Thursday, 30 June 2011

Great Kindle Deals Newsletter - Thursday, 30th June 2011

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week's edition of Great Kindle Deals. It's already the end of June and summer is nearly here, so it's time for some great summer reads in this week's cheap and good books. In the news, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling has changed her tune with regards to e-books it seems...

1. Pottermore! - J. K. Rowling, author of the "Harry Potter" series of books and one of the wealthiest women in the UK, has announced that she will be releasing e-book versions of the Harry Potter series starting this Autumn. A website entitled "Pottermore" will be launched in October, "a free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books." Entry to the site will be free and there will be no subscription charges. Rowling describes it as her chance to give back to her fans. E-books will be a paid-for option on the website.

However, the e-books will ONLY be available via Pottermore, meaning they won't be available for purchase in the Kindle Store. The e-books will be DRM-free meaning they may be put onto any supported device as many times as you want. Whether the Kindle willl be a supported device remains unclear. Understandably, retailers are fuming.

The BBC reports that "retailers have criticised the move, with Waterstone's saying that physical bookshops were "effectively banned" from selling the digital editions. A Pottermore spokesman said: "The decision to make e-books exclusive to the site was to ensure ease of availability across all reading devices and to the widest possible audience."

Cheap books:
1. The Beach by Alex Garland - £3.99
Rated 4 stars average from 5 reviews
Synopsis: "Late at night in a seedy hotel, Richard is drawn into a strange conversation with a fellow guest. Through a narrow strip of mosquito netting he hears for the first time of a secret beach, and island Garden of Eden hidden somewhere in the scattered islands of a Thai marine park. The next morning, Richard finds a map pinned to his door, and the man who put it there has slashed his wrists. The challenge is irresistible, and Richard sets off on a perilous journey in search of Shangri-La."

2. Too Proud to be Bought - £2.19
Rated 4 stars average from 2 reviews
Synopsis: "The humble waitress and the Russian billionaire… Waitress Zara Evans doesn’t belong in glittering high society. That is until she finds herself unexpectedly at an exclusive party and manages to captivate the most soughtafter man in the room – Russian oligarch Nikolai Komarov – by attracting his undivided attention… For Nikolai, there’s something about Zara’s beauty that makes her stand out from the firstclass crowd. Experience has taught him all women have their price, but he has never encountered anyone like Zara – a young woman who is too proud, too independent, too wilful to be bought…"

3. The Emporer's Gold - £1.00
Rated 4.5 stars average from 13 reviews

Synopsis: "July 1805: The armies of France have only to sail to England to complete Napoleon’s domination over Europe. Britain is militarily weak, politically divided, unsettled by her rioting poor. Into this feverish environment comes a dead man. Pulled half-drowned from a shipwreck, his past erased, Tom Roscarrock is put to work for the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey, a shadowy Government bureau. He is thrown into a bewildering world of political intrigue and violence. In France, a plan is underway to shatter the last of England’s stability. In England, the man who recruited Roscarrock has disappeared, his agents keep turning up dead, and reports of a secret French fleet are panicking the authorities.

His life in danger and his motives increasingly suspect, Roscarrock must pursue the complex conspiracy across England and then into the heart of Napoleon’s France, there to confront the greatest mystery of all. The Emperor’s Gold is the first in a series of historical espionage thrillers taken from the newly-uncovered archives of the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey."

Free books:
1. The Awakened [Book 1] by Jason Tesar
Rated 4.5 stars average from 3 reviews
Synopsis: " Over five thousand years ago, a renegade faction of angels abandoned the spiritual realm and began their inhabitation of earth. Worshiped as gods for their wisdom and power, they corrupted the realm of the physical and forever altered the course of history. Amidst the chaos of a dying world, a lone voice foretold the awakening of a warrior who would bring an end to this evil perpetrated against all of creation. But with the cataclysmic destruction of earth and rebirth of humanity, the prophecy went unfulfilled and eventually faded from the memory of our kind—until now!"

2. Chief Cook and Bottle Washer by Rita Hestand
Rated 5 stars average from 1 review
Synopsis: " Emma Smith hadn't been straight with her new boss, but he hadn't given her much of a chance to explain. Trapped in her own lies and uncertainties Emma was running in fear of losing her baby. Deke Travers, oldest son on the 4 Bar None Ranch, needed one thing to make his life more peaceful, his brothers to settle down and get with the business of ranching. There was only one solution, marry them off to country girls. And Emma will be the first bride on the 4 Bar None Ranch."

3. The Arrival by Nicole MacDonald
Rated 4 stars average from 5 reviews
Synopsis: " Cat, Kassie, Sian and Loi are anything but damsels in distress. Fed up with a lack of decent male specimens they cast a love spell in the hopes of finding their soul-mates. And inadvertently land themselves on another planet.

The Arrival, follows the girls' adventures as they stumble through a foreign and often hostile world where humans are NOT at the top of the food chain. Friendships are forged and love teeters on the horizon while the threat of civil war looms thanks to the girls' very unexpected 'gifts'. Will the girls master these gifts in time to survive a war in which, not only are they the ultimate weapons, but also the ultimate prize?"

I'll see you next week with more Great Kindle Deals.

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