Special offer: get one of 50 biography & history titles for $1

Special offer: get one of 50 biography & history titles for $1

Here’s the latest Special Offer on books from Amazon.

First, a word on that. If you have a wi-fi capable Kindle* (that seems to be the determining factor), you can turn Special Offers on, get the offer, and then just turn them off again if you want.

You do that at


then click on

Manage Your Devices

You’ll see a place to subscribe or unsubscribe. If you paid less for your Kindle because it has Special Offers, it costs you to unsubscribe. If you didn’t, it costs nothing to subscribe and then unsubscribe again.

The deadline to accept this offer is 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time), March 8, 2012 (Thursday). You have to click it on your Kindle by then.

You’ll then get an e-mail, and you’ll enter a code (you can copy and paste it from the e-mail). After you’ve done that, you’ll get this message

Success !
Your Amazon gift card or promotional code has been applied.

You must select your book by April 8, 2012.

Here is the

Offer detail page

* At this point, the Kindle Fire (which is wi-fi capable) doesn’t let you subscribe to Special Offers.  While the mechanism would probably different (since there isn’t a sleep mode picture…”screensaver” on a Kindle Fire), I suspect we’ll get the option to opt into Special Offers on the device. The ad might be a “splash screen” before going to the homescreen, or might be tied into the Silk web browser. That could have the advantage of stopping the ads from showing for children…if you’ve blocked web access without a PIN (Personal Identification Number) which you can do. Since I don’t think they would reduce the price of the Kindle Fire in exchange for the ads, I think the advertisers could be okay with that.

After you redeem the code, you can pick one of the books from the

Book list

Even though the page said it one place there were 100 books and in another that there are fifty, fifty is correct. You also have to click the links for “History” and “Biography” to see them all…there are twenty-five of each.

I’m going to list ten that caught my eye:

Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Volume 1

If you don’t have this one yet, I highly recommend it!

I wrote a bit about it here:

Flash! Did Mark Twain consider the e-book rights?

Man’s Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

This one is a classic: a combination of Frankl’s own experiences at Auschwitz (and other concentration camps), and psychotherapeutic theory.

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing

We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals that Changed Their Lives Forever
by Benjamin Mee

This was the basis of the movie.

Roots-Thirtieth Anniversary Edition: The Saga of an American Family
by Alex Haley

The Six Wives of Henry VIII
by Alison Weir

The King’s Speech: Based on the Recently Discovered Diaries of Lionel Logue
by Mark Logue and Peter Conrad

My Week with Marilyn
by Colin Clark

Black Hawk Down
by Mark Bowden

by John Hersey

This was a classic magazine article that was later made into a popular book. One weird thing: unless I’m wrong, they are misspelling the author’s name on the cover and the product page as “John Heresy”…I’m quite sure the Pulitzer Prize winner is “John Hersey”.

I’ll probably go with Mee’s book, but I haven’t quite decided yet. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a zookeeper, and I love Gerald Durrell‘s books.

If I’ve left off one you’d recommend, feel free to do so by commenting this post.

Remember, redeem your code first, then buy the book. 🙂

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


4 Responses to “Special offer: get one of 50 biography & history titles for $1”

  1. Edward Boyhan Says:

    I have a KT with special offers (it’s off right now, and coincidentally the splashscreen happens to be displaying the biography & history SO as I write this).

    If I turn my KT on, and push the button to go to the home page, that SO will appear in a 1/2″ high band across the bottom of the home page. If I click on the band, I will (depending on the offer) be taken to a web page where I can purchase/accept the offer, or to a page where I can request an email be sent to me with additional information about the offer (as is the case with the biographies offer).

    If the offer at the bottom of the page is not the one you are interested in (one becomes aware of the 5 or 6 SO’s on display at any given time through normal usage), you can tap on the menu button at the top of the home page, and one of the menu options presented will be “view special offers”, which will give you a one or two page list of all the SO’s currently available (as I write this there are 7 on my KT).

    For the most part most SO’S are offers for merchandise sold by Amazon in their eStore. Thus far there have been relatively few non-Amazon SO’s. I haven’t bought any of them yet, but a few have piqued my interest enough that I’ve “taken a look”.

    One that I recently got a chuckle out of was an offer of a 60% discount on a vacation package — in Montana — in the middle of the winter (well, duh!) :D.

  2. Susan Says:

    I just subscribed via MYK to special offers. I can not find the offer for the books anywhere on my kindle keyboard. Where is this particular special offer listed?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Susan!

      You may need to sync with Amazon

      Home – Menu – Sync and check for items


      Home – Menu – View Special Offers

      That’s approximate..I think it varies a bit by model.

      Note that it might not be on the first page of offers…it wasn’t for me.

  3. Lady Galaxy Says:

    Did you happen to see this NY Times article about Kindle singles?
    I thought it rated a comment here because the author ended it with a complaint about the “ads” appearing on his Kindle. Now he’s complaining about the ads that allowed him to get a lower price on his Kindle? I might have to create an online account just so I can comment on the fact that if you don’t want ads on the Kindle, pay the higher price!!!!!!

    Deep breath. All is well;)

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