If you are a member of Audible, you are getting a Christmas present. As a member, you are already able to listen to Channels – a service that offers podcasts, curated playlists and more. The benefit has been welcomed, but many users were frustrated they could not enjoy Channels on their Fire tablets.
The week Audible announced that their hard work has brought Channels to the Kindle Fire.
As a reward for our patience, members of Audible are being given a free credit to download any audiobook available. However, you must claim the credit via an email that should have already arrived in your mailbox. The subject is: Audible Channels – Listen now on Fire tablets
The credit is good until March 19, 2017. Join Audible here,.
If you are a member of Prime and you haven’t purchased Music Unlimited yet, you can receive a $20 credit when you enroll today. Prime members pay only $7.99 a month or $79.99 for a full-year subscriptions. With this credit, you pay only $59.99 for a full year access of millions of tunes.
Sign up for Music Unlimited here .
If you are looking for a reliable tablet at a great price, you can purchase the Fire Tablet, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB (Includes Special Offers) for only $49.99 (regularly $69.99). Buy black, blue or magenta and still receive it before Christmas.
All Kindle Fire devices are selling at reduced prices. Now’s the time to buy a spare or to give to someone special.
Amazon is cleaning out their supply of the Fire HD 6″ 8GB Tablet (with Special Offers). The price on this Fire tablet (with Special Offers) just $69.99 shipped (reg. $99.99). Save $20 more when you use promo code FIREHD6 and you get this Fire for only $49.99.
• Beautiful 6″ HD display with over a million pixels (252 ppi / 1280 x 800)
• Rear-facing HD camera and front-facing VGA camera
• Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $20,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free – including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more
• Enjoy more than 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, Android apps and games
• Available in black only
• Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz for quick app launches and fluid graphics
• 8 GB or 16 GB storage, with free, unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with your Fire devices
• Stay connected with fast web browsing, and email and calendar support including Gmail and Outlook
Click here to purchase Fire HD 6 Tablet, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB
Yesterday Amazon announced its newest benefit for Prime members – Prime Reading. If you are a Prime member you can read as much as you like from a selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books and more – all at no additional cost.
According to the press release “Prime members can now enjoy unlimited reading from a rotating selection of books, magazines, comics and more.”
I am interpreting this to mean that some books will be available for a limited time in Prime Reading. Naturally magazines would rotate out as new issues are made available.
The press release also states:
Enjoy best-selling Kindle books including The Hobbit, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Man In the High Castle, The Millionaire Next Door, Half Way Home and When I’m Gone, comics such as The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1 and Transformers: Robots in Disguise Vol. 1 as well as short works including Kindle Singles from Andy Borowitz, Stephen King, Jane Hirshfield and classic works from Gloria Steinem, Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut.
Explore current issues of premium digital magazines including Bon Appétit, National Geographic Traveler, People, Sports Illustrated, HGTV, Popular Mechanics, Golf Digest, Runner’s World and more.
When I selected Browse the Catalog from the Prime Reading webpage, a quick view of the books available shows that most are published by Amazon and do not include major trade publishers. There are a couple of novels published by Simon & Schuster including The Lions of Lucerne.
Check out what is available through the benefit here.
Prime Member Exclusive Deals on Kindle E-Readers
To encourage Prime members to use Prime Reading, Amazon has reduced the prices on four Kindle ereaders through next Tuesday afternoon.
Kindle E-reader – $30 off now until 10/11 at 4 pm PT – Only $49.99
Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader – $30 off now until 10/11 at 4 pm PT – $89.99
Kindle Voyage E-Reader – $50 off now until 10/11 at 4 pm PT – $149.99
Kindle for Kids Bundle – $30 off now until 10/11 at 4 pm PT – Only $69.99 (Regular $124.99) – This Kindle does not have sponsored screensavers and includes a cover and a 2-year no-questions-asked replacement policy.
Follow up on Texture Premium
Last Thursday the Housekeeping post discussed Texture Premium – a subscription service that gives you access to more than 175 magazines for only $14.99 month.
Texture is offering an even better deal: For a limited time, if you buy a 6-month subscription for $89.95, you will receive a promotional code for a free 7″ Fire tablet.
From the webpage:
Limited-time only – Free Fire 7” Tablet with Special Offers (8 GB) ($49.99 value) with a qualifying purchase of 6-month subscription.
