Seventh generation of Kindle now available to pre-order
Late yesterday Amazon introduced the 7th generation of Kindle: Kindle Voyage, the most advanced e-reader ever, and the new $79 Kindle, with a 20% faster processor, twice the storage, and now with a touch interface. Both devices are available to pre-order now with delivery beginning next month.
Kindle ($79 with Special Orders/$99 without – pre-order today with delivery beginning October 2) Wi-Fi only.
• Touchscreen display that reads like real paper—no screen glare, even in bright sunlight
• Exclusive Kindle features—now includes Goodreads integration, Kindle FreeTime, Vocabulary Builder, Word Wise (coming soon), and more
• Double the on-device storage—holds thousands of books
• Page turns fly with a 20% faster processor
Kindle Voyage (Starting at $199 wi-fi only with Special Offers up to $289 wi-fi +3G without Special Offers – Pre-order today for delivery beginning October 21) Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free 3G
• High-resolution 300 ppi display—reads even more like the printed page
• Reimagined page turns—PagePress enables you to turn the page without lifting a finger
• New adaptive front light—provides ideal brightness, day or night
• Our thinnest Kindle ever
• Battery lasts weeks, not hours
Click on graphic at left and scroll down for a better view of the Voyager’s features.
Amazon announces three new Kindle Fire Tablets
Introducing the All-New Fire HD 6 Tablet –The Most Powerful Tablet Under $100
(Starting at $99 for 8GB with Special Offers up to $134 for 16GB without Special Offers – Pre-order today for delivery beginning October 2) Wi-fi only.
• Beautiful 6″ HD display—Crisp, vivid HD display (252 ppi / 1280×800) with over a million pixels—perfect for apps, movies, TV, games, photos, and more
• Front and rear cameras—Take photos or capture videos in 1080p HD with a rear-facing camera or Skype with a front-facing camera. Plus, free unlimited storage in Cloud Drive for photos taken with Fire devices
• Best selection of digital content—Enjoy over 33 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, Android apps and games—including Facebook, Netflix, Minecraft, and more
• Great for the whole family—Create unique profiles and set screen time limits for kids with Amazon FreeTime. Coming soon, link two Amazon accounts and share books, games, apps, and Prime Instant Video content across all devices in the household.
Introducing the All-New Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet–Higher Performance, Exclusive New Audio, the Fastest Wi-Fi, and Still Startlingly Light with a Stunning HDX Display
(Starting at $379 for 16GB with Special Offers up to $494 for 64GB without Special Offers – Pre-order today for delivery beginning October 21) Wi-fi only.
You can pre-order 4G LTE-enabled devices also – priced at $529 to $594.
• Exclusive 8.9″ HDX display—With 30% more pixels than iPad Air’s Retina display, Amazon’s exclusive HDX display (2560×1600) features exceptional pixel density (over 4 million pixels, 339 ppi) for vivid, lifelike images
• Incredibly light design—Weighing just 13.2 ounces, Fire HDX 8.9 is 20% lighter than iPad Air
• Ultrafast 2.5 GHz quad-core processor—70% faster graphics performance with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 420 GPU for quicker gaming and smoother video
• Rich, multi-dimensional audio—Twice as loud as iPad Air, with crisp, clear sound and no distortion. Plus, the first tablet with Dolby Atmos for a new headphone experience
• Firefly and Mayday—Quickly identify and take action on over 100 million items with Firefly. Get free, live video support with an Amazon expert, 24×7, 365 days a year with Mayday
• 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video, plus a front-facing 720p HD camera for video calls and more. Free unlimited storage in Cloud Drive for photos taken with Fire devices
Introducing Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet –The Kids Tablet That Has it All, Including the First-Ever 2-Year Worry-Free Guarantee.
($149 6” display/$189 7” display – Pre-order today for delivery beginning October 21) NOTE: Cannot find information regarding wi-fi capability.
• A real tablet, not a toy—A quad-core processor for great performance, a vivid HD display, front and rear-facing cameras, and Dolby Digital Audio
• Built for even the toughest kids—Enjoy the peace of mind with an unprecedented 2-year worry-free guarantee—if they break it, we’ll replace it for free. No questions asked
• Don’t worry about the bill—The Kids Edition includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited so kids get unlimited access to 5,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games—at no additional cost.
• Best-in-class parental controls—Create individual profiles for each of your children. Personalize screen time limits, educational goals, and age-appropriate content
• Kid-Proof Case—Durable, lightweight case to protect against drops and bumps caused by kids at play.
• Comes in blue, green or pink.
Did you get an e-mail earlier this week from Amazon that was titled: Important Legal Notice Relating to eBooks Settlement?
