Category: Housekeeping
Housekeeping: Two free First Reads and Audible Captions 2 comments
Twofer First Reads this month
Prime members can select two free First Reads this month. Leading the reader reviews are these three titles:
The Dressmaker’s Gift – Historical fiction by Fiona Valpy
The Vine Witch – Fantasy by Luanne G. Smith
Everything You Are – Contemporary fiction by Kerry Anne King
 
These suspense novels are doing well in the review competition:
Little Voices – Psychological thriller by Vanessa Lillie
Drowning with Others – Suspense fiction by Linda Keir
 
The selection for children is faring well:
Along the Tapajós – Kindle Fire book for ages 4-8 by Fernando Vilela
 
Reviewers are saying to take a pass on these:
The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson’s Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin – True crime by Jan Stocklassa
Quantum – Kindle in Motion thriller by Patricia Cornwell

 

Audible Captions
Audible has created a unique listening experience they have branded Captions. The product is different from immersive reading which requires that the reader/listener have both the ebook and the audiobook.
Captions displays text on the screen while the audiobook is read and the listener does not have to possess the ebook.
Not surprisingly, publishers have cried foul that Captions violates copyright laws. Read about their lawsuit here.
Earlier this week, Audible confirmed that only public domain works will be included in its controversial Captions program until the copyright lawsuit filed by seven major publishers and supported by the Association of American Publishers is resolved.
Audible had indicated in July that the product was ready to roll out on hundreds of thousands of audiobooks. For now Captions will be limited to beta users. Check out the technology by watching a demonstration here.
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Housekeeping: Contact Customer Care about email confirmations 4 comments
Contacting Amazon
UPDATE! UPDATE! Good news! Book titles have been restored to the email confirmations. Contacting Care does bring results!
In last week’s Housekeeping, I told how Kindle book purchase emails had changed. The book title is no longer included in the subject line.
Karen commented that we should contact Amazon’s CEO at this email address: jeff@amazon.com.
Karen also reminded us of Amazon’s mission statement:
Our vision is to be earth’s most customer-centric company;
to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.

These new emails are not customer-centric.

 

I chose to contact Care via chat so I could share with you the response. You can chat or receive a call from Care when you click here and choose your method.

 

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Light Housekeeping: Email confirmations of Kindle purchase 12 comments
Not an improvement!
If you have purchased a Kindle book in the last week you may have noticed a change in the confirmation email from Amazon. The tile of the book is no longer in the subject line This is not an improvement.
I sort emails from Amazon into folders and used the subject line to do it. No longer!
Here’s what the emails looked like prior to August 22:
Since August 22, this is what you see in the subject line:

When you opened the email prior to August 22, this is what you saw:

Now you don’t know what you purchased:

You must click on the order number to learn more. This was one service that did not need to change. Amazon just made it more time consuming to do business with them.
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Housekeeping: Audiobook Price Matching 0 comments
Audiobook Price Match
Libro.fm is the first audiobook company to make it possible for you to buy audiobooks directly through your local bookstore. Like Audible.com, you can buy a subscription-based service.
Libro.fm recently added three audiobook clubs that are free to join and do not require a monthly commitment. You can sign up for the newsletters for the Kids Club, YA Club and/or Kiss Club (romance) to receive a monthly email. You can purchase titles for lower prices during the month and not pay a membership fee.
 
Audible has been price matching (and lower than Libro) some of the audiobook club titles. This month, the YA Club offerings were not price matched. A few of the romance titles and some Kids Club offerings are now offered for a better price at Audible for members.
Kiss Club Romances and Audible.com prices:
The Bride Says No: The Brides of Wishmore by Cathy Maxwell – $3.19
Frost Line by Linda Howard – $3.19
Second Time Sweeter by Beverly Jenkins – $3.19
The English Duke by Karen Ranney – $3.19
 
Kids Club and Audible.com prices:
A Big Day for Baseball by Mary Pope Osborne – $7.45
We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines – $7.18
Little Owl’s Audiobook Collection by Divya Srinivasan – $7.84
The Silence Slips In by Alison Hughes – $2.77
Candace Center Stage by Candace Cameron Bure – $1.59
A Plan for Pops by Heather Smith – $2.77
The Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford – $1.59
Shadow of the Shark by Mary Pope Osborne – $7.84

 

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Housekeeping: Discount on print books and a Sunday Funny 0 comments
10% on Textbooks – and all perhaps all print books
Through September 22, if you spend $100 or more on new textbooks, you will get a 10% discount when you use promocode TEXT10 at checkout. The maximum discount is $50 and is not applicable for rentals or digital content.
The good news is that another blogger was able to use this promocode for any new print book sold by Amazon. Buy those hardback books for holiday giving or to spoil yourself.
Read the terms here.

 

 

A Sunday Funny
Pearls before Swine is a quirky comic that features talking animals and killer and/or groaner puns. This past Sunday’s strip was convicting.
 
