Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Great Kindle Deals Newsletter - Tuesday, 5th April 2011

Hi everyone, hope you had a lovely mother's day. Here is this week's newsletter which has some exciting news for Harry Potter fans. :

1. Harry Potter soon to come to Kindle? - Empowered news.net reports: "Harry Potter is coming to the Kindle and iPad as soon as creator J.K. Rowling agrees on making the hugely popular fantasy books available for download. The author is considering how to replicate the success of her work after winning fans through traditional publishing and the movies, this time in the e-book market.
“We are currently actively looking at all the various options for Harry Potter in this space, that is e-books,” Rowling’s agent Neil Blair told AP in an e-mail." Although this is not confirmed, it does seem that they we are one step closer to having Harry Potter on the Kindle. In my opinion this would be a great time to release the books digitally with the last film coming out in just a couple of months now would be the perfect time to get people to purchase the books on Kindle, talk about Harry Potter and make sure they all go out and see the film.

2. Free New York Times - Subscribers of the New York Times on Kindle now also get free access to the website. The website is behind a paywall meaning users must pay to read content on it usually but subscribers of the paper edition and the Kindle version get free access to the web edition too.

3.  The Times Paywall - As you may know, The Times (of London) is also behind a paywall here in the UK. In fact it now has 79,000 paying subscribers paying £2 a month. That's £8.2million a year being paid by subscribers online, on the Kindle and on the iPad. The paper's physical sales have deceased drastically but despite this the new online sales have added an extra 20,000 subscribers. The Times has really demonstrated that digital media (incl Kindle sales) really can work and can be done in a profitable manner, if the content is good enough.

4. Stephen Leather news - The Kindle-famous British writer has revealed that he is selling up to 2,000 ebooks a day. This really does show the potential of an indie writer - pricing books at £0.71 or $0.99 really does attract consumers. Why wouldn't consumers pay under £1 for a thriller on the Kindle when a normal paperback can cost upwards of £7? We wish him and future aspiring writers luck.

Cheap books:

1. Memoirs of a Holocaust Survivor: Icek Kuperberg (£0.70)
 Rated 5 stars average from 3 reviews
 Synopsis: " Powerful in its stark simple language, Icek Kuperberg chronicles his personal experiences as a concentration camp prisoner during World War II. Interned in various work and death camps, Icek had to use his guile and wits to simply stay alive. That he persevered despite tremendous horrors and obstacles, testifies to his strong will to survive."

2.  Silver (£0.70)
Rated 5 stars average from 8 reviews
Synopsis: "In a race against time - believing the terrorists intend to assassinate the Pope - Sir Charles Wyndham's unique Special Ops team, codename Ogmios, track a labyrinthine course through truth, shades of truth and outright lies that takes them from the backstreets of London to the shadow of Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin and all the way into the heart of the Holy See itself.

 3. Kill&Cure (£0.70)
Rated 4 stars average from 36 reviews
Synopsis: " David Stichell, a London Chiropractor, is an ordinary man plucked from the normality of his existence and thrown into hell. As a helpless witness to the brutal shooting of his fiancee he escapes her killer and alerts the police. They arrive expecting a murder scene but the place is clean and his fiancee has vanished... Kill & Cure is fast, furious and incredibly well plotted..Reading Matter"

Free books:

1.  Graveyard Games
No reviews
Synopsis: "Dusty has always been the hothead in the pair -- her twin, Nick, he was the calm, cool and collected one. But now Nick is dead, found murdered in their local cemetery, and Dusty, on forced leave from her job as a Chicago police officer, goes back to her childhood home to attend the funeral."

2. Spying in High Heels
No reviews
Synopsis: " L.A. shoe designer, Maddie Springer, lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when she stumbles upon the work of a brutal killer, her life takes an unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears - along with $20 million in embezzled funds - and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD's sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300 pound psychic and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her..."

3.  When you went away
Rated 4.5 stars average from 5 reviews
Synopsis: " Only a few months ago, Gerry Rubato had everything he thought he needed from life. He was passionately in love with his college sweetheart after nearly twenty years of marriage, he had a bright, independent-minded daughter, and he had the surprising addition of a new child on the way. Then everything changed with stunning rapidity. With little explanation, his daughter ran away with her older boyfriend. Then, only a month after giving birth to their son, his wife died suddenly. Now, Gerry needs to be everything to his infant child while he contends with two losses he can barely comprehend. And when a woman walks into his life as a friend and their relationship verges on something more, Gerry must redefine all that he knows about himself, about love, about loyalty, and about his dreams.An emotionally charged novel filled with warmth, humor, wisdom, and unforgettable characters, When You Went Away is a novel you will take to your heart."

What I've been reading:
This week in addition to our usual segments I'd like to tell you a buit about what I have personally been reading (if you have read something particularly good lately please do email me at greatkindledeals@gmail.com). At the moment I've been reading the deeply emotional tale of Eilis in "Brooklyn" by Colm Toibin. Taking scenes from "Pride and Prejudice" and updating this with modern views of love, Toibin provides a truly spellbinding novel. It is £4.48 as a paperback and unfortunately more expensive at £6.49 for the Kindle version.


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