Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday Deals week: Up to 75% Off More than 900 Kindle books + Last Day of Top Cellphones for $0.01 + 8 Free Kindle books for Monday


That's actually the Cyber Monday Deals Week's "Kindle Daily Deal" for today.

  Instead of a book, today's "Kindle Daily Deal" takes you to the page where we can start browsing over 900 Kindle books that have been discounted by up to 75% off.

Reminder: These two sales for Monday are Over, although the post remains as part of the (we)blog' logging.

  They add that there may be "additional territory restrictions and not all deals are available in all territories."

Today's Free Books listing (8 books) is on the 2nd page.


And why does that matter to Kindlers?

  I finally broke down after all these years and got a 3G Data Plan for my cell phone except that my cell phone is 6 years old and its keypad is like a calculator - a number pad, with 3 alpha characters on most numbers and not fun at all to try to type an email with.  In other words, I've had a dumbphone, but that's been fine since I didn't want to pay data charges.

  Now, I've decided I want a phone that can provide hotspot/WiFi support for my Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch and of course my 10.2" netbook which I always have when traveling.  This way I could be anywhere and have WiFi available to all these devices, as long as my 3G/4G smartphone has a signal (in most places it will).

  If you've followed this blog's reminders of Black Friday week and the usual holiday offers that are on Amazon's pages (the name is "Cyber Monday" today), you'll have seen the AmazonWireless deal active for a couple of days, which offers most of the top current smart phones today for $0.01 even if they cost $600 Unlocked and normally $200 with a 2-year plan.

  After browsing the AmazonWireless penny-for-a-new-cellphone offer, I decided on the Samsung Galaxy S II in the image above.  It topped most recent gadget-site 'best' lists and was #1 at Consumer Reports during the summer.  It arrived in the U.S. a couple of months ago under this name if bought from AT&T (who chose the slightly smaller original and internationally popular 4.3" screen), is also at Sprint, where it's called the Epic Touch 4G, and is now also at TMobile, with its basic name Samsung Galaxy S II -- the latter two vendors decided on a 4.5" screen instead but with the same number of pixels.

  Most of that was just to show you that the cell phone penny deals are on very good phones as well as on average ones.

  To be eligible for this deal, it has to be a new plan and not an extension of an existing one.  Many of us are past our 2-year agreements and are able to move to another carrier, where we are "new subscribers" and eligible to the deal.  Some families have new memberships.  At any rate, the offer ends tonight.  If ordering one, you have to supply the account number for your current cell phone if a transfer of phone number is needed.

  Some of the Sprint CDMA-based cellphones have been suffering from Loss of Signal events during the day since late September, and Samsung stated they'd get a maintenance update out but they've been silent on that since then, two months ago, so there are articles on that.  Here are two. (1) and (2).

At any rate, this is a heads-up that it's the last day of this unusual offer, and if you're eligible, it's really a good sale.

  I was surprised that AT&T has a remarkably reasonable price for the basic calling plan for those who don't make or receive that many calls a month and they offer hotspot support via the phone to your other devices, for $20/mo. more if part of that package.

Monday's Kindle Daily Deal (changes at midnight) is To Defy a King (William Marshal), by Elizabeth Chadwick, 30 customer reviews, 4.5 stars   (Link: )

  Friday's price: $8.54, Saturday's discount: $7.05
Saturday's Kindle Daily Deal Price: $1.49
(83% off)

  MORE... ( The temporarily newly-free books and discounted-book forum-alerts are on the 2nd page, which will help to load the main page more quickly.  Those wanting to go see the details can do so by: clicking on "MORE" just below - 8 newly-free Kindle books today)

LATEST DISCOUNTED Kindle books (some temporarily) -
  Forum-thread starter RandomizeME cautions, "This thread is [only] for discounts and price drops that readers find from publishers."  Another main finder is Emily Bronte.
  For 11/26-28 (52 posts)

TEMPORARILY-Free Books:  Alerts from the Amazon Kindle forums - via the tireless "Happy Reader" Joyce, who is ever on the lookout on behalf of forum members.

  NOTE: The alerts are quoted from Joyce's collecting of mostly temporarily-free books.  They're *not* recommendations by anyone but are a popular, unfiltered daily set of forum release-alerts by Joyce, logged here for those who don't or can't make it to the forums.  The eBooks are often no longer free within days, sometimes, within hours.  Thanks to Joyce (and for a few days, to Annie B who is subbing for Joyce) for gathering and organizing them for us.

[AnnieB says (for Happy Reader Joyce, who is on vacation) :

' Good Morning Everyone!
There are 8 books this morning. Hope you all find something you like.

Druid's Daughter (Garland of Druids, Book One)
Blood Oath (Blood Lines, Book One)
Business and Competitive Analysis Methods
Christmas at Harrington's
The Personal Credibility Factor: How to Get It, Keep It, and Get It Back (If You've Lost It)
Slow Cooking Cookbook (Classic Cookbooklets)
Curious Folks Ask 2: Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond (FT Press Science)
Make More, Worry Less: Secrets from 18 Extraordinary People Who Created a Bigger Income and a Better Life

[These are from Joyce's free-book alerts Sunday-Monday, aided by Lucy/Annie B., in the forums.
 11/28, 8

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
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

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  1. Congrats on your smartphone! I am VERY happy with mine and love the hotspot feature. If you find a shortcut method to it, let me know.

  2. hello i thought i would do the same thing with my nokia E6 but my kindle touch would not recognise ad-hoc wi-fi tell me are u able to use wi-fi on your kindle through wi-fi hotspot feature on galaxy s2? does it provide infrastructure wifi hotspot? i am considering buying it now and your reply would help.thx

  3. Unknown,
    I mentioned this in a blog entry, in passing, the other day but forgot to get back to you on this.

    Yes, the Galaxy S2 provides WiFi to my Kindle Fire, my NookColor, my Pocket Edge, and my Kindle Touch. Was able to get fully steady 56Mbps while watching video and I watched Netflix on the Kindle Fire with it and, of course, on the phone itself, via its 3G access (I had to turn WiFi off on it. It's easy and takes only two clicks.

    Good luck on what you do.

  4. @ Andrys Basten
    Thank you for the reply.Now i will buy the galaxy s2 without any doubts about its ability to provide wi-fi tethering to my kindle touch.Thanks again.

  5. Unknown,
    Just wanted to add that if your 3G access is weak or spotty (as AT&T is in some neighborhoods), then the tethering can't be done. It has to be with a steady good connection. But otherwise, it works well.

  6. B&B in costa Azzurra,
    This blog doesn't do comparisons of smartphones, so I don't know which of two might be better for you. I was just letting someone know that my smartphone can provide WiFi for some of my other WiFi devices... Good luck in your search.


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