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Today’s KDD: books from best-selling series up to 80% off

April 25, 2015

Today’s KDD: books from best-selling series up to 80% off

One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) is any of more than fifty (!) books from best-selling series for up to 80% off (each).

As always, remember to check the price before you click or tap that “Buy” button: these are only supposed to be good for today, and the prices may not be valid in your country (Hello, readers around the world!).

They do break it down further on the offer page:

  • Mystery & Thriller series
  • Literature & Fiction series
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy series
  • Teen and Children’s series

You would probably guess that these are the first books in the series, to get you interested in buying the others (and quite a few are), but there are also multiple books from the same series in some cases.

For example, you can get all three books in Marie Lu’s Legend series for $2.99 each. That might make a good gift…you can buy e-books now and then delay them for delivery until an appropriate gift-giving occasion.

I think a great thing to do is to give a kid a series of books when summer arrives, for example. It’s a way to make an iffy reader a more committed reader, because they get to read at their own pace and with no obligations to someone else. I’ve talked before about remembering your “summer of whatever series”. :)

What happens if they don’t like the first one?

Well, in this case, you might have wasted about six dollars for the next two…but the reviews are quite good on these. The first one if 4.5 stars out of 5 with 1,720 customer reviews at the time of writing. Significantly, the next two are higher ranked…4.6 for #2 and 4.7 for #3. That doesn’t always happen for series. :)

Not looking for a kid?

How’s this for a gift for an adult reader?

For $29.99, you could buy all ten of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache mysteries!

Buy #10 in hardback right now, and it’s $13.99 at Amazon…the e-books are a big savings, and a more convenient way to take ten of them “up to the cabin” with you.

Want something with a pop culture tie-in?

How about the Nikki Heat series, written by “Richard Castle”…the author portrayed by Nathan Fillion in the ABC TV series Castle?

That literature (and I’m not sure why they added “and fiction” to it) category?

Six books in the Saxon Tales by Bernard Cornwell.

Here are the series represented in this sale:

  • Chief Inspector Gamache by Louise Penny (Mysteries & Thrillers)
  • Jonathan Grave by John Gilstrap (Mysteries & Thrillers)
  • Nikki Heat by Richard Castle (Mysteries & Thrillers)
  • Sean O’Brien by Tom Lowe (Mysteries & Thrillers)
  • Bess Crawford by Charles Todd (Mysteries & Thrillers)
  • Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Mysteries & Thrillers)
  • Saxon Tales by Bernard Cornwell (Literature & Fiction)
  • Star Force by B.V. Larson (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
  • Safehold by David Weber (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
  • The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
  • Mither Mages by Orson Scott Card (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
  • Legend by Marie Lu (Teen & Children’s)
  • The Testing Trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau (Teen & Children’s)
  • His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers (Teen & Children’s)
  • The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo (Teen & Children’s)
  • Vehicles at Night (I don’t know that the series actually has a name, but that’s what the books are about…illustrated kids’ books about biomorphic trucks and trains at bedtime) by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld (Teen & Children’s)

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! :) 

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.

Great deal! Fire HD 7″ for $79 today

April 20, 2015

Great deal! Fire HD 7″ for $79 today

You may not think you are in the  market for a backlit tablet, like the

Fire HD 7 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

but today’s deal should make you seriously think about it.

Amazon has the 7″ Fire HD on sale starting at $79!

That makes it $20 less than the usually lowest-priced tablet, the

Fire HD 6, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black(at AmazonSmile*)

and even more remarkably, the same price as the

Seventh generation entry level Kindle…I call it the “Mindle Touch” (it replaces the old “minimum Kindle”, and has a touchscreen) or the “K7″ (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) (my review)

That’s right…you can get a tablet for the same price as the least expensive EBR (E-Book Reader).

Now, that doesn’t mean that I’m suggesting you would get rid of an EBR: like many people, I use both every day.

I use a

Kindle Paperwhite 2 (at AmazonSmile*) (Kindle Paperwhite 2: first impressions and menu map)

at home when I go to bed and a

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation – 3rd) (at AmazonSmile*)

when I am out and about.

I should empathize that: I sight read on a tablet. When we first had a choice of a tablet or an EBR (or again, both), there was a great deal of talk about how much better it is to read on an EBR.

Yes, I get that: the Paperwhite is the most comfortable reading experience I’ve ever had, and that includes paper.

However, I find the HDX to be a serviceable reader. I think part of it is that the screen technologies and software have changed…with the brightness turned almost all the way down, and white letters on a black background, I don’t notice any extra eye effort (although I do have superior night vision, which I believe is tied to some color vision deficiency).

In addition (and for me, this is highly significant), the tablets (including the one on sale for $79) have text-to-speech (TTS), software which reads a book out loud to you.

I use TTS typically for hours a week in the car while commuting.

Of course, a tablet gives you other abilities…like video, apps, and web surfing.

