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Amazon’s most well-read cities get ready for summer reading

May 26, 2016

Amazon’s most well-read cities get ready for summer reading

…and so does everyone else.ūüėČ

Amazon e-mailed me about two features they have right now:

Amazon.com Announces the Most Well-Read Cities in America

and

http://www.amazon.com/summerreading (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

The first one is an annual list. and Seattle¬† (where Amazon is headquartered) is again number one…which might make a suspicious person question the algorithm.ūüėČ

Amazon says, “The ranking is determined by a compilation of sales data from cities with more than 500,000 residents on a per capita basis and includes purchases of all books, magazines and newspapers in both Kindle and print format from April 2015 to April 2016.”

It’s interesting that there are some definite trends. Out of the top 20, four of them are in Texas, three of them are in California (and two of those are in my area, the greater San Francisco Bay Area ((San Francisco and San Diego))). Actually, the Western half of the country seems to dominate, with Texas, California, Washington State, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada…lots of states.

Not very many on the East Coast, interestingly.

Does that mean we read more out here?

It might mean we use Amazon more.:) The East Coast might have older, bigger, brick-and-mortar bookstores (I’m a former manager of a brick-and-mortar bookstore…but that was here on the West Coast). We could be techier out here, and¬†therefore more comfortable with both internet shopping and e-books.

Amazon also mentions some specific books for specific cities…so geography does seem to matter to some extent.

As to summer reading…

Summer is a time that more people read, I think. Obviously, for the school age, summer can give more opportunity to read for leisure. For others, vacation may be the one time of year they actually read books for entertainment…on planes, cruise ships, and beaches.

Personally, I don’t think I see much difference. I read all year round. I might read more, actually, during the winter holidays…I’ll get books as gifts then, and do tend to have a few days off.

Amazon¬† has 2,562 books listed in their summer reading…and big names are right at the top of the listing: a new Harry Potter (script for a play), a new series from Rick Riordan, a book by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt…these are those¬† “People Magazine books” which will appeal to casual readers.

Oh, interesting! The filters indicate¬† only 138 in Kindle format! Hm…could be because so many of these haven’t been released yet….they will likely get Kindle editions when they are released.

They do have a special section for “beach reads”. What’s a beach read? I’d define it as a “page turner” that transports you to a different place (and attitude).

That’s one of the great dichotomies of life: do you take a vacation to go to somewhere or to get away from somewhere?

I used to travel¬† a lot when I was a kid, and to some pretty exotic locales. Now, I’m not that into traveling…I love having vacations were I can stay home and read and/or¬† write.

Sure, I love going leash-free places with our dogs…but that’s not the same thing.:)

Do you find that you read differently in the summer? Do you get to read more? Do you plan it out? Does the style of book you read change? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think 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.

 

 

June 2016 Kindle book releases

May 24, 2016

June 2016 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‚Äôt necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders‚ĶI‚Äôm just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here‚Äôs a link to the¬†6,326¬†(at time of writing…a significant¬†733 fewer than last month):

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

Of those, by the way, 1,046 (73 fewer than last month) 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 ‚ÄúNew and Popular‚ÄĚ search as a default, but does ‚ÄúFeatured‚ÄĚ. Presumably, a human being picks those titles in some way‚Ķand the list is clearly not the same. ¬†This month, again, Kindle First titles dominate.

The other thing is that some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list. 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.

June is a big release month for¬†books (not unlike movies)…summer vacation is here, and books for “grads and Dads” are also big.

Okay, books!

  • End of Watch: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy Book 3) by Stephen King
  • Tom Clancy Duty and Honor (A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel) by Grant Blackwood
  • The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly
  • The Pursuit: A Fox and O’Hare Novel by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  • The Cavendon Luck: A Novel (Cavendon Hall) by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • Murder on the Quai (An Aim√©e Leduc Investigation Book 16) by Cara Black
  • Barkskins by Annie Proulx
  • New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America by Wendy Warren
  • The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire by Karl Jacoby
  • Code Warriors: NSA’s Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union by Stephen Budiansky
  • Never a Dull Moment: 1971–The Year That Rock Exploded by David Hepworth
  • The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years: 1 by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman
  • White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
  • Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide by Charles Foster (this one is literally on my wish list…I read a piece with the author…fascinating stuff as a human being tries to live as animals live, to understand them and the world)
  • The Intelligent Conversationalist: 31 Cheat Sheets That Will Show You How to Talk to Anyone About Anything, Anytime by Imogen Lloyd Webber
  • Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary by Bill Schelly and Richard A. Lupoff
  • Death’s Bright Day by David Drake
  • Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet: by H.P. Wood
  • Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
  • The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting, and the Science of False Memory by Julia Shaw

