Amazon confirms Kindle, Fire discussion forums to close October 13, 2017

Amazon has officially announced on the that the Kindle discussion forum (https://www.amazon.com/forum/kindle) will be closing on Friday, October 13, 2017.

The pinned notice on the board reads:

Amazon would like to thank the members of this community for contributing to the discussion forums. As we grow and evolve, we encourage you to explore Goodreads Groups for books and Spark for other ways to engage with your interests. If you have a help question about your device, starting the morning of October 9th , Pacific Standard Time, we will be introducing an improved help forum experience, with expanded discussion categories.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/group
Spark: https://www.amazon.com/b?node=16907772011

The post is closed to comments.

The discussion forum has been around for ten years, since the announcement of the very first Kindle. It contained Kindle-oriented topics, including popular threads on discounted Kindle books. Customers also discussed various issues and  customers offered other customers unofficial assistance. (Note that the forum that is closing is the Kindle Discussion forum, not the official Kindle Help Community forum.)

Almost the same notice is posted on the Fire forums at https://www.amazon.com/forum/fire/.

There had been a lot of speculation on various discussion threads about Amazon closing the forum since some members had intermittently seen a banner announcing the forums closing on October 6, 2017. It seems that much of the confusion was probably caused by the fact that everyone was not seeing the banner and even those who saw it didn’t see it consistently.

According to threads on the forum, prior to the notice, people were calling Kindle support and getting a variety of answers about the closing.

For many years, you could access the Kindle forums, via a menu link on the main Kindle page. Over the last year, Amazon had deprecated that function and the forum was difficult to find unless you had it bookmarked or were subscribed to email notifications on one of the various topic threads.

Amazon had also recently removed the search function from the forums.

Before I bought my first Kindle, this forum was a tremendous help. I was able to read about the Kindle and get the opinions of people who actually owned and were using the device. Given the fact that the device was $400 at the time, that forum was instrumental for me in researching and ultimately deciding to buy my first Kindle. I don’t think I would have bought my first Kindle without it. It was also a godsend in learning how use the new device.

As a blogger, I also found it a great source of information about issues that affected both the e-ink Kindle and the Fire tablets. Many of my posts on Amazon devices had their genesis in post on the Kindle discussion forum.

The forums also had a dark side.  Many of the regular posters on the forum could be quite snarky about repeatedly answering the same questions over and over again. Authors self-promoting books was also a problem and downvoting topics was a constant source of contention.

Given the fact that Amazon has also done away with the forums on sites like IMDB.com, I am not surprised the they are closing the forum. It is sad, however.

Amazon is directing customers to Goodreads and Spark (an Amazon community exclusive to Prime members). There are members suggesting everyone write Jefff Bezos at jeff@amazon.com to ask for a reprieve on the forums. Some customers are also discussing starting communities on other sites such as Reddit as a replacement.  You can also find already thriving communities on Kboards and Mobileread.

The new Kindle Help Community update will be available on October 9, 2017.

Did you use the Kindle Discussion forum? Are you going to miss it?

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Great prices on Echo family, Kindles and Fire Tablet devices

This week, Amazon is having some supper sales on devices in the Echo, Kindle and Fire families. The following items are currently on sale through August 26, 2017:

Alexa/Echo Devices:

Amazon Echo – $100 (Normally $179.99) Available in Black and White. Amazon is also offering this for 5 monthly payments of $20 each!

Echo Dot – $45 (Normally $49.99) Available in Black and White. Amazon is also offering this for 5 monthly payments of $9 each!

Amazon Tap – $100 (Normally $129.99)  This is the Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker that can also be used hands free.  Available in Black only.  Amazon is also offering this for 5 monthly payments of $20 each!

(Note: the Echo devices are actually on sale through September 4, 2017.)

Kindles:

Kindle – $60 (Regularly $79.99) Amazon is also offering this for 5 monthly payments of $12 each.

Kindle Paperwhite – $100 (Regularly $119.99)  Amazon is also offering this for 5 monthly payments of $20 each.

Kindle Voyage – $180  (Regularly $199.99)  Amazon is also offering this for 5 monthly payments of $36 each.

Kindle Essentials Bundle – $95 (Regularly $129.97) Includes Kindle, cover and power adapter.

Kindle for Kids Bundle – $80 (Regularly $124.98) Includes Kindle, cover and 2-year guarantee.

Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle – $135 (Regularly $179.97) Includes Kindle Paperwhite, leather cover and power adapter.

Kindle Paperwhite Travel Bundle – $180 (Regularly $269.97) Includes Kindle Paperwhite, leather cover, power adapter and travel case.

Kindle Voyage Essentials Bundle – $235 (Regularly $279.97) Includes Kindle Voyage, leather cover, and power adapter.

Kindle Voyage Travel Bundle – $285 (Regularly $374.96) Includes Kindle Voyage, leather cover, power adapter and travel case.

Note: Prices are for devices with special offers. Most bundles offer a choice of cover color. There is also an option to add a three month membership to Kindle Unlimited for only $1.99. (Restrictions apply.)

Fire Tablets:

All-New Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, 7″ Display, 8GB – $40 (Regularly $49.99) Amazon is also offering this for 5 monthly payments of $8 each.

All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, 8″ HD Display, 16 GB – $60 (Regularly $79.99) Amazon is also offering this for 5 monthly payments of $12 each.

All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, 7″ Display, 16 GB – $80 (Regularly $99.99) Amazon is also offering this for 5 monthly payments of $16 each.

All-New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, 8″ HD Display, 32 GB – $99 (Regularly $129.99) Amazon is also offering this for 5 monthly payments of $20 each.