This would be an excellent “guest Kindle”! We have the 6″ Fire hD for that purpose now, but a 7″ screen is a bit nicer.

What does this one not have that my HDX has?

The biggest thing is the lack of Mayday, the almost instant onscreen tech help.

On the other hand, this model has two cameras, front and back, and my HDX only has one (mostly for video calls and such, it faces you as you hold the device).

Bottom line: even if they bring out another generation later this year, this would be a good gift for the holidays, a nice intro to tablets, and a good guest device.

Check the price before you click or tap the Buy button…it may not apply in your country.

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

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Heads up! LTO on Fire tablets at 3 PM on Lindt chocolates

April 13, 2015

Heads up! LTO on Fire tablets at 3 PM on Lindt chocolates

I am on my phone, so more later…

Amazon: Upcoming Limited-Time Special Offer on Kindle Fire: Lindt Chocolate Gift Box for $12. Deal starts at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT.

Update:

These are special limited time offers, which are only available to Fire tablet owners.

What happens is you can get a text to alert you to an upcoming deal (details in the links below). You don’t get much warning…maybe an hour.

The deal also appears on the sleep screen of your Fire, and you can find it under Offers on the homescreen (all the way at the end). That will disappear when the sale is over.

Then, you say you want to “learn more”. You’ll get to a screen with a countdown clock. As soon as the clock gets to zero, you need to click to have a chance to get it.

They have typically been selling out in seconds, although this one looks like it will last the hour.

Here is information on the program:

As I’ve written before, I look at these LTOs (Limited Time Offers) sort of like buying a lottery ticket: I don’t expect to get one (win), but its exciting if I do! Of course, the “ticket” doesn’t cost me anything.

These LTOs are one of the best arguments for having Special Offers…and yes, a good argument for having a  Fire (at AmazonSmile)!

Did you get one? Do you have any other comment on this? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

One more thing: I’ve had a couple of readers say on past offers that they never even saw the offer. As far as I know, these go out to every eligible Fire tablet in the USA. A few possibilities occur to me:

  • They either bought a Fire tablet without Special Offers, or bought out of the offers later. You have to be subscribed to those in order to get these deals
  • They weren’t connected to wireless in time for it to update
  • They didn’t check the Offers tab (I don’t always see it on the sleep screen)

It might not have been any of those, but those three would have done it.

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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.

Magazine subscriptions for $5 each…for a year!

April 7, 2015

Magazine subscriptions for $5 each…for a year!

Walk into a bookstore to buy a magazine, and you’ll be luck to find one where an individual issue is under $5.

There is a limited time offer right now at Amazon for Kindle store magazines for $5…for an entire year!

I do read magazines on my

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

I read Entertainment Weekly every week, which I get through Amazon.

I read Fortean Times, which I get through Zinio (you can get the app for the Fire tablets at the Zinio site). I’d say I’m more than a year behind on that, but I get to it eventually.

http://www.zinio.com/

That’s one of those magazines where you get a lot of content…unlike some really popular magazines, it doesn’t seem like it is mostly ads.

We subscribe to National Geographic…and I read it from time to time. It depends on whether an article catches my eye, and I do tend to read it when I’m at the dentist because, you know, tradition. ;)

My sense is that magazines are not a big money maker for Amazon for the Kindle, but I do think they are here to stay, and they can be a nice part of your reading mix. Some of them even do text-to-speech now on individual articles, although I haven’t had one that will just keep reading into the next article.

If you don’t have a Fire, check to see if the magazine will work with your device (some do, some don’t). Two other notes: you can’t give digital subscription to magazines at this point (although you can do that with paper magazines), and you can’t use a gift card balance to pay for subscription items.

You can do a free sample of magazines, but if you do want to buy a subscription, here are sixteen you can get right now for $5 each for a year:

Kindle Magazines for $5 (limited time) (at AMazon Smile*)

  • Better Homes & Garden
  • Family Circle
  • Allrecipes
  • Eating Well
  • Every Day with Rachel Ray
  • Traditional Home
  • Popular Science
  • Midwest Living
  • Family Fun
  • Parents
  • Field & Stream
  • Cycle World
  • Flying
  • Siempre Mujer
  • Ski
  • Skiing

There are some really well-known titles in there!

Enjoy!

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

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.

Tuesday is the last day for Prime members to save $100 on the Amazon Echo

April 4, 2015

Tuesday is the last day for Prime members to save $100 on the Amazon Echo

I think that, once it is released to be purchased by the general public, the Amazon Echo is going to be one of the tech stories of the year (although there may be a few really big stories, with the Apple Watch and Oculus Rift going consumer, among others).

Up to now, the situation has been that Prime members can request an invitation. When they respond to your invitation (and that can be a very long time), you are given an opportunity to buy it at $99 ($100 off the price of $199).

Then, it can still be months before you get it.

I was able to order on on January 12th.

It’s supposed to arrive by April 9th (originally, I had a delivery date months after that, but it changed after I confirmed the shipping speed, a trick I’ve shared before. Seems to have worked for a lot of people), and it hasn’t shipped yet. That’s okay, though: with two day shipping, it should still make it.

