Am back and will start up the free-book alerts again. Thanks for your patience while I was in a place with very little Internet access -- not even cell phones tended to work, so it was hard to communicate even when trying to coordinate with others there.
But it was worth it!
Back to things Kindle and Amazon - a good video review/demo on new Kindle
Jon Rettinger at TechnoBuffalo has done a good video demo of the new $79 Kindle Basic which is smaller and lighter than even the coming Touch models because there's no physical keyboard and no touchscreen.
In the UK, there isn't a less-expensive version with Special Offers, and this model is £89.00 there, the equivalent of $143 U.S. today (free shipping included) while the U.S. version w/o Special Offers is $109.
Since this is WiFi only, it does not have 3G and therefore doesn't have the free (slow) 3G web browsing from almost anywhere that the Kindle 3 or "Kindle Keyboard" model has. Both of these models are currently offered in the UK and U.S.
Rettinger demos the VCR-style keyboard from which you select characters when you need to type a word or phrase or numbers. It would tend to annoy ME to use it since I do a lot of searches and enjoy doing small notes while reading, but many friends insist they never care to type and they own a Kindle just to read. Doing one keyword for a search is not difficult, but any more than that could be tedious.
The video is in HD and you can click on the default "360p" and select "1080p" (which will stutter on most systems) or "720p," which gives a good picture for the demo. Rettinger explains well (including the 'Special Offers' situation and gives good advice on several aspects of this Kindle.
Bear in mind that this scaled down model has no audio, no music player, no Text to speech, and it has half the storage space and battery life of the
There's no choice to get this with cellular network 3G for almost-anywhere downloading of Kindle books or free access to Wikipedia (globally), so you would rely on a local WiFi network at home, office or cafes or download to your computer and transfer Kindle books via a USB cable.
Early Black Friday Deals (already)
Amazon is already starting Black Friday deals (UK also) since, they say, people are already on the old Black Friday deals page looking to see what might be there.
I just checked and saw no early BF deals for today. But their press release previews "some of the deals that will be available at various times leading up to Black Friday.
- Fujifilm FinePix F505 Digital Camera (includes 4 GB Memory Card): $179 (list price: $399.95)
- TomTom XXL 5-Inch Widescreen GPS Navigator: $79.99 (list price: $169.95)
- Philips Speaker System for iPod/iPhone with LED Clock Radio: $49.99 (list price: $79.99)
- Altec Lansing Digital Boombox: $199.99 (list price: $299.95)
- Invicta Men's and Women's Subaqua Watches: $169.99 (list price: $995)
- "Arrested Development: The Complete Series" (DVD): $28.99 (list price: $89.98)
- Up to 20% off Disney Nintendo video game bundles
- Buy two, get one free on select Electronic Arts sports video games including best-selling titles like FIFA Soccer 12, Madden NFL 12 and NHL 12
- Sony 9-Inch LED Digital Photo Frame: $69 (list price: $139.99)
- $20 off purchase of $100 or more on select Porter-Cable power tools and accessories
- Up to 50% off contemporary clothing for Women, Men, Kids and Baby
I hesitated to place what is essentially a straight ad there but felt many probably would like to know what kind of deals will be available.
I see no Kindle items though.
Kindle Touch 3G Kindle Touch WiFi Kindle Basic (UK: KBasic) Kindle Fire
Kindle Keybd 3G (UK: Kindle Keybd 3G) K3 Special Offers K3-3G Special Offers DX
Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources. Top 100 free bestsellers. Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published non-classics, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
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