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Round up #274: Americans’ fear, hardware sales

October 23, 2014

Round up #274: Americans’ fear, hardware sales

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Hardware sales

There are a lot of sales lately on hardware from Amazon.

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation – 3rd) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

$179…$20 off

This the model I use every day…and I like it well enough that I’m not looking to upgrade to this year’s models (although I’m hoping to get to review them for you).

In fact, I’m watching the World Series right now on mine, using the free

FOX Sports GO (at AmazonSmile*)

app. It looks great, by the way!

I saw some interesting reviews of the app…some may have been written for an earlier version, since it works fine for my Fire HDX. I also saw someone saying that it would kill cable…nope. I had to sign into our cable provider before it would let me watch.

I can also mirror it to my TV, using my Fire TV.

Right now, there is a sale on a bundle of the Fire HDX and the Fire TV:

Amazon Fire TV & Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Wi-Fi 16GB with Special Offers (at AmazonSmile*)

$259

If you think of the FHDX as $179, that makes the Fire TV $80…$20 off. That’s $40 off both!

I like my Fire TV a lot, too…this might be a case of you keeping both (they go together very well, thanks to the mirroring), or giving one or both as gifts at the holidays.

That deal is so good they are limiting it to one to a customer…while it lasts.

The

Amazon Fire Phone, 32GB (AT&T) (at AmazonSmile*)

which isn’t my favorite Amazon device at this point…but it does work as my phone, it’s available for as little as…free (with a plan).

Meanwhile, you can get a refurb (refurbished) Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ with 4G…for as little as $159!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AFKC9UO/ref=gb1h_rlm_c-3_4282_1b6b5d9c?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_s=center-new-3&pf_rd_r=109CTB24BCY6KJRT4A18&pf_rd_i=20&pf_rd_p=1952684282

To use the 4G (which is like a cellphone connection…it’s another way to connect to the internet, in addition to the wi-fi it can also do), you’ll need to pay for a dataplan…but$159 for an 8.9″ device is a really good deal.

This is the model that has an HDMI out, so you can show what’s on your tablet on your TV using a cable (if your TV has an HDMI in…most modern TVs will). That’s a plus, in just needing a cable. However, some apps will detect the HDMI cable and refuse to play…the Xfinity app used to do that for me.

The refurbs have the same warranty as new ones.

New 10.1″ NOOK tablet

You think 8.9″ is big?

Barnes & Noble and Samsung have just announced a 10.1″ tablet:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1

It’s $299.99 (with a $50 rebate), and comes with $200 of NOOK content (they pick, not surprisingly).

Yep, they are still in the game…

A charter for readers’ rights

I have to say, this

CBC article by Jason Proctor

strikes me as truly bizarre.

Certainly, it’s reasonable to write an article setting out what you think should be the rights of readers…I was expecting something to balance what the authors have recently been saying, and what the publishers and retailers say.

This one just has some very odd points.

Before I do that, let me say…the title actually says “reader’s rights”, and maybe that’s appropriate. Maybe it isn’t supposed to be plural, but just this writer’s personal pet peeves. ;)

Second, the photo that they have of a Kindle is the original, 2007 model.  Perhaps Proctor would be a bit less anti-Kindle if the current models were compared to paper?

Maybe not…

I’ll just mention the first complaint: movie tie-in editions. Yep, Proctor doesn’t like it that you can buy a copy of a book with pictures of the actors from the movie on the cover.

I think, perhaps, Jason Proctor doesn’t realize how much movies affect sales of books, and how much they can turn movie watchers into readers. This strikes me as a kind of literati snobbery…if you aren’t a “pure reader”, don’t be a reader at all.

I’d rather encourage everybody to read…and if a movie is a gateway to reading, great! I suspect it wouldn’t have been too hard to find an edition of the book without the movie cover, if you wanted to do that.

You can add your own comments as they build this list at

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/book-lovers-unite-a-plea-for-a-charter-of-reader-s-rights-1.2791581

I might do that, but I’d want to do it in a positive way. Of course, one of mine might be:

1. The right to read any edition of any book, even one with a movie tie-in cover, without having anyone look down on me and try to discourage me from reading ;)

British perspective on USA and book banning

I don’t want to suggest that there is only one British perspective on…well, anything. :) Just like there wouldn’t be only one American perspective on anything.

