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Today’s KDD: 40 (!) titles include top authors, titles

February 19, 2017

Today’s KDD: 40 (!) titles include top authors, titles

Today’s

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

is one of the best in what has been a great year so far! I’m comfortable with saying that this tenth anniversary year of the Kindle (it was released November 19, 2007) has been the best one for Kindle Daily Deals (or equivalents) so far.

I’d be very surprised if a regular reader of this blog hadn’t read a book by at least one of the authors in today’s group…and it wouldn’t surprise me if many of them had already read at least one of the specific books in today’s deal. Just because you have read a book doesn’t mean that the fact that it is on sale isn’t a benefit for you. You can buy the book as a gift at the discounted price and then either delay the delivery for an appropriate gift giving date, or print it out and give it whenever you want.

Check the price before you click, tap, or eye gaze (the last in Virtual Reality) that Buy button, because the price may not apply in your market.

Seriously, do take a look at this offer today. There are books with literally thousands of customer reviews and rated higher than 4 stars on a 5 star scale. There are books from the Big 5 tradpubs (traditional publishers)…there are definitely what I call “People Magazine books” here, ones which would have been reviewed in mainstream media.

Titles include:

  • Dune by Frank Herbert (a beloved, series starting science fiction novel)
  • The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer (author of the Twilight series)
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yufal Noah Harari
  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
  • America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamole
  • The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick (currently a TV series…also available through Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) at no additional cost)
  • See Me by Nicholas Sparks (superstar author)
  • Memory Man by David Baldacci (over 9,000 customer reviews with an average of 4.4 stars…series starter for Amos Decker)
  • Bullseye by James Patterson (latest book in Michael Bennett series by NYT bestselling author)
  • The Black Ice (Harry Bosch #2); also The Drop (Harry Bosch #17) by Michael Connelly
  • The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (Glenn Close is in the adaptation of this post-apocalyptic work which has 84% on RottenTomatoes at time of writing)
  • The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette (over 5,000 reviews)
  • How Not to Die by Michael Greger MD and Gene Stone
  • Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (1st in the Century Trilogy which was noted for its high release price initially…in this sale, $3.99)
  • Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer (another superstar author)
  • X (Kinsey Millhone #24) by Sue Grafton
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling)
  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  • The 14th Colony by Steve Berry
  • Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (coincidentally, I’m reading this right now for the first time)
  • Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericcson and Robert Pool
  • The Steel Kiss (Lincoln Rhyme) by Jeffrey Deaver
  • George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade and Dan Yaeger
  • Grain Brain by David Perlmutter ad Kristin Loberg
  • What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (I read this one and enjoyed it…it’s a former NYT bestseller available thgouth KU)
  • Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson
  • The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer and Tod Golberg
  • Rock with Wings (A Leaphorn, Chee & Mauelito Novel) by Anne Hillerman
  • Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel (famed novel which became an Oscar-nominated movie, also available through KU)
  • The Witness by Sandra Brown
  • Betrayed (Rosato & DiNunzio) by Lisa Scottoline
  • Keep Quiet (also by Lisa Scottoline)
  • The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene
  • Middle Age by Joyce Carol Oates (one of the most lauded authors)

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.

On sale for $3.99 today: Gerald Durrell’s Corfu Trilogy

February 15, 2017

On sale for $3.99 today: Gerald Durrell’s Corfu Trilogy

 

I did just write about the

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

yesterday, but today’s has one of my favorite authors. 🙂 I knew Gerald Durrell more from books about collecting (live) exotic animals (I used to travel a lot and I read A Zoo in My Luggage and more at that time), and this one is a bit different…but still involves animals and Durrell’s amusing writing (4.6 stars out of 5 with 134 customer reviews at time of writing).

It’s an omnibus of three titles:

  • My Family and Other Animals
  • Birds, Beasts and Relatives
  • The Garden of the Gods

which also form the inspiration for The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece Theatre. I don’t usually buy books for myself now…I read books which are gifts, which I already own, or are through

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

If you have Prime, you have

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

which I have as well, but I think those are all part of KU, so that’s still how I think of them (and there are many more in KU than in PR).

However, I justify this one because I got an Amazon gift card for my recent birthday…so it’s still a gift. 😉

This one is also a good one for our “guest bookshelf” on our guest Kindle (for when we have people staying with us).

Remember that you can buy it at the discount and either delay it for delivery for an appropriate gift giving occasion, or print it out to give whenever you want.

Do check the price (it’s $3.99 in the USA Kindle store at time of writing for all three books in one edition…a big savings) before clicking, tapping, or eye-gazing (the last one is in Virtual Reality) that Buy button…this price may not apply in your country, for one thing.