The Free Fire Tablet offer is not available with purchase of a monthly subscription. A promotional code applicable towards a Fire 7” tablet (8 GB) with Special Offers will be emailed directly from Texture approximately 8 days after a qualifying purchase of a 6-month subscription to Texture Premium.
While supplies last. Restrictions apply, see full terms and conditions here.
When you get to the webpage for Texture Premium, click on the “WITH FREE FIRE TABLET” button as shown below to access the deal.
Carol has a question
Amazon has cut the price on the Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, to just $39.99 through Saturday. You can choose the fun colors of magenta, tangerine and blue or basic black.
This very inexpensive Fire is feature-rich, but please remember it is will be slower than a $300 tablet.
For those of you who have been using this Fire, Carol has a question or two:
This has to do with the $40.00 Fire Tablets? Anyone have one? What do you think? Roughly, in example-terms, how much does the 8G hold? Thought about getting one to use with my piano students so I don’t have to use my tablet with the 4-5 music training apps. I have an HDX, just wondering how it compares to that?
If you have an opinion or advice to offer, please click on the READ MORE button below and leave a comment. Carol and I thank you!
Reads for and/or about Fathers
Sunday we will pause to honor the fathers and father-figures in our lives. These four books are published by faith-based publishers and are selling for $1.99 each today.
Cheap romance bundle
Lose yourself in a great series when you buy this contemporary romance bundle for only 99 cents today. Hours of entertainment.
Footloose Bundle: Feet First\Underfoot (99 cents) Designing footwear is Jenny Prillaman’s life, so getting the plum assignment to create a socialite’s wedding shoes is a dream come true. Dealing with the heiress is another story. So is staying away from her dreamy new boss, a man too hot to deny for long, despite Jenny’s best intentions of keeping her business away from his pleasure.
Making Bellagio, Inc. an international success is executive Marc Waterson’s career ambition. But his life’s desire is to find the right woman and settle down. Too bad Jenny would rather follow in his corporate footsteps than try on the glass slippers of a company wife.
At least Marc’s got one thing going for him— the way to a woman’s heart is through a really great pair of shoes!
The Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, available in magenta, blue, tangerine and black with 8 GB of internal storage model is selling for $39.99 through Saturday. Upgrade to 16 GB for $59.99 . Both device prices are with Special Offers.
For less than $40 it includes:
• Beautiful 7″ IPS display–A great viewing experience with vivid and accurate color reproduction that can be seen at all angles.
• Front- and rear-facing cameras–Video chat with friends and family with the front-facing camera, take and share photos, and save them for later with free, unlimited cloud storage for all photos taken on Fire devices.
• Up to 128 GB of expandable storage via microSD–In addition to internal storage options, with support for microSD cards, Fire offers plenty of storage to enjoy even more videos, music, games, and photos while offline.
• All-day battery life–With up to 7 hours of mixed use battery life, Fire gives you the flexibility to go wherever the day takes you.
• Blue Shade–Uses specialized filters to limit exposure to blue light for a more comfortable nighttime reading experience on a tablet.
• And much, much more
Buy this large Kindle Fire tablet today and save $50 – now just $179.99. Buy 32G storage model for $209.99.
• Our largest display on our thinnest tablet yet, lighter and almost 2x more durable than the latest iPad Air
• Beautiful widescreen 10.1″ HD display with over a million pixels (149 ppi / 1280 x 800)
• Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz. Rear-facing 5 MP camera and front-facing HD camera.
• Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $20,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free
• Enjoy more than 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps and games
• 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage. Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices. Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.
• Up to 8 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music
Click here to purchase Fire HD 10, 10.1″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black
A Reason to Buy the Oasis
Brooke, a loyal DCR follower, sent an email explaining why she would be ordering the Oasis ($289.99). Brave Brooke did this after I had given my opinion on the overpriced reader in last week’s Housekeeping. She had compelling reasons for making her decision:
I’ve now read everything out there on the Oasis, and decided to purchase it. Why?
I’m retired and we live in Mexico for half the year, where physical books are either non-existent (most English language) or ludicrously expensive (Spanish language). So regardless of which language I’m reading, ebooks on Kindle are my default choice. I read maybe 8 hours a day, so a comfortable Kindle is something I have no problem paying for.