However, it does say something when a person from outside your group is stating that they are looking at you in that way…as an outsider.

This

The Guardian article by Mary O’Hara

The article looks at books being challenged in America (challenged in libraries, school curricula, that sort of thing) for being “anti-capitalist”.

I’m not sure that it’s a widespread problem, but it happens…remember that this isn’t censorship by the government, but individuals and groups requesting that books be withheld from readers.

I think the article reasonably makes its point: I believe that some people don’t want people reading books which go against “American values”.

I think that attitude is a non-productive one. As I’ve said many times on the blog before, I want people to be exposed to ideas which are the opposite of mine. I don’t want those ideas to slink around freely in the shadows: I want to shine the full light of day on them, and let people see them for what they are.

In the past, industry groups have imposed these sorts of rules on themselves. The old Comics Code Authority included a provision that “…Policemen, judges, government officials, and respected institutions shall never be presented in such a way as to create disrespect for established authority.”

In the USA, we’ve never applied a standard like that to books. Certainly, Huck Finn wouldn’t have passed a restriction like that, just to name one.

According to this article, this is being applied to non-fiction in addition to fiction.

People often ask on the Amazon Kindle forums how they can tell which books are “R rated”, or something like that.

The answer is simple: none of them.

The movie industry has its own rating system.

The music industry has its own rating system.

The videogame industry has its own rating system.

The book publishing industry does not…and I don’t think it is likely to establish one.

However, just because the publishers aren’t getting together to label books, that doesn’t mean that private groups aren’t doing it.

Those groups may also go after schools and libraries.

I’m not quite sure if the article is suggesting that this is an American flaw…that it is something which wouldn’t happen in the UK.

We have always had different standards. American movies have tended to be more lenient with violence and stricter with sexual content than European movies (and TV).

The Boris Karloff Frankenstein was given an “H certificate” in England…rating it too horrific for those under 16 years of age (this wasn’t universally ((no pun intended)) enforced).

I must say I found it an interesting perspective, and I think you may as well.

What do you think? Are Americans (not the government) more likely to try to block counter-culture material than Britons? The article really focuses on how the block can be against portraying poverty…do we only want our children to read through rose-colored glasses? Does a 10.1 inch tablet interest you…and will the NOOK brand still be around a year from now? Should Amazon bring out a tablet that large? What about an EBR (E-Book Reader) that size? What would you put on a list of “readers’ rights”? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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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! :) 

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.

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: October 2014

October 3, 2014

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: October 2014

Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which discounts (usually) four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kids’ book).

They’ve also been doing Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each) (at AmazonSmile). That’s a rebranding: they used to say it was “100 Books”, but that’s also gotten to be more…there are 126 for this month at the time of writing (the same as last month).

Those prices only apply to the USA, and one weird thing is that some of the books seem to sell out at that price sometimes (or become unavailable for some other reason).

It’s also interesting…about 49% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,418,268 of 2,889,220). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something. :)

Another new thing is that many of these books may be part of

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Amazon lists that information prominently. If they are, then you need to consider whether it is worth buying them…even at these low prices. While they are in KU, you can, if you are a subscriber (and there’s a free month available right now), read them at no additional cost. There are, of course, advantages to owning books, especially if you want to re-read them. A book could move out of KU at any time. Even if you think you want to own it, if you are a KU member, you could always read it first to make sure. ;) I will mark them with KU.

I’m going to list some of the $3.99 or lower ones that caught my eye…I’m not necessarily recommending them, but I do think they are interesting.

The ones I list also don’t block text-to-speech access**…but I think blocking it is becoming rarer. However, this month, there were a few from Simon & Schuster I probably would have linked, if they hadn’t made the decision to block the access.

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)
by Susan Ee
4.5 stars out of 5, 2453 customer reviews
$1.99 at time of writing
young adult paranormal & urban
KU

Did you notice the number of reviews and how highly rated this is? It’s published by an Amazon traditional publishing imprint, so it has the features. That includes an audiobook for Whispersync for Voice…and that you can hear as part of your Kindle Unlimited membership (if you have one).

