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Today’s KDD: current affairs

January 20, 2017

Today’s KDD: current affairs

Once again, a very interesting

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

with some well-known titles at great prices!

Amazon did choose to tie into today’s events in Washington by doing “political” books…but from several viewpoints, which I think is a good choice.

Remember that you can buy the books at today’s discounted price as a gift, and either delay delivery until the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print the gift out to give whenever you want (even wrap it, if that’s your choice).

Check the price before you click, tap, or eye gaze (the last in Virtual Reality) that Buy button: prices may not apply in your country, for one thing.

Titles in this sale include:

  • Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders | 4.7 stars out of 5 | 435 customer reviews |$3.99
  • Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank | 4.5 stars | 299 reviews
  • The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
  • No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald
  • Wake Up America: The Nine Virtues That Made Our Nation Great–and Why We Need Them More Than Ever by Eric Bolling
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman
  • The America We Deserve by Donald Trump
  • The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide to Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious…by Eliot Nelson
  • America Ascendant: A Revolutionary Nation’s Path to Addressing Its Deepest Problems and Leading the 21st Century by Stanley B. Greenberg

and they do have some “counter-programming” deals, without an obvious connection to current events:

  • The Widower’s Wife by Cate Holahan
  • Wind River Wrangler (Wind River Series Book 1) by Lindsay McKenna
  • The Hydrogen Sonata (A Culture Novel Book 10) by Iain M. Banks
  • The Killing Season: A Novel (Carter Blake) by Mason Cross

Enjoy!

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* When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle 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.

 

 

Today’s KDD: e-textbook sale

January 9, 2017

Today’s KDD: e-textbook saleI’ve been loving Amazon’s

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

this year! 2017 has seen so many discounts on well-known books for what I call “piece buyers” (people who buy one book at a time, as opposed to buying access through something like Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) or using Prime Reading (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)).

It used to be that the KDD was just four books, then it went to six…and this year, it could be tens of books on a theme.

Today, for example, there are 139 (!) titles. An Amazon alert told me this was an e-textbook sale, but you don’t need to be an academic to read many of these. 😉 In fact, I don’t know how many professors would assign “The Carsons of Mustang Creek” series of romances. 😉

There are definitely books which I would consider traditional textbooks (and some of them are a lot more, even discounted, than the $5 or less we typically see in a KDD).

I’m just going to list a few, but it’s certainly worth checking out this sale…remember that you can also buy them as gifts, either delaying delivery or having them sent to yourself and then printing them out.

Also, check the price before you click, tap, or eye gaze (the last one when you are in virtual reality) that Buy button…the sale may not apply in your country:

  • The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Nearly 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed by Michael George and John Maxey
  • Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy during the Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis
  • The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace by John Paul Lederach
  • When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World’s Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge (Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics) by K David Harrison

Enjoy!

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* When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 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.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle 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.

Today’s KDD: 46 “Best of the Month” books from 2016 for $3.99 or less each

January 8, 2017

Today’s KDD: 46 “Best of the Month” books from 2016 for $3.99 or less each

I’m certainly not going to tell Amazon to slow down on the great book deals this year!

Today’s

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

is 46 “Best of the Month” books from 2016, for $3.99 or less each.

Yep…these books were published in the USA Kindle store just this last year. Several of these are what I call “People Magazine books”…books you would read about in that publication, meaning that even casual readers might have heard of them.

As always, check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze (the last in Virtual Reality) that Buy button…the prices may not apply in your country.

As a reminder, you can buy these books at today’s discounted price, and then either delay the delivery for a gift-giving occasion (you won’t even have to remember you did it when the day actually happens), or print it out so you can gift it whenever you want.

