Kindle First Books for April 2017

Every month, Amazon allows Prime members to download one upcoming book from one of Amazon’s imprints for free. The books are chosen by Amazon’s editors. (These deals are for US customers only.)

This month’s books are:

Beach Lawyer (Beach Lawyer Series) by Avery Duff – Thriller

Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by Mark Sullivan – Historical Fiction

All the Lies We Tell (Quarry Road Book 1) by Megan Hart – Romantic Drama

Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman – Contemporary Fiction

Paper Boats by Dee Lestari, Tiffany Tsao – Coming of Age

A Small Revolution by Jimin Han – Literary Suspense

Previously, Amazon would allow you to download a second upcoming title for only $1.99. While that offer is no longer available, if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, all of these books will be available to read for free when they are released on May 1, 2017 as part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Prime members can also sign up to receive a monthly e-mail announcing new Kindle First picks.

Library ebook poll

Here’s a question for those of you who borrow ebooks from your library: When do you return them?

Edited to add: I am gathering info for a article on library hold times.

Kindle First Books for March 2017

hemingwaylEvery month, Amazon allows Prime members to download one upcoming book from one of Amazon’s imprints for free. The books are chosen by Amazon’s editors. (This is for US customers only.)

This month’s books are:

Previously, Amazon would allow you to download a second upcoming title for only $1.99. While that offer is no longer available, if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, all of these books will be available to read for free when they are released on April 1, 2017 as part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Prime members can also sign up to receive a monthly e-mail announcing new Kindle First picks.

Saturday Deals: Old Man’s War series, other John Scalzi titles

old_mans_warOkay, SF fans: Among today’s Daily Deals are some great bargains ($2.99 each) on titles by Hugo award-winning science fiction writer John Scalzi, including the absolutely amazing Old Man’s War series.

Available titles in the Old Man’s War series:

Other titles by Scalzi on sale include:

Most of the titles are also available on Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iBooks.

Goodreads adds rereading feature

reread_mainIf you are a Goodreads user who like to reread your favorite books, here’s some good news: Goodreads had finally added a feature to track rereading a book. This has been a highly requested feature on the site (I’ve personally requested it on several occasions).

With the new feature, you  can add a separate set of start and finish dates each time you re-read a book. The rereads also now count towards Reading Challenges as well.

The new feature was announced yesterday on the site’s blog and is in the process of rolling out to all users.

To see if you have the new feature, go to the page of a book you’ve read on Goodreads, click Edit in the My Activities section and scroll to the dates read section. It will say if the rereads are enabled. To use the feature, click the Add Read Date button. (See screenshot.)

reread_enabled

If you have been keeping track of your rereads via the “Number of Times Read” option or by using different editions to track rereads, the system will automatically add those to the section. I am going to try adding them in after the fact, since I did not track rereads because I could not enter dates.

Since I have actually missed completing more than one yearly reading challenge because I couldn’t count rereads, I am really excited to see this feature implemented. How about you?

Valentines Day Kindle Device Deals

paperwhite_bwNothing says I love you like a new e-reader or tablet – well, for some of us anyway. 🙂 If you are one of those people or know someone who is, Amazon had put its line of e-ink readers and most of the Fire tablets on sale. Prices average $20 or more off regular list prices.

Right now you can find the following at special pricing:

Basic Kindle ($20 off)
Paperwhite ($20 off)
Voyage ($20 off)

Fire Tablet ($10 off)
Fire Tablet Variety Pack ($20 off)
Fire Kid’s Edition ($20 off)

Kindle Essentials Bundle ($35 off)
Kindle for Kids Bundle ($20 off)
Kindle Paperwhite Bundle ($40 off)

Also note that most of these feature the option to purchase on a monthly payment plan.

So what do you think? Is a e-reader or a tablet a good Valentine’s gift?

Barnes and Noble sends customers email about defective charger (finally)

bn_adapterI have written several posts about the issues plaguing Barnes & Noble’s new $50 NOOK tablet. In December, malware was discovered by researchers on the tablet. The company countered that with an announcement stating that they had already corrected the malware issue. A few weeks later,  Barnes & Noble voluntarily recalled the tablets, stating that there was a defect in the power adapter included with the device.

Today, Barnes & Noble finally sent an email letting customers know about the defective power adapter that came with the $50 Barnes & Noble tablet.  (I received my email this morning.) It seems like Barnes and Noble was waiting for the replacement adapters to be available before contacting customers

According to the email, Barnes & Noble is voluntarily recalling the charger because the casing can break when plugged in to an electrical outlet and cause an electric shock.

The recalled adapter bears the model number TPA-95A050100UU and was sold with the $50 Nook 7′ tablet with model number BNTV450.

Barnes and Noble is offering a replacement adapter and a $5 gift card upon the return of the adapter. According to the email,

If you have the power adapter that came with the NOOK Tablet 7″, you should immediately stop using the power adapter and go to https://help.barnesandnoble.com/app/tablet7_adapter_replacement to register to participate in the recall. Barnes & Noble will provide you with a free replacement adapter along with a $5 Barnes & Noble gift card upon return of the recalled adapter. In the meantime, you can charge your NOOK Tablet 7″ by using your computer and a USB cable.

If you need additional assistance, please contact Barnes & Noble at (877) 886-5025 from 8am to 11pm ET, Monday through Friday, or 9am to 11pm ET on Saturday and Sunday, or visit our website atwww.barnesandnoble.com and click on “Product Recalls” listed at the bottom of the B&N.com home page for more information.

After I registered for the recall, I was told that I would receive a UPS return shipping label in the mail. Within minutes, I received an email with a link to print the label.

According to the instructions, after I return the defective adapter to the Returns Center, a replacement power adapter will be shipped out via UPS 2-Day Delivery and a $5 gift card will be included. Note that you must enter your device’s serial number to register for the recall.

As of this writing, the Nook 7″ tablet is still listed as unavailable on the Barnes and Noble website.

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