Category: Sports
Housekeeping: All-New Kindle eReader, Tracking your Credit and Cheap Reads 24 comments

broom.panAll-New Kindle eReader
Exciting week in the world of Kindle – huge credits from the Apple Settlement and Amazon announced an All-New Kindle, 6″ eReader.
The new device is not remarkably different. It’s like most of us would like to be – thinner and lighter. The price is $79.99 with Special Offers; $99.99 without. Choose black or white. Pre-order today for delivery beginning July 7.
Amazon highlights these features:
• All-new design is thinner and lighter than the previous-generation Kindle, and available in your choice of black or white
• Touchscreen display that reads like real paper
• Unlike tablets, no screen glare, even in bright sunlight
• Battery lasts weeks, not hours
• Indulge your love of reading without e-mail alerts or push notifications
• Massive selection, low prices – over four million books including latest bestsellers, Kindle exclusives and more

 
Track your Kindle Credit
If you haven’t used all of your Apple Settement credit yet, you will want to bookmark this page. Amazon provides a succinct review of your remaining credit.

Available for use starting: June 21, 2016
Total Credit: $317.79
Unused Credit: $317.79
Expiry Date: June 24, 2017

Just below this information are several suggestions on how to use that credit including: Best Books of the Month; Select 25 (Amazon Editor’s Choices); NYTimes Bestseller List; Books to Read in a Lifetime List; sales and new releases. Most of these lists will change over the coming weeks to give you more options for how to use your credit.
 
Just for E-Books?
About that Apple credit, the e-mail I received from Amazon included this sentence:

We will automatically apply your available credit to your purchase of qualifying items through Amazon, an Amazon device or an Amazon app. [snip] In order to spend your credit, please visit the Kindle bookstore or Amazon.

From these sentences I assumed that the credit could only be used for Kindle books.
However, yesterday I purchased stationery, envelopes and refrigerator filters. When checking out I could choose to have the entire purchase of about $100 paid using my gift card balance which was $6 purchased previously + $317 Apple credit.
I did not want to use my credit to buy mundane items and put the charges on a debit card.
Has anyone used this credit for non-Kindle items? Please let us know.
UPDATE: Charleen left a comment that Amazon rep said credit could be used for anything except subscriptions and gift cards.

 
Cheap Bundle – Baseball-themed Mysteries
Alison Gordon Two-Book Bundle: The Dead Pull Hitter and Safe at Home (99 cents) Trouble has a way of finding sports journalist Kate Henry. And with her natural curiosity and nose for a good story, she wouldn’t have it any other way. Purchase this two-book bundle of the first two Kate Henry mysteries for only 99 cents today.
The Dead Pull Hitter: For the first time in their history, the Toronto Titans are on a winning streak and headed for the World Series—a dream come true for sports reporter and baseball fan Kate Henry. But when a pair of murders hits the team at its very heart, Kate finds herself in the middle of the investigation.
Safe at Home: As the baseball season heats up, a serial killer stalks young boys on the streets of Toronto. While her boyfriend, Sergeant Andy Munro is at the heart of the investigation, Kate herself is working on the scoop of a lifetime—one that will rock the baseball world to its core. Kate’s world collides violently with Andy’s as the killer suddenly threatens those closest to her. With time running out, can Kate save those she loves the most?

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Two quick picks: Summertime sports non-fiction – $1.99 each 0 comments

The Arm ($1.99) Yahoo’s lead baseball columnist offers an in-depth look at the most valuable commodity in sports—the pitching arm—and how its vulnerability to injury is hurting players and the game, from Little League to the majors. Informative and hard-hitting, The Arm is essential reading for everyone who loves the game, wants to keep their children healthy, or relishes a look into how a large, complex institution can fail so spectacularly.
Earnhardt Nation ($1.99) A colorful, fearless portrait of the larger-than-life first family of NASCAR, the Earnhardts, and the rise of the world’s fastest stock car racing organization. Earnhardt Nation is the story of this car racing dynasty and the business that would make them rich and famous—and nearly tear them apart.

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Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success Playbook – Only 99 cents 0 comments

Legendary college basketball coach John Wooden and Jay Carty know that when it comes down to it, success is an equal opportunity player. Anyone can create it in his or her career, family, and beyond. Based on John Wooden’s own method to victory, Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success reveals that success is built block by block, where each block is a crucial principle contributing to lifelong achievement in every area of life.
Each of these 32 daily readings takes an in-depth look at a single block of the pyramid, which when combined with the other blocks forms the structure of the pyramid of success. Join John Wooden and Jay Carty to discover the building blocks and key values–from confidence to faith–that have brought Coach to the pinnacle of success as a leader, a teacher, and a follower of God.
Buy this book today for only 99 cents.
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John 3:16 – A simple act of faith will have the power to change lives forever – $1.99 0 comments