Hmm…there are some really fascinating books for me here, but I won’t buy any of them. I’ll put some on my wish list, and family members might buy them for me, but I pretty much just read books in Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), or¬†that I already own (often gotten as a gift). If these are too expensive for your tastes, consider listing them for free¬†at eReaderIQ.com : they’ll send you an e-mail when a book drops an amount you specify). Feel free to suggest other books being released in June in the USA Kindle store. If you are the author, or are otherwise connected with the production or publishing of the book, I’d appreciate you saying so. That won’t stop me from publishing the comment, but it should be in your own words and not 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! :)

** A Kindle/Fire with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.

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 2016 Kindle book releases

April 27, 2016

May 2016 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‚Äôt necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders‚ĶI‚Äôm just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here‚Äôs a link to the¬†7,059¬†(at time of writing…a significant 846 more than last monh):

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

Of those, by the way, 1,119 (168 more than last month) 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 ‚ÄúNew and Popular‚ÄĚ search as a default, but does ‚ÄúFeatured‚ÄĚ. Presumably, a human being picks those titles in some way‚Ķand the list is clearly not the same. ¬†This month, again, Kindle First titles dominate.

The other thing is that some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list. 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!

  • Blood Defense (Samantha Brinkman Book 1) by Marcia Clark
  • Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon
  • Don’t Believe a Word by Patricia MacDonald
  • The Thief’s Daughter (The Kingfountain Series Book 2) by Jeff Wheeler (KU)
  • 15th Affair by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  • TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson
  • Blood Flag: A Paul Madriani Novel by Steve Martini
  • 100 Years: Wisdom From Famous Writers on Every Year of Your Life by Joshua Prager and Milton Glaser
  • The Cthulhu Wars: The United States’ Battles Against the Mythos (Dark Osprey) by Kenneth Hite and Kennon Bauman
  • Kitten Kaboodle (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 20) by Kathi Daley
  • Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Patriots by David Fisher
  • Murder Frames the Scene: A Hawai’i Mystery by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
  • Lisa Murphy on Play: The Foundation of Children’s Learning by Lisa Murphy
  • The Emperor’s Revenge (The Oregon Files)by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • D-Day (Time Patrol)May by Bob Mayer (KU)
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich
  • Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency by Charles Rappleye
  • Turner Classic Movies: The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter by Jeremy Arnold and Robert Osborne
  • Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky
  • The Sorcerer’s Daughter: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  • The Brooklyn Experience: The Ultimate Guide to Neighborhoods & Noshes, Culture & the Cutting Edge by Ellen Freudenheim and Steve Hindy
  • The Strength of Sensitivity: Understanding Empathy for a Life of Emotional Peace & Balance by Kyra Mesich
  • Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines by Thomas H. Davenport and Julia Kirby
  • J.J. Abrams: A Study in Genius: The Unofficial Biography by Neil Daniels
  • The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
  • The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb
  • The Drowned Detective by Neil Jordan
  • Workplace Research: Conducting small-scale research in organizations by Zina O’Leary and Jennifer S. Hunt
  • In Praise of Simple Physics: The Science and Mathematics behind Everyday Questions by Paul J. Nahin
  • Stranger in the Mirror: The Scientific Search for the Self by Robert V. Levine
  • Steampunk Soldiers: The American Frontier (Open Book) by Philip Smith and Joseph A. McCullough
  • The Apartment by Danielle Steel
  • Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash (Archie 1000 Page Digests) by Archie Superstars
  • Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnes Martin-Lugand
  • Holy Heroes: The Gospel According to DC & Marvel by Scott Bayles
  • The Fireman by Joe Hill

Feel free to suggest other books being released in May in the USA Kindle store. If you are the author, or are otherwise connected with the production or publishing of the book, I’d appreciate you saying so. That won’t stop me from publishing the comment, but it should be in your own words and not 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! :)

** A Kindle/Fire with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.

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 2016 Kindle book releases

March 22, 2016

April 2016 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‚Äôt necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders‚ĶI‚Äôm just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here‚Äôs a link to the 6,213¬†(at time of writing…eight more than last month):

April releases in the USA Kindle store (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of you choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 951 (27 more than last month) 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 ‚ÄúNew and Popular‚ÄĚ search as a default, but does ‚ÄúFeatured‚ÄĚ. Presumably, a human being picks those titles in some way‚Ķand the list is clearly not the same. ¬†This month, again, Kindle First titles dominate.

The other thing is that some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list. 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!

  • Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley and Lauren Castillo
  • Chains of Command (Frontlines Book 4) by Marko Kloos (KU)
  • Now That I’ve Found You (New York Sullivans #1) (The Sullivans Book 15) by Bella Andre
  • Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age by Jo Ann Jenkins
  • The Kasari Nexus (Rho Agenda Assimilation Book 1) by Richard Phillips
  • Aztec by Gary Jennings
  • They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age by Didier Ghez and Pete Docter
  • It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein
  • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
  • The Big Fear (Hollow City Series) by Andrew Case
  • Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas
  • Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee: From Scout to Go Set a Watchman by Charles J. Shields
  • Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance by Leonard Peltier and Harvey Arden
  • The Blooding by Joseph Wambaugh (and lots of other Wambaugh books)
  • Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Gone to Soldiers by Marge Piercy
  • The New Space Opera by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan
  • The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner: Stories by Alan Sillitoe
  • Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
  • Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family by Stephen H. Segal and Valya Dudycz Lupescu
  • More Than a Season: Building a Championship Culture by Dayton Moore and Matt Fulks
  • The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton and Maxine Kumin
  • Aimee & Jaguar: A Love Story, Berlin 1943 by Erica Fischer
  • Mom Candy: 1,000 Quotes of Inspiration for Mothers by Jena Pincott
  • Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama by Sam Leith
  • Inventing The Middle Ages by Norman F. Cantor
  • Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
  • The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
  • Sister Light, Sister Dark (The Great Alta Saga) by Jane Yolen

Feel free to suggest other books being released in April in the USA Kindle store in March. If you are the author, or are otherwise connected with the production or publishing of the book, I’d appreciate you saying so. That won’t stop me from publishing the comment, but it should be in your own words and not 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! :)

** A Kindle/Fire with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.

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 2016 Kindle book releases

February 21, 2016

March 2016 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 6,205 (at time of writing) February releases in the USA Kindle store:

March 2016 USA Kindle store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 924 (more than 100 more than last month) 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 ‚ÄúNew and Popular‚ÄĚ search as a default, but does ‚ÄúFeatured‚ÄĚ. Presumably, a human being picks those titles in some way‚Ķand the list is clearly not the same. ¬†This month, again, Kindle First titles dominate.

The other thing is that some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list. 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!

