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Today’s KDD: great young adult/children’s e-book gifts

December 4, 2016

Today’s KDD: great young adult/children’s e-book gifts

Today’s

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

is a really top-line group of young adult novels. These would make excellent gifts, either a single book as perhaps a small gift, or several books in a popular series.

There are books here with thousands of customer reviews, and high ratings (all of them are at least four stars on a scale of 1 to 5). I would guess that a tween would be likely to have heard of some of them.

You can buy the books at this price and delay the delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, and even print the gift information out so you can wrap them and give them whenever you want. It might also make sense to have some in your “guest library” for visitors.

As you can tell, I’m impressed with today’s sale!🙂

Your recipients don’t need a Kindle to read them, and if they already have your gift, they can get store credit for them.

Check the price before you click or tap that Buy button: the prices may not apply in your country, the sale might be over (should last through December 4th Pacific), and it’s possible books may go in or come out of the sale.

Books in this sale include:

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (made into a movie): The Lightning Thief, the first in the series (3,918 customer reviews | 4.7 stars | $2.99…listed as for ages 10-14) is here…as well as the four other books in that series. They are each $2.99…so for under $15, you could give someone the series as a gift
  • There are other Rick Riordan books here, including the first Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard book, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus
  • The 100 by Kass Morgan is $1.99…I haven’t read it, but I’ve watched more than a season of the CW show and found the ideas in it interesting
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is $1.99
  • Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures has over 4,000 reviews is $2.99
  • Want an older book? Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan is only $1.99
  • Some other authors in the sale: Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall (Ivy and Bean); Wendy Spinale; Melanie Dickerson (Fairy Tale Romance Series); Chris Colfer (The Land of Stories…the first book is here for $2.99)

Again, great sale, great opportunity for gifts!

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.

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

December 3, 2016

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: December 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: 700 at the time of writing…327 fewer than last month. That’s a significant reduction…there will be a lot of other sales on e-books this month. The highest priced one actually is $3.99, which isn’t always the case.

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

Another thing is that 363 of them (29 more 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.

This is the second month for my measurement of  which ones are

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

eligible, which is Amazon’s new benefit for Prime members, a rotating list of books you can borrow each month.

This month there are 43, nine more than last month.

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.

Okay, books!

  • When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde | 4.4 stars out of 5 | 8,312 customer reviews | KU
  • The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen | 4.2 stars | 3,698 reviews | KU
  • The Night Before Christmas by Gennady Spirin and Clement Clark Moore | KU
  • Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines Book 1) by Marko Kloos (I’ve read this one and enjoyed it enough to read others in the series) | KU
  • The Second Ship (The Rho Agenda Book 1) by Richard Phillips | KU
  • Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) by Arthur C. Clarke |KU
  • The Queen’s Poisoner (The Kingfountain Series Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler | KU
  • Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
  • Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield | KU
  • Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir  by Alan Cumming
  • Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  • Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Black Lyon (The Montgomery/Taggert Family Book 1) by Jude Deveraux

Remember that you can buy them now as gifts and delay the delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print them out and wra thatl

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

Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*)

You can get one of the six (same as last month) books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:

  • Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star (Contemporary Fiction)
  • Hope’s Peak (Harper and Lane) by Tony Healey  (Thriller)
  • The Missing by Caroline Eriksson, Tiina Nunnally (Psychological Suspense)
  • Fate of Perfection (Finding Paradise Book 1) by K.F. Breene (Science Fiction)
  • Into the Thickening Fog by Andrei Gelasimov, Marian Schwartz (Literary Fiction)
  • The Original Dreamby Nukila Amal, Linda Owens (Magical Realism

People like to know which one I pick…I’m going with Fate of Perfection. It has 93 reviews (at time of writing) with an average of 4.7, which is quite impressive!

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.

This is the dawning of the Age of Alexa…at least on Black Friday (and EBRs sold well, too!)

December 1, 2016

This is the dawning of the Age of Alexa…at least on Black Friday (and EBRs sold well, too!)

