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Prime members: $30 off Kindle EBRs!

October 6, 2017

Prime members: $30 off Kindle EBRs!

This is a limited time offer, and yes, I think they may be clearing out stock before something interesting connected to the 10th anniversary of the Kindle on November 20th.

All of the current Kindle EBR (E-Book Readers…not tablets) models (although not necessarily every “flavor”) are on sale right now for

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

members only.

That’s right:

Kindle, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $49.99 instead of $79.99

All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile*) $89.99 instead of $119.99

Kindle Voyage (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $169.99 instead of $199.99

The Kindle Oasis is also $30 off.

Check the price before you click, tap, or eye gaze (the last in virtual/augmented reality) that Buy button…this is a limited time offer, and may not apply in your country.

They say:

“This offer is valid for $30 off Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage, Kindle Oasis Wi-Fi + Free 3G and Kindle for Kids Bundles sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC. • This is a limited time offer. • Offer does not apply to digital content. • Offer good while supplies last. •…”

It’s interesting that they say, “…while supplies last…” but that might just be boilerplate for promotions.

These are bargains…but be aware that there may be something on the horizon, which could also result in a lowering of prices for these models.


My current Amazon giveaway:

Beyond Curie: Four women in physics and their remarkable discoveries 1903 to 1963 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Giveaway:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b139e577ee333624

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
    Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Scott Calvin on Amazon
Start:Sep 25, 2017 5:46 AM PDT
End:Oct 25, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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. 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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Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: October 2017 

October 3, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: October 2017 

Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which used to discount four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kids’ book). Now, it seems like it is generally more books than that, and not categorized…although they have been doing themes this year as well.

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: 1,103 at the time of writing…221 fewer than last month, which makes close to 500 fewer than two months ago.

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 310 of them (17 more than last month…and when you consider that there are a lot fewer books, it does seem to me like the percentage of books in KU has been increasing in the past 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 is 5, which is 4 morethan 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.

The ones I link (if I actually link to specific books) also don’t block text-to-speech access…but I think blocking has become pretty unusual.

Okay, books!

  • The Man of Legends by Kenneth Johnson (KU)
  • House Rules by Jodi Picoult
  • Hitler’s Children: Sons and Daughters of Third Reich Leaders by Gerald Posner
  • Accidentally Hers (Sterling Canyon #1) by Jamie Beck (KU)
  • Wives of War by Soraya M. Lane (KU)
  • Zero Sum (John Rain) by Barry Eisler (KU)
  • The Power of Time Perception: Control the Speed of Time to Slow Down Aging, Live a Long Life, and Make Every Second Count by Jean Paul Zogby (KU)
  • Abducted (Lizzy Gardner #1) by T.R. Ragan (KU)
  • Code Breakers (complete series, four books in one) | 4.2 stars | 583 reviews $1.20 (KU) (quite the bargain for a well-reviewed series)
  • Good Behavior by Blake Crouch (Kindle in Motion) (KU)
  • Death Around the Bend (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery #3) by T.E. Kinsley
  • Stone Song: A Novel of the Life of Crazy Horse by Win Blevin (KU)
  • The Man Who Could Be King by John Ripin Miller (KU)
  • Company Commander by Charles B. MacDonald (KU)
  • How Dogs Love Us by Gregory Berns (KU) (I recommend this one)
  • Time of the Celts by Jane Stain (KU)
  • Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth #5) by Terry Goodkind
  • Glory Box (Road to Babylon #1) by Sam Sisavath (KU)
  • His Bloody Project by Graeme MaCrae Burnet
  • The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg (KU)
  • The Player (The Player Duet #1) by K. Bromberg (4.7 stars out of 5 | 470 customer reviews)
  • Moon Angel (Vampire for Hire #14) by J.R. Rain (4.8 stars | 113 reviews) KU
  • In Another World with My Smartphone #1 (4.4 stars | 37 reviews)
  • Beautiful Bodies by Kimberly Rae Miller (KU)
  • A Goblin’s Tale (The Iron Teeth #1) by Scott Straughan
  • Ripper by Patricia Cornwell (Kindle in Motion) $1.99 (KU) (I’ve been slowly reading this one..I find it quite convincing)

