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Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: January 2018

January 4, 2018

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: January 2018

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…sometimes, it’s been pages and pages of them.

They also do Monthly Kindle Book Deals up to 80% off (at AmazonSmile*). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now: 1,075 at the time of writing…285 more than last month.

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

Another thing is that 365 of them (80 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.

In terms of which ones are

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

eligible, which is Amazon’s new benefit for Prime members, a rotating list of books you can borrow each month, this month there are 29, which is 2 fewer than last month. I can see an argument that not discounting (as much?) a book which is available to borrow for free makes that look like more of an advantage.

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

The ones I link (if I actually link to specific books) also don’t block text-to-speech access…but I recently wrote that I think that may have ended:

Has blocking text-to-speech access ended?

I’ve checked other books, and so far (virtual fingers crossed), that does seem to be the case.

Okay, books!

  • The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series Book 1) by Andrew Mayne | 4.3 stars out of 5 | 3,822 customer reviews at the time of writing | $1.99 (also available through Kindle Unlimited…KU at no additional cost) | I enjoyed this one 🙂
  • Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success by Esther K. Choy
  • Have a Little Faith: A True Story by Mitch Albom | 4.8 stars | 1,100 reviews
  • Treasured by Thursday (Weekday Brides Series Book 7) by Catherine Bybee
  • Saigon Kids: An American Military Brat Comes of Age in 1960’s Vietnam by Les Arbuckle
  • No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War by W. Lee Warren
  • Many books in the A Shade of Vampire series by Bella Forrest are in this sale
  • Among The Shadows: A Detective Byron Mystery by Bruce Robert Coffin
  • Down the Long Hills (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures) by Louis L’Amour
  • Dueling with Kings: High Stakes, Killer Sharks, and the Get-Rich Promise of Daily Fantasy Sports by Daniel Barbarisi
  • Jet Age Man: SAC B-47 and B-52 Operations in the Early Cold War by Earl J. McGill
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden | 4.7 stars | 1,546 reviewss
  • Goodnight, Little Monster by Bonnie Leick and Helen Ketteman (KU)
  • Black Like Me: The Definitive Griffin Estate Edition by John Howard Griffin and Robert Bonazzi
  • The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi
  • A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Vol. 1: The Birth of Britain by Winston S. Churchill
  • Wintersmith (Discworld Book 35) by Terry Pratche
  • Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker by David Nihill
  • The Art and Science of Staff Fighting: A Complete Instructional Guide by Joe Varady
  • The Writing Desk  by Rachel Hauck

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

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

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

Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile* )

It’s worth noting that they have rebranded this to “amazon first reads” (sic) which also allows you to get the hardback (up to ten copies) for a really significant discount. There are also two KU short reads listed on that page…one is The Sign of the Beast by Joyce Carol Oates, which they say is a 66-minute read.

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

  • Tips for Living by Renee Shafransky (psychological fiction)
  • As Good as True by Cheryl Reid (historical fiction)
  • Punishment by Scott J. Holliday (thriller)
  • Not Perfect by Elizabeth La Ban (contemporary fiction)
  • Twist of Faith by Ellen J. Green (mystery
  • The Birdwoman’s Palate by Laksmi Pamuntjak (literary fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…and honestly, none of these are appealing to me right now. 😦 I’ll try again later in the month…if you read one and have an opinion, feel free to let me know.

They also are promoting

Richochet Joe by Dean Koontz (at AmazonSmile*)

That’s an Amazon Original Stories publication (that’s an imprint now), listed as 95 pages, and it’s a Kindle in Motion (there will be optional animation) book. 4.0 stars, 80 customer reviews.

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.

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Today’s KDD: the Goodreads synergy we hoped we would get

December 30, 2017

Today’s KDD: the Goodreads synergy we hoped we would get

There were a lot of concerns when Amazon bought

Goodreads

the social reading network more than four years ago. When I polled my readers in this post

Amazon buys Goodreads

though, they were overwhelmingly positive or undecided:

  • 44.17% I’m excited! It should be a great combination
  • 43.33% I don’t have an opinion yet

Today’s

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

is “Goodreads Choice Awards, up to 80% off select winners & finalists o Kindle”.

