August 2017 Kindle book releases

July 24, 2017

August 2017 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have largely returned to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 6,947 titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in June 2017 (404 fewer than last month):

August 2017 USA Kindle store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping* )

Of those, by the way, 1,051 (339 fewer than last time) are in

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

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

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month. Amazon doesn’t do these by popularity any more, they do them by featured…and this month, they are back on top, reversing the trend of the past couple of months.

Some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list (one of the top ten, compared to five last month). I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

Okay, books!

  • No More Fake Reading: Merging the Classics With Independent Reading to Create Joyful, Lifelong Readers (Corwin Literacy) by Berit Gordon
  • Managing Change by Bernard Burnes
  • Y is for Yesterday (A Kinsey Millhone Novel) by Sue Grafton
  • The Myth of Individualism: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives by Peter L. Callero
  • When Women Rule the Court: Gender, Race, and Japanese American Basketball (Critical Issues in Sport and Society) by Nicole Willms
  • The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  • WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures: A Commentary by Wolfgang Müller
  • The Last Tudor (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels) by Philippa Gregory
  • Mary McCarthy’s Italy: The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed by Mary McCarthy
  • Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman by Harold H. Brown and Marsha S. Bordner
  • Telling the Story of Translation: Writers who Translate (Bloomsbury Advances in Translation) by Judith Woodsworth
  • Everyday Words and the Character of Prose in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture) by Jonathan Farina
  • I Know a Secret: A Rizzoli & Isles  by Tess Gerritsen
  • The Kent Family Chronicles: Volumes One Through ThreeAug 8, 2017 | Kindle eBook
    by John Jakes
  • Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong
  • The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser: Swords and Deviltry, Swords Against Death, and Swords in the Mist by Fritz Leiber
  • Outposts on the Frontier: A Fifty-Year History of Space Stations (Outward Odyssey: A People’s History of Spaceflight) by Clayton C. Anderson and Jay Chladek
  • Planet Hunters: The search for extraterrestrial life by Lucas Ellerbroek and Andy Brown
  • Welcome Home Diabetic Cookbook: 450 Easy-to-Prepare Recipes for the Slow Cooker, Stovetop, and Oven by Hope Comerford
  • Twentieth Century Fox: A Century of Entertainment by Jeffrey Paul Thompson and Michael Troyan
  • Disqualified: Eddie Hart, Munich 1972, and the Voices of the Most Tragic Olympics by Eddie Hart and Dave Newhouse
  • Running the City : Why public art matters by Felicity Fenner
  • The Holistic Dog: Inside the Canine Mind, Body, Spirit, Space by Laura Benko and Susan Fisher Plotner
  • Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green by Jimmy McDonough
  • The Honest Body Project: Real Stories and Untouched Portraits of Women & Motherhood by Natalie McCain
  • Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie and Angela Y. Davis
  • Inside Animal Hearts and Minds: Bears That Count, Goats That Surf, and Other True Stories of Animal Intelligence and Emotion by Belinda Recio and Jonathan Balcombe
  • Compounds and Compounding (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics) by Laurie Bauer
  • The World of Tiers Volume One: The Maker of Universes, The Gates of Creation, and A Private Cosmos by Philip José Farmer
  • Fugitive by Magic: a Baine Chronicles novel (The Baine Chronicles: Fenris’s Story Book 1) by Jasmine Walt and Judah Dobin (KU)
  • Whale Quest: Working Together to Save Endangered Species (Nonfiction — Young Adult) by Karen Romano Young
  • All the Beautiful People We Once Knew by Edward Carlson
  • Dark Rites: A Paranormal Romance Novel (Krewe of Hunters)Jul 25, 2017 | Kindle eBook
    by Heather Graham
  • Peppers of the Americas: The Remarkable Capsicums That Forever Changed Flavor by Maricel E. Presilla
  • Haunts of Old Louisville: Gilded Age Ghosts and Haunted Mansions in America’s Spookiest Neighborhood by David Domine
  • Lazgood’s Boys (Hardcore Station Book 1) by Jim Starlin
  • The Girl Who Dared to ThinkAug 9, 2017 | Kindle eBook
    by Bella Forrest
  • The Power of Purpose: Inspire teams, engage customers, transform business by John O’Brien and Andrew Cave
  • The EC Archives: Shock SuspenStories Volume 1 by Al Feldstein and Various
  • The Amos Walker Mysteries Volume One: Motor City Blue, Angel Eyes, and The Midnight Man by Loren D. Estleman
  • Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery
  • Glass Houses: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel)Aug 29, 2017
    by Louise Penny
  • Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #3) by Dav Pilkey
  • Crime Scene by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman
  • Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber
  • Dragonsworn (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Exposed (A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel) by Lisa Scottoline
  • Seeing Red by Sandra Brown
  • Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell and Craig Sanborn
  • The Right Time by Danielle Steel
  • Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Star Trek: The Klingon Empire by Insight Editions

That’s only a small fraction, and just ones that caught my eye. If you have other books being released to the USA Kindle store in July 2017 to suggest for me and my readers, you can do so by commenting on this post. If you are directly connected to the book (the author, the publisher) that’s okay…just identify yourself as such and make your comment in your own words (not as an ad).

