Thursday, May 26, 2011

Free Books, Bob Dylan book, Calculator app! Lady Gaga Album 1-day 99c

Lady Gaga album for $0.99 again - only today, 5/26
The new Lady Gaga [Album] for $0.99 again - "This Time We're Ready," Amazon said in their press release.

  They added, "...we saw extraordinary response to Monday's promotion - far above what we expected - she definitely melted some servers," said Craig Pape, director of Music for Amazon. "So we're doing it again, and this time we're ready. We're pleased to offer 'Born This Way' - the whole album - for $0.99, today only."

"Along with this purchase, customers get 20 GB of free Amazon Cloud Drive storage so they can store and play their music anywhere."

New CALCULATOR App by 7 Dragons - creators of Notepad
7 Dragons created the very popular Notepad, my favorite Kindle app, which I use daily, and Converter, which is very useful.

 Now they've released their Calculator for the Kindle. $0.99

  It's a very flexible calculator, useful for computing sales discounts, double-checking an invoice, or computing a restaurant tip.  If your Kindle is usually with you, outside, the calculator will be available too.

From the Product Description (emphases mine): "In addition to basic math operations, Calculator also includes Square Roots, percentages and exponents, and the trigonometric functions Sine, Cosine, and Tangent.  You have standard calculator Memory Functions, and you also get Calculator History; in which the last 10 items and last 10 calculation results are saved for later reference. [Very nice!]

Calculator offers keyboard shortcuts to help you work quickly, and a last function undo and digit by digit undo functions to help you correct errors.  Help pages explain each feature, and a Shortcuts List page clearly lists all shortcuts."

Revolution in the Air - The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1957–1973, by Clinton Heyland. (ePub format...see below.)
Publisher: Chicago Review Press (April, 2009)
  Normally $23.95. the e-book is $0.00 through June 6.

 Those w/o an ePub reader can read this on either a Windows or Mac computer/laptop via Adobe Digital Editions.
  Paul Biba at Teleread brought this to our attention.  He writes, about Copia's special free offering (emphases mine):
' For any Dylan fan this looks like a "must have".  From the press release:
  As rock and roll legend Bob Dylan celebrates turning 70 today, Copia, the groundbreaking social eReading platform and web site, is honoring the event with a gift to fans of the American Icon.  Starting Tuesday, May 24 and continuing through June 6, Dylan fans will be able to visit the website and download Revolution in the Air, noted Dylan biographer Clinton Heylin's comprehensive, 446-page, song-by-song guide to Dylan's work from 1957–1973.  "We wanted to do something fun for readers and fans that would pay tribute to one of America's greatest songwriters and... '
For the younger among us who haven't heard what is considered one of the best rock albums of all time (Highway 61 Revisited, Dylan's voice will be an acquired taste but it's the lyrics and drive behind it (and the band) that make it.   An example: Ballad of a Thin Man on the album (which is maybe more popular than Like a Rolling Stone).
  .  Words & Music, in various versions of the piece
  .  Audio of the song, streamed here in quite compressed sound.  The downloaded audio, either song or album, will have far better sound.  There are annoying animated ads on the page.
  .  What the lyrics may mean - Lyrics only plus a good analysis of the piece, in the Comments area.  Wait a few seconds and the large top ad will be bypassed as you go straight to the Comment although you might have to click a pop-up if you don't use a pop-up blocker.

Free Kindle Book picks today
Canadian Meds, by John Moynihan, 4 customer reviews, 4 stars
Publisher: Xlibris; 1 edition (October 15, 2009)
  "Canadian Meds is a work of fiction that highlights the world of selling prescription meds over the Internet."

Famous men of science, by Sarah Knowles Bolton
  It's #1 Bestseller in Amazon sub-genres History of Science and Sciences

Gunboat Number 14, by Jens Kuhn
Publisher:; 2 edition (October 11, 2009)
  "It's 1808 and Sweden is at war with Russia...

Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mysteries (formerly Gilded Age Mysteries)), by P.B. Ryan, 29 customer reviews, 4.5 stars
  From Product Description: "Nominated for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, Still Life With Murder is Book #1 of P.B. Ryan’s acclaimed historical mystery series featuring Boston governess Nell Sweeney and opium-smoking former battle surgeon Will Hewitt. Long thought to have died during the Civil War, Will is arrested for murder, and it's up to Nell to prove his innocence. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime."

Treasure Lost, by R.G. Cordiner, 6 customer reviews, 4.5 stars
  Customer reviews say it's fun for young and old.

A truly unusual e-book:
Development of Nominal Inflection in First Language Acquisition: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective, Editors: Ursula Stephany, Maria D. Voeikova, Ursula Stephany, Maria D. Voeikova, Hardcover $123, Paperback $19.95
  "Language documentation is a rapidly emerging new field in linguistics which is concerned with the methods, tools and theoretical underpinnings for compiling a representative and lasting multipurpose record of a natural language."
  I don't think there'll be a run on this one.  :-)

Check the below at any time:
Temporarily-free books -
- USA: by:
NEW: Last 30+ days  May 2011
   Publication Date   Late-listed
   Bestselling   High-ratings

UK: PubDate   Popular

Highly-rated e-books under $1
Most Popular Free K-Books
U.S. & Int'l (NOT UK):
   Top 100 free
   Top 100 free
USEFUL for your Kindle (U.S. only, for now):
  99c Notepad,   99c CalendarPro,   99c Converter

Kindle 3's   (UK: Kindle 3's)   K3 Special ($114)   K3-3G Special ($164)   DX Graphite

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  1. FYI re: Adobe DRM epub
    on iOS: Bluefire Reader (or its branded clone, BAM Reader) or txtr can be used
    on Android: Aldiko (Android Market or Amazon App Store), txtr or Mantano (Android Market only)

    on Mac & Win: the free Copia desktop app can also be used, and has the same reading features AFAICT, additionally lets you participate in Copia's social networking stuff. It seems to 'share' authorization with ADE if installed on the same computer but it was a little confusing when it prompted for Adobe ID credentials - I finally went with Skip and it seems that was the right thing to do.

  2. Tom,
    Could not reply to comments with Firefox 4 or with IE 8 and most cannot log in at all with Firefox 4 to even do the blogs.

    But I am in on CHROME.

    My first reply hours ago was lost, but thanks for the Apple devices OS ePub reader info and then re Mac and Win being able to read ePub via Copia.

    I wonder if you had a chance to read the Copia privacy policy. It was the most startling one since what I know of Facebook's default over-sharing.

    Let me know what you think if you read or have read Copia's privacy statement. I did read it when doing the Bob Dylan book tip from Paul Biba.

  3. Hi,
    thanks for the suggestion, is there a way to download the book without having to downlaod the Mac or the iPad Copia apps? I was planning to use ADE on my Mac and Bluefire on my iPad, I'd prefer not to install new stuff if not needed. But there seems to be no direct link to the file.
    If I download the Mac app and get the book from there, is it confirmed that it will share the ADE credentials and therefore I'll be able to use ADE and Bluefire to access the book?

  4. Andrea,
    On the page I send people to, the "Buy this Book" label in orange at the right of the book description should be clicked to 'buy' it at $0.00 (through June 6).

    I didn't need to download any apps. I already have the Adobe Digital Edition for other Chicago Press books and it's all that's needed.

    Let me know if that works for you.


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