Kindle First rebrands to First Reads, still offers free one out of six

It’s a new month, it’s December 2017, and one of the many things a new month brings is a new installment of the Kindle First program, a benefit for Prime members that allows them to pick one “kinda pre-release” e-book from a choice of six, and read it right away. All these six e-books will be officially released January 1st in 2018 for everyone. Non-Prime members can purchase one of the six for $2.

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Most of Dynamite comics up to 50% off with coupon

Comixology has a lot of sales like most retailers. Most of them you can find by simple browsing the pages, but a few of them have coupon codes which are not advertised on their website. One such coupon is buried in a long Black Friday email from them.

The coupon is for Dynamite comics, using coupon code DE50 in the shopping cart, you can get up to 50% almost everything. Titles released after 10/25/17 are excluded, and there might be some other exclusions.

Blomkamp³ Limited Edition Collection for $13

This is a great deal! Three great scifi movies (okay, 2.5 since Matt Damon is in one of them), the Blomkamp³ Limited Edition Collection on blu-ray is on sale again, going for $13 at amazon.com with up to five sets per customer at this sale price. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order.

This set is encased in a 64-page digibook, with additional features on District 9 and Elysium found on the discs. Chappie has an hour of extras, including an alternate ending.

The set averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 141 customer reviews. It is in the list of things to get when I place my next Amazon order! Nom-nom!

Kindle First November 2017 options are up!

Another month has arrived, and with it we have six more previously unreleased e-book choices for Prime members as part of the Kindle First program. As usual, you can pick one of the six for FREE and start reading it right now. The rest of the ebooks you can buy starting December 1st. Most of them will end up in Kindle Unlimited.

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2-Year Prepaid Kindle Unlimited for $6/month [$144 one time payment]

If you love reading the millions of e-books now found in the Kindle Unlimited (KU) program, Amazon is running a sale on prepaid subscriptions as part of their 10-year anniversary.

A two year prepaid KU subscription drops to $144 in the shopping cart. There’s no coupon to enter, it just magically drops from $240 to $144 in the shopping cart (40% off). This comes out to $6 per month when you do the math ($144 divided by 24). The regular month-to-month price for Kindle Unlimited it $10 per month.

As expected, the 1-year prepaid plan has a smaller discount, it is 33% off, so the $120 one-time annual fee drops to $80, which averages to $6.67 per month.

These prices are only for this prepaid subscription term. Renewals will be at the regular prices.

1-Year Prepaid Audible Subscription for $100

If you love audiobooks and the way Audible runs their service, you are in luck! Good until 10/25/17, Amazon is offering a prepaid 1-year Audible subscription for $100 as a one-time payment as part of their Kindle 10-Year Anniversary sale. This gets you 12 audiobook credits. This makes it $8.33 per audiobook.

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The Beer Bible e-book for 99c [600+ pages]

If you like beer and e-books [ha!], then you may be interested in this! For a limited time, the Kindle e-book for “The Beer Bible: The Essential Beer Lover’s Guide” by Jeff Alworth is on sale for just $0.99 for the Kindle at Amazon!

That’s 656 pages for this August 2015 publication, so you are getting over 6.5 pages per penny. That’s pretty good in terms of “grocery value” 🙂 Of course books are not sold by the word, but this averages a very respectable 4.7 out of 5 based on 150 customer reviews. It also has hardcover and softcover versions which obviously go for a lot more.

This is not a daily deal, so the expiration time and date for it is unknown to me.

Kindle 10 Year Anniversary deals start Monday 10/23/17

Grab your e-readers! Starting Monday October 23 in 2017, Amazon will be celebrating (okay, sale-a-brating) the Kindle 10 Year Anniversary with a variety of sales. The teaser on the page right now says “Save on All Things Kindle”, so I’m guessing it’s gonna e-books and e-readers and accessories and such.