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’s KDD: “Up to 80% off love and suspense Kindle books”

February 14, 2017

Today’s KDD: “Up to 80% off love and suspense Kindle books”

Today’s

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

has some bestselling authors (although not necessarily their best-known books). It looks like they have been well-reviewed by customers as well: it doesn’t look like any of them average under four stars (on a scale of 1 to 5 stars), and many have more than 500 reviews.

Remember that you can buy them now at the discounted price, and either delay delivery of a gift, or print a gift out so you can give it whenever you want…even wrap it. 🙂

Check the price before you click, tap, or eye gaze (the last one is in Virtual Reality) that Buy button: prices may not apply in your country.

Titles include:

  • A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks | 4.6 stars | 1,287 reviews at time of writing
  • The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes
  • The Sooner the Better by Debbie Macomber
  • Discovering You by Brenda Novak
  • Lethal by Sandra Brown
  • Widest Dreams by Robyn Carr
  • The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter
  • Best of My Love by Susan Malllery
  • Wyoming Rugged by Diana Palmer

There are many more…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.

 

Valentine’s Day sale on Amazon devices: $20 off most EBRs, Fire tablets from $39.99

February 5, 2017

Valentine’s Day sale on Amazon devices: $20 off most EBRs, Fire tablets from $39.99

So nice to have a wide-ranging sale on both Kindle EBRs (E-Book Readers) and Fire tablets!

This sale will not last!

Valentine’s Day sale (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

The only current EBR not on sale right now (in the USA at Amazon.com) is the Oasis…even the least expensive model is $20 off, making it $59.99.

The sale also brings the Paperwhite, a model I particularly like, under $100. If your favorite model is the Voyage, it’s also $20 off.

The least expensive Fire tablet has a 4.2 out of 5 star rating with over 100,000 (!) customer reviews…and is (during the sale) $39.99.

At this time, the sale is not being extended to the Fire TV or Echo family.

If you want to get another EBR or tablet, this is a good opportunity. I wouldn’t expect to see another like this until at least Mothers’ Day…

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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: February 2017

February 3, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: February 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 for $3.99 or less each (at AmazonSmile). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now: 591 at the time of writing…exactly 200 fewer than last month. That’s actually not an unreasonable adjustment…we are now out of the holiday/returns period. Six of them are $4.99, so that would really make it 585 books that are $3.99 or less, but that’s okay. 🙂 To be clear, Amazon doesn’t say they are $3.99 or less…just that they are up to 80% off.

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 148 of them (a whopping 350 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.

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

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

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

This month there are only fifteen, 88 fewer than last month.

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

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

Okay, books!

  • Jonathan Strange and Mr NorrellJun 5, 2010 | Kindle eBook
    by Susanna Clarke
  • The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election by Malcolm Nance
  • A Fatal Grace: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Book 2) by Louise Penny
  • In Good Faith (Joe Dillard Series Book 2) by Scott Pratt (and books 3 and 4…but not #1, from what I saw) (also available through Kindle Unlimited…KU)
  • A Spell Of Trouble (Silver Hollow Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Leighann Dobbs and Traci Douglass (KU)
  • Rebel Fleet (Rebel Fleet Series Book 1) by B. V. Larson (KU)
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler | 4.5 stars out of 5, 949 customer reviews
  • Good Behavior by Blake Crouch
  • The Lyra Novels: Shadow Magic, Daughter of Witches, The Harp of Imach Thyssel, Caught in Crystal, and The Raven Ring by Patricia C. Wrede | $3.99 for 5 books by a well-known author (in an omnibus)!
  • Turbulent Intentions (Billionaire Aviators Book 1) by Melody Anne (KU)
  • Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari
  • The Short Drop (The Gibson Vaughn Series) by Matthew FitzSimmons | 4.5 stars | 7,222 customer reviews
  • One Tuesday Morning / Beyond Tuesday Morning Compilation Limited Edition (9/11 Series) by Karen Kingsbury (Author)
  • Even Dogs in the Wild (Inspector Rebus Series Book 20) by Ian Rankin
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
  • Perfect Match by Fern Michaels
  • Run by Blake Crouch
  • Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxietyby Seth J. Gillihan PhD (KU)
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick and Steve Wozniak
  • Phantom Evil: Book 1 in Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham
  • A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism…by Joseph Loconte

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 February 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II by Rhys Bowen (Historical Fiction)
  • Extracted (Extracted Trilogy Book 1) by RR Haywood (Science Fiction)
  • Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm (Duck and Hippo Series Book 1)
    by Jonathan London, Andrew Joyner
  • Signature Wounds by Kirk Russell (Thriller)
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by JS Drangsholt, Tara F. Chace (Contemporary Fiction)
  • Only the Truth by Adam Croft (Suspense)

People like to know which one I pick…for some reason none of them really grabbed me, but I went with Extracted.

