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

July 5, 2015

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

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

They’ve also been doing Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each) (at AmazonSmile). That’s a rebranding: they used to say it was “100 Books”, but that’s also gotten to be more…there are 306 for this month at the time of writing (seventy-five more than last month…it has been trending upwards, a huge skyrocket of a jump!).

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

It’s also interesting…about 50% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,817,689 of 3,643,239). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something. :)

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

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

Amazon lists that information prominently. If they are, then you need to consider whether it is worth buying them…even at these low prices. While they are in KU, you can, if you are a subscriber (and there’s a free month available right now), read them at no additional cost. There are, of course, advantages to owning books, especially if you want to re-read them. A book could move out of KU at any time. Even if you think you want to own it, if you are a KU member, you could always read it first to make sure. ;) I will mark them with KU.

Oh, interesting! I see they are now also clearly marking when a book is available through the KOLL (Kindle Owners’ Lending Library)! That’s nice…there was a period of time when it was quite hard to tell. Eligible Prime members can borrow one per calendar month. If you are both a Prime member and a Kindle Unlimited subscriber (like me), I think you are more likely to get them through KU (where you can have up to ten at a time out, with no limit per month), but I’m sure I have many readers who are Prime members and don’t subscribe to KU. I’ll mark those with KOLL.

I’m going to list some of the $3.99 or lower ones that caught my eye…I’m not necessarily recommending them, but I do think they are interesting.

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

  • The One That Got Away by Simon Wood | 4.2 stars out of 5 | 3,741 customer reviews | KU
  • WIRED by Douglas E. Richards | 4.1  stars | 2,762 reviews | KU
  • Agenda 21 (Agenda 21 Series) by Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke |4.3 stars | 2,218 reviews
  • Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat by Melissa Joulwan and David Humphreys | 4.6 stars | 1,300 reviews | KU
  • The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D. | 4.3 stars | 915 reviews
  • No Ordinary Billionaire (The Sinclairs Book 1) by J. S. Scott | 3.9 stars | 834 reviews | KU
  • 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy | 4.6 stars  | 719 reviews
  • Witches on Parole (WitchLight Trilogy: Book 1) by Debora Geary | 4.6 stars | 666 reviews | KU
  • Loving (Bailey Flanigan Series Book 4) by Karen Kingsbury | 3.5 star | 604 reviews
  • Running for My Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games by Lopez Lomong and Mark Tabb | 4.8 stars | 471 reviews
  • The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith | 4.0 stars | 434 reviews
  • All-American Girl by Meg Cabot | 4.5 stars | 338 reviews
  • Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi | 4.5 stars | 222 reviews
  • Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All by Karen Ehman | 4.8 sars | 330 reviews
  • Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz | 4.0 stars | 276 reviews
  • Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson | 4.1 stars | 273 reviews | Newbery Medal winner
  • Cop Hater (87th Precinct Mysteries Book 1) by Ed McBain | 4.0 stars | 260 reviews | KU | first of 55 books in this very successful series
  • Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann | 4.0 stars  221 reviews
  • No Man’s Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel by Ruth Rendell | 3.8 stars | 211 reviews
  • Busman’s Honeymoon (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries) by Dorothy L. Sayers | 4.6 stars | 208 reviews
  • The Sweet Spot: A Novel by Stephanie Evanovich |3.3 stars | 198 reviews
  • Trial by Fire: A Novel of Suspense (Ali Reynolds Book 5) by J.A. Jance | 4.4 stars | 150 reviews
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson | 4.1 stars | 142 reviews | Ronson is a great writer of investigative non-fiction
  • Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas | 4.5 stars | 64 reviews
  • The Origin of Brands by Al Ries and Laura Ries | 3.9 stars |30 reviews

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

  • The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello (thriller) (
  • Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel (contemporary fiction)
  • It’s In His Heart (A Red River Valley Novel) by Shelly Alexander (romance)
  • Cold Black Earth by Sam Reaves (suspense)

People like to know which one I pick…I debated this one a bit, between The Einstein Prophecies and Crooked Little Lies. Too big an Einstein fan not to go with that one, though. :)

Enjoy!

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

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

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

Today’s KDD: up to 80% off US history books…up to $50 in apps for free

June 27, 2015

Today’s KDD: up to 80% off US history books…up to $50 in apps for free

One of today’s

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

is up to 80% off American history (and other non-fiction) e-books, in honor of Independence Day (which is nex weekend).

There are twenty books in this deal, and some are certainly worth a look!

I like reading non-fiction: in fact, I think if I checked, I’ve probably read more non-fiction books in the past couple of years than fiction ones. I do like to think I’m an eclectic reader, though…that’s just my sense of it, I don’t really analyze my reading patterns.

History?

I read it, but I would guess I’m less likely to read what most people would consider mainstream history than intense looks at narrow topics. For example, one of my favorite books which I read in the few years of having a Kindle was

The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America (at AmazonSmile*)

about the “culture war” against comic books in the USA in the 1950s.

Was that a history book? Sure, but I doubt it’s a topic that comes up in many high school or college history courses.  ;)

As a Kindle Daily Deal, these prices only apply today, and may not apply in your country (I have readers all over the world…hi, readers!). Always check the price before you click or tap that Buy button.

Remember also that you can buy these books today at the reduced price as a gift, and delay the delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion.

Some of these titles are also available through

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

at no additional cost to KU members.

Titles in this sale include:

  • We Were Soldiers Once…and Young: la Drang – The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam by Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway $3.99 at time of wrig KU
  • The Kennedy Brothers: The Rise and Fall of Jack and Bobby by Richard D. Mahoney $1.99 KU
  • Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States by Bill Bryson $1.99
  • Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King $1.99
  • Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy by Ian W. Toll $3.99
  • Founding Mothers by Coke Roberts $2.99
  • The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against  LBJ by Roger Stone and Mike Colapietro $1.99
  • Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden $3.99
  • The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown $1.99
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase to Chase Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson $1.99
  • Paul Revere’s Rie by David Hackett Fischer $3.99
  • Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer $3.99
  • Gettysburg by Stephen W. Sears $2.99
  • On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery by Robert W. Poole $1.99
  • The Men Who United the United States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks… $1.99
  • America’s Women by Gail Collins $1.99
  • Coolidge by Amity Shlaes $1.99
  • Bloody Crimes by James L. Swanson  $1.99
  • Bloody Crimes: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis by James L. Swanson  $1.99
  • To H*ll on a Fast Horse:Billy Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase too Justice in the Old West by Mark Lee Gardner $1.99

Enjoy!

Also available, through July 1st:

Over $50 in Paid Apps & Games Free (at AmazonSmile*)

I appreciate that Amazon is not referring to this as a “bundle”, which has been the case in similar sales in the past. You can get as many of these as you want, but you do make individual choices.

I always figure on these, why not? :) I have them go to the Cloud only, so they aren’t taking up any memory on our devices unless we choose to download one. All it takes is the time that it takes me to click or tap on them. :)

Titles include (note: I have updated the list, because it does this weird thing of shuffling the titles when I click on one, and I missed some):

  • Simply Yoga
  • M.A.C.E.
  • Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst  (Full)
  • AirReceiver
  • Mirroring 360 – AirPlay Receiver
  • Crazy Rocket
  • Trouserheart
  • tinyCam Monitor PRO for IP Cam
  • Table Top Racing
  • Exiles
  • AVG Anti-Virus PRO Android Security
  • Airport Mania 2: Wild Trips
  • Weather Live – Detailed Forecasts and Live Weather Conditions
  • Fantastic Four In A Row 2
  • No Gravity
  • The Bard’s Tale
  • Alarm Clock Pro
  • Deep Under the Sky
  • AirPlay&UPnP
  • Endless Skater

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

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

The Big Deal: Kindle books up to 85% off through June 28th

June 13, 2015

The Big Deal: Kindle books up to 85% off through June 28th

Amazon saves us money on e-books in so many ways, but I do think it’s fun when they do the Big Deal. It’s over 500 books this time (529 at time of writing…almost 160 fewer than last time).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some that caught my eye:

The City and the Stars (Arthur C. Clarke Collection: Vanamonde)
by Arthur C. Clarke
4.4 stars | 199 reviews
$1.99 (KU)

Avengers, Vol. 1: Avengers World (Marvel NOW!) (Avengers (Marvel NOW!)Graphic Novel)
by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena
3.9 stars | 45 reviews
$3.99

Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star
by Tab Hunter and Eddie Muller
4.3 stars out of 5 | 146 customer reviews
$1.99 (also available through KU…Kindle Unlimited)

BLACK (Hard-boiled noir detective mystery)
by Russell Blake
4.0 stars | 222 reviews
$0.99 (KU)

The Ghost Bride: A Novel (P.S.)Aug 6, 2013 | Kindle eBook
by Yangsze Choo
4.3 stars | 389 reviews
$0.99

Sweet Revenge (Sisterhood Book 5)
by Fern Michaels
4.5 stars | 157 reviews
$1.99

Sharcano (Sharkpocalypse #1)
by Jose Prendes
3.5 stars | 71 reviews
$0.99 (KU)

The Witch and the Gentleman (The Witches Series Book 1)
by J.R. Rain
4.2 stars | 307 reviews
Free

You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind MatterApr 29, 2014 | Kindle eBook
by Dr. Joe Dispenza
4.7 stars | 405 reviews
$2.99

The Elusive Lord Everhart: The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series
by Vivienne Lorret
4.0 stars | 28 reviews
$0.99

The Reluctant Midwife: A Hope River Novel
by Patricia Harman
4.6 stars | 87 reviews
$1.99

Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life
by Shauna Niequist
4.6 stars | 196 reviews
$2.99

Ever After (Lost Love Series Book 2)
by Karen Kingsbury
4.6 stars | 167 reviews
$2.99

Outlaw
by Ted Dekker
4.6 stars | 283 reviews
$1.99

The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie
by Kim Carpenter and Krickitt Carpenter
4.3 stars | 809 reviews
$2.99

Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart
by William Alexander
4.5 stars | 83 reviews
$1.99

Who’s Writing This?
by Dan Halpern
3.3 stars | 3 reviews
$0.99

Eight Black Horses (87th Precinct)
by Ed McBain
3.9 stars | 24 reviews
$1.99 (KU)

Magic 101 (A Diana Tregarde Investigation Boxset)
by Mercedes Lackey
4.4 stars | 111 reviews
$0.99

Black Widow Vol. 1: The Finely Woven Thread
by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto
4.7 stars | 20 reviews
$3.99

My Best Friend, My Blanket (Peanuts)
by Charles Schulz
4.7 stars | 28 reviews
$0.99

Cult Horror Movies: Discover the 33 Best Scary, Suspenseful, Gory, and Monstrous Cinema Classics (Cult Movies)
by Danny Peary
4.3 stars | 7 reviews
$1.99

Cult Midnight Movies: Discover the 37 Best Weird, Sleazy, Sexy, and Crazy Good Cinema Classics
by Danny Peary
5.0 stars | 2 reviews
$1.99

The Dead Man Vol 1: Face of Evil, Ring of Knives, and Hell in HeavenFeb 21, 2012 | Kindle eBook
by Lee Goldberg and James Daniels
4.0 stars | 86 reviews
$1.99 (KU)

The Shrinking Man (RosettaBooks into Film)
by Richard Matheson
4.3 stars | 99 reviews
$1.99 (KU)

I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can
by Barbara Gordon
4.0 stars | 178 reviews
$3.99

Alias the Saint (The Saint Series)
by Leslie Charteris
3.6 stars | 13 reviews
$1.99 (KU)

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

Enjoy!

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

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

Limited time sale on Fire tablets: up to $40 off

June 10, 2015

Limited time sale on Fire tablets: up to $40 off

This isn’t a Limited Time Offer that is only available for owners of the Fire tablets with Special Offers (although those are often outstanding!).

This is available to everyone (at least in the USA)…Amazon just says it is limited, and doesn’t see to be saying how long. My guess is more than one day, since it would otherwise by a deal of the day or a Gold Box Deal.

The

is $40 off…$99 rather than $139.

Also discounted is the Kids Edition, which has a ruggedized cover included:

The six inch (screen) version is $134 instead of $149 (fifteen dollars off).

The seven inch model is $40 off…$149 instead of $189.

Not on a limited time sale, but still discounted is the model I use every day:

$199 instead of $239, so again, $40 off.

