Round up #267: page 45, Neuromancer deal
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
Today’s Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
there are two deals which stand out to me.
Neuromancer by William Gibson came out in 1984, and won the Hugo, the Nebula, and Philip K. Dick award…and profoundly influenced geek thinking. You can get it today for $1.99…either for yourself, or maybe delay delivery for an appropriate gift giving occasion. It’s quite possible that even the way you are reading this was influenced by ideas in this book. 4.0 stars out of 5, 813 customer reviews.
The other deal is on twenty Iris Johansen titles for $2.99 each. There are a bunch of Eve Duncan books in this group, and others.
If you want to buy rather than borrow (through Kindle Unlimited or the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library), these are good deals.
Page 45 status
Humans are great at finding linkages and patterns in things…even if they don’t actually exist. ;)
That has led to all sorts of fortune telling techniques, among other things.
I put together a CD with hundreds of small sound clips from movies and TV, gathered from
which is a great site for that sort of thing. It’s been around since 1995, and is nicely organized. They also comply with rightsholders, and I think that they are within Fair Use with what they do.
I have listened to it many times in the car (before I had text-to-speech…I listen to books, now). I would put it on shuffle, and I called it “The Magic Clip Ball”. One way to “use” it would be to think of a question, and then whatever quotation came up next was the “advice” for you. That was often fun!
My adult kid recently made me aware of a “viral book status”.
“Pick up the nearest book to you and turn to page 45. The first sentence describes your love life.”
Now, there are some complications with this for e-book users. All of the books in my Kindle (and I know some of you may have thousands downloaded) are really equidistant from me. If you use a Kindle for this, I’d say the one that is nearest to the front of your Carousel. Of course, you may also not have a page 45…I’d go with location 450 if you don’t.
When I decided to try it just for fun, there was a p-book (paperbook) near me…Monsters by George Eberhart (believe me, if I could have had it as an e-book, I’d prefer it).
The line for me?
“One Man in Canoe Sets Out to Hunt Loch Ness Monster”
I won’t comment on the appropriateness of that for me, but I can see how it might fit some people (making it gender neutral, of course).
Seeking Alpha round-up
I recently created a free account on
and they’ve sent me several interesting articles!
They are well thought-out and researched…I’m impressed!
Why Amazon’s Appstore Could Become As Big As Google Play by “Critical Timing”
This isn’t just pie in the sky, but makes a good argument for the super rapid growth of Amazon’s Appstore. Gee, in three years, will be people be as mad at a phone not having access to the Amazon Appstore as they are now to the Fire Phone and Kindle Fires not having direct access to Google Play? Perhaps, although Amazon seems more likely to me to make the apps available more places…they don’t tend to build walls to keep people from getting their products. Witness all of the Kindle reader apps. Of course, you can’t install a Kindle reader app on a non-tablet NOOK, but that has more to do with apps and that operating system, I believe, than deliberate exclusion. In this case there are apps that will work best with the
Amazon Fire Phone (at AmazonSmile)
dynamic perspective (which I call “dy-per”), but outside of that, I think we’ll see the Amazon Appstore continue to expand.
Oh, one comment on the Fire Phone: I now like it a lot, after using it for a while. The easy access to things I’ve done before (such as addresses I’ve mapped) is one reason. One big gap? The voice assistant can’t do as much as Google Now or Siri or Cortana, but that will likely improve with software updates. I also asked Amazon if it had a name, and they said no…that might be a mistake, in terms of brand loyalty.
Reading And Believing In Barnes & Noble by Kevin Donovan
I’ve been seeing articles recently talking up Barnes & Noble as a company, at least for investors. Again, this has graphs and trends to back up its point…and they do consider what Amazon does a potential threat to continued growth.
Speaking of what Amazon does, I expect we’ll get a new hardware announcement before the end of the month. In terms of my personal satisfaction, I don’t know what they would do hardware wise to get me to want to upgrade. I’m quite satisfied with both my
Kindle Fire HDX (at AmazonSmile*)
Kindle Paperwhite (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
It’s possible they’ll introduce some services in another model that would make it attractive.
However, if a model has something unprecedented, I might get it anyway, so I can tell you about it. :)
Back to B&N: do I think they can succeed? I think it’s possible, but I don’t see the path yet.
Why Amazon Has No Profits (And Why It Works) by Benedict Evans
This may be the best article I’ve ever read on Amazon.
Thorough analysis explaining how it works, and what it will need to do to keep working.
It also helps explain why, according to this
RTT News article and other sources
Bank of America just gave Amazon a two billion (!) dollar credit facility.
This despite CFO (Chief Financial Officer) Thomas Szkutak of Amazon’s announced departure next year.
B of A can see money in Amazon’s future…
A KOLL of lump
Last month was the first month since it’s been available that I did not borrow a book from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL). It wasn’t by choice. Despite contacting Amazon, I could not figure out a way to do it…and I’m pretty good at figuring things out. ;)
You see, I’m both an eligible Prime member and a member of Kindle Unlimited…and even when a book was available in both, it would only let me borrow it as part of the KOLL.
Fortunately, we don’t have Prime just to borrow books, and this is not that big a deal for me (since as noted, I can borrow books through KU instead). It does feel like a bit of a loss, though.
What do you think? Did you get an intriguing “page 45″ result? Do you know of other similar things to do with books and insight? Will B&N survive…and perhaps even thrive? Did you already have an opinion on Neuromancer? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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