The Kindle Nation WEEKENDER

 November 5, 2011    

 

Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Prime and Your Kindle!

 

Plus, WE CAN'T BE STOPPED! We're Going to Keep Giving Away Brand New Kindle Fires Each Week Through 2011 and On into 2012!  

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    By Stephen Windwalker
Posted November 5, 2011

 

 

We've been planning for a while to devote some serious space to introducing (or re-introducing) you to a nifty little Amazon program called Amazon Prime and how it can help you get the most out of your Kindle, and this week's events elevated that plan to the level of top priority. 

 

One of the things about which I constantly have to remind myself -- especially when I am writing for the citizens of Kindle Nation -- is that a lot of things that may be clear to me about Amazon and how it works may be worth some additional explaining for others. And, of course, on some things, I may just arrive at different conclusions than those at which many of our loyal, highly valued readers arrive. That, as they say, is what makes a horse race.

 

After all, I've been a very active Amazon customer for the past fifteen years, an Amazon Prime member since 2006, a Kindle owner since the Kindle first launched, and a participant in Amazon Marketplace, zShops, Amazon Advantage, and the Kindle and CreateSpace digital publishing platforms. When it comes to Amazon, I've been to night school.

Amazon Prime
Prime: It Keeps Getting Better

So, after five years of saving tons of money on free shipping (along with millions of other Amazon Prime members), I was pleased several months ago when Amazon began offering me -- for the same $79 a year -- a free "Prime Instant Video" library of thousands of movies of TV shows. And Thursday I was thrilled to learn of a new program where that same $79 would allow me one free download each month from among over 5,000 Kindle ebook titles including many current or former bestsellers and plenty of books priced at $9 or $10 and above. 

 

But when Amazon issued a middle-of-the-night press release and reorganized much of its Kindle ebook database to launch its new Kindle Owners' Lending Library program, there were plenty of Kindle owners who were not thrilled. For some people this was due to the fact that several websites including our own experienced a glitch for a few hours when titles from the new program were commingled with free titles, leading to bad customer experiences ranging from people being charged for books they thought were free to feeling like they were the victims of bait-and-switch tactics. (None of this was intentional, of course, but I am very sorry that it happened. It resulted from the perhaps unavoidable fact that Amazon rolled out the program without warning to affiliate websites, but the good news is that for any readers who were charged for a book today due to confusion between free books and the new Kindle lending library program for Amazon Prime members, Amazon's Kindle customer support is always glad to provide a no-hassle return and refund within 7 days of your purchase. You can contact them via email or phone at http://amzn.to/tL7YwJ.)

 

But I will have to admit that it took me by surprise that, even after everything was going smoothly and seamlessly on everybody's websites, there were still a vocal group of our Kindle Nation readers who felt the new program was confusing at best, and a rip-off at worst: 

Jo wrote: "Some 'lending library' ... you can only borrow one a month, that's 12 a year. You have to be a Prime member to borrow books, that's 80 bucks a year. 80 divided by 12 is 6.67 per book! Cheaper to buy some and be able to loan them to friends for free! Thanks for nothing Amazon..."

 

Elizabeth chimed in: "So much for the 'library' idea. Easier (and much cheaper) just to head to my local library. This is a rip off!"

 

"It is a bad idea Amazon...and you saw what happened with the banks," said Sam.

  

Sandi asked "is that how so many customers that bought into the Kindle will now be treated? Are big businesses just not getting it? Follow the news on BOA and Netflix? I hope it ain't so."

 

Confusing? Yes, I'll grant you that. Amazon could have executed a smoother program launch if:

  • it had avoided branding the new program with the "lending library" label in which it suffers by comparison with public libraries that do not charge dues and do not limit borrowers to a single title per month;
  • it had resisted the temptation to use a much larger font size for the "program" price so that customers' attention would be drawn away from the details until they had already purchased and been charged for the book; and
  • it had shared details about the program with websites such as Kindle Nation Daily so that we could have played a helpful role in clarifying -- and, yes, promoting -- the program to our readers rather than scrambling to re-write bargain-searching code after the fact while, unfortunately, also posting some phrasing that contributed to the confusion. (Following Amazon's lead, we made the mistake of referring to the program as Amazon's "new approach to free books," and we apologize for that.)   

