Monday, 16 May 2011

Great Kindle Deals Newsletter - Monday, 16th May 2011

Hi everyone and welcome to this week's edition of Great Kindle Deals. I hope you had a lovely weekend. A big welcome to all our new readers and those that have been with us for a while too. This week we have some more interesting news on the kindle and Amazon's tablet, as well as nice little kindle accessory and some free and cheap books.

1. Fourth Kindle Millionaire - this week announced that Charlaine Harris is the fourth author to sell over 1 million Kindle books, becoming the latest member of the "Kindle Million Club." The Kindle Million Club recognizes authors whose books have sold over 1 million paid units in the Kindle Store . Stieg Larsson, author of the Millennium Trilogy, was the first author to hit the 1 million mark, followed by James Patterson and Nora Roberts. "All Charlaine Harris' books, and in particular her 'Sookie Stackhouse' series, are favorites with our Kindle customers, and the great sales of the 11th book in this series, 'Dead Reckoning,' have helped push Harris past one million books sold," said David Naggar, Vice President, Kindle Content. "We're happy to welcome her to the Kindle Million Club." Well done to Miss Harris and I hope that we'll be able to congratulate more and more Kindle Millionaires here on Great Kindle Deals over the coming few months.

2.  Remember Amazon's ad-supported Kindle? - A few weeks back we reported that would be selling a Kindle with ads for $25 less than the normal Kindle 3 (US only). Well it's now on sale and the ad-supported Kindle is now its best-selling Kindle selling more units than the old non-ad-supported version. It looks like this innovative move has paid off for Amazon, now it remains to be seen whether Amazon can make their money back off ads in the coming months and years and whether user satisfaction is just as high on these Kindles.

3. Kindle to top $5.42 billion is revenue this year - Analysts are predicting that sales of the Kindle device and its associated content will reach $5billion this year worldwide,  and will climb to almost $8billion in 2012. The report claims that this is due to the rapid increase in titles in the Kindle Store with thousands of new titles added every month and almost every new book being launched in print and in digital form simultaneously. In fact there are over 713,000 books, magazines and newspapers  in the UK Kindle Store today. 

4. Kindle tablet confirmed - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pretty much confirmed the Amazon tablet this week by asking consumers to "stay tuned" for the Amazon tablet. Rumours online says that they are "99% sure" that Samsung will be manufacturing the tablet and that it will not be replacing the kindle due to its higher price point, but rather be another option.

This week's spotlight is well, on an actual book light. This Really TINY Reading light is great for attaching to your kindle if it has a case - its tiny, light, uses next to no power, lasts long and covers the entire reading area whilst not lighting up the whole room. It even comes in handy as a torch if you need one. It costs £5.85 delivered straight to your door.
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Cheap books:
1. Creative Spirit by Scott Nicholson (£0.70)
Rated 5 stars average from 4 reviews
Synopsis: "After parapsychologist Anna Galloway is diagnosed with metastatic cancer, she has a recurring dream in which she sees her own ghost. The setting of her dream is the historic Korban Manor, which is now an artist's retreat in the remote Appalachian Mountains. Drawn both by the ghost stories surrounding the manor and her own sense of destiny, Anna signs up for the retreat.

The manor itself has secrets, with fires that blaze constantly in the hearths, portraits of Korban in every room, and deceptive mirrors on the walls. The house's brooding atmosphere affects the creative visions of the visiting artists. A mysterious woman in white calls to Anna from the forest, while Mason is driven by the whispers of an unseen critic. With an October blue moon looming, both the living and the dead learn the true power of their dreams. A modern Gothic thriller.

2. The Child Taker by Conrad Jones (£0.99)
Rated 4 stars average from 51 reviews
Synopsis: "A stand alone novel based on high profile child abductions, which have been followed by millions of concerned parents on the news. 5 year old twins are abducted from a tent in the Lake District and the hunt for a dangerous peadophile ring begins. Police procedure follows the premise that 60% of abducted children are murdered within the first four hours of being taken. The first hour is called "The golden hour" and the longer a child is missing, the less chance there is of them being recovered unharmed. The Child Taker follows the desperate search for the missing twins."

3. Bye Bye Baby (£0.86)
Rated 4 stars average from 28 reviews
Synopsis: "When a seven-year-old boy disappears after school, the case is handed to Detective Frank Collins. He's been looking to lead a high-profile case for a while, and sets out determined to prove his worth. But the missing schoolboy is only a trigger for another crime. Someone is intent on exploiting the boy's grief-stricken mother. And they have plans for Frank Collins too."

Free books:
1. You've gone too far this time, Sir
Rated 5 stars average from 6 reviews
Synopsis: "When Danny Bent cycled 15,000 kilometres from the UK to India to raise money for ActionAid, it was a decision that took twenty years and one minute. For twenty years he had wanted to do something to raise money for charity. The one minute was when as their teacher he was put on the spot by his pupils and declared that the means was by bike, and he was going to India. What he had signed up for was slogging along roads with trucks bearing down on him, unable to see and choking in the smog; shooting down treacherous descents with 100 foot drops, shaking with cold and too numb to brake; muscle burn and saddle sores; delirium and food poisoning; thirst and malnutrition; foul and insanitary conditions; life-threatening crises; obstructive border guards, crazed dogs and inquisitive passers-by.

'You've Gone Too Far This Time, Sir!' is a real and compelling blow-by-blow account of Danny's trip across Europe, the former Soviet Republics, Russia, China, Pakistan and India."

2. Perfect Crime
Rated 4 stars average from 3 reviews
Synopsis: "A San Francisco wife plots to murder her philandering husband by being in two places at one time.  She commits the Perfect Crime and starts an exciting new life with a sexy new boyfriend, living off the life insurance policy of her murdered husband.  Until her doorbell rings one night . . . ."

3. The Defector
Rated 4.5 stars average from 6 reviews
Synopsis: " What would you do, when it's you or them? This is the dilemma at the heart of The Defector - can Martin Cormac turn his back on his ruthless past as a currency trader, a major city player, and do the right thing? Not when he's looking for answers in a succession of sleazy dives...

One night, Cormac gets caught trying to chat up the bar owner's girlfriend and soon needs rescuing. But his white knight is anything but - Janac's a big-time drug dealer with a psychotic urge to test people to the limit, and if possible... over it. And soon Cormac is running from more than his past, he's running from the most dangerous game he will ever play."


I hope you enjoyed the newsletter and found some nice bargains, thanks for subscribing and see you next week.

Giovanni Costa

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