Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Interesting-sounding free Kindle book for next 3 days. Barnes and Noble's CEO resigns. A coming smartphone with LCD -and- eInk screens

A free Kindle book that was recommended to me

For Tuesday through Thursday ONLY,(July 9-11) "
- A Slightly Irreverent Tale About Cancer (And Other Assorted Anecdotes)," by James Capuano, is being offered free and has an unusual mixture of reviewers.

Capuano is a Sr. VP for Reuters, and his book about fighting the Beast (the dreaded C) has, so far, 10 customer reviews (including a couple of them by people who know him) and several reviews or blurbs by others.  Here are a few of them.

1. "The funniest book about cancer you will ever read. Capuano manages to humanize his harrowing journey without bathos and yet I still walked away crying, with tears of sadness and laughter.  No mean trick. ... A memoir both tender and hard for the healthy and the sick." - David Duchovny, actor (THE X FILES, CALIFORNICATION)

2. "Nothing about cancer is funny – so why did I laugh so hard at James Capuano’s personal story about his struggles with Stage 4 colon cancer?  Simply put; because it’s hilarious.  Never one to run away from the truth, his in-your-face account tells it like it is, providing valuable insight into how this disease affects not only the body and the mind, but also family and friends.  As he addresses key issues associated with cancer treatment we learn how his life experiences prepared him to face this devastating disease head on, presenting the reader with valuable insight into the human condition in a surprisingly life-affirming tale." - Susan Sarandon, Actress

Barnes and Noble's CEO
William Lynch Jr., the CEO of Barnes and Noble, resigned on Monday.  He'd led the development of the Nook products, which as of Winter 2012 have not been selling well and B&N announced they'd be halting production on those and looking for a partner to take on the costs of manufacturing them.  Several articles mention Microsoft has shown some interest in doing this.

An article at marketintelligencecenter lists and describes what author Michael Fowlkes sees as several bad choices by Microsoft in partnering recently.  It'll be interesting to see what Microsoft decides on the Nook tablet situation.  They've already given support of $600 million there.

Dual-screen YotaPhone announced in Russia (as its first smartphone)

's Mark Milia reports on the announcement, by Yota Devices, of Russia's first Smartphone, a combination of the usual LCD screen and a separate e-Ink screen (the latter promising less eyestrain in daylight and certainly better battery life plus the ability to hold a desired image on the sleep-screen. However, Milia adds:
' The YotaPhone packs both screens into one, bulkier phone. That could make it a tough sell as companies brag to consumers how thin their smartphones are. The YotaPhone is thicker and heavier than the 3-year-old iPhone 4.
The YotaPhone, which runs on Android, is expected to cost between $400 and $500 before any carrier subsidies, Martynov said.
"Initially, we'll go for the Russian market because it's our home," Martynov said. "But we are talking already with several European and North American carriers." '
  More details at Bloomberg's site.

Current Kindle Models for reference.  Note the current KindleFire HD 7" sale.
Updated Kindle Fire 2 Basic  7" tablet - $159
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16/32GB - $199/$229 *
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 16/32GB - $269/$299
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G 32/64GB - $399/$499
Kindle NoTouch ("Kindle") - $69/$89
Kindle Touch WiFi - $99
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi - $119/$139
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi+3G - $179/$199
Kindle Keybd 3G - $139/$159, Free slow web
Kindle DX - $379 $299 (Yes)
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £69
Kindle Touch WiFi, UK - ~£89 Refurb'd
Kindle Keyboard 3G, UK - £149
  Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi
Kindle Paperwhite 3G, UK
Kindle Fire 2, UK
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16/32GB, UK
Canada - Kindlestore, CDN-$
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - $79
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi - $129
Kindle Paperwhite, 3G - $199
Kindle Fire HD 7" - 214.00
KFire HD 7" $214,  8.9" $284

*OTHER Int'l pages*
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $89
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189
  Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Paperwhite WiFi $139, 3G/Wifi $199
KFire HD 7" $214,  8.9" $284

France Boutique Kindle
Deutschland - Kindle Store
Italia - Kindle Store
Spain - Tienda Kindle
Brazil - Amazon Brazil
China - Amazon China [?]
Japan - Amazon Japan
* $30 off, 6/30/13, for a limited time.

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