Believe me, I check to see if it has started shipping more than once a day. ;)

Well, on the product page, a new message has appeared:

Last chance for Prime members to save $100
Request invite by April 7″

So, according to that, you have until Tuesday to request the invitation if you want to save the $100.

That is, by the way, just about the price of a one-year membership in Prime…might be a good specific impetus to try the service, if you haven’t. There are a lot of Prime membership benefits, and they keep giving us new ones, including a new Prime invitation only item, the

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

That’s an intriguing new IoT (Internet of Things) device. Basically, it’s a one-button thing you have in your house to order a specific item through Amazon when you are running low. For example, they have one for Tide. Keep it on your washer, and when you notice you are low and want more, you just push the button…and you’ll have it in two days (usually) through Prime. These buttons are currently branded, which I’m sure helps Amazon give them away to us Prime members.

What does the new announcement on the Echo page mean?

It could mean that the price is going to go up for Prime members, and you’ll still be waiting months to get one.

It could also mean that they are getting ready to open up purchasing to the general public…which doesn’t necessarily mean the end of any Prime membership discount, and might mean everybody could get them sooner.

They’ve also been adding features to the Echo, and will continue to do so.

It’s a Bluetooth speaker, and that’s one thing.

It’s also what I call a “listener” (as opposed to a “speaker”). You can talk to it…easily, from across the room, and it will often understand you and answer requests. I follow the user community as it exists on Amazon.com pretty closely, and these are some of the things it reportedly does:

  • Tell you what time it is
  • Play Prime music for you
  • Tell you jokes
  • Respond in funny ways to a lot of questions (ask it to “open the pod bay doors”, or “how much is that doggie in the window?” for example)
  • Answer more serious questions
  • Set an alarm
  • Add things to a shopping or to do list on your phone (there is an app)
  • Give you sports scores and information (that’s new)
  • Give you traffic information
  • Play Pandora, iHeart radio, and more
  • Give you weather information
  • Give you a “daily briefing”
  • Wikipedia things for you
  • “Roll dice” for a game (including, I’ve heard, being able to roll “gaming dice”, like a D20) and give you the result
  • Use a remote to talk to it from a different room…you  can also use that for “Simon Says”, to get the Echo to repeat what you say, partially so you can prank your family ;)

All of that is controlled by voice…you just talk to it. The shorthand on this is “Siri for your house”, but it’s a lot more than that from what I see…with more to come.

I’m excited to be able to share information about my experiences with an Echo soon!

Bonus deal: I don’t like to do a post without giving strictly book readers something, so here goes: Amazon appears to be regularly doing fifty Kindle store books for $2 each (it says the prices are good through the end of the month):

50 Kindle Book Deals for $2 Each (at AmazonSmile*)

Interestingly, 49 out of the 50 are available on Kindle Unlimited. :)

There are some interesting titles here, although many of them, I think, we’re also listed in the monthly deals.

Enjoy!

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

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.

 

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: April 2015

April 2, 2015

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: April 2015

Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which discounts (usually) four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kids’ book).

They’ve also been doing Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each) (at AmazonSmile). That’s a rebranding: they used to say it was “100 Books”, but that’s also gotten to be more…there are 125 for this month at the time of writing (eight more than last month…it has been trending upwards, and that’s a big jump!).

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

It’s also interesting…about 50% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,664,311 of 3,298,023). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something. :)

Another thing is that many of these books may be part of

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

Amazon lists that information prominently. 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.

I’m going to list some of the $3.99 or lower ones 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.

The Gift of Fear
by Gavin de Becker
4.6 stars out of 5 | 1308 customer reviews
$0.99 at time of writing (digital list price: $6.39)
Also available in Kindle Unlimited (KU)

I found this a really interesting book when I read it years ago, and still have a paper copy. It’s not an easy book, and you may philosophically disagree with some of it…but it does seem to have a practical basis. The core tenet is that if you are fearful in a situation, don’t ignore it. It posits that you can predict human behavior to some extent, and it’s better to be embarrassed by being wrong that someone was a threat (and, for example, crossing to the other side of the street) than falling victim. As optimistic a person as I am, I could understand this. I would consider it as a KU read, if you haven’t read it…and this one does have a new introduction since the one I read. I may borrow it just to read that…I wonder if it’s ten percent of the book (probably not). If it isn’t, and that’s all I read, the publisher won’t get a royalty…

A Cry in the Night
by Mary Higgins Clark
4.5 stars | 266 reviews

One of the most popular thriller authors…

BrainWeb
by Douglas E. Richards
4.6 stars | 156 reviews
KU

From the bestselling author of Wired…

Hour of Need (Scarlet Falls)
by Melinda Leigh
4.5 stars | 417 reviews
KU

Farewell, My Lovely (Philip Marlowe series Book 2)
by Raymond Chandler
4.4 stars | 110 reviews

While I suppose some people may have been introduced to Raymond Chandler by watching Birdman, the Philip Marlowe character is one that many people know. This is noir, and some may also know this specific book from the Robert Mitchum movie version.

