More excellent $2 ebooks on Amazon

Amazon has been offering great deals on ebooks lately. Here are some books I've read and recommend, priced at $1.99.

The Martian and Station Eleven are both $1.99 as Kindle ebooks today


Two novels I enjoyed very much are on sale right now on Amazon for $1.99 each: The Martian by Andy Weir, and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Both novels are thrilling survival stories about people who do their best to overcome desperate conditions. Read the rest

Amazon Fire Phone on sale for $130 (includes a year of Prime worth $99)


I thought I was getting a good deal when I bought an unlocked Amazon Fire phone in July for $159, which includes a year of Prime (worth $99), a nice pair of headphones and a USB charger. But Amazon is selling it today for $130. So if you are a Prime member or want to be one, $30 buys you a decent spare phone, music player, Netflix streamer, Kindle reader, and more. Read the rest

Upgrading my Kindle Voyage to use the Bookerly font


It is no secret that I absolutely love my Kindle Voyage. Upgrading to the much anticipated Bookerly font was a pain.

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My kids-and-grownups project book, Maker Dad, on sale for Kindle: $1.99


My book, Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects is just $2 as a Kindle right now. Read the rest

Amazon will pay authors based on number of e-book pages read


Authors who self-publish through Amazon’s KDP Select Program will start getting paid based on the number of book pages that are read, as opposed to how many books are borrowed through two different Kindle services. Read the rest

Kindle Paperwhite gets high-dpi display, better type

Amazon's upgraded the $119 Kindle Paperwhite to have the same screen resolution (300ppi) as the $199 Kindle Voyage—a good deal if you've been waiting on a cheaper option for non-jaggy text. It also comes with a better typesetting engine and Bookerly, the company's new typeface.

I've been meaning to upgrade to one or the other—is there any reason at all now to go with the Voyage? Read the rest

The Kindle finally gets typography that doesn't suck


Bookerly is much more bookerly than the old Kindle typefaces. Read the rest

Kindle Original vs Kindle Voyage

Jason Weisberger finally upgraded. Did seven years make much difference? The answer will probably not surprise you, but the details might.

Tiny wearable camera, rubber band loom, Picklemeister [Gadgets 005]

In each episode of Gadgets the editors and friends of Boing Boing recommend technology they love and use. This time Xeni, Jason, and Mark talk about superior shoelace replacements, a rubber band loom, a wearable camera, a krautmaker, a handheld marine VHF radio, and a fitness tracker with a 1-year battery. Plus a great website for finding free fonts.

DMQZ - post apocalyptic crime novel, free Kindle

I just grabbed DMQZ, a free Kindle novel, on a recommendation. Sounds a bit like the excellent Last Policeman.

In the wake of the global pandemic known as the "little dormouse," the line between the Safe Zone and the Quarantine Zone divides New York City. The shores and waters of the East River are the "DMQZ," the uninhabited area that separates uninfected Manhattan from the slowly dying borough of Brooklyn.

Jacob Hale is a Manhattan police officer rising in the ranks of the Safe Zone military government until a bank heist gone wrong lands him on suspension and under suspicion. On a quest to clear his good name, Hale finds himself drawn into a web of conspiracy, terrorism, and revolt - and into the orbit of a mysterious woman who may be the key to it all.

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Itsy Bitsy - free horror ebook by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Itsy Bitsy is a free 78-page Kindle story by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Swedish horror writer of Let the Right One In. I have not read it yet, but from the description below it sounds like a paparazzo gets punished, so I am looking forward to reading it. A young celebrity lives on my street and the paparazzi tear up and down it like maniacs. One day they are going to kill a pedestrian.

Destined to become a modern classic, the short story Itsy Bitsy is guaranteed to make you think twice before you take a picture of someone in a bikini. In this creepy shocker, horror author superstar John Ajvide Lindqvist gives new meaning to punishing the paparazzi.
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MAD #1 is free as a Kindle e-book

My friend Jon Lebkowsky (an editor at bOING bOING and the co-founder of Fringe Ware) says, "Your Popeye post sent me to Amazon, where I discovered you can acquire old original issues of Mad Magazine (and various other comics, including Batman #1 and Superman #1) for the Kindle. Best of all, Mad #1 is free!" (It's also free on Comixology) Read the rest

Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic, a Kindle Serial

Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic by David J. Schwartz is the first Kindle Serial I've tried. Serials are one time purchases that are then delivered as the author writes shorter installments. They hold the hope of performing like a radio drama for me.

Kindle user claims Amazon deleted whole library without explanation

When your Kindle is wiped by Amazon without explanation, refund, or appeal, it's time to wake up and realize the truth: ebook readers treat you as a tenant-farmer of your books, not an owner. You have no rights, only a license-agreement that runs to thousands of words, and that you'll never fully satisfy.

Kindle Paperwhite reviewed

Joshua Topolsky, representing the consensus: "Amazon wants to make great reading devices for the masses, and with the Paperwhite, they just took the game to a whole new level." Read the rest

"Start reading Why the Kindle Will Fail on your Kindle"

Rick Munarriz's 2007 Why the Kindle will Fail is now free of charge to Prime members. [Amazon via John Moltz] Read the rest

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