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40% off KU and other last minute Prime Day bargains

July 18, 2018

40% off KU and other last minute Prime Day bargains

The first half a day of

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

had a lot of glitches and crashing…in my family, we saw the “Uh-Oh dogs” a lot!

In fact, we speculated that maybe Amazon would extend Prime Day to make up for it…but we didn’t really expect that.

It seems quite odd that the super powerhouse server provider company (AWS…Amazon Web Services is now almost Amazon’s most important business), with massive algorithms to predict demand, could have been that far off. It was bad enough that some conspiracy theory type things occurred to me…not as likely, but just as possible scenarios (including sabotage, equipment failure…even “false flag” type self-limiting to obscure certain other impacts). I didn’t believe any of those, but my mind is always running down alternative timelines. 😉

Regardless, I wanted to highlight a few bargains available now:

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

This is Amazon’s subser (subscription service) for e-books…normally $9.99 a month for “all you can read” (you can have up to ten books out at a time) from a quite large selection.

If you aren’t a member already, you can get three months for $0.99…how could you not? 😉

If you are an existing member (we’ve been happy members since it started…even though I’ve been less happy lately, since I haven’t been able to use text-to-speech…the only audio choice it will give me is an audiobook, which I know the majority of people prefer), you can also get a discount:

Kindle Unlimited deal (at AmazonSmile*)

You can get 12 months for $80.32 (which works out to $6.69 per month approx.), and it tells you to enter the promo code of PDKU18. You can also select 24 months for $143.86 ($5.99 per month approx.). It doesn’t mention the code, but I’ll enter it. 🙂

You can generally get to the deals through the

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

so I’ll just mention a few you can find there…double-check the price before you buy it:

  • Alexa Fire TV Stick for $19.99…great way to get Alexa, and we use Fire TV to watch TV just about all the time
  • Echo Dot $29.99
  • The Fire TV Cube for $89.99 (this is $30 off their new, and I think eventually game-changing, device)
  • The Echo Show is still $100 off at $129.99
  • Echo 2nd Gen for $69.99
  • Kindle Paperwhite (still my favorite Kindle model currently available) for $79.99 ($40 off)
  • Echo Spot (love this one!) for $9999
  • $50off the Fire HD 10 (which has Show Mode)
  • I mentioned earlier today: buy an e-book off the top charts and get 75% off another e-book purchase, or buy one other Kindle e-book and get 30% off Buy a Kindle book from the top read and sold charts, get 75% off your next Kindle book purchased by July 31st

Okay, those were all Amazon…but there are so many things! About six hours to go at time of writing…


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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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Prime Day (and a half) starts today at noon Pacific

July 16, 2018

Prime Day (and a half) starts today at noon Pacific

Amazon’s

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

starts today (Monday, July 16) at noon Pacific. It will continue through midnight on Tuesday, July 17 (just before it becomes Wednesday) Pacific.

There will be lots of bargains, and they won’t all last all day. There are new products being introduced, freebies, all for

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

members (free trial memberships are available).

This year, I’ve had a couple of people bring up personally to me a strike/boycott against Amazon which goes through Prime Day (meaning that some people are not ordering things through Amazon or using their services).

There are quite a few articles on this, and I would say even more buzz on social media. Here’s a Bing search:

Bing search for “Amazon strike”

One person asked me specifically because they thought I could give the best pro-Amazon argument.

I’m not going to argue for or against joining this action: there will be people who are passionate about it on both sides.

Essentially, the initial impetus for this was European Amazon employees stating concern about how Amazon treats them.

What I’ll do is suggest you consider these two questions:

  • Does Amazon treat its employees (European and otherwise) fairly?
  • If you decide they don’t, will boycotting Amazon affect that situation, and if so, how?

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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 Kindle Daily Deals: amazing!

July 15, 2018

Today’s Kindle Daily Deals: amazing!

Once I’ve gotten my typical daily writing (the Bookish Birthdays in this blog, a birthday thing I do for work, writing and tweeting This Day in Geeky History, posting a picture to our dogs’ Flipboard magazine, Butterscotch Chaos and Friends, and a new thing I’m really enjoying ((and to which I welcome your participation)), #1TweetExpert))) done, my thoughts usually turn to what I’ll write for this blog. I certainly don’t write a non Bookish-Birthdays tweet every day…I’d like to get back to writing a lot more narrative here, and I’m hoping that happens once I’ve been doing Bookish Birthdays for a year.

