I’ve received two negative 1-star reviews of the Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips blog in a row in the last 24 hours, making some wild claims that just aren’t true: they also happen to be the only reviews made by these two people on the Amazon website, and they are repeating several things across multiple places across the Internet. Seeing as how they are hiding behind pseudonyms with some crazy claims, and from the tone of them, I have a pretty good idea who is behind the claim.
What’s the claim? To summarize it, these two reviewers claim I have purposefully not allowed this blog to be available on the Android tablet / Kindle Fire market, with some other claims I am turning my back on lots of money, and purposefully turning my back on a huge portion of Kindle readers. I’m as capitalistic as the next person, and I will take those 30 cent increments as long as they keep coming in (thirty cents, or a penny a day, is my cut of your 99 cent subscription fee)!
Folks, I have zero control on being able to have the download feature for this and any of my other blogs available for subscription purposes on the Fire like you can on the other versions of a Kindle. You might contact Amazon’s customer service department and let them know you want to have the capability of subscribing to blogs in a similar fashion on the Fire as you do on other Kindles. I’ve contacted Kindle’s blog support team regarding the issue, but they have not responded – unlike the Kindle customer support team, which is excellent, the blog support team is rather non-existent.
There is a workaround to receiving this and other blogs on your Kindle Fire:
The Pulse app is pre-installed on your Kindle Fire, and the Pulse app basically is a collection of various blog posts and news feeds: as long as your Kindle Fire is connected to an active Wi-Fi connection, the blog posts and news feeds will be updated throughout the day. While you need an active Wi-Fi connection to update the news feeds, because the blog posts and news articles are stored on your Kindle Fire you can read them while you are offline or not connected to the Internet.
To add my two main blogs or any other blog to the Pulse app, just follow these steps in order:
- From the Kindle Fire home page, tap the Apps tab.
- Locate the Pulse icon and tap it one time.
- A list of existing feeds will now appear. To add a blog or newsfeed, scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap the blue “plus” or + icon.
- Tap the search icon located at the top of your touch screen (it looks like a magnifying glass).
- You will see an input line titled “Source name / keyword / url” at the top of your touch screen. Tap that line one time to display the virtual keyboard at the bottom of your touch screen.
- To add the Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips blog, just type in “fkbt.wordpress.com” (without the quotations), then tap the “Search” icon located at the bottom right-hand side of your touch screen.
- To add the Kindle Books for a Buck (or Less) blog, just type in “ebooksforabuck.wordpress.com” (without the quotations), then tap the “Search” icon located at the bottom right-hand side of your touch screen.
- After you tapped the “Search” icon for either of the options above, the name of the blog should now be displayed on your touch screen. Tap the blue “plus” or “+” icon located to the right of the blog’s name to add it to your Pulse feed.
I hope that helps!