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Today’s Kindle Daily Deal: 53 titles including Ken Follett, Mary Burton, and Neil Gaiman

August 11, 2019

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal: 53 titles including Ken Follett, Mary Burton, and Neil Gaiman

Today’s

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

has some great titles by brand name authors. The unifying theme seems to be that they have been highly-rated by Amazon’s customers.

I’d be surprised if you couldn’t find a small gift for someone here. Remember that you can buy the books at this discounted price, then either delay the delivery until the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or even print it out to wrap and give whenever you want.

Check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze that Buy button (or voice order)…the prices may not apply in your market and you may check after a book has moved out of this deal.

Here are some that caught my eye:

  • American Gods 10th Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman | 4.3 out of 5 stars | 5,329 customer reviews | $2.99
  • A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge #3) by Ken Follett | 4.5 stars | 3,927 | $1.99
  • The Last Move by Mary Burton | 4.6 stars | 1,050 reviews | $1.99 (available to read for Kindle Unlimited members at no additional cost)
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco | 4.0 stars | 678 reviews | $2.99
  • The Cold Dish: A Longmire Mystery (Longmire #1 of 11) by Craig Johnson | 4.5 stars | 1,797 reviews
  • The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff | 4.4 stars | 1,447 reviews | $2.99
  • The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen | 4.3 stars | 4,088 reviews | $1.99 | KU
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman | 4.6 stars | 324 reviews | $2.99
  • You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day | 4.8 stars | 875 reviews | $1.99 | [I like Felicia Day a lot and I was so disappointed when this book originally came out and text-to-speech was blocked, which used to be a thing I wrote about a lot. I actually wrote to explain the situation. I’m certainly not saying I’m responsible for the unblocking, I’m sure I’m not, but it’s nice to see it happened]
  • The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1 of 3) by N.K. Jemsin | 4.3 stars | 1,388 reviews | $3.99
  • Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman (Leaphorn and Chee #21) | 4.5 stars | 880 reviews | $1.99
  • A Summer in Sonoma by Robyn Carr | 4.7 stars | 302 reviews | $1.99
  • Tracks of Her Tears (Kindle in Motion) by Melinda Leigh (Rogue Winter Novella #1) | 4.2 stars | 493 customer reviews | $0.99
  • A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes | 4.1 stars | 282 reviews | $2.99
  • The Darkest Warrior (Lords of the Underworld #14) by Gena Showalter | 4.2 stars | 193 reviews| $1.99
  • No Time To Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Leguin | 4.5 stars | 126 reviews | $2.99
  • The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis | 4.5 stars | 52 reviews | $2.99
  • The Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber | 4.4 stars | 254 reviews | $1.99
  • War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches edited by Kevin J. Anderson | 4.4 stars | 10 reviews | $1.99 [this was is intriguing to me…short stories covering H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, at least sometimes as though they were written by famous people. Authors include Barbara Hambly, and Gregory Benford]

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

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Round up #190: Dash away, an unexpected benefit of Echo Auto

August 4, 2019

Round up #190: Dash away, an unexpected benefit of Echo Auto

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

Echo Auto solves a long term problem

We’ve now settled in with having the

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

in my Significant Other’s car.

I really want one for my car too, and we’ve put in a request, but that’s all you can do at this point.

The main thing my SO uses it for is music. I’ll use it for a lot more than that, but that’s the main purpose now.

It’s working very smoothly. I do turn off the Bluetooth on my phone when we are both going to be in the car…that car defaults to my phone. My SO, who isn’t very techie, did change the audio from Bluetooth to a local radio station, so I had to adjust that.

I pointed out (after testing it), that my SO could just say, “Play XYZ” and that local station plays on TuneIn. They did good programming on that: you don’t have to say, “Play XYZ on TuneIn”…it just works.

When we were driving home from the dog park yesterday, though, we got a really pleasant surprise.

Our now adult kid called…that’s a regular occurrence. They called just as usual, calling my SO’s phone number.

None of it felt different in answering it…but we realized pretty quickly that our kid could hear me very well when I was in the passenger seat! I drive out, my SO drives back.

In the past, using the built-in car audio system, the passenger couldn’t be heard very well: the phone pick-up was really only designed to work from the driver’s side.

