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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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.

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” πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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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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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University of Chicago Free e-book for October is Veggies!

Eat your Veggies. Or rather, …read your veggies! The University of Chicago free e-book for October 2017 is the 128-page 2012 e-book “Vegetables: A Biography” by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan.

You have to give them your email address to get this free e-book. This book also uses Adobe DRM, so you either need the Adobe DRM satanic software on your computer or an iOS/Android app that is compatible with that nonsense.

The book (in all its formats) has just three customer reviews at with an average of 3.9 out of 5.

Speaking of free ebooks, if you are a Prime member, don’t forget to scoop up your October 2017 freebie. As previous months, you can get one out of six pre-release options for FREE!

Limited Time TOR DRM-free eBook Giveaway: “Envy of Angels” by Mark Wallce

If you like FREE and also DRM-FREE, you are in luck! Good until Friday 9/29/17 at 12pm ET, TOR is giving away DRM-free ebook copies (ePUB, mobi) of Mark Wallace’s “Envy of Angels” fantasy/supernatural book as part of their e-newsletter subscriber promotions.

To get the free e-book, you have to give them your email address. Downloading the free e-book is easy, you just press the button in the link they direct you to. You can get both the ePUB and the MOBI or one of the two options.

If you are not familiar with this book, it is book #1 in a series of five and it has a 4.3 out of 5 rating based on 69 customer reviews at

The first books of long book series are frequently featured in giveaways for obvious reasons. The authors and publishers want us to get hooked in their world and keep reading and buying πŸ™‚

Earthseed: The Complete Series for $2 (ebook)

The complete “Earthseed” series by acclaimed speculative fiction author Octavia E. Butler is composed of the two “Parable” books in the series, a total of 880 pages, and you can get them all as one e-book, for the bargain price of just $2 for the Kindle. The book averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 29 customer reviews.

[DEAD] 49c eBook: Ron L. Hubbard’s “Battlefield Earth”

This limited time sale expired… If you missed, know also that this book is part of “Kindle Unlimited”….

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Samsung Book Deals for September 2017 are up!

The start of a new month means a handful of free e-book deals. Prime members get a Kindle First freebie. Anyone who does not passionately hate Adobe DRM can get a free University of Chicago press e-book.

And the most flexible of all, everyone can get a DRM-free SFF (science fiction or fantasy) ebook from Tor, whose freebie promotions only last about a week, and don’t start at a specific date. So you have to pay attention to your emails or this blog πŸ™‚

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The Official ASOIAF and GOT e-Cookbook on sale for $2

Cook with Game Of Thrones! The official cookbook, blessed by George R. R. Martin himself, is on sale for $2 at various ebook services! The book title is “A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook” by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer.

There are some other unofficial cookbooks. This one is the officially blessed one! This is the full version, over 200 pages. Not to be confused with the smaller “Dorne” supplement.

The $2 limited time sale is available at Google Play [not eligible for the $5 credit promotion since it’s priced under $5], along with the Amazon Kindle.

Happy reading and cooking. Please feel free to invite me over if you make any of these recipes πŸ™‚

Google Play Books: $5 Credit on $5+ purchase [YMMV]

While surfing around the Books section of the Google PLAY store, with a browser or when using the Google PLAY actual app, you may see a promotion that gives you a $5 credit any book purchase of $5 or more!

You’ll see a banner like this:

There are two deadlines to pay attention to. First, you must activate the offer by 9/30/17. Once activated, the promotion runs until 10/12/17. If not used by that time, it will simply expire.

You can verify the offer is in your account, check under “Account”, and page down to the “Rewards” section. You should see the offer there, along with the terms and expiration date.