Since I’m not writing every day, an idea may percolate for a few days. I was planning to write one thing today…but then

today’s

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

so impressed me, it took precedence. I may write a second post today (this week is going to be another long one at work), and of course, I need to remind you about

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

officially starting at noon Pacific tomorrow (Monday, 16 July) but with deals happening now. 🙂

Still, as a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, I was looking at today’s list…and thinking that if I was still in that role, I would have expected to have many of these p-books (paperbooks) on my retail shelves.

If you were looking for an e-book sale on Prime Day (and there may still be more), this fits the bill.

Oh, mentioning physical stores, brings up one tangent before I start listing books: when we were in the AmazonBooks recently in Walnut Creek, California, I noticed (actually inside the store) a bowl of water for pets. I asked,and they told me dogs were welcome in the store…even if the dogs aren’t working (just “pet” dogs, not necessarily service dogs). One of our dogs probably has at least another week of recovery from a bite wound before they can go back out in public, but we’ll consider taking them to AmazonBooks later.

Okay, books in today’s

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

!

Remember that you can buy these books at the reduced price and either delay delivery for an appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print them out and give them whenever you want. You can also use the recently added

“Buy Kindle Books for Others”

feature, if you really want to share the book.

Do check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze that Buy button…the price may not apply in your country, or you may see this after the sale is over.

Here are some of the 59 titles which caught my eye…not just well known authors, in some cases, but well-known books.

  • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (#1 of 3) | recently adapted into a well-received movie directed by Alex Garland
  • Dietland by Sarai Walker
  • Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling) (Cormoran Srike #3) | 4.5 out of 5 stars | 3, 017 customer reviews | $2.99
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly | 4.4 stars | 2,004 reviews | $2.99 | basis for our favorite movie of the past couple of years
  • Instinct (AKA Murder Games) by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
  • Codename Villanelle (inspiration for Killing Eve) by Luke Jennings
  • Absolute Power by Robert Baldacci
  • The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller #1) by Michael Connelly
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel | 4.4 stars | 6,699 reviews | also available through Kindle Unlimited (which may be on sale on Prime Day) at no additional cost
  • I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore (#1 of 7) | 4.6 stars | 2,434 reviews | $1.99
  • All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot (#1 of 5)
  • A Very English Scandal by John Preston (adaptation currently on Netflix)
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (KU)
  • The Choice by Nicholas Sparks | 4.5 stars | 3,890 reviews | $1.99
  • Room by Emma Donoghue | lauded movie adaptation
  • All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren | a real classic
  • Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (author of The Hundred and One Dalmations)
  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
  • Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie (Grantchester Mysteries #1)
  • Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
  • Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank R. Galbraith and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
  • Impulse by Steven Gould
  • The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part ONe by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh
  • The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  • Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist by M.C. Beaton
  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food by Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Truly, Madly, Sweetly by Kira Archer
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel | 3.8 stars | 2,556 reviews
  • Denial by Deborah E. Lipstadt
  • Frank Miller’s Sin City Volume 1
  • 300 by Frank Miller
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 by Joss Whedon
  • Saving Zoe by Alyson Noël

Enjoy…and look for more bargains on Prime Day (and a half) 2018!


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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.

Prime members: $30 off a new Amazon device (Fire TV Cube) through Friday (8 June 11:59 PM Pacific)

June 8, 2018

Prime members: $30 off a new Amazon device (Fire TV Cube) through Friday (8 June 11:59 PM Pacific)

Amazon announced a new device today, and it looks to me like it may be a significant evolution of the Fire TV, giving (most of) us what we’ve wanted all along.

It’s called the

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

The shorthand you are going to hear is that it is a combination of the Amazon Echo and the Fire TV.

That, though, leaves out what may be the biggest thing: control over your TV and other compatible devices.

So, without going through IFTTT (If This Then That) or using a device like we currently do, a Harmony remote, you should be able to have it turn on your TV, raise and lower the volume, change channels…all of that.

Apparently, it will also just figure out when to turn on the TV…if you ask to watch a movie, the TV turns on. If you ask Alexa (it has pretty full Alexa control…although not calling and messaging) what the weather is, it doesn’t need to turn it on (although I like the visuals that go along with questions like that on our Echo Show).

While we are watching our money more, I am going to get one. My Significant Other currently literally has a paper notebook on how to turn on the TV and watch shows, so I’m hoping this solves that. 🙂

The control includes Infrared, which is going to cover a lot of devices (but not all of them).