However, with the Echo Auto’s far field microphones, we could both be heard just fine. No more having my SO repeat what I said. 🙂

That was really an improvement!

Dash away, dash away, dash away all!

I always thought the concept of Amazon’s physical Dash buttons was weird.

Here’s a company which is dominating by moving people away from the physical to the electronic. That doesn’t mean that they don’t sell a lot of physical products (“diapers and windshield wipers”, as I like to say): they do. It’s more about interactions and media (although they do sell a lot of physical media, too).

Sending you a plastic device which did exactly one thing (reorder a specific product when you pushed a button) just seemed like the opposite of that.

They just about gave them to you, usually crediting you with the cost of the device.

Well, they’ve been doing a lot of other things that seem to fit better to me. Subscribe & Save, which we use for many things, and ordering through Alexa.

So, you won’t find them to buy at Amazon now, and according to this

CNN story by Heather Kelly

and other sources, they’ll just stop working on August 31st…in a few weeks.

They’ll automatically give you

virtual dash buttons (at AmazonSmile*)

for any physical ones you have: that makes sense and will continue. You can just click/tap on a screen to order, or again, you can order using Alexa. If you use the

Echo Show 5 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

you can combine the two. You just say, “Alexa, show my Dash buttons”, and they’ll appear on your screen. Then, you just tap the white button of the one you want.

I’m kind of a big Daily Deal 😉

Today’s

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

is one of their big ones they do from time to time: 72 titles.

I now generally use sales like that to either put books on the gift list my family uses for me, or buy them as gifts (since you can buy it at the discounted price and delay delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print it out to give whenever you want). Check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze that Buy button: prices may not apply in your country or the book might not still be part of the deal when you see this.

Here are a few titles that caught my eye:

  • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte | $2.99
  • The Silent Woman by Terry Lynn Thomas | $0.99
  • A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa | $1.99 (also available through Kindle Unlimited) | I’ve read this one, and found it fascinating
  • P.S from Paris by Marc Levy | $1.99 (also KU)
  • Instinct by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
  • Mycroft Holmes by Kareen Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse | $1.99
  • The Cthulhu Casebooks – Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove | $1.99
  • Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell | $2.99
  • Matt Helm – Death of a Citizen by Donald Hamilton | $1.99

“Alexa, send Driftwood to Bufo’s Kindle”

Alexa can now manage your content by voice.

You can start with, “Alexa, manage my content”. You can then tell Alexa to send a specific book you own to a particular device, or even to permanently delete a book from your library (there will be a confirmation message first).

To quote Manny Farber: “…context…”

Natural conversation is making great strides.

However, it still has a ways to go, especially in the area of context. When people say something, we have automatically connected it to a million other things in our heads. The statement doesn’t just stand alone.

That’s one of the issues with Alexa…responses can be very specific.

I saw that twice this week.

My Echo Show suggested I ask Alexa about what the digital assistant’s favorite book was.

The answer was good: I was told that Alexa really likes I, Robot, and was a big believer in the 3 laws of robotics.

Just to test, though, I said, “Alexa, who wrote that?”

Alexa couldn’t answer that one…some fan. 😉

The other one was using an Alexa “social bot”. Amazon does a university prize for the best chatbot. You can test them by saying, “Alexa, let’s chat”, and a random bot will start a conversation.

This one gave me a couple of choices for conversation: I chose Disney.

The chatbot told me a news story about Ice Cube and Caroly Rafaelian bidding to buy Sports Networks from The Mouse House. That was relevant, and made sense.

The chatbot then asked me if I wanted to know more…and proceeded to tell me about actual frozen water ice cubes! 🙂

No human being would have brought up the singer Ice Cube and then confused it like that.

I do believe they’ll catch up to us, but they aren’t there yet.

Have any thoughts or questions on these stories? Feel free to let me and my readers know 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

 

Day 1 of Prime Day…and we’ve already saved much more than we pay for the annual membership

July 16, 2019

Day 1 of Prime Day…and we’ve already saved much more than we pay for the annual membership

I recommended some strategies for

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

earlier today:

It’s Prime Day! Strategies…

We’re careful buyers (believe it or not), but I thought I’d give you some idea of what we’ve bought, and how much we saved.

