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How to save almost $100 on Kindle Unlimited today…and it’s not obvious

July 12, 2016

How to save almost $100 on Kindle Unlimited today…and it’s not obvious

Hello,

Here’s a copy of the chat transcript you requested:

Initial Question: How do I get the 40% off on Kindle Unlimited as part of Prime Day (being a Prime member)?

10:15 AM PDT Chinmay(Amazon): Hello, my name is Chinmay. I’m here to help you today.
Firstly, I’d like to thank you for being a Prime member.

10:16 AM PDT Chinmay: As I understand that you want to purchase the kindle unlimited subscription with discount. Right?
<snip>
10:18 AM PDT Bufo Calvin: Correct.
<snip>
10:19 AM PDT Bufo Calvin: Yes, that’s right. An Amazon press release said KU would be 40% for Prime members today, but I’m not seeing that reflected online.
Sorry, for 40% off, not 40%.:)
10:21 AM PDT Chinmay: Thanks for waiting.
10:21 AM PDT Bufo Calvin: Sure!
10:22 AM PDT Chinmay: Please click on the link below to purchase the subscription with discount https://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/ku/gift_landing (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) [NOTE: I’m using a different link than they sent me]
10:23 AM PDT Bufo Calvin: That doesn’t show the discount, though…24 months shows as $239.76, which is still $9.99 per month.
10:23 AM PDT Chinmay: The discount will automatically get applied to 24 months of subscription.
10:24 AM PDT Bufo Calvin: Oh…that will show up at checkout? May I share that link with other people? Is that good for all day today (through midnight Pacific)?
10:24 AM PDT Chinmay: Yes, sure.
it will apply to check out.
10:24 AM PDT Bufo Calvin: Perfect, thanks!
10:24 AM PDT Chinmay: You’re welcome. Is there anything else I can do for you?

10:25 AM PDT Bufo Calvin: Nope, that’s it!
10:25 AM PDT Chinmay: My pleasure helping you today. We are always here to help you.

To close this window, please click the “end chat” link.

Have a great day!!
10:25 AM PDT Bufo Calvin: Love Amazon, Prime, and the customer service!:)
10:25 AM PDT Chinmay: Please do not forget to click on END CHAT.
Bye!!
Thank you.

Note that this was set up as buying it as a gift, but I put in the e-mail address under which we currently are KU members, and it worked just fine.

The discount did not show until the very final step, just before payment. It had offered me another discount before that with a new credit card, but that was irrelevant and I ignored it.

At checkout, it showed a “Prime Savings” of $95.90, making two months of KU $143.86…about $5.99 a month instead of the normal $9.99 a month. We did this during last year’s Prime Day, so  that works.:)

Check the price before you finalize the order…this may be only for the USA, and I think it’s only for 24 months.

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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.

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.

 

 

Prime Day preview…and how to find out about more

July 12, 2016

Prime Day preview…and how to find out about more

Tick…tick…tick…ka-ching!

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

is about seven and a half hours away as I write this (starting at midnight Pacific time Monday night/Tuesday morning).

We now know some of the deals, which I’ll highlight shortly.

There will also be many we don’t know about yet. You’ll be able to find out about them at that Prime Day link, but that does mean you have to go there.

If you are like I will be, you are more likely to be near your SmartPhone or tablet than near your (home) computer tomorrow.

The first thing to do is make sure that you have the free Amazon shopping app

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

which is also available through Google Play and the Apple Appstore.

Amazon recommends that you go into the settings for your app, which are usually not in the app itself, but in the Settings on your phone. On my Galaxy S7 Edge, it’s: Applications – Application Manager – tap the Amazon Shopping App – Notifications – Allow Notifications – More. Check that you have notifications turned on for Your Recommendations and for Your Watched & Waitlisted Deals.

This will give you “push” notifications to let you know when sales are happening…not all sales, not even all the sales you want, but you are likely to hear about some possible things of interest.

Amazon would also like you to set up a new Wish List and add at least one item to it…my understanding is that will also tend to inform your recommendations for those notifications. I’ve done that myself.

That’s a couple of ways to track…oh, and you might want to follow me:

Follow Bufo on Twitter

It’s going to be a lot easier for me to tweet deals I notice than to start a post here and periodically update it throughout the day. You can unfollow me afterwards, if you want.:) I’d really appreciate it if you went to Amazon to buy the item from the

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

link here, but it’s more important to me that you get the deal.😉

Okay, here are some interesting deals I expect to happen. That doesn’t mean that they’ll all be available for the full 24 hours, by the way…some of them might sell out quickly, although Amazon has been stressing that they are better prepared this year than last (when quite a few people on social media complained about that, and about the selection). As I often caution you, check the price before you click or tap that Buy button. Not all of the countries in which my readers reside get Prime Day, and for the ones that do, the prices will vary from Amazon site to Amazon site.

