I love foreign magazines and now I have easy access to them!

Prior to the eBook explosion on our planet, I gave little attention to foreign magazines because they were often extremely expensive due to shipping costs and delivery time was delayed as well.

I am very happy to see so many magazines from faraway lands are now available to me electronically! Do not think you have to have a special device (other than a regular computer or a regular smart phone or tablet) to read these magazines.  If you have a computer, smart phone, or tablet, then you can download Kindle software directly to your device so you may begin reading these magazines immediately!

This is the location to download the necessary Kindle software:    https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/kcp

Once you have the software downloaded then go on a fantastic shopping adventure on amazon.com for all the fabulous magazines you never had easy and timely access to before!  Here are just a few to get started (you would use the “Deliver to Kindle” during checkout – it is the option over on the right):

NOTE:  If you find a magazine that does not have the “Deliver to Kindle” option listed on the right, then the magazine is not yet available electronically.

To find more foreign magazines on amazon.com, here is one way to find them quickly:

There are several methods of reading eBooks besides using Kindle software, I outline more here:


Gadget mania:)

With the number of electronic devices in the hands of our clients now it is truly a miracle they have not rioted against all of IT.  I have a sincere respect for them just based on the massive amount of patience they have for learning, caring for and using the large number of crazy devices we support for them.

If you have a full arsenal of gadgets for work and home and feel as if you are reaching your breaking point, then take a deep breath and keep the following tips noted below in mind for a happy life.

  • If you are unable to turn off all devices for quality time with other humans or for strolls in nature for a set amount of time each day, then you are probably going to self-destruct in some weird and ugly way in front of witnesses in a public place.  No one wants that.  Just turn the gadgets off and do your thing.
  • Understand how to update the gadget to keep it running well.  Check for updates weekly.
  • Understand how to turn off, turn on and hard reboot the gadget.  Avoid leaving computer-like gadgets in an on state for weeks at a time, rebooting is very important as is normally shutting down every few days to avoid all sorts of performance issues.
  • Understand how to backup data from the gadget to another gadget (like to an external hard drive) that you then store in a separate place (any detached structure from your home or office that is secure).  Backup your data on a regular schedule and never deviate from this schedule.
  • Know that if you enjoy a huge bowl of Captain Crunch while reaching over your gadget to snag a book that is sliding off of a shelf, then the Captain Crunch is going to spill all over the gadget rendering it completely unusable…probably forever.

It doesn’t matter what electronic devices you have, you can read e-books! Well, I guess maybe a fancy toaster wouldn’t work…

I occasionally run into users who believe they must purchase a specific electronic device (ie. Kindle, Nook, etc) in order to successfully read e-books.  This posting is for them.  Below I outline what is necessary in order to read e-books from a few well-known retailers and web sites.

Project Gutenberg offers free e-books.  Here is one simple example of how you can read their e-books:

  1. From any computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet, visit this web site:  https://www.gutenberg.org/
  2. Click on any book under the “Some of Our Latest Books” section towards the top of the web page.
  3. Select the first link called “Read this book online:  HTML”.
  4. Start reading!

If you want to purchase a book that requires the Kindle, then just install the Kindle App so you can read Kindle e-books from several electronic devices, no Kindle required! Here’s how:

  1. From any computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet, visit this web site:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/fiona/kcp-landing-page and click the download button to download and subsequently install the Kindle App.
  2. Purchase any e-book from Amazon and download it, here is an example of a e-book you may purchase that is a Kindle e-book:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FIX5LGC
  3. Open the Kindle App on your device (you just installed it).  Inside the Kindle App, login using your Amazon account.
  4. Start reading!

If you want to purchase a book that requires the Nook, then do the same thing as with the Kindle:

  1. Download and subsequently install the Nook Reading App from here from your smart phone or tablet: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/nook/apps and be able to read Nook e-books from several electronic devices, no Nook required!
  2. Purchase a book.
  3. Open the Nook Reading App on your device (you just installed it).
  4. Start reading!

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