First, for your new Kindle 3 (or for your cherished Kindle 2 and 1) here are 3 Kindle free books. Please note that all of these have been free before –
- In the Warrior’s Bed by Mary Wine.
Cullen McJames will not have his honor sullied, certainly not by his clan’s nemesis Laird Erik McQuade. So when McQuade tells the Court of Scotland that Cullen has stolen his daughter’s virtue, Cullen steals the daughter instead.
A marriage could end the constant war between the clans. And looking on Bronwyn McQuade but once has put her in his dreams for a week. . .
But Bronwyn won’t go quietly.
- The Sari Shop Widow by Shobhan Bantwal.
Since becoming a widow at age twenty-seven, Anjali Kapadia has devoted herself to transforming her parents’ sari shop into a chic boutique, brimming with exquisite jewelry and clothing. But when Anjali learns the shop is on the brink of bankruptcy, she feels her world unraveling. . .
To the rescue comes Anjali’s wealthy, dictatorial Uncle Jeevan and his business partner, Rishi Shah-a mysterious Londoner, complete with British accent and cool gray eyes.
- A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan. It’s a free preorder and the size is 1.5 MB so it’s probably a big book. Have talked about it before.
A Nail Through the Heart introduces Poke Rafferty, a “rough-travel” writer who has settled in Bangkok with a former go-go dancer named Rose, whom he’s trying to marry, and an eight-year-old street child named Miaow, whom he wants to adopt
Thanks to Joyce at the official Kindle forum for the heads up. New Kindle 3 owners will be glad to know there are lots of free book offers like this in the Kindle Store.
Interestingly, public domain books at Amazon have begun to get covers – For example, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes now has a pretty cover – though the cigarette instead of a pipe is disconcerting. A lot of the public domain books in the Top 100 Free Books list have covers now.
2 Kindle Book Deals
Two good book deals –
- Free Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Writes Again by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Just $1.79 and rated 4.5 stars on 18 reviews.
For the 60 million knitters in America, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (a.k.a. the Yarn Harlot) shares stories of knitting horrors and triumphs, knitting successes and defeats, but, mostly, stories about the human condition that ring true for everyone–especially if you happen to have a rather large amount of yarn in your house.
- Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger. Just 79 cents.
Unless readers scan the biographical information first, they will never guess that Unger is a first novelist.
Her ability to generate spine-tingling suspense while evoking the danger and glamour of New York City is matched by her skill in creating memorable, realistic characters. Most notable is protagonist Ridley Scott, a freelance writer whose life changes when she rescues a toddler who wanders into traffic.
Her heroic act delights a city of cynical New Yorkers and leads to weeks of newspaper and TV publicity. While enjoying her 15 minutes of fame, Ridley receives a strange message from someone claiming to be her father–but she already has a father. Just as Ridley starts to investigate her own past, she meets Jake, a handsome new neighbor who quickly becomes involved in her quest.
Kindle 3 and Kindle Thoughts
Amazon updated its Kindle for iPad and iPhone Apps and added in search, a dictionary, being able to search Google and Wikipedia, and perhaps 1 or 2 other features. This is to match an iBooks update.
The tone of the Press has changed a lot. It had already gone from ‘iPad will kill Kindle’ to ‘Perhaps iPad and Kindle can co-exist’. With Kindle 3 a lot of the Press aren’t really mentioning anything about the death of the Kindle. Kindle 3’s already accomplished something – it’s managed to get reporters to stop putting their foots in their mouths by making predictions they have neither the data nor the clairvoyance for.
The amount of people trying to decide on Kindle 3G vs Kindle WiFi is ridiculous. In the linked post have put down a lot of the points to consider – Please do add in your thoughts if you have experience with WiFi.
A blog in the UAE writes about ‘Amazon focusing on the long term’ with Kindle 3. It’s a bit disheartening that Wall Street can’t see from here what people in the UAE can see from half a world away.
The Kindle WiFi’s $139 price-point is getting a lot of coverage. Perhaps that price is more palatable to people who don’t read – they don’t feel stricken by negativeness when writing about a $139 Kindle and the tone of most articles is positive.
The gem of the day is a post titled – Kindle is not iPad Killer. There isn’t much to it – but to think that someone in the Press/Blogosphere would actually change their opinion so drastically and switch iPad and Kindle 3’s roles is amusing.