Let's Get Digital 2 Problems Fixed, New Kindles Launched & More Publishing Resources

voyageI’ve info below on six new Kindle devices which launched today below, but first some welcome news:

Amazon seems to have fixed things at its end. Those who purchased the old version of Let’s Get Digital should be able to now download the new version with a few clicks via Manage My Content & Devices (formerly Manage My Kindle) in their Amazon account.

Note: none of these problems affected new purchasers.

More detailed instructions below, but for those who don’t know what I’m talking about, I decided to upload the new expanded and updated second edition of Let’s Get Digital directly over the old version.

I explain the reasoning here, but the general idea was to thank the readers who supported me over the last three years by recommending this book (in huge numbers) to their fellow writers.

Digital2Some launch snafus meant the update wasn’t immediately available to download for purchasers of the old version, and when people tried, they got the old edition with the new cover. Ack!

It could have been a very stressful situation, but it wasn’t as bad as it might have been. Not least because everyone was so cool about it and help get word of the solution to those who needed it (and thank you for that. Really. It made things so much easier on this end).

However, that should all be fixed now. If you don’t know how to download updates, here’s the process:

1. Go to Manage My Content & Devices (formerly Manage My Kindle) in your Amazon account.

2. Search for “Digital” in the box on the right-hand side.

3. To the left of the book title, click the button.

4. Click “Deliver.” Select your device. Click “Deliver” again.

5. Once your device synchs, you should have the new update and see the book at the top of your TBR.

If this isn’t working for anyone, please let me know in the comments.

visibleLARGEFor those who didn’t purchase the old edition but would like to check out the new one, you can do that at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords (and all the other Amazons too).

And if you missed yesterday’s post, I’m also running a 99c sale (save $4!) on the companion book Let’s Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books. You can also grab that one at Amazon, Amazon UK, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

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As I mentioned up top, Amazon launched six new devices this morning, which are all available for pre-order.

Dedicated e-readers

The new entry-level Kindle e-reader is now touchscreen and just $79 (with Special Offers, $99 without). It boasts 20% quicker page-turns, 4GB memory, deeper Goodreads integration, and weighs just 6.7 ounces (190g). You can pre-order from today, ahead of the October 2 launch.

The brand new model launching today is the Kindle Voyage, available for $199 (with Special Offers, $219 without). It’s the thinnest Kindle so far – just 7.6mm wide – and looks to be a step forward on the Paperwhite in other areas too: twice as many pixels in the hi-res display (300 ppi), reduced screen glare, adaptive front light, easier page turns (which sounds like it will make one-handed reading a little easier), and weighs just 6.3 ounces (180g). You can also pre-order that today ahead of a October 21 launch.

New Kindle Fires

The new entry-level Fire HD6 costs just $99 with Special Offers ($114 without) for the 8GB model, and $119 for the 16GB model ($134 without Special Offers), and comes in five different colors. I’m not a Fire user, but it sounds like the processor is faster, the display will be crisper, and it will be easier to edit Word docs etc. There’s a new OS too. This model has a 6″ HD display. Launches October 2.

For a 7″ display, the new Fire HD7 starts at $139, and will be released October 2.

And if you are shopping at the top-end, the new Fire HDX has a 8.9″ display, and a lot more whizz-bangery for the $379 starting price. The hi-spec model is not out until October 21.

firehdkidsFinally, for those of you with kids – particularly the kind that like to drop things! – Amazon now has a specially designed model with a kid-proof case.

Available for $149, it also includes a subscription to FreeTime Unlimited. Amazon must be pretty confident about how robust this device is, because they are throwing in a 2-year guarantee, saying “if they break it, we’ll replace it for free. No questions asked.” Heh. I know at least a couple of kids who would like to test the limits of Amazon’s largesse.

Again, this won’t ship until October 21, but you can pre-order now.

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Before I go, some links.

I’m interviewed on Joanna Penn’s (excellent) blog today, discussing what has changed over the last few years for self-publishers. I think authors starting today sometimes feel they have missed the boat. Well, I have some good news.

I’ll also be on the Rocking Self-Publishing podcast later this evening. I’ll update this post (and comment below) with a direct link when it goes live. I recorded this with Simon Whistler on Tuesday, live in his apartment! We might have had a beer or two…

Finally, Joe Konrath has completely eviscerated the latest rubbish from Entitled Authors United. Read that here. I’d be pretty embarrassed right now if I had co-signed that stupid letter.

David Gaughran

Born in Ireland, he now lives in a little fishing village in Portugal, although this hasn’t increased the time spent outside. He writes novels under another name, has helped thousands of authors build a readership with his books, blogs, workshops, and courses, and has created marketing campaigns for some of the biggest self-publishers on the planet. Friend to all dogs.