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Don’t Ignore The Special Offers On Your Kindle or Kindle Fire

September 2, 2013
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Don’t Ignore The Special Offers On Your Kindle or Kindle Fire

When you buy a Kindle or Kindle Fire, you can get it “with special offers” at a discount price, or without special offers at the full price. If you buy the “with special offers” model, you will see ads on the startup/unlock screen of your device, and may see ads on your device screensaver....

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Tell Amazon How Much You Want To Pay By Buying Discounted Instant Videos

August 15, 2013
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Tell Amazon How Much You Want To Pay By Buying Discounted Instant Videos

How Does Amazon Decide What A “Normal” Price Should Be For Digital Content? Amazon is unbelievably good at knowing what consumers are willing to pay for things, and that’s because Amazon has amassed a HUGE database of information about its customers’ purchases. Amazon analysts can run reports that will show them at a glance...

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When Whispersync For Voice Makes Sense

August 8, 2013
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When Whispersync For Voice Makes Sense

I am a HUGE fan of the audiobook. As a single mom with two kids who also has to work for a living, I’ve found I simply don’t have the time and quiet I require to read hard copy or ebooks anymore, but that doesn’t mean I’ve given up books. Instead, I’ve turned to...

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Highlights From Today’s BookGorilla Free & Bargain Email Alert

July 2, 2013
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Highlights From Today’s BookGorilla Free & Bargain Email Alert

BookGorilla is a terrific, FREE service that allows you to indicate what types of books you’re interested in, then sends you an email once per day containing free and bargain Kindle books from the categories you’ve specified, up to a maximum number you get to set. Here are some highlights from my own BookGorilla...

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Are Ebooks Killing The Paperback?

June 21, 2013
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Are Ebooks Killing The Paperback?

As ebooks continue to rise in popularity, ominous rumblings are coming out of mainstream publishing houses, predicting the imminent death of the paperback. But do those publishers have a hidden agenda for wanting to advance this notion? Maybe, and as usual, it’s all about the money. From a Slate article published on that site...

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Kindle Book Spotlight: Top Ten Literary Sociopaths

June 18, 2013
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Kindle Book Spotlight: Top Ten Literary Sociopaths

LitReactor recently published its list of Literature’s Ten Most Disturbing Sociopaths, and you may be surprised by some of the entries here. 10. Becky Sharp — Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray “Becky is what the hip-hop crowd would refer to as a natural-born hustler. An orphan whose goal is to increase her social...

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Joe Hill’s Horns – Only Partly A Supernatural Thriller

February 25, 2013
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Joe Hill’s Horns – Only Partly A Supernatural Thriller

After reading Joe Hill’s ghost story thriller Heart-Shaped Box and thoroughly enjoying it, I was happy to dive into Hill’s Horns (4/5 stars, currently priced at $7.99). Unfortunately, for me, it proved to be a disappointment. Not because of any lack of quality in the writing, but because most of the book doesn’t match its description....

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Music Spotlight: Best Breakup Albums

February 13, 2013
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Music Spotlight: Best Breakup Albums

There’s nothing like blasting a good breakup album to make you feel a whole lot better about being alone on Valentine’s Day, or at least like you’re not really alone at all in being single. And there’s no one like a talented songwriter to put the misery and anger of a hard breakup to...

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How Do You Take Your Sherlock Holmes?

February 7, 2013
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How Do You Take Your Sherlock Holmes?

Over the past few years, there’s been a huge resurgence in Sherlock Holmes’ popularity. Whether it’s because the Victorian England setting is newly hip thanks to steampunk, or it’s simply the next major literary classic to be embraced by writers and filmmakers (see Wicked / Wizard of Oz, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies / Pride & Prejudice,...

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Start Switching To Digital Video NOW, While You Can Still Sell Your Discs

February 6, 2013
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Start Switching To Digital Video NOW, While You Can Still Sell Your Discs

This is a cross-post from KF on KND Editor in Chief April L. Hamilton’s new site, The Digital Media Mom, and it is reprinted here in its entirety with her permission. Digital Video: It’s The Last Video Format You’ll Ever Buy As a matter of fact, it’s the only video format you’ve been buying...

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