Wednesday Night Free Kindle Books and Kindle Book Deals

Here are some more free kindle books (again, thanks to Happy Reader Joyce for gathering them up) –

Throwaway by Heather Huffman. Genre: Romantic Suspense, Vibrant Adventure, Learning to Love Yourself. Rated 5 stars on 8 reviews. 437 kb.

The Getaway by Sonya Bateman. Genre: Short Stories, Urban Fantasy. A Novella in an Urban Fantasy Djinn series that’s both magical and dangerous. 205 kb.

Bitten (Bitten Series) by Merritt Gemus. Genre: Romance, Short Story. Don’t Follow Strangers – especially dark and mysterious ones.

Flyover Country by Daniel Kohler. Genre: Literary Fiction, 1962, Tragedy and Redemption, May/September Romance. It’s really confusing when people use terms like May/September romance.

The Djinn Garden by Stephen Goldin. Genre: Action, Adventure, A Beautiful Young Djinn, Short Story/Excerpt. Whoever used up two wishes on two free Djinn books better wish for something better with the third.

The End of the World by Alexander Lurikov. Genre: Fiction, Short Stories.

That brings us to some books that are tearing up the charts like strong men tear up phone books –

Call Me Joe by Poul Anderson (winner of 7 Hugo Awards and 3 Nebula Awards). Price: $1. Genre: Science Fiction, Novelette from the 50s, Planetary Science, Science Fiction. It’s classified as a Science Fiction anthology and is 374 kb and rated 5 stars on 3 reviews.

Abarat with Bonus Material by Clive Barker. Price: $1.99. Genre: Fantasy, Young Adults, Rich and Imaginative StoryTelling. Rated 4.5 stars on 196 reviews. 528 pages. There’s also a $8.99 version so make sure you get the $1.99 one.

Halfway to the Grave with Bonus Material: A Night Huntress Novel by Jeaniene Frost. Price: $1.99. Genre: Gothic, Vampires, Western. A Half-Vampire and a Vampire Bounty Hunter in an Unholy Partnership. The Half-Vampire left wondering – Are there actually Good Vampires? It’s Paranormal Romance. It’s rated 4.5 stars on 324 reviews. 384 pages.

The Name of this Book is Secret (Secret Series) by Pseudonymous Bosch. Price: $1. Genre: Children’s Books, Mystery, Espionage, Humor. Rated 4.5 stars on 101 reviews. 384 pages.

Nearly Departed in Deadwood (Deadwood Mystery Series) by Ann Charles. Price: $1. Genre: Woman Sleuths, Funny, Mystery & Adventure, Western. Rated 5 stars on 80 reviews. The second book in the series is also $1 and also rated 5 stars.

Forevermore by Cathy Marie Hake. Just 50 cents and rated 4 stars on 39 reviews. 352 pages. Religious Romance and Inspirational and full of dandelions.

That’s it – quite a few very interesting deals today.

7" Kindle Tablet, 6" Sony Reader, Kindle Tablet Thoughts

DigiTimes speculates that Amazon’s 7″ Kindle Tablet will start shipping in October 2011. It also suggests that the 10″ Kindle Tablet will arrive in early 2012. The latter seems very likely since we can depend on Amazon to miss the opportunity to make the most of this Holiday Season – choosing instead to launch around the same time as the iPad 3.

What better way to make things tough for yourself than launch your 1st generation 10″ Kindle Tablet around the same time as the third generation iPad 3?

DigiTimes seems pretty confident that the 7″ Kindle Tablet will be shipping in October

Amazon’s 7-inch tablet PC, which is supplied by Quanta Computer, is expected to start shipping in October, the sources added.

It also throws in some rather impressive-sounding Kindle sales estimates –

In addition to the tablet PC, Amazon also outsources its Kindle e-book reader to Foxconn with an estimated volume of 15-18 million units, accounting for 60-70% of global e-book reader shipments of 25-30 million units in 2011.

15 to 18 million units in 2011 for just the Kindle alone? That’s a lot of people wondering why there are Ads in their screensavers.

What do we know about the Kindle Tablet so far?

It’s a confusing and completely undependable list of oddities –

  1. There are actually two Kindle Tablets – a 7″ and a 10″.
  2. The Tablets might be called Hollywood or Scribe.
  3. The 7″ might be targeted at the Nook Color.
  4. The 10″ is probably targeted at the Android Tablet space. Some people think it’s targeted at the iPad.
  5. Kindle Tablet might see 5 million or so units sold in 2011. This is probably an analyst compensating for missing on Kindle sales projections.
  6. The 7″ Tablet has a dual core processor while the 10″ tablet has a quad-core processor. Which matches perfectly the number of people interested in how many cores the processor of their Tablet has – somewhere between 2 and 4.
  7. There is strong speculation that Amazon will price its Tablets much cheaper than the iPad. ‘Journalists’ claim it will be ‘hundreds of dollars’ lower.
  8. There is weak speculation that the 7″ Tablet will come in at $249 and will challenge the Nook Color.
  9. One group claims the Kindle Tablet is aimed at video and TV show viewing. Another group claims that the Kindle Tablet will actually be a reading tablet. Given that Amazon has to take on both the 7″ Nook Color and the 10″ iPad it’s quite possible that both groups of people are correct and Amazon has one arrow earmarked for each of its rivals.

It’s all very confusing. The Kindle Tablet is all things to all people. Of course, it’s going to come out and leave some people very disappointed by its inability to butter your toast on the right side.

Sony releases a new eReader

Yes, Sony is still releasing eReaders. Yes, ‘journalists’ are again anointing a Sony eReader as the new ‘Kindle Killer’.

Let’s think about this again – Sony got whipped by Amazon, then by B&N, and then by Kobo. Yet, its latest eReader is suddenly a ‘Kindle Killer’ because … It has wireless library book downloads.

Didn’t see that coming.

4 years after Amazon released the Kindle with wireless book downloads via 3G we have Sony offering wireless library book downloads via WiFi. The Convenience. The Promptness of the Response. How could any company possibly compete with Sony when within the ludicrously short time-span of 4 years Sony has sort of responded to free 3G book downloads?

Gizmodo can’t decide whether to make fun of it or to consider it a threat to the Kindle. Here is some of what it writes –

The PRS-T1, though, could be Sony’s comeback kid.

The six-inch E-ink ebook reader is the world’s lightest at that size, and its touchscreen display means …

Does Sony really expect to compete by promoting the PRS-T1 as ‘the lightest eReader in the world’ and does it really think ‘wireless library downloads’ are a meaningful feature?

Sometimes it’s the Difficult Features that make the Difference

Amazon’s 3G based book downloads feature is a big competitive advantage. Not just because it offers incredible convenience but also because very few companies are willing to go through the level of pain that dealing with wireless providers entails.

Can you imagine working with a beast like AT&T and negotiating all sorts of torturous agreements just so that users can get books wirelessly? All that pain just to save users the effort of finding a PC or a digital kiosk – that’s madness.

eReader makers not named Amazon either won’t go to the trouble (Sony) or found it too painful (B&N). Which leaves Amazon with a pretty big competitive advantage.

The Kindle says – If you can get a cellphone signal then you can get your book in 60 seconds.

Sony says – Customers aren’t really asking for 3G downloads.

That is the real reason Sony doesn’t have much of a chance – It just isn’t willing to do the really tough stuff. It hasn’t been willing to do the really tough stuff since November 2007 and that’s why it’s gone from being the first entrant in the market to a #3 or #4 player.

The Delay in the launch of the Kindle Tablet is Lowering its Probability of Success

Things are set up beautifully right now – Nook Color is selling well, the HP TouchPad at $100 took off so fast that HP is thinking about un-killing the TouchPad, companies like Asus are selling half a million Tablets a month (supposedly).

Couple that with the iPad 3 (with its Retina Display and Quadruple Face Time) being delayed to 2012.

Right now is the perfect time for Amazon to launch. Both Tablets (if there really are two Tablets).