Enjoy!

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One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals: Mists of Avalon for $1.99!

July 23, 2017

One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals: Mists of Avalon for $1.99!

On of today’s

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

is a book that my customers bought many times when I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore. It’s a beloved, respected, best-selling (as a trade paperback) Arthurian tale by Marion Zimmer Bradley. 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1,396 customer reviews. It’s the #30 best-selling paid book right now in the entire USA Kindle store.

Gee, can you tell I think this is a great buy? 😉 Whether you buy it for yourself, for a gift, or to have for your guests when they visit, I think this is one of the best deals I’ve seen in a Kindle Daily Deal.

It’s

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

for $1.99!

You wouldn’t have to ask very many people to get a recommendation for this one, I think, but if you “piece buy” books at all (paying for one book at a time to own it), this is one where I would say buy it as a gift, have it sent to yourself so you can give it whenever you want…or perhaps, buy it now for someone you know would enjoy an epic fantasy.

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Congressional request for review of Amazon/Whole Foods deal

July 22, 2017

Congressional request for review of Amazon/Whole Foods deal

When I first wrote about Amazon’s proposed takeover of Whole Foods:

The largelthiest storket in the world! Why does Amazon want to buy Whole Foods?

I was questioned on a couple of things.

One was my quirky words. 🙂 I was trying to combine “largest store” and “healthy market” (sort of), but I’ll admit that even for me, that was a stretch. 😉

The other was that I was referring to it in indefinite terms…not committing to it happening.

Well, I’m not going to say now that it’s not going to happen for sure…I think the challenge I’ll write about below is not going to derail it. However, I still think it’s not 100% yet, although I do think it’s likely to happen.

Here’s one story on it:

Reuters article by Ginger Gibson

On what?

Twelve Congressmembers of the minority party have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission asking for a more in-depth examination of the proposed Amazon/Whole Foods deal.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union made the letter public:

http://www.ufcw.org/2017/07/21/amazonwholefoodsletter/

The two arguments in the letter seem…well, I’ll go with “unconvincing”.

The one has to do with the availability of healthy food to disadvantaged communities.

I’m sorry, but I just can’t see anyway that Amazon is going to make food less available than it is currently at Whole Foods. If anything, prices should come down (due in part to efficiencies, but also because of corporate philosophies). Delivery and access should also become easier for more people.

The other one is a concern about closing retail stores. I don’t see that that is specifically a problem (despite having been a manager of a brick-and-mortar bookstore, a gamestore and more).

I also think this deal will make it more likely that a brick-and-mortar store continues to be around, rather than less likely.

So, my guessed outcomes would be the opposite of what the letter suggests, on both of their issues.

Another thing that seems weird about this? Jeff Bezos hasn’t been a friend of the President…which should, essentially, align the Amazon CEO (Chief Executive Officer) with the people who signed the letter.

I’ll keep my eye on it, and I do think other challenges may arise, including other suitors and other legal questions.

What do you think? Will anything come out of this letter? Will something else derail the deal? Do you personally see a problem with the deal, and if so, what is it? Feel free to tell me and my users what yu think by commenting on this post.

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Amazon Spark: a new social network (and product discovery) for iOS

July 20, 2017

Amazon Spark: a new social network (and product discovery) for iOS

I have these bizarre mixed ideas of what product/service development at Amazon is like.

There are times when I see it as super high tech, like something Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne would have in their basements.

There are others when it feels like a mad scientist’s laboratory, in a castle on a imposing mountain with lightning crashing in the background, and mood lighting by Strickfaden (and, of course, controlled by Alexa).

Then there are times when it seems like the Invention Exchange segments on Mystery Science Theater 3000. 😉

I’m not quite sure where

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

falls yet.

The very basic idea, of being able to share how you feel about an Amazon product, makes sense. Of course, we can write reviews on Amazon, but I don’t think most people discover your comments that way. Not everything is a review, either…it might just be a comment or a question.

