The Kindle Nation WEEKENDER

 October 22, 2011    

 

We Have 9 More 10 Kindle Fires to Give Away This Year  - Does One of Them Have Your Name on It? Plus a Chance to Trade In Your Old Device for a New Kindle Touch or Fire, and More Kindle News Than Ever! 

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 TRADEYou Could Get Paid for Reading This!

Interested in Trading Up for a New Kindle Touch or Kindle Fire Tablet?
Just Pull That Old Jalopy into Amazon's Super Lot for an Offer! 
 

By Stephen Windwalker
Posted October 22, 2011

 

This is fascinating. But even better, you could get paid for reading this post. Sort of.

 

Click Here to Trade In Almost eBook Reader or Tablet   

 

Back in May, we ran an article entitled "Amazon Prepares the Way for the Kindle Tablet by Accepting iPad Trade-ins." At the time Amazon was offering $245 for my first-generation 32GB, wifi-only iPad, and we called it "an absolutely brilliant step that only it could have taken as a way of preparing the path for the Kindle tablet:"

  

It extended its relatively unknown Buyback program, previously associated mostly with textbooks, movies, and video games, to include a wide range of electronics products including the iPad, the iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy, the Motorola Xoom, and all kinds of other devices that might - if you could trade them in for a decent sum - prepare the way for you to buy a Kindle tablet, both in terms of the need to replace functionality and the financial wherewithal to make the purchase. Click here to visit Amazon's Trade-in site.

Now Amazon has taken the logical but equally brilliant next step by extending the buyback deal to just about every ebook reader and tablet that we have ever owned or dreamed of owning -- except, at this early writing, the Nook -- beginning with that first Kindle 1 for which you may, like me, have paid $399. As you can see at the right, Amazon's algorithms initially set a "like new" trade-in price of $29 along with $26.25 (Good) or $18.50 (Acceptable), but those didn't last long. It may be a good indication of how popular the trade-in program is the Kindle 1 trade-in offer has already, as of this morning, fallen to less than half the original levels at $12/$10.75/$7.

 

These prices are set not by humans but by what Amazon's algorithms make of the marketplace, and by Amazon's formula for balancing the need to pay low enough that it can profit reasonably on a refurbished resale and high enough to make you want to unload the first-generation Kindle and buy a new model. But make no mistake, it's all about setting you up with one of the new models if at all possible, because those new models -- and especially the Kindle Fire tablet -- are the ideal content- and commerce-delivery system for just about everything that Amazon sells.

 

As any auto dealer can tell you, there is a tremendous amount of market power involved in having what is effectively a two-way market, and of course Amazon is far more knowledgeable about relative price elasticity and inventory control than most auto dealers and manufacturers have proven themselves to be. For everyone who has been feeling that very common feeling of buyer's remorse over having purchased less advanced but higher priced models in the past, even the prospect of a nickels-to-dollars trade-in transaction has to sweeten the appeal of purchasing a new Kindle Fire or Kindle Touch.

 

Meanwhile, for those who love to watch the ebook reader market and compare the popularity of various devices, it will be fascinating to watch the rising and falling offer prices for over 140 devices (including dedicated ebook readers, tablets, and smart phones) that Amazon has tagged with a "kindle" keyword in its trade-in department

 

And meanwhile -- as if this is something new -- Amazon apparently has it all:

  1. the most popular ebook readers ever;
  2. the best value proposition for any tablet; 
  3. the best trade-in spot, unless you are an eBay seller, for a growing list of electronic devices including dedicated ebook readers, tablets, and smartphones; and
  4. what is almost certain to become a very popular off-price secondary marketplace for the same devices.

Naturally, thus far we've all focused primarily on #1 and #2 above. But we should not underestimate the importance of #3 and #4 in influencing the economics, the retail pricing, and perhaps even the share price of some major competitors, including eBay and Apple.

 

But more on that in another post.

