Recent Kindle Releases #11

Recent Kindle Releases #11

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:

July 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.

Backpacker Magazine’s Outdoor Survival Skills 
by Molly Absolon
Published by Falcon
Category: Outdoors
Device licenses: 6

This is one of a couple of books from Backpacker that have recently been Kindleized.  This one looked of broader interest than the cuisine thing, though.  😉  Of course, if you are in a survival situation, you are going to turn to your Kindle, right?  😉  Even better…you are lost in the jungle with those army ant things from that Charlton Heston movie coming at you, and you quickly download the book…I’m sure they’ll have army ant defenses, right?

How to Start a Home-Based Web-Design Business (4th edition) 
by Jim Smith
Published by Globe Pequot
Category: Entrepeneurship
Device licenses: 6

Cool!  I love books aimed at the arachnid market…Charlotte’s Web, The Golden Scorpion…oh, wait.  Not that kind of web…sorry.  Still could be cool, though.  😉

The Representative Claim 
by Michael Saward
Published by Oxford University Press
Category: Politics
Device licenses: 6

I honestly thought this one might be about insurance, but it’s about politics.  When someone claims that they represent the opinion of a group of people (and we see that all the time), what does that mean?  How should it be treated?  I see that even in the e-book world: “The average person doesn’t want that.”  That often makes me curious about the polling method used.  😉

VBA and Macros: Microsoft Excel 2010 
by Bill Jelan, Tracy Syrstad
Published by Que
Category: computers
Device licenses: 5

I’ve taught VBA myself…that’s the programming language you can use to get Excel to do interesting things it usually won’t do, or just to automate the things it usually does.  I used to set up a practical joke for our Excel classes on April Fool’s Day.  The trainer would have the students do a key combination, and a message would appear that would say, “System Crash Imminent”.  Clicking that one got you the second message: “Radiation Hazard”.  The third message? “Your car has been towed”.  The fourth?  “April Fools!”  If it was an advanced class, we’d teach them how to do it.  🙂  So while you can use VBA to irritate your coworkers, it does have many practical purposes as well.  This is also over 22000kb…quite large, although that might mean illustrations.

The Best of Czech Cooking
by Peter Trnka
Published by Hippocrene Books
Category: cooking
Device licenses: 6

You know, it’s always better to cook this kind of food at home.  I was at a restaurant that specialized in this cuisine, and when I offered to pay for everything, somebody accused me of hitting on their date.  All I said was that I’d “pick up the check”…  😉  (Just kidding…couldn’t resist the pun)

Katatonic, States of Depression in General Paralysis, and Epileptic Insanity
by Emil Kraepelin
Published by Oak Grove
Category: Disorders and diseases
Device licenses: 6

If you took Psych 101 (well, maybe 201), you probably ran into Emil Kraepelin’s name.  He’s really a founder of modern psychological theory (pre-Freud).

Kindle Calendar and Day Planner for Year 2011 (United States) – Includes all National Holidays, Various Ethnic and Religious Celebrated Occasions 
by Errol R. Williams
Published by Ailax Merchandise
Category: Reference
Device licenses: 6

For those of you who want Kindle utilities, that’s partially what this is.  I do make notes on my Kindle.  For example, I put in the parking space when we left the car at the airport for days.  Having a separate page for each date would certainly make things easier.  At the same time, you get national holidays and such…so you can explain why you have to take the day off to read.  😉

A History of Sports Highlights: Replayed Plays from Edison to ESPN
by Raymond Gamache
Published by McFarland
Category: Sports
Device licenses: 6

I’ve mentioned McFarland before: they are a great media reference publisher.  This one has to do with media and sports…and in paperback, it’s $45.  Not only that, the paperback is out of stock.  The digital list price is $29.99, and Amazon is selling it for $16.49.  This is one of those reference books where I think a higher than $9.99 price is justified, but up to you.

Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America’s Political Map
 
by Bill Kauffman
Published by Chelsea Green
Category: Politics
Device licenses: 6

This looks like an interesting one on secessionist thought and movements in the USA, both now and in history.  My state, California, often talks about splitting into several states, and less often, withdrawing from the union altogether.  We’re one of those states that supposedly sends more to the Federal government than we get (even if we are sort of broke right now).  Oh, and Northern California and Southern California really don’t have that much in common.  It would be complicated, certainly, but the idea is out there.

Rescuing a UFO: Close Encounter of the Fifth Kind 
by Gregory Paul Dail
Published by Pandora Project
Category: Science Fiction
Device licenses: 6

This one is apparently short (only 80kb…a tenth the size of a typical 800kb Kindle store novel).  It’s also, though, inexpensive: eighty-three cents at time of writing.  I like to spotlight indies…

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

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