However…

This implementation is quite limited, at least at this point.

It only works through the Amazon Shopping App, and right now, only on iOS (Apple).

My concern there isn’t just that it isn’t available for Android: it’s that it can only be seen through the app, and that I can’t add things when I’m shopping on my computer.

That isn’t really very social for a social network. 😉

It makes it feel more like an attempt to lock people into using the app.

If that’s the case, I don’t think it’s going to get people to add one more social network into their day. I already don’t do Facebook much myself, because I don’t feel like I have the social energy/capital to spend on it. If I was active on Facebook, I can see how I would spend an hour a day, and I just don’t have that in terms of my creative priorities.

That’s going to be the case with Spark as well, although I did just post something to test it.

It took a while bouncing around to even get it to show up. It’s supposed to be in the menu under Programs and Features, but it wasn’t there for me at first.

The interface is not really intuitive, but it works okay. There isn’t enough discovery in the discovery yet.

It could work, but this one doesn’t seem like one of Amazon’s home runs to me. It’s like the posting we used to do in Kindle books…that eventually faded, even though it was an interesting idea.

I’ll be interested in your opinion on it, if you try it. Hm…somebody did just smile on my post, so it is already working. Maybe I’ll be wrong about this, which would be great!

In the mean time, I’ll keep waiting for Amazon to burst into the VAM (Virtual/Augmented/Merged/Mixed Reality) space, which I expect to happen later this year. 🙂

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Book highlights at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

July 20, 2017

Book highlights at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Preview night starts tonight (Wednesday July 19) for

San Diego Comic-Con International 2017

Last year, I referred to it as an “extravaFANza”, and I do like that. 😉 It’s not just about comic books, obviously: it’s also about movies, TV shows, and (non-comic) books.

This year

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

is an official sponsor, so we may also see some interesting online deals at Amazon in conjunction with it.

Also interesting this year is that a number of official events are happening at the San Diego Central Library, and includes some of particular interest to librarians.

I won’t be there (although I’ll check the virtual reality options). I’ve been to a number of conventions over the years (I was at one where Harlan Ellison and Isaac Asimov were having fun with their “feud”…although I wouldn’t expect Ryan Murphy to do a season on that 😉 ), but never to SDCC.

In case you are going (or are just interested), here are some of the scheduled book highlights…I’m going to publish this with just Thursday done, but I do hope to get the other days done, each before they happen:

