Category: Housekeeping
Housekeeping: Prime Reading and audiobooks at preferred pricing 3 comments
Because you own the Kindle edition….Confession time: I’m not a borrower or a frequent library patron. I prefer to own the book. For months I did not bother with Prime Reading. One recent snowy weekend I browsed through the books available.


Because I’m an avid audiobook user, I clicked on the left sidebar option that limited the list to eBooks with Audible Narration. One caught my eye – The Beantown Girls – a novel about young women serving on the front lines of WWII. I clicked on the READ FOR FREE button. Later when I browsed the title at, I could buy the book for only $1.99 – without buying the Kindle version.


Please see the screen snips below for the book Timeless Moments. I borrowed the title through Prime Reading. Audible states that because I own the Kindle edition, I can buy the audiobook for only $1.99. Except that…I don’t own the Kindle Version.



An example of great savings this month is The Handmaid’s Tale. Download it through Prime Reading and the price of the audiobook is $7.49. That’s a significant savings over the regular Audible price and you don’t have to pay $9.99 for the Kindle version.


For any book that is in Prime Reading and has audible narration and has READ FOR FREE in the download option, you can buy the audiobook at the preferred rate as long as the book is in your library.

For any book that is in Books with Audible Narration in Prime Reading and has READ AND LISTEN FOR FREE in the download option, you have to use a bit of finesse.


Have two tabs open (one Kindle Store and one Audible) for the book you want to purchase; on the Kindle Store tab click on the READ AND LISTEN FOR FREE button, immediately go to Audible, refresh the screen until the preferred lower rate is displayed and immediately click on the ADD TO CART button.


There is a very narrow window of time between downloading the book in the Kindle Store and Audible downloading it to your library.


The ability to buy the Kindle version at the preferred price may be a fluke that will end. For as long as it lasts, I’ll browse and buy.

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Housekeeping: GoK book and free audiobooks for Audible members 0 comments

Do You Have Great on Kindle Credits?
Last week I wrote about Great on Kindle and the frustration of redeeming credits on another GoK book.
Gerald, a longtime friend of Daily Cheap Reads, sent a note about a book he is reading – and it happens to be a GoK selection:
I normally only read true stories and this seems beyond reality. I cannot comprehend how one person can suffer so much, but it is the secret of her drive to change the wrongs in society…..This book is much better than 5 stars.


Now for the good news, the book Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back is a GoK title selling for only $1.99. If you have unused credits, this highly recommended true account would be a good choice. Otherwise, it’s just $1.99 to purchase outright. The audiobook is only $1.99, too.
Book Description: Jackie Speier was twenty-eight when she joined Congressman Leo Ryan’s delegation to rescue defectors from cult leader Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. Ryan was killed on the airstrip tarmac. Jackie was shot five times at point-blank range. While recovering from what would become one of the most harrowing tragedies in recent history, Jackie had to choose: Would she become a victim or a fighter? The choice to survive against unfathomable odds empowered her with a resolve to become a vocal proponent for human rights.
Deeply rooted in Jackie’s experiences as a widow, a mother, a congresswoman, and a fighter, hers is a story of true resilience, one that will inspire other women to draw strength from adversity in order to do what is right—no matter the challenges ahead.


Free audiobooks for Audible Members
Audible members can score three free titles – one a full-length novel and two shorter listens. This is a limited-time offer, but I do not know the end date. As I write this, the books were pre-order to release today (February 28).
A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain: From Paula McLain, the best-selling author of The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin, comes a breathtakingly intimate story of the brilliant, willful Marie Curie – a young woman in Paris on the verge of her greatest discovery yet: herself.
Junk by Les Bohem: Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens.
The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough: Best-selling author Bryan Burrough (Barbarians at the Gate, Public Enemies, Big Rich) recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret.


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Light Housekeeping: No-Rush Shipping Credit 4 comments

When there’s no hurry for our Amazon order, I choose No-Rush Shipping to get the $1 credit off digital items – books, music, apps and software purchases.

Amazon now clearly shows the credit that I have available – a great improvement! A quick browse of digital music and apps did not show the $1 credit available but hopefully those products will soon reflect the change.

Please let me see if the credit for other reasons – such as Great on Kindle or the $3 romance credit.

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Housekeeping! Catching up and Great on Kindle 11 comments

A month of Sundays!
It’s been a long time since we’ve talked! I’ve enjoyed the break to do other activities in the evenings and spend time with my husband.
Just to catch you up a bit, last summer (which was like 3 years ago with the winter weather we have been having in the upper Midwest) we planted and tended a garden. I returned to my farming roots and loved every minute of it.
There was no pretense that the food was cheaper than from the store. I bought a $50 hoe, too many plants and oodles of seeds. The water bill spiked during the dry weeks.
The tomatoes outgrew their cages; the rabbits dined well on sweet potato vines and cantaloupe leaves; the butternut squash took over the west half of the plot, producing enough for the neighborhood; and sweet basil filled the air.
I relished every minute, dining on salads made with fresh cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, radishes, carrots, beets and onions.
Cannot wait for the snow to melt this spring!
Great on Kindle
Now for the real reason for this Housekeeping post. Donna C asked me to do a bit of research and give an opinion about Great on Kindle.
Great on Kindle is not great. The books have the promised enhanced digital content, but the promotion is a bust. It’s an illusion of a benefit while making the process to claim your reward difficult.
When a customer buys eligible non-fiction books, Amazon offers a credit equal to 25% of the purchase price to be used on future purchases of GoK books. Amazon promises a better reading experience with high quality images, page flip and Wikipedia integration on the select GoK books.
The credit given must be spent on other GoK titles and has no value on any other purchase. The credits do expire so timely redemption is critical.
The collection of eligible books is scattered, including history, business, health, biographies and memoirs and religion titles. I browsed the history selection. There is no discernable reason for the order of the titles and no way to access sub-categories such as military history or memoirs or politics. I didn’t even know how many titles were available until I clicked through more than eleven pages of 48 titles each.
Goodreads has a webpage about GoK. I clicked on a couple of titles that linked to Amazon. The books are no longer offered through GoK. Goodreads is out-of-date and just as random in order.
The internet has a few discussions where readers lament the disorganized selection, but no one has a solution. A few commenters were disappointed their credits were not applying, but they reported customer support was helpful.
One website reported that in early January that the credit percentage was 75%. WOWSER! Nothing offered more than 25% credit toward a future purchase when I looked. But if it is on the internet, it has to be true, right?
Bottom line, if you love to read non-fiction and have time to tinker, GoK might be a good fit for you. If you do not have the patience of Job and a couple of hours to browse, just buy the books you want and forget the credit.


Cheap Reads about Gardening
I looked for great, cheap reads about gardening, but didn’t find any that were impressive. Growing your own vegetables has to be experienced to be appreciated. I highly recommend putting down the Kindle and picking up a hoe and a few tomato plants this spring.
While the snow is still blowing here, I’ll be making butternut squash soup and maybe a pie, too.
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