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June 2017 Kindle book releases

May 26, 2017

June 2017 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have largely returned to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 7,351 titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in June 2017 (638 more than last month):

June 2017 USA Kindle store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 1,248 (264 more than last time) are in

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

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month. Amazon doesn’t do these by popularity any more, they do them by featured…and this month, those aren’t Kindle First books, which repeats the trend from last month.

Some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list (three of the top ten). I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

Okay, books!

  • Omnia (The Silver Ships Book 9) Jun 2, 2017 | by S. H. Jucha (book 9 of 9)
  • How To Be A Digital Revolutionary Jun 1, 2017 |by Violet Blue
  • Sasha Savvy Loves to CodeJun 2, 2017 | by Sasha Ariel Alston and Vanessa Brantley-Newton
  • Wonder Woman by John Byrne Vol. 1 (Wonder Woman (1987-2006)) | by John Byrne
  • It Can’t be October Already Jun 6, 2017 | by Jeffrey Archer (short story)
  • My Amazon Merch Strategy Guide: Running a Mini-Media Company Selling Shirts and More Online Jun 17, 2017 | by Alan Kerrman (KU)
  • Strategic Internal Communication: How to Build Employee Engagement and Performance Jun 3, 2017 | by David Cowan
  • DC Universe by Mike Mignola Jun 6, 2017 by Neil Gaiman and John Byrne
  • A Contemporary Renaissance: Gulen’s Philosophy for a Global Revival of Civilization Jun 1, 2017 |  by Sulayman Ashrati
  • Anarchism, 1914-18: Internationalism, anti-militarism and warJun 1, 2017 | by Matthew S. Adams and Ruth Kinna
  • Cookies & Chance Mysteries Boxed Set (Books 1-3) Jun 6, 2017 |  by Catherine Bruns
  • Father Damien de Veuster – Apostle to the Lepers (Biographies) Jun 5, 2017 | by Glynn MacNiven-Johnston
  • Postcards from Rio: Favelas and the Contested Geographies of Citizenship Jun 1, 2017 | by Kátia da Costa Bezerra
  • The Ethics of Technology: A Geometric Analysis of Five Moral Principles Jun 1, 2017 | by Martin Peterson
  • Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie War Jun 4, 2017 | by Michell Plested
  • Make Your Book A Best Seller: The Step-by-Step Guide I followed to Become a #1 Amazon Bestseller in Multiple Countries Jun 3, 2017 | by Bukola Oriola

That’s only a small fraction, and just ones that caught my eye. If you have other books being released to the USA Kindle store in June 2017 to suggest for me and my readers, you can do so by commenting on this post. If you are directly connected to the book (the author, the publisher) that’s okay…just identify yourself as such and make your comment in your own words (not as an ad).

Enjoy!

One bonus note: I started a new project today!

The Measured Circle’s Star Wars Timeline (a long time ago and everything in between)

May 25th 1977 is the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars movie…May the Fortieth be with you!**


My current Amazon Giveaways

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

the award-winning, highly-rated mystery by my sibling, Kris Calvin!

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/398897583537603c

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Kris Calvin on Amazon (to my knowledge, all that you’ll get is a notification when Kris publishes a new book in the Kindle store, although I don’t know that for sure…that’s all I’ve ever seen for authors I follow, I think. Kris is working on the second book in the Maren Kane mystery series.
Start:May 20, 2017 5:20 AM PDT
End:May 27, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Thanks to the hundreds of people who have entered my previous giveaways for a chance to win Kris’ book! I don’t benefit directly from Kris’ book, although we have had a lot of conversations about it. 🙂

Amazon Giveaway for And Then There Were None!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/3e6a60b4814649a3

Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winner.
Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
18+ years of age (or legal age)

Start:May 12, 2017 6:24 PM PDT
End:Jun 11, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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Star Wars Day through 40 years of Star Wars!
Giveaway by Bufo Calvin
  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
    • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
    • Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
    • 18+ years of age (or legal age)

Giveaway:
https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0ce7b24b32a4a670

Start:May 4, 2017 6:32 AM PDT
End:Jun 3, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

It’s going on that long in part so that it covers the actual 40th anniversary of Star Wars (of the release in the USA) on May 25th 2017. Also, this book, which has good reviews and is new, is $14.99 in the Kindle edition…which is a lot for me for a giveaway. 🙂

Good luck, and may the Force be with you!

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

All aboard our new 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! :) 

** Thanks to Chris Dudley for this pun!

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.

 

Rumor: Amazon releasing new hardware as soon as Tuesday

May 9, 2017

Rumor: Amazon releasing new  hardware as soon as Tuesday

We’ve talked before about a possible

Amazon Echo (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*).

with a screen.

Today, there is a flurry of rumors about Amazon introducing a new device…as soon as tomorrow local time (Tuesday, May 9th).