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.

February 2017 Kindle book releases (and another great KDD)

January 22, 2017

February 2017 Kindle book releases (and another great KDD)

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have largely returned to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 5,830 titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in February 2017:

February USA Kindle Store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 850 (70 fewer than last time…but there are fewer total titles, too) are in

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

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month.

Some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list (but not as high as last time). I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.

Okay, books!

  • The Shame Myth: 7 Steps to Advance in Your Career, Relationships, and Purpose by Eddie H. Park and Hyo Kim
  • Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson
  • Minecraft: Diary of a Minecraft Herobrine Box Set Book 1 – Book 6 (Minecraft, Minecraft Diary, Minecraft Seeds, Minecraft Secret, Minecraft Traps, Minecraft Building, Minecraft Potions) by Alton Roberts (also available through Kindle Unlimited)
  • Cape Harriet Series Box Set Vol 1 (Books 1-3): Clipper Beach, Wicked Summer, Christmas Morning by Roma Brooks
  • Psychology of Learning and Motivation
  • The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again by Todd Starnes
  • Tillie Madison vs Reality by P.L. Winn (KU)
  • Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #4 by Matthew Manning and Jon Sommariva
  • The Walking Dead #163 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
  • Murder in the Mail: A Diane Dimbleby Cozy Mystery by Penelope Sotheby (KU)
  • Open Grave: a Beacon Falls novel featuring Lucy Guardino (Beacon Falls Mysteries Book 3) by CJ Lyons
  • Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education by Raphaele Frier and Aurelia Fronty
  • Arab Spring Then and Now: From Hope to Despair by Robert Fisk and Patrick Cockburn
  • The Innovation Mentality: Six Strategies to Disrupt the Status Quo and Reinvent the Way We Work by Glenn Llopis and Jim Eber
  • The Side Hustle: How to make extra income with just 4 hours per week by J, Jonathan (KU)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts by Nintendo
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • Fields of Fire (Frontlines Book 5) by Marko Kloos
  • My Desk is Driving Me Crazy: End Overwhelm, Do Less, and Accomplish More by Sue Rasmussen
  • Reprogram Your Weight: Stop Thinking about Food All the Time, Regain Control of Your Eating, and Lose the Weight Once and for All by Erika Flint
  • The Night Bird by Brian Freeman
  • Ansel Adams: An Autobiography by Ansel Adams and Mary Street Alinder
  • Sweet Tea at Sunrise (A Sweet Magnolias Novel) by Sherryl Woods
  • Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War (A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era) by Charles B. Dew
  • Gig Posters Volume 2: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century by Clay Hayes
  • The Wind’s Twelve Quarters: A Story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq by Dahr Jamail and Amy Goodman
  • King Philip’s War: The History and Legacy of America’s Forgotten Conflict (Revised Edition) by Eric B. Schultz and Michael J. Tougias
  • Creating Short Fiction by Damon Knight
  • Rules of Thumb: A Life Manual by Tom Parker

That’s only a small fraction, and just ones that caught my eye. If you have other books being released to the USA Kindle store in February 2017 to suggest for me and my readers, you can do so by commenting on this post. If you are directly connected to the book (the author, the publisher) that’s okay…just identify yourself as such and make your comment in your own words (not as an ad).

Enjoy!

Bonus sale: today’s

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

has some well-known’ books! This is definitely a case where I would consider buying some as gifts…you can delay the delivery until the appropriate date, or have them sent to yourself and print them out for whenever you want to give them. Titles (and there are 37) include:

  • Five (!) kids’ series starters from Rick Riordan! You can get the first books in: The Trials of Apollo; Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief); Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard; The Heroes of Olympus; The Kane Chronicles (some of these have thousands of positive reviews)
  • Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
  • I Can Read books, including Amelia Bedelia, Frog and Toad, Biscuit, Pete the Cat, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flat Stanley…
  • Killing Trail: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima

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’s KDD: current affairs

January 20, 2017

Today’s KDD: current affairs

Once again, a very interesting

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

with some well-known titles at great prices!

Amazon did choose to tie into today’s events in Washington by doing “political” books…but from several viewpoints, which I think is a good choice.

Remember that you can buy the books at today’s discounted price as a gift, and either delay delivery until the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print the gift out to give whenever you want (even wrap it, if that’s your choice).

Check the price before you click, tap, or eye gaze (the last in Virtual Reality) that Buy button: prices may not apply in your country, for one thing.

