Thursday, 23 June 2011

Great Kindle Deals Newsletter - Thursday, 23rd June 2011

Hi everyone, I trust you're having a great week and welcome to this week's edition of Great Kindle Deals. This week we're taking a look into e-book spam, as well as having our usually cheap and free books.

The News (Extended Feature) - Spam Books:
Several news outlets have been reporting about the increase in "spam books," books which essentially offer no relevant content and are in low-quality English.

"TheGlobeAndMail" reports that instead of people writing these books themselves, "they are built using something known as Private Label Rights, or PLR content, which is information that can be bought very cheaply online then reformatted into a digital book."

Another technique that many are using is to use automated programs which generate books randomly with only a few keywords: these are usually non-fiction titles.

Perhaps the worst case however is when one of these people publishes a book which us not their own work. Several cases have been found where someone has simply copy and pasted an entire book and submitted it under a different title to the original. This has garnered the fake book good reviews, yet gives no percentage of that to the original author.

So, what's your opinion: have you encountered any of these spam books? We encourage you contact us at and to rate the said book with a 1 star rating and explain the situation in the comments. Hopefully measures like this will cut out ebook spam. Of course if you feel a book is a spam book you can always contact Amazon via email or phone reporting the book, as well as requesting a refund.

Other news: Indie author sells 1million titles - 7 authors have already sold 1 million copies of their books on the Kindle store and now the 8th joins then - John Locke. The difference being that John Locke is a completely independant author who has no backing from a publisher and has sold over 1million copies. A very big well done to him. As a credit to him, you can fund one of his books in this week's "cheap books" section.

Cheap books:
1. Vegas Moon by John Locke - £0.49
Rated 5 stars average from 3 reviews
Synopsis: "In order to save his own life, Donovan Creed signs on as bodyguard to the most famous gambler in Las Vegas history, Jim “Lucky” Peters. Lucky, worth millions, has hit a losing streak and must raise a lot of cash in a short period of time from some of the world’s creepiest people. It doesn’t take long for Creed to learn that the person who holds the key to his survival is none other than Lucky’s smokin’ hot wife, Gwen, who has secrets of her own.

Preliminary reviewers term Vegas Moon “Hilarious!” “Uproarious!” “Funniest book in the series!” With Vegas Moon, “Locke hasn’t just hit a home run, he’s hit it over the fence, out of the park, and into the comedy hall of fame!”"

2. Shadow of the Serpent by David Ashton - £0.94
Rated 5 stars average from 8 reviews
Synopsis: "McLevy is one of the great psychological creations and Ashton is the direct heir to Robert Louis Stevenson' - Brian Cox, star of the BBC Radio 4 McLevy play'David Ashton's writing is excellent, his characters thoroughly convincing, and his narrative grabs you . . . and doesn't let you go' - The Sherlock Holmes Society of London'An intriguing Victorian detective story . . . elegant and convincing' - The Times Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery, Shadow of the Serpent. 1880, Edinburgh, Election fever grips the city. But while the rich and educated argue about politics, in the dank wynds of the docks it's a struggle just to stay alive. When a prostitute is brutally murdered, disturbing memories from thirty years ago are stirred in McLevy who is soon lured into a murky world of politics, perversion and deception - and the shadow of the serpent."

3. How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran - £4.19 
Rated 5 stars average from 15 reviews
Synopsis: " 1913 – Suffragette throws herself under the King’s horse.1969 – Feminists storm Miss World. NOW – Caitlin Moran rewrites The Female Eunuch from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller. There’s never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven’t been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain… Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina? Why does your bra hurt? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby? Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin Moran answers these questions and more in How To Be A Woman – following her from her terrible 13th birthday (‘I am 13 stone, have no friends, and boys throw gravel at me when they see me’) through adolescence, the workplace, strip-clubs, love, fat, abortion, TopShop, motherhood and beyond."

Free books:
1. Thirst by Claire Farrell
Rated 4 stars average from 7 reviews
Synopsis: "Ava Delaney calls herself a hybrid - a living, breathing human who happens to have vampire poison running through her veins. The only thing greater than her thirst for human blood is her capacity for guilt. She does her best to avoid the human world, for everyone's sake.

When Ava accidentally enslaves a human while saving him from a vampire, she realises she has to look for help setting him free. Despite her misgivings, she expands her world but finds herself dragged into a possible vampire civil war. With the help of some new friends with ambiguous loyalties, she tries to find a way to keep her human, and herself, alive.

At approx. 45,000 words, Thirst is the first in a series of paranormal novellas. Now comes with preview chapters of Taunt (Ava Delaney #2)."

2. Be Assertive: The How to Guide
Rated 4 stars average from 5 reviews
Synopsis: "Have you noticed that assertive people tend to get more of what they want out of life? Learning to be more assertive can help you improve relationships, get promoted, reduce stress, and gain respect. Download “Be Assertive: The How-To Guide” now and get simple, winning strategies for being more assertive in your daily life.
With this Vook you’ll learn effective ways to become a more assertive communicator in all facets of life, in eight engaging chapters. First you’ll learn what assertiveness is and how to use assertive language in all of your verbal interactions. Then you’ll learn how to become more confident and poised with your body language and voice, and how to deal assertively with difficult friends, family members, coworkers and bosses. Finally, you’ll learn how to navigate pushy customers and service people and explore creative ways to respond when you’re met with a “No” and you want to hear a “Yes.” Helpful tips throughout provide additional strategies to improve your communications at home, at work, and in your free time."

3. Clutter-free home Living: The How-To
Rated 3.5 stars average from 5 reviews
Synopsis: "Wish you could get organized and STAY organized at home? Introducing “Clutter-Free Home Living: The How-To Guide," a Vook with easy instructions that will help you establish a cleaner, clearer living space, and save you time and money. Download it now and put an end to the cycle of constant clutter!
Researchers have found that we lose about a year of our lives looking for items we need. A clutter-free home not only makes you and your guests feel more comfortable, it also makes the things you need easier to find, literally saving you time and money. In eight chapters “Clutter-Free Home Living: The How-To Guide” highlights the important reasons to get your house in order and how to do it. You’ll learn step-by-step how you can better organize areas that tend to attract clutter, such as your kitchen, bathroom, and closets, putting you back on track. You’ll also discover how to organize items such as gadgets and electronics that tend to go missing when you need them most, and how to purge the items that you don’t really need.
Get this Vook and take control of your home and life from now on!"
I hope you enjoyed this week's newsletter. We'll have more great deals and free books to keep you going next week.

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