Free ebook for select Samsung devices for July 2016

Amazon is not the only one giving away a free e-book every month (for Prime members). Samsung does that too and their freebies are not universal either. Only select Samsung devices are eligible for this promotion and only if you download the Kindle app from Samsung’s own app store ~ whatever name they call it this week 🙂

When you download the app, there is a section on the left hand side menus that says Samsung Book Deals. When you click on that, you will see the four free monthly options. For July 2016, these are ebooks:


Or if you prefer the options in text, here they are:

  • “Atlas” by Isaac Hooke
  • “Just one thing” by Holly Jacobs
  • “Flying Blind” by Max Allan Collins
  • “600 Hours of Edward” by Craig Lancaster

You can pick one of the four for FREE. If your device is eligible, you will see a price of $0 on the ebooks. If you don’t see $0, it means your device is not eligible. If you buy it with anything other than $0, you will be changed! (you can easily reverse it by going to, but it’s wasted effort if you don’t see $0).

All these ebooks are part of Kindle Unlimited, so they have enough reviews out there to help you device whether to get them or not.

Samsung S-View Flip Case for Note 4 for $6 w/free S&H

Accessorize this! This is a bit of a niche offer, but if you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone and you like the official Samsung S-View Flip case, you can get it for $6 with free shipping, in either the red or the white color schemes (the other colors are not available) by eBay seller Cellfeee (99%, New York). You can stock up like crazy, the limit is 50 per customer. Nearly 1100 units got sold so far per the statistics over there.

June 2016 Free eBook Options for eligible Samsung Devices

If you have an eligible Samsung device (not all of them are qualifying for this promotion) AND if you have also installed the Kindle app from Samsung’s own app store, then you can get a free e-book from a choice of four options every month. These previously released ebooks are also part of the Kindle Unlimited subscription (KU), so if you have that, and your Samsung device is not eligible, you can read them through KU.

The offers run anew in each calendar month, but as usual, don’t wait until the very last minute to get them as time zone differences and IT issues may cause you to miss them. This particular round is good until June 30, 2016.


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ShopDiscover: 10% back on Samsung Store purchases

If you have a Discover credit card, check the ShopDiscover section of your account. You may be eligible for a promotion that gets you 10% cashback on purchases made at the Samsunng website until 6/30/16. Here’s a screenshot of that. Look at your account for more details.


NOTE however that there are some exceptions to this promotion, as you can see in the screenshot below:

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11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook 3 (with 4GB RAM) for $200

The ChromeOS is a fairly lightweight operating system, but the same cannot be said for today’s web as websites get bigger and bloat-ier, especially the bigger page-view driven websites. So a Chromebook with better specs may be needed to keep up with the website growth (more than the ChromeOS bloat).

Which brings us to the 4GB version of the third generation Samsung Chromebook, model XE500C13-K02US, currently on sale for $200 with free shipping at This is only $20 more than the 2GB model, and that $20 is definitely worth it if you are browsing more than one website at a time.

Other specs include 16GB of on-board storage (but cloud and USB ports can give you a lot more storage), the budget 11.6-inch 1366×768 screen resolution. It is eating celery, which is a roundabout way of saying it is powered by a Celeron processor, the N3050 which currently ranks #1595 at

Free Samsung Book Deals options for May 2016 are up

If you have an eligible Samsung device, and you have installed the Kindle app from the official Samsung App store ~ whatever its name is these days 🙂 ~ and you are logged on to it with your Amazon account, you can receive one FREE e-book for May 2016 from a choice of four ebooks.

All four of these ebooks (and previous selections) are part of Kindle Unlimited, so they typically have plenty of customer reviews to help you decide whether to get them or not. You have until 5/31/16 to make a choice.

You can see the May 2016 options in the screenshot below:


TIP: the price has to be $0.00, otherwise you will be charged!

Samsung Book Deals for April 2016 are out

If you have an eligible Samsung device (phone or tablet), you may be able to get a free Kindle e-book every month from a choice of four. To do that, you must download the Kindle app from the Samsung app store – whatever its name is this time 🙂 This special version has the Samsung Book Deals “baked” in the app, but that’s not all. The app is also S-Pen optimized, so for example, you can use the S-Pen to quickly highlight text or change pages while reading.


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[DEAD] Motorola Moto G (3rd gen) drops to $120 (VM)

The new year came (2016) and with it, all the Virgin Mobile USA phone discounts got washed away… But I’m sure they’ll have more sales in the next few days… CES is already underway and more phones are getting announced, so it’s natural for the existing models to eventually go through the discounting and clearance cycle…

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Samsung Book Deals options for December 2015 are out

If you have an eligible Samsung mobile device (smartphone or tablet), you may qualify for a free monthly e-book from the Amazon Kindle store. As with many things Samsung, there is an ecosystem twist to it. You have to download the Amazon Kindle app from Samsung’s own app store. This is a plus if you have an S-Pen device, because Amazon made this particular version work with the S-Pen (eg highlight text or blazing fast page turns).

Anyway, if eligible, they have four more ebooks to pick from during December 2015. As usual, you get one of those four for free. If you want more than one, you have to pay for the second and later. You have until December 31 (2015) to make a choice, but don’t wait until the last minute!