First, and this is still available, we’d saved $95.96 before the official start of Prime Day (but as part of it) by renewing our Kindle Unlimited membership for another two years. You do that here:

Give the Gift of Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile*)

Did we stop there?

Nope! 🙂

We’ve saved about $150 just today.

Our biggest savings was on the

Ring Spotlight Cam Battery HD Security Camera with Built Two-Way Talk and a Siren Alarm, White, Works with Alexa (at AmazonSmile*)

That is $60 off, $139.00 instead of $199.

I’ve been wanting one…we do have package theft in our area, and not everything can go to an Amazon Locker (we send everything there we can). This should be a deterrent…oh, and if the camera itself gets stolen, Amazon will replace it!

Lots of good features in this one. We bought an extra battery pack…one battery likely lasts for a few weeks (depending on settings), and it will automatically switch to the second one. That gives you a chance to charge one while the other is running. They sell a solar panel for it, but I don’t trust us to install it. We’re terrible at that “handy stuff”. A funny one recently: we had to put on a new doorknob. My first mistake was removing the doorknob while the door was closed…I couldn’t open it! Then, fortunately, my Significant Other noticed I was putting the doorknob on upside down…

We also bought the

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote (at AmazonSmile*)

for $14.99, to have as an “emergency gift”. That saved us another $25.

I bought two wi-fi bulbs for $38.99 off…but they appear to be sold out.

Outside of that, it was clothes and household items, making up the rest.

I heard from other people I know that they bought two

Echo Show 5s (at AmazonSmile*s)

for $49.99 each…$40 off each!

I want to mention one more thing:

There is a

new version of the Kindle Oasis (at AmazonSmile*)

being released on July 24th…and the current version is significantly on sale:

current generation Kindle Oasis…apparently now available without an animal leather cover (at AmazonSmile*)

for $199.99, $80 off.

Prime Day has definitely been worth it for us!

How about you? Feel free to let me and my readers know about great bargains you’ve gotten 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.

It’s Prime Day! Strategies…

July 15, 2019

It’s Prime Day! Strategies…

It’s here!

Today (and tomorrow) is

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

This is genuinely an opportunity to get some great deals! However, like a lot of things in this time of consumer plenty, it can be confusing.

You’ll see tons of deals, and it’s entirely possible that you’ll feel yourself shift into a sort of predator mode, that you have to strike NOW as the zebra darts out of the scrub across the savanna. Or, you know, you just think it’s cool 😉

I’m not going to stop you from that. We expect to buy some things today.

I’m also not going to try to point out flash deals to you all day long. The nature of Prime Day has changed in the four years since it launched. The first year, there were many deals which were only available for a very short time. We hovered over the Buy button, trying to hit it at exactly the right time before they ran out.

That’s not the case now. There will be lightning deals, and some of them will sell out, but now, it’s more a matter of making a deliberate choice. Many deals have already been available, and they will be available through both days (and some will undoubtedly continue afterwards).

UPDATE: We had on the Prime Day Channel in the Amazon shopping app on our Fire TV Cube, and they announced their first special deal (a “Deal Reveal”) for a 70″ Sony TV deal for about $800 (which I think was about half off)…and it appeared to sell out in under a minute. That’s not going to be the case with most things, especially Amazon products, but it did seem to be true with this…a quick sell out.

You can find them at

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

or even better, in the Amazon Shopping app. That’s just going to be easier and has more functionality to alert you to deals. You can also just ask Alexa.

What do you do when you see something you want? For example:

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote (at AmazonSmile*)

It says it’s $14.99 instead of $39.99 (63% off). This is an excellent “emergency gift”. We always keep a few things around at the holidays, in case someone shows up we weren’t expecting (such as someone having a new Significant Other). If your recipient already has one, this can still be valuable. It would also be good for a company gift exchange

If it’s a Prime Day Deal (and you’ll see a “badge” on that), you’ll also likely see a countdown for when the deal ends (as I write this, the deal ends in about 43 and a half hours).

If you are just good with the price, and don’t care whether it’s a bargain or not, go for it.

