Recent Kindle releases #8

It’s all about the books, right?  So, here is a listing of some recent Kindle releases.   You can see earlier posts in this series here.

I’m trying to show you some real variety.  That’s one of the advantages of the Kindle…you don’t just have to read the tried and true (although you can, of course).   I think I’m safe saying that there is at least one thing on here…that you’d never read in a million years.   😉

A few little caveats:

  • Schedules change: books may be added or release dates changed. 
  • I don’t deliberately list books from companies that block text-to-speech, although it’s possible something will slip on to the list.  I try to be pretty careful, but things do change
  • I don’t list prices primarily because they can change (and do).  However, I’ve gotten from very inexpensive up to more than fifty dollars

If you’d like to check yourself (we may not have the same parameters for book choices), you can use this search:

June 2010 Kindle releases

I list the author, the publisher (some people care about that), the number of device licenses, and the category or genre. 

The number of device licenses is the number of devices on which you can simultaneously have the book for one purchase price.  I actually have a question in to Amazon legal right now to pin down a question on that, but that’s the basics of it.   If it says “unlimited”, it was probably published independently through Amazon’s Digital Text Platform. 

I take the genre from the Amazon product page…books often have several categories listed, so I just pick the one I like best. 

Oh, and of course, you can get a free sample first…that may be a good idea if it’s an author you haven’t read before.

You may also want to look at the size of the file…some of these may be quite short.  You can figure a “normal length” book is somewhere around 800 KB.

2013 Mayan Sunrise
by Sri Ram Kaa and Kira Rae
Published by Ulysses Press
Category: New Age

So, you may have heard about December 21, 2012, supposedly being the end of the world, right?  That’s not really the way I understand the Mayan calendar (well, what I understand of it).  These two, though, have information about how to make it through…I’m kinda guessing it might work.  🙂  An excerpt from the description:

“Using the wisdom and predictions from Mayan high priests and revelations from Archangels, the authors have created this guide to surviving and thriving in the approaching new age.”

Che Guevara
By Jon Lee Anderson
Published by Grove Press
Category: Biography

Che has a fascinating story, that’s been told different ways…you know, besides t-shirts.  😉  This one has good reviews.

The Cruise of the Snark
By Jack London
Published by
Category: Travel

I’m just listing this one because it’s in the “What the–?” school of e-book pricing.  This company just added a bunch of books to the Kindle store which you can get for free..and priced them at more than $35 each…for e-books!  Hey, maybe it’s just a cover group for Penguin, so Atlas Shrugged looks cheap.  😉 

Dear Money
By Martha McPhee
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Category: General fiction

This sounds like it could be a good mainstream novel…you now, if you are into that sort of thing.  😉  A financial whiz turns an author into a bond trader…maybe…in a story about identity.

Forbidden Creatures: Inside the World of Smuggling and Exotic Pets 
By Peter Laufer
Published by Lyons Press
Category: Animals

This is a big interest of mine.  I saw a special years ago on animal smuggling, and it still bothers me.  At that point, profit margin on animal smuggling was higher than the profit margin on drug smuggling.  One reason was that the penalties for animal smuggling were so low.  If people got caught, it wasn’t really a deterrent.  I don’t now if that’s still the case, but there were horrible stories of the treatments of animals.  Um…I’m not sure I’m making this sound like an attractive read…but it may be enlightening.

From the Closet to the Courtroom: Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits That Have Changed Our Nation
By Carlos Ball
Published by Beacon Press
Category: Law

This is a developing area of case law, and there will be other legal challenges in the future.  This is a book by a Rutgers Law professor…but I have to say, it doesn’t look like a dispassionate history…

God’s Many Splendored Image: Theological Anthropology for Christian Formation
By Verna Harrison
Published by Baker Academic
Category: Religion

The author is an expert in the early “Christian world”, but appears to bring the information in a way that is accessible to contemporary audiences.

The Game of Sunken Places 
By M. T. Anderson
Published by Scholastic
Category: Children’s books

From the American publisher of Harry Potter, this is a well-reviewed book for grades 5-9.  It seems to have a bit of Jumanji-twist, but sounds like it may be complex enough to stand on its own.

How the Saints Went Kicking In
By Jeff Duncan
Published by FT Press
Category: Sports

Who dat?  Well, it’s only 95kb, which is small, but hey, I got a sports book on the list!  😉

It’s Easy to Bluff Metal Guitar
By Joe Bennett
Published by Wise Publications
Category: Music

Well, yes…I wouldn’t expect a wooden instrument to have much perspicacity…oh, wait.  Not how to bluff A metal guitar, how to pretend that you know how to play.  😉  That’s not the only book they have on bluffing in the Kindle store, by the way.  I don’t think they are quite the same as the David Frost “bluffer’s guides”, though. 

Modern Japanese Literature 
By Donald Keene
Published by Grove Press
Category: Anthologies

From 1868 until the present day, this is an anthology of one of the great literatures of the world.  Definitely sounds like it is worth trying.

Well, there you go…a pretty broad selection.  One of the nice things about the Kindle…there’s always something to read.  🙂

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

2 Responses to “Recent Kindle releases #8”

  1. David Najarian Says:

    Hi Bufo,

    Love your blog. You wrote about “catch 22” today. I’m really curious to know if Steve Jobs is “blowing smoke.” Do sales of your blog still reflect the possibility that kindle is doing well? Or have you noticed a significant slow down in the rate of growth of your subscribers? I’m aware that the second quarter of every year is slowest for amazon. Anyway, let me know what you think if you can.


    DJ Najarian

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, David…glad you like it!

      Oh, I would guess that Steve Jobs told the truth. I just think that it is a smaller truth than how it was perceived…and that may have been intentional.

      My growth rate did fall off, but I can’t correlate that to the release date of the iPad. I recently had a really big day in terms of hits…but that doesn’t happen through the Kindle, so that doesn’t tell us. I suspect that if people could subscribe to blogs through the Kindle for iPad app, it would go up considerably…but I don’t see that happening in the near future…I could be wrong, though. 🙂

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