Time to start listing:

  • True Love (Nantucket Brides Trilogy Book 1) by Jude Deveraux
  • Devil Bones: A Novel (Temperance Brennan Book 11) by Kathy Reichs
  • Sniper Elite: One-Way Trip: A Novel by Scott McEwen and Thomas Koloniar
  • Abducted (Lizzy Gardner Series, Book 1) by T.R. Ragan (and some other books in the series)
  • The Mephisto Club: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen
  • The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg
  • Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears by Margaret Feinberg
  • The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Special Circumstances (Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thriller Book 1) by Sheldon Siegel (and some other books in the series)
  • Reason To Breathe (The Breathing Series, Book 1) by Rebecca Donovan (and some other books in the series)
  • Classified (Godmothers Book 6) by Fern Michaels
  • Live to See Tomorrow (Catherine Ling Book 3) by Iris Johansen
  • The Album by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It’s So Easy: and other lies by Duff McKagan
  • A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion (and other books by McQuestion)
  • The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman
  • Sackett (Sacketts Book 7) by Louis L’Amour
  • Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich
  • Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter
  • King City by Lee Goldberg
  • A Mah Jong Handbook: How to Play, Score, and Win by Eleanor Noss Whitney
  • The Lion’s World: A Journey into the Heart of Narnia by Rowan Williams
  • Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest Gift by Harvey Araton
  • Fates Worse Than Death: An Autobiographical Collage by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Myth of Leadership: Creating Leaderless Organizations by Jeffrey Nielsen (Amazon owns Zappos which is in the news right now for offering people packages to leave if they don’t like their leaderless structure…coincidence?)

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 (after three straight months of being able to get two…it was fun while it lasted)) of the four books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:

  • Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic #1) by Melissa F. Olson (urban fantasy)
  • Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani (contemporary fiction)
  • The Altar Girl by Orest Stelmach (mystery)
  • This Thing Called Love (A Mirror Lake Novel) by Miranda Liasson (romance)

Boundary Crossed seems like the obvious choice for me…but I think I may go with Trail of Broken Wings. After all, these should all be part of Kindle Unlimited after they are released, and I think it seems more like a book a guest might want to read. Also, I think it might appeal to my Significant Other more…although it sounds like it may be a gut wrencher.

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. 

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.

Round up #290: bargain bestsellers, e-book marketshare

March 30, 2015

Round up #290: bargain bestsellers, e-book marketshare

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

E-book marketshare of spending rises 25% in 2014

According to this

Publishers Weekly article by Jim Milliott

reporting on a Nielsen Books & Consumers survey, new book spending on e-books in the USA rose to 15% of the total in 2014, as opposed to 12% in 2013…a 25% gain.

That’s right…only fifteen percent.

A bit of a shock, perhaps…and remember, they are zero percent of used book sales, although Amazon has looked into that possibility, as I’ve reported before

Judge rules against ReDigi, making Amazon used e-books more likely

While that 15% is based on spending, not surprising, the number of units is higher. The units are how many books are sold/licensed, versus how much is paid for them. Since, on balance, p-books (paperbooks) cost more than e-books, we would expect their unit share to be higher than their spending share.

Interestingly, though, that share is still only 21%.

Let’s see…21 is forty percent higher than 15, so that could be about right.

There are a lot of very important trends (well, data points…we don’t know if they are really trends yet)…I don’t want to take too much away from the article, so I’m going to recommend you read it.

I’ll just point out a couple of things, and then let you read the details:

  • Online bookselling may be losing marketshare
  • Bookstore chain marketshare is way down
  • EBR (E-Book Readership) was down…both for the NOOK and the Kindle

 Amazon’s change in Cloud Drive plans…how it helps you

I have to say, Amazon does not do a great job of explaining things to people when they introduce a new feature, service, or device.

Part of it is most people’s natural skepticism (I have a genetic abnormality…I’m an optimist). ;) They naturally expect that any change is going to be for the bad.

I’ve taught change management before, and this is the biggest tip I can give you there.

Whenever you announce a change, always tell them what is not changing first.

For example, if you restructure your company, your employees will be so concerned that their jobs are going to be eliminated that they won’t hear anything else you say until you address that.

So, you start out with something like, “First, let me assure you: no one here is having their job eliminated, and no one is getting a pay cut. You will continue to do the same work you’ve been doing, which we really value. What’s happening is that management is changing, and some of you may have a different boss…”

In this case, Amazon could have led (on the page, not necessarily in the press release…maybe in an e-mail) with “We have some exciting new plans available for the Amazon Cloud Drive. This will not affect the free storage customers already get for their Amazon purchases, and will actually increase the storage they get when using Amazon’s Personal Documents service…at no additional cost.  New options include…”

That’s right. I’ve seen many threads in the

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

where people were concerned that either Amazon was going to start charging them for storing their Kindle store purchases, or charge them for any amount of personal documents they are storing using the Personal Documents service.

I have confirmed with Amazon: neither of those are true.

This is what I asked Amazon about, which was confirmed:

Under the new system:

Non-Prime member/non-Fire owner without a plan:

Unlimited Kindle Personal Docs. They do not count towards a storage limit, because they count for zero.

No other free non-Kindle Personal Doc storage (they used to have some).

Prime member/Fire owner without upgrading:

Unlimited photo storage
Unlimited Kindle Personal Docs storage
5GB of storage for other things, like spreadsheets and presentations

Note that there is a group that has a loss from this change. If someone is not a Prime member and does not have a Fire, they no longer have free storage for things like spreadsheets.

However, the plus that everybody got is no limit on storage of personal documents.

Meanwhile, in the UK

In the first article, I was talking about the USA.

Well, we also have statistics for the UK…and e-books are doing much better there!

According to this

The Bookseller article by Joshua Farrington

e-book sales are 30% of units in the UK, more than a third higher than in the USA.

Not only that, more money was spent online on books (not just e-books) than in stores…for the first time.

The thrust of the article was concern expressed about Amazon’s dominance (particularly by Tim Walker, President of the Booksellers Association.

According to Walker, Amazon has 95% of e-book sales in the UK…and that is “damaging”.

I didn’t see particular evidence that it was…what was cited were problems that other people were having with e-book sales, but that doesn’t mean cause and effect.

Still, I leave it to you to read the article and decide…

Amazon’s Editors’ Picks…find bargains, but not indies

One of the “aisles” Amazon has is called

Amazon’s Editors’ Picks (at AmazonSmile*)

I haven’t looked at it much.

The first thing that struck me was that every book I saw on the front page was from a traditional publisher.

When I’m looking for discovery for books, I’m not looking for the ones which are featured in People Magazine…I want an editor to tell me about something that’s new to me.

That was a bit of a negative.

Then, I was going to do a price analysis to compare them to the overall Kindle store bestsellers…and noticed that some of them are on really good sales!

If you were looking for a gift for somebody who maybe didn’t read 100 books a year, this might be a good place to find a deal.

Some examples:

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: $4.20 (less than half the paperback price)
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: $4.99 ($9.60 in paperback)
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown: $2.99 ($10.20 in paperback)
  • Station Eleven: A novel by Emily St. John Mandel: $2.99 ($12.33 in paperback)

I’m going to keep that in mind when gift giving occasions arise!

What do you think? Is the e-book marketshare growth slowing down? If so, why? Is it temporary? Will we ever get to more than 50% unit sales being e-books in the USA? Why are e-books a bigger force in the UK? 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.

Today’s KDD: Fiction favorites up to 80% off

March 28, 2015

Today’s KDD: Fiction favorites up to 80% off

One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) is any of eighteen books which they call “fiction favorites”

There are certainly some well-known books in this group, some with more than a thousand reviews, and I think they are all an average of more than four stars out of five.

Let’s take a look at them…at first glance, they also look like they are at least mostly from the Big 5 publishers, but we’ll know in a minute. ;)

As always, check the price before you click or tap that “Buy” button. These prices should just be for today, and may not apply in your country (and I’m proud to have readers all over the world).

Private Down Under
by James Patterson and Michael White
3.9 stars | 1444 customer reviews
$3.99 at time of writing
ranked #289 paid in the Kindle store

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer
3.8 stars | 1247 reviews
$2.99
#422 paid in the Kindle store
Also available through Kindle Unlimited (KU)

Made into an Oscar nominated movie (Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor), this one is going on my Kindle Unlimited wish list!

The Lost Island
Gideon Crew #3
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
4.1 stars | 450 reviews
$3.99
#715 paid in the Kindle store

The Crossing Places
Ruth Galloway Mysteries #1
by Elly Griffiths
4.2 stars | 295 reviews
$2.99
KU
#866 paid in the Kindle store

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
by Christopher Scotton
4.6 stars | 121 reviews
$3.99
#1457 paid in the Kindle store

The Outcast Dead
Ruth Galloway Mysteries #6
by Elly Griffiths
4.6 stars | 220 reviews
$2.99
#1773 paid in the Kindle store

Swimming Pool Sunday
by Sophie Kinsella (writings as Madeleine Wickham)
3.4 stars | 66 reviews
$2.99
#1867 paid in the Kindle store

Notorious
Max Revere novels #1
by Allison Brennan
4.3 stars | 183 reviews
$2.99
#1743 paid in the Kindle store

Shotgun Lovesongs
by Nickolas Butler
4.2 stars | 425 reviews
$2.99
#1868 paid in the Kindle store

Black River
by S.M. Hulse
4.5 stars | 69 reviews
$3.99
#3076 paid in the Kindle store

Cold Sassy Tree
by Olive Ann Burns
4.3 stars | 559 reviews
$2.99
KU
#954 paid in the Kindle store

Another one to consider for KU!

