Kindle Nation WEEKENDERAll things Kindle, every weekend
February 5, 2012
in this issue
:: Some Great Things About the First Week of the Month for the Citizens of Kindle Nation: Book Bargains, New Kindle Lending Library Borrows, Freebies, and a Chance to Win a Brand New Kindle Fire!
:: Kindle Fire, Musicians, Movies, and Change at the Speed of Sound: How Amazon is Transforming Itself Into a Marketplace for the Mind, with the Kindle as Its Primary Portal
:: NEWS BRIEFS
:: Kindle Nation Free Book Alert:...Over 2,000 Free Contemporary Titles on Kindle, Sponsored by Marc Johnson's CATALYST
Some Great Things About the First Week of the Month for the Citizens of Kindle Nation: Book Bargains, New Kindle Lending Library Borrows, Freebies, and a Chance to Win a Brand New Kindle Fire!

We'll admit that we've let this get by us once or twice at the first of the month, so this weekend we're going to lead with some incredible deals that are probably all better than ever this week. We'll keep it short and sweet:

  • First, for all Kindle readers, the first of each month Amazon launches a new selection of 100 Kindle titles deeply discounted from the usual retail ebook prices to prices that range from 99 cents to $3.99. We know you are an avid reader or you would not be here, so we can say with certainty that you will definitely find books you want on this list, at great prices. And these offerings will only last through February 29.
  • Second, if you'll scroll down you'll see our usual great selection of about 2,000 free Kindle books -- most of them available for a limited time -- with this week's listings sponsored by Marc Johnson's highly imagined fantasy CATALYST.
  • Third, just in case you haven't noticed, we are giving away another Kindle Fire this week, and it is ridiculously easy to enter if you carefully follow the steps right here! This week's Kindle Fire Giveaway Sweepstakes is sponsored by Barbara Frank's novel ANNA OF COROTOMAN, and you have until noon EST on Monday February 6 to enter.
  • Fourth, keep in mind, if you are an Amazon Prime member, the start of a new month means that you can borrow a brand new Kindle book free from any of about 100,000 titles that are now eligible for the Kindle Lending Library, and of course we have our usual great listing of eligible books sorted by category:

FICTION

NONFICTION

Kindle Fire, Musicians, Movies, and Change at the Speed of Sound
Amazon is Transforming Itself Into a Marketplace for the Mind, with the Kindle as Its Primary Portal

By Steve Windwalker
Here's a fun infographic from (of all places) Staples, via Nate at The Digital Reader


I took Betty and Danny out for dinner Friday evening before the three of us caught a couple of terrific live performances by Ernie Halter and Javier Colon at the Berklee Performance Center, and along the way we ran into a 20-something rocking her Kindle Fire at one of my favorite Boston bookstores, the Trident Bookseller Cafe. Conversation ensued.

Well, we didn't actually "run into" her. She was sitting there minding her own business and reading on her Kindle Fire and after we finished a sumptuous meal (Trident is the rare bookstore-cafe combo that truly excels at both functions), I passed the time while Betty was in the loo by interrupting the poor woman's reading and peppering her with questions about how she uses her Kindle Fire. I explained my interest to her in terms of my job here at KND, as if. She was co-operative, although I suspect she was relieved when I allowed her to go back to her reading.

What I learned:
  • The Fire is her first Kindle. (Which to me is important. There will be millions for whom the Fire will be their first Kindle, and for all those people they are a lot less likely to miss the lovely eInk display that I love so much because, er, they never had it. She raved about the way the Fire allowed her to change font sizes and color schemes while reading.)
  • She reads on the Fire. She really likes books, but not having to carry them is great.
  • She has also enjoyed watching movies, listening to music, and checking email and the web.
None of this, on an individual level, is earthshaking. In fact it is totally consistent with the answers that we are getting from hundreds of you who have been participating in the Winter 2012 Kindle Nation Daily Citizen Survey (Click here to participate, and after you participate you'll find a link to the live results.)

But taken together, what jumps out from our survey results and other information such as that included in the nifty infographic (above right) is that the world of shared culture -- books, movies, music, the web, our social networks and more -- is changing at lightning speed. If that world was changing at 100 mph in the first year of the eInk Kindle back in 2008, the velocity of change has now surpassed the speed of sound, and those 82 million tablet users in 2015 may mean that we are ultimately on the way, figuratively speaking of course, to ... what shall we say? The speed of light? The speed of thought? Whatever it's going to be, it's not your father's dial-up.

