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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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KINDLE UNLIMITED

Well now, isn’t this exciting?  Amazon has come out with “Kindle Unlimited” which is unlimited access to 600k titles for a flat fee of $10 a month.  I couldn’t get many details, like if the books disappear after a time ( only important if you are stockpiling for the apocalypse ), but I did notice quite a few post-apocalypse titles under that program.  Most of them are Pure D trash, with I’d guess perhaps one in ten being even readable- but even the free ones ( where one in thirty are worthy ) do barf forth a really great book once in awhile.  Take for instance “Crash Book One” by Michael Robertson.  There was a bit too much of the “The Road” touchy feely father and son interaction which got on my nerves, but overall the story is pretty kick ass.  It actually went where none dare- realism, non-happy endings and torture, starvation and cold rather than guns blazing semi-auto patriotic porn.  I never would have come across it if it hadn’t been free, although I had to wade through legions of unreadable zombie crap to get there. 

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Take another example.  “Prepping For Armageddon On A Budget Book 1” by Charlie Bennett.  I came across his book by a recommendation in a fiction book I’d never have bought.  It was free, so I read it, didn’t much care for it, came across the reference for Charlie’s book which pried a buck out of my wallet I normally wouldn’t have parted with, and I was very pleasantly surprised.  There are a few things I was suspicious of- he gives advice to kill water goobies using two or three different methods where one would work, but then declares the petroleum residue from shingles done away with even though it shouldn’t be.  However, overall, his is the first advice on surviving in place in the suburbs that I’ve found feasible and full of common sense.  His food storage advice was unique and full of inspiring ideas.  And he has a great sense of humor.  I’d heartily recommend his book.  Which, by the by, would be free with Kindle Unlimited.  My point is without wading through a lot of crap you can’t find the gems and if you can wade through all the rejects without fearing the loss of so much money then you find more gems.  I, fearless leader and all around swell guy, shall now endeavor to lead the pack of mangy flea bitten blog writers in subscribing to this service, force myself to read all manner of drivel, and will report to all and sundry free of charge any reported pearls I uncover in this pig sty ( I challenge you- if you don’t have a Kindle, get an app for your other computing device that reads the books, then go to Amazon and search under Kindle Books for “post-Apocalypse fiction”.  Download twenty of the free ones.  I guarantee you that you have NEVER in your life encountered so much crappy ungodly unprofessional sloppy drivel masquerading as fiction writing in your life ).  The sacrifices I make for my minions.

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13 comments:

  1. Hi Jimbo. Here's another article idea for you. I read something about this at one time and have not been able to find the original nor I have I seen anyone else write about it. What I am talking about is the link between nationalism and the love of team sports. Care to weigh in? I have yet to see an exception to this "rule".

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    1. Hmmm. Not sure its an article, but an intriguing idea.

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    2. It's an article only if you have an opinion on it.

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  2. Dude, I agree so much on the 1 in 30 being hardly readable. I have a two train ride (two ways) so, lots of time to read. Coupled with an unlimited data connection equals having read my fare share of garbage fiction. Thank you so much for taking all the hard work out of it. Lol
    -Sumdude.
    See I told you I like pa fiction too much

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    1. I limit myself, when possible, yet still waste a lot of time in Crap PA FictionLand.

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  3. I have Amazon Prime and you can borrow 1 free book a month. Plus I down load a lot of the free books.

    There is a lot of junk out there but every once in a while you are surprised by a real gem.

    My rule of thumb -- I'll start reading a book and after a few chapters, I'll set it down. The next day I'll ask myself if I really care what happens to the characters. If yes, then I finish reading. If no, I delete it and go to another.

    A great free book is "Wool" by Howey. Distopian rather than straight survival but a good read none the less. If you like it, the rest in the series are fairly cheap. Plus, he has opened up his world for other authors to write short stories.

    Idaho Homesteader

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  4. My understanding of Kindle Unlimited is that it is like a library card. Read all you like but you have to return it after so many days. There is a pdf book called Sailing the Farm for free, just Google it, that although deals with self sufficiency on a sailboat, should have some stuff you can use. Beware of the hippie prose that pops up every now and then.

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    1. Yes, I've read up more and the deal is, ten at a time, borrowed. You must "return" as many as you want new ones. Want five more, return five you have. Right now I'm reading "How My Gay Uncle F'd Up Christmas" I think by N Black. Nothing to do with survivalism, hilarious as hell. A bit raw.

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  5. I don't have a Kindle anything, but it is my understanding that they don't support external storage. So all the device will hold is all you have with the Big Kindle Mothership falls over when the dark days come. A gigabyte may sound like a lot, but it seems surprisingly easy to fill up on the ereader devices I do have.

    One final note - if at all possible, get an ereader than you can charge and/or run off 12vdc as in solar panel output.

    Hey, that's some awesome hair, James!

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    1. Kindle charges from the USB on my inverter ( the inverter doesn't even need to be on ) hooked up to solar.

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  6. "but it is my understanding that they don't support external storage."

    I wasn't aware of this, but if that's the case, you're much better off with an Android tablet that has the Kindle App installed. You can transfer data from a regular tablet.

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  7. Drying hot dogs in a mason jar? I didn't think you could make jerky out of processed meat.. too much fat. OK, OK, I'll read the book...RTFM, eh?
    Kindle for PC and 'droid phone IS pretty cool.

    I came up and looked at cheap prop in Elko - couldn't get there in 2wd.. I'll try again, maybe next year.

    Edit as desired; see ya!

    Neil

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    1. He didn't say how long they last. Most of his dried meat is the regular stuff/game. The dogs might just have been an experiment with no track record. Not Mason jar, big stock pot.

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