  • Crossing the Kingdom: Portraits of Saudi Arabia¬†by Loring M. Danforth
  • Property of a Noblewoman¬†by Danielle Steel
  • Wonder Woman: War of the Gods¬†by George P√©rez and¬†Jill Thompson
  • Predator: A Crossbow Novel¬†by Wilbur Smith
  • Healthy Woman, Healthy Life: A Woman’s Book of Healing¬†by Gary Null and Amy McDonald
  • The Old Republic Series: Star Wars 4-Book Bundle: Fatal Alliance, Deceived, Revan, Annihilation¬†by Sean Williams and Paul S. Kemp
  • Dead as a Dinosaur (The Mr. and Mrs. North Mysteries)¬†by Frances Lockridge and Richard Lockridge
  • A Murderous Mind: A Naomi Blake British Mystery (A Naomi Blake Mystery)¬†by Jane A. Adams
  • Making Out in the Mainstream: GLAAD and the Politics of Respectability¬†by Vincent Doyle
  • Quarry’s Vote (Hardcase Crime)¬†by Max Allan Collins
  • Ruling Russia: Authoritarianism from the Revolution to Putin¬†by William Zimmerman
  • Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101: How to Make Everything Taste Better¬†by Sara Moulton
  • Magic: An Occult Primier (sic)¬†by David Conway
  • The Gangster (Isaac Bell Series Book 9)¬†by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
  • Bitcoin Essentials¬†by Albert Szmigielski
  • The Town and the City¬†by Jack Kerouac
  • And Then There Were Nuns: League of Literary Ladies¬†by Kylie Logan
  • Mrs. Jeffries Wins the Prize: A Victorian Mystery¬†by Emily Brightwell
  • Ringworld’s Children and Fleet of Worlds¬†by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner
  • Learning Zulu: A Secret History of Language in South Africa (Translation/Transnation)¬†by Mark Sanders
  • In Defense of the Princess: How Plastic Tiaras and Fairytale Dreams Can Inspire Smart, Strong Women¬†by Jerramy Fine
  • Hard-Boiled Anxiety: The Freudian Desires of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, and Their Detectives¬†by Karen Karydes
  • And the Sun Stood Still¬†by Dava Sobel
  • London’s Glory: The Lost Cases of Bryant & May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit¬†by Christopher Fowler
  • The Ninth Life: A new cat mystery series (A Blackie and Care Cat Mystery)¬†by Clea Simon
  • The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television¬†by Tricia Jenkins
  • Tales of the Dying Earth: Including ‘The Dying Earth,’ ‘The Eyes of the Overworld,’ ‘Cugel’s Saga,’ and ‘Rhialto…by Jack Vance
  • After Strange Texts: The Role of Theory in the Study of Literature¬†by Gregory S. Jay and David L. Miller
  • The Mind Club: Who Thinks, What Feels, and Why It Matters¬†by Daniel M. Wegner and Kurt Gray
  • What If the Queen Should Die?¬†by John-Paul Flintoff
  • Restricted Access: Media, Disability, and the Politics of Participation (Postmillennial Pop)¬†by Elizabeth Ellcessor
  • The Mayans Among Us: Migrant Women and Meatpacking on the Great Plains¬†by Ann L. Sittig and Martha Florinda Gonz√°lez
  • Lesson Plan: An Agenda for Change in American Higher Education¬†by William G. Bowen and Michael S. McPherson
  • Guns of Special Forces 2001 – 2015¬†by Leigh Neville
  • Wisdom’s Workshop: The Rise of the Modern University¬†by James Axtell
  • A Bun in the Oven: How the Food and Birth Movements Resist Industrialization¬†by Barbara Katz Rothman
  • Sexual Politics¬†by Kate Millett and Catharine A. MacKinnon
  • The Will and the Deed¬†by Ellis Peters
  • Fragile Elite: The Dilemmas of China’s Top University Students (Anthropology of Policy)¬†by Susanne Bregnbaek
  • A Fatal Inheritance: A Celtic historical mystery set in 16th century Ireland (A Burren Mystery)¬†by Cora Harrison
  • Baseball’s Power Shift: How the Players Union, the Fans, and the Media Changed American Sports Culture¬†by Krister Swanson
  • NASA Kennedy Space Center (Images of Modern America)¬†by Mark A. Chambers and Michael Curie
  • The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television¬†by Tricia Jenkins
  • In Pursuit of Wild Edibles: A Forager’s Tour¬†by Jeffrey Greene
  • Real Love, No Drama: The Music of Mary J. Blige (American Music)¬†by Danny Alexander
  • Theatre, Performance and Cognition: Languages, Bodies and Ecologies (Performance and Science: Interdisciplinary…by Rhonda Blair and Amy Cook
  • Presidential Power: Theories and Dilemmas¬†by John P. Burke
  • Next of Kin: A Sarah Quinn police procedural (A Sarah Quinn Mystery)¬†by Maureen Carter
  • The Rarest Bird in the World: The Search for the Nechisar Nightjar¬†by Vernon R L Head
  • A Murderous Mind: A Naomi Blake British Mystery (A Naomi Blake Mystery)¬†by Jane A. Adams
  • New Korean Wave: Transnational Cultural Power in the Age of Social Media¬†by Dal Yong Jin
  • World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1¬†by BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT
  • The Playdate: Parents, Children and the New Expectations of Play¬†by Tamara R. Mose
  • Ctrl + Z: The Right to Be Forgotten¬†by Meg Leta Jones
  • Three Years in Wonderland: The Disney Brothers, C. V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American Theme Park¬†by Todd James Pierce
  • The Misfit Mission: How to Change the World with Surprises, Interruptions, and All the Wrong People¬†by Scott Chrostek
  • Becoming Nature: Learning the Language of Wild Animals and Plants¬†by Tamarack Song
  • Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet’s Ace Reporter¬†by Tim Hanley
  • The War on Leakers: National Security and American Democracy, from Eugene V. Debs to Edward Snowden¬†by Lloyd C. Gardner
  • The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation¬†by Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker
  • American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good¬†by Colin Woodard
  • The Steel Kiss (A Lincoln Rhyme Novel)¬†by Jeffery Deaver
  • Private Paris¬†by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
  • Horrible Words: A Guide to the Misuse of English¬†by Rebecca Gowers
  • The Killing Game: Martyrdom, Murder, and the Lure of ISIS¬†by Mark Bourrie
  • The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents from Kennedy…by David Priess and George H. W. Bush
  • The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built¬†by Jack Viertel
  • They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age¬†by Didier Ghez and Pete Docter

Hmm…I have to say, my choices this time feel non-fiction heavy! Feel free to suggest other books being released in March in the USA Kindle store in March. If you are the author, or are otherwise connected with the production or publishing of the book, I’d appreciate you saying so. That won’t stop me from publishing the comment, but it should be in your own words and not an ad.

Enjoy!

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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! :) 

** A Kindle/Fire with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.

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.

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

* 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.

Harper Lee has reportedly died

February 19, 2016

Harper Lee has reportedly died

To Kill a Mockingbird (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

was, in my opinion (and many other people’s), one of the great novels.

I was even more impressed with it recently when I re-read it, and then read the “recently discovered” early draft

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

I was amazed at author Harper Lee’s ability to take what was a cynical and somewhat dark world view, based on the author’s¬†own experiences, and then rework it from the more optimistic viewpoint of a life lived many years earlier.

To me, that’s astounding!

When most people are soured on something, they can’t go back and ever see it as they saw it before.

Reading GSaW improved my already considerable admiration for Harper Lee, and gave me perhaps a better understanding as to why the topic of the book might have been a sore spot for decades.

None of that takes away from the value of TKaM, which will always stand as a superior work of literature.

My condolences go out to the family and friends. I will be forever grateful for having had To Kill a Mockingbird in my life.

