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4 E-Books to Help You Have a More Joyful, Successful Year

Just as starting your day on the right foot is a great idea, beginning the new year with some clarity and focus can help ensure that it is more successful and rewarding. Your e-reader and e-books can help in that regard, because one of the biggest challenges to keeping New Year’s resolutions is staying inspired and maintaining a positive outlook. Most people set annual goals but they don’t keep them, and that can backfire to make your year even more difficult. That’s because right out of the gate you lose self-confidence because by failing to keep your resolutions.

That can actually set the stage for a year of negativity. After the year we just had – and all the horrible incivility that was expressed in public, even by those who are supposed to be our leaders and role models – we all need more kindness, optimism, and good examples to follow. The right book can give you hours of reading pleasure, but more importantly you may finish it and feel some profound positive momentum to carry you forward through the whole year and beyond. Here are four powerfully-inspiring e-books that may be a perfect gift to give yourself for New Year’s 2017.

1) Gunn’s Golden Rules

Tim Gunn launched his career as a department head at Parson’s School of Design – one of the world’s best, if not the very best, design schools. Then he segued into a TV career as the creative mind behind Project Runway. But along the way he has meticulously cultivated another style…that of the perfect gentleman. In this day and age, that’s rare. In his best-seller “Gunn’s Golden Rules,” he eloquently explains why the world needs for each of us to be kinder and more thoughtful to one another. He uses real life examples, and sprinkles in some spicy gossip from the fashion world. You’ll love this book, even if you don’t care a fig about fashion. It is the best etiquette book you may have ever read…but Gunn is such a nice guy that it doesn’t come across like a stuffy etiquette book. You just feel like you met the nicest person on earth, and he gave you his secret sauce.

2) Reinvent Yourself

Here, in the pages of Reinvent Yourself, author and entrepreneur James Altucher candidly shares real stories and essential critical skills that will enable you to visualize success, see opportunities all around you, and capitalize on those. You can use his tips and insights to achieve whatever you want out of life – including personal fulfillment and a deeper awareness of the world in which you live and love. He is the real deal. One of his first deals, in fact, was basically a contracted signed on a napkin in a restaurant. He more or less agreed to buy a tech company for hundreds of thousands of dollars, despite not having any money or much of a technical background. Then he got on the phone and told investors about the contract he had just signed…and they flocked to him with bags of cash. Once he owned the company, he sold his interest in it for tens of millions. A successful entrepreneur, angel investor, chess master, and prolific writer, Altucher has started and run more than 20 companies.

3) Outliers

Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book “Outliers” has inspired readers for nearly a decade to do the one thing that is probably the biggest obstacle to goal achievement…namely, work hard and put in the hours. He contends that even if you have some natural proclivity, you will likely only attain a level of true mastery when you have invested 10,000 hours in practice. Be more diligent. Focus with more intent and concentration. Then, no matter what you set out to do, apply yourself each day. Those hours will soon accumulate – and so will your successful achievements. Incidentally, his more recent book called “David and Goliath” is equally inspiring…and is particularly empowering if you feel like you are the underdog. Gladwell dissects popular myths as he puts forward the notion that just because you aren’t as gifted or privileged as the next person, that does not mean you are not destined to be a winner and a huge success.

4) The Habit Fix 2

Author Eileen Rose Giadone created an instant Amazon Best Seller when she published her first self-development book “The Habit Fix” a year or two ago. Then she followed it up with this book, Habit Fix 2, which has also received rave reviews from readers. Both of these are fantastic books. We recommended the first one when it came out, and if you don’t have it yet then you may want to order both e-books. Eileen Rose is also a singer, songwriter and professional performer in Nashville, TN. She has released 11 self-penned, roots/rock albums worldwide and has toured all over the world. Her advice on goal setting – and ditching bad habits – is really practical and positive, and her humorous, down-to-earth approach is fantastic. Lots of great tips and ideas to set healthy goals that are attainable and powerful – for real and sustainable results, instead of disappointing failures. Check it out, you’ll find out why others say it changed their lives…and quickly.

