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Happy bookish birthdays (22 July) to…

July 22, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (22 July) to…


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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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Prime Day 2018 wrap up: despite hurdles, Amazon sets record…and we saved more than our annual Prime cost

July 21, 2018

Prime Day 2018 wrap up: despite hurdles, Amazon sets record…and we saved more than our annual Prime cost

Amazon’s

Prime Day (and a half) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

was this week, and according to this

Amazon press release

it was the biggest 36 hours in the history of Amazon.

Not bad for a holiday that they made up. 😉

There are lots of interesting stats in the press release…just for one, more than 100 million products bought. For perspective, only about 15 countries in the world have a population greater than 100 million.

This was all despite a boycott, and major glitches (especially on the first half day). This

Mashable post by Jake Krol

gives an explanation for the glitches. Apparently, basically what happened was that a scaling system, which should have brought more servers online as needed, didn’t work. That meant people manually switching things. This appears to be all internal to Amazon, by the way.

As to my Significant Other and myself (that makes up our household, not counting the dogs), we saved $141.52. The biggest part of that by far was the $95.90 we saved on two years of

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

That is money we would have spent anyway…we just spent less of it. 😉 The value of KU has been diminished for recently because I haven’t been able to use text-to-speech with it (that’s my preference in the car)…they seem to only let me do audiobooks for audio, but it is still worth it for sight-reading.

The second biggest savings? The $10 we got for shopping at Whole Foods for qualifying purchases. We didn’t change behavior for that, so that was essentially just a reduction on our Prime membership. 🙂

We bought eight other miscellaneous things…some practical, some for gifts. We wouldn’t have bought them all now, but none of them were just impulse purchases we regret. We did buy one toy item and then decide it was too young for the intended recipient, but we’ll donate that to Toys for Tots; we have an annual budget for that, so this is also within our plans.

All in all, a successful Prime Day. 🙂

Feel free to share your experiences (including, perhaps, why you joined the boycott) by commenting on this post.


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

 

Happy bookish birthdays (21 July) to…

July 21, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (21 July) to…


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

Happy bookish birthdays (20 July) to…

July 21, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (20 July) to…


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

Happy bookish birthdays (19 July) to…

July 19, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (19 July) to…


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

Book highlights at San Diego Comic-Con 2018

July 19, 2018

Book highlights at San Diego Comic-Con 2018

I saw a Twitter poll this year which asked what announcements people were most anticipating out of San Diego Comic-Con…TV, movie, comics, other. I think those might have been the choices.

I picked “other”, and explained that they aren’t usually announcements, but I’m always interested in the (non-comic) book panels and authors.

Here’s the schedule:

https://www.comic-con.org/cci/programming-schedule

and if you click on one book-related topic, you can click on the tag for Books and filter the whole schedule. If you do “Writers and Writing”, that will include comic book writers, so I think Books makes for a better result.

Here are some highlights:

Panels and presentations

Thursday

  • 10:00 AM, Room 28DE…It Takes Two: Creative Forces Combine: I’ve written with other people, and have collaborated quite well with my Significant Other. Writing can seem so personal that this can be a mystery to some people
  • 1:00 PM, Room 32AB…Finding Comfort in the Apocalypse
  • 1:00 PM, Ballroom 20…A Discovery of Witches (new TV series…and the author of the novels)
  • 2:30 PM, Santa Rosa Room…Writers Coffeehouse at Comic-Con
  • 3:30 PM, Room 26AB…Ray Bradbury and the Creation of Fahrenheit 451
  • 4:30 PM, Room 26AB…A Celebration of Mary Shelley (so much more than Frankenstein!)
  • 4:30 PM, Room 24ABC…The Super-Awesome Authors AMA Smackdown (AMA means “Ask Me Anything”, and they do say they’ll talk about Amazon)
  • 6:30 PM, Room 4…The Scoop at Simon & Schuster
  • 7:00 PM, Room 25ABC…Women on the Dark Side
  • 7:30 PM, Room 24ABC…Here There Be Dragons: Creating Fresh Stories in Fantasy
  • 8:15 PM, Room 6DE…Harry Potter Fandom Panel: 20 Years in the Wizarding World

Friday

  • 12:00 PM, Room 4…Shades of Magic: From Prose to Panel (one of the dreams used to be to have a movie made from your book…hey, that’s where the real money was! However, what about seeing your book being made into a comic book series?)
  • 2:00 PM, Room 7AB…Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing: Stories from a Galaxy  Far, Far Away (they will have announcements)
  • 3:00 PM, Grand 1 & 2…J.R. R. Tolkien: The Return to Middle-Earth
  • 4;00 PM, Room 29AB…Dinosaurs to Dystopia: Building Worlds in Books
  • 4:00 PM, Grand 9…Psychology of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts
  • 6:00 PM, Grand 9…Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Trivia (this is Orbit publishing’s presentation)
  • 7:00 PM, Room 23ABC…What’s Up with Penguin! (punctuation sic)