But, all that being said, I strongly resist the notion that either Amazon Prime or the new (and perhaps poorly named) Kindle Owners' Lending Library program is a rip-off. In order to illuminate the benefits of Amazon prime, we'll focus on the following:


Kindle Fire
GIVEAWAYHeads Up! - 24 Hours Left!

You Have Until Sunday to Enter for Week #4 of Our Brand New KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes

Sponsored by Jack Harney, author of
THE MILLSTONE PROPHECY

We are well into week #4 of our wild and crazy plan to give away a brand new Kindle Fire every week through the rest of this year and well into next, and we are already two-thirds of the way toward surpassing last week's record of 2,227 entries.

 

(Our GRAND PRIZE winner, Kindle Nation citizen Steve Wisener of Northfield, Minnesota was randomly selected from all the entries to win a KINDLE FIRE tablet. The Fire is slated to ship on November 15, and Amazon has confirmed for us that Steve's will arrive at his home by November 16!)

 

What about yours?

 

Maybe yours will be awarded in Week #4, but you know how this works, right? You can't win it if you don't enter.  For the Week #4 Sweepstakes,  novelist Jack Harney, author of the true 5-star thriller THE MILLSTONE PROPHECY,  is helping us all out as our sponsor.  

 

(And just in case you are wondering, Jack 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 re-post the link to THE MILLSTONE PROPHECY, and provide a link to Jack's Amazon Author Page, 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 #4 Sweepstakes runs until shortly after noon on Sunday November 6, 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 a personal invitation to discover Jack Harney's true 5-star thriller THE MILLSTONE PROPHECY at the terrific price of just $2.99! 18 straight Amazon reviewers have weighed in with rave reviews, and NYT's best selling author Mary Jane Clark praised Harney's page-turner on her Facebook page:

 

 

The Millstone Prophecy

by Jack Harney
 
Kindle Edition  
List Price: $2.99
 

 

 

Here's the set-up:

 

Famed N.Y.P.D. Lieutenant, Dax McGowan, attempts to track down and kill the pedophile priest who caused his daughter's suicide. A citywide foot race soon turns into an international manhunt, taking Dax to the gates of Vatican City and beyond with startling results. An intransigent and deceitful church hierarchy, a politically weakened D.A.'s response, and mysterious assassins dispatched to "take him down" thwart his every move.

 

One Reviewer Notes:  

 

"Jack Harney has crafted a clever page-turner with a cast of solid, persuasive characters who take the reader into the sordid underbelly of the Roman Catholic Church. Although a work of fiction, this intriguing mystery exposes many facts regarding the immoral machinations employed by Catholic hierarchies to protect and hide abusive priests. As the parent of a child abused by a priest, I could easily relate to both the heartache and the rage that gripped the hero, Dax McGowan, as he embarked on an international manhunt to locate the pedophile priest responsible for his young daughter's suicide."  

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 


 SHIPPINGAmazon Prime 1.0 - From 2005 Until February 2011, It Was Just a Free Two-Day Shipping Program

 

 

When Amazon Prime was first launched back in 2005, it was a free two-day shipping program.

 

Any customer could pay $79 a year and receive free two-day shipping on qualifying items all year long. The math was easy: for anyone who was likely to order from Amazon two dozen or more times a year, it was a no-brainer. Even if your use of Amazon fell a little short of that threshold, Amazon Prime was a very convenient and friction-free program that meant you didn't have to calculate shipping costs or try to figure out how long something would take to arrive. For just about everything I ever wanted to order from Amazon, if I placed the order by Wednesday afternoon the package would show up by Friday.

 

For Amazon, the program put the company in a stronger position than ever to negotiate carrier deals, and the customer experience with Amazon Prime kept getting better and better:

  • Amazon soon added an option for Amazon Prime members to select one-day overnight shipping for a one-time charge of $3.99 -- a service for which we has all been used to paying two or three times as much in the past. Late shoppers and procrastinating gift-givers rejoiced!
  • As Amazon's overall offerings expanded dramatically to include groceries, household goods, clothing, electronics and much much more, the Amazon Prime value proposition only got better. 

