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.