Fun, Amazing, Etc.

This is the official blog of indie author / adventure writer Andy R. Bunch, author of the fantasy book, "Suffering Rancor." As always, I'll post funny or amazing things I find in my travels or from poking around online. This is a great place to kick back and relax a bit. You may note that I’m not too clean or too dirty. For more information on my book, go to Here are links to first two books and

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Amazon Matchbook and other cool things you should know!

The October 29 article in Gizmag by James Holloway contains some great info on the new amazon feature called Matchbook. The original article can be found here:

Above, a screen shot of one my books offering the new program, and below are links to my two current books enrolled in the program.

The article points out that this program helps folks who want to be able to read their book in either format. In my experience people who like the physical book (tactile readers) reject ebooks and people who love the convenience of ebooks were generally not big readers when physical books were their only option. So at first blush this wouldn't seem like a big value add, but to me the advantage comes if you want to shift your library over. Or if you want to buy physical books as gifts and then read the ebooks yourself.

Either way this seems like a cool feature to me...
"To use the service, Amazon customers can use the Kindle MatchBook page to search their purchase history, dating all the way back to Amazon's launch of its online bookstore in 1995. Though some titles are available for free, others will be priced at US$0.99, $1.99 or $2.99."

Onto another topic: I love shipping container homes. I can't explain, I just do. At one point you could get them surplus and build one cheaper than through other means, but due to popularity those days are gone. Still there's some cool things you can do with them. Here's another gizmag article worth a read.

Finally, I've been preaching decentralized computing, especially with cell phones, for almost two years. I think its coming but I'm fascinated watching it develop. I didn't get a chance to talk about the samsung watch, but here's an interesting development.

The idea is to allow you to upgrade and customize one piece at a time. You might desire a physical keyboard, or external memory, or you might want something stripped down so your battery lasts longer.

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