Kindle First Books for September 2017

Every month, Amazon allows Prime members to download one upcoming book from one of Amazon’s imprints for free. Everyone else can purchase one book for $1.99. The books are chosen by Amazon’s editors. (These deals are for US customers only.)

This month’s books are:

The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series Book 1) by Andrew Mayne – Thriller

Mad City: The True Story of the Campus Murders That America Forgot by Michael Arntfield  – True Crime

The Designer by Marius Gabriel – Historical Fiction

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll – Suspense

A Beautiful Work In Progress by Mirna Valerio – Memoir

Happy Dreams by Jia Pingwa – Literary Fiction

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 October 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.

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Daily Links and Deals: Bookstagramming: It’s a thing

daily_links_1Today, a look at an the notion of posting book pictures on Instagram. Also, a lawsuit over manipulative upgrades to Windows 10, what Comcast thinks about streaming and a glimpse of how seductive (and dangerous) free Wi-Fi really is. In deals, Rock Band 4 bundles and savings on headphones.

Daily Links for Friday, July 29, 2016:

Comcast’s Still Not Sure There’s Any Money In This Whole “Streaming” Thing (The Consumerist) It seems abundantly clear that Comcast doesn’t get the whole streaming and cord-cutting thing….

Florida men sue Microsoft over ‘coerced’ upgrades to Windows 10 (Computer World) Is this going to have the impact of the Internet Explorer case? This will be an interesting one to watch.

Bookstagramming: It’s a thing (Crain’s Chicago Business) Even people who only read ebooks (like me) like pretty pictures of books. What’s not to love? PS: It doesn’t necessarily indicate digital fatigue.

The dangerous cost of ‘free’ Wi-Fi  (PC World) It might surprise you to see just how willing people are to contact to a free Wi-Fi spot….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Bringing Delaney Home (A Cates Brothers Book) by Lee Kilraine.

In Today’s DealsRock Band 4 – Band In A Box Bundle and select AKG Over the Ear and JBL In-Ear Headphones.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Reawakened by Colleen Houck. The Romance Daily Find is Sit, Stay, Love by Dana Mentink.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Everything I Left Unsaid A Novel by M. O’Keefe. The Extra Daily Deal is Radio Shangri-La
What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth by Lisa Napoli.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm.

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book Deals.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


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Tor.com starts ebook club, offers free book monthly

three-bodyScience Fiction publishing imprint Tor has announced the start of a book club for SF/F ebooks. And to make it really, really easy for you to join in, they are giving away a free ebook every month.

The new program started July 11 and the first book is Hugo and Nebula Award nominated The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu. Books are available in both mobi and epub formats. The book is a free download through July 17, 2016.

This is a good value. :)The Three-Body Problem is currently $9.99 on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. And FYI: All of Tor’s books are DRM free so they should be readable on any device that reads mobi or epub files.

You can participate in book discussions on Tor.com, The next new book will be available August 1, 2016.

The fine print: This offer is only available in the US and Canada due to territorial restrictions. You must sign up for the Tor ebook club newsletter to participate. Even if you already receive the regular Tor newsletter, you still have to sign up separately for the ebook club list in order to get the link for the free book.  Each book is available as a free download for only one week.

For more info or to sign up for the newsletter, see Tor’s ebook club page here.

Free Microsoft Ebooks (2016 Edition)

ms_booksIt is that time of year again. Every year, Microsoft’s Eric Ligman, Director of Sales Excellence, offers free Microsoft ebooks on his blog. The books offered come from various authors and publishers and consist of tech books, how to resources and reference guides for Microsoft productls.

Titles are mostly PDFs with some EPUB, MOBI, Zip, and DOCX formats as well. Formats vary according to title. Topics include:

  • Windows 10
  • Office 365
  • Office 2016
  • Power BI
  • Azure
  • Windows 8.1
  • Office 2013
  • SharePoint 2016
  • SharePoint 2013
  • Dynamics CRM
  • PowerShell
  • Exchange Server
  • System Center
  • Cloud
  • SQL Server
  • and many more….

The giveaway started on July 10 and doesn’t list an end date, so I don’t know how long these will remain free. There is more info on Ligman’s blog here.

