Monday, February 25, 2019

How to Return Any Kindle eBook

While most readers know that they can return an unread print book to a bookstore for a refund, it’s a little bit less known that readers can return eBooks to Amazon within seven days of purchase. It doesn't matter whether you accidentally pocket-bought a title, or got it at a price higher than you intended to pay, or thought it was a full novel rather than a short story.
All you have to do is contact Amazon within seven days and request a refund. Amazon will refund your money and automatically delete the book from your Kindle account. Below are the steps:
1.      Go to Manage Your Content and Devices.
2.     From the Your Content tab, select the Actions [...] button next to the title you want to return, and then select Return for Refund.
3.      In the pop-up window, select Return for Refund.
Tip: You can cancel a Kindle book order from your Fire or Kindle immediately after purchase. Choose "Purchased by Accident? Cancel this Order" immediately after you purchase a book on your device.
Bonus: if you are interested in decrypting Kindle books, you can read this post about how to convert Kindle books to any format as you like.
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Monday, February 18, 2019

Kindle Firmware Update 5.10.3 is Now Available

Just two months ago, Amazon had released 5.10.2 Kindle firmware. However, in such a short time, Amazon has started rolling out 5.10.3 firmware update. The update is available for all current Kindles and older Kindles dating back to the Kindle Paperwhite 2.
It appears to be a relatively minor and mysterious update, because the download page doesn't have any information on what has changed. The What's New screen on the device shows "Performance improvements and other general enhancements."
As you may noticed, Amazon has made some change with the KFX DRM encryption scheme. But the good news is that there’s still an alternative way to help you remove KFX DRM smoothly. If you are interested, you can read this guide about how to convert KFX to PDF
You just need to downgrade the latest Kindle app to an older version Kindle app, then all of your problems regarding KFX DRM will be resolved.
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Monday, February 11, 2019

2019 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced its 2019 Audie Awards finalists. Each year it honors the best titles in audio publishing for the previous year at a gala awards ceremony. Awards will be given in twenty-four categories including Audiobook of the Year. Below are the finalists for 2019 Audie Awards.

Science Fiction
§       The Hitchhiker’s Guide tothe Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase, Eoin Colfer & Douglas Adams, read by John Lloyd, Simon Jones, Geoff McGivern, and a full cast (Penguin Random House UK Audio)
§       Planetside, Michael Mammay, read by R.C. Bray (HarperAudio)
§       Black Star Renegades, Michael Moreci, read by Dan Bittner (Macmillan Audio)
§       Head On, John Scalzi, read by Wil Wheaton (Audible)
§       Artemis, Andy Weir, read by Rosario Dawson (Audible)
§       European Travel for the Monstrous Gentle woman, Theodora Goss, read by Kate Reading (Simon & Schuster Audio)
§       Second Hand Curses, Drew Hayes, read by Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor & Tavia Gilbert (Audible)
§       Kill the Farm Boy, Kevin Hearne & Delilah S. Dawson, read by Luke Daniels (Penguin Random House Audio)
§       Jade City, Fonda Lee, read by Andrew Kishino (Hachette Audio)
§       Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik, read by Lisa Flanagan (Penguin Random House Audio)
Audiobook of the Year
§       Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi, read by Bahni Turpin (Macmillan Audio)
Audio Drama
§       Alien: Sea of Sorrows, James A. Moore & Dirk Maggs, read by John Chancer, Stockard Channing, Tony Gardner, Lorelei King, Laurel Lefkow & a full cast (Audible)
§       Steal the Stars, Mac Rogers, read by a full cast (Macmillan Audio)
§      The Martian Invasion of Earth, H.G. Wells & Nicholas Briggs, read by Richard Armitage & Lucy Briggs-Owen (Big Finish)
Best Female Narrator
§        The Mermaid and Mrs.Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gowar, read by Juliet Stevenson (HarperAudio)
Best Male Narrator
§       Pet Sematary, Stephen King, read by Michael C. Hall (Simon & Schuster Audio)
§       Watchers, Dean Koontz, read by Edoardo Ballerini (Brilliance)
Faith-Based Fiction & Non-Fiction
§        The Rogue, Lee W. Brainard, read by Therese Plummer (Podium)
§       An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Hank Green, read by Kristen Sieh & Hank Green (Penguin Random House Audio)
§       Life of Pi, Yann Martel, read by Vikas Adam (Audible)
§        Noir, Christopher Moore, read by Johnny Heller (HarperAudio)
Literary Fiction & Classics
§        Split Tooth, Tanya Tagaq, read by the author (Penguin Random House Canada)
Middle Grade
§        Louisiana’s Way Home, Kate DiCamillo, read by Cassandra Morris (Penguin Random House Audio)
§        The Secret of Nightingale Wood, Lucy Strange, read by the author (Scholastic Audio)
Multi-Voiced Performance
§        Hans Christian Andersen’sFairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen, read by F. Murray Abraham and an ensemble cast (Listening Library)
Narration by the Author or Authors
§       The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo, read by the author (HarperAudio)
§       The Secret of Nightingale Wood, Lucy Strange, read by the author (Scholastic Audio)
Original Work
§        Loki Ragnarok, Mark Binder, read by the author (Light)
§        Spin, Harvey Edelman, Neil Fishman & David B. Coe, read by Jim Dale, Barrett Leddy, Lisa Livesay, Nicola Barber, Khristine Hvam, Nick Sullivan, John Brady & Johnny Heller (HarperAudio)
§        Magus Elgar, Kennedy Phillips, read by Ricardo Cabral, William Violenus, Christopher Moore, and a full cast (Kennedy Phillips, MelodyGun)
§       Shadow and Ice, Gena Showalter, read by Melissa Moran & Leo Barnabas (HarperAudio)
§       The Outsider, Stephen King, read by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)
Young Adult
§        The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo, read by the author (HarperAudio)
§       Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi, read by Bahni Turpin (Macmillan Audio)
§       The Lady’s Guide toPetticoats and Piracy, Mackenzi Lee, read by Moira Quirk (HarperAudio)
Young Listeners
§       Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist, Susan Wood, read by Brian Amador (Live Oak)

In 2019, the Twenty-Fourth Annual Audie Awards ceremony will be held at Guastavino’s in Manhattan on March 4th. And the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on March 4. 

By the way, if you want to back up your purchased Audible books, you can read the guide about how to decrypt Audible books

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