If you want to see if it is actually a good deal, an especially low price, go to

https://camelcamelcamel.com/

You can either describe the item or put in the URL (the address up in the search bar). Note that there may be different versions shown if you put in words. Also, and this is important, their current price will probably be higher than the price you are seeing on Amazon…because that price at Amazon is exclusive for

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

You need to be a Prime member to get Prime Day deals…although you can get a free trial. The odds are if you trial Prime, you’ll stick with it. Not having Prime nowadays is like not having access to a car. You can deal without it, but it certainly makes things much more convenient!

So, it shows the current price for the Fire TV Stick above as $39.99. What’s important, though, is that it shows you the price history. In this case, it goes back to January 15th…and the lowest price it has been is $29.99, so this is a great deal!

You can set a price alert at CamelCamelCamel…locate a product, and then sign up to get an e-mail (yes, you’ll be giving them your e-mail for that…you don’t have to sign up for anything to use CamelCamelCamel) when that product drops to a price you set.

That’s the shopping part. 🙂

I do want to point out that there will be many scams around Prime Day. Beware of e-mails telling you that you need to click something because your product is out of stock, or they need a confirmation, or the price changed, or they couldn’t deliver something. If you get an e-mail, ideally, go directly to Amazon to check on it.

I may try to add more specific products throughout the course of the two days, but this is where my readers can help each other. Feel free to comment on this post with deals you see. If you can, give some idea about when it will expire.

Here’s Amazon’s press release listing some of the deals:

press release

Don’t forget to use Alexa to shop! Asking Alexa for deals can be very easy, as well as using the Amazon Shopping app on your Fire TV device (they have a live Prime Day “channel”) in the app.

Also, while Prime Day is not just in the USA, the offers will be different in different markets.

Happy shopping! Oh, and if you go to Amazon Smile, you can benefit a non-profit of your choice by doing so. I’d appreciate it if you use my link to start your shopping trip:

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

but if you want to help someone else by going from their link, (such as a non-profit), I understand. 🙂

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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

 

The one Amazon deal I look for every time is here!

July 2, 2019

The one Amazon deal I look for every time is here!

With

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

less than two weeks away (July 15/16), deals are already here.

There’s one deal I look for every time for Prime Day and on Black Friday.

That’s a big discount on

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

That’s Amazon’s subser (subscription service) for books (including audiobooks) and magazines. We’ve been happy members since it started…you can have up to ten books borrowed at a time, with no limit as to how many you borrow (not get to own) in a month.

I’m not an audiobook fan…I like them if I’ve already read the book, and I know I’m unusual in this, but I don’t like an actor or even the author interpreting the characters for me if I haven’t read it. On the other hand, I use text-to-speech (software reading the book aloud) pretty much every work day, and for hours a week typically (I can end up driving a lot in my day job, and that’s when I listen…at other times, I sight read). If you are a fan of audiobooks, though, KU is a great way to go.

It’s normally $9.99 a month, but right now you can buy it at a discount, up to 40% off if you buy 24 months ($143.80 versus $239.76…a discount of $95.96, and just shy of $6 a month).

Yes, if you are already a member, you can take advantage of this. Before I bought it this time, I already had an ending date based on my current payments in 2023.

We also have bought it as a gift for a family. I’d still love Amazon to let you buy a single month as a gift…that would be great for things like gift exchanges at work, or even birthday presents for kids!  Here’s the gift page (that’s where I got the deal right now):

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

What I did to get the deal is buy it as a gift for myself (using the e-mail address we always use on the account). When I was notified of the gift, it said this:

Already a Kindle Unlimited member? You can now stack this gift on top of your existing subscription or click here to redeem your membership as a gift card.

We’re now subscribed through 2025…my tentative retirement year from my day job. 😉

I should also mention that they have really been improving the selection, although it was good before. Here are some standouts:

  • Never read the immensely successful Stephanie Plum mystery comedies by Janet Evanovich (or just want to revisit the beginning)? One for the MOney is in KU
  • Watership Down…the THIS IS NOT A CHILDREN’S BOOK tale of rabbits by Richard Adams (and the subject of a recent TV adaptation)
  • Nonfiction more of your thing? Read TV super producer Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes
  • NYT bestseller Robert Dugoni’s Bodily Harm

Older books, newer books, well-known books, special interest…there is a lot here!