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

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

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

Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*)

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

  • A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan-Lake (book club fiction)
  • The Extraditionist (Benn Bluestone #1) by Todd Merer (legal thriller)
  • The Unremembered  Girl by Eliza Maxwell (suspense)
  • Mark of Fire (The Endarian Prophecy #1) by Richard Phillips (fantasy)
  • The Honest Spy by Andreas Kollender (translated by Steve Anderson) (historical fiction)
  • The House by the River by Lena Manta (translated by Gail Holst-Warhaft

People like to know which one I pick…and nothing is grabbing me yet. 😦 My experiences with translated books from Amazon have not been good, so that makes me unlikely to pick one of the last two. The fantasy, which would be sort of my fall back, has reviews that concern me (even though there aren’t that many). Something new that I’m seeing is ratings filtered by “customers interested in” genres. According to that, people who are interested in science fiction books rated it 3.6 out of 5…hm, but there are only four reviews altogether. That’s what can be misleading sometimes…the one sub 4 review is actually pretty positive and the reviewer intends to read the whole series, so I think I will go with Mark of Fire.

By the way, I did want to say (even if my readers don’t particularly want reviews in this blog), that the Kindle First book I got last month

The Naturalist (Theo Cray #1) by Andrew Mayne (at AmazonSmile*)

is the best Kindle First book I’ve gotten…and so far, a good book regardless. 🙂 The science has been reasonable and it is hasn’t been too dark or graphically violent. I’m enjoying the characters and the plot…the main character reminds me a bit of Don Tillman of The Rosie Project (which was a book I really enjoyed, as did my Significant Other…we were quite disappointed when, after we’d purchased it, the publisher chose to block text-to-speech access. The way that works is it doesn’t take away the access from us, but does from new purchasers. I just double-checked, and it is still blocked). It’s a somewhat light murder mystery, although there is violence…maybe The Rosie Project meets Stephanie Plum. 😉

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! :) 

Get an Echo Dot for $10, an HD antenna for $5: bundle bargains!

September 29, 2017

Get an Echo Dot for $10, an HD antenna for $5: bundle bargains!

We put a lot of thought into holiday gifts…we love to give! In addition to the regular gifts, we also do small gifts (although the traditions vary amongst our larger family).

Beyond that, we have a gift exchange at work (which has a price limit), and we donate gifts to charity.

As I wrote about yesterday:

Wowsers! Amazon just blew the doors off with new devices and features!

Amazon just introduced a lot of new things.

I’m debating which ones I might buy, and I know my situation is different from some people’s. I buy some things mainly to write about them, so that changes the math. I did buy the new gen 4K

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

because I’ve been waiting for a new one to be released…that’s how we watch TV almost all the time, and our current one may be underpowered.

When I bought it, though, I bought a bundle…I paid $5 more for the AmazonBasics Ultra Thin Indoor TV Antenna – 35 Mile Range, which otherwise costs $17.99 right now.

I may end up using it in one of our rooms, but it could otherwise make a great gift.

Amazon has a number of interesting bundles right now (one price for two or more things), and they might not last. Check the prices before you click/tap/eye gaze the Buy button…the bundle might be over before you see this.

One for you, one for them? A lot of possibilities…


My current Amazon giveaway:

Beyond Curie: Four women in physics and their remarkable discoveries 1903 to 1963 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Giveaway:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b139e577ee333624

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
    Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Scott Calvin on Amazon

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. 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 Best-of-the-Month Kindle reads”

September 24, 2017

Today’s KDD: “Up to 80% off select Best-of-the-Month Kindle reads”

Today’s

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

has some top-flight authors and interesting titles!

I noticed that I was also really impressed with last Sunday’s KDD. I wonder if that’s not a coincidence: I could see Sunday not being as strong a sales day for the KDD…people may be out of the house more, and perhaps thinking of other things than buying new books.

If they don’t think much about buying books ever, though, there are some “People Magazine titles” here…ones that even a casual reader might know (the Gabourey Sidibe book got a lot of coverage, for example).

As always, you can buy the titles at this discounted price and delay the delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion (we’ve already started to buy for the holidays), or print something out so you can give them whenever you want. Also, check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze that Buy button; prices may not apply in your country, or it’s possible it will have moved out of this sale before you see this.

Title include:

  • The Late Show by Michael Connelly | 4.4 out of 5 stars | 2,631 customer reviews | $4.99
  • This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe
  • Magpie Murder by Anthony Horowitz
  • Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
  • Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
  • Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
  • Sting-Ray Afternoon by Steve Rushin
  • Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne
  • The Leavers by Lisa Ko
  • Sycamore by Bryn Chancellor
  • Love, Africa by Jeffrey Gettleman
  • The Reminders by Val Emmich
  • The Upstarts by Brad Stone (author of The Everything Store, which is about Amazon)
  • All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
  • Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin
  • Caesar’s Last Breath by Sam Kean
  • The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince by Mayte Garcia
  • On the Plus Side by Alison Bliss
  • Down Home Cowboy by Maisey Yates
  • The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell
  • Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith
  • The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan
  • Lethal Lies (Blood Brothers #2) by Rebecca Zanetti
  • The Girl in Green by Derek B. Miller
  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
  • Spoils by Brian Van Reet
  • Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
  • Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s by Jason Turbow

Enjoy!

* 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: “30+ gripping real stories on Kindle, starting at $1.99”

September 17, 2017

Today’s KDD: “30+ gripping real stories on Kindle, starting at $1.99”

Today’s

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

is one that my Significant Other wouldn’t consider…but I would. 😉

It’s non-fiction, and for whatever reason, my SO just isn’t interested in non-fiction.

We don’t always like the same things, and that’s fine. 🙂 I’m more likely to like what my SO likes than vice versa, in part because I just have eclectic tastes. I always say that one hallmark of being a geek (and I’m a proud geek) is having a low threshold of entertainment.

That’s not to suggest that today’s set requires the same sort of taste as actually enjoying Plan Nine from Outer Space or watching the same episode of Star Trek for the twentieth time! There are some very popular, mainstream titles in this set…you just have to be willing to read non-fiction. 🙂

Remember that you can buy these at the reduced prices (they aren’t all $1.99, by the way) and either delay the delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or even print them out so you can wrap them 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 the sale has ended.

Titles include:

  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone | 4.5 stars out of 5 | 1,143 customer reviews | $2.99
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance | Amazon Charts: #18 most read (interesting that they list that here)
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey | 4,627 reviews
  • Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
  • The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick M. Lencioni (I thought Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team was quite good)
  • The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower
  • The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations (J-B Leadership Challenge: Kouzes/Posner) by James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
  • The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt
  • The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek
  • Moving Mountains: Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority by John Eldredge
  • The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success by Andy Andrews
  • The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life by Rick Ankiel
  • The Power of Positive Leadership: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World by Jon Gordon
  • Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love by Rachel Macy Stafford
  • Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton (this is a really interesting website…I frequently flip articles into The Measured Circle Flipboard magazine. They have an immersive Virtual Reality app, but I haven’t been able to get it to install on my Galaxy S7…it’s quite large)
  • Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom by Condoleezza Rice
  • The Origins of Totalitarianism (Harvest Book, Hb244) by Hannah Arendt
  • Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It by Larry Olmsted (Author)
  • Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren’t by Henry Cloud, John Townsend
  • Modern Monopolies: What It Takes to Dominate the 21st Century Economy by Alex Moazed, Nicholas L. Johnson
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective by Andy Andrews
  • Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight, Michelle Burford
  • Captivating Revised and Updated: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John Eldredge, Stasi Eldredge
  • Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 by Nicholas Reynolds
  • Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It by Richard A. Clarke, Robert Knake
  • This Kind of War: The Classic Military History of the Korean War 50th Anniversary Edition, by T. R. Fehrenbach
  • All the Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen to Be Famous Strangers by Alana Massey
  • How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro 1st Edition, by Steve Stockman
  • Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life by Eric Greitens

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 Amaz on 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.