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Seller-refurbished Samsung Galaxy S5 (T-Mobile, Unlocked) for $210

If today’s Uncarrier X announcements got you excited about T-Mobile, but you don’t want to pay the big bucks for a new phone and you don’t want to sign up for those monthly plans, among the latest offers on eBay you can get the seller-refurbished Samsung Galaxy S5 (T-Mobile, but unlocked now) for $210 with free shipping by eBay seller “chubbiestech” (98.7%). This is available in either black or white, with a limit of 50 per customer. The gold color is sold-out.

The description over there states “phone in fair to good condition, Unit will have scuffs or scratches on body and screen. Comes packaged in after market box with compatible charger & battery”. If you are comfortable with the higher risk of seller-refurbished items, and you are not a perfectionist in terms of the cosmetic product condition, you may get a great deal out of this.

Since this is a T-Mobile unlocked phone, it should work great with T-Mobile. For other GSM carriers, check the bands to make sure it’s a good match. Of particular interest if you are a fan of microSD cards and removable batteries since Samsung yanked both of those features out of the Galaxy S6 🙁

No contract, you own the phone right away. You can always use it as a Wifi-only media device, or use it for development purposes or other experiments, or have it “eat” data from your mobile hotspot or other phones.

Samsung Books Deals out for November 2015

If you have an eligible Samsung Galaxy device, you may qualify for a FREE e-book every month, IF you download the Amazon Kindle app from Samsung’s very own Galaxy app store – or whatever new name they gave it this week 🙂 You login to your Amazon account there, and then look for the “Samsung Book Deals” tab on the left-side of the menu.

If eligible, you will see that tab and the four book options, which will look like this:


The above are the choices for November 2015. You can pick one out of the four for FREE, as in $0.00. This is a digital-purchase, not a borrow/rental. Do not get them UNLESS the price is $0.00 Otherwise you will get charged.

The choices for this month are:

  • “Constantinopolis” by James D. Shipman
  • “Enslaved by the Ocean” by Bella Jewel
  • “Snared” by Ed James
  • “Dawn of Swords” by David Dalglish and Robert J. Duperre

All four of the above e-books have been around for a while, and have accumulated reviews. As usual, all of them are part of Kindle Unlimited, so if you have that, you can sample them via KU, and then “buy” the one you find more appealing.

Seller-refurbished Samsung Galaxy S4 (Verizon) for $90

If you are not a perfectionist, and you are comfortable with the higher risk of seller-refurbished products, the Verizon version of the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4, model i545, is offered in seller refurbished condition for $90 with free shipping, in three of the four colors (blue is sold-out), by eBay seller “GuaranteeCellular” (98.4%). Limit five per customer. No contract!

The description there stresses that it has “noticeable scratches or scuff mark”, but promises that it will be fully functional and have a clean ESN. As of posting time, over 1900 units got sold from this particular listing, despite the higher risk and the lower percentage of the seller. If you are risk-averse or a perfectionist, you may want to sit this one out.

Still time to get the free Samsung October 2015 e-book (if eligible)

If you have an eligible Samsung Galaxy device, and you have installed the Galaxy app-store version of the Kindle app, every month, you are entitled to pick one free e-book from a choice of four options. You can pick it up at any point during the month, and it is yours to keep. Most of the books participating here are also part of Kindle Unlimited. This is a separate program from (and stackable with) Kindle First.

I forgot to post this earlier, but it’s better late than never, there’s still 50 hours left in October 2015 🙂 The options are, as you can see in the picture below:



  • if the price in the Samsung Kindle app is NOT $0, it means you will pay for them. Make sure your device is eligible and synced and only get it if the price shown in $0…
  • … but if you accidentally get a non-$0 item, fear not, you can go to and request a refund
  • if you have an S-Pen device, there’s good reason to get the Galaxy app-store version of the Kindle app – it recognizes the S-Pen! For example, you can highlight or change pages using the S-Pen
  • you can run both the Samsung Kindle app and the Google Play one on the same device with the same account

FreedomPop: pre-owned Samsung Galaxy S3 for $80 w/free S&H [or Galaxy S4 for $140]

If you want to try out the Freedom Pop service, and could use a Samsung Galaxy S3 phone with the service (or if the service doesn’t work out, you can use it as a media player or in-house remote control), you can get the certified pre-owned Samsung Galaxy S3 for $80 with free shipping. It comes with a 30 day warranty.

This is a 4G LTE phone, which is important existentially for the cellular part of the service, because Freedom Pop exists on Sprint’s network, and the older “4G WiMaX” is going away. So if you buy anything from Freedompop that you want to use over cellular, make sure it is 4G LTE, not 4G WiMax.

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Refurbished Samsung Galaxy S4 (Verizon) for $120

If you are fond of the Verizon network and refurbished by 3rd parties (not the manufacturer) smartphones without a contract, Groupon is offering one such thing. It is the refurbished condition Samsung Galaxy S4, in either black or white, going for $120 with free shipping and free returns but only a 30-day warranty from an unspecified Vendor.

So if you are comfortable with taking on some risk, you may find it interesting. Otherwise, if you are more risk-averse, you are better off with certified-refurbished/manufacturer-refurbished and new condition.

This was the flagship two years ago, with a 5-inch AMOLED 1080p display, 2GB RAM, 16GB on-board, microSD, and such. It come out at Android 4.3 time. The official model names are SCH-I545ZW (white) and SCH-I545ZK (black).