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February 26, 2012  
 

It's here, and we promised we'd share it with you!

It's a great treat for us this week to share a brand new center of interest here at Kindle Nation Daily, in the form of the KINDLE FIRE at KINDLE NATION DAILY page, under the very able direction of editor April Hamilton. In this week's lead article, we'll concentrate on introducing you to the wide range of content and user tips that you can expect to find there, and if you are a Kindle Fire owner we suggest that you may also want to connect with the KF@KND page via Facebook.

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Extended, Uncut Edition of Stephen King's The Stand Finally Available As Audiobook http://bit.ly/z27CPV
(Ed. Note: Okay, full confession just ahead. As some of you know already, I was a little under the weather last weekend. I may not have been able to devote my usual energy to the Weekender, but it's not like I did *nothing.* Indeed, I spent many, many hours over the course of the weekend and the following few days listening to a truly remarkable audiobook on my Kindle Fire. KF@KND editor April Hamilton has the full scoop here, but please, may I add my two cents worth? Thank you. Stephen King may have come into our cultural consciousness as a genre author in the horror category, and then as a colossally successful -- and wealthy -- genre author in the horror category, but the fact is that he is a novelist of extraordinary powers, as the National Book Foundation recognized a few years back when it recognized him with its Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. (See Walter Mosley's introduction here and King's acceptance speech here.) And it is my belief both that the uncut version of The Stand is Exhibit A for King's place in any pantheon of contemporary American authors, and that Grover Gardner's relentlessly energetic and pitch-perfect voice performance of the book will leave many reader-listeners, at the end of the 48-hour performance, wishing there had been more.

One last thing. Well, more than one, I guess. You don't need a Kindle Fire to enjoy The Stand either as an Audible.com performance or as a Kindle book, but it sure helps, and it will help you save money, too. Since I enjoy both the Kindle book format and the Audible.com approaches to the digital reading experience, I often use my Kindle Fire to research and purchase the cheaper of the two formats when I know that I want to read a particular book. Finding the Kindle price is a snap, of course -- you just click on the Kindle edition of The Stand and you'll see that it is priced at $8.99, which I happen to think is a very nice price for 1,213 pages of reading pleasure. It's a little more complicated, at first, with Audible.com, because you have to get into the mindset of translating Audible.com's "credits" into currency. Here's what I think's worth knowing about Audible.com pricing:
  • If you are new to Audible.com, there are two things you should know: you can listen to Audible.com audiobooks not only on the Kindle Fire but on the Kindle 2, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Touch or Kindle DX, and there's no better way to start than with a free trial membership. With a free trial, of course, you can download and listen to The Stand or just about any other book absolutely free.
  • Then as the free trial ends and you're trying to decide how to proceed, it will be time to decide just how much you want to make use of Audible.com. When I first joined, I signed up for an annual membership which resulted in my paying $14.95 a month for one credit per month, which certainly compares well with the a la carte cost of many audiobooks. The Stand comes in, for instance, at $33.60 for a non-member or $23.52 for members. But when I realized how often I was listening to audiobooks (first on an eInk Kindle or iPad and now on my Kindle Fire), I decided that it was well worth it for me purchase 24 credits in advance under the Audible.com Platinum plan. It does mean paying $229.50 in advance for 24 credits, but that comes out to the very sweet price of $9.56 per credit -- that's right, $9.56 for all 48 hours of The Stand - and I have a year to use them, and I'm allowed to roll over up to 12 credits if I haven't used them within the year. I'm just saying. --S.W.) 
Wolfram|Alpha Brings Star-Trek Like Computer to Your Fire! http://bit.ly/wHexq2

 

You've probably seen it in countless futuristic films and television shows: a character addresses his computer by name and asks a plain-English question, prompting the computer to respond with a plain English answer. "Computer, what was the average rainfall on the Serengeti plain between the years 2000 and 2010?" "Computer, what is the recipe...