When Amazon Prime was first launched back in 2005, it was a free two-day shipping program.

 

Any customer could pay $79 a year and receive free two-day shipping on qualifying items all year long. The math was easy: for anyone who was likely to order from Amazon two dozen or more times a year, it was a no-brainer. Even if your use of Amazon fell a little short of that threshold, Amazon Prime was a very convenient and friction-free program that meant you didn't have to calculate shipping costs or try to figure out how long something would take to arrive. For just about everything I ever wanted to order from Amazon, if I placed the order by Wednesday afternoon the package would show up by Friday. In fact, the program also included an option for Amazon Prime members to select one-day overnight shipping for a one-time charge of $3.99 on orders placed as late as 6:30PM ET -- a service for which we had all been used to paying two or three times as much in the past. Late shoppers and procrastinating gift-givers rejoiced!

 

"Amazon Prime is 'all-you-can-eat' express shipping," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, in the company's announcement on February 2, 2005. "Though expensive for the Company in the short-term, it's a significant benefit and more convenient for customers. With Amazon Prime, there's no minimum purchase to think about, and no consolidating orders -- two-day shipping becomes an everyday experience rather than an occasional indulgence."


For Amazon, the program put the company in a stronger position than ever to negotiate carrier deals, and the customer experience with Amazon Prime kept getting better and better. As Amazon's overall offerings expanded dramatically to include groceries, household goods, clothing, electronics and much much more, the Amazon Prime value proposition only got better.

As of now, the sheer range and volume of Amazon items that qualify for free two-day shipping is mind-bloggling:

 

Naturally, this was a deal that made great sense for millions of Amazon customers and didn't matter at all to others. And then....

 


 


VIDEOWith Prime Instant Video, Amazon Prime Members Can Start Acquiring Free Movie and TV Titles Even Before the Kindle Fire Ships

 

For the first five years of Amazon Prime, Amazon concentrated on growing the volume and diversity of products that qualified for the program. Along the way, personally, I've been grateful for free two-day shipping not only on hundreds of books and hardware items like the Kindle, but also on everything from home furnishings weighing over 50 pounds to monthly shipments of breakfast cereal and household paper goods that would cost me a $10 delivery charge if I ordered them via PeaPod. Even many Amazon Marketplace items were added to the Prime-eligible lists as Amazon enticed third-party sellers to participate in its Fulfillment by Amazon program.

  

Then, a little over five years after the launch of Amazon Prime, Amazon made, if you will, a "blockbuster" announcement on February 22, 2011 with the launch of a new benefit for Amazon Prime members: unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of more than 5,000 movies and TV shows.

  

"Millions of Amazon Prime members already enjoy the convenience of free Two-Day Shipping," said Robbie Schwietzer, vice president of Amazon Prime. "Adding unlimited instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost is a great way to give members even more value for their $79 annual Amazon Prime membership."

  

As we said at the time, this transformation of the Amazon Prime program seemed like an especially appropriate direction for Amazon to take in advance of the launch of a new tablet device -- like the brand new Kindle Fire which will ship in just 10 days.

  

 

In addition to providing value for Amazon Prime members, the announcement was one of several dramatic moves over the past year that the company has made on what was then the dominant market share position of Netflix for streaming video. Netflix stock closed at $221.60 on February 22, 2011, and is now trading at about $90. 

  

As Netflix flounders, Amazon continues to make big content deals (like those noted in the press releases linked below) to expand both its Prime Instant Video selection and its other instant video offerings aggressively. Although the current selection appears to be a little over 3,000 titles, the company's director of video content acquisition Brad Beale said in late October that "we're working hard to add even more selection for Kindle Fire customers and Prime members leading up to the holidays, and expect to have nearly 13,000 titles available in Prime instant video by early next year."  


