March 2014 Kindle book releases
While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.
I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…
These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 3,570 (at time of writing) March releases in the USA Kindle store:
As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.
Since there is a free preview of this available, there are already reviews…and those are interesting (and I think the book is deceptively low-scored).
Baldacci is known for harder-edged adult books, like Absolute Power…and this is a dystopian young adult novel. Many of the customer reviews freely say that it isn’t their cup of tea…yet the professional reviewers quoted seem to like it. I’m not sure the preview was the best idea…and perhaps a pseudonym might have been in order. Oh, not to fool people, just to differentiate it…I’d be fine with “David Baldacci writing as…”
One of the bestselling authors who…actually, I can stop right there. One of the bestselling authors. Harlequin has had this business figured out for quite some time.
Salvatore has written a bunch of New York Times bestsellers…this is another Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms novel.
Honestly, I’m having trouble with the concept of this one…a novel about escaping from Auschwitz. I don’t know how you do this without it seeming exploitative…but I’m open to the possibility.
The author teaches creative writing at Stanford, and this mystery is set in Palo Alto. “Lesson 1: write what you know.”
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History) (at AmazonSmile)
by Eric H. Cline
pre-order for March 23
I love a book that tells me about something everybody knew at one point…but that I don’t know about now! It’s from Princeton University Press, so the scholarship should be good…but it also sounds enthralling. Let’s see, 1177 BC…it was the end of the world as who knew it? Bronze Age Egypt.
Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community (at AmazonSmile)
by Saul Austerlitz
pre-order for March 1
You say you are too into TV to care about ancient history like the last book? Well, you could be like me…and enjoy both.
The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance (The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance)
by Steven Kotler
pre-order for March 4
This is about extreme sports athletes (and apparently, psychology & counseling, according to the categories), but it looks like it might be inspirational for a lot of people. It reminds me a bit of Stan Lee’s Superhumans (at AmazonSmile) where Spider-Man’s creator sends out the world’s most flexible human to search for real-life superhumans…it’s on Prime streaming at no additional cost. It can be quite remarkable. As to this book: I can’t see that it has anything to do with \S/uperman, and if that’s the case, I find the title misleading…but that’s just me being geeky.
As you can tell…March isn’t always a month with the most respected, bestselling books of the year. Still, you are going to read every day, right…right? Whew! You had me worried for a minute there.
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help! By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.
** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.
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