My sense on this is that this could really happen…a leak before a release is not unprecedented.

The rumors (and there are more than one) include that it will be capable of making phone calls.

We need to know more about the implementation, but there are some interesting possibilities.

One obvious question: does it need to use your phone?

If it’s working over wi-fi, no. It could use VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). That doesn’t mean it’s free, necessarily.

If it is using your phone, then it wouldn’t cost any more to you.

So, why would somebody need this? What’s the advantage over a tablet or laptop?

Alexa is about voice, so you’d have to guess that would be part of it. “Alexa, call my veterinarian’s office”. How is that better than your phone?

I would use it, sure. I don’t walk around my house with my phone, although many people do. I could do a lot of what I do with our Echos on my phone…hey, I can use Alexa on my phone, for that matter (using the Amazon shopping app).

It’s just easier to just “talk to the air” and have stuff happen. 🙂

The biggest advantage for me would be for it to a super speakerphone…making calls is one thing, but receiving them and having the voice heard easily by multiple people in the room…that’s another whole level.

None of that requires a screen.

The screen could do videocalls…that might be nice.

The screen, though, could also show us information.

Alexa currently sends “cards” to my phone and can send them to a tablet…it can show information on our Fire TVs, too.

The screen might be a better form factor…larger, without being too large.

My guess is that the device will also have a camera. That camera could be for videocalls…but it could also be for augmented reality. 🙂 I know I’ve been harping on that for Amazon, and I wouldn’t really expect it at launch, but it could happen in the not too distant future.

For example, it could do a “magic mirror” thing, like the Face app or PhotoLab. It could morph you into an older version of yourself, or give you cat ears.

It could show you an Amazon product and combine it with your actual room. That would get us towards my 2016 April Fool’s Day post:

AFD News: Amazon introduces ‘Narcissus’, augmented reality mirror

🙂

If we are getting a hardware announcement, we could see some other changes…I have to believe that there is a water-resistant Kindle in our future. 🙂

Here’s a search that will get you the rumors…I’ll be interested to see what happens, if anything, in the next few days.

https://www.bing.com/news/search?q=amazon+echo+new+phone+capable&FORM=HDRSC6

Update: thanks to regular reader alanchurch for a comment on this post which resulted in a change.


My current Amazon Giveaway

Star Wars Day through 40 years of Star Wars!
Giveaway by Bufo Calvin
  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
    • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
    • Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
    • 18+ years of age (or legal age)

Giveaway:
https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0ce7b24b32a4a670

Start:May 4, 2017 6:32 AM PDT
End:Jun 3, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

It’s going on that long in part so that it covers the actual 40th anniversary of Star Wars (of the release in the USA) on May 25th 2017. Also, this book, which has good reviews and is new, is $14.99 in the Kindle edition…which is a lot for me for a giveaway. 🙂

Good luck, and may the Force be with you!

Congratulations to Patty B, who won a copy of my sibling’s mystery

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

in the giveaway which finished yesterday!

HuffPo article: Amazon is “potentially terrorizing”

May 5, 2017

HuffPo article: Amazon is “potentially terrorizing”

Let me start out by saying that I’m not neutral on Amazon (could you tell from the title of this blog?).

I like them as a customer, and that includes as a reader. I’ve never liked any other company more. While they weren’t the only possible option for reading e-books, I, to some extent, equate Amazon and e-books. When the Kindle 2 got text-to-speech, that was a big change that affects me every week to this day.

I am also not an employee of Amazon’s. I do write about when I disagree with what they do. I don’t have any more direct influence over them than anybody else does, and I don’t have a boss there.

However, I have also made tens of thousands of dollars from Amazon, which I report on my taxes. I make that money as an author (and technically, as a publisher). I get royalties on books and blogs, and I derive other income from having the blogs.

It’s not how I make my living: I have a “day job” which is the vast majority of my income.

I’m bringing that up because I’m about to refer you to, and write about, a

Huffington Post article by Brooke Warner

who is identified as “Publisher, Coach, Author”.

The post is reporting what could certainly be a concerning policy change by Amazon. It says, among other things, that Amazon’s goal is to “…disrupt publishing, not to support publishers or authors”.

That is not what Amazon says, of course, so we can treat this as an opinion (which could be suggested to be a deduction based on evidence,)…or Warner has inside information.

I’m a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, and yes, in my opinion, Amazon has disrupted publishing. While e-books existed before the Kindle, they were a tiny part of the market, and that’s no longer true. If we can say that Amazon made e-books a significant market, we can say that one of the disruptions they caused was that authors could publish a book themselves and have it appear in the same marketplace as a book which was traditionally published.

