What’s wrong with Kindle?

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Everything, I’m inclined to say. But of course, I should neither judge nor condemn so soon in my acquaintance with Kindle.
Well… if there will be any further acquaintance…

I was one of the lucky ones, who received a Kindle Book gift from Chris Hall on Luna’s online. At first, I was a bit reluctant. Since I don’t have Kindle myself, would it be possible for me to accept this gift?

I didn’t know much about Kindle, other than it is one way to read books online, on some kind of tablet. So, I couldn’t even say whether it is “only” an app or a device with some kind of software developed for book reading. I also knew it had something to do with Amazon, but I admit! My knowledge here was very limited. I’m a little bit wiser now. (With the emphasis on “a little bit”.)

Mainly, probably, since I’m devoted to Apple and therefore have one iPhone, one iPad and one Apple laptop, namely a MacBookPro.
And therefore – I also have iBooks (now called “Books”) including all the benefits of the iCloud function. I can read books on all devices, and jump from one device to another and there keep on reading – if I want to! And it costs me no extra. I could say more about this, but for now – let’s get back to Kindle.

I googled! No no! I yahoo-ed!!! 😀
I searched for Kindle and found only sites where to buy a Kindle reading device. So? Did that mean I couldn’t read a Kindle-book? I had suspected that earlier, and these adds manifested my belief a bit more.

Then Chris mentioned the word “App” – and I listened. (Read: listen = read). I got my hopes back since I all the time I’ve known about Chris and Luna’s online, I’ve liked what she writes and would love to read more!

So I visited Appstore, and goodness gracious! There it was! The Kindle-app! And, for free!!!! So I downloaded it to the iPad.
That was the easiest part of it all.

Okay! Then I had to get an account on Amazon since I couldn’t register directly from the app. But what I saw there, on the screen, made me a bit confused. Mobile accounts? Is my iPad mobile? I can move it and take it with me… hm… do I really have to register an account on Amazon with my phone number?!?!!?!?!?. I absolutely don’t want to do that. NEVER!
Or…  what on earth IS a mobile account???

To make a short-way here – I did find my way to Amazon on the laptop, and to register an account. I also browsed the site for a while, but first…
Back to the iPad!

I logged in, chose some books I would want to read, and suddenly samples of them and a couple of others were downloaded. Then I waited for the mail from Amazon with Chris’ book gift, and I was thrilled about that! And it came, I followed the instructions – and ended up with a – sample???

In between there, when I had clicked the link in the mail I got to this page:

Can not be redeemed in your country… WHAT!?!?!?
This title is not available in your country… WHAT!?!?!?

But I could get a free sample? And the possibility to buy the book?!

At first, I had no idea what all this meant – not redeemed et cetera – and I don’t think I actually missed anything. The only available button was “send a free sample” – so I did push that button! And got a sample. Containing the first short story, the very same one which I already had read on her blog! There was also a little piece of the second short story, but then – it was it!

Redeem: gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment

Then for several (wasted) hours I tried to understand, find information, answers – but find almost nothing. Why redeemed, for example! What does the word redeem mean?

As far as I could understand this, the reason why I couldn’t get the book, was due to some copyright restrictions. But I admit! I had some real trouble understanding what Amazon actually mean with the whole explanation and “help-section”! I just don’t get it!!! And my patience is now up! Finished! Out of order!

And on top of that, they could download the free sample, and tell me to BUY THE BOOK!!!

It was a gift!
And if I can’t receive the gift book
– because I live in Sweden –
then don’t even bother to offer me to buy it!!!
It’ so demeaning! So stupid! So…

After all those hours spending on Amazon yesterday evening and today, I’m highly irritated and brain-tired! I do not want to, deal with neither Amazon nor Kindle anymore. But before ending this post, I’ll try my best to reveal what else I did on Amazon. Besides trying to find information that they obviously don’t publish… or hide really well…

I did some comparing between iBooks and Amazon books, and to me, Apple’s iBooks is a win-win.
I randomly looked for books on both, that I want to buy and read. All of those chosen were less expensive at iBooks.
I didn’t put any energy in finding books on Amazon in other languages than English, on the other hand – I didn’t stumble on any either.
Apple/iBooks offers books in many other languages.

I can get books for free on iBooks, and there are many at very low prices
I don’t know if there are free books at all on Amazon unless you have this thingy… that cost you something each month… and which I couldn’t find the information about the cost… The real cost, I mean, not the first month/months (whatever) for 99 cents.

There are books, Kindle books, that are very low in price, I admit that. But on the whole, I’ll remain true to Apple/iBooks not only for the prices and the languages, but also because I find Amazon’s site is almost totally hopeless and unclear to navigate through.

Funny me

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Perhaps not “ha-ha” funny. More like odd-funny. Or something. Can be quite irritating sometimes. Like, for example, when I’ve lots and lots of ideas in my head of what to write. I shall write about this… and that… and those… and hither… and dither… and …

Suddenly! All ideas go berserk, crash into each other and nothing at all comes out of the whole… thingy! Except for some kind of more or less catastrophic but minor outbursts of NOTHING! and I find myself sitting quietly with something really really unuseful. Like a solitaire or some childish play on the iPad. To where I – TYPICALLY – just the other day downloaded something called Two dots. (It’s quite fun, though! Unnecessary, but fun.)

And the hours pass by.

I could have written a blog post – or ten.
I could have uncluttered my photo library.
I could have done some kind of work-out here, behind the sofa- dancing or such.
That is fun, you know!
I could have vacuumed the flat!!!!
I could have read something interesting
… and knowledgeable!
I could have watched a documentary or a TED talk!

I could have read something likeable and thrilling!!!

But! But! Nope… Nothing… Nada…

Oh, I did bike to the gym after breakfast
And I do cuddle the Kitty-cat! Several times a day!

I did collect the package with the active-carbon filters to the air cleaner. Finally I had succeeded to find an online store where I could buy the type I needed. And I of course also reassembled the air-cleaner and pushed the on-button.

There is clean air here. No reaction what-so-ever from the cleaner other than the first couple of minutes. Just a vague murmuring, and those blue light-dots on the panel.

I did the dishes, fed the cat, fed myself, had some chocolate, watched “Bad Santa” – and a Pedro Almodovar-movie called “What have I done to deserve this”.
I picked up and then drove my grandson to the neighborly city in the afternoon, made an apple cake when I came back home again, and then I tried to get the Kindle app going…

Pioowwww!!!!

To download it from App store was easy, but then it gave me quite an amount of new gray hairs. After that, I was just sitting there, in the sofa, talking to the cat, playing the same solitaire over and over, listening to “The Voice”, eating peanuts…

I did tell you I have ADHD, didn’t I?

P.S. I just have to take care of the litter tray now…