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Heads up! LTO on Amazon headphones on Kindle Fire ends at 6:00 PM Pacific

December 16, 2014

Heads up! LTO on Amazon headphones on Kindle Fire ends at 6:00 PM Pacific

40 minutes to go as I write this, 27% claimed!

So, I’m going to send this right now, then update it.

$12 for Amazon headphones, normally$24.99. I got them with my Fire Phone…nice earbuds, more comfortable than most, includes microphone…tends not to tangle.

Update:

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

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). That will disappear when the sale is over.

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 typically been selling out in seconds, although this one looks like it will last the hour.

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.

One more thing: I’ve had a couple of readers say on past offers that they never even saw the offer. As far as I know, these go out to every eligible Fire tablet in the USA. A few possibilities occur to me:

  • They either bought a Fire tablet without Special Offers, or bought out of the offers later. You have to be subscribed to those in order to get these deals
  • They weren’t connected to wireless in time for it to update
  • They didn’t check the Offers tab (I don’t always see it on the sleep screen)

It might not have been any of those, but those three would have done it.

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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.

 

Amazon devices holiday sale: Mindle Touch $59, more

December 15, 2014

Amazon devices holiday sale: Mindle Touch $59, more

It’s December 15th, and we have a limited time offer on Amazon devices.

I’m guessing this might be about it, except for maybe some flash sales.

One of the Gold Box Deals of the day is $125 (!) off the

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation – 3rd) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

That brings the lowest configuration of this largest Fire down to $224. This is the previous generation, but it does have front and back cameras and Mayday (the onscreen technical help). It is the previous generation of the operating system, though.

Other deals promoted here:

Fire & Kindle Deals (at AmazonSmile*)

Great deals!

I thought you might also be interested in this comment I made recently in the Amazon Kindle forums. There has been some very lively discussion of the Amazon Echo (I do not have an invitation at this point), and one poster suggested Amazon should hurry and send out some more invitations, since the number available on eBay was dwindling. I responded:

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“…getting the majority of Echoes off eBay may be a good thing for Amazon…so waiting might actually help them. :)

They didn’t prohibit resale of the devices as a contractual condition of getting one in pre-release, and they could have done that. However, my guess is that they are picking people in order to get a diversity of use patterns, depending on demographics, buying habits, and so on. Having them sold unused on the secondary market skews that data, since they can’t control who gets one.

They can’t have them disappear altogether, since someone who legitimately got one directly through invitation could sell it used.

Once they are mostly gone from eBay, though, they have a number of choices:

* They could make no resale a condition of pre-release ownership…perhaps sunsetting that provision when the device goes into general release. They could put that restriction in the invitation e-mail
* They could send out another round or two of invitations…since people who are getting are Prime members, they could probably get them on Monday, December 22nd, and still have them for December 25th. It’s worth noting that a lot of purchasing goes on after December 25th as well
* They could offer it to all Prime members for $99. That could also be a tie-in to promote Prime: “Get Prime for $99 for the year, and buy the $199 Echo (not released yet) for $99″. People would see that as getting Prime for free for the first year
* They could do a one day, flash sale of them to the general public (maybe through WOOT, owned by Amazon). That would get a lot of publicity, and would start getting them tech reviews (outside of the ones who have bought the device on the secondary market). Then, they could follow up with surveys…perhaps, intriguingly, even conducted by Alexa herself: “Do you mind if I ask YOU some questions?” :) I would think compliance with that survey would be relatively high. Also, since the device is registered with Amazon generally by existing customers (I would guess), they already have a lot of data on the users
* They could simply open it for general purchase…which would tend to knock the wheels out from under the eBay market

In none of those scenarios would I guess that Prime members would lose the opportunity to buy it for $99…but that’s just a guess. :)”
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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! LTO on Fire tablets at 4 PM Pacific: Artist Studio Painting Kit

December 12, 2014

Heads up! LTO on Fire tablets at 4 PM Pacific: Artist Studio Painting Kit

Amazon: Upcoming Limited-Time Special Offer on Kindle Fire: Artist Studio Painting Kit for $17. Deal starts at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT.

I am on my phone so more later…

Update:

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

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). That will disappear when the sale is over.

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 typically 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.

