Archive for the ‘Sales’ Category

Goodreads introduces Goodreads Deals

May 18, 2016

Goodreads introduces Goodreads Deals

Goodreads is the leading social reading site. Amazon bought it about three years ago

Amazon buys Goodreads

and there were concerns that it would become Amazon-centric and hopes that it could use the power of Amazon for readers.

Amazon doesn’t tend to be heavy handed when it acquires a company. I would guess that many people didn’t realize for some time that Amazon had acquired IMDb.com, which I use regularly (it’s a movie/TV reference site).

I would say that’s been the case with Goodreads as well. Yes, you got integration with Amazon, where you could import your Amazon-purchased books to your Goodreads shelves. Sure, we see some Amazon ads. However, when you go to an individual book’s page, there are links to buy it at all these places:

  • Audible
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kobo
  • Apple iBooks
  • Google Play
  • Abebooks
  • Book Depository
  • Indigo
  • Half.com
  • Alibris
  • Better World Books
  • IndieBound

Amazon is listed separately and first, but they haven’t stopped people from using Goodreads to discover books to buy at specific competitors (Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks…).

That’s why I use it as one of my top links in

The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip 

for books not in the public domain. For a public domain book (one not under copyright protection), I’ll first link to somewhere you can read it legally for free (I usually use ManyBooks). If it’s under copyright protection, my first link is to WorldCat, so someone can find it in the public library…I’m trying to make access to the books, movies, TV shows, radio sows, and so on, at TMCGTT as frictionless as possible. If somebody wants to buy it, I don’t link directly to a page like the book’s  product page at Amazon, where the primary purpose is to sell you the book. I do link to the Goodreads page, where buying it is an option, but not the focus.

Well, Goodreads just announced a new discounting program:

Goodreads deals announcement blogpost by Annarose Mclaughlin

This is only for U.S. members at this point (I know that may be disappointing for my readers around the world, but it may expand in the future), but I’m looking forward to seeing what discounts are available!

One part is based on books on your Want to Read list, and on authors you follow. These are personalized coupons. I have to say, if they work as well as our Safeway coupons work, I’m in! Our Safeway app regularly saves us significant money on items we buy regularly.

I do think it’s interesting that it doesn’t say it will be based on books you say you have read. I think that may be a mistake: as a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, I can tell you that significant part of our business was people buying books they already owned as gifts for other people. I’ve bought some books many times to give away. However, since it does work for authors you are following, that’s another way to go.

The second part isn’t based on you specifically: you sign up for discounts in specific genres. They will add to these, but they are starting with these genres:

  • Bestsellers
  • Romance
  • Mystery & Thrillers
  • Fantasy & Sci-Fi

“Bestsellers” isn’t exactly a genre, but we’ll let that slide.:)

Those will come as daily e-mails.

That means that Goodreads is now directly competing with sites like BookGorilla and BookBub.

When I signed up, it was interesting that I could configure it for deals from any of five sources (and by default, all five were selected):

  • Amazon Kindle
  • Apple iBooks
  • Barnes & Noble Nook
  • Google Play
  • Kobo

For me, I left it on the default with everything selected. That’s so I can get more information about what’s happening in the industry, and report things to you.

The first deal which was sent to me, within about a minute of signing up, was impressive:

The Lovely Bones (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

This Alice Sebold book was a huge bestseller…and the price is $2.99.

I did check: that’s the same price you see if you go to the book through the Amazon website…it’s not an exclusive coupon, from what I can see, but notification of a sale. Not surprisingly, the sale price was good from all five of the stores…price matching can do that, as can the Agency Model.

By the way, I often have put books on my Want to Read shelf which I already own (but haven’t yet read). This wasn’t one of those, but I don’t know if that will impact the offers I see or not (I’m guessing not).

This seems like something that  makes sense for most readers to do.

What if you are a publisher?

Here’s the

Goodreads blog post, again by Annarose Mclaughlin

on that.

You can nominate an e-book deal by e-mailing advertising-inquiry@goodreads.com.

