Sunday, March 18, 2012

Goodies and giveaways

$200 Amazon gift card

I've entered the AppSumo contest for $200 Amazon gift card. The contest of open to age 21 or older (except residents of places listed in the official rules). The contest ends at 11:59 CDT on March 23.

My link (if you enter using this link, I get extra entries):

Book giveaway

In honor of one year of In Old Fort Dodge, I'm offering a book giveaway. The prize is a copy of “Fort Dodge: 1850 to 1970 (Images of America)” by Roger Natte. I haven't talked to Roger about it yet, but I'm going to ask him to autograph it for the winner. Since I'm hosting this completely and will have to mail it to the winner, I'm restricting it to residents of the United States.

Giveaway link:

Assorted giveaways on other blogs

This page has giveaways on the blog listed, as well as a linky list of other giveaways.

KitchenAid Mixer

$100 PayPal cash

Dell Inspiron 15r laptop (ends March 26)

The Grand Event $500 cash (ends March 31)

iPad 3 (ends March 31, must sign up for or be a member of BeeSavy)


I bought myself a Kindle Fire for my birthday in January. Even before I bought it, I was ordering free books from - which I can access from my Kindle. Some of the books are classics, in the public domain, so there are no copyright issues and they are free. Other books
 are free for a short time and some are very discounted.

I follow Pixel of Ink to get daily updates on free books. And here are a few ebooks I've ordered:

The Myths, Legends and Lore of Ireland
Death of a Lovable Geek (Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries) (I haven't read this one yet)
Never Buried (Leigh Koslow Mystery Series) (I have read this one - it's "safe")
Write Good or Die - survivor tips for 21st century authors

When I say "safe" I mean no detailed sex or graphic violence scenes.My life is not enriched by this type of detail and so I avoid books with such content. If I can't skip over it or if it's too frequent, I'll just delete the book. So if I mention a book I haven't read, I don't know if it contains anything I would find objectionable and wouldn't normally recommend.

If you go to the Kindle store on and click on a genre, you will see two columns of best-sellers - the left column is books that cost and the right column is the free books. The first 100 of each category (and sub-category) are listed there. So on the Kindle eBooks you will see the top 100 paid and free books. But if you click on nonfiction, you will see the top 100 free and paid nonfiction books and if you click on reference you will see the top 100 free and paid reference books. Nonfiction and fiction each have many subcategories.

There's a certain amount of spillover and mis-categorization. When an author or submitter puts a book in the Kindle store, they have to choose up to 3 categories. An author would choose as many categories as they think would fit, in order to get more people to see the book. But sometimes this means books are in the wrong category.

And, finally, if you don't own a Kindle, don't despair. If you own a PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad or Android device, you can use the Kindle for (whatever you own) app. And the advantage there is that the Kindle Fire does not have the ability to categorize books. I can access the downloads on my Kindle by author, by recent or by title. I can't just call up all the mysteries or cookbooks, for example.

Well, here's what happened when I started this post. I intended to list a couple of giveaways and some Kindle books. That was about 4 hours ago. I started entering giveaways (some require posting on specific blogs or entering other giveaways), and then I started looking at Kindle eBooks.

I downloaded fiction, books about writing, cooking, personal finance, health, time management (there's something I need!), emergency preparedness, children's books, classics, books in Spanish and German, history, organization, gardening, and high school textbooks.

I downloaded 93 free books today.

I think that's a record for me.

One more giveaway I just found - win a Kindle Fire. I haven't entered yet, but I will. If I win one, it goes to my sister Donna, who doesn't have one yet. Our family pooled our resources to buy one for Mom, and I bought mine for my birthday, but Donna is Fire-less. So I'm still trying to win one, but for her this time.

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