One more thing: I’ve had a couple of readers say on past offers that they never even saw the offer. As far as I know, these go out to every eligible Fire tablet in the USA. A few possibilities occur to me:

  • They either bought a Fire tablet without Special Offers, or bought out of the offers later. You have to be subscribed to those in order to get these deals
  • They weren’t connected to wireless in time for it to update
  • They didn’t check the Offers tab (I don’t always see it on the sleep screen)

It might not have been any of those, but those three would have done 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! :) 

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.

Amazon’s bestselling books of 2014

December 12, 2014

Amazon’s bestselling books of 2014

In this

press release

Amazon announces their

Customer Favorites: 2014’s Top-Selling New Releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Actually, while they call it the “bestselling” list, they also include information about “most wished for” (added to Amazon wishlists) and “most gifted”…both interesting.

I would guess the “most gifted” may be the most inaccurate: how many people actually indicate a p-book (paperbook) is a gift when they buy it? With e-books, you can send a book to someone as a gift, so that’s more obvious…unless the person is on your account, in which case, it may just look like you are buying it.

Some interesting points from the press release:

  • Over half of the books on the lists are from series
  • “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is the only book in the top 20 to sell more print copies than Kindle copies”…think about that one. There has been an argument that people want to give p-books to children as gifts, rather than e-books. Part of that has to do, I think, with a…presumption that p-books make kids more scholarly than e-books (since the latter are read on a dreaded “screen). I think it’s partially also nostalgia: adults remember being given p-books as kids, and may still own them decades later (or have passed them on to their kids). That will change: in time, adults will remember having been given e-books as children…and will share them with their kids through the account
  • “The best-selling book by a debut author in 2014 was The Martian by Andy Weir”…yep, science fiction, and originally self-published (but then picked up by a tradpub…traditional publisher)
  • The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio and The Staff of Serapis made the list with Kindle-only books”…another amazing fact. Remember that ten years ago there were no Kindle books. Initially, many of the Kindle store books were converted from p-books, followed by simultaneous releases. For a bestseller to never have been a p-book is a real evolutionary change!

Standing out for me in the top 100 Kindle store books (only paid, by the way…they don’t free in these lists) is

#3: The Fixed Trilogy: Fixed on You, Found in You, Forever with You (at AmazonSmile*) by Laurelin Paige

This is a self-published book…actually, an omnibus of three books in a series.

It has 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 4,836 customer reviews.

Text-to-speech enabled, lending enabled, has X-Ray, and has Word Wise.

It’s also available through Kindle Unlimited, where members can read it at no additional cost.

What is the price on it?

$3.99.

Now, this is #3 on the Kindle list, so it wasn’t included in those above that didn’t have print editions…but it doesn’t.

Congratulations to Laurelin Paige for showing that you don’t need the traditional system to be a success!

I’m not opposed to tradpubbing…it certainly has its benefits. I just like people to have options…that results in more books, and that’s a good thing. :)

Here is Amazon’s top 20 (they say, “List counts only first editions published in 2014 and includes paid units in print and Kindle.”)

  1. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  2. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
  3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  4. 20 Seconds Ago by Lee Child
  5. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  6. The Target by David Baldacci
  7. The Fixed Trilogy by Laurelin Paige
  8. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  9. Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich (I’ve read this one)
  10. Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
  11. WMC 13 by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  12. Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
  13. Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts
  14. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
  15. Blood Magick by Nora Roberts
  16. Field of Prey by John Sanford
  17. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  18. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
  19. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  20. Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

These are mostly “People Magazine books” (that’s what I call the mainstream…books likely to be reviewed in that publication, with a lot of brand name authors. I might have expected more young adult books, and it’s intriguing to see Nora Roberts so well represented with this type of genre series.

Bonus deal:

Amazon is continuing their 12 Days of Deals in Kindle Books” at the

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

page. For Day 2, we have a really important book in the “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime”:

Silent Spring (at AmazonSmile*) by Rachel Carson.

This 1962 non-fiction book was a major influence on creating an environmental movement in the USA. It’s $1.99 to buy today…and it is part of Kindle Unlimited.

Their Best Books of 2014 selection for today is

Those Who Wish Me Dead (at AmazonSmile*) by Michael Koryta

It’s $2.99 today.

