Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Kindle News: 1-day sale: Basic Kindle eReader $49, Today-Only. Amazon's Prime shipping delivery before Christmas for orders thru' Dec 22. A couple of Amazon drone reactions. Kindle Fire HDX shares top of PC World list of Top 5 products for 2013.

ONE-Day Sale. $20 off the Basic Kindle and a delivery guarantee before Christmas for Prime purchases thru' the night of the 22nd.

 The $49 price for the basic Kindle eReader is for TODAY Only (Tuesday), effective through midnight.  $20 off the Basic e-Ink Kindle - $49.00.

The e-Ink Basic Kindle is for basic e-book reading and it's NOT a touch screen device.  Any searches are done with an alphabetically-arranged keyboard which you navigate with a 5-way controller button, clicking it for each alpha character needed.  But it has good customer feedback from those who just want to read books and who don't take many notes or do many searches and it has features not found on e-Ink devices from other makers, especially for $49.
  Furthermore, it has the physical side buttons for Previous and Next page, a feature some e-Ink eReader users miss.  (Me, I'd miss the normal touch keyboard, but many rarely want to type or do searches.)

  Note that once you add a night light, it can still be $70 total for one, but it's still not close to the price of a Paperwhite 2 with built-in light.  It's lighter and if you don't need a night light for it, you get two of these eReaders for less than the cost of a Paperwhite 2 (which is currently $119).

Amazon Prime offers Free Shipping through Dec. 22.
Also announced today was Amazon's Free Holiday Shipping for Prime members through Sunday, December 22 for delivery before Christmas.  That's 5 days and nights remaining.
  "[Prime] Customers can order as late as midnight EST, Sunday, Dec. 22, to receive delivery before Christmas with Free Two-Day Shipping"

  Prime Program members do have free two-day shipping on most Amazon-sold and shipped orders year round, but the emphasis is that the packages will arrive before Christmas Day on Prime members' purchases made as late as Sunday night on the 22nd.
  They draw attention to "incredible deals" still findable on the Top Holiday Deals page.

They add that "Amazon Prime members can order gifts as late as midnight EST on Sunday, Dec. 22, for free delivery before Christmas and the media release has a reminder that if you're not a Prime member you can sign up to take advantage of the free shipping offer by visiting Amazon's Prime page with detailed information and FAQs.

  Also, they have a special price for ONE-day delivery for Prime members also, which I hadn't noticed, thinking it was $1 higher.  But that's available for $2.99 an order.

Speaking of fast delivery offers
Everyone's had fun with Jeff Bezos' announcement of a future Amazon drone delivery vehicle that will fly the apparently cluttered skies with your package for 30-minute delivery time if you live near an Amazon warehouse.  I saw a couple of fun takes on this that others might enjoy.   One muses on a type of item the drone might drop through mechanical error.

  It was at least a way to get a lot of buzz on Amazon on Cyber Monday when "the futuristic concept got 200,000 Google searches that day (later, on Thursday, there were at least 2 million queries for Amazon)..."

  Privacy concerns
  And there was a dire warning that was irony at its best from Google's Chairman, who wants a ban on Amazon's drones, according to a quote in The Guardian reported by CNN's Philip Elmer-DeWitt.

  Also interesting is Apple's statement on the differences between its business model and that of other businesses when it comes to privacy concerns.

Kindle Fire HDX shares the top of PC World's list for "Best of 2013"
PC World's headline caught my eye because the Surface Pro 2, which is my newish and addicting laptop tablet and now main computer, shared top billing with the Kindle Fire HDX 7" tablet in the Top 5 products cited by them among 50 that they're highlighting.  But more on the reception of the HDX line in the next blog entry.

Current Kindle Models for reference, plus free-ebook search links.
New Kindle Fire HD 7" 2nd Gen - $139/169
Kindle Fire HDX 7" 16-64GB - $229/269/309
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" 16-64GB - $379/429/479
- with 4G added: $479/529/579
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 16GB - 1st Gen $229
- 32GB w/ no special-offers: $314
Kindle NoTouch (Basic) - $69/$89
Kindle Touch WiFi - $99
Kindle Paperwhite 2, WiFi - $119/$139
Kindle Paperwhite 2, WiFi+3G - $189
Kindle Keybd 3G - $139/$159, Free web
Kindle DX - $379 $169 (*Temp* price)
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £69
Kindle Paperwhite 2, WiFi
Kindle Paperwhite2 3G, UK
Kindle Fire Basic HD 8/16GB, UK
 from £119
Kindle Fire HDX 7" 16-64GB, UK
from £199. 4G/3G
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" 16-64GB, UK - from £329. 4G/3G

CANADA - Kindlestore, CDN-$
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - $79
Kindle Paperwhite 2 - $139
Kindle Paperwhite 2, 3G - $209
KFire HD Yr 2012 7" $214,  8.9" $244.
Yr 2013 KFires: HD Gen2, HDX line

*OTHER Int'l pages*
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $89
Paperwhite 2 WiFi $139, 3G/Wifi $209
KFire HD Yr 2012: 7" $214,  8.9" $244
Yr 2013: HD Gen2 + HDX line

Australia Kindlestore
France Boutique Kindle
Deutschland - Kindle Store
Italia - Kindle Store
Spain - Tienda Kindle
Brazil - Amazon Brazil
China - Amazon China [?]
Japan - Amazon Japan

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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