Sunday, 5 December 2010

Kindle news, Christmas Ideas and Free Books

Hi, welcome to the latest edition of Great Kindle Deals, I hope you are having a great weekend and thank you for subscribing. As we approach Christmas, I've decided to feature some good Kindle-related gift ideas; that's in addition to our usual kindle news and free books:

Kindle News:
1. Kindles selling out - Amazon UK is running out of Kindles this Christmas season suggesting that they are unable to meet demand. At £109, the Kindle 3 Wifi currently takes an addition 4 to 7 days to deliver and the Kindle 3 Wifi+3G takes an additional 2 to 3 days to deliver. If you are planning on giving a Kindle this Christmas now really is the time to buy to make sure it comes in time for Christmas.

2. Google is set to have its own e-book store - Details have ben leaked that Google will soon be launch its own ebook store, the Wall Street Journal claims that "The long-delayed venture—Google executives had said they hoped to launch this summer—recently has cleared several technical and legal hurdles, people close to the company say. It is set to debut in the U.S. by the end of the year and internationally in the first quarter of next year, said Scott Dougall, a Google product management director."

3. Kindle owners rich - a US survey claims that over 55% of all US Kindle owners have a household income of over $100,00 (£64,000), the average household income in the US is around $60,000. It'd be interesting to see the results of a survey in the UK, although it is clear that spending £109 to £149 for a device that only allows you to read books may not be in everyone's reach.

4. New Kindle ad - Amazon has released yet another UK ad, this time touting the ability to by books on one device and read on any -  the ad features the Kindle store but there's no mention of the Kindle device itself. Watch the ad on Youtube here.

Christmas Ideas:

1. The Kindle - If you know someone that loves reading, they'll love the Kindle. The £109 to £149 price tag doesn't just include the device but also thousands of free books. If you opt for the £149 Kindle 3 Wifi+3G version they also get internet access anywhere including the ability to surf the web and download books anywhere, including around the world. The Kindle 3 Wifi is great value too if you don't think they'll need to download books on the go. Or, alternatively, why not treat yourself? But, remember they are in very short supply so order now!

2. Kindle cases - Keep your Kindle safe in a case - I personally have the sub-£15 Fonem8 case, the £30 Amazon cases are also very nice, as are the £50 Amazon cases with a built-in light.

3. Book light - For £11.40 this Kindle book light doesn't come cheap, but it is bright, sturdy, adjustable and the batteries last a long time. You can also un-clip it and read your other paper tree books with it. What a novel idea.

4. Amazon gift cards - Amazon gift cards are the perfect gift for just about anyone, they get to choose what they want - from books, MP3s, clothing, to electronics and much more!

5. iPod Touch 4th gen - With games, music, two cameras and the ability to read Kindle books, what more could you want?

[Remember if you can, please buy through any of our links above, Great Kindle Deals will get a small percentage to help support the blog while you pay the same price.]

Free Books:

1. Insight by Jamie Magee - Download this ebook then email it to your email address and download via wifi. Synopsis: "Before that fateful summer night, Willow had balanced the insight of emotion, and her vivid images. That night,the figure in her nightmare marked her wrist with a star, giving her father no choice but to tell Willow a family secret that would abruptly change life, as she knew it, forever. "

2. Jack Falcon and His Quantum Singularity by Jonathan Cooper - Download this ebook then email it to your email address and download via wifi.
Synopsis: "The Myra colony in the Epsilon Eridani system is plagued by rogue solar flares that threaten its inhabitants. The brilliant inventor Jack Falcon is tasked with saving the colony - but since the colony has lost its access to Earth he's forced to handle this alone. The situation is made even more dire when he finds out that a nearby cluster of black holes are an even bigger threat. It's a race against time to prevent the next disaster - the total destruction of the planet!"

See you next week for more Great Kindle Deals!

P.S. Have you read any good Kindle books this year? Email us at and we'll produce a list for you to take a look in time for Christmas!