Titles include:

  • Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  • Mischling by Affinity Konar
  • In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi
  • The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
  • Siracusa by Delia Ephron
  • Chaos Monkeys by Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  • All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
  • Good as Gone by Amy Gentry (also available through  Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*))
  • Orphan X by Gregg hurwitz
  • The Education of Dixie Dupree by Donna Everhart
  • As Close to Us as Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner
  • Powerhouse by James Andrew Miller
  • The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
  • Maestra by L.S. Hilton
  • The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
  • The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle
  • Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
  • Lust & Wonder: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
  • Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel by Tom Wainwright
  • Brighton by Michael Harvey
  • Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon by Kelley and Thomas French
  • Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti
  • As Good as Gone by Larry Watson
  • This Is Your Brain on Parasites by Kathleen McAuliffe
  • A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin
  • Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
  • The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock
  • The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church
  • The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler’s U-boats
  • I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman
  • Never a Dull Moment: 1971 the Year that Rock Exploded by David Hepworth
  • Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride
  • Security by Gina Wohlsdorf
  • Green Island by Shama Yang
  • The Longest Night by Andria Williams
  • Perfect Days by Raphael Montes
  • Consequence: A Memoir by Eric Fair
  • Guapa by Saleem Haddad
  • Not Pretty Enough: The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown by Gerri Hershey
  • A Hundred Thousand Words by Bob Proehl
  • From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives by Jeffrey E. Garten
  • All Stories are Love Stories by Elizabeth Percer
  • Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Enjoy!

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* When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 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.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle 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.

 

7 reading prompts for 2017, and yet another great KDD (on business books)

January 5, 2017

7 reading prompts for 2017, and yet another great KDD (on business books)

With the super-abundance of access we have to books to read, I would guess that most readers still tend to read the same types of things. That might be romance, or current events, or science fiction, or even the same authors. I have heard of someone who only read two books: Helter Skelter and Gone with the Wind, and just kept alternating them…finish one of them, start the other, finish that one, go back to the first one, and so on.

In the past, I wasn’t a big re-reader…but I have been re-reading the original 14 Oz books (by L. Frank Baum), just before I go to sleep. I’m considering a book tying into Oz, and I really want to see all the connections and detail between events of the books.

Generally, though, I think I’m a pretty eclectic reader. Regular readers know that when I was a brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, I think one of the best things I did was encourage (not require) my employees to read a book from every section in the store…and I did that myself.

I’d say that’s one of the things which really broadened my horizons…before that, I tended to read science fiction/fantasy and certain types of non-fiction. Now, I’m much more flexible.

“Reading prompts” are suggestions…just a way to maybe help you make a turn when you are used to going straight ahead. Hopefully, you find them inspiring. I’m not going to guarantee that doing this will make you a better person or even a better reader. I do believe that exposure to a wider variety of perspectives is healthy, but it’s entirely up to you. 🙂

Here are 7 reading prompts from me to you for 2017:

1. Read a book by someone with whom you strongly disagree

I never want to see books banned. I want people’s ideas to be out there for the public to read…if you disagree with someone, I think it should be an informed disagreement. I don’t tend to think that reading a book is going to warp you in some way, that you will be irresistibly led down the rabbit hole. Pick someone who you think is really wrong, ideally even offensive. That might be politically, but it could be philosophically or even an idea in science. This can work with their personal lives…separating the art from the artist. I understand that you may not want to give them money…it can certainly be a free book.

2. Read a type of book you haven’t read in the past year

Pick one of these types of books and read one. Maybe it will be a type you have never read, or just one you haven’t read in a while:

  • Short story collection/anthology
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Graphic novel

3. Read a book by someone who is a complete unknown to you 

Find an author where you don’t recognize the name and have no idea who that person is.

4. Read a book first published 27 years before you were born

If you need help finding something, let me know by commenting on this post.

5. Read a book first published in a country you’ve never visited

Books are affected by the markets for which they are intended, and not just by the culture in which the author was raised (although that can affect it, too).

6. Read a novel in a genre you haven’t read in the past year

Pick one of these genres:

  • Romance
  • Science fiction/fantasy
  • Western
  • War

7. Ask someone surprising to recommend a book to you

Ask someone with whom you don’t usually discuss books to recommend a book for you to read. That could be someone at work, or maybe a friend (or somebody on public transit or at school or at the dog park…). It might take a few times asking, but go with the first recommendation which you haven’t read before. I realize that this one might be a bit scary…they may want you to discuss the book afterwards. 🙂 Let them know it’s a reading prompt, if you want. On the other hand, it’s likely to also encourage the people you ask to read…and that’s a good thing, right?

