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$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

 

These will be Amazon’s Black Friday device specials

November 26, 2014

These will be Amazon’s Black Friday device specials

Amazon gave me advanced notice on what the Black Friday device specials will be. These prices will not be valid until Friday, so I am not giving you links to them now…this is just a heads up so you can plan! :-)

Update: okay, I’m adding in the links. Please check the price before you click or tap that “Buy” button. The prices listed here may not be the same in your country (I have readers around the world). Also, it’s possible the special price is only on certain configurations of the device…maybe on one size of memory and not on another, maybe on a device with wi-fi only, and not on one with wi-fi and 3G, that kind of thing. I’ll only link to one “flavor” of each one…there are usually buttons on the page to make other selections.

Hi Bufo,

Happy Holidays! I wanted to give you a heads up on Black Friday deals for Amazon devices beginning tomorrow. These deals will extend through the holiday weekend. Deals include:

·         $79 Kindle for just $49 Kindle, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

·         New Bundle: 6 months of Kindle Unlimited plus a Kindle for $79; also available for Kindle Paperwhite for $129 Kindle (“Mindle Touch”) + Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile*) Kindle Paperwhite + Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile*)

·         $119 Kindle Paperwhite for $99 Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (212 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile*)

·         $99 Fire HD 6 for $79 Fire HD 6, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile*)

·         $139 Fire HD 7 for $109 Fire HD 7, 7″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile*)

·         Fire phone is now available unlocked with a no contract price of $199 through Cyber Monday Amazon Fire Phone, 32GB (Unlocked GSM) (at AmazonSmile*) [Bufo’s note: this is a $250 savings! Unlocked means you can use it with different carriers, not just AT&T…many people didn’t buy a Fire Phone initially because of the AT&T partnership. They had the unlocked phone before, but it was much more expensive. This has now pushed the Fire Phone to being (at time of writing) Amazon’s bestselling electronic! That’s an amazing jump: it passed the Chromecast and the Fire TV Stick.]

·         $39 Fire TV Stick available at Best Buy and Staples for $24.99

Kindle (deal running 11/27-11/29)

All-new Kindle – featuring a touchscreen display, a 20% faster processor, and twice the storage. Kindle e-readers are lightweight and easy to hold, measure battery life in weeks, not hours, and allow for reading with no glare even in bright sunlight.

Kindle Paperwhite (deal running 11/27-11/29)

Kindle Paperwhite is one of Amazon’s most popular Kindles, with a touchscreen that has no screen glare in bright sunlight, a battery that lasts for weeks, not hours, and a built-in light that allows you to read without eyestrain.

Kindle Unlimited/Kindle Bundle (deal running 11/27-11/29)

Better together: Get the $79 Kindle and 6-months of Kindle Unlimited for just $79 or Kindle Paperwhite and 6-months of Kindle Unlimited for just $129. Kindle Unlimited offers unlimited reading from over 700,000 books, including best sellers like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Landing page:

Fire HD (Fire HD 6 deal running 11/27-11/29; Fire HD 7 deal running 11/27-12/1)

The new Fire HD tablets are available in both 6” and 7” and five color choices – black, white, cobalt, magenta, and citron. The new Fire HD, features a quad-core processor, front and rear-facing cameras, an HD display and a world-class ecosystem of exclusive features, services, and content.

Fire phone (deal running 11/25-12/1)

The Fire phone is now available unlocked.  The unlocked Fire phone works with GSM carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, Metro PCS and Cricket and for a limited time only is only $199. Fire phone includes a full year of Amazon Prime membership for access to Amazon’s vast digital ecosystem and unlimited photo cloud storage as well as exclusive features like Mayday, Second Screen and X-Ray.

Fire TV Stick (deal running 11/23-11/29 at Best Buy and Staples)

While it’s sold out on Amazon.com, customers can discover Fire TV Stick, the fastest-selling Amazon device ever, at Best Buy and Staples stores. Fire TV Stick is a small stick that connects to the HDMI port on your HDTV for instant access to movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and games.

These deals are available while supplies last. For additional information and a full list of Amazon Black Friday deals, visit http://www.amazon.com/blackfriday.

 

Best,

Jennifer

Amazon’s now also added a “landing page” portal for their

Fire & Kindle Deals (at AmazonSmile*)

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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

New! Give the gift of Kindle Unlimited and a sweet $99 Kindle/6M KU bundle

November 26, 2014

New! Give the gift of Kindle Unlimited and a sweet $99 Kindle/6M KU bundle

Now you can give the gift of Kindle Unlimited, reading access to over 700,000 books!

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

Imagine what this could mean for a child, or an adult with limited resources.

Harry Potter…Lord of the Rings…James Bond…The Life of Pi…audiobooks…

Buying books can be great, but my Significant Other has joked about the stress of trying to find books for me that I want that I don’t already have.

This solves that problem. Whether someone is already a power reader, or you are just trying to get them interested, this would be a great gift.

If they want to exchange it for a gift card, they can easily do that…that’s a risk, of course, that your plan to create the next great influencer in the world turns into the biggest sugar rush ever. ;)

One significant negative to this to me is that they only doing the following subscription gifts:

  • 6 months for $59.94
  • 12 months for $119.88
  • 24 months for $239.76

As you can tell, no reduction in the $9.99 per month price, but I’m okay with that.

It’s the lack of a one month subscription that concerns me.

I’m sure Amazon thought about this carefully, and that their motivations aren’t limited to

The.Best.Gift.Ever

I’m sure they want this to lock people into Amazon more…turn them into lifelong customers and Prime users (just by exposure.

One month gifts, though, which I really wanted to see, would be absolutely terrific!

I would have done that for a holiday gift exchange at work (and it would have been highly desired, like a Starbucks card).

It would have been the perfect “emergency gift” (when someone brings an SO you didn’t know about ahead of time, for example).

It would have been a great “small gift” within the family!

Yes, you can still do a gift card (you can do those for any amount), but it isn’t quite the same.

I’m going to write Amazon to suggest a one-month, and if you agree, hope you do, too. You can send it to

kindle-feedback@amazon.com

Still, I expect this will be pretty popular…it should be available for a while.

This one won’t.

For a “limited time”, you can “bundle” a “Mindle Touch” (that’s what I call the newest generation entry level Kindle…usually $79) and six months of Kindle Unlimited for $99!

Kindle and 6M KU for $99 (at AmazonSmile*)

That’s a savings of $39.94!

Again, a great gift…especially for someone who doesn’t even have a Kindle yet.

They get a good Kindle (it doesn’t have a light…you might consider one as a gift along with it, but you don’t really need one) and six months of unlimited reading access. Okay, you can only have ten books out at a time, but that’s not really a problem unless you are going somewhere with no internet access. Not very many people will read ten books before they can get back to wi-fi.

Again, I genuinely believe this could be life transforming in some cases.

One more thing:

There will be Black Friday deals on Kindles and Fire tablets: Amazon says so.

You can find out about them and get early access by going to

https://live.flowics.com/visualizations/f2uamazon/widgets/6492/live/en

and clicking or tapping the “Tweet to Unwrap” button.

Yes, you need a Twitter account, and yes, you’ll be tweeting something about Amazon.

My tweet looked like this:

Hi @Amazon, I want to #UnwrapKindle deals early on Kindle and Fire devices http://amzn.to/1y6qmAE

It looks to me like they are only making this available to so many people…there is a progress bar showing 19% at time of writing, so don’t wait!

Got season fever yet? ;)

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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

 

 

Heads up! LTO at 230 PM Pacific: Lindt Chocolate Truffles

November 21, 2014

Heads up! LTO at 230 PM Pacific: Lindt Chocolate Truffles

Amazon: Upcoming Limited-Time Special Offer on Kindle Fire: Lindt Chocolate Truffles for $13. Deal starts at 5:30 PM ET/2:30 PM PT.

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I’m on my phone right now so more later.

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.

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.

J.D. Powers: Fires more satisfying than iPads (take $20 off)

November 19, 2014

J.D. Powers: Fires more satisfying than iPads (take $20 off)

This one was interesting!

Amazon has given us a discount on something before when they ranked highest in Customer Service (which they did for nine years in a row in the Foresee survey for the holidays, through the most recent 2013 season).

This time, it’s a J.D. Powers survey on how satisfied customers are with their tablets.

Fire users said they were more satisfied than iPad users…and they were more satisfied than users of the other tablets in the survey as well.

Now, it’s worth noting that

the survey (summarized)

does include price as a factor, but it is only 11% of the score.

iPads and Samsungs were within 11% of Amazon in the total scores, but Amazon’s 827 out of 1,000 was the highest.

To celebrate, Amazon is giving $20 off for today on the

Fire HD 7, 7″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

That makes it $119 rather than $139.

Check the price before you click the Buy button, though…this probably only applies in the USA, and I have readers around the world.

You can also get the smaller 6″ screen version for $99 (look for more sales as we come up to the holidays).

Fire HD 6, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile*)

We just bought one of the six inchers to be our new guest Kindle. I like the idea of having a Paperwhite as a guest Kindle, but, well, our Mindle (the entry level Kindle) broke a while back, and I’ve been using the Paperwhite which was intended as a guest Kindle. We have a couple people coming to stay with us for the holidays, and I decided to go with the tablet instead of the EBR (E-Book Reader).

I did that in part because of cost, in part because of availability (if I could have gotten a Voyage by the time I needed it, I would have done that, with the Paperwhite going back to being the guest Kindle),  and in part because I like having a variety of devices. :)

It arrived yesterday, but I haven’t set it up yet. I’ll get to that by the weekend, certainly.

Today’s sale is one where I wouldn’t expect them to sell out of it, and I do expect more opportunities to get bargains before the holidays. Still, it’s a savings of $20…two months of Kindle Unlimited. ;)

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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.

Black Friday deals 2014

November 18, 2014

Black Friday deals 2014

Note: I’m writing this while having a cold, so I might not be as accurate as usual. ;)

Black Friday has changed.

The day after Thanksgiving used to be a really big event in my family. Myself, my Significant Other, and our now adult kid, would be lined up outside a store at 4:00 AM, waiting for it to open.

It was fun, and a real sense of community!

Believe it or not, people would sing songs, and have fun.

Now, many stores are open on Thanksgiving Day (I heard about a mall that was “fining” its stores if they didn’t open).

That means that when you get there at 4:00 Friday morning, there is no outside gathering…the doors have been open for hours, if not for a full day.

Still, we go: I even take the day off work. This year, our kid will be here as well.

We expect it to feel disappointing, but it is a time to be together.

We do it mostly to buy Toys for Tots. We have a budget, and its a good time to get the toys kids hear about TV. Even a kid who can’t afford toys is usually aware of some of what’s hot in pop culture.

It can make them feel more normal to have something from Frozen or a Transformer.

We usually don’t fight our way through for electronic bargains…we do buy those online on Friday, through the weekend, and “Cyber Monday”. We’ll watch the Amazon deals carefully (which are happening already).

The only time we had real unpleasantness was at a Wal-Mart (people were just too competitive trying to get a TV bargain, as I remember). We avoid Wal-Mart for that reason.

There are a number of Black Friday sites, but my favorite one is

BlackFriday.fm

For one thing, you can search.

Now, what you find isn’t guaranteed. A lot of these are leaks and rumors, although they do tend to be pretty accurate. In some cases, the stores themselves may leak the deals…we design a whole “attack route” to get to the stores we want as they open, and you don’t want customers to decide to skip your sale because they didn’t realize you had a deal they wanted.

Here are some of the Kindle deals they list:

  • Staples will give away a Kindle with a $399 PC purchase in the store. They also show a Kindle for $49.99. They also have Speck Kindle cases for 50% off…that’s not my favorite brand. I had one, and it warped pretty quickly. If you want an inexpensive cover, I recommend the Fintie brand…we’ve been very happy with those
  • Best Buy also has a Kindle for $49.99 (4GB). This appears not to be the “Mindle Touch”, but the previous one without the touchscreen. It could that stores are clearing the stock of those. Best Buy also has a Kindle Fire HD tablet for $79
  • hhgregg has a Kindle Fire for $79.99
  • Meijer is doing a $20 voucher with Fire tablet purchases…oh, and they are doing a $30 voucher on the new Fire Kids edition
  • $79.99 looks like it will be the price at quite a few places for a 6″ Fire tablet: Radio Shack, Office Depot…

For me, I don’t know that I’d make a trip specifically for these…it’s just if you are in the store anyway, might be worth it. :) It’s also possible that these deals aren’t accurate, as I mentioned…a company could change them even if they were accurate when BlackFriday.fm got them.

Wal-Mart (again, we tend to avoid that on Black Friday) is also price matching Amazon this year…even for third party vendors selling through Amazon, from what I’ve heard.

The bigger thing is probably going to be to keep your eye on the online sites (including Amazon). Prime members are getting early access to some deals this year. Don’t forget about the Amazon owned

http://www.woot.com/

There’s a very good chance they’ll do a super deal, probably on a slightly older Kindle/Fire…and that it may sell out in seconds.

Here’s Amazon’s current

Amazon’s Countdown to Black Friday Deals Week (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

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! :) 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.

Gold Box Deal of the Day: $140 (!) off 3rd gen 8.9″ KFHDX

November 17, 2014

Gold Box Deal of the Day: $140 (!) off 3rd gen 8.9″ KFHDX

If you want a bigger screen (and don’t need the absolute latest version), this is a good deal!

It is the Gold Box Deal of the Day, which means there is a definite countdown on when it ends (about 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Monday).

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 32 GB – Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation – 3rd) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

This one is not old enough to have the HDMI out (which I used to use…moot point, really, with my Fire TV, which works better than the HDMI did**). It is new enough, though, to have Mayday, which is, in my mind, one of the greatest Customer Service improvements in many years.

It does have both a front and rear-facing camera.

Even though the sale officially goes until the end of the day, they could sell out before that.