 

GIVEAWAYYou Have One More Day to Enter for Week #2 of Our Brand New KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes, Sponsored by James Scott Bell, author of ONE MORE LIE

 

We are well into week #2 of our wild and crazy plan to give away a brand new Kindle Fire each week for the last 10 weeks of 2011, and it is clear that we are going to surpass the 1,491 entries we had in Week #1, when our GRAND PRIZE winner, Kindle Nation citizen Mitzi Trout of Wichita, KS was randomly selected from all the entries to win a KINDLE FIRE tablet. Her Fire is slated to ship on November 15, and Amazon has confirmed for us that Mitzi's will arrive at her home on November 16!

 

What about yours?

 

Maybe yours will be awarded in Week #2, but of course you can't win it if you don't enter.

 

For the Week #2 Sweepstakes, the bestselling and award winning suspense writer James Scott Bell - author of a remarkable collection of a novella and three stories entitled One More Lie, among several of his books available on Kindle  - is helping us all out by as our sponsor. As Novel Rocket senior editor Ane Mulligan says, "James Scott Bell is at his best in One More Lie. Fast paced, this novella will leave you breathless to the unforeseen end. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. It's a must read!"

 

(And just in case you are wondering, James has already paid the full cost of that new Kindle Fire that could very well have your name on it. Every penny. What's that? Did you ask me to repeat the links to James' One More Lie and several of his books available on Kindle, because you understand how karma works in these matters? Okay then. Thanks for asking, and let's be clear that while the cosmos works by its own rules, we of course have no way of knowing what you download from the Kindle Store.)

 

The Week #2 Sweepstakes runs until noon on Sunday October 23, and entry details can be found at the end of this post. But if you would like to guarantee that you are a winner when it comes to having great books to read, here's the scoop on One More Lie:


 

One More Lie
by James Scott Bell by Compendium Press
Kindle Edition ~ Release Date: 2011-09-28
List Price: $2.99
Buy Now

Here's the set-up:

From a "master of suspense" (Library Journal) and writer of "heart-whamming" fiction (Publishers Weekly) comes an all new suspense collection by James Scott Bell.

In the novella, One More Lie, high flying divorce attorney Andrew Chamberlain is on top of the legal world. He buys his suits in Beverly Hills and wins his cases in court. But one day he's approached by a friend to handle the split with his wife. That's the day things start to go very wrong for Andrew Chamberlain . . . up to and including murder.
  • "James Scott Bell is at his best in One More Lie. Fast paced, this novella will leave you breathless to the unforeseen end. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. It's a must read!"Ane Mulligan, V. P./Sr. EditorNovel Rocket
PLUS, three stories full of the suspense twists James Scott Bell is known for:
  • "A Great Man" - The Reverend Mike Rickland was not expecting one of New Jersey's most notorious mobsters to pay him a visit. All Angelo Scapelli wanted was to offer Mike's church ten million dollars. On one condition.
  • "Some Hero" - Garth Himmelfarb, middle aged and paunchy, was only trying to work off a few pounds by jogging in his neighborhood. He didn't expect to help a woman in distress, a beautiful woman, a woman he could be a hero for. He didn't expect to step in to a situation that could get him beaten up or killed. But he did.
  • "How to Make Living as a Freelance Writer" - A struggling author, once popular, now on the way out, comes up with a last attempt to make enough money to live on as a writer . . . . and actually finds it. Let's just say it's not the "traditional" route.
  • "James Scott Bell is a master storyteller. In a few short words he can make you care about a character, cause you to wave your hands in warning as they speed toward disaster, or root for them to win the day." - Susan May Warren, bestselling author
  • James Scott Bell is the #1 bestselling author of Plot & Structure (Writer's Digest Books) and numerous novels and stories of suspense. Among these are Watch Your Back and Try Dying. Writing as K. Bennett he is also the author of the zombie legal thriller Pay Me in Flesh.

And here are the details on the Kindle Nation Week #2 KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes:

 

There's no purchase required, but we do need you to go to our Kindle Nation Facebook page and "Like" us. Give the page a few seconds to load, because for some reason it takes a little longer. Then just follow the prompts to enter the sweepstakes, and you're done!  

 

Good luck! And happy reading!

 

 

 

DIGESTKindle Nation Daily Digest

Brief Tips, Freebies and Bargain Updates  

Oct. 22, 2011



Today's B
riefs:
Kindle Fire
Just 25 Days Until the Kindle Fire Ships! 

  • Kindle Nation Reader Alert: Sean DeCoursey's BE GLAD IT DIDN'T HAPPEN TO YOU, 5 Stars, $4.99
    "It isn't about how hard you can get hit. It's how hard can you get hit and keep moving forward." -Rocky Balboa http://bit.ly/pg1Mje     
  • Today's Kindle Daily Deal - Saturday Oct. 22 - Save 78% on Maggie Brendan's Deeply Devoted, plus ... Just in time for Hallowe'en, Veronica Blade's SOMETHING WITCHY THIS WAY COMES is now just $2.99 on Kindle! (Today's Sponsor) http://bit.ly/orNFuf 
  • Kindle Nation Daily Bargain Book Alert: Kathryn Shay's THE PERFECT FAMILY is our eBook of the Day at just 99 Cents with 4.8 Stars on 4 Reviews, and Here's a Free Sample! http://bit.ly/prKkTq 
  • KND Kindle Free Book Alert for Saturday, October 22: SEVENTEEN (17) BRAND NEW FREEBIES in the last 24 hours added to Our 1,128 FREE TITLES Sorted by Category, Date Added, Bestselling or Review Rating! plus ... Moses Siregar's THE BLACK GOD'S WAR (Today's Sponsor - $2.00) http://bit.ly/rqo1V6
 

and now ... Today's Kindle Daily Deal!

Kindle Daily Deal: Deeply Devoted

 

In Maggie Brendan's Deeply Devoted, a young woman from Holland decides to leave her troubled past behind and start her life fresh in Wyoming as a mail-order bride-staking her future on a man she's never met.

Yesterday's Price:

$9.22

 

Today's Discount:

$7.23

 

 

Kindle Daily Deal Price:           

$1.99

(78% off)


 

 CONTENTWhile We Wait for the Kindle Fire Tablet, Amazon Whets Our Appetites with More Fire-Optimized Content

By Steve Windwalker

 

I'm waiting for my Kindle Fire, along with thousands of other citizens of Kindle Nation. It's supposed to arrive on November 16, but wouldn't we love it if Amazon surprised us by shipping the Fire tablet a few days early?  

 

In the meantime Amazon continues to whet our appetites by teasing us with the content that will soon be available on the Kindle Fire, including new PBS programming announced this morning in an on-sire letter from Jeff Bezos and an Amazon press release, programming that will be free to Amazon Prime members through Prime Instant Video:

Prime members will have access to more than 1,000 episodes of popular PBS television, which will roll out on the service over the next several months. PBS titles will include NOVA, Masterpiece and Antiques Roadshow, along with the Ken Burns series of documentaries featuring The Civil War, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, Baseball, Jazz and the acclaimed new series Prohibition, which premiered on PBS stations earlier this month. Prime instant video will also offer popular PBS news programs with day-after air availability from shows like Frontline and Washington Week. Beginning in early November, and for the first time ever on digital video, PBS
brings Prime members 200 episodes of The French Chef with the world renowned Julia Child. 

Amazon Prime, just in case it's new to you, combines free two-day delivery of millions of items in the Amazon Store with free instant streaming of thousands of video movies and programs, all for an annual rate of $79 or a free introductory month with your Kindle Fire. Learn more here.

 

So while I work this morning, with no Kindle Fire tablet yet to be found in my home, the first episode of Ken Burns' Prohibition, which I missed last weekend, is playing on the MacBook Pro on my desk. When it's finished I'll probably switch over to listen to some music on the Cloud. But I'm counting the days (28, I think) before the Fire ships, not only because it will make the process more seamless and enjoyable but because the Fire will take its place alongside an e-Ink Kindle as my go-to device for video, music, newspapers and magazines, apps for productivity and fun, and sometimes even reading.  

 

For starters, Amazon is already teasing a very compelling three-month free trial offer for Kindle Fire-optimized magazines, available only to Kindle Fire owners,  that is bound to lead to millions of magazine subscriptions on the new device almost immediately on November 16:

 

 

Stay tuned for more, including a new initiative from Kindle Nation itself whose aim will be to help you explore all the new pathways and portals that the Kindle Fire tablet will help to open for your brain.

Here's Jeff's letter on the Amazon website this morning:

 

 
 


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briefsKindle Nation News Briefs and Bargains - October 22, 2011


Are You Among the 51,000 Readers Who Will Connect with Kindle Nation Today? Yes? Then THANK YOU!

October 21, 2011
By Kindle Nation

By Steve Windwalker For just a moment here, can we take a deep breath and express our gratitude to the thousands of readers who interact with Kindle Nation every day? Yes, that's you, and we are very, very grateful. One way or another, we connect with over 51,000 readers every day. In the past...

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Electronic Frontier Foundation Gets Straight Privacy Answers From Amazon About New "Silk" Tablet Browser

October 18, 2011 - 4:28pm | By Dan Auerbach 

 

Amazon recently announced that the new Kindle Fire tablet will ship with a brand new browser called Silk. The Silk browser works in "cloud acceleration" mode by routing most webpage requests through servers controlled by Amazon. The idea is to capitalize on Amazon's powerful AWS cloud servers to parallelize and hence speed up downloading web page elements, and then pass that information back to the tablet through a persistent connection using the SPDY protocol. This protocol is generally faster than the standard HTTP protocol. This split-browser idea, not unique to Amazon, is a departure from the way major browsers work today.

 

Following the announcement, security experts as well as lawmakers have raised privacy questions and concerns about Silk. After all, while in cloud acceleration mode, the user is trusting Amazon with an incredible amount of information. This is because Amazon is sitting in the middle of most communications between a user's Fire tablet on the one hand, and the website she chooses to visit on the other. This puts Amazon in a position to track a user's browsing habits and possibly sensitive content. As there were a lot of questions that the Silk announcement left unresolved, we decided to follow up with Amazon to learn more about the privacy implications.


Our conversation with Amazon allayed many of our major concerns. Cloud acceleration mode is the default setting, but Amazon has assured us it will be easy to turn off on the first page of the browser settings menu. When turned off, Silk operates as a normal web browser, sending the requests directly to the web sites you are visiting....

Read more here on the EFF website.



Google launches new book alerts and other services

From the Inside Google Books: Starting this week, you can set up a Google Alert for books and receive email notices when new books that match your interests become available. To create an alert for books, go to Google Alerts, type in the keywords you a...

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Kindle will support HTML 5 - Kindle Format 8

Important news.  Mobi, which is what Kindle uses now, is a pretty limited format, but HTML 5 opens up the world to the Kindle.  Here's the announcement from their Kindle Format 8 page. Announcing HTML5 Support in Kindle Format 8 CSS3 support Fl...

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Booksellers continue to object to British Library Amazon links

The controversy over the British Library's Amazon links is not over. The Bookseller reports that Tim Godfray, chief executive of the UK's Booksellers Association, is asking the British Library's CEO to review the matter, and other booksellers are...

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2011 Man Booker Prize Winner: Julian Barnes

October 19, 2011
By Kindle Editors
2011 Man Booker Prize Winner: Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes has won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending. The Man Booker is awarded annually to a novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. Gaby Wood, a judge of this year's prize, explains why the novel was selected. Tony Webster...

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E-book market booming in US, slow to develop in rest of world

Here in America, we think of e-books as being on the verge of kicking paper back to the dark ages. But only in America do e-books make up as much as 20% of total book sales-it's a very different story in the rest of the world. PaidContent reports t...

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Open Road to Launch New Ebook Imprint; First Titles Include Styron's SOPHIE'S CHOICE, Uris' EXODUS; Erica Jong's FEAR OF FLYING-Out Today-Among Others

October 18, 2011
By Nate Hoffelder
Open Road to Launch New Ebook Imprint;  First Titles Include Styron's SOPHIE'S CHOICE, Uris' EXODUS;  Erica Jong's  FEAR OF FLYING-Out Today-Among Others

The digital publisher Open Road Media have just announced that the launch of Iconic eBooks. Erica Jong's Fear of Flying will be the first title released under the new imprint, with The Color Purple by Alice Walker following soon after. Open Road also plan to rebrand a number of its current eBooks under the...

