Now You Can Loan Your Kindle Books

Amazon’s introduced a new feature for the Kindle (to compete with the Nook?): you can now lend out digital copies of your Kindle books to your friends & family (who else would you lend them to?).

Some restrictions apply. The lending period is 14 days and you can’t read your book while it’s on loan.

Here’s a great blog post that gives a good quick summary of the details:

MSNBC TechnoLog.

And here’s a link to Amazon’s info page about Kindle lending.

Happy Kindling!

Stress Reduction Tip #1

Words of Wisdom!

“Stress primarily comes from not taking action over something that you can have some control over. So, if I find that some particular thing is causing me to have stress, that’s a warning flag for me. What it means is there’s something that I haven’t completely identified perhaps in my conscious mind that is bothering me, and I haven’t yet taken any action on it.

I find as soon as I identify it, and make the first phone call, or send off the first e-mail message, or whatever it is that we’re going to do to start to address that situation — even if it’s not solved — the mere fact that we’re addressing it dramatically reduces any stress that might come from it. So, stress comes from ignoring things that you shouldn’t be ignoring, I think, in large part.”

—Jeff Bezos, Founder

Read the full interview here

Paper Cuts

Sadly for our fellow writers trying to eke out a living in the quickly imploding newspaper market in America, 14,330 jobs have been lost so far in 2009[as of 11/11/09].

Paper Cuts tracks this data and gives a state-by-state, paper-by-paper analysis of this seismic shift. SADLY, the link to this helpful map has DISAPPEARED. But the numbers of lost jobs still haunt me…