Before we look at the Kindle Fire, let’s look at some free kindle books courtesy of Happy Reader Joyce.
Cool Shade by Theresa Weir. Price: $0. Genre: Romantic Suspense, RITA Winner. Rated 4.5 stars on 18 reviews. 241 kb in size. Won the RITA for romantic suspense.
A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones – A Paranormal Romance) by S. L. Baum. Price: $0. Genre: Young Adult Romance, New Girl in Town, The Perfectly Dangerous Boy. Rated 4.5 stars on 31
reviews. 260 pages. If you live long enough … love and danger will find you.
That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made by Eric James Stone. Price: $0. Genre: Science Fiction, a space station in the center of the Sun. Rated 5 stars on 4 reviews. Won the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novelette. Nominee for the Hugo Award for Best Novelette. 153 kb in size.
Atria International Books of Mystery by M. J. Rose and John Connolly. Price: $0. Genre: Mystery, Thriller.
Deadly Stillwater – Thriller (McRyan Mystery Series) by Roger Stelljes. Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural. Rated 5 stars on 2 reviews. 414 kb in size.
“The St. Paul Conspiracy” (McRyan Mystery Series, Book 1) was named the Merit Award Winner for Commercial Fiction for the Midwest Independent Publishers (MIPA) Book Awards and it was also a Minnesota Book Awards Nominee.
Massacre at Moniac Crossing by Janice Daugharty. Genre: Based on a True Story, Full of Sparkling Twists, The Baxter Rebellion, Florida in 1904. 328 kb in size.
Oh Doctor, The Places You Will Go…. A fun and quick read for physicians. 13 colorful illustrations written and drawn entirely on an iPad 2. Who says iPad 2 is not for creating. 880 kb in size.
Treachery: A Love Story (Spanish Nights) by Ellie Jones. A contemporary love story with dark secrets and steamy relationships. 325 kb in size.
The Color of Freedom by Michelle Isenhoff. Price: $0. Genre: Historical Fiction for Young Adults. This sounds interesting. Rated 5 stars on 1 review. 245 kb in size.
All’s Fair. Rated 5 stars on 2 reviews. Sol McKnight has trouble letting go of his ex-wife. All’s fair in love and war. Contemporary Romance. A Short one.
Legend of the White Dragon: Legends by Melanie Nilles. Genre: Fantasy, Dragons Awakened, White Dragon vs Black Dragon. Rated 5 stars on 1 review. 468 kb in size.
The Usurper (thriller, political intrigue) by Cliff Ball. Genre: Political Thriller, Power of Indoctrination, Raised to hate what the US stands for. 160 pages. Rated 3.5 stars on 11 reviews.
Kindle Superuser – 101 Ways To Get More From Your Kindle by Gary McLaren. Price: $0. Genre: Kindle Guide, Consumer Guides. Rated 5 stars on 2 reviews.
Hilda and Zelda (Hilda the Wicked Witch) by Paul Kater. Genre: A Magical Battle, A Witch called Zelda. How the world has changed – instead of saving Zelda now we’re battling her. 320 kb in size.
Broken Hearts Damaged Goods by Jack Gunthridge. Price: $0. Genre: Indescribable Cover, Love & Romance, Contemporary Romance. 296 kb in size. Rated 4 stars on 1 review. This is from the ‘About the Author’ section -
Jack Gunthridge is single. He is just throwing that out there since the majority of authors talk about how they are happily married, have a certain number of kids, and a few pets. Jack doesn’t even have a girlfriend, … But the good news is that if you think you would like to date him, you might end up in his next “About the Author” section.
Parenting Techniques That Work: Successful Parenting Of Children & Teenagers With Challenging Behaviour, ADHD & Aspergers by Dan Jones. Genre: . Rated 5 stars on 1 review. A Short Read.
Starcrossed: Perigee – A paranormal romance trilogy by Tracey Lee Campbell. Price: $0. Genre: Young Girls and Human/Alien Hybrid Whisperers, Twilight Clone, Star-crossed Lovers. Rated 4 stars on 15 reviews. 335 kb in size.
Aric Brennan is a whisperer – a perfectly engineered human/alien hybrid, designed specifically to charm and seduce. When Lucy is stalked by his unearthly creators, she has no choice but to trust him to help her navigate a way through a horrifying reality – a reality filled with creatures which should really only exist in nightmares.
The Senex. Near-future Science Fiction short story. Rated 5 stars on 1 review.
Sifting Sands by Thomas Barnes. Rated 5 stars on 5 reviews. Science Fiction short story.
Baptism by Fire (Interlude One of the RuneQuest) by . A firefighter who is Fae – a member of a mystical tribe assigned wings and fairy dust. A professor of Mythology at San Diego State University and a daughter of the sea. Lots of sparks. 160 kb.
The Company of Fellows by Dan Holloway. Genre: Psychological Mystery, Perfect for fans of Hannibal Lecter novels. Rated 4 stars on 9 reviews. 406 kb in size.
“the plot rattles along at a great pace with enough twists to keep the most restless armchair detective guessing…add another cracking book the illustrious tales of this most murderous city. Do yourself a favour and pop into the shop to pick up a copy and enter the dark, disturbing and at times depraved world of The Company of Fellows” (Review by Blackwell’s Bookstore)
Home For Christmas by Kate Davies. Genre: Romance Anthology, Explicit Sex. Rated 3.5 stars on 3 reviews. 291 pages. She left everything behind but love found her anyways.
More free kindle books after the jump. Just click the ‘Read More’ link.
Tanaka and the Yakuza’s Daughter by CJ Martin. Price: $0. Genre: . Rated 5 stars on 2 reviews. Comes with a link to the Free Audio Book. 190 kb in size. Short Story.
The Woman Who Was Afraid of Lightning by Jeff Ambrose.
Four Play by Alessia Brio. Adult short story.
Meandros by Sasha White. Price: $0. Genre: Erotica. Rated 5 stars on 5 reviews.
The Dragons of Bastogne (Alter World). Dragons and Airplanes.
Drawing Down the Stars. On a dark, frozen world light years away from Earth.
Angelic Voices. 12-year-old with a beautiful voice and a problem.
Ignite (Cryptid Tales) by Britna Courtney
Night of the Aurora (Salmon Run – Book 1). Alaskan Science Fiction Novella. 152 pages. Rated 5 stars on 2 reviews. Stand-alone novella in the salmon run series.
Cryptic Zoology: 6 Short Works. 6 brief creature features.
Ripples. Short stories – a journey into love, second sight, and soul mates.
Flash O’ Lantern: 13+ Stories. This cover is amazing. 13 short stories and discussion of 13 noteworthy events that happened in October.
Run From The Reaper. Occult Horror, Novella. Rated 3 stars on 6 reviews.
The Ghost of the Cazador (Dark Hunters). The last of his generation.
My Darling Husband, Charlie and Kathy stories of gifts and surprises. Charlie is a Husband who means well but …
In the Halls of the Sky-Palace: Gold Edition by Nancy Fulda. a mysterious presence stalks the hallways of the Sky-King’s palace.
THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE by Colin Falconer. Prequel to Anastasia.
His Gift. Her Master has a gift for her.
SILENT SCREAM. 30 kb suspense thriller short story.
Jungle Fever: A Don’t Tell story. Gay short story about two elite Navy SEALs.
Circus of the Dead. A Novelette of 10,748 words. Rated 5 stars on 1 review.
Kindle Fire Thoughts
5 million Kindle Fire sales are predicted for 2011
The general consensus seems to be that Amazon will sell between 3 million and 5 million Kindle Fires in 2011.
DigiTimes claims that Amazon upped its supply of Kindle Fires from 3.5 million to 5 million. A bold move.
40 to 60 million iPad sales are predicted for 2012
Would just like to make a note that in times before the launch of Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet the predictions were:
- 40 to 60 million iPad sales in 2012.
- iPad sales stabilizing in the same range.
- Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet and other Tablets never getting to as much of a market share as iPad.
These are very important figures to keep in mind as we go into 2012 and 2013 and see the effect of low-priced Tablets on the overall Tablet market. Of course, Apple might cut prices to $299 and change the nature of the contest. However, if it doesn’t, it will be very, very interesting to see how long Apple users are willing to pay a huge premium for a device which even according to its owners is mostly a tech toy.
Why no one is mentioning Nook Color and Kobo Vox and Nook Tablet
Realized why all the Kindle Fire reviews insist on comparing it with $500 tablets.
It’s a fear of the unknown.
Tech journalists are wary of these low-priced tablets that are meant not for the tech intelligentsia, but for everyday users.
They would rather compare it to the devices they ‘feel’ are what Tablets should be, rather than to devices in the same category. If they talk about Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet and Kobo Vox – they fear they might end up destroying the sales of the ‘true tech journalist approved tablets’.
Why ship a day early? Why ship Kindle Touch 5 days early?
Amazon probably realizes (and so did companies like Zappos) that the shipping is a key part. People regularly write 5-star reviews for electronic devices where their biggest happiness is that they got the device 1 or 2 days earlier.
When you buy something – that moment of getting it and unwrapping it and seeing it for the first time is magical. If you expect the pleasure on Thursday and get it on Tuesday – you’re just happier. Of course, it translates into 1 million ‘Kindle Fire unboxing’ videos. Let’s hope someone can pull off a ‘watch my cat unbox my kindle while scratching the gorilla glass’ video.
It’s an easy way to get free karma and predispose users to give better reviews. Under-promise and over-deliver. Amazon, with all its data on purchasing and reviews, figured this out and has been making the most of it – It’s pulled the same trick the last 3 Kindle releases, and it probably will keep doing it.