Technology continues to improve the experience in many ways. One of the most delightful enhancements is the ability to read samples of books.
These samples are usually a sizable chunk of the beginning of the book, including at least the first chapter, sometimes more. While I used to make my book selections based on reviews or summaries on a book jacket, I can now (at my leisure) browse through significant pieces of text before committing to my read.
When I hear of an interesting book through the news or a recommendation, I download the sample immediately. You can get a good feel of the book by starting with a sample. Or perhaps conclude that the book is not for you.
And …. these samples are FREE.
All you need is the Kindle App on your device. It’s also free and you can download it from the iTunes store. (If you own a Kindle and you haven’t downloaded samples, just follow these same directions and use the Kindle as your choice on the Amazon book screen.)
You will also need to register your device with Amazon, and set up an account. They will walk you through that process when you get started with the app.
With a Kindle app, and a registered Amazon account, you are ready to go.
Head over to Amazon, and navigate to a book that you are interesting in.
For this example, I am showing you the Amazon screen for the book (my all time favorite!) Pillars of the Earth.
There will be several choices available for purchasing the book. You must highlight “Kindle Edition”.
As long as you are signed into your Amazon account, and you have highlighted “Kindle edition”, you will see two boxes over on the right. The upper box is to be used if you plan to purchase the book, the LOWER box is the one that will send you the sample.
All you have to do is click that box. Since you are registered, your device name is visible in the window of the box, and the text will say that it will send the sample to: “name of your device”.
Just click. That’s it.
Now go to your smartphone or tablet or computer and open the Kindle App.
Take a look …. on your device page, you should see (within minutes) the sample of the book you just selected. There will be a little banner across the corner that says “Sample”.
Go ahead and get another. And another. You might find yourself feeling a bit like a kid in a candy store.