Amazon’s

press release

about their recent Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales has two real stories. First, and importantly, hundreds of thousands of

Kindle EBRs (E-Book Readers) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

were sold.

Given the apparent maturity of that market, that seems remarkably high to me. Yes, they generally had big discounts (except for the Oasis, the top of the line model…and it intrigues me that we haven’t been seeing Amazon pulling out any sales trends ((Amazon rarely does actual numbers for sales)) for that model. It’s one of the very few I haven’t bought, since you can only buy it with an animal-leather cover at this point, and I don’t do that (I’ve talked about that previously  in the blog). I’m happy to see the continued success of dedicated-reading devices, though. Since you can buy Fire tablets more cheaply than you can the lowest price EBR, it is more of a niche device now. Serious book readers may be willing to pay more for an EBR, while casual readers may go for the Fire tablet. I read on both, personally.

The second story is how well Alexa (Amazon’s voice assistant) did! Amazon says millions of Alexa-enabled devices were sold…just this last weekend. That means it could have been ten times as many as EBRs.

That’s now a pretty wide range of devices, from the least expensive Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote (at AmazonSmile*) (you don’t need the Voice Remote to use Alexa if you have a SmartPhone…you can use the free app), which was as low as $24.99 on Black Friday (it’s back to $39.99…but it is currently out of stock until December 12th) through Fire tablets starting normally at  Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) at $49.99 (they were $15 off) and the Echo family, which starts with the All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – White (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) at $49.99. You can get “bulk discounts” on the Dot and the least expensive Fire tablet.

Those aren’t the only Alexa-powered devices, and many more are coming. I really want Alexa in my car, and there is a Kickstarter which will do that for $49:

Dashbot Kickstarter

It does a whole more than that, and it’s already doubled its funding goal. I have it on my Amazon wish list for my family, even though Amazon doesn’t carry it. They have a button you can put into your browser to add things to your list from any site

Registry Button (at AmazonSmile*)

Alexa will eventually be everywhere.🙂

Speaking of Alexa, the blogosphere has been buzzing about this

Bloomberg News post by Mark Gurman

which says that Amazon may be developing a new high-end Alexa device, perhaps for release in the first quarter of 2017. It’s supposed to have much better speakers (two, perhaps)…and a 7″ touchscreen. Honestly, that seems weird to me…with Alexa already tied into the Fire tablets, is this that much of an advantage? It could be…the interface might be much more Alexa-focused, but they’ll have to convince me (if this is real) based on price and features.

By the way, I’ve got another question currently: why buy the original

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

for $179 rather than a Dot for $49.99 and a Bluetooth or cabled speaker? I use our Dot with this speaker:

iClever BoostSound Portable IP65 Waterproof Outdoor/Shower Bluetooth Speaker with 12hr Playtime (at AmazonSmile*)

which is water-resistant (so I have it in the bathroom), pairs super easily (I just turn it on…it will even pick up mid-song), is working for me from maybe four meters away (call it a bit less than fifteen feet)…and currently costs $23.99 (down from $49.99). Plenty of choices for speakers.

Now, no question: a Dot by itself is pretty unobtrusive, but I really do want a decent speaker for music. The Dot itself is okay for speech, but the sound reminds me of an old pocket transistor radio…quite scratchy.

I think for most people the Dot/other speaker combination is probably better, although the integrated Echo is simpler (no pairing).

I have more stories (thanks to those of you who have been sending my heads ups), but this is probably long enough for tonight.😉

What do you think? Are you using a Dot with or without a speaker…and how does it compare for you to an Echo if you have one? Do you think EBRs will continue to sell? Will they appeal to people who only read a few books a year? What would make you want to buy an Alexa-powered device with a 7″ screen…if it cost, say, $250? Feel free to let me and my readers know 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.

It’s here! One of the best Kindle book sales of the year for Cyber Monday 2016

November 28, 2016

It’s here! One of the best Kindle book sales of the year for Cyber Monday 2016

Today’s

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

is their special Cyber Monday sale, and it’s a good one!🙂

This is one of only a few days in the year when we anticipate a big sale like this on many popular titles (there will be another one in about a month). Amazon says this is “Our biggest Kindle Daily Deal of the year, up to 85% off popular titles”.

