Amazon.com Cyber Monday Deals Week

I don’t hit the stores for Black Friday. No way, not in cold Ohio! I do, however, love Cyber Monday. Even more, I love how Amazon has extended the fun and savings all week long, just like they did for Black Friday Week. The sales have already begun on Amazon Cyber Monday Deals Week, with a new special being announced every 10 minutes.

Watch their Cyber Monday landing page or use any of the following links to take you to whatever department makes you drool — err — catches your eye for gift-giving this season. Deals are announced ahead of time so you can pop back in when they start.

 

2013 Amazon Cyber Monday Deals Week

2013 Amazon Cyber Monday Deals Week: New deals every 10 minutes, all week long!

 

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How to send books you’ve already purchased from Amazon to your Kindle

When you purchase a Kindle title from Amazon via your browser, you get an option to send the title to your device via Amazon’s WhisperNet. But what about after you’ve already purchased a title? How do you send it to your Kindle after the fact, like after you’ve done a reset on your Kindle or added a new Kindle or Kindle app to your devices?

I find it’s an easier and richer experience to navigate Amazon through a regular web browser instead of the Kindle store and library. I made up this little tutorial for my mom, but thought others might benefit from it as well. If you want to bypass going through the Kindle menus and just use your web browser to send your purchased titles to your Kindle DX, Second-generation Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard 3G, Kindle Fire or any free Kindle reading apps, this is for you. 🙂 Click the thumbnails to view larger screenshots.

First, the obvious: Sign into your Amazon account.

1. Then, HOVER over the Your Account link in the upper right. A menu will pop up. CLICK on Manage Your Kindle.

NOTE: If you happen to click Your Account instead of just hovering over it, it’s no biggie. Just scroll down the page until you see “Digital Content: Kindle, MP3, & Downloads” on the left. On the right, you’ll see a link for “Manage Your Kindle”. Click it. Then, skip to Step 2 here.

First, HOVER over the Your Account link in the upper right. A menu will pop up. CLICK on Manage Your Kindle.
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2. You’ll see your Kindle Library. HOVER over the Actions button next to the title you want to modify. Click on the option you want to perform. If you want Amazon to send the title to one or more of your Kindles, click the “Deliver to my…” link.

You'll see your Kindle Library. HOVER over the Actions button next to the title you want to modify. Click on the option you want to perform. If you want Amazon to send the title to one or more of your Kindles, click the "Deliver to my..." link.

CLICK TO ENLARGE.

3. You’ll see a pop-up with the title’s information. From the drop-down menu, select the device to which you want the title sent and click the Deliver button.

You'll see a pop-up with the title's information. From the drop-down menu, select the device to which you want the title sent and click the Deliver button.

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4. A confirmation message will briefly appear under the title. If you want to send the title to another of your Kindle devices (including apps on your mobile devices), HOVER over the Actions button again and repeat the described steps for each device.

A confirmation message will briefly appear under the title. If you want to send the title to another of your Kindle devices (including apps on your mobile devices), HOVER over the Actions button again and repeat the described steps for each device.

CLICK TO ENLARGE.

That’s really all there is to it. Explore the other options that appear under that Actions button and see what all you can do! Amazon provides good support pages for the whole Kindle family, there is a user’s guide available for each flavor of Kindle, plus there is an active Kindle help forum. Explore and learn about your new ebook reader!

What is it about cats and boxes? Ask Maru.

I know they like cozy spaces. It tickles me to see our cats scuffle snuggle down in their choice of the innumerable boxes in our house. Here is Snoopy enjoying a respite in one of many Amazon boxes:

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Maru, the box-obsessed Asian Kitty on YouTube, would concur.

Too small box and Maru:

He takes box love to a whole new level. I just loves me some Maru kitty.


UPDATE: Oh, my gosh. I was just browsing Amazon and found out there is a Maru book coming out in August: I Am Maru. No way…How fun!

Man, I love the Internet.

Kandle LED book light for Amazon Kindle review

Our family pitched in bought my mother-in-law a Kindle 3 with Special Offers for Mother’s Day. This review isn’t about that, though — It’s terrific and deserves its own separate review.

I snagged this little Kandle LED Book Light for the Amazon Kindle at the same time as the Kindle 3 since the Kindle uses an electronic paper display (similar to the Sony Reader, only with much better contrast) rather than a backlit one. I know she’ll appreciate having a little light when reading in a dimly lit area or in bed at night. The package arrived today and I got everything set up for her.

Thanks to the low power consumption and LED diodes, this book light uses button batteries; that makes for a compact product that’s extremely lightweight. I think about how clunky my old Mighty Bright book light is with its four heavy AA batteries and extendable arm housing a flashlight bulb. Compared to the Kandle, that thing’s a behemoth. I like how compact this light is, even when clipped on the Kindle and opened so the arm containing the two LED lights is extended.

The clip mechanism that holds the light to the Kindle is strong, plus it has cushioning on it to improve grip and to protect a Kindle or Sony Reader from scratches. The light also folds into a compact bundle that fits into an included black velveteen carrying bag. Two spare batteries are included as well, along with a mini screwdriver used for accessing the book light’s battery compartment.

I’m really impressed with its design! If you want to be able to read your favorite eBook reader snuggled beneath your covers in the dark, or anywhere there’s not adequate reading light, I think you’ll like this. The sub-$20 pricepoint is a winner, too, and it qualifies for Super Saver Shipping and Amazon Prime since the orders are fulfilled by Amazon. Win!

