Archives for: June 2012
Housekeeping: A personal tale, Kindle Fire 2, How much for that book? and Cheap read to pre-order 3 comments

Gone with the Wind
The two ladies who bring you this website grew up on a farm in a rural Midwestern community. Our parents encouraged reading for our entertainment and we didn’t go to the movies like the kids who lived in town.
In the mid-70s, Gone with the Wind was re-released to theaters and our mother told us that it was one of the only movies she had seen as a teen. This was long before movies were readily available through mass-marketed video tapes or DVDs. Even though it had been more than 30 years since she had seen the classic, Mom remembered many details and she expressed a desire to see it again.
The Friday night the movie was showing in town, we jumped in the car, bought tickets at the same theater where Mom had seen it 35 years earlier and were enthralled by Scarlett O’Hara’s story on the big screen. We loved the splendor of Tara, laughed at Prissy’s “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ babies!”, and agreed that Ashley was a wimp, Rhett was all man and Scarlett wouldn’t have lasted a week in the Midwest.
More than 30 years have passed since that Friday night adventure. Though the details of the movie have faded, I fondly remember the only time that Mom and I went to the movies together.
Margaret Mitchell’s beloved novel, Gone with the Wind was first released in 1936 and just became available for the Kindle earlier this month. You can purchase this nearly 1,500 page tome for $13.99. The sequel to the classic, Scarlett (800+ pages) is selling for $7.99. Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig is a modest 500 pages and sells for $4.99.
Is there a book that evokes memories for you that you would like to have on your Kindle? Tell us about it by posting a comment.
 
Kindle Fire 2?
Cnet.com is reporting that the Kindle Fire 2 may be ready to launch soon – even as early as July 31. Rumors are that the new 7” tablet will have even better resolution, a camera and volume buttons replacing the touch volume control on the current Kindle Fire.
The article also reports rumors of the new tablet still being priced at $199 with the price of the current Kindle Fire being lowered to $149.
If the Kindle Fire 2 does launch later this summer, it should be a hot item.
 
You won’t see this happening with a Kindle book
It was used, but it was a first edition. This story in Publishers Weekly mentions that a physical copy of Live and Let Die, the second James Bond book written by Ian Fleming, sold for $21,258, exceeding the $6,000 estimate. That price may be cheap considering that Winston Churchill’s personal copy, with a personal message from Fleming to Churchill, sold for $71,700 in 2002. Are you feeling the need to scavenge through boxes of old books at garage sales now?
More than a dozen James Bond novels are available on the Kindle. None of them are priced cheap, but each is a classic.
 
Cheap read to pre-order – Painting Naked
Macmillan launched an imprint in 2006 known as New Writing with the aim of discovering superb new novelists writing in all genres. It publishes one novel per month. The perfect-for-the-beach novel here was originally published as Beachcombing in 2009. Hence, the cover has one title while the webpage has another.
Book Description: Jillian Hunter treasures her independence. She’s raised two sons by herself, launched a small business, and restored a tumbledown beach cottage in Connecticut. Finally, at fifty-two, she’s ready for another shot at love, but soon discovers most single men her age prefer women in their twenties. Then a trip to London reunites her with Colin – an old flame she hasn’t seen in thirty-five years – and Jill falls for him all over again. This could be her chance for a new beginning, one she never expected, and certainly not at her age. But Colin isn’t quite the boy Jill remembers and she ends up risking everything she’s worked for – her business, her home, and her two closest friends – to make a life with him. And when faced with the risk of losing Colin as well, Jill is forced to take an uncomfortably close look at the woman she’s allowed herself to become and figure out a way to win herself back.
Funny, sophisticated, and wise, Painting Naked is a coming-of-middle-age story about girlfriends when you’re no longer a girl, about growing up when you’re already grown up, and the price you’re willing to pay for the love of your life. Pre-order this summer read today for $2.98 and receive it on August 1.
Click here to purchase Painting Naked

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Housekeeping: What I love/not so much about my Kindle and Cheap reads for the longest day of the year 26 comments

What I love about my Kindle: Using the dictionary to instantly look up words I don’t know, instead of making a mental note that I should look that word up, but never doing so. Kindle makes me smarter!
Not so much: It’s really hard to skip ahead to see how a book ends, just to make sure the hero saves the day and the guy gets the girl.
 
Love: Nobody knows what book I’m reading.
Not so much: I can’t see the book cover and sometimes I forget what book I’m reading.
 
Love: Free books!
Not so much: I have 500 free books in my archive. I can’t stack them in a pile by the bedside in the order I want to read them.
 
Love: I can make the font size bigger. Not that I need to, of course, but every once in awhile, before bed after I take my contacts out, I may occasionally make the font size bigger. This is no indication that I’m getting older or my eyesight is getting weaker. It just means I want to use all the features on my Kindle. Because I can.
Not so much: I can’t read while taking a relaxing bath for fear of both steam and dropping it in the water.
 
Love: Highlighting certain passages that I like or want to use in a book review.
Not so much: That moment of panic when I can’t find my Kindle and thinking I didn’t lose a 25 cent paperback I bought at a garage sale, I lost every book I’ve ever purchased in the last two years.
 
