OK, I’m sitting here during lunch staring at the walls and randomly thinking of stuff I really meant to post about this week, but the Time Bandits visited and stole away all of my “spare” time (it’s been awhile, probably when I worked at the failed dot.com 10+ years ago since I have even uttered the Time Bandits phrase). I’ve been pretty busy over the last few weeks working on a major project I’ll discuss in a later post, so I have a lot of catching up to do.
So, here are some random thoughts as you are wondering about what to read next as well as what to give as a last-minute Christmas gift (and I know most of you have a few more things you “need” to purchase).
Free Books in Amazon Kindle Store
There continues to be 300 – 400 new free books per day offered in the Amazon Kindle store: it’s way more than I can tell you about in individual, or even a summarized series of posts. What I’ve been doing is looking through the new offerings each morning and trying to cull out the ones with little to no user ratings as well as a an attempt to provide a good mixture of genres so that there aren’t, as an example, 10 romance titles in one day (I’m also putting an effective ban on Vampire books – how many twists and deviations from the Twilight series can there be in this world?).
I may miss some that would interest you, primarily because a particular book may not have made my non-scientific cut of focusing on highly-rated books. That’s why I created the search link so you can see all of the free non-public domain books being offered in the Amazon Kindle store. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: bookmark the link below:
I’ve received a couple of comments from people saying the books I am posting about as free aren’t free by the time they check out the offer. Long-time readers will understand this next comment, but you need to verify the book is still free after you click on the link in my posts: there is no published schedule indicating how long a book will be offered for free – sometimes it lasts less than an hour, and sometimes a book will be offered for free for a couple of years (seriously). I’ve been guilty of clicking the “buy” button without checking to see if the price is still free, also, so I understand how it can be frustrating!
Kindle Shipping Guaranteed Before Christmas
If you get your order in before 8:00 Pacific time today, Amazon will ensure delivery no later than December 24th, and shipping is free. You can always pay more for one day shipping and have it by tomorrow (Thursday), but I do like the sound of free. Here are links to the four new Kindles announced in September 2011 (and allegedly most popular for giving this year)
- Kindle Fire – a full-color, 7” multi-touch with WiFi for $199 – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kindlefiretablet with your computer’s web browser to see it
- Kindle Touch 3G: a 6” Kindle with free worldwide 3G and WiFi for $149 – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kindletouch3g to see it
- Kindle Touch WiFi: a 6” Kindle with WiFi for $99 – click here or type in Kindle Touch WiFi to see it
- Kindle (new for 2011): a 6” Kindle with Wifi for $79 – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kindlefall2011 to see it.
Amazon Gift Cards
Gentlemen, this section is for you (and me, since I just did this personally 15 minutes ago):
As a stereotypical guy, I love the beauty and simplicity of gift cards. With Amazon’s gift cards, I could theoretically get one and print it out with my home computer and printer on Christmas Day before I went over for Christmas lunch and the recipient would not be the wiser to my procrastination unless I confessed to it (not that I would do that).
In addition to printing them out at anytime, they can be emailed to the recipient. Amazon is also offering free one-day shipping if you want one of the hard plastic cards and gift envelopes or boxes with your gift card. Here’s your link so you won’t miss it and have a mad Aunt Dottie who is wondering why you didn’t bring her a present this year: http://amzn.to/tPKzX3
Have a great rest of the afternoon-
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