Keep the tips coming! You guys are the best!

Being a writer is like working as Ring Master in a circus. Have to know how to juggle, keep the show moving and shovel elephant poo. So many jobs, so much to do and learn.


Staying ahead of the new gadgets and media stuff would be overwhelming without this community of writers. I can always count on y’all to step up, share and help with great tips.

Thanks for todays tip goes all the way to balmy Ohio and Jena Henry, a cool author, book reviewer and one of my fav readers who keeps me encouraged.

After reading my post on how to embed “Instant Book Preview” of your book on your website, and other social media sites, Jena stepped forward and clued me in on how to take it a step further.

Now you can click the “Share symbol” on your Kindle and send not only a quote, but an Instant Preview to a friend or the world. This is so cool because my sister and I were discussing a book earlier this week. Instead of trying to remember or explain what I thought was so great, I could’ve just shared a quote and an instant preview with her.

That’s right! Amazon has made sharing books you enjoy easier and faster.

However, I was disappointed to find my old Kindle Paperwhite (very first Paperwhite) doesn’t send an the instant preview, just the quote. Plus, it only sends the quotes to Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter.frog-sad

Maybe time to buy a newer version of Kindle e-reader. Well-played Amazon, well-played. frog-happy

The good news is that it works on Android apps and on the newer Kindles (I just sent an Instant Preview from the Kindle app on my iPhone, pretty slick.)

Jena was reading on her Kindle Voyager when she discovered the “share” symbol. And when she hit the symbol a preview link shows up with a photo of the book and the reader receives a free preview. And she could continue reading!

What do you think?

Another tool to promote your book as well as other writers?

I’d love to hear from you! Click to write me or contact me on Twitter @jeancogdell, Facebook at  jean.cogdell and, stop by and say hey! The lights are on and I’m waiting.

Go check out Jena’s website The Golden Age of Charli and tell her Jean sent you.

Please remember to share this post with your Twitter peeps and Facebook Facebook fans.

Read more about this new “Share Instant Preview” at the links below.

Great Books, Great Conversation

Amazon upgrades Kindle quote sharing with Instant Previews BY  



2 thoughts on “Keep the tips coming! You guys are the best!

  1. I have Kindle Fire, think it’s the 3rd version. Yes, I’ve had it a few years. It was a gift. Am I going to run out (figuratively) and buy a new one? Sorry, no. This household needs a new furnace and a new vehicle. The furnace is a rebuilt one past its warranty. The vehicle is a 2000 model. Just a little old, right? And there isn’t any extra money laying around. I’m pinching pennies until they squeal like little pigs.

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