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Guest Blogger: M.J. Rose on "In Session"

October 17, 2011
By Kindle Editors
Guest Blogger: M.J. Rose on "In Session"

M.J. Rose is an international best-selling author of eleven novels. She is also a founding member and board member of the International Thriller Writers. One night in 2006, on the LeeChild.com message board, I stumbled upon a discussion about who would win in a match up--Barry Eisler's John Rain or...

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Worldreader: Books for All

October 17, 2011
By Joe Wikert

TOC Frankfurt is a wrap and I met a bunch of terrific people there. There's one in particular I want to call attention to: Elizabeth Wood of Worldreader. If you haven't heard of Worldreader I ask that you take a few minutes to learn about them. Their mission is to make digital books available to...

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Congratulations to sponsor Richard Bard, whose novel BRAINRUSH is currently Kindle Nation Thriller of the Week and is #15 on the Kindle Movers & Shakers List!

October 16, 2011
By Book Gorilla
Congratulations to sponsor Richard Bard, whose novel BRAINRUSH is currently Kindle Nation Thriller of the Week and is #15 on the Kindle Movers & Shakers List!

Congratulations to sponsor Richard Bard, whose novel BRAINRUSH is currently Kindle Nation Thriller of the Week and is #15 on the Kindle Movers & Shakers List. Richard has had very kind things to say about Kindle Nation sponsorships including this ... Continue reading  

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Is an 80% ebook world for straight text really in sight?

October 21, 2011
By The Shatzkin Files

The recent news that digital revenues have reached approximately 20% at some of the Big Six houses makes me believe that we are on the verge of a tectonic shift in the industry. It provoked me to think through the logical extension of well-established ...

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Digital subscriptions working for the NY Times

From Good E Reader: The New York Times is one of the success stories for companies transcending the print world and making a viable profit from digital subscriptions. In an earnings call the company disclosed that they currently have 324,000 paid subsc...

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Infographic - changing reading habits

Source:LiveScience Thanks to Ebookfriendly for the heads up.

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Oxfam launches its first ebook: Growing a Better Future

From the press release: International aid agency Oxfam today releases a digital edition of its report "Growing a Better Future: Food justice in a resource constrained world" to coincide with the beginning of 'GROW Week' - a week of ac...

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Berkley/NAL will launch InterMix, a new ebook imprint; 11 Nora Roberts' books in ebook format for first time

From Publishers Weekly: With demand for mass market paperbacks withering, Berkley/NAL, the mass market paperback division of Penguin, will launch a new e-book imprint in January that will operate much like a mass market paperback publisher. InterMix wi...

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Politico and Random House team up in ebooks

From the Politico site: POLITICO has taken its second step into the book business today with the launch of an online bookstore, in partnership with Random House, of political books curated by POLITICO's editors. "POLITICO Bookshelf" will be opera...

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British Library re-institute links to Amazon from its on-line catalog

The Bookseller has an article on the British Library reinstituting a controversial linking scheme in its on-line catalog that added a link to Amazon's catalog from each book entry. It had removed the scheme last week in response to complaints by book...

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Enjoy This Free Excerpt From Our Thriller Of The Week Sponsor: Richard Bard's Brainrush

October 18, 2011
By Kindle Nation
Enjoy This Free Excerpt From Our Thriller Of The Week Sponsor: Richard Bard's Brainrush

Richard Bard's Brainrush:

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Did You Win a Kindle Fire Today? If Your Name is Mitzi Trout You Did! If Not, You Can Enter a Brand New KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes Right Now!

October 17, 2011
By Kindle Nation
Did You Win a Kindle Fire Today? If Your Name is Mitzi Trout You Did! If Not, You Can Enter a Brand New KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes Right Now!

    Karen Cantwell Okay, we've got good news and bad news. And then we've got some more good news. For the past week, suspense novelist Karen Cantwell - author of the hilariously twisted Barbara Marr mysteries TAKE THE MONKEYS AND RUN and CITIZEN INSANE - has been helping us all out by sponsoring...