Thursday, July 20

  • 10:00 AM, Room 32AB: Dinosaurs, Monsters, Movies, and the Blues: Worlds of William Stout (among other things, a book illustrator)
  • 10:0 AM, Room 5AB: Jack Kirby’s Consciousness, Roger Zelazny’s Lorrd of Light, Barry Ira Geller, and the Real Argo
  • 10:00 AM, 29AB: Real World Retellings (panelists include Sam Maggs, author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Wonder Women)
  • 10:00 AM, 25ABC: Code Switch: Diversity Behind the Scenes (panelists include Rebekah Ganiere, author of Dead Awakenings)
  • 10:00 AM, Shirley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library: Creators, Libraries, and Literacy
  • 10:00 AM, Room 23ABC: DC Icons: Blockbuster YA Authors Meet iconic DC Superheroes (Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Matt de la Pena)
  • 10:00 AM, Room 2: Comic-Con How-To: Dynamic Story Creation in Plain English (Maxwell Alexander Drake)
  • 11:00 AM, Indigo Ballroom: John Barrowman (the actor is also an author, including the Hollow Earth series)
  • 11:00 AM, Room 5AB: Wonderstruck from Page to Screen with Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret)
  • 11:00 AM, Shirley Special Events Suite, San Diego Public Library: Picture Books for Grown-Ups: Why Graphic Novels Matter to Adults (this is oriented towards librarians)
  • 12:00 PM, Horton Grand Theatre: Embracing the Romantic! (Rebecca Zanetti, Anna Todd, Christina Lauren, Jessica Cluess, Stephanie Perkins)
  • 12:00 PM, Room 23ABC: Spotlight on Jonathan Maberry
  • 12:00 PM, Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina: The Writer’s Danger Room (this one sounds especially fun, doing writing exercises)
  • 1:00 PM, 29AB: Alexander Simmons: Scooby-Doo to Sherlock, Batman to Blackjack: Creating Original and Iconic Characters
  • 1:00 PM, Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library: Heroes at the Mic
  • 1:00 PM, Room 32AB: Stepping into Another World (“Authors share the magic of books…”) (Shannon Messenger, Judd Winick, Dan Santat, Dean Hale, Shannon Hale, Lisa McCann)
  • 1:30 PM, Horton Grand Theatre: Sixty Seconds with SFF Authors (I would want to see this one…it’s like a game show, where they have to talk about a subject “without hesitation, repitition, or deviation” for sixty seconds) (Paul Cornell moderates, Seanan McGuire, Gail Carriger, Sam Sykes, Jason Hough, Brandon Mull, Sarah Beth Durst)
  • 2:30 PM, Room 8: ComiXology Ask Me Anything
  • 3:00 PM, Room 5AB: 1987: Greatest Geek Year Ever (which will include a bonus look at 1977)
  • 3:00 PM, Room 32AB: H.P. Lovecraft and The Steam Engines of Oz: Arcana’s Animation Slate Continues
  • 3:00 PM, Horton Grand Theatre: It’s a Funny Story…Writing Humor (I’ve trained trainers in the use of humor…this one would intrigue me)
  • 3:00 PM, Room 11: Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing (this oriented towards comics, but would probably still be relevant to book writing…Marv Wolfman)
  • 3:00 PM, Room 29AB: Writing from Life: Turning Personal Experience into Relatable Stories
  • 4:00 PM, Shirley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library: Library Cons: Welcoming Deadpool into Your Library
  • 4:00 PM, Room 23ABC: Off the Rails: When Disney Park Attractions Come to Life…in Books
  • 4:30 PM, Horton Grand Theatre: Because You Love to Hate Me (YouTubers and Young Adult authors join to write about villains: Marissa Meyer and Cindy Pon)
  • 4:30 PM, Room 6DE: R.L. Stine, Creator of Goosebumps! (first time at Comic-Con)
  • 5:00 PM, Room 28DE: Moonlight and Magic: Black LGBTQ Contributions to Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics, and Genre (Octavia Butler and Samuel Delaney will be discussed)
  • 5:00 PM, Room 25ABC: Star Trek: The Next 50 Years (Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross, authors of The Fifty-Year Mission, which regular reader and commenter Lady Galaxy has mentioned at ILMK)
  • 5:00 PM, Marriott Grand Ballroom 3&4: Secrets to Greenlight Your Indie Project (includes books, and specifically, Rebekah Ganiere, author of the Fairelle series)
  • 5:30 PM, Room 6A: ComiXology and IMDb: Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Movie Trivia Mayhem (I’m including this in part because ComiXology and IMDb are both part of Amazon)
  • 6:00 PM, Horton Grand Theatre: Superhero Family Feud (Rainbow Rowell, Margaret Stohl, Cecil Castellucci…)
  • 6:30 PM, Room 4: The Scoop at Simon & Schuster
  • 8:00 PM, Room 32AB: I’ll Take Quidditch for $500, Obi-Wan: Fan Game Show (Christie Golden, Scott Sigler, Sylvain Neuvel, Janina Gavankar, Marc Thompson hosts)
  • 8:30 PM, Room 4: SF and Fantasy Book Trivia with Orbit

Friday, July 21

  • 10:00 AM, Room 32AB: Resist! Rebellion in Epic Fantasy (Charlie N. Holmberg, Robin Hobb, Christopher Paolini, James A. Owen, Erika Lewis, Michael Johnston)
  • 10:00 AM, Room 29AB: Spotlight on Marjorie Liu
  • 11:00 AM, Room 25ABC: Diana’s Sister Protagonists (Kiersten White, Nnedi Okorafor, Sarah Tarkoff, Laurie Forest, Gregory Scott Katsoulis, Dana Fredsti
  • 11:00 AM, Room 29AB: Tarzan and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.: What’s Next
  • 12:00 PM, Room 7AB: Lucasfilm Publishing: New Star Wars Stories from a Galaxy, Far, Far Away (Christian Blauvelt, Cullen Bunn, Christie Golden, Claudia Gray, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Cavan Scott, Beth Revis, Landry Walker)
  • 12:00 PM, Room 4: Robin Hobb: Beyond the Pages
  • 12:00 PM, Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library: Space Command: Bold Adventures! (Marc Scott Zicree)
  • 1:00 PM, Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library: Read Like a Girl: Middle-Grade Fiction for Girls (and Boys) (Nidhi Chanani, Victoria Jamieson, Jenni Holm, Molly Ostertag, Raina Telgemeier)
  • 2:00 PM, Room 32AB: International Association of Media Tie-In Writers: Scribe Awards (Jonathan Maberry, Christie Golden, Michael A. Black, Glenn Hauman, Nancy Holder, Marv Wolfman)
  • 3:00 PM, Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library: Prose to Panels: Graphic Novel Adaptations
  • 3:30 PM, Room 24ABC: Writers: Get Published! Get Greenlit! Get Working! (agents and publishers)
  • 4:00 PM, Room 25ABC: An Introduction to Berger Books (Karen Berger)
  • 4:00 PM, Room 23ABC: Superstars in Children’s Fiction (Jarrett Krosoczka, Lucas Turnbloom, Greg Grunberg, R.L. Stine, Jennifer Holm, Matt Holm, Molly Ostertag)
  • 5:00 PM, Grand 1&2: Still Tolkien About It: 80 Years of Middle-Earth
  • 5:00 PM, Ballroom 20: STARZ Original Series Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
  • 5:30 PM, Room 24ABC: Into the Fanzone! Celebrating Pop Culture in YA Literature (C.B. Lee, Danika Stone, Holly West
  • 7:00 PM, Room 23 ABC: What’s Up with Penguin!
  • 7:30 PM, Room 8: Alien Civilizations
  • 7:30 PM, Room 24ABC: If You Love Something, Make a Book of It
  • 7:30 PM, Room 26AB: Ray Bradbury and World of Comics
  • 8:00 PM, Room 32AB: Writing the Wrong

