Thursday, January 5, 2012

Free Kindle books (1/1-1/5 - ~1,548 books) + Discounted-book Forum Alerts + Amazon promos


Jan. 1-5, Sunday thru' Thursday -- approximately 1,548 newly announced, temporarily-free books, plus discounted-book alerts as of 1-1 to 1/5.

This is the logging of Joyce's daily Kindle forum threads about newly announced temporarily-free books, which are so plentiful now that the forum listings are not being itemized, currently -- but she gives links to a website that posts them, in identified batches, and then forum members post links to books that each selected from the hundreds available that day, a useful filtering mechanism by people with very varied tastes interested in specific genres.
  This can be especially helpful for those who may not have the time to view full listings each day, and there are are links that go to somewhat manageable subsets of the full listings, by date.

I just happened to see the following on one of the "Recommended" lists:
Slammed, by Colleen Hoover, 16 customer reviews, 5.0 stars average, $0.00 (Link: )
 These are almost all "Amazon Verified Purchase" reviews, and is an unusual item in that most customer-reviewers describe themselves as people who don't normally like to read or haven't read a book for years, which I found odd to see on a product page for a Kindle book.  The key seems to have been word of mouth at message boards for the the Sony folk/rock group, The Avett Brothers.  In any case, as you can see, the book gets raves from their fans.
  May be a good book to recommend to non-reading friends.  I gave a Kindle for a special birthday to a family member who expressed interest in one though he'd not read books for some years but is now reading all the time.

A free Kindle book that uses the "X-ray" feature
The House of the Whispering Pines, by Anna Katharine Green, 13 customer reviews, 3.8 stars, $0.00 (Link: )

The new X-RAY feature for Kindle Touch:
I'm including this Kindle book again for the apparently millions who now have a Kindle Touch model, because Chloe from the Kindle forums mentioned it as a free book that has the new X-ray feature.  Many have wondered how the X-ray feature works.
  I'd explained some of it in the The X-Ray reference tool - What it does blog article, but that doesn't do much good if you can't see it in action, and it's hard to know which of the newer Kindle books has been given this feature.

Thursday's Kindle Daily Deal (changes at about midnight each day)

Thursday's special deal is The Yellow House: A Novel, by Patricia Falvey, 49 customer reviews, 4.3 stars   (Link: )

  Priced at $9.99 Wednesday but, with a $7.00 discount today (Thurs., 5th), is $2.99 for just today (70% off)

"...This novel delivers the best of both worlds: secrets, intrigue and surprising twists will keep readers flipping the pages, while Falvey's insight and poetic writing tugs at the heartstrings of the most cynical audiences. (Feb.)" –- Publishers Weekly
(Another one of her books is featured in Amazon's January Kindle editors-choice monthly deals that are priced at between $1.99-$3.99

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 Jan. 3-5 postings.

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 roundup, from several sites with news of mostly temporarily-free books.  Those listings are not recommendations by anyone but the forum threads list popular, usuallly unfiltered daily sets of forum release-alerts, 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 for gathering and organizing them for us.

  LATELY, with so many temporarily-free Kindle books released (400-650 at a time, often), Joyce of course is not listing each one but is referring readers to one of the main sites she uses when collecting the titles.

  To make the forum alerts more useful, members who join these forum threads are trying to help filter them by posting the titles (and links) for the ones that most interested each of them from all those listed (as noted in the opening of this blog entry).
  As of early this morning, there were several recommendation lists already for today's 412 temporarily-free titles, Thurs, Jan. 5.

  Going backwards to January 1, here are the message-threads with members' recommendations from having gone through the humongous lists.

  . Thurs, January 5 - 412 books

  . Early Morning, Wed, January 4 - 329 books

  . Tuesday, Jan. 3 - 339 books

  . Early Morning Tuesday, Jan. 3 - EST (was Late Night, Tues, Jan. 2, PST) - 1 book

  . Monday, Jan. 2 - free-form member posting of about 35 titles

  . Sunday, Jan 1 - 432 books

Also ongoing, Amazon's specific mostly 99c Kindle books page.

Ongoing popular discussions   (See Kindle Forums for more.)
  . Are you sorry you bought a Fire?   Newer
  . Kindle touch or Kindle Keyboard   Newer
  . Kindle Fire for nonTech person?
  . Kindle Fire Keyboard.. Anyone else having issues?
  . Any happy Kindle Touch owners?
  . Kindle Fire video on airplane compared with iPad video, a tense thread :-)
  . Got my Fire!
  . Feel like almost crying - Kindle loss and personalizing Kindles - lighthearted
  . Unusual calls from Amazon because of forum posts
  . Personal docs now sendable to individual Kindles again
  . To Avoid Confusion, Please Use the Official Product Names in Forum" [entertaining]
  . Discussion of geographic restrictions on digital purchases
  . Discount-alert books discussed on separate message thread
  . What have been your favorite public domain books that are not so well known?
  . Best "Free" books you've read (many are no longer free, however).
  . Highly recommended Indie authors
  . Unique Uses of Kindles

Other current forum threads that might interest some
Public Library Lending questions at the forums, and Lendle's Kindle borrowing
  . How many e-books does your public library have?
  . Public librarians: what has been your Kindle/Overdrive experience?

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 recently published ones
  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.  Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published free books, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

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