I should also mention that if you are an Amazon Prime member, you also automatically have

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

at no additional cost…that’s a wonderful benefit, but it is only about 1,000 titles…it doesn’t have Watership Down (mentioned above) as one example.

This deal may not last until Prime Day, although my guess is that it will…or at least it will be available during the Prime Day sale.

Might there be other deals during or for Prime Day that will save you more money? Yes, but this is the one that will get you access to the most books!

See other Prime Day deals you want to share with me and my readers? You can do so 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

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is July 15th and 16th!

June 26, 2019

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is July 15th and 16th!

We’ve known that Amazon’s self-driving holiday 😉 would be coming soon, and it has now been officially announced!

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

It’s been getting better over the years…the first year, there were a lot of things that sold out almost instantly.

Look for deals ahead of time, and for big deals on the day(s).

Another interesting thing: other retailers are getting on board. Amazon hasn’t always led (the Nook had peer-to-peer e-book lending first, for example), but they have here. Target will have a big sale, and so will eBay.

I’ll be checking Amazon. This year, another thing to watch is the category of Prime Day Launches…there are a bunch listed already.

I’m excited! There are usually legitimately good deals. I’ll be looking for any kind of deal on

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

Those deals have definitely saved us money over the years.

If you spot great deals, I’d appreciate you commenting so my other readers know!


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* 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

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal: books made into movies & TV shows

February 24, 2019

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal: books made into movies & TV shows

Today’s

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

is a really nice set of 48 titles (at time of writing) which have been made into books or TV shows.

I think this is supposed to be in honor of the Oscars (which are tonight), but since it includes TV shows, it feels a bit more Golden Globeish. 😉

Regardless, this is a good sale!

With the way TV is done now, I think many books adapt better as prestige TV shows than as movies…more time to develop the story and characters.

If I do have the choice to read a book before I see a visual adaptation, I prefer to do that. I’ve never had a book “spoil” a movie, but I have had the opposite happen.

Titles in this sale include:

  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman | 4.4 stars out of 5 | 6,577 customer reviews at the time of writing | $2.99 (the basic concept of this reminds me a bit of Norman Corwin’s Descent of the Gods, which I first encountered as the Two Gods in Primetime episode of Norman Corwin Presents, but they are obviously very different)
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  • Beatutiful Boy by David Sheff
  • Call Me By You Name by Andre Aciman
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (which has been made into more than one movie, TV series, radio plays, and more)
  • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald and David Nicholls
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark
  • Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings (which became Killing Eve)
  • Pines by Blake Crouch
  • LIfe of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks | 4.5 stars | 2000 reviews
  • Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers (available through Kindle Unlimited!
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • The Cider House Rules by John Irving
  • The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Krauss (this appears to be an adaptation of the screenplay)…good reviews)
  • The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

That’s not all of them, but I’d be surprised if most people couldn’t find a book they liked just out of what I did list. Remember that you can also buy them at this discounted price and either delay the delivery date until the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or send it to yourself, print something out, and give it whenever you want.

Enjoy!

Oh, and if you’d like to help us predict the Oscars, there is still a smidgeon of time left…entries are due by noon Pacific today, Sunday 24 February.

https://t.co/AgRAFC30xe

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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

 

Spend $20 on Kindle books and get $5! Good through 28 January in the USA

January 27, 2019

Spend $20 on Kindle books and get $5! Good through 28 January in the USA

This one is easy to do! Start here:

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

Activate it there, spend the money…and that’s about it!

You need to buy $20 or more in the USA Kindle store by January 28th. A few days later, you’ll have a credit on your account which will automatically be applied when you buy Kindle books (you won’t select when to use it, from what I see). You’ll have 30 days after it’s applied to spend up to $5 on any USA Kindle store e-books.

I keep saying “USA”…it’s possible it applies outside of there, but it’s clear it needs to be from Amazon.com.

It doesn’t apply to pre-orders, but otherwise, it’s pretty much any Kindle books.

As happy

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

members, we don’t do a lot of piece buying (paying for an individual book). However, we do love giving them as small gifts at the holidays! You can buy a book now, and delay the delivery (that’s not a pre-order, it should count) or have it sent to yourself so you can give it whenever you want.

