A first glimpse of the new Kindle Paperwhite ereader (Updated)   no comments

Posted at 10:28 pm in Kindle Paperwhite,Random

My new Paperwhite ereader was not scheduled to arrive until tomorrow, but here it was waiting for me when I got home tonight.  All of those new warehouses and other expensive infrastructure that Amazon has been spending so prodigiously on, while perhaps not so good for the short-term investor,  are certainly great for customers.

One of the first things I wanted to check out on Amazon’s new ereader was the lighting system.  Last year’s Paperwhite may have seemed, to some . . . Well, perhaps, a bit of, hem and haw . . . A stopgap.  A hasty reply to the Nook ST with GlowLight ( a good ereader that is now past its prime), or possibly Kobo’s Glo (which I rather liked, by the way).  Some users complained of problems caused by the first Paperwhite’s frontlight – shadows extending into the page or even pinkish and bluish discolorations of the page caused by the lighting system. 

Fortunately, I did not experience these problems on my own Paperwhite, nor did I see them on the Paperwhites of my friends.  My Kindle did have some shadowing, but it politely confined itself to the footer of the pages, where I was quickly able to ignore it and get on with my reading.  My Paperwhite became my go-to ereader and has seen a lot of use over the past year.  I quickly came to think of it as the best ereader ever.  Until now.

Old-Kindle-Paperwhite-ereader-left-with-new-model Obviously, the first thing I wanted to check out was the new and improved frontlight and whether or not Amazon was able to get rid of those pesky shadows.  I’ve only had a brief time with the new Kindle, but I’m happy to report that it looks like they nailed the lights.  I have seen no shadowing or discoloration even with the light turned all the way up.  No shadows whatsoever, even at the bottom of the page. 

When viewed beside the new model, the display of last year’s Paperwhite (on the left in the pic) looks slightly bluish/grayish compared to the new higher resolution and higher contrast epaper of this year’s model.  The new Paperwhite should be an easier read for those with aging eyes or other vision problems.  I haven’t had the new Kindle long enough to be able to check out all of the other new features yet, but so far I am impressed.

Update (10/03/2013):

In addition to the improved lighting and higher res display of the new Kindle Paperwhite, something else immediately jumped out at me when I started using it, but I wanted to wait until I had loaded on my Kindle library and had a chance to use the new model a bit more before commenting.

Over the past year I’ve sometimes noticed that my old Paperwhite occasionally seems to take slightly longer then expected when flipping pages or navigating around the device.  The lag was never really serious enough for me to complain about, but occasionally I did notice the slight delay.

The new Paperwhite is advertised as having a new processor that is 25% faster and I did hope to see some improvement,  but I really didn’t expect the hoped for bump in speed to be anything more than incremental.  But guess what – the new Paperwhite is dramatically faster, which fact becomes very noticeable when the new and old Kindles are compared side by side.  Page turns and navigation are both now very snappy.  I’m even more impressed.

Update (10/08/2013): 

When first announced, the new Kindle Paperwhite appeared to be something of an incremental refresh of Amazon’s flagship ereader.  If this were the case, it probably would not be worthwhile for most users to upgrade from last year’s model.

But after using the new Paperwhite for a week I would say that an upgrade is justified, the more so the more you use your ereader.  The 2013 Paperwhite is faster, easier to read on, and the light distracts you not with shadows or other artifacts.  The ereading experience on the new Paperwhite is much better overall than on the old.

Trade-in-your-ould-Kindle-Paperwhite-ereader Amazon’s new ereader also introduces a few new features to the Kindle platform, but some or all of these will most likely make their way onto the older Paperwhite via future software updates.  The new feature I’ve found most useful so far, by the way, is Page Flip.  This new tool lets you navigate or scan quickly and easily through your ebooks, but I find it very useful for when I need to go back a few pages to reread something again.

Currently Amazon is giving owners of last year’s Paperwhite a pretty good incentive to trade up to the new model:  Depending on the condition of your old Paperwhite, you can trade it in at Amazon for a gift card worth up to $70.  You might, of course, get a few dollars more by selling your old ereader on the Amazon Marketplace or eBay, but at the cost of a bit more hassle.

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Written by Richard on October 1st, 2013

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The Big Kobo eBook Sale   no comments

Posted at 1:12 pm in eReaders & eBooks on Sale,Kobo

Dust-by-Hugh-Howey-ebook Kobo has a promo code – Sept50 – that is good for a 50% discount on a huge selection of ebooks through the end of September.  The cool thing about this particular sale is that there are almost a million titles included, so there is bound to be something of interest.  How about Dust, iconthe final installment in Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga?  $2.99 after applying the coupon code.

The promo code can be used for as many titles as desired and can be used by customers in the US, Canada and the UK.

 

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Written by Richard on September 14th, 2013

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Amazon unveils a new Kindle Paperwhite ereader   no comments

Posted at 11:45 am in Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon today announced a new version of the Kindle Paperwhite ereader.  The new 6th generation Kindle features improved hardware that it says will provide a contrastier display; a processor that is 25% faster; a more responsive and accurate touchscreen; and an improved lighting system. 

New-Kindle-Paperwhite-ereader-Page-flip-feature The new ereader will also be the first to implement a few new features coming to the Kindle platform, some of which look quite useful:

  • Page Flip: Allows skimming forward or backward in books by page or chapter without loosing one’s place. 
  • Goodreads Integration.
  • Kindle FreeTime: The new Kindle ereader will include Amazon’s parental control suite.  This feature will arrive after launch of the new Paperwhite.
  • Vocabulary Builder:  The new Paperwhite will keep a list of the words you have looked up in the built-in dictionary.
  • Smart Lookup: Integrates dictionary lookup with the X-Ray feature and Wikipedia to give more complete information and definitions.
  • In-Line Footnotes:  Tap to see footnotes without having to leave the page you are reading.

New-Smart-Lookup-feature-on-new-Kindle-Paperwhite-ereader Amazon also announced another new feature for some Kindle books today – Kindle MatchBook – that will, when it launches in October, give customers who have purchased a print book from Amazon the ability to purchase the Kindle version of that book for $2.99 or less.  The publishers do have to opt in to this program for a book to qualify – Amazon says it will have over 10,000 eligible titles at launch.  Kindle MatchBook is retroactive and will include any eligible books purchased at Amazon since 1995.

The new Paperwhite offers no surprises in the appearances department unless, that is, you are surprised by the fact that it looks almost exactly the same as last year’s model.  It is the same size as the old model, which is good news if your Kindle’s covers tend to be hand-me-downs, but the new version is slightly lighter (7.3 vs 7.5 ounces).  Battery life (rated at 8 weeks) and internal memory (2GB) remain the same. 

The new 6th generation Kindle will be available in both Wi-Fi only ($119 with ads, $139 without) and in a 3G model that will sell for $189.  Amazon is accepting preorders now and the new ereader in Wi-Fi only flavor is expected to begin shipping on September 30th.  The 3G version is expected to start shipping on November 5th.

 

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Written by Richard on September 3rd, 2013

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Kindle Fire accessories 50% off sale   no comments

Kindle-Fire-accessories-on-sale Amazon Local is offering a free voucher that will give 50% off of a pretty good selection of covers and other accessories for the Kindle Fire and Fire HD tablets. 

To get the 50% discount from the prices shown you will first need to get the voucher from Amazon Local.  The sale lasts through July 20th, though some items will likely sell out before that time.

 

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Written by Richard on July 14th, 2013

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Amazon Publishing launches graphic novel imprint   no comments

Symposium-graphic-novel Amazon Publishing today announced another new imprint – Jet City Comics – that will focus on comics and graphic novels.  The first release from Jet City is Symposium #1, a graphic novel based on the Foreworld Saga created by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, et al.  Symposium #1 will soon be joined by other  comics adapted from Hugh Howey’s Wool series and a couple of short stories by George R.R. Martin.

Jet City Comics will be sold in digital format at the Kindle Store individually, serialized over multiple episodes, and in bundles.  Paper editions will also be available from Amazon and from comics retailers.  Don’t expect to find them at Barnes & Noble.

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Written by Richard on July 9th, 2013

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Free ebooks for Kindle & other ereaders – 7/7/2013   no comments

As always, please double check the price before purchasing – many of these will be free for only a very limited time.

Black Harvest (The PROJECT: Book Four) by Alex Lukeman (4 1/2 stars/42 reviews) Thriller.

King of Swords (Assassin series) by Russell Blake (4 1/2 stars/172 reviews) Thriller; Cartels.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo. icon

Deadly Blessings (Alex St. James Mystery series) by Julie Hyzy (4 1/2 stars/25 reviews) Mystery.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

A Witness Above (Frank Pavlicek Mystery Series, Book 1) by Andy Straka (4 stars/61 reviews) Mystery.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

Sledge by Ernie Lindsey (4 1/2 stars/22 reviews) Mystery.  Also free at Kobo.

The Crime of Julian Wells  by C. Thomas H. Cook is currently free at Barnes & Noble.  Suspense.

A Mother’s Trial by Nancy Wright (4  stars/164 reviews) True crime.

Tucker’s Way by David Johnson  (4 1/2 stars/45 reviews) Suspense.  Also free at Barnes & Noble.

A Charmed Place by Antoinette Stockenberg (4 stars/27 reviews) Suspense.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

Conspiracy of Silence by Martha Powers (4 1/2 stars/57 reviews) Suspense.

Death Angel by Martha Powers (4 1/2 stars/22 reviews) Suspense.

Through the Fire (First Responders Book #1) by Shawn Grady (4 1/2 stars/126 reviews) Suspense from a faith-based publisher.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes.

ROLLING THUNDER (Wings of War) by Mark Berent (4 1/2 stars/97 reviews) War fiction; Vietnam.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Elisha’s Bones (A Jack Hawthorne Adventure Book #1) by Don Hoesel (4 stars/198 reviews) Archaeological thriller from a faith-based publisher.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes.

Dark Visions (Sarah Roberts Series Book One) by Jonas Saul (4 stars/125 reviews) Paranormal thriller.

The First (The Returned) by Jason Mott  (4 1/2 stars/17 reviews) Fantasy; Short story.  A couple of the other stories in this series are also currently free.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes.

Child of Fate (Blades of Leander) by Jason Halstead (4 1/2 stars/17 reviews) Fantasy.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

Demonsouled by Jonathan Moeller (4 stars/56 reviews) Fantasy.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

The Light Keepers, a FREE Epic Fantasy Adventure (ShadowLight Saga) by Mande Matthews (4 stars/32 reviews).  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw (The Morgan Sisters) by Suzy Turner (4 stars/21 reviews) Urban fantasy.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Cursed (Cursed Magic Series, Book One) by Casey Odell (4 1/2  stars/90 reviews) Fantasy.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

Halfway (Wizards and Faeries) by Stephanie Void  (4 stars/9 reviews) YA Fantasy. Also free at iTunes.

Anathema (Cloud Prophet Trilogy, #1) by Megg Jensen (4  stars/132 reviews) YA Fantasy.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Vampire in Denial, a YA Paranormal Romance (Family Blood Ties) by Dale Mayer (4 1/2 stars/22 reviews) YA Fantasy.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Branded (Fall of Angels) by Keary Taylor (4 stars/537 reviews)  Fantasy. Also free at iTunes.

24 Bones by Michael F. Stewart (4 stars/22 reviews)  Fantasy.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/Michael F. Stewart.

Forbidden Forest (The Legends of Regia) by Tenaya Jayne (4 1/2 stars/23 reviews)  Fantasy; Werewolves.  Also free at iTunes.

Wicked Fate (The Wicked Trilogy) by Tabatha Vargo (5 stars/82 reviews) YA Fantasy.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

Island of Fog (Book 1) by Keith Robinson  (4 1/2 stars/60 reviews) YA Fantasy.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

I Bring the Fire Part I : Wolves (A Loki Story) by C. Gockel (4 1/2 stars/34 reviews) Fantasy; Mythology.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Witch’s Bell Book One by Odette C. Bell (4 stars/43 reviews) Fantasy.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes.

Grayson Manor Haunting (Addison Lockhart Series, Book One) by Cheryl Bradshaw  (4 1/2 stars/55 reviews) Ghosts.

Joshua by John Wilson  (4 stars/198 reviews) Post-apocalyptic.

The Farm (Out of Gas) by Randy Dyess (4 stars/40 reviews) Post-apocalyptic.

The Backworlds by M. Pax and Leigh T. Moore (4 stars/56 reviews) Science fiction.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

The First Bird: Episode 1 by Greig Beck (5 stars/17 reviews) Science fiction.  Also free at iTunes.

(A Vampire Thriller) The Turning – Bound to Darkness (Prequel) (The Turning Series) by April M. Reign (4 1/2 stars/21 reviews) Paranormal romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Stained (YA Paranormal Romance) (Stained Series) by Ella James (4 1/2 stars/387 reviews).  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Dragonborn (The Jade Lee Romantic Fantasies, Book 1) by Jade Lee (4 stars/22 reviews) Paranormal romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes.

Dead to the Max (Max Starr Series, Book 1, a paranormal romance/mystery) by Jasmine Haynes and Jennifer Skully  (4 stars/44 reviews).  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Breathless (Blue Fire Saga) by Scott Prussing (4 1/2 stars/143 reviews) Paranormal romance.  Also free at  Kobo.

Dark Secrets by A.M. Hudson  (4 stars/131 reviews) Paranormal romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / Kobo.

Banished (Daughters Of The Gods, Book 1) by Tamara Gill and Serena Tatti (4 stars/19 reviews) Paranormal romance.  Also free at Kobo.

Empath (Book 1 of the Empath Trilogy) by HK Savage  (4 stars/26 reviews) Paranormal romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Prophecy Of The Female Warrior (The Nephilim Warrior Series Book 1) by K.A. Young and Alizon Duckwall (4 1/2 stars/40 reviews) Paranormal romance; Urban fantasy.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Descension (The Mystic Series) by B.C. Burgess (4 1/2 stars/161 reviews) Paranormal romance.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

The Light Within Me (The Six Saviors) by Carly Fall and Allison Itterly (4 1/2 stars/86 reviews) Paranormal romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Wicked Sexy: Wicked, Book 1 (Wicked3) by R. G. Alexander  (4 1/2 stars/67 reviews) Paranormal romance.  Also free at iTunes.

Super Dark 1 (Super Dark Trilogy) by Tanith Morse (4 stars/69 reviews) YA Paranormal romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / Kobo.

Shattered Promises (Shattered Promises, #1) by Jessica Sorensen (4 stars/311 reviews) Paranormal romance.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

FEARLESS (King Series) by Tawdra Kandle (4 1/2 stars/57 reviews) Paranormal romance.  Also free at Barnes & NobleiTunes / Kobo.

Bound by Blood (Cauld Ane Series) by Tracey Jane Jackson (4 1/2 stars/72 reviews) Paranormal romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Death (Cursed) by Tara Brown (4 1/2 stars/47 reviews) Paranormal romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Once Upon a Ghost (Wacky Women Series #1) by Day Leclaire (4 stars/45 reviews) Paranormal romantic comedy.  Also free at iTunes.

Wicked Games by Jill Myles and Jessica Clare (4 1/2 stars/227 reviews) Romantic comedy.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

More Than Memories by Kristen James (4 stars/15 reviews) Romantic suspense.

Nightfall by Laura Griffin  (4 stars/41 reviews) Romantic suspense.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / Kobo.

Finding Pride (Pride Series Romance Novels) by Jill Sanders  (4 stars/47 reviews) Romantic suspense.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

Touch: Passionate Encounter (Contemporary Romance) by Lucia Jordan  (4 stars/4 reviews) Romantic suspense.  Also free at Barnes & Noble.

The Execution by Sharon Cramer and Bonnie Lea Elliott (4 1/2 stars/114 reviews) Historical romantic suspense.  Also free at Barnes & Noble.

Game, Set, Match (A Humorous Contemporary Romance) (Love Match) by Nana Malone (4 stars/90 reviews).  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Edwina by Patricia Strefling  (4 stars/59 reviews) Contemporary romance; Religious.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes.

When Amber Got Her Groove Back – Formerly Mark of a Good Man by Ana E Ross  (4 1/2 stars/24 reviews) Contemporary romance.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

Kiss Me by Kristine Mason (4 stars/56 reviews) Contemporary romance.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

Broken Promises (Broken Series) by Dawn Pendleton (4 stars/22 reviews) Contemporary romance.  Also free at iTunes.

Just Remember to Breathe (Thompson Sisters) by C. Sheehan-Miles (4 1/2 stars/309 reviews) Contemporary romance.

All Over You (Unforgettable You, Book 1.5) by Beverley Kendall (4 stars/64 reviews) Contemporary romance.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

A Soft Place to Fall (Shelter Rock Cove – Book #1) by Barbara Bretton (4 1/2 stars/66 reviews) Contemporary romance.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

Shoe Strings by Christy Hayes (4 1/2 stars/67 reviews) Contemporary romance.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

Where Love Finds You (The Unspoken Series) by Marilyn Grey (4 1/2 stars/10 reviews) Contemporary romance.

The Best of Times: A Dicken’s Inn Novel by Anita Stansfield (4 stars/11 reviews) Contemporary romance; Mormonism.

A Stranger in the Family (Book 1, Bardville, Wyoming Trilogy) by Patricia McLinn (4 stars/27 reviews) Contemporary romance.  Also free at Barnes & NobleiTunes / Kobo.

Embers of Hope (Second Gift Series) by Kristen James  (4 stars/74 reviews) Contemporary romance.

The Princess Problem (A Fairy Tale Romance) by Diane Darcy (4 1/2 stars/60 reviews) Contemporary romance.  Also free at  Kobo.

The Wedding Dress Diaries (The Wedding Season) by Aimee Carson  (4 stars/40 reviews) Contemporary romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes.

Love at First Date (Better Date than Never) by Susan Hatler (4 1/2 stars/73 reviews) Contemporary romance.  Also free at  Kobo.

Fool for Love (High Rise Novella One) by Harper Bliss (4 stars/24 reviews) Contemporary romance; Lesbian.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / Kobo.

Brash by Margo Maguire (4 1/2 stars/21 reviews) Historical romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

The Beauty Bride (The Jewels of Kinfairlie) by Deborah Cooke and Claire Delacroix  (4 1/2 stars/99 reviews) Historical romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

The Robber Bride (The Daring Debutantes, Book 1) by Jerrica Knight-Catania (4 stars/12 reviews) Historical romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes.

Twice a Rake (Lord Rotheby’s Influence, Book 1) by Catherine Gayle  (4 stars/68 reviews) Historical romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Rose (Suitors of Seattle) by Kirsten Osbourne  (4 stars/11 reviews) Historical romance.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

In the Company of Secrets (Postcards from Pullman Book #1) by Judith Miller  (4 stars/11 reviews) Historical romance from a faith-based publisher.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes.

Lady Bess by Claudy Conn and Karen Babcock (4 stars/103 reviews) Historical romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Yellow Crocus: A Novel by Laila Ibrahim (4 1/2 stars/643 reviews)  Historical fiction.

Follow the Stone (an Emmett Love Western) by John Locke (4 1/2 stars/122 reviews).  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

The Parrot Talks in Chocolate (The Life and Times of a Hawaiian Tiki Bar #1) by Everett Peacock (4 1/2 stars/85 reviews) Contemporary fiction.

Surrender by Melody Anne (4 stars/204 reviews) Family saga.  Also free at iTunes / Kobo.

The Explosive Nature of Friendship (The Greek Village Series Book 3) by Sara Alexi  (4 1/2 stars/25 reviews) Literary fiction.

Until Tomorrow (Christy and Todd: College Years Book #1) by Robin Jones Gunn  (4 1/2 stars/75 reviews) Religious fiction.  Also free at Barnes & Noble.

The Love Dare by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick (4 1/2 stars/473 reviews) Relationships; Religious.  Also free at iTunes.

Waist Away: How to Joyfully Lose Weight and Supercharge Your Life (Get Waisted) by Mary Clifton, Chelsea Clinton, Michael Greger and Neal Barnard (4 stars/19 reviews).

Death by China: Confronting the Dragon – A Global Call to Action by Peter W. Navarro and Greg Autry (4 stars/119 reviews) International politics; Economics.  Also free at Barnes & Noble.

Real Estate Investing Made Easy by Brian Haskins (4 1/2 stars/30 reviews).  Also free at Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo.

Moods and Markets: A New Way to Invest in Good Times and in Bad (Minyanville Media) by Peter Atwater (4 stars/25 reviews) Investing.  Also free at Barnes & Noble.

A number of religious books by Dr. R.C. Sproul are currently free. Also free at iTunes.

Voyage with the Vikings: 1 (AIO Imagination Station Books) by Paul McCusker and Marianne Hering (4 1/2 stars/52 reviews) Children’s books.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes.

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Amazon is offering a $30 discount on the Kindle Fire HD for a limited time, bringing the price down to $169.   Amazon Local is offering a free voucher that will give a $30 discount on the Kindle Fire tablet for a limited time.  Also at Amazon Local – a selection of Kindle books that can be had for $1 each.

DecalGirlis offering a 25% discount on device skins and cases with promo code – fireworks – use at checkout.  Expires July 9th.

Kobo has slashed the price of the Kobo Mini ereader in half – get it for only $39.99 until July 18th.

This week is the Apple App Store’s fifth anniversary and Apple is celebrating by giving away a few free apps for a limited time.

Open Road Media has put 150 of its ebooks on sale for up to 75% off.  This sale will last through July 22nd and is available at the Kindle StoreBarnes & Noble and iTunes. icon

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Written by Richard on July 7th, 2013

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One-day sale at the Sony Reader Store   no comments

Posted at 10:06 am in eReaders & eBooks on Sale

I usually have better things to do than pay attention to sales at the Sony Reader Store, but this one looks interesting. For today only Sony has 24 titles that are priced at $1.99 each.  The titles on sale are all from bestselling authors (although maybe not their most recent work) and, at least for the ones I checked, Sony’s sale price is well below what they are selling for elsewhere.  This sale will end at midnight tonight.

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Written by Richard on June 29th, 2013

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Free ebooks for Kindle & other ereaders – 6/16/2013   no comments

Posted at 11:40 am in Free eBooks

The free-dom of most of these will be of limited duration, so do double check the price before purchasing.

A Dream of Death (Detective Lincoln Munroe, Book 1) by Harrison Drake (4 stars/48 reviews) Mystery.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes/Kobo. icon

An Island of Illusions (A Sarah Woods Mystery) by Jennifer L. Jennings (4 stars/85 reviews).

Killer Cupid (The Redemption Series: Book 1) by Maeve Christopher (4 1/2 stars/26 reviews) Mystery.

The Final Arrangement (Book One in the Cozy Flower Shop Mystery Series) by Annie Adams (4 stars/136 reviews).

Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Novel, # 1) by Emily Kimelman (4 stars/100 reviews) Mystery; Hard-boiled.

THE SEAL (Rosicrucian Quartet) by Adriana Koulias (4 stars/35 reviews) Historical mystery.

Changes (The Randall Lee Mysteries #1) by Charles Colyott (4 1/2 stars/139 reviews).

The Good Knight (A Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mystery) by Sarah Woodbury  (4 1/2 stars/35 reviews).  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes/Kobo. icon

With A Twist – A Lt. Jack Daniels Locked Room Mystery Short Story by Jack Kilborn and J.A. Konrath (4 1/2 stars/41 reviews) Mystery.

Elusive (On The Run Book #1) by Sara Rosett (4 1/2 stars/35 reviews) Suspense. Also free at iTunes.

Irreparable Harm (Sasha McCandless Legal Thriller No. 1) by Melissa F. Miller (4 1/2 stars/313 reviews).  Also free at iTunes/Kobo. icon

Hope Road (John Ray #1) (John Ray / LS9 crime thrillers) by John Barlow (4 stars/114 reviews).

Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, Book 1) by P.B. Ryan (4 1/2 stars/256 reviews).  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes/Kobo. icon

Tough Cookie (Maggie Sullivan mysteries) by M. Ruth Myers  (4 1/2 stars/221 reviews).

The Machinist Part One: Malevolence by Alexander Maisey and Laurie Laliberte (4 1/2 stars/32 reviews) Fantasy.

Child of the Ghosts by Jonathan Moeller (4 1/2 stars/106 reviews) Fantasy.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes/Kobo. icon

Failing Test: Book One of The Shadow Series by J.M. Pierce  (4 stars/90 reviews) Urban fantasy.  Also free at Kobo. icon

The Rush (The Siren Series) by Rachel Higginson (4 1/2 stars/32 reviews) Urban fantasy.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes.

Dying To Forget (The Station) by Trish Marie Dawson (4 1/2 stars/103 reviews) YA Fantasy.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes/Kobo. icon

Eternity Embraced (Demonica) by Larissa Ione (4 1/2 stars/82 reviews) Fantasy; Short story.  Also free at iTunes/Kobo. icon

Kade’s Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans) by Kym Grosso  (4 1/2 stars/123 reviews) Vampires.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes.

Gated by Matt Drabble (4 stars/62 reviews) Horror.

Trapped – A Novel of Terror by J.A. Konrath and Jack Kilborn (4 stars/446 reviews) Horror.

Arisen, Book One – Fortress Britain by Glynn James and Michael Stephen Fuchs (4 1/2 stars/85 reviews) Zombie apocalypse.

Gone (Parallel Series: Book 1) by Christine Kersey (4 stars/51 reviews) YA Science fiction.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes/Kobo. icon

The God Portal by Tim Ferguson  (4 1/2 stars/90 reviews) Science fiction.

Timecaster by Jack Kilborn and J.A. Konrath (4 stars/73 reviews) Science fiction.

Survival, a YA paranormal romance (Book 1 of The Guardians of Vesturon Series) by A.M. Hargrove  (4 stars/85 reviews) Science fiction.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes.

The Medium (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy #1) by C.J. Archer  (4 1/2 stars/135 reviews) YA Paranormal romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes/Kobo. icon

The Way Life Was Forever by Carey Corp (4 stars/126 reviews) YA Paranormal romance.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes/Kobo. icon

Lust, Money & Murder – Book 1 by Mike Wells (4 stars/143 reviews) Romantic suspense.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes/Kobo. icon

Secrets In The Shadows by T. L. Haddix (4 stars/70 reviews) Romantic suspense.  Also free at iTunes/Kobo. icon

To Catch a Bad Guy (Book One) (Janet Maple Series) by Marie Astor (4 stars/126 reviews) Romantic suspense.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes/Kobo. icon

Coming Home (Jackson Falls Series) by Laurie Breton (4 1/2 stars/195 reviews) Contemporary romance.

One Perfect Night (Contemporary Romance) by Bella Andre (4 1/2 stars/65 reviews) Novella. Also free at iTunes.

Don’t Wait For Me by Dan Kolbet (4 1/2 stars/110 reviews) Contemporary romance.

Ayiti by Vacirca Vaughn  (5 stars/30 reviews) Romance; Christian fiction.  The second part of this saga, Ayiti: Continued (5 stars/26 reviews),  is also free for the moment.

Jack with a Twist by Brenda Janowitz (4 stars/11 reviews) Contemporary fiction.

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins (4 stars/119 reviews) Contemporary fiction.

Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure: An Historical Family Saga of World War Two by Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson (4 stars/210 reviews) Historical fiction; Religious.

A Million Tears (The Tears Series – Book 1) by Paul Henke (4 1/2 stars/67 reviews) Historical fiction; Family saga.

1930 (Book Two Aryl’s Divide) by M.L. Gardner (4 1/2 stars/40 reviews) Historical fiction; Family saga.

The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy is currently free at Barnes & Noble.

The ORIGINAL Coconut Oil Handbook: Nature’s Remedy for Weight Loss, Allergies & Overall Health -Benefits, Uses, Recipes + More! (Coc. Oil is allowed on Paleo Diet, Raw Food Diet, Gluten Free Diet)  by Shae Harper  (4 stars/34 reviews).

Tomato Container Gardening: 7 Easy Steps To Healthy Harvests from Small Spaces by Mary Verdant (4 stars/35 reviews).

30 Delicious Refrigerator Cake Recipes by Lori Burke (4 1/2 stars/55 reviews).

10 Little Hippos (A Counting Picture Book) by Ashley Brayden  (4 1/2 stars/2 reviews) Children’s books.

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There are a few Father’s Day sales that are good through today:

Kobo is offering $20 off the Kobo Glo ereader (use promo code EJB29) and up to $70 off of the Arc tablet (promo code RFN47 will give a $20 discount, in addition to a $50 off deal Kobo is currently offering).  Good through midnight tonight.

Barnes & Noble has slashed prices on the Nook HD (now $129) and the HD+ (now $149) for Father’s Day.  This offer is good through today.

DecalGirl is having a BOGO 50% off sale – use promo code BOGODAD at checkout.  Good through June 24th.

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Written by Richard on June 16th, 2013

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My sound system gets a makeover   no comments

Posted at 11:55 am in Kindle Fire/Fire HD,Random

Okay.  Picture, if you can, an old stereo system.  CD player, yes; but there is also an old and languishing cassette deck (Google is your friend if you don’t know what cassettes were).  An Onkyo receiver purchased a few years ago that is still relevant except for the lack of a wireless connection.  Speakers?  An aging set of Bose Acoustimass speakers  bought some years ago before I knew any better. 

Avantree-Roxa-Bluetooth-Music-Receiver The Mission:  Improve the sound quality of the music system in my home office and enable wireless streaming via my tablets and other mobile devices so I can stream music from my music lockers at Amazon and Google or use my Google All Access subscription, since these are the ways I prefer to listen to my music now.  Not impossible . . . I hope.

First off, rather than change out my receiver with a newer one that supports A2DP, I decided to go with a Bluetooth adaptor.  There are a few of these out there, many designed primarily for automobile use, but after a bit of searching I narrowed the choice down to two models:  the Avantree Roxa and the Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter.  In the end I went with the Avantree Roxa, primarily because it supports the APT-X codec, which promises better audio quality.

So far I have easily paired the Roxa with four devices:  my Galaxy S3 phone, iPad, Kindle Fire HD and my old Moto Xoom tablet.  You can pair multiple devices with the Roxa, but only one device can be connected at any one time – to switch devices you must disconnect the last one.  The connection seems to have a reliable range of up to about 25 feet or so, which works for me.

Sound quality using the Roxa is very good – it seems to me to be at least as good as when I have my devices hardwired to the receiver.  One of the well known assets of the Kindle Fire HD tablet is a set of speakers that are a generous cut above those on competing tablets.  The superior sound quality of the Fire HD is evident as well when using headphones or streaming with A2DP.  The Fire HD is now my go-to device for streaming my music as it has the best sound, followed by the iPad.  

Audioengine-AP4N-Bamboo-bookshelf-speakers The second part of my makeover was to change out my speakers.  I don’t really have room for floor standing models – I’m pretty much limited to bookshelf speakers.  Here also I had two main choices – the Audioengine AP4N Bamboo speakers (also available in black or white for less) and the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers.  Also briefly under consideration were the JBL Studio 530 bookshelf speakers, which may be superior but were a bit more than I wanted to spend. 

I almost pulled the trigger on the Audioengine speakers – I really, really love that bamboo – but in the end I was swayed by the slightly better sound reviews garnered by the Wharfedales.

The Wharfedales are indeed amazing – no regrets whatsoever.  Comparing the Wharfedales  to my old Bose speakers is like comparing Mayorga to NesCafe Instant.  In a righteous world the two would not even be mentioned in the same paragraph.  A rich and vibrant soundstage, amazing imaging and solid bass with a vastly improved middle and upper range – granted, I’m only listening to MP3s (OK, they are ‘CD quality’ MP3s – 328 KPH) – but as I listen to my collection I marvel at how much I was missing out on with the Bose  speakers.

I only use this particular system for listening to music.  I have a separate system with subwoofer for my computer and I don’t require a separate sound system for the small TV I have mounted nearby.  If I were using this system for gaming (these speakers are not powered, by the way) or watching movies, I might want to add a subwoofer just to get the gut-wrenching effect of those explosions and . . .  well, I’ll admit it, to irritate my spouse . . . but for my purposes the Wharfedale speakers have quite enough bass as is.  I still can’t believe these are ‘just’ bookshelf speakers.

Wharfdale-Diamond-10-1-bookshelf-speakers The Wharfedale can be wall mounted, but they are quite heavy.  So instead I put them on a shelf and stuck some spackle in the holes left behind in my walls by the Bose Acoustimess. 

Unfortunately, Wharfedales aren’t available in bamboo, but they do come in cherry, rosewood and licorice flavors.  I chose  rosewood, which is delicious and seems to be of topnotch construction.   I can’t help thinking that with all of the other choices available from Wharfedale these speakers would also make for awesome components in a kickass AV system.  I’m working on my piggybank. 

As in books, I have eclectic tastes in music; my collection includes everything from classic, jazz, world and country to hip-hop, electronic and trance.  I wanted speakers that would, as much as possible, sound good with all of the various types of music I listen to.  Everything I’ve sampled so far sounds very much improved with the Wharfedales.  And adding Bluetooth to my system is a major convenience (look Ma – no wires!).  This is one weekend project that has proved to be a resounding sounding . . . or something . . . success. 

As for the cassette deck, I donated it to charity.  Well . . . I ‘m actually still trying to find a charity that will accept it.

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Written by Richard on June 11th, 2013

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Free ebooks for Kindle & other ereaders – 5/27/2013   no comments

As usual, many of these will be free only briefly, so please double check the price before ordering.

Head To Head (Claire Morgan) by Linda Ladd (4 1/2 stars/27 reviews) Mystery.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes.

Ted and Ann – The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy by Rebecca Morris  (4 stars/107 reviews) True crime.

Bones of Angels by Christopher Forrest  (4 stars/22 reviews) Thriller.

City of Light (City of Mystery) by Kim Wright  (4 1/2 stars/65 reviews) Historical mystery; Paris.

Hamfist Over The Trail: The Air Combat Adventures of Hamilton "Hamfist" Hancock (Hamfist Trilogy Part 1) by G. E. Nolly (4 1/2 stars/96 reviews) Military fiction.

Fourth Crisis: The Battle for Taiwan by Peter von Bleichert (4 stars/15 reviews) Military fiction; Technothriller.

RUNAWAY TWINS (Runaway Twins series #1) by Pete Palamountain  (4 1/2 stars/18 reviews) Suspense; Religious.

The Folks at Fifty-Eight by Michael Patrick Clark (4 stars/42 reviews) Political thriller; Spies.

Halfkinds Volume 1: Contact by Andrew Vu  (4 1/2 stars/32 reviews) Science fiction.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes/Kobo. icon

Far From Home 1: Legend by Tony Healey and Laurie Laliberte (4 stars/39 reviews) Science fiction.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes/Kobo. icon

The Forever Gate 3 by Isaac Hooke  (4 1/2 stars/19 reviews) Science fiction; Cyberpunk.   The Forever Gate Compendium Edition, which contains the whole series, is currently on sale for $0.99.

A Tale of 3 Witches by Christiana Miller and Barbra Annino (4 stars/65 reviews) Horror; Short story. Also free at iTunes/Kobo. icon

Zombie Games (Origins) by Kristen Middleton, C.J. Pinard and Mae I Design (4 1/2 stars/147 reviews).  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes.

PROPHECY DENIED (Seasons of Time) by M.L. Rigdon  (4 1/2 stars/19 reviews) Fantasy.

The Dream Jumper’s Promise (Dream Jumper Series) by Kim Hornsby (4 1/2 stars/96 reviews) Paranormal romance.

The Accidental Demon Slayer (A Biker Witches Novel) by Angie Fox (4 stars/151 reviews) Paranormal romance. Also free at Kobo. icon

The Deepest Cut (a MacKinnon Curse novel, Book 1) by J.A. Templeton (4 1/2 stars/449 reviews) YA Paranormal romance. Also free at Kobo. icon

Harm’s Hunger, Contemporary Western Romance (Bad in Boots, Book 1) by Patrice Michelle (4 stars/63 reviews).  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes.

Looking for You (A Laurel Heights Novel) by Kate Perry (4 1/2 stars/107 reviews) Contemporary romance. Also free at iTunes/Kobo. icon

Treading Water, The Treading Water Series, Book 1 by Marie Force (4 1/2 stars/139 reviews) Contemporary romance. Also free at iTunes/Kobo. icon

Rule of Three by Kelly Jamieson (4 1/2 stars/71 reviews) Contemporary romance; Explicit. Also free at iTunes.

His Prairie Princess (Prairie Brides) by Kit Morgan (4 1/2 stars/13 reviews) Historical romance.

The Essential Oil Advantage: How to Use Essential Oils to Create a Healthy Lifestyle by Laura Bostrom (4 1/2 stars/30 reviews) Aromatherapy.

Simple Living – 30 days to less stuff and more life by Lorilee Lippincott (4 stars/143 reviews).

The Myth of the Garage by Chip Heath and Dan Heath  (4 1/2 stars/37 reviews) Articles from Fast Company.  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes/Kobo. icon

Mind Maps: Quicker Notes, Better Memory, and Improved Learning 2.0 by Michael Taylor (4 1/2 stars/139 reviews) Study tools.

Part One: The Tunnel (Shadow Spinner) by Andrew Leon and Rusty Webb (4 1/2 stars/11 reviews) Children’s fiction.

A to Z of Silly Animals – The Best Selling Illustrated Children’s Book for All Ages by Sprogling’s Children’s Books (4 stars/41 reviews).  Also free at Barnes & Noble/iTunes/Kobo. icon 

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We’ll have our sales in triplicate, sir!  There are currently at least three different sales going on at the Kindle Store:

  1. The Big Deal sale is back at the Kindle Store.  Now through May 27th a large selection of Kindle books is available for up to 85% off the regular price.
  2. 20 Kindle books from various genres are on sale for $2 each.
  3. A bunch of romance titles are on sale from $2.99 each.

Kobo also has three different sales going on:

  1. A selection of ebooks that are 30% off through Memorial Day.  You must use a promo code – SPRINGSAVE – at checkout to receive the discount.  There are a couple of hundred ebooks in the sale.
  2. 75% off a selection of Harlequin Romance titles.  Use promo code – SpringRomance – at checkout.  This offer is good through June 1st.
  3. 80% off a selection of bestsellers.  Use promo code – SpringSave80 – at checkout.  Also good through June 1st.  Over 100 ebooks are included in this deal.

Amazon Local is offering a free voucher that will give you 40% off a wide selection of accessories for various members of the Kindle family.  There is everything here from speaker and charging docks for the Kindle Fire HD tablets to covers for the Kindle ereaders.  This deal will last through May 29th, but there are limited quantities of each item.

DecalGirlhas a Buy One Get One Half Off sale through May 28th.  Use promo code – BOGOHALF – at checkout.  Discount is applied to the less expensive item.

Staples is offering a $40 gift card with the purchase of a Kindle Fire 8.9” 16GB tablet.  Includes free shipping when ordered online.  Offer good through June 1st.

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