Recent Kindle Releases #15

Recent Kindle Releases #15

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:

November Kindle Releases

I list the author, the publisher (some people care about that), the number of device licenses, and the category or genre (which to simplify, I just call “topic”). 

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.

101 Magic Tricks
by Ivar Utial, B.V. Pattabhi Ram
published by Pustak Mahal (a general interest publisher…India’s largest)
device licenses: 6
topic: Conjuring and Magic

I really enjoy Dunninger’s Encyclopedia of Magic, and I’m not saying this is anything like that, but magic books can be fun.  🙂

Children’s Science Library — Life on Earth
by A.H. Hashmi
published by Pustak Mahal (a general interest publisher…India’s largest)
device licenses: 6
topic: Children’s Non-fiction

This is one in a series of inexpensive ($3.19) science books for kids. 

Don’t Waste Your Sports
by C.J. Mahaney
published by Crossway, a faith-based publisher
device licenses: 6
topic: Sports Psychology/Religion

Advice for Christian athletes on how to integrate their sports with religion.

Amsterdam Travel Guide
by Offbeat Guides
device licenses: 6
topic: Travel

They’ve been adding a bunch of these travel guides to the Kindle store…480 so far!  If your hometown isn’t included, I guess you aren’t in with the offbeat  crowd.  😉

The Amy Ryan Handbook
by Jamie Pilkenton
published by Emereo Pty
device licenses: 6
topic: Celebrity Biography

This is definitely a fan tribute to the actor.  It’s a big file, suggesting pictures.  Weirdly, they say they took high-rated wiki entries. ..that’s a book?  They’ve done a whole series of these…Christopher Walken, Casey Affleck, Ben Kingsley…it would make an interesting dinner party.  🙂

The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT-G Programming
by Terry Griffin
published by OReilly
device licenses: 6
topic: Robotics

I have to give you a geek book every time, right?  I do know that if the robot rebellion ever happens, there will be Lego Mindstorms leading the way…

Fearless Love 
Immortal Love #2
by Stacey Espino
published by Siren Publishing
device licenses: 6
topic: Romance

Through the Wardrobe
edited by Herbie Brennan
published by BenBella Books
device licenses: 6
topic: literary criticism

This one sounds like it could be interesting.  It’s a collection of essays about the Narnia series…not the movies, the books.  🙂

Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats to Wear
by Twinkie Chan
published by Andrews McMeel
device licenses: 6
topic: Crafts

Have you heard of Twinkie Chan?  If so, I’m impressed.  🙂  These are patterns so you can make scarves that look like food.  Yeah…me, too.  😉  Oh, and how do patterns work on a Kindle?  Don’t you cut them out and lay them on the cloth?  Okay, I’m mystified…UPDATE: Thanks to reader Christy Parker of http://learntocrochetinminutesaday.blogspot.com/ the Learn to Crochet in Minutes a Day blog.  I’m always happy to expand my knowledge, and Christy (kindly) explained to me that crocheters (I don’t know if that is the right word) follow instructions more than laying out a pattern.  I should have known that…I’ve seen cats with a skein of yarn.  🙂  Oh, is skein the right word for what the crocheters use?  Sigh…so much to learn.  😉

Alpha-II
by Thomas J. Hubschman
published by Double Dragon Books
device licenses: 6
topic: Science Fiction

A soldier visits a radiated planet and finds child-like adults.

Barking Goats and the Redneck Mafia 
by Dolores J. Wilson
published by Medallion Press
device licenses: 6
topic: Humor

This comic novel sounds like it has a lot personality.

Competing in Tough Times: Business Lessons from L.L.Bean, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Other World-Class Retailers
by Barry Berman
published by FT Press
device licenses: 5
topic: Business

No question, some companies know how to make it work…but there are clearly different answers.  Trader Joe’s and Costco certainly don’t seem to follow the same philosophy.

Cure Tooth Decay: Heal And Prevent Cavities With Nutrition – Limit And Avoid Dental Surgery and Fluoride
by Ramiel Nagel
published by Rami Nagel
device licenses: 5
topic: Personal Health

Doesn’t it seem like there should be some better technology to prevent cavities by now?  Seriously, just coat the permanent teeth in something that prevents the cavities.  Well, until then, this book might help you out.

The United States Unmasked: A Search Into The Rise And Progress Of These States, And An Exposure Of Their Present Material And Moral Condition 
by Gabriel Manigault
published by Oak Grove
device licenses: 6
topic: Politics and Current Events

First, I couldn’t resist the provenance of this one.  Manigault was an 18th Century American architect who designed…well, he appears to have definitely designed one building and then there are other disputed buildings.  He wrote this book (even though most of the web references I found about him didn’t mention it) which was considered so controversial he couldn’t get a publisher in the US.  So, hang in there social critics!  In a couple of hundred years, new technology may make your book available to your intended audience!  😉  I also couldn’t resist that it was in a “current events” category…taking a geological timeframe of politics.  Talk about Kindleizing the long tail!

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

3 Responses to “Recent Kindle Releases #15”

  1. Christy Parker Says:

    Hello, Bufo!

    I just wanted to drop you a line about today’s post. You had some question about Twinkie Chan’s crochet patterns. Patterns for crochet are similar to those for knitting. Both are worked with yarn (or thread) with no fabric involved (usually). That means that the patterns don’t need to be cut out to be worked.

    Crochet (as well as knitting patterns) are more like instructions than traditional sewing patterns.

    If you’d like, you could check out my blog at the above listed website, or at the amazon link:

    http://www.amazon.com/Learn-Crochet-Minutes-Day/dp/B00452V5YO/

    to get a better idea of how they work.

    Oh, and I’m with you on the scarves that look like food.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Christy!

      Thanks so much for that information! I’m always happy to expand my knowledge, and as you can tell, crocheting is not one of my areas of expertise. 🙂 That makes sense…

  2. Christy Parker Says:

    You’re very welcome! And, yes, skein is the right word. 😉

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