A Night to Remember (at AmazonSmile*)
by Walter Lord
4.6 stars, 350 reviews
$1.99
history
KU

The classic account of the sinking of the Titanic…and it was a #1 New York Times bestseller.

Classic Goosebumps #1: Night of the Living Dummy (at AmazonSmile*)
by R.L. Stine
4.6 stars, 77 reviews
$1.99
children’s books – scary stories

Note that this isn’t the first book in the original series of children’s horror stories…it’s the first book in the series of reprints (and includes supplemental materials).

Betrayal (at AmazonSmile*)
by Fern Michaels
4.3 stars, 75 reviews
$1.99
women’s fiction – mystery, thrillers, and suspense
KU

One of the bestselling authors…

Six Days of the Condor (at AmazonSmile)
by James Grady
4.1 stars, 74 reviews
$1.99
mystery, thriller, and suspense
KU

It became the Robert Redford movie, Three Days of the Condor. Well, you know, they always have to cut things out when they make a book into a movie…in this case, half the days. ;)

I’m going to list a few more:

  • Cashelmara by Susan Howatch KU
  • Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima  by Jame Hahaffey KU
  • Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd
  • Not in Your Lifetime: The Defining Book on the J.F.K. Assassination by Anthony Summers KU
  • Some Came Running: The Definitive Edition by James Jones KU
  • Luke Jensen, Bounty Hunter: Bloody Sunday by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone

If there were others you’d like to mention for me and my readers, please comment on this post.

Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your

Kindle First books for September (at AmazonSmile*)

You can get one of the four books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:

  • The Fire Seekers by Richard Farr (Science-Fiction Thriller)
  • The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning, Samuel Willcocks (Historical Fiction)
  • The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter by Craig Lancaster (Fiction)
  • My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni (Mystery)

I did consider a The Fallow Season, but I’m going with The Fire Seekers…

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.

Big app giveaway, FTV discount…and free books

September 25, 2014

Big app giveaway, FTV discount…and free books

There is a

Limited Time App Giveaway (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

right now in the Amazon Appstore.

It’s not a LTO (Limited Time Offer) that we get on our Kindle Fires…it will probably be there through today, and maybe another day, but they don’t  give a date, and it’s available to everyone who can use the USA Amazon Appstore. Check the price before you click or tap that Buy button.

There are some good apps here, ones that I use regularly! I know at least one of them is usually about $15.

Twenty-three of the twenty-seven are good for the Fire Phone, twenty-five are good on at least some Fire tablets, and three are good on the Fire TV.

I’m going to get all the ones I don’t already have. :) One nice thing about apps: you can send to Cloud storage only, so they don’t take up any room on your devices unless you choose to download them. I wish that was an explicit option for e-books…I usually send those to my Cloud reader, but that’s not quite the same thing.

Here are some highlights:

  • Office Suite Professional, 3.9 out of 5 stars, 2130 customer reviews. I use this one quite often…it lets you read and do some light editing of Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word files. I’ll e-mail the file to myself and then open the attachment in Office Suite Pro. This one is normally $14.99
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II, 3.7 stars, 166 reviews…Fire TV compatible
  • Riptide GP2, 4.5 stars, 475 reviews…I’ve played this on our FTV (at least a bit)
  • Sketchbook Pro, 3.9 stars, 289 reviews
  • PrinterShare Mobile, 3.8 stars, 830 reviews
  • Perfectly Clear, 3.8 stars, 260 reviews…just got this today. It improves the appearance of photos. I tried it…seemed to work well on the one overexposed image I tested
  • Another World, 3.5 stars, 16 reviews…retro gamer
  • Heroes of Steel RPG Elite, 4.9 stars, 9 reviews: great reviews on this role-paying game
  • Paper Camera, 4.1 stars, 544 reviews: one of my favorite apps for my phone…creates filters for images, and one looks like it is hand-drawn. I’ve used that one several times…classy! You can also just look through the camera and see the world that way
  • Merriam-Webster’s Third New International Pro, 4.0 stars, 8 reviews…list priced at $59.00? I like having a dictionary app on my device…this isn’t to do look-up from within books, but to use like a regular dictionary (albeit with a lot more features). I’m definitely trying this one

Also wanted to mention that the

Amazon Fire TV (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is on sale for $84, which is about 15% off the normal $99 price. I use ours every day. When we buy another TV that can work with it, we might really cut the cord (stop paying for cable). This, when you mirror your Kindle Fire to it, can give you a lot to watch! It works much better than our Roku, by the way…it’s much faster.

