This isn’t the first such contest we’ve brought to your attention, so you probably know the general idea by now, but here we go again! From now through June 30th, SmartPlanet is taking entries for a free Kindle giveaway. The registration process takes just a moment. You go to this page, enter your information, and you’re done for the day! One entry per day is allowed.
Now, as a warning, you might want to take a look at the site first and decide if you like the content as this will automatically sign you up for a copy of their email newsletter. That’s a fairly negligible issue, however, since in the same announcement telling entrants about that, they make clear that you can unsubscribe right away should such be your preference.
I had never heard about this site previously(Excellent draw for your site, guys!), so it’s hard to make an informed recommendation, but the front page story listing led me to a few fairly interesting things I also had not run into before. Early developments in wireless energy transfer just plain interest me. Coverage on the developing privately funded space flight industry is similarly cool. Where they caught me, however, was the vat-grown human liver. I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a news guy. I follow what interests me in as narrow a way as possible on most occasions because I don’t want to be bombarded with information on what famous person leaked a sex tape with what other famous person and so on. Finding a site that covers the interesting stuff on a broader scope without that sort of inanity is at least potential, in my book. Worth a shot, especially when I might get a new Kindle in the process.
The Kindle 2 International continues on its path to global coverage, this time reaching Canada. The International Kindle, with its free global roaming wireless connection has attracted a lot of international buyers and Canada was one of the many countries where the launch of the device is highly anticipated.
Amazon declared earlier last week that Canada is now amongst the countries that they officially ship to. While Amazon’s delay to support a nation so close to the US has raised a few eyebrows, it has to be understood that international trade laws can be pretty stringent. So finalizing business deals sometimes takes an unnaturally long time, which is lamentable but unavoidable in certain situations.
Now the wait is finally over for Canadians and Kindles have already started being shipped up North. If there was ever an eBook reader that a large number of international customers wanted, it has to be the Kindle. And this fact is not lost on Kindle’s competition.
Sony has followed Amazon to Canada and has started shipping their own eBook readers there. But till date Sony lacks the kind of content that Kindle readers have easy access to with each and every Kindle. So it doesn’t look like Amazon will be threatened by Sony’s readers anytime soon. But that does not mean that Sony will not do anything about it.
As it turns out, Sony is planning its own online store, called Sony Online Service. Their primary target is iTunes but it is likely that they would want to provide content for all their devices and that logically should include Sony’s eBooks readers. However, if their content is as limited as their eBook reader and as unimaginative as their online service name, Amazon will have the last laugh on this one.
Author Carolyn Rubenstein is giving away free Kindles to Twitter users who promote her book. The book, Perseverance, is a collection of narratives from young cancer survivors. In an effort to promote the book’s release, Rubenstein is giving away a Kindle a day through Friday. If you want to enter the drawing, all you need to do is send out a tweet with the topic “#perseverance” included. The idea is that enough people will be interested in winning Kindles that #perseverance will become a trending topic.
For those of you who aren’t Twitter users, “trending topics” are the most popular subjects being tweeted at any given time. These topics show up in a side panel that all Twitter users see, so if the contest becomes popular enough it will mean a lot of free advertising for Perseverance.
The whole concept of the promotion banks on the idea that enough people want a free Kindle to dominate twitter. So far, it doesn’t seem like the contest has been quite the success Rubenstein was hoping. I wouldn’t blame this on a lack of demand for the Kindle. I have no doubt that people would be interested in this contest, but that there hasn’t been enough promotion of the contest itself. If you are looking to get a Kindle, I would recommend taking advantage of this contest before more people hop on board.
Now would also be a good time to remind you of BlogKindle’s Twitter account. Also, don’t forget that you can keep up to date with the latest tweets on the Kindle itself.
Kindle software update version 2.0.3 is being rolled out over the WhisperNet. I decided not to wait for the automated installation to fail because I have font hack and Savory installed and did a manual update. Uninstallers for both hacks worked just fine and official update installed without any problems. I used Igor’s script to take a peek inside the update packages and copied some files from Kindle before I installed the update. I then sucesfully applied the official patch, made another copy of the files that were updated but didn’t find any exciting changes.
All-in-all, it looks like a collection of bugfixes. It’s possible that TTS change is there.
First thing after the official patch – I’ve reinstalled the Unicode Font Hack and it installed just fine.
Kindle Software Update 2.0.3
Several folks have asked me what happened to the Free Kindle 2 Contest. I have little excuse other than being lazy but here it goes now:
- Kindle 2 went to Jeff from USA (this is as much information as I can share). According to the UPS tracking it was delivered. I hope that Jeff is enjoying it and putting it to good use.
- I received total 279 entries of which 240 were valid. Remaining 14% didn’t have the date in proper format in the subject field.
- Of those those 240 10 (4.2%) have guessed correctly so I had to flip my favorite 10 sided coin to decide who wins.
- Dates ranged from 3/20/2008 to 10/9/2009… Since first one is most likely a typo along with some other dates before the contest start, earliest really valid date was 3/14/2009 – the next day after the rules were published.
- Most people (17) guessed 4/1/2009 and were off by 1 day.
- Here is a full distribution graph for entries ranging from 3/14/2009 to 4/28/2009. There were several for much later dates that I omitted from the graph.
Thank to everyone for participating and spreading the word and good luck next time! :)
I just performed my everyday 0:01am check and I see 256,806 books available in the Amazon Kindle store.
It means that the winning date is March 31st, 2009 (03/31/2009)!
Now I’ll go and scan all e-mails I received for the competition to find a winner. It may take me some time but I expect to notify Kindle 2 winner within next 2-3 days.
Thanks everyone for participation and I’ll keep you posted!
As of 00:01 PST 3/20/2009 the book count was 252,289 so starting from that time no more entries are accepted.
At the time of this posting the count is 252,758. This means that pretty soon we’ll have a winner who will receive a brand new Kindle 2.
As I look at it right now, there are 251,651 books availabale for purchase. Way to go Amazon!
This also means that unless some books are pulled back (which did happen several times before), today would be your last day for submitting entries to win a free Kindle 2 contest. So hurry up. You have until 11:59PM PST 3/19/2009 to submit your entries. 235 entries has been submitted so far. Good luck!
There are 131 entries now and 249,365 books in the Kindle Store . It’s getting quite close to the cut off number so if you didn’t submit an entry for your chance to win Amazon Kindle 2 you should probably do it within couple of days.
A quick update on contest, being held here on www.blogkinde.com, where you can win a free brand new Kindle 2:
As of 00:01 PST 03/14/2009 there were 248,081 books in Amazon Kindle Store, so it’s almost 3K books before I’ll stop accepting entries. There were 43 entries submitted so far so chances of winning are still pretty high given you’ll guess close enough to the correct date.
Before emailing your entry please make sure that I’t correctly formatted as per contest rules. The answer should be in the subject line (not in the body) and be exactly 10 characters long (no more no less): MM/DD/YYYY, month and day number should have a leading zero if they are less then 10, year should be 4 digit – 2009, not 09 or 9.
I’m writing this beacuse around 10% of the entries fail to follow this format and stince I’ll use semi-automated means for choosing the winner – invalid entries will not win. Please review your entry and if it’s wrong – please resend it, I will not count it as double entry or cheating as long as the date is the same.