In my bookstore, for economic/logistical reasons I’ve discussed before, an indie (independently published) book was simply not going to sit on a shelf next to one from Random House or Simon & Schuster. It was very, very difficult for an indie author to make a living…even harder than it was a tradpubbed author (and that was a big long shot as well).

Now, it is possible…and it happens.

I have had years where, based strictly on my income as an author, I wouldn’t have been below the poverty line.

I doubt there has ever been a company which has enabled more authors to make more money…the introduction of paperbacks helped (there are a couple of companies which popularized those), but this is different.

However…

Those authors making the money are largely newer authors who weren’t already established with tradpubs. Just as was argued with paperbacks, people argue that the books aren’t, on average, as good as tradpubbed books. That can be especially true in the areas of proofreading and copy editing…which sometimes doesn’t happen much at all with an indie. Some indie books I’ve read have been beautifully edited and proofread, and wonderful books. I think what we can fairly say is that, with a lower level to market entry, there are a higher percentage of “substandard” books among indies than among tradpubbed…although I wouldn’t say that the, oh, top 30 percent (in a completely subjective measure of quality) are better among tradpubs than indies.

The policy being reported here (and my intuitive assessment of the article is that the policy as reported is true) is that a book being sold by the publisher through Amazon may not get the “Buy” button.

Customers should be familiar with the “Buy” button versus the additional ways to buy. I’m always inclined to use the Buy button method…even though another source might be cheaper. In some cases, the other method might send me a product which is just as good (never used). I bought a whole bunch of kitschy collectibles once from a store going out of business…posters, pictures, that sort of thing, from pop culture (TV shows). I bought them new and unused, didn’t open the packages, and could hypothetically have sold them for a lot more than what I paid for them, and a lot less than the price another store would have gotten. I don’t think I ever actually did sell any of them. 🙂

If you are a publisher, and your new book being sold directly no longer appears as the first choice, that is legitimately a problem for you.

For third-party sellers, it appears to be that you have to “win” the Buy button, and you can improve that by paralleling Amazon’s goals…lower prices, perhaps.

Amazon has the right to do this…they don’t have to sell your books at all, of course. There may be some issue if Amazon is violating an agreement they’ve made with the publisher, but I’d have to see contractual language that promised that the book would be promoted in some way which clearly indicates it would be the Buy button, and that Amazon didn’t follow the necessary rules (which might include notification to the publisher) in making the change.

Absolutely, I can see how this would hurt publishers.

The article also suggests that it significantly hurts authors.

Here’s that argument: when you buy a used book, the author doesn’t get a royalty on that sale. It isn’t part of the accounting.

They did, generally, get a royalty on the first sale…the one where the person bought it who later sold it used.

There are books which aren’t supposed to be sold to others. In the bookstore, we would get “galleys”, pre-publication versions (an upcoming hardback might have a trade paperback style galley…which might not have cover art), which we could read ahead of time so we were knowledgeable and engaged promoting the book on release day. Those would specifically say they weren’t for resale.

There was also the issue of “strips”. From tradpubs, we were generally guaranteed we could sell a book. If we didn’t sell a book, we could return it for a refund (which was usually a credit for purchasing more books from that company). That’s one reason indies were often impractical: they didn’t have that policy.

It would be expensive to ship mass market paperbacks back to the publisher: books are heavy (which is one of the big pluses of e-books, especially for those with certain physical challenges)! Instead, we were instructed to tear the front cover off, and mail those back. You could get maybe twenty of those in a manila envelope, which could be mailed much more cheaply than a box of twenty books.

The book itself would still be able to be read, of course.

It was explicitly stated: we could not sell those “strips”. We could not donate them (we could tell the publisher about an organization that needed books, and the publisher would often donate books there…giving them the write-off, but also accounting for in some way for the author, I assume).

As an employee, I was told I could bring those strips home and read them…it was just that we couldn’t resell them or donate them. It was one of the benefits of working in a bookstore when I was a clerk, and didn’t make much money. The publisher wasn’t usually losing a sale: I wouldn’t have bought the book otherwise.

I have seen strips in used bookstores with a statement stamped on them that if you were buying it, it was stolen goods, basically. I always thought that was brazen on the part of the bookstore, the people who had bought it.

If customers begin buying books by third-party sellers, who may have bought them at a “going out of business sale” like I had done with the posters, and not directly from the publisher, it could mean the publishers lose significant income.

Would the publisher have gotten the money from the sale from the dying store? Maybe…bankruptcy can result in suppliers not being paid, for one thing. The author may get paid based on what the customer paid, rather than what the cover price was, and that could possibly hurt the author.

Note that all of this is about physical books, not e-books…since e-books are not sold used or third-party at this point. It could affect e-book readers if it affects hybrid publishers or authors.