I think that, generally, Goodreads will find the deals on their own…but it’s also possible that publishers will be able to pay a fee to have a deal included. The blogpost says, “We’ll announce pricing soon. Stay tuned.”

What do you think? Will you sign up? What genres would you like to see? Will you look at books for stores you don’t use? Would you want to see books you’ve already read included (I’ve suggested on the comments page that they allow us to indicate on each of our shelves if we want the used for Goodreads Deals or not. That would also allow people to have a shelf specifically for that purpose…and they might add books to that  during the holidays). What does this mean for Bookgorilla, Bookbub,  eReaderIQ, and others? Would you use it for gifts, or more for yourself? Does it change your engagement with Goodreads (it will mine, because I’ll follow more authors…hey, I’d probably follow all of them).  ;) How do you feel about them including non-Amazon stores? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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

All aboard our new 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 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 16 must-read best sellers

May 14, 2016

Today’s KDD: up to 80% off 16 must-read best sellers

Today’s

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

is a great selection for those of my readers who wait for books from tradpubs (traditional publishers) to go on sale!

They are bestselling, highly rated, and there are ones with thousands of reviews.

I would guess most of you have at least heard of many of these, and have likely read a couple (there are two I would guess most of you have read).

If you have read them and don’t want them in your own library, you could consider them for gifts. You can delay the delivery of an e-book gift until the appropriate gift giving occasion. As always, check the price before you click or tap that Buy button: the prices may not apply in your country, for one thing.

Here’s the list:

  • The English Spy by Daniel Silva (3388 customer reviews) $3.99
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler (2580 customer reviews) $2.99
  • The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham (1069 customer reviews) $2.99
  • Warriors of the Storm (Saxon Tales) by Bernard Cornwell (533 customer reviews) $3.99…and 4.7 stars out of 5!
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (2668 customer reviews) $2.99
  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (Narnia) (4436 customer reviews) $1.99…I feel like you should have this one in your library:)
  • Iron Wolf by Dan Brown (185 customer reviews) $1.99
  • One Wish (Thunder Point) (728 customer reviews) $2.99
  • Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes (1492 customer reviews) $2.99
  • Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely (966 customer reviews) $2.99: I thought this was great, even important
  • Come Away with Me by Karma Brown (83 customer reviews) $1.99
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silvestein (2135 customer reviews) $1.99…some people’s favorite book
  • America the Beautiful by Dr. Ben Carson, MD (3383 customer reviews) $1.99 4.8 stars
  • The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl (147 reviews) $1.99

Enjoy!

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

All aboard our new 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 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.

 

10 sales happening now May 5th 2016

May 6, 2016

10 sales happening now May 5th 2016

Amazon always has sales going on.:)

Here are ten that are happening at the time of writing…some are ongoing, some may be for a limited time.

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

2. Monthly Kindle Book Deals ($3.99 or less) (at AmazonSmile*)

3. Kindle Countdown Deals

4. 50 Kindle books for $2 each

5. Mothers’ Day sale on Fire tablets:

Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile*) is $10 off which makes it $39.99…a great deal for this serviceable entry level model. It’s also available in four colors now

Fire HD 6, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black(at AmazonSmile*)is $30 off, making it $69.99…this is a higher quality device

Fire HD 10, 10.1″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile*) $179.99 instead of $229.99…$50 off the big one

Fire Kids Edition, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case (at AmazonSmile*) $79.99 instead of $99.99

6. Mothers’ Day sale on Kindle EBRs (E-Book Readers)

Kindle, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $59.99 (down from $79.99) | 4.2 stars out of 5 | 12,244 customer reviews

The $20 off also means you could get it without the Special Offers ($79.99, down from $99.99) for the same price you would normally pay for an ad-supported model.

