KSO owners: Get a Kindle Book from a List of Thousands for $1
There is one of those great offers for Kindle owners who have Kindle with Special Offers going on right now.
You can select one book out of a specific list of thousands for $1.
I think there are a lot of great possibilities this time, and I’m going to suggest some. For those of you who don’t have a KSO on your account, I think you’ll still find the post interesting…you may not have realized these books were available for the Kindle, and may want to pay more than a dollar for some.
Our interactions with the Special Offers have changed in my house, since I now have a Mindle (the $79 in the USA Kindle with Special Offers).
It used to be that just my Significant Other in our household had a Kindle with Special Offers…and for those of you who worry that the ads could be intrusive, well, my SO never even noticed them. Part of that was that my SO rarely turns on the wireless, so they don’t change as much.
If you have a KSO, you can check what the current Special Offers (I know, it’s weird that Special Offer and Significant Other are the same abbreviation) are by doing
Home-Menu-View Special Offers
You need to request this one by October 27 (this Thursday), and then you have a month to pick one.
By the way, we can thankful to Open Road Media for some of the books on this list. They do not use the Agency Model, so Amazon is able to discount their books to give us special like this…and they have some great books!
One more interesting thing until I started listing some notable books in the list.
This offer is being sponsored by the movie Anonymous. I have to say, the fact that is was sponsored by Anonymous threw me on the website…it didn’t say “by the movie Anonymous”, and I thought we might have had an unknown benefactor to thank. That doesn’t say much for that part of the advertising…but I do have an advert for Anonymous the movie on my Homescreen (just in that little spot where we usually see one).
This also is a good example of why Special Offers aren’t available around the world (yet).
The movie opens in the USA, US, Canada, and some other markets on Friday (the day after the ad will probably stop appearing on our Kindles, since we can’t redeem it after the 27th). So, Columbia gets their money’s worth out of sponsoring the Special Offer in the USA, presumably. But if you are in France, the movie doesn’t open until December…which wouldn’t make the ad much of a driver for the box office for that market. Different companies are also distributing the movie in different countries, and that might also have an impact on who sponsored the offer.
Now, on to
The List (all books do not have text-to-speech access blocked)
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
by Carson McCullers
published by Houghton Mifflin
size: 188KB (160 pages)
categories: literary fiction; short stories
$6.15 without Special Offer at time of writing
Carson McCullers is known for her literature of loneliness. Among her other works are The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Member of the Wedding (both of which, along with Ballad, have been made into movies).
This is the one we got…I was a little concerned that this was just the title novella, but I checked, and it is the short story collection.
Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It
by Karl Weber
published by Public Affairs
categories: nonfiction; nutrition
$8.52 without Special Offer at time of writing
This book is a companion to an Oscar-nominated documentary.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
by Richard and Florence Atwater, illustrated by Robert Lawson
published by Open Road Media
size: 1307 KB
$5.99 without Special Offer at time of writing
I remember this well from reading it as a kid. Separate it from the Jim Carrey movie…I didn’t see that, but the original is charming and whimsical. Yes, this is the illustrated edition, optimized for larger screens…should look great on the Kindle Fire, although I suppose it’s possible they’ll do an interactive version as well.
Sophie’s Choice (Open Road)
by William Styron
published by Open Road
size: 1939KB (includes an illustrated biography of Styron)
$8.99 without Special Offer at time of writing
It was a National Book Award winner…and the basis for a major movie, for which Meryl Streep got a Best Actress Oscar.
Cold Sassy Tree
by Olive Ann Burns
published by Mariner Books
$4.95 without Special Offer at time of writing
This is a much beloved novel.
by George Stewart
published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
categories: fiction; science fiction
$7.69 without Special Offer at time of writing
This 1949 post-apocalyptic book is a classic work of science fiction, and respected outside that genre as well. It has hundreds of five-star reviews at Amazon. That’s not too oversell it, I don’t know if you’ll like it…it’s just to show it’s had broad appeal.
The Eagle Has Landed
by Jack Higgins
published by Open Road Media
$3.79 without Special Offer at time of writing
This was a #1 bestelling World War II adventure novel, made into a movie with Michael Caine.
The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
published by Open Road Media
$8.50 without Special Offer at time of writing
Pulitzer-prize winning novel that was also the basis for an Oscar-nominated movie and Tony-nominated musical.
The Selfish Gene : 30th Anniversary edition
by Richard Dawkins
published by Oxford University Press
categories: science; genetics
$9.48 without Special Offer at time of writing
This was a huge international bestselling science book, and very influential.
by William Nack
published by Hyperion
categories: nonfiction; sports; horse racing
The story of the Triple Crown-winning racehorse.
There are ten suggestions for you, but there are many more notable titles in this group. If you have ever wondered if you might be interested in a Special Offer, this should convince you.
Did you find a different book on the list you want to suggest? Are you mad that you don’t have Special Offers? Do you think I’m exaggerating the value? Feel free to let me know.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.