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Recent Kindle releases #7

May 20, 2010

Recent Kindle releases #7

It’s all about the books, right?  So, here is a listing of some recent Kindle releases. 

I’m trying to show you some real variety.  That’s one of the advantages of the Kindle…you don’t just have to read the tried and true (although you can, of course).   I think I’m safe saying that there is at least one thing on here…that you’d never read in a million years.   

A few little caveats:

  • Schedules change: books may be added or release dates changed. 
  • I don’t deliberately list books from companies that block text-to-speech, although it’s possible something will slip on to the list.  I try to be pretty careful, but things do change
  • I don’t list prices primarily because they can change (and do).  However, I’ve gotten from very inexpensive up to more than fifty dollars

If you’d like to check yourself (we may not have the same parameters for book choices), you can use this search:

May 2010 Kindle Releases 

I list the author, the publisher (some people care about that), the number of device licenses, and the category or genre. 

The number of device licenses is the number of devices on which you can simultaneously have the book for one purchase price.  I actually have a question in to Amazon legal right now to pin down a question on that, but that’s the basics of it.   If it says “unlimited”, it was probably published independently through Amazon’s Digital Text Platform. 

I take the genre from the Amazon product page…books often have several categories listed, so I just pick the one I like best. 

Oh, and of course, you can get a free sample first…that may be a good idea if it’s an author you haven’t read before.

You may also want to look at the size of the file…some of these may be quite short.  You can figure a “normal length” book is somewhere around 800 KB.

Nice Teams Finish Last: The Secret to Unleashing Your Team’s Maximum Potential 
By Brian Cole Miller
Published by Amacom  (the publishing arm of the American Management Association)
Device licenses: 6
Category: Business

This is one of 571 Kindle books from the American Management Association.  By the way, I think it’s a bit odd that they have a potty training book, but I guess that’s management.  Certainly, a lot of the same substance might be involved.  😉

Rhymes with Vain: Belabored Humor and Attempted Produndity 
By Wallace Baine
Device licenses: 6
Category: Humor

Baine is a writer for the Santa Cruz Sentinel.  Here’s a little excerpt from a recent column to give you an idea:

“Dear Mark Twain,

We here in the realm of the living are as shocked as you must be that our race has now survived 100 years without you. The centennial anniversary of your death this upcoming week is not, alas, a national holiday, which is just as well considering that you’d probably take that as a backhanded tribute anyway. Only history nerds and Twain geeks like myself are even going to notice.”

How can you resist getting a sample from a Twain geek?  😉

Anger Is a Choice 
By Tim LaHaye, Bob Phillips
Device licenses: 5
Published by Zondervan (a faith-based publisher)
Category: Anger management

Lest you think LaHaye is only the wildly successful Left Behind series, here’s a piece of non-fiction for you.   He’s written more than fifty books…

The Basic Bass Workout 
By Stuart Clayton
Device licenses: 6
Published by SMT
Category: Music

“Alright…lift those fins!  And flop and flip and flop and flip and…” Oh, wait.  This is about the instrument, not the fish?  Um…that’s cool, too.  😉

Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 73 Sheet Music 
By Carl Maria Weber
Device licenses: 6
Published by FreeHand Music

I don’t know why I think it’s so cool that you can get sheet music, but I do.  I’m not the only one…in one of the iPad commercials, they show it displaying sheet music.  Since you can read Kindle books on an iPad (with the free app), this might be a good fit.

Folk Tales from Greenland
By Raja Sharma
Device licenses: 6
Published by Rajasir

The multi-culti Sharma brings another set of folktales.

The Gang Bang: Female Observations of Multi-Party Sex
 By Dr. Garth Mundinger-Klow
Published by Olympia Press
Device licenses: 6
Category: Erotica

Just trying to be eclectic…

A Hitch in Twilight
By Vic Fortessa
Published by All Things That Matter Press
Device licenses: 6
Category: Short Stories

I do like short story collections, and I think they are particularly well-served by being on EBRs (E-Book Readers).  This one is subtitled, “20 Tales of Warped Imagination”.

More Good News: Real Solutions to the Global Eco-Crisis 
By David Suzuki, Holly Dressel
Published by Greystone Books
Device licenses: 6
Category: Conservation

This is an update of Good News for a Change (a much better title), and is about sustainable solutions that already exist for ecological challenges.

Point of No Return 
Project Exorcism Series #3
By Mandy M. Roth
Device licenses: 6
Published by Samhain
Category: Paranormal Romance

“The Commission” thought it has gotten rid of all the supernatural beings in book one, but, um, apparently not.   Expect a lot of physical action in this one…and not of the violent variety, if you know what I mean (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

Quick Escapes from New York City: The Best Weekend Getaways
By Susan Farewell
Published by GPP Travel (8th edition)
Device licenses: 6
Category: Travel

EBRs are great when you are traveling…

The Twenty-One Principles of a Lie 
By Rodney Lee Smith
Published by Tate Publishing
Device licenses: 6
Category: Self-help

This one promises all kinds of information on detecting lies, identifying liars, dealing with them…hmm, I wonder if the book description is telling the truth?  😉

The Beatles: The Music and the Myth 
By Patrick Humphries, Peter Dogget
Published by Omnibus Press
Device licenses: 6
Category: Entertainment

One of the greatest bands of all time, with relevant lyrics…although perhaps they should re-write Paperback Writer.  😉  Just kidding, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Hmmm…perhaps a bit heavy on the music choices this time, with the Beatles, bass playing, and sheet music.  Well, walk on the beat!