This is the entry level model, and it’s a good one. Here are some of the differences between this and the Paperwhite (which I’ll link below):

  • No frontlighting, so you read it like you would a p-book
  • Fewer pixels per inch (167 versus 300), so the image isn’t as sharp (but I would say sharp enough for most casual reading…you might notice it with images, like graphs)
  • Available only in wi-fi…no wi-fi and 3G option (for more money)
  • A bit less heavy, a bit thicker

Kindle for Kids Bundle with the latest Kindle, 2-Year Accident Protection, Kid-Friendly Blue Cover (at AmazonSmile*) $79.99 (down from $99.99) | 4.0 stars | 61 reviews

This is like the above, but includes a ruggedized cover and an extended warranty…since each of those costs $20, this is a big savings, even without the discount.

Certainly something to consider for a gift.

All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile*) $99.99 (down from $119.99) | 4.5 stars | 7,313 reviews

The Paperwhite (this is the latest generation) is a great model Kindle! I’d say it may be my favorite (price and everything taken into account), with the Kindle 3 (Kindle Keyboard) being second…well, wait, lack of TTS makes that a tighter battle. For sight-reading, it’s my favorite. :)

7. Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV (at AmazonSmile*) $84.99 instead of $99.99

Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition (at AmazonSmile*) $124.99 instead of $139.99

8. Kindle Magazine Deals

Kindle Magazine Deals

9. Amazon Device Outlet (refurbs)

Amazon Device Outlet

10. Merit Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite case $29.99 instead of $59.99

Merit Waterproof Paperwhite case

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

All aboard our new 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 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.

Publishers: how high can your sales get without these features?

May 3, 2016

Publishers: how high can your sales get without these features?

A lot is made out of the special features that e-books can give you: text-to-speech, which can read text out loud, making books more accessible for those with print challenges and more convenient for others; X-Ray, which gives you more information about the elements of a book (characters, places, and more); Word Wise, which helps you learn vocabulary; and others.

However, while some e-book advantages are pretty universal, like dictionary look-up and increasable text sizes, the one listed above are not.

In some cases, the publisher makes a choice about whether or not a feature is available; in others, whether it happens (or not) is on Amazon’s side. Some features take an effort to implement, which may be part of it.

As a rule of thumb, indies (independent publishers) are less likely to block or opt out of features than tradpubs (traditional publishers). For one thing, Amazon can (and does) influence indies by requiring certain features to be active in order to get twice the royalty rate (70% versus 35%): tradpub contracts don’t work that way.

Amazon has increasingly become more independent (so the speak) from tradpubs, so I was curious: what is the best selling Kindle book where a feature is not active? My intuition was that a book with TTS being blocked wouldn’t be in the top ten. Now, that doesn’t mean that customers make that specific “A means B” decision…that they won’t buy books where TTS is blocked (although that is my own decision). Amazon’s

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

tend to be at the top of the bestseller list, especially in the first part of the month. Those books will generally have the features Amazon promotes, since they are published by Amazon’s tradpub imprints. They may not say that they are available through

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

but that’s just because they haven’t actually been published yet (that’s part of the attraction of Kindle First). I’m still going to count them as being available through KU…because they will be once they are published (based on past performance).

So, let’s take a look:

Bestselling book over $9.99 (not really a feature, but outside of Amazon’s required price range for the high royalty): #7, James Patterson’s 15th Affair ($14.99)

Bestselling book with TTS blocked: #29, The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson

Bestselling book without X-Ray: #7, James Patterson’s 15th Affair

Bestselling book without Word Wise: #2, The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

Bestselling book without Lending: #1, We’re All Damaged by Matthew Norman

Bestselling book not in Kindle Unlimited: #7, 15th Affair by James Patterson

I’m surprised a bit by lending (that’s different from KU…it’s the one time only loan to someone not on your account) was not available on an Amazon tradpub. I checked some Kindle First books from previous month (in case it’s just not available until the book is actually published), and they also didn’t have it.

Word Wise not being available on an Amazon tradpub was also a bit of a surprise, since that’s inconsistent.