In case you are interested, this is my review of Go Set a Watchman on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1362361030

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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‚Äôll 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)‚Ķand the good feeling you‚Äôll get.¬†:)¬†Shop ‚Äôtil you help!¬†:)¬†By the way, it‚Äôs been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to ‚Äústart at AmazonSmile‚ÄĚ if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.¬†

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February 2016 Kindle book releases

January 22, 2016

February 2016 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 5,405 (at time of writing) February releases in the USA Kindle store:

2016 February USA Kindle store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 837 are in

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

That’s a higher percentage…there are 317¬†fewer books overall, but 90 more KU.

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 ‚ÄúNew and Popular‚ÄĚ search as a default, but does ‚ÄúFeatured‚ÄĚ. Presumably, a human being picks those titles in some way‚Ķand the list is clearly not the same. This time,¬†we are back to them dominating the top…although Identical Disaster by C.M. ¬†Owens breaks the streak by being the third one listed.

The other thing is that some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list. 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 God’s Eye View¬†by Barry Eisler (KU)
  • The Billionaire’s Touch (The Sinclairs Book 3)¬†by J. S. Scott (KU)
  • Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World¬†by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg
  • Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’ve Got Henchmen¬†by Richard Roberts (KU)
  • Lightning Lingers (Lightning Strikes Book 2)¬†by Barbara Freethy
  • Over You (A Mr. Darcy Valentine’s Romance Novel)¬†by H.M. Ward and L.G. Castillo
  • The Girl in the Red Coat¬†by Kate Hamer
  • A Shade of Vampire 23: A Flight of Souls¬†by Bella Forrest KU
  • Will’s True Wish (True Gentlemen)¬†by Grace Burrowes
  • My New Teacher and Me!¬†by (“Weird”) Al Yankovic and Wes Hargis
  • The Secret Language of Sisters¬†by Luanne Rice
  • The Industries of the Future¬†by Alec Ross
  • Social Media Made Me Rich: Here’s How it Can do the Same for You¬†by Matthew Loop
  • Gladstone’s Games to Go: Verbal Volleys, Coin Contests, Dot Deuls, and Other Games for Boredom-Free Days¬†by Jim Gladstone
  • Brotherhood in Death: In Death¬†by J. D. Robb
  • The Book of the Beast (The Secret Books of Paradys)¬†by Tanith Lee
  • The Urban Monk: Eastern Wisdom and Modern Hacks to Stop Time and Find Success, Happiness, and Peace¬†by Pedram Shojai
  • The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers¬†by Joseph Hickman and Jesse Ventura
  • Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: A Life In Music¬†by Dave Stewart and Mick Jagger
  • Cometh the Hour (Clifton Chronicles)¬†by Jeffrey Archer
  • Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka¬†by John Gimlette
  • Jane and the Waterloo Map (Being a Jane Austen Mystery)¬†by Stephanie Barron
  • How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life¬†by Ruth Goodman
  • Land of Shadows: A Medieval Mystery (Medieval Mysteries Book 12)¬†by Priscilla Royal
  • Baseball Prospectus 2016¬†by Sam Miller and Jason Wojciechowski
  • Calamity (The Reckoners)¬†by Brandon Sanderson
  • Starflight¬†by Melissa Landers
  • Dining at The Ravens: Over 150 Nourishing Vegan Recipes from the Stanford Inn by the Sea¬†by Jeff Stanford and Joan Stanford
  • Breakdown: An Alex Delaware Novel¬†by Jonathan Kellerman
  • Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man¬†by William Shatner and David Fisher
  • Blood In Her Veins: Nineteen Stories From the World of Jane Yellowrock¬†by Faith Hunter
  • The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It¬†by David A Carbonell and Sally M. Winston

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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! :) 

** A Kindle/Fire with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.

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.

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

* 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 2016 Kindle book releases

December 26, 2015

January 2016 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 5,722 (at time of writing) January releases in the USA Kindle store:

January 2016 USA Kindle store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 747 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 ‚ÄúNew and Popular‚ÄĚ search as a default, but does ‚ÄúFeatured‚ÄĚ. Presumably, a human being picks those titles in some way‚Ķand the list is clearly not the same. This time, the top four are Kindle First picks‚Ķwhen last¬†time they weren’t.

The other thing is that some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list. 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!