As readers, we may be paying lower prices…so I do think it is good that the article raises people’s awareness. I’ve said many times that I believe small brick-and-mortar bookstores can make it, by making the buying experience such that people voluntarily pay more money because they want to support you.

I think it’s more complicated than the HuffPo article makes it…it concludes with saying, “If you want to support the authors you love, get off Amazon.” Do that, and you’ll kill the income of many indie authors, who publish the books themselves. That’s especially true for e-books. You will likely give authors the highest royalty you can by purchasing e-books they’ve published themselves of their own books. It’s tougher to go from indie publishing to where some of the real money is, like movies and TV shows, although movies do get made from independently published books:

The Martian by Andy Weir (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit by shopping*)

comes to mind.

I’m going to wrap this up by recommending that you read Warner’s article. I suspect you’ll hear about it, and that some people will simply hear that Amazon is ripping off authors, without hearing too much of the details. It has the potential to be a big negative news node for Amazon, like when they removed 1984 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) from people’s Kindles (I’ve written extensively about what happened there) or when they heard that Amazon deleted somebody’s account. I’m not saying this policy is a positive thing, by any means…I just wanted to give you some more perspective in making your own decision about it.

Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.


My current Amazon Giveaways:
Star Wars Day through 40 years of Star Wars!
Giveaway by Bufo Calvin
  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
    • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
    • Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
    • 18+ years of age (or legal age)

Giveaway:
https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0ce7b24b32a4a670

Start:May 4, 2017 6:32 AM PDT
End:Jun 3, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

It’s going on that long in part so that it covers the actual 40th anniversary of Star Wars (of the release in the USA) on May 25th 2017. Also, this book, which has good reviews and is new, is $14.99 in the Kindle edition…which is a lot for me for a giveaway. 🙂

Good luck, and may the Force be with you!

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

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

1 winner

Requirements for participation:

  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Kris Calvin on Amazon (you’ll be notified when future books are added to Amazon…I think that’s the only contact you get, although I’m not positive)

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/ffab73bbd6512571 

Start:Apr 30, 2017 9:46 AM PDT
End:May 7, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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

All aboard our new 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.

 

May 2017 Kindle book releases

April 21, 2017

May 2017 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have largely returned to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 6,713 titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in March 2017 (nearly 900 more than last month):

May USA Kindle Store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 984 (169 fewer than last time…and that’s with a lot more titles) are in

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

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month. Amazon doesn’t do these by popularity any more, they do them by featured…and this month, those aren’t Kindle First books.

Some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list (eight of the top ten). I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

Okay, books!

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? / Oso pardo, oso pardo, ¿qué ves ahí? (Bilingual board book – Spanish edition) by Bill Martin, Jr., and Eric Carle
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan | This is a Kindle First book, and I don’t always include those in these posts…but this one has 4.9 stars out of 5 with 507 customer reviews…impressive!
  • Atlas Obscura (Spanish Edition) by Joshua Foer and Dylan Thuras | Atlas Obscura is a fun website with unusual places to visit (or just to enjoy as stories)
  • Anne of Green Gables (Macmillan Collector’s Library Book 126) by L. M. Montgomery | $1.20 (this series is inexpensive…and you have to be willing to pay something for a book you can get for free, at least in the ones I’ve seen. That means they are counting on production value, at least in part)
  • Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto and Zachary Slayback
  • The Other Side of the Sun by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Swayed: How to Communicate for Impact by Christina Harbridge
  • Murder in the Dark (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Book 16) by Kerry Greenwood
  • Dalton’s Undoing (The Cowboys of Cold Creek) by RaeAnne Thayne
  • Deep in the Valley (A Grace Valley Novel) by Robyn Carr
  • The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry by Paul Starr
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth: Inside the Creation of a Modern Fairy Tale by Guillermo Del Toro and Nick Nunziata
  • A Swift Guide to Butterflies of North America: Second Edition by Jeffrey Glassberg
  • The Best Gift (Sisters & Brides #1) by Irene Hannon
  • 23 Minutes in H*ll: One Man’s Story About What He Saw, Heard, and Felt in That Place of Torment by Bill Wiese
  • Along Came Trouble: A Romance Novel (A Trinity Harbor Novel) by Sherryl Woods
  • DK Readers L3: Star Wars: Star Pilot by Laura Buller and Tori Kosara
  • Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books by Cindy Wang
  • The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy
  • The Sense of Wonder: A Celebration of Nature for Parents and Children by Rachel Carson

That’s only a small fraction, and just ones that caught my eye. If you have other books being released to the USA Kindle store in May 2017 to suggest for me and my readers, you can do so by commenting on this post. If you are directly connected to the book (the author, the publisher) that’s okay…just identify yourself as such and make your comment in your own words (not as an ad).

Enjoy!

My current Amazon Giveaways:

LAST DAY TO ENTER!

Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)

by George Takei (in honor of the actor’s 80th birthday on April 20, 2017)

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0a55a7230ccfd4aa

Start:Apr 11, 2017 3:56 PM PDT
End:Apr 21, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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ENDS SUNDAY!

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

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

Ten winners

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e39ec1bca3592757

Start:Apr 8, 2017 12:05 PM PDT
End:Apr 23, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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CelebriDucks Rocky Horror Picture Show Dr Frank-N-Furter RUBBER DUCK Tim Curry (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/10d9d8f4121e9918

Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
18+ years of age (or legal age)
Tweet a message: “Happy birthday, @timothycurry! Tim Curry born April 19 1946 https://www.thehistoryproject.com/projects/view/1433/timeline?eventId=31535 https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/ #giveaway”

Start:Apr 19, 2017 7:04 AM PDT
End:Apr 26, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

 

* 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.

April 2017 Kindle book releases

March 28, 2017

April 2017 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have largely returned to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 5,830 titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in March 2017 (more than 1,700 more than last month!):

April USA Kindle Store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 1,153 (11 more than last time) are in

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

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month. Amazon doesn’t do these by popularity any more, they do them by featured…and this month, it doesn’t look like those are the Kindle First books.

Some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list (four of the top five). I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

Okay, books!

  • Ready to Pull the Retirement Trigger?: Your Strategic Guide to Retire With Confidence by Mary Sterk
  • Wayside School Complete Collection: Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Wayside School Is Falling Down, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger by Louis Sachar and Adam McCauley
  • Huntress (Life After Book 1) by Julie Hall (KU) | 4.9 stars out of 5 | 43 customer reviews
  • They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East by Mindy Belz | 4.8 stars | 64 reviews
  • Cache Lake Country: Or, Life in the North Woods by John J. Rowlands
  • Big Book of Who: Baseball: The 101 Stars Every Fan Needs to Know by The Editors Of Sports Illustrated Kids
  • Finding Our Forever (Silver Springs) by Brenda Novak
  • The Tao of Pug by Nancy Levine and Wilson the Pug
  • Ageless Women, Timeless Wisdom: Witty, Wicked, and Wise Reflections on Well-Lived Lives by Lois P. Frankel and Lisa Graves
  • Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer
  • Ragged Edge: A US Marine’s Account of Leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion by Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp
  • Finding Shelter: Portraits of Love, Healing, and Survival by Jesse Freidin
  • The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College (Naked Roomate) by Harlan Cohen
  • Star Wars Character Encyclopedia by Pablo Hidalgo
  • The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell (KU)
  • Ask Anyone: A Romance Novel (A Trinity Harbor Novel) by Sherryl Woods
  • New York Times Story of the Yankees: 1903-Present: 390 Articles, Profiles & Essays by The New York Times, and Dave Anderson
  • The Peregrine: 50th Anniversary Edition: Afterword by Robert Macfarlane by J. A. Baker and John Fanshawe
  • Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War by Lynne Olson
  • A Criminal Defense by William L. Myers Jr. | 4.5 stars | 775 reviews
  • The Bush Crime Family: The Inside Story of an American DynastyApr 11, 2017
    by Roger Stone and Saint John Hunt
  • The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell

That’s only a small fraction, and just ones that caught my eye. If you have other books being released to the USA Kindle store in March 2017 to suggest for me and my readers, you can do so by commenting on this post. If you are directly connected to the book (the author, the publisher) that’s okay…just identify yourself as such and make your comment in your own words (not as an ad).

Enjoy!

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

All aboard our new 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.

Books and the budget blueprint

March 19, 2017

Books and the budget blueprint

This is a post about books.

I’m not using it to tell you whether or not to support the current Presidential administration…that’s your choice. You may read what I post here, and use that to help you decide whether you agree or disagree with the budget proposal presented by the administration, what is called a “budget blueprint”. One reason why I am writing this, even though I try to stay away from politics in this blog for the most part, is that this isn’t a final budget at this point. There’s going to be a lot of debate over it, and it may or may not change significantly. You could still influence it, by contacting your congresspeople. You might tell them you want changes, or you don’t want changes, or specific changes you want…or you might not do anything at all. 🙂 Up to you…

Now, it would be reasonable to point out that I haven’t ever written about a Presidential budget blueprint before, in the close to eight years I’ve been writing this blog. Obviously, the previous ones were all under the same President, and this one is under a different President. However, I’m very confident that no other budget has had this direct an impact on federal funding of the creation of books (through direct support of authors) and libraries. There are a lot of programs which may affect literacy and therefore future book markets, but I’m going to stick with authors and libraries.

It’s also the first time that I’ve seen this many authors publicly taking a stand for or against a budget blueprint. We also talk about authors in this blog, and there are likely to be some names involved that you know.