Tip of the Day: if you want to be able to play songs (or sound clips) one at a time rather than in the order you added them or random order (the latter is how the K1 works), put them in the Audible folder rather than the Music folder.

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

Recent Kindle releases #6

May 12, 2010

Recent Kindle releases #6

It’s all about the books, right?  So, here is a listing of some recent Kindle releases. 

I’m trying to show you some real variety.  That’s one of the advantages of the Kindle…you don’t just have to read the tried and true (although you can, of course).   I think I’m safe saying that there is at least one thing on here…that you’d never read in a million years.   

A few little caveats:

  • Schedules change: books may be added or release dates changed. 
  • I don’t deliberately list books from companies that block text-to-speech, although it’s possible something will slip on to the list.  I try to be pretty careful, but things do change
  • I don’t list prices primarily because they can change (and do).  However, I’ve gotten from very inexpensive up to more than fifty dollars

If you’d like to check yourself (we may not have the same parameters for book choices), you can use this search:

May 2010 Kindle Releases 

I list the author, the publisher (some people care about that), the number of device licenses, and the category or genre. 

The number of device licenses is the number of devices on which you can simultaneously have the book for one purchase price.  I actually have a question in to Amazon legal right now to pin down a question on that, but that’s the basics of it.   If it says “unlimited”, it was probably published independently through Amazon’s Digital Text Platform. 

I take the genre from the Amazon product page…books often have several categories listed, so I just pick the one I like best. 

Oh, and of course, you can get a free sample first…that may be a good idea if it’s an author you haven’t read before.

You may also want to look at the size of the file…some of these may be quite short.  You can figure a “normal length” book is somewhere around 800 KB.

Building Social Business 
By Muhammad Yunus
Published by Public Affairs
Device licenses: 6
Category: Business

Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize for his microcredit work (working through a bank to give small loans to entrepeneurs who couldn’t otherwise afford loans).  This book is about how business can address social ills.

Emily Windsnap and the Siren’s Secret
By Liz Kessler
Published by Candlewick Press
Device licenses: 6
Category: children’s

This series has been around for several years, and is geared for grades 4-7.  Emily Windsnap is a young girl who (unbeknownst to her at the beginning of the series) is part mermaid.

The Wagon and Other Stories from the City 
By Martin Prieb
Published by University of Chicago Press
Device licenses: 6
Category: Essays, true crime

The City, in this case, is Chicago.  This sounds intriguing…Preib is a cop, but he starts out with the “lowest duty”…driving the meat wagon to pick up corpses.  The blurbs look great…a noir feel, but real.  I may try a sample for this one myself.  🙂

Hats, Clowns, and Miracles 
By Marcia “Clementine” Manis
Published by Tate Publishing
Device licenses: 6
Category: Biographies

This is one minister’s story.  It looks like it involves actual clowns, but I’m not sure how metaphorical that is.  🙂

How to Shop for a Husband 
By Janice Lieberman, Bonnie Teller
Published by St. Martin’s Press (part of Macmillan)
Device licenses: 6
Category: Relationships

This one seems to have an interesting spin to it.  It’s supposed to be a very practical, data-based methodology for finding a husband.  Online or matchmaker better?  Do you want someone of the same economic status, or higher (or lower)?  As you know, I love to see the data, and this one comes from an NBC consumer reporter.

In the Shadow of Gotham 
By Stefanie Pintoff
Published by Minotaur (part of Macmillan)
Device licenses: 6
Category: mystery

Here’s a first novel that’s an award-winner.  It’s a period piece, taking place in the beginning of the 20th century.  Oh, no Batman by the way…Gotham didn’t always mean the Dark Knight’s hang-out.  The comments again make this one sound like it might be worth a try.

My Gigolo 
By Mary Burkhart
Published by Samhain
Device licenses: 6
Category: Romance

Romance from Samhain…shucks, they haven’t gotten the description posted yet…Samhain often has the most amusing content warnings.  This one is subtitled, “The care and feeding of a male prostitute”.

Rescue Warriors: The U.S. Coast Guard, America’s Forgotten Heroes
By David Helvarg
Published by Thomas Dunne (part of Macmillan)
Device licenses: 6
Category: Military history

If you are into military non-fiction, this sounds like a good one.  It goes back to the founding of the Coast Guard in the 1700s, and goes right on up through today.  It’s recommended for those considering a military career.

