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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Black Friday Freebie: Free Coffee at B&N Cafe before 10am

There are freebies on Black Friday today! The latest email newsletter from Barnes and Noble has a little banner in the middle of it all saying that if you visit their brick and mortar stores on Black Friday (11/24/17) before 10am LOCAL time, you will receive a free tall drink. “Tall” is Starbucks speak for small, that’s 12 ounces. And FREE! That’s worth about $2! Refills are 50c 🙂

Lucky Rewards: FREE Stacey’s Pita Chips

If you are participating in the Lucky’s Rewards program, you have a freebie! The freebie is one bag of Stacey’s pita chips. To get the freebie, these are the steps:

  1. you have to be a member of the Lucky’s Rewards program (free to join)
  2. logon to the Rewards website or the Luckys app
  3. locate the offer and add it your account
  4. go to the Lucky’s store and buy it, making sure you scan your rewards card or type in your phone number
  5. their cash register will deduct the value, making it FREE

The offer expires Sunday night 11/19/17, so don’t delay!

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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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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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 amazon.com 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!

Kindle First October 2017 options are up!

Prime members, your hard dollars at work! Good until October 31st in 2017, you can pick up one FREE pre-release e-book from a choice of six options as part of the Kindle First program. If you are not a Prime member, you can purchase one of the six for $2 and read it right away. If you need more than one, Prime or not, you have to wait until November 1st 2017 when all six of them will be released.

The October 2017 choices are:

  • “A Tangled Mercy: A Novel” by Joy Jordan-Lake in the … “Book Club” genre
  • “The House by the River” by Lena Manta, Gail Holst-Warhaft in Family Dramas
  • “Mark of Fire (The Endarian Prophecy Book 1)” by Richard Phillips in Fantasy
  • “The Unremembered Girl: A Novel” by Eliza Maxwell in Suspense
  • “The Extraditionist (A Benn Bluestone Thriller Book 1)” by Todd Merer in Legal Thrillers

As usual, there is no rush to pick up one right away. Since they are pre-release books, they don’t have reviews out of the gate. So you can wait for a couple of weeks until they get useful review profile. You have until 10/31/17 at 11:59pm to pick from these!

T-Mobile Tuesday for 10/2/17 has four solid offers including MLB Shop and Free Prints

T-Mobile Tuesdays are having good back to back weeks. The previous week was headlined by a clear stadium bag. The October 2nd (2017) have four solid offers:

  • ten FREE 4×6″ photo prints at CVS (store pickup only)
  • another $2 to spend at Dunkin Donuts
  • $20 to spend at the MLB Shop
  • option to buy “My Little Pony” tickets for $2

So nothing “tangible” like a stadium bag, but a solid round of options!

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 amazon.com.

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 🙂

T-Mobile Tuesdays for 9/26/17 get you a FREE Stadium Bag, $2 at Dunkin, and more

T-Mobile Tuesdays are back with a good lot for September 26 in 2017! You get a clear T-Mobile branded stadium bag (you pick it up at the T-Mobile brick and mortar stores ~ if you are nice to their employees and they have too many of them, you may be able to score more of them), and a $2 Dunkin Donuts gift card (if you have Dunkin stores near you).

The other two offers are not as good, unless you need to buy a Ultimate Ears bluetooth speaker from the T-Mobile B&M stores (probably at full price): you get a 25% off discount. And last but not least, is a 1-month subscription to “StudyBlue PRO”, which I’m assuming is some kind of a service for college students.

Free Cooking Class and Vudu Credit among T-Mobile 9/19/17 Tuesday Freebies

It’s all about media on the Tuesday 9/19/17 T-Mobile Tuesday. An all-time favorite is returning, the $5.50 Vudu store credit, which, during the promotional period, you can use to buy and rent any combination of movies and TV shows. You can use the promo credit on one or multiple (eg rent five 99c movies). This is different from the FandangoNOW offer which can only be used on one item even if that item is 99c.

The other good thing is a MasterChef online class and accompanying e-cookbook. This is the first time this offer has been with the Tuesdays, so I do not know any more details on what it is or how it works.

The other two offers are very meh coupons, some hotel thing, and even more meh, restaurant.com nonsense. We do not mince words here 🙂

T-Mobile Freebies for 9/12/17: FREE LEGO e-book, 3-month Pandora Premium, and coupons

Party-On T-Mobile-ites! Before we get to the September 12 (2017) freebies teaser, we should point that per the September 6 “Uncarrier” event, T-Mobile promised it will be giving 1-Year of Netflix (the standard 2-screen streaming plan) to customers participating in ONE plans with two or more lines. Check the interwebs for more details as there are always restrictions to these type of promotions.

So back to the 9/12/17 freebies we go, where we have a mix of actual media freebies and coupons. Two of each more specifically:

  • 90 day free trial to the Pandora Premium (their full streaming service, not the more famous radio ~ this converts to a $10/month if not cancelled)
  • one free LEGO e-book from BookShout (you can only read using their website or apps)
  • 40% off Legoland tickets
  • some Hotel Storm coupon

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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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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