This is a great opportunity for you, but it’s also terrific for gifts for other people. You can buy the books at a discount and then delay the delivery date until the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or even print out the gift for you to wrap and give at any time.

Check prices before you click or tap that Buy button: they certainly may not apply in your country (or there may be different books there).

Some of the titles in the sale which caught my eye (I may add to this list later in the day, and you can comment on this post for ones you’ve noticed):

  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  • Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Black Widow by Daniel Silva
  • The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
  • Upstairs at the White House by J.B. West
  • A Game of Thrones (Book 1 in A Song of Fire and Ice) by George R.R. Martin
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Unfinished Business by Nora Roberts
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike Book 1) by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
  • The Fireman by Joe Hill
  • Liberty’s Last Stand by Stephen Coonts
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  • The Hunger Games (#1) by Suzanne Collins
  • Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson
  • What If? by Randall Munroe

Note that there are also great sales on Amazon devices today, including Kindle EBRs (E-Book Readers)! You could give one and gift some titles, or get one for a “guest Kindle” (we have one), and put some famous titles on it. For details on that, see

Amazon Cyber Monday deals (at AmazonSmile*)

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.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday at Amazon

November 25, 2016

Black Friday and Cyber Monday at Amazon

We love Black Friday!

My Significant Other and I consider it our best date of the year.🙂

I know that sounds funny, but it’s not about us finding gifts for family and friends or fighting the crowds to get the best bargains.

We set ourselves a budget, and then shop for

Toys for Tots

We have some goals and guidelines:

  • I especially want to get some things with well-known characters. Just because a child isn’t in a home with a TV or going out to the movies doesn’t mean that they don’t know about Frozen, Minions, and superheroes. I think it makes them feel “normal” to have those things, and that’s important
  • We try to avoid things with batteries or too many pieces. We picture kids who are in insecure living environments, who may need to take one or two things from home to home. Books, of course, are great for that
  • We want a mix of appeal…arts and crafts, geeky things, sporty things, and especially want to include things for older children (teenagers). Toys and games are important at any age, but we think a high percentage of Toys for Tots donations are geared for kids ten and under
  • We also like having traditional and nostalgic toys! We waited at Toys R Us for them to bring out more Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) for $10. Wooden alphabet puzzles, shape sorters, all that sort of thing
  • I also like to picture what I would have wanted and what might change somebody’s life. This year, for example, we a harmonica and a book on how to play, a little magic set…and a wall map of the world. I can imagine each f those eventually being cited by someone in a biography🙂

After we buy them, we load up the car (and yes, pose them a bit):

Back seat filled with toys and games, including two very large teddy bears seated as if they were passengers, Star Wars Game, Elmo  "Way back" filled with games, toys, and puzzles, including a precariously balanced Jenga

and take them to our local firehouse. When we ring the bell, they may come out a bit trepidatiously…there are some hard reasons why people might ring that bell. Once they see what we have and bring it in (they’ll help), it’s so great!

Scene in the firehouse with Toys for Tots barrel and overlow

In terms of actual shopping for family and friends, it’s most Amazon, although we do buy from some other sites (I like Brad’s Deals, Pulse TV, Buy Dig, and iTech Deals as four sources). For Black Friday information, we use

https://www.blackfriday.fm/

It’s pretty well organized, and there is an app for it as well. You can see what hours stores are open, search for types of items, specific items, and more.

So, Amazon online…you can start here:

Amazon Black Friday deals (at AmazonSmile*)

That’s the one with frequently changing deals which may sell out and which may only last for a limited time.

If you have an Alexa-enabled device, check these deals:

http://www.amazon.com/alexadeals (at AmazonSmile*)

You have to order it via voice through your device, but you can see them there. Those haven’t been changing that often. At time of writing, you get a $10 gift card with a purchase of $20 more of one of Alexa’s Best Deals (you do have to be a Prime member).