The Wanderers
by Richard Price
4.3 stars | 43 reviews
$2.99
KU
#2337 paid in the Kindle store

Also made into a movie…

Assassin’s Game
by Ward Larsen
4.5 stars | 126 reviews
$2.99
#1864 paid in the Kindle store

The Mill River Redemption
by Darcie Chan
4.4 stars | 111 reviews
$3.99
#3087 paid in the Kindle store

See How Small
by Scott Blackwood
2.9 stars | 63 reviews
$3.99
#8262 paid in the Kindle store

Hm…this one is the lowest rated one I’ve looked at so far, but the reviews are actually encouraging to me. It sounds like it is a difficult book…which is something I can find attractive, but I know that being nontraditional doesn’t always been being good. ;) It can, but it’s not enough.

Dead Water
Shetland #5
by Ann Cleeves
4.4 stars | 116 reviews
$2.99
#1817 paid in the Kindle store

Note that this one says the price was set by the publisher…that’s the new version of the Agency Model at work, I think. Amazon can still discount, and that may be happening here, or it might be that the publisher has it on sale.

Knots and Crosses
Inspector Rebus #1
by Ian Rankin
3.9 stars | 147 reviews
$2.99
#1572 paid in the Kindle store

Just to get a bit of trivia in here, the title is a pun on “Noughts and Crosses”, which is a British term for what Americans call “Tic Tac Toe”. A “nought” is a zero…further trivia, Jethro Bodine on the Beverly Hillbillies played at being a “double nought spy”, like James Bond. “Nought” can also be spelled “naught”, but some people differentiate those, with “nought” being the number (the actual symbol) and “naught” being sort of the state of nothingness, I believe…as in, “All of our best efforts came to naught”.

The Jaguar’s Children
by John Vaillant
4.3 stars | 37 reviews
$2.99
#6800 paid in the Kindle store

There you go! A lot of these were from Big 5 publishers (I saw Hachette and Macmillan), but I’m not quite sure why they are calling them “favorites” specifically. Several of them were actually ranked under four stars, and they aren’t the bestselling books. Everybody’s book may be somebody’s favorite ;) and if these aren’t yours, well…it’s still a deal. ;)

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! :) 

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.

Bargains! FAOTD bundle, $5/yr magazines…

March 21, 2015

Bargains! FAOTD bundle, $5/yr magazines…

It’s Spring, and bargains are bursting out all over!

Well, actually, there are bargains every day from Amazon…but that means there are some now too, right? ;)

Let’s start out with this one:

Kindle edition magazines $5 for a year each (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

You might need to read that one again.

These are well-known magazines, for $5 for a whole year…not per month or per issue. Well, you can get the single current issue of some of them for $4.99…but why not get the whole year for a penny more?

As always, check the price before you click the Buy button…it may not apply in your country, and the sale might be over before you get to it.

Oh, and check the link that says, “Available on these devices,” to make sure it is compatible with the device you use. The first couple I checked were only available on Fire tablets (including the earlier Kindle Fire tablets), and the Fire Phone.

Here are the 19 at time of writing:

  • Real Simple
  • People Stylewatch
  • Health
  • InStyle
  • Southern Living
  • Cooking Light
  • This Old House
  • All You
  • Food & Wine
  • Essence
  • Money
  • Sunset
  • Coastal Living
  • New York
  • Fortune
  • Travel & Leisure
  • Time for Kids
  • Working Mother
  • Boating

I should mention that the general situation with magazines through the Kindle store has gotten much better over time.

You can now read the same subscription on multiple compatible devices on the account for the same price.

You also have access to the back issues for as far back as you’ve been a subscriber…at least, I know that’s usually true.

Next, let’s go with the

Free App of the Day “Bundle” (at AmazonSmile*)

Even those these are really good deals, I do wish Amazon would stop calling them “bundles”. They aren’t. If it was a bundle, you could get them all with one click. You have to get each one of these at a time.

That said, you can really save some money on popular apps!

When you buy an app, by the way, you can have it stored in your cloud only…you don’t need to put it on one of your devices until you want it there.

I think that’s because an app can take up a whole more memory on your device than an e-book will. You can have e-books sent to your Cloud Reader (I do that), but I would prefer if I could just say “cloud only” for the e-books as well.

