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Upcoming New Releases

I went just a wee bit crazy on Amazon recently pre-ordering books for my Kindle.  I admit that I’m not very good at keeping up with what new books are coming out, but Amazon’s “Recommended Items” that show up whenever you buy something else are FANTASTIC.  Thanks to that handy little tool, here’s everything that I pre-ordered…

Looks like I’ll be busy for the next six months or so.  This list is just about all of my favorite authors.  2012 is gonna be AWESOME!

By the way, have you started your 2012 Reading Challenge yet on Goodreads?  I’ve already read 8 books out of the 35 that I predicted as my goal for the year.  I have a feeling I’m going to go over since this is only February.  I’m thinking about doing a contest for my readers to guess how many I’ll go over by and then whoever comes the closest at the end of the year will win some sort of a prize… what do you think?  I credit author Jenn Thorson for the contest suggestion during a recent discussion on Twitter.  Thanks Jenn!

Kindle + Libraries

 

Exciting news!  You as a Kindle owner or Kindle app user can now borrow Kindle ebooks from your local library!  How awesome is that?  I admit, I haven’t been to a library in way too long.  Other than the college library for school stuff, I probably haven’t visited a library for pleasure reading since high school or earlier.  Sad, huh.  I recently applied for a library card with my local library system, but I didn’t go pick it up right away so I think I have to reregister online again.  Oops.

Anyway, I first read about this news on one my favorite tech blogs, TechCrunch.  Amazon has a page dedicated to Public Library Books for Kindle and it seems to answer any questions that you could have.  You can go to the OverDrive search website to see if your library participates in this program and if so, you can go to your library’s website and check out ebooks to your Kindle (you must have a library card, though).  The only downside that I see is that the libraries must only have one or a very limited amount of each ebook.  I did a quick search on some popular titles in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh site and many of them were checked out.  I believe that there is a two-week lending period for each title, but it looks like you can put yourself on the wait list.  Wonder how long that would take.  I’ll have to check it out as soon as I become a responsible adult and get a new library card.

I’d love to hear from you if you’ve tried this with your local library!  Any success stories, pros, cons?

100 Kindle Books for $3.99 or Less

Cheap books (or ebooks) are my weakness.  Did you see that Amazon has 100 Kindle books for $3.99 or less?!?  My dream come true!  No, my dream would be that they’d all be free.

There’s a pretty decent selection and it really looks like there is something for everyone.  If you’re looking for something to download and have the same taste in books as I do, I recommend “Shanghai Girls.  There are a few on here that I’d like to read, including Alicia Silverstone’s “The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet” (I’m not vegan, just pescetarian, but I’ve been wanting to learn more about her philosophy); “The Dowry Bride” by Shobhan Bantwal (I read and blogged about one of her other books, “The Sari Shop Widow“); and “The Condition (P.S.) by Jennifer Haigh (haven’t read anything else by this author but the story looks interesting).  There’s a few others on there that I wouldn’t mind getting, too.  Sorry, wallet.

Check out the list and let me know if you recommend any others!


                                            
                                        

New Kindles!

Okay, I’m a day or so late on this one, but did you guys hear about the two new Kindles that are being released?!?

The 3rd generation Kindle will be priced at $189 and available in while or gray, and the new Wi-Fi Kindle will be only $139 ($139!!!).  One of the main differences between the two is that the $139 one only runs on Wi-Fi and the regular $189 Kindle runs on either Wi-Fi or AT&T’s 3G broadband network.  The Wi-Fi Kindle’s battery life is longer too if you keep the wireless turned on all the time.  I personally never turn my wireless on anyway unless I want to browse the Kindle store because it does make a significant difference in the battery life.

Some of the other enhancements that Amazon has made are: better E-Ink contrast, double the storage (now you can store 3,500 book… wow), quieter page turning buttons (the ones on mine aren’t LOUD, but they do “click” a little bit), and an updated selection button that is easier to use.   They’re also rolling out an update to the Kindle software (they’re doing it in waves but it hasn’t come available to me yet) which will somehow let you post things to Twitter or Facebook from your Kindle.  Not sure exactly how that works, but I want to try it!

Everyone is comparing the e-readers to tablet computers like the iPad, and Amazon is adamant that they do not want to be compared to the iPad because they’re two totally different products and they want to keep the Kindle simple for people who just want to read.  They don’t even seem interested in touch screens or color screens right now like some of their competitors.

So what do you guys think?  Are you going to go online and order one when they come out at the end of August?  Once again, I’m a little ticked that I got mine when it was more than double the price… but oh well.  I still love it and have no regrets!

(I swear I’m not being compensated by Amazon for this – I just heart my Kindle and think that e-readers are an amazing invention.)

Amazon’s Best Books of the Year… So Far

Amazon has announced what they think are the Best Books of the Year… So Far

… But am I a total loser or something?  I have not read ANY of these and not even heard of most of them!  The only one that I’ve even heard of is the Steig Larsson book, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”  I’ve been meaning to read that trilogy, but other things/books/authors have taken precedent and I haven’t gotten around to buying them yet.

Has anyone read any of the ones on their top 10 list?  Or the Fiction or Nonfiction list?  Maybe I just have particular taste in genres and authors, but I thought I would have at least heard something about some of these.  It’s just a random list that doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but still.  I like looking at these lists sometimes to get recommendations if I run out of books to download.

Still looking for some new books to get for your vacation?  Here’s Amazon’s list of summer reads.  Some of them sound really good!  Amazon Wish List, here I come!

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