The list price is $119.99….but Prime members can get it for $89.99 if they order by 11:59 PM Pacific tomorrow (Friday 8 June). You also get a $10 Prime Video credit.

Since it controls SmartHome devices, they have those on package deals…you can buy the Ring Video Doorbell for a bit more than $50 off ($99.00).

I’m going to have to read more about it, but I wanted to get this out for you right away. This release is in the USA, and these are pre-orders for June 21st.


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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: “UP TO 80% OFF SELECT KINDLE HISTORY BOOKS”

June 3, 2018

Today’s KDD: “UP TO 80% OFF SELECT KINDLE HISTORY BOOKS”

I read a lot of things, and it’s always interesting to me when people just say, “I don’t read non-fiction”.

I’m not quite sure why that is. I suspect that, in some cases, it’s that they don’t read all that much…I don’t mean that as denigration. I usually read several books at the same time, and I read quite a few books in a year (text-to-speech in the car definitely helps with that with my job). That may be one reason why I’m less..selective than someone might be who only reads one book at a time and maybe twelve books in a year.

If that’s the case, I can definitely see that someone (especially someone who was busy with a complex job/lifestyle) might prefer “escape” from reality…and it might seem like fiction is the best way to do that.

However, for me, narrative non-fiction can be an even better way to shift perspective. Whether that’s by going to another time in your own culture, another geographical location, or even just another way of seeing your life, it may be easier to step into the shoes of a real person.

Naturally, that depends on the skill of the author. A very cartoony non-fiction book can work fine. One which is as rich as great fiction can work. There, is, though, the risk of what is called the “uncanny valley” in work with artificial intelligence and other robots.

It’s an interesting problem. When we look at how comfortable people are with something like Alexa or an online avatar or even a doll, it depends on how realistic the character is. If it’s not at all realistic, that’s fine. For example, most people are fine with, oh, Super Mario. Mario is clearly a cartoon character, and that’s fine. On the other hand, when The Polar Express animation with Tom Hanks was released, they tried to make the characters very realistic…but for many people, their eyes were “wrong” and the audience was creeped out. The “valley” is a line graph of comfort, and sort of like an upside down bell curve (but usually a much narrower dip). On the not like a human to human scale, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay, AAHHH!!!, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay. 😉

Very unrealistic? Fine. Exactly like a human? Fine. Close to a human but definitely not a human? That’s a problem.

That happens in non-fiction with historical figures, too. If there is no attempt to make them seem real, that’s fine. Brilliantly written, that’s also fine.  Something that seems like an “off tone”, even though it might be historically accurate, can jar the reader.

Fortunately, today’s

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

has some excellent non-fiction books at really good prices!

If you haven’t been into non-fiction this can be a place to start. It might be like what I was told about tomatoes. I really, really don’t like eating tomatoes. Tomato sauce is fine, but I pick pieces of tomato out of salads and such. It’s a texture thing. I’ve been told that may be because I’ve never had a good tomato…that the fast food, store bought tomatoes I’d had were “mushy” compared to what tomatoes normally are. 🙂 Maybe you’ve just read “fast food” non-fiction…

I’m going to list some of the fifty (!) titles in today’s sale which caught my eye. Remember that you can buy them at the reduced price and delay the delivery until the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or even have them sent to yourself, print them out, and give them whenever you want. Check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze that Buy button…the prices may not apply in your country, and you may see this after June 3rd’s sale is over.

  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown | 1,123 customer reviews | 4.7 stars out of 5 | $1.13 at time of writing
  • West with the Night by Beryl Markham | 1,337 reviews | 4.6 stars | $2.99
  • The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstram
  • Fifty Things You Need to Know About World History by Hugh Williams
  • The White Album by Joan Didion | $1.49
  • Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell
  • Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King
  • Foundation: The History of England from its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd
  • Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City by Kate Winkler Dawson
  • Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
  • Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture by Joshua Levine
  • Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II, 1937-1945 by Rana Mitter
  • The Last Highlander: Scotland’s Most Notorious Clan Chief, Rebel & Double Agent by Sarah Fraser

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.