This Monday, November 28, is “Cyber Monday”. It’s interesting to me that it’s still an “observed” and growing holiday. It really happened initially because people had better internet access at work than they did at home, so they would find their bargains after the weekend. I would guess for many people their internet is now faster (and more available) at home…and with the growing amount of shopping being done on phones and tablets, it’s less relevant. Of course, we still vote on Tuesday to give farmers time to travel into town in time to vote, so some things stick around.😉

This is where the deals will be:

Amazon Cyber Monday deals (at AmazonSmile*)

Amazon has announced a number of their Cyber Monday deals in this

press release

Here are some of the deals in the press release:

  • Dash Buttons, .99 cents to buy and $4.99 credit back after your first purchase
  • Save $40 on Amazon Echo, only $139.99
  • Save $10 on Echo Dot, only $39.99
  • Save $40 on Amazon Tap, only $89.99
  • Fire tablet, only $33.33
  • Save $25 on Fire Kids Edition tablet, only $74.99
  • Save $30 on Fire HD 8, only $59.99
  • Save $30 on Kindle, only $49.99
  • Save $30 on Kindle for Kids Bundle, only $69.99
  • Save $20 on Kindle Paperwhite, only $99.99
  • Save $30 on Kindle Voyage, only $169.99
  • Save $15 on Amazon Fire TV, only $74.99
  • Save $10 on Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, only $29.99
  • Save up to 85% on select Kindle books, including best-sellers like Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty, and The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Remember that you can buy Kindle books as a gift and delay the delivery date until the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print out something you can wrap and give later.

Two other tips:

You can install the free

Amazon Assistant (at AmazonSmile*)

to use in your browser on your computer, and the

Amazon Shopping app (at AmazonSmile*)

to use on your phone.

Both of them will help you with your shopping, alerting you to deals and such.

However, as I was installing the Assistant for this story, I have to say…it wanted a lot of permissions! I’ll have to check it out more before I turn it on.

I hope you had a wonderful time yesterday, and are looking forward to the days and weeks ahead!

One last picture…this was in Target, and it shows the presence of Amazon devices:

Amazon device display at Target shoing Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks

Enjoy!

If you have at special deals to which you want to alert me and my readers, or other thoughts, feel free to let us know by commenting on this post.

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

Meanwhile, at Barnes & Noble…comparable sales down 3%, new NOOK tablet, Black Friday

November 23, 2016

Meanwhile, at Barnes & Noble…comparable sales down 3%, new NOOK tablet, Black Friday

Interesting week at Barnes & Noble…

First, they released financial for Q2, and they simply aren’t good.

press release

Comparable store sales were down 3.2%. NOOK sales (both devices and NOOK books) were down another 19.4%, continuing an “off the cliff” trend.

As a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, I find it quite odd that Leonard Riggio, Chief Executive Officer (they are looking for another…Riggio was the founding force behind this incarnation of B&N, and had chosen to reduce involvement, but stepped up again recently as a temporary measure) and Chairman of the Board, is blaming the election for “sluggish sales”.

The election should have been good for book sales: people are more curious, more information seeking. I don’t recall that being a trend in past elections, although perhaps the suggestion is that this particularly contentious election took people’s minds away from reading. Also, the idea that this post-election period is going to make people re-engage with reading if they had stepped away…well, I’d say the news coverage hasn’t been less about politics recently than it was in the lead-up.

It’s also worth noting that the big tradpubs (traditional publishers) have been having relatively good financial reports recently, suggesting that they weren’t negatively impacted by the election (which has been going on really for more than a year). It feels…counterintuitive that the publishers wouldn’t be negatively impacted but that Barnes & Noble would. B&N is less symbiotic with book publishing than it used to be (they sell a lot more toys and other non-book items now than previously), but still…

Right in the midst of this, they are announcing a new NOOK branded tablet, in the stores on Black Friday.