Again, I don’t know how long these prices will last, so check before you click or tap that Buy button…

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

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

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

Today’s KDD: up to 80% off the most popular KDDs of 2015 (so far)

June 7, 2015

Today’s KDD: up to 80% off the most popular KDDs of 2015 (so far)

One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) is a great opportunity!

It’s any of forty (!) of the year’s most popular KDDs. I don’t know that these are the most popular ones, but it still means that people have “selected” them by purchasing them.

This is a good chance to get some books for yourself (perhaps for the summer), but I also see purchasing books as a gift thing. You can buy a book as a gift and schedule it to be delivered on the appropriate date.

Check the price before you click or tap that Buy button, since the price ($3.99 or less) may not apply in your country.

Choices include:

  • The Summer Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Elizabeth Chadwick | 4.5 stars out of 5 | 183 customer reviews | book 1 of 2
  • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham | 4.0 stars  | 1,070 reviews | book 1 of 5
  • Plum Island (John Corey Book 1) by Nelson DeMille | 4.1 stars | 1,033 reviews | book 1 of 6
  • Private Down Under by James Patterson and Michael White | 3.9 stars | 1,285 reviews
  • The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman | 4.5 stars | 1,540 reviews  | also available at no additional cost for Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) members
  • Naked in Death (In Death, Book 1) by J.D. Robb | 4.5 stars | 1,135 reviews | book 1 of 41 (!) | some other books in the series are also in this sale
  • Huntress Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers Book 1)Jan 27, 2015 | Kindle eBook
    by Alexandra Sokoloff | 4.5 stars | 505 reviews | book 1 of 3 (?) | KU
  • The Misremembered Man by Christina McKenna | 4.3 stars | 3,251 reviews | KU
  • I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius by Robert Graves | 4.5 stars | 438 reviews | book 1 of 2
  • The Grand Sophy (Regency Romances) by Georgette Heyer | 4.5 stars | 360 reviews | KU
  • How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns | 4.2 stars | 1,057 reviews
  • Libriomancer: (Magic Ex Libris Book 1) by Jim C. Hines | 4.3 stars | 231 reviews | book 1 of 3

Enjoy!

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

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

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: June 2015

June 2, 2015

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

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

They’ve also been doing Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each) (at AmazonSmile). That’s a rebranding: they used to say it was “100 Books”, but that’s also gotten to be more…there are 231 for this month at the time of writing (ninety-two more than last month…it has been trending upwards, a huge skyrocket of a jump!).

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

It’s also interesting…about 50% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,754,330 of 3,533,257). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something. :)

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

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

Amazon lists that information prominently. If they are, then you need to consider whether it is worth buying them…even at these low prices. While they are in KU, you can, if you are a subscriber (and there’s a free month available right now), read them at no additional cost. There are, of course, advantages to owning books, especially if you want to re-read them. A book could move out of KU at any time. Even if you think you want to own it, if you are a KU member, you could always read it first to make sure. ;) I will mark them with KU.

Oh, interesting! I see they are now also clearly marking when a book is available through the KOLL (Kindle Owners’ Lending Library)! That’s nice…there was a period of time when it was quite hard to tell. Eligible Prime members can borrow one per calendar month. If you are both a Prime member and a Kindle Unlimited subscriber (like me), I think you are more likely to get them through KU (where you can have up to ten at a time out, with no limit per month), but I’m sure I have many readers who are Prime members and don’t subscribe to KU. I’ll mark those with KOLL.

I’m going to list some of the $3.99 or lower ones that caught my eye…I’m not necessarily recommending them, but I do think they are interesting.