There are my seven…do you have any reading prompts for me and my readers? Feel free to let us know by commenting on this post.

Amazon has really been outdoing itself with the

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

in 2017!

It’s gone from what used to be four books a day in different (but commonly the same) genres to tens of books, some times themed.

That’s the case today: 47 titles, and I think they intend them all to be tied into books you might read to help yourself at work and in your career.

Again, there are some well-known titles here at great prices! As always, check the price before you click or tap or eye gaze (if you are in Virtual Reality) that Buy button…the prices may not apply where you are. Also, I remind you that you can buy these at the discounted price as a gift, have them sent to yourself, print them out and give the whenever (or, delay the delivery date to a specific gift-giving occasion..Amazon won’t forget, even if you might).

Here are some of the titles:

  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  • Never Split the difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz
  • The Myth of the Strong Leader by Archie Brown
  • Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons
  • The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, MD
  • Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness With by Chade-Meng Tan
  • The Power of the Other by Dr. Henry Cloud
  • The Effective Manager by Mark Horstman
  • How Google Works by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg
  • Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else by Jon Gordon
  • The Five Temptations of a CEO by Patrick M. Lencioni
  • Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired and Secretive Company Really Works by Adam Lashinsky

That’s only a partial listing…if you’d suggest one of the others in the sale, feel free. If this did alert you to a bargain you get, I’d appreciate you letting me know. It helps me tell what helps people in the blog, and it helps your fellow ILMK readers.

Enjoy!

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* When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 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.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle 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.

Amazon owned online holiday shopping, and a great non-fiction KDD

January 4, 2017

Amazon owned online holiday shopping, and a great non-fiction KDD

We are still getting data on the 2016 holiday sales, but it looks like Amazon dominated…on a Bambi Meets Godzilla level. 😉

According to this

Seeking Alpha story by Gary Bourgeault

Amazon had 45.5% of online purchases for the week ending December 17, 2017. That’s almost half!

Now, if they had a close competitor, it would just make it a battle…but again, according to the article Amazon had a market share about ten times higher than Best Buy, their closest competitor!

That’s astonishing! It’s like winning a basket ball game 110…to 10. 😉

I strongly recommend the article, which uses graphs and multiple sources to do an interesting analysis.

Probably more importantly than the percentage of the market, was the reported increase in Amazon Prime (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) memberships. Amazon has started making a profit, but many of the sales at Amazon during the holidays were due to, well, sales, where Amazon likely didn’t make much if any profit.

Prime members, though, reportedly spend more year round and buy those physical items (diapers and windshield wipers) where the profit is higher.

Why did Amazon dominate?

Yes, sales were part of it…you can think of buying a discounted Echo Dot as a marketing expense, and one that many competitors can’t afford.

Prime is another. I always prefer to buy from Amazon, given a choice…things come quickly, the prices are good, and they already have my financial information. A big thing for me is being able to send items to a local grocery story, using Amazon Locker. That’s not specifically a Prime benefit, but Prime makes you consider Amazon first.

Yet a third was Alexa. Amazon’s digital assistant is now available on many devices, not just the Amazon Echo family. Shopping through Alexa is easy and they had special deals through that service. That’s part of what I mean when I talk about Amazon wanting to be the “infrastructure of the internet”. They want to be both the way that people interact with the internet, and how things get to them (through fulfillment and Amazon Web Services, to name two).

As shoppers still increasingly move to shopping online, Amazon’s growing dominance in holiday sales looks likely to be an ongoing trend (and  speak as a former brick-and-mortar store manager). The one thing they’ll need to watch is people moving to Virtual Reality (which I have been doing since I got a Samsung Gear VR headset (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) at the holidays). I have no doubt that I will be shopping through VR, as I spend more and more time there. I already can, because I can browse the internet. Not getting in on VR now is like not getting into mobile when SmartPhones started becoming popular. I’ve predicted Amazon will get into VR in a big way in my annual prediction post: The Year Ahead: 2017.

Another thing this year? So far, there have been amazing discounts on popular e-books!

Today’s

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

is any of 26 highly-rated non-fiction titles, each under $4 and many for $1.99 each.