I would consider both for gifts…remember that you can delay the delivery date until the appropriate one, and if your recipient already has the book, they can get a store credit instead.

These would both make good small gifts, if you like…if you put a bunch of small gifts together, haven’t you spent $1.99 on something that might have less of an impact and be less appreciated than The Silent Spring? I have. :)

You can choose “Give as a Gift” and then have it e-mailed to you, print it out, and include it with the other gifts.

What do you think? Any surprises for you on Amazon’s lists? What were your favorite books published this year? 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! :) 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.

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The Amazon universe expands

December 11, 2014

The Amazon universe expands

What happens at Amazon affects us Kindleers.

I’ve said in the past that I was more confident that my e-books from Amazon would be available to my descendants in a couple of generations than my p-books (paperbooks).

As for the latter, it simply isn’t terribly logical to expect my now adult kid and my now adult kid’s hypothetical future kids to dedicate a room in the house to a floor to ceiling library as we have.

Ownership is becoming far less important than access. That may have some positive impacts, especially environmentally. If you don’t have all that “stuff” to store, you can live in a much smaller space. A smaller space can have a smaller footprint in more ways than one.

I was confident that my e-book library would be around 100 years from now. It wouldn’t surprise me if Amazon lasted that long, but if they don’t, I expect that there would be some sort of migration of the library…either to another company or to the customers.

I still am confident in Amazon, but recent moves make their future much harder to calculate.

 As was made abundantly clear at the last Amazon financials call, the

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

cost them a lot of money this year…and didn’t generate a lot.

I was apparently one of the very few people to buy one for $199, locked to AT&T. They’ve really changed that (both the price and the lock), but the launch was bad enough for Amazon to suggest that maybe they would choose the chances they took more carefully…

NOT!

;)

In the weeks since, they’ve announced all sorts of speculative ventures.

There are so many that I’m just going to do them as bullet points:

[Aside: I’m in the San Francisco Bay Area, and yes, the power went out while I was writing this. :) We are expecting a very large storm…no, we don’t get snow, but we get a lot of rain and flooding, and power outages are pretty common. Our dogs have never seen a storm like the one that’s been predicted: hopefully, they’ll be okay with it]

  • The Amazon Echo: while this could be seen as a Fire Phone like risk, I think it has a huge potential upside. I can’t buy one from Amazon right now: I do think they are keeping them out of the hands of tech writers until the device has matured. It’s learning every day. I said on the Amazon forums that it’s like a child right now, and you wouldn’t send a child out for a job interview (which is sort of what a review by a tech writer is, for a gadget)…you’d probably wait until they’d at least graduated high school. ;) This could be a market defining device, and allow Amazon to be the way that most people interact with the internet at home. Controlling that, and monetizing it on the business to business side, could be an incredible opportunity. People are making the mistake of judging what it can be by what it is. Right now, it has to be plugged into the wall, for example. No reason why a mobile item (wearable, perhaps?) running off the base station couldn’t exist in the future…it already does, a bit, with the apps and remotes. I like the way they are introducing it, frustrating as it is to a small group of potential customers. They aren’t approaching the Echo like the Fire Phone: they are getting a lot of user feedback before going wide. Also, they aren’t going to be entering a mature market…they are going to be defining one. And if it fails? Hey, it would just a Bluetooth speaker ;)
  • Amazon travel services: sure, why not? I’d book through Amazon as an Amazon customer. They’ve made paying for things easy, and they already know everything about me. :) That’s one of the big pots o’ glue for Amazon: customers consider it low risk and convenient. Would you book Amazon travel if you weren’t an Amazon customer? That’s a hypothetical, of course…is anyone not an Amazon customer? ;)
  • Amazon bike messengers delivery service. My guess is that they are bringing something they’ve been using in China into the USA. Get your goods in an hour? Possible. That goes along with the drone delivery they’ve mentioned…but it will face a lot fewer regulatory hurdles. Combine that with Kiva robots to get the right thing to the bike messengers’…um, bikes, and this could really “roll” (by the way, I’m glad I’m not writing in China, where apparently, the government has recently started to crack down on puns, on the basis that they are confusing…sometimes, confusion is the only path to true clarity)
  • Amazon Elements: Amazon branded products…and there are those diapers and windshield wipers I keep talking about! Well, diapers anyway…yep, Amazon brand diapers. At this point, you need to be a Prime member to buy them…and they are talking about how “transparent” the new Elements line will be. You’ll know where they were made and how. I have to say, though, “transparent diapers” doesn’t really sound like a good idea ;)
  • Consumer Services: this one makes sense to me. If I want a gardener, I’d rather go through Amazon then hunt on the internet, or join yet another group to get their recommendation
  • Bargaining on products: one of Amazon’s failures in the past was an auction site, but this could work. Basically, some sellers of certain types of items (like collectibles) put up a price, but say they are willing to negotiate. Consumers make offers
  • Gaming (social and competitive): Amazon spent nearly a billion dollars on Twitch, a social videogame site, and they just bought GoodGame, a sort of talent agency for competitive gamers. Gaming is a giant market, but my intuition here is that Amazon is more interested in controlling how that market develops than being really passionate about it for its own sake. I could be wrong, though: Amazon does make some games now

