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Have a special offers Kindle? Check for Mindle deal

May 22, 2012

I am writing this on my phone so I’ll keep it short.

If you have a Special Offers Kindle sync with Amazon to check for a deal ($49?) on (refurbished?) Mindle (the $79/$109 Kindle.

If you can comment with more details that would be great!

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

Special offer: get one of 50 biography & history titles for $1

March 6, 2012

Special offer: get one of 50 biography & history titles for $1

Here’s the latest Special Offer on books from Amazon.

First, a word on that. If you have a wi-fi capable Kindle* (that seems to be the determining factor), you can turn Special Offers on, get the offer, and then just turn them off again if you want.

You do that at

http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle

then click on

Manage Your Devices

You’ll see a place to subscribe or unsubscribe. If you paid less for your Kindle because it has Special Offers, it costs you to unsubscribe. If you didn’t, it costs nothing to subscribe and then unsubscribe again.

The deadline to accept this offer is 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time), March 8, 2012 (Thursday). You have to click it on your Kindle by then.

You’ll then get an e-mail, and you’ll enter a code (you can copy and paste it from the e-mail). After you’ve done that, you’ll get this message

Success !
Your Amazon gift card or promotional code has been applied.

You must select your book by April 8, 2012.

Here is the

Offer detail page

* At this point, the Kindle Fire (which is wi-fi capable) doesn’t let you subscribe to Special Offers.  While the mechanism would probably different (since there isn’t a sleep mode picture…”screensaver” on a Kindle Fire), I suspect we’ll get the option to opt into Special Offers on the device. The ad might be a “splash screen” before going to the homescreen, or might be tied into the Silk web browser. That could have the advantage of stopping the ads from showing for children…if you’ve blocked web access without a PIN (Personal Identification Number) which you can do. Since I don’t think they would reduce the price of the Kindle Fire in exchange for the ads, I think the advertisers could be okay with that.

After you redeem the code, you can pick one of the books from the

Book list

Even though the page said it one place there were 100 books and in another that there are fifty, fifty is correct. You also have to click the links for “History” and “Biography” to see them all…there are twenty-five of each.

I’m going to list ten that caught my eye:

Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Volume 1

If you don’t have this one yet, I highly recommend it!

I wrote a bit about it here:

Flash! Did Mark Twain consider the e-book rights?

Man’s Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

This one is a classic: a combination of Frankl’s own experiences at Auschwitz (and other concentration camps), and psychotherapeutic theory.

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing

We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals that Changed Their Lives Forever
by Benjamin Mee

This was the basis of the movie.

Roots-Thirtieth Anniversary Edition: The Saga of an American Family
by Alex Haley

The Six Wives of Henry VIII
by Alison Weir

The King’s Speech: Based on the Recently Discovered Diaries of Lionel Logue
by Mark Logue and Peter Conrad

My Week with Marilyn
by Colin Clark

Black Hawk Down
by Mark Bowden

Hiroshima
by John Hersey

This was a classic magazine article that was later made into a popular book. One weird thing: unless I’m wrong, they are misspelling the author’s name on the cover and the product page as “John Heresy”…I’m quite sure the Pulitzer Prize winner is “John Hersey”.

I’ll probably go with Mee’s book, but I haven’t quite decided yet. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a zookeeper, and I love Gerald Durrell‘s books.

If I’ve left off one you’d recommend, feel free to do so by commenting this post.

Remember, redeem your code first, then buy the book. :)

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

Special offer: get one of 25 award-winning books for $1

January 5, 2012

Special offer: get one of 25 award-winning books for $1

Here’s the latest Special Offer on books from Amazon.

First, a word on that. If you have a wi-fi capable Kindle* (that seems to be the determining factor), you can turn Special Offers on, get the offer, and then just turn them off again if you want.

You do that at

http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle

then click on

Manage Your Devices

You’ll see a place to subscribe or unsubscribe. If you paid less for your Kindle because it has Special Offers, it costs you to unsubscribe. If you didn’t, it costs nothing to subscribe and then unsubscribe again.

The deadline to accept this offer is 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time), January 7, 2012 (Saturday). You have to click it on your Kindle by then.

You’ll then get an e-mail, and you’ll enter a code (you can copy and paste it from the e-mail). You must select your book by February 7, 2012.

