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Cyber Monday KDD: biggest Kindle Daily Deal of the year

November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday KDD: biggest Kindle Daily Deal of the year

I was excited to see what Amazon would do with the

Kindle Daily Deal(s) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

for Cyber Monday, and they certainly didn’t disappoint! 816 (at time of writing) books, up to 85% off…including

Go Set a Watchman (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

for $4.99…one of the most talked about and best selling books of the year (the early draft version of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (at AmazonSmile)).

In fact, I would think that anybody reading this blog will be able to find a book which they would want to read, or have read, or would give as a gift in this group.

Remember that you can buy the book today at the sale price, and schedule its delivery to your recipient on the appropriate gift giving occasion.

One thing I’m still not seeing is a bundle I had heard was coming…these links currently don’t go anywhere:

6 months of Kindle Unlimited plus a Kindle for $79; also available for Kindle Paperwhite for $129 Kindle (the entry level model) + Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile*) Kindle Paperwhite + Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile*)

Why am I including the link, then?

Well, this may be a lightning deal today…and if it is, hopefully the link will work and save you some time if that happens.

I’ve looked ahead at the deals in the Amazon shopping app…don’t see that deal there, either.

Well, let’s get back to what I can see: these KDD deals!

This deal will just be for today, and is probably only for USA customers using Amazon.com (although other Amazon sites may also be doing deals). Check the price button before you click or tap that Buy button.

Note that some of the most established books in this sale are available in

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Amazon’s subser (subscription service)…at no additional charge to members (I’ve been a happy member since it started). You can gift KU, too. 🙂

Here are some books in the sale that caught my eye:

  • The Crossing by Michael Connelly
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • The Boxcar Children (#1) by Gertrude Chandler Warner illustrated by L. Kat Deal (KU)
  • The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
  • Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
  • Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade
  • Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough
  • American Wife by Taya Kyle
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (KU)
  • Fear of Flying by Erica Jong (introduction by Fay Weldon) (KU)
  • The Last Kingdon (Saxon Tales #1…others in the series are also available in the sale) by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker (translated by Kevin Wiliarty)
  • The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill and Lisa Pulitzer
  • The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson
  • Six Days of War by Michael Oren
  • Cooking for Friends by Gordon Ramsay
  • The Given Day (Coughlin #1 by Dennis Lehane)
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Earls Just Want  to Have Fun by Shana  Galen
  • Casino Royale (James Bond #1) by Ian Fleming (KU)
  • Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe by Anthony Summers (KU)
  • The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson (KU)
  • Snoopy the Flying Ace by Charles M. Schulz
  • West with the Night by Beryl Markham (also in Kindle Unlimited…KU)
  • Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson
  • A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown (KU)
  • The Making of the President 1960 by Theodore H. White
  • Murder in the Smithsonian by Margaret Truman
  • 101 Dog  Tricks by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy
  • Homeland (The Crown Family Saga #1) by John Jakes
  • A New Hope by Robyn Carr
  • Paranormal by Raymond Moody and Paul Perry
  • Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany (KU)
  • The Dust Bowl by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
  • Lost Horizon by James Hilton (the first popular paperback in the USA) (KU)
  • A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
  • Joyland by Stephen King ($1.99)
  • Abandon by Blake Crouch (KU)
  • The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  • Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman
  • Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight and Michelle Burford
  • Star War: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
  • Cashelmara by Susan Howatch (KU)
  • Silent Prey (Prey #4) by John Sandford
  • The Enemy Inside (Paul Madriani #13) by Steve Martini
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  • The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Plum Island (John Corey #1…other books in the series are also in this sale) by Nelson DeMille
  • Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron (KU)
  • The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins (KU)
  • The Intruders by Stephen Coonts (KU)
  • A Heritage of Stars by Clifford D. Simak
  • The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw (KU)
  • Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo and Sonja Burpo
  • The 21 Irrefutable  Laws of Leadership by John  C. Maxwell (foreword by Zig Ziglar)
  • Who Killed My Daughter? by Lois Duncan (KU)
  • The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm (KU)
  • Keeper of the Bride by Tess Gerritsen
  • The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muerlath and Neal Barnard
  • The Redbreast (Harry Hole #3) by Jo Nesbo (translated by Don Bartlett)
  • No Ordinary Disruption by Richard Dobbs and James Manyika
  • Armageddon by Leon Uris (KU)
  • Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden and Steve Jamison
  • Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer
  • Sophie’s Choice by William Styron (KU)
  • Swords Against Death (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser #2) by Fritz Leiber (KU)
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguin by Richard Atwater and Florence Atwater (KU)
  • The Haj by Leon Uris (KU)
  • The B*stard (Kent Family Chronicles #1) by John Jakes
  • Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Airport by Arthur Hailey (KU)
  • McNally’s Secret (Archy McNally #1) by Lawrence Sanders (KU)
  • Trap Line by Carl Hiassen and Bill Montalbano
  • Revolution from Within by Gloria Steinem (KU)
  • Speaks the Nightbird by Robert R. McCammon (KU)
  • Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick (KU)
  • The Great Santini by Pat Conroy (KU)
  • Have His Carcase (Lord Peter Wimsey #8) by Dorothy L. Sayers (KU)
  • The King Must Die by Mary Renault (KU)
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr. (KU)
  • Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter
  • Forbidden Fire by Heather Graham
  • Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon (KU)
  • Nine and a Half Weeks by Elizabeth McNeill
  • The Fifties by David Halberstram (KU)
  • Texas Tough by Janet Dailey
  • How to Deliver a TED Talk by Jeremy Donovan
  • Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman (KU)
  • Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine B. Gilbreth (KU)
  • Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates
  • Blood Music by Greg Bear (KU)
  • Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers
  • A Night to Remember by Walter Lord (KU)
  • Worlds by Joe Haldeman
  • Marya by Joyce Carol Oates

Remember that this is only a sampling! If you see others you’d particularly recommend feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Recent price drops #1

November 29, 2015

Recent price drops #1

Hard for me to believe that after more than five years of this blog, I haven’t used this title before! 😉

You are probably thinking about gifts right now, and while I recently wrote

The gift of books…without buying them books

I know that a lot of you will want to give somebody a specific book…and that you prefer to do a well-known book (or at least, a well-known author).

Well, this a weekend when e-book prices may be particular volatile. There may be even better deals on some things on this Monday (November 30th)…Cyber Monday.

However, I think these recent price drops are well-known giftable books are worth noting…I don’t think they’ll tend to drop more on Monday, although with the potential of price matching, it could happen.

Before I list a few, I want to praise

eReaderIQ.com

which I consider to be the most valuable resource for Kindleers on the web.

They have a lot of free services…and this post is possible in part because of their “Price Drops” feature.

You can list specific books with them, and they’ll send you a free e-mail when it drops an amount you specify.

They also, though, list price drops across the Kindle store. You can filter and sort that, which I’ve done…and then I made the choices I thought would be most valuable for you.

I only looked at books which had dropped at least 30% and had at least 500 customer reviews.

Check the price before you click or tap that Buy button…prices could change at any time, and they may not apply in your country (I have readers around the world).

Please note also that some of these books may be available through

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Amazon’s subser (subscription service). That means that subscribers to that service (I’m a happy one) could get those books at no additional cost. I’ll mark those with KU, when I know it.

You can buy these for gifts at this price, and delay the delivery until the appropriate gift giving occasion.

Here are a few that stood out to me:

  • Catching Fire (The Hunger Games 2) by Suzanne Collins: $3.25 at time of writing…half what it was yesterday | KU
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen $1.99 | KU
  • The English Girl by Daniel Silva $3.99
  • New Moon (Twilight @3) by Stephenie Meyer $2.99
  • Joyland by Stephen King $2.99
  • Be Careful What You Wish For (Clifton Chronicles Book 4) by Jeffrey Archer $1.99
  • Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach | $0.62 (humor book for adults parodying children’s books)
  • Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs | $0.52…an amazing price!
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole | $4.73
  • The Forever War by Joe Haldeman | $1.99
  • Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 2) by Jeff Kinney
  • Pegasus by Danielle Steel | $7.99
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck | $3.90
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker | $3.90
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Castle Book 1) by Diana Wynne Jones | $1.99
  • Wicked Appetite (Lizzy & Diesel Book 1) by Janet Evanovich | $2.99
  • Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum, No. 12) by Janet Evanovich | $2.99 (there is history through these books, but I wouldn’t say you need to read them in order…also available at this price: Four to Score, High Five, Hot Six, To the Nines)
  • Night Moves by Nora Roberts | $1.99
  • Batman: Year One by Frank Miller | $2.99
  • The Great Santini by Pat Conroy | $3.90
  • Isle of the Lost, The: A Descendants Novel (Descendants, The) by Melissa de la Cruz  | $3.60 (buzzy Disney property with the children of famous Disney villains)
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige | $1.99 (dark version of Oz)

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

2015: Things I’m thankful for in e-books, Kindles/Fires, and at Amazon

November 28, 2015

2015: Things I’m thankful for in  e-books, Kindles/Fires, and at Amazon

Yesterday, on Thanksgiving, you may have taken some time with your friends and family to reflect on thing for which you feel grateful. As I’m sure is the case with most of you, I could name meaningful things in my circle.

For this post, I wanted to focus on something a bit different, but continue in the spirit of  thankfulness.

These are some of the things for which I’m grateful in the areas covered by this blog, or related to this blog. Even though the title says “2015”, by no means did I just start getting the benefits of all of these this year. 🙂

These also don’t cover everything…I’m a pretty grateful person. 😉

Here they are, in no particular order:

  • Well, I said no particular order, but I do want to say this one first. 🙂 I’m thankful for you, my readers. I’m thankful when you catch my errors, or when you respectfully disagree, or when you make me think something new or see something from a new perspective. Yes, I’m also thankful when you tell me you like something 🙂
  • I’m also particularly thankful  for subscribers! You are one of the main things that makes it possible for me to do this and share it with you 🙂
  • I’m thankful for increasable text sizes
  • I’m thankful for text-to-speech! I use it typically for hours a week in the car
  • Thank you to WordPress for having a free blogging platform!
  • I’m thankful for the copyright laws that make older books legally available free, and for the people and organizations (especially Project Gutenberg) digitizing and distributing those books**
  • I’m thankful for Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), and for all the publishers that have worked out agreements to have their books available through the subscription service
  • I’m thankful for the triple tap on my Fire tablets which magnifies whatever is on the screen
  • I’m thankful for the normal Kindle store licensing, which means that my Significant Other and I can usually read the same book at the same time for just one download price…which means we can talk about it together after we are done reading it
  • I’m thankful for dictation on my Kindle Fire HDX…and for the free Swype app for my Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
  • I’m thankful for the comfortable frontlighting on my Voyage and Paperwhite
  • Thanks for the long battery charge life on my EBRs (E-Book Readers)!
  • Thanks to Amazon for having their customer forums
  • I’m thankful to Amazon for Kindle Direct Publishing…not just for what opportunities it has given me, but for how it has changed the publishing landscape
  • I’m thankful for always being able to have books with me…and to not have to carry a separate suitcase with me just for books when I travel
  • I’m thankful for always having enough to read
  • I’m thankful for being able to go back to a book, and have it be right where I left off
  • Oh, I’m really thankful for being able to search books!
  • I’m thankful for readers of the blog who are tolerant of posts that aren’t all their favorite kind 😉
  • I’m thankful for everybody who comments, and participates in the polls
  • I’m thankful the person at Amazon who recently arranged an interview for me, and for Adrian Liang for such interesting and informative answers
  • I’m thankful to Amazon’s Customer Service, which has been friendly, professional, and helpful when I’ve needed them
  • I’m thankful to Amazon for continuing to innovate
  • I’m thankful to the authors for giving me new worlds to visit, and new perspectives on this one and everything (and everyone) in it

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

** This may seem contradictory to some of you, because I have explored the idea of permanent copyright in exchange for greater Fair Use provisions. While I think that’s an interesting way to go, that doesn’t make me ungrateful for the current system. I don’t think the current system is illegitimate or unfair or exploits authors…I’m just looking at other possibilities

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

 

Amazon’s Black Friday device deals are here: Echo $149, Fire 7 $34.99, Fire TV Stick $24.99

November 26, 2015

Amazon’s Black Friday device deals are here: Echo $149, Fire 7 $34.99, Fire TV Stick $24.99

This is it!

Additional Amazon devices discounted…there may yet be lightning deals (including that E-Book Reader/Kindle Unlimited bundle I think will happen), but these are likely the best prices for these devices that you can get without lucking into the timing. 😉

They are giving us the dates the sales end. It’s possible they may sell out, but I’m guessing you are okay waiting for a bit.

Ending Saturday November 28

Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $34.99 ($15): this is a serviceable tablet, which gives you the ability to read e-books, watch videos, play games, go on the web…and it has Fire OS 5, which I like quite a bit. One tip: if you get this, get the Swype Keyboard Free so you can have “trace typing” and Nuance (the people who make Dragon) dictation. There is also a $0.99 version of  the app Fire 7″ 2015: first impressions and menu map (part 1)

Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote (at AmazonSmile*) $24.99 without the voice remote, $34.99 with it (both $15 off). This is the least expensive way to get Alexa, although this version of Amazon’s contech (conversational technology) is not as full featured as that on the Echo (see below).  You can use Alexa without the voice remote, by using the  app on your Smartphone The Fire TV Buyer’s Guide: September 2015

Ending (Cyber) Monday November 30:

Amazon Fire TV (at AmazonSmile*) $74.99 ($25) off. I have ours on right now. 🙂 It’s how we watch TV in one room (we use a Fire TV Stick) in the other room where we have a TV. The gaming edition, by the way, is not part of this sale The Fire TV Buyer’s Guide: September 2015

Amazon Echo (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $149 ($30 off). We use ours every day. This is the first generally available sale on this…Prime members could initially get it (by invitation only) for $99. It’s becoming more and more useful…they keep adding “Alexa Skills” (basically apps) and features. One thing I do is use it to change from the Fire TV to “regular TV”, and so on…just by asking. For more information (including how to set up the changes…I use a Logitech Harmony Home Control – 8 Devices (White) (at AmazonSmile*)), see this category at my The Measured Circle blog: Amazon Echo

Those are all new deals. I wrote about some of the other deals  here:

Amazon’s Black Friday Deals on Devices are here!

That includes the

Kindle, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

for $49.99 ($30 off) through November 30th.

There are going to be a lot of people getting devices this holiday season…and that should give Amazon many happy returns going forward! 😉

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Surviving “The End”: advice for literary characters (part 3)

November 25, 2015

Surviving “The End”: advice for literary characters (part 3)

“Good afternoon! I figure you all know this by now, seeing as how this is the third lecture in this series, but my name’s ‘Tack’ Carlson. I’ve learned a couple of your names, but I have to tell you, I’m pretty good with faces. I think that’s  part of  being a lawyer, at least of  the courtroom variety. We’re pretty good observers, and right decent at telling how you feel about things. After all, that’s my job: to get you to feel a certain way about the facts, and I can’t change your feelings if I can’t tell what they are now.

I don’t see any unfamiliar folks out there…did you all attend the first two talks? Great! Don’t worry, there isn’t going to be a test. You’ll get those in your regular classes here at Fictional Character University…I’m just  a  guest speaker for an elective.

Let’s just do a little review first.

The name of this series is Surviving ‘The End’. Everybody in here is a lead character in a first novel which is still in a draft. I’m hoping to help you get past that first novel and on to a second.

I’m not going  to claim to have all the answers, but I’ve done it myself, and I can humbly say, well as much as a lawyer can ever be humble, that  I know something about the topic.

In the first talk, I told you about

Rule #1: You have to accept change.

I explained how long-lasting characters usually have some kind of stress in their first novels, or just before the novel starts. It’s part of your origin story, and helping the real-worlders get to where you are…at least in their heads.

In the second one, we discussed

Rule #2: Be the same.

Anybody remember what else I called that?”

“The principle of ‘Ride the same horse'”.

“Yep! Antares, isn’t it?”

“You grok.”

“Just knowing somebody’s name is a pretty low thresholding for grokking,  isn’t it?”

“Maybe I didn’t say it just because you knew my name.”

“Maybe not. I remember we had a nice piece of dialog. Ready to ride with me a bit further?”

“Sure.”

“Well, I’m  pretty sure Antares knows the answer, but what’s the topic of today’s talk?”

“Have interesting friends?”

“Yes…friends and enemies, for that matter. Thanks for giving Antares time to respond to some texts…although I’m guessing you’ve been doing that all along. What’s your name?”

“Sujay Rodriguez, but they call me ‘C.J.’. I’m a safety inspector.”

“Do you inspect anything in particular?”

“I used to work for a state agency, but my job got eliminated. I got a decent severance package, so now I freelance…anything, anywhere, any time.”

“How does that work? How do you have all that knowhow?”

“Most safety issues involve the same thing…somebody doing something stupid. That usually isn’t the guy who gets hurt…it’s the guy who told the guy who got hurt what to do.”

“I see.”

“The rest of it’s just a matter of doing the research.”

“I understand doing research. Not sure I’d want to have you on a jury in a negligence case, but there’s nothing wrong with that. I wouldn’t want to have most of us characters on a jury…we have a tendency to take over. You know, a lot of strong personalities.

That brings me to today’s topic.

We have those strong personalities, but that’s not enough. We need to have other folks around us, too…and interesting folks.

They can be a lot of things: sidekicks; bosses; friends; lovers; enemies…there are a lot of choices.

Here, let me demonstrate with something I call the ‘And Chain’.

We talked about Sherlock Holmes before. If I say, ‘Sherlock Holmes and…’, and you know I’m talking about another person, what would you say? ‘Watson’, right? Let’s keep going…give me a different answer. Holmes and…”

“Professor Moriarty.”

“And…”

“Mrs. Hudson.”

“And..”

“Inspector Lestrade.”

“And…”

“The Baker Street Irregulars.”

“Good answer! We  could keep going. All of these characters are memorable. All of them have appeared in more than one Holmes title. Real world readers know them.

How about a more recent example…Stephanie Plum. Stephanie Plum and…”

“Lula!”

“Morelli!”

“Grandma Mazur!”

“Ranger…he’s hot!”

“Well, it sounds like the class generally agrees with you. Let’s keep going. Stephanie Plum and…”

“Uh…Vinny?”

“Yes, he owns the Bail Bonds business…and he’s Stephanie’s cousin.”

“Rex!”

“That’s not a character!”

“Actually, I would consider Rex, the hamster, a character…and I reckon my horse Seafounder would agree with me. Characters don’t have to be human beings…heck, dogs and cats have been main characters, along with a whole slew of other species. There are other human characters, and if I name off a few I think most of you will recognize them: Connie, who also works in the Bonds office; Grandma Bella; Moon-Man Dunphy;  and that’s not even counting crossover folks and one-timers.

The point is, you might be super interesting, but you aren’t enough.  Humans are social animals: it wouldn’t seem realistic to the real-worlders, so to speak, if you existed in a vacuum. Besides, some people are going to read your books just to catch up on those other characters…and them reading your books is what’s going to keep you alive.”

Speaking of staying alive, shouldn’t Rex be in the Guinness book as the oldest hamster ever?”

“Well, he’s not as old as Sherlock Holmes, and he is still going strong. I wanted to introduce you to somebody. Come on out! This here’s Catherine Ketcham, better known as–“

“Catch ’em Kate!”

“Thank you, Antares. How many of you have heard of Catch ’em Kate? Great! How would you describe the character?”

“A female bounty hunter?”

“Just a bounty hunter will do, mister. My sex ain’t got nothin’ to do with it.”

“Easy, Kate. I’m sure that’s how Stephanie Plum get described, too.”

“That don’t make it right, Tack. What’s wrong for me is wrong for that Jersey gal.”

“Gender and diversity is an issue that we can save for another time.”

“Ain’t it always?”

“I wanted to give it a full session, that’s all. You know I’ve never treated you any differently.”

“That’s for durn sure.”

“Um…where was I? Right, the importance of having other characters like Kate with you in your stories. What I do as a lawyer would be pretty tame…Kate runs them down, and that brings a needed boost of adrenaline to the Courtroom Cowboy novels.”

Yep…and then you get them bonded out again.”

“If I do, that just gives you another chance to bring them in, right? Twice the bounty.”

“Them’s lawyerin’ words. You always did know how to turn scat into flapjacks.”

“Does anybody have any questions?”

“Where’s Dusty Ambush?”

“I was hoping for a question for Kate, who was kind enough to join us today.”

“Tell ’em, Tack.”

“Okay, Kate. It is educational, even if…emotionally uncomfortable. Dusty was too weak to make the trip. While I’ve been lucky enough to keep getting new books and stories published, not to mention the adaptations, and to have Kate’s assistance, Dusty…well, Dusty hasn’t been in a new novel for, oh, thirty years or so. You’ve heard about characters fading into obscurity…that’s what’s happening with Dusty. He’s getting weaker and weaker…some days, it’s hard to even make out what he’s saying.”

“Sad.”

“That’s  something you all have to understand. As long as real-worlders are reading you, you’ll stick around. Having new stories for them helps, but if they are reading your old stuff, that will keep you strong and vital.”

“Tack!”

“Gerry Carlyle! Sorry for the interruption, class. This is Gerry Carlyle, from the Interplanetary Hunter stories. Gerry, can this wait? I’m in the middle of a lecture.”

“Sorry, no. It’s an emergency.”

“Did you need Kate?”

“We could always use another strong arm, but we also need a lawyer…and that means you, ‘Professor'”.

“I guess that ends today’s lecture, then. I’ll have the school let everybody know if we need to reschedule the next one. Gerry, can you at least tell them the nature of the case?”

“Rather not.”

“Who else is with you?”

“Jimgrim, Edward Malone, Frank Reade, and Mrs. Paschal.”

“Sounds like you’ve got plenty of room for me and Kate. Let me ask you: that spaceship of yours have room for a few observers?”

“There’s room.”

“Thanks! I’m sure you don’t mind if I bring along a few of these students…it would be great for them to see a real adventure, and I think they could be helpful.”

“As long as they aren’t just deadheading.”

“Oh, they’ll work, I’m sure. Everybody’s signed field trip releases, right?  Or had their legal guardians give approval? Good. Antares…the baker…and let’s bring the cat. As for the rest of you, I want you to think about those three lessons: embrace the change, be the same, and have interesting friends and enemies. If you have any questions, send me an e-mail.

One last thing…Gerry,  I hate to ask you this, but–“

“Seafounder’s already onboard in one of the holding pens.”

“That horse is a durn sight smarter than Tack, anyway.”

“You know, Gerry, if you aren’t sure there’s enough room to take all of us, maybe Ms. Ketcham…never mind, I’m just kidding. Kate’s right about Seafounder…although it sounds like my legal education might be of some small use in this instance.”

 “I told you we needed you. Look, we need to go now…you two can argue after we blast off.”

“I’m sure we will…it wouldn’t be much fun if we didn’t. I hate to leave the class in such suspense…can’t you just give them a hint?”

“Professor Challenger’s been arrested.”

“Where are we going? I’ll need to study up on local jurisdiction on the way.”

“Barsoom…”

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Meanwhile, at the second largest USA bookstore chain…

November 25, 2015

Meanwhile, at the second largest USA bookstore chain…

Okay, yes, Amazon has opened one brick-and-mortar bookstore, and many indie bookstores are doing well, but I’m sure there are a lot of people who think that a bookstore means a chain bookstore.

They were quite dominant for a while…driven, in no small part, by Barnes & Noble (which is still the largest USA bookstore chain).

The second largest chain, Books-A-Million (AKA BAM!) just reported their financials.

How did they do?

Well, according to this

press release

revenue was down slightly for the past 39 weeks, and the loss (no profit) was bigger. The latter, I believe, is impacted by money they spent in trying to get acquired (not a done deal).

Terrance G. Finley, the CEO (Chief Executive Order), credits adult coloring books to some extent…but Amazon has those, too.

However, another element cited by Finley is something that I think really makes sense for brick-and-mortar bookstores to do (and I’m a former manager of one).

That’s personal appearances.

Sure, Amazon could do virtual things, but it isn’t the same as shaking hands with somebody.

In this case, it was a best-selling author, but also a celebrity: Finley credited multiple appearances by Dr. Ben Carson.

Barnes & Noble is pushing their non-book items this holiday season, in addition to their

Signed Editions by Acclaimed Authors

promotion on Black Friday, which I do think is really cool and was successful for them last year.

However…

I do think it’s important that bookstores tie into local authors and celebrities. Barnes & Noble has always done that, and I assume Books-A-Million does. It’s just that I think that’s important for your customers’ perceptions of you.

I’ve said before, I do think that physical bookstores can succeed in the current (and upcoming) marketplace…you just have to be the kind of place where people are willing to spend more money because they want to support you. They need to like you and the shopping experience, and they need to want to support what they believe are your principles.

BAM! losing more money this year than last is a concern. Making a chain thrive, at this point, is actually more difficult than making an individual independent thrive…and that’s a reversal.

The chains needed those numbers and the similarity from store to store. You wanted to be able to walk into a B&N in any city, be able to find your way around, and have them have what you wanted.

Now, you can shop from Amazon from any city, and it feels familiar.

The indie, on the other hand, can get by on being unusual in what it carries and in how it is presented.

BAM! may get purchased. I don’t see them failing in the next year…and if something serious happens with B&N (which I think is more likely…at least for their physical locations), BAM! would pick up a lot of that business.

Barnes & Noble will do their latest financials webcast on December 3rd at 5:00 PM Eastern…right after the market closes.

Bonus story: big congratulations to my sibling, whose debut novel

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is one of approximately 6,000 books in Amazon’s only physical bookstore! We had a conversation about what that means, and I think it’s very significant. Amazon has a tiny fraction of the books on the website in the physical store…they need to be highly-rated, and/or award winning. One Murder More has 4.7 stars out of 5, with 63 customer reviews. I said to my sibling that that wasn’t enough, though. Having a high rating is like having a qualified resume for a job…if you get 500 resumes, 450 of them might be immediately rejected as unqualified. They still need to decide to hire you, though. 🙂

I also think Amazon doesn’t particularly care if people buy the books in the store…they can discover them there and buy them online (the price is the same), that’s fine with them.

I told my sibling I think the biggest advantage of this is the imprimatur of Amazon having chosen to put it in the store. I said (approximately), “I guarantee that representatives from other bookstores, including the chains, are watching very carefully which books Amazon puts in Amazon Books in Seattle.”

If you walk into Amazon’s physical store, you want them to have books discovered by their millions of customers. You want it to be something different from what your local bookstore has. The local bookstore has the wisdom of the buyer (who is probably the owner). Amazon Books has the wisdom of the crowd…that, at least, is going to be the perception.

We’ll see if this affects the sales. I recommended promoting the fact:  “One of the few books chosen to be in Amazon’s only physical bookstore”.

Whether it does or doesn’t, though, it still deserves a huzzah! 🙂 HUZZAH!

What do you think? Do you shop at BAM!? If so, why do you choose to go there instead of a B&N or a local independent? Do you go to bookstores because of author events? What’s your best story about seeing an author in a bookstore? Feel free to tell me and my readers by commenting on this post.

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Round up #312: e-books and public libraries, sharing economy and books

November 24, 2015

Round up #312: e-books and public libraries, sharing economy and books

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Best Buy to have Fire 7″ for $34.99 on Black Friday

According to this

online ad scan

Best Buy will have the

Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*

for $34.99 ($15 off) on this Friday, Black Friday. Well, it says Black Friday, but their doors open at 5:00 PM on Thanksgiving, then close at 1:00 AM on Friday, then open again at 8:00 AM on Friday. This is a “doorbuster”, so they could run out…and the price may not be available online. This is also unofficial at this point.

We also expect Amazon to have the same device at that price…but we don’t know when or for how long.

Some other unannounced but likely Black Friday deals on Amazon devices (again, unofficial, and may be in limited supply and for a limited time):

  • Wal-Mart, Meijer: Fire TV Stick for $24.99 ($15 off)
  • Best Buy, Staples: Fire TV for $74.99 ($25 off)

Before the Hunger Games: How Young Adult Books First Became a Category

I love stories about how pop culture became pop culture (and how it sometimes disappears, although that’s less likely nowadays).

This is an interesting

Time article by Merrill Fabry

No doubt, the Young Adult category is huge right now…but according to this article, we can really trace it back to 1929 and a New York Public Librarian Mabel Williams. Whenever it seems like it’s always been here, I always like to see where it came from. 😉

When the Sharing Economy Comes to Publishing

This

Publishers Weekly opinion piece by Chris Twyman

examines the changes in publishing in a thoughtful and different way.

This isn’t about crowdfunding, but about how feedback can affect the actual writing of a book.

It’s not going to be the only way that things work: I think there will be a heteogeneity of publishing techniques, with traditional publishing still having a piece of it.

Again, check this one out…you’ll care about how your books come to be in the future: it will affect your reading options.

How libraries are meeting patrons [sic] needs in the digital age

Informative statistics in this

EBOOK FRIENDLY article by Ola Kowalczyk

on e-books and digital use and public libraries.

What percentage of public libraries would you guess use “eBooks and audiobooks”? According to this infographic (powered by Overdrive), it’s 95%. They also reported a 20% in the number of e-books and audiobooks  borrowed over 2014**.

National Book Awards for 2015

The National Book Awards have been announced. You can see all the winners, nominees, and long list here:

Official Site

The four winners are:

  • Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson (fiction)
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (non-fiction)
  • Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis (poetry)
  • Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman (young people’s literature)

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

** This paragraph was clarified thanks to a comment from regular reader and commenter alanchurch

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Amazon’s Black Friday Deals on Devices are here!

November 23, 2015

Amazon’s  Black Friday Deals on Devices are here!

I told you they were coming, and the deals on Amazon devices are now here…and valid through December 1st (if they don’t run out, which seems a bit unlikely to me on these devices.

There’s a big list of deals (and I will list them), but you can find them all here:

Black Friday Deals Week on Amazon Devices (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

The first six are good through Tuesday, December 1st:

  • The newest Kindle Paperwhite for $99.99 ($20 off) in the least expensive configuration
  • Kindle Paperwhite essentials bundle: you get the Paperwhite, plus an Amazon cover, plus a wall power charger, for $139.97 ($40 off). The cover (which comes in a variety of colors) would be $39.99 and the adapter $19.99 normally. All Paperwhite covers fit all generations of the Paperwhite, by the way…it’s stayed the same size
  • The least expensive Kindle for $49.99 (which is $30 off) in the least expensive configuration
  • Kindle for Kids bundle for $69.99, which is also $30 off. This bundle gets you a kid-friendly cover and an extended warranty
  • Fire Kid’s edition (the Fire tablet with a rubberized cover) for $84.99, fifteen dollar off

The next set go through January 31st:

  • Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ (previous generation) for $329.99 ($20 off)
  • Previous generation Paperwhite, but with wi-fi and 3G, for $159.99 ($30 off)
  • Kindle Voyage essentials bundle (the top of the line EBR…E-Book Reader) for $249.97 ($30 off). Similar to the Kindle Paperwhite essentials bundle above, you get a cover and a wall charger

You can also get $4.99 off a purchase with a Dash button…and that’s what the button costs. 🙂 These are single purpose wi-fi connected buttons. You might have a button, for example, for a particular type of Ziploc bag. Push the button, and you’ve ordered it and it gets delivered to you. That’s it! These have been popular, and heck, we might try one now. 🙂

They also mention the Echo on this page, and the Fire TV family, but they aren’t part of this special sale…yet. 😉 We know the Fire TV will be, and I expect to see some kind of lightning deal on the Echo…maybe a bundle getting you the remote included at the lower price, not sure.

Speaking of the Echo, I recently did a round-up on it in my The Measured Circle blog…I told people here I’d let you know when I did that. I also just set it up today to switch my TV inputs through custom voice commands…I’ll write more about that pretty soon. 🙂

Amazon Echo/Alexa Round up #4: Yelp, half a million “I love yous”

Enjoy the bargains! I expect us to see other sales as well…

Update: I forgot to mention that I’m also expecting a bundle with a Kindle and a subscription to KU…don’t know when, but it could be worth waiting to see if that shows up.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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The gift of books…without buying them books

November 22, 2015

The gift of books…without buying them books

Less than a week to Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), which is one of the biggest shopping days of the year in the USA (and now, we aren’t the only country that has it).

You are probably at least thinking about getting gifts for people.

You probably also know some booklovers (and as a reader of this blog, you are likely one yourself).

You can never have too many books, so that might seem like an easy choice…

However, it can be very hard to buy a book as a gift for someone…even if you know them inside (where the books go) and out. 😉

There is a very good chance that they may have the book already. It’s like buying a blade of grass for a sheep…they’ll probably get to it first. 🙂

My Significant Other used to say nothing was better than buying me a book I didn’t have…and in some categories, that was definitely a challenge!

You can’t just sneak a peek at their shelves any more, either, or ask someone else to check. Not only do e-books make that more difficult, the existence of subsers (subscription services), like Amazon’s

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

and borrowing e-books from the public library, and legally free e-books, make it much harder to tell if someone has read something already. A booklover could easily be reading twenty books a month…and some read more.

So, what to do?

 Well, let’s start with one obvious choice…if you can’t beat them, gift them. 🙂

Give the Gift of Kindle Unlimited (Give the Gift of Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile*)

You can give someone the gift of Kindle Unlimited!

Available normally are these options:

  • 6 months for $59.94
  • 12 months for $119.88
  • 24 months $239.76

Now, I keep hoping (and I have suggested it, not that they already hadn’t thought of it) that they do one month KU gifts. I would certainly give them to coworkers, and they would show up in a lot of office gift exchanges. They may think they don’t need to do that since you can typically get a free trial month, but it’s different when it’s a gift. Lots of people won’t try the free month who might be otherwise swayed by getting one as a gift.

Note:

  • Your recipient doesn’t have to have a Kindle to take advantage of your gift…you can read the books on free apps
  • This can really be a gift to a family…everybody on the same account can read a book which is borrowed, under the normal rules (usually, six devices can have a book at the same time)
  • Your recipient(s) can have up to ten books out at a time
  • If they already are using KU, no problem! When they redeem your gift, anything else they have is pu on hold (retaining its value) until yours is use up
  • They can also trade in your gift for an Amazon gift card

This could be a life-changing gift, especially for kids. There are so many options here, including well-known older books. Of course, it’s possible you’ll want to monitor or guide their choices…just something to consider, since there are books you might not consider appropriate for various reasons.

By the way, if they do have KU, you are pretty safe buying a book from a major publisher which was recently released…those usually aren’t part of KU. However, they still might have read them, so you can also check their Amazon Wish Lists. One of the things you might want to do is remind people to update their lists…people may buy (or receive) books and forget to remove them from their lists. However, if you do gift them a book they already have from Amazon, they’ll have the option, like with KU, to get a gift card instead.

One especially cool thing they are doing: a bundle of a Kindle and a KU subscription! I don’t know when this will become available (it doesn’t look like it right now), but I think it will happen during this holiday season:

New Bundle: 6 months of Kindle Unlimited plus a Kindle for $79; also available for Kindle Paperwhite for $129 Kindle (the entry level model) + Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile*) Kindle Paperwhite + Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile*)

Another way to give a reader books without having to pick them is to give them something on which to read e-books. There are thousands of legally free books available, as I mentioned before.

You can read e-books on a lot of things (SmartPhones, even some watches), but there are two devices we know are going to be on sale this holiday season…specifically, sometime between now and Black Friday, but we don’t know when or how long.

One choice is to go with their new 7″ tablet

Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $49.99 normally…it’s going to go down to $34.99.  This isn’t a dedicated EBR (E-Book Reader), so your recipient can also watch videos, play games, that sort of thing. That might be good or bad, depending on your point of view.

The other one is a great model of a dedicated EBR at a discount:

$119 Kindle Paperwhite for $99 Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (212 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile*)

Again we’ll just have to stay on top of it to know when these sales happen. They say are we going to be able to set up some kind of watch alerts in the

Amazon Shopping App (at AmazonSmile*)

although I don’t see that option yet.

I’ll try to alert you if I notice they are happening. If you notice one, and I haven’t written  about it, I’d appreciate you making a comment so I can alert my readers!

Give the gift of reading…and change somebody’s life! 🙂

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Beloved books before they hit the big screen

November 20, 2015

Beloved books before they hit the big screen

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is opening in the USA today.

It’s the fourth and last movie (at least in this “booting”) of the series based on

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

It’s going to do very big business…and that’s not something that always happens with movies based on books.

However, it is in an interesting category.

The books were bestsellers before there was a movie.

It’s reasonable to say that they didn’t need the movies, although they certainly have helped the books sales. More than six years after the first book’s release, it is still #114 paid in the USA Kindle store.  The third book (the inspiration for this movie…and the last movie) is #104. That likely demonstrates that the movie is lifting its sales…it has significantly fewer customer reviews than the first book, but has a higher sales rank right now.

All three books, by the way, are available to read at no additional cost for members of Amazon’s subser (subscription service)

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Yes, it’s true that more of the biggest box office blockbusters of the current era are based on comic books, rather than traditional literature, but some of the biggest and most culturally impactive movies have been based on bestselling books.

If we look at the

All Time USA Box Office Champs adjusted for inflation at BoxOfficeMojo

the #1 movie was based on a one of the bestselling books ever…estimated to be more than 30 million copies (and released at a time when the USA population was much lower than it is now).

The excitement about the adaptation was stoked by a highly publicized search for the lead.

People still make references to it…quoting (and misquoting) one of its lines, in particular.

Do you know what it is?

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (at AmazonSmile*)

If you think that going back to 1936 was a long time, we can go back to 1900 for another book release. 🙂

This one may have really created what we call “fandom” for books. There were clubs dedicated to it across the country. People waited in line at bookstores as each new book in the series was released.

The author tried to end the series, but public demand was too high. Despite having tried pioneering crossovers with other series, nothing else approached the long-lasting success of the…Wizard of Oz series. Now, it’s worth noting that the 1939 Judy Garland version was not the first movie version, and one of the most famous elements of that movie came from a stage show.

In fact, when we look at the

Wikipedia list of bestselling books

every one of the 100 million copy or more sellers has had at least one movie version.

The top selling book is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens…definitely a bestseller, but I’m not sure that I would say it had a fandom like Oz. However, it did have mass popularity, like Gone with the Wind. The difference, in think, is that the movie versions haven’t been huge box office.

Number two, though? Lord of the Rings (“published as a series”…I assume they are totaling the sales of the individual titles.

That one certainly had fandom, with people who spoke in Elvish. 🙂

Returning to the adjusted-for-inflation box office champs, some of the others based on bestsellers are:

  • #7 Jaws
  • #9 The Exorcist
  • #11 101 Dalmations
  • #16 Jurassic Park
  • #24 The Godfather
  • #26 Mary Poppins
  • #29 Thunderball
  • #32 The Jungle Book
  • #36 Love Story
  • #40 Pinocchio

Disney is well-represented…although their tendency to re-release movies repeatedly does impact that.

Oh, and they list book series separately…that seems odd. Well, those include Harry Potter, of course. 😉

So,  sometimes adaptation of books can make great movies…although it isn’t always true, and I’d say the reverse (great books based on movies) is…somewhat less likely. 😉

What do think? Have you ever loved a book…and then loved its movie adaptation? Have you ever been part of book fandom, getting together with other fans of a certain book?  I’m guessing, conversely, you’ve been inspired to read a great book based on seeing its movie? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think (and what you’ve done) by commenting on this post.

Update: thanks to a reader who helped make this post better through a private comment.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


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