Oh, and remember that you need to be a Prime member to get these deals, but you can get the free 1-month trial (and then cancel, if you want, but I don’t think you’ll want to do that). You can sign up here:

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

You can also shop directly from your Echo device. You’ll be able to get the

Fire HD 10, 10.1″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile*)

for $129, 43% off…and you get an additional $10 off your first eligible Amazon order on your Echo device over $20. There will be other good deals…check

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

but then order them by asking Alexa. “Alexa, order…”

There will be lots more!

I also appreciate that they mention

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

which I didn’t even now existed! It might be new. You can send pet supplies (from a list) to an organization, described in part this way: “Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters…” We will definitely look at that.

One of the other great deals will be on

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

You will be able to save up to 40% on this subser (subscription service). We are happy members and have given a membership as a gift. It’s an “all you can read” program, where you can have up to ten books out at a time from many more than a million titles, which includes some famous books (like the original James Bond books and the Harry Potter books).

This will likely be the biggest day of the year for Amazon.

It’s also expensive for Amazon. When I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore, we really amped up our resources for the holiday season…hiring new people, including temps, for one thing. We also needed more bags.:) Amazon will also have to ramp up resources for Prime Day, and then ramp up again for the holidays.

It’s well worth it for them, though, if people become Prime members or solidly stay Prime members. Prime members spend more, and they spend more on those bigger margin physical items (which I call “diapers and windshield wipers”).

I think it’s funny, but I’m genuinely excited about Prime Day…like the night before a holiday!

I’ll be ready to tweet.:) If you see great sales and want me and my readers to know, you can comment on this post, or . me (@bufocalvin) and I may retweet it…I’ll be at my day job, but I’ll check when I can.:)

Have a price-cut Prime 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! :) 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 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’s 2nd annual Prime Day is coming July 12th!

July 4, 2016

Amazon’s 2nd annual Prime Day is coming July 12th!

I guess you really know you’ve made it when you can make up your own holiday…and enough people celebrate it so it gets to a second year.😉

Amazon did that last year with

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

which was on July 15th, 2015.

This year it is on July 12th (the second Tuesday…last year it was the third Wednesday, so we can’t predict for next year).

It was big…really big. According to Amazon peak sale rates were higher than for Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year in the USA).

They said they sold 4,000

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

in fifteen minutes.

One of the best deals last year was a discount on

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

It worked out to $5.99 a month for the best deal…a great savings over the normal $9.99! Look for that again this year, at least on July 5th and July 12th.

So, what is Prime Day?

Very simply, it is special sales just for

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

members.

The advice I gave last year

Get the most out of Prime Day

look to me like it should all still be valid.

In this year’s press release

Prime Day 2016 – More Than 100,000 Deals Worldwide Exclusively for Prime Members on July 12

they give us some hints.

One of the biggest thing is that, although it is Prime Day, they are going to have things happening starting tomorrow (July 5th) and running through the 12th.

I expect it will be even bigger this year. Prime members (even those on a free trial month) in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Belgium, and Austria will have more ways to access…including through Echo devices.

There are special promotions for listening to Prime Music, uploading pictures…details are on that

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

and they may add new ones throughout the week.

I’ll be keeping an eye on it…my Amazon sense is tingling! 😉

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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.

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: July 2016

July 3, 2016

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

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

They also do Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each (at AmazonSmile)…which is branded this time as “Kindle Summer Reading Deals”, but still indicate it will change each month. There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now: 806 at the time of writing…86 more than last month. They are up to 80% off…and breaking the trend of past three months, one of them is more than $3.99…it’s $7.99. That’s only listed as 50% off…but it does say “up to” 80%, not “at least”. Still, based on my headline, maybe I should say there are 805.:)

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 sometimes (or become unavailable for some other reason).

Another thing is that 430 of them (73 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.

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.

