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

May 23, 2015

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

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

What makes a great summer read?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Titles include:

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

That’s just ten percent of them. ;)

Enjoy!

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

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

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

New: reorder items using the Echo

May 14, 2015

New: reorder items using the Echo

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

Amazon just added ordering capability to the Echo.

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

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

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

Yes, it’s what some people feared…the

Amazon Echo

is another way to buy things from Amazon.

Yes, it’s even easier than 1-click.

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

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

So, why is this easier?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are a couple of more interesting twists to this.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

or

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

and that would be even more of a bond.

You ain’t seen nothing yet!

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

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

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

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

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

Works for me. ;)

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

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

eReaderIQ

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

Here are some that I noticed:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 14, 2015

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

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

Summer blockbuster movies tend to be loud and noisy.

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

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

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

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

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

Today’s deal includes:

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!

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

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

Today’s KDD: more than 50 books by best-selling authors $2.99 (or less) each

May 10, 2015

Today’s KDD: more than 50 books by best-selling authors $2.99 (or less) each

Today is one of the big book-giving occasions of the year, and one of today’s Kindle Daily Deals (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) is any of more than fifty (!) books from best-selling authors for $2.99 or less each.

As always, remember to check the price before you click or tap that “Buy” button: these are only supposed to be good for today, and the prices may not be valid in your country (Hello, readers around the world!).

It’s interesting…they don’t usually identify sales as by best-selling authors, as opposed to best-selling books or series. You might think that could mean lesser known books by the authors, but there are some blockbuster titles here.

There may be several books in the same series, and there are some authors only represented by one book here.

I just want to remind you that these sales are great ways to get gifts. You can buy a book at the sale price and delay the delivery of it until the appropriate occasion. So, you could buy someone a series of books now, and then have them arrive at the start of summer, for example, or even for a birthday or the holidays.

Authors include:

  • John Grisham, with four books in the Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer, series. I can see this being given to a child to read during the summer (that is the intended audience)
  • L.J. Sellers, with eleven books in the Detective Jackson series
  • Robert Crais, with three Elvis Cole novels
  • Mary Higgins Clark with Weep No More My Lady and I Heard That Song Before
  • Eoin Colfer with the mega-popular Artemis Fowl
  • Sara Shepard with four books in the Pretty Little Liars series (the basis for a popular TV series)
  • Jack Coughlin with seven books in the Kyle Swanson Sniper series
  • Liane Moriarty with Three Wishes and The Last Anniversary
  • Matthew Reilly with The Great Zoo of China

and more…enjoy!

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

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

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

The Big Deal: Kindle books up to 85% off through May 24th

May 9, 2015

The Big Deal: Kindle books up to 85% off through May 24th

Amazon saves us money on e-books in so many ways, but I do think it’s fun when they do the Big Deal. It’s over 500 books this time (529 at time of writing…almost 100 more than last time!).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some that caught my eye:

A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut and Daniel Simon
4.2 stars | 261 reviews

Against All Odds by Chuck Norris and Ken Abraham
4.6 stars out of 5 | 400 customer reviews

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy by S.D. Perry
4.6 stars | 393 reviews

This is the first book in a series…yes, the videogame/movie inspiration.

Perfect Summer (The Lone Stars Book 1) by Katie Graykowski
4.5 stars | 230 reviews
Also available through Kindle Unlimited (KU)

Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen series Book 15) by Joanne Fluke
3.9 stars | 291 reviews

The Baby Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance by Louis Borgenicht M.D. and Joe Borgenicht (might be good for an expectant Mom for Mothers’ Day…)
4.7 stars | 242 reviews

True Detective (Nathan Heller Novels) by Max Allan Collins
4.3 stars | 195 reviews
1st book of 15
KU

Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange
4.2 stars | 192 reviews

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
3.6 stars | 74 reviews
KU

Going on my KU Wish List!

Dead Wrong: Straight Facts on the Country’s Most Controversial Cover-Ups by Richard Belzer and David Wayne
4.0 stars | 161 reviews
KU

Yes, that Richard Belzer…

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli
4.0 stars | 148 reviews

What You Wish For by Fern Michaels
4.4 stars | 118 reviews

The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg
4.4 stars | 106 reviews

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Crimescape Book 1) by Marilyn Bardsley
3.8 stars | 98 reviews

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine by Danielle Ofri
4.5 stars | 191 reviews
My Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/882763732

The Great Trek by Zane Grey
4.4 stars | 89 reviews
KU

One of the great Western writers of all time…

How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read by Pierre Bayard
3.7 stars | 57 reviews

Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage: A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
4.5 stars | 49 reviews

Midnight Cowboy (RosettaBooks Into Film) by James Leo Herlihy
4.2 stars | 48 reviews

Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon
4.6 stars | 46 reviews

Bang the Drum Slowly (RosettaBooks Sports Classics Book 7 by Mark Harris
4.4 stars | 45 reviews

Police at the Funeral (Albert Campion) by Margery Allingham
4.1 stars | 34 reviews

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

Enjoy!

