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August 2014 Kindle book releases

August 1, 2014

August 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 3,683 (at time of writing) August releases in the USA Kindle store:

August 2014 USA Kindle store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

One interesting thing before I get into some individual titles: the first four (sorted by new and popular) are the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month!

Since Prime members can already be reading one of these (even though they aren’t officially released until August) at no additional cost, you can see how that would drive up their popularity as compared to actual pre-orders. Still, I think that’s the first time.

The other thing is that there are some Kindle Worlds titles way up on the list, and those are part of Kindle Unlimited. I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

Okay…books!

Night Moves (at AmazonSmile)
by Nora Roberts
pre-order for August 4 (first Kindle issue of 1985 title)
romance – historical
$5.38

One of the most popular authors…period.

The Evolution and Equilibrium of Copyright in the Digital Age (Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law) (at AmazonSmile)
edited by Susy Frankel and Daniel Gervais
pre-order for August 31
law – intellectual property
$76.80

Okay, this isn’t for everybody…but I don’t like to just list super popular books. :) There are quite a few books from Cambridge being released on August 31st in the USA Kindle store.

Doing It (at AmazonSmile)
by Melvin Burgess
pre-order for August 31
fiction – young adult
$7.99

This is a Carnegie medal winning young adult novel (think the Newbery in the USA), but it sounds like it would get challenged as inappropriate a lot in school libraries…if those who would challenge can figure out the British slang. ;)

Election Administration in the United States: The State of Reform after Bush v. Gore (at AmazonSmile)
edited by R. Michael Alvarez and Bernard M. Grofman
pre-order for August 31
politics
$9.99 ($85 in print)

Avian (The Dragonrider Chronicles) (at AmazonSmile)
by Nicole Conway
young adult – fantasy
$3.49

I thought it might be related to Pern…it’s not.

Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 ( at AmazonSmile
by Dav Pilkey
pre-order for August 26
children’s
$7.39

Often a challenged books in libraries. There is a Captain Underpants movie scheduled for release in 2017…

Sidewinders: Bleeding Texas (at AmazonSmile)
by William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone
pre-order for August 5
fiction – Western
$5.49

J.A. is Bill’s nephew (Bill died about ten years ago, I think).

The Serpent and the Rope (at AmazonSmile)
by Raja Rao (translated by John Murray
pre-order for April 15
contemporary fiction
$9.99

Enjoy!

One more thing: in preparing this small selection, I was struck by how few of the Big Five publishers books I was seeing. That seemed quite unusual, and it actually worried me that negotiations might be keeping a high number of them out of the store. That could still be the case, but I did search by HarperCollins, and by Schuster (to find Simon &), and found books from both publishers scheduled to be released in August. While there still could be some being withheld, there are some scheduled.

That could just mean that they are dropping in relative popularity, so I’m not running across them as easily…hard to say, exactly. I’ll try to keep an eye on it.

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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. 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

July 2014 Kindle book releases

June 30, 2014

July 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:

July 2014 USA Kindle store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shoppint*)

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

By the way, some of the prices seem particularly high to me this time. You can always list books for free at

eReaderIQ.com

and they’ll let you know when a book drops in price an amount you specify. I think that is the most useful site on the web for Kindleers. I’m not associated with them, although we have had some correspondence.

To Kill a Mockingbird (at AmazonSmile)
by Harper Lee
literature & fiction – classics
pre-order for July 8

I think this will be one of the best-selling e-books of the year. People have been waiting for it to become legally available (well, not everybody waited) for years.

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee (at AmazonSmile)
by Marja Mills
biographies and memoirs
pre-order for July 15

Mills literally moved in next door to Harper Lee to write about the author…nice companion piece to TKaM being released!

The Book of Life (at AmazonSmile)
by Dorothy Harkness
romance – fantasy
pre-order for July 15

The end of the trilogy begun with A Discovery of Witches…

The City (at AmazonSmile)
by Dean Koontz
romance – fantasy
per-order for July 1

Interesting to see the publisher classify this Koontz book as a romance…

Power Play (An FBI Thriller) (at AmazonSmile)
by Catherine Coulter
suspense
pre-order for July 8

Koontz is romance, Coulter is suspense…got it. :)

A Perfect Life (at AmazonSmile)
by Danielle Steele
family saga
pre-order for July 22

From one of the most popular authors ever…

Cut and Thrust (Stone Barrington) (at AmazonSmile)
by Stuart Woods
suspense
pre-order for July 15

From the unstoppably popular author…close to thirty New York Times bestsellers!

