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Prime Reading this month: November 2016

November 5, 2016

Prime Reading this month: November 2016

Amazon just recently introduced

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

a new benefit for Prime members (who typically pay $99 a year).

They can read from a list of about 1,000 e-books at no additional cost.

Since this is a rotating list, sort of like Netflix or Hulu or Prime Video, I thought I’d try out a new feature where I’ll recommend some books on the list early in the month. Prime Members can have up to ten books out at a time…and usually, six people on the account can have the same book (or magazine) at the same time! Alternatively you might have the same book on an EBR (E-Book Reader) and a phone, for example.

Here’s the list:

Prime Reading for November 2016 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

  • 1,016 titles
  • 349 with Audible narration (meaning you can listen to the audiobook as well as sight-reading it)
  • Children’s Books (73)
    Comics & Graphic Novels (24)
    Literature & Fiction (217)
    Mystery, Thriller & Suspense (173)
    Nonfiction (434)
    Romance (163)
    Science Fiction & Fantasy (97)
    Teen & Young Adult (55)

Here are some suggestions:

“I want to read it again/I’ve been meaning to read this/my kid should read this”

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: this is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings, lighter in tone. I damage my geek cred when I say this, but I prefer it to The Lord of the Rings. 😉 It does have audible narration.

“Fantastic Beasts is coming out…I want to re-read Harry Potter”

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Mary GrandPré (the first book)

“I want something to do”

  • Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments: From Boiling Ice and Exploding Soap to Erupting Volcanoes and Launching Rockets, 30 Inventive Experiments to Excite the Whole Family! (Dads Book of Awesome) by Mike Adamick
  • How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans by Jared Blando
  • The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location by Marc Taro Holmes
  • The Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried and True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors by Marsha Hoffman Rising and Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

“I just want to read some fiction”

  • Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim (my Significant Other and I both read this and both liked it…that doesn’t always happen)
  • Where We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Fallout (Lois Lane) by Gwenda Bond
  • Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) by Blake Crouch
  • Hour of Need (Scarlet Falls Book 1) by Melinda Leigh
  • Huntress Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers Book 1) by Alexandra Sokoloff
  • Edgewood by Karen McQuestion
  • No Turning Back (The Kathleen Turner Series Book 1) by Tiffany Snow
  • Sapphire Blue by DeAnn Smallwood | 4.4 stars | 223 reviews
  • The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan | 4.2 stars | 3,925 reviews
  • The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath Book 1) by Brad Thor

“I want some time-tested science fiction”

  • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis

“I like pictures with my words”

  • Archie (2015-) #6 by Mark Waid and Veronica Fish
  • The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson
  • Scott Pilgrim (of 6) Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life – Color Edition by Bryan O’Malley and Nathan Fairbairn
    The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1: 1950-1952 by Charles Schulz
  • 14 Years of Loyal Service in a Fabric-Covered Box: A Dilbert Book by Scott Adams
  • Vampirella Vol. 1: Crown of Worms (Vampirella (2011)) by Eric Trautmann and Wagner Reis

“Never stop learning”

  • The Everything American Government Book: From the Constitution to Present-Day Elections, All You Need to Understand…by Nick Ragone
  • Famous Crimes the World Forgot: Ten Vintage True Crime Stories Rescued from Obscurity by Jason Lucky Morrow | 4.4 stars | 228 reviews
  • Philosophy 101: From Plato and Socrates to Ethics and Metaphysics, an Essential Primer on the History of Thought (Adams 101) by Paul Kleinman
  • The Rules Abide: The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Baseball Rules (With History, Humor and a Few Big Words) by Jim Tosches
  • 1,001 Facts that Will Scare the S#*t Out of You: The Ultimate Bathroom Reader by Cary McNeal
  • The Lost Tribe of Coney Island: Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century by Claire Prentice

“Now you’re cooking!”

  • The Everything Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook (Everything®) by Rachel Rappaport
  • The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew – More Than 150 Recipes from Westeros and Beyond (Unofficial Cookbook) by Alan Kistler
  • The $5 a Meal College Vegetarian Cookbook: Good, Cheap Vegetarian Recipes for When You Need to Eat (Everything Books) by Nicole Cormier

“I’ve got my traveling shoes on!”