Saturday, July 22

  • 10:00 AM, Room 7AB: Space…The Final Escape (Andy Weir, Nathan Hale, Claudia Gray, James S.A. Corey)
  • 10:30 AM, Room 5AB: Spotlight on Roxane Gay
  • 11:00 AM, Grand 1&2 , Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina: From Fandom to Creator ()Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael
  • 11:00 AM, Room 28DE: Spotlight on Charlie N. Holmberg, Author of the Paper Magician Series (Holmberg and Amazon Publishing editor Jason Kirk)
  • 12:00 PM, Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library: Outlandish Confabuation: An Outlander Fan Panel
  • 12:00 PM, Room 28DE: Women on the Dark Side (Susan Lee, Megan Hutchinson, Madeleine Holly-Rosing, Maria Alexander)
  • 1:00 PM, Room 2: Comic-Con How-To: Comics and Other Geek Items for the Visually Impaired (Scott Brick, who has narrated over 600 audiobooks)
  • 1:00 PM, Room 28DE: Genre- Blending: How and Why? (Charlie Jane Anders, Daryl Gregory, Peter Clines, Sarah Kune, Vic James, Pierce Brown)
  • 1:00 PM, Room 29AB: Living a Creative Lifestyle (Mark Siegel)
  • 2:00 PM, Room 9: World Mythology in Contemporary Fantasy (Renee Ahdieh, Ilona Andrews, Tomi Adeyemi, Traci Chee, S.A. Charkaborty, Nidhi Chanani)
  • 3:00 PM, 23ABC: Living in the Future (Christopher Rice, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, Karin Tidbeck, Daniel Price, Elizabeth Briggs, Rob Reid)
  • 4:00 PM, Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library: A Song of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones Fan Discussion
  • 7:00 PM, Room 9: What’s New from Del Rey Books (Pierce Brown, Robin Hobb, Jason Hough, Vic James, Rob Reid, Tricia Narwani)
  • 7:30 PM, Room 26AB: Bedside Press (Hope Nicholson, Sam Beiko, Janet Hetherington, Eryn Williams, Jon Vanneste)
  • 8:00 PM, Room 9: Inclusive Speculative Fictoin (from Harper Voyager)
  • 8:30 PM, Room 26AB: 10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters (Rebecca Zanetti, Tomi Adeyemi)