NOOK press release

It’s $49.99, and NOOK tablets are good devices. They say “It features front and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth compatibility, a soft-touch back, a quad-core processor, and expandable storage space from 8GB to an additional 128GB via a microSD card (sold separately)…” Good tablet, good price, quite a few benefits for NOOK customers (including being able to read “any book” on it for an hour a day when in a Barnes & Noble. The NOOK brand of hardware has been fine…it’s been more of B&N that’s been the issue.

Barnes & Noble also announced the appointment of Demos Parneros as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

COO press release

Some in the blogosphere were surprised that they announced a COO before a new CEO, but I’m sure they want to get through the holiday season before changing out the CEO.

With all that said, there are still good reasons to shop at a B&N on Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving), even though I would say that is more for physical books (and other items).

Black Friday press release

They are doing something again this year which they did last year…signed editions. More than half a million books have been signed, and by some very well known people. Some of these will sell out quickly, and they do make great gifts.

Signed Editions information

Signing authors include current pop culture favs Amy Schumer and Trevor Noah, and nostalgic signed editions include The Phantom Tollbooth and The Outsiders.

We’ll be doing most of our Black Friday shopping at Amazon

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

but we do go out on Black Friday itself and over that weekend. Our main purpose is Toys for Tots, but we like to get books to donate as well.

Don’t forget that there are great deals on Amazon devices right now! I’d particularly suggest

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)

but there are a lot of choices.

Have fun!

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.

Today’s KDD: “Up to 80% off readers’ top nonfiction picks”

November 20, 2016

Today’s KDD: “Up to 80% off readers’ top nonfiction picks”

Today’s

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

is “Up to 80% off readers’ top nonfiction picks”.

I love reading non-fiction! Of course, I’m sure that some regular readers think I’m a pretty non-discriminating reader.😉 Yes, I do tend to find something good in every book I read, but I don’t like them all equally.

There has certainly been some (a lot) of fiction that has really affected me and that I’ve really enjoyed…the Oz books and the Doc Savage books are obvious ones, but there are so many.

At least equally, though, there has been much non-fiction. It’s a guess, but it’s possible I’ve read more non-fiction than fiction, but I’m not at all sure. Might be more true as an adult…

For me, that has been many kinds of non-fiction. Science? Sure. Pop culture reference? Definitely. Human cognition and behavior patterning? You betcha…that fits into my “day job”. Biographies? Current events? Yep and yep.🙂 Word origins and odd words? One of my favorites!

Today’s mix is an interesting one, and with some good deals for sure. Remember that you can buy the book on sale and delay the delivery until the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print it out and wrap it and give it whenever you want. What happens if your recipient already has it (you know, because they might read ILMK, too?)😉 ? They can get store credit instead.

Check the price before you click or tap that Buy button: these prices may not apply in your country (and I have readers around the world), and at least in the past, books have “sold out”.

  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari | 4.5 stars out of 5| 2,202 customer reviews at time of writing | $4.99
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (it has been a great disappointment to me that the publisher, Random House, continue to block text-to-speech access** on this title. I’d like to read it, but for myself and my family, we don’t buy books where the publisher has made that decision. Publishers have changed that position before, and I think this one was probably blocked back when Random House was routinely blocking ((they don’t routinely do that any more)))
  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
  • Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra | 4.7 star | 2,071 reviews
  • Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor by Clinton Romesha
  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big… by Scott Adams
  • NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of… by Steve Silberman
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
  • Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and… by Simon Sinek
  • A New Earth (Oprah #61): Awakening to Your Life’s… by Eckhart Tolle
  • Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader… by Irin Carmon
  • The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under… by Joshua Becker
  • My Story by Elizabeth A. Smart
  • Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling… by Laura Markham
  • Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland by Amanda Berry
  • Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two… by Stephen Ambrose
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  • Bare Bones: I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book by Bobby Bones
  • The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
  • The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist… by Anthony Sadler
  • I Swear I’ll Make It Up to You: A Life on the Low Road by Mishka Shubaly
  • Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly… by Joshua Davis
  • Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh
  • Journal of a Solitude: The Journals of Mary Sarton by May Sarton
  • Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for… by Jes Baker
  • Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety by Sacha Z. Scoblic
  • The Lost Tribe of Coney Island: Headhunters, Luna… by Claire Prentice
  • Murder in Little Egypt: The True Story of a… by Darcy O’Brien
  • Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson… by Daniel L. Mallock

Enjoy!