All-New Fire 7 Essentials Bundle – $63 (Regularly $87.97) Includes tablet, cover and screen protector.

All-New Fire HD 8 Essentials Bundle with Fire HD 8 Tablet (16 GB, Black) – $88 Includes tablet, cover and screen protector.

These prices, especially for the Amazon Echo, are really tempting. I would like an Echo for the basement – I am thinking that Alexa will get me more motivated to do laundry, LOL!

What about you? Do these prices or the options of a low monthly payment plan tempt you?

Get a refurbished Kindle Voyage for $135

Today, Amazon is offering a refurbished Wi-fi Kindle Voyage for only $135 and can even be purchased on a payment plan of five payments of $27 each.  The device normally costs $199 new.

The Kindle Voyage has a 300 ppi display and features PagePress sensors for one touch page turns  and an adaptive front light that self-adjusts to the available light.

The refurbished Voyage is also available in a Wi-Fi plus 3G configuration for $195.

Amazon’s refurbished Kindles come with the same one-year warranty as its new devices.

 

Get $20 off Amazon Kindle e-readers

paperwhite_bwRight now, you can get $20 off several of the e-ink Kindle models. Through Thursday, all Kindles e-readers except the Oasis are discounted. The models are:

Amazon is also offing savings on Essentials bundles for each device. The bundles include the e-reader, a Amazon cover and a power adapter.

Recently, Amazon has been offering five month payment plans for its devices. The payment plans are as follows for devices with the default configuration of WiFi and special offers:

Also note that Amazon’s Holiday Return Policy is now in effect. This policy gives you extra time for returns for items, factoring in gift giving. The policy states:

Items shipped by Amazon.com between November 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016, may be returned until January 31, 2017, for a full refund, subject to our other return guidelines listed below. Items shipped from sellers other than Amazon.com are subject to this same holiday return policy unless otherwise stated in the seller’s individual Return Policy.

And don’t forget to buy a cover! Any Kindles on your Christmas wish list?

Daily Links and Deals: Can Google Translate Help Translate a Classic Novel?

daily_links_1Today, a look at using Google Translate on something as complex as a novel. Also, some Kindle users are having an issue with Windows 10, Scribd has made some changes to address discovery issues and we’re still talking about that monkey selfie. In deals, Amazon is offering significant savings on household products.

Daily Links for day, August 26, 2016:

Some Kindle users reporting Windows 10 Anniversary compatibility issues (ZD Net) Windows 10 has managed to break yet something else.

Amazon just launched Vehicles, a place to talk about and lust after cars (The Next Web) But Amazon’s not selling cars – just an awful lot of of parts and accessories.

Google now lets you play ‘Solitaire’ in search results (Mashable) And you can play Tic-Tac-Toe… Forget getting any work done.

If a monkey snaps a selfie, does it own the rights to its own photograph? (Quartz) Yes, we are still talking about that picture.

Can Google Translate Help Translate a Classic Novel? (Publisher’s Weekly) We probably have a lot of misconceptions about how Google Translate works, a fact that highlighted when you try to translate a novel.

Scribd Introduces New Discovery Experience (Scribd.Literally) Since these changes are mostly about curated content, I’m underwhelmed, but YMMV.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Life After Life: A Novel by Jill McCorkle.

In Today’s Deals, Amazon has a large assortment of household products and cleaning supplies. Also, you can also still get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is AT Bay (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 1) by John W. Mefford. The Romance Daily Find is Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton. The Extra Daily Deal is Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. There is also a  selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Time for School, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz.

Google Books has a selection of Best Beach Read Bets.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Sunday Daily Deals: Amazon Tap, Kindle, Paperwhite deals

tap_chargeDeals of the Day for Sunday, August 12, 2016:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes over 20 top-rated Kindle books priced at up to 75% off.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 45% on Osprey Backpacks. Also, for today only, get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap.

You can also get $20 off the basic Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite for a limited time.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find features the Travel Guide eBook Sale. The Romance Daily Find is for a selection of Romance Favorites, including books by Nora Roberts, Robyn Carr and more.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Good Luck of Right Now A Novel by Matthew Quick. The Extra Daily Deal is Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Garden of Letters by Alyson Richman.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: 10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Kindle Master

daily_links_1Today, some tips to take using your Kindle to the next level. Also, SMS as a tool for two factor authentication may soon be a thing of the past, a look at the digital coupon divide and Nexus phones get spam caller notifications.

Daily Links for Tuesday, July 26, 2016:

Google & others may soon be barred from using SMS for two-factor authentication (9 to 5 Google) Mixed feelings on this one: Yes, 2FA has been hacked, but it also enables an immediate response to security threats.

Shoppers Using More Paper Coupons Than Digital Because It’s Simpler: No, Really (The Consumerist) I don’t get this. But then, I had to practically threaten a FTC complaint to stop them from delivering Red Plum so-called “magazine” to my house…

Google updates Nexus phones with spam call protection (Engadget) Want to know if that incoming call is spam? Google has you covered if you are running the right phone.

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Kindle Master (Gizmodo) Here are some tips for getting a bit more out of your Kindle.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Texas Tough (The Tylers of Texas) by Janet Dailey.

In Today’s Deals, savings on Whynter Portable Air Conditioners, 35% off athletic socks, Paint Shop Pro X8ECR4Kids furniture and Purell hand sanitizer.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Double Fudge Brownie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #18) by Joanne Fluke. The Romance Daily Find is The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Ice Twins A Novel by S.K. Tremayne. The Extra Daily Deal is Secrets of a Summer Night – Wallflowers (Book 1) by Lisa Kleypas.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Barefoot in White by Roxanne St. Claire.

Google Books has a Hot Book Deals promotion.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.