For All Time: A Nantucket Brides Novel (Nantucket Brides Trilogy) (at AmazonSmile)
by Jude Deveraux
romance
pre-order for July 1

Oh, wait…did I make a big deal about nearly thirty NYT bestellers? Deveraux has over forty!

Sight Unseen (at AmazonSmile)
by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
crime fiction, supernatural
pre-order for July 15

This one sounds interesting…both Johansens are recognized authors.

The Last Town (The Wayward Pines Series, Book Three) (at AmazonSmile)
by Blake Crouch
horror, mystery
pre-order for July 15

I read the first one of these…it was worth reading. This series is soon to be a Fox TV series. It’s also traditionally published by Amazon.

Diary of a Mad Diva (at AmazonSmile)
by Joan Rivers
humor, biographies and memoirs
pre-order for July 1

New York Times bestselling author…that’s the first thing that comes to mind for Joan Rivers, right? ;)

The Giver Quartet Omnibus (at AmazomSmile)
by Lois Lowry
children’s
pre-order for July 1

Want to read up before the movie is release? Four title omnibus for $14.99.

The High Druid’s Blade: The Defenders of Shannara (at AmazonSmile)

The long-running fantasy series…

Enjoy!

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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. 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Taking on To Kill a Mockingbird

May 1, 2014

Taking on To Kill a Mockingbird

In very exciting e-publishing news, To Kill a Mockingbird is coming legally to the Kindle on July 8th of this year!

It can be pre-ordered right now:

To Kill a Mockingbird (at AmazonSmile)

I’ve suggested that it might be in the top 100 e-books of 2014 in terms of sales (and I suspect it may be near the top).

That got me thinking.

What books were already scheduled to be released July 8th?

Now, many people will, of course, buy TKaM and something else, if they would have bought that book anyway. That’s not always going to be the case, though…particularly with people looking for a gift. It’s actually not a great gift-giving date (after Dads, Grads, and Brides…and for that matter, the Fourth of July weekend. Some people travel on the 4th of July, and especially plane travel can mean book sales).

Still, it means a lot to publishers to have their books be number one…and TKaM may take that spot.

Here are some of the books scheduled for July 8th. It’s even possible some of them will shift release dates, but I think that’s unlikely, generally.

Hudson (Fixed) (at AmazonSmile)
by Laurelin Paige
romance
$3.99

This follows the Fixed trilogy, which was reportedly a New York Times bestseller.

Four Divergent Stories: The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor (Divergent Series) (at AmazonSmile)
by Veronica Roth
young adult science fiction
$12.99

Four stories that supplement the novels in this New York Times bestselling series. Looks like the stories are also being released individually.

Power Play (at AmazonSmile)
by Catherine Coulter
mystery/suspense
$10.99

A thriller from a New York Times bestselling author…

Uncaged (The Singular Menace, 1) (at AmazonSmile)
by John Sandford and Michele Cook
young adult thriller
$9.78

The first young adult title from the many-times New York Times bestselling author Sandford.

The Highlander’s Bargain (The Novels of Loch Moigh) (at AmazonSmile)
by Barbara Longley
time travel romance
$3.99

Gee, I don’t think she’s had a New York Times bestseller before. ;)

Out of the Black (Odyssey One) (at AmazonSmile)
by Evan Currie
military science fiction
$4.99

From one of Amazon’s own traditional publishing imprints, 47North.

Reward of Three (Rule of Three) (at AmazonSmile)
by Kelly Jamieson
romance
$3.44

This is from Samhain, so more explicit than many romances…and that is indicated in the content warning they provide.

