4 kindle free books, kindle 3 thoughts

Here are 4 kindle free books for Sunday morning -

  1. The Ocean Inside by Janna McMahan. Rated 4.5 stars on 7 reviews.

    McMahan’s debut novel is a vividly drawn but uneven love letter to coastal South Carolina.

    Emmett and Lauren Sullivan’s lifestyle has never matched their upper-crust neighbors’, but they’ve been comfortable raising their daughters in their money pit of an ancestral home. Then their nine-year-old daughter, Ainslie, is stricken with a rare form of cancer, and the family is plunged into chaos.

    Suddenly Emmett is battling a recalcitrant insurance company; the stress of caring for a sick child full-time begins to take its toll on Lauren; and 18-year-old Sloan’s college plans are in jeopardy.

  2. Venus in Blue Jeans: Konigsburg, Texas Book 1 by Meg Benjamin. Love that they have a woman in T-shirt and Jeans on the cover. Also love the corny tagline. It’s published by Samhain.

    A guy. A girl. A Chihuahua. Two of them will find the love of their lives.

    Coming off a broken engagement to a lying charmer, all bookstore owner Docia Kent wants is a fling, not a long-term romance. And for her fabulously wealthy and fabulously nosy parents to butt out of her life for a while. The Texas Hill Country town of Konigsburg looks like the perfect place to get both. Especially when she gets a look at long, tall country vet Cal Toleffson.

    Cal has other plans for Docia.

  3. The Man Who Loved Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke.

    New York artist Eliza Knight stumbles across an antique dressing table that includes the added bonus of secreted letters, apparently between Jane Austen and a real-life Mr. Darcy.

    Caught up in her romantic notions about Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and the possibility that Darcy may have been more than Austen’s invention, Eliza enlists the aid of an eccentric researcher as well as a handsome and mysterious Virginia horse breeder, Fitzwilliam Darcy.

    Three years earlier, on a horse-buying junket to England, Darcy had a life-altering experience that makes him now anxious to buy the one letter written by Austen before it goes to auction at Sotheby’s. For Eliza, the letter represents a possible fortune; for Darcy, it represents possibly requited love.

  4. Sullivan’s Evidence by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg. This is the second book in this Legal Thriller series that’s been free. Publishers Weekly thinks it’s a winner though reviews are mixed.

    When the head of the forensic lab for Ventura County, Calif., is found guilty of tampering with evidence in bestseller Rosenberg’s chilling third romantic thriller to feature parole officer Carolyn Sullivan (after 2005’s Sullivan’s Justice), convicted murderer and rapist Carl Holden walks free.

    Single mom Carolyn, who has enough problems at home with two teenage children, launches an investigation to get this vicious criminal off the streets and back into prison. A rash of new murders puts Carolyn and her family in danger and leaves little space for Marcus Wright, the mysterious well-to-do charmer she meets in the course of a minor traffic accident.

Not a bad way to start off Sunday.

Kindle 3

It’s a bit strange that two of the top 5 questions have been – White or Graphite Kindle, and Kindle 3G or WiFi. There aren’t that many people asking for Kindle 3 vs Nook comparisons though there are still lots of people looking for Kindle 3 vs iPad comparisons.

One article mentioned you could get 3.5 Kindle WiFis for the price of 1 iPad WiFi. That’s an interesting way of looking at it. It certainly helps differentiate the two and people will no longer be confusing them to be the same type of product.

Does announcing the Kindle 3 a month early leave Amazon open to a devastating attack from Nook 2 or one of the new Sony Readers?

While there are lots of hardware improvements the eInk Pearl is the one that’s critical to match and other eReaders might have that too. A lot of the software improvements are ones that could possibly be countered in a couple of months of work. 

The tone of Kindle 3 articles continues to be surprisingly positive. Even some people at Apple sites (Mac Rumors) are talking about how they are not really comparable devices. The Kindle WiFi being at $139 and Kindle 3 being at $189 does differentiate the Kindle and it totally kills the ‘for only a little more you get so much more than reading’ argument. 

The same people who were happily dragging the $489 Kindle DX 1 into Kindle vs iPad discussions now seem aware that a $139 Kindle WiFi would destroy their argument and seem eager to avoid bringing up Kindle 3 vs iPad comparisons.

The Press are almost universally fixating on the $139 price point. Most articles have $139 in the title though they then go on to talk about the Kindle 3.

My only concern is that the Press has been a contrarian indicator for Kindle success - Should we be worrying about the Kindle 3 if the Press likes it?

2 Responses

  1. Hi Switch11,

    As requested, I’m leaving a note about my bargain supernatural thriller, The Scrubs.

    “James Jeter, the notorious serial killer with a sixth sense, holds court inside London’s Wormwood Scrubs Prison. He’s the focus of the “North Wing Project.” Under the influence of a hallucinogen, Jeter can create an alternative world known as “The Rift” containing the souls of his victims. Pardons are on offer to inmates who’ll enter The Rift. Michael Keeler has nothing to lose and little to live for. He’s sent into The Rift to learn the identity of Jeter’s last victim.

    It’s a mission where the guilty can be redeemed, but at a price…”

    It’s currently 99cents on Amazon.

    Thanks.
    Simon Wood

  2. “Should we be worrying about the Kindle 3 if the Press likes it?”
    Good thing I wasn’t drinking my coffee when reading this or I’d certainly have spilled it laughing :D

    It seems the moment Kindle got this cheap it somehow stepped outside the action radius of the almighty Apple and people, the press included, started thinking about it outside their Apple cloud vision thus considering it rationally. Perhaps this alone is THE killer feature of Kindle 3 because it seems to somehow spill over to the general positive outlook on Amazon as well.

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