The Citrix Certified Administrator for Citrix XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008 Certification Exam Preparation Course in a Book for Passing the CCA Exam… on Your First Try Certification Study Guide
By William Manning
Published by Emereo
Device licenses: 6
Category: Computers

And the winner for longest title is…  😉  I do like to get a computer book in here.  Be aware that this one probably isn’t that big: it’s listed at 171 KB, and the average Kindle book is more like 800 to 900 KB

Hinduism and Sikhism
By Raja Sharma
Published by Rajasir
Device licenses: 6
Category: test prep?!

Maybe this is test prep…that’s what it says.  The subtitle is “an easy insight into religions”, so maybe it is intended for a comparative studies class.

The Marvellous History of the Shadowless Man and the Cold Heart
By two authors whose names I can’t decipher on the product page 😉
Published by Evergreen Review
Device licenses: 6
Category: Historical genre fiction

This has quite an eye-catching woodcut style cover.  It appears to be two stories, but I can’t tell much about it.  You may be able to read the author’s names when you enlarge the cover, but it was a bit small for me.  🙂

Well, there you go!  Again, I try to be eclectic.  I have to say, skimming through this, prices seemed notably higher…but I know some of you are happy to go a post without having any analysis.  😉

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

Recent Kindle releases #5

April 14, 2010

Recent Kindle releases #5

It’s all about the books, right?  So, here is a listing of some recent Kindle releases. 

I’m trying to show you some real variety.  That’s one of the advantages of the Kindle…you don’t just have to read the tried and true (although you can, of course).   I think I’m safe saying that there is at least one thing on here…that you’d never read in a million years.   

A few little caveats:

  • Schedules change: books may be added or release dates changed. 
  • I don’t deliberately list books from companies that block text-to-speech, although it’s possible something will slip on to the list.  I try to be pretty careful, but things do change
  • I don’t list prices primarily because they can change (and do).  However, I’ve gotten from very inexpensive up to more than fifty dollars

If you’d like to check yourself (we may not have the same parameters for book choices), you can use this search:

April 2010 Kindle store releases 

I list the author, the publisher (some people care about that), the number of device licenses, and the category or genre. 

The number of device licenses is the number of devices on which you can simultaneously have the book for one purchase price.  I actually have a question in to Amazon legal right now to pin down a question on that, but that’s the basics of it.   If it says “unlimited”, it was probably published independently through Amazon’s Digital Text Platform. 

I take the genre from the Amazon product page…books often have several categories listed, so I just pick the one I like best. 

Oh, and of course, you can get a free sample first…that may be a good idea if it’s an author you haven’t read before.

You may also want to look at the size of the file…some of these may be quite short.  You can figure a “normal length” book is somewhere around 800 KB.

Abu Dhabi Travel Guide
By Offbeat Guides
Device licenses: 6
Topic: travel

Over 100 of these travel guides have been added to the Kindle store, which is a little strange.  The gimmick at this site is that you enter your own information and it creates the guide for you.   Clearly, the ones you get in the store aren’t doing that.  Also, do check the size…some of these seem quite small.

Anything
By Chick Gallin
Published by Tate Publishing (a faith-based “mainline” publisher)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Device licenses: 6

This one has a nice, twisty noir type description and cover.  I’d even say it sounds a bit Hitchcockian.  While Tate is faith-based, it isn’t clear to me that all the books are…they are an independent publishing platform, although they do select the books. 

Bitter Seeds
By Ian Tregillis
Published by Tor (a science fiction and fantasy division of Macmillan, a general publisher)
Device licenses: 6

This one looks like it could be interesting: it’s the debut novel by Ian Tregillis.  In 1939, the Nazis literally have supermen…and against that, the British have magic.

Buddy Heads for Home
By Mildred C. Glover
Published by Tate Publishing (a faith-based “mainline” publisher)
Genre: children’s books
Device licenses: 6

Always nice to see children’s books.  This is appears to be inspired by real events…Buddy is the author’s dog, and it’s about what happened to the dog following Hurricane Katrina.

Deep Brain Stimulation Programming: Principles and Practice
By Erwin B. Montgomery, Jr. MD
Published by Oxford University Press, USA
Topic: Neurology
Device licenses: 6

If this wasn’t from Oxford, I’m not sure I’d believe it’s a real thing.  This is to give medical folks an understanding of the whole thing, including the electronics part.  Yes, this is done therapeutically on real people.  It sounds science fictiony “…and succeeds even when brain transplants fail.”  Wait, brain transplants?  Sigh, I’m so far behind…I thought that was still in the Dr. Drake Remoray realm of fantasy.  Oh, they probably mean a “partial transplant”…they do those, right? 

Libertarianism from A to Z
By Jeffrey A. Miron
Published by Basic Books (a publisher of “serious non-fiction”, and part of the Perseus Books Group)
Topic: politics
Device licenses: 6

Miron is a Harvard University economist, and this book may be well-needed.  It’s one of the political movements in the US, but I’m not sure it’s well understood. 