What am I saying? Am I just stringing words together to get to the end of the paragraph? In 2008 it took only 30,000 copies sold to make our first Complete User's Guide to the Amazing Amazon Kindle the absolute number one bestselling ebook in the world for the entire year, and neither authors nor publishers were particularly enthusiastic about the future of ebooks. Now there are a dozen or so authors who have sold over a million Kindle copies, and there are growing legions of authors who are making a very nice living with a publishing approach in which print publishing and all of the gatekeeping silliness that goes with it is, at most, an afterthought.

And of course it's not just books, because a big part of what all that change is about is that, when you take price and functionality together, the Kindle Fire is the greatest content delivery system ever for the mind, and it has allowed Amazon to continue to transform itself into so much more than a bookstore. Amazon is becoming a marketplace for the mind, with the Kindle as its primary portal

While our survey shows that Kindle Fire owners spend more time reading than enjoying movies and music and apps and audiobooks on their Fire tablets, that's partly a matter of how we invest our time generally and partly a natural consequence of the fact that we have spent the past four years here building a community of the greatest readers in the world. As more and more of our readers become Kindle Fire owners and more and more of you devote energy to seeking out the sweet spot between quality and price in the world of music, movies, apps, audiobooks, and more, it will be incumbent for us here at Kindle Nation Daily to find interesting, helpful, and non-intrusive ways to build a community that includes the greatest movie viewers in the world, the greatest music listeners, and so forth. Indeed, in the next few days we will get that party started at a new subdomain of our Kindle Nation Daily website, and if you would like an invitation to the party just drop an email to kindlenation+fire@gmail.com.

It won't be all about us. It will be up to smart people in the worlds of movies and music and books and other arts and forms of expression and information-sharing to figure out how to maintain and enhance their relevance in a changing world.

We'll continue to hear a certain amount of whining from some -- including booksellers, publishers, authors, musicians, etc. -- who are unwilling to invest the necessary energy to imagine and realize their roles in that changing world, as if the toothpaste of change can be forced back into the tube, to slow things down again velocity-wise.

But meanwhile there will be plenty who can make it work.
Trident Booksellers and Cafe

There will be booksellers like Bernie Flynn of Trident Booksellers whose passion for what they do will help them find ways to keep their stores thriving as competitors close their doors blaming the Kindle, the chains, Amazon's used book business, or the latest bogey man du jour.

There will be venues like the Berklee Performance Center that continue to find the real world sweet spots where working indie musicians like Ernie Halter can connect with a loving, and growing, digital music audience that is more interested in music of distinction than the music of superstars.

And there will be artists like Halter and his band, who make the kind of authentic investment in such connections that allows them to keep making a nice living pursuing their passions.

Which reminds me of a story Ernie Halter told onstage Friday night....

At some point a year or so ago, while on tour, he got a call that came ... of course ... from his mom. Ernie's mom claimed that she had just seen something on the web about Justin Bieber covering Halter's song "Come Home to Me." In Hong Kong. As if you can ever prove what happens in Hong Kong.

"Sure, Mom."

But it turned out.... Well, it turned out a few months later that Ernie had a gig at La Cave in Costa Mesa, CA., and the room was packed, and right there, at the best table in the club, well, there was nobody sitting there ... until early in the show, a couple sat down: Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. Yes, Bieber had Ernie Halter with Selena Gomez and the Biebs covered the song, and that night he joined Ernie on stage and they performed the song as a duet -- here's the Youtube video.

Sweet, but of course I had a question, and after Ernie's set Friday night I had a nice conversation with him. After I told him that I thought he had a terrific stage presence, I told him I just had one question: "Did you get paid?"

"Well, not directly," Ernie said. Which I think is exactly the right answer in today's fast changing world, from somebody who showed me Friday evening that he understands what's important -- and what probably never changes -- about connecting with audience, and with other artists.

Like thrillers? Then you'll love our brand new Thriller of the Week: From the author of FLOWERS FROM BERLIN, Noel Hynd's REVENGE: MANHUNT IN PARIS! Just $2.99 - or FREE via Kindle Lending Library 


Shot down over Vietnam, Richard Silva enters a hell on earth of POW torture. His mind horribly altered, he returns to a profoundly different America with only one way out: Find his torturer ... and kill him. Even when the manhunt takes him to Paris and a humanizing romance with a beautiful young artist, he still must complete his mission of manhunt and murder in order to redeem his own soul.

 

Three Brand New Kindle Freebies from Kindle Nation Daily's Favorite Authors! - Judy Powell's COFFEE, CREAM AND CURRY, Kathy Fischer-Brown's WINTER FIRE and Hillary E. Peak's WINGS OF HOPE

February 5, 2012

Three Brand New Kindle Freebies from Kindle Nation Daily's Favorite Authors! - Judy Powell's COFFEE, CREAM AND CURRY, Kathy Fischer-Brown's WINTER FIRE and Hillary E. Peak's WINGS OF HOPE

With hundreds of new books turning up free each day now in the Kindle Store, it can be tough to hone in on books that you will actually want to read. And most of the new free books will be free for just a day or two at a time, so we are working...