Those are just some of their consumer facing investments lately. They are paying tons more to license content, and there is a lot more happening away from the consumers.

If investors thought the big A would slow down after the Fire Phone, they need to start sweating again. Oh, and rumor has it that a Fire Phone 2 is on the way…

Jeff Bezos seems to think some people are too blinded by the present to see the future. I think it’s worth noting, though, that if you time crossing the street based on what the traffic will be five years from now, you might get run over. ;) I do have a great deal of confidence in Amazon: it’s just that it’s getting so much harder to define what Amazon is.

What do you think? Should Amazon have just stuck to selling books? Were you one of the many people who thought that the Kindle was a bad idea for Amazon, since hardware wasn’t their area? When is investing too much for them? When do they need to show a profit for the investors…if ever? Are you more or less confident in Amazon’s future than you were a year ago? Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.

Bonus deal: Amazon has started their “12 Days of Deals in Kindle Books” at the

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

page. Today, that includes one from the “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” and one (really two) from the “Best Books of 2014″ for $2.99 each.

The 100 Books title is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I’ve been interested in that one since I first heard about it on the radio years back. However, the publisher has made the decision to block text-to-speech access, so I won’t buy it**. It seems a bit ironic to me to put that on a list of “100 Books to Read” when one significant way to read the book is being actively blocked.

The other books are the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children books by Ransom Riggs: Hollow City came out this year.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books. 

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Current gen Fire sale (including Kids’), limited time

December 10, 2014

Current gen Fire sale (including Kids’), limited time

When did it get to be that we got the best bargains near the holidays? People used to think that prices got raised during the holiday, and then they’d find bargains afterwards.

I think part of is that there isn’t the same problem with stock sitting in a physical store that there used to be. Yes, devices are physical stock, but that is managed so much better now than they were when I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore. I would be sure that the cost per square foot of using an Amazon fulfillment center is a tiny fraction of what it was for my bookstore.

Amazon has some of their current generation Fire tablets on sale right now, for a “limited time”. This a public offer in the USA store: it’s not limited to those with Special Offers, and it isn’t a deal of the day. However, we don’t know when it might go away (which could be any time).

The models on sale are:

 Fire HD Kids Edition (at AmazonSmile*) $30 off

That brings this version with the ruggedized case and the special replacement policy down to as low as $159 The $30 off applies to both the 6″ and the 7″.

Fire HD 7 (at AmazonSmile*) $25 off

Now you have a mid-size Fire for as low as $114. You can also still get the six inch for $99.

Also on sale is my daily tablet (makes it sound like medicine, doesn’t it?) ;)

Kindle Fire HDX 7″ (at AmazonSmile*) $40 off

That’s as low as $199. It is the previous gen, and doesn’t have a rear-facing camera, but does have the current software (Fire OS 4).

There may be more sales, of course, but we are getting into that “short shipping season”, and there may be more unavailabilities. I’d say this sale is particularly good on the new Kids’ edition…that’s going to be a hot item this year, and a great gift. For me, that’s particularly true for elementary school kids…that’s more of the market than for older kids.

I’ll keep my eye open for more bargains, though!

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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.

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Today: 50% off 3rd Gen HDXs with 4G

December 8, 2014

Today: 50% off 3rd Gen HDXs with 4G

This is a Gold Box Deal (GBD) so it should only be good today (although there may be other deals later on).