Saturday

  • 12:00 PM, Room 28DE…Fantasy Literature
  • 12:00 PM, Room 7AB…Spotlight on R.A. Salvatore
  • 3:00 PM, Room 8…Page to Screen: The Darkest Minds
  • 6:00 PM, Room 9…From Reader to Author…Making the Leap!
  • 6:30 PM, Room 2…Being an Author in the 21st Century (and Controlling Your Own Destiny Through Self-Publishing)
  • 7:00 PM, Room 9…What’s New from Del Rey Books?
  • 8:00 PM, Room 9…What If? Alternative Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Make You Wonder

Sunday

  • 10:00 AM, Room 29AB…Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell on Their Bizarre Romance
  • 10:00 AM, Room 7AB…Spotlight on Elizabeth Hand
  • 10:30 AM, Room 8…How to Create Your Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need to Sell Your Work to TV and Film
  • 12:00 PM, Room 25ABC…Love Is Universal (Romance)
  • 1:00 PM, Room 29AB…We Read YA!
  • 1:30 PM, Room 8…Children’s Book Literary Agents

Authors

These are some of the authors that will be there. When authors are at a con (convention), they often aren’t there every day, but you may actually get a chance to speak with them…even, maybe, one-on-one. When they aren’t on stage, they may be in the Dealers’ Room (we used to call it a Huckster’s Room, back in the day), maybe selling/signing books. Oh, if you go, let us know if any of the authors are giving away Kindle versions with Amazon’s new

“Buy Kindle Books for Others”

technique. They’ll have a URL for you (or maybe a QR Code).

  • Cory Doctorow
  • Alex Grecian
  • Elizabeth Hand
  • Deborah Harkness
  • Nalo Hopkinson
  • E.K. Johnston
  • David Mack
  • Daniel José Older
  • R.A. Salvatore
  • Ron Turner (publisher, Last Gasp)
  • P.C. Cast
  • Kristin Cast
  • Peter Clines
  • Jonathan Maberry
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Mary E. Pearson

Please note that that’s not nearly all of them, and isn’t meant to diminish anybody I didn’t list! Feel free to mention more authors speaking at SDCC, even yourself (in your own words…no canned bios or ads) by commenting on this post.

Enjoy the con!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

 

Happy bookish birthdays (18 July) to…

July 19, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (18 July) to…


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

40% off KU and other last minute Prime Day bargains

July 18, 2018

40% off KU and other last minute Prime Day bargains

The first half a day of

Prime Day (and a half) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

had a lot of glitches and crashing…in my family, we saw the “Uh-Oh dogs” a lot!

In fact, we speculated that maybe Amazon would extend Prime Day to make up for it…but we didn’t really expect that.

It seems quite odd that the super powerhouse server provider company (AWS…Amazon Web Services is now almost Amazon’s most important business), with massive algorithms to predict demand, could have been that far off. It was bad enough that some conspiracy theory type things occurred to me…not as likely, but just as possible scenarios (including sabotage, equipment failure…even “false flag” type self-limiting to obscure certain other impacts). I didn’t believe any of those, but my mind is always running down alternative timelines. 😉

Regardless, I wanted to highlight a few bargains available now:

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

This is Amazon’s subser (subscription service) for e-books…normally $9.99 a month for “all you can read” (you can have up to ten books out at a time) from a quite large selection.

If you aren’t a member already, you can get three months for $0.99…how could you not? 😉

If you are an existing member (we’ve been happy members since it started…even though I’ve been less happy lately, since I haven’t been able to use text-to-speech…the only audio choice it will give me is an audiobook, which I know the majority of people prefer), you can also get a discount:

Kindle Unlimited deal (at AmazonSmile*)

You can get 12 months for $80.32 (which works out to $6.69 per month approx.), and it tells you to enter the promo code of PDKU18. You can also select 24 months for $143.86 ($5.99 per month approx.). It doesn’t mention the code, but I’ll enter it. 🙂

You can generally get to the deals through the

Prime Day (and a half) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

so I’ll just mention a few you can find there…double-check the price before you buy it:

  • Alexa Fire TV Stick for $19.99…great way to get Alexa, and we use Fire TV to watch TV just about all the time
  • Echo Dot $29.99
  • The Fire TV Cube for $89.99 (this is $30 off their new, and I think eventually game-changing, device)
  • The Echo Show is still $100 off at $129.99
  • Echo 2nd Gen for $69.99
  • Kindle Paperwhite (still my favorite Kindle model currently available) for $79.99 ($40 off)
  • Echo Spot (love this one!) for $9999
  • $50off the Fire HD 10 (which has Show Mode)
  • I mentioned earlier today: buy an e-book off the top charts and get 75% off another e-book purchase, or buy one other Kindle e-book and get 30% off Buy a Kindle book from the top read and sold charts, get 75% off your next Kindle book purchased by July 31st

Okay, those were all Amazon…but there are so many things! About six hours to go at time of writing…


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

Here is the Prime Day Kindle book deal!

July 17, 2018

I am just on my phone right now so I can’t make this look very pretty, but I did want to let you know! 🙂

This is for Prime members in the USA, and I’m sure there may be some restrictions, but this is a good deal!

Buy a Kindle book from the top read and sold charts, get 75% off your next Kindle book purchased by July 31st

You will also see a link on that page that explains how you can buy “any other Kindle book” and get 30% credit towards your next ebook, again, I’m sure with some limitations.

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

Happy bookish birthdays (17 July) to…

July 17, 2018

Happy bookish birthdays (17 July) to…


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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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