Those are awarded by readers themselves, not by critics and committees. They say: “…the only major book awards decided by readers”. Well, I assume committees and reviewers actually read books, but I get what they mean. 😉

There are some great books listed! Remember that you can buy these today at this reduced price, and then schedule them for the proper gift-giving occasion. You can even send it to yourself, print them out, and give whenever you want (I did that this holiday season). Ready to start your shopping for the 2018 holidays…or just spending a gift card? 😉

Oh, and check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze (the last one in VAM…Virtual/Augmented/Mixed/Merged reality)…it’s just for today, and may not apply in your country.

Here are just some of the titles:

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson | 4.6 out of 5 stars | 2,095 customer reviews at time of writing | $3.99
  • How to Be a BAWSE by Lilly Singh (YouTube’s Superwoman)
  • Warcross by Marie Liue
  • From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon | 4.7 stars | 3,976 reviews
  • Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
  • The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  • The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  • The Chillbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
  • The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
  • This Is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe
  • The Daily Show: An Oral History by Chris Smith
  • Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith)
  • Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  • Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird
  • Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
  • The Nature Fix by Florence Williams
  • Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong by Angela Saini
  • A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming
  • The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince by Mayte Garcia
  • Apollo 8 by Jeffrey Kluger
  • Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

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.

It’s Digital Day 2017!

December 29, 2017

It’s Digital Day 2017!

Amazon did their first “Digital Day” (digital content sale, basically) almost a year ago, on December 30, 2016.

Just as there were last year, there are some great deals, listed here:

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

I’ll list some of the Kindle specific books shortly, but first a quick comment on the sale itself.

Obviously, with digital content, Amazon isn’t clearing out stock, the way a store (I’m a former manager of a brick-and-mortar bookstore) might do to lower their inventory for perhaps a smaller tax assessment. It’s also possible that a physical store overbought for the holidays: I did overbuy on occasion, although I’d say I tended to be pretty good. I knew a local celebrity was going to be a talk show, for example, and ended up with way too many copies. 🙂

It is possible that licenses are running out at the end of the year, but I really think it’s more about the same things it would be for physical stores: gift cards, returns, and competition.

A lot of people got

Amazon Gift Cards (at AmazonSmile*)

for the holidays. In my

The gifting poll 2017

42% of the responses said that they had given or planned to give one…and 64% wanted to get one. 😉 That wasn’t the only discrepancy like that: it seemed to me like more people planned to give physical books (33%…the highest format), but wanted to get e-books (46%…the highest format). There may still be a perception factor there, that people see p-books as being more valuable.

I did get some non-Amazon, general gift cards…and I spent them at Amazon. 🙂  Sort of: what I did was buy things at Amazon, and I’ll use the gift cards for routine purposes instead (like at the grocery store). I bought a “sand tip” for my cane…sort of like a snowshoe in function. I have several canes for different purposes: I do feel like The Penguin with umbrellas, except it is with canes. 😉 I’ve joked with my Significant Other that I should get a quiver. I also bought the

Samsung Gear VR headset (at AmazonSmile*)

Unfortunately, my first generation one is not compatible with my new Galaxy S8 phone…and I definitely miss it! I watch video (Netflix, Hulu) in VR quite often, especially when I exercise doing my “floor work”. It’s the underrated “killer app” for VR: it looks so much better than on my TV, and with Netflix, the screen will follow me as I roll over to switch sides.

People also did returns (Amazon has generous return policies, generally), and that puts cash/store credit at their disposal.

The competition is with those physical stores and online stores which are reducing inventory…

You’ll find all sorts of items, including movies, videogames, comics, and apps…often at 50% off or more. There is even a Dollar Deals section, where items are $1 or less! Here’s a link for e-book Dollar Deals:

e-book Dollar Deals (at AmazonSmile*)

If that isn’t already filtered for you, you should see a filter or a tab.

There are some big name authors in the Dollar Deals including Fern Michaels and Debbie Macomber.

