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    How to Archive Family Keepsakes Kindle Edition Now Available

    HTArchiveFamilyKeepsakes Kindle cover

    Good news if you've looking for a Kindle edition of How to Archive Family Keepsakes. In addition to ePUB, Nook, and iBook editions, the Kindle edition of my book is now available at the Amazon store.

    Every author loves the news that their book is SOLD OUT, but it's even better to know that digital versions are available while the paperback is being reprinted. As a longtime Kindle fan, I'm excited to know that How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records  joins the Kindle list of fully-searchable, sync able, and portable ebooks.

    Why Go Digital?

    Buying digital versions of books, magazines, and journals is a great way to get started as a "Paper-Less Genealogist." Using born-digital documents cuts down on paper, filing supplies, and storage space. You also gain the ability to search the full-text of a book or article, annotate without permanently marking your copy, and make comments that can be shared via GoodReads or social media.

    Paperless or Paper-Less?

    Genealogists love paper, so going completely digital can be a scary idea. Instead, why not move toward less paper? Preserve your heirloom original documents, but make a conscious effort to create and care for less new paper. Try three easy baby-steps toward a digital life and watch your paper piles of everyday working documents dwindle from a mountain to a molehill.

    Baby Steps to Less Paper

    1. Choose Born-Digital books, magazines, and journals. Eliminate hardcopy clutter.

    2. Print to PDF and file documents in your computer filling system. Avoid printing paper copies of email, receipts, notes.

    3. Pick a Digital Birthday. Pick a date you can remember (birthday, tax day). Go digital from that date forward. You will know where to look -- filing cabinet or computer folders -- depending on the date of the item you need.  

    More Ideas

    For more tips to help you manage less paper in your research and everyday life, see Part 2: Break the Paper Habit of How to Archive Family Keepsakes. You'll find four chapters focusing on digitizing and organizing your genealogy:

    Chapter 9: Organize and Digitize Your Paper Documents

    Chapter 10: Digitize Your Family Archive

    Chapter 11: Organize Your Paper Files

    Chapter 12: Organize Your Computer

    Part 2: Break the Paper Habit is available as a stand-alone Kindle eBook (73 pages) titled How to Organize Family History Paperwork or in the complete 208 page digital edition of How to Archive Family Keepsakes from





    Free Slow Cooker Cookbook at the Kindle Store; Act Now, It May Not Last

    One of the nicest surprises about the Amazon Kindle project has been the steady release of titles priced at $0.00. Yep, that is FREE. In the past few months I have downloaded novels, sneak preview excerpts, nonfiction, and now a cookbook!

    Anyone who loves family history probably spends considerable holiday time at the family table. And from the interest in family cookbooks, heirloom recipes, and geneablogger cookbooks, I am probably not alone in looking for simple ways to get delicious meals on the table, especially during the holidays.

    Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker, Recipes for Entertaining by Julie Kaufman and Beth Hensberger was published in hardback and paperback in 2007, but it remains a popular 4-star reviewed slow cooker book. It is now available in Kindle format, which means that anyone with the Kindle for PC or Kindle for iPod Touch or iPhone app can read the book without additional hardware investment.

    I wondered how useful a cookbook would be in digital format and downloaded the book last night. Typically, these FREE titles don’t last long. I can only imagine that Amazon is testing the market publishing more cookbooks in Kindle format, or just trying to promote their e-reader device to the cooking market.

    As you might imagine, a cookbook doesn’t read exactly like a novel, even though they are one of my favorite bedtime genres. If a recipe is well-written I find that I can pretty well guess what it might taste like, and whether or not I want to make it. Of course, chocolate mousse on the page isn’t quite the same as the real thing, but it does save a lot of calories to stick to reading recipes rather than making them.

    Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker differs from many cookbooks because it has an extensive section on choosing and using a slow cooker, especially for entertaining. Because it is written in prose format (rather than recipe format), this section is easy to read on the Kindle. I have used a Crock Pot since its early days in the 70s, but still found some good ideas in this section. I especially liked the charts giving cooking times to convert conventional recipes to slow cooking. I think this section would be especially helpful for cooks just learning to use a slow cooker.

    Following this section, the book moves to more typical cookbook chapters on appetizers, hot drinks, vegetables and other sides, main dishes, and desserts. I found several dishes I would like to try soon, but realized I didn’t want to hand-copy the entire recipe to paper or use my Kindle reader in the kitchen.

    Here is my workaround – I opened the book in the Kindle for PC application, used Jing screen capture application to capture and save each page to my computer, then opened Word and pasted the images into a Word Doc. In Word, I could print the page to use for a grocery list and cooking. Granted, it isn’t as easy as flipping open a cookbook, but it works pretty well.


    I discovered that viewing the pages was even better on the Kindle for PC application than on the actual Kindle because the recipe displayed more like the actual book. This may change when my Kindle device receives the Amazon firmware update which will add features for adjustable margins.

    Easy cooking during the holidays is a Good Thing in my house. More time for research and for blogging!