Modern Day Philosopher
By Eve Lauren Chilicas
Published by Tate Publishing (a faith-based “mainline” publisher)
Category: poetry
Device license: 6

There is a thing that I must say

I find it far from ample

The poetry in the Kindle store

So why not try a sample?

😉

No Place Like Home: Southern Cooking with a Latin Flair!
By Iris and Michael Raie
Published by Tate Publishing (a faith-based “mainline” publisher)
Category: cookbooks
Device license: 6

Southern to Latin cooking…I’m guessing they aren’t serving these recipes at the cardiologists’ convention.  😉  They may be healthy…pumpkin pancakes count towards your five daily servings of vegetables, right?

The Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook
By Daniel Alarcon
Published by Holt (part of Macmillan, a general publisher)
Topic: writing
Device licences: 6

“Psst, kid…you want to write a book?’  Famous authors (Llosa, Murakami, Minot, Pelecanos, King) talk about writing.  Oh, I thought you just sat down and the words poured out…there’s supposed to be a technique?  😉 This does sound like it could be good.

Space Wars
By William J. Birnes, Michael J. Coumatos, William B. Scott
Published by Forge (part of Macmillan, a general publisher)
Category: technothriller
Device licenses: 6

Publishers get to classify their works, and this one is listed both as fiction and non-fiction.  You’d better hope it’s the former…it’s about radicalists launching anti-space weapons at the West’s satellites.  Disclosure: I know Bill Birnes a bit…we’ve served on a non-profit board together.

iPad Survival Guide
By Toly K
Published by MobileReference (a public domain and reference book publisher)
Category: technology
Device licenses: 6

An iPad how-to in a Kindle edition?  Sure!  I think quite a few people will have both, but regardless, Kindle books can be read on an iPad with the free app.

Well, again, a nice variety.  Supernazis, pumpkin pancakes, and deep brain stimulation programming…oh my! 

Tip of the day: if your EBR (E-Book Reader) gets wet, don’t turn it on.  Put it in a bag of uncooked rice, which is supposed to absorb the moisture.  Ideally, wait days before turning it back on to make sure it is really dry.  I’ve heard people say it works…if you are a techie that knows it’s a myth (and why), please let me know.  🙂

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

Recent Kindle releases #4

March 24, 2010

Recent Kindle releases #4

It’s all about the books, right?  So, here is a listing of some recent Kindle releases. 

I’m trying to show you some real variety.  That’s one of the advantages of the Kindle…you don’t just have to read the tried and true (although you can, of course).   I think I’m safe saying that there is at least one thing on here…that you’d never read in a million years.   

A few little caveats:

  • Schedules change: books may be added or release dates changed. 
  • I don’t deliberately list books from companies that block text-to-speech, although it’s possible something will slip on to the list.  I try to be pretty careful, but things do change
  • I don’t list prices primarily because they can change (and do).  However, I’ve gotten from very inexpensive up to more than fifty dollars

If you’d like to check yourself (we may not have the same parameters for book choices), you can use this search:

March 2010 Kindle store releases 

I list the author, the publisher (some people care about that), the number of device licenses, and the category or genre. 

The number of device licenses is the number of devices on which you can simultaneously have the book for one purchase price.  I actually have a question in to Amazon legal right now to pin down a question on that, but that’s the basics of it.   If it says “unlimited”, it was probably published independently through Amazon’s Digital Text Platform. 

I take the genre from the Amazon product page…books often have several categories listed, so I just pick the one I like best. 

Oh, and of course, you can get a free sample first…that may be a good idea if it’s an author you haven’t read before.

You may also want to look at the size of the file…some of these may be quite short.  You can figure a “normal length” book is somewhere around 800 KB.

God Made Me Pick Up Underwear
By Orlando U. Javien, Jr.
Published by Tate Publishing
Category: Religion
Devices licenses: 6

Javien talks about how he has found faith, and relates how a trip to buy underwear can “be a test of faithfulness”.

Insiders’ Guide to Dallas & Fort Worth
By June Navior
Published by Insiders’ Guides
Category:Travel
Device licenses: 6

Quantitative Mineral Resource Assessments: An Integrated Approach
By Donald Singer, W. David Menzie
Published by Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Science
Device licenses: 6

The exciting world of quantitative resource assessments!  Actually, this done sound interesting…it’s about (in part) how public policy decisions are made based on evaluation of the land.  It’s not about how to do those assessments, but how they are reached and what that means.

Run Like a Mother
By Sarah Bowen Shea, Dimitry McDowell
Published by Andrews McMeel
Category:Personal Health
Device licenses: 6

Hey, we all now it’s hard to get out there and exercise.  This book gives women not only tips on shoes and avoiding injuries, but how to balance it with their professional and personal lives.

CCIE Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Wireless Certification Exam Preparation Course in a Book for Passing the CCIE Exam – The How To Pass on Your First Try Certification Study Guide 
By William Manning
Published by Emereo Pty
Category: Computers
Device licenses: 6

I used to teach classes that helped people get ready to take certification exams…those can be really hard! 

Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court
By Jeff Shesol
Published by W. W. Norton
Category: History
Device licenses: 6

Roosevelt and former Republican presidential candidate Charles Hughes, who was the Chief Justice, really locked horns over the New Deal legislation.  This sounds like it may have some relevancy to upcoming events. 

Great Pirate Stories
Edited by Joseph Lewis French
Published by Bunny Books
Category: Aaarrrr (short stories)
Device licenses: 6

I downloaded a sample, since, as is the case with a lot of books, there was no description at the site.  There may be one later.  French gives us a fairly lengthy intro to pirates.  The stories included works by Daniel Defoe and Howard Pyle.  Those would be in the public domain…I guess there’s enough original material here to hurdle that barrier for Amazon (which supposedly no longer allows public domain from independent publishers).  At eighty cents at time of writing, this looks like it could be fun.  No active table of contents, though.

Poppy’s Passions
By Stephanie Beck
Published by Lyrical Press
Category: Fiction
Device licenses: 6

I had to go to the book’s official site to get info on this one.  An emotionally neglected woman falls in love with three brothers.  When she becomes pregnant, she doesn’t know who is the father.

Time Enough at Last: Stories that Inspired Classic Episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and Other Vintage SF Television
Edited by Jean Marie Stine
Published by PageTurner
Category: Short stories
Device licenses: 6

The classic Twilight Zone episode with Burgess Meredith as a post-apocalyptic bookworm has been name checked many times in the Kindle community.  This is a fascinating premise for a book: it is an anthology of short stories turned into TV episodes.  Each story gives you information about the episode (director, stars, airdate), and the short story on which it was based.  It has a fairly lengthy introduction, and says “Most stories reprinted permission the Ackerman Agency”.  I wonder if that’s connected to Forry Ackeman?

Harlequin comics: Jack and the Princess  (simplified Chinese)
By Junko Okada, Raye Morgan
Published by Harlequin
Category: Romanga
Devices licenses: 6

Yes, it’s a Harlequin romance.  Yes, it’s a graphic novel.  Yes, it’s in Chinese (with the note “there are no English translation”).    How do they do Chinese?  The characters will be part of the pictures, not text.  That does work…even though the file is nearly ten times the average book size. 

Russian Cuisine
By Raja Sharma
Published by Rajashir
Category: Cookbook
Device licenses: 6

It’s a short work, but there’s more to Russian cooking than borscht. 🙂

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
By Steve Hockensmith
Published by Quirk
Category: Novel
Device licenses: 6

This is the sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a mash-up of the literary classic with new material.  Not by the original author, but likely to do well.  Hockensmith is the author of the “Holmes on the Range” series, with Sherlock starring in Westerns.  That may not be as odd as it sounds…there is a big section of the first Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, that is basically a Western.

Well, once again, that gives you some variety.  I have to say, I noticed some more textbooks this time.  That’s good to see…I’ll be interested on how the number has changed when I run it for the next snapshot. 

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

Recent Kindle releases #3

March 10, 2010

Recent Kindle releases #3

It’s all about the books, right?  So, here is a listing of some recent Kindle releases. 

I’m trying to show you some real variety.  That’s one of the advantages of the Kindle…you don’t just have to read the tried and true (although you can, of course).   I think I’m safe saying that there is at least one thing on here…that you’d never read in a million years.   

A few little caveats:

  • Schedules change: books may be added or release dates changed. 
  • I don’t deliberately list books from companies that block text-to-speech, although it’s possible something will slip on to the list.  I try to be pretty careful, but things do change
  • I don’t list prices primarily because they can change (and do).  However, I’ve gotten from very inexpensive up to more than fifty dollars

If you’d like to check yourself (we may not have the same parameters for book choices), you can use this search:

March 2010 Kindle store releases 

I list the author, the publisher (some people care about that), the number of device licenses, and the category or genre. 

The number of device licenses is the number of devices on which you can simultaneously have the book for one purchase price.  I actually have a question in to Amazon legal right now to pin down a question on that, but that’s the basics of it.   If it says “unlimited”, it was probably published independently through Amazon’s Digital Text Platform. 

I take the genre from the Amazon product page…books often have several categories listed, so I just pick the one I like best. 

Oh, and of course, you can get a free sample first…that may be a good idea if it’s an author you haven’t read before.

You may also want to look at the size of the file…some of these may be quite short.  You can figure a “normal length” book is somewhere around 800 KB.

The Hollywood Economist
By Edward Jay Epstein
Published by Melville House
Category: Business

Why do studios spend so much money making a movie that ends up a flop in the movie theatres?  Partially, because they don’t really make the money in the theatres…they make it in DVDs, and tie-ins, and maybe in other countries…it’s complicated.  How does Netflix affect the movies you see?  Epstein is the author of another popular book on the subject, which is published by a company that blocks text-to-speech…so this may be a better option for some to get his take on the industry.

