Saying Thank You
Site users and readers often send us notes of appreciation about how they have found great books through our site and how they enjoy their Kindle so much more because of the books we have posted.
We do enjoy hearing from you and one way you can show your appreciation is to spread the word about our site to other Kindlers or those who will be given Kindles this Christmas. Every time you come to our webpage and click through to Amazon, if you buy a Kindle book, a gift card, a yacht (just kidding; Amazon doesn’t sell those – yet!) we receive a commission on that sale. You are enabling us to continue with the site and to be motivated to provide you the best product possible.
 
You can’t judge a book by its cover, but can you judge it by its reviews?
As this article points out, digital publishing is changing the way reviews are written and perceived. Particularly for indie books, which we often feature here on Daily Cheap Reads, objective reviews are critical to deciphering if a book is worth your time and money.
The article suggests online book reviews are like the Wild West. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but there are plenty of reviews posted by people bent on discrediting writers – especially in books with a political or religious tone. We’ve also encountered authors who must have bribed every family member to write a two-sentence review praising it as the greatest literary work ever to grace a page. (Our advice to these indie authors is to just stop it. Seeing reviews like that is a turn off and an embarrassment.)
The challenge for retailers is to generate traffic to spur sales, while keeping a lid on impostor reviews. Amazon, the article notes, requires a new customer to make a purchase and wait two days before posting a review.
Some tips from the article to sift out legitimate reviews: Look for a mix of positive and negative reviews. Avoid sweeping generalities, such as the best (or worst) book ever read. And remember that each reviewers opinion is just that and people’s tastes differ.
 
If you want to write meaningful reviews, this book may be helpful to you. The price is reasonable as it is selling for only $1.99 today.
Book description: This book was written not only with the aspiring reviewer in mind, but also for the established reviewer who needs a bit of refreshing and also for anybody–be they author, publisher, reader, bookseller, librarian or publicist–who wants to become more informed about the value, purpose and effectiveness of reviews.
Click here to purchase The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing
 
Cedar Cove Christmas
In October we featured a post of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove Series. At that time 1225 Christmas Tree Lane was priced at over $6. Just in time for your holiday reading, the price is now $4.79.
Also, if you have been watching the holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel, Ms. Macomber’s holiday romance, Trading Christmas has been airing this season. You can purchase the novel for the Kindle in one of two options: Trading Christmas ($5.72) or Home for the Holidays ($5.54). Both appear to be the same books, just packaged differently.
 
Cheap Reads – 99 cents each
You will want to check the extra posts that we are featuring each day just before midnight. As more and more people are buying the Kindle, we are posting popular books that are selling for only 99 cents. Here are three cheap reads by Karen Cantwell, including her latest holiday short (35 pages), It’s a Dunder-Bull Wife starring the always entertaining heroine Barbara Marr. Each one below is selling today for only 99 cents.