonomic design, auto-rotating page orientation and page turn buttons.
This is the best option for the best reading experience. We are sorry that it is not under $100 as promised. However, the price matches the quality. And in our view, a good reading device makes it easier to flip the pages faster. (We love the page-turning buttons!)
The Kindle Kids Edition will be exactly similar to regular Kindle in terms of specifications. With the $20 price difference, there is a 2 year guaranteed replacement and a one-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited. As it meant for purely reading, there are no games, ads, or voice assistants to interrupt.
Now with the 2 years guaranteed replacement, all parents will be willing to let kids from 7 years old and up to handle this version of Kindle.
Hope this sums all the popular Kindle readers on Amazon. There are other reading devices, however, these are the ones which focuses and specialises for reading purposes. Hope this is a simple and concise guide to narrow down the choices.
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Do you know what day is it on 23 April every year?
It is World Book Day.
And for that Amazon celebrate it by offering free ebooks. These ebooks are ranging from award-winning fiction to under-the-radar memoirs and true crime. Year 2020 might see a few more of us reading right now due to COVID-19, so satisfying our travel bug by reading about far-off locales is a great way to pretend we can leave our homes.
As promised, BooksAvenue helps to source and get all the deals to ensure reading is free, if not at a very low cost for you. Head to Amazon’s Read the World page to download these free ebooks now through April 24th, and keep reading to see what books are available!
It has been really a while since we post something or anything to update everyone. And in this period, a lot things changed without much notice. Humans relationship change, things evolved and global events shift drastically. Everything is changing, everything is still changing.
At this point of writing, Covid19 has reached an infection toll of 1.5m. This is not the final number. And surely this number continues to grow. Only question is if the rate of increment will be increasing than the day before.
No doubt it first started in Wuhan, China. Thus because of that it was labelled as Wuhan Virus. Pretty much just like how everyone calls the various crisis that happened before; Ebola Virus, or bird flu. The correct term should be Covid-19.
Looking at the rate of infection, it will surpass each high unless everyone cooperates. It has become an issue of, ME vs WE. A simple instruction of staying at home cannot be executed correctly, with many errants staying NOT at home. The individualistic mindset of YOLO (You Only Live Once) brings danger closer to everyone, thinking that if one is to be infected, it is ultimately an individual issue.
Yet it is not. The virus is spreading rampantly, it just needs one more person to be infected so that that one more person can contribute to the contamination efforts of the virus. Just one more is all Covid19 takes to continue.
Why cannot everyone be at home and stay at home? Whenever there is someone not at home, that someone out there continues to contribute and increase community spread of Covid 19. It does not matter if the infection has or had taken place because no one knows, there are no symptoms and no signs. When the symptoms come, it will be too late already. All the people who are in contact previously will be in much higher probability of infection immediately.
So why YOLO, why take the chance? Why choose to be stupid like licking toilet seats and then getting infected after? Why take the risk and step outdoors? I cannot fathom why.
This is NOT a post of affiliated links, or Free sign ups or freebies. Surely you guys should be aware of all the freebies BooksAvenue have been providing by now if you have always been catching up with us BooksAvenue.
This is a post of disappointment and disgruntlement of poor choices by fellow citizens and friends who, in this difficult times, make life even harder for everyone.
I am just going to say it again. We need everyone to get their act together. Count beans or screw bottlecaps for all that matter. BUT STAY AT HOME.
On the same note, BooksAvenue received many enquires on how to buy books or Amazon items and ship to Indonesia. So in this article, we will use Indonesia as an example. It works for any country in fact.
Since BooksAvenue has the knowledge and experience, the team has compiled all the information and steps in this page. Knowing that buying ebooks, movies, apps and games from Amazon store is difficult in some countries, we make it a point to help our customers so that they can have the digital experience purchase ( be it ebooks, or multimedia resources) via Amazon is as painless as possible.
Does Amazon.com Ship Internationally To Indonesia?
It depends on the item.
But in this short article, we’ll show you exactly how to buy any product from Amazon.com’s USA store and get it shipped to Indonesia, regardless of whether Amazon ships it internationally or not.