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Housekeeping: Ten years of #1s and Dashing off 0 comments
#1 Pick for the Last 10 Years
Amazon Editors were excited to announce that the movie version of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt will release on September 13. The lengthy novel was selected by the Editors as the 2013 Book of the Year.
Amazon reminded us of their #1 picks for the past ten years. These are not the best selling, but the one chosen by Amazon’s editors. How many have your read or listened to?
2018: Educated: A Memoir – $14.99
2017: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – $11.99
2016: The Underground Railroad: A Novel – $11.99
2015: Fates and Furies: A Novel – $5.99
2014: Everything I Never Told You: A Novel – $12.99
2013: The Goldfinch: A Novel – $11.99
2012: The Round House: A Novel – $11.99
2011: The Art of Fielding: A Novel – $9.99
2010: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – $12.99
2009: Let the Great World Spin: A Novel – $14.99

 

Dashing Off – Effective August 31
Dash buttonIf any of you use the physical Dash Button to order from Amazon, you need to act quickly pushing those buttons as the service will be discontinued August 31. Going forward you will be able to use the free virtual Dash buttons on the Amazon app.
If you have buttons that will become useless, you can send them back to Amazon to recycle. Details are here. Perhaps you should tuck them away and sell the collection to an antique dealer in 25-30 years.
Personally, the Dash Button concept did not appeal to me. Did you use it? If so, will you miss it? Share any other thoughts you have about the Dash Button concept.
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Housekeeping: Free short reads and listens for Prime members 3 comments
Free short reads and listens
Amazon has released seven short Kindle books with audio narration all about The One, free to Prime members.
Sometimes you find the One. Sometimes you chase the One. Other times, the One just isn’t enough.
From a roster of bestselling, award-winning, and beloved writers come seven singularly true stories that remind us there’s no one path to the perfect match.
I haven’t had a chance to read or listen to any of these short titles, but I would steer clear of those with less than stellar reviews.
Click here to read and listen seven Amazon original stories
If you enjoy short stories, you can find many more collections here.

 

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Housekeeping: Top Sellers Prime Day 2019 and Amazon best sellers around the world – 2018 Version 0 comments
Prime Day 2019 Around the World
I found the neat graphic way below for Amazon’s 2018 best selling products around the world. While I couldn’t find a graphic for Prime Day 2019, a list has been released:
United States: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Instant Pot DUO60
23andMe Health + Ancestry kits
Canada: PlayStation 4 Slim w/ Spiderman & Horizon Zero Dawn
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
23andMe Health + Ancestry kits
China: Dove Exfoliating Scrub
L’Oreal Rejuvenating Eye Cream
Silk’n Permanent Hair Removal Device
Mexico: Nintendo Switch
HP Monitor 22w Borderless
Nautica Travel Sport Eau de Toilette Spray
United Kingdom: Sony PlayStation Classic Console
Oral-B SmartSeries Electric Toothbrush
Shark Vacuum Cleaner
India: Syska 9-Watt Smart LED Bulb Compatible with Amazon Alexa
boAt Rockerz Sports Bluetooth Wireless Earphones
Godrej Aer Pocket Bathroom Fragrance
Japan: Happy Belly Water
Anker PowerCore 10,000 Mobile Battery
Pampers Premium Protection Diapers
Germany and Austria: JBL Bluetooth Speaker
Tefal Jamie Oliver Stainless Steel Pan
OSRAM Smart+ Plug Zigbee Switchable Light Socket
France: iRobot Roomba 671
Lunii Story Telling Factory
Oral-B SmartSeries Electric Toothbrush
Australia: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Finish Powerball All-in-1 Max Dishwasher Tablets
Huggies Ultra Dry Nappies

 

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Housekeeping: Prime Day 2019 in the Rearview Mirror 4 comments
Prime Day 2019
Prime Day fatigue arrived well before Prime Day this year. The announcement, the pre-launch deals, the hype! I was exhausted and ready for a vacation before Monday. Am I the only one who felt this way?
 
The deals on Kindle Books were done right this year with a good variety of fiction and non-fiction. Recently published books with many reviews were offered at great prices. A few of the daily deals were re-runs, but still good finds if you missed them the first time around.
A few seemed a stretch as best sellers. Do you really think All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters by Joe Willie Namath with 31 reviews is a “must have” in Kindle books? At $4.99, I resisted the temptation to buy now with 1-Click. If you snatched it up, please let us know if it was worth the investment.
 
The offer for Audible members of 12 select books at $5 each was a pleasant addition to this year’s Prime Day offerings. Those who contribute to the bottom line every month should be rewarded. This was perhaps the only subscription-based service with an added Prime Day benefit for those who are already purchasing the service.
Amazon once again offered wonderful enticements for new subscribers to premium movie channels, Music Unlimited, Twitch Prime, Amazon Photos, Kindle Unlimited and more. Waiting for Prime Day is smart for anyone thinking about subscribing to an Amazon service.
 
