In the Clouds
Lately, I’ve had my books in the Cloud. The Kindle Cloud Reader is probably Amazon’s least understood offering for reading ebooks. It’s basically an online replacement for the Kindle for PC/Mac app. Go here to download it for free. Sadly, the Cloud is only available for Firefox, Google, and Safari browsers. Support for additional browsers is coming soon.
I’ve been utilizing the Cloud to store books I really have no interest in reading any time in the near future – as in the next 25 years, considering how many books are on my waiting list.

Before the Cloud, when I ordered a book, it would load automatically to the Kindle. If it’s been awhile since I’d turned on the wireless, or if lots of free books were offered, this could really clutter up the device. It also made no sense to me to have to load a book before you could remove it to the archive.
Enter the Cloud, that happy place in the sky where free books go to live out their lives. When you “one click purchase,” you can choose an option to send the book to whatever devices you have registered. When you choose the Cloud, it doesn’t automatically send to any device, but waits in perpetual storage, like an automatic archive option. The book does show up on the Kindle Fire carousel, but won’t download until you click it.
The Cloud also makes it possible to read a book directly in your web browser. This is a good option if you don’t want to use a lot of memory on your computer with the Kindle for PC/Mac app. Or if you’re on a computer (at work, perhaps?) where you don’t necessarily want to have your books downloaded.
This may also be a helpful technique to avoid hard restarts on the Kindle. Several users have reported that their devices have been shutting off and restarting frequently. One possible cause is the number of books stored on the device desktop that could overload the memory. If this has been a problem, you might try sending books to the Cloud and see if it helps.
This page on Amazon is the Cloud help page.
How have you used the Cloud and what user tips can you pass on?
 
One Crazy Tablet
That didn’t take long. PC World is reporting that since the end of February, the Kindle Fire accounts for more than half (54%) of android sales. The article calls the Fire the non-tablet that changed the market and is outsold only by the iPad.
Users report the Fire’s best feature is its ability to be used as an e-reader. Two thumbs up from Daily Cheap Reads! The comparative low price of $199, a simple interface and useful functions have made it the top seller.
 
National Day of Prayer
Today is the National Day of Prayer in the United States. We posted earlier about the event.
Stormie Omartian’s book on prayer is selling for the great price of only 99 cents.
 
Stormie Omartian has led millions to pray—parents, wives, husbands, women, teens, and kids. Each of her best-selling books have opened up the mystery of prayer and helped readers approach God with confidence and experience His power. With transparency and biblical depth, Stormie now shares what it means to connect with God in a deep and meaningful way through every circumstance that presents itself. In 30 short chapters, Stormie helps every reader find the freedom, wholeness, and success they want as they discover the simple steps to powerful prayer.
Click here to purchase The Power of a Praying® Life
 
 
 
Crazy Day and Cheap Reads
Yesterday was one crazy day with all one-day-only special prices on refurbished Fires and the Kindle DX. Rumors are that the next Kindle Fire announcement is imminent and the Kindle DX will be discontinued. When the rumors are confirmed, we’ll let you know.
In the meantime, whatever Kindle device or application you are using you will want to consider these 99 cent cheap reads. Topics include military history; true crime including Greentown about the Martha Moxley murder; dieting, a travelogue; and historical fiction.