First, here’s a link to the document, so you can read it yourself if you like:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/omb/budget/fy2018/2018_blueprint.pdf

Here is a short excerpt from this government document:

“The Budget also proposes to eliminate funding for other independent agencies, including: the African Development Foundation; the Appalachian Regional Commission; the Chemical Safety Board; the Corporation for National and Community Service; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; the Delta Regional Authority; the Denali Commission; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the Inter-American Foundation; the U.S. Trade and Development Agency; the Legal Services Corporation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation; the Northern Border Regional Commission; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; the United States Institute of Peace; the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness; and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “

I”m going to highlight three of these:

  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities

This budget blueprint proposes eliminating all funding for those three agencies. While it is hypothetically possible that funding could come in from other sources (I would guess that private donation would be legal), it’s likely that their activities would be, at the least, less than they had been previously and might stop completely.

We’ll take a look at each of these.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services

Official Website

Self-description from website:

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries (link is external) and approximately 35,000 museums. Our mission has been to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. For the past 20 years, our grant making, policy development, and research has helped libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.”

Activities list on the website:

https://www.imls.gov/news-events/project-profiles

One project which ties into books/publishing/authors (note: my selection of a project is subjective; my goal is to find one that relates closely to the topics of this blog):

Open eBooks

Summary from the website: “The Open eBooks Initiative: Giving the Power of Reading to Those who Need it Most
May 31 2016 Eastern
Launched earlier this year, the Open eBooks initiative has garnered support and praise for its goal of helping children discover a love for reading through more open access to eBooks.”

The National Endowment for the Arts

Official Website

Self-description from the website:
“The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.”

Activities List on the Website:

Artistic Fields: Literature

This is a list of NEA Creative Writing Fellowship Winners who later won the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and/or the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and Fiction:

https://www.arts.gov/fact-sheet/creative-writing-fellowship-winners-and-national-awards

The National Endowment for the Humanities

Official Website

Self-description from the website:
“Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.”

Activities List on the Website:

Divisions and Offices

One project which ties into books/publishing/authors:

Common Heritage

Summary from the website:

“America’s cultural heritage is preserved not only in libraries, museums, archives, and other community organizations, but also in all of our homes, family histories, and life stories. The Common Heritage program aims to capture this vitally important part of our country’s heritage and preserve it for future generations. Common Heritage will support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of public programming at community events that explore these materials as a window on a community’s history and culture.”

Full disclosure: I have used the Chronicling America digitized archive of newspapers, funded by the NEH, for my Flipboard magazine, The Weird Old Days.

For authors and organizations expressing an opinion, see this

PEN.org page

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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.

March 2017 Kindle book releases

February 24, 2017

March 2017 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have largely returned to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 5,830 titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in March 2017 (more than 1,500 more than last month):

February USA Kindle Store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 1,142 (292 more than last time) are in

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

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month. Amazon doesn’t do these by popularity any more, they do them by featured…and this month, it doesn’t look like those are the Kindle First books.

Some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list (four of the top five). I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

Okay, books!

  • In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II by Rhys Bowen | 4.4 stars out of 5 | 406 customer reviews
  • Pilgrimage to Murder: A Medieval Mystery set in 14th Century London (A Brother Athelstan Medieval Mystery) by Paul Doherty
  • Only the Truth by Adam Croft
  • Extracted (Extracted Trilogy Book 1) by RR Haywood
  • Nutrition and the Autonomic Nervous System: The Scientific Foundations of the Gonzalez Protocol by Nicholas Gonzalez and Linda Isaacs
  • Signature Wounds by Kirk Russell (note: while this author’s books might make good adventure movies, the “Call me Snake” actor’s name is Kurt Russell)
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter (The Ingrid Winter Misadventure Series) by J.S. Drangsholt and Tara F. Chace
  • Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland by Sid Luft and Randy L. Schmidt
  • Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm (Duck and Hippo Series Book 1) by Jonathan London and Andrew Joyner | 4.6 stars | 224 reviews
  • Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure by Brandon Mull and Brandon Dorman
  • Black Obsidian by Victoria Quinn
  • Rebels & Runes: An Urban Fantasy Novella Collection by Monica Corwin and Alexis Kade
  • Double Up (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 6) by Gretchen Archer
  • The Arrangement 23 (SERIES FINALE – The Ferro Family) by H.M. Ward
  • Trump the Establishment: The Elitists Never Learned in 2016 by Don Surber
  • The U.S. Navy’s Secret Space Program and Nordic Extraterrestrial Alliance (Secret Space Programs Book 2) by Michael Salla and Robert Wood
  • She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur by Carrie Green
  • The Nasty Women Project: Voices from the Resistance by Erin Passons
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (I believe this used to have text-to-speech access blocked, but this version doesn’t! I would add this to my Recommended Presidential Reading List) | 4.3 stars | 2,333 reviews
  • How the H*ll Did This Happen?: The Election of 2016 by P. J. O’Rourke
  • Murder, Stage Left (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries) by Robert Goldsborough
  • The Principle of Non-contradiction in Plato’s Republic: An Argument for Form by Laurence Bloom
  • Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin & Free by Susan Peirce Thompson Ph.D.
  • The Dance of the Possible: the mostly honest completely irreverent guide to creativity by Scott Berkun
  • Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah’s Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen
  • A Phule And His Money (Phule’s Company Book 3) by Robert Asprin and Peter J. Heck
  • Misunderstanding at Pemberley: A Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Pride & Prejudice Variation by Anna Grantham
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands: Dark Waters by Richard Dansky

