Valentines Day Kindle Device Deals

paperwhite_bwNothing says I love you like a new e-reader or tablet – well, for some of us anyway. ūüôā 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?

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Sunday Daily Deals: Amazon Tap, Kindle, Paperwhite deals

tap_chargeDeals of the Day for Sunday, August 12, 2016:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes over 20 top-rated Kindle books priced at up to 75% off.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 45% on Osprey Backpacks.¬†Also, for today only, get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap.

You can also get $20 off the basic Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite for a limited time.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find features the Travel Guide eBook Sale. The Romance Daily Find is for a selection of Romance Favorites, including books by Nora Roberts, Robyn Carr and more.

Kobo’s Daily Deal¬†is The Good Luck of Right Now¬†A Novel¬†by Matthew Quick. The Extra Daily Deal is¬†Good in Bed¬†by Jennifer Weiner.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Garden of Letters by Alyson Richman.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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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Amazon announces new Kindle

new_kindleIf you had looked at the Kindle product page over the last few days, you might have noticed that the basic Kindle was sold out. That tends to be somewhat unusual as they are generally consistently in stock. So maybe, combined with the rumors of a new device, it is really not that much of a surprise that today, Amazon announced an all-new Kindle with some pretty nifty features.

  • The new Kindle comes in both black and white. We haven’t had a white Kindle here in the US for a while.
  • The new device is slightly smaller and lighter than the previous model. It also has a slightly more rounded design
  • The new Kindle has 4GB of storage and twice the memory of the old one (it now has 512MB).
  • The device is Bluetooth enabled. This is an added accessibility feature¬†that readers who are visually impaired can use the VoiceView feature to navigate and read the on-screen content without the need for an adaptor. Hopefully, we will also see more Bluetooth compatible feature in the future – I want a foot switch for page turns so I can read and eat pizza! ūüôā
  • Over the coming weeks, Amazon will be adding an Export Notes feature. ¬†This will enable users to export their notes to a PDF file that can be printed out or exported to a spreadsheet.

Best of all, the price for the new Kindle is still $79.99 (with special offers, $89.99 without special offers). The new Kindle is available for pre-order now and is also being offered for 5 monthly payments of $16.00 payment plan. The e-reader will ship within the next few weeks.

Unlike the Kindle Paperwhite, the new Kindle does not have a built in light. Amazon also announced that the Paperwhite would also be available in white.

Daily Links and Deals: Twitter Can’t Figure Out Its Censorship Policy

daily_links_1Today, Twitter has a problem with its censorship policy and they need to sort it out. ¬†Also, Microsoft buys LinkedIn, there’s a big security flaw in Facebook Messenger and there’s a new app that wants to be the Instagram of books. In Deals, $150 off a Roomba and get $ off Amazon devices included the Alexa-enabled¬†Tap and Fire TV.

Daily Links for Monday, June 13, 2016:

Security researcher: Anyone can see links you share using Facebook Messenger (PC World) Private links publicly viewable… What’s wrong with this picture?

Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2 billion (ZD Net) This should be interesting….

Twitter Can’t Figure Out Its Censorship Policy (Motherboard) In the light of hate crimes like Orlando, Twitter¬†needs to figure this out pretty quickly.

Citigroup is suing AT&T for using one of the most common words in the English language (Quartz) And this is why we really need trademark law reform.

New App, Litsy, Aims To Be the Instagram of Books (Publishers Weekly) It will be interesting to see if this can actually be a real book discussion destination, rather than just a place to pitch books.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes the excellent Multiple Wounds by Alan Russell for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, a sale on the¬†iRobot Roomba 870 Vacuum Cleaning Robot.

Amazon is having a huge sale on devices! For a limited time, here’s what you can find:

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The New Age of Adventure: Ten Years of Great Writing by John Rasmus for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The American Heiress by Dorothy Eden for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal¬†is Windfallen¬†by Jojo Moyes for $1.99. The Extra Daily Deal is The Frost Maiden’s Kiss: The True Love Brides (Book 3)¬†by Claire Delacroix for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes two Inspector Devlin mysteries by Brian McGilloway, The Rising and The Nameless Dead. (99 cents each.)

Google has a selection of¬†Epic Sci-Fi & Fantasy that includes some Star Trek Voyager novelizations. ūüôā

(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.