I was pleased with no booking blocking TTS being higher than 29. As regular readers know, I don’t approve of the decision by some publishers to insert code into an e-book file which blocks text-to-speech access. Oh, that might not be the exact mechanism, but they have to make a conscious decision to block TTS on text (books where the dialog appears in graphics, like a graphic novel or an illustrated children’s book, may not be technically accessible to the TTS being used). I think it disproportionately disadvantages the disabled. It used to be that some of the bestselling books routinely blocked TTS: Random House had a policy at one point of blocking it in all e-books…they dropped that a long time back, which I appreciated. I would say that the TTS battle has largely been won.

There you go! I’m curious: do you ever make a decision on whether or not to buy a book based on the presence/non-presence of a specific feature?

Bonus deal: the sale on some Kindle EBRs (E-Book Readers) continues, and there is also a Mothers’ Day sale on Fire tablets:

I would expect the Mothers’ Day sales, obviously, to end this week…and for the devices, it could be by Friday or so.

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

All aboard our new 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 whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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

 

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: May 2016

May 2, 2016

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: May 2016

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.

They also do Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each (at AmazonSmile). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now: 299 at the time of writing…19 fewer than last month (which makes about 40 fewer than two months ago). They are up to 85% off…but in a return to form (and continuing the last two months’ trend), none of them are more than the normal $3.99 top limit.

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

Another thing is that 108 of them (7 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.

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

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

  • Danny and the Dinosaur (I Can Read Level 1) by Syd Hoff: I remember this one, and I think it might have been on Captain Kangaroo
  • All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars, and Recovery from Gambling Addiction by Arnie Wexler and Steve Jacobson
  • Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives That Captivate, Convince, and Inspire by Paul Smith
  • Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Star of Stage and Screen (Nancy Clancy Chapter Books series Book 5) by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser
  • I Shall Live: Surviving the Holocaust Against All Odds by Henry Orenstein
  • Neuromarketing: Understanding the Buy Buttons in Your Customer’s Brain by Patrick Renvoise and Christophe Morin
  • Harold and Maude by Colin Higgins
  • Tea on the Great Wall: An American Girl in War-Torn China by Patricia Luce Chapman
  • Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days Book 1) by Susan Ee (KU)
  • Snapshot by Lis Wiehl
  • My Sister’s Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1) by Robert Dugoni (KU)
  • The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass by Mandy Hale
  • Lady Boss by Jackie Collins
  • Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Ben Greenman
  • Steal the Show: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for…by Michael Port
  • Thicker than Oil: America’s Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia by Rachel Bronson
  • Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef
  • Haunted (Harrison Investigation Book 1) by Heather Graham
  • Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us by Kabir Sehgal
  • Fastest Things on Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood by Terry Masear
  • Ink Mage (A Fire Beneath the Skin Book 1) by Victor Gischler
  • Brink of Chaos (The End Series Book 3) by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall
  • The Shop on Blossom Street (A Blossom Street Novel Book 1) by Debbie Macomber
  • Why You Do the Things You Do: The Secret to Healthy Relationships by Tim Clinton and Gary Sibcy
  • Rupert Red Two: A Fighter Pilot’s Life From Thunderbolts to Thunderchiefs by Jack Broughton and Richard P. Hallion
  • Stealing Home (The Sweet Magnolias Book 1) by Sherryl Woods
  • The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley by Leslie Berlin
  • Glory Main: The Sim War: Book One by Henry V. O’Neil
  • Baghdad Central by Elliott Colla
  • Doyle After Death by John Shirley
  • To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done For America – A History by Lillian Faderman
  • Robert Kennedy and His Times by Arthur M. Schlesinger
  • Reason To Breathe (The Breathing Series, Book 1) by Rebecca Donovan
  • Cabal by Clive Barker
  • Blessed are the Dead: A Gabriella Giovanni Mystery (Gabriella Giovanni Mysteries Book 1) by Kristi Belcamino
  • Shadow in Serenity by Terri Blackstock
  • The Oddfits (The Oddfits Series Book 1) by Tiffany Tsao (KU)
  • The Berenstain Bears: Mama’s Helpers: Mama’s Helpers (I Can Read! / Berenstain Bears / Good Deed Scouts / Living…by Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain
  • As If an Enemy’s Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution (Pivotal Moments in American…by Richard Archer
  • Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
  • The Edge by Roland Smith
  • Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) by Blake Crouch (KU)
  • Who’s Pushing Your Buttons?: Handling the Difficult People in Your Life by John Townsend
  • The Ghosts of Belfast (The Belfast Novels Book 1) by Stuart Neville
  • The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel (A Game of Thrones) by George R. R. Martin and Ben Avery
  • Flying the SR-71 Blackbird: In the Cockpit on a Secret Operational Mission by Richard H. Graham and Jay K. Miller
  • Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
  • Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly by Susan Schorn