Also, do check the price before you click that Buy button: this won’t be the same in all countries. I’m reporting an Amazon.com deal. It’s $259 in the least expensive qualified configuration…$120 less than the current generation equivalent.

Don’t wait if you want 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.

** Some apps would detect the HDMI cable and refuse to play the video. Mirroring the screen through the Fire TV (which means that whatever is on the tablet’s screen shows on the TV screen) eliminates that issue

Thanks to reader Sandi B, whose comment helped improve the accuracy of this post.

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 4PM Verso clip light

November 10, 2014

Heads up:  LTO 4PM Verso clip light

Amazon: Upcoming Limited-Time Special Offer on Kindle Fire: Verso E-Reader Clip Light for $5. Deal starts at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT.

More later, because I am on my phone right now. I did not want people to miss the opportunity to get this. This only applies to people who have a Kindle Fire with special offers.

I believe that this is a clip light for your non-fire Kindle that is normally $15.

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 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 Kindle Fire in the USA. A few possibilities occur to me:

  • They either bought a Kindle Fire 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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New! 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.

Deal of the Day: refurbed Paperwhite for $79

November 10, 2014

Deal of the Day: refurbed Paperwhite for $79

This is a great deal, and I suspect they may run out.

As one of today’s deals, you can get a

Certified Refurbished Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

for $79…the same price as the current entry level Kindle (what I call the “Mindle Touch”, which doesn’t have a light).

The Paperwhite is the most comfortable reading experience I’ve ever had (including paper), and I recommend this one.

As far as refurbished goes (meaning most likely that someone returned it, it was totally checked out by Amazon and made like new), I always think that’s fine from Amazon. They give you the same warranty, and my intuition is that you are actually less likely to get a “lemon” because they’ve been checked more  carefully.

I do buy devices new from Amazon, though, but that’s often because I’m in a hurry to get them when they are first released. ;) Part of that is that I want to write about them for you.

If you were looking for something to be

A Kindle for the guest room

or to get something as a gift for a kid or as a spare, this would be an excellent choice.

It’s honestly hard to tell the first and second generation Paperwhites apart by the product pages…the look very similar. At first glance, I’m not even sure on this one.

One thing that’s worth noting: it does say it will have some of the upcoming features, including Family Library (which lets you share some books between accounts for the first time).

If you are interested, I wouldn’t wait too long on this. It already says it will ship in three to five weeks, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they sell out this morning.

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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 $3.99 for less each: November 2014

November 4, 2014

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: November 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 119 for this month at the time of writing (seven 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 49% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,453,402 of 2,962,759). 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 list also don’t block text-to-speech access**…but I think blocking it is becoming rarer.

The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will by Stephen Sinatra and Jonny Bowden
4.7 out of 5 stars, 663 customer reviews
$2.99 at time of writing

When I’m reviewing these, I sort by average customer review…and this is a really good average with this many reviews!

Wings of Fire Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
4.7 stars, 289 reviews
$1.99

Again, great reviews…this is “middle school” fiction from Scholastic Press. They are one of the few publishers where I consider that the fact that they published the book indicates that it is likely to be good.

  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt series Book 1) by Edmund Morris $1.99
  • LEGO: The LEGO Movie: Junior Novel by Kate Howard $1.99
  • Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes and Ricardo Cortés $1.99 KU (very popular parody of a children’s book…not safe for work or kids ;)
  • To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild $2.99 KU (this one is going on my KU wishlist! It looks fascinating)
  • The Drifter (The Last Gunfighter Book 1) by William W. Johnstone $1.99 KU
  • The Virtues of Oxygen by Susan Schoenberger $1.99 KU
  • How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns $1.99 KU (I’ve read this one…I recommend it, and would be a good use of KU)
  • A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley by Neal Thompson $3.79
  • Dawn (The Xenogenesis Trilogy Book 1) by Octavia E. Butler $1.99 KU (another good use of KU!)
  • Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum by Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino $2.99 KU
    Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman $2.99 KU
  • Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye by Lois Lowry $1.99 KU
  • Watch Me Die by Lee Goldberg $1.99 KU
  • Burning Water (A Diana Tregarde Investigation Book 1) by Mercedes Lackey $1.99
  • Boys and Girls Together: A Novel by William Goldman $1.99 KU
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith $2.51 (soon to be a major motion picture…with Matt Smith)
  • Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin $2.99 KU (oh, it was…daring to buy this when I managed a bookstore…and now it is part of KU!)

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:

  • Ticker by Lisa Mantchev (fantasy)
  • The End of Secrets by Ryan Quinn (espionage thriller)
  • The Unimaginable by Dina Silver (romantic adventure)
  • Shadow Boys (A Jon Cantrell Thriller) by Harry Hunsicker (crime thriller)

I’m going with Ticker…it would intrigue me even if it wasn’t free to own with our Prime membership. :)

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.


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