We are pleased to announce that members can now view over 800 titles from the eBook Collection at REALTOR.org on their Amazon.com Kindle or Kindle app device! Users have been calling for this for a long time and Kindle finally opened the door to its closed system just this past week.
All you need to get started is your valid NRDS number and a registered Kindle device or reading app (for use on a smartphone or tablets like the iPad, for instance). Simply browse and search for Kindle eBooks in the collection. Titles that are compatible with Kindle will have an icon. Add titles to your eBookBag and check out as you normally would. Once you’ve checked out, a link will appear taking you to Amazon.com’s Kindle Store for the title you are borrowing. In the upper right corner, instead of ‘Buy Now with 1-Click’ you will see ‘Get Library Book’. Click to add it to your collection. No special software to download, no fuss, no muss!
Select your Kindle or your Kindle reading app device. Sync your device or app and enjoy. I did it this morning with my iPad and it worked like a charm. The only thing I noticed was that my library book was added to my ‘Archive’ section of my Kindle App and not ‘Home’. Clicking into Archive, it was only another quick click to add it to the home screen.
Now not every eBook we have is Kindle compatible – that’s up to the publishers – but we’ll be adding more as time goes on. Kindle titles have a borrowing period of 21 days and will automatically expire. From what I can see, early return is not possible at this time. Other questions? Contact NAR’s Information Central at 800.874.6500, email@example.com or text ‘AskNAR‘ to 66746.
Brandwashing, Attention on the Web, and Free Museums
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Peace Corps. Time Magazine provides a slide show detailing the program’s history.
How long does the average person stay on a web page: Not very long. After lots of data crunching, Jakob Nielson reports that in order to gain several minutes of user attention, you must clearly communicate your value proposition within 10 seconds.
Have a friend who is olfactory-sensitive? Be sure to invite him or her over to before you put your home on the market. Smells matter when it comes to home buyers.
Do you keep a diary? If you Facebook, then your answer will soon be ‘yes.’ The recent Facebook news feed changes are merely an appetizer for what is to come. This week Zuckerberg announced more changes are on the horizon.
There’s been a hue and cry all week ever since Netflix announced its splitting and new pricing model. Disgruntled users should remember there are alternatives to Netflix in the market.
Have you ever been primed? I mean has anyone ever deliberately influenced your subconscious mind and altered your perception of reality without your knowing it? Whole Foods Market, and others, are doing it to you right now.
Follow the 50% rule and these four other rules for determining when it pays to repair an item, rather than replace it.
And last, if you are looking for something fun to do this Saturday, check out the Smithsonian’s website to find a free museum in your area, in honor of Free Museum Day. Once you find a museum, be sure to fill out the ticket information form and print out your tickets for free admission.
Thievery, Tailgating, and Tips for Your Tool Belt
As digital thieves contrive ever more clever and convoluted traps, we must remain vigilant about protecting our online identities–keep your coterie in lock-down and personal information secure. It’s takes two to tango though, so think twice before you fake a name online.
With money being tight these days, one has to be resourceful. That hairdryer of yours? Go ahead and add it to your tool belt. However, money is not tight for all; where do the wealthy settle down? Forbes enlightens us. If you’ve got some extra funds, perhaps take a ride on the Florida foreclosure tour bus?
Football season is once again upon us. If you’re a football enthusiast, then check out these tailgating tips (or sailgating if you’re a Washington Husky). If, like my mother, you are not a sports fan, then we recommend the New York Times Arts section for reviews on movies, TV, plays, art exhibitions, and more. Not sure what tailgating is? Wikipedia sheds light.
And last, for those who experience pain–joints, back, head–some helpful ideas.
Exotic Locales, Elegant E-mail Signatures, and Energy Efficiency
We’ve been enjoying the New York Times series “House hunting in …” In several installments we have learned about the real estate market in Austria, Switzerland, Madrid, British Columbia, and this week, Antigua. It may never happen for us, but it sure is fun to imagine!
Forbes offers a treasure trove of intriguing content, from outrageous home amenity slide shows to stealthy green cars, but this week 12 Housing Markets Moving in the Right Direction caught our fancy. The picture of Seattle does not do it justice, in case you were wondering.
Speaking of cars, Yahoo! shares some stealthy cars that thieves don’t want; whether you can afford a BMW 5 Series or Audi A6 is another story.
E-mail signatures often become unwieldy. Chris Smith gives some tips on streamlining your signature.
Last week we shared details on Google’s push in the social sphere. In the company’s eternal quest to take over the world, this week it acquired Zagat. Mountain View, California sure smells like Pinky and the Brain these days…
In the summer of 1941 the Philadelphia Real Estate Board began a new campaign promoting the word REALTOR®. One of the goals was “to create a better and wider public understanding of the significance of this term,” wrote Board Executive Vice-President John F. McClaren in the August 1941 issue of the National Real Estate Journal.
The list of the most-accessed Field Guides during the month of August was recently released:
- Field Guide to License Reciprocity / License Recognition
- Field Guide to Working with FSBOs
- Field Guide to Family Firms
- Field Guide to Do-Not-Call, Do-Not-Fax, and Do-Not-Email Laws
- Field Guide to Commercial Broker Lien Laws
- Field Guide to Effects of Power Lines on Property Values
- Field Guide to Home Inspections
- Field Guide to Private Property Rights
- Field Guide to Short Sales
- Field Guide to Commercial Property Management
Have an idea for a new field guide? Articles you think we should be including in existing ones? Let us know.