This is a good one!

Gold Box Deal of the Day: 50% Off Kindle Fire HDX 4G LTE Tablets (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

You can get a Kindle HDX 7″ (that’s what I use every day) for $139…the current gen is $199!

This one comes with 4G (another way to connect to the internet besides using wi-fi) which would require a dataplan that you would pay for monthly, but let me be clear:

You do not need to get the dataplan!

I don’t currently have a Fire HDX with 4G: I did, but just didn’t find it worthwhile and didn’t renew after the  plan after the first year.

Where I live (in the San Francisco Bay Area), there’s plenty of wi-fi…if you live in a rural area, that might not be the case, and you might be happy to pay for a monthly plan.

I consider this one of the best deals Amazon has offered on Fire tablets to the general public (as opposed to something like a Limited Time Special Offer…although this could run out and is only for today).

Note that this has the current version of the operating system: you do have Mayday (the onscreen tech help), you can download some Prime videos.

Bottom line: if you’ve been thinking about a Fire tablet, especially as a gift (the 4G is a nice option in a gift…they can just use wi-fi, if they want, but they can choose. They may move somewhere in the future with 4G), this is an excellent opportunity.

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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.

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 under $3.99 each: December 2014

December 3, 2014

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: December 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 108 for this month at the time of writing (eleven fewer than 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 50% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,504,087 of 3,032,502). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something. :)

Another 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 link (if I do get any linked this time) also don’t block text-to-speech access**…but I think blocking it is becoming rarer.

These books can make excellent small gifts! Remember that y ou can delay the delivery of a Kindle store book until the appropriate gift giving occasion.

The Beginning of the End (Apocalypse Z)
by Manel Loureiro and Pamela Carmell
4.2 stars out of 5, 2270 customer reviews
$1.99 at time of writing
Kindle Unlimited

Very high rating with this many reviews! I’ve read this one: you can read my mini review of it here: http://ilmk.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/round-up-185-royal-librarian-bn-ceo-steps-down/. They also have other books in the series in this deal.

Switched (A Trylle Novel Book 1)
by Amanda Hocking
3.9 stars, 845 reviews
$2.99

Hocking was the poster child for indie success through Amazon publishing…and has one of my favorite Twitter feeds. :) This book is actually published by Macmillan.

The Long Way Home
by Karen McQuestion
4.1 stars, 771 reviews
$1.99
Kindle Unlimited

Another indie success…

  • Books in the Happy Herbivore series by Lindsay S. Nixon
  • Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe by Bob Berman and Robert Lanza
  • Books in the Frontlines series by Marko Koos
  • Books in The Remaining series by D.J. Molles
  • Books in The Game series by J. Sterling
  • Books in the Kathleen Turner series by Tiffany Snow
  • Ink Mage by Viktor Gischler
  • Deadpool, Vol. 1: Secret Invasion by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon
  • The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human by Vint Dvm Virga
  • The Princess (The Montgomery/Taggert Family Book 8) by Jude Deveraux (Deveraux is one of the major romance authors)
  • The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien by J.R.R. Tolkien and Humphrey Carpenter (good small gift for a Lord of the Rings fan
  • Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick by Philip K. Dick and Jonathan Lethem
  • Jerusalem Inn (Richard Jury Mysteries Book 5) by Martha Grimes (Grimes is a very popular mystery writer)

 

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 (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:

  • Marked (Servants of Fate Book 1) by Sarah Fine (romantic fantasy)
  • The Last Passenger
    by Manel Loureiro, Andrés Alfaro (suspense)
  • Fatal Puzzle (Zons Crime Book 1) by Catherine Shepherd, Julia Knobloch (thriller)
  • Guardians of the Night (A Gideon and Sirius Novel) by Alan Russell (mystery)

I’m going with The Last Passenger, and it was an easy choice. Loureiro is the author of the Apocalypse Z books, the first of which is the most reviewed book I listed above. They classify it as a suspense novel, but it involves time travel…one of my favorite subjects.

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.

Cyber Monday: 2000 books, Fire TV sale

December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday: 2000 books, Fire TV sale

It’s Cyber Monday, and although all of the “sale days” have gotten a bit fuzzy and extended (not unlike certain novels I could name) ;), it’s still a big day. It may be the biggest online shopping day of the year.