 

 

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: September 2017 (and National Read a Book Day)

September 6, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: September 2017 (and National Read a Book Day)

Today (September 6th) is National Read a Book Day!

At least, that’s what our

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

and the internet tell me. 😉

This is one of those weird things where it should be obvious to find the history…but it isn’t. “Holiday Insights” told me it had no information on it. 🙂 I’ve seen the early 2000s quoted as when it started. I’ve asked the internet “who started National Read a Book Day” without a satisfying result.

I want to just say, “Who cares? It’s a great idea!” However, I do like facts…especially timelines. I have several timelines going now, and more in development:

In development, and not public yet, are timelines for 1939: The Best Pop Culture Year (I’ve written about that before, but a timeline is a good way to approach it…there is a new novel set in 1939 and getting a lot of buzz, The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews (( at AmazonSmile*))) and a Bufo’s Weird World timeline (this is a traditionally neglected area, and I often see it inaccurately reported in the mainstream media).

Even with all that fascination on my part, I won’t be adding National Read a Book Day to the ILMK timeline today…because I don’t have the necessary data. Let’s go back that “who cares?” thing…and read a book today! 🙂

You don’t need to read a whole book in one day, although my record is 3 1/2 books (for this context, I consider a book to be at least 100 pages of text). I don’t care if you re-read a book, or read one you already own…and of course, whether or not you actually read today is up to you, but I would be surprised if very many of my readers don’t read at least a bit of a book most days.

I haven’t written about the Kindle Monthly sale yet this month, so I’m going to do that next. Before I do, here are a few interesting news stories I ran across looking for more on National Read a Book Day:

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…although they have been doing themes this year as well.

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: 1,324 at the time of writing…210 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 293 of them (19 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 is 1, which is 5 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.

The ones I link (if I actually link to specific books) also don’t block text-to-speech access…but I think blocking has become pretty unusual.

Okay, books!

  • Curious George by H. A. Rey and Margret Rey | 4.6 stars out of 5 | 750 customer reviews | $1.99 (this is the original…consider it for a gift!)
  • A Mother’s Dance: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward, Full Circle by Pattie Welek Hall
  • Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box by Madeleine Albright
  • All There Is (Juniper Hills Book 1) by Violet Duke (KU)
  • Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Michael Gruenbaum and Todd Hasak-Lowy
  • And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering by Kate Merrick
  • How to Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather (related to Cotton Mather? I don’t know)
  • Where the Wind Leads: A Refugee Family’s Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption by Dr. Vinh Chung and Tim Downs
  • The Running Dream (Schneider Family Book Award – Teen Book Winner) by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Swipe Right: The Life-and-Death Power of Sex and Romance
    by Levi Lusko
  • Say You’re Sorry (Morgan Dane Book 1) by Melinda Leigh (KU)
  • Chronicles of Old San Francisco: Exploring the Historic City by the Bay (Chronicles Series) by Gael Chandler
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips) by Mignon Fogarty
  • Among The Shadows: A Detective Byron Mystery (A John Byron Novel) by Bruce Robert Coffin
  • The Replacements (A Bruno Johnson Thriller) by David Putnam
  • Harold’s ABC (Purple Crayon Book) by Crockett Johnson
  • The Trapped Girl (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 4) by Robert Dugoni | 4.7 stars out of 5 | 1,518 customer reviews | KU
  • The Brave Ones: A Memoir of Hope, Pride and Military Service by Michael J. MacLeod (KU)
  • In Grandma’s Attic (Grandma’s Attic Series Book 1) by Arleta Richardson and Patrice Barton
  • Chair Yoga: Sit, Stretch, and Strengthen Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You by Kristin McGee
  • And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality by Mark Segal
  • Where the Birds Never Sing: The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau by Jack Sacco
  • Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution by Peter Ackroyd
  • Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet by Carol J. Adams and Patti Breitman
  • No One Lives Twice: A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, Book One: A humorous geek girl mystery by Julie Moffett
  • Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel by Dan Slater (this one got a lot of coverage when it was released)

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

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

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

Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*)