Titles in this sale include:

  • Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders | 4.7 stars out of 5 | 435 customer reviews |$3.99
  • Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank | 4.5 stars | 299 reviews
  • The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
  • No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald
  • Wake Up America: The Nine Virtues That Made Our Nation Great–and Why We Need Them More Than Ever by Eric Bolling
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman
  • The America We Deserve by Donald Trump
  • The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide to Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious…by Eliot Nelson
  • America Ascendant: A Revolutionary Nation’s Path to Addressing Its Deepest Problems and Leading the 21st Century by Stanley B. Greenberg

and they do have some “counter-programming” deals, without an obvious connection to current events:

  • The Widower’s Wife by Cate Holahan
  • Wind River Wrangler (Wind River Series Book 1) by Lindsay McKenna
  • The Hydrogen Sonata (A Culture Novel Book 10) by Iain M. Banks
  • The Killing Season: A Novel (Carter Blake) by Mason Cross

Enjoy!

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Today’s KDD: e-textbook sale

January 9, 2017

Today’s KDD: e-textbook saleI’ve been loving Amazon’s

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

this year! 2017 has seen so many discounts on well-known books for what I call “piece buyers” (people who buy one book at a time, as opposed to buying access through something like Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) or using Prime Reading (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)).

It used to be that the KDD was just four books, then it went to six…and this year, it could be tens of books on a theme.

Today, for example, there are 139 (!) titles. An Amazon alert told me this was an e-textbook sale, but you don’t need to be an academic to read many of these. 😉 In fact, I don’t know how many professors would assign “The Carsons of Mustang Creek” series of romances. 😉

There are definitely books which I would consider traditional textbooks (and some of them are a lot more, even discounted, than the $5 or less we typically see in a KDD).

I’m just going to list a few, but it’s certainly worth checking out this sale…remember that you can also buy them as gifts, either delaying delivery or having them sent to yourself and then printing them out.

Also, check the price before you click, tap, or eye gaze (the last one when you are in virtual reality) that Buy button…the sale may not apply in your country:

  • The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook: A Quick Reference Guide to Nearly 100 Tools for Improving Quality and Speed by Michael George and John Maxey
  • Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy during the Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis
  • The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace by John Paul Lederach
  • When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World’s Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge (Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics) by K David Harrison

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! :) 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.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle 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: 46 “Best of the Month” books from 2016 for $3.99 or less each

January 8, 2017

Today’s KDD: 46 “Best of the Month” books from 2016 for $3.99 or less each

I’m certainly not going to tell Amazon to slow down on the great book deals this year!

Today’s

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

is 46 “Best of the Month” books from 2016, for $3.99 or less each.

Yep…these books were published in the USA Kindle store just this last year. Several of these are what I call “People Magazine books”…books you would read about in that publication, meaning that even casual readers might have heard of them.

As always, check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze (the last in Virtual Reality) that Buy button…the prices may not apply in your country.

As a reminder, you can buy these books at today’s discounted price, and then either delay the delivery for a gift-giving occasion (you won’t even have to remember you did it when the day actually happens), or print it out so you can gift it whenever you want.

Titles include:

  • Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  • Mischling by Affinity Konar
  • In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi
  • The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
  • Siracusa by Delia Ephron
  • Chaos Monkeys by Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  • All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
  • Good as Gone by Amy Gentry (also available through  Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*))
  • Orphan X by Gregg hurwitz
  • The Education of Dixie Dupree by Donna Everhart
  • As Close to Us as Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner
  • Powerhouse by James Andrew Miller
  • The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
  • Maestra by L.S. Hilton
  • The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
  • The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle
  • Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
  • Lust & Wonder: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
  • Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel by Tom Wainwright
  • Brighton by Michael Harvey
  • Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon by Kelley and Thomas French
  • Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti
  • As Good as Gone by Larry Watson
  • This Is Your Brain on Parasites by Kathleen McAuliffe
  • A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin
  • Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
  • The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock
  • The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church
  • The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler’s U-boats
  • I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman
  • Never a Dull Moment: 1971 the Year that Rock Exploded by David Hepworth
  • Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride
  • Security by Gina Wohlsdorf
  • Green Island by Shama Yang
  • The Longest Night by Andria Williams
  • Perfect Days by Raphael Montes
  • Consequence: A Memoir by Eric Fair
  • Guapa by Saleem Haddad
  • Not Pretty Enough: The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown by Gerri Hershey
  • A Hundred Thousand Words by Bob Proehl
  • From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives by Jeffrey E. Garten
  • All Stories are Love Stories by Elizabeth Percer
  • Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax

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! :) 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.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle 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.

