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 🙂

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 🙂

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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 🙂

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.

FREE w/DRM: “The Secret Lives of Teachers” e-book

On the first of every month, in addition to the Kindle First freebie, there’s another promotion that gets you one free e-book per month, the University of Chicago (Press).

Every month, on their promotional page they have a new book. For September 2017, the free book is “The Secret Lives of Teachers” by Anonymous. It is 272 pages long.

This is however is a DRM e-book, so in order to read it, you need to use an app that is compatible with Adobe’s DRM. You need Adobe Editions on a PC and compatible apps on Android and iOS.

The September 2017 Kindle First e-book choices are UP

It’s that time of the month again! If you are a Prime member, a new selection of six pre-release e-books has been loaded to the Kindle First page. As before, during September 2017, you can select one of the six ebooks and read it right away for FREE!

You can do this at any point until September 30 (2017). Non-Prime members can buy one for $2. If you want more than one, you have to wait until October 1st (2017), when they will be released to the general population. Most of them end up in Kindle Unlimited, so that’s another way to read them.

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Free University of Chicago eBook for August 2017 [with DRM]

If you don’t hate DRM in ebooks and you don’t object to using Adobe’s Digital Editions DRM software and licensing technique, August 2017 brings us a new e-book freebie from the University of Chicago (the publisher). Their latest freebie is the 220-page e-book “Wallis’s War: A Novel of Diplomacy and Intrigue” by Kate Auspitz, published in 2015.

You have to enter your email address to get the freebie. Then you receive an email with a BiblioVault download link. You follow that, and then you can either download it or read it online. Because of the DRM-ness of it, either option requires some kind of a login/authentication.

I’m sure I’m not saying anything groundbreaking here in that I hate DRM, especially the way Adobe does it. It is invasive and inconvenient and unnecessary. Its most practical effect is to irritate legit readers.

Kindle First choices for August 2017 are here

It’s that time again, a new month is born (August 2017), and that means, among many other things, that a new selection of ebooks are available as part of Amazon’s Kindle First program, another one of the many Prime Benefits.

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Free until July 19: Kushiel’s Dart fantasy e-book

If you like free, you have until Wednesday night on July 19 in 2017 to grab a DRM-free copy of Jacqueline Carey’s epic fantasy book, “Kushiel’s Dart” through the Tor eBook Club. All you have to do is give them your email to download it.

You can download it in DRM-free ePUB and MOBI. You can download one or both formats. MOBI is for Kindles, ePUB for everything else. This is book #1 in a series, it is not a stand-alone story, so keep that in mind if you prefer stand-alone books. You are definitely getting your money’s worth, it is over 900 pages long 🙂

It is free and you have nothing to lose by getting it, but if you want to read reviews first, it has over 760 of them at where it averages 4.3 out of 5.

I haven’t read this yet, so I know nothing (Jon Snow) about it.