If you're waiting for, or hoping for, a brand new Kindle Fire delivery sometime in the next two months, there's no need to wait for the Fire to grab the free content: you can order it today and it will be waiting in the Cloud for you when you turn your Kindle Fire on for the first time.

For a listing of over 3,000 Prime-eligible movie and television titles that are free for Amazon Prime members today, just click here:

  

 

   

 


KINDLEPRIMEWe'll Call It "Kindle Prime"

 

Over 5,000 Great Kindle eBooks Eligible for Free Reading for Amazon Prime Members, Once a Month and One at a Time

 

  

By Steve Windwalker

  

"Owning a Kindle just got even better. Today, we're introducing a new Prime benefit built for Kindle: The Kindle Owners' Lending Library," said Jeff Bezos in a press release in the middle of the night Wednesday. "Prime Members now have exclusive access to a huge library of books to read on any Kindle device at no additional cost and with no due dates." 

 

Amazon chose to call the new program the Kindle Owners' Lending Library program, which created some confusion in several ways:

  • between it and the existing peer-to-peer lending program that is optimized by our friends at BookLending.com;
  • between it and the library lending program on which Amazon partners with Overdrive; and
  • between its features and the expectations that so many of us associate with our public libraries, including unlimited borrowing without any dues or annual payments.

There was further confusion because both Kindle Nation and Amazon placed too much initial emphasis on the notion of "free," with our Facebook page referring to the program initially as "Amazon's new approach to free books," and our Free Book Search Tool initially returning some titles that were not free (in that they qualified only for free borrowing under the Kindle Owners' Lending Library program.) Amazon used a much larger font size for the eligible titles' "program" price, so that many customers' attention was drawn away from the details until they had already purchased and been charged for the book.

Important note: For any readers who were charged for a book today due to confusion between free books and the new Kindle lending library program for Amazon Prime members, Kindle customer support is always glad to provide a no-hassle return and refund within 7 days of your purchase. You can contact them at http://amzn.to/tL7YwJ.

So, what's the new program?

  

First, let me be as clear as I can be: the new Kindle Owners' Lending Library program is not a replacement for Amazon's free Kindle book offerings, and Kindle Nation Daily has received a direct answer from Amazon spokeswoman Sarah Gelman Thursday "confirming that we will continue to offer free books in the Kindle Store."

  

Other than that very important fact, here's the scoop on the new program:

  

Amazon has rolled out a new feature called "Kindle Owners' Lending Library," which for starters consists of a list of over 5,000 Kindle titles that can be borrowed free ... if you have an Amazon Prime membership, which costs $79 a year but is currently available with a one-month trial.

Initially Amazon's roll-out created some confusion because these new "Lending Library" titles began showing up on free book lists such as ours here at the Kindle Nation Daily Free Book Search Tool, and readers naturally worried that they were no longer going to be able to find free Kindle titles. This is not the case, indeed the Kindle Nation Daily Free Book Search Tool is fully functional once again after a brief hiccup this morning.

  

This new addition to the $79 Amazon Prime package will add great value to what is already a terrific deal -- a deal that I have been enjoying for several years. Here are some of the fine points for the lending program:

  • There are tons of great books available under this program, including over 100 current and former New York Times bestsellers.
  • This "lending library" program is limited to one book per Amazon account per month.
  • There do not, at present, appear to be any "due dates" or other limitations imposed on the length of time for which you can "borrow" these books, but you do have to return one book before you can download another under the program. 
  • The program is limited to those readers who actually own a Kindle device -- any Kindle device from the Kindle 1 to the Kindle Fire and anything in between or thereafter, but not the Kindle Apps for other devices such as computers and iPads. Indeed, at present you can only browse the listings for these books using a Kindle and you need to be on your Kindle to download a qualifying book when you find one that you like.  

For more information including Amazon's diagrams on how to use their new program, please visit the Kindle Owners' Lending Library page and the company's press release this week.

  

Meanwhile, we are happy to be able to share this complete, up-to-date list of over 5,000 titles that are eligible for the program, and to let you know that our listings will soon be searchable and sortable by category, genre, date added, reader review rating, and popularity!