  • The World: A Traveller’s Guide to the Planet (Lonely Planet) by Lonely Planet
    You Only Live Once: A Lifetime of Experiences for the Explorer in all of us (Lonely Planet) by Lonely Planet
  • The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom by Susan Veness
  • Lonely Planet London (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet and Peter Dragicevich

“I’m getting a jump on my New Year’s resolutions”

  • Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less by S.J. Scott
  • 15-Minute Calisthenics Workout for Beginners: Supercharged Bodyweight Exercises to a Lean & Toned Body (No Gym. No Special Equipment Required.) by Chris Clarke
  • Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey

“I like to read magazines on the plane/porch/beach”

  • Smithsonian
  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • The New Yorker

“What else have you got?”

  • D.W. the Picky Eater by Marc Brown (for kids)
  • Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown (humorous “children’s book” with Darth Vader)
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (a New York Times bestseller fairly recently)
  • WIRED by Douglas E. Richards | 4.2 stars | 3,905 reviews
  • C.S. Lewis: A Life Inspired by Christopher Gordon and Wyatt North
  • Guns (Kindle Single) by Stephen King
  • I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridan
  • The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath Book 1) by Brad Thor
  • Whisky Tango Foxtrot by Mr. Lynne M. Black Jr.
  • The Immortal Circus (Cirque des Immortels Book 1) by A. R. Kahler
  • The Cats that Surfed the Web (The Cats that . . . Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Karen Anne Golden
  • Sinbad (Singles Classic) by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Half Way Home by Hugh Howey
  • My Seinfeld Year (Kindle Single) by Fred Stoller
  • It’s Not Elementary: The Mistakes of Sherlock Holmes (Kindle Single) by Noah Axler
  • No Ordinary Billionaire (The Sinclairs Book 1) by J. S. Scott

Remember, that’s just a tiny fraction of the more than 1,000 titles. If you are a Prime member (in the USA, at least), you can have up to ten of these out at a time, but there is no limit to the number you can borrow in a month. This is a rotating list: these titles may not all be in Prime Reading next month. However, if you borrow one and you still have Prime, you can still read it even if it is not in Prime Reading any more.

Oh, and every one of these titles is also available to

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

members (as well as close to 1.5 million more titles)

This is my first one of these…let me know if you find it helpful, or if you have other suggestions. Feel free to tell me and my readers 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” 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.

Frequently Asked Kindle Questions: Prime Reading edition

October 11, 2016

Frequently Asked Kindle Questions: Prime Reading edition

Q. I’ve been hearing a lot about Prime Reading (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*): what is it?

A. It’s a new benefit for people who have Amazon Prime (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*). It lets Prime members read books from a special selection of books at no additional cost.

Q. No additional cost to what?

A. To their Prime memberships. Prime members typically pay $99 a year for a number of benefits, including free two-day shipping on many items, a vast music library, and videos.

Q. How do I know if I’m a Prime member?

A. You can check by going to “Your Account” at the top of any Amazon page and choosing “Your Prime Membership”.

Q. So, if I’m a Prime member, I can now read books free?

A. Some books, yes. When it was introduced there were 1,014 titles in Prime Reading (at AmazonSmile*) and that’s still the case now.

Q. What kind of books are they? Will I have heard of them?

A. Some of them for sure, if you already are a reader…and some you’ve probably heard of even if you don’t follow books that much. That includes the first Harry Potter book, for example, and The Man in the High Castle.

Q. Like the TV show?

A. Right, yes…the TV show is based on that book. There are also a lot of books you probably haven’t heard of before. There are also some graphic novels and comic strip collections.

Q. And it doesn’t cost me anything to read them?

A. Not if you are a Prime member.

Q. Do I get to keep them? Can I give them as gifts?

A. No, this is just the ability to read them. Think of it like Netflix for books. People have been using that term for a while for different things, but this is really quite a bit like that. You have a certain selection of media, you can enjoy them, but you don’t own them and you can’t give them away.

Q. Okay, I get that.

A. Another thing that is like Netflix is that this is a rotating selection. There will be different books, probably every month, which is the way Netflix does it. I expect we’ll see stories about which books are coming into Prime Reading and going out of it, just like we do with Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video.

Q. I don’t read a book very quickly. What happens if I’m not done with it and they take it out of Prime Reading?

A. You can still finish it. You can hang on to a book as long as you are a Prime member. If you stop being a Prime member, you lose access.

Q. How many books can I have? Can my family members read them?

A. There is no limit to the number of books you can borrow, although you can only have ten at a time. If you return one of those ten, though, you can get another one. As to family members, yes, if they can read books on your account they can read these.