Crocheting for Dummies
By Susan Brittain, Karen Manthey, Julie Holetz
Published by For Dummies (part of Wiley)
Category: Hobbies

Well, this sounds thorough!  Not only where to get crocheting supplies, but how to decipher the diagrams, and green crocheting…not the color of the yarn, but with “eco-awareness”. 

If You Were My Man
By Francis Ray
Published by St. Martin’s Press (part of Macmilan)
Category: Contemporary romance

Francis Ray has a lot of fans, and this is a well-reviewed novel at Amazon (although too new to have a lot of reviews). 

Illumination: The Shaman’s Way of Healing
By Alberto Villoldo, PhD
Published by Hay House
Category: New Age

I’m going to give you the first line from the publisher’s description: “Illumination guides the reader on a healing journey, forged by the timeless wisdom of indigenous cultures and the latest theories of neurobiology.”  Hay House was founded by author Louise Hay

American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies that the Government Tells Us
By Jesse Ventura
Published by Skyhorse (distributed by W.W. Norton)
Category: Politics & Current Events

Former wrestler, actor, and Minnesota governor presents what I assume is a gentle meditation on…nah, the title probably gives you a good idea of the style.  😉

Dead Pan
By Gayle Trent
Published by BelleBooks 
Category: Mystery

You know, mysteries have some very specialized categories.  This is a cooking mystery, and more specifically, a cake decorating mystery.  It’s actually the second book in the Daphne Martin series, I believe.

Windows 7 Tweaks
By Steve Sinchak
Publshed by Wiley
Category: Computers & Internet

Wait a minute…I thought Windows 7 was supposed to be perfect!  😉

Not Exactly: In Praise of Vagueness 
By Kees van Deemter
Published by: Oxford University Press 
Category: Mathematics

Sounds like a fascinating premise!  The book points out how using a term like “tall” is helpful, even if the exact definition isn’t provided.  However, according to the description, “…when degrees of grey are accepted, concepts like truth, belief, and proof lose their power, and we are banished from that paradise in which truth and falsity are the only possibilities.”  Sounds rather Fortean, actually…or should I say, “vaguely Fortean”?  😉

I Don’t Wish Nobody To Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup
By David Chura
Published by: Beacon Press
Category: Sociology

Beacon is a non-profit publisher of books on social issues.  This sounds like a tough book to read…young people in prison, and what that means to America at large.

The Weiser Field Guide to Cryptozoology: Werewolves, Dragons, Skyfish, Lizard Men, and Other Fascinating Creatures Real and Mysterious
By Deena West Budd
Published by:  Red Wheel Weiser Books
Category: Unexplained mysteries

Bigfoot, the chupacabra, Mothman…and vampires, dragons, and werewolves. 

Shedding Light
By Michael Edelson
Published by: Club Lighthouse
Category: science fiction

Faster-than-light travel…but what would it mean to be able to get that information from the past?  Would someone sabotage the ship to prevent gaining that knowledge?  Sounds like an interesting premise…

Security, Risk and the Biometric State: Governing Borders and Bodies
By Benjamin J. Muller
Published by: Taylor & Francis
Category: Civil rights & Liberties

What are the implications of the security measures put in place in recent years? 

Jolly Jokes for the Young at Heart
By Bob Phillips
Published by: Harvest House
Category: Humor

Yep, a good old-fashioned, clean joke book. 

Well, that’s a pretty good variety for you!

Enjoy!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.  If you are reading this blog for free and would like to support it, just click here and then shop at Amazon.

Recent Kindle releases #2

February 24, 2010

Recent Kindle releases #2

It’s all about the books, right?  So, here is a listing of some recent Kindle releases. 

I’m trying to show you some real variety.  That’s one of the advantages of the Kindle…you don’t just have to read the tried and true (although you can, of course).   I think I’m safe saying that there is at least one thing on here…that you’d never read in a million years.   

A few little caveats:

  • Schedules change: books may be added or release dates changed. 
  • I don’t deliberately list books from companies that block text-to-speech, although it’s possible something will slip on to the list.  I try to be pretty careful, but things do change
  • I don’t list prices primarily because they can change (and do).  However, I’ve gotten from very inexpensive up to more than fifty dollars

If you’d like to check yourself (we may not have the same parameters for book choices), you can use this search:

February 2010 Kindle releases

I list the author, the publisher (some people care about that), the number of device licenses, and the category or genre. 

The number of device licenses is the number of devices on which you can simultaneously have the book for one purchase price.  I actually have a question in to Amazon legal right now to pin down a question on that, but that’s the basics of it.   If it says “unlimited”, it was probably published independently through Amazon’s Digital Text Platform. 

I take the genre from the Amazon product page…books often have several categories listed, so I just pick the one I like best. 

Oh, and of course, you can get a free sample first…that may be a good idea if it’s an author you haven’t read before.

You may also want to look at the size of the file…some of these may be quite short.  You can figure a “normal length” book is somewhere around 800 KB.

The 69th Week 
By Dr. Larry Richards
Published by Tate Publishing 
Device licenses: 6
Category: Religious fiction

This is a large-scope novel with demons preparing for a war.