Amazon is stepping up to the screen with 2,034 (!) Kindle Daily Deals on e-books:

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

This is a great opportunity to buy gifts for others at a big savings, or for yourself. Remember that you can delay the delivery of an e-book gift for the appropriate date.

Here are just a few of the more than 2,000 that caught my eye:

  • Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies by J. B. West and Mary Lynn Kotz
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  • We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young: Ia Drang-The Battle
  • That Changed the War in Vietnam by Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway
  • Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • Exodus by Leon Uris
  • West with the Night by Beryl Markham
  • The Fifties by David Halberstram
  • All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
  • Lost Horizon by James Hilton
  • This Perfect Day by Ira Levin (really ripe for a movie adaptation)
  • Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick

I could go on and on and on… :)

You know what else I noticed about these?

Many of them are part of Kindle Unlimited…I think every one of the ones I listed above.

Think about how many of these you might get as a gift for somebody…then consider getting a

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

which gives reading access (although not ownership) to all of these and over 700,000 titles.

Amazon’s Black Friday sale on devices (Kindle EBRs…E-Book Readers and Fire tablets especially) clearly worked. According to this

press release

“… Fire tablet sales on Amazon.com were up over 3x year over year this Black Friday; Kindle e-reader sales on Black Friday grew nearly 4x year over year.”

Four times? That’s astonishing!

Yes, they had the Mindle Touch (what I call the least expensive model) for under $50, but even so: impressive!

This afternoon, they’ll have the

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

on sale for $69…30% off.

I use ours every day. We have a TV in the bedroom we don’t even have hooked up to cable: the Fire TV takes care of our needs there. I can watch news (I particularly use Watchup, although I also just got the free BBC News app), TV shows, movies, play games, use apps…it’s a lot. I can also mirror my Kindle Fire HDX to it, which gives it even more power.

Even less expensive (and a bit less powerful) is the

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

which I just got and am still exploring. That one’s normal price is $39, and I’d consider it as a gift. Anybody (with a TV with an HDMI input…not that some college students don’t TVs at all, now, but if they have a monitor or TV with HDMI, this would be a great gift) can use one. :)

Amazon appears to be nailing it with media devices this holiday season! Now, if they’d only let me buy an Echo… ;)

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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.

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.

$199 Fire Phone – AT&T = huge hit…and a book deal tonight

November 27, 2014

$199 Fire Phone – AT&T = huge hit…and a book deal tonight

When I paid $199 for the

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

it wasn’t actually the version above.

Mine was “locked” to AT&T, which was okay with me…since that’s our carrier anyway.

They did have an unlocked version in the beginning, but it was at least $450.

Not too long after that, the price for what I bought dropped to $0.99.

Amazon clearly took a big hit on the Fire Phone, and fessed up to it during their financials call.

I’ll have to admit to a tad bit of worry that they wouldn’t continue to support my phone.

Now that they’ve dropped the price of the unlocked version, though, it seems to be working.

At time of writing, the Fire Phone has rocketed up to being #1 in electronics at Amazon.

Higher than the

Fire TV Stick (at Amazon Smile*)

although admittedly, that one’s sales may be down because they are sold out…they don’t expect to have them again until mid January of 2015.

Higher than the

Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player (at AmazonSmile*)

Now, this might just be a sudden leap because of it going on sale, but I think it could make actual inroads into the market. I don’t like mine as well as I did my Galaxy, but I do like it…and it’s a bit of a chicken and the egg issue of having market share to get apps developed for it.

It’s also worth noting that, even at this $199 price,  you still get a year of Amazon Prime (a $99 value), whether you are already a subscriber or not. That makes the price effectively $100.

One other tip…Amazon sent me a heads up on this deal:

“Happy Holidays! With Black Friday two days away, Amazon has announced another great deal starting at 9pm PST tonight [Wednesday, November 26] where customers using the promo code HOLIDAY30 will receive an additional 30% off of purchase for one book, not including eBooks or Audible Audiobooks. The offer is available for a limited time. “

Okay, okay…I know that’s not a Kindle deal. :) If you want to see Amazon’s Black Friday Kindle device deals (with links), see

These will be Amazon’s Black Friday device specials

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* 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

 


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