* At this point, the Kindle Fire (which is wi-fi capable) doesn’t let you subscribe to Special Offers.  While the mechanism would probably different (since there isn’t a sleep mode picture…”screensaver” on a Kindle Fire), I suspect we’ll get the option to opt into Special Offers on the device. The ad might be a “splash screen” before going to the homescreen, or might be tied into the Silk web browser. That could have the advantage of stopping the ads from showing for children…if you’ve blocked web access without a PIN (Personal Identification Number) which you can do. Since I don’t think they would reduce the price of the Kindle Fire in exchange for the ads, I think the advertisers could be okay with that.

The theme this time is “award-winning” novels…it is award season in the movies, after all (the Oscar nominations will be announced January 24, and we’ll have the Golden Globes before that on January 15).

A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
Pulitzer Prize

Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
Hugo for the novella; Nebula for the novel

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
by Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering (Illustrator)
Newbery Medal

The Windup Girl
by Paolo Bacigalupi
Nebula and Hugo awards, Locus award

The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award

Tinkers
by Paul Harding
Pulitzer Prize

Battle Cry of Freedom : The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States)
by James M. McPherson
Pulitzer Prize

The Gathering (Man Booker Prize)
by Anne Enright
Man Booker Prize

The Inheritance of Loss
by Kiran Desai
Man Booker Prize

History of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865 [Illustrated]
by James Ford Rhodes
Pulitzer Prize

The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway)
by Elly Griffiths
Mary Higgins Clark Award (Edgars)

The Spirit Ring
by Lois McMaster Bujold
Locus Fantasy Award

A Year Down Yonder
by Richard Peck
Newbery Medal

The Confessions of Nat Turner
by William Styron
Pulitzer Prize

The Siege of Krishnapur (New York Review Books Classics)
by J.G. Farrell
Man Booker Prize

Troubles (New York Review Books Classics)
by J.G. Farrell
Lost Man Booker Prize

Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity
by Ken Armstrong, Nick Perry
Edgar Award

Powers (Annals of the Western Shore)
by Ursula K. LeGuin
Nebula Award

The Best of It: New and Selected Poems
by Kay Ryan
Pulitzer Prize

The Edge of Sadness (Loyola Classics)
by Edwin O’Connor
Pulitzer Prize

You might have noticed there aren’t 25 here: some of them blocked text-to-speech access, and intriguingly, some of them weren’t available in the USA. My guess in the latter case is that the publisher only allows a certain number to be sold at this price…that’s just speculation, though.

For more information on literary prizes, see this earlier post.

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

Special Offer: get one of 100 mysteries & thrillers for $1

December 10, 2011

Special Offer: get one of 100 mysteries & thrillers for $1

Here’s the latest Special Offer on books from Amazon.

First, a word on that. If you have a wi-fi capable Kindle (that seems to be the determining factor), you can turn Special Offers on, get the offer, and then just turn them off again if you want.

You do that at

http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle

then click on

Manage Your Devices

You’ll see a place to subscribe or unsubscribe. If you paid less for your Kindle because it has Special Offers, it costs you to unsubscribe. If you didn’t, it costs nothing to subscribe and then unsubscribe again.

Here’s the kicker on this one: the deadline to accept this offer is 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time), December 10, 2011 (Saturday). You have to click it on your Kindle by then.

You’ll then get an e-mail, and you’ll enter a code (you can copy and paste it from the e-mail). You must select your book by January 7, 2012 (Millard Fillmore’s birthday…but you knew that, right?). ;)

Here are some that stood out to me:

Brown’s Requiem
by James Ellroy

This is the first novel by the author of L.A. Confidential.

Savage Texas
by William W. Johnstone
categories: Western

Johnstone is a popular and prolific author.

The Siege of Trencher’s Farm
by Gordon Williams

The inspiration for the movie(s), Straw Dogs.

A Mortal Terror: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery (Billy Boyle World War II Mysteries)
by James R. Benn

I read and enjoyed the first in this series…reviewed it here. I think I’ll get this one.

Mila 18
by Leon Uris

Leon Uris is a bestselling novelist (Exodus, QB Vii, The Haj).