Finally, I don’t like to write posts without giving something to the book readers. :) That’s the main focus of this blog, certainly, although I know that some people like the other content information as well.

This time, I thought I’d throw in some links to free e-books in some popular categories, sorted by popularity:

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! :) 

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.

Special Offer on Kindle Fire: Micro Digital Camcorder for $25 Deal starts at 4:30 PM ET/1:30 PM PT

September 24, 2014

Special Offer on Kindle Fire: Micro Digital Camcorder for $25 Deal starts at 4:30 PM ET/1:30 PM PT.

I am on my phone so I will update this later, but I did not want people to miss it.
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This only applies to people with a Kindle Fire with Special  Offers.

Update:

These are special limited time offers, which are only available to Kindle Fire owners.

What happens is you can get a text to alert you to an upcoming deal (details in the links below). You don’t get much warning…maybe an hour (about half an hour in this case).

The deal also appears on the sleep screen of your Fire, and you can find it under Offers on the homescreen (all the way at the end).

Then, you say you want to “learn more”. You’ll get to a screen with a countdown clock. As soon as the clock gets to zero, you need to click to have a chance to get it.

They have often been selling out in seconds.

Here is information on the program:

As I’ve written before, I look at these LTOs (Limited Time Offers) sort of like buying a lottery ticket: I don’t expect to get one (win), but its exciting if I do! Of course, the “ticket” doesn’t cost me anything.

These LTOs are one of the best arguments for having Special Offers…and yes, a good argument for having a  Fire (at AmazonSmile)!

Did you get one? Do you have any other comment on this? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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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! :) 

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.

1-day deal: certified refurb KFHDX 7″ for $159

September 22, 2014

1-day deal: certified refurb KFHDX 7″ for $159

This is $50 off the model I use every day…and which I like well enough that I’m not itching to upgrade to the recently announced ones:

Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Tablet (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Certified refurbished models from Amazon have the same warranty as new, and in fact, I think they tend to be a safer bet. They’ve each been thoroughly checked.

They are limiting people to five apiece, and the deal could sell out. That doesn’t mean the model becomes unavailable quite yet: they may only have a certain number set aside for the sale.

If you buy this one, how will you feel when the new ones come out?

You can see information about them here:

It’s official! New Kindle hardware…and software

Actually, you’ll be able to get the new entry level model (6″) at an equivalent 16GB for $119…and it will have two cameras, front and back.

For $159 (the same price as this), you can get the same size 7″ screen**, that 16GB, and the two cameras.

Looking at that, it’s possible you’ll want to wait…

** Thanks to regular reader and commenter Tom Semple for comments that improved this post

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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! :) 

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.

The Big Deal: through October 5 (and more!)

September 20, 2014

The Big Deal: through October 5 (and more!)

One of my favorite things that Amazon does is the “Big Deal”, which will discount hundreds of books, generally a large amount, for a limited time.

This time:

The Big Deal (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

there are 494 (70 more than the last Big Deal) at time of writing. As always, check the price before you click that Buy button. It’s possible that books will move in and out of the deal, and it may not apply in your country.

Here are some that caught my eye:

