Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Amazon Prime adds PBS day-after-broadcast videos + FoxTV shows. Two unusual memories of Steve Jobs. Kindle Daily Deal 10/19

Amazon adds NEW content to PRIME from PBS and others.

 There's an announcement on the main store page today, which I'll quote here, in part.
' ... We have more good news for Amazon Prime members – Prime Instant Video is growing again.  We've now licensed TV programs from PBS including day-after broadcast shows like Frontline and NOVA, more than 1,000 episodes of shows like Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, and popular Ken Burns documentaries The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, and, for a limited time, the first episode of Prohibition.  PBS joins recently announced FOX television shows 24, Arrested Development, The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Wonder Years. '

  They'll be adding Malcolm in the Middle, King of the Hill, and episodes from Julia Child's classic cooking series, The French Chef, and will continue to add new Prime Instant Video titles.  Prime membership remains $79 a year and includes free two-day shipping on "millions of items" (almost anything that's shipped from their own warehouses).

  Basically, all these added videos will be streamable at no added cost for those on a Prime membership.  The Amazon Fire will be one way to view them on an affordable portable device.

Kindle Daily Deal (Often U.S. only, unfortunately)
(The Daily Deal link above changes at MIDNIGHT each day.
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Death and the Lit Chick (A St. Just Mystery), by G.M. Malliet, 17 customer reviews, 4.3 stars
    Daily Deal until the end of Wednesday 10/19:
      Tuesday's Price: $9.19
      Wednesday's Discount: $7.20
      Wednesday's Daily Deal Price: $1.99 (78% off)

The Amazon editor who wrote this did an especially good job:
  "A sure-fire hit for old-school mystery fans, Death and the Lit Chick tracks Detective Chief Inspector St. Just's flustering murder investigation in a castle full of cagey mystery connoisseurs who live and breathe malicious murder and artful alibis."

  From a review: "...We are treated to an old-fashioned Agatha Christie-style mystery in which all the suspects are gathered under one roof.  Lots of humor and a bit of "guess who this writer is" make this one a good choice for readers who enjoy intelligent cozies and traditional mysteries. --School Library Journal

With the book on Steve Jobs by Isaacson generating much interest, with articles that don't indicate an unnaturally hagiographic focus for a very complex man, I enjoyed reading today a set of memories in two parts by international photographer, Jeffrey Aaronson, who was assigned by Newsweek to photograph young Jobs when they were both 29 and Jobs was not generally keen to be photographed.

Part 1 (Link: ) and Part 2 (Link: ), by Becky Green Aaronson.

  The other was a short piece by Christopher Hynes, who recounts a sweetly ironic moment a couple of months ago (Link: ), and commenters to the article hope that staff is able to find the family who had no idea who it was that did them that small favor.

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