It’s definitely worth looking at the list: I’d be surprised if you couldn’t find a gift for somebody here (e-books from the Kindle store can be delayed until the appropriate gift giving occasion).

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…previously, it had been four) books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:

  • The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison (thriller)
  • A House for Happy Mothers by Amulya Malladi (contemporary fiction)
  • Enemy (On the Bones of Gods Book 1)  by K. Eason (fantasy)
  • Time Heals No Wounds (A Baltic Sea Crime Novel) by Hendrik Falkenberg, Patrick F. Brown (translator) (mystery)
  • We’re All Damaged by Matthew Norman (modern fiction)
  • About the Night by Anat Talshir, Evan Fallenberg (translator) (literary fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…nothing grabbed me right off. I’ve read some great translations in my life, but so far, none of the translations I’ve read through Kindle First would fall into that category. Since these books are all published by Amazon’s traditional publishing, there is probably at least a shared philosophy on translations. I wasn’t sure what the difference was between “modern fiction” and “contemporary fiction”. My normal default, when I’m not enthused, is to go with the science fiction/fantasy choice. My first glance showed the three star average review, which did (emotionally) put me off. Looking at it, though, that’s only one review…and the first line is complimentary.:) However, the review did mention extensive use of italics, and since I tend to listen to a lot of a book in the car using text-to-speech, I might lose some context. Ultimately, I went with A House for Happy Mothers…it sounds like it may humanize an interesting situation in the world. I work with OB/GYNs a lot, and how people process reproduction emotionally and intellectually intrigues me.

Enjoy!

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

All aboard our new 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books. 

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

Today’s KDD: “popular best sellers”

April 23, 2016

Today’s KDD: “popular best sellers”

In a recent post

Recent price drops…and do you still care as much?

I polled my readers:

Do you care as much as you used to care about when a Big 5 book goes on sale?
  • Yes…they are so high-priced now, I don’t tend to buy them unless they go on sale  64.29%
  • No…I’m not as interested in them as I used to be  21.43%
  • I never bought Big 5 books enough to care  12.5%
  • I don’t know  1.78%

Well, the nearly two-thirds of you who care may be thrilled with today’s

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

!

😉

They are considerable discounts on popular bestsellers from the Big 5 tradpubs (traditional publishers).

You might have been waiting for these books to on sale for yourself, or you might want to buy one or more of them as a gift (you can delay delivery until the appropriate gift giving occasion).

Check the price before you click or tap that Buy button…for one thing, this probably only applies in the USA.

All prices and review counts below are at time of writing.

Titles include:

  • The Martian by Andy Weir $4.99 (27103 customer reviews)
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn $4.99 (42873  customer reviews)
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown $1.99 (2724 customer reviews)
  • Grey by E.L. James $4.99 (1271 customer reviews)
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert $4.99 (1017 customer reviews)
  • The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey $2.99 (2172 customer reviews)
  • Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates $3.99 (1414 customer reviews)
  • Gathering Prey $3.99 (Prey #25) (3580 customer reviews)
  • The Maze Runner $3.99 (7328 customer reviews)
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart $3.99 (2211 customer reviews)
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman $2.99 (1790 customer reviews)
  • Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber $4.99 (1121 customer reviews)
  • Thirteen Reasons Why $2.99 (3069 customer reviews)
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut $1.99 (2329 customer reviews)

Enjoy!

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

All aboard our new 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 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.