 
Study Finds Game Apps May Fend Off Alzheimer's, Improve Cognitive Function http://bit.ly/x7ExZi

(Ed. Note: I'll admit, I have no interest in Angry Birds. It's my character defect, and I'm comfortable with it. But the Kindle Fire Gin Rummy app? That's another story. There's something weird about my personal brain chemistry that makes it easier for me to concentrate on the audiobook to which I'm listening if I am also, simultaneously, knocking early to put up points against Aiden, Yancy, or Mercedes in a game of gin rummy. So I was happy to learn that I'm also staving off dementia in the process. Life is good. --S.W.)

 

Stop feeling guilty about those stolen minutes spent playing Angry Birds, Words With Friends and Fruit Ninja on your Kindle Fire. You're not just having fun; according to a new Archives of Neurology study, you're giving your brain a workout that may be helping you avoid Alzheimer's and improve your gray matter's overall functioning with higher...


 
Does Amazon Want to Make the Fire Into a Gaming Console? http://bit.ly/xkLUeL

 

Maybe so. From the Company Town blog on the LA Times site: Amazon.com has been quietly recruiting game developers, posting dozens of jobs on its site. Why this burst of interest in game design from the world's largest online retailer? P.J. McNealy, founder of Digital World Research, believes that Amazon is amassing resources to...


Book Spotlight: 3 Free Kindle Business Books http://bit.ly/xQmAL4

We came across this on PCWorld.com today, and are only too happy to share: For what is sure to be a limited time, Amazon is offering three business-oriented e-books for free. No strings attached; all you need is a PC, a Kindle, or any device capable of running a Kindle app (which means virtually...


 
If You've Got A Kindle Fire, You Need Amazon Prime http://bit.ly/zuznRC

Let's open with full disclosure on this: neither this site nor any of its staff receives any affiliate fees or other compensation of any kind for recommending Amazon Prime membership, or providing links to sign up for the program. We're recommending Amazon Prime membership to Kindle Fire owners simply because it's the best way to...

 

All these and much, much more at KINDLE FIRE at KINDLE NATION DAILY or the KF@KND page via Facebook: 

 

Heads Up! Less Than 48 Hours Left to Enter This Week's Brand New KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes, Sponsored by Novelist Emlyn Chand, author of FARSIGHTED

Feeling lucky?

 

Did you win a Kindle Fire tablet this week?

 

If you are Anna Bakunowicz of Rockford, IL, you did. Anna won hers on Monday in last week's Kindle Nation Daily KINDLE FIRE Giveaway Sweepstakes, and when it arrives at her home tomorrow, she will become the 20th citizen of Kindle Nation to win a Kindle Fire from us in the past few months.

 

But we'd like for you to be one of about 50 people who will win one of these Kindle Fire tablets from us in 2012, and all you have to do is follow the extremely easy steps at the end of this post to have a great chance to win.

 

Like each one of our weekly sweepstakes, this week's giveaway is sponsored by a talented author who has proven to be a favorite with our readers. Farsighted author Emlyn Chand is springing for the Kindle Fire that could very well end up with your name on it, so it only makes sense to pay it forward and stimulate both your karma and your imagination at the same time by chancing $2.99 (and FREE for Amazon Prime Members via Kindle Lending Library) to grace your Kindle with a novel that has 108 out of 127 rave reviews from discriminating readers like us.

 

Here's the scoop on Farsighted:

Farsighted

by Emlyn Chand

4.2 stars - 127 Reviews

Kindle Price: $2.99

Or FREE via Kindle Lending Library 

Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

 

 

Here's the set-up:

 

Alex Kosmitoras's life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he's blind. Just when he thinks he'll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

 

Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival-an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to "see" the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future.


"Psychic or not, you'll never see the end for this one coming! Emlyn Chand is pioneering 'the next big thing' for YA." - Emily Reese, author of Second Death

"Farsighted is an epic battle of good versus evil that moves at breakneck speed to a stunning and totally unexpected conclusion." - Terri Giuliano Long, author of In Leah's Wake
 

And here, just in case you forgot are the details on how to Enter Our 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 if you have not done so already.
  • You'll need to do this on a computer rather than a smartphone, and you should 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! 
  • Limit of one entry per weekly sweepstakes, but feel free to enter every single week!

Good luck! And happy reading!