  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (KU)
  • The Beginning of the End (Apocalypse Z) by Manel Loureiro and Pamela Carmell (KU)
  • Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas by Edward Klein
  • The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective by Andy Andrews
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot series Book 4) by Agatha Christie
  • Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account by Miklos Nyiszli and Bruno Bettelheim
  • The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
  • Day by Day Armageddon by J. L. Bourne
  • The Beach House by Georgia Bockoven
  • The Empty Chair: A Novel (Lincoln Rhyme Book 3) by Jeffery Deaver
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
  • The Boy from Reactor 4 (The Nadia Tesla Series Book 1) by Orest Stelmach (KU)
  • The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun
  • The Eternal Wonder by Pearl S. Buck
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller
  • Raze: A Scarred Souls Novel by Tillie Cole
  • Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors by Stephen Ambrose
  • Easy Spanish Step-By-Step by Barbara Bregstein
  • The Millionaire Real Estate Agent by Gary Keller and Dave Jenks
  • Summer at Willow Lake: Lakeshore Chronicles Book 1 (The Lakeshore Chronicles) by Susan Wiggs
  • President Me: The America That’s in My Head by Adam Carolla
  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

There are some good choices here, better than last month!

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

  • Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale (contemporary fiction)
  • Rage by Zygmunt Miloszewski, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (crime fiction)
  • Doubt (Caroline Auden) by C. E. Tobisman (legal thriller)
  • The Daughter of Union County by Francine Thomas Howard (historical fiction)
  • Midair by Kodi Scheer (literary fiction)
  • Emotional Rescue: Essays on Love, Loss, and Life–With a Soundtrack  by Ben Greenman (nonfiction essays)

People like to know which one I pick…I was tempted by Emotional Rescue, but  decided to go with Doubt. The reviews may have tipped me a bit, but my Significant Other will definitely like Doubt more, and that matters.:)

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: “20 New York Times best sellers are up to 80% off”

June 25, 2016

Today’s KDD: “20 New York Times best sellers are up to 80% off”

Today’s

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

has some well-known books and well-known authors at really great prices!

When people think of discounted e-books, I sometimes see them complaining that they are only from indies (independent publishers). First, let me say that many indies are great books!

Second, well, it just isn’t always true. Today’s list will make that point…and a simple refutation to someone would be to say five words: “The Hunt for Red October” which is $1.99 in this sale.

As always, check the price before you click or tap that Buy button. The prices may not apply in your country, and it’s possible you’ll be reading this post after the sale has ended.

These can also make great gifts! Remember that you can buy the book at the sale price and delay the delivery until the proper gift-giving  occasion…these can make great small gifts, or a way to celebrate a vacation.

Books  in the sale include:

  • The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy | $1.99
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett | $1.99 | 4.7 stars out of 5 | 9,472 customer reviews
  • The Big Short by Michael Lewis
  • Memory Man by David Baldacci
  • The Murder House by James Patterson
  • The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  • The Stranger by Harlan Coben
  • Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  • Daring Greatly by Brenet Brown
  • The Witness by Sandra Brown
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Winer by Marisa Meyer
  • Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (this one created quite a buzz when the e-book was first released at, as I recall, $19.99…in this sale, it is $1.99)
  • Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseni
  • George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade
  • The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

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.

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 has made wonderful Kindle ads…for India

June 14, 2016

Amazon has made wonderful Kindle ads…for India

I haven’t always been completely satisfied with Amazon’s advertising for the Kindle.

I’ve written in this blog before about how I felt the commercials didn’t have enough age diversity…they tended to use young, “hip” people. It was marketed like a tech gadget, not like something for readers. Later on, they did add some more diversity to their ads, but it had been really noticeable.

There was also the famous “pool ad”, where the point of the ad was to criticize the iPad as a reading device (this was before Amazon had their own backlit tablet, the “Kindle Fire”). I didn’t like it because I’d rather have them tell me positive things about their own device (and there were so many!) than tell me what was bad about somebody else’s.

Another campaign was the “Kindle couple”: these ads were witty, but they were also snarky.

There was quite a bit of discussion about an ad which featured a same sex couple: there were people who boycotted Amazon over that (or at least said they were going to do so).

None of the ads, though, captured what I loved about the Kindle.

It’s the advantages to readers:  the increasable text size; the convenience of having hundreds of books with you; the ability to buy another book on the fly; the way they are perfect for kids, for readers of classics, and so much more!

Well, I’ve now seen a series of Kindle ads that I love!

They do exactly what I want.

There are moving moments, funny moments, and they exemplify the joy of reading…#readingshouldneverstop, #WeAreTheReaders.

They are made for Amazon Kindle India.

Fortunately, you can see them on YouTube.

I rarely subscribe to YouTube channels, but I’ve subscribed to this one:

https://www.youtube.com/user/KindleIndia

I “binge watched” a bunch of them today. Sometimes, there are multiple versions of the same ad (different lengths, for example), but there were many good ones here.