Daily Links and Deals: How Does Age Affect Reading?

daily_links_1Today’s stories include a look at how age affects our reading habits (the answers may surprise you), news about how Hulu tracks piracy to decide what shows to purchase and a free book of political cartoons to enjoy! In deals, there are savings on Harmony remotes and Omron blood pressure montiors. There are also Mother’s Day deals for e-readers that include the Kobo Glo HD and Amazon Kindles and Fire tablets.

Daily Links for Saturday, April 30, 2016:

Hulu tracks pirates to decide what to buy (Torrent Freak) Well, that way they are sure that there’s and audience for the material.

How Does Age Affect Reading? (DBW) Are you more or less likely to finish that book at you get older?

National Archives (U.S.) Publishes Ebook Featuring Political Cartoons, Now Available Online (Free) (Infodocket) As a lover of political cartoons, I couldn’t resist this one.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals features several series, and includes Poor Man’s Fight (Poor Man’s Fight Series Book 1) by Elliott Kay for $3.99. All of todays books are also in  Kindle Unlimited.

In Today’s Deals, savings on Select Refurbished Logitech Harmony Remotes and an Omron 7 Series Wireless Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor (Model BP654) Clinically Proven Accurate with Bluetooth Smart Connectivity.

There’s still time for gifts for Mother’s Day! Amazon has some deals on both e-ink Kindles and Fire tablets. First, you can get $20 off the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle for Kids bundle.  Amazon is also offering the Fire HD 10 for $50 off for a limited time.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6, and deals on pre-owned Fire tablets. I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order. Current delivery date is June 1, 2016.

You can also take advantage of a trade-in offer from Amazon on your old Fire tablet. The clock is ticking on this offer. Trade-in must be completed by May 9, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Lady Mercy Danforthe Flirts with Scandal by Jayne Fresina for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is NOS4A2 by Joe Hill for $1.99.

And for Mother’s Day, you can get $20 off the Kobo Glo HD. Free shipping is included.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross for $1.99.

Google has a selection of pulse-pounding mysteries for $1.99 each.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: Google’s $149 Nik Collection photo editing software is now available for free

daily_links_1There are a lot of interesting stories today: Exercise bikes in libraries, Digital warfare, Netflix and even free photo editing software. There are also a couple of important security notices to be aware of. Today’s deals include Comic books, Ray Bradbury classics Kobo book deals and delas at Barnes and Noble on NOOK-branded Samsung tablets.

Daily Links for Friday, March 25, 2016:

Students sweat it out and study on library exercise bikes (USA Today) Get fit and read ant the same time. This is a win-win.

The Unseen Threat of Digital Warfare (Time) Thought-provoking read on our approach to digital security.

Google’s $149 Nik Collection photo editing software is now available for free (Techcrunch) While there may be implications to Google making this free, for right now, let’s just enjoy the free editing software!

Netflix throttles video on AT&T and Verizon to keep users under data caps (Ars Technica) Netflix wants to make sure we don’t blow through our data limits.

Amazon shows you how to make an Echo with Raspberry Pi (Engadget) Notable because the info comes from Amazon, but it sure seems easier to just buy one….

A new exploit gives hackers near-total control of any Mac (The Next Web) Uh-oh. We are seeing more and more exploits for Macs.

New ransomware abuses Windows PowerShell, Word document macros (ComputerWorld) This seems to be targeting enterprise systems.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Trust No One: A Thriller by Paul Cleave for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Batman vs. Superman: The Greatest Battles (NOOK Comic with Zoom View) by Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Jeph Loeb, Joe Kelly for $3.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney for $2.99

Barnes and Noble is running several promotions” First, you can take 50% or more off teen bestseller Nook books. They are also running a special where you can get a NOOK Bundle Offer: 10″ NOOK Device, Free Screen Film and Free Cover of Your Choice- a $330+ Value for Just $199.99. And finally, you can take 25% off all Nook Accessories.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is On the Way to the Wedding (Bridgertons (Book #8) by Julia Quinn for $1.99.

In other deals, Kobo is having a Supersale, offering up to 80% off and  5X Super Points on all purchases. And, continuing through March 28, Kobo is still featuring  bestsellling memoirs for $2.99 and under.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Ray Bradbury’s classic I Sing the Body Electric and Other Stories for $1.99.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.