Gray Retribution (A Tom Gray Novel, Book 4) (at AmazonSmile)
by Alan McDermott
military thriller
$3.99

Again, traditionally published by Amazon (Thomas & Mercer, in this case). One thing that means: this will be available in the KOLL (Kindle Owners’ Lending Library)

The Dead Will Tell: A Kate Burkholder Novel (at AmazonSmile)
by Linda Castillo
police procedural mystery
$11.04

This is from a Big Five publisher (Macmillan), so they may be worried about TKaM on the same day…

Wolf in Her Bed (Salvation Pack) (at AmazonSmile)
by N.J. Walters
werewolf paranormal romance
$4.24

Another Samhain…I wonder how many people look at someone reading this (you know, if they can see the cover…not on a Kindle), and think, “At least they aren’t watching TV…” ;)

The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning (at AmazonSmile)
by Chris Colfer
children’s books
$8.89

Yes, this is that Chris Colfer…star of Glee…and a New York Times bestselling author!

The Sweet Spot (at AmazonSmile)
by Stephanie Evanovich
fiction, humor
$15.99

The author is a “Jersey girl” named Evanovich…yes, she’s Janet’s niece, and I’m guessing Stephanie Plum might have been named after her. Well, I suppose it might have been vice versa…the first Stephanie Plum book was published about two decades ago. ;)

The Girls of August (at Amazon Smile)
by Anne Rivers Siddons
literary fiction
$12.99

Siddons’ works have been adapted a couple of times (Heart of Dixie, based on Heartbreak Hotel, starred Ally Sheedy, Phoebe Cates, and Virginia Madsen).

The Promise (The ‘Burg Series) (at AmazonSmile)
by Kristen Ashley
contemporary romance
$3.99

The Good, the Bad, and the Emus: A Meg Langslow Mystery (Meg Langslow Mysteries) (at AmazonSmile)
by Donna Andrews
mystery
$10.67

Another Macmillan title…

The High Druid’s Blade: The Defenders of Shannara (at AmazonSmile)
by Terry Brooks
fantasy
$11.84

It would be a surprise if this one isn’t a New York Times bestseller (Shannara has been a very popular series…this is a stand-alone in that universe), but will it beat TKaM?

Landline (at AmazonSmile)
by Rainbow Rowell
women’s fiction, fantasy
$10.67

Yep…another NYT bestselling author. ;)

Tales of the Hidden World (at AmazonSmile)
by Simon R. Green
urban fantasy, short stories
$6.39

Popular science fiction/fantasy author Green (the Deathstalker series) has written afterwords for each of the stories in this collection.

Well, that was fun! I always like to find new ways to do sort of random (but not really…there are always rules) discovery of book titles, and this worked for me!

You might be wondering if every day is this busy, and oddly, the answer is no…traditionally, Tuesday is a big release day for books.

Why?

It made sense to me when I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore.

My idea was that over the weekend, the store gets trashed. :) So, Monday is a busy day…it’s a day for merchandising (making the books you are selling look nice…so it’s not a good day to dump a bunch of new boxes on us.

However, as I went to do a little research (I try not to just trust my own intuitions), that didn’t seem to be a popular theory.

One suggestion was that Tuesday is otherwise a slow selling day…so it’s a way to bump up sales.

Another is that it gives you a chance to judge interest, and quick ship some more copies for the weekend.

Yet another was that you don’t want to do Mondays, because shipments might get delayed over the weekend.

Regardless, it makes sense to have one day of the week for a store. We would actually have more people working on Tuesday, so somebody could focus on the “receiving”. That’s harder than it sounds, because you have to check all the boxes you received to make sure they have the right books in the right quantities. Then, you have to get them on the shelves…which may mean pulling other books to be returned. You need somebody who is pretty sophisticated to take on the task.

For whatever reason, Tuesday became tradition…those reasons are probably largely obsolete now, and I’m guessing indies and e-book only releases don’t stick to it much. If a book is also coming out as a p-book, though, it’s going to be most commonly on Tuesdays, at least for a while.

I’ll be interested to see how To Kill a Mockingbird does!

What do you think? Do you have another story for “why Tuesdays?” Are you looking forward to any of these books in particular? Did I not mention one coming out that day that is your favorite? That might be because it blocked* text-to-speech access, by the way…there were a couple of big ones where that was the case, so I didn’t list them. Just two, though. Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.

* 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! :) 

** 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. 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

March 2014 Kindle book releases

February 25, 2014

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:

March 2014 Releases USA Kindle store (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

The Finisher (at AmazonSmile)
by David Baldacci
pre-order for March 4

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…”

Aftershock (Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin) (at AmazonSmile)
by Sylvia Day
pre-order for March 11

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.

