Kindle First options for May 2018 are here (six options)

It’s another month, and with it we have a new selection of Kindle First options for Prime members. As before, you can select one of the six available pre-release e-books and start reading it immediately. Almost all of these end up in Kindle Unlimited, so if you have a membership there (short term or longer term) you can eventually read them all.

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Add HBO to your Hulu subscription for $5/mo for half a year

If you are curious about Hulu AND also want to have a six month HBO subscription at a very nice discount, you are in luck! Hulu has a special offer. You can add HBO to your Hulu subscription for $5 per month for six months in a row. HBO’s stand alone subscription (eg HBO Now) is $15 per month, so this is pretty good!

Hulu subscriptions start at $8/month for the Limited Commercials plan. The offer works on any of the Hulu plans from the aforementioned $8/mo Limited Commercials all the way to the Live TV plan.

Check the terms and conditions over there for the details and restrictions.

Kindle First options for April 2018 are here: pick 1 out of 6

One of the signs that a new month is here is the arrival of a fresh six packs of e-books under the Kindle First umbrella. Well, the new name is “Amazon First Reads” because they are actually “Hardcover First” but Prime members can get one of those six for FREE in the Kindle format…

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Rent (HD) for 99c: “The Foreigner” with Jackie Chan

If you are planning to have free time to watch a movie in the next 30 days (it may sound like a joke, but a number of digital movie rentals expire unused), and you have 99c to spare, or you have Amazon digital credit or store credit, for a limited time Amazon is offering digital rentals of “The Foreigner” with Jackie Chan and Pierce Bronsan for $0.99.

Once you rent the movie, you have 30 days to begin watching it. Once you begin watching it, you have 48 hours to finish. You can watch it as many times as you want during that 48 hour time period. If you don’t start watching it, there is no refund. Hollywood wins 🙂

Rent any HD Movie at Google Play for $2 [YMMV]

A number of interesting movie have become available for rental recently (Jumanji, Ragnarok, Last Jedi, Shape of H20, etc), so if you are using Google Play, check the website or app of the store while logged on to your Google account – you may find an offer that lets you rent any HD movie for $1.99. Newly released movies go as high as $6, so that’s quite a discount!

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YMMV $3 Kindle store credit towards select ebooks

Check your Amazon emails if you are a Kindle ebook reader! You may have received an email that offers you a $3 store credit that can be used towards 28 specific ebook titles. The majority of these ebooks are $3.99 or $4.99, so you’d be getting one of them for 99c or $1.99, or free if you are “slow shipping credits” in your account.

All of them are “Kindle Unlimited” ebooks (which is probably what gives Amazon flexibility to do a promotion like this since the big media publishers are too uptight), but they are among the top rated or most read. I recognize a handful of them…

Remember, you can’t get the $3 off discount from the website above. You need to have receive an email from Amazon offering you this $3 off promotion…

FREE: The Darkness II until Wedn 3pm ET

If it’s FREE, why not get it! Good until Wednesday at 3pm eastern, Humble Bundle is offering the game the Darkness II for FREE! You have to link your Steam account to Humble Bundle for claiming and redemption. It is free to create a Steam account. This is made by 2K Games with a rolling 91% rating at Steam.

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Comixology coupon: $5 off $15+ until 3/29/18

If there are any digital comic books you’d live to purchase that rarely go on sale, this is a good opportunity to buy them. Good until 3/29/18 at 11:59pm, coupon code SPRINGFIVE gets you $5 off a purchase of $15 or more at the Comixology website. The coupon can only be used once per account during this particular coupon promotion. Exclusions and restrictions may apply as usual…

[DEAD] FREE until Sat 1pm ET: “F1 2015” Game at Humble Bundle

This limited time freebie promotion expired…

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Earn 25% Kindle Promo on select “Great with Kindle” ebooks

Never a dull moment with the promotional at Amazon. If you are a frequent reader/buyer of Kindle ebooks, you will be thrilled with this one! Amazon has launched a new program called “Great with Kindle”. These are e-books that have a great reading experience on Amazon’s apps and devices because of their formatting, quality images, and various “digital reading” benefits…

To encourage people to buy more of these books, Amazon is offering a 25% Promo Credit on the purchase of these books. So for example if you buy a $10 eligible Kindle ebook, you will receive a $2.50 promo credit to use towards future purchases of eligible Kindle ebooks.

Here’s a screenshot of an eligible ebook. This is what to look for on the product pages. It is small print on a laptop, so look closely. I have zoomed it for illustration purposes:

Free from TOR: “Too Like the Lightning” by Ada Palmer

It’s not just free, it’s DRM-free! You have until March 23 in 2018 to claim your free copy of the science fiction book “Too Like the Lightning” by Ada Palmer from the TOR ebook club. Tor is part of the MacMillan Borg (okay, group) of publishing. All you have to do is give them your email address. Then you can download the ebook in either (or both) MOBI and ePUB. The formats are DRM-free. You can email them or download or sideload them on your device(s) of choice after that.

This is a fairly new book, it came out in January 2017 and it is the first of three published books by Ada Palmer that are part of this “Terra Ignota” series. It is around 450 pages. It averages 3.9 out of 5 based on 172 customer reviews at amazon.com. In case you need to read reviews before you “commit” to getting a freebie 🙂

DVD: Escape from Planet Earth under $4

The new condition DVD of the movie “Escape from Planet Earth” is currently on sale for just $3.74 at amazon.com with up to five per customers at the sale price. This is a 3D animated movie released in 2013.

There is a catch however, it is an Add-On item, so you must place an order of $25+ in eligible products, otherwise Amazon’s shopping cart will rudely refuse to let you buy it!

Direct TV NOW offer: First Three Months for $10/mo on the Entry-level Plan

If you want to do a more long-term experiment to see if cordcutting is right for you, for a limited time, the Direct TV NOW streaming service (no satellite needed) is offering a promotion that gets you three months of their entry-level $35/month plan for $10 per month when you enter coupon code YESNOW3 in the shopping cart.

This offer jumped up while I was surfing around their website. They don’t have a good DVR service like YouTube TV but DirectTV lets you add HBO for just $5 per month, and with Westworld Season 2 coming up, this combination may not be a bad idea!

“Get Out” Movie for $12 with BluRay + DVD + Digital

The super-smash-hit movie “Get OUT” is now on sale for $12 by Amazon actual in a super versatile set of Blu-Ray and DVD and Digital copy. Handy if you like to watch movies at different places or for larger families. This is not a lightning deal, so expiration time unknown. The Oscars are coming though…

IF you haven’t seen this movie yet, try not read up any spoilers or reviews before you watch it!

Another $5 Google Play eBooks credit

If you are part of the Google Play ecosystem (you don’t need an Android or Chrome device; you can also use your computer’s web browser), check your account by surfing around the Google Play store, or checking the Notifications section of the Play Store, they are right below the place that shows you which apps need updating.

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