Here are some of the e-books in the featured sale:

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz $4.99
  • Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as told by Christian by E.L. James $4.99
  • The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz $2.99
  • My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella $2.99
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari $2.99
  • The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts $1.99
  • The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti $2.99
  • The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver $2.99

Enjoy!


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


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

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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 up to 80% off: December 2017 

December 3, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: December 2017 

Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which used to discount four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kids’ book). Now, it seems like it is generally more books than that, and not categorized…and in the past week or so, it’s been pages and pages of them.

They also do Monthly Kindle Book Deals up to 80% off (at AmazonSmile*). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now: 790 at the time of writing…50 fewer than last month.

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

Another thing is that 210 of them (61 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.

In terms of which ones are

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

eligible, which is Amazon’s new benefit for Prime members, a rotating list of books you can borrow each month, this month there are 31, which is 24 more than last month’s 7…more than quadrupling the number. I can see an argument that not discounting (as much?) a book which is available to borrow for free makes that look like more of an advantage.

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

The ones I link (if I actually link to specific books) also don’t block text-to-speech access…but I recently wrote that I think that may have ended:

Has blocking text-to-speech access ended?

I’ve checked other books, and so far (virtual fingers crossed), that does seem to be the case.

Okay, books!

  • The Hangman’s Daughter (A Hangman’s Daughter Tale Book 1) by Oliver Pötzsch and Lee Chadeayne | 4.1 stars out of 5 | 4,828 customer reviews at time of writing | $1.99 (KU)
  • The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey | 4.4 stars | 606 reviews (KU)
  • The Banished of Muirwood (Covenant of Muirwood Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler (KU)
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (KU)
  • Hour of Need (Scarlet Falls Book 1) by Melinda Leigh (KU)
  • The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D. (KU)
  • Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell
  • Secret Shores by Ella Carey
  • The Boy Who Knew Too Much: An Astounding True Story of a Young Boy’s Past-Life Memories by Cathy Byrd
  • The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ by Roger Stone and Mike Colapietro | 4.4 stars | 1,273 reviews
  • The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
  • Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
  • Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping – Now Revised and Updated by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election by Malcolm Nance
  • Swipe Right: The Life-and-Death Power of Sex and Romance] by Levi Lusko
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways To Keep The Little Things From Taking Over Your Life by Richard CarlsonA Thief of Time (A Leaphorn and Chee Novel Book 8)Oct 6, 2009 | Kindle eBook
    by Tony Hillerman
  • Fatal  by John Lescroart
  • When Christmas Comes by Debbie Macomber
  • Fever Dream (Pendergast Series Book 10) by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston
  • A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Vol. 1: The Birth of Britain by Winston S. Churchill
  • The Healthiest Diet on the Planet: Why the Foods You Love – Pizza, Pancakes, Potatoes, Pasta, and More – Are the Solution to Preventing Disease and Looking and Feeling Your Best by John McDougall
  • An Unkindness of Ravens (Inspector Wexford Book 13) by Ruth Rendell
  • Weekend Warriors (Sisterhood Book 1) by Fern Michaels
  • An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power: Your Action Handbook to Learn the Science, Find Your Voice, and Help Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore
  • From Deep Space with Love: A Conversation about Consciousness, the Universe, and Building a Better World by Mike Dooley and Tracy Farquhar
  • A Thief of Time (A Leaphorn and Chee Novel Book 8) by Tony Hillerman
  • The Intruders: A Jake Grafton Novel by Stephen Coonts
  • Clouds of Witness (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Book 2) by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley

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

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

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

Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile* )

It’s worth noting that they have rebranded this to “amazon first reads” (sic) which also allows you to get the hardback (up to ten copies) for a really significant discount. There are also two KU short reads listed on that page…one is The Sign of the Beast by Joyce Carol Oates, which they say is a 66-minute read.

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

  • A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishakawa (memoir)
  • Don’t Forget Dexter by Lindsay Ward (children’s)
  • Only the Rain by Randall Silvis (suspense)
  • Daughters of the Night Sky by Aimie K. Runyan (historical fiction)
  • Halsey Street by Naima Coster (literary)
  • Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Bryant (thriller)

People like to know which one I pick…I decided to go with the Ishakawa book. My Significant Other probably won’t read it (not a fan of non-fiction, generally), but it sounds interesting.