The Door Between
by Ellery Queen

The Last Detective: Introducing Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond (Peter Diamond Mystery)
by Peter Lovesey

I saw some other interesting ones…feel free to let me know what you got. :)

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

Special Offer: get one of 100 humor books for $1

November 23, 2011

Special Offer: get one of 100 humor books for $1

Here’s the latest Special Offer on books from Amazon.

First, a word on that. If you have a wi-fi capable Kindle (that seems to be the determining factor), you can turn Special Offers on, get the offer, and then just turn them off again if you want.

You do that at

http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle

then click on

Manage Your Devices

You’ll see a place to subscribe or unsubscribe. If you paid less for your Kindle because it has Special Offers, it costs you to unsubscribe. If you didn’t, it costs nothing to subscribe and then unsubscribe again.

Here’s the kicker on this one: the deadline to accept this offer is 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time), November 24, 2011 (Thanksgiving). You have to click it on your Kindle by then.

You’ll then get an e-mail, and you’ll enter a code (you can copy and paste it from the e-mail). You must select your book by  December 24, 2011.

For more details, see

Exclusive Offer for Kindle with Special Offers Customers: Buy One of 100 Humor Titles for $1

By the way, this one says “…limited to one discounted Kindle book per Kindle with Special Offers device.” So, that sounds like I should be able to get multiple books on the deal with multiple SO-subscribed Kindles on the account. I’ll try that and let you know. Update: I just checked that out. It says it differently in the offer on the device. There it says, “Limit one per customer and per device.” That suggests to me that, since the account is the customer, I can only get one…even if I deregister that specific Kindle and re-register it to another account. I wonder if that’s something people have been doing? I would think the device is unsubscribed when it is deregistered, and you’d have to resubscribe it.

The people making these offers (and this one could be Amazon, but they would have an agreement with the publisher) may be basing the costs for the ads on the number of devices with Special Offers…so they wouldn’t want the same device to get it twice, even if it was sold to somebody on a different account in-between. Fascinating. Now I shall have to choose more wisely…

As to the list of the books, it’s an interesting mix this time. I wouldn’t call them all humor, for one thing…I don’t think of Goosebumps as humor, personally.

Here are some notable ones from the list:

From celebrities

Is It Just Me?: Or is it nuts out there?
by Whoopi Goldberg

Pretty Good Joke Book
by Garrison Keillor

Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny
by Marlo Thomas

Holidays in Heck
by P.J. O’Rourke

Come on, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors
by Bill Cosby

This is one of the ones on the list I wouldn’t consider a humor book. It’s not listed that way on the product page: I think they just stuck this here because Cosby is a comedian, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the bargain.

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Some other titles:

Mercury Falls
by Robert Kroese
Also available for Prime Lending (if you have a paid Prime account, you can borrow up to one book per calendar month from Amazon…that’s a limited list, and right now, this is one of them. I’m letting you know that in case you’d rather borrow it than use your Special Offer on it. Note that these titles change…I’ve got a borrowed book from Prime right now, but it is currently on Prime lending)

This is an apocalyptic (not post-apocalyptic) fantasy novel with hundreds of five star reviews.

The Ultimate Book of Top Ten Lists: A Mind-Boggling Collection of Fun, Fascinating and Bizarre Facts on Movies, Music, Sports, Crime, Ce
by Jami Frater

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Jane Austen and Seth-Grahame Smith

This really popularized the idea of literary mash-ups. It take the original Austen novel and adds new parts…and then eats them. ;) Grahame-Smith is a rising pop culture star.

The 2,320 Funniest Quotes: The Most Hilarious Quips and One-Liners from allgreatquotes.com
compiled by Tom Corr

I love books of quotations (I’ve been working on one for quite some time). I took a look inside this one (that’s an option on some books), and the selection looks okay. I’d like more thorough sourcing, but this could be fun on an EBR (E-Book Reader), where brevity can count.

Random Kinds Of Factness: 1001 (or So) Absolutely True Tidbits About (mostly) Everything
by Erin Barrett and Jack Mingo

Now that I see this is Jack Mingo (Couch Potato Guide to Life), it’s moved up to first position in my selection process.

Laugh and Learn: 95 Ways to Use Humor for More Effective Teaching and Training
by Doni Tamblyn

I’ve trained other trainers on using humor…this one sounds interesting, although I haven’t read it.