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

  • The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series Book 1) by Andrew Mayne (thriller)
  • Mad City: The True Story of the Campus Murders That America Forgot by Michael Arntfield (true crime)
  • The Designer by Marius Gabriel (historical fiction)
  • I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll (suspense)
  • A Beautiful Work In Progress by Mirna Valerio (memoir)
  • Happy Dreams by Jia Pingwa, Nicky Harman (literary fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…one interesting impact of doing this a tad later in the month is that there are a lot more reviews…which encouraged me for The Naturalist and discouraged me from Mad City. I’m going with The Naturalist. I love animals, and really enjoy encountering them in the wild. However, I do have some doubts: it sounds like it might include graphic violence and unredeemable characters, and I suspect that the science may have been oversold, but we’ll see.

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! :) 

Today’s KDD: Labor Day Sale (great options!)

September 4, 2017

Today’s KDD: Labor Day Sale (great options!)

I’m really impressed with today’s

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

!

Newer books, older books, fiction, non-fiction…I’m pretty sure most of my readers can find something they want, for themselves or someone else!

Well, okay, there were a few weasel words in there, and I’m not saying you’ll all buy something…but it is one of the best KDDs I’ve seen.

As always, you can buy the book at this discounted price and then either delay delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or get something you can print and give whenever you want.

Also, do check the price before you click/tap/eye-gaze that Buy button…the prices may not apply in your country, and it’s possible a book will have gone out of this sale before you check it.

Titles include:

  • The Miracle of Dunkirk by Walter Lord (who wrote the most famous book about The Titanic)…good context for the current popular movie | $1.99
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore | 4.7 out of 5 stars | 362 customer reviews | $2.18
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy | $2.99 (this one has gone on sale in the past, but you never know about the future) 😉
  • The Red Cobra (James Ryker #1) by Rob Sinclair
  • Runnin’ with the Devil by Noel E. Monk
  • Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lucy Goodman
  • Warning by Richard A. Clarke (I’ve seen Clark interviewed…fascinating topic. The idea is to be able to identify people who are likely to be right when they say something bad is going to happen. No easy task!)
  • Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal
  • Never Call Me a Hero by N. Jack “Dusty” Kleiss
  • The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (a science fiction classic) | 4.3 stars | 2,068 reviews
  • Between Breaths by Elizabeth Vargas
  • Soul Keeping by John Ortberg
  • Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo (basis for a recent movie)
  • The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren
  • The Telomere Effect by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn
  • Through the Eyes of a Lion by Levi Lusko
  • A Speck in the Sea by John Aldridge
  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
  • The Crosswick Journals by Madeleine L’Engle (L’Engle is going to be especially popular when the new A Wrinkle in Time movie is released…considering keeping this one in your pocket for a small gift) | $3.99
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
  • Belichick and Brady by Michael Holley
  • The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
  • My Family and Other Animals (The Corfu Trilogy #1) by Gerald Durrell (one of my favorite authors…I hadn’t read all of the Corfu Trilogy until recently, and the third book had “the n word” in it. That surprised me, and will mean that I’ll warn people about reading the three of those together in the future (but leave it up to them)
  • Unglued: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst
  • Sing for Your Life by Daniel Bergner
  • The White Album by Joan Didion
  • Scary Close by Donald Miller
  • The End of Loyalty by Rick Wartzman
  • Unashamed by Christing Caine
  • Will’s Red Coat by Tom Ryan
  • Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm
  • Walk to Beautiful by Mr. Jimmy Wayne
  • Gifted Hands: 20th Anniversary Edition by Dr. Ben Carson, M.D.
  • This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin
  • Overload by Joyce Meyer
  • Truevine by Beth Macy
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
  • Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
  • Spare Parts by Joshua Davis
  • The H-Spot by Jill Filipovic
  • Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie
  • Palm Sunday by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Where Did You Sleep Last Night? by Danzy Senna
  • Dark Saturday (Frieda Klein

Enjoy!

My  current Amazon Giveaways:

The Collected I Love My Kindle Blog Volume 1 (at AmazonSmile*)

That collects the first 101 posts in this blog. I didn’t stop at 100 because I wanted to include all of my Sherlock Holmes story

A Kindle Abandoned

That’s a random giveaway, and will run for eight days (ending September 5). I do ask that you watch a twenty second video of one of our dogs when you enter…you know, we’re hoping it goes viral. 😉 Ideally, it would show up on the  Echo Show (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)…that would be so cool!

Here is the link:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/de03be17bb4d0ecb

and the details:

Start:Aug 28, 2017 4:42 AM PDT
End:Sep 5, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 8 winners.
Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Watch a YouTube video
18+ years of age (or legal age)

117 entrants at time of writing

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!

*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 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.

 

Ending Sunday night: QVC has the original Echo (“The Tower”) for $74.95

September 3, 2017

Ending Sunday night: QVC has the original Echo (“The Tower”) for $74.95

This is a really great deal! Yes, it’s possible a new model will be introduced soon, and possibly with more capabilities…but I would think it very unlikely that it would have these capabilities for this price.

http://www.qvc.com/Amazon-Echo-Speaker-with-2-Plus-Months-Music-&-Audible-Books.product.E231174.html

You can get it in black or white, and it let me select as many as five for my “cart”.

The deal is scheduled to end at about midnight Eastern time (9:00 PM Pacific time) tonight, Sunday, September 3rd.

You can also choose to do 5 “easy payments” of $14.99, which comes out to the same price.

Additionally, there is another $5 off an order (not per device) for first time buyers: you use the code FIVE4U. I confirmed that it was still valid with QVC, and asked for any restrictions. I got this response:

“Traci: (QVC Customer Service)1:07 PM
Its only applicable to new customers to QVC. If orders have been placed by phone and they choose to order online, they are not considered to be a new customer.”

This offer also may not apply outside the USA…not sure.

The black version of this is currently sold out at Amazon. The white one is $99.99, so this is a $25 savings!

I’m excited to see what comes next, but whatever it is, this will still be a bargain…again, good today only.


My giveaway for my sibling’s book

We Can Do It!: A Problem Solving Graphic Novel Guide for General Physics (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

ended yesterday.

At the end, there were 194 entrants for the two Kindle “copies”. One has been claimed so far…it sometimes takes a little while for people to see the e-mail that they won.

How did running the giveaway affect the book?

This is what the stats were before I started the giveaway:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,494 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

#2849 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Science > Physics
#15527 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels
#19877 in Books > Science & Math > Physics
@terrance_can followers: 6

These are the stats the day after it ended:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,002 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#2292 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Science > Physics
#10917 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels
#15650 in Books > Science & Math > Physics
@terrance_can followers: 6

As you can see, it jumped up a lot! Close to 24% in its overall ranking for paid in the Kindle store. That’s not bad for a five-minute set up time and $14.00 cost. 🙂 It didn’t increase Twitter followers for one of the characters, but I hadn’t required that people follow that feed…I just mentioned it when people signed up.

Thanks to everyone who entered!


My  current Amazon Giveaways:

The Collected I Love My Kindle Blog Volume 1 (at AmazonSmile*)

That collects the first 101 posts in this blog. I didn’t stop at 100 because I wanted to include all of my Sherlock Holmes story

A Kindle Abandoned

That’s a random giveaway, and will run for eight days (ending September 5). I do ask that you watch a twenty second video of one of our dogs when you enter…you know, we’re hoping it goes viral. 😉 Ideally, it would show up on the  Echo Show (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)…that would be so cool!

Here is the link:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/de03be17bb4d0ecb

and the details:

Start:Aug 28, 2017 4:42 AM PDT
End:Sep 5, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 8 winners.
Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Watch a YouTube video
18+ years of age (or legal age)

113 entrants at time of writing

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!

*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 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: “50+ sizzling cookbooks on Kindle, $1.99 & up” (each)

September 1, 2017

Today’s KDD: “50+ sizzling cookbooks on Kindle, $1.99 & up” (each)

Today’s

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

is “50+ sizzling cookbooks on Kindle, $1.99 & up”. That’s $1.99 and up each, of course. People prefer that I spell that out, so they don’t think they could get 50 books for under $2 total. 🙂

Cookbooks are a bit of a complicated topic for me. I’m a vegetarian and a teetotaler. I don’t particularly want to promote people eating meat or drinking alcohol, but I don’t try to prevent other people from doing either. As you can imagine, I’m often at restaurants and in meetings with people eating meat or drinking alcohol, and I’m okay with that. It’s a bit like the text-to-speech issue…a matter of personal choice.