  • Feverborn: A Fever Novel¬†by Karen Marie Moning
  • Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time omnibus by Scott and David Tipton (and others)
  • The Great Train Massacre: Matt Jensen The Last Mountain Man¬†by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone
  • We Need Silence to Find Out What We Think: Selected Essays¬†by Shirley Hazzard
  • Pulitzer’s Gold: A Century of Public Service Journalism¬†by Roy J. Harris
  • Building a Recommendation Engine with Scala¬†by Ansari, Saleem A.
  • Scandalous Behavior (A Stone Barrington Novel)¬†by Stuart Woods
  • The Chicken and the Quetzal: Incommensurate Ontologies and Portable Values in Guatemala’s Cloud Forest¬†by Paul Kockelman
  • Batman: Gotham City’s Guardian (Backstories)¬†by Matthew Manning
  • The Art of X-Ray Reading: How the Secrets of 25 Great Works of Literature Will Improve Your Writing¬†by Roy Peter Clark
  • Perry Rhodan Lemuria 4: The First Immortal¬†by Leo Lukas
  • The Dust Rose Like Smoke: The Subjugation of the Zulu and the Sioux, Second Edition¬†by James O. Gump
  • L.A. Math: Romance, Crime, and Mathematics in the City of Angels¬†by James D. Stein
  • The Man Without a Shadow¬†by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics¬†by Casey Brienza
  • The Power Of Soft: How to get what you want without being a ****¬†by Hilary Gallo
  • Even Dogs in the Wild¬†by Ian Rankin
  • The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (Postmillennial Pop)¬†by Ramzi Fawaz
  • Missing Woman (The Albert Samson Mysteries)¬†by Michael Z. Lewin
  • Innovation the Cleveland Clinic Way: Powering Transformation by Putting Ideas to Work¬†by Thomas Graham
  • A Pocket Full of Lies (Star Trek: Voyager)¬†by Kirsten Beyer
  • Blood and Steel: Throne of the Caesars: Book II¬†by Harry Sidebottom
  • The Movie Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)¬†by DK
  • NFL Confidential: True Confessions from the Gutter of Football¬†by Johnny Anonymous
  • Cheech Wizard’s Book of Me¬†by Vaughn Bode
  • Dog Soldiers: Love, loyalty and sacrifice on the front line¬†by Isabel George
  • Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives¬†by David M. Levy
  • Keeper of the Stars (A King’s Meadow Romance Book 3)¬†by Robin Lee Hatcher
  • How To Be Great: From Cleopatra to Churchill – Lessons from History’s Greatest Leaders¬†by James Adonis
  • What Is a World?: On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature¬†by Pheng Cheah
  • Persuadable: How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World¬†by Al Pittampalli
  • Political Animals: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics¬†by Rick Shenkman
  • Scarlet Widow by Graham Masterton
  • DeForest Kelley Up Close and Personal: A Harvest of Memories from the Fan Who Knew Him Best¬†by Kristine Smith
  • Spice Yourself Slim: Harness the power of spices for health, wellbeing and weight-loss¬†by Kalpna Woolf
  • National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States, 8th edition by National Geographic and Phil Schermeister
  • Paddington at Large¬†by Michael Bond and Peggy Fortnum
  • My Time With The Kings: A Reporter’s Recollections of Martin, Coretta and the Civil Rights Movement¬†by Kathryn Johnson
  • Warriors of the Storm: A Novel (Saxon Tales)¬†by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Case of the Fickle Mermaid: A Brothers Grimm Mystery (Brothers Grimm Mysteries)¬†by P. J. Brackston
  • Sage’s Eyes (Forbidden)¬†by V.C. Andrews
  • The Time of Their Lives: The Golden Age of Great American Book Publishers, Their Editors, and Authors¬†by Al Silverman
  • Pugs of the Frozen North (A Not-So-Impossible Tale)¬†by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
  • Lanny Budd novels by Upton Sinclair
  • Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye¬†by Michael Shermer
  • The Gilded Age of Sport: 1945-1960¬†by Herbert Warren Wind
  • The Bands of Mourning: A Mistborn Novel¬†by Brandon Sanderson
  • Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain¬†by Douglas Fields
  • A Geek in Thailand: Discovering the Land of Golden Buddhas, Pad Thai and Kickboxing¬†by Kenneth Barrett
  • Bookishly Ever After¬†by Isabel Bandeira
  • Doom of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
  • UFO Hunters Book Two¬†by William J. Birnes
  • The Regulators¬†by Stephen King (and a bunch of others by King, including Cujo, Firestarter…even Thinner)
  • Girl Through Glass¬†by Sari Wilson
  • Be You. Do Good.: Having the Guts to Pursue What Makes You Come AliveJan 12, 2016 | Kindle eBook
    by Jonathan David Golden and Bob Goffe You. Do Good.: Having the Guts to Pursue What Makes You Come Alive by Jonathan David Golden and Bob Goff
  • Warriors 1¬†by Gardner Dozois and George R. R. Martin
  • The Big Bucket List Book: 133 Experiences of a Lifetime¬†by Gin Sander
  • NeuroLogic: The Brain’s Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior¬†by Eliezer Sternberg
  • NYPD Red 4¬†by James Patterson and Marshall Karp
  • John J. Nance novels
  • Julie of the Wolves¬†by Jean Craighead George and John Schoenherr
  • Stephen Becker novels
  • Next Generation Paper Airplanes: (Downloadable Material Included)¬†by Sam Ita
  • The Sentinel¬†by Jeffrey Konvitz (basis for the 1977¬†movie)
  • Max Shulman novels (including Dobie Gillis)
  • Ringo Starr And The Beatles Beat (Part Two)¬†by Alex Cain and Terry McCusker
  • Once a Crooked Man¬†by David McCallum (yes, that David McCallum, the actor)
  • The Book of the Month: Sixty Years of Books in American Life¬†by Al Silverman
  • When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History’s Unknown Chapters¬†by Giles Milton
  • Teen Frankenstein: High School Horror¬†by Chandler Baker
  • Harlequin Heartwarming January 2016 Box Set: When Love Matters Most\A Boy to Remember\The Missing Twin\Under the…by Kate James and Cynthia Thomason
  • What Decade Do You Belong In? (Best Quiz Ever)¬†by Brooke Rowe
  • Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author¬†by Herman Wouk
  • The World’s Your Stage: How Performing Artists Can Make a Living While Still Doing What They Love¬†by William Baker and Warren C. Gibson
  • Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science¬†by John Gribbin and Michael White
  • This Census-Taker¬†by China Mieville
  • Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature¬†by Meredith Maran
  • Better Call Saul: The World According to Saul Goodman¬†by David Stubbs
  • Hollow City: The Graphic Novel¬†by Ransom Riggs
  • Radioactive!: How Ir√®ne Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World¬†by Winifred Conkling
  • Trouble’s Child¬†by Mildred Pitts Walter
  • The Mammoth Book of Kaiju¬†by Sean Wallace
  • Barbie Spy Squad Big Golden Book (Barbie Spy Squad)¬†by Mary Tillworth
  • All the Conspirators by Christopher Isherwood
  • Geek Girl: Picture Perfect¬†by Holly Smale
  • Does the Yeti Exist? (Top Secret!)¬†by Nick Hunter
  • Kingdom Come: An Elizabeth Harris Mystery¬†by Jane Jensen
  • Study Hall of Justice (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1)¬†by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen
  • The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century¬†by Sarah Miller
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny¬†by Justin Hill and Wang Dulu
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend¬†by Katarina Bivald
  • Pawn’s Gambit: And Other Stratagems¬†by Timothy Zahn
  • The Jack Reacher Field Manual: An Unofficial Companion to Lee Child’s Reacher Novels¬†by George Beahm
  • Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Timbuktu: The Missing Years¬†by Vasudev Murthy
  • Earnest¬†by Kristin Von Kreisler
  • Choose Your Own Misery: The Office Adventure¬†by Mike MacDonald and Jilly Gagnon