Save on textbooks and get free 2-day shipping

Hand written ad saying poor student will buy your textbooks.Back when I was in college*, I was pretty much at the mercy of the college bookstore when it came to textbooks. Even their used texts were outrageously expensive, and this was the late 1990’s. I can only imagine what students pay now.

There were always a few “for sale” notes pinned to campus bulletin boards, but competitively priced books were quick to sell. I didn’t have a car, so driving in to a campus bookstore in Columbus wasn’t an option.

Not so, now! College students have an amazing world wide store at their fingertips. They have textbooks for everything from math to literature, business & finance to medicine.

They even have textbooks in audiobook format. It’s great these are available, especially since some students learn better by hearing than by reading and reading while you listen can help anyone with retention and comprehension.

This morning, I learned Amazon has a great deal going on for anyone in need of college textbooks. They have new textbooks discounted up to 30% and used textbooks discounted up to 90%. That’s not shabby in itself, but they’ve sweetened the deal with an unbeatable bit of sugar: Right now, if you buy any textbook, you will receive free 3-month tial of Amazon Prime. The normal trial membership is 30 days, so this is great!

For those of you who don’t know, Amazon Prime gives you free 2-day shipping on anything fulfilled by Amazon. That’s fast! You can get hard-to-find grocery items, paper products, electronics and — of course — books. Amazon has just about everything that doesn’t require a refrigerator or a permit.

I’m not currently a student, but consider myself a lifelong learner and some of the titles I saw while browsing had my brain drooling. There’s so much out there to learn, no matter what your age! You don’t have to enroll in a college to do it, either. Textbooks don’t require a prescription or a copy of your tuition receipt. Anyone can read and learn!

* Does this make me sound ancient or what? What a lead in for some tale of woe or fanciful trip down memory lane. Here’s one: Back when I was in college, we didn’t have the interwebs, nosiree! We flipped through a card catalog at the library to find the book we needed and didn’t know until we got to its place on the shelf whether or not it was checked out.

Review: Progressive International measuring cups and spoons

A few weeks ago I was browsing the kitchen stuff on Amazon and saw this Progressive International 19-Piece Measuring Set and snatched it right up. As regular readers know, I enjoy cooking and have recently begun baking bread at home, too. I’ve been using this set several times a week since they arrived and I am so glad I got them!

What’s unique about this set is, it’s not just the standard dry measures you see in typical sets of measuring cups. Oh, no, kids —  This one has handy oddball measures, too! Check them out:

Measures included

Spoons Cups  
1/32 tsp - Smidgen (.15 ml) 1/8 cup (30 ml)  
1/16 tsp - Pinch (.3 ml) 1/4 cup (60 ml)  
1/8 tsp - Dash (.6 ml) 1/3 cup (80 ml)  
1/4 tsp (1.25 ml) 1/2 cup (120 ml)  
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) 2/3 cup (160 ml)  
1 tsp (5 ml) 3/4 cup (180 ml)  
1/2 Tbsp (7.5 ml) 1 cup (240 ml)  
2 tsp (10 ml) 1 1/2 cups (360 ml)  
1 Tbsp (15 ml) 1 3/4 cups (420 ml)  
  2 cups (480 ml)  

The entire set is made out of a tough, hard plastic.  Yay, no rust and no weird oxidation and powder on aluminum. They wash up great in the dishwasher. And did I mention they’re in The Ohio State University colors – scarlet and gray –  plus white? This matters more to Howie than it does me, but I’m just sayin’.

Wide range of sizes

Those odd-sized measuring cups are proving very handy to me as I measure stuff out for baking. With my little kitchen, space is at a premium and I try to keep my work area as neat as possible as I measure out my various ingredients. A lot of my bread recipes seem to take 3 1/2  cups of flour. I love how I can measure that out in two steps using one 2-cup measure and one 1 1/2 cup measure. It makes the job go faster.

The form factor

Not only that, but the cups are broad and shallow, making all but the 1/8 cup measure stays upright when put on the counter. I find myself using the cups as ramekins for my yeast, spices, and other ingredients. Anything that does double-duty like that is a winner in my book. The cups also nest very well, nice for storage.

Unlike the cups, the spoons lean toward being deep. If you’ve used old-style, nearly-flat metal measuring spoons, you know deep spoons work a lot better for both liquid and dry measuring. I keep the spoons hanging by their loop inside my cupboard door. Speaking of the loops, these snap together with a simple reclosable clasp. It makes the spoons a snap to separate from one another.
Stamped, not printed

Another thing I like about this set is, the labels are molded into the handles rather than just printed on them. Additionally, as you can see in my table, the measurements are expressed in both fractions of cups and milliliters. They’re accurate enough for everything I’ve made using them; every recipe I’ve made has come out great.

The only thing they’re not good for. Heh.

I did figure out that these are not good for melting butter. It was actually my fault since I let the microwave go for too long and that butter got really hot. The cup is fine, but you can see where the hot butter was in it. I know to use glass receptacles for melting butter in the future!

The lowdown

Anyway, if you want a really versatile measuring set for your kitchen, these are a great bet. They’re a super value for the price. When you buy your own, grab a set or two for giving as gifts. They’ll make great Christmas gifts, but would really rock as part of a wedding present or for anyone just setting out on his or her own for the first time. They’ll last a lifetime. I’d buy them again in a heartbeat!