I’d check my wish list (I’m recovering from major surgery…more reading opportunities), but it’s too close to my birthday and Valentine’s Day to risk buying from it. 🙂 I’ll likely look for gifts for other people, maybe look at their Amazon wish lists. Hm…I may also look for non-profits looking for e-book donations…that may be the best way to go for me.

I’m not sure how many of them ask for them, but you could start here:

AmazonSmile Charity Lists (at AmazonSmile*)

You may be more interested in this when you are redeeming (although saving money when you are getting to the $20 makes sense, too…it just means more books needed to get there), but here is Amazon’s

Deals in Kindle Books page (at AmazonSmile*)

Do you have any other creative suggestions? Feel free to let me and my readers know 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

“Cyber Monday: The biggest Kindle deal of 2018, save up to 80% on over 350 titles”

November 26, 2018

“Cyber Monday: The biggest Kindle deal of 2018, save up to 80% on over 350 titles”

Did you think yesterday’s

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

was big?

I did! 😉

Today’s the biggest on of the year (according to Amazon), and we probably won’t see a bigger one until December 25th.

I won’t have time to look over the whole list this morning, but I’ll try to call out a few. Feel free to add suggestions for me and my readers by commenting on this post.

Remember that you can buy the books at today’s reduced price, and either delay delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or send them to yourself, print them out, and give them whenever you want.

Titles:

  • Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
  • Outlander (#1) by Diana Gabaldon $1.99 (basis for the TV series)
  • Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo
  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Under the Sea Wind by Rachel Carson
  • Grant Moves South by Bruce Catton
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Ender #1)

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

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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.

Today’s KDD: “Cyber Sunday: Up to 80% off top titles on Kindle”

November 25, 2018

Today’s KDD: “Cyber Sunday: Up to 80% off top titles on Kindle”

“Cyber Sunday”?

Okay by me, since it means a big sale. 😉

Moreover, the origins of “Cyber Monday” don’t really apply any more.

You see, back in the day, people had a lot faster internet at work than they did at home. That meant that it was easier to shop at work than at home, so sales went up on Monday.

The term made its debut in 2005 in a Shop.org press release, from what I know.

Now, thirteen years later, the situation is reversed for many people: my internet at work is fast, but my internet at home is as fast if not faster.

Still, people do shop on Cyber Monday…but the sales get going over the weekend (they actually start before Black Friday).

Today’s

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

has 87 “top titles”…and there are some good ones in there.

Before I point some out, I want to speculate on one thing: what might we have tomorrow that we don’t have today?

I’m thinking there may be a deal on

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

I haven’t heard anything yet, but it makes sense to me.

Now, titles:

  • The Forever War by Joe Haldeman | 4.3 stars out of 5 | 2086 customer reviews | $1.99 (this is a Hugo and Nebula award winning science fiction classic which has inspired sequels and more…it’s military science fiction, and might make a good small gift)
  • Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body by Martin Pistorius | 4.7 stars | 2222 reviews
  • The Great Halifax Explosion by John U. Bacon | 4.7 stars | 163 reviews (I heard an interview about this one, and then gave it as a gift to a relative…fascinating story about a tragic incident which helped mend the relationship between Canada and the USA)
  • The Moon-Spinners by Mary Stewart (also Airs Above the Ground, This Rough Magic, Nine Coaches Waiting, The Ivy Tree, Touch Not the Cat) $1.99 each…you could make a nice “bundle” by buying someone several!
  • The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski | 4.6 stars | 1360 reviews
  • The 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni | 4.5 stars | 1185 reviews | also available through Kindle Unlimited
  • Absolute Power by David Baldacci
  • No Safe Secret by Fern Michaels
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  • The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Volume One: Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, and Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers | $2.99 for the three | 4.4 stars | 153 reviews
  • Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol (I’ve read this…it was worth reading…#1 of 3) also available through KU
  • When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning

There are books by Raymond Feist, Elisabeth Peters, Louis L’Amour, Harlan Ellison, Liz Braswell…if you want to mention any of those (or others…or other deals…or, hey, I’m not picky, I like comments) 😉 , you can do so by commenting on this post.

Enjoy!

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

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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


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