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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! :) 

** A Kindle/Fire with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.

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.

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

* 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.

Delivery by Amazon

December 5, 2015

Delivery by Amazon

Amazon continues to expand its investment in being the infrastructure of the internet…which includes how things ordered on the internet get around in the real world.

According to this

Business Insider story by Jillian D’Onfro

and other sources, Amazon is buying thousands of trailers…the big part of the trucks you see on the freeway that attach to the “tractor”.

That means you are going to see that familiar Amazon smile on the road with you (and, in the picture in that BI story, something that cleverly looks like the tape they put on packages). Yep, the new speed limit might be 65 smiles per hour.ūüėČ

Now, these trucks¬†probably aren’t going to be delivering directly to your house (they are too big for that)…they are likely to be taking things to and from the fulfillment centers.

For now, other companies will be providing the tractors…but I would certainly think that Amazon is looking at doing it all, warehouse to home, in the not too distant future. Once self-driving cars are fully licensed in the USA (which I think, unfortunately, may be some time after some other parts of the world have reaped the benefits of safer, more efficient transportation), I would absolutely expect Amazon to be one of the companies investigating that fully.

That puts Amazon on the roads.

I also think Amazon is going to be on the sidewalks.:)

I’ve been seeing stories recently about delivery robots, including the Starship:

Wired UK story by James Temperton

The story asserts that the last mile of delivery is the most expensive, which makes some sense. It’s a bit like landing a plane: that’s the hard part. There are things to avoid, and a lot more starts and stops.

The idea is that a truck gets your package close, then a little robot rolls out (sort of like the Chariot on Lost in Space leaving the Jupiter II), and brings the package to your door.

Is that less expensive than a human being doing it?

Probably…a human being has a lot of expenses outside of that block or two…sick pay, vacation pay, and so on.

Even if the robot was marginally more expensive, they would have a big cool factor…and that’s important in this scenario.

Then, of course, there is the air…and Amazon’s proposed drone program.

The biggest thing holding that up (besides propellers)ūüėČ , clearly, is regulation.

This is an interesting

Forbes story by Ryan Mac

about Amazon’s patent for their “sense and avoid” system for drones.

While people could presumably still shoot them down (that has happened with other drones), they might be able to avoid birds, which could be a real issue. Now that is a demo video I would want to see! Picture a big raptor, like an eagle, diving after an Amazon drone while it autonomously avoids the attack!