If you think you don’t like non-fiction, some of these titles might challenge that notion. 🙂

Remember that you can buy these as gifts and delay the delivery until the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or have the purchase sent to yourself, print them out, and give them whenever (even wrapped, if you want).

Check the price before you click or tap (or eye gaze, if you are in VR) that Buy Button…the prices may not apply in your country.

Title include:

  • A Night to Remember by Walter Lord | 4.5 stars out of 5 | 536 customer reviews…classic account of the Titanic, been adapted
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn | 4.4 stars | 2,349 reviews
  • Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors by Stephen Ambrose
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
  • The Fall of Japan by William Craig
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
  • We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young: Ia Drang—The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam by Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway
  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan (also available as part of Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*))
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved AmericaOct 19, 2009 | Kindle eBook
    by Timothy Egan (KU…these are the only two in the sale which are part of KU at time of writing)
  • Mistress of the Vatican: The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchini: The Secret Female Pope by Eleanor Herman

Enjoy!

I’ve only listed some of the titles…if you’d like to suggest others for me and my readers, or if you have thoughts about Amazon dominating holiday sales (who could disrupt them and how, for example) or my embracing of VR as a consumer reality (so to speak) feel free to comment on this post.

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* When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 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.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle 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.

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: January 2017

January 2, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: January 2017

Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which used to discount four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kids’ book). Now, it seems like it is generally more books than that, and not categorized. Today, there are 67 (!) KDDs, focused on self-improvement.

They also do Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each (at AmazonSmile). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now: 791 at the time of writing…91 more than last month. It’s a bit interesting that it stayed about the same as December, but January is also a big sales month, partially due to returns, partially due to gift cards, and with e-books, people getting new devices presumably affects that. The highest priced one actually is $3.99, which isn’t always the case.

Those prices only apply to the USA, and one weird thing is that sometimes some of the books seem to sell out at that price (or become unavailable for some other reason).

Another thing is that 498 of them (135 more than last month) are available through

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

Amazon lists that information prominently…and it’s now commonly a filter in search results. If they are, then you need to consider whether it is worth buying them…even at these low prices. While they are in KU, you can, if you are a subscriber (and there’s a free month available right now), read them at no additional cost. There are, of course, advantages to owning books, especially if you want to re-read them. A book could move out of KU at any time. Even if you think you want to own it, if you are a KU member, you could always read it first to make sure. 😉 I will mark them with KU.

By the way, in the new version of the

eReaderIQ advanced search

you can make KU a filter. So, you can search for books by an author, a keyword, an average customer review which you can read as part of your KU membership…nice! I’m not associated with eReaderIQ except as a user (we have had some correspondence), but I do think it is the most valuable website for Kindleers.

This is the third month for my measurement of  which ones are

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

eligible, which is Amazon’s new benefit for Prime members, a rotating list of books you can borrow each month.

This month there are 103, sixty more than last month. There were around 500 more books in PR altogether, but this is an even greater percentage increase…good sign!

I’m going to list some of the books in this sale that caught my eye…I’m not necessarily recommending them, but I do think they are interesting.

The ones I link (if I actually link to specific books) also don’t block text-to-speech access**…but I think blocking it is becoming rarer.

Okay, books!

  • Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry (The Rabbi Small Mysteries) by Harry Kemelman (and others in the series…you could buy these former New York Times bestsellers to give as a gift at some point)
  • Casino Royale (James Bond – Extended Series Book 1) by Ian Fleming (not the only one in this series in the sale)
  • Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking (Mindfulness Books Series Book 1) by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport (also available through Kindle Unlimited ((KU)))
  • My Sister’s Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1) by Robert Dugoni | 4.4 stars out of 5 | 11,262 customer reviews (KU)
  • A Quiet Life in the Country (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 1) by T E Kinsey (KU, PR)
  • The Butterfly Garden (The Collector Trilogy Book 1) by Dot Hutchison (KU) | 4.3 stars | 10,317 reviews
  • Death and Her Devotion (Rogue Vows Book 1) by Kendra Elliot (KU)
  • Maude by Donna Foley Mabry | 4.4 stars | 11,863 reviews
  • No Ordinary Billionaire (The Sinclairs Book 1) by J. S. Scott
  • In the Blood (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery Book 1) by Steve Robinson | 4.3 stars | 1,977 reviews (PR, KU)
  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere 1) by Meg Elison (KU)
  • Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy Book 1) by Shannon Mayer (KU)
  • Vanished (Callahan & McLane Book 1) by Kendra Elliot | (KU)
  • Time Is the Simplest Thing by Clifford D. Simak
  • Constitution: Book 1 of The Legacy Fleet Trilogy by Nick Webb
  • Kissing the Beehive by Jonathan Carroll
  • The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series, Book 1) by Charlie N. Holmberg (KU)
  • True Detective (Nathan Heller Novels) by Max Allan Collins (KU)
  • Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani | 4.3 stars | 5,727 reviews (PR, KU)
  • Forging Zero (The Legend of ZERO, Book 1) by Sara King (KU)
  • The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler
  • Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) by Blake Crouch | 4.1 stars | 7,664 reviews | made into a TV series)
  • King Solomon’s Carpet (Onyx) by Ruth Rendell
  • Doing It Over (A Most Likely To Novel Book 1) by Catherine Bybee
  • Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Keith McCloskey
  • Not Quite Dating (Not Quite series Book 1) by Catherine Bybee
  • WIRED by Douglas E. Richards
  • The Rejected Writers’ Book Club (Southlea Bay) by Suzanne Kelman (PR, KU)
  • Ink Mage (A Fire Beneath the Skin Book 1) by Victor Gischler (KU)
  • No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Segar
  • Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller | 4.5 stars | 1,799 reviews
  • A Plant-Based Life: Your Complete Guide to Great Food, Radiant Health, Boundless Energy, and a Better Body by Micaela Cook KARLSEN and T. Colin CAMPBELL
  • My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall (KU)
  • The Line (Witching Savannah Book 1) by J.D. Horn (and others in the series)
  • Thunder City (The Detroit Novels) by Loren D. Estleman
  • The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods – Unofficial Recipes from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones
  • Killer’s Payoff (87th Precinct Mysteries) by Ed McBain
  • Cuba – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture by Russell Maddicks
  • The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams—On Your Terms by Sara Horowitz and Toni Sciarra Poynter
  • Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet by Carol J. Adams and Patti Breitman
  • So Terrible a Storm: A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior by Curt Brown
  • A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson
  • Americanos: Latin America’s Struggle for Independence (Pivotal Moments in World History) by John Charles Chasteen
  • The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Peter Popham
  • Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food: 65 Everyday Meal Ideas for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Over 150 Great-Tasting, Down-Home…by Alicia C. Simpson

Remember that you can buy them now as gifts and delay the delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print them out and wrap them for whenever you want.

It makes a lot of sense to have so many series starters, but I should also mention that there may be other books in the series in the group…I didn’t list two book in the same series.

If there were others you’d like to mention for me and my readers, please comment on this post.

Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*)

You can get one of the six (same as last month) books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. This line was at the bottom of the listings this time (I changed the link): “Please note: Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) subscribers can borrow these Kindle First books when they are officially released on February 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • The Night Bird by Brian Freeman (Suspense)
  • The Mutual Admiration Society by Lesley Kagen (Family Life)
  • In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell (Historical Fiction)
  • The Winter Over by Matthew Iden (Thriller)
  • Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz Gabás, Noel Hughes (Saga)
  • Never Again So Close by Claudia Serrano, Anne Milano Appel

People like to know which one I pick…I went with The Mutual Admiration Society, in part because I thought it would appeal most to my Significant Other.

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! :) 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.

** A Kindle 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. 

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Today’s KDD: starting 2017 off right!

January 1, 2017

Today’s KDD: starting 2017 off right!

Happy New Year!

Today’s

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

is starting the year off right, with some great, nay, I’d even say iconic 😉 titles!

If you are giving yourself a reading challenge** this year, and if you are still buying books one at a time (as opposed to getting them free or using a subser ((subscription service)) like Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), these are excellent bargains!

