Trust is Everything Now Available in Amazon Kindle Format

Our first book, Trust is Everything:  Become the Leader Others Will Follow is now available in Amazon Kindle format, and for only $6.99, a savings of 65% over the print version!

If you haven’t read our book yet, you’ll want to buy it before our sequel. Becoming a Trustworthy Leader:  Psychology and Practice, is published by Routledge Press this summer.  If you have read it already, you’ll want the ebook version for handing referencing and bookmarking.

In addition to the Kindle models, including the new Kindle Fire, uou can read it on any device with the Kindle app, including iPhones, as well as Android phones and e-readers.

Our book is also available on iTunes in iPad format, and for the Kindle Nook at Barnes and Noble.

Please share this with anyone among your networks you who think might benefit from reading our book.

We look forward to hearing from you as you read it!

Aneil and Karen

Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire vs. iPhone Vs. Google Nexus Seven

Here’s Walter Mossberg’s review of the Google Nexus 7, which he says is much better than the Kindle Fire:

Tired of watching in frustration as its popular Android mobile operating system failed to make much of a dent in the tablet market, Google GOOG -2.26% is stepping in next week with an Android tablet it helped design. It’s the Nexus 7, a $199 model with a 7-inch screen. And in my view, it’s a winner.

After testing the Nexus 7 for a couple of weeks, I consider it the best Android tablet I’ve used. It’s a serious alternative to both Apple‘s AAPL -1.26% larger $499 iPad and to a more direct rival: Amazon’s $199, Android-based, 7-inch Kindle Fire. I prefer the Nexus 7 to 7-inch models from Google partners like Samsung,005930.SE -0.80% whose comparable product costs $250.

The size and price advantages of the Nexus 7 are similar to those of the Kindle Fire, but the quality of the hardware and software in the new Google slate blows away those of the Fire. The latter is a chunky device that lacks a camera and microphone, and has a heavily modified version of Android, which can be sluggish. The Nexus 7 is a sleek, handsome tablet with a smooth, quick, new version of Android. In my test, the battery life of the Nexus 7 exceeded the Fire’s by a huge margin: nearly five hours.

The Google Nexus 7’s My Library home screen

Update July 2012:

I decided to return the device before my return period expired at Best Buy.  As a Silver Premium member of Best Buy, we had 60 days rather than the standard 30 days to return it.  I returned it for several reasons:

1.  Too heavy to use for long periods of time.  The bright screen was wonderful, but not worth the extra weight.

2.  I still do most of my Kindle reading on my iPhone.  It’s convenient, and I rarely have hours at a time to sit and read.

3.  The browser and other features weren’t good enough to justify this as an iPad replacement.

4.  The upcoming smaller iPad may be what I really need!

Update June 2012:

Still find myself reading Kindle books for short bursts on my iPhone because of the ease of carrying it around.  When I have real time to read, then I use my Kindle Fire.

Don’t like the fact that when editing typos, I can’t move to a particular letter as I can with my iPhone, but have to delete the entire misspelled word.

Almost left it behind at the Delta Club in Atlanta.  I’m not sure I’m going to take with with me when I travel anymore!

Update May 2012:

I received a Fire for my 50th birthday from my family.

Video and book downloads are very very fast on Wifi.

Audio could be louder, and while watching video changing volume requires being right on top of the audio slider control or the control vanishes.

No SiriusXM app; only Pandora.

Not sure the Kindle Fire doesn’t provide page numbers; rather, only location numbers when reading books.

Just received the Marware Lightweight Microshell Folio Cover ordered from Amazon.  It fits like a glove and does just what it’s advertised to do:  protect and provide a stand for viewing in landscape mode.

What’s behind the drop in Kindle Fire shipments?

First-timer guide for the Kindle Fire from Mashable.

Update 11-18-12:

Here’s a review of the Kindle Fire from ZDNet.

