Sunday, May 19, 2013

Kindle Tips: MONDAY's Free Kindle Fire App of the Day is Fraction Calculator Plus. Lonely Planet has a sale on its PDF eBooks at $10 ea. + a free USA Kindle book. Sony's coming 13.3-inch eReader-Notepad.

Fraction Calculator Plus

It's only Sunday but this smart father-daughter duo has made good use of press-releases to promote their apps that are now very popular, and the Irish Examiner story on them tells us that for MONDAY, May 20, their Fraction Calculator Plus will be Amazon's Free App of the Day for the Kindle Fire (and other Android devices).  It's not a big savings, as the app is only $0.99, but every little bit...

  And, it draws attention to their free "Calculator Plus" app, which is now the highest-rated app in all Amazon app categories out of a total of 83,981 apps at the App Store.  It's the bestseller in Europe as well, downloaded over 2.5 million times, and is also the most downloaded calculator on the Windows 8 platform.

  The free version of the basic Calculator Plus app has 4,644 customer reviews as of today at an average rating of 4.8 stars.  Because it's free, it's ad-supported but if you want the version without ads, that's here.

The free-for-Monday Fraction Calculator Plus app has a keyboard layout for entering fractions and a large display that "shows fractions the way you write them."

  According to the article, quilt makers tell them the fraction calculator has made their job easier.

  USA Today added the duo's free basic Calculator Plus (with advanced features available when you swipe the memory keys aside) to their 25 essential Kindle Fire apps, and Amazon has pre-installed it in shop demos across the U.S.

  Unusual Features
  According to the story and the Calculator Plus product description, a boon of that app is that it "remembers everything you calculate" and lets you review it anytime (even after you've quit the calculator to do something else), so that you don't need to retype the same calculation.  As with other decent calculator apps, you can just backspace to correct simple mistakes rather then having to start over.

  The memory lets you "keep a running total you can actually see."

Lonely Planet
Outreach Educator and Anthropologist Guven Witteveen points us to Lonely Planet's current special on their 254 PDF eBooks.

  ALL Lonely Planet PDF eBooks, usually $16 to $24+, are on sale, per their newsletter, for $10 until midnight 22nd May.

  Enter DIG10 to get that pricing.

  BEAR IN MIND, though, that several of these are available in Kindle Editions at Amazon for $9.99.  I'd much rather have a Kindle book version for the $10 where that's available.  However, on the ones that do cost more at Amazon and there are a lot of those, this can be a VERY good deal.

  A free Lonely Planet Kindle book:
  5 of USA's Best Trips: Our Favorite Themed Itineraries Across America (Regional Travel Guide)
  This is a 708-page Kindle book, published August 1, 2011, with maps and with Text-to-Speech and X-Ray features enabled (but Lending, strangely, is not).

Sony's coming 13.3-inch digital paper notepad (and a flexible eInk eReader)
Friday, I tweeted Sony's announcement of a coming 13.3" flexible eInk reader, w/ some details and a link to the article on that.

  Yesterday I saw a story with video of the device's notepad qualities.   Since it uses a plastic, rather than glass, display, it's much lighter than the norm.  The display is the new EInk Mobius panel.  They're testing it at three universities in Japan soon and expect thay can do a commercial release before the end of 2013.  Pricing will be key. Plastic Logic and IRex didn't fare well there.  Interesting video though!

Current Kindle Models, worldwide for reference, plus free-ebook search links.

  NOTES on newer Kindles.
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 $299 Discontinued
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £69
Kindle Touch WiFi , UK - ~£89 Refurb'd
Kindle Keyboard 3G, UK - £149
  Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi
Kindle Paperwhite 3G, UK
Kindle Fire 2, UK
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16/32GB, UK
Canada - Kindlestore, CDN-$
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - $79
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi - $129
Kindle Paperwhite, 3G - $199

*OTHER International*
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $89
Kindle Touch WiFi - $139
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189
  Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Paperwhite WiFi $139, 3G/Wifi $199

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

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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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