  


 

 


 


 DIGESTKindle Nation Daily Digest:
Saturday, November 5, 2011 


Kindle Fire
Just 10 Days Until the Kindle Fire Ships!
With so much going on, please don't forget! Just 24 Hours left to Enter for Week #4 of Our Brand New KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes, Sponsored by Jack Harney, author of THE MILLSTONE PROPHECY http://bit.ly/v0YyjI 

Today's Briefs:
  • Today's Kindle Daily Deal - Saturday, Nov. 5 - Save 72% on Shannon Hale's affecting debut novel Austenland, plus ... Be Inspired with Vera Nazarian's THE PERPETUAL CALENDAR OF INSPIRATION: Old Wisdom for a New World - 4.5 Stars, $2.99 (Today's Sponsor) http://bit.ly/uaOQF9  
  • Kindle Nation Daily Bargain Book Alert - A riveting novel of psychological suspense, driven by sexual obsession: Susan A. Fleet's DIVA is our eBook of the Day - 4.9 Stars - $2.99, and Here's a Free Sample! http://bit.ly/SAF-DIVA     
  • KND Kindle Free Book Alert for Saturday, November 5: Suzan Still's COMMUNE OF WOMEN is the latest addition to Our 1,300 FREE TITLES Sorted by Category, Date Added, Bestselling or Review Rating! plus ... Kathryn Shay's HOME FOR CHRISTMAS belongs in every woman's Christmas stocking ... or Kindle (Today's Sponsor - $3.99) http://bit.ly/w4Jkta    

      
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Pages of Promises is a collection of 14 dark, speculative fiction stories straight out of the twisted imagination of Stephen James Price. From a paean to Stephen King to the child of a serial killer, Price explores dark corners of the human heart with wit and skill. At the end of the volume, Price allows the reader to glimpse the insights and incidents that gave birth to each story. Price is a Writers of the Future contest finalist and his work also appears in GRAVE CONDITIONS and THE OUTSIDERS.

 

 



 

 

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briefsKindle Nation News Briefs and Bargains - November 5, 2011

N.S. Wikarski's The Granite Key Is Our New Thriller of the Week Sponsor!

November 4, 2011
By Kindle Nation
N.S. Wikarski's The Granite Key Is Our New Thriller of the Week Sponsor!

N.S. Wikarski's The Granite Key is here to sponsor lots of great, free Mystery and Thriller titles in the Kindle store: The Granite Key (The Arkana Series) by N. S. Wikarski 4.1 stars - 11 Reviews Kindle Price: $2.99 Here's the set-up: Forget everything you thought you knew about ancient history. The real facts...

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Nook Color Price Cut Starts Today - $199

November 5, 2011
By Nate Hoffelder
Nook Color Price Cut Starts Today - $199

Three days ago I was the first to tell you about the NookColor getting a price cut at Walmart. According to the ad I found that price cut was supposed to start today and it did. I've just learned that Best Buy also dropped the price of the Nook Color today. You can now...

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Congratulations to yesterday's Kindle Nation sponsor Melissa Foster, whose new release COME BACK TO ME is currently #38 on the Kindle Movers and Shakers list and #255 overall in the Kindle Store!

November 2, 2011
By Book Gorilla
Congratulations to yesterday's Kindle Nation sponsor Melissa Foster, whose new release COME BACK TO ME is currently #38 on the Kindle Movers and Shakers list and #255 overall in the Kindle Store!

Melissa made excellent use of her Special Sponsored Post, which went out to 31,000 Facebook fans, 5,100 paid Kindle subscribers, and 16,000 opt-in email subscribers: Kindle Nation Bargain Book Alert: LOAD UP YOUR KINDLE! 36 Great Books , 99 CENTS ... Continue reading  

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Enjoy This Free Excerpt From Last Week's Thriller of the Week Sponsor, Noel Hynd's The Sandler Inquiry: A Spy In New York

November 1, 2011
By Kindle Nation
Enjoy This Free Excerpt From Our Thriller of the Week Sponsor, Noel Hynd's The Sandler Inquiry: A Spy In New York

Noel Hynd's The Sandler Inquiry: A Spy In New York - The Sandler Inquiry: A Spy in New York by Noel Hynd 5.0 stars - 2 Reviews Kindle Price: $3.49 Here's the set-up: A deadly and elusive man. A young woman seeking justice and retribution. A thirty-year-old secret from World War Two. A latter...