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.

“Today only – The biggest Kindle Daily Deal of the year, up to 85% off”+KU up to 40% off (for some people)

November 27, 2017

“Today only – The biggest Kindle Daily Deal of the year, up to 85% off”+KU up to 40% off (for some people)

Today’s

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

is being advertised as the biggest one of the year…and at the time of writing, there are 452 (!) titles in it.

I’m not going to have time to get through all of them before I get to work, but I am seeing these authors with at least one book and I’ll list some titles:

  • Daniel Silva
  • Nora Roberts
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • Game of Thrones (#1) by George R.R. Martin…for $1.99

They are also advertising

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

for up to 40% off…but when I try to buy it (as an existing member), it says I’m not eligible.

This looks like the deal I reported a couple of days ago…which disappeared before one of my readers got to it:

Today: up to 40% off Kindle Unlimited (and other deals)

I suggested to that reader that maybe what I saw was a mistake for something that should have been a Cyber Monday deal…and that appears to have been the case.

The deal might not apply in your country, of course…check before you buy.


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


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

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

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

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

 

Today: up to 40% off Kindle Unlimited (and other deals)

November 25, 2017

Up to 40% off Kindle Unlimited (and other deals)

I watch for this one!

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

is 40% right now…specifically, a 24 month subscription is $143.86 (just about $6 a month). A 12 month subscription is 33% off: $80.32.

You can do this if you already have a subscription…this is the way it has been in the past. There is a restriction if you have “…purchased multiple prepaid plans that are currently associated with their Amazon accounts”, although I’ve never figured out exactly what that means. I think you have to have two plans at the same time.

You can also gift this, and we have done that as well. $80.32 for 12 months for a family gift is not much. You can have up to ten books at a time, and typically, each book can be on six devices at the same time…so that can work well with a family of four, for example.

We’ve been happy members of KU since it was introduced, and even though are finances are changing, we are going to continue this (I’ll get the 24 month subscription today). It’s true that

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

which is included in

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

has about 1,000 (currently 1,037) titles, KU has 1,809,900 (!) at time of writing!

I would be surprised if you couldn’t find ten books a month to read that you thought were worth it…that doesn’t mean you’d like every book, but the same is true if you were piece buying one book at a time.

While they won’t usually be the current New York Times bestsellers, there will be books of current interest (The Handmaid’s Tale, for example) as well as older (The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings) titles, and lesser known ones.

I just recently read and really enjoyed

Space on My Hands by Fredric Brown (at AmazonSmile*)

after I had mentioned Fredric Brown in the

Bookish Birthdays

category, and one of my regular readers and commenters, Lady Galaxy, mentioned that book was available.

I hadn’t read it: it’s a collection of Brown short stories, and each one would have made a good classic Twilight Zone episode. 🙂 My only problem with the book was…it was too short. 😉

I also liked

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

kind of like The Rosie Project meets Stephanie Plum.

That’s just one of today’s deals! This is Black Friday – Cyber Monday weekend, after all. 😉

The

Amazon Device Deals (at AmazonSmile*)

are amazing today!

You can get the 7″ Fire tablet for $29.99, and so is the Echo Dot. The Fire TV Stick is $24.99. The Kindle Paperwhite is $30 off at $89.99.

Other daily deals include:

  • Tegu magnetic wooden blocks 40% off
  • 30% off select Bowflex fitness products
  • Up to 30% off some radio-control toys and drones…including live video drone

Lots of deals! It won’t be the end of discounts after Monday, but I think you are taking a big risk if you think that anything which is at least 30% off today is going to get lower in the next month. It’s possible, but I would think they’ll be “lightning deals” or part of bundles if they do happen.

Oh, I wanted to mention one more product recently introduced (and therefore not no sale) by Amazon!