Step aside, Millenium Falcon!ūüėČ

Oh, and while we are talking about videos, Amazon released this

YouTube video

The performance that they show for their drone is so advanced that they have the words “ACTUAL FLIGHT FOOTAGE NOT SIMULATED” on the screen for most of the flight footage.

Let’s see…land, air, and Jeff Bezos is sending rockets to space…the only thing we’re missing is Maritime Prime!ūüėČ

Gee, would that mean that one day Amazon would have to worry about pirates of the non-digital kind?

Let me just wrap this up by pointing out that Amazon already does a lot of fulfillment for third party vendors. If I was at FedEx of UPS, I’d be worried about Amazon getting on the road and in the air…but I’m guessing they’ve been worried about that for some time.

Eventually, we may see Target’s packages delivered by Amazon…

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Scientific study compares bedtime reading risk from iPad, iPhone, PW1

November 17, 2015

Scientific study compares bedtime reading risk from iPad, iPhone, PW1

Oh, I’m very interested in your feedback on this one!

I’ve written many times about the difference between how a

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or other frontlit device (the Voyage, and some other EBRs…E-Book Readers) versus how a backlit tablet, like the

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or other backlit devices (the other Fires, a SmartPhone, a computer, a TV, and so on)

work, in terms of lighting.

On a backlit device, the lighting is behind the screen: what you see is between your eye and the light source.

On a frontlit device, the light is on the same side of the screen that you are. A light is pointed at the screen and bounces off…the same way that you can read when using a desk lamp, or the sun.

I find the Paperwhite and Voyage to be the most comfortable reading experience I’ve had…including paper.

A lot of people are concerned about how reading on a screen may be affecting their sleep habits. They have heard about “blue light” keeping them up at night, by messing with your biological system (perhaps they have heard that¬†melatonin is involved).

I’ve always believed that the Paperwhite was not as bad…that reading on my Fire in bed would be more likely to keep me awake than reading on my Voyage.

Well, there’s now been a scientific study which produces some interesting and specific data…but I’m not sure I follow or agree with their conclusions:

Bigger, Brighter, Bluer-Better? Current light-emitting devices ‚Äď adverse sleep properties and preventative strategies by Paul Gringras, Benita Middleton, Debra J. Skene, and Victoria L. Revell in Frontiers of Public Health

They tested the light emissions from an iPad, an iPhone, and a Paperwhite first gen. You can read the specifics of the models…I want to encourage you to look at the original report.

Here is a sort excerpt from the results:

“All the LE devices shared very similar enhanced short-wavelength peaks when displaying text. This included the output from the backlit Kindle Paperwhite device.”

That’s right: they found that the Paperwhite and the iPad had similar outputs in a measurement they suggested would negatively impact your sleep.

Many of the measurements they did were quite different for the iPad and the Paperwhite…about an order of magnitude (ten times) different. However, I guess those aren’t the wavelengths they consider impactful.

They also tested two remediation strategies: one hardware, one software.

The hardware one was for the user to wear goggles that filtered light.

The software one was to have the device go into a “sleep mode”, and shift the colors of the output.

Obviously, asking people to wear goggles to bed would not be an easy cultural ¬†shift. If we could get people to do that sort of thing, they’d be wearing helmets when driving their cars…that would save a lot of lives, from what I’ve heard.:)

The software fix makes more sense to me.

I love that the “nightstand” clock on my now discontinued Kindle Fire HDX 7″ has red numerals!

I have superior night vision, which may be connected to my color vision deficiency ¬†(“partial colorblindness”). When my Significant Other first met me, the light on my nightstand was a 25 watt red lightbulb…that was plenty for me.

So, I know I’m not typical.:)

I know, though, that a color shift could matter to even me as to how bright a light seems.

I have to say, my Voyage does not seem like it is keeping me up at all. I read a few “pages” in bed, and I’m ready for sleep…well, there is a big nighttime routine before that that is about half an hour, but the Voyage doesn’t seem to keep me up any more than a p-book (paperbook) did…less, I’d say.

My guess is that we may see a mode like this in the future, touted by the device manufacturers. There are all some things that do this, some settings on some computers, some apps.

My sense of the study is that their methodology for gathering the technical data was reasonable, for a small sample.

I’m not sure that that data does, though, cause the problems they suggest. I’d like to see studies with people actually using a frontlit device versus a backlit device and how it affected their sleep.

Oh, that’s one other thing: the study refers to something some of you already noticed…they say the Paperwhite is a backlit device, and it’s not. That doesn’t make me doubt their measurements, but does show a certain…lack of precision.

What do you think? Have you noticed any difference if you switched from a backlit device to a frontlit one when reading before going to sleep? How does it compare to reading with a nightstand light? If you do read the journal article, feel free to tell me and my readers what you think about it 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.


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