The Doctor is In(sane): Indispensable Advice from Dr. Dave 
by Dave Hepburn
Published by
Greystone Books
Category:Humor

Humor by a general practitioner, that looks like it’s going to range over some different topics.

Geosynchron (Book Three of the Jump 225 Trilogy) 
by David Louis Edelman
Published by Pyr (part of Prometheus Books)
Device licenses: 6
Genre: Science fiction

Some of you may know Prometheus as a publisher of Skeptical books (that’s a position that challenges paranormal claims, essentially).  Pyr is a science fiction publisher, and this is the third and concluding book in a cyberpunk series.

Princess Bea 
by Leonard David Goodisman
Published by Tate Publishing
Device licenses: 6
Genre: Children’s Chapter Book

It’s nice to see new children’s books for the Kindle.  This one is a fantasy with a young princess on a magical journey.

Seizing the White Space: Business Model Innovation for Growth and Renewal 
By Mark W. Johnson
Published by Harvard Business Press
Device licenses: 6
Genre: Business

A book on bringing transformational growth to your company.

120 JAM & JELLY RECIPES eBOOK Preserves Cookbook 
By eBook-Ventures
Device licenses: 6
Genre: cookbook

Jams and jellies? You may want to keep your Kindle in a ziploc bag (or cool waterproof cover) for this one! 🙂  This company is bringing a number of cookbooks to the Kindle.

The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I Egypt, Gallipoli, Lemnos Island, Sinai Peninsula 
By Herbert Brayley Collett
Publisher: unknown
Device licenses: unlimited
Genre: history

There’s no book description…but I think the title probably says it pretty well.  I’m guessing this is a war memoir.  There are a number of books with a similar graphic design in the book image, so they may come from the same place.

Africa to Easter Island (One World Tongue)
 
By William G. Davey
Publisher: unknown
Device licenses: 6
Category: Linguistics

This looks like an interesting one, although it’s a little hard to determine.  It is listed under linguistics, but also under history.

Be Yourself Seduction 
By Jim Slatin
Publisher: unknown
Device licenses: unlimited
Category: self help

This book is only 38K, which is quite small.  The author’s other books include ones on health issue, like Athritis Joint Pain and Blood Pressure Health…and colon cleansing. 

Blue-Tail Fly 
By Donald Ammer
Published by Fido Publishing 
Device licenses: unlimited
Category: Horror

Gotta say, creepy cover.  🙂  This is a short story…the Fido site lists 9,400 words, so traditionally, something like 37  pages.

Building the Perfect WordPress Blog 
By Short
Published by Unique Enterprises
Device licenses: 6
Category: How-To, Business

A WordPress blog is what you are reading right now.  🙂  This one is certainly not perfect, and I do find quite a bit of mystery in the process.  I don’t know if this book would actually clear all that up, but there certainly is a place for something on the topic.

iPhone Programming Exercises: SQLite
By Norman McEntire
Published by Servin Corporation
Device licenses: 6
Category: Computers

Hey, who doesn’t love a programming book, right?  😉

The Legend of La Tormenta 
By Cyntia Zeuli
Published by ArcheBooks 
Device licenses: unlimited
Genre: Adventure

I’ll tell you, I’ve got to link you to the official website description  on this one.  🙂   It’s got pirates, and voodoo…

Well, that’s a pretty broad selection.

A couple of interesting observations: I’m seeing a lot of books that appear to be public domain.  Amazon hypothetically doesn’t allow that through the Digital Text Platform (DTP), but these may not be coming through that avenue.  The last one I listed, the La Tormenta one, has a price of $3.99 for th e-book at the publisher, and $9.99 for the Kindle book.   That’s an odd one.  If a publisher wants the 70% level, they can’t price the book lower anywhere else.  Some possibilities: they don’t care about the 70% because they are charging so much more; one of the prices is a mistake; they’ll raise the website price when the 70% goes into effect.  At Amazon, though, it says that the Digital List Price is $9.99…I guess the publisher could be offering it under list, certainly.

Enjoy!

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

Recent Kindle releases #1

February 5, 2010

I wanted the focus back on, you know, reading…so here is a listing of some recent  Kindle releases. 

I’m trying to show you some real variety.  That’s one of the advantages of the Kindle…you don’t just have to read the tried and true (although you can, of course).   I think I’m saying that there is at least one thing on here…that you’d never read in a million years.  😉 

A few little caveats:

  • Schedules change: books may be added or release dates changed.  Currently, books from Macmillan and their imprints are not available directly from Amazon, and may not appear in this list
  • I don’t deliberately list books from companies that block text-to-speech, although it’s possible something will slip on to the list.  I try to be pretty careful, but things do change
  • I don’t list prices primarily because they can change (and do).  However, I’ve gotten from very inexpensive up to more than fifty dollars

If you’d like to check yourself (we may not have the same parameters for book choices), you can use this search:

February 2010 Kindle releases

I list the author, the publisher (some people care about that), the number of device licenses, and the genre. 