What in the world is Amazon waiting for? For B&N to release the Nook Color 2 and take away all the attention? For the iPad 3 to launch so that Amazon can blame it if things don’t take off? For another company to steal the perfect opportunity? Some sort of fear that it might turn into a hardware manufacturer?

It’s incredibly strange that Amazon is unable to ship a Kindle Tablet when B&N was able to ship a really good reading tablet nearly a year ago.

If Amazon does ship a very solid, very reasonably priced Kindle Tablet in October it will have a huge hit on its hands. The demand is there. If it waits until early 2012 to ship one or both of its Kindle Tablets then it will miss out on the Holiday Season and also gift Apple most of the people who would have bought a 10″ Kindle Tablet this year. Holiday Season 2011 is it for Amazon’s Tablet hopes – If it doesn’t ship this year, it’s going to be in very big trouble (and not even Mirasol supermagicalfaeriedust screens with generous helpings of PrimeRib will be able to save it).

Wednesday Night Free Kindle Books and Deals

Let’s start with 2 free kindle book offers from today (courtesy Happy Reader Joyce) –

I Shall Not Want : Psalm 23 Mysteries Book Two (The Psalm 23 Mysteries) by Debbie Vigiue. Genre: Religious, Spiritual, Contemporary Fiction. Rated 4.5 stars on 8 reviews. 320 pages.

Always the Baker, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker. Genre: Religious, Spiritual, Contemporary Fiction. Rated 3.5 stars on 153 reviews. Quite a cute cover. 288 pages.

Then we have some free kindle book offers from yesterday night (again courtesy Happy Reader Joyce) –

Sweetwater American by Eileen Cruz Coleman. Rated 5 stars on 2 reviews. An orphan is sent to live in a cursed town in El Salvador. It’s 320 kb so should be a decent sized book. Classified as Ghosts and Mythology.

Love from the Ashes by Denise Agnew. Price: $0. Genre: 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Historical Romance, Contemporary Fiction. Rated 5 stars on 4 reviews. 418 kb.

Then we have some stories that were free today –

Lissie by Belinda N. Siodacain. Price: $0. Genre: Horror Short Story, Vampires and Little Girls. Rated 4.5 stars on 3 reviews.

Redstone Stories: Incident at Bandera Pass by Ann Livingston Joiner. A young man in 1836 finds out that his real father was a Comanche war chief. These stories cover his adventures.

The Rumblin: A Short Story by Jeff Bennington. Price: $0. Genre: Horror, Suspense. Rated 4.5 stars on 5 reviews.

Coping With Breast Cancer by Ricky Sides. An essay on coping with breast cancer.

Bored in the Breakroom by Jay DiNitto. A Collection of Flash Fiction. Miss the days when Flash Fiction meant a comic book.

A Simple Lens by Chris Turner. Near Future Science Fiction. A Short Story.

Up next, we have the Kindle Deal of the Day which seems to have turned into some sort of ‘Which Book will Amazon take to #1 Today’ bonus for Amazon’s Favorite Publishers.

Poke the Box by Seth Godin. Price: $1.49. Genre: Leadership, Action & Adventure, Business Management. Rated 4 stars on 186 reviews.

Finally, two indie novels worth a look –

An Accidental Family by Donna Fasano. Price: $1. Rated 5 stars on 4 reviews. It’s a contemporary romance with an interesting premise –

Jonas Winslow knew nothing about fatherhood, yet he was determined to keep his orphaned nephew. But the boy’s aunt, Robin Hampstead, wasn’t about to let go of her only remaining family. The solution: a temporary – strictly platonic – marriage…or so they thought.

The Harvest by Scott Nicholson. Price: $2.99. Rated 4 stars on 11 reviews. It’s a mix of horror and science fiction and has mostly positive reviews with reviewers describing it as ‘Dawn of the Dead meets Alien Invasion’.

An infection that consumes and changes people…

When an alien entity lands in the remote Appalachian Mountains, a clairvoyant psychology professor, a drunken dirt farmer, and a disillusioned tycoon must team up to stop it before the infection spreads.

But with Windshake’s annual spring festival coming, the town is full of visitors, unaware of the unnatural menace creeping toward them from the woods…

That’s it for this post.