Five people looking for a reason to keep living are about to find it in the last place they expected. After the loss of his wife, Roman Paulson’s life revolves around his son Billy. As a football hero at the University of Nebraska, Billy has a promising life ahead of him. As Billy’s coach begins encroaching on Roman’s relationship with his son—especially when he brings God into Billy’s life—Roman starts to fear he’ll lose Billy forever.
Nothing could prepare Roman for what is about to happen. Roman isn’t the only one whose life has been turned upside down. He’s one of five people whose lives are about to intersect on a bright, fall day, when one of them will hold up a sign at a football game with a short message: John 3:16. This simple act of faith will have the power to change lives forever.
Buy this novel today for $1.99.
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Laid Out – Worth the Fight Series – Sports romance – Just 99 cents 0 comments

As an Army brat, Violet Channing could never meet her dad’s high expectations. But in the eyes of her best friend, she could do no wrong. He even insisted that he should be her first kiss. Now Cain Sorensen is all grown up, hardened by years in special ops and always looking for a good fight. Tall, with striking blue eyes and impossibly blond hair, he’s a modern-day Viking warrior. Of course, Violet’s all grown up, too, and she’s ready to surrender to his every command.
Cain knows he’s bad for Violet. His work is dangerous, and his hobbies are downright deadly. As a private mercenary and a mixed martial arts fighter, he could never let such an innocent soul into his world. And yet his most grueling combat training is no match for Violet’s killer curves, hot touch, and suggestive glances. Now all of Cain’s most explosive fantasies are coming true—but once they cross the line between friends and lovers, there’s no turning back.
Buy this sports romance for only 99 cents today.
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One Helluva Ride: How NASCAR Swept the Nation – $1.99 0 comments

One Helluva Ride, a full-throttle account of the rise and reign of NASCAR nation, is award-winning motorsports reporter Liz Clarke’s chronicle of how stock car racing exploded from regional obsession to national phenomenon.
Clarke shows NASCAR to be at a crossroads. In pursuit of a broader audience, NASCAR has severed its sponsorship ties to Big Tobacco, abandoned racetracks in small markets in favor of speedways near glitzy major cities, and welcomed Japan’s Toyota into a sport traditionally restricted to American-made sedans.
Whether you’re one of the die-hard NASCAR faithful or just a casual follower, nobody brings you closer to the sport and business of big-time stock car racing than Liz Clarke. This book, like the phenomenon it profiles, really is One Helluva Ride.
Buy this book today for only $1.99.
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Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court – $1.99 – Today’s B&N price match 0 comments

Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, Wooden presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden.
In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Coach shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, he offers lessons and wisdom learned throughout his career at UCLA, and life as a dedicated husband, father, and teacher.
These lessons, along with personal letters from Bill Walton, Denny Crum, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bob Costas, among others, have made Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court an inspirational classic.
Buy this biography today for only $1.99 as it is the B&N price match.
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I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story – $1.99 0 comments

The man who shattered Babe Ruth’s lifetime home run record, Henry “Hammering Hank” Aaron left his indelible mark on professional baseball and the world. But the world also left its mark on him.
I Had a Hammer is much more than the intimate autobiography of one of the greatest names in pro sports—it is a fascinating social history of twentieth-century America. With courage and candor, Aaron recalls his struggles and triumphs in an atmosphere of virulent racism. He relives the breathtaking moment when, in the heat of hatred and controversy, he hit his 715th home run to break Ruth’s cherished record—an accomplishment for which Aaron received more than 900,000 letters, many of them vicious and racially charged.
And his story continues through the remainder of his milestone-setting, barrier-smashing career as a player and, later, Atlanta Braves executive—offering an eye-opening and unforgettable portrait of an incomparable athlete, his sport, his epoch, and his world.
Buy this baseball autobiography for only $1.99 today.
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Baseball season is just around the corner – Read a baseball romance! Caught by You: A Love Between the Bases Novel – Just 99 cents 0 comments

Months of alternately flirting and bickering with Kilby Catfish catcher Mike Solo just turned into the hottest kiss of Donna MacIntyre’s life—and that’s a major league complication. Any hint of scandal could keep her from getting her son back from her well-connected ex. Then Mike comes up with a game-changing idea: a marriage proposal that could help win her case— even as it jeopardizes her heart . . .
Their engagement is quickly becoming about a lot more than doing the right thing. Because after swearing he’d never risk love again, Mike has found a passion that puts all his emotions in play, and a woman he’ll go to bat for again and again . . .
Buy this baseball romance for only 99 cents today.
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Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics – $2.99 0 comments

At the 1936 Olympics, against a backdrop of swastikas and goose-stepping storm troopers, an African-American son of sharecroppers won a staggering four gold medals and single-handedly demonstrated that Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy was a lie.
The story of Jesse Owens at the Berlin games is that of an athletic performance that transcends sports. It is also the intimate and complex tale of one remarkable man’s courage. Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews, and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap transports us to Germany and tells the dramatic tale of Owens and his fellow athletes at the contest dubbed the Nazi Olympics.
With his incisive reporting and rich storytelling, Schaap reveals what really happened over those tense, exhilarating weeks in a nuanced and riveting work of sports history. Buy this book for only $2.99 today.
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