PRO TIP: since there are gonna be lots of e-book deals, you may want to proactively refill your Amazon account balance with an e-gift card, so when you start scooping up e-book temptations, your credit card statement won’t be filled up with $0.99 and $1.99 and $2.99 transactions. The Amazon balance / gift-cards have no expiration date, so you can use them now or 200 years from now 🙂

I always do this, and when I make a regular non-ebook purchase, I adjust the payment method settings in the shopping cart, so it won’t use up my gift card balance. Because if it does, I would have to fill it up again, that’s more work than change a payment setting during checkout 🙂

Connect Two Services to Movies Anywhere, Get FIVE FREE MOVIES

A new movie library syncing and playback service expanded out of Disney’s Movies Anywhere. It’s the new Movies Anywhere service that includes Disney along with four other major studios (Sony, WB, 20th Century, Universal).

Movies purchased on Vudu, iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video, or Digital Copy or Ultraviolet movies redeemed through those services, from those participating studios, are now able to get synced across those services and also into the Movies Anywhere app/service. (which can also play those movies by the way – unlike that darned Ultraviolet mess).

We have for you a step by step guide, with some screenshots too, on how to setup and connect Movies Anywhere. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here or there.

For a limited time, in an attempt to encourage more people to sign up for the service, Movies Anywhere is offering up to five free movies if you connect one or two services to it.

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New Kindle First Pick program: discounted hardcover for Prime members

Amazon is expanding their Kindle First program with a new twist – the new “Kindle First Pick” program that offers a new release book at a hardcover discount. You can find it at the top of the Kindle First page.

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More Apple eBook Settlement Credits are Coming! [updated]

UPDATE 10/18/17 at 12:40pm ET
I just got an email from Amazon that they added a $0.38 settlement credit to my account. I don’t know if everyone gets the same amount or if this is a percentage based on qualifying purchases made…

You can check your credit balance at Amazon’s Settlement page

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Free 1-Month Trial of Xfinity Instant TV for existing customers

Comcast (Xfinity) has been taking the challenge from cable-alternatives more seriously lately. They launched their own Xfinity Mobile cellphone service, and now they are going after the various cordcutter streaming services like SlingTV and YouTube TV with their own service, “Xfinity Instant TV”.

Just like their mobile service, they are targeting it towards their own existing customers, for example internet-only Xfinity customers who don’t want to sign up for their evil Triple Play money traps 🙂

If you are an existing Xfinity customer, check your Xfinity emails (yes, you have an email account with them – it’s your account you use to login), you may find an offer for a free 1-month free trial, and then $19/month. Of course this is a very skinny bundle, they are very stingy with their channels 🙂

I am planning to try out most if not all of the various streaming services in the next few months. I’m waiting for them to improve their DVR offerings (except for YouTube TV everybody else is a disaster) or make Roku apps available and things like that.

MP3 Audiobook: “No Time to Lose” by Pema Chordon for $9.49

If you prefer to get audiobooks in DRM-free mp3 format (instead of the DRM of Audible), you can get the audiobook “No Time To Lose” by Pema Chordon for just $9.49 on Google Play. This runs over 12 hours long. The mp3 files are organized in audio CD format, each audio CD is transferred to a single mp3 file, so you get 11 hourlong+ (on average) mp3 files.

This is not narrated by Pema Chodron, but by a Better Listen narrator. It is a reading of this ebook which averages 4.6 out of 5 based on nearly 80 customer reviews at Amazon.

Unless you have free Audible credits, this is a very very good price for the audiobook!

FREE Upstanders on Audible and Prime Video

If you like listening to or watching inspirational stories, Season 2 of the Starbucks commissioned “Upstanders” series is now out! You can watch it in various ways online, but they also have an audiobook version of this series, you can get both season 1 and 2 for FREE as Audible audiobooks. All you need is an Audible/Amazon account, you don’t need a paying Audible membership.

If you prefer to watch this as a long-form documentary, and if you are a Prime member, Season 2 is available to watch for FREE through Prime Video

Another $5 off Google Play Books promotion is up!

Google does not have an e-ink e-reader and does not have a modern tablet in its line-up, except for the variations on a PixelBook theme. So they have to work extra hard to convince hardcore e-book readers to buy and read ebooks off their service.

Which is perhaps one of the reasons why they have the recurring promotion that gets you $5 off an eBook purchase of $5+. A new promotion just went live, good until mid-January 2018. This is separate from the existing promotion that runs until October 12 (2017).

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