Sunday, July 23

  • 10:00 AM, Room 4: Spotlight on Gail Carriger
  • 10:30 AM, Room 8: How To Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need To Sell Your Work to TV and Film (The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna)
  • 11:00 AM, Room 32AB: Fantasy, Diversity, and Inspiring One Another  (Leigh Bardugo, Michael Dante DiMartino, Tomi Adeyami
  • 11:00 AM, Room 28DE: Monsters, Mayhem, Magic and Machines for the Next Generation (Armand Baltazar, Madeleine Roux, Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, Amanda Foody, Christina Henry, Cecil Castellucci)
  • 11:00 AM, Room 23ABC: The Secret Origins of Good Readers (Anne Elizabeth, Dave Elliot, Karen Green, Marjorie M. Liu, Mimi Cruz)
  • 11:15 AM, Room 6DE: Science Fiction, Science Future (Andy Weir, Cindy Pon)
  • 12:00 PM, Grand 1&2, Marriott Marquis, San Diego Marina: DIY Reboot: The Restorative Power of Fanfic (Jen Stout, Kaylie Allen, Shannon Conover, Phoenix Mendoza)
  • 12:00 PM, Room 4: Spotlight on Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
  • 12:00 PM, Room 25ABC: The Future is Bleak (Alex R. Kahler, Scott Westerfeld, Cory Doctorow, Annalee Newitz, Scott Reintgen, Maryelizabeth Yturralde)
  • 12:30 PM, Room 8: Fantasy Novels (Gail Carriger, Robin Hobb, Seanan McGuire, Mary Pearson, Henry Herz)
  • 1:00 PM, Room 6A: Bizarre States (Jessica Chobot, Andrew Bowser)
  • 1:00 PM, Hall H: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: BBC America Official Panel (based on Douglas Adams)
  • 1:00 PM, Room 7AB: Minecraft Books (Max Brooks, Sarah Peed)
  • 1:00 PM, Room 4: Spotlight on Sarah Glidden
  • 1:00 PM, Room 29AB: What’s Hot in Young Adult Fiction (Nathan Bransford, Jennifer Armentrout, S. Jae-Jones, Lish McBride, Brendan Reichs, Beth Revis, Megan Whelan Turner, Kiersten White, Nicola Yoon)
  • 1:30 PM, Room 8: Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes
  • 2:00 PM, Room 6BCF: Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them: Rowling Along in 2017 (Alexa Donne)
  • 3:00 PM, Room 32AB: Women Creators Breaking Stereotypes (Genese Davis)
  • 3:45 PM, Room 5AB: Alien-Predator Expanded Universe: The Stories Continue (Jonathan Maberry, Bryan Thomas, Alan Dean Foster, Scott Sigler, Seanan McGuire, Steve Saffel)
  • 4:00 PM, Room 24ABC: Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule

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Why do Amazon-published books sell so well…at Amazon?

July 18, 2017

Why do Amazon-published books sell so well…at Amazon?

This might seem obvious, but that’s not necessarily so. 🙂

Why do books traditionally published by Amazon sell so well at Amazon?

Silly, right? Don’t Ford cars sell well at Ford dealerships?

Well, yes. I think that’s different, though. People go to the Ford dealership to buy a Ford car (unless they are buying one that was traded in). I don’t think people generally go to Amazon to buy an Amazon book…they go to buy a book. 😉

By the way, I need to clarify that I’m only talking e-books here. I’m also only talking about the ones traditionally published by Amazon, not those published using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. Traditional publishing means that Amazon chooses the books to be published.

Let me also take a look: out of the top 20

Best-selling paid Kindle books in the USA Kindle store (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

how many are traditionally published by Amazon?

#1

#2

#7

#8

#9

#11

#16

#17

#18

#19

So, exactly half of them. Amazon doesn’t publish anywhere near 1% of the books in the Kindle store, so they are doing disproportionately well, at least at the very top.

Now, I’ll tell you why I don’t think they sell well just because they were published by Amazon. In my experience as a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager is that people generally don’t care about who the publisher is. That’s not always true: some examples would be Penguin classics, Black Lizard mysteries, Prometheus for skeptical books (they others, too), Little Golden books…but for things like mainstream novels, I wouldn’t guess that 75% of the buyers cared.

Hm…most Amazon published-books, certainly these very popular ones, are genre titles, and people did care the publisher there. Harlequin for romance, for example, and Montlake, Amazon’s romance imprint was well-represented.

Still, Amazon doesn’t even surface an “aisle” for their own publishing.

Are the books simply better?

I’m not giving Amazon that one. 🙂 They can be good, but are they significantly better than the books from the Big Five?

One could assume that Amazon promotes them more on the site, and they do, to some extent. I wouldn’t say it’s obvious though…they aren’t shoving them in your face every time you log on, or even when you go to the storefront.

I suspect that what they do is some things other publishers could do…

That’s my thinking on it: low prices, quality production, including features like TTS. That doesn’t mean your book will sell as well as Amazon’s, but I think those things will tend to increase sales.

What do you think? Do you buy books just because they were published by Amazon? How many Amazon imprints can you name? What factors affect your decision to buy? Feel free to tell me and my readers by commenting on this post.

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Today’s KDD: “Books for your summer reading, $1.99 & up”

July 16, 2017

Today’s KDD: “Books for your summer reading, $1.99 & up”

Today’s

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

is another particularly good one!