Stupid History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions Throughout the Ages
by Leland Gregory

This has been free before, and I’ve read one of the books in the series…it’s fun little anecdotes about history, told in a snarky manner.

Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse; The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon
by Caseen Gaines

Oh, the reviews are good on this one…I’m tempted. I like in-depth books about TV shows, and I did like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

The Story of English in 100 Words
by David Crystal

This is by a linguistics professor…professor of linguistics…Professor of Linguistics…drat! Fortunately, my relative who is a linguist tells me nothing is “wrong”…it’s just the way it is used.

The Alphabet Of Manliness (revised and updated)
by Maddox

Warning! This one is really politically incorrect and NSFW (Not Safe For Work). Not my cup of tea, either, but the books have been quite popular.

Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults upon Our Language
by Richard Lederer

On the other hand, I think I’d rather enjoy this one…and that the author wouldn’t mind my saying “cup of tea” above. ;)

I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era
by David Knoedelseder

This one sounds good, too! It’s about what happened with stand-up comedy in the late 1970s…there will be names you know (Leno, Letterman), and names you may not. It’s probably more serious than you expect…and it would be fun to hear the text-to-speech do the routines I presume may be quoted. Well-reviewed at Amazon.

The Eight Characters of Comedy: A Guide to Sitcom Acting And Writing
by Scott Sedita

Hmm…another temptation. There are eight classic character types in TV sitcoms…this book delineates them. Start naming them…go!

Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City (Smart Pop series)
Edited by Dennis O’Neill

Sigh…picking is going to be harder than I thought. ;) At least I’m adding things to my gift list for my family…that’s one way these sales work for Amazon.

That’s enough to get you started! Don’t forget, acknowledge the offer on one of your Kindles on the account by Thanksgiving at 11:59 Pacific.

Feel free to tell me what you pick (you have another month to do that), or ask questions. I know more of the books, but didn’t want to make this too long.

Update: by the way, getting the Bathroom Reader book would have been a complete no brainer for me…but it shows as unavailable. :(  I would have considered some other books, if the text-to-speech access had not been blocked.

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

KSO owners: get one of 100 horror novels for $1

October 30, 2011

KSO owners: get one of 100 horror novels for $1

Here we go again!

Those of you without a Kindle with Special Offers may still find something interesting in this list. If you’ve got one, there are some great bargains in this group.

You can now get a Special Offers Kindle (in the USA) for as low as $79 with the Mindle (that’s what I call it). You can tell, it may not take long for it to pay for itself, depending on how many and which Special Offers appeal to you.

The theme this time is horror, presumably for Halloween (you have to claim your promotional code by 11:59 PM  Pacific October 31st…although you have until November 30 to pick your book). Here are the details:

Special Offer Rules

Horror is something of which I’ve read quite a bit. I do consider myself a pretty eclectic reader, but that’s always been a soft spot for all forms of fantasy…science fiction, supernatural horror, and so on. There are some very interesting choices here…I think the odds are pretty good you can find something somebody on your account will like.

Here are some of the titles I think are notable on

The List

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Jane Austen and Seth-Grahame Smith
published by Quirk Books
size: 1732KB
categories: parodies; humor; horror
text-to-speech access not blocked
lending: not enabled
simultaneous device licenses: 6
price without Special Offer at time of writing: $6.99

This book, which combines the original Austen classic with new material about zombies, created a real splash. There has been a sequel, and other books inspired by it. Grahame-Smith is scripting next year’s Tim Burton version of Dark Shadows. The movie version of PP&Z just recently lost its third director, and its fate may be uncertain.