Amazon Sells Kindle Audio Adapter separately

kindle_audio_adapterYesterday, ¬†Amazon ¬†announced the Kindle Audio Adapter ¬†and VoiceView for the Paperwhite. The dongle, which would help the visually impaired navigate menus and read via text-to-speech was only included in a special accessible Kindle Paperwhite bundle. As soon as the news came out about the new Kindle Audio Adapter yesterday, a flurry of posts started on Kboards, Mobileread and the Amazon forums with people saying¬†they wanted one. ¬†Well, it turns out Amazon didn’t keep us waiting too long! Today, the adapter is available for purchase separately for $19.99.

The adapter is compatible with VoiceView for Kindle on the Kindle Paperwhite Рthis is the 7th generation device.  It plugs into the micro-USB charging port on the Paperwhite. The device requires headphones which are not included with the dongle. It looks like you could also use a speaker with a 3.5mm jack for listening as well.

As I noted in my post yesterday, the battery life while using the adapter is only about 6 hours of continuous use and you will not be able to charge the Paperwhite while using the dongle.

Amazon notes that the adapter “Works with millions of Kindle books that are compatible with VoiceView.” It is not yet clear what that means – I have been spot checking and, while I find books with text-to-speech enabled, I haven’t yet seen any titles listed as VoiceView compatible. Amazon also note that the adapter “does not support music or audiobook playback.”

I ordered mine today to try it. Are you interested in trying the adapter? And have you seen any titles listed as VoiceView compatible?

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Sunday Daily Deals: Fire tablet for $40

Fire_50Today’s deals include $2 book deals, and Mother’s Day savings on Kindles, the Kobo Glo HD e-reader and deals on¬†Fire tablets, including the 7″ Fire for $40.

Deals of the Day for Sunday, May 1:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals is showing the same deals as yesterday, so here are 50 Kindle Book Deals for $2 Each to peruse.

Today’s Deals¬†include¬†a¬†Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 PSI 1.76 GPM Electric Pressure Washer, 14.5-Amp and a¬†Mr. Coffee BVMC-DMX85 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker.

Mother’s Day is only a week away! Amazon has some great deals on both e-ink Kindles and Fire tablets:

First, in e-ink Kindles, you can get $20 off the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle for Kids bundle. 

There are several promotions on Fire tablets. Today, the 7″ Fire (normally $49.99) is only $39.99.¬†Amazon is also offering savings on the¬†Fire HD 6¬†(8GB and 16 GB versions)¬†and¬†the Fire HD 10¬†is¬†$50 off for a limited time. There are also still¬†deals on¬†pre-owned Fire tablets.

And, yes, 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 All She Ever Wanted by Lynn Austin for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Forgetting August by J.L. Berg for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal¬†is¬†Coldheart Canyon¬†by Clive Barker 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 The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson for $1.99.

Google has a selection of Limited-Time 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.)


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.

5 Reasons Why I’m Not Buying a Kindle Oasis… Yet

oasisTomorrow is the official release Day for the Kindle Oasis. Although it may seem a surprising thing for a tech blogger to do, I have decided to wait before buying the latest hardware. And, also probably surprising, is the fact that price is not one of my reasons. ūüôā

So why am I waiting to see if I want to buy an Oasis¬†at all? ¬†Here’s my five reasons:

Battery Life:

According to Amazon, the current basic Kindle battery life is four weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off. The Paperwhite and the Voyage promise six weeks with wireless off and the light setting at 10. The Oasis specs indicate¬†“A single charge with cover [emphasis added] lasts up to eight weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10.”

But how is the battery on the device itself? According to most write-ups I’ve seen, the Oasis battery itself only last for two weeks and the rest of the battery life comes from the cover. That’s two weeks at 1/2 hour a day with the wireless turned off or approximately 7 hours if you are reading without the cover. That is a much shorter battery life than¬†the devices we have now. I do not want to pay more for a device with less battery life than its predecessor, at least if you want to use it without the cover. ¬†And what happens if that cover fails? (Which brings me to my next point.)

The Integrated Cover:

If you have read this blog for very long, one thing should be fairly obvious:  I am admittedly a device cover junkie. For every device I own, I have bought at least one cover. I gift devices along with a cover. I will buy a new cover just to spruce up my Kindle. I have them in all sorts of materials, styles and colors and in all price ranges. But generally speaking, I do not like Amazon covers. Part of this is based on my previous Amazon-integrated cover experience with the cover for the Kindle Keyboard. It is also the reason that I have concerns about an Oasis cover failure.