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

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

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

May 2, 2015

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

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

They’ve also been doing Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each) (at AmazonSmile). That’s a rebranding: they used to say it was “100 Books”, but that’s also gotten to be more…there are 139 for this month at the time of writing (fourteen more than last month…it has been trending upwards, and that’s an even bigger jump than last month).

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

It’s also interesting…about 49% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,710,244 of 3,459,629). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something. :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

At Bertram’s Hotel (Miss Marple Mysteries Book 11) by Agatha Christie
4.1 stars out of 5 | 105 customer reviews
$1.99 at time of writing

Agatha Christie is one of the most popular authors of all time. Miss Marple is one of the most beloved characters in mysteries. At Bertram’s Hotel is…well, perhaps not the most revered of the Miss Marple novels. ;) Still, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad book by any means…an arguably sub-standard Miss Marple is still likely to be better than many other books you might read.

Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) by Blake Crouch
4.1 stars | 4,137 customer reviews
$1.99
Kindle Unlimited (KU)
KOLL

With the TV series debuting in a couple of weeks on Fox (the cast includes Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, and Terrence Howard), you might want to read at least this first book in the series first.

Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body by Martin Pistorius
4.7 stars | 1,153 reviews
$2.99

It’s a memoir…and faith-based, according to the categories.

The first four books in the Bone Secrets series by Kendra Elliott
Book 1 is 4.3 stars | 1,433 reviews
$1.99 each
Kindle Unlimited (KU) (all four of them)
KOLL (all four of them)

The first two books in the Paper Magician series by Charlie N. Holmberg
Book 1 is 4.0 star | 2,378 reviews
$1.99 each
KU (both)
KOLL (both)

You might have gotten the first one of these as a Kindle First freebie (see below)…

Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David J. Garrow
4.5 stars | 25 reviews
$2.99

The White Queen: A Novel (Cousins War Series Book 1) by Philippa Gregory
4.1 stars | 1,027 reviews
$1.99

Basis for the TV series…

The Swimmer by Joakim Zander
3.8 stars | 120 reviews
$1.99

A thriller…

The Success Principles(TM) – 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer
4.8 stars | 113 reviews

The Belial Stone series by R.D. Brady

The first one is in KU and KOLL, or you can buy it for $0.99. It’s 4.3 stars | 1,095 reviews. Each of the other books would be $0.99, and are not KOLL or KU.

The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (A Game of Thrones)
by George R. R. Martin and Ben Avery
4.1 stars | 303 reviews
$2.99

This one might be a particularly good gift for a fan of the TV series, or the books. They might have read the books, but not have this graphic novel. Remember that you can buy it now, and then delay delivery for the appropriate gift giving occasion.

On to just listing some more:

  • Marked (Servants of Fate Book 1) by Sarah Fine
  • The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic (P.S.) by Hazel Gaynor
  • The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit
  • The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel (A Game of Thrones) by George R. R. Martin and Ben Avery
  • Mistress of Magic by Heather Graham
  • Woman’s Own by Robyn Carr
  • Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain by Richard Roberts
  • The Second Ship (The Rho Agenda Book 1) (and other books in the series) by Richard Phillips
  • Eternity (The Montgomery/Taggert Family Book 9) by Jude Deveraux
  • Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder by Merriam-Webster
  • My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall
  • Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music by Blair Tindall
  • Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 by William L. Shirer
  • Hotel by Arthur Hailey
  • Murderous Minds: Exploring the Psychopathic Brain: Neurological Imaging and the Manifestation of Evil by Dean Haycock
  • 100 Simple Secrets Why Dogs Make Us Happy by David Niven PhD
  • The Shared Wisdom of Mothers and Daughters: The Timelessness of Simple Truths by Alexandra Stoddard

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 (after three straight months of being able to get two…it was fun while it lasted)) of the four books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:

  •  (R)evolution (Phoenix Horizon Book 1) by PJ Manney (science fiction thriller)
  • Queen of the Trailer Park (Rosie Maldonne’s World Book 1)
    by Alice Quinn, Alexandra Maldwyn-Davies (mystery)
  • Crow Hollow by Michael Wallace (historical fiction)
  • Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall (contemporary fiction)

Well, I’m going for the easy choice (for me) this time, and going with (R)evolution. Crow Hollow and Sugar were also well reviewed, although obviously, it’s a bit soon to have very main reviews. It also explicitly states that they will all be in KU once they are officially released on June 1st…

Enjoy!

