First, let’s look at the 6 free kindle books which include a few based on Pride and Prejudice –
- Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda George. Rated 4 stars on 90 reviews.
Joining a growing field of Austeniana—and, particularly, Darcyiana—Grange retells Austen’s Pride & Prejudice from Fitzwilliam Darcy’s point of view.
Her device for doing so is an imagined diary of a clever sort: Grange reproduces, word for word and comma for comma, conversations from the original novel, but shifts the perspective to reported speech in Darcy’s first-person, with his commentary on the encounters.
Between the reconstituted passages, the reader is treated to Darcy’s ongoing reflections on Hertfordshire society, his family obligations, his sister and, most crucially, Elizabeth Bennet and her family.
- Cure for the Chronic Life by Shane Stanford and Deanna T Favre.
Favre (Don’t Bet Against Me), an NFL wife and cancer survivor, and hemophiliac pastor Stanford (A Positive Life) share their experiences addressing “chronic” conditions, both physical and emotional, that impede faithful living.
Asserting that “God wants us to run, not limp, to jump, not hobble into His grace,” the authors invite readers to believe that inhibited lives may be transformed through committed spiritual practice, such as their treatment plan for healing. Intending the book to be read over a 40-day period, the authors offer guidance, Bible study, and encouragement.
- Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey.
Kadrey (Butcher Bird) provides biting humor, an over-the-top antihero and a rich stew of metaphoric language in this testosterone- and adrenaline-charged noir thriller. James Stark spent 11 years killing monsters in Lucifer’s arena for the entertainment of fallen angels, but now he’s back …
…in seedy, magic-riddled L.A., trying to avenge his girlfriend’s murder and hunt down Mason Faim, the black magician responsible for getting him sent downtown. He meets with some initial success, beheading second-rate magician Kasabian (whose head becomes Stark’s smart-mouthed sidekick), but he can’t find Faim.
- Mr and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan.
Sharon Lathan presents Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy, A fascinating portrait of a timeless, consuming love – and the sweetest, most romantic Jane Austen sequel.
It’s Darcy and Elizabeth’s wedding day, and the journey is just beginning as Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice characters embark on the greatest adventure of all: marriage and a life together filled with surprising passion, tender self-discovery, and the simple joys of every day.
As their love story unfolds in this most romantic of Jane Austen sequels, Darcy and Elizabeth reveal to each other how their relationship blossomed.
- Fortune is a Woman by Francine Saint Marie. Rated 5 stars on 6 reviews.
Dr. Helaine Kristenson is not just talented and beautiful. She’s the leading authority in the field of psychosexual relations and the bestselling author of the self-help bible ‘Keeping Mr. Right’. Professionally, the esteemed doctor deals with secrets of the heart everyday. Privately, she even has a few of her own to keep her busy…
The Secret Keeping, the first novel in this series, was a LAMBDA Notable Book, Goldie Award finalist, semi-finalist for the Independent Publishers Award, and an IPPY Award Bronze medalist.
- To Conquer a Highlander by Mary Wine. Rated 4 stars on 10 reviews.
Starred Review. Wine (In the Warrior’s Bed) fills this addictive tale of betrayal, lust, power, and love with detail-rich descriptions and frequent bedroom scenes hot enough to warm even the coldest Scottish nights.
In 15th-century Scotland, women are expected to be quiet, meek, and above all obedient, but hot-blooded, hotheaded Shannon McBoyd is not a typical simpering lady. She meets her match in the dark, handsome highlander Torin McLeren, who kidnaps her to stop her father’s raids into McLeren land.
How disappointing – Only 6 free books. That’s terrible.
5 Kindle Limit
So Amazon has this new message up on Kindle 3 and Kindle WiFi pages –
Due to Strong customer demand, current quantity limit is 5 Kindle devices per order.
For bulk order quantities, please email us at (email address).
It seems a good way to avoid the people who buy up lots of Kindles and then sell them on eBay.
It makes you wonder why other companies don’t do this. You see it sometimes when there is a sale but it should be used more often with hit products.
Kindle for iPhone and Kindle for iPad get new features
SRB at the official Kindle forum talks about the new additions to Kindle for iPhone/iPad –
- Two Page Mode when iPad is in landscape mode.
- Improved app stability.
- Book Extras from Shelfari. This is a big deal.
Here’s SRB describing the Book Extras feature powered by Shelfari –
Oh holy cow, I just checked out the Pillars of the Earth “ebook” extras on the iPad using the new Kindle app upgrade – this is stunning. It adds a set of panels for:
Characters and People
Setting & Places
There is also a “spoilers” off button to hide important plot details. I guess this is all based on the book itself and some form of input from the Shelfari community. I might actually start to use Shelfari now.
He also points out that only 2 out of the 10 books he checked had the ‘Extras’ feature. It’s either being phased in gradually or perhaps only 25% or so of books have information entered for them by Shelfari users.
An Example of How the Book Extras feature adds value
It’s actually an impressive feature. Checked out Book Extras for a Robin Hobb book and found –
- A list of books in the series. Pretty helpful if you want to continue the series.
- List of 38 important characters. It would be nice if there were write-ups but at the moment there are just names.
- A list of 10 books that are similar. Very helpful.
There’s other useful information too like a list of important places. There were no Book Extras for some books and only limited information for others – However, when ‘extra’ information is present for a book it adds solid value.