Today’s KDD: a great list, from Discworld to Wolf Hall

May 20, 2018

Today’s KDD: a great list, from Discworld to Wolf Hall

With a three-day weekend in the USA about a week away, some people consider this the start of the summer book-reading season. It used to be the summer movie-watching kick-off, too, but that’s been moving up…so that summer now seems to start in February. 😉

Today’s

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

has plenty of well-known books at discounted prices to help pass the time on that plane, train, beach…or just in bed. There are books here with over 1,000 customer reviews and an average rating of over four stars (on a scale of 1-5), which is quite impressive.

Many of these are also series starters…the first in a longer line. I always remember that I stumbled across the Bantam Doc Savage reprints in an Alaska airport, and then went on to read all of those 181 adventures and continue to read the new series of the Wild Adventures of Doc Savage (at AmazonSmile*) which has added more than twenty new books. While I was already a big reader, it can be a way to get someone into reading regularly (and then they certainly may broaden their horizons later), especially when a book may be the inspiration for a movie or TV series they like (such Pretty Little Liar or Harry Bosch in today’s set).

I’m going to list some of the 73 (!) Kindle Daily Deal titles that caught my eye. Remember that you can buy these books at the reduced prices and either delay the delivery of a gift until the appropriate occasion, or send them to yourself, print them out, and give them whenever you want to whoever you want (although there may be geographical restrictions outside the USA).

  • The Black Echo (Harry Bosch #1 of 20 at time of writing) by Michael Connelly
  • My Sister’s Grave (Tracy Crosswhite #1 of 6) by Robert Dugoni (also available from Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) at no additional cost for members)
  • The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1 of 2) by Rick Riordan (KU)
  • The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan
  • A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick #1 of 6) by Kendra Elliot | 4.5 out of 5 stars | 2,568 customer reviews at time of writing | (KU)
  • The Color of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
  • The Silver Music Box (The Silver Music Box series #1 of 2) by Mina Baites (translated by Alison Layland) (KU)
  • Claiming Grace (Ace Security #1 of 4) by Susan Stoker (KU)
  • Plum Island (John Corey #1 of 6) by Nelson DeMille
  • Huntress Moon (The Huntress/FBI #1 of 5) by Alexandra Sokoloff (KU)
  • Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding series #1 of 4) by Rachel Hauck
  • The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales #1 of 10) by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Crow Trap (Vera Stanhope #1 of 7) by Ann Cleeves
  • Artemis Fowl (Artemis #1 of 8) by Eoin Colfer (KU)
  • The Best Man (Blue Heron #1 of 5)
  • Step on a Crack (Michael Bennett #1 of 9) by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
  • Wolf Hall (Wolf Hall #1 of 3) by Hilary Mantel (Man Booker Prize winner)
  • Dawn (Xenogenesis #1 of 3) by Octavia Butler
  • Sabriel (Old Kingdom #1 of 5) by Garth Nix
  • The Black Company (Black Company #1 of 9) by Glen Cook
  • Power Down (Dewey Andreas #1 of 5) by Ben Coes
  • Darkness Begins (After the EMP #1 of 7) by Harley Tate (KU)
  • Gideon’s Sword (Gideon’s Crew #1 of 4) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan #1 of 12) by Laura Lippman
  • Jar City (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries #1 of 7) by Amaldur Indridason (translated by Bernard Scudder0
  • Accused (Rosato & DiNunzio #1 of 11) by Lisa Scottoline
  • A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford #1 of 7) by Charls Todd
  • Florida Roadkill (Serge Storms #1 of 18) by Tim Dorsey
  • The Poacher’s Son (Mike Bowditch #1 of 6) by Paul Doiron
  • Big Nate: In a Class by Himself (Big Nate  #1 of 7) by Lincoln Pierce
  • Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars #1 of 16) by Sara Shepard
  • The Forge of God (#1 of 2 in the Forge of God series) by Greg Bear
  • The Edge of Apocalypse (The End #1 of 4) by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall
  • The Forgotten Recipe (Amish Heirloom #1 of 4) by Amy Clipston
  • Leaving (Bailey Flanigan #1 of 4) by Karen Kingsbury
  • Double Helix Collection by Jade Kerrion

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.

Today’s KDD: give all 7 Chronicles of Narnia books for under $15

March 31, 2018

Today’s KDD: give all 7 Chronicles of Narnia books for under $15

Today’s

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

is a special on books by C.S. Lewis (at TMCGTT). That includes all seven of the books in the Chronicles of Narnia series (the first is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe). This is a classic fantasy, one which I would suggest for any household library.

Since the books are $1.99 each, that means you can get them all for under $15.