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

  • Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke: a science fiction classic, 4.4 stars out of 5 with 697 customer reviews for $1.99…also on KU
  •  A Drink Before the War (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Book 1) by Dennis Lehane
  • Multiple books (including the first one) in the Witching Savannah series by J.D. Horn: also KU
  • Blindsided (Sisterhood Book 22) by Fern Michaels
  • A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
  • Hello Love by Karen McQuestion
  • A Passage to India (RosettaBooks Into Film) by E.M. Forster…$1.99
  • The Amish Bride of Ice Mountain (The Amish of Ice Mountain Series Book 1) by Kelly Long
  • Close Your Eyes by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen
  • Queen of the Night: A Novel of Suspense (Walker Family Mysteries Book 4) by J. A. Jance
  • Mistakes Can Kill You: A Collection of Western Stories by Louis L’Amour
  • The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy and Todd Harris
  • Sounder by William H. Armstrong and James Barkley: award-winning children’s book…I sold many copies as a brick-and-mortar bookstore manager…$1.99
  • Zombie War: An account of the zombie apocalypse that swept across America by Nicholas Ryan
  • Lovecraft’s Monsters by Neil Gaiman and Ellen Datlow
  • December 6: A Novel by Martin Cruz Smith
  • Spelling Trouble (The Misadventures of Salem Hyde Book 1) by Frank Cammuso
  • Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
  • Avengers: Absolute Vision – Book One by John Byrne and Bill Mantlo
  • The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse by Neil Gaiman and George R. R. Martin: double check those two names! Also KU
  • The Sweetest Dream by Doris Lessing
  • The Wild Girls (Outspoken Authors Book 6 by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABC by Lisa Falkenstern

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

  • A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White (psychological thriller)
  • Bum Rap by Paul Levine (legal thriller)
  • The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White (contemporary fiction)
  • Darkness Brutal (The Dark Cycle Book 1) by Rachel A. Marks (urban fantasy)

People like to know which one I pick…right now, it’s between The Perfect Son and Darkness Brutal. The reviews for The Perfect Son may trump the genre of Darkness Brutal. Not quite sure, yet. :)

Enjoy!

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

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

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

Echo now connects to Google calendar

May 29, 2015

Echo now connects to Google calendar

Update: as June 23rd, the general public can now pre-order Amazon Echo (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) with an “in stock” date of July 14th.

I am just on my phone so just a quick note on this.

You can now connect your Amazon Echo to your Google calendar.

You do this in settings, calendar services.

Once you do, you will be able to verbally ask your Echo questions like these:

“Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?”
“Alexa, what’s on my calendar tomorrow at 9PM?”
“Alexa, what’s on my calendar Saturday?”
“Alexa, when’s my next event?”

I will test this out when I get home.

Update: this is a fascinating expansion of the Echo’s capabilities!

It was interesting to me that I couldn’t connect the Echo to my Google calendar until I was home with the Echo. That makes some sense, but I would have guessed I could do it through the app without needing the Echo…apparently not true.

Also interesting: it knew my Google account (I didn’t have to enter it), even though the e-mail address is not the one I use with Amazon. I suspect it took the information from my phone. I actually have two different Google accounts with different e-mail addresses (I use one for home, one for work), and it picked my home one.

Setting that up was easy, and it was ready to go.

Sure, hearing my appointment is nice, but here’s the thing: this allows me to send things from outside of the Echo to the Echo.

My Significant Other and I could agree that, say, 7:47 is a time we used not actually for appointments, but for communications.

I could then set up an appointment for 7:47 and call it, “I’ll be working late…please feed the dogs, and I’ll miss you.” Then, my SO could say to Alexa, “What’s on my calendar for 7:47?” and the Echo would give that message.

This is just the beginning…much more to come. I think we will get the ability to add things to the Google calendar verbally, but again, that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Bonus story:

Have to give you something on books, right? ;)

Here are some recent price drops (found through http://www.ereaderiq.com/drops/

  • Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert: $4.50 (41% off)
  • Waiting for Morning (Forever Faithful Book 1) by Karen Kingsbury: $6.63 (34% off)
  • Gossip Girl #7: Nobody Does It Better: A Gossip Girl Novel by Cecily von Ziegesar: $5.49 (39% off)
  • Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? by Eugene Cho: $3.90 (61% off)
  • Murder on the Champ de Mars (An Aimée Leduc Investigation Book 15) by Cara Black: $9.78 (35% off)

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

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

Today’s KDD: up to 80% Off Popular Summer Reads

May 23, 2015

Today’s KDD: up to 80% Off Popular Summer Reads

One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) is any of fifteen “Popular Summer Reads” up to 80% off.

What makes a great summer read?

Well, I suppose you could make some selections based on release date. Summer is traditionally a big reading time…hypothetically, people have more time to read, especially students. It’s not just young people out of school, though. Many people take vacations during the summer, and that can be a great time to read.