Echo and Tap on sale today only

April 20, 2016

Echo and Tap on sale today only

Amazon was #1 in the Reputation Institute’s U.S. Reptrak 100 report (they often finish at the top of these sorts of things…which is great!) and to celebrate, they are doing a 1 day sale (they’ve done that before, too).

The

Amazon Echo (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) is $153.71 (normally $179.99)

and

Amazon Tap (at AmazonSmile*) $111.01 (regularly $129.99)

This is probably only in the USA, and they say it is only for today.

We use our Echo every day, and I’m surprised, but I use the Tap every day at work.

The Dot, by the way, is not on sale.

I’m going to get this post out right now so my readers on the East Coast have a better chance of seeing it. I may add to it, though.

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

All aboard our new 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 whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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

Heads up, Prime members: up to $50 off Kindle EBRs

April 4, 2016

Heads up, Prime members: up to $50 off Kindle EBRs

I’m on my phone, but this is a limited time offer for Prime members, so I wanted to get it out right away.

The least expensive Kindle is on sale for $49.99, the Paperwhite fit $89.99, and the Voyage for $149.99…$30 off the first two $50 (!) off the Voyage.

 

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

All aboard our new 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 whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: April 2016

April 3, 2016

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: April 2016

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.

They also do Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each (at AmazonSmile). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are ten times that now: 318 at the time of writing…21 fewer than last month. They are up to 85% off…but in a return to form (and continuing last month’s trend), none of them are more than the normal $3.99 top limit.

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

Another thing is that 115 0f 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.

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

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

  • The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Perennial Classics) by Eric Hoffer [a significant book]
  • The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King–The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea by Walter R. Borneman
  • The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner
  • The Time Is Noon by Pearl S. Buck
  • Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, No. 2): A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich
  • I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres
  • The Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols by James Parish
  • Anna’s Crossing: An Amish Beginnings Novel by Suzanne Woods Fisher
  • Taming the To-Do List: How to Choose Your Best Work Every Day by Glynnis Whitwer
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life by Don Piper and Cecil Murphey
  • Whispers by Lisa Jackson
  • Pride and Pleasure by Sylvia Day
  • Black: The Circle Series by Ted Dekker
  • Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 6th Edition: Current with 2014-2017 Electrical Codes by Editors of Cool Springs Press
  • Eating Purely: More Than 100 All-Natural, Organic, Gluten-Free Recipes for a Healthy Life by Elizabeth Stein and Bobbi Brown
  • Boundaries with Kids: When to Say Yes, How to Say NoMay 18, 2009 | Kindle eBook
    by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
  • Boundaries with Teens: When to Say Yes, How to Say NoMay 18, 2009 | Kindle eBook
    by John Townsend
  • Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown
  • Unlocked: A Love Story by Karen Kingsbury
  • Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking by Tim Hurson
  • Quick and Easy Thai: 70 Everyday Recipes by Nancie McDermott and Alison Miksch
  • G.I. JOE: G.I. Joe: First Salvo (Kindle Worlds) by Bill Nedrow
  • The Mercy Falls Collection: The Lightkeeper’s Daughter, The Lightkeeper’s Bride, The Lightkeeper’s Ball (A Mercy…by Colleen Coble
  • Pedro by Pedro Martinez and Michael Silverman
  • Let’s Hear It For The Deaf Man (87th Precinct) by Ed McBain (KU)
  • The White Magic Five and Dime (A Tarot Mystery Book 1) by Steve Hockensmith and Lisa Falco
  • The 10-Minute Dog Training Games: Quick & Creative Activities for the Busy Dog Owner by Kyra Sundance
  • The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways by Earl Swift
  • Edge of Apocalypse: A Joshua Jordan Novel (The End Series Book 1) by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall
  • German Aces Speak II: World War II Through the Eyes of Four More of the Luftwaffe’s Most Important Commanders by Colin D. Heaton and Anne-Marie Lewis
  • The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals by Merlin Tuttle
  • Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest Gift by Harvey Araton
  • Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist (New-trade science series) by Guy Consolmagno
  • Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen by Kathy Patalsky
  • Spymistress: The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II by William Stevenson
  • Forget Me Not by Fern Michaels
  • Crucial Conversations Skills by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny
  • The Lost Tribe of Coney Island: Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century by Claire Prentice (KU)
  • West Point 1915 by Michael E. Haskew
  • The Autobiography of James T. Kirk by David A. Goodman
  • The One Percenter Encyclopedia: The World of Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs from Abyss Ghosts to Zombies Elite by Bill Hayes
  • Shakespeare (Eminent Lives) by Bill Bryson
  • The Banished of Muirwood (Covenant of Muirwood Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler (KU…also available through Kindle Unlimited)
  • Battle Cruiser (Lost Colonies Trilogy Book 1) by B. V. Larson
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen series Book 1) by Joanne Fluke
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
  • BrainWeb by Douglas E. Richards (KU)
  • The Broken Window: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel by Jeffery Deaver
  • The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Nearly 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed by Michael George and John Maxey
  • The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore
  • Max: Best Friend. Hero. Marine. by Jennifer Li Shotz
  • Slash by Slash and Anthony Bozza
  • Wishes (The Montgomery/Taggert Family Book 7) by Jude Deveraux
  • World of Warcraft: War Crimes by Christie Golden