Here are the titles:

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 2
  • Cut the Rope (just to point out the popularity, this one has a 4.4 star rating out of 5, and 3227 customer reviews)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon (yep, the Marvel characters)
  • World of Goo
  • Simple Planes
  • Super Why! (from PBS Kids)
  • G-Stomper Studio
  • Slingshot Racing
  • Cross DJ Pro
  • FolderSync
  • Elements of  Photography  Pro
  • Deep Under the Sky
  • Atomus HD
  • EasyTether
  • Reading Trainer (it’s not specifically a speed reading app, but suggests it can double your reading in days…and has training for comprehension)
  • Unpossible
  • Servers Ultimate Pro
  • NeoCal Advanced Calculator
  • Monkey Preschool Explorers
  • The Hidden World
  • Kingdom Rush Origins
  • Repix – Full Version
  • Chimpact 2Family Tree
  • Pumped BMX 2
  • Bank Escape Pro
  • Ruzzle
  • Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer
  • Alphabet Aquarium Vol 1: Animated Puzzle Games with Letters and Animals
  • Adventure Beyond Time
  • Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek
  • HanDBase Database
  • Business Calendar
  • OpenDocument Reader
  • Amelia and Terror of the Night – Story Book for Kids

I must say…this seems like a particularly good selection! The ratings are all over four stars, and there are two here for the Fire TV (and on for the Fire TV stick). A number of these also appear to me to be free for the first time. I say that because there were some interesting ones I didn’t have yet…and my default with free apps is to get them and store the in the Cloud.

I’ll amend that a bit…I don’t go into the Appstore and start “buying” their thousands of free apps! I do get the FAOTD (Free App of the Day) pretty much every day.

Oh, and if you’d prefer to pay a little something to get ad-free versions of the apps, there is a Rovio Spring Sale happening. Some Angry Birds games which are usually $2.99 are $0.99 right now. You can find them on this Rovio page (along with the free, ad-supported versions):

Rovio in the Amazon Appstore (at AmazonSmile*)

Okay, enough with the Fires! ;)

Time for books!

As always, you can go to the

Kindle Book Deals (at AmazonSmile*)

and find links for 100s of books.

Here are the features right now:

  • Kindle Daily Deals
  • The Big Deal, Up to 85% Off
  • Monthly Deals, $3.99 or Less
  • 50 Kindle Books for $2 Each
  • Kindle Countdown Deals
  • 175 Kindle Books for $1.99 Each
  • 25 Kids’ Books for $1.99
  • What Everyone Needs to Know, $4.99
  • Kindle MatchBook

I think I’ll feature that “What Everyone Needs to Know” promotion.

That one goes through March 30th, and this is a series of books from Oxford University Press.

They are sort of background briefings on topics of current interest…and I see some well-known authorities listed as authors. For example, Allan Friedman is the co-author of a book on cybersecurity and cyberwar, and Andrew Finkel contributes a book on Turkey.

There are some very controversial subjects covered here, and if these are done in a neutral (or at least, non-advocatory) style that will give you real information, I could see them being quite valuable (and possibly good gifts).

One more thing: I’m going to point out a few individual books on sale. Note that the price can change any time, so again, check before you buy.

  • The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville | 4.2 stars | 275 reviews | $1.99 | 86% off
  • Going Postal (Discworld 33) by Terry Pratchett | 4.7 stars | 260 reviews | $1.99 | 75% off
  • Warrior of the Light by Paulo Coelho  4.3 stars | 237 reviews | $3.99 | 73% off
  • Tracks: One Woman’s Journey Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson | 4.2 stars | 233 reviews | $2.99 | about 80% off, also available through Kindle Unlimited (I’m adding it to the wish list I use to keep track of KU books)

There you go!

Bargainjoy!

Um…I usually say “Enjoy” on something like this, but I wanted to indicate the bargains…so I combined the two words. A portmanteau for you! ;)

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

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

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

The Big Deal: Kindle books up to 85% off through March 29th

March 15, 2015

The Big Deal: Kindle books up to 85% off through March 29th

Amazon saves us money on e-books in so many ways, but I do think it’s fun when they do the Big Deal. It’s over 400 books (431 at time of writing).

The Big Deal: Kindle Books Up to 85% Off (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

These are typically e-books which are genuinely on sale…they aren’t just cheap to begin with. :)

When the sale is over, they tend to go back up in price…although they may be reduced again later, of course.

Remember, as always, that you can buy e-books as gifts and delay the delivery until the appropriate date. You can also print out the gift and just hold on to it, so you have something to wrap. ;) In that case, you don’t really need to specify to whom it goes, so these can also be good “emergency gifts” (we always keep a few of those around).

Do check the price before you click or tap that “Buy button”…these prices may not apply in your country (and I have readers in a lot of countries) :) and I think it’s possible for books to go in and out of the set.

One more thing: some of these books are also available through

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

as part of the $9.99 monthly membership. It feels to me like Amazon sometimes uses the sales to promote KU, although there are now enough KU books that it may just be coincidence. On the other hand, they may be able to more freely discount the books which are in KU, so that may be part of it as well.

Here are some that caught my eye:

Crossroads
by Wm. Paul Young
4.5 stars out of 5 | 1,451 customer reviews
$2.99 at time of writing

That’s a very high review rating, but this is a faith-based book…and I’ve mentioned before that I think they tend to have higher scores. Don’t know why that is: they could actually be better, or could be that the audience for them is more generous with stars (which could be for different reasons). Still, that many reviews makes it impressive. Oh, and this is published by Hachette, so Big 5 publishers are part of this sale.