Q. That means that if my three kids are reading Harry Potter, I have seven more books for the adults in my family?

A. Actually, if three people are reading the same book, that only counts as one book. Your three kids could read Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, and you’d still have nine more books to go.

Q. Wait, so my Significant Other and I can read the same book at the same time and it only counts as one book?

A. That’s right. You can talk about it with each other…even race to finish it, if you want. The number of people who can read the same book at the same time is set by the publisher; unless it says otherwise on the book’s Amazon product page, which you can see before you download it, that number of “simultaneous device licenses” is six.

Q. That sounds pretty good. I have somebody on my account who never reads books, though…any benefit for them?

A. Yes! Prime Reading includes magazines, and really well-known magazines: People, GQ, Vogue,  Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated…

Q. We read those!

A. A lot of people do…they are some of the most popular magazines.

Q. I’ve got a kid who is a geek and a bookworm. Are there weird magazines in there too?

A. Not really. This selection, both books and magazines, is mostly more mainstream choices. Think of it as like what you would see in an airport bookstore.

Q. I get it. Oh, are videogames part of this?

A. No, but Amazon did introduce Twitch Prime, which does have videogames. To use Prime Reading, you have to be a Prime member…that means you do have access to music, TV shows, movies, and games, just not part of this program.

Q. How about Audible? I listen to books on my commute.

A. Not exactly, but if an e-book has an audiobook and is set up for Whispersync for Voice, you can listen to that audiobook as part of this. Right now, there are about 350…just about a third.

Q. How much does that cost? Some of those audiobooks are expensive!

A. It’s part of the deal…it doesn’t cost anything more.

Q. That’s going to save me a lot of money!

A. Prime’s an investment, but yes, it can save you a lot of money.

Q. I’ve heard about the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library? Is this the same thing?

A. No, that program required you to own a hardware Kindle, and you could only borrow one book a month. It did require a Prime membership.

Q. Hardware Kindle?

A. A Kindle e-book reader or a Fire. You can use Prime Reading with a free Kindle reading app…and those are available for lots of devices, including iPhones  and iPads.

Q. Why would anybody use that Lending Library thing, then?

A. There are a lot more books there, about a million and half versus a thousand. That’s where there are more books your geek kid may like. Outside of that, I don’t see a real advantage to it. I’m thinking that the Lending Library may be going away.

Q. What about those million books, then? Would nobody be able to borrow them?

A. They are available through Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*). That’s a separate program. People pay, usually $9.99 a month for access to those books. Outside of that, it works just like Prime Reading…the ten book at a time limit, for example.

Q. I don’t think I’d need that if I have these thousand books as part of Prime.

A. Maybe not. That will be the case for a lot of people. For people who want a lot more choices, though, KU will be worth the price.

Q. If they have Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading, can they have twenty books out at once?

A. No. I confirmed that specifically with Amazon. Getting a book through Prime Reading or Kindle Unlimited counts towards your limit of ten. In fact, I don’t think there’s a way to say whether the borrow if from KU or Prime Reading.

Q. Well, they are paying more for Kindle Unlimited,  so it seems like they should get more.

A. They do…they have more choices, just not more borrows. Think of Prime Reading as free access to a small part of Kindle Unlimited.

Q. Okay. Doesn’t seem worth it to me to pay that extra ten bucks a month.

A. It might not be for you, but some other people will think it’s a good deal.

Q. I can see that. One more question: why doesn’t Amazon just do this with all the books?

A. They have to pay the publishers, and they have to have permission.

Q. Oh, I have a cousin who wrote a book…can they do this to get more money?

A. It’s a very small group of books, and it sounds like it has been invitation only.**

Q. Alright, I’ll ask my cousin. Why would Amazon do this at all, then, if it costs them money and they don’t get anything more for it?

A. To make people more likely to stay with Prime. Prime members spend a lot with Amazon and they often spend it on higher profit items. There isn’t a lot of profit with e-books, not like with some physical items.

Q. That makes sense.

A. Do you have any other questions?

Q. Not right now. I guess I’ll check it out.

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Readers, if you have other questions or comments, feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project! Do you have what it takes to be a Timeblazer?

* 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” 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.

**There has been some very interesting public discussion about indies (independent publishers) and Prime reading. There have been rumors of “signing bonuses” (like an advance in traditional publishing) and then similar payments to KU. Here’s a forum thread on it: https://kdp.amazon.com/community/thread.jspa?messageID=1069009&#1069009


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