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With the notable exception of highly realized efforts like our own April Hamilton's novel Overshare, we've never been impressed with the concept of enhanced ebooks, and neither is Laura Miller at Salon.com....

Can bells and whistles save the book?

Enhanced e-books bring images, animation, soundtracks and games to the reading experience -- but don't add much


 

New to Kindle: Jean-Paul Sartre

New to Kindle: Jean-Paul Sartre

"The betterment of the world is the dream of every generation, and this applies particularly to the true poet and scientist. This was Nobel's dream. This is one measure of the scientist's significance. And this is the source and strength of Sartre's inspiration. As an author and philosopher, Sartre has...

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Like a little romance? Or a lot? Use these magical Kindle book search tools to find thousands of great bargains in the Romance category, sponsored by our brand new Romance of the Week, Katheryn Lane's THE ROYAL SHEIKH - "A romantic treasure" for just 99 cents on Kindle!

Dedicated architect Clare McKay has no time for womanizing men ... until she meets Sheikh Rafiq Al Kahil, known in the world press as the Playboy Prince. She's determined not to fall for his seductive charm ... until he presents an offer she can't refuse.

Once she's alone with him in the desert, how long will she be able to hold out? And will he be able to cast aside his womanizing past for her ... as well as a secret engagement to an Arabian Princess?


 

Kindle Nation Daily Bargain Book Alert: Laurel-Ann Dooley's BEST FRIEND THIEF - A Treat For The Kiddies at a Great Price - 99 Cents on Kindle!


Kindle Nation Daily Bargain Book Alert: Laurel-Ann Dooley's BEST FRIEND THIEF - A Treat For The Kiddies at a Great Price - 99 Cents on Kindle!

 

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Kindle Nation Daily True Crime Readers' Alert: From Crimescape, Marilyn Bardsley's AFTER MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL is a must-read if you enjoyed the original book or its Hollywood adaptation - 4.4 Stars, Just $2.99

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Crimescape)

by Marilyn Bardsley
4.4 stars - 24 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled
#8 on the Wall Street Journal
  Nonfiction EBook Bestseller List, for the week ending December 25, 2011  

(Ed. Note: I suspect there are a good many of our readers who like myself savored the pleasures, on the screen or on the printed page, of John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The prose was elegant, the story was gripping, and both book and film were so richly evocative of one of my favorite cities - what was not to like? Yet even after all of that, after all of the seductive, artful presentation of Jim Williams/Kevin Spacey, Danny Hansford/Jude Law, Lady Chablis/Lady Chablis, John Cusack's narrator, and more, weren't you left hanging just a bit? Didn't you want to get closer to the truth, at long last, closer than Hollywood or Berendt's atmospherics allowed? I did, but I never thought I'd get there until I learned about and read Marilyn Bardsley's remarkably well-told exposition of the truth of the matter and the evidence behind the intrigue. It was a treat for me, and one that could be consumed in a single satisfying sitting, so it is only right that I should share it here with you. Enjoy. Your questions will be answered, and you may discover both an author and a series to which you will want to return in Marilyn Bardsley and RosettaBooks' Crimescape series, for which she is the editor. -Steve Windwalker.)
 

Kindle Nation Daily Bargain Book Alert: Addison Moore's Paranormal Romance ETHEREAL (CELESTRA SERIES BOOK 1) - Now Just .99 cents on Kindle!

Kindle Nation Daily Bargain Book Alert: Addison Moore's Paranormal Romance ETHEREAL (CELESTRA SERIES BOOK 1) - Now Just .99 cents on Kindle!

 

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Kindle Nation Daily Bargain Book Alert: A Human Embryo is Allowed to Preview The World Before Deciding Whether to be Born. What's an Embryo to do? Download Dwight Okita's THE PROSPECT OF MY ARRIVAL, a Finalist in The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, to Find Out! Only $1.99 and Currently Free for Amazon Prime Members Via the Kindle Lending Library!


Kindle Nation Daily Bargain Book Alert:  A Human Embryo is Allowed to Preview The World Before Deciding Whether to be Born. What's an Embryo to do? Download Dwight Okita's THE PROSPECT OF MY ARRIVAL, a Finalist in The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, to Find Out! Only $1.99 and Currently Free for Amazon Prime Members Via the Kindle Lending Library!

"The premise is genius, and the beautiful writing totally delivered the goods." - Joni Rodgers, author of The Hurricane Lover, New York Times bestselling author  

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