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.

Kindle Store addition, Sudoku disappearance, kindle book deals

First, the kindle book deals –

  1. The Blades of the Rose Bundle: Warrior, Scoundrel, Rebel, & Stranger by Zoe Archer. Price: $9.99. Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Romance Compilation. $10 for 4 romance novels is a pretty good deal. There isn’t really a description.
  2. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence. Price: $1.05. Genre: Literature, Classics, Lawrence of Arabia. Rated 4.5 stars on 2 reviews. You might be able to find this free outside the Kindle Store but not sure it’s worth the hassle. Here’s a description from the physical edition of the book.

    This is the exciting and highly literate story of the real Lawrence of Arabia, as written by Lawrence himself, who helped unify Arab factions against the occupying Turkish army, circa World War I.

    Lawrence has a novelist’s eye for detail, a poet’s command of the language, an adventurer’s heart, a soldier’s great story, and his memory and intellect are at least as good as all those.

  3. A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. Price: $0.95. Genre: War, Strategy, Martial Arts. Rated 4.5 stars on 36 reviews.

    The Book of Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho) is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts in general, written by the samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi circa 1645. It is considered a classic treatise on military strategy, much like Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and Chanakya’s Arthashastra.

    There have been various translations made over the years, and it enjoys an audience considerably broader than only that of martial artists.

Next, we have an appearance and a disappearance.

Top Rated Books List added to Kindle Bestseller Lists

The Kindle Store Bestseller Lists now sport a new arrival – the Top Rated Kindle Books List.

It’s a great idea – there are a lot of books on the list that seem really good but haven’t been in the Bestsellers List recently. It’s great to get another 100 slots for deserving books and authors. Plus you can dig into individual categories and find even more gems.

It’s not totally clear to me how freshness, average review rating, and number of reviews have been factored in – that would be an interesting algorithm/formula to figure out.

Sudoku Appears and Disappears

There’s a thread on the official Kindle forum talking about how EA Sudoku appeared and then magically disappeared.

It seems that there really was an EA Sudoku, it was available long enough to garner 6 reviews, and then it became unavailable. The Sudoku product page is still up and most of the reviews are positive. Due to the unexplained disappearance someone gave it a 1 star review and dropped the overall rating to 3.5 stars.

This app, once it’s available again, should be a bestseller. Here’s the description –

EA Sudoku contains thousands of built-in puzzles, as well as the ability to enter and play a puzzle from your favorite newspaper or magazine in “Newspaper” mode.

With five difficulty levels from “Easy” to “Insane,” Sudoku offers plenty of fun for Sudoku players of all skill levels. Built-in game features let you make “Notes,” “Undo” moves, and apply “Error Checking.”

One of the best features is that you can input a newspaper puzzle yourself and then solve it. Quite cool.

It uses the qwerty row as numbers and thus avoids the Kindle 3 madness of having to use the SYM pop-up or Alt+QWERTY to type in numbers.

It’d be interesting to find out why it’s disappeared – Amazon has been featuring Scrabble and Texas Hold’em on the main Kindle Store page so you’d think EA Sudoku would get the royal treatment too.

100 really good kindle book deals

While the Kindle 3 and free book posts usually take centre stage on this blog there are quite a few kindle book deal posts.

Since the 50 free kindle books post is a big hit and there’s no Book Deals section in the Kindle Store thought it would make sense to collect all the good kindle book deals and add them to a single post. Please do add deals you find (not your own books please).

Quick Notes on the Kindle Book Deals

Please keep in mind –  

  1. Last Updated – September 4th, 2010.  
  2. Books are usually between 80 cents and $3.
  3. Reviews are the primary criteria to decide whether to add books.
  4. Sales are a filter since books that don’t make it to the Movers and Shakers list don’t get considered.
  5. Book Prices might change – This post is not updated and it’s just not realistic to expect 100+ book prices to be tracked.  
  6. For authors who want to get on the list – Get on to the Movers and Shakers List or the Top 100 Paid Bestsellers List. There’s no other source used.
  7. Book are categorized by genre. They are often miscategorized so Mystery fans should also check the Adventure section and Science Fiction fans should also check the Mystery & Thrillers section for technothrillers.
  8. If you have suggestions please go ahead and add a comment but please don’t suggest your own books or a friend’s books.

These book deals have all been mentioned on this blog at one time or the other during 2010. If you’ve been a regular reader since beginning 2010 you might not find anything new here.

Kindle Book Deals after the jump …

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