These aren’t the “usual” suspects…there are some books and authors which tend to show up pretty often (Kurt Vonnegut, for example). There are really well-known books and authors in this group, and the prices are good. Remember that, in addition to buying for yourself, you could buy these as gifts (either delaying the delivery, or sending them to yourself so you can print them out and give them whenever you want). There are also some good ones for a “guest Kindle”. 🙂

As always, check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze that Buy button: the sale may not be happening in your country, and you may see this after the sale is over.

Here we go!

  • The Martian (at AmazonSmile*) by Andy Weir | 4.7 stars out of 5 | 29,894 customer reviews | great reviews, bestseller, basis for a movie…and $3.99!
  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice, Book 1) by George R.R. Martin | 4.6 stars | 9,490 reviews | $1.99…quick! Read it before the new season starts tonight! 😉 There would be an argument for buying an omnibus edition, but this is a low-cost way to get started, or to give as a gift
  • The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by John Le Carre
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  • The Last Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy Book 2) by Nora Roberts
  • The Last Day of Night by Graham Moore
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts
  • The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
  • The Travelers by Chris Pavone
  • The Fifth Petal by Brusonia Barry

Enjoy!

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Wrap up: Prime Day 2017

July 15, 2017

Wrap up: Prime Day 2017

I found that this year, after the third

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

on July 11th, the buzz was generally positive. People at work knew about it, asked me about, and smiled about it. I know some of them saved some real money…some with my help, some without it.

In this

press release

Amazon gives us some of the statistics.

While I have no doubt that there was really significant growth, Amazon doesn’t make it easy to tell. They compare this year’s 30 hour Prime Day to “…the same 30 hours last year”. Was that July 10th at 6:00 Pacific to July 11th at midnight (not Prime Day to Prime Day)? Seems like it…

When we look at the amount of participation, we have to note that there were more countries participating this year, and there were probably a lot more

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

in the USA going into it as well.

Those caveats out of the way…

These are two of the big stats, in this short excerpt from the press release:

“More new members joined Prime on July 11 than on any single day in Amazon history. Tens of millions of Prime members made a purchase on Prime Day 2017, more than 50 percent higher than the prior year.”

Getting and keeping Prime members? That’s an important part of Amazon’s retail strategy (which is only one of Amazon’s revenue streams).

They are also right to tout the growth for third-party sellers.

Now, in terms of what sold, no question that Amazon devices dominated, with the

All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – White (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

on sale for $34.99 ($15 off) leading the way.

They also gave us the bestsellers (outside of Amazon devices) from each Amazon site, and they are interesting to compare!

One surprise for me for the USA was that they list one of the

23andMe DNA tests (at AmazonSmile*)

as one of the bestsellers.

You can tell looking at this that people did buy expensive items (they might have bought inexpensive ones, too), which is good…bigger cash savings for the same percentage.

That’s what people did generally…what about you, my readers?

We’ll start with a poll I already had up in a post where I tried to help you find bargains. If you already answered it there, you can answer it again to add other choices…just don’t put the same one in you already did. 🙂 I did it this way because I posted it before Prime Day was over, and I figured your circumstances might change. I also added one option (about Kindle Unlimited) at the suggestion of my regular readers and commenters, Lady Galaxy:

I also said I would add a poll about how much you saved. When you answer this, count money you saved on the 40% off Kindle Unlimited deal, or other deals which were on the Prime Day page before Prime Day officially started. Oh, and I’d combine all the money from one account (even if more than one person was shopping on that account), and, I suppose, if you shopped on more than one personal account on Prime Day, I’d combine those, too:

I’ll be interested to see how many people saved more than the normal Prime membership cost!

One last thing: the most downloaded

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

book was

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (at
AmazonSmile*
)

It’s well-reviewed and one of the most read books, and it was published by one of Amazon’s traditional publishing imprints, Thomas & Mercer.

Well, that was fun this year! I’m looking forward to next year!

Have anything to add? What was the weirdest thing you bought during this year’s Prime Day event? Did you find Prime Day uninteresting? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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J.K. Rowling round up

July 13, 2017

J.K. Rowling round up

I believe that the

Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

will be read 100 years from now. I put them in the same category of significance as the Wizard of Oz series (still being read more than a century after the first books in the series were published) and the Lord of the Rings series.

Are books like that just inherently better than books which don’t survive?

I certainly think they are superior to most books, but that’s hardly going to be the only factor.

All three of those series have had culturally impactful adaptations, and that has to be part of it. Interest in the Oz series had the powder of life sprinkled on it when the 1939 movie (which had not been a beloved, box office blockbuster when first released) began to be shown on television.