That’s interesting…you would think that summer is about being active and being outdoors. You can read outdoors, of course. Oh, not as easily on a tablet as with a p-book (paperbook) or on an EBR like the

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

which you can read in bright sunlight just as easily as in a darkened room.4.4 s

There is, though, also that sense that summer is a time apart from your normal life. Maybe that’s ingrained in us from those school days. Maybe it’s that in some parts of the world, it really is nicer to travel in the summer.

Regardless, this set of books has some that would be good any time of year. ;) Remember that you can buy these as gifts at these low prices, and delay the delivery until the appropriate gift giving occasion.

As always, check the price before you click or tap that “Buy” button. These prices are just for today, and may not apply in your country.

Titles include:

  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen | 4.4 stars out of 5 | 6,853 customer reviews | $1.99 at time of writing
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri | 4.1 stars | 951 reviews | $2.99
  • The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan | 3.6 stars | 1,841 reviews | $1.99
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (no, this is not in the public domain) ;) | 4.4 stars | 1,101 reviews | $2.99
  • This Side of Heaven by Karen Kingsbury | 4.7 stars | 148 reviews | $1.99

That’s just ten percent of them. ;)

Enjoy!

What do you think? What was one of your favorite summer reads? Do you feel like the season in which you read the book made a difference? Did you ever re-read a book in a different season and interpret it differently? What other books in this set would you recommend? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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

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

New: reorder items using the Echo

May 14, 2015

New: reorder items using the Echo

Update: as June 23rd, the general public can now pre-order Amazon Echo (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) with an “in stock” date of July 14th.

Just a quick note, because I am just on my phone.

Amazon just added ordering capability to the Echo.

Well, re-ordering capability at any rate. In the email they sent me, they say:

“Just say “Alexa, re-order laundry detergent” — Echo will search your order history and can order the item for you using your default payment and shipping settings. If Echo can’t find the requested item in your order history, it may suggest an item for your approval using Amazon’s Choice, which picks highly-rated, well-priced, Prime products. You can manage your shopping preferences and set an optional confirmation code in your Amazon Echo App.”

Update: I’ve tested this now…it’s a game changer!

Yes, it’s what some people feared…the

Amazon Echo

is another way to buy things from Amazon.

Yes, it’s even easier than 1-click.

I don’t worry about that. Really, I’m not going to give up on buying something I want to buy because I need to make a few extra clicks or taps, and I’m not so impulsive I’ll buy something I don’t want to buy.

Even with Prime, you have some time to cancel an order, so as long as your buyer’s remorse is fast enough, you’ll be okay. :) With many things, you can return them later also, of course.

So, why is this easier?

It’s not just that I can order by speaking, although that is a big plus. Our Echo can hear us in the kitchen. I can certainly see being there, realizing we are just about out of something, and saying it right then and there. That’s simpler than remembering it, getting to a phone or computer and then going in and ordering it.

Another good reason is that it is searching our prior orders…and you can be quite fuzzy in asking for it.

I just tested it by saying, “Alexa, order dry dog food.”

We order a specific brand. The response I got was , “Purina ONE SmartBlend Dry Dog Food, Chicken & Rice Formula, 8-Pound Bag, Pack of 1. The order total is $12.36. Should I order it?”

I said, “No, thank you.” We subscribe to it…I was just testing.

Then, it shows up in the app…which makes it even better.

  • It gives me the date I last purchased it
  • It tells me how soon I can get it
  • It tells me who ships it and who the seller is
  • I can view the product details on Amazon
  • I can search for dry dog food on Amazon
  • I can add dry dog food to our Shopping List

Oh, and it showed me a picture of the item.

I also try this one, “Alexa, reorder Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom.” It correctly found multiple matches in our past orders (we’ve ordered different formats…we give that book as a gift).

There are a couple of more interesting twists to this.

One big one is that this only works with Prime eligible items…this could be something that only works for Prime members with the Echo (which might convince more people to become Prime members). Right now, everyone who got an Echo from Amazon is a Prime member.

However, I think maybe in July (currently, it says it’s in stock on July 10th), that won’t be the case.

What they could do is give you a free month of Prime with an Echo, just like they’ve done with Fire tablets.