Being okay with something is different from promoting it. So, I don’t usually list a book which is entirely focused on alcohol or meat…although I will do books which do both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, since again, the purchaser can choose.

With that said, here are some of the books in this deal (and there are more…both with and without vegetarian options):

  • The Oh She Glows Cookbook: 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out | 4.8 stars out of 5 | 1,720 customer reviews | New York Times bestseller | $3.99
  • 6 Ingredient Ketogenic Cookook: 50 Recipes, Made in 20 Minutes by Elizabeth Jane (also available at no additional cost from Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
  • Nutribullet Recipe Book by Stephanie Shaw
  • Will It Waffle? by Daniel Shumski
  • The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife
  • The Daniel Plan Cookbook by Rick Warren
  • Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero
  • The Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page

Bon appetit!


My  current Amazon Giveaways:

Ends tomorrow, September 2 (178 entrants at time of writing)

We Can Do It! giveaway

That’s for a chance to win my sibling’s book:

We Can Do It!: A Problem Solving Graphic Novel Guide for General Physics (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

The Collected I Love My Kindle Blog Volume 1 (at AmazonSmile*)

That collects the first 101 posts in this blog. I didn’t stop at 100 because I wanted to include all of my Sherlock Holmes story

A Kindle Abandoned

That’s a random giveaway, and will run for eight days (ending September 5). I do ask that you watch a twenty second video of one of our dogs when you enter…you know, we’re hoping it goes viral. 😉 Ideally, it would show up on the  Echo Show (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)…that would be so cool!

Here is the link:

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/de03be17bb4d0ecb

and the details:

Start:Aug 28, 2017 4:42 AM PDT
End:Sep 5, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 8 winners.
Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Watch a YouTube video
18+ years of age (or legal age)

104 entrants at time of writing

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!

*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 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: “Top-rated Kindle best sellers, $1.99 & up”

August 20, 2017

Today’s KDD: “Top-rated Kindle best sellers, $1.99 & up”

Today’s

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

is one of my favorite themes Amazon does. It’s books which are both Kindle best-sellers and top-rated. That doesn’t mean you will have heard of all of them, but I would think most of my readers will have heard of at least one. 🙂

Remember that you can buy these books at the discount and then delay the delivery until the appropriate gift giving occasion, or print them out to give whenever you want…you could even wrap it, then. 🙂

Check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze (the last in virtual reality) that Buy button…the sale may not be happening in your country, and you may go to look after the sale has finished.

Titles include:

  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin | 4.8 stars out of 5 | 3,065 customer reviews | $2.99 at time of writing
  • Gravity by Tess Gerritsen
  • Too Late to Say Goodbye by Ann Rule
  • Rainwater by Sandra Brown
  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
  • Kisses from Kate by Katie J. Davis
  • Cruel Intent (Ali Reynolds #4) by J.A. Jance
  • The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
  • Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne
  • Tangled by Emma Chase
  • A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux (when I was the manager of a brick-and-mortar bookstore, I suggested that my employees read a book from every section…and to ask regulars for recommendations. I did that myself, and Jude Deveraux was recommended for romance: I did enjoy it)
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
  • True Evil by Greg Iles
  • This Calder Sky by Janet Dailey
  • The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko
  • Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
  • The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  • Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
  • Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
  • I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
  • Luckiest Man by Jonathan Elg
  • Traveling with Ghosts by Shannon Leone Fowler
  • Once Upon Now by Ali Novak

Enjoy!


Bonus: want to see one of our dogs do something cute and smart? “Treadmill, Elf!” at YouTube

My current Amazon Giveaway:

We Can Do It! giveaway

That’s for a chance to win my sibling’s book:

We Can Do It!: A Problem Solving Graphic Novel Guide for General Physics (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

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!

*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 you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help! 🙂 


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