They’ve also been available to the masses. Paperbacks of LotR, for example, are how many people discovered them. The Harry Potter books are available through

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

They’ve also all built detailed worlds…there is an argument that detail helps build culture amongst readers, and helps with repeat readings and scholarly analysis.

However, the authors are, I think, also a part of the success. There is a lot of mythos around Tolkien writing the books. People know the name of L. Frank Baum, and I think they have an idea of who the author was.

J.K. Rowling, author of the HP books, is very well known, and again, has a solid mythos that readers know.

Lately, JKR has been in the news (which is not new).

One story was about the author writing a manuscript on a party dress…and the theme of the party was your worst private nightmare. The nightmare? A lost manuscript…

Rowling also comments on the current political situation publicly, and responds to perceived injustices by people on the internet.

It’s rare, though, that we get a substantive, sit down interview.

You can see one (which lasts about twenty minutes) here:

J.K. Rowling interview with Christiane Amanpout (video)

That’s the origin of the dress story, as I understand it…I’ve watched the interview and recommend it, but I don’t know for sure that the story might not have been (much less) well-known before that.

What got Rowling to do the interview?

Lumos

Rowling’s non-profit working to deinsitutionalize children around the world.

There are children in orphanages (who may not even actually be orphans) who live in disheartening, even dangerous, conditions.

That’s what Rowling wants to change…ending institutionalization of approximately ten million children worldwide by 2050.

It’s great to see someone who has gotten great success wanting to use it to make a positive difference in the world. Lumos is named after a Harry Potter spell, and you can certainly see some parallels with Harry, but to me, it was clear this is simply about doing good.

I applaud J.K. Rowling’s efforts.

Lumos Foundation USA Inc can be chosen as the non-profit benefited by your purchases at Amazon.com.

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Prime Day 2017: partial list of sale items! (buy an e-book, get 40% back for another one)

July 10, 2017

Prime Day 2017: partial list of sale items!

I’ve been writing about this year’s

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

and people are asking me what’s going to be on sale. 🙂

They have told us about some items, but I thought it might be useful for me to look at the

Amazon shopping app (at AmazonSmile*)

which is listing many of the sales ahead of time, and list them for people.

Note that they don’t tell us what the price will be. I’m just going to give you the item and what time it is on sale. Wait  until that time, and then ideally, check it in the app to make sure it on a Prime Day sale…I may have some difficulty telling exactly what version it is.

I won’t get anywhere near all of them, and I’ll be subjectively choosing what’s to list first. They may sell out or only be on sale for a short time.

Right now (5:38 PM Pacific), Alexa voice deals are live…and you get an extra $10 off if it’s at least a $20 item (I think just once, not on multiple items). So, we got the

Fire HD 8

for about $30 through Alexa! That’s about $50 off, a great deal! Note that that deal is not available except through Alexa at this time (it may go live other ways at 6:00 PM Pacific on Monday, today, but won’t have the extra $10 off).

Alexa voice deals (but note that you have to order them by voice…you can see them here)

I saw this one this morning (Tuesday):

UPDATE: dulcibelle, one of my readers and commenters, had an important and probably correct interpretation (see comment). It now looks to me like you get 40% back of the purchase price of your first book. that’s an important and big difference. It also makes sense. So, if you bought the $50 book, you would get $20 credit for another book (so you could get two $9.99 books, for example). If you buy a $0.99 book, you only have about forty cents credit. I’ll make this clearer.

That’s one reason I love my readers! They want to help other people, and will respectfully correct me when I’ve made a mistake or misinterpretation.

buy an e-book, get 40% back for another one. Details on page

I do want to point out that you need to wait for a credit to show up in your account before buying the second book, which could take a day. Please do read the details on the page…many of my readers are in parts of the world where this probably doesn’t apply.

One more thing: I’m going to try to link some of these bargains…but to save time, I’ll only link to the main Amazon site. If you want to buy them through AmazonSmile, click on the link, then replace the “WWW” with “Smile” and hit enter.

Good luck and get bargains!

Remember, too, that they may be off sale by the time you click on them. I’ll change it to “live” when they go live, but probably won’t be able to change it to “done” near when most of them finish.

Keep checking back, I’ll be adding to this later!

Here’s one poll about Prime Day…I’ll add another one for how much money you saved after Prime Day ends:

Speaking of which, want to save the most money you can on one item? That’s likely to be the most expensive items, so here I have sorted the Prime Day deals with the most expensive items first. You can literally save thousands of dollars on things like luxury watches…I’ve seen more than 50% off on watches that they list at more than $5,000:

Prime Day deals from most to least expensive items (at AmazonSmile*)

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