Something to consider: you can buy them today at this reduced price (check the price before you click that Buy button…it may not apply in your country, or you might see this after they are on sale…March 31st Pacific time), send something to yourself which you can print out, and then give them for a gift to someone who could redeem them. We like to have “emergency gifts” on hand, in case someone shows up for a holiday party we weren’t expecting. This would be a good one.

It’s worth noting that a recipient doesn’t need to have a Kindle. Generally, a SmartPhone, a tablet, or a computer will also do. You can even listen to them with text-to-speech, using the Amazon shopping app on your phone, if you like.

I’ll admit to being a little disappointed that The Screwtape Letters wasn’t part of today’s deal, but that’s just asking for the saddle with the horse. 😉

Enjoy!


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


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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.

Round up #172: new features for a Kindle app, people who haven’t read a good (or any) book lately

March 25, 2018

Round up #172: new features for a Kindle app, people who haven’t read a good (or any) book lately

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

Today’s KDD: “Up to 80% off New York Times best sellers & more”

Today’s

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

has really top brand name authors and other well-known titles! I’m quite impressed…titles include:

  • Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child: City of Endless Night (Agent Prendergast) | 4.3 out of 5 stars | 615 customer reviews |  $4.99
  • Robyn Carr: What We Find (Sullivan’s Crossing) | 4.5 stars | 512 reviews | $1.99
  • James Patterson: All-American Murder | 4.1 stars | 232 reviews | $4.99
  • Sara Paretsky: Fallout (V.I. Warshawaski | 4.2 stars | 242 reviews | $1.99
  • David Baldacci: Guilty (Will Robie) | 4.5 stars | 4,232 reviews | $2.99
  • Clive Cussler: Shock Wave (Dirk Pitt) | 4.5 stars | 868 reviews | $0.99
  • Stephenie Meyer: The Chemist | 4.3 stars | 2,066 reviews | $3.99
  • Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins:
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Christina Baker Kline by A Piece of the World
  • Boundaries by Henry Cloud
  • Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines
  • Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall
  • The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
  • Let Trump be Trump by Corey Lewandowski
  • You Say it First by Susan Mallery
  • Love Does by Bob Goff
  • The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
  • Wanted by Maya Blanks
  • The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
  • The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • Walk to Beautiful by Mr. Jimmy Wayne
  • Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard
  • Willow Brook Road by Sherryl Woods
  • Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson

iOS Kindle app updated

The iOS Kindle app (for iPhones and iPads) was recently updated (March 19) to 6.5, and there are two particularly stand-out new things to me.

One is “infinite scrolling”. That’s something people wanted even back when the Kindle was first introduced in 2007. What that means is that rather  than reading it like a book, whiere you see a certain amount of text and then change to another block of text (like flipping a page on a p-book…paperbook), you can just scroll through the whole book, like one continuous webpage. I definitely see the attraction of that, even though it moves you further away from the “paper behind glass” feel.

The second one for me is that they’ve added an Arabic dictionary. There is a sense to me that Amazon may be working on an expansion into countries with a lot of Arabic-speakers, although Netflix also recently added more Arabic support. It is a top ten language in the world (I’ve seen both fifth and sixth largest cited) with hundreds of millions speaking it as their first language, so it’s worth noting that there are people outside predominantly Arabic speaking countries who also might like to read in Arabic.

The other two things they noted was swiping down in the library to refresh it, and support for split screen view on iPads.

Alexa, the protocol droid?

This was an interesting

Yahoo! Finance article by JP Mangalindan

It doesn’t surprise me that Amazon is working on Alexa doing real-time translation. It can do some minor pieces of that now through “skills”, but there are a lot of AI solutions for “universal translation” not far away (and some that work somewhat now).

What was more intriguing to me was the suggestion that Alexa would change what it gave you as a “translation” if you told it the role of the person. This can be very sticky in language (our adult kid is a linguist, and it’s an interest of mine): many people use overly familiar language, for example, when formal might be more appropriate.

This ties very much into their

Cleo skill (at AmazonSmile*)

What happens is that you have a conversation in a language of your choosing with Alexa. Alexa speaks English, you speak your language. What you are doing is teaching Alexa. It’s a crowdsourcing thing, and you actually get points. 🙂 While this should let Alexa learn about more natural language, there is also a serious risk that people will try to teach Alexa things as a joke…as Monty Python might say, “My hovercraft is full of eels.” 😉 However, I always believe the majority of people will have good intentions…so if enough people use Alexa, it should be fine.