Amazon sold Echo Dots cheaper than candy. Buy a Ring doorbell, get a free Dot. Sign up for Audible and get a Dot for 99 cents. Buy a Dot outright for $22 – less than half of list price. Tens of thousands of Dots will be zipping through the shipping channels as surely everyone ordered one for the guest bathroom – perhaps the only room in the house still Dot-less.
If you believe the conspiracy theorists, Amazon has solved the riddle of how to listen to every conversation in America AND make the spied-upon (or is that the spyee?) pay for it. I do not believe Amazon cares one twit about our house because our Echo doesn’t hear me three-quarters of the time. She doesn’t wake up until I speak up. The kitchen Dot has an even greater hearing impairment.
 
I hope each of you found great deals on items you wanted and/or needed and kept your enthusiasm through the two days. No doubt Amazon is already planning PD2020 which may be Three Days of Deals with a week and a half of sales before the main event. Heaven help us.
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Housekeeping: First Reads recommendation and $10 credit for Prime Day 0 comments
July Kindle First Reads
Prime members can select two First Reads in July as part of Amazon’s Prime Day celebration.
Although I have not read it yet, I want to recommend Julianne MacLean’s World War II historical fiction novel A Fire Sparkling. Julianne states that this book is “not a romance – it’s a dual timeline with a historical component – more of a straight historical fiction.”
Julianne is well known for her popular Color of Heaven series, an interwoven women’s series with romance.
After choosing A Fire Sparkling for one of my July First Reads, I pre-ordered the audiobook for just $1.99.

 

$10 Prime Day credit
Prime members who spend $10 or more at Whole Foods Market from July 3-16 will get $10 in Amazon credit to spend on on Prime Day, July 15-16.
All the details can be found here.
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Housekeeping: Name Change and Pre-Prime Day Deals 0 comments
Audible Escape
The Audible Romance Package has been renamed to Audible Escape. The program is the same – pay a monthly subscription fee and receive unlimited listening of great romance titles.
Through July 31 Audible members can buy an Audible Escape 3-month membership for only $3/month.
Your Audible Escape Membership Includes:
• Unlimited listening to a huge selection of love stories.
• Entire series and titles from your favorite authors.
• Original and exclusive stories produced by Audible that you can’t get anywhere else.
• Listen for one flat monthly fee. You can cancel anytime with no commitments.
After three months, the regular monthly subscription fee will apply.
 
Deals before the Big Day!
Prime members can find great deals for the next two weeks as Amazon is offering sales prior to Prime Day. Save on clothing, electronics, housewares, baby items, toys, groceries – just about everything! Save on Music Unlimited. Check out the links below to find the great deals.
 


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Housekeeping: Happy birthday! 12 comments
Where were you?
Where were you nine years ago today? June 20, 2010…..remember anything special about the day? Need a hint? It was Sunday. Father’s Day. And Paula’s birthday.
We officially launched our little blog that day. Originally known as Kindle Cheap Reads (Amazon required the name change), we bravely stepped out where we had never been before – naive and too inexperienced to make an impact.
Our first day’s post featured a welcome; a selection of Father’s Day books; several inspirational historical romances, a biography of Condoleezza Rice; a collection of Andy Rooney essays and deals on refurbished US Kindle 2 e-readers.
Here we are – 3,288 continuous days of posts later – still sharing with you the great cheap reads available for Kindle. We love doing it every single day.
You, the faithful site visitors, make it all worthwhile. A heartfelt thank you to each and every one.

 

Remember our first anniversary?
We made a big deal about our first anniversary, complete with a cake. Back then our posts went live throughout the day. Our birthday morning started with a pristine cake and progressed through the day. We gave the impression that our huge staff was enjoying the cake in the break room.
For the record, there are just two ladies – sisters – in this operation.
In preparation for the birthday posts, we staged the cake pictures earlier in the week. To show the cake had been eaten, large pieces were cut and stashed in Paula’s freezer. Tiger and Paula enjoyed that cake well into September. Well, maybe not September, but there was still cake in the freezer when July 1 rolled around.

 
Enjoy our posts from eight years ago featuring a darn good cake:
Today’s our birthday! One year ago today we went live with our website after several months of a blog that we had only made known to family and friends. What a wonderful year you have made this for us!

This post is to show you the cake we commissioned for the event. We asked the baker to refrain from overdoing the decoration and did that baker ever follow our request. White space and beyond. We will be cutting into this deliciousness later in the day when all the staff arrives. It’s still a bit early for some of them to be up and about.

 

What happened? We scheduled the cake cutting ceremony for 10:00am. Apparently some of the staff couldn’t wait that long.
I’ve got a fresh pot of coffee made and I’m going to enjoy a mid-morning break with a bite of this yummy confection. All of you are invited to stop by the conference room on the second floor of the DailyCheapReads world headquarters and enjoy cake with us.

 

Oh, my. Cake carnage is not a pretty site. Many of you must have dropped in to enjoy the cake.
I’m feeling a bit drained from the busy day so I’ll just eat that last piece for a pick-me-up.
What a great day for DailyCheapReads and we are glad you stopped by to celebrate with us.

 

Paula again in 2019: True story: That cake looked so appealing while writing this post last night, I made a quick trip to the grocery to buy a small cake. I’ve savored every bite!
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