Category: Kindle Devices
Housekeeping: Alexa calling/messaging and Amazon Echo Show 2 comments
Alexa Provides Calling and Messaging
Amazon has updated its Alexa app to allow for calling and messaging. This article at has well-written instructions to guide the process.
Alexa-to-Alexa calling and messaging helps you keep in touch with friends and family who also have supported Echo devices or the Alexa app. This free feature provides calling and messaging between supported Echo devices and the Alexa app on compatible iOS and Android phones.
You can also read more at Amazon by clicking here.
NOTE: The Alexa app updated for calling may not work on older Kindle Fires that cannot support the app.
If you don’t have an Echo or Dot, for a limited time you can save $30 on an Echo ($149.99). The Echo Dot is available for $49.99.


Echo with a screen!
Earlier this week, Amazon announced a new Echo. Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. All hands-free—just ask.
• Introducing a new way to be together. Make hands-free video calls to friends and family who have an Echo Show or the Alexa App, and make voice calls to anyone who has an Echo or Echo Dot.
• See lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music. Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and stream over Wi-Fi. Also, stream music on Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.
• Powerful, room-filling speakers with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and extended bass response
• Ask Alexa to show you the front door or monitor the baby’s room with compatible cameras from Ring and Arlo. Turn on lights, control thermostats and more with WeMo, Philips Hue, ecobee, and other compatible smart home devices.
• With eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo Show hears you from any direction—even while music is playing
• Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Allrecipes, CNN, and more
Echo show is available starting today for pre-order for $229.99. The item will release on June 28.
Place two Echo Shows in your cart and receive $100 off your order with code SHOW2PACK.
Click here to purchase Echo Show
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Deals on Kindle Readers – Starting at $59.99 0 comments

Save $20 on the Kindle, Paperwhite and Voyage for a limited time. Save $50 on the Kindle Oasis with 3G and wi-fi.
Click here to purchase Kindle Readers

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Fire tablets – Now with Alexa – On sale for $64.99 for 16GB/$94.99 for 32GB 0 comments

About Alexa on the Fire tablet: Alexa provides quick access to the entertainment you want, including music, games, audiobooks, and more. You can also ask Alexa questions, check your calendar, get news, find sports scores, and even control your smart home. All you have to do is press and ask.
• Fire HD 8, now with up to 12 hours of battery life, 2X the storage, and 50% more RAM for faster performance
• Stunning 8″ HD display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and Dolby Audio. Available in four colors.
• Now with the Alexa cloud-based voice service – just press and ask
• Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle e-books, apps and games
• Prime members get unlimited access to a huge selection of songs, books, videos and more
• 16 or 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 200 GB of expandable storage
Buy this great tablet for only $64.99 for 16GB or $94.99 for 32GB. Special orders included in this price. Available in black, blue, magenta for both sizes and tangerine 32GB only.
Click here to purchase Fire tablet with Alexa

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Save $10 and $20 on Kindle Fire Tablets – Through April 15 0 comments

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Prime Members – Save big on Kindle E-readers – Save $50 on the Voyage 0 comments

For a limited time, Prime members can save big on Kindle e-readers.
The basic Kindle is only $49.99. This is a great reader for someone who isn’t sure how they will like it or one to have as a spare. Great for teens, too.
The Paperwhite is $89.99. The Paperwhite is a great reader for the more serious consumer with its built-in light.
Buy the Voyage for $149.99. The Voyage is great reader with a few more features than the Paperwhite and a flat screen.
Discount applies at checkout.

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Housekeeping: Free Credit at Audible; $20 Credit for Prime Members; 7″ Fire Tablet and Cheap Reads 8 comments
Audible Members – Free Credit
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,.


Prime Members – $20 Credit on Music Unlimited
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 .


Fire Tablet (7″) just $49.99
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.


Cheap Reads
Buy these two historical romances by popular British author Georgette Heyer for only 99 cents each today.
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Housekeeping II – Free Kindle Reading for Prime Members and Kindle Ereader Deals 4 comments
broom.panFree Kindle Reading for Prime Members
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.


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Lite Housekeeping: Follow up to Texture Premium – Get a free 7″ Kindle Fire tablet 0 comments

broom.panFollow 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.


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Housekeeping: Carol has a question, Father’s Day reads and Cheap reads bundle 15 comments

broom.panCarol 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!

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Fire Tablet, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB in four colors – Only $39.99 through Saturday 2 comments

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

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