Previously, we discussed how to have UNLIMITED FREE reads on Kindle in Singapore, Malaysia and other Asian countries. In this post, we are going to talk about how to buy Kindle books in Singapore as well as buy Kindle books in Malaysia, both countries use the same method, but let’s just refer to Singapore.
In addition, this tutorial will be showing you on how to buy English Kindle book from US Amazon.
As always, the staffs at BooksAvenue help to document and search for ideas and ways to have books at an affordable price for everyone. In this way, reading can be affordable to everyone! Thank to Amazon!
In this post, we will share with you how to get a $10 credit. This credit can help to offset your Kindle ebooks purchase. It is savings and with the $10 saved, it translates to buying another title or two, reading more fulfilling desires.
Step 2: Get a Kindle E-reader. I assumed you would have purchased the Kindle either from Amazon or through one of the e-commerce portal. If not, use our link for a discounted price.
Once the Amazon Kindle Unlimited account is signed up and ready, there will be a free month trial. It is a 1 month trial period available before paying. In this way, it is an excellent idea to surf and browse for every title available on Amazon.
After that trial period is over, Amazon will email you a S$10 credit email to fund your account. It should be about 2 to 4 weeks time after the Amazon Kindle Unlimited is ready.
Click on the link in the email sent by Amazon and there will be a banner that looks like this:
Hope this is useful to all readers out there.
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A series of short sci-fi stories translated into English from Chinese. Ken Liu presents (and translates) an anthology of sixteen short stories by fourteen Chinese science fiction writers, as well as three essays on the history and rise of Chinese science fiction. Personally, I find the stories to be concise and complete. It brings about the emotions as readers empathize the characters, the twist and turn in the stories. It is the unexpected twists as well as out of the norm developments that make these stories enjoyable, a short ride out of the world experience.
“Goodnight, Melancholy” by Xia Jia
“The Snow of Jinyang” by Zhang Ran
“Broken Stars” by Tang Fei
“Submarines” by Han Song
“Salinger and the Koreans” by Han Song
“Under a Dangling Sky” by Cheng Jingbo
“What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear” by Baoshu
“The New Year Train” by Hao Jingfang
“The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales” by Fei Dao
“Moonlight” by Liu Cixin
“The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Laba Porridge” by Anna Wu
“The First Emperor’s Games” by Ma Boyong
“Reflection” by Gu Shi
“The Brain Box” by Regina Kanyu Wang
“Coming of the Light” by Chen Qiufan
“A History of Future Illnesses” by Chen Qiufan
“A Brief Introduction to Chinese Science Fiction and Fandom,” by Regina Kanyu Wang,
“A New Continent for China Scholars: Chinese Science Fiction Studies” by Mingwei Song
“Science Fiction: Embarrassing No More” by Fei Dao
Who should read:
If you are interested in Chinese culture, Chinese habits and perspectives, these short stories help to see things in a different light. Though it is different from Western perspectives and preference, it is refreshing to read and get to know the other major culture on the other side of the world.
Who should NOT read:
On the contrary, if you are unfamiliar with any of the Chinese culture, this book will be extremely puzzling and confusing for you. A lot of hidden context and meanings that are not explained explicitly in the book. And if you were to google separately on the meanings and significance, you will lose the ‘reading momentum’ and may not enjoy this title as much.
Not many Chinese of sci-fi genres, then again, it could be of personal reading preference. It is promising and refreshing to read something that is not English.
It’s because high achievers are keen on self-improvement. Hundreds of successful executives have shared with me the books that have helped them get where they are today.
Yet is it only by reading?
Readingequips with the necessary skills and preps the mindset. There are other factors and things that are required for success too. Example? Hands-on experience of doing it, lady luck for chance and opportunities, experimentations of other possibilities to discover new and better ways to succeed. And many more.
Case in point and the need for proofs? Here are 5 successful people who are not readers:
Reading motivational or self-help books will have the want to for further improvements. And there is no limitation. There will always be a constant hunger to be better, like a rat in the rat race, churning and chasing for that target and it comes another target.
Improvements and upgrades are good. The constant want to improve is not. So there is a need to understand this. Books give the right path but it is up to one to walk.