Of course, it’s never too early to start shopping for 2017’s holiday gifts. 😉 Well, maybe it is, but you can buy these at the bargain price, and then either delay them for a birthday or other gift-give occasion, or send them to yourself so you can print them out and give them whenever you want, wrapped or not.

Also, there are a few here headed for visual media (movies & TV); if you are like me and would rather read a book before you see an adaptation, here’s your chance.

Check the prices before you click or tap (or eye gaze) that Buy button. Prices may not apply in your country.

Seriously, I’d be surprised if many of my readers haven’t already read at least one book in this set, and heard of several.

Books include:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (also available through Kindle Unlimited…Elisabeth Moss stars in a new Hulu series in April)
  • Dune by Frank Herbert (highly influential science fiction…new movie in the works)
  • Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  • The North Water by Ian McGuire
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (new Netflix series this year starring Neil Patrick Harris)
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (I read this in paper…really moving non-fiction about child soldiers)
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (arguably really launched the environmental movement)
  • The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

Enjoy!

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* When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 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.

** For example, more than 100,000 people have already signed up for the the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge (Goodreads is now owned by Amazon)

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Amazon’s first “Digital Day” is here…and there are some great deals!

December 30, 2016

Amazon’s first “Digital Day” is here…and there are some great deals!

During the holiday season, Amazon had repeated discounts on their devices. It was impressive how they kept those going…not in “flash sales” where people might have missed the opportunity, but ongoing significant savings on their most popular items.

Now that millions of people have the devices, they need to start using them…and that means content.

To be clear, I don’t think that Amazon needs people to buy a lot of content to make a profit on those devices…it’s not about that. The profit on digital content tends to be quite low. Amazon needs people to be customers, and ideally wants them to be Prime members. Then, they buy physical items (what I call “diapers and windshield wipers”) where more profit is made. They also become Amazon’s most important “product”: happy customers. 🙂 I call them a product, because Amazon can make a lot of money selling access to them (in terms of advertising, a marketplace for third party creators and distributors, payment services, and so on).

I think that’s one of the points of

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

Get people as deeply embedded with Amazon on possible.

If I could make every single payment to every single person/entity to whom I own money, from the IRS to the dentist to my local restaurant, through Amazon, I’d be ecstatic. I trust Amazon to handle my payments, and I’d just as soon not keeping giving out my information to other groups.

This is also something different from what I would see when I was a brick-and-mortar retail manager (bookstore, gamestore). This isn’t a “clearance”, really, since these are digital items. There is some effort to maintain storage and access to digital content (check many people’s e-mail inboxes to see), but it’s not like storing physical items in a rent-expensive store. Some of the items could have a limited sales cycle…if a videogame puts out a new version every year, for example, you might want to push the 2016 edition before the 2017 edition comes out…a bit like cars.

Interestingly to me, the extended sale they did on

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

isn’t happening today, and there are no device deals (beyond a bundle).

There are some discounts on services, and that makes sense as well.

So, what do they have? Let’s start at a high level:

  • “Top 2016 Kindle Authors $3.99 or less”…David Baldacci, James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Nicholas Sparks (including The Notebook): these are continuing some great sales they’ve been having lately! You can find them at that Digital Day link, or as today’s Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
  • Best of 2016
  • “Pass the Popcorn”
  • 50% off or more
  • “build, battle & game on”
  • more for your money
  • “start here content for new devices”
  • family time
  • “spin, swipe & play”
  • “dollar deals”
  • digital day featured deals

Now, some specifics:

  • $10 towards Amazon Music Unlimited (this one is just free, and follows the normal thirty day free trial)…you are not then committed to continue with the service. They say this is while “supplies last”. I’ve been happy with the music included with my Amazon Prime: it rarely doesn’t have something I want. However, this is tempting to try it out…
  • Rent 24 movies for ninety-nine cents each: The Shallows, The Hangover, The Outsiders, The Neverending Story, Magic Mike, each of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies (ninety-nine cents each, not for all of them)
  • Up to $10 off your first three Lyft rides
  • 95% off Office Suite Premium
  • Free Iron First Graphic Novel
  • spend $50, get $15 off an Airbnb gift card (code: AIRBNB15)
  • 67% off three months of Tidal Premium (note that this is a direct competitor to Amazon Music Unlimited)
  • $5 to spend when you purchase Minecraft: Pocket Edition
  • $5 albums, including Michael Jackson Number Ones, Journey’s Greatest Hits, The Best of Simon & Garfunkel, Gunslinger by Garth Brooks, Hero by Maren Morris, We Got It from Here by a Tribe Called Quest
  • 50% off Image Comics sale (which includes The Walking Dead and Saga…6,000 titles on sale through January 2)
  • First month free then 50% off next 5 months on Daily Burn streaming workouts