It’s definitely worth looking at the list: I’d be surprised if you couldn’t find a gift for somebody here (e-books from the Kindle store can be delayed until the appropriate gift giving occasion).

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…previously, it had been four) books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:

  • Blood Defense (Samantha Brinkman Book 1) by Marcia Clark (thriller)
  • Deliver Her by Patricia Perry Donovan (suspense)
  • Golden Age (The Shifting Tides Book 1) by James Maxwell (fantasy)
  • The Secret Healer by Ellin Carsta, Terry Laster (historical fiction)
  • The Eagle Tree by Ned Hayes (literary fiction)
  • Star Sand  by Roger Pulvers (war ficion)

People like to know which one I pick…and this month, I decided to go with the Marcia Clark (yes, the prosecutor from the O.J. Simpson murder case) book. I don’t expect that it is necessarily the best written of these (although it might be), but I’d say it’s the curiosity factor, both for me and for other people who might be on our account in the future.

Enjoy!

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

All aboard our new 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! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books. 

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

Today’s KDD: Up to 80% Off Over 25 of the Best Reviewed Kindle Books

March 26, 2016

Today’s KDD: Up to 80% Off Over 25 of the Best Reviewed Kindle Books

While I do like themes of things in general, I also like it when the

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

presents us a “theme” which ends up with an eclectic set of books.

Today it is “all-time customer favorites”…in other words, ones with very good customer reviews/ratings.

My guess is that you could find something you would enjoy here…and something that you could give as a successful gift (you can buy a book today at the discount, and delay the delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion. Or print out the gift so you can wrap it and give it whenever you want).

Some of them are also available through

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

Amazon’s subser (subscription service) at no additional cost (beyond the normally $9.99 a month membership fee).

Note: check the price before you click that Buy button. The prices may not apply in your country.

Take a look:

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde (KU)
  • The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson) by Rick Riordan
  • The Art Forger by R.A. Shapiro (KU)
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  • The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan (KU)
  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  • Wildest Dreams (Thunder Point) by Robyn Carr
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Still Missing by Cheryl Stevens
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (KU)
  • The Winner by David Baldacci
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown (KU)
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • Hold Me by Susan Mallery
  • Warriors #1: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter and Dave Stevenson
  • The Lion’s Game by Nelson DeMille
  • Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
  • Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycut by Beth Hoffman
  • Hold Me by Susan Mallery
  • The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gayno
  • Little Girl Los by Brian McGilloway
  • Crow Hollow by Michael Wallace (KU)
  • The Beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro and Pamala Carmell (KU)
  • The Bloodletter’s Daughter by Linda Lafferty (KU)

Enjoy!

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

All aboard our new 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.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,406 other followers

%d bloggers like this: