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A few Cyber Monday deals – Updated   no comments

Posted at 10:34 am in eReaders & eBooks on Sale,Random

A few Cyber Monday sales that feature tablets, ereaders and ebooks. Many stores are extending some of their Black Friday deals as well.

Amazon has set up a Cyber Monday Deals Store that will feature limited-time Lightning Deals from today through the end of the week.  Amazon has a selection of thousands of Kindle books that are available at 80% or more off the regular price on Cyber Monday only.  There are also iPad cases and other tablet accessories on sale.  For Cyber Monday only the Kindle Fire is priced at $129 (regularly $159) with promo code FIREDEAL.

AmazonLocal is offering a free voucher for 30% off select Kindle accessories ($30 maximum discount).  This deal will last for a couple more days and the voucher must be used by December 10, 2012.  There are a lot of covers and cases for the various Kindle ereaders and Fire tablets that qualify for this discount.

Barnes & Noble is offering a $20 gift card with the purchase of a Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Nook Simple Touch, or Nook ST with GlowLight. This is for Cyber Monday only.  Through December 2nd B&N is giving a free $10 eGift card when you purchase $75 worth of gift cards or eGift cards.

The 16GB Nook Tablet is available today at 1SaleADay for $99.99 with free shipping.  This sale is scheduled to end at 9PM PST tonight.  These are pre-owned devices.

Best Buy is offering a $25 store credit when you purchase $250 or more online Sunday or Cyber Monday and pick up your purchases in a store.  Details are here.  The Kobo Mini eReader is again priced at $49.99 for Cyber Monday at Best Buy.

Google Play has a selection of ebooks that are 80% off.

Kobo will have a 24-hour sale on ebooks for Cyber Monday with savings of up to 80%.

Publisher Open Road is having a one-day sale for Cyber Monday featuring its entire catalogue of ebooks at 80% off.  You can find these at the Kindle Store,at the Nook Store, Kobo, the Sony Reader Store, and iBookstore.  The prices on at least a few of these titles seem to be a little cheaper at the Kindle Store, where Open Road has almost 1900 titles.  Open Road publishes a lot of contemporary classics and this sale is well worth looking at.  For young readers this sale includes the Boxcar Children series.


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Written by Richard on November 25th, 2012

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Black Friday week deals on tablets & ereaders   no comments

Posted at 8:44 pm in eReaders & eBooks on Sale,Random

Below are a few sales for this week and Black Friday; I’ll add to this post as I find more.

Amazon has a Black Friday deals section with sales going all week.  There are a few tablets included in the sales, as well as tablet and ereader covers and cases.  In the past Amazon has had a few Kindle Lightning Deals on Black Friday, but they always get sold out very quickly.  For Black Friday Amazon is offering the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G Android phone (Verizon) for $59.99 with contract.  The Appstore has a selection of popular and well-rated apps and games on sale for 50% or more off the regular price for Black Friday week.  OfficeSuite Professional 6 is currently on sale for $4.99 (regularly $14.99).  Amazon has put 25 of the past Kindle Daily Deal favorites back on sale for Black Friday, each priced at $1.99.

Apple is offering a few discounts for Black Friday, both online and in the Apple Retail Stores.

AT&T will be offering $100 off any tablet with a 2-year data contract ($14.99 per month minimum) when purchased from an AT&T company-owned store or online.  This deal will last through the end of the year or until promotional supplies are exhausted.

Barnes & Noble will be selling the Nook Simple Touch ereader for $59 (regularly $99) on Black Friday.  This offer is good in-store only and while supplies last.

Best Buy will be giving away a $30 gift card with the purchase of a Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD 16GB tablet; $50 gift card with purchase of iPod Touch 16GB and a $40 to $60 discount and free shipping on the iPad 16GB and iPad 2 16GB.  Thanksgiving Day online exclusive:  Nabi 2 children’s tablet for $129.99 with free shipping.  Other tablets and accessories also on sale. has the Kobo Touch eReader w/special offers for $89.99 and the Vtech Inno Tab 2 children’s tablet  for $81.

Case-Mate makes cases for iOS devices and a few other tablets.  Through December 1st coupon code cmsave10 will give a 10% discount on purchases of $55 or more.

DecalGirlis offering 25% off device skins with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY25.  Skins from the DecalGirl Collective collection are 35% off with promo code COLLECTIVE.  DecalGirl is also running a contest giving away an iPad mini.

Google Play has a selection of ebooks that are 80% off through the weekend.  A number of gaming apps are also offering deals on in-game currency and goods.

Groupon currently has two-packs of the M-Edge e-Luminator ereader light on sale for just $10.  This sale will last until Black Friday evening – if it does not sell out first.  This is a great deal for non-frontlit ereaders.  Groupon also has the BlackBerry PlayBook 7-inch tablet on sale:  $159 for 32GB or $199 for 64GB.

Kobo has announced that its Kobo Mini eReader will be available for $49.99 in-store on Black Friday and the following Saturday at Best Buy and IndieBound independent bookstores and online for Cyber Monday at Best Buy.  When purchased from an indie bookstore the Mini will come with a free copy of The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro.   Kobo will also have a 24-hour sale on ebooks (link will be live on Nov. 26) for Cyber Monday with savings of up to 80%.

Kohl’s sells a few mobile devices and coupon code BLACKFRI will give a 15% discount on everything.  Valid November 22nd from 8PM to the 23rd at 1PM.

MyHabit has a selection of Kindle covers and cases for $10.  Brands represented in the sale include DODOcase, J. Fold and Wisecracker.  Some of these covers will also fit other ereaders.  Expect these to sell out quick.

Newegg Black Friday deals.

Office Depot is offering discounts on several tablets, including the Blackberry PlayBook for $149.93 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1-inch 16GB tablet for $299.99 (this price seems to be pretty common elsewhere for the Tab 2).

Skinithas a new promo code – SKINITGIFT20 – that will be good for a 20% discount on any device skin until December 31st.

Target will have the Nook Simple Touch for $49 on Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day as a doorbuster.   Buy a new iPad and get a $60 gift card.

Verizon is offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch tablet for $99.99 with a 2-year data plan.  Other offers include the Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot free with a 2-year contract ($20 per month).

Walmart will be offering a $75 gift certificate with the purchase of an iPad 2 16GB.  This deal is valid Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday and is only available in stores.  Walmart will also be offering the Nabi children’s tablet for $129.

For Black Friday Ziniois offering 50% off of the subscription price of over 200 of its top selling digital magazines.  Zinio is also having a sweepstakeswith an iPad mini as prize.


The following are for Canadian customers:

Staples Canada will have the Kobo Mini eReader for $49.12 on Black Friday.

Toys”R”Us Canada will be offering the Kobo Mini eReader for $49.97 – a 50% discount – on Cyber Monday, both in-store and online.


At Amazon UK the price of the Kindle Firehas been reduced from the regular price of £129 to £99 for a limited time as a Black Friday promotion.  Amazon has a Black Friday deals store for the UK with other offers as well.


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Written by Richard on November 19th, 2012

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Banned Book Week 2012   no comments

Posted at 8:30 am in Random

The 30th annual Banned Book Week (BBW) celebration will be September 30th through October 6th this year. Banned-Book-Week

Looking at the list of books banned, restricted or challenged during 2010 – 2011 is interesting.  Some of the listed titles that I’ve read at one time or another and that I find a bit intriguing: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen; Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson.

Much is said about a culture by the books it bans, and not much of it very praiseworthy.

You can find out more about Banned Books week at the BBW and ALA websites.

Arizona bookstore chain Bookmans, which has been known to make some interesting promotional videos,  has done one for Banned Book Week 2012:


Banned Book Week logo courtesy of American Library Association


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Written by Richard on September 18th, 2012

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Digitimes predicts ereader shipments to grow over 30% in 2012   no comments

Digitimes is predicting that global shipments of ereaders will rise to 28.9 million units in 2012, an increase of 31.4% over 2011.  The US is expected to continue to be the major market for ereaders.

Digitimes also seems to think that if ereader prices fall again next year, it will be due to pressure from the tablet PC market rather than from competition within the dedicated ereader market.  This is because Barnes & Noble and Kobo, the Kindle’s biggest competitors, would have trouble reducing the prices of their ereaders again to follow the Kindle’s price much lower if Amazon were to further reduce it.  The other ereader manufacturers cannot match Amazon’s ability to sell its ereader hardware as a loss leader.

Digitimes does see the possibility of the pricing of the Kindle Fire tablet being reduced to as low as $149 to undercut other lower priced tablets.  If this happens, Amazon would likely also lower the price of the Kindle ereaders to maintain product differentiation and help prevent the various members of the Kindle Family from cannibalizing each other’s sales.

In a separate report, Digitimes says that Amazon has again increased production of the Kindle Fire to more than five million units.

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Written by Richard on November 10th, 2011

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