I used to be “fluent” in Mangani, the language the “apes” speak in the Tarzan series of books. There aren’t that many words, and fortunately, the syntax is exactly the same as English. 😉  I couldn’t answer the sorts of questions Alexa will ask, though.

I have no doubt Alexa will learn Klingon…

Anyway, back to the protocol part: I assume this also means that Alexa could give you an idea of what to say in English in certain situations. “Alexa, I forgot our anniversary…” “Alexa, my boss caught me stealing…” 😉

Speaking of speaking, I really wasn’t pleased when our Alexa switch to the new “Brief Mode”. Instead of answering me with “Ok”, Alexa plays a note…a sort of muted “bing bong”; I’m fine with that being an option, but it opted me in without asking me. It told me it did it, but then it was done. I much prefer the “Ok”…it’s part of what makes Alexa special for me. I did go back into the Settings and Alexa Voice Responses to turn it off again.

I would really like Alexa to respond in a whisper when I speak to it in a whisper…I’ve been hoping with that for a while. 🙂

Does nostalgia not work for movies based on young adult novels?

While the market for movies based on young adult novels has generally cooled from the halcyon Hunger Games days, I’m wondering a certain part of it.

A Wrinkle in Time can be argued to be a box office disappointment. It has a 41% on Rotten Tomatoes, 53% on Metacritic, and 4.2 out of 10 on IMDb. This despite it being a beloved book with a cast of stars and a respected director.

That made me think of another recent movie that didn’t meet expectations for ticket sales: Ender’s Game. It was 61% on Rotten Tomatoes, 51% on Metacritic, and 6.7 on IMDb. The domestic gross was about $62 million on a reported budget of $110 million.

The Giver had a domestic gross of about $45 million on a reported budget of $25 million. It was 35% on Rotten Tomatoes, 47% on Metacritic, and 6.5 on IMDb.

I suppose we could go back to the 1939 version of the Wizard of Oz (even though that’s more of a children’s book series than a young adult series). It wasn’t a box office blockbuster when it was first released, and many readers didn’t like some of the things that had been done with it (and they especially didn’t like Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion).

Just wondering…

Almost a quarter of American adults report not having read a book in the past 12 months

There are some very interesting stats from this year’s Pew report on who hasn’t read a book:

article by Andrew Perrin

There are six categories, and the biggest disparity occurs in education. The three slots are: high school or less; some college; and college+. The difference between the highest and the lowest is 30%: 37% of people high school or lower reported not having read a book, where only 7% of “College+” say so. I’ll mention one more before leaving it to the article…adults fifty or older actually reported reading a book significantly less often (28% versus 20%) than younger people.

I’ll mention that fewer people are non-readers than was true in the past couple of years…

What do you think? Why are people reporting they are reading more? Are you going to help Alexa learn a language (or more than one)? Do you want e-books to try to emulate p-books? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.


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Amazon is #1 (again) in corporate reputation: 20% off select Alexa-enabled devices March 22 only

March 23, 2018

Amazon is #1  (again) in corporate reputation: 20% off select Alexa-enabled devices March 22 only

Alexa is a big, big part of my life!

I have several different Alexa devices I typically use in a week.

One new thing I’m doing isn’t even involve an Alexa dedicated device. On my Galaxy S8, I now use Alexa in the Amazon shopping app. It’s surprisingly robust! On a short car trip, I can just tap Alexa there and say, “Alexa, what’s the news?” I get my Flash Briefing…news with no commercials.

For longer trips, it will read me my Kindle books (if text-to-speech hasn’t been blocked) or play an Audible book (although I don’t do that often). It can even turn my lights on before I get in the house. 🙂

So, I get in the car, put my phone in its holder (we are hands-free in California, although you can do a one-button operation), and open the Amazon shopping app…I’m sure that’s just an unintended consequence. 😉

However, I also like the devices. I would say my favorite one is one of the newest…the

Echo Spot (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping)

That’s the one I use at work. It’s a small device with a screen, about the size of a “Magic 8-Ball”. I play Jeopardy on it (I’m in the top 1% in the country, usually)…and it can show me the questions, similar to seeing them on a TV screen, which definitely helps.

That one hasn’t been on sale much, but today, it’s one of the

select Alexa-enabled devices on sale for 20% off today, March 22nd, only (at AmazonSmile*)

That brings it down to $103.99, but Echoes, Fire tablets, and Fire TVs are also on sale.