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

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

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

Today’s KDD: books from best-selling series up to 80% off

April 25, 2015

Today’s KDD: books from best-selling series up to 80% off

One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) is any of more than fifty (!) books from best-selling series for up to 80% off (each).

As always, remember to check the price before you click or tap that “Buy” button: these are only supposed to be good for today, and the prices may not be valid in your country (Hello, readers around the world!).

They do break it down further on the offer page:

  • Mystery & Thriller series
  • Literature & Fiction series
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy series
  • Teen and Children’s series

You would probably guess that these are the first books in the series, to get you interested in buying the others (and quite a few are), but there are also multiple books from the same series in some cases.

For example, you can get all three books in Marie Lu’s Legend series for $2.99 each. That might make a good gift…you can buy e-books now and then delay them for delivery until an appropriate gift-giving occasion.

I think a great thing to do is to give a kid a series of books when summer arrives, for example. It’s a way to make an iffy reader a more committed reader, because they get to read at their own pace and with no obligations to someone else. I’ve talked before about remembering your “summer of whatever series”. :)

What happens if they don’t like the first one?

Well, in this case, you might have wasted about six dollars for the next two…but the reviews are quite good on these. The first one if 4.5 stars out of 5 with 1,720 customer reviews at the time of writing. Significantly, the next two are higher ranked…4.6 for #2 and 4.7 for #3. That doesn’t always happen for series. :)

Not looking for a kid?

How’s this for a gift for an adult reader?

For $29.99, you could buy all ten of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache mysteries!

Buy #10 in hardback right now, and it’s $13.99 at Amazon…the e-books are a big savings, and a more convenient way to take ten of them “up to the cabin” with you.

Want something with a pop culture tie-in?

How about the Nikki Heat series, written by “Richard Castle”…the author portrayed by Nathan Fillion in the ABC TV series Castle?

That literature (and I’m not sure why they added “and fiction” to it) category?

Six books in the Saxon Tales by Bernard Cornwell.

Here are the series represented in this sale:

  • Chief Inspector Gamache by Louise Penny (Mysteries & Thrillers)
  • Jonathan Grave by John Gilstrap (Mysteries & Thrillers)
  • Nikki Heat by Richard Castle (Mysteries & Thrillers)
  • Sean O’Brien by Tom Lowe (Mysteries & Thrillers)
  • Bess Crawford by Charles Todd (Mysteries & Thrillers)
  • Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Mysteries & Thrillers)
  • Saxon Tales by Bernard Cornwell (Literature & Fiction)
  • Star Force by B.V. Larson (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
  • Safehold by David Weber (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
  • The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
  • Mither Mages by Orson Scott Card (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
  • Legend by Marie Lu (Teen & Children’s)
  • The Testing Trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau (Teen & Children’s)
  • His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers (Teen & Children’s)
  • The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo (Teen & Children’s)
  • Vehicles at Night (I don’t know that the series actually has a name, but that’s what the books are about…illustrated kids’ books about biomorphic trucks and trains at bedtime) by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld (Teen & Children’s)

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.

Great deal! Fire HD 7″ for $79 today

April 20, 2015

Great deal! Fire HD 7″ for $79 today

You may not think you are in the  market for a backlit tablet, like the

Fire HD 7 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

but today’s deal should make you seriously think about it.

Amazon has the 7″ Fire HD on sale starting at $79!

That makes it $20 less than the usually lowest-priced tablet, the

Fire HD 6, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black(at AmazonSmile*)

and even more remarkably, the same price as the

Seventh generation entry level Kindle…I call it the “Mindle Touch” (it replaces the old “minimum Kindle”, and has a touchscreen) or the “K7″ (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) (my review)

That’s right…you can get a tablet for the same price as the least expensive EBR (E-Book Reader).

Now, that doesn’t mean that I’m suggesting you would get rid of an EBR: like many people, I use both every day.

I use a

Kindle Paperwhite 2 (at AmazonSmile*) (Kindle Paperwhite 2: first impressions and menu map)

at home when I go to bed and a

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation – 3rd) (at AmazonSmile*)

when I am out and about.

I should empathize that: I sight read on a tablet. When we first had a choice of a tablet or an EBR (or again, both), there was a great deal of talk about how much better it is to read on an EBR.

Yes, I get that: the Paperwhite is the most comfortable reading experience I’ve ever had, and that includes paper.

However, I find the HDX to be a serviceable reader. I think part of it is that the screen technologies and software have changed…with the brightness turned almost all the way down, and white letters on a black background, I don’t notice any extra eye effort (although I do have superior night vision, which I believe is tied to some color vision deficiency).