Echo Buttons (at AmazonSmile*)

This would be a great gift for someone who already has an Alexa device (and who likes social games)…they can’t already have them, unless they ordered them just recently. In my family, we don’t buy things for ourselves when we get close to the holidays, if they are potential gifts. 🙂

For $19.99, you get a two-pack of what are basically wireless “buzzers”…you can “buzz in” to answer a question (asked by your Alexa device during a game). They work with many Echo devices (including first generation), and you can have up to four working with a device at once. They require batteries but they do come with them, so you’ll be able to play right away.

Going on my wish list. 😉


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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.

Black Friday’s KDD: 103 bestsellers

November 25, 2017

Black Friday’s KDD: 103 bestsellers

Today’s

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

is a Black Friday deal…yes, I know I’m getting this out late in the day, but, you know, family traditions. 🙂

It’s 103 (!) titles…and I’ll list some which caught my eye:

  • Echoes in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 44) by J. D. Robb | 4.8 stars out of 5 | 1,624 customer reviews at time of writing | $3.99 | it was also released this year
  • Swink (Landry Family Series Book 5) by Adriana Locke | also available from Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) at no additional charge
  • Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance | 4.7 stars | 2,243 reviews
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
  • Distortion (Moonlighters Series Book 2) by Terri Blackstock
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson | 4.6 stars | 1,947 reviews
  • Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon | NYT bestselling horror novel | Bram Stoker Award winner
  • Harvest Moon (A Virgin River Novel Book 15) by Robyn Carr
  • Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse Book 1) by James S. A. Corey
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
  • The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party by Daniel James Brown
  • These Old Shades (Alastair-Audley Book 1) by Georgette Heyer
  • Churchill: A Life by Martin Gilbert
  • Moonlight Cove (A Chesapeake Shores Novel) by Sherryl Woods
  • The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills by Tristan Gooley
  • Way Station by Clifford D. Simak
  • The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust by Diana B. Henriques
  • Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) by Min Jin Lee
  • The White Album: Essays by Joan Didion
  • Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
  • World History: Ancient History, United States History, European, Native American, Russian, Chinese, Asian, African, Indian and Australian History, Wars including World War 1 and 2 [3rd Edition] by Adam Brown (KU)
  • Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
  • The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
  • Trap Line by Carl Hiaasen and Bill Montalbano
  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Remember that you can buy these today that this discounted price, and either delay the delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or send it to yourself to print out and give whenever you want (even wrapped, perhaps).


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


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

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

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

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

10 sales at Amazon at time of writing

November 24, 2017

10 sales at Amazon at time of writing

Sandisk memory products sale (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Ends at midnight Pacific on Thursday. I saw savings over $100 on a couple of (expensive) items…but lots of savings on even smaller memory disks.

Fire TV Stick (at AmazonSmile*) $24.99 instead of $39.99

Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $29.99 instead of $49.99 (last year for Black Friday it was $5 more)

Fire HD 10″ (at AmazonSmile*) $99.99 instead of $149.99…$50 off!

Zmodo wireless security camera sale (at AmazonSmile*)

Echo Show (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $179.99 instead of $229.99…another $50 off. This is a big part of our lives.

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

Amazon Dash buttons…half off, so $2.49, and you still get $5 credit! (at AmazonSmile*)

So, Amazon is basically paying you to get a Dash button! Only valid for Prime members

Kindle magazine deals…up to 93% off! (at AmazonSmile*)

Today’s Deals page (Today’s Deals page) (at AmazonSmile*)

All kinds of sales here, including lightning sales which might last an hour (or less, I think). I didn’t want to post any of those on this post since, like me, you may have family events tonight and not see it in time. 🙂 If you do see something you want to mention to me and my readers, you can do so by commenting on this post…but hopefully, people realize that the price may have changed by the time they see it.


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


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

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

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

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

Amazon Black Friday deals announced

November 14, 2017

Amazon Black Friday deals announced

Amazon’s

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

are going on now.

Black Friday itself is a week from this Friday, November 24th.

In the USA, it’s traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year, although there are now other contenders (and it isn’t the biggest day of the year in China, for example…that day, “Single’s Day”, just happened).

It was the day that many stores traditionally started making a profit for the year…when they went into “the black”, out of “the red” (red is how some accounting systems indicated negative numbers).

