See Update under Spotify for added information.
Amazon's new (temporary) discount feature - Kindle Books up to 75% Off
These are 50 "Select Titles," categorized by time period, with a discounts of up to 75% off through August 13 (that's through next Monday).
Life in Biblical times, the 1700s, and the 1800s
Life in the early 20th century
Life in the 1940s and 1950s
Life in the 1960s and 1970s
Life in the 1980s and 1990s
Spotify (Kindle Fire Edition)
Spotify is a streaming music subscription service that many are already using, and if you already have the subscription to millions of songs "on demand," you can use the app on the Kindle Fire now to make playlists and share the music with others.
The app has one free feature, which that is radio-streaming only.
The more popular use is unlimited streaming, without ads, of new music on-demand (and the ability to play some of it offline) and that costs $9.99/mo. You can start a 48-hour free trial "when you log in" (via Kindle Fire or another mobile device) "to Spotify with your Facebook account," and if you like the service, you can choose to extend your free trial by 30 days. If you're happy with only the free radio-listening part, you can use that for free.
It's version 0.5.2.89, and the current version doesn't have a Landscape mode. I've never used the service but have read that others enjoy it quite a bit.
Update - Just read some caveats that Spotify users should know about:
' Although users can stream music for free from the desktop client, free streaming is limited to 2.5 hours per week and 10 hours a month (unused time stacks up to 10 hours).
Listening for free will play ads regularly, usually for around 30 seconds. Unlimited streaming subscriptions, sans advertising, begin at just $5.99 a month, rising to $9.99, and include offline listening and the ability to play music through connected devices
... [ More details and then this summary below ]
Spotify currently holds a 4- out of 5-star rating and is almost essential for users not planning to buy music. The service finds itself in a market with rivals including Last.fm and Rdio. Spotify's draw is that, although buying music buying is an offered feature of the service, it is not a requirement. In fact, $5.99 is the cost of an album on iTunes. How many albums could be listened to over a month on Spotify? '
See more details at mobilenapps.com
Reminder that textbooks can now be rented
It's almost September, so the reminders are cropping up on my screens quite a bit.
An earlier Kindleworld blog article explains how this works, and here's the Amazon page for textbook rentals.
Today's Kindle Daily Deal (Wednesday) is Random Harvest, a novel about a man's long-buried memories of World War I resurfacing suddenly at the start of World War II, threatening "to fracture the peaceful life he has worked so hard to create."
It has 26 customer reviews, with an average rating of 4.6 stars.
$9.99 on Tuesday, it's discounted by $8 today and is $1.99 for Wednesday only.
Current Kindle Models for reference, plus free-ebook search links
Kindle Fire 7" tablet - $199
Kindle NoTouch ("Kindle") - $79/$109
Kindle Touch, WiFi
Kindle Touch, 3G/WiFi - $149/$189
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189, Free, slow web
Kindle DX - $379, Free, slow web
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £89
Kindle Touch WiFi, UK - £109
Kindle Touch 3G/WiFi, UK - £169
Kindle Keyboard 3G, UK - £149
Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $109
Kindle Touch WiFi - $139
Kindle Touch 3G/WiFi - $189
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189
Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Check often: Temporarily-free recently published Kindle books
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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