Rosemary’s Baby
by Ira Levin
published by Pegasus Books
size: 316KB
categories: horror
text-to-speech access is not blocked
lending: enabled
simultaneous device licenses: 6
First published: 1967

This bestseller was a watershed moment in contemporary horror. Supposedly inspired by Anton Lavey and the real-life Church of Satan, it brought a reality to horror that was unusual at the time. Levin went on to write The Boys from Brazil and The Stepford Wives, among others. The book was adapted into a movie by Roman Polanski, who also directed. Ruth Gordon won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

Swan Song
Robert R. McCammon
published by Open Road Media
size: 2053KB
categories: horror
text-to-speech access is not blocked
lending: enabled
simultaneous device licenses: 6
first published: 1987
$9.99 without Special Offer at time of writing

This is a big, post-apocalyptic novel…I remember selling it when I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore. There were people who listed it as one of their favorites, and it won the Bram Stoker Award for best novel. This is definitely a bargain at a dollar…the paperbook was large enough to serve as a booster seat for a small child. ;)

The Best Paranormal Crime Stories Ever Told (Best Stories Ever Told)
Martin H. Greenberg (editor)
published by Skyhorse
size: 960 KB
categories: horror; occult
text-to-speech access is not blocked
lending: enabled
simultaneous device licenses: 6
first year published: 2010

Greenberg is one of the best anthologists, in my mind. That’s not an easy task…it’s like the difference between being a great music director for a TV series, picking out just the perfect song for that scene, and an amateur putting together a playlist for a party. He’s been doing it since at least the 1970s. This one is a collection of paranormal mystery stories…currently under copyright (published in the 2000s). Authors include Patricia Briggs, P.N. Elrod, Anne Perry, Steve Perry, Kelley Armstrong, Laura Resnick, and more. By the way, don’t be discouraged by the 2-star review average: that’s one review by one person who disagree with the use of the term “paranormal” (saying that at least the first stories were “supernatural” instead). I think the Kindle is especially well-suited for short story anthologies…I’m often on a short trip where a short story is appropriate…but it might stretch into another story or two. :)

Foucault’s Pendulum
by Umberto Eco
published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
size: 1857KB
categories: thrillers; horror; occult
text-to-speech access is not blocked
lending: not enabled
simultaneous device licenses: 6
originally published: 1988
&7.62 without Special Offer at time of writing

This book, by the author of The Name of the Rose (which is only $3.28 right now at Amazon), can be a challenge. It’s definitely not a popcorn book, and I wouldn’t say it’s for everybody, but if you like a dense book (and I do…sometimes), this might get you thinking on a weekend.

The Book of Cthulhu
Ross E. Lockhart (editor)
published by Night Shade books
size: 1171KB
categories: genre fiction; anthologies
text-to-speech access is not blocked
lending: not enabled
simultaneous device licenses: 6
first published: 2011
$7.99 without special offer at time of writing.

Cthulhu is one of the “Great Old Ones”…elder gods who existed on Earth before humanity. Seeing one of the Old Ones can drive a person insane. Cthulhu was created (or first publicized, if you go with the conspiracies) by H.P. Lovecraft in 1928. Interestingly, other writers got in on the action pretty quickly…and Lovecraft approved of that (corresponding with some). Writers continue to add to the Cthulhu Mythos to the current day, and this is a collection of some of those short stories. Authors contributing include Ramsey Campbell, T.E.D. Klein, David Drake, Kage Baker, and others.

There are a few of the ones that stood out to me, but there were quite a few choices. Do you have other recommendations out of the list? Feel free to let me (and my readers) know.

Remember, you need to redeem the offer (but not pick a book) by Monday night.

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

KSO owners: Get a Kindle Book from a List of Thousands for $1

October 27, 2011

KSO owners:  Get a Kindle Book from a List of Thousands for $1

There is one of those great offers for Kindle owners who have  Kindle with Special Offers going on right now.

You can select one book out of a specific list of thousands for $1.

I think there are a lot of great possibilities this time, and I’m going to suggest some. For those of you who don’t have a KSO on your account, I think you’ll still find the post interesting…you may not have realized these books were available for the Kindle, and may want to pay more than a dollar for some. :)

Our interactions with the Special Offers have changed in my house, since I now have a Mindle (the $79 in the USA Kindle with Special Offers).

It used to be that just my Significant Other in our household had a Kindle with Special Offers…and for those of you who worry that the ads could be intrusive, well, my SO never even noticed them. :) Part of that was that my SO rarely turns on the wireless, so they don’t change as much.

If you have a KSO, you can check what the current Special Offers (I know, it’s weird that Special Offer and Significant Other are the same abbreviation) are by doing

Home-Menu-View Special Offers

You need to request this one by October 27 (this Thursday), and then you have a month to pick one.