I feel somewhat capable of judging ads.

My Significant Other studied advertising (although doesn’t work it), and we used to regularly go see the Clio Award winners when they would come to San Francisco. That’s sort of like the Oscars for ads…we wouldn’t be where the awards were given to the winners, we were just watching the winners…but yes, we would spend a couple of hours watching commercials.:)

These Kindle India ads have kids, seniors, authors…I don’t want to spoil the ads. Hm, I’ll say that there is a creative way to share a book, and a clever way to interact with the touch screen. You may not know who the authors are, but you’ll still love their stories.

I know people make serious efforts to avoid ads, but I think you might enjoy these!

Bonus deal:

Today’s

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

is 14 of Cara Black’s Aimée Leduc mystery series for $1.99 each! Great deal!

Oh, and the

Amazon Tap (at AmazonSmile*)

is $109.99 right now, $20 off.

That’s the portable version of the Amazon Echo: I’ll be leaving for work shortly (with a smile on my face after watching the Amazon Kindle India ads), and I bring that with me. You could use it to read you a book at lunch…Audible or text-to-speech, or to listed to Len Edgerly’s The Kindle Chronicles podcast!

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

*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: 17 popular books rated 4 stars or more, $2.99 each

June 12, 2016

Today’s KDD: 17 popular books rated 4 stars or more, $2.99 each

Today’s

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

has some great choices in it!

I have to say, weirdly, Amazon says “Over 15 popular books…”. Well, I guess that shows the power of 5s and 10s…I shouldn’t say it is “weird”, but I think “17” is easier to write.😉

The books on sale today (note that the sale may not be in your country…check the price before you click or tap that “Buy button”) include:

  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah | 4.8 stars out of 5 | 24,556 customer reviews: you will rarely find a book with this high an average rating with this many reviews
  • The 14th Colony by Steve Berry | 4.4 stars | 548 reviews
  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson  | 4.5 stars | 1,122 reviews
  • Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles Book 2) by Marissa Meyer | 4.7 stars | 1,597 reviews
  • Mightier than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer | 4.3 stars | 2,390 reviews
  • A Darker Shade of Magic  by V.E. Schwab | 4.4 stars | 328 reviews
  • How the Light Gets In (Inspector Gamache) by Louise Penny | 4.7 stars | 2,023 reviews
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire | 4.4 stars | 117 reviews
  • Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews | 4.3 stars | 808 reviews
  • Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline | 4.3 stars |  862 reviews
  • First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson) by Darynda Jones | 4.5 stars | 1,060 reviews
  • Independence Day (Dewey Andeas) by Ben Coes | 4.6 stars | 402 reviews
  • Born of Night (The League) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 4.3 stars | 337 reviews
  • Sworn to Silence  by Linda Castillo (Kate Burkholder) | 4.4 stars | 652 reviews
  • A Kim Jung-Il Production by Paul Fischer  | 4.6 stars | 129 reviews
  • The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue | 3.9 stars | 100 reviews
  • Home Is Burning by Dan Marshall | 4.5 stars | 94 reviews

There are some mainstream popular authors and titles here! Nightingale, in particular, would have been in the window of brick-and-mortar bookstores (I’m a former manager of one). New York Times bestselling authors include Jeffrey Archer, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Louise Penny, and Lisa Scottoline.

Less well-known books are also still part of the

McFarland books for $3.99 (at AmazonSmile*)

sale about which I’ve written a couple of times. I have not bought so many books for myself in years as I’ve bought because of this sale!

I got myself:

  • Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties by Bill Warren (I’m 7% through it…and so far, I’ve seen and remember every one of them except for one which had very limited release in the USA…for years, people thought it hadn’t appeared here at all)
  • Forry: The Life of Forrest Ackerman by Deborah Painter (I had a moving interaction with one of the originators of fandom…an extremely important figure. It’s not unreasonable to argue that you might not have had Star Wars without Forry’s Famous Monsters of Filmland. This one had been on my Wish List for some time)
  • Broadway Musicals, 1943-2004 by John Stewart (I’ve done a few musicals myself, and love big reference books. My guess is that this will help inform The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip by helping me do dates for those shows…did you know there was a musical about Superman years ago? D*mn Yankees, Brigadoon…lots of musicals fit)
  • Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 by Vincent Terrace (Terrace’s books are amazing, and I have some in paper! So much better to have reference books as e-books! Easier to search…and to lift😉 )
  • The 1957 San Francisco Seals by P.J. Dragseth (my Significant Other’s father was offered a pitching contract with the Seals, although he wasn’t listed in the index.:) No surprise since he didn’t take the contract…he became a plumber at the same time, and it was the same money back then)
  • A History of the Doc Savage Adventures in Pulps, Paperbacks, Comics, Fanzines, Radio, and Film by Robert Michael “Bobb” Cotter (I’m a real Doc Savage fan…I can say that Doc has shaped my personality and behaviors for the better)
  • Universal Horrors by Tom Weaver (this had also been on my Wish List for years…I’m about 10% into it)

That’s a lot to buy for me, since we are happy members of

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

and I like to leave books for family and friends to buy me for gifts.:) I don’t know how long this sale will last, though, and I didn’t want to miss them at these prices. It’s worth noting that the number of books in the sale has fluctuated…from 800-900 initially to over 1400 to now a few hundred less than that.

I did also buy some books for other people…I don’t want to name them, because at least one family member does read this blog.😉 We don’t do big birthday parties for each at this point in our lives, but I do like to send a book sometimes. So, I have bought a couple and delayed the delivery for the appropriate occasion (which you can do). At $3.99, I also bought one for a former coworker…just a way to say, “Hi!”:)

I added others to my Wish List:

  • Internet Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Television Series, 1998-2013 by Vincent Terrace (tempted for right now, but I think I can wait)
  • Astro Boy ad Anime Come to the Americas by Fred Ladd
  • The Universe of Oz by Kevin K. Durand (I do like reading essay collections, but they seem less urgent to own than reference books, which I might need at any time)
  • Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future by Gary Westfahl
  • Science Fiction Television Series 1990-2004 by Frank Garcia
  • Sid and Marty Krofft by Hal Erickson (loved these series, including Lidsville!)
  • Classic Home Video Games 1985-1988 by Bret Weiss
  • The Kaiju Film by Jason Barr (giant monsters)
  • The Batman Filmography by Mark S. Reinhart
  • Science Fiction Television Series by Mark Phillips
  • Regional Horror Films 1958-1990 by Brian Albright (in my area, that would include The Milpitas Monster)
  • Television Horror Movie Hosts by Elena M. Watson (I met John Stanley, a Bay Area host, and was a fan of Bob Wilkins…who did appear in The Milpitas Monster)
  • Television Specials by Vincent Terrace (sorely tempted)
  • Irwin Allen Television Productions, 1964-1970 by Jon Abbott
  • America Toons In by David Perlmutter (I have some good reference books on animated series already)
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir
  • The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Game by Michael J. Tresca
  • Encyclopedia of Television Pilots 1937-2012 by Vincent Terrace
  • War over Lemuria by Richard Toronto (no longer in the sale)
  • Inside Gilligan’s Island by Sherwood Schwartz (no longer in the sale)
  • Hammer Films by Tom Johnson (no longer in the sale)
  • Mass Hysteria in Schools by Robert E. Bartholomew and Bob Rickard

While I have mentioned above some books that have gone back up in price, I might not have noted them all…and again, the sale could end at any time.

Enjoy!

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

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

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.

Books on sale June 7 2016!

June 7, 2016

Books on sale June 7 2016!

I wrote yesterday about a massive sale on mostly reference books from the publisher McFarland. I’ve bought multiple books from that sale at $3.99 (some of them are more than 80% off) each (both for me and for gifts).

I wouldn’t normally write similar posts two times in a row, but the Amazon owned Goodreads has alerted me through their deals e-mails as I wrote about it here:

Goodreads introduces Goodreads Deals

to a couple more really good deals! I’ll try to write another post today as well on another topic.:)

Wolf Hall (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
by Hilary Mantel
3.7 stars out of 5 | 2,229 customer reviews
$2.99
Man Booker winner

The Forever War (at AmazonSmile*)
by Joe Haldeman
4.3 stars | 1,752 stars
$1.99
Hugo and Nebular winner, science fiction classic

Oh, and my sibling tweeted out that

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

which is a first novel with 4.7 stars (the highest of the three books in this post) and 84 reviews is on sale…it’s $4.99.

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

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

* 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.

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 a McFarland sale! Great reference books at great prices

June 5, 2016

It’s a McFarland sale! Great reference books at great prices

I recently wrote about getting an alert from eReaderIQ that

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

was on sale for $3.99 (the digital list price is $29.99).

I’d had that one on my Amazon Wish List for some time, and snapped it up at that price.

What I didn’t realize was that this is a sale on many titles from the publisher McFarland!

I know McFarland best for producing high-quality reference works on topics that generally get short shrift. You aren’t going to find a heavily researched book on “monster movies” (as is Universal Horrors) from most university presses.

Typically, the books are not inexpensive. $29.99 is a lot for a Kindle edition, usually, but this falls into that category for me where it’s a legitimate price. It’s not like a novel.

These books will make excellent gifts! You can delay delivery of a Kindle store book for the appropriate gift-giving occasion. Even though I don’t often buy books for myself any more, since we have

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

but some of these are too good not to have in our library.

Here’s a search for 885 (!) McFarland books for $3.99 each (those seem to be the ones on sale…not all McFarland books are) in the USA Kindle store right now. Some of these may be false positives…Amazon’s search sometimes seems…imprecise, and an author of “McFarland” may be returned when I searched for the publisher McFarland (using Amazon’s own advanced search):

McFarland books for $3.99 (at AmazonSmile*)

I have no idea how long this sale will last, so check the price before you click or tap that sale button. I might be getting some gifts for other people, too.:)

Oh, one other note: these are often “coffee table” type books…they will be large files to have on an EBR (E-Book Reader, and may have color pictures which render best on a tablet)

Here are some that caught my eye:

  • The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History by Kevin M. Sullivan
  • The Literary Monster on Film: Five Nineteenth Century British Novels and Their Cinematic Adaptations by Abigail Burnham Bloom
  • Ghosts and Shadows: A Marine in Vietnam, 1968-1969 by Phil Ball (there are a lot of Vietnam memoirs/histories)
  • Keep Watching the Skies!: American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties, The 21st Century Edition by Bill Warren and Bill Thomas (I bought this one)
  • Illuminating Torchwood: Essays on Narrative, Character and Sexuality in the BBC Series (Critical Explorations in Science…by Andrew Ireland and Donald E. Palumbo  (put it on my wish list…love the show, but this interest seems too narrow for me to buy right now)
  • The Indy Car Wars: The 30-Year Fight for Control of American Open-Wheel Racing by Sigur E. Whitaker
  • The Critics Say…: 57 Theater Reviewers in New York and Beyond Discuss Their Craft and Its Future by Matt Windman and Robert Simonson
  • Italian Horror Film Directors by Louis Paul
  • Visions of Mars: Essays on the Red Planet in Fiction and Science by Howard V. Hendrix and George Edgar Slusser (bought as a gift)
  • Sounds of the Future: Essays on Music in Science Fiction Film by Mathew J. Bartkowiak (wish list)
  • Cipriano Baca, Frontier Lawman of New Mexico by Chuck Hornung
  • Henry Clay and the War of 1812 by Quentin Scott King (lots of military history, too)
  • Mass Hysteria in Schools: A Worldwide History Since 1566 by Robert E. Bartholomew and Bob Rickard (Bob Rickard is a driving force at Fortean Times) (bought as a gift and wish list)
  • Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography by Tom Johnson and Deborah Del Vecchio (wish list)
  • In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000: Essays on Film, Fandom, Technology and the Culture of…by Robert G. Weiner and Robert G. Weiner
  • Super-history: Comic Book Superheroes and American Society, 1938 to the Present by Jeffrey K. Johnson (wish list)
  • Inside Gilligan’s Island by Sherwood Schwartz (wish list)
  • A History of the Doc Savage Adventures in Pulps, Paperbacks, Comics, Fanzines, Radio and Film by Robert Michael “Bobb” Cotter (bought this one! I just wrote a piece on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson being cast as Doc Savage…Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Doc Savage: a fan’s view)
  • Creating Characters: A Writer’s Reference to the Personality Traits That Bring Fictional People to Life by Howard Lauther)
  • James Ellroy: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction: 6 (McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction) by Jim Mancall and Elizabeth Foxwell
  • Encyclopedia of Television Pilots, 1937-2012 by Vincent Terrace (digital list price $99.99)
  • Fright Night on Channel 9: Saturday Night Horror Films on New York’s WOR-TV, 1973-1987 by James Arena
  • Teaching with Harry Potter: Essays on Classroom Wizardry from Elementary School to College by Valerie Estelle Frankel
  • Of Bread, Blood and the Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy (Critical Explorations in…by Mary F. Pharr
  • The Body in Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on Middle-earth Corporeality by Christopher Vaccaro
  • Encyclopedia of Imaginary and Mythical Places by Theresa Bane
  • Respecting The Stand: A Critical Analysis of Stephen King’s Apocalpytic Novel by Jenifer Paquette
  • The Wizard of Oz as American Myth: A Critical Study of Six Versions of the Story, 1900-2007 by Alissa Burger
  • A History and Critical Analysis of Blake’s 7, the 1978-1981 British Television Space Adventure by John Kenneth Muir (this show came up in a comment recently on this blog)
  • Fan CULTure: Essays on Participatory Fandom in the 21st Century by Kristin M. Barton and Jonathan Malcolm Lampley
  • Kermit Culture: Critical Perspectives on Jim Henson’s Muppets by Jennifer C. Garlen and Anissa M. Graham
  • The Heritage of Heinlein: A Critical Reading of the Fiction: 42 (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and…by Thomas D. Clareson and Joe Sanders
  • America Toons In: A History of Television Animation by David Perlmutter
  • The Video Games Guide: 1,000+ Arcade, Console and Computer Games, 1962-2012, 2d ed. by Matt Fox
  • The American Popular Novel After World War II: A Study of 25 Best Sellers, 1947-2000 by David Willbern
  • Marketing Your Library: Tips and Tools That Work by Carol Smallwood and Vera Gubnitskaia
  • Doc Holliday in Film and Literature by Shirley Ayn Linder

I could keep going and going, but I’m worried about the sale ending while I’m writing this.:)

I’ll get this out, and I might add to it later. If you are thrilled (or puzzled) by any when you go to check it out (which I recommend) feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post. Update: I did add…I couldn’t leave off the Vincent Terrace book(s)…I have some in hardback, and they are terrific!

Enjoy!

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

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

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

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.

Round up #142: flat rate royalties, eReaderIQ worked for me

June 4, 2016

Round up #142: flat rate royalties,  eReaderIQ worked for me

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

eReaderIQ saved me $25

I frequently recommend

eReaderIQ

to my readers. I think it’s the best resource for Kindle owners on the internet. One of the useful features is that you can list a book there, and get a free e-mail when it goes down an amount you specify.

I listed

Universal Horrors (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shoppin*)
by Tom Weaver, Michael Brunas, John Brunas

a long time ago. I was a big fan of Famous Monsters of Filmland and have watched a lot of the old horror movies (Frankenstein, Dracula, the Mummy) from Universal…multiple times. The book is supposed to be a good history…but the digital list price is $29.99. I’ve had it on my Wish List, and thought I might get it as a gift…but when I got the e-mail from eReaderIQ that it had dropped to $3.99, I bought it.:)

My Significant Other is out of town for a few days (those are always difficult days) helping our adult kid move, so it was good to have a special book to read.

This is a book I’m not going to do with text-to-speech in the car, because of all the pictures I want to see.

I’m about 5% into it, and while it is certainly an important work with good documentation, I’m a bit disappointed. In writing about the Lugosi Dracula (1931, and the one that really kicked off the sound cycle of Universal Horror), the authors adopt the all too common position of “If you were educated like us, you wouldn’t like it.” I want to be fair, so I’ll quote them:

“The flaws inherent in Dracula are so self-evident that they are outlined in nearly every modern-day critique; only Lugosi freaks and the nostalgically inclined still go through the motions of praising and defending the film.”

There is nothing wrong with having an opinion and including it in your writing, of course…that can be done without condemning opposing opinions, though. I may have been old-fashioned in expecting a more neutral tone in a history.

Still, to be clear, I think the book is well worth it. If you need to get a gift now for someone who was a “Monster Kid” or otherwise is a fan of these movies (and Universal is starting them up again, as their own “Cinematic Universe”, a la Marvel), this is a great price! You can delay the delivery until the appropriate gift-giving occasion. Check the price before you click or tap that Buy button…it can change any time.

Great illustration of the value of eReaderIQ!

Judging a book by its Amazon-friendly cover

This is an interesting

Wall Street Journal article by Lucy Feldman

talking about how publishers are designing their covers to optimize sales on Amazon (which the article says now sells 45% of the books in the USA).

That means the book has to stand out in a thumbnail…maybe a couple of centimeters (one inch, roughly) tall.

The article has a great illustration with a bunch of current books which have yellow covers.

It makes sense…you could hypothetically have different covers for e-books and p-books (paperbooks), but that would reduce the impact of multiple exposures to the same item (often necessary before someone buys it)…and they aren’t talking about just e-books, but p-books bought on Amazon.

PrimeNow comes to Walnut Creek, CA

Amazon Truck

We don’t live in Walnut Creek (across the Bay from San Francisco and farther east than Oakland), but I do work there sometimes.

This Amazon delivery truck was recently spotted there…probably connected to

PrimeNow

just starting up delivery there.

That means that I could hypothetically be at work, and order, say, a Nylabone chew toy for the dogs and get it within two hours…at no additional cost beyond our Prime membership.