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ebrary announces 2011 Global Student Ebook Survey results, by Sue Polanka

ebrary is announcing the availability of  the 2011 Global Student E-book Survey.  Full results (downloadable) will be available in January.  Those of you attending the Charleston Conference next week can get a sneak peek at the results during a sess...

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

October 31, 2011
By Kindle Nation
Did You Win a Kindle Fire Today? If Your Name is Steve Wisener You Did! If Not, You Can Enter a Brand New KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes Right Now!

Did You Win a Kindle Fire Today? If Your Name is Steve Wisener You Did! If Not, You Can Enter a Brand New KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes Right Now! Okay, it's Monday afternoon in Kindle Nation, so we've got good news and bad news. And then we've got some more good news. For the...

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Barnes & Noble Now Sending Out Invites for Nook Launch - 7 November

October 31, 2011
By Nate Hoffelder
Barnes & Noble Now Sending Out Invites for Nook Launch -  7 November

Word is going around that Barnes & Noble is inviting the press to an event in New York on 7 November.  There's no word yet on what B&N plan to launch, but as you can clearly see from the image above this is going to be a Nook launch. I told you so. I've...

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An in-depth look at self-publishing

Alison Baverstock, author of The Naked Author, a guide to self-publishing, has written a lengthy feature on The Bookseller looking at the self-publishing field. In the introduction, she writes: At a time when traditional book sales are falling and book...

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Books We Love is offering readers a chance to Win A Kindle for Christmas!

November 4, 2011
By Kindle Nation
Books We Love is offering readers a chance to Win A Kindle for Christmas!

  Books We Love is offering readers a chance to Win A Kindle for Christmas!   Just visit http://bookswelove.net  click the Contest link and sign up for our newsletter to enter and win a Kindle for Christmas, plus bundles of ebook prizes, holiday gift baskets and all seven books in Jane Toombs' Golden Chances saga. Books...

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Ebook Sales Have Doubled at Penguin

November 3, 2011
By Nate Hoffelder
Ebook Sales Have Doubled at Penguin

Pearson released an interim progress report today and while it's still rather vague, they do reveal a few interesting details. Profits are up across the board, and are estimated to be at 14%. Sales are also up 6% over the first 9 months of 2010. Person also noted that ebook sales had more than...

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BookGorilla Headlines, November 3, 2011: The Scoop on the Kindle Owners' Lending Library Program-Note That Free eBooks Will Continue!; eBook Sales Doubled at Penguin; 4th Kindle Fire Giveaway Sweepstakes; Free Excerpt of RENA'S PROMISE: TWO SISTERS IN AUSCHWITZ; Kindle Daily Deal is PEARL OF CHINA by Anchee Min; LOVE AT ABSOLUTE ZERO by Christopher Meeks

November 3, 2011
By Tom

Wondering what's going on in the world of eBooks today? You've come to the right place. Our headliners: The Scoop on the New Kindle Owners' Lending Library Program, and An Important Commitment from Amazon: Free Kindle Book Offers Are Not Going Away Ebook Sales Have Doubled at Penguin Heads Up! You Have Until Sunday...

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The Scoop on the New Kindle Owners' Lending Library Program, and An Important Commitment from Amazon: Free Kindle Book Offers Are Not Going Away

November 3, 2011
By Kindle Nation
The Scoop on the New Kindle Owners' Lending Library Program, and An Important Commitment from Amazon: Free Kindle Book Offers Are Not Going Away

  By Steve Windwalker There has been a bit of confusion among Kindle owners today following Amazon's launch of their new Kindle Owners' Lending Library program, and we'll do all we can here to help get it sorted out. I apologize for our phrasing that referred to the program initially as "Amazon's new approach...

