Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How limited is Amazon’s “Kindle Unlimited”?

Maybe you've seen the recent promo-push for Amazon's new "Kindle Unlimited" program; i sure have.  The question:  Is it worth it?

So i did a quick check for ebooks i’m still looking for in the SEARCH bar of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited:

There are NO ebooks in "Kindle Unlimited" by Steven Pinker, Daniel Dennett, Douglas Hofstadter, Andrew Radford, Paul Bowles, David Attenborough, Douglas Adams, Elizabeth Graver, Diane Ackerman, Susanna Kaysen, E. B. White, Mary Karr, Robert Heinlein, Bjarne Stroustrup, Walter Savitch, Adam Drozdek, Daniel Jurafsky, James Pustejovsky, or Richard Feynman — not a single one by any author i'm looking for!

There are only a few by Robert MacNeil (but not Breaking News the book i was really looking for), a few by Stephen Ambrose (but not Undaunted Courage), and a few by James Gleick (some good ones, though not The Information).

There was a good selection of J. R. R. Tolkien, however.  And there are probably lots of popular, everyday books — but those are exactly the kind you can get for free from your local library’s ebook service.

Amazon's “Kindle Unlimited” is *very* limited.  It includes a few good books and lots of second-rate ones that probably don't sell well to begin with; but IMHO it excludes most of the really good ones (the money-makers).  So don’t bother!  (Except for maybe a free trial, and then cancel. :-)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Southborough, MA moon photo, cropped

and when you crop the photo, the moon looks bigger . . .

a February 2007 morning

sometimes when you plan ahead a little (and remember where the moon sets from the previous year) . . .
[taken on a Sony camera in Southborough, Massachusetts]

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Blue Monday no longer!

it's Wednesday (or Wodin's day), and Blue Monday (or Blue Moon day, even better!) feels far behind.  this picture is from Blue Monday morning, taken from our back deck.  we're moving back to civilization soon, or at least closer to it, and views like this won't be as close at hand.  Wodin, the Norse all-father, might not approve because our current locale somewhat resembles Valhalla (and our future neighborhood is a lot closer to Trader Joe's, which i doubt they have there, but i really like them).

speaking of Blue Moon, we'll be a lot closer to the site of Sandi's & my first date—Not Your Average Joe's, one of my favorite places to have a Blue Moon.  we'll probably be there in the spring, for our free birthday dinners (one of the perks of giving them your email), since our birthdays are close together.  and we'll be a lot closer to Concord, too.  good days ahead.