The 5 Most Important E-Reader Accessories

Tens of millions of lucky people just received a new e-reader device for the holidays. Maybe it was a gift from mom and dad, from a spouse, from Santa Claus, or from a friend or colleague. If you’ve never owned one before, you may not be sure which accessories you need to accompany it, enhance its usefulness, and protect it from damage. Even if you have had e-readers before, you’ll still need a few items to use with it, if those weren’t included in your recent gift or purchase of an e-reader. Let’s look at five of the most essential e-reader accessories. These are add-ons that will enhance your e-reader experience and ensure that the device has great longevity.

#1 Charging Cords and Adapters

If you’ve ever gone on a trip and then discovered that you left the charging cord to a phone, laptop, or other device at home, you know how frustrating that can be. The same thing happens if you go overseas and realize you don’t have the right electrical adapter. Here’s a tip you can use. If you’re staying in a hotel, ask the housekeeping staff if they have an extra cord or adapter that fits your gadget. Oftentimes they do, because other hotel guests forgot and left one behind. Meanwhile, always buy an extra set. That way you’ll never be without one. You won’t suffer the exasperating experience of reading a page-turner novel just when the plot thickens but your e-reader runs out of power.

#2 A Protective Cover

E-readers are built to last, but accidents do happen. Dust, dirt, and grime can creep into those little ports where you plug in accessories. Smudges can obscure the screen. A drop or bump can crack the glass or scramble the computer circuitry. Water and electronics don’t mix, either, and other liquids like sodas can wreak havoc. Many an e-reader has had its life shortened when dropped into the bathtub or smashed while tumbling down the stairs by someone running to catch a subway train. The good news is that most of the common hazards can be easily and stylishly eliminated if you just protect your e-reader with an attractive and reliable protective cover. Most of them are inexpensive, and it’s easy to find one specially designed to fit your particular gadget – in an array of different colors and materials.

#3 Back Up Power

Even if you have charge cords and adapters, they may be not use to you in certain situations – and you’ll still be unable to charge the batteries on your e-reader. Under what kinds of circumstances? Perhaps the most common is when you are outdoors. But it can also happen whenever you travel on an airplane, a bus, or in any vehicle that doesn’t have a compatible charging port. You might be ready to take a long flight, and just when you board the battery on your e-reader dies. You’re stuck for the duration of the flight. The solution is easy, though. Just purchase a portable battery pack, like the ones make by companies like Trond or Anker. Make sure that the backup battery pack is fully charged before you leave, and that you have the right adapter – if needed – to plug your e-reader into it. Then you’ll have enough emergency power to keep your e-reader going strong until you reach a place where you can plug it in for a full recharge.

#4 Cleaning Items

Cleaning e-readers with ordinary cleaning products like those used to wash windows may not be ideal. The screens are especially intricate on modern e-readers, and they can get damaged by harsh chemicals. Or they can wind up with a conspicuous film on them left behind by inferior cleaning products not intended for computer screens. It’s a good idea to invest in some recommender cleaning solution and the right kind of cloth to use on your e-reader’s glass. That will ensure that the viewing is crystal clear and you don’t inadvertently damage anything. A clean microfiber cloth is a good choice because it won’t leave lint behind or scratch the surface. A quality alcohol-free eyeglass lens cleaner or a product like Photo America or Monster ScreenClean solution works fine. Instead of spritzing it directly onto the screen, however, spray it onto the cloth. Then apply the cloth to the glass screen.

#5 Audio Headphones

Last but not least, if you are fond of reading audio books you’ll want to have a good set of headphones or at least some handy ear buds. That will enable you to listen wherever you are, without disturbing anyone around you. Even in a noisy subway train or crowded bar, if you have an earpiece or headphones your ability to listen to an audiobook won’t be compromised. You can escape into your own literary world, no problem.

Tips for E-Reader Repairs

Every reader loves their Kindle or other type of e-reader gadget, and once you get into the e-reading habit – which is a great habit to develop – you can be really bummed-out if your e-reader isn’t working properly. But the good news is that some of these problems can be remedied by just doing a little investigative troubleshooting. Others may require a repair by a pro, but could be covered by your warranty if your e-reader is relatively new. These are good things to know about, particularly during the holiday season when many people will be lucky enough to receive a new e-reader as a gift.

You Cannot Turn Your E-Read On

When you are ready to read but the gadget won’t power-up, that can be a real disappointment. Sometimes it’s an easy and quick fix, though, so begin by making sure your e-reader has an adequate charge. Even if the battery is dead, you can still power it up using a USB connection on a computer that’s turned on, or by using a wall socket adapter that accepts a USB connector. It’s a good idea, in fact, to always carry one of those, plus a spare charging cord, so you can power-up under any circumstances.

Does Your E-Reader Not Accept a Charge?

If those attempts don’t solve the problem, it could be that the charger receptacle or charging port that is built into your e-reader is faulty. Maybe it’s gotten bent on the inside or one of the internal connections has broken off. Sometimes corrosion can build up in that area, too, especially if your device has been exposed to high humidity. You can still try to power the e-reader by plugging it into a computer or wall socket. If it does accept a charge that way, you’ll be able to charge it and are good to go. Otherwise it may be a candidate for a professional repair, and most qualified e-reader repair experts can fix that kind of issue quickly, for a reasonable fee.

Your Screen is Cracked or Broken

One of the most common issues with e-readers is that the glass screen gets cracked or shattered. You can replace the screen yourself, but that’s not really recommended since a new screen, plus the tools needed to complete the job, will probably cost you around $75 or more. Some e-readers cost less than that, brand new. You’ll also have to watch lots of YouTube videos to master the steps, and if you mess something up you could do further damage to the delicate electronic components of your e-reader. That is especially true for newer models that have touch-sensitive screens. But if your device is under warranty, you may be able to just have a new screen installed by the manufacturer. Amazon, for instance, will usually replace broken Kindle product screens until the warranty expires – and some customers have had theirs replaced multiple times under the same warranty.

Is There No Headphone Sound?

Once again, a faulty connection port could be the reason that you don’t get any sound through headphones when you want to listen to an audio book or use other e-reader features that offer sound. But first check the headphones. Plug them into another device such as a CD player or smartphone that you know is in good working order. If they still do not work to provide sound, then your e-reader is probably fine – but you need a new pair of ear buds or headphones. When the e-reader is the source of the problem, on the other hand, that may be a repair you need to have done by a pro, and it is one that should not take long for them to fix.

If You Need Professional Repair Assistance

Any of these problems that may necessitate professional repair assistance can be remedied by a qualified professional. But whenever considering e-reader repairs always get a written estimate in advance, and make sure the repair person has a solid track record for success and professionalism. Since the prices of e-readers has become so affordable, it may make more financial sense to just go ahead and buy a brand new one – especially if yours is an older model. Then again, if it is under warranty, you should definitely take full advantage of that – and two of the most popular warranties – those that accompany Kindle products bought from Amazon.com – are described below.

Kindle’s One-Year Limited Warranty

Kindles are generally warranted or guaranteed to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a full year from the date of purchase. All you need to do is treat the gadget with normal care, and not abuse it. If something goes wrong Kindle will either repair it, refund your purchase price, or replace the device with either a new or refurbished unit. The warranty doesn’t cover damage due to fire and if you try to repair it yourself or have someone else repair or alter it besides the Kindle repair folks, that can void your warranty.

The Worry-Free Kid’s Warranty

The Worry-Free Guarantee for Kids Edition e-readers is great, and it lasts not just one year but for two full years from the date of purchase. Apparently the people at Amazon have children of their own, and know that when kids get their hands on a computerized device they can really put it to the test. So when you buy a Kindle for Kids Bundle or a Fire or Fire HD Kids Edition with a kid-proof case the device is covered in basically the same way as the standard Kindle one-year warranty, but for twice as long.