Love Not having to hunt up a book mark and ending up sticking a flier from the carpet store in the book to mark my place.
Not so much: When reading in public, everybody wants to look at it and play with it. Do you mind, I’m reading here?
 
Love: “Borrowing” a book without having to wonder where the library book has been as I cradle it against my body reading in the recliner.
Not so much: Not being able to skim back through the book to re-check facts. I know this is possible, but it’s not easy.
 
Love: Tweeting lines of books that I really like and impressing the Twittersphere with my scope of reading.
Not so much: Talking about how much I enjoy my Kindle, then having to listen to someone rant for 20 minutes about how much they love the feel of books and they can’t understand why anyone would give them up.
 
What do you love about your Kindle? And what is not so much? Leave a comment and tell us.
 
Cheap Reads for the Summer Solstice
Google reduced the price on several books as a “longest day reading” promotion. Amaazon matched some of those reductions. The question in 2012 is which day really is the longest day – June 20 or June 21? The great price of $1.99 each for the books below may not last very long.

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Housekeeping: What book descriptions really mean; Big day next week; and Cheap Reads 5 comments

If the book description states. . .
. . . different from any book you have ever read, it means that all grammar, language, and plot structure rules have been abandoned.
. . . complex, interwoven tale, it may mean little or no plot.
. . . for fans of Famous Author, it may mean the book is a knock-off with a familiar plot.
. . . his long awaited book, it may mean he didn’t meet deadlines.
. . . full of twists and turns, it may mean the author wrote herself into a corner and had to get out somehow.
. . . a roller-coaster ride of an adventure, it may mean you will feel nauseous while reading the story.
. . . realistic characters, it may mean they are modeled after family and friends.
. . . written for adult readers, it doesn’t mean you will enjoy it more the older you get.
. . . suspenseful historical paranormal romance, see “full of twists and turns” above.
. . . a born story teller, it may mean the author is a liar.
. . . techno-thriller, it may mean that the technology will go right over your head.
. . . gritty coming-of-age novel, it may mean the protagonist experiences ten times more angst than the average person.
Feel free to leave a comment of any book description phrases that you have given a unique meaning.
 
Our big day is coming next week!
Daily Cheap Reads will be celebrating two years of our blog on Wednesday, June 20. We are working on special posts for the day. Not to give anything away, but think in twos.
The decision hasn’t been made yet of what birthday treats we are going to enjoy. Cake? Ice Cream? Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie? Snickerdoodles? Gooseberry Pie?
Take our poll and vote for your favorite birthday party treat.


 
A treat – cheap reads!
Three books – a biography, a mystery, and a romantic suspense – only 99 cents each.
 

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Housekeeping: Kindle upgrade, Avalon Books coming to the Kindle, and Very Cheap Reads 1 comment

Exciting update to the basic Kindle
A software update for the basic Kindle will make the device even more appealing for young readers and their parents.
Among the new features in the update is a parental control that will allow parents to restrict access to the Web browser and the Kindle store. This is a welcome feature so parents can let their children read on the Kindle without fear that they’ll discover materials not meant for young eyes or rack up a credit card bill buying video games.
In addition, the software will support children’s books with text pop up and comic book panels, as well as support for books with the more complex Kindle Format 8.
Children’s books are becoming increasingly popular for the Kindle, with extras such as video, audio, choose-your-own-adventure story lines and games. We feature these books on the Daily Cheap Read Junior Edition.
The software improvements and the affordable $79 price level will likely mean even more summer reading for kids. The update will be delivered automatically to Kindle owners via wi-fi in the coming weeks. You can also download direct following the instructions on the software update webpage.
 
Amazon buys Avalon Books
Amazon continues to purchase smaller publishers as Amazon grows to become a major player in the book world. Recently acquired Avalon Books, based in New York City, publishes romances, mysteries, and Westerns. The purchase includes more than 3,000 back-list titles which Amazon is going to publish under their imprints, such as Montlake Romance and Thomas & Mercer. Read more about the sale in this article.
Avalon’s website provides this information about their books based on the information in their author guidelines:

Q. WHAT ARE THE RULES ON ROUGH LANGUAGE?
A. No cursing throughout all of our books. Nothing heavier than a “hell,” “damn” in Westerns and Mysteries. We don’t like cursing at all in our romances. We do not accept racial epithets, no harsh language, and no sexy talk.
Q. WHAT ARE THE RULES ON LIQUOR?
A. In our Romances keep it minimal, if any. In our Westerns and Mysteries it is okay within reason.
Q. WHAT IS TOO SEXY FOR AVALON?
A. Sexual tension is fine but not more than a kiss or embrace is allowed.

 
Speaking of romances. . . Cheap reads
June, the month of all things bridal, is here and the publishers are lowering the prices on romances. You will see quite a few on the site over the next few weeks. Here are six historical romances by Margaret Moore selling for only 99 cents each. In spite os the overwhelming similarity of the book covers, six different books are featured.

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