Night of the Hunter: Companions Codex, I (at AmazonSmile)
by R.A. Salvatore
pre-order for March 11

Salvatore has written a bunch of New York Times bestsellers…this is another Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms novel.

The Auschwitz Escape (at AmazonSmile)
by Joel C. Rosenberg
pre-order for March 18

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.

A Circle of Wives (at AmazonSmile)
by Alice LaPlante
pre-order for March 4

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. ;)

Enjoy!

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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. 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

September 2013 Kindle book releases

August 29, 2013

September 2013 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.

September is often a month when some of the biggest selling (and most prestigious) books of the year are released. The ones that might make great holiday gifts may be released in this month, which would give them time to build up steam in the old paper days…

Note: I’m preparing this ahead of time, and book release dates may change. It’s possible some of these will have already been released (not so likely) or may get delayed.

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 September releases in the USA Kindle store:

September 2013 USA Kindle store releases

As usual, I won’t be linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked*.

W is for Wasted (KINSEY MILLHONE MYSTERY)
by Sue Grafton
pre-order for September 10

This is the 23rd in Grafton’s very popular “Alphabet Series” of mysteries.

Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II, 1937-1945
by Rana Mitter
pre-order for September 10

Sounds like interesting non-fiction! We don’t often think about this dynamic of World War II.

Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel
by Lee Child
pre-order for September 3

Nobody stops Jack Reacher…not even Tom Cruise. ;) See, Cruise starred in the Jack Reacher movie, which sort of underperformed and…never mind. ;)

The Essential Atlas: Star Wars
by Daniel Wallace, Jason Fry
pre-order for September 24

This is official (from LucasBooks) and covers the movies, novels, videogames…and importantly, the Clone Wars TV series. For a surprising number of people, that last one is Star Wars to them…they see and fall in love with that before they ever see the movies. Good geek gift. :)

Thankless in Death
by J. D. Robb
pre-order for September 17

This is an Eve Dallas mystery…and according to the description, takes place in 2060. Does that make it science fiction as well?

Styxx (Dark-Hunter Novels)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
pre-order for September 3

I think this is the 23rd (!) novel in the Dark-Hunter series.

The Longest Ride
by Nicholas Sparks
pre-order for September 17

Soon to be a New York Times bestseller…and a movie, I presume? ;)

Steelheart
by Brandon Sanderson
pre-order for September 24

Sanderson is the popular author of the Mistborn series, and worked on Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. This is a new series, and the description sounds intriguing.

Deadly Heat (Nikki Heat)
by Richard Castle
pre-order for September 17

Fiction by a fictional author…Castle is the eponymous character on the Castle TV series who writes fiction based on a real cop (who is actually a fictional cop on the same TV series). These books have been popular, even given that twisted provenance.

MaddAddam
by Margaret Atwood
pre-order for September 3

The conclusion to the MaddAddams dystopian trilogy…an earlier book in the series was shortlisted for the Booker prize.

The Mayan Secrets (A FARGO ADVENTURE)
by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry
pre-order for September 3

* 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. 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

June 2013 Kindle book releases

May 26, 2013

June 2013 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.

May is a big month for books…it’s the unofficial start of summer, and just as we start to see the movie blockbusters, some of the books show up for that Memorial Day weekend as well.

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 3,093 (at time of writing) June releases in the USA Kindle store:

June 2013 USA Kindle store books

I won’t intentionally link to individual books which block text-to-speech. That’s because I think that disproportionately disadvantages the disabled.

The Heist
by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
pre-order for June 18

Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books; Lee Goldberg (among other things) wrote scripts for Monk and Monk novels. There’s probably going to be quite a bit of interest in this one. I’ll be interested to see how their styles mesh, and if that creates a new style between them.

The Long War (Long Earth)
by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
pre-order for June 18

This is a science fiction sequel to The Long Earth. Pratchett is the author of the Discworld books, and quite popular. Baxter is the author of the Xeelee sequence, and co-authored books with Arthur C. Clarke.

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story
by Lily Koppel
pre-order for June 11

This is non-fiction about the wives of 1960s astronauts. I suspect there will be a lot of buzz about this one, and that it might be a great read. Hm…I wonder if Jeannie Nelson will be included. ;)

My Life with Cleopatra: The Making of a Hollywood Classic (Vintage)
by Walter Wanger, Joe Hyams, and Kenneth Turan
pre-order for June 4th

This is a re-issue (I guess I can’t say “reprint” for an e-book) of the story of the making of the Elizabeth Taylor version of Cleopatra. For the time, the movie was outrageously expensive…and many, many times over the intended budget. It seemed like they were trying to find ways to spend money. I remember hearing that they had not only reproduced the night sky over Egypt accurately…but accurately for the time period. I always pictured some astronomer in a theatre in Iowa seeing the picture and calmly saying, “Wow.” ;) I also remember that the star wore a gold outfit that wore pounds…and that there was something like a $200,000 budget just for Elizabeth Taylor’s costumes.

The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths
by John Gray
pre-order for June 4

I’m happy to list a book which sounds like it has a very different world view from mine. ;) As regular readers know, I tend to think the world is good and getting better over time. This non-fiction book, as you can tell from the subtitle, appears to argue the opposite…that intrigues me.

Choose Yourself!
by James Altucher
pre-order for June 3

It’s a self-help book, about taking advantages of opportunities that are out there as the world changes.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
pre-order for June 18

A new book by Gaiman is a reason to celebrate, and my intuition is that this is going to appeal to people who may not have read the author before. I don’t usually do this, but I’m going to quote a bit from the product page:

“A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.”

My guess? This may be a novel that makes a big impression on a lot of people this summer.

Gotcha! (Sisterhood)
by Fern Michaels
pre-order for June 25

Michaels is one of the most popular authors in the world. I also have to note the good work the author has done, including working to get police dogs special bulletproof vests. This is the continuation of a series.

Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill
by James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, Laura Park (illustrator)
pre-order for June 24

Yes, this is that James Patterson (Alex Cross), but this is in a continuing series of young adult novels. Sounds like a fun read.

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined
by Scott Barry Kaufman
pre-order for June 4

I love, love, love the idea of re-examining core beliefs. Are we wrong about not only how we measure intelligence, but how we should measure it? I believe it was Isaac Asimov who said that if an aborigine designed an intelligence test, all of Western civilization would fail it. It might presume some things as basic knowledge, such as what plants did what, and then use that as a basis for other questions. I recall hearing when very young students in Los Angeles took an intelligence test. Those students were doing poorly compared to the rest of the country, and there was a big hue and cry about how they were being failed. Somebody looked at the questions and answers, and these young L.A. kids were all “missing” the same question. It was a “one of these things is not like the others” test. The choices were a: a bird; a horse; and an elephant. You were supposed to pick the bird. The kids from Los Angeles were picking the horse. When the researcher asked the kids to explain their choice, it was perfectly logical: “Birds fly. Dumbo’s an elephant and he flies. Horses don’t fly.” Remember, these children lived near Disneyland…it was a common point of cultural knowledge for them. In this case, Kaufman was basically “diagnosed” as unintelligent, and went on to become a cognitive psychologist and adjunct assistant professor.

Those are few that caught my eye. One note: some of these are on the pricey side. If you don’t want to pay the full price, you can list them for free at

eReaderIQ

They’ll send you a free e-mail when the book drops an amount you specify. Generally, e-books drop in price when the paperback is released. Of course, it’s possible in the future that pattern doesn’t hold, especially if the “hardback now, mass market paperback a year from now” cycle goes away with the dropping popularity of mass markets.

Enjoy!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

May 2013 Kindle book releases

April 22, 2013

May 2013 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.

May is a big month for books…it’s the unofficial start of summer, and just as we start to see the movie blockbusters, some of the books show up for that Memorial Day weekend as well.

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 2,274 (at time of writing May releases in the USA Kindle store:

May 2013 USA Kindle store books

I won’t intentionally link to individual books which block text-to-speech. However, I’m very happy (and heartened) to tell you that this time, only one of the books I took a look at it had the access blocked. That’s a big improvement (in my opinion), and that includes books from major publishers that used to block it routinely.

Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon)
by Dan Brown
pre-order for May 14

Undoubtedly, this is going to be a biggie. Brown is the author of the Da Vinci Code (and others), and this features the same main character. You’d probably see this a lot on the beach…if you could see what people were reading on their devices. ;)

Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel
by Charlaine Harris
pre-order for May 7

This is supposed to be the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series (the inspiration for the True Blood TV series).