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Ebook Sales Have Doubled at Penguin

November 3, 2011
By Nate Hoffelder
Ebook Sales Have Doubled at Penguin

Pearson released an interim progress report today and while it's still rather vague, they do reveal a few interesting details. Profits are up across the board, and are estimated to be at 14%. Sales are also up 6% over the first 9 months of 2010. Person also noted that ebook sales had more than...

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Kindle Nation Reader Alert: RENA'S PROMISE: TWO SISTERS IN AUSCHWITZ by Rena Kornreich Gelissen, Heather Dune Macadam - 4.7 Stars on 14 Reviews, with a Free 5,000-Word Excerpt

November 3, 2011
By Kindle Nation
Kindle Nation Reader Alert: RENA'S PROMISE: TWO SISTERS IN AUSCHWITZ by Rena Kornreich Gelissen, Heather Dune Macadam - 4.7 Stars on 14 Reviews, with a Free 5,000-Word Excerpt

 RENA'S PROMISE: TWO SISTERS IN AUSCHWITZ by Rena Kornreich Gelissen, Heather Dune Macadam RENA'S PROMISE: TWO SISTERS IN AUSCHWITZ by Rena Kornreich Gelissen, Heather Dune Macadam 4.7 stars - 14 Reviews Kindle Price: $9.99 Lending and Text-to-Speech: Enabled Don't have a Kindle? Get yours here. Visit this link to read a 5,000-word Free Kindle...

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Could a Re-organization be in the Works at OverDrive?

October 31, 2011
By Nate Hoffelder
Could a Re-organization be in the Works at OverDrive?

I heard the most interesting rumor at Books in Browsers last week, and while I don't know that anything is going on behind the scenes I thought it was too juicy to share. OverDrive, the dominant player in ebook checkout services, might be about to management team with a new direction. Here's what I...

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Our New Romance of the Week Sponsor is Mona Ingram's Full Circle!

November 4, 2011
By Kindle Nation
Our New Romance of the Week Sponsor is Mona Ingram's Full Circle!

Mona Ingram's Full Circle is here to sponsor lots of terrific, free titles in the Kindle store's Romance department! Full Circle by Mona Ingram 4.3 stars - 7 Reviews Kindle Price: $2.99 Here's the set-up: Bella Thompson has news: she's pregnant. But before she can tell her boyfriend Jeffrey, he shatters her with the...

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Ebook Sales Up at Simon & Schuster - Now 17% of Revenue

November 4, 2011
By Nate Hoffelder
Ebook Sales Up at Simon & Schuster - Now 17% of Revenue

Simon & Schuster released their quarterly report today, and the news is both good and bad. Print sales were down significantly - to the lowest point they've been in years. S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy attributed this to the closing of Borders, but the weak economy probably also had an effect IMO. But ebook sales...

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BookLending.com 25 Most Wanted: Week Ending October 30th

November 2, 2011
By BookLending.com Blog

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 2. Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan 3. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins 4. Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins 5. Ruby Tues...

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E-book market is a complicated mess

At GigaOm, Matthew Ingram writes that our relationship with e-books is "too complicated." He cites the example of some innovative new e-book-related social-networking services, OpenMargin and Readmill, which can only work with DRM-free e-books-me...

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Here's A Free Excerpt From Tracy Sumner's Tides of Passion, Last Week's Romance of the Week Sponsor

November 2, 2011
By Kindle Nation
Here's A Free Excerpt From Tracy Sumner's Tides of Passion, Our Romance of the Week Sponsor

Tracy Sumner's Tides of Passion: Tides of Passion (Seaswept Seduction Series) by Tracy Sumner 5 stars - 11 Reviews Kindle Price: $2.99 Here's the set-up: TIDES OF PASSION was originally published by Zebra Books, a Kensington Publishing imprint, and was awarded the Reader's Choice Best Historical and the Beacon for Best Historical. Two Adults...

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What's It Like To Work At Amazon?

November 2, 2011
By Dianna Dilworth
What's It Like To Work At Amazon?

According to the anonymous job site Glassdoor.com, Amazon gets a 3.2 out of 5 rating as a place to work and employees say it's, "OK." This is out of 789 reviews. As a CEO Jeff Bezos gets an 84% approval rating out of 608 ratings. As w...

