Special offer: get one of 50 biography & history titles 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.
The deadline to accept this offer is 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time), March 8, 2012 (Thursday). 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). After you’ve done that, you’ll get this message
Your Amazon gift card or promotional code has been applied.
You must select your book by April 8, 2012.
Here is the
* At this point, the Kindle Fire (which is wi-fi capable) doesn’t let you subscribe to Special Offers. While the mechanism would probably different (since there isn’t a sleep mode picture…”screensaver” on a Kindle Fire), I suspect we’ll get the option to opt into Special Offers on the device. The ad might be a “splash screen” before going to the homescreen, or might be tied into the Silk web browser. That could have the advantage of stopping the ads from showing for children…if you’ve blocked web access without a PIN (Personal Identification Number) which you can do. Since I don’t think they would reduce the price of the Kindle Fire in exchange for the ads, I think the advertisers could be okay with that.
After you redeem the code, you can pick one of the books from the
Even though the page said it one place there were 100 books and in another that there are fifty, fifty is correct. You also have to click the links for “History” and “Biography” to see them all…there are twenty-five of each.
I’m going to list ten that caught my eye:
If you don’t have this one yet, I highly recommend it!
I wrote a bit about it here:
Man’s Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl
This one is a classic: a combination of Frankl’s own experiences at Auschwitz (and other concentration camps), and psychotherapeutic theory.
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing
This was the basis of the movie.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
by Alison Weir
The King’s Speech: Based on the Recently Discovered Diaries of Lionel Logue
by Mark Logue and Peter Conrad
My Week with Marilyn
by Colin Clark
Black Hawk Down
by Mark Bowden
by John Hersey
This was a classic magazine article that was later made into a popular book. One weird thing: unless I’m wrong, they are misspelling the author’s name on the cover and the product page as “John Heresy”…I’m quite sure the Pulitzer Prize winner is “John Hersey”.
I’ll probably go with Mee’s book, but I haven’t quite decided yet. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a zookeeper, and I love Gerald Durrell‘s books.
If I’ve left off one you’d recommend, feel free to do so by commenting this post.
Remember, redeem your code first, then buy the book.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.