I’ve purchased the Kindle 1, DX, Keyboard and Voyage. Except for the lighting feature on the Voyage, my favorite by far was the Keyboard. I underline and take lots of notes, and that is very iffy on the Voyage. Also, finding a particular note or highlight can be impossible on the Voyage if you have more than a couple of pages. I need to download the My Clipping file and find it in that file. Annoying.
With the bulge at the side, the Oasis seems to have a better grip (I actually found the Kindle 1 the easiest to hold) than the Voyage and three cheers for returning the page turning buttons. It is made from stronger materials than the Voyage, so I will actually try reading it at times without the cover.
The Oasis is an acceptable option for some, especially those who are able to read for hours at a time. The comparison of the thickness to the Kindle 1 and ease of holding were enlightening to me as I have only held the slim versions of the Kindle.
Brooke has promised that she will let us know if the reader meets her expectations when she finally has one in her hands.
Happy Birthday, Queen Elizabeth!
Biographies of the Queen are plentiful, but few are selling cheap. The Queen: Elizabeth II and the Monarchy from HarperCollins is selling for $3.99 today. Written in 2012, the book gives insight to Elizabeth’s reign. Description: The royal family have been through a tumultuous decade, but with the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, Prince Philip’s 90th birthday and the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee celebrations, there is renewed interest and appreciation of our monarchy. The Queen is an in-depth look at the woman at the centre of it all and is the only biography to take Elizabeth II seriously as the subject of historical biography, or to examine the influences that formed her and the ideas she represents.
Cheap Reads – Young adult titles
MILA 2.0 ($1.99) Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie. She was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was never supposed to remember the past. Now she has no choice but to run–from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much, and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. Written for ages 12 and older.
Divided We Fall ($1.99 Audiobook $3.99) Danny Wright never thought he’d be the man to bring down the United States of America. He enlisted in the Idaho National Guard because he wanted to serve his country the way his father did. When the Guard is called up on the governor’s orders to police a protest in Boise, it seems like a routine crowd-control mission … but then Danny’s gun misfires, spooking the other soldiers and the already fractious crowd, and by the time the smoke clears, twelve people are dead. Written for ages 14 and older.
Today Amazon has announced the
Kindle Oasis with Leather Charging Cover – the thinnest and lightest kindle ever – selling for $289.99 when pre-ordered today. Delivery begins April 27.
Kindle Oasis–the eighth generation of Kindle–crafted from the ground up for readers, with an all-new, incredibly thin and light design, plus an included charging cover that delivers months of battery life.
Kindle Oasis is designed for extended reading sessions–with an entirely reimagined shape, Kindle Oasis shifts the center of gravity to your palm, to rest in your hand like the spine of a book so that the device feels balanced for one-handed reading. Effortlessly turn the page with either the touch display or physical buttons. Oasis is comfortable to read on with either hand–a built-in accelerometer detects whether you are reading with your left or right hand, and automatically rotates the page and page turn buttons to match.
Kindle Oasis introduces a new dual-battery system–as soon as you connect the cover to Kindle Oasis, the battery in the cover begins recharging Kindle Oasis automatically. The battery in the cover uses a custom cell architecture that optimizes power and energy while keeping an incredibly small and light form factor and delivering months of battery life. You can charge the device and cover simultaneously while both are snapped together and plugged in. Plus, a new hibernation mode minimizes power consumption when your Kindle is inactive.
The included charging cover is made of high-quality leather and is available in black, merlot, or walnut. The cover opens like a book and fits closely around the bezel, waking Kindle Oasis when opened and putting it to sleep when closed. Twelve magnets form a secure and solid attachment between the device and cover, while ensuring it is easy to detach when you choose to read without the cover.
For a limited time Prime members can purchase Kindle readers at a reduced price, saving as much as $50.
The Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers is selling for only $89.99 – a $30 savings.
If you prefer a Kindle without a built-in light, buy the Kindle, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers for $49.99 – a $30 savings. This is a great Kindle to keep in your purse or vehicle for those times you have a few minutes to read.
My personal favorite is Kindle Voyage, 6″ with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers. Buy it today for only $149.99 – saving $50.
If you are a Prime member and want to upgrade your Kindle or buy a gift or a spare, this is a great time to do it. If you aren’t a Prime member, now’s the time to join.