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Publetariat Dispatch: Will Children's Book Self-Publishers Survive CPSIA?

November 1, 2011
By Kindle Nation
Publetariat Dispatch: Will Children's Book Self-Publishers Survive CPSIA?

In today's Publetariat Dispatch, The Book Designer, Joel Friedlander, examines the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act's chilling effects on self-publishers. Do you know about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008? No? Do you think you ought to? It's absolutely critical that you know about this law if you-or your clients-produce books or other...

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Guest Post by Selena Kitt

October 31, 2011
By Joe Konrath
Guest Post by Selena Kitt

Selena sez: I've always been a proponent of higher ebook prices. Not the crazy $12.99 more-than-the-paperback prices that legacy publishing is so fond of so they can continue to pay Manhattan rents-but higher than $0.99, certainly. Even for a ...

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Free Classics: Dracula by Bram Stoker

November 4, 2011
By BookLending.com Blog

Every week, Marilyn Knapp Litt, who blogs at ClassicKindle.com, brings us her recommendation of a free classic book to discover (or rediscover) on Kindle. Find more of Marilyn's recommendations at her blog, ClassicKindle.com, a guide to the best fr...

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By: Tom Philbin, Scott Baker 
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Three Steps To Heaven 
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Fly High, Hammie Hawk (A Young Adult Junior Novel Chapter Book) 
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Goodbye Home 
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Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers) 
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Julius Katz Mysteries 
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Red Moon: Haniel's Slice of Life (Moon's Reflection Series) 
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The Key 
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Rescued (The Runners, Part Three) 
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Modern Buddhism - The Path of Compassion and Wisdom - Volume 1 Sutra 
By: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso 
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Homo Sylvanus (Break Bites) 
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Benny: A Tale of a Christmas Toy 
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Unfolding Soul 
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Lamppost 
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The Covenant Secret: The Master Key to Success 
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The Adventures of Be Boo and Dolly, Seasons 
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Wishing Well: A Short Story 
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Last Dance of a Black Widow 
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The Spook's Stories: Grimalkin's Tale 
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The Myth of the Garage 
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Cold Turkey (Events Unlimited, Book One) 
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Neon Dragon (Michael Knight) 
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Stuff to Die For 
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Blood Island 
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Simmer All Night (Bad Luck Abroad) 
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I Dream of Genies 
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Heart of a Knight 
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Chili Con Corpses (The Supper Club Mysteries) 
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Yesterday's Gone: Episode 1 
By: Sean Platt, David Wright 
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Killing Faith (A Gabriel De Sade Thriller) 
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Day of Sacrifice 
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Demonmachy: Demonic Apocalypse (Messiah of Death) 
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The Happiest Days 
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Flash Gold (a steampunk novella set in the Yukon) (The Flash Gold Chronicles) 
By: Lindsay Buroker 
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Songbird Under a German Moon 
By: Tricia Goyer 
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You Can't Change Crazy 
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Fuse of Armageddon 
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Circuit Training: The Video Guide 
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Get a Ripped Chest in Six Weeks: The Video Guide 
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Hotel Room Workout: The Video Guide 
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Plyometric Workouts at Home: The Video Guide 
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Body Sculpting: The Video Guide 
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Dermatology 101: The Animated TextVook 
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DIY Organic Baby Food: The Video Guide 
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Foreclosure Law 101: The Animated TextVook 
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Semiconductors 101: The Animated TextVook 
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Mass Effect 2: Video Game Guide 
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Minecraft: Video Game Guide 
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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit: Video Game Guide 
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Plants vs Zombies: Video Game Guide 
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Superbrothers Sword & Sorcery: Video Game Guide 
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Bulletstorm: Video Game Guide 
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Cut the Rope: Video Game Guide 
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Final Fantasy III: Video Game Guide 
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Infinity Blade for iOS: Video Game Guide 
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Game Dev Story: Video Game Guide 
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Halo Reach: Video Game Guide 
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Start Weightlifting: The Video Guide 
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