That’s only a small fraction, and just ones that caught my eye. If you have other books being released to the USA Kindle store in March 2017 to suggest for me and my readers, you can do so by commenting on this post. If you are directly connected to the book (the author, the publisher) that’s okay…just identify yourself as such and make your comment in your own words (not as an ad).

Enjoy!

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

All aboard our new 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.

Rumor & refutation: Amazon stopping support for OG Kindles?

February 12, 2017

Rumor & refutation: Amazon stopping support for OG Kindles?

This one evolved pretty quickly.

There was a rumor that Amazon was no longer supporting the original and second generation Kindles…that they could no longer be registered, meaning that if you reset one to factory defaults, you couldn’t register it again.

When I saw the story at first, I thought it might be possible, but it seemed unlikely. I was guessing there might be some confusion with the update that was required last year to keep accessing some things:

Update your Kindle or lose access on it to your Cloud, the store, and other Kindle services

I also figured I would have gotten an e-mail: we still have a first gen (OG, by the way, can stand for Original Generation) registered. 🙂

This

article in The Verge by Andrew Liptak

sums it up.

It’s interesting to read the story, and it does show what happens sometimes when an Amazon rep may be…imprecise, or sometimes I think they may be underinformed.

Bottom line: according to the story (read it all the way through) this may be a temporary glitch, and Amazon is not stopping people from registering Kindle 1s and 2s.

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

All aboard our new 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.

February 2017 Kindle book releases (and another great KDD)

January 22, 2017

February 2017 Kindle book releases (and another great KDD)

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have largely returned to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 5,830 titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in February 2017:

February USA Kindle Store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 850 (70 fewer than last time…but there are fewer total titles, too) are in

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

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month.

Some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list (but not as high as last time). I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

Okay, books!

  • The Shame Myth: 7 Steps to Advance in Your Career, Relationships, and Purpose by Eddie H. Park and Hyo Kim
  • Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson
  • Minecraft: Diary of a Minecraft Herobrine Box Set Book 1 – Book 6 (Minecraft, Minecraft Diary, Minecraft Seeds, Minecraft Secret, Minecraft Traps, Minecraft Building, Minecraft Potions) by Alton Roberts (also available through Kindle Unlimited)
  • Cape Harriet Series Box Set Vol 1 (Books 1-3): Clipper Beach, Wicked Summer, Christmas Morning by Roma Brooks
  • Psychology of Learning and Motivation
  • The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again by Todd Starnes
  • Tillie Madison vs Reality by P.L. Winn (KU)
  • Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #4 by Matthew Manning and Jon Sommariva
  • The Walking Dead #163 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
  • Murder in the Mail: A Diane Dimbleby Cozy Mystery by Penelope Sotheby (KU)
  • Open Grave: a Beacon Falls novel featuring Lucy Guardino (Beacon Falls Mysteries Book 3) by CJ Lyons
  • Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education by Raphaele Frier and Aurelia Fronty
  • Arab Spring Then and Now: From Hope to Despair by Robert Fisk and Patrick Cockburn
  • The Innovation Mentality: Six Strategies to Disrupt the Status Quo and Reinvent the Way We Work by Glenn Llopis and Jim Eber
  • The Side Hustle: How to make extra income with just 4 hours per week by J, Jonathan (KU)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts by Nintendo
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • Fields of Fire (Frontlines Book 5) by Marko Kloos
  • My Desk is Driving Me Crazy: End Overwhelm, Do Less, and Accomplish More by Sue Rasmussen
  • Reprogram Your Weight: Stop Thinking about Food All the Time, Regain Control of Your Eating, and Lose the Weight Once and for All by Erika Flint
  • The Night Bird by Brian Freeman
  • Ansel Adams: An Autobiography by Ansel Adams and Mary Street Alinder
  • Sweet Tea at Sunrise (A Sweet Magnolias Novel) by Sherryl Woods
  • Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War (A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era) by Charles B. Dew
  • Gig Posters Volume 2: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century by Clay Hayes
  • The Wind’s Twelve Quarters: A Story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq by Dahr Jamail and Amy Goodman
  • King Philip’s War: The History and Legacy of America’s Forgotten Conflict (Revised Edition) by Eric B. Schultz and Michael J. Tougias
  • Creating Short Fiction by Damon Knight
  • Rules of Thumb: A Life Manual by Tom Parker

That’s only a small fraction, and just ones that caught my eye. If you have other books being released to the USA Kindle store in February 2017 to suggest for me and my readers, you can do so by commenting on this post. If you are directly connected to the book (the author, the publisher) that’s okay…just identify yourself as such and make your comment in your own words (not as an ad).

Enjoy!

Bonus sale: today’s

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

has some well-known’ books! This is definitely a case where I would consider buying some as gifts…you can delay the delivery until the appropriate date, or have them sent to yourself and print them out for whenever you want to give them. Titles (and there are 37) include:

  • Five (!) kids’ series starters from Rick Riordan! You can get the first books in: The Trials of Apollo; Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief); Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard; The Heroes of Olympus; The Kane Chronicles (some of these have thousands of positive reviews)
  • Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
  • I Can Read books, including Amelia Bedelia, Frog and Toad, Biscuit, Pete the Cat, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flat Stanley…
  • Killing Trail: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima

Enjoy!

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

All aboard our new 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.

January 2017 Kindle book releases

December 22, 2016

January 2017 Kindle book releases

Correction: this post was originally incorrectly labeled as December 2016 releases, when it actually reflects January 2017 releases. My apologies for the error. Within the post itself (past the headline), it correctly identified the scheduled release date.

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have largely returned to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 6,518 titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in January 2017:

January USA Kindle Store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 920 (219 fewer than last time) are in

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

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month.

Amazon no longer does the “New and Popular” search as a default, but does “Featured”. Presumably, a human being picks those titles in some way…and the list is clearly not the same.  Continuing last time’s trend, they aren’t dominant.

The other thing is that some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list (but not as high as last time). I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

Okay, books!

  • Below the Belt (A Stone Barrington Novel) by Stuart Woods
  • Allora (The Silver Ships Book 7 of 7) by S. H. Jucha
  • The Piper: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Story by Charles Todd
  • Winter Roses by Diana Palmer
  • Selfienomics: A Seriously Funny Guide to Living the Good Life by Revant Himatsingka
  • Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere by C. Donald Ahrens and Robert Henson
  • Surgical Technology for the Surgical Technologist: A Positive Care Approach by Association of Surgical Technologists
  • The Final Day (A John Matherson Novel) by William R. Forstchen
  • Waterloo: The Aftermath by Paul O’Keeffe
  • World Civilizations: Volume I: To 1700 by Philip J. Adler and Randall L. Pouwels
  • Sold to Miss Seeton (A Miss Seeton Mystery Book 19) by Hamilton Crane and Heron Carvic
  • The Wild Cards Collection: Books I–V by George R. R. Martin and Wild Cards Trust
  • Trust Me (The Last Stand) by Brenda Novak
  • Criminal Justice in Action: The Core by Larry K. Gaines and Roger LeRoy Miller
  • Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Great Responsibility (Amazing Spider-Man (1963-1998)) by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
  • Enchant: Beauty and the Beast Retold (Romance a Medieval Fairytale Book 1) by Demelza Carlton
  • Hope’s Peak (Harper and Lane) by Tony Healey
  • Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star
  • Fate of Perfection (Finding Paradise Book 1) by K.F. Breene (I just read this one as our Kindle First selection. It was worth reading, with some good characterization and world building. Not perfect, but I did look forward to getting back to it when I was reading it)
  • Feversong: A Fever Novel by Karen Marie Moning
  • Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner
  • The Undercover Witch (MAGIC, Inc. Mysteries Book 1) by Gina LaManna
  • 1066: The Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry by Andrew Bridgeford
  • The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters by Helen Jacey
  • The Mistress by Danielle Steel
  • Stop Me (The Last Stand) by Brenda Novak
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston
  • Never Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox
  • Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day: A Treasury of Six Original Stories by Karen B. Winnick and Laura Watkins
  • Freedom in the World 2016: The Annual Survey of Political Rights and Civil Liberties by Freedom House
  • The Past in Visual Culture: Essays on Memory, Nostalgia and the Media by Jilly Boyce Kay and Cat Mahoney
  • Creating Music: What Children from Around the World Can Teach Us by Patricia Elaine Riley

That’s only a small fraction, and just ones that caught my eye. If you have other books being released to the USA Kindle store in January 2017 to suggest for me and my readers, you can do so by commenting on this post. If you are directly connected to the book (the author, the publisher) that’s okay…just identify yourself as such and make your comment in your own words (not as an ad).

Enjoy!

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