Update 11-16-11:

Here’s Walter Mossberg’s review of the Kindle Fire in the Wall Street Journal.  I think I may now wait until the next generation of the Kindle comes out:

To be clear, the Kindle Fire is much less capable and versatile than the entry-level $499 iPad 2. It has a fraction of the apps, a smaller screen, much weaker battery life, a slower Web browser, half the internal storage and no cameras or microphone. It also has a rigid and somewhat frustrating user interface far less fluid than Apple’s.

But the Fire has some big things going for it. First, the $199 price, though the Fire’s seven-inch screen is less than half the surface area of the iPad’s display. Second, the Amazon and Kindle brands, already known and loved for e-readers and more. Third, Amazon is the only major tablet maker other than Apple with a large, famous, easy-to-use content ecosystem that sells music, video, books and periodicals. The Fire can be thought of as a hardware front end to all that cloud content.

When compared to the iPad 2, I suspect the Fire will appeal to people on a budget and to those who envision using the iPad mainly to consume content, as opposed to those who see the larger tablet as a partial laptop replacement. For instance, while the Fire has a decent Web browser and a rudimentary email program, it lacks basic built-in apps, such as a calendar, notepad or maps. However, for people primarily interested in reading books and periodicals, the Fire may seem too heavy and costly when compared with a low-end Kindle or Nook.

Original Post 9-28-11:

Okay, there is no way Karen is going to let me purchase any more electronics soon, given that I recently purchased a new Macbook Air.  Nonetheless, bookworm that I am, and the fact that I already love my Kindle app on my iPhone and Kindle device, I’m wondering how I’ll be able to convince her that the new Amazon Kindle Fire is worth buying sometime.  After all, I am 49 and reading all my books on the iPhone does induce eyestrain (iStrain?) after a while.

Perhaps when the inevitable Kindle Fire 3G comes out, coupled with Amazon’s new browser Silk, and the fact that Jack and I could then get rid of the iPad 3G data plan, I can show that the cost savings justify it.  I’m open to suggestions!

For a video interview from The Wall Street Journal on the new Amazon Kindle Fire, please go here.

To order one of the Kindle models, you can go to Amazon’s webpage here.

The Wall Street Journal’s take on how the Kindle Fire could affect Amazon’s financials.


I want to buy an iPad, can you help me?

So, the school our kids go to is having a big fundraising event in March and we want to donate an iPad to help the school raise money.

Last year, our son, Jack, helped raise over $1,000 by selling buttons that people bought in hopes of winning a flatscreen TV.  This year, we thought it would be great to have an even more special product, an iPad, so Aneil and I wanted to donate the iPad because we are grateful for everything Lansing Christian School has done for Maggie and Jack while we have lived in Michigan.

So, I went to Best Buy last night to buy the iPad, and after playing with the iPad for almost 15 minutes, no one came to help me.  There was no one even in the vicinity of where I was looking at this iPad, which was right near the other Apple products.  As I was leaving, someone asked if I needed help, but we had warm food in the car and had already waited long enough, so I said I’d be back.  As I left, I asked for the store manager’s name.  It is Dan.

Today, Aneil decided to call Dan to let him know that he was on his way, after I was unable to get any help last night.  The first time Aneil called Best Buy, no one answered–the call just rang and rang.  The second time he called, someone answered and said they would try to find Dan and the call got disconnected.  The third time, Aneil called, he was told that Dan was gone and would not be back until Thursday.

Then, I called Best Buy corporate customer service to see if they could help.  A polite person answered and said she would get someone to help me place my order online.  I told her that my problem was that I needed help with the Okemos, Michigan store.  She said I needed to talk to someone in customer relations.  When she transferred me, an automated voice asked me for my purchase order number and my zip code.  That is when I hung up.  All I wanted was a person to talk to, to tell my story to, and I got a robot.

So, our dilemma is this.  We wanted to buy the iPad now to give it to the school so that they can get it ready for the auction and fundraising event that will be held on March 18th.  Should we wait until Thursday when Dan the manager is back?  Should we order it directly from Apple?  What would you do?  Needless to say, trust with Best Buy is low.