My Bookshelf

Reading Kindle Books Without a Kindle

by Barbara Feldman May 8, 2012

Whenever I show people the Kindle reading app on my Android phone, the usual response is “I could never read a book on my phone!” On the other hand, I have a dozen friends who own Kindles that are sitting collecting dust on a bookshelf. Is it because they have abandoned the whole Kindle ebook concept? No! These friends are avid Kindle book readers. They’ve simply discovered that reading on a mobile device such as a phone has so many advantages! For example: 1) Your […]

Jury Duty Reading List

by Barbara Feldman March 8, 2011

Tomorrow, I am going downtown for jury duty. To keep me amused in the waiting room, I’ll have with me my iPod Touch, my laptop, and a hard cover book. Ha ha!!! No one ever accused me of traveling light! For those interested in what I’m reading and listening to at the moment, here’s the list. 1) On the iPod, I have the Audible audio version of “Bonfire of the Vanities” by Tom Wolfe (narrated by Joe Barrett.) Barrett’s voices make it seem like a […]

Kindle eBooks Can Now Be Loaned

by Barbara Feldman December 30, 2010

Woooheee! Select Kindle books can now be loaned to friends and family for 14-days! Be sure to read through all the rules before getting started, as the program is a bit strict. The biggest issue (in my mind) is that it is the publisher that determines whether a book can be loaned or not, and a quick glance through my Kindle library, showed me that only 30% 10% of my books could be loaned. To loan a book, go either to your Manage Your Kindle […]

Free Kindle Books

by Barbara Feldman December 26, 2010

If Santa left an Amazon Kindle under your tree, here are some sites where you download free eBooks. Free eBooks at Amazon: these include classics that are out of copyright, and limited-time promotional ebooks. Jungle Search: provides a price range search at Amazon, so, for example, you can look for books less than $5.00 or even less than $1.99. Very cool! Feedbooks: a mix of books for sale and free books from new authors, as well as public-domain classics. Of particular note is the Kindle […]

Reading on a Kindle vs. an iPod Touch

by Barbara Feldman April 16, 2010

Since getting my Kindle in August, I have become a fiction-reading machine! I am loving it. The odd part, that I didn’t really analyze, was that BEFORE the Kindle, I was reading mostly non-fiction. I never really thought about why I made the switch, but a friend of mine pointed out that he prefers fiction on the Kindle because fiction is strictly linear. With non-fiction, he says he likes to jump around within the book, and physically highlight and hand write notes in the margins. […]

Hedgehogs and CeeCee Honeycutt

by Barbara Feldman February 16, 2010

Yikes! My Presidents’ Day topic at is being published AFTER Presidents’ Day! In an effort to get ahead of my work, I’ve been writing the weekly topics in advance. But obviously I goofed on the timing of this one. Reminds me of “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!” Moving on … I finished two books this week. On my iPod, from, I just finished listening to The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. There were many times during the book, […]

Women Hold Up Half the Sky

by Barbara Feldman November 17, 2009

Okay, I got the message. Thanks for letting me know I stepped out of line when I quoted Mao Tse Tung in a recent Surfnetkids newsletter. He was a mass murderer, and therefore doesn’t deserve the privilege of being quoted. His quote “Women hold up half the sky” has lead to some good, however, as it has been usurped by at least two movements that I know of . First is the Half the Sky Foundation that supports Chinese orphans. And second is the Half […]