Consumers may receive a credit at Amazon if Apple pays under the terms of the settlement. If Apple is successful in its appeal, consumers will not receive a credit. The Court required that notice be given to consumers by September 15.
Due to the ongoing litigation, this paragraph from the e-mail is the essential information:
The Apple Settlement provides for three possible outcomes, depending on the decision of an appeal of the District Court’s July 10, 2013 finding that Apple violated the antitrust laws (“Liability Finding”). First, if the Court’s Liability Finding is upheld, Apple will pay $400 million to Eligible Consumers. Second, if the Liability Finding is sent back to the District Court for further consideration of whether Apple violated the antitrust laws, Apple will pay $50 million to Eligible Consumers. Third, if the Liability Finding is reversed, Apple will make no payments.
Don’t hold your breath that you will receive the credit in time for your holiday shopping this year. Maybe in 2015 or 2016. The wheels turn slowly as we learned from the last settlement.
Further proof that Fire Phone is a Fizzle
Monday Amazon announced that the price of the Fire Phone is now only 99 cents with a two-year contract.
Customers can also purchase the phone from AT&T through their installment program for $18.75 per month for 24 months for a total of $450. The previous purchase price was $600. AT&T is the exclusive network provider for the Fire Phone.
Below is a quote from the press release:
Fire is now 99 cents with a two-year contract, plus customers get one full year of Prime included,” said Ian Freed, Vice President, Amazon Devices. “With access to all of the Prime content, Mayday, 32GB of memory and free unlimited cloud storage for photos, plus the exclusive Dynamic Perspective and Firefly features, Fire is another example of the value Amazon delivers to customers.
Today is Patriot Day in the United States – the day we remember the lives lost, the lives forever changed and the security of our world altered following the September 11 attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Between Heaven and Ground Zero: One Woman’s Struggle for Survival and Faith in the Ashes of 9/11 is one survivor’s story of the horror of 9/11. Buy it today for only 99 cents. Published by a faith-based publisher.
Book Description: On the sunny morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, terrorists murdered more than twenty-seven hundred people in an attack on New York City.
Thousands died when a hijacked Boeing 767 slammed into Tower One of the World Trade Center.
It was first blood.
For Leslie Haskin, it was a second chance at life.
This is the riveting account of Leslie’s harrowing escape–down 36 floors in a doomed and dying building and away from a life focused on perks, prestige, and power. The intervening months brought crippling mental and emotional distress, but from the rubble and ashes, the corporate climber rediscovered the faith of her childhood and now embraces a new life of serving others.
Just how many have sold?
The Amazon Fire Phone isn’t exactly setting the world ablaze. The Guardian published an article that provides the complex process to come to an estimated 35,000 phones sold since the phone’s debut in July. Consumers are not waiting in line to buy “the next big thing in smartphones”.
The television ads with snooty, pre-teen overachievers hasn’t drawn me to the device, either. Fire Phone commercials just aren’t selling it.
Summer Schedule Vote
Thanks for everyone who voted in our poll asking about keeping our summer schedule year round. Nearly 55% of you like the posts early in the morning. It’s the best time for me, too. If something comes to our attention after the early posts, we’ll put it on the site.
Thanks for being loyal followers of DCR. We appreciate every one of you!
A week from today marks the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies in the United States. These three titles feature that event.
The 9/11 Dogs ($1.99 pre-order, delivery September 5) A Short Read: Meet the dogs who searched for life amongst the ruins of the Twin Towers. Many heroes were made on 9/11 and in the weeks that followed. Not all of them showed human courage. Some of them could only show that they were truly man’s best friend.
Clear Blue Sky (99 cents) Inspirational fiction: It’s the beginning of a gorgeous September in the City that Never Sleeps. Summer may be officially over, but Labor Day Weekend means ethnic festivals and dancing the streets and lots of overtime for police officer Tony Cavalucci. All this foreshadows what’s about to come to the people of New York on September 11, 2001. Now Tony finds himself in brand new territory. As he fights to survive and help others survive as well, Tony learns all over what faith means, what family means, and what life itself means.
Nightwatcher ($4.99) As the city sleeps in the early hours of September 10, 2001, the killer waits and watches, unaware of the cataclysm to come. Even the nightmare of 9/11 will not postpone his private reign of terror.
Allison Taylor adores her adopted city, New York. But on a bright and clear September morning, the familiar landscape around her is savagely altered—and in the midst of widespread chaos and fear, a woman living upstairs from her is found, brutally slaughtered and mutilated.
Labor Day is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of this country. Established in 1887 to occur each September, the day unofficially marks the end of the summer vacation season.
