Category: Kindle Devices
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?

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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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Save $50 – Fire HD 10, 10.1″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black – $179.99 0 comments

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

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Breaking news: 7″ Fire Tablet adds colors and more internal storage 6 comments

Add a dash of color to your Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, when you order starting today in magenta, blue, or tangerine. The 8 GB of internal storage model is still selling for $49.99. Upgrade to 16 GB for $69.99 so that you can take even more movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps, and games with you on-the-go.
For less than $50 it includes:
• Beautiful 7″ IPS display–A great viewing experience with vivid and accurate color reproduction that can be seen at all angles.
• Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor–Quickly and easily switch between apps, stream movies, and browse the web without waiting for your tablet to catch up.
• 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.
• Fire OS 5 “Bellini”–Including an updated user interface that replicates the look and feel of a magazine, making browsing and searching for your content easier than ever.
• Blue Shade–Uses specialized filters to limit exposure to blue light for a more comfortable nighttime reading experience on a tablet.
• Amazon-exclusive features–ASAP, X-Ray, Second Screen, Amazon FreeTime, Family Library, Word Runner, and more.
• World’s best content ecosystem–Access to 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, magazines, apps, and games–with free, unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content.

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Housekeeping: A Reason to Buy the Oasis; Happy Birthday to the Queen and Cheap Reads 7 comments

broom.panA Reason to Buy the Oasis
Brooke, a loyal DCR follower, sent an email explaining why she would 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.

 
Brooke sent a follow-up note that she ordered the Oasis with the burgundy cover. The estimated delivery date was September. Due to travel schedules, she cancelled the order and will try again later this fall when she hopes for more timely delivery.
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!
Today is the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth of England. Even though the United States fought for freedom from the monarchy, we still enjoy following the Royal family. The Queen is a role model in that she looks amazing for 90 years of age and continues to fulfill her role. Her two great-grandchildren are pretty darn cute, too.
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
Publishers have lowered the prices on some great young adult novels. Enjoy a fun read by Dave Barry, a dystopian spy thriller by Debra Driza and a military thriller by Trent Reedy.
 
The Worst Class Trip Ever (99 cents Audiobook $3.99) In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. In a fast-paced adventure with the monuments as a backdrop, the kids try to stay out of danger and out of the doghouse while trying to save the president from attack—or maybe not. Written for ages 8-12.
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.

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Breaking News: Introducing Kindle Oasis with Leather Charging Cover – $289.99 20 comments


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.

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Kindle Readers – Now on sale for Prime Members – $49.99 – $149.99 0 comments

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.

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Fire HD 6, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black – Now only $69.99 0 comments

Save $30 on the popular Fire HD 6″ tablet. Pay only $69.99 for a great small tablet for watching movies and TV shows.
About the Product:
• Beautiful 6″ HD display with over a million pixels (252 ppi / 1280 x 800)
• 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, Android apps and games
• Available in black only for this price
• Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz for quick app launches and fluid graphics
• Rear-facing HD camera and front-facing VGA camera
• Create personal profiles, link two Amazon accounts to share books, apps and games, and set device usage limits for kids
• 8 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, 6″

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Housekeeping: Sunday Surprise, Amazon Tap and Cheap Reads 9 comments

broom.panSunday Surprise for Susan
On Easter Sunday, I got a surprise. It wasn’t from the Easter Bunny, it was from the U.S. Postal Service. As I was cooking ham and stirring gravy for dinner, there was a knock at the door and the postal carrier handed over an Amazon box. I’d placed the order earlier in the week and knew it was on the way, but did not expect to see it so soon.
“You’re working today?” I asked the carrier.
“We have to deliver Amazon on Sundays,” he replied.
He didn’t seem at all put out, but I felt terrible for causing him to work on Easter Sunday. The delivery was a surprise because 1.) I’m not a Prime member and 2.) I am definitely not in a major metropolitan area which Amazon earlier identified for Sunday delivery.
Apparently, the service is rolling out into more areas as the Post Office tries to compete. Digging around, I found it is possible on your Amazon profile address package to check a box that you would prefer only weekday delivery.
Your AccountTo set your preference, select the drop-down arrow on YOUR ACCOUNT in the upper right corner of any Amazon page. Select YOUR ACCOUNT. Scroll down to the SETTINGS section and select MANAGE ADDRESS BOOK.
Preference Profile
 
 
 
 
 
 
Select EDIT for the address you want to update. Scroll down to vote yes or no for the weekend delivery.
 
Amazon Tap, Tap, Tapping Along
My (Paula) Amazon Tap ($129.99) arrives today! I even ordered the green Sling Cover ($19.99).
I’m no expert on the device, but a Tap is a portable version of the Echo. Instead of voice commands, you must push a button to request action, thus the name Tap. The smaller Echo look-alike has stereo sound.
The device can be connected to wi-fi networks and hot spots such as a phone and then your Amazon music library and the tunes available through Prime can be enjoyed at the beach, the backyard, the office – anywhere you can get wireless service.
You can also hear the news, listen to weather reports, and order a pizza.
One of the most attractive features of the Echo and Tap are that Amazon is continually adding features and improvements. The device you buy today will only get more feature-rich.
 
Cheap Reads
These psychological suspense and crime fiction novels are selling for only 99 cents each.

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