In terms of the consumer part of the business, Amazon really, really wants people to become Prime members. They spend more, and I’m sure they are more loyal to Amazon.

Spend a month with an Echo, being able to listen to Prime music and order things which arrive in two days, and I think many people will be hooked.

If they also get it to work with Prime video, probably through interfacing with an

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

or

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

and that would be even more of a bond.

You ain’t seen nothing yet!

Oh, and the other intriguing item in the e-mail?

“If Echo can’t find the requested item in your order history, it may suggest an item for your approval using Amazon’s Choice, which picks highly-rated, well-priced, Prime products.”

That name, “Amazon’s Choice” was new to me. I did a quick web search…I do think this is something they may have just created, for the Echo (although that doesn’t mean it couldn’t become available on the website as well).

This could be another source of revenue for Amazon (they may get a “commission” from a company for selling their product as an Amazon Choice product…I do not believe that would mean they would sell us an inferior product, by the way), which fits right into what I’ve said for what I think Amazon’s consumer sales model could be.

They keep the prices low for consumers, and charge companies for access to what I’ve called Amazon’s most important product: satisfied customers.

Works for me. ;)

Bonus deal: recently discounted books which have or will become major motion pictures

You know I always like to do something with books. :) I checked what I consider to be the best Kindle resource on the web,

eReaderIQ

One thing I noticed was a number of books which have recently been made into major motion pictures (within the last few years), or which have been announced as being adapted in the future (likely to come out within the next few years, although it’s a crowded market right now!).

Here are some that I noticed:

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
4.8 stars out of 5 | 23,758 customer reviews
$4.99 at time of writing

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
3.9 stars | 39,601 reviews
$4.99

Divergent
by Veronica Roth
4.5 stars | 20,396 reviews
$2.99

Insurgent
by Veronica Roth
4.5 stars | 13,354 reviews
$3.99

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
4.7 stars | 37,419 reviews
$2.99

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
4.3 stars | 4,375 reviews
$3.99
Tim Burton directing, 2016 announced release

Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
4.6 stars | 5,692 reviews
$3.99
Steven Spielberg directing

If I Stay
by Gayle Forman
4.2 stars | 5,639 reviews
$2.99

The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
4.3 stars | 6,060 reviews
$1.99

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

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

Today’s KDD: 13 books by Rosamunde Pilcher for $2.99 each

May 14, 2015

Today’s KDD: 13 books by Rosamunde Pilcher for $2.99 each

One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) is any of thirteen books by Rosamunde Pilcher for $2.99 or less each.

Summer blockbuster movies tend to be loud and noisy.

The perfect summer novel, on the other hand, is sometimes quiet, quaint, charming…something to be read on an overcast day at the beach in an almost comfortable beach chair with a breeze  occasionally blowing your hair gently into your face.

Or perhaps, you read it on a sleepy train ride through the Scottish countryside, continuing it in a country house with a pleasantly tepid cup of tea.

Or on a subway with the smells of your fellow city dwellers around you and the tinny sound of thrash metal coming through someone else’s headphones while bright lights periodically flash in your eyes through the window…you know, let’s get real. ;)

Rosamunde Pilcher is a great author of that sort of book. :)

During a writing career that lasted half a century (before stepping away from it in 2000), Rosamunde Pilcher wrote a number of beloved books…first as Jane Fraser and later under that real name.

Today’s deal includes:

  • The Shell Seekers: 4.7 stars out of 5 with 516 customer reviews…yes, starting here makes sense
  • The Empty House
  • Wild Mountain Thyme
  • Snow in April
  • The Day of the Storm
  • Voices in Summer
  • Under Gemini
  • Another View
  • Winter Solstice
  • The Carousel
  • The End of Summer
  • Sleeping Tiger
  • Blue Bedroom and Other Stories

Not one of these is rated under four stars…not a lot of well-known authors can say that.

Remember that you can buy these as gifts at this discounted price, and have the delivery delayed until the appropriate gift giving occasion.

Check the price before you click or tap that Buy button: this is in the USA Kindle store today. Pilcher is especially respected in England (the author has the OBE…Order of the British Empire), but today’s Kindle Daily Deals on Amazon.co.uk are not these…you can get a book about The Simpsons and maths, though. ;)

Enjoy!

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

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

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


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