More Details

By the way, we can thankful to Open Road Media for some of the books on this list. They do not use the Agency Model, so Amazon is able to discount their books to give us special like this…and they have some great books!

One more interesting thing until I started listing some notable books in the list.

This offer is being sponsored by the movie Anonymous. I have to say, the fact that is was sponsored by Anonymous threw me on the website…it didn’t say “by the movie Anonymous”, and I thought we might have had an unknown benefactor to thank. :) That doesn’t say much for that part of the advertising…but I do have an advert for Anonymous the movie on my Homescreen (just in that little spot where we usually see one).

This also is a good example of why Special Offers aren’t available around the world (yet).

The movie opens in the USA, US, Canada, and some other markets on Friday (the day after the ad will probably stop appearing on our Kindles, since we can’t redeem it after the 27th). So, Columbia gets their money’s worth out of sponsoring the Special Offer in the USA, presumably. But if you are in France, the movie doesn’t open until December…which wouldn’t make the ad much of a driver for the box office for that market. Different companies are also distributing the movie in different countries, and that might also have an impact on who sponsored the offer.

Now, on to

The List (all books do not have text-to-speech access blocked)

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
by Carson McCullers
published by Houghton Mifflin
size: 188KB (160 pages)
categories: literary fiction; short stories
$6.15 without Special Offer at time of writing

Carson McCullers is known for her literature of loneliness. Among her other works are The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Member of the Wedding (both of which, along with Ballad, have been made into movies).

This is the one we got…I was a little concerned that this was just the title novella, but I checked, and it is the short story collection.

Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It
by Karl Weber
published by Public Affairs
size: 662KB
categories: nonfiction; nutrition
$8.52 without Special Offer at time of writing

This book is a companion to an Oscar-nominated documentary.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
by Richard and Florence Atwater, illustrated by Robert Lawson
published by Open Road Media
size: 1307 KB
categories: children’s
$5.99 without Special Offer at time of writing

I remember this well from reading it as a kid. Separate it from the Jim Carrey movie…I didn’t see that, but the original is charming and whimsical. Yes, this is the illustrated edition, optimized for larger screens…should look great on the Kindle Fire, although I suppose it’s possible they’ll do an interactive version as well.

Sophie’s Choice (Open Road)
by William Styron
published by Open Road
size: 1939KB (includes an illustrated biography of Styron)
categories: fiction
$8.99 without Special Offer at time of writing

It was a National Book Award winner…and the basis for a major movie, for which Meryl Streep got a Best Actress Oscar.

Cold Sassy Tree
by Olive Ann Burns
published by Mariner Books
size: 3823KB
categories: literature
$4.95 without Special Offer at time of writing

This is a much beloved novel.

Earth Abides
by George Stewart
published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
size: 479JKB
categories: fiction; science fiction
$7.69 without Special Offer at time of writing

This 1949 post-apocalyptic book is a classic work of science fiction, and respected outside that genre as well. It has hundreds of five-star reviews at Amazon. That’s not too oversell it, I don’t know if you’ll like it…it’s just to show it’s had broad appeal.

The Eagle Has Landed
by Jack Higgins
published by Open Road Media
size: 836KB
categories: suspense
$3.79 without Special Offer at time of writing

This was a #1 bestelling World War II adventure novel, made into a movie with Michael Caine.

The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
published by Open Road Media
size: 797KB
categories: fiction
$8.50 without Special Offer at time of writing

Pulitzer-prize winning novel that was also the basis for an Oscar-nominated movie and Tony-nominated musical.

The Selfish Gene : 30th Anniversary edition
by Richard Dawkins
published by Oxford University Press
size: 837KB
categories: science; genetics
$9.48 without Special Offer at time of writing

This was a huge international bestselling science book, and very influential.

Secretariat
by William Nack
published by Hyperion
size: 830KB
categories: nonfiction; sports; horse racing

The story of the Triple Crown-winning racehorse.

There are ten suggestions for you, but there are many more notable titles in this group. If you have ever wondered if you might be interested in a Special Offer, this should convince you.

Did you find a different book on the list you want to suggest? Are you mad that you don’t have Special Offers? Do you think I’m exaggerating  the value? Feel free to let me know.

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


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