Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gluten-Free Recipes for Amazon Kindle Fire

Gluten-Free Recipes in Full-Color on New Kindle Fire Device

As the author and publisher of a full-color Gluten-Free Desserts Recipes book, I have been anxiously awaiting the day when Amazon would release a full-color Kindle device (at a reasonable price) for avid book-reading enthusiasts that did not own an Apple iPad or other such color mobile device.

Well, today announced their new Kindle Fire full-color reader which is has a high-resolution 7" screen and costs $199 USD; they are taking pre-orders for shipments starting November, 15th.  Our full-color Kindle version of Gluten-Free and Wheat-Free Desserts should look fantastic on this device!  And, you can use this same Kindle Fire device to get online and read this Gluten-Free Blog too :)

Kindle Books can be viewed in COLOR on any of the following color-display-capable devices...
For a color eBook reader, this new Kindle Fire device is very aggressively priced and is bound to put pressure on Apple to lower the price of the iPad. Why? Well, that $199 device also does a LOT more than just allow you to read books... you can play movies and music, browse the web, play games or check email all with this device. I find myself wishing I could have waited to purchase a Kindle : I have an earlier one that is grey-scale... I needed it for proofing our Gluten-Free Recipes eBook prior to release; and, although it works just fine for reading books, has great battery life, and has a rudimentary web-browser, this new Fire device is in a different league.

I really like having a Kindle for a portable multi-format document-transportation and reading device.  This Kindle Fire offers the ability to access these types of files on-the-go: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8. This should suffice for most any needs... everything from text to Adobe Acrobat document to Microsoft Word documents... and most common picture-formats... and most common audio/video formats.  Sounds like an all-purpose portable device (for those of us that do NOT want a mobile phone for this type of thing).

I am contemplating some sort of promotional event (for our Kindle-based gluten-free recipes book) to coincide with the November launch of the Kindle Fire. But, I am not exactly sure how I can best promote the eBook... I will think something up.  Electronic books are apparently the "future", and the last of our printed recipes books are quickly being depleted (only have a couple hundred left: and that's it, forever... it will soon be a collector's item).

So, in the not to distant future, the Kindle-version is going to be the only version of our Gluten-Free Desserts book. Although the gluten-free recipes are the same in the "E" version, I have always preferred having a hard-copy (print-edition) cookbook nearby in the kitchen — mainly because I have this habit of getting flours and other baking ingredients all over the place, including on my recipes book.  The Kindle "Fire" claims to have an extra-durable display that is resistant to accidental bumps and scrapes, but the Kindle doesn't claim to be waterproof or otherwise resistant to my inevitable kitchen abuse while I bake :)

(link): PRINTED version of Gluten-Free & Wheat-Free Gourmet Desserts Book

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