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Kindle eBook pricing
Amazon still hasn't gotten the right formula to selling eBooks. Here's the price guide for 'April 1865: The Month That Saved America on Amazon.com on April 11, 2012.'
Clearly the publisher is setting the price as I also checked Apple's bookstore and saw that the eBook is also $10.99. I don't know why they think that consumers would pay more to have the book in electronic format?
Since I have Amazon Prime, I ordered the paperback version. I can wait a couple of days to save $5 dollars. I have seen this price difference on many books - where its cheaper to get the paperback version than to get the Kindle version.
The better price model would be to have the price of the eBook be at least 20% less than the new hardcover or paperback version. The electronic version is pure profit for the publisher since they don't have to worry about distribution and overstock inventory.
Free Kindle Books
If you have an Amazon Kindle and looking for some good ebooks to read, there are some good options for you. You don't need to purchase an ebook to find an ebook, here are 3 really good ways to get good quality ebooks:
Sign-up for Amazon Prime and get an opportunity to borrow a limited number of books. If you want to find out what books qualify for borrowing simple go to Amazon.com and search for 'Lending Library in Kindle'. Anything that says 'Prime' qualifies as a borrowable book.
Go to your local library! Many libraries are now offering the abilty to borrow ebooks for free. For example, the Minuteman Library Network has a relationship with Overdrive where users can download books to their Kindle.
Also Project Gutenberg has 36000 free ebooks for Kindle, Android, iPad, iPhone. Many of these books are classic and are free because their copyright has expired. You shouldn't have to pay to read classics such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. All there are free on the Project Gutenberg.
Check Twitter! Authors and publishers have promotions running all the time and announce them on Twitter. Search for #kindle, #freeEbook and #Freebook
Kindle Touch Cover
At the Levenger store at the Prudential, they sell a Moleskine xFFFD Digital Folio for E-Readers. This is a great Folio since it also has a notepad so you can take notes when you xFFFDre reading.
This will not work with the Kindle touch, as the Folio is too tall for the Kