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Amazing Amazon Ebook Reader: the Kindle + ebooks that donate proceeds to charity

June 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Amazon

amazon ebook readerHave you ever heard of the Amazon Kindle? This is an impressive little device that’s the size of a paperback book, but holds the contents of an entire library. 

It’s a strange name for an ebook reader. I’ve seen some people spell it “Amazon Kindel” and other spell it “Amazon Kindal”. For the record, the right spelling is “Amazon Kindle”. And along with the iPod, the iPhone, and the BlackBerry Curve, it’s quickly become one of my favorite electronic devices. It’s to books as the iPod is to music.

And unlike your current cell phone or PDA, this amazing device looks and reads like a real book. It literally uses “electronic ink” technology that looks unlike traditional LCD screens…instead of “liquid crystals”, it uses actual ink! You’ve got to see it to believe it.  

Once you buy it, you can purchase and download new ebooks at the click of a button at Amazon.Com and be reading it in less than a minute. There are hundreds of titles available, but for purpose of this blog, from time to time I’ll highlight some of the titles where a portion of proceeds goes to a great cause. As a bonus, your unit will have FREE lifetime wireless access to Amazon’s network from anywhere in the country, which includes free round-the-clock access to Wikipedia and the Oxford Dictionary.  

For more information on the Kindle and how to buy one, visit Amazon’s site. 

For those of you with Kindles, here are some great ebook titles where the author gives some of his or her proceeds to a worthy cause:  

Born Without a Tail, by Cayr Ariel Wulff. This heartwarming book is a compilation of stories from two animal rescuers who share stories of their pets, as well as abused and abandoned animals they’ve welcomed into their home. Some stories will make you laugh, some will make you cry, and some stories will even help you understand how to care for an understand your pet even more. If you’re an animal lover, it’s a must-read,  A third of the proceeds goes towards Valley Save-a-Pet, a humane group. 

Passion at Work: How to Find Work You Love and Live the Time of Your Life, by Lawler King and Mark Albion. There are few better blessings to have a job that you love to do. So many people dread waking up in the morning and dread going to work. But if you love what you do and your work is in balance with your life’s goals, going to work is a pleasure. This is not just any self-help book, it’s a book from a Wharton MBA and Harvard Business School professor who went through a number of life-altering events to grow to a business leader. This book has gotten rave reviews from business leaders around the country. All proceeds will go to the Social Venture Network.

 In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing, by Bob and Lee Woodruff  Bob Woodruff had been at the pinnacle of his career. Just named as a co-anchor on ABC World News Tonight, he went to Iraq to cover the war, when he suffered severe injuries, life threatening injuries due to an enemy explosion. This story is largely told from the vantage point of his wife Lee, who recounts their story, how their lives were torn apart, and how they came together. A percentage of proceeds from this book will go to the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury.

 God in the Raging Waters: Stories of Love And Service Following Hurricanes Katrina And Rita, by Paul Blom. When hurricanes Katrina and Rita ripped through the Gulf Coast, huge numbers of peoples lifes were changed forever. This book was written by a bishop in the Lutheran church, who recounts the story of how the people of the church came together to help those who were most devastated. A portion of proceeds goes to the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod Disaster Relief Fund

 Women of the Afghan War, by Deborah Ellis: for generations, women in Afghanistan were silent. Under the former Taliban regime, women were treated as non-people, destroyed physically, their families torn apart, their voices silenced. The book was published prior to the ouster of the Taliban regime, but with especially elements of that government still threatening, his book serves as a reminder that we cannot sit and accept silently in the face of inhumanity. The book is priced higher than usual books because 100% of the proceeds are going to the childrens Afghan War Fund.

Stay tuned in coming weeks for more great titles on the Amazon Kindle that donate a portion of proceeds to charity.


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  • debeades

    My book is also available in KINDLE form and all proceeds are donated to dog rescue groups and rural animal shelters. You can check out my amazon blog to see which shelters we have helped so far and some stories and photos of dogs on their way to new lives with the help of volunteer drivers on the “dog rescue railroad”.

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