  • A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford: more than 32 million copies sold, 4.7 stars out of 5, 192 customer reviews…and $1.99. Even better, it is part of Kindle Unlimited (KU), so members of that can also borrow it at no additional cost
  • Missy’s Murder by Karen Kingsbury (many more by Kingsbury in this deal), 4.0 stars, 131 reviews
  • Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day: A Doctor’s Guide to Solving Your Sleep Problems by Robert Rosenberg, 5.0 stars, 47 reviews
  • Pete Rose: An American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy, 4.4 stars, 134 reviews
  • Rising Sun, Falling Skies: The Disastrous Java Sea Campaign of World War II (General Military) by Jeffrey Cox, 4.5 stars, 62 reviews
  • Crackpot: The Obsessions of by John Waters, 4.9 stars, 22 reviews: could be a good gift. Waters is a real cult figure. Remember that you can delay the delivery of a gift until the appropriate  occasion
  • Lonely Planet Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet, Bradley Mayhew and Carolyn McCarthy, 4.2 stars, 102 reviews, KU
  • Sucker’s Portfolio: A Collection of Previously Unpublished Writing by Kurt Vonnegut, 4.0 stars, 148 reviews, KU
  • Deadpool Classic, Vol. 1 by Fabian Nicieza, Joe Kelly, Mark Waid and Joe Madureira, 4.4 stars, 55 reviews: the Deadpool movie (this is a Marvel character) just got a release date…this is a comics collection, and for that reason, won’t be accessible through text-to-speech. It won’t have been blocked by the publisher, it’s just that the words aren’t seen as text by the software, but as part of the image
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review: Fast Facts and Practice Questions, Second Edition by Leik MSN, Maria T. Codina, 4.4 stars, 94 reviews
  • Big Medicine by Louis L’Amour, 4.3 stars, 75 reviews, KU
  • Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (A World War I Tale) (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales) by Nathan Hale, 5.0 stars, 18 reviews…think of it as a graphic novel, but non-fiction. Great reviews!
  • LIFE The Day Kennedy Died: Fifty Years Later: LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment by The Editors of LIFE, 4.7 stars, 104 reviews…with audio/video, so it won’t work on every device, but might make a good gift
  • Why Your Weirdness Is Wonderful: Embrace Your Quirks and Live Your Strengths by Laurie Wallin, 4.8 stars, 46 reviews
  • Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane by John Skipp, Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Block and Ray Bradbury, 4.7 stars, 11 reviews, KU…read that author list again ;)
  • Expedition to Earth (Arthur C. Clarke Collection: Short Stories) by Arthur C. Clarke, 4.2 stars, 26 reviews, KU
  • Nuclear Dawn: The Atomic Bomb, from the Manhattan Project to the Cold War (General Military) by James Delgado, 5.0 stars, 5 reviews
  • The 13th Warning by R.L. Stine and Tim Jacobus, 4.3 stars, 51 reviews, KU
  • Woman of the Frontier by Zane Grey, 3.2 stars, 5 reviews, KU

Whew!

Again, that’s just a small part of this over 400 book sale. If you’ve noticed others in the group you think my readers should consider, feel free to comment on this post.

Interestingly, that’s not Amazon’s only e-book sale right now:

20 Kindle Books for $2 Each (at AmazonSmile*)

One in particular that stands out to me is

A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion, 3.9 stars, 554 (!) reviews, KU.

30 Kindle Books for $3 Each (at AmazonSmile*)

This sale goes through October 15.

Enjoy!

Bonus story: I also wanted to mention that the

Kindle Voyage (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

appears to be a hit. It’s only available for pre-order at this point, but one configuration of it is already #2 bestseller (behind the Google Chromecast) in electronics at Amazon.

Looking at more of that list, different configs of the Voyage have many of the top spots: #2, #5, #9, #12…

The

new entry level: “Mindle Touch” as a suggested nickname, any configuration (at AmazonSmile*)

by contrast, is #13.

The new Fire tablets? Maybe not so much enthusiasm yet…the least expensive one, the

Fire HD 6, any configuration (at AmazonSmile*)

is at #17. That’s good, but it’s not like the Voyage…

Join hundreds of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

* 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! :) 

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.

Heads up! Limited time offer on kindle fire at 3:30 Pacific for Kindle international charging set

September 18, 2014

Amazon: Upcoming Limited-Time Special Offer on Kindle Fire: Kindle International Charging Kit for $15. Deal starts at 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT.

I am on my phone so I will update this later, but I did not want people to miss it.
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This only applies to people with a kindle fire with special offers.

Update:

These are special limited time offers, which are only available to Kindle Fire owners.

What happens is you can get a text to alert you to an upcoming deal (details in the links below). You don’t get much warning…maybe an hour (about half an hour in this case).

The deal also appears on the sleep screen of your Fire, and you can find it under Offers on the homescreen (all the way at the end).

Then, you say you want to “learn more”. You’ll get to a screen with a countdown clock. As soon as the clock gets to zero, you need to click to have a chance to get it.

They have often been selling out in seconds.

Here is information on the program:

As I’ve written before, I look at these LTOs (Limited Time Offers) sort of like buying a lottery ticket: I don’t expect to get one (win), but its exciting if I do! Of course, the “ticket” doesn’t cost me anything.

These LTOs are one of the best arguments for having Special Offers…and yes, a good argument for having a  Fire (at AmazonSmile)!

Did you get one? Do you have any other comment on this? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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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! :) 

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.

Ikea: Experience the power of a bookbook

September 6, 2014

Ikea: Experience the power of a bookbook

Just for fun tonight…

YouTube video

Bonus deal: people who are reading this on a non-Fire Kindle can’t jump to the video, so I wanted to include something for everybody:

20 Kindle Books for $2 each (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

 

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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! :) 

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.

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: September 2014

September 5, 2014

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: August 2014

Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which discounts (usually) four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kids’ book).

They’ve also been doing Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each) (at AmazonSmile). That’s a rebranding: they used to say it was “100 Books”, but that’s also gotten to be more…there are 101 for this month at the time of writing (significantly fewer than last month, when there were 126).

Those prices only apply to the USA, and one weird thing is that some of the books seem to sell out at that price sometimes (or become unavailable for some other reason).

It’s also interesting…about 49% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,377,957 of 2,809,946). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something. :)

Another new thing is that many of these books may be part of

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Amazon lists that information prominently. If they are, then you need to consider whether it is worth buying them…even at these low prices. While they are in KU, you can, if you are a subscriber (and there’s a free month available right now), read them at no additional cost. There are, of course, advantages to owning books, especially if you want to re-read them. A book could move out of KU at any time. Even if you think you want to own it, if you are a KU member, you could always read it first to make sure. ;) I will mark them with KU.

I’m going to list some of the $3.99 or lower ones that caught my eye…I’m not necessarily recommending them, but I do think they are interesting.

The ones I list also don’t block text-to-speech access**…but I think blocking it is becoming rarer.

The Best American Short Stories 2013 (at AmazonSmile)
edited by Elizabeth Strout, Heidi Pitlor
3.9 out of 5 stars, 38 reviews
$2.99 KU

I’m putting this one on my KU Wish List, which I use to make it easy to borrow more books more quickly. I do like short stories: they can be great for a short trip to the store using text-to-speech.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West (at AmazonSmile*)
by Dee Brown
4.7 stars, 443 reviews
$2.44 KU

Another one for my KU list! This one is a true non-fiction classic…check out the number of reviews and the high rating! Not an easy read, but history isn’t always easy.

The Wars of the Roses (at AmazonSmile*)
by Alison Weir
4.3 stars, 152 reviews
$1.99

Another well-reviewed history…but of a different place.

The Carpet People (at AmazonSmile*)
by Terry Pratchett
4.0 stars, 61 reviews
$1.99 KU

A children’s book from the beloved author of the Discworld series.

John Lennon: The Life (at AmazonSmile*)
by Philip Norman
4.0 stars, 181 reviews
$1.99

This is one to consider as a gift…remember that you can delay a gift until the appropriate date. Might be a nice small gift at the holidays, for example.

A Widow’s Story: A Memoir (at AmazonSmile*)
by Joyce Carol Oates
4.0 stars, 197 reviews
$1.99

It can be difficult sometimes when an author writes something very different from what you are used to reading by them…but this personal memoir may be worth it if you can put that aside.

The Confessions of Nat Turner (at AmazonSmile*)
by William Styron
4.1 stars, 90 reviews
$2.51 KU

You want the backlist? How about a 1967 Pulitzer Prize winning novel?

Again, that’s just a few that stood out to me…there are books (not the best-known ones) by Michael Crichton and Ed McBain, John Rain books by Barry Eisler, books in the Not Quite series by Catherine Bybee, and more.

If there were others you’d like to mention for me and my readers, please comment on this post.

Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your

Kindle First books for September (at AmazonSmile*)

You can get one of the four books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:

  • The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg (historical fiction…might go with that one)
  • Tunnel Vision by Aric Davis (mystery)
  • Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond (young adult fantasy)…hmmm, I do like young adult fantasy. These will probably all be in KU after they are released, so it’s a question of which one I think someone else on my account might want to read at some point: that’s the one I should buy
  • Playing it Safe by Barbie Bohrman (romance)

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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.

Over 1000 e-books up to 85% off: Gold Box student sale

September 2, 2014

Over 1000 e-books up to 85% off: Gold Box student sale

I’ve written about

10 ways Amazon saves us money on e-books

but  one of their best things is when they do their “student sales”. They apparently define student quite  loosely (I would hope we are all students of something), and that results in savings for everyone.

If you want to see the entire list (1,051 titles at time of writing), it’s here:

Gold Box Deal of the Day: Save up to 85% off on eBooks for Students (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

However, I thought I’d take a quick (well…focused…it will take me a few minutes) look at the titles and highlight some for you that caught my eye.

Remember, this sale is just for today! As always, check the Buy button before you get a book. If the price seems good to you, go for it. The discounts may not apply in your country, and it’s possible a book will move out of the promotion before you see it…but purchasing should be based on what you think is a good value, not a comparison to what someone else got. At least, that’s the way I look at it. ;)

In order to get through these, I won’t be checking to  see if the publisher is blocking text-to-speech access** (I don’t buy books which do myself). For that reason, and for speed, I won’t be linking to  the individual titles.

One other thing: if I notice one is available through

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

I’ll designate it with KU.

  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves and Patrick Lencioni
  • A Secret Woman by Rose Solari KU
  • On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington Cemetery by Robert M. Poole
  • There are a lot of O’Reilly programming books! Note that you may first see the rental price, then  the purchase price
  • A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich and Clifford Harper
  • Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That  Works by Ash Maurya
  • Fundamentals of Physics by R. Shankar
  • What the Best College Teachers do by Ken Bain
  • Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and  Changemakers by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown and James Macanufo
  • Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World by Graham Allison and Henry A. Kissinger
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
  • Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth 1 by Peter Ackroyd
  • Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel  Fantastic Every Day: A Doctor’s Guide to Solving  Your Sleep Problems by Robert Rosenberg
  • Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun
  • The Courageto Be by Paul Tillich and Peter J. Gomes
  • Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management by Scott Berkun
  • The Double V: How Wars, Protest, and Harry Truman Desegregatd  America’s Military by Rawn James Jm.
  • A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
  • The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us by Noson S. Yanofsky
  • Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about  the coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to  Save Humanity by james hansen
  • Billy Christmas by Mark A. Pritchard KU
  • Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion by New Scientist and Jeremy Webb
  • Seeds of Vengeance by Sylvia nobel KU
  • Leonardo’s Notebooks: Writing and Art of  the Great Master by Leonardo da Vinci and H. Anna Suh
  • The Big Books of Boy Stuff and Spy Stuff by Bart King
  • Mad in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing by Vaclav Smil
  • Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin and Edward P. Jones
  • Clinically Oriented Anatomy by Keith l. Moore, Anne M. Agur, and Arthur F. Dailey
  • Head First PMP by Jennifer Greene and Andrew Stellman
  • A lot of medical textbooks!
  • Net Smart: How to Thrive Online by Howard Rheingold
  • Psychic Development for Beginners: An Easy Guide to Developing and Releasing Your Psychic Abilities by William W. Hewitt
  • Lots of legal textbooks
  • Choose the Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness by Tal Ben-Shahar
  • Lonely Planet South America on a shoestring
  • Spies, Patriots, and Traitors by Kenneth A. Daigler
  • Bermuda Shorts by James Patterson
  • The Most Dangerous Book in the World: 9/11 as Mass Ritual by S.K. Bain and Peter Levenda KU
  • The New York Times: The Times of the…Sixties, Seventies
  • The Values-Driven Organization by Richard Barrett
  • Conversational American English by Richard Spears, Betty Birner, Steven Kleinedler, and Luc Nisset
  • A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland

That’s enough to get you started!

When you are on the first page (linked above) of the promotion, you can choose categories to narrow your search.

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! :) 

** 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.


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