Some of these are going to look confusing, because they are discounts on in-app purchases. For example, when you click or tap on Daily Burn, all you see is that it is a free download…the discount is on the membership you purchase within the app.

There are some things today that seem to me to really make sense…freebies, and things you would only use once (like 2016 tax preparation software).

For other types of content, I think this is a great time to assess whether a subser (subscription service) might make more sense. Should you buy e-books on sale…or consider buying access with Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)…or just go with what you get included with your (likely) Prime Membership with Prime Reading (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)? When I see an exciting opportunity to get a bargain, one of my first reaction is generally, “Is there a way I can avoid spending money completely in this situation, and end up feeling that was a better deal? Is there an alternative deal available?”

I would say check out the sale. I’d appreciate you letting me and my readers know if you do feel like you got a deal…or if you have an alternative suggestion…by commenting on this post.

I’ll also be interested to see if other businesses do sales do compete. In the past week, I’ve made a $30 purchase for content outside of Amazon, and gotten free content from that source. Yes, this is a tease, but I’ll write more about that soon…and why I think Amazon may be in that business in a significant way in the next year.

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When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 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.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle 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.

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal (KDD) and “Deal of the Day”: big bestsellers at great prices!

December 25, 2016

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal (KDD) and “Deal of the Day”: big bestsellers at great prices!

This will be one of the biggest days of the year for Kindle store e-book downloads, and with these deals, no wonder!

You can get to them as part of today’s

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

which also has additional titles.

Seriously, these are some of the best-known titles to ever show up on the KDD! Buy them for yourself (many people get Amazon Gift Cards ( at AmazonSmile*) today, or just want to fill new devices), or you can buy them as gifts. In the latter case, you can delay them for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or send them to yourself and print them for whenever you want.

Titles include:

  • Go Set a Watchman (the controversial companion book to To Kill a Mockingbird) by Harper Lee | 11,378 customer reviews
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | 9,770 customer reviews
  • News of the world by Paulette Jiles
  • The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
  • The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr
  • The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
  • The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  • The English Girl by Daniel Silva
  • I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
  • Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber
  • Flawless by Heather Graham
  • The Bailey Flanigan Collection by Karen Kingsbury
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Come Away with Me by Karma Brown

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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! :) 

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Round up #152: the future of copyright, Intel and Amazon…and Microsoft

December 18, 2016

Round up #152: the future of copyright, Intel and Amazon…and Microsoft

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Still on sale!

As  former retail manager (I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore, and a game store, and worked in a “nature” store…oh, and one of my first jobs was working at the now-defunct House of Humor, which sold novelties…I helped customers at Halloween with theatrical make-up), it’s really interesting to me that there are still sales on popular items. Traditionally, you would expect that in the last week, prices might actually go up, but there certainly wouldn’t be discounts. Clearance would happen after Christmas…or perhaps in January.

I was thinking at one point that part of that was the increased competition, but Amazon is having sales on popular gifts…which are exclusive to them. Of course, they are still in competition for dollars for gifts, even if it would be different gifts from other places.

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

exclusive to Amazon, is $88.99 for 12 months…which is 25% off. This is a great gift for someone who likes to read…books, magazines, and even listening to audiobooks.

Also still on sale from Amazon: some Amazon devices.

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

is $99.99, about $20 off.

That is the model I would recommend to most people…the Voyage has some advantages, and I haven’t tested the Oasis, because you can only buy it with an animal leather cover…and having the light makes this better than the base model.

Now, all of the new Fire tablets are on sale, including the

Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

going for $39.99 at time of writing.

