While I’m sadly lacking in techieness and find it all, in the main, just beyond my grasp, one thingy that I am getting to grips with is IFTTT – standing for If This Then That. For those of you who haven’t found it yet, here’s a link that explains how it works: http://ifttt.com/wtf (Notice the (“wtf”) suffix that made me smile. It carries out automated tasks to save you time and faffing about. And it’s free.
As far as I can see the applications for IFTTT are almost limitless, but I haven’t yet had the time or mental ability to work out all the things it could do for me. However, if you take a look at this page, you’ll see ready-made “Recipes” – simple programs that will automate all kinds of functions for you. These are tasks that other users have written. But you can also create your own if you’re not as stupid as me.
If you’re a Kindle owner/reader and want to be alerted when a new free book gets into the top 100, there’s an excellent “Recipe” that will send you an email as soon as a new title makes the list. Some of the free books are only available for a short time, so unless you are on the ball you could miss out. Thanks to IFTTT I recently picked up an ebook for free which normally sells at £8.99 – a price I’d never pay for a digital book. I download about 5 free ebooks every week from the top 100 – some of them are real gems, but I wouldn’t spend time every day scanning for them. The “recipe” does that for me.
Here’s a screenshot
Depending on which part of the world you get your Kindle books from, make sure you select either “Amazon.com” or “Amazon.co.uk”, as both lists differ. You’ll see what I mean when you try it out.
If, like me, you spend too many hours each day trying to juggle all the social media balls and live a life, IFTTT really can make your life easier. Check it out. 🙂