The vintage drawing shown here may be an accurate representation of the campaign waged by workers to establish an 8-hour work day. My question is: What happened to the idea of 8 hours to recreate each day? Think of the books one could read in 40 hours a week.
Whether you are reading, relaxing or working, we wish each of you a happy Labor Day holiday.
This collection of short stories about the hard-working American pioneers would be a great read anytime.
With more than 120 titles still in print, Louis L’Amour is recognized the world over as one of the most prolific and popular American authors in history. Though he met with phenomenal success in every genre he tried, the form that put him on the map was the short story. Now this great writer will receive his due as a great storyteller. This volume kicks off a series that will, when complete, anthologize all of L’Amour’ s short fiction, volume by handsome volume.
Here, in Volume One, is a treasure-trove of 35 frontier tales for his millions of fans and for those who have yet to discover L’Amour’s thrilling prose—and his vital role in capturing the spirit of the Old West for generations to come. Buy this collection for only $1.99 today.
NOTE: The webpage has conflicting page numbers for this book. One place states 432; another 864. The book has nearly 9000 locations which makes the page count more than 850.
Click here to purchase The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour, Volume 1: Frontier Stories
Why I won’t be subscribing to Kindle Unlimited
Amazon’s subscription service Kindle Unlimited was announced recently. For $9.99 a month a reader enjoys an always open buffet of books. Audiobooks are also available on some books to allow for seamless reading and listening.
The service is a wonderful opportunity for some readers. High volume users will benefit because the subscription is cheaper than purchasing. The library of titles is growing to offer even more than the current 600,000 books.
The deal just isn’t for me. I won’t be subscribing because:
1. My Kindle library of purchased books exceeds my ability to get the books read by about 165 years. My audiobook library is also extensive.
2. I know me: In the beginning I would read 7-8 books each month. Then life would come along and a month or two would slip by with only 2-3 books read. What about all the unread purchased books? Guilt would drive me back to my purchased books and maybe only a book that month comes from Kindle Unlimited. Before I know it nine months have passed, I’ve paid nearly $90 and I’m not getting my money’s worth.
3. Big name authors and books I want to read aren’t in the Kindle Unlimited selections yet. I may reconsider the service when favorite authors and recently released books are available.
4. I don’t want to feel like I have to use the service since I’m paying for it. I have that guilt from the gym membership – paying for it, but not using it.
A few of the good points are first month is free; I can test drive a new author without buying the book and if I ever have a month to go on a reading binge, I can read a book or two every day for $9.99.
Summer Schedule Poll
We’ve been on our summer schedule since Memorial Day – all posts early in the day with later posts if needed. Do you like it? Do you want to go back to six posts at 6:15am and two more at 11:00?
Vote in the poll and let us know your thoughts.
United Kingdom publishers and Cheap Reads
In recent weeks books from United Kingdom publishers have become available for US readers. Popular authors across the pond may increase their readership and become the new favorite author of US readers.
Imprints include Penguin Random House’s Quercus, Transworld Digital and Ebury. Hachette imprints include Headline, Hodder, Hachette Ireland, Sphere and Piatkus. Other publishers are appearing as rights to ebooks expand.
Below are three books by popular UK authors selling for only $1.99 each today:
Some Sunny Day ($1.99) Forbidden love and family secrets In World War Two Liverpool in the heartrending new saga.
Paperboy ($1.99) It’s Belfast, 1975. The city lies under the dark cloud of the Troubles, and hatred fills the air like smoke. But Tony Macaulay has just turned twelve and he’s got a new job. He’s going to be a paperboy. And come rain or shine – or bombs and mortar – he will deliver…
Forgotten Child ($1.99) Will she ever find a home where she can belong? ALONE…Jennifer Lavender was a lonely child. She always felt like second best and desperately craved her parents love.
Last week I complained that Amazon had sent a pre-order cancellation with only the order number in the e-mail. I was unable to locate the order on my account at Amazon and was disappointed that I didn’t know the book title.
When I pre-ordered a book this week, this email arrived (pertinent information only):
Thank you for shopping with us. Your item will be automatically delivered on release day and we’ll send a confirmation when your item has been released. You will not be charged until your item is released.
Your estimated release date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Placed on Friday, August 15, 2014
The Homecoming: Book 6 of Thunder Point series
$5.99 (or less)
Thanks, Amazon! Great improvement to the pre-order process. Amazon’s price guarantee is explained here.
Have you seen this improvement? When you scroll down on a Kindle book webpage, a banner now appears at the top of the screen of the book title and author.
A plea to Amazon
I’ve read your argument to publishers that more consumers buy a digital book when the price is lower. Sounds like you have my back to give me the best read for the money.