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Agathon's Daughter, Book One
by Suzanne Tyrpak

    
What a compelling read with a touch of magic and a beautiful love story. The writer seamlessly wove interesting historical details into the plot without bogging down the story.
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by Suzanne Tyrpak
4.7 stars - 15 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled
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Here's the set-up:

Hetaera--suspense in ancient Athens, is Book One of the Agathon's Daughter Trilogy.

Born a bastard and a slave, Hestia has a gift: the power to read people's hearts. And yet, the secrets of her own heart remain a mystery. Hestia's keen intellect makes her a match for any man. But even a literate slave has little control over destiny. Sold to a prominent statesman with sadistic tendencies, Hestia becomes his hetaera (consort). As her wealth and fame increase so does her despair. She dreams of freedom, but she faces enemies at every turn. When Hestia is accused of murder, the mystery of her past unravels and fate takes another turn.

Due to the subject matter, there are some sexual scenes--suggestive rather than explicit.

One Reviewer Notes:  
I've been a fan of Suzanne Tyrpak's writings for about two years. I waited eagerly for the release of Hetaera. I expected great characters and a thriller plot. But I did not expect to be so fully draw
n into the day-to-day world of Ancient Greece. The author's research is nothing short of amazing. I was there alongside Hestia as she was forced into slavery, a consort to a sadistic man. This mystery could have taken place in any time period... that we are carried back centuries caught up in a spell is a tribute to Ms.Tyrpak's gift for the written word. Highly Recommended. PS... It's the first in a trilogy. I can't wait to read more.
barbara silkstone

About the Author

Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado...Working for an airline allows her to travel extensively and do research for her stories. She
Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado... 
 
Working for an airline allows her to travel extensively and do research for her stories. She's been to Egypt, Greece, and Italy doing research for her novels and is an multi-award-winning author... 
 
Suzanne is interested in the daily lives of ancient people, especially the roles of women. Much has not been documented. In order to create that world, she steeps herself in fragments of writings, jewelry, and household goods--visiting museums and consulting her extensive collection of books. At Marlboro College she majored in Classic Theater (with a focus on ancient Greek plays) and ancient religions. Research for Hetaera included traveling to Athens and Delphi. 
 
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by Suzanne Tyrpak
4.7 stars - 15 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled
Don't have a Kindle? Get yours here.  

Here's the set-up:


Hetaera--suspense in ancient Athens, is Book One of the Agathon's Daughter Trilogy.

Born a bastard and a slave, Hestia has a gift: the power to read people's hearts. And yet, the secrets of her own heart remain a mystery. Hestia's keen intellect makes her a match for any man. But even a literate slave has little control over destiny. Sold to a prominent statesman with sadistic tendencies, Hestia becomes his hetaera (consort). As her wealth and fame increase so does her despair. She dreams of freedom, but she faces enemies at every turn. When Hestia is accused of murder, the mystery of her past unravels and fate takes another turn.

Due to the subject matter, there are some sexual scenes--suggestive rather than explicit.

One Reviewer Notes:  
I've been a fan of Suzanne Tyrpak's writings for about two years. I waited eagerly for the release of Hetaera. I expected great characters and a thriller plot. But I did not expect to be so fully draw
n into the day-to-day world of Ancient Greece. The author's research is nothing short of amazing. I was there alongside Hestia as she was forced into slavery, a consort to a sadistic man. This mystery could have taken place in any time period... that we are carried back centuries caught up in a spell is a tribute to Ms.Tyrpak's gift for the written word. Highly Recommended. PS... It's the first in a trilogy. I can't wait to read more.
barbara silkstone

About the Author

Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado... 

 

Working for an airline allows her to travel extensively and do research for her stories. She's been to Egypt, Greece, and Italy doing research for her novels and is an multi-award-winning author... 

 

Suzanne is interested in the daily lives of ancient people, especially the roles of women. Much has not been documented. In order to create that world, she steeps herself in fragments of writings, jewelry, and household goods--visiting museums and consulting her extensive collection of books. At Marlboro College she majored in Classic Theater (with a focus on ancient Greek plays) and ancient religions. Research for Hetaera included traveling to Athens and Delphi. 

 

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