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Cold facts: ebook sales are accelerating while print sales are plunging, by John Miedema

Twenty years of the World Wide Web only increased the sale of books. Just a few years after the Kindle was launched e-book sales are accelerating and print sales are plunging. Here are the facts that interest the numbers nerds who follow these things. ...

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BookLending.com 25 Most Wanted - Week of October 10th

October 17, 2011
By BookLending.com Blog

1.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 2. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins 3. Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan 4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 5. Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunge...

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Jason Epstein sees print on demand, small publishers as key to future of publishing

It's a cliché that the elderly are out of touch with the future, and prefer to cling to the way things were in the past rather than moving forward into the future. But there are plenty of exceptions to every rule, and 83-year-old Jason Epstein, the ...

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TKC 168 Jon Cog

October 21, 2011
By Len Edgerly
TKC 168 Jon Cog

News - 1) Amazon announces a brand new format for Kindle titles, named Kindle Format 8 or KF8. Chris Casey of eBook Architects and the eBook Ninjas Podcast in an interview today (starts at 2:10) explains what the new format will do and why it's important. 2) Looking for ways to pay for a...

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NYCC 2011: Crossing the Comics/Prose Divide

October 15, 2011
By Nate Hoffelder
NYCC 2011: Crossing the Comics/Prose Divide

I'm back now from my trip to NYC, and it's given me a lot to think about. I went up for the day so I could attend NYCC (New York ComiCon) with the usual goal of connecting with publishers, talking to digital comics distributors, and generally networking with so we can match a name...

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Reading Steve Jobs

October 21, 2011
By Publishers Lunch

 

A rash of copies of the embargoed Steve Jobs biography were purchased by news organizations yesterday, which may dampen the appeal of Fortune's "exclusive" excerpt which is still being held for Monday.  

 

The AP recounts that he raged at one-time Apple board member Eric Schmidt in 2010 when a Google Android phone appeared with iPhone-like features. "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs said. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this." After filing suit, Jobs told Schmidt, "I don't want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won't want it. I've got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want...."

 

Jobs still saw value in his experimentation with LSD, telling Isaacson it "reinforced my sense of what was important - creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could." At one point earlier, Jobs had said of Bill Gates, "He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger." In the book, the Huffington Post quotes Jobs as saying of Gates "He really never knew much about technology, but he had an amazing instinct for what works." He also says: "Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he's more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas." Even before the LSD, "as a teenager [he] perfected staring at people without blinking...."

 

The NYT notes that the book "spans Jobs's entire life, and also includes previously unknown details about his romantic life, his marriage, his relationship with his sister and his business dealings." But they focus on Jobs' initial decision to treat his cancer with alternative therapies rather than surgery, while noting that delay was "first reported in 2008 in Fortune magazine."
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SHINE Casts a Shadow on the National Book Awards

October 20, 2011
By Nora Rawlinson

The story of the National Book Foundation's flip-flops on whether Lauren Myracle's Shine (Amulet/Abrams, 9780810984172) would be included on the list of finalists for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature is being ca...

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Barnes & Noble, Books a Million removal of DC Comics from stores over Kindle Fire exclusivity causes controversy

We mentioned a couple of weeks ago that Barnes & Noble had pulled all of DC Comics's graphic novels from its bookstores in protest over DC's exclusive e-comic sales through the Kindle Fire when it had refused to sell them electronically through...

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iBooks Now at 180 Million Downloads

October 19, 2011
By Nate Hoffelder
iBooks Now at 180 Million Downloads

Apple held its quarterly conference call with investors this week, and as usual it dropped a few hints about how the company is doing. We were told yesterday that iBooks had seen 180,000,000 downloads since it launched in April of 2010. Note that these...

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USA Today Extends Romance Coverage

October 18, 2011
By Nora Rawlinson

USA Today has added a second book blog to their Web site; "Happy Ever After," devoted to romance novels, now joins the Book Buzz blog. Edited by romance novelist Joyce Lamb (the final title in her True trilogy, True Shot, will be published ...