Other Fire models on sale:

  • Fire HD8 for $99.99 instead of $119.88
  • Fire HD8 variety pack (2 32GB, one blue and one magenta…this isn’t the only variety pack deal they’ve done this season) for $199.88 instead of $239.98
  • Fire HD10 for $199.99 versus $239.98
  • Fire Kids Edition for $89.99 instead of $99.99

All three of the Echo devices are discounted:

The only Fire TV item on sale is a bundle:

Fire TV and HD Antenna (at AmazonSmile*)

for $99.99, valued at $116.97. You would use the HD Antenna to pick up local channels over the air.

A lot of other things are on sale, including e-books…but that’s also a daily occurrence. For example, there are

50 Kindle books for $2 each (at AmazonSmile*)

Whither copyright?

Copyright evolves fairly often, and there has been a serious review of it for the past few years. Change during the next Presidential administration was inevitable…regardless of who was elected. The nature of that change would likely have been quite different depending on who was elected, but the question of change was not an issue.

This matters. It matters to readers, and it matters to authors. Big movers are trying to influence the outcome, and pundits are punditing. 😉

This was a well-written and informative

THE ILLUSION OF MORE post by David Newhoff

It addresses this

Judiciary Committee report

which has some really game-changing proposals.

That report, while not binding at this point, may deserve its own post. Some language seems vague to me, and could have unintended consequences. This is just one part, which is something I’ve wanted for a long time: “The Copyright Office should maintain a searchable, digital database of historical and current copyright ownership information and encourage the inclusion of additional information such as licensing agents that would be available to the public. This database should allow copyright owners to include additional metadata, such as standardized identifiers, for a fee. The Copyright Office should also be allowed to charge a fee for high speed, high volume access to this database.”

Meanwhile, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) wrote this

Open Letter to the President-Elect and the transition team

It talks about their agenda. It, correctly, points out that the President-Elect and other members of that family have benefitted from the traditional-publishing industry that the AAP represents. I’m not sure what the new administration will do with copyright, but I will watch it closely and report to you as appropriate.

Intel to work with Amazon on Echo devices…and with Microsoft on a competitor

Intel has always supplied competitors, and that’s going to happen as AI Assistants (Artificially Intelligent Assistants) become commonplace.

Here’s a

Venture Beat article by Khari Johnson

on the Amazon partnership, and here is a

Business Insider article

on the Microsoft/Intel partnership.

It’s not a direct competition, necessarily, if you are thinking of the Echo hardware. However, the competition is with Alexa, the assistant. That’s the future, and it’s going to expand rapidly…both in where we access assistants and how we use them.

I have access to what I would consider to be the big four assistants right now:

  • Siri (from Apple)
  • Alexa (from Amazon)
  • Cortana (from Microsoft)
  • Google (or, I think of it is as “OK Google”) from Alphabet (sort of formerly Google)

I’m considering doing a post (or maybe a series of them) in my The Measured Circle blog where I compare their responses (and capabilities)head to head.

I did do a recent comparison when Len Edgerly of The Kindle Chronicles tweeted about Alexa’s surprising ability to sing.

I tested the four of them with “Sing a song”.

  • Alexa did actually sing…impressively, even with vibrato! Alexa has sung me different songs to this query
  • Cortana also sang, again, with vibrato
  • Siri spoke a song…and then made a joke about it
  • OK Google didn’t sing a song…but found a related YouTube video (Google also owns YouTube)

Alexa and Cortana impressed me. I think they must actually have programmed that vibrato.

Siri seemed to have more of Siri’s agenda…and wasn’t as technically skilled. That’s more personality, but wasn’t as satisfying.

OK Google definitely didn’t make me feel that what I wanted was that important and it wasn’t as technically impressive.

“The Big Book Publishing Stories of 2016”

This is a nice look back at the year:

Publishers Weekly article by Jim Milliot

I’m looking forward to writing my look back and look forward! I’m taking a writing day towards the end of the year…and I might actually end up taking two of them. 🙂

What do you think? What changes would you like to see happen in copyright…and what do you think will happen? How do you see artificial intelligence assistants fitting in to our lives…and again, what would you like to see them do and not do? What do you think were the big publishing stories of the year? 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.


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