That’s not how it works for Amazon, but it is still a very big day for them.

Well, perhaps I should say a very big ten weeks or so. 😉

November has become a sales month, and those continue into December…and then the first couple of weeks of January are also great sales times, due to spending of gift cards and credit from returns.

In this

press release

Amazon lists some of the upcoming deals…by item and by price, but not exactly when the sale will happen, in most cases. These deals may be short-lived, so you have to stay on top of it. I’ll try to keep you informed, but if you don’t have the Amazon shopping app, it’s a good time to get it. Asking an Alexa-enabled device what the deals are will certainly work for some of them, and some deals will be even better (sometimes with better shipping options) when you do Alexa voice-shopping.

They list the device deals below as happening “…on various dates and times between Nov. 17 and Nov. 24…”

Amazon Devices
Save $20 on Echo Dot, only $29.99 – the lowest price ever for Echo Dot
Save $20 on All-New Echo, only $79.99
Save $30 on Echo Plus, only $119.99
Save $50 on Amazon Tap, only $79.99
Add a smart plug to any Echo purchase for only $5 ($20 off)
Save $20 on Amazon Cloud Cam, only $99.99
Save $30 on Fire 7 Kids Edition, only $69.99 – and save an additional $10 when you buy two Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets, only $129.98
Save $40 on Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, only $89.99 – and save an additional $10 when you buy two Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, only $169.98
Save $50 on Fire HD 10, only $99.99 – the lowest price ever for the Fire HD 10
Save $30 on Fire HD 8, only $49.99
Save $30 on Kindle Paperwhite, only $89.99
Save $30 on Kindle, only $49.99
Save $30 on Kindle for Kids Bundle, only $69.99
Save $15 on Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, only $24.99

 

Those are great deals, including on some of the newest devices!

I’m deep into getting my next book (Because of the Kindle) ready for publication this week…thanks to everyone who has made comments for possible inclusion! That means I may not have written as much about some things as I might have done. That was also affected by our internet outage over this past weekend…I’m behind where I had hoped to be, but I’m in “catch up mode”. 🙂

Two quick notes on some of the new devices:

I’ve had the

Echo Plus (at AmazonSmile*)

for a while, and I do want to say, I was impressed with how easy the set up was! “Setting up” the Echo Plus was almost as easy as plugging in a lamp. The one thing I had to do was tell it which one of our saved networks at Amazon it should use…but I didn’t need to enter the password. Pairing it with smart devices would have added some steps…but it already knew all the ones I’d previously paired, so I could listen to music, turn the lights on and off, get the weather, and so, within…or one minute or so after plugging it in. Nice!

The other one is the

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

a smaller, cheaper version of the

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

The estimated delivery date has gone back and forth on it, and at one point it was after the 25th…but now it’s for 12/22-12/26. I don’t need it by the 25th, but I’m sure a lot of people want it then. 🙂

This could mean that they underestimated the demand for it…it certainly stood out to me among the new models, which I wrote about here:

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

Oh, and I thought I’d mention…the power button on my discontinued Kindle Fire HDX appears to be working again (knock virtual wood)…but we’ll still be looking at getting a new Fire tablet for my Significant Other. We may get it at Whole Foods, when it is likely to be on sale next week…we do want to physically hold it first, which we might also do at the AmazonBooks store.

With all of these deals this time of year (and it’s been consistent), the question becomes…outside of an “emergency” or the desire to get a brand new model right away, why buy Amazon devices the rest of the year? 😉

What do you think? Looking for any particular deals? Did you wait? Are any of your pre-orders delayed past December 25th? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

You can also still make comments about what you think has happened “Because of the Kindle”…they may not get in at first publication (if I choose to use them), but I do expect to update the book later..maybe the beginning of next years, so I can add another “Annual Snapshot”.

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: November 2017 

November 4, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: November 2017 

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

They also do Monthly Kindle Book Deals up to 80% off (at AmazonSmile*). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now: 840 at the time of writing…263 fewer than last month, which there were 1,324 in August, so if the trend of the past few months continues, we’re getting down to half as many. That’s interesting, in part because there are so many more books in the USA Kindle store, so the percentage of books in this deal is dropping. December may see a big uptick, though, for the holidays.