The number of device licenses is the number of devices on which you can simultaneously have the book for one purchase price.  I actually have a question in to Amazon legal right now to pin down a question on that, but that’s the basics of it.   If it says “unlimited”, it was probably published independently through Amazon’s Digital Text Platform. 

I take the genre from the Amazon product page…books often have several categories listed, so I just pick the one I like best.  🙂

Oh, and of course, you can get a free sample first…that may be a good idea if it’s an author you haven’t read before.

You may also want to look at the size of the file…some of these may be quite short.  You can figure a “normal length” book is somewhere around 800 KB.

What I Learned from Peter Drucker 

by Jim Champy
Publisher: FT (Financial Times) Press
Device licenses: 5
Genre: Business

Peter Drucker was  a well-known business author

You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes: And Other Great Advice from an Unlikely Preacher’s Wife 

by Lisa McKay
Publisher: David C. Cook
Device licenses: 6
Genre:  Christian

This appears to be non-fiction, and pretty light-hearted

Why We Support Kindle 

by Ghost Town Publications
Publisher: Ghost Town Publications
Device licenses: unlimited
Genre: Business

It doesn’t say anything about it yet (sometimes a description takes a few days to show), but this could be very current

Walt Disney’s Way 

by New Word City
Publisher: FT Press
Device licenses: 5
Category: Business

This is not going to be just about Disney’s business life, it appears, but perhaps also about his philosophy

Technology and Medical Practice 

by Ericka Johnson, Boel Berner
Publisher: Ashcraft
Devices licenses: 6
Category: Public Health

Here’s a nice expensive, weighty, technical type tome…might be used as a textbook, I think

Through the Faerie Glass

by Kerry Klein
Publisher: Llewellyn
Device licenses: 6
Category: New age

Llewellyn is the publisher of Fate Magazine.  Yes, this will possibly be non-fction about faeries…

The Tale of the Comet

by David George Richards
Publisher: Booksandstories
Device licenses: 6
Genre: Fantasy

This sounds pretty wild: set on another planet, in includes laser rifles and knights in armor…

A Simpler Time: Six Mostly True Stories

by Bryan Young
Publisher: ShineBox
Device licenses: 6
Genre: Fiction

Six short stories

SLICE: seven tales of horror 

by Ty Johnston
Publisher: Logical Misanthropy Press
Device licenses: unlimited
Genre: horror

You want your zombies?  You got ’em (at least based on the titles)

Sibs (The Secret History of the World) 

by F. Paul Wilson
Publisher: Wilsongs
Device licenses: unlimited
Genre: Fiction

Wilson is a well-known author (perhaps best known for The Keep).  This is an interesting selection to me…the publisher is Wilsongs.  Is that Wilson himself?  This is a 1991 novel, which may have been out of print for awhile.  Mr. Wilson, if you happen to see this, I’d be very interested to know if you are self-publishing a book where the rights had reverted to you, or for which you had never sold the e-book rights. 

Rabbi Taboolis Charismatic Play Book 

by Ty Tabooli
Publisher: unlisted
Device licenses: 6
Genre: Humor

They say that anybody will enjoy this book, regardless of religious belief or lack thereof…that it is humor based on prayer, but that (apparently) having prayed is not necessary

Princess

by Rukyyah J. Karreem
Publisher: Erotic Ink
Devices licenses: 6
Genre: Erotica

I’ll be honest with you, not something I would read, but I’m trying to be eclectic here.  Hmmm…urban erotica…might be a fun one to have Tom read out loud (not around strangers, of course).

Paris 1934: Victory in Retreat

by Paul A. Myers
Publisher: Paul A. Myers
Device licenses: 6
Category: Thrillers

Mexico City Noir 

Edited by Paco Ignacio Taibo II
Publisher: Akashic
Device licenses: 6
Genre: Mystery anthology

This is part of a series of anthologies with noir stories set in a particular city.

The Martha Washington Cookbook

by Marie Kimball
Publisher: James Direct
Devices licenses: unlimited
Genre: cookbooks

It’s just what it seems…a reprint edition of the First First Lady’s cookbook. Gee, I’m guessing termite pie isn’t on there (just kidding…I know Washington didn’t really have wooden teeth)

Long, Long Ago 

by Thomas Haynes Bayley
Publisher: FreeHand Music
Device licenses: 6
Genre: sheet music

Yep, you read that right! Sheet music! I tried getting a sample for my Kindle for PC, because I wanted to see if I could work out some way to use the mouse as a foot pedal. Well, the sample only got me the cover, so I can’t tell you that for sure. I suspect it’s possible, though. This is also optimized for large screens…Kindle DX, Kindle for PC…eventually, maybe, an iPad.

Well, there you go!  That’s a pretty broad selection!   I’m pretty sure those all have publications in the Kindle store of the last week.   As you may know from my Snapshot articles, there are hundreds of books added every day, on the average.

Enjoy!

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


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