Here is the Direct Link to the most recent free and under $1 books reminder, unchanged from Late October. Click on that to get various lists of free or ultra cheap books and the links to them. It would be difficult not to find something for $0.00.
(Maybe return here later for the odd tidbits below.)
Unfortunately, I need to add now that international Kindle users in Europe and some other countries are in high wireless-cost areas, so Amazon charges about $2.30 for the otherwise free book. For those Amazon customers, I recommend again the following instead
You can download to your computer for later transfer to your Kindle free "mobi" or "prc" format books from feedbooks.com, manybooks.net, fictionwise.com, and as I've often mentioned, any of 30,000 well-formatted books from the Project Gutenberg set. The instructions meant for the Project Gutenberg to Kindle will work for your computer, and you can move the downloads over to the Kindle later.For those interested in an easier-to-remember shortcut to Amazon's 100 Bestsellers (the majority seem to be free but there are regular-priced ones in the list as well), try http://bit.ly/kbsellers.
A FEW NEWS TIDBITS - SOME QUITE ODD
1. Crunchpad - There are many articles wondering if it's a dead project. Consensus seems to be, from 5 months of silence, that after a rise of expected price from $200 to $300 and then to $400, the parts became even more expensive and this web-only tablet would not likely sell well at $600 or $700. In the meantime, no one at TechCrunch is saying a thing.
At the same time, there are several articles also saying that it would not do well at that price because the currently vaporware Apple Tablet (someone wrote about it as Apple Slate) would do much more and "come in under $1,000." I should hope so; I have no idea why something so pricey would be considered an e-reader killer. But it will no doubt be fun to use.
I'm elated with the Samsung NC10 Netbook which, at under 3 lbs, I carried on my 3-wk vacation (often in a backpack along with my DX), blogging comfortably from Egypt on it and now it can read my Kindle books. With 7 good hours of battery use, I can't see wanting a battery-eating tablet. Unfortunately, the pricing went up on this Samsung model, because it's the only 10" netbook with a non-glare screen - no reflections - and a great keyboard plus excellent screen display with accurate color.
2. NOOK display stands in New York
This is a very promising e-reader, with its added file formats, including ePub, its loaning capability and the WiFi option plus an SD card slot (not to mention people are attracted by the possibly battery-gobbling color LCD navigation screen at the bottom of the unit).
Forum responses from B&N staff confirm that publishers decide which books can be lent out and that any one book can be lent out once only, for 14 days, during which time the owner can't read it (the latter part makes sense). A second loan to another person later can't be done for the same book.
Gizmodo has a story and photo, with their trademark style caption - "The $259 Double-screen Gadget That Stole All The Crappy Kindle Thunder will arrive in November 30" - while showing a Nook stand at 86th and Third Ave.
They updated this with the news from another reader that there was a 2nd stand at Union Square but that "He says the units are not real, however: They are plastic mock-ups." It could be that unanticipated demand for the product affects demo models.
3. Robert Murdoch is still complaining
Recently, Murdoch had complained that the Wall St. Journal saw only 1/3 of revenue from Kindle subscriptions (it's said by an industry insider as mentioned in another blog entry here that the split is 33% publisher, 33% Amazon and 33% wireless-provider -- the latter paid by Amazon).
Now, he's got a slightly better cut and is not happy about that.
' Murdoch, speaking during a conference call, noted that News Corp. gets about $6 to $6.50 for every $15 Journal subscription Amazon sells on the Kindle. "That is not a great deal," he said. "Amazon treats those people as their customers, not our customers." [Imagine the nerve of Amazon.] Murdoch said there will probably be "half a dozen" e-readers of some kind on the market eventually, and News Corp. will be open to deals with the distributors of those devices. "As long as we get a [sufficient] portion of the revenue." 'He's also been threatening to charge iPod and Blackberry users soon. But I haven't read anything on that recently; on the other hand, I haven't been paying attention.
Murdoch has also announced that he plans to block Google search-access to his newspapers once they all go to Pay status. Two interesting and different takes on that (not negative) are at bigmouthmedia and PCAdvisor, UK.
4. Completely off topic - "My Nightmare Interviews with Google"
Reading this gal's experience with the strange questions asked by two interviewers was mind-boggling. They're looking for people fast on their feet, but ... Also, here's a follow-up story: 15 Google-interview questions that will make you feel stupid
5. A maybe useful 'gadget' for a Kindle world:
Massaging backpack relaxes your back.
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