two more free kindle books, kindle 3 review thoughts

Amazon just keeps adding more and more free kindle books (thanks to Happy Reader Joyce and Candace for the links) -

  1. The Big 5-OH by Sandra D. Bricker. Rated 4.5 stars on 12 reviews.

    Olivia Wallace has a birthday curse . . . or so she thinks.

    It was a broken heart on her 16th, a car accident on her 21st, pneumonia on her 30th, and a fall down a flight of stairs on her 35th. There were Ohio blizzards on her 38th, 39th, and 40th; and six days before her 45th, she lost the love of her life to a heart attack.

    Numbing grief stole that birthday and a couple more to follow and, on the morning of her 48th birthday, she received the call she’d dreaded ever since losing her mom so many years ago…

  2. The Truth About Personal Performance by Robert E. Gunther, James O’Rourke, and Leigh L. Thompson.

    All you need to know to make winning presentations–fearlessly and painlessly

    • The truth about preparing quickly, efficiently, and well
    • The truth about managing anxiety and handling hostile audiences
    • The truth about nonverbal signals, PowerPoint, microphones, and more  

Nice to see more free books even if the ‘The Truth About X/Y/Z’ books are getting a bit annoying. Their next book should be – The Truth About Creating Unique, Catchy Book Titles.  

Kindle 3 Review Thoughts

We now have 609 Kindle 3 Reviews at Amazon.

  1. It’s strange that Kindle 3 and Kindle WiFi reviews are clubbed together.
  2. Actually, there should be separate reviews for the white and graphite Kindle 3. At least a section where people can talk about how they felt the color made a difference (or didn’t).
  3. There are 66 1 star Kindle 3 reviews. Complaints about freezing and battery life and WiFi. There really are quite a few reviews talking about the freezing and it’d be interesting to see how many would change their review if they tried out the new Kindle 3.0.1 update.
  4. Looking at the negative Kindle 3 reviews it’s hard not to notice that the crashes and freezing seem to be the #1 complaint. Not sure why Amazon isn’t sending out an update letting people know a fix is in the works and available for ‘early preview’.
  5. The 3 star Kindle 3 reviews also mention freezing.
  6. A few people have mentioned that their replacement Kindle 3 did not have a freezing problem. That combined with the fact that a relatively small group of people seem to be experiencing the Kindle 3 freezing issue suggests this is an issue only 5% to 10% of Kindle 3 owners are facing.
  7. 77.5% of Kindle 3 reviews are 4 stars or 5 stars. That’s down from the initial Kindle 3 review trends where 89.9% of owners had given Kindle 3 4 stars or 5 stars. One reviewer mentions dropping her kindle 3 review from 5 stars to 3 stars due to the freezing issue.

Overall, there’s a definite increase in the percentage and number of legitimate complaints.

In the previous review of Kindle 3 reviews (168 reviews; August 30th, 2010) the main problems were less significant – a few WiFi problems, the Korean font not being pretty, number keys missing.

In this current compilation it’s hard not to notice strong trends – lots of negative reviews are about the freezing/restarts. Lots of the 3 star reviews also mention the freezing.

Amazon does have the fix available for download and it’s working for most Kindle 3’s it’s been tried on. However, the downward trend in the Kindle 3 reviews shows that Amazon needs to hurry up and deliver the fix wirelessly and soon – before the freezing becomes permanently associated with Kindle 3.

2 Responses

  1. There also seems to be quite a few bad reviews that complain only about shipping issues and have nothing to do with the Kindle itself. It would be interesting to see the overall score with these ones weeded out.

    • Brad, am actually going through Kindle 3 reviews right now. Around 10% of the 1 star and 2 star reviews are related to shipping so it’s not a huge difference. Also, there are a surprisingly low number of ‘don’t own a Kindle 3 but giving it a 1 star’ reviews.

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