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 149 of them (161 fewer than last month) are available through

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

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

By the way, in the new version of the

eReaderIQ advanced search

you can make KU a filter. So, you can search for books by an author, a keyword, an average customer review which you can read as part of your KU membership…nice! I’m not associated with eReaderIQ except as a user (we have had some correspondence), but I do think it is the most valuable website for Kindleers.

In terms of which ones are

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

eligible, which is Amazon’s new benefit for Prime members, a rotating list of books you can borrow each month, this month there are 7, which is 2 more than last month. I can see an argument that not discounting (as much?) a book which is available to borrow for free makes that look like more of an advantage.

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

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

Okay, books!

  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon | 4.7 stars out of 5 | 3,509 customer reviews | $1.99 | (KU)
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody Book 1) by Elizabeth Peters (book 1 of 19) | 4.5 stars | 580 reviews | $2.99
  • The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee and David John | 4.8 stars | 1,571 reviews
  • Little Boy Lost by J. D. Trafford | 4.2 stars | 2,167 reviews
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison
  • Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) by Amy A. Bartol | 4.1 stars | 2,997 reviews…I read this one, which I got free as a Kindle First. I did enjoy it…there were some strong characters, although I wasn’t in love with the world. I would say it was worth reading
  • The Other Side of the Sun by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Fatal Charm: The Shocking True Story of Serial Wife Killer Randy Roth by Carlton Smith
  • A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang | 4.2 stars | 1,683 reviews
  • The Devil’s Star: A Novel (Harry Hole series Book 5)J by Jo Nesbo and Don Bartlett
  • Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel
  • The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
  • Daughter of Fortune: A Novel by Isabel Allende and Margaret Sayers Peden | 4.1 stars | 547 reviews
  • Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening by Stephen E. Ambrose
  • The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition by William Peter Blatty
  • How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority by Clay Scroggins and Andy Stanley
  • Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim | 4.6 stars | 12,696 reviews | (KU) | My Significant Other and I both read this one…and both liked it! That doesn’t always happen…I recommend this one
  • The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy Book 1) by Joe Hart
  • The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor
  • On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase to Catch Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
  • Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeleine Albright
  • Serve No Master: How to Escape the 9-5, Start up an Online Business, Fire Your Boss and Become a Lifestyle Entrepreneur or Digital Nomad by Jonathan Green and S.J. Scott
  • How to Work a Room, 25th Anniversary Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Making Lasting Connections–In Person and Online by Susan RoAne
  • Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World by Andrew Breitbart

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

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

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

Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*)

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

  • The Good Samaritan by John Marrs (thriller)
  • What Remains True by Janis Thomas (family drama)
  • The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites (translated by Alison Layland) (war fiction)
  • The Unkillable Kitty O’Kane by Colin Falconer (historical fiction)
  • The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves by James Han Mattson (literary fiction)
  • The Night of the Moths by Riccardo Bruni (translated by Anne Milano Appel) (suspense)

People like to know which one I pick…and in this case, I looked at them quite a bit, and discussed it with my Significant Other (we are on the same account). I was tempted by The Unkillable Kitty Kane, but the reviews weren’t convincing to me. That’s an advantage of waiting until later in the month…more reviews. I ended up going with The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves…partially because I did like the reviews. 🙂

Enjoy!

Bonus deal: there has been an evolution in  the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) in November. It used to be that they were all pretty inexpensive…under $5. Recently, there have been more expensive books (but still discounted)…for example, Scythe by Neal Shusterman is $10.99 and Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham is $13.30. I’m not sure how I feel about that…I liked the idea that it really felt like a bargain bin/remainders, and that’s not the case now.

That said, there are a couple today I wanted to mention which are on the lower price end:

  • Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke for $2.49 (also available through KU)
  • The Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie for $2.99
  • Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard (this was a big NYT bestseller back in the day…and a poorly reviewed movie) for $1.99 (KU)
  • A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford $2.49 (KU)

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You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


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

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

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

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


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