Deeply Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel
by Dean Koontz
pre-order for May 28

Odd Thomas has been a popular series for the horror writer.

A Delicate Truth: A Novel
by John le Carré
pre-order for May 7

Very popular writer, for decades. I liked this story on him which ran recently in the New York Times: John le Carré Has Not Mellowed With Age.

The Rithmatist
by Brandon Sanderson
pre-order for May 14

This one looks interesting! It’s the first young adult novel from Sanderson (Mistborn, co-author of the last Wheel of Time book).

Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
by T. Colin Campbell with Howard Jacobson
pre-order for May 7

Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
by Walter Moseley
pre-order for May 14

The return of Easy Rawlins!

Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness
by Mike Johnson, illustrated by David Messina
pre-order for May 15

This is a comic book series (in one volume) (check available devices to see if you can get it for yours) which is a lead-in to the new movie…which is a sequel to a reboot to a TV series from is getting to be close to fifty years old…feelin’ it yet? ;)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 3
pre-order for May 14

See, you can reboot something, or it can live again as a comic book series…or app…or audiobook…or…dang, you just can’t kill these old pop culture properties! Where’s a slayer when you need one? ;) Actually, I love that pop culture is forever, although I’m still waiting for a big screen version of Herbie Popnecker (which I still think could be a big ((no pun intended)) hit).

The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer, Tinseltown’s Most Powerful Lawyer
by B. James Gladstone, with a foreword by Robert Wagner
pre-order for May 1

You need a big inside Hollywood book for the summer, right?

In Her Majesty’s Name: Steampunk Skirmish Wargaming Rules (Osprey Wargames)
by Craig Cartmell, illustrated by Fabien Lascombe
pre-order for May 21

You don’t have to actually play a war/role-playing game to enjoy reading the rules. I’ve certainly done that (although I should mention that I use to manage a game store, in addition to a bookstore…we weren’t just RPGs, though). The description of this one makes it seem as though the author is grounded in the appropriate literature…certainly might be worth a sample for you Steampunk fans (no samples until the release, usually).

A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley
by Neal Thompson
pre-order for May 7

Ripley was a true original, and certainly influenced pop culture. I used to see the comics, and went to the museum.

Leopard’s Prey (A LEOPARD NOVEL)
by Christine Feehan

Romance from a #1 New York Times bestselling author

Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization
by K. Eric Drexler

Well, you know…it’s the little things that count. ;)

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (The Liberation Trilogy)
by Rick Atkinson
pre-order for May 14

For some people, summer and a big old history (wait, can you have new history?) ;) go hand in hand. This one is 896 pages in paper…but don’t worry, it won’t make your Kindle heavy.

The Art of Thinking Clearly
by Rolf Dobelli
pre-order for May 14

I love this kind of stuff! Eventually, we might even get thinking figured out…

Well, there’s enough to get you started. Are you excited for any of these? Do you have another book coming out in May you’d like to recommend? Do you read a lot over Memorial Day, or is that more for movies and outdoor pursuits? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

October 2012 Kindle book releases

September 23, 2012

October 2012 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. Unlike with paperbooks, your pre-order prices for five of the six biggest US trade publishers aren’t guaranteed by Amazon…they can’t be. Under what’s called the Agency Model, Amazon can’t set the prices for those e-books: hypothetically, if the publisher raised the price between the time you pre-ordered it and the time it was released Amazon couldn’t do anything about it.

I don’t think that tends to happen, though. Publishers don’t tend to raise the price between the pre-order and the release, and I’ve also heard of Amazon canceling pre-orders. I don’t think there is any significant risk that you’ll pay a different price than the one at which you pre-ordered…unless the pre-order is canceled and you decide to re-order it.

This time, also, we have the interesting situation of three publishers (HarperCollins, and Hachette and Simon & Schuster…HC and Amazon have already worked out the new contract, which is why it is five of six above…it will be three of six before the end of the year) having settled on the Agency Model. That means that the price I’m seeing now is set by the publisher, but may not be by the time the book is released. I think it’s likely that we may see prices drop dramatically on some of these…the result of price wars, which become possible again after the Agency Model contracts end. If that happens, I would expect that Amazon would give you the lowest price…after all, they would again become the seller of record.

I’m looking at the list sorted by popularity:

October 2012 Kindle book releases

but I’m not just going to list the most popular out of the 2,426. I’ll hit some of the big names that I think might interest you, but if something else catches my eye, I’ll list that, too. :) If the book blocks text-to-speech access, I won’t list it.

The Racketeer
by John Grisham
pre-order for October 23

Grisham is the best-selling brand name author of (usually) legal thrillers.

Partners
by Nora Roberts
pre-order for October 9

Another brand name author, but of a rather different type. :)

Mercury Rests
by Robert Kroese
pre-order for October 23

The first book in this series, Mercury Falls, can be read for free by eligible Prime members.

The Essential Novels: Star Wars Reads Day Special Edition: 4-Book Bundle: X-Wing: Rogue Squadron; Heir to the Empire; New Jedi Order: Vector Prime; Legacy of the Force: Betrayal
by Timothy Zahn, Michael A. Stackpole, R.A. Salvatore, Aaron Allston
pre-order for October 2

Four books for (at time of writing) $7.99…not enough for you? How about The Essential Novels: Star Wars 10-Book Bundle for $62.99?

Dr. Bloodmoney
by Philip K. Dick
pre-order for October 23

I’ve got this one in paper. :)

The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Secret White House Tapes
by David G. Coleman
pre-order for October 1

Nonfiction

We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy
by Yael Kohen
pre-order for October 16

The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
by Mark Forsyth
pre-order for October 2

The 50 Movie Starter Kit: What You Need to Know if You Want to Know What You’re Talking About
by Ty Burr
pre-order for October 2

Boston Globe critic tells you about fifty movies you should know.

The Winner Effect: The Neuroscience of Success and Failure
by Ian H. Robertson
pre-order for October 16

Son
Lois Lowry
pre-order for October 2

This is the end of the young adult series that began with The Giver (Newbery Medal Book)

The Sins of the Mother: A Novel
by Danielle Steel
pre-order for October 30

Mars Attacks
by Len Brown, The Topps Company, Zina Saunders
pre-order for October 1

A comprehensive look at the trading cards on their 50th anniversary…I’m guessing this will look great on a Kindle Fire, and be a great geek gift. I don’t think you can pre-order a gift, though.

Who I Am: A Memoir
by Pete Townshend
pre-order for October 8

Well, there’s an interesting group for you!

I do expect pricing may be wild this year.

One disappointment: there were a couple of books I would have listed, but they had text-to-speech access blocked. I really thought we were getting done with that. I wonder if that might be, in some way, a response to the end of the Agency Model. They might reflexively re-assert control…and then, I can only hope, they relax it again.

Regardless, happy reading!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

June 2012 Kindle book releases

May 27, 2012

June 2012 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. Unlike with paperbooks, your pre-order prices for the six biggest US trade publishers aren’t guaranteed by Amazon…they can’t be. Under what’s called the Agency Model, Amazon can’t set the prices for those e-books: hypothetically, if the publisher raised the price between the time you pre-ordered it and the time it was released Amazon couldn’t do anything about it.

I don’t think that tends to happen, though. Publishers don’t tend to raise the price between the pre-order and the release, and I’ve also heard of Amazon canceling pre-orders. I don’t think there is any significant risk that you’ll pay a different price than the one at which you pre-ordered…unless the pre-order is canceled and you decide to re-order it.

I’m looking at the list sorted by popularity:

June 2012 Kindle store pre-orders

but I’m not just going to list the most popular out of the 2,426. I’ll hit some of the big names that I think might interest you, but if something else catches my eye, I’ll list that, too. :) If the book blocks text-to-speech access, I won’t list it.

Robert Ludlum’s (TM) The Bourne Imperative
by Eric Van Lustbader
pre-order for June 5

Van Lustbader is a bestselling author, here continuing Ludlum’s Bourne series.

Pretty Little Liars #11: Stunning
by Sara Shepard
pre-order for June 5

From the popular young adult series (and basis of the TV show).

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
by John Scalzi
pre-order for June 5

Yes, Star Trek fans, the title is a reference to the traditionally doomed members of a landing party…it may aspire to be the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of Trek novels. Might be a good gift for the geek on your list.