    You can access the cookbook and application with these links --

    Kindle for PC Application (free) (Mac Version “coming soon”)

    Kindle for iPhone or iPod Touch (free)

    Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6  

    Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker, Recipes for Entertaining


    Tech Tuesday Surprise! It’s Here, It’s Awesome: Kindle for PC App

    This morning Amazon released the Kindle for PC Application, Beta, bringing Kindle content to Windows 7, Vista, and XP desktops, with the Mac Version to follow.

    The clean interface presents with two main buttons -- Archived Items shows the cover image of books purchased or downloaded through the Kindle Store, Home displays books downloaded to the Kindle for PC App. Booklists can be sorted by Most Recent, Title, or Author. Unfortunately, there is still no way to sort by category or subject; hopefully this is something that will be added in a future update.


    Why would you want to read a Kindle book on your desktop, laptop, or netbook computer? Here are a few of my favorite reasons:

    1. Genealogy guides published only in Kindle format, like Nancy Hendrickson’s How to Trace Your Frontier Ancestors are especially useful for their web links, and with PC access I can click directly on the link to visit the recommended websites.
    2. With access to the nearly 400 genealogy books now available for the Kindle I can read, search, and use the links in these books on my PC, iPod Touch, or Kindle anywhere almost instantly. Downloads occur in seconds.
    3. Likewise, my favorite classics, available as FREE etexts at Project Gutenberg are also available through the Kindle for PC Application. I like the idea of integrating my ebooks in one place. Kindle Nation Daily has posted easy instructions for downloading the MobileRead Mobipocket guide and catalog to free books. I can't wait to explore the catalog and catch up on my annual re-reading of Jane Austen.
    4. Ten font sizes and varied words per line make reading on screen easier than ever before.
    5. Read on the iPod Touch or iPhone for awhile, then switch to the PC. The book is synchronized so you can pick up where you left off.

    The biggest drawback to reading on the Kindle for PC is that it's a bit dangerous to read an ebook in the bathtub! Couch Potato Club members, be forewarned!


    No Kindle? No Problem? More ebooks now available for Kindle for iPhone and iPod Touch; PC, Mac and Blackberry Apps on the way

    Members of the Couch Potato Club take note! The ebook reader wars are heating up, which is only good news for fans of public domain ebooks. In recent weeks, Amazon has positioned its Kindle ebook reader to remain a top choice in electronic readers even if you don’t own a pricey Kindle.

    The newest version of Kindle for iPhone and iPod Touch makes the entire Amazon Kindle booklist available on a handheld device at no additional cost, and in a market ploy to maintain market strength, the list of Amazon ebooks now numbers over 360,000.

    To make good things even better, Amazon recently announced the forthcoming Kindle for PC, a free application for Windows PC. The Beta software will allow users to purchase, download, and read books from the Kindle Store, select varying font sizes, and view notes made on the Kindle. Windows 7 users will be able to zoom in and out with a finger-pinch and eventually turn pages with a finger swipe. Way cool!

    Of course, Mac users are already clamoring for a Mac application, and according to a CNet interview with Drew Herdener, Amazon’s Director of Communication, they won’t have to wait long. The Kindle for PC app will be followed “in the the next few months” with Kindle for Mac, and Kindle for Blackberry.

    I have been trying to read ebooks on my computer for some time, but always been frustrated by the uncomfortable reality of either sitting at my desk in front of a monitor or juggling a laptop and trying to “pretend” it was a book. I even tried using a nifty utility eRotate to spin the text 180 degrees on my netbook so it would feel more like a real book.

    Amazon’s Kindle, with it’s totally free wi-fi connectivity for downloading books and its digital ink technology answers the Want List for an outstanding ebook reader. It looks even better recently, as Amazon announced the much-awaited International Edition, and another huge price drop which brings the Kindle in line with Barnes & Noble’s competition, Nook.

    When my book club reading list started to grow, I realized I could save quite a chunk of change by purchasing the Kindle version of the books I needed to read. Most Kindle books are priced at $9.99 or less; this could amount to a considerable savings over $16.99 and $24.99 editions.

    I first tried reading books from Amazon’s Kindle book list on the Kindle for iPhone App available for the iPod Touch. With the quick finger-flick used to turn the page, and the clear sizeable font, it was a good reading experience, albeit somewhat small. I did find, however, that the lighting technology was tiring and I could not read for a long period of time without extreme eye fatigue.

    The Kindle2 reader avoids the visual fatigue issue by using a different technology completely. The text appears on the screen as black words on a white background, just like a printed page. There is no backlight, which is easier on the eyes, and the battery is only drained when the page is “turned,” saving battery power. It is also possible to customize the text size and even enable text-to-speech on many books.

    Lately, Kindle blogs have been buzzing with news of the increasing number of ebooks available at Amazon, and the scores of FREE books available as well. When Wallmart announced that holiday best-sellers would be priced at $10, Amazon promptly announced the $9 price-point for many of the same new titles. The special pricing doesn’t last long, however, sometimes only a few days. With the Kindle for iPhone and forthcoming Kindle for PC, these Amazon specials will be a real bargain.

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