Reading fiction helps but…
According to research conducted at the University of Toronto, study participants who read short-story fiction experienced far less need for “cognitive closure” compared with counterparts who read nonfiction essays.
One hundred participants were assigned to read either an essay or a short story (out of a set of 8 essays and 8 short stories matched for length, reading difficulty, and interest). After reading, their need for cognitive closure was assessed. As hypothesized, when compared to participants in the essay condition, participants in the short story condition experienced a significant decrease in the self-reported need for cognitive closure. The effect was particularly strong for participants who were habitual readers (of either fiction or non-fiction). These findings suggest that reading fictional literature could lead to better procedures for processing information generally, including those of creativity.
Essentially, they tested as more open-minded, compared with the readers of essays. “Although nonfiction reading allows students to learn the subject matter, it may not always help them in thinking about it,” the authors write. “A physician may have an encyclopedic knowledge of his or her subject, but this may not prevent the physician from seizing and freezing on a diagnosis when additional symptoms point to a different malady.”
When that happens, simple mundane tasks will be torturous. The learned mind cannot unlearn. What is simple and enjoyable might not after.
Reading is a torture
Sitting in a comfortable armchair, sipping a hot coffee or tea in a cool room reading a nice title. Notice the thing here? All the 3 factors have to be of an enjoyable activity.
Now change that to a dry and yawning title with a horribly dry subject matter. Even with the comfortable armchair in a cooling room is not desirable anymore.
Reading is not a normal and preferred human activity since the early humans, as well as Neanderthals and Homo erectus. It is only some 5,000 years ago, with our brains suddenly acquiring the specific ability to make sense of letters.
Comparing to the very very first mankind within the timeline of human evolution, reading is a learnt activity. It is not something we are born with. Certainly.
In a nutshell
Reading for success is both boring and tiring. Reading is, and will never be an enjoyable activity if there is a certain agenda to be fulfilled. All roads lead to Rome, and there are myriad ways to gather knowledge. Reading happens to be one of many ways. With the gained knowledge, the mind changes with evolved perspectives. What seems to be thrilling and fun may not be any more after. If humans are supposed to read, then the very first man would be able to read.
So back to the question, why should you read at all?
There are many book review sites. And many more e-commerce book sites that sell books. It is not only Amazon apparently, and there ARE book stores that are cheaper than Amazon by the way. A list of book sites has been documented here; 5 Sites To Buy Cheap Books (Not Amazon)
But what about book swap apps?
One thing for sure, app developing is not easy. It is lengthy and takes much effort if the app is built from scratch. If not, it is possible to buy or hire help to develop an app to allow seamless book swaps within a region. Yet the question is, how and when can this cost be recovered? Through the paid subscription by members? Or through advertising revenue within the app? If these methods are possible, then the next question is who should risk this seed capital to develop the book swap app?
We, Team BooksAvenue last checked the app development cost to be S$10k. A good 10 grand! Wonder how long and how should this cost be recovered since BooksAvenue is a not for profit project.
Thankfully, there are free book swapping applications developed by book readers for book readers. The app is free and there are no paid subscriptions or whatnots.
The free app for book swap is Hawkins Decentralised Library. The app developer is currently a local student (Singapore) who used to lend/trade books on various platforms on SG for several years. His friends and himself built a mobile app during their free time for sharing books amongst ourselves. And now they decided to build it further for more books lovers in SG.
In case the words on the app descriptions are too small,
Borrow a novel from a neighbour, swap trusty paperbacks with a friend or simply explore others’ bookshelves for free
* List books you own and share your bookshelf
* Browse by category, or check out a live map of the books available around you
* Chat and meet other bookkeepers. Exchange book recommendations express mutual admiration or gripe about plot holes.
The app looks decent with clear fonts and sufficient pictures to communicate messages amongst users. This helps to facilitate the book swaps needed. Based on the number of downloads and demographics of the users, it is assumed that the users are mostly based in Singapore.
In any case, this is good for us. And with the app, it allows mobile book swaps, connecting readers to books on the go.
If you like to contact the app developer, please go to our BooksAvenue Telegram page. The same telegram group allows users to swap books too. So do share and spread the word.
On an ending note, BooksAvenue and the app Hawkins Decentralised Library are not affiliated or connected in any way.
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