 

7 reading prompts for 2017, and yet another great KDD (on business books)

January 5, 2017

7 reading prompts for 2017, and yet another great KDD (on business books)

With the super-abundance of access we have to books to read, I would guess that most readers still tend to read the same types of things. That might be romance, or current events, or science fiction, or even the same authors. I have heard of someone who only read two books: Helter Skelter and Gone with the Wind, and just kept alternating them…finish one of them, start the other, finish that one, go back to the first one, and so on.

In the past, I wasn’t a big re-reader…but I have been re-reading the original 14 Oz books (by L. Frank Baum), just before I go to sleep. I’m considering a book tying into Oz, and I really want to see all the connections and detail between events of the books.

Generally, though, I think I’m a pretty eclectic reader. Regular readers know that when I was a brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, I think one of the best things I did was encourage (not require) my employees to read a book from every section in the store…and I did that myself.

I’d say that’s one of the things which really broadened my horizons…before that, I tended to read science fiction/fantasy and certain types of non-fiction. Now, I’m much more flexible.

“Reading prompts” are suggestions…just a way to maybe help you make a turn when you are used to going straight ahead. Hopefully, you find them inspiring. I’m not going to guarantee that doing this will make you a better person or even a better reader. I do believe that exposure to a wider variety of perspectives is healthy, but it’s entirely up to you. 🙂

Here are 7 reading prompts from me to you for 2017:

1. Read a book by someone with whom you strongly disagree

I never want to see books banned. I want people’s ideas to be out there for the public to read…if you disagree with someone, I think it should be an informed disagreement. I don’t tend to think that reading a book is going to warp you in some way, that you will be irresistibly led down the rabbit hole. Pick someone who you think is really wrong, ideally even offensive. That might be politically, but it could be philosophically or even an idea in science. This can work with their personal lives…separating the art from the artist. I understand that you may not want to give them money…it can certainly be a free book.

2. Read a type of book you haven’t read in the past year

Pick one of these types of books and read one. Maybe it will be a type you have never read, or just one you haven’t read in a while:

  • Short story collection/anthology
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Graphic novel

3. Read a book by someone who is a complete unknown to you 

Find an author where you don’t recognize the name and have no idea who that person is.

4. Read a book first published 27 years before you were born

If you need help finding something, let me know by commenting on this post.

5. Read a book first published in a country you’ve never visited

Books are affected by the markets for which they are intended, and not just by the culture in which the author was raised (although that can affect it, too).

6. Read a novel in a genre you haven’t read in the past year

Pick one of these genres:

  • Romance
  • Science fiction/fantasy
  • Western
  • War

7. Ask someone surprising to recommend a book to you

Ask someone with whom you don’t usually discuss books to recommend a book for you to read. That could be someone at work, or maybe a friend (or somebody on public transit or at school or at the dog park…). It might take a few times asking, but go with the first recommendation which you haven’t read before. I realize that this one might be a bit scary…they may want you to discuss the book afterwards. 🙂 Let them know it’s a reading prompt, if you want. On the other hand, it’s likely to also encourage the people you ask to read…and that’s a good thing, right?

There are my seven…do you have any reading prompts for me and my readers? Feel free to let us know by commenting on this post.

Amazon has really been outdoing itself with the

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

in 2017!

It’s gone from what used to be four books a day in different (but commonly the same) genres to tens of books, some times themed.

That’s the case today: 47 titles, and I think they intend them all to be tied into books you might read to help yourself at work and in your career.

Again, there are some well-known titles here at great prices! As always, check the price before you click or tap or eye gaze (if you are in Virtual Reality) that Buy button…the prices may not apply where you are. Also, I remind you that you can buy these at the discounted price as a gift, have them sent to yourself, print them out and give the whenever (or, delay the delivery date to a specific gift-giving occasion..Amazon won’t forget, even if you might).

Here are some of the titles:

  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  • Never Split the difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz
  • The Myth of the Strong Leader by Archie Brown
  • Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons
  • The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, MD
  • Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness With by Chade-Meng Tan
  • The Power of the Other by Dr. Henry Cloud
  • The Effective Manager by Mark Horstman
  • How Google Works by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg
  • Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else by Jon Gordon
  • The Five Temptations of a CEO by Patrick M. Lencioni
  • Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired and Secretive Company Really Works by Adam Lashinsky

That’s only a partial listing…if you’d suggest one of the others in the sale, feel free. If this did alert you to a bargain you get, I’d appreciate you letting me know. It helps me tell what helps people in the blog, and it helps your fellow ILMK readers.

Enjoy!

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

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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! :) 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.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle 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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