KK_cover_hooksIn 2010,  when Amazon came out with the third generation Kindle, now called the Kindle Keyboard, they designed an integrated leather cover that had hooks to hold the Kindle in place. This cover came in two styles: one with a light ($60 at the time) and one  without the light ($35). (At the time, 3rd party lights like the Kandle and the Mighty Bright were popular. This was before the Paperwhite, of course.) And it was a huge disaster.

It turned out that the hooks that went into the Kindle caused a electrical short that interfered with the Kindles in the version without a light. It caused a malfunction and a lot Kindles were deemed defective before they figured out the problem. ¬†I, of course, bought the¬†one without the light and wound up sending my first Kindle Keyboard back. AT one point, I think Amazon started refunding people who ¬†had bought the cases, but I wasn’t among that group. (I still have it: I pulled it out the week they announced the Oasis to take a picture.And if anybody wants it, let me know!)

Needless to sat, after that experience, I have never bought another Amazon cover and I am not wild about the idea of a battery operated cover from Amazon until I see how it holds up. I waited to buy the $50 Fire until third-party covers were available.

I have already written here about the concern some vegans have about the leather cover. I would really like to see a variety of 3rd party covers available for purchase. I will be curious to see if Amazon allows other companies to make covers for the devices or decide to keep the cover business for themselves.

Wireless problems with the Paperwhite and other devices:

One of the issues that has come up consistently with the the Fire tablets, Fire TV sticks and the Kindle Paperwhite has been a constant stream of complaints about the wireless connectivity of some of these devices.¬†I’ve experienced firsthand a tendency to disconnect from the internet and an inability to find certain wireless signals. I have read thread after thread of complaints like this one on the Amazon forums. Most people say that Amazon doesn’t acknowledge the problem. I had to change all my router setters to different channels just to get my Paperwhite¬†to work on WiFi.

Before I buy a new, more expensive Kindle, I want to know that people are not having  problems with the wireless on the first generation of the new device. I still see posts on this problem continuing with the Paperwhites.

Persistent build problem rumors on the first generation Paperwhite and  Voyage:

When both the first generation Paperwhite and the Kindle Voyage first came out, there were a lot of comments about the uneven light and off  colors displaying on the screen by the LEDs on the device. I still hear rumors about this problem with the Voyage, along with reports of bad pixels as well as pixels that are stuck on the screen.

This is not just a minor update. This is a totally redesigned device. But since that’s the case, and¬†particularly since¬†the¬†Oasis has a substantially higher price point than the previous models, I want to make sure that this is a really solid build. I don’t have a problem waiting for the Oasis 2 if this one has problems that need to be addressed.

Lack of improvements:

One of the curses of modern technology development is the concept of incremental hardware upgrades. Yes the Oasis has a few shiny new abilities. Buttons? Sure. Asymmetrical design and hibernation mode sound interesting. The accelerometer? Not such a big deal for me as I find the ones on the Fire tablets too sensitive for the slight angle that I read at in bed. And thinner? Meh. I am still going to want a cover to protect the device, even if it doesn’t have a battery. And thinness as the expense of battery life is not a good trade off in my opinion.

But what else doesn’t it have?Amazon still doesn’t have a waterproof e-reader. Are they ever going to bring back an e-ink reader with text to speech ability? I still want bluetooth capability so I can connect an external keyboard for notes in non-fiction books. I want to turn¬†pages without using my hands! I want more incremental font choice than the eight Amazon gives us. And¬†with my vision problems, I want weighted fonts that have more contrast for my eyes.

So yes, the Oasis has some good new features, but not enough right now to justify an expensive upgrade.

To be clear, this does not mean that I won’t buy the latest Kindle model. Before I paid $400 for my first generation Kindle back in early 2008, I actually spent several months reading reviews and feedback about the device. Since I had worked with technology for years, I wanted to make sure that I could live with it if the device quickly became obsolete or the quality wasn’t worth the price. ¬†And for what it’s worth, I passed on the Kindle Voyage. So for now, I will be watching reviews and customer forums very carefully to see if this is a device I want to spend my money on.

So how about you? If you bought one, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. If you decided not to buy,let me know that, too. Were your reasons the same as mine?

Kindle keyboard cover pix © Glinda Harrison/Ebook Evangelist