By the way, I’m looking to put together a post on books for the last year, and I thought one way to do it would be to ask you to tell me books you found through ILMK (wouldn’t have to be published in 2016…just that you found it through ILMK in 2016). You could have been very familiar with it, but got it on sale or as a gift for somebody. I’m torn, because that feels a bit self-serving, but I do think we are a community in a way, and I want what has affected you so it will help others. Deals are often for a very limited time (like a single day, like today), so I don’t want people to miss it. If you have stories that fit, “I Found It through ILMK”, or other comments for me or my readers, feel free to let me know 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!

* 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.

 

Friday only: Prime for new members for $79

November 18, 2016

Friday only: Prime for new members for $79

This is a rarity, but new Prime members can sign up for $79 for the year starting Friday at 12:00am ET and ending at 11:59pm PT. They can do that by going to

http://www.amazon.com/thegrandtourprime

I say “they”, because I’m not part of that group, already being a happy Prime member.

Whether you get that discount or not, joining

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

gets you a lot of stuff!

It used to mostly be about free and reduced price shipping…and it still is.😉

However, they have continued to add many benefits, and content is a big part of that.

You want to read Kindle books? You can borrow from a rotating group of (currently) over 1,000 titles, including these, all of which I’ve read and would recommend:

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hobbit (Lord of the Rings) by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
  • The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

You can also get a free book to own each month from a small selection of books to be published by Amazon the following month (Kindle First).

How about magazines? Just a slice of the included offerings…

  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Vanity Fair
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Time
  • Reader’s Digest
  • National Enquirer (and people won’t be able to tell you are reading it)😉

Music? More than two million choices! When I’m at work, I listen to at least one birthday artist…and Prime always comes through for me. Recently, that’s included:

  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Cleo Laine
  • Petula Clark
  • Sean Combs (although I had to snap that off quickly, because it wasn’t “safe for work” and my coworkers can hear my music)😉

Now, that might make it all sound like older stuff, but it impresses me that they have that. Popular albums include

  • 25 by Adele
  • Hamilton
  • Trolls
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Storyteller by Carrie Underwood

Prefer visual entertainment?

  • Spectre
  • Mr. Holmes
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • Sicario
  • Room
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Grimm
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Orphan Black
  • The original Star Trek

Close to 30,000 videos!

Are you (or someone on your account) a gamer? There is a special Twitch part of Prime…this month, it’s WATCH DOGS 2.

That’s just part of Prime…seems well worth it to me, and it does make a great gift.🙂

Give the Gift of Prime (at AmazonSmile*)

Many more bargains coming from here to the end of the year!

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! Do you have what it takes to be a Timeblazer?

* 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.

 

Today’s KDD: Today only, “Up to 75% off select most wished for books”

November 13, 2016

Today’s KDD: Today only, “Up to 75% off select most wished for books”

Today’s

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

is “Up to 75% off select most wished for books”.

It’s definitely the right time of year to check your Amazon wish list and update it! I love it when my family gets me things from my Amazon Wish List for the holidays! It lets them almost shop in a “Bufo Bookstore” for the most part, although it isn’t all books.🙂

Those wish lists also, in the aggregate, give Amazon data about what people want. In today’s Kindle Daily Deal, they are offering significant discounts on some of the most “wished for” books…and there are some great deals in the group!

Remember that you can buy the book at the discount and either delay delivery until the appropriate gift giving occasion, or print it out and hold it for whenever you want (you can even wrap those). While books make great primary gifts, they also are terrific for little gifts.

Do check the prices before you click or tap that Buy button…the prices certainly may not apply in your country, you might not read this post until the sale is over, and books could conceivably leave the sale before it is over.