In addition (and for me, this is highly significant), the tablets (including the one on sale for $79) have text-to-speech (TTS), software which reads a book out loud to you.

I use TTS typically for hours a week in the car while commuting.

Of course, a tablet gives you other abilities…like video, apps, and web surfing.

This would be an excellent “guest Kindle”! We have the 6″ Fire hD for that purpose now, but a 7″ screen is a bit nicer.

What does this one not have that my HDX has?

The biggest thing is the lack of Mayday, the almost instant onscreen tech help.

On the other hand, this model has two cameras, front and back, and my HDX only has one (mostly for video calls and such, it faces you as you hold the device).

Bottom line: even if they bring out another generation later this year, this would be a good gift for the holidays, a nice intro to tablets, and a good guest device.

Check the price before you click or tap the Buy button…it may not apply in your country.

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

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

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

Heads up! LTO on Fire tablets at 3 PM on Lindt chocolates

April 13, 2015

Heads up! LTO on Fire tablets at 3 PM on Lindt chocolates

I am on my phone, so more later…

Amazon: Upcoming Limited-Time Special Offer on Kindle Fire: Lindt Chocolate Gift Box for $12. Deal starts at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT.

Update:

These are special limited time offers, which are only available to Fire tablet owners.

What happens is you can get a text to alert you to an upcoming deal (details in the links below). You don’t get much warning…maybe an hour.

The deal also appears on the sleep screen of your Fire, and you can find it under Offers on the homescreen (all the way at the end). That will disappear when the sale is over.

Then, you say you want to “learn more”. You’ll get to a screen with a countdown clock. As soon as the clock gets to zero, you need to click to have a chance to get it.

They have typically been selling out in seconds, although this one looks like it will last the hour.

Here is information on the program:

As I’ve written before, I look at these LTOs (Limited Time Offers) sort of like buying a lottery ticket: I don’t expect to get one (win), but its exciting if I do! Of course, the “ticket” doesn’t cost me anything.

These LTOs are one of the best arguments for having Special Offers…and yes, a good argument for having a  Fire (at AmazonSmile)!

Did you get one? Do you have any other comment on this? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

One more thing: I’ve had a couple of readers say on past offers that they never even saw the offer. As far as I know, these go out to every eligible Fire tablet in the USA. A few possibilities occur to me:

  • They either bought a Fire tablet without Special Offers, or bought out of the offers later. You have to be subscribed to those in order to get these deals
  • They weren’t connected to wireless in time for it to update
  • They didn’t check the Offers tab (I don’t always see it on the sleep screen)

It might not have been any of those, but those three would have done it.

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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.

Magazine subscriptions for $5 each…for a year!

April 7, 2015

Magazine subscriptions for $5 each…for a year!

Walk into a bookstore to buy a magazine, and you’ll be luck to find one where an individual issue is under $5.

There is a limited time offer right now at Amazon for Kindle store magazines for $5…for an entire year!

I do read magazines on my

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

I read Entertainment Weekly every week, which I get through Amazon.

I read Fortean Times, which I get through Zinio (you can get the app for the Fire tablets at the Zinio site). I’d say I’m more than a year behind on that, but I get to it eventually.

http://www.zinio.com/

That’s one of those magazines where you get a lot of content…unlike some really popular magazines, it doesn’t seem like it is mostly ads.

We subscribe to National Geographic…and I read it from time to time. It depends on whether an article catches my eye, and I do tend to read it when I’m at the dentist because, you know, tradition. ;)

My sense is that magazines are not a big money maker for Amazon for the Kindle, but I do think they are here to stay, and they can be a nice part of your reading mix. Some of them even do text-to-speech now on individual articles, although I haven’t had one that will just keep reading into the next article.

If you don’t have a Fire, check to see if the magazine will work with your device (some do, some don’t). Two other notes: you can’t give digital subscription to magazines at this point (although you can do that with paper magazines), and you can’t use a gift card balance to pay for subscription items.

You can do a free sample of magazines, but if you do want to buy a subscription, here are sixteen you can get right now for $5 each for a year:

Kindle Magazines for $5 (limited time) (at AMazon Smile*)

  • Better Homes & Garden
  • Family Circle
  • Allrecipes
  • Eating Well
  • Every Day with Rachel Ray
  • Traditional Home
  • Popular Science
  • Midwest Living
  • Family Fun
  • Parents
  • Field & Stream
  • Cycle World
  • Flying
  • Siempre Mujer
  • Ski
  • Skiing

There are some really well-known titles in there!

Enjoy!

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

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

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


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