Don’t Go
by Lisa Scottoline
4.3 stars | 597 reviews
$2.99

Scottoline is a very popular author! Nice to see that here.

Green for Life
by Victoria Boutenko and A. William Menzin, MD
4.4 stars | 485 reviews
$2.51

I’ve been a vegetarian for a very long time. This is a popular book that focuses on “green smoothies”, which is something I don’t do. :) I only drink water…I just found that simplifies things quite a bit, and has some health benefits. I carry a Brita Sport Water Filter Bottle (at AmazonSmile*) with me at work (in my laptop case…away from the computer, just in case, but it hasn’t leaked)…it’s much cheaper than buying bottled water, and I don’t taste anything with it (which I did with some thermoses). I also like that I’m not dealing with all those empties from bottled water.

Tinkers
by Paul Harding
3.5 stars | 402 reviews
$3.99

A Pulitzer Prize winning debut novel…you don’t get to say that very often. :)

Exceptional (book 1 of the Exceptional series)
by Jess Petosa
4.0 stars | 353 reviews
$0.99
Available through Kindle Unlimited (KU)

Young adult dystopian science fiction…well reviewed. If you like doing audiobooks with Whispersync for Voice through KU, that’s available on this one.

Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness (Edward Abbey Series Book 1)
by Edward Abbey
4.5 stars | 335 reviews
$1.99

Also available in the sale: The Monkey Wrench Gang

Ball Four
by Jim Bouton
4.3 stars | 317 reviews
$1.99
KU (with Whispersync for Voice…WFV)

This is classic baseball non-fiction…controversial, but I sold it a lot when I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore. This one could be a great gift…and a nice KU read.

Six Days of War
by Michael Oren
4.5 stars | 313 reviews
$2.99

Non-fiction about the Six Day War in the Middle East…the impact of these events is still in the news today.

Moving Target: A Novel (Ali Reynolds Book 9)
by J.A. Jance
4.5 stars | 307 reviews
$4.99

Another very popular author!

Black Dahlia Avenger: The True Story
by Steve Hodel
3.3 stars | 277 reviews
$1.99

This book claims to solve the notorious and horrific Black Dahlia murder case…

Guinness World Records 2015
4.7 stars | 277 reviews
$3.99

Another great gift, especially for a curious kid…

A Cry In The Night
by Mary Higgins Clark
4.5 stars | 258 reviews

One of the most popular authors of all time!

A Passage to India
by E.M. Forster
3.9 stars | 221 reviews
$1.99

Probably needs no introduction… :)

‘White Girl Bleed A Lot': The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It
by Colin Flaherty
4.5 stars | 211 reviews
$2.99

Controversial, to say the least.

Who Really Killed Kennedy?: 50 Years Later: Stunning New Revelations About the JFK Assassination
by Jerome Corsi
4.3 stars | 202 reviews
$1.99

The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating
by Autumn Carpenter
4.8 stars | 178 reviews
$2.99

Come on…you watch those shows, right? ;) Very high star average! Another possible gift…

Who Goes There?
by John W. Campbell
4.3 stars | 163 reviews
$1.99

The science fiction classic, inspiration for The Thing (from Another World), John Carpenter’s version, and more.

Linda Goodman’s Love Signs
by Linda Goodman
4.6 stars | 161 reviews
$1.99

Goodman was responsible for some of the mainstreaming of astrology, back in the day.

Audition: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part
by Michael Shurtleff and Bob Fosse
4.7 stars | 146 reviews
$1.99

Got an aspiring actor in your circle? Great gift…this has been the definitive book on auditioning.

Time to start just listing:

  • Secrets from the Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • Undercurrents by Ridley Pearson (KU)
  • Emmett & Gentry Westerns
  • Morgue Drawer series
  • Promised Land by Robert B. Parker (a Spenser for Hire novel)
  • The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
  • Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans by Brian Fagan
  • Secret Santa by Fern Michaels and Marie Bostwick
  • The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges
  • Some of the Kindle Worlds books, including Hugh Howey’s entry in the Kurt Vonnegut universe
  • The Millennials by Thom S. Rainer and Jess W. Rainer
  • Don’t Wake Up the Bear! by Marjorie Dennis Murray and Patricia Wittmann: kids’ picture book, also in KU
  • César: ¡Sí Se Puede! Yes We Can! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and David Diaz
  • Daredevil, Vol. 1: Yellow by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (new Daredevil ((a Marvel superhero)) series coming to Netflix…)
  • The Hope by Herman Wouk
  • No Dawn for Men: A Novel of Ian Fleming, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Nazi Germany by James Lepore and Carlos Davis

I have to say, this may be the best Big Deal yet! Classic backlist, current novels, children’s books, non-fiction…something (or more than one thing) for everyone. ;)

Those were just some of them, of course…if you see another in the deal you want to recommend to my readers, you can comment on this post.

Enjoy!

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

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