This is all to thank customers: in a

Harris poll

for the third year in a row, Amazon was #1 in corporate reputation.

It is a really significant achievement…congratulations, Amazon, and thanks for the discounts today!


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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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Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: February 2018

February 6, 2018

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: February 2018

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…sometimes, it’s been pages and pages of them.

They also do Monthly Kindle Book Deals up to 80% off (at AmazonSmile*). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now: 738 at the time of writing…337 fewer than last month.

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 215of them (150 fewer 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.

In terms 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 11, which is 18 fewer than last month. I can see an argument that not discounting (as much?) a book which is available to borrow for free makes that look like more of an advantage.

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.

 

Okay, books!

  • Hummingbird by Jude Angelini | 5.0 out of 5 stars | 178 customer reviews
  • The Witch with No Name by Kim Harrison (The Hollows #13) | 4.8 stars | 1,367 reviews
  • The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison (The Hollows #12) | 4.8 stars | 1,245 reviews
  • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley | 4.8 stars | 427 reviews
  • You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. by Ben Carson M.D. | 4.8 stars | 298 reviews
  • The Oak Inside the Acorn by Max Lucado and George Angelini |4.8 stars  | 228 reviews
  • The Short Drop (The Gibson Vaughn Series Book 1) by Matthew FitzSimmons | 4.5 stars | 8,731 reviews
  • Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell Series Book 1) by Barbara Nickless | 4.5 stars | 5,947 reviews
  • Huntress Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers Book 1) by Alexandra Sokoloff | 4.5 stars | 1,248 reviews
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
  • The Joey Song: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction by Sandra Swenson
  • Jubilee (50th Anniversary Edition) by Margaret Walker and Nikki Giovanni
  • A Horse for Kate (Horses and Friends Book 1) by Miralee Ferrell
  • I Got This: To Gold and Beyond by Laurie Hernandez
  • Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
  • Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli (KU)
  • QB: My Life Behind the Spiral by Steve Young and Jeff Benedict
  • The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific by Alistair Urquhart
  • On the Frontlines of the Television War: A Legendary War Cameraman in Vietnam by Yasutsune Hirashiki and Terry Irving
  • Get Paid For Your Pad: How to Maximize Profit From Your Airbnb Listing by Jasper Ribbers and Huzefa Kapadia (KU)
  • Caroline’s Secret (Wells Landing Series Book 1) by Amy Lillard
  • A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty
  • The Americans (The Kent Family Chronicles Book 8) by John Jakes
  • Fear Not by Max Lucado
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Forgiving Tree (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) by Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain
  • Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
  • Justice Redeemed (Darren Street Book 1) by Scott Pratt
  • Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change by John Lewis
  • Welcome to Wishing Bridge (Wishing Bridge Series Book 1) by Ruth Logan Herne (KU)
  • The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam by Andrew Wiest
  • Airborn (Matt Cruse #1) by Kenneth Oppel
  • Stealing Home (The Sweet Magnolias Book 1) by Sherryl Woods
  • Cascadia’s Fault: The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami that Could Devastate North America by Jerry Thompson and Simon Winchester

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* )

It’s worth noting that they have rebranded this to “amazon first reads” (sic) which also allows you to get the hardback (up to ten copies) for a really significant discount. There are also two KU short reads listed on that page…one is The Sign of the Beast by Joyce Carol Oates, which they say is a 66-minute read.

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 next month”. The choices this month are:

  • Bone Music by Christopher Rice (thriller)
  • White Rose Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey (historical fiction)
  • Neighorly by Ellie Monago (suspense)
  • Tough Tug by Margaret Read MacDonald  (illustrated by Rob McClurkan) (children’s)
  • Go by Kazuki Kaneshiro (translated by Takami Nieda) (literary fiction)
  • Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell (psychological thriller)

People like to know which one I pick…and honestly, none of these are appealing to me right now. I did check them out: I flirted with Go, as a former gamestore (in addition to bookstore) manager, but it doesn’t seem to be much related to the game. Then there was Tough Tug, but the reviews weren’t great. 😦 I’ll try again later in the month…if you read one and have an opinion, feel free to let me know.

They also are promoting

The Widow’s Network by Nick McDonnell

That’s an Amazon Original Stories publication (that’s an imprint now), listed as 34 pages, and it’s non-fiction.

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.


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