Special Offer: get one of 100 humor books for $1
Here’s the latest Special Offer on books from Amazon.
First, a word on that. If you have a wi-fi capable Kindle (that seems to be the determining factor), you can turn Special Offers on, get the offer, and then just turn them off again if you want.
You do that at
then click on
Manage Your Devices
You’ll see a place to subscribe or unsubscribe. If you paid less for your Kindle because it has Special Offers, it costs you to unsubscribe. If you didn’t, it costs nothing to subscribe and then unsubscribe again.
Here’s the kicker on this one: the deadline to accept this offer is 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time), November 24, 2011 (Thanksgiving). You have to click it on your Kindle by then.
You’ll then get an e-mail, and you’ll enter a code (you can copy and paste it from the e-mail). You must select your book by December 24, 2011.
For more details, see
By the way, this one says “…limited to one discounted Kindle book per Kindle with Special Offers device.” So, that sounds like I should be able to get multiple books on the deal with multiple SO-subscribed Kindles on the account. I’ll try that and let you know. Update: I just checked that out. It says it differently in the offer on the device. There it says, “Limit one per customer and per device.” That suggests to me that, since the account is the customer, I can only get one…even if I deregister that specific Kindle and re-register it to another account. I wonder if that’s something people have been doing? I would think the device is unsubscribed when it is deregistered, and you’d have to resubscribe it.
The people making these offers (and this one could be Amazon, but they would have an agreement with the publisher) may be basing the costs for the ads on the number of devices with Special Offers…so they wouldn’t want the same device to get it twice, even if it was sold to somebody on a different account in-between. Fascinating. Now I shall have to choose more wisely…
As to the list of the books, it’s an interesting mix this time. I wouldn’t call them all humor, for one thing…I don’t think of Goosebumps as humor, personally.
Here are some notable ones from the list:
Is It Just Me?: Or is it nuts out there?
by Whoopi Goldberg
Pretty Good Joke Book
by Garrison Keillor
Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny
by Marlo Thomas
Holidays in Heck
by P.J. O’Rourke
Come on, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors
by Bill Cosby
This is one of the ones on the list I wouldn’t consider a humor book. It’s not listed that way on the product page: I think they just stuck this here because Cosby is a comedian, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the bargain.
Some other titles:
by Robert Kroese
Also available for Prime Lending (if you have a paid Prime account, you can borrow up to one book per calendar month from Amazon…that’s a limited list, and right now, this is one of them. I’m letting you know that in case you’d rather borrow it than use your Special Offer on it. Note that these titles change…I’ve got a borrowed book from Prime right now, but it is currently on Prime lending)
This is an apocalyptic (not post-apocalyptic) fantasy novel with hundreds of five star reviews.
This really popularized the idea of literary mash-ups. It take the original Austen novel and adds new parts…and then eats them. Grahame-Smith is a rising pop culture star.
I love books of quotations (I’ve been working on one for quite some time). I took a look inside this one (that’s an option on some books), and the selection looks okay. I’d like more thorough sourcing, but this could be fun on an EBR (E-Book Reader), where brevity can count.
Random Kinds Of Factness: 1001 (or So) Absolutely True Tidbits About (mostly) Everything
by Erin Barrett and Jack Mingo
Now that I see this is Jack Mingo (Couch Potato Guide to Life), it’s moved up to first position in my selection process.
I’ve trained other trainers on using humor…this one sounds interesting, although I haven’t read it.
This has been free before, and I’ve read one of the books in the series…it’s fun little anecdotes about history, told in a snarky manner.
Oh, the reviews are good on this one…I’m tempted. I like in-depth books about TV shows, and I did like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.
The Story of English in 100 Words
by David Crystal
This is by a linguistics professor…professor of linguistics…Professor of Linguistics…drat! Fortunately, my relative who is a linguist tells me nothing is “wrong”…it’s just the way it is used.
Warning! This one is really politically incorrect and NSFW (Not Safe For Work). Not my cup of tea, either, but the books have been quite popular.
Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults upon Our Language
by Richard Lederer
On the other hand, I think I’d rather enjoy this one…and that the author wouldn’t mind my saying “cup of tea” above.
I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era
by David Knoedelseder
This one sounds good, too! It’s about what happened with stand-up comedy in the late 1970s…there will be names you know (Leno, Letterman), and names you may not. It’s probably more serious than you expect…and it would be fun to hear the text-to-speech do the routines I presume may be quoted. Well-reviewed at Amazon.
Hmm…another temptation. There are eight classic character types in TV sitcoms…this book delineates them. Start naming them…go!
Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City (Smart Pop series)
Edited by Dennis O’Neill
Sigh…picking is going to be harder than I thought. At least I’m adding things to my gift list for my family…that’s one way these sales work for Amazon.
That’s enough to get you started! Don’t forget, acknowledge the offer on one of your Kindles on the account by Thanksgiving at 11:59 Pacific.
Feel free to tell me what you pick (you have another month to do that), or ask questions. I know more of the books, but didn’t want to make this too long.
Update: by the way, getting the Bathroom Reader book would have been a complete no brainer for me…but it shows as unavailable. I would have considered some other books, if the text-to-speech access had not been blocked.
his post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.