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Kindle Nation Bargain Book Alert: This Week Only, Save 25% Off Retail on THE HUNGRY, An Intense 5-Star Apocalyptic Horror Novel by Harry Shannon and Steven Booth

October 18, 2011
By Kindle Nation
Kindle Nation Bargain Book Alert: This Week Only, Save 25% Off Retail on THE HUNGRY, An Intense 5-Star Apocalyptic Horror Novel by Harry Shannon and Steven Booth

(Ed. Note: I was listening to "Prairie Home Companion" this weekend and Garrison Keillor was talking about zombies and the deliberations of his church diversity committee over whether parish outreach to the zombie community would be appropriate. That's no typo: Garrison Keillor and Zombies. (Can Richard Ford and Toni Morrison be far behind?) So...

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Amazon's moves into publishing business cause traditional publishers to feel threatened

The New York Times is carrying a piece about how Amazon is moving to act as a combined publisher/retailer, cutting out traditional publishers. The company already tried to snag a series by self-publishing prodigy Amanda Hocking, offering the largest ad...

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By 2020 digital to dominate publishing says survey

From The Bookseller: That is among the early findings from The Digital Census 2011, The Bookseller's annual survey of digital trends and opinions. Responses are still being collected, but provisional figures from the survey show around a quarter (25....

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Kobo could be best international e-reader

At FutureBook, "namenick" has a post explaining why he sees Kobo as being much better-suited than Amazon or Apple for international expansion. In short, Kobo has much better international content availability. Where Amazon has been opening separate...

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E-books elicit mixed reactions from literary estate holders

The Bookseller has a lengthy feature on estate publishing, discussing the challenges and rewards inherent in managing the literary estates of deceased authors. The entire article is interesting, but the section on e-readers might be of particular inter...

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6 Tips and Tricks to Use Kindle for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

October 17, 2011
By Piotr Kowalczyk

Kindle for iOS has just been updated to version 2.8 (iTunes link), which complies with Apple's new in-app purchase rules. Kindle Store button was removed from the home page - it was obvious. I've also checked endings of free samples ...

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by Karen Carr
4.8 stars - 4 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

"I love the premise of this book--I think the kids will love it! And Carr has done a great job in creating and describing this strange shadow world. "

J. S. Colley, Amazon Reviewer

Here's the set-up:

Twelve-year-old Emison prefers reason over impulse, but when her mom turns into a shadow and vanishes through their apartment wall, Emison's well-ordered reality changes. She embarks upon a journey into a mysterious shadow world, where she encounters an evil gang of color scientists called the Chromatics.

Emison must navigate the strange new world and her own insecurities to rescue her mom from the evil gang. Emison's plan unravels when she changes into a flat-black shadow, and descends into the pitch-black land of darkness. To succeed in her quest, she must trust her friends and follow her instincts, which have always been wrong.

One Reviewer Notes:

"I originally intended to screen this book over the weekend for my 9 year old who loves Harry Potter, the Mysterious Benedict Society, and other fantasy books. Unfortunately for me, I started this book when I had other important chores to complete. It was so interesting I ended up postponing my chores and reading the first 2/3 of the book in one sitting. "
Carolyn, Amazon Reviewer

About the Author

Karen Carr discovered at a young age that she liked to write. It was mostly because of her father, who wrote so much that he could not leave his study without an avalanche of papers following him. In fact, the only piece of furniture in the study was an old leather sofa. The rest of the room was full of books. It was on this sofa that Karen spent many hours honing her craft, even after he was gone. While she has moved from Chicago, to New York, to Los Angeles and beyond, her love of writing has never left her side.Karen Carr discovered at a young age that she liked to write. It was mostly because of her father, who wrote so much that he could not leave his study without an avalanche of papers following him. In fact, the only piece of furniture in the study was an old leather sofa. The rest of the room was full of books. It was on this sofa that Karen spent many hours honing her craft, even after he was gone. While she has moved from Chicago, to New York, to Los Angeles and beyond, her love of writing has never left her side.

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Chromatics Attack (The Shadow World)

 
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