Recent Kindle Releases #12

Recent Kindle Releases #12

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.

Suck It, Wonder Woman
by Olivia Munn and Mac Montandon
published by St. Martin’s Press (a general interest publisher)
category: Biographies & Memoirs
Device licenses: 6

Olivia Munn is the co-host of  G4’s Attack of the Show, and recently became a correspondent for The Daily Show.  This is a series of personal vignettes.  Be prepared for very frank, quite possibly not safe for work, snarky, geeky humor.  I’d download the sample before you decide.  It’s not going to be for everybody, but some people will really like it.

Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings—And 7 Steps to End Them Naturally
by Neal Barnard, MD
published by Macmillan  (a general interest publisher)
category: Diets
Device licenses: 6

43 five-star reviews out of 60? That says something! It has some good blurbs, and does seem to be based on science. Looks like he is moving people towards a vegan diet…that’s tricky to do and make it work.

by Paul L. Records
published by Tate Publishing (a faith-based publisher) 
category: Religious Fiction
Device licenses: 6

This looks like a creepy psychological thriller…from a faith-based publisher.

Snake Dreams 
by James D. Doss
published by Minotaur (a mystery, suspense, and thriller part of Macmillan)
category: Mystery
Device licenses: 6

This was weird, because the Publishers Weekly review, the customer reviews, and some (but not all) of the cover pictures were for a Sue Grafton novel. I tracked the information down on the paper edition, though. This is the 13th mystery featuring Ute investigator Charlie Moon, and it brings Native American culture to the table.

The Adventure Heroes Edition EZ Guide 
by Cheatmistress
published by M-Y Books (there is an M-Y Books in the UK, but the website didn’t list this book series)
category: Video Games
Device licenses: 6

Videogame cheats!  I’m an honest guy, but that’s not really what cheating means in these kind of books.  😉  There are often little secrets built into videogames, sometimes to help the developers (they need some way to get to the next level to test it…and a superweapon might not hurt).  This book has cheats for Red Dead Redemption, Batman Arkham Asylum, God of War 3, and more.

Against All Odds 
by Chuck Norris and Ken Abraham
published by B&H Books  (a faith-based publisher)
categories: Theatre, Entertainers, Religious, Martial Arts
Device licenses: 6

Did you notice those categories?  Go ahead, make your Chuck Norris jokes…just don’t say I didn’t warn you.  😉

American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials 2009 – 2010 Edition, 15th Edition 
by Steffen W. Schmidt, Mack C. Shelley, Barbara A. Bardes
published by Wadsworth (an educational publisher)
category: Politics
Device licenses: 6

Well, this isn’t going to work for those of you boycotting books over 90 dollars.  😉  Three professors stress critical thinking in a mighty tome (part of a series).

The Book of Uncommon Quips and Quotations 
compiled by Bollimuntha Venkata Ramana Rao
published by Pustak Mahal (a general interest publisher)
Device licenses: 6

As those of you who read one of my other blogs, The Measured Circle know, I like quotations.  🙂  I’ve been publishing a series of them there.  It’s always nice to see books of quotations…I’ll at least get the sample of this one (even though I collect mine from primary sources).  Oh, and Pustak Mahal is one of India’s largest publishers.

Character Animation with Direct3D 
by Carl Granberg
published by Delmar (Delmar specializes in healthcare books, so I’m not sure this is the famous one…unless I’m missing something)
category: programming
Device licenses: 6

Always like to get a computer/programming/tech book on the list.  This one is for making characters for videogames…um, and then the people above can publish cheats for them.  😉

Deadline Zombies: The Adventures of Maxi and Moxie 
by Teel James Glenn
published by Fantasy (this looks like it came through Amazon’s Digital Text Platform…”Fantasy” may be a generic)
Device licenses: 6

I always like to find an indie to feature, and this is my Indie Featured Title for this time.  This one sounds like fun: a pulpish work with a newspaper reporter named Moxie Donnovan, a “spitfire redhead actress” named Maxi…and an Irish Sidhe.  I’m a huge Doc Savage fan, and do like the pulps…I’m definitely going to sample this.  The cover is good with a looming Bela Lugosi-type face behind out heroes.  Don’t like the Agency Model?  This is another way to go…it’s $3.19 at time of writing.

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

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