Mortal (The Books of Mortals)
by Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
pre-order for June 5

Dekker writes Christian thrillers…I haven’t read one, but I’ve head them recommended to me.

The Seven Wonders: A Novel of the Ancient World (Novels of Ancient Rome)
by Steven Saylor
pre-order for June 5

A Gordianus the Finder novel, set in 92 B.C.

Kiss the Dead
by Laurell K. Hamilton
pre-order for June 5

An Anita Blake, vampire hunter novel.

We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency
by Parmy Olson
pre-order for June 5

Non-fiction

Mission to Paris: A Novel
by Alan Furst
pre-order for June 12

A spy story by a popular writer in the genre, set in 1938.

The Third Gate: A Novel
by Lincoln Child
pre-order for June 12

Historical horror fantasy from the popular author.

Wicked Business: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel
by Janet Evanovitch
pre-order for June 19

Evanovitch is, of course, best known for the Stephanie Plum series, but this is a separate fantasy series.

Wicked Nights (Angels of the Dark)
by Gena Showalter
pre-order for June 26

Romance

Tuesday’s Child
by Fern Michaels
pre-order for June 26

From the New York Times bestselling fiction author…

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

April 2012 Kindle book releases

March 22, 2012

April 2012 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. Unlike with paperbooks, your pre-order prices for the six biggest US trade publishers aren’t guaranteed by Amazon…they can’t be. Under what’s called the Agency Model, Amazon can’t set the prices for those e-books: hypothetically, if the publisher raised the price between the time you pre-ordered it and the time it was released Amazon couldn’t do anything about it.

I don’t think that tends to happen, though. Publishers don’t tend to raise the price between the pre-order and the release, and I’ve also heard of Amazon canceling pre-orders. I don’t think there is any significant risk that you’ll pay a different price than the one at which you pre-ordered…unless the pre-order is canceled and you decide to re-order it.

I’m looking at the list sorted by popularity:

April Kindle store pre-orders

but I’m not just going to list the most popular out of the 2,403. I’ll hit some of the big names that I think might interest you, but if something else catches my eye, I’ll list that, too. :) If the book blocks text-to-speech access, I won’t list it.

Tiger (New Species, Book Seven)
by Laurann Dohner
published by Ellora’s Cave
April 10, 2012

Okay, I said I wasn’t going to go just with most popular, but the fact that this one is the most popular right now says something. Ellora’s Cave does racy romance, and the book description seems to put this solidly in that camp.  Interesting to me that it beats those mainstream, brand name authors…

The Innocent
by David Baldacci
April 17, 2012

Speaking of brand name authors… ;)

Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art
by Christopher Moore
April 3, 2012

Moore is a comic fantasist with q real following…sounds like an interesting premise this time.

Calico Joe
by John Grisham
April 10, 2012

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir)
by Jenny Lawson
April 17, 2012

I think the old-style description might have been “a wit”. :) Snarky Lawson has some really big name endorsers.

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (13)
by Alexander McCall Smith
April 3, 2012

I’d stopped reading these gentle mysteries when Random House was blocking text-to-speech access on everything, but I see they aren’t on this one…might be time for a return visit!

Ascend (A Trylle Novel)
by Amanda Hocking
April 24, 2012

Hocking was a groundbreaker in success as an independent author, and then signed with a major publisher. This one is from Macmillan.

The Beginner’s Goodbye
by Anne Tyler
April 3, 2012

The author of The Accidental Tourist…

Warriors: Omen of the Stars #6: The Last Hope
by Erin Hunter
April 3, 2012

This is a very popular fantasy series, and people have been waiting for this one. I have to say, I did find the reviews interesting…

Beauty: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Story
by Laurell K. Hamilton
August 24, 2012

Another popular fantasy series…but not quite for the same audience as Warriors. ;) These are more adult-focused.

Deadline (Godmothers 4)
by Fern Michaels
April 10, 2012

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
by Jonathan Gottschall
April 10, 2012

A topic near and dear to my heart. There was this one time when…oh, wait, sorry: got distracted by a story. ;) Seriously, businesses have lately been pushing the idea of using stories to modify behavior, although I have to say, they don’t always seem to understand the process of what makes a story work. You can’t just ask people to submit stories to a website, unless they are writers, generally. However, you can put them in a room and have them one-up each other on a topic…that works. :)

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.


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