Because you have proven you are watching out for the consumer, I wanted to draw your attention to one of my concerns.
The Big Deal Sale is in progress and I’ve pored over the books looking for a gem to read this fall. Honestly, the selection is tired and repetitive (20 historical romances by M.C. Beaton). Ten percent of the titles were reader-rated at 3.5 stars or lower. The sale is more like The Big Dud.
The Daily Deal has been stale lately. It needs a shot of adrenaline.
While you are negotiating with the publishers, do some horse trading for more recent books for your sales and the Daily Deal. Customers would love to buy bestsellers from the last few years, Books of the Month and book club favorites. We’ll prove you right on increased buying at lower prices.
After you have negotiated great books at great prices, head over to the marketing department. Surely some creative soul can think of a better name than The Big Deal Sale. Maybe even sketch a fun graphic, too.
Keep fighting for the reader, Amazon!
Cheap Reads from The Big Deal Sale – only 99 cents each
Hello from Amazon.com.
We’re writing because an unexpected delay prevents us from delivering your pre-ordered Kindle version for the order listed below:
We are unable to provide an estimated release date at this time and have canceled your order. We will continue pursuing this Kindle book and hope to be able to offer it to customers in the future.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Sincerely, Customer Service Department Amazon.com
I was able to find two of the orders through YOUR DIGITAL ORDERS under YOUR ACCOUNT. They were pre-ordered free books that were scheduled to deliver in November 2012 and November 2013. I could not find the third order number on Amazon. Including the title in the cancellation notice would have been a helpful gesture.
File these Headlines under No Surprises Here
Print Output Dipped in 2013
HarperCollins Tries Direct Sales to sell print books, e-books and physical audiobooks directly to consumers.
Apple $450 million e-book settlement wins court approval, but Apple continues its appeal
Amazon’s gutsy phone fails to ignite per CNET.com review.
Cheap Reads – Space Non-Fiction
Buy these space books for only $1.99, $1.99 and $2.51 today.
Moon Shot ($1.99) The epic story of the golden years of American space exploration, told by the men who rode the rockets. Collaborating with NBC’s veteran space reporter Jay Barbree, Shepard and Slayton narrate in gripping detail the story of America’s space exploration from the time of Shepard’s first flight until he and eleven others had walked on the moon.
Challenger: An American Tragedy ($1.99) With over fifty years of experience with NASA’s missions, Harris presents the story of the Challenger tragedy as only an insider can. With by-the-second accounts of the spacecraft’s launch and a comprehensive overview of the ensuing investigation, Harris gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the devastating accident that grounded the shuttle fleet for over two years. Note: Shorter read.
Thirteen: The Apollo Flight That Failed ($2.51) Thirteen is the shocking, miraculous, and entirely true story of how the astronauts and ground crew guided Apollo 13 to a safe landing on earth. Expanding on dispatches written for the New Yorker, Henry S. F. Cooper Jr. brings readers unparalleled detail on the moment-by-moment developments of one of NASA’s most dramatic missions. Note: Shorter read.
Amazon and Hachette Dispute
Even though the dispute between Amazon and major publisher Hachette is “ongoing and active”, Amazon is shipping Hachette titles and the publisher’s revenue rose 5.6% over sales in the first half of 2013 when shipping was business as usual. Hachette attributed the increase to the “integration of Hyperion titles acquired from Disney and adding Disney’s distribution business.”
E-book sales were down slightly, but Hachette downplayed the decrease noting that “the market for ebooks had reached a plateau.”
Read more about the dispute in this article titled Amazon and Hachette: The dispute in 13 easy steps . Forbes.com has this article on how long the dispute might last.
Thomas Berger, author of Little Big Man passes
Thomas Berger was known as the author of Little Big Man ($9.99) and books that explored the American West, but his body of work was broader than that. He passed away last month in Nyack, N.Y., at the age of 89. Read the NY Times article on Mr. Berger’s life here.
Jack Crabb is the the 111-year-old narrator of Berger’s 1964 masterpiece of American fiction Little Big Man. The novel is a singular literary achievement that, like its hero, only gets better with age.
Open Road Media is offering Berger’s book The Return of Little Big Man for only $1.99. Jack Crabb is now 112 years old, and he isn’t done spinning yarns.
Crabb claims to have witnessed most of the great historical events of the western frontier, even taking tea with Queen Victoria when she came out of seclusion after a quarter century. No matter where Crabb lays his hat, he keeps his wizened, wry, and sharp commentary at the ready. The Return of Little Big Man is a sidesplitting novel of surprising emotional depth.
Cheap Reads – Military Romantic Suspense – $1.99 each
Marliss Melton is the author of the bestselling Team Twelve Navy SEALs series, the Taskforce series, and her current Echo Platoon series. Wife of a retired Navy veteran, she relies on her experience as a military spouse and on her many contacts in the Spec Ops and Intelligence communities to pen realistic and heartfelt stories.
Four of her Navy SEALs romantic suspense novels are selling today for only $1.99 each.
100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime
Amazon has announced the 100 children’s books you should read in your lifetime. Amazon’s editors made the selections, claiming that you will love these books your whole life long. All of these choices are for readers ages 12 and younger.
The list includes classics such as Betsy-Tacy, Anne of Green Gables, Charlotte’s Web, and The Secret Garden. More recent selections included are Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Wonder.
Not all books are available in a Kindle version. You can browse all 100 children’s books here.
This is the third lifetime list from Amazon’s editors. Others are: 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime and 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime.
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts
My review of the young adult novel Wonder ($7.99) makes clear that I thoroughly enjoyed Auggie’s story. The follow-up 85-page story The Julian Chapter ($1.99) was equally well-written and is a moving, meaningful novella even if you haven’t read Wonder.
Author R. J. Palacio has written a follow-up book: 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts. In Wonder, readers were introduced to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts. Simply put, precepts are principles to live by and Mr. Browne has compiled 365 of them drawn from popular songs to children’s books to inscriptions on Egyptian tombstones to fortune cookies. Interspersed with the precepts are letters and emails from characters who appeared in Wonder – Summer, Jack, Charlotte, Julian, and Amos.
Includes words of wisdom from such noteworthy people as Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., and Confucius and over 100 readers of Wonder who sent R. J. Palacio their own precepts. Pre-order this book for $7.99 and receive it August 26.
Amazon speaks out about Hachette Business Interruption
Amazon posted a lengthy explanation of the continued discussions with Hachette, saying that lower e-book prices is the “key objective” in the ongoing dispute.
Amazon wants to price most books at $9.99 or less and have stated that $14.99 or more is “unjustifiably high”. In the post, Amazon presents evidence that for every 100 copies of an e-book that would sell at $14.99, consumers would buy 174 copies if priced at $9.99.
Not only is Amazon supporting lower prices for the consumer, they are also advocating that the author receive a greater share of the book proceeds. Read the entire post here.
Cheap Reads – Two novels in the Gabriella Giovanni Mystery Series
Blessed are the Dead ($0.99) San Francisco Bay Area newspaper reporter Gabriella Giovanni spends her days on the crime beat, walking away unscathed. When a little girl disappears on the way to the school bus stop, her quest for justice and a front-page story leads her to a convicted kidnapper, Jack Dean Johnson, who reels her in with promises to reveal his exploits as a serial killer. But Gabriella’s passion for her job quickly spirals into obsession when she begins to suspect the kidnapper may have ties to her own dark past: her sister’s murder. Risking her life, her job, and everything she holds dear, Gabriella embarks on a quest to find answers and stop a deranged murderer before he strikes again.
Blessed are the Meek ($1.99) A rash of high-profile murders all point to reporter Gabriella Giovanni’s boyfriend, Detective Sean Donovan, when investigators uncover a single link in the deaths: Annalisa Cruz. A decade ago, Cruz seduced Donovan away from a life as a monk, and though their relationship soured long ago … her passion for him has not.
As the investigation continues, it becomes increasingly clear that any man who gets involved with Cruz soon ends up dead. Donovan, the only man to have dated Cruz and survived, is arrested for the murders and dubbed a jealous ex, leaving Gabriella scrambling to find the real killer without ending up as the next body headed for the morgue.
Marketplace and Internet Fairness Act
Many of you live in a state where Amazon has a physical presence (known as a nexus) and state sales taxes are collected on your purchases. Customers who live in other states may have their purchases taxed in the near future if the Marketplace and Internet Fairness Act is approved.
Earlier this week six Senators introduced legislation that combines the Marketplace Fairness Act and the Internet Tax Freedom Act into a single bill: the Marketplace and Internet Fairness Act. Bipartisan support for the two bills in both houses of Congress could mean that the combined bill will be approved this year. “Amazon.com has long supported a simplified nationwide approach that is evenhandedly applied and applicable to all but the smallest volume sellers,” Amazon VP Paul Misener wrote in a letter supporting the Marketplace Fairness bill. The bill would allow states to require online and other out-of-state retailers to collect sales and use tax.
Cheap Reads – Young Adult Novels
If you enjoy young adult fiction, these three novels are selling for only $1.99 each.