Remarkable!

If we suddenly find out we are going to a party and need a gift, we could have a

Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote (at AmazonSmile*)

in hand in two hours…one hour, if we are willing to pay $7.99 (I haven’t checked, but I assume that’s available in Walnut Creek).

There’s what looks like a weekly 50% off section, and I get $10 back on the first order.

This feels like a game changer…

Kindle for Kids bundle on sale for a limited time

The

Kindle for Kids Bundle with the latest Kindle, 2-Year Accident Protection, Blue Kid-Friendly Cover (at AmazonSmile*):

which is the basic Kindle, plus a cover, plus a better warranty than you usually get…and it’s $89.99 right now.

With royalties, is flat where it’s at?

How authors get paid may seem esoteric, but it has a huge impact on what you read.

Not every author makes their living writing…but for the ones that do, how they get paid, and how much they get paid affects not only whether they write at all (or give it up and get a different sort of job/income stream), but what they write.

Back in the pulp days, authors might get a penny a word…and the same pulp magazine wasn’t going to publish five stories from the same author in the same issue.

That meant that authors might write in a wide variety of genres and under a number of different pen names, just to get as much published as they could.

For example, Robert E. Howard, best known for Conan the Barbarian, wrote boxing stories (I’ve read some…bought them with a misleading cove, but I did enjoy them), Westerns, detective stories, comedies…even “spicy” stories.

When an author (often through an agent, traditionally) licenses the rights to a publisher, it’s for a specific format or formats. One publisher might have the hardback rights and another one might have the paperback rights (less common today than it used to be).

E-books are a relatively new format (Amazon turned it from fringe to…somewhat mainstream in late 2007), so new negotiations and new rates are involved.

That’s all been pretty confusing and in flux. What is the right royalty rate for an e-book? Should it be based on the suggested retail price (the list price), on what was actually paid for it, or on the profit? What about an advance…should that be like a hardback?

Oh, a couple of quick term definitions. A royalty is something paid to the author for each book sold (I’m keeping this simple). An advance is something paid by the publisher to the author before the first book is sold. The publisher then keeps the royalties from sales until they equal the advance. That’s usually something for either well-known, “brand name” authors, or perhaps a celebrity who doesn’t usually write books (someone involved in a scandal might get one). The advance may happen before the book is even written…which might allow the author to not have another job while writing it.

Different pay method are being explored and suggested.

This

Publishers Weekly article by Rachel Deahl

looks at the idea of a “flat rate” across formats…authors would get the same rate for a sale, whether it was an e-book or a p-book.

I have a tough time seeing how that would work. Oh, I suppose it could work if it was all based on profit, not list price or sale price. Otherwise, the publisher has different cost burdens for different formats.

Authors would generally not want something to be based on profit, because you effectively have to trust the publisher on that. Many an actor who took a percentage of the box office was surprised when somehow, a blockbuster movie didn’t make any profit.😉 The studio might charge expenses (like sets and costumes) for a whole franchise to a single movie’s costs, for example.

I had something like that happen to me.

I was managing a game store…hadn’t been there long. As the manager, I got a bonus based on the holiday sales. I was doing well…yes, I was working 120 hours a week (I didn’t want to make my assistant managers work 80 hours a week on their salaries, so I opened and closed the store all the time), but my Significant Other and I figured we had a hefty bonus coming.

Well, I could do the math. I said, “What happened?”

Owner: “You bought the bags.”

Me: “I bought the bags?”

Owner: “We have four stores, right? We rotate which store buys for all four stores each quarter. This quarter, your store did…and being the holidays, there were a lot of bags.”

That was a surprise!

Authors and agents don’t want surprises.

In the article, they talk about maybe a 50% royalty rate for e-books.

That brings up the challenge for publishers.

Authors can independently publish through Amazon, and by meeting certain not complicated guidelines, get seventy percent.

That means that publishers certainly don’t have all the power in the relationship.

Amazon’s terms are very clear, generally easy to understand for a newbie. They revolutionized the pay cycle, with authors getting paid more often.

Right now, authors who already have successful relationships with traditional publisher are understandably reluctant to switch away to something which is still developing.

New authors, especially agentless ones, won’t have the same reluctance.

Then there is the whole issue of subsers (subscription services), but that’s a ride to take another time.😉

What do you think? Can traditional publishers continue to offer services to authors which are worth the writers getting lower royalties? If you have PrimeNow in your city, why do you ever go to a store for something it carries? Will we see the end of intricate book covers? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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

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

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

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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