Books in the sale include:

  • The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle | $0.99 (also available at no addition cost to members of Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) | 13,199 customer reviews at time of writing
  • See Me by Nicholas Sparks  | $3.99 | 3,496 customer reviews
  • The Obsession by Nora Roberts | $4.99 | 4,435 customer reviews
  • Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben | $4.99 | 2,803 customer reviews
  • The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons | $1.99 (KU) | 7,011 customer reviews
  • Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2) by Ken Follett | $3.99 | 6,911 customer reviews
  • The House by the Lake by Ella Carey | $1.99 (KU) | 2,254 customer reviews
  • Room by Emma Donoghue | $2.99 | 4,396 customer reviews
  • Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand | $3.99
  • The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck | $1.99 | 3,414 customer reviews
  • The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy #1) by Joe Hart | $1.99 (KU) | 2,642 customer reviews
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey | $2.99 | 968 customer reviews
  • Clear and Present Danger (Jack Ryan #5) by Tom Clancy | $1.99
  • The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington | $3.99
  • The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier | $2.99 | 1,218 customer reviews
  • Funny Girl by Nick Hornby | $2.99

Enjoy!

Bonus deal:

Countdown to Black Friday Deals

Right now, this includes deals on refurbed Paperwhite, Voyages, and Amazon Echoes (the last one is $119.99).

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! Do you have what it takes to be a Timeblazer?

* 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.

Amazon Echo’s 2nd birthday: almost $40 off, and the Alexa Skills store at Amazon.com

November 8, 2016

Amazon Echo’s 2nd birthday: almost $40 off, and the Alexa Skills store at Amazon.com

Today is the Echo’s second birthday, and Amazon is offering the main Echo for $140.39 instead of $179.99 ($39.60 off)

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

That’s likely to just be today (it says it is for a limited time only).

I use an Echo every day (and an All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – White (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) and an Amazon Tap (at AmazonSmile*) on weekdays, but you know…).😉

It turns my lights out on and off, place music, gives me the weather, tells me what’s on my calendar, and more.

When I say more, there is a lot more!

Amazon has now put the

Alexa Skills store on Amazon.com (at AmazonSmile*)

on Amazon.com, making it much easier to search the close to 5,000 skills!

For example, right now, I’m trying the

Earplay skill (at AmazonSmile*)

I’m a fan of Old Time Radio, and I have to say, the demo was fun. It is sort of like Choose Your Adventure, in that you are given choices of things to say and the story continues based on what you say. It does feel like OTR, although not quite as surreal as most of it.

Here are some of the stats:

Alexa Skills
Business & Finance (67)
Communication (20)
Connected Car (8)
Education & Reference (899)
Food & Drink (144)
Games, Trivia & Accessories (1,187)
Health & Fitness (132)
Lifestyle (390)
Local (97)
Movies & TV (82)
Music & Audio (48)
News (701)
Novelty & Humor (319)
Productivity (136)
Shopping (14)
Smart Home (114)
Social (51)
Sports (122)
Travel & Transportation (94)
Utilities (76)
Weather (462)
Avg. Customer Review
  • 4 Stars & Up (690)
  • 3 Stars & Up (1,086)
  • 2 Stars & Up (1,439)
  • 1 Star & Up (1,727)

Now, that’s a lot of one star reviews! It’s the most popular selection.

That may change in the future. It seems clear to me looking at this that they are going to enable paid Skills (as opposed to everything being free). I think that would be a good thing. Right now, there are two main types of content producers…hobbyists or people who are generally content creators and hope to use this to promote their other works, and companies using it as advertising/access (Uber, Domino’s Pizza, and so on).

Paid Skills would change that, with people being able to expect a return on their investment specifically from the Skill. Think of it like paid apps in the appstore…some of them are worth the payment.

Overall, these are good developments and a good sale!

Happy birthday, Alexa!

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! Do you have what it takes to be a Timeblazer?

* 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.


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