From inside and outside the Kindle Store (book offers, that is)

The Kindle, and the convenience of the Kindle Store, have made it easy to forget other stores exist.

Well, here are some offers to tap into other stores, alongside some offers from the Kindle Store -

  1. How to Drink by Victoria Moore. Price: $0. Genre: Health, Spirits, Drinks & Beverages. Rated 5 stars on 1 review. Thanks to Happy Reader Joyce for mentioning this.
  2. Kobo is celebrating its 1 year anniversary by offering a 50% off coupon that can be used on one book out of a long list. Books include Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik, Kraken by China Meiville, and lots of other books including all the Stieg Larsson ones. You’ll have to read it on your PC, Android Phone, or iPhone – However, at 50% off, it’s not too bad a compromise. Please Note: The 50% off coupon only works once, and for one book.
  3. University of Chicago Press has a free book, which is conveniently also free in the Kindle Store – A Question of Upbringing: Book One of A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell. Rated 4 stars on 10 reviews. Genre: Literary Fiction. This has been mentioned before.

Also, if you’re interested in The Boxcar Children series, the first book in the children’s mysteries series has been discounted to $1.99 in the Kindle Store. It has jumped from #6,278 to #171.

Finally, at HarperCollins.com you can read a book online for no charge – The Shadow Project by Herbie Brennan. Click on the ‘Browse Inside’ button, and then on the tab at the far left, to see the book.

The irony – A post meant to highlight offers outside the Kindle Store, ends up with more links to Amazon than everywhere else combined.

Kindle Store’s domination in book offers

This post was meant to be only offers outside the Kindle Store.

What happened?

Well, it ran into a few problems -

  1. Kindle Store had a new free book, and that had to be mentioned.
  2. It’s much more convenient for Kindle owners to get ‘A Question of Upbringing’ from the Kindle Store, than to go through the Adobe DRM circus show, and read it on an iPhone or Android phone.
  3. Harper Collins’ ‘read it free online’ offers are almost a joke. Why not offer the book for Kindle and Nook?

It’s just a lot easier to get the book on your Kindle or Nook.

Kindle Store has more offers than any other store. It has more book deals than any other store. For most offers outside the Kindle Store, the offer is also available in the Kindle Store.

Consider what Kobo is offering -

50% off on 1 book. 25% off coupon in the future – when you buy $15 worth of books. 45% off coupon in the future – when you buy $35 worth of books.

After doing all of this, it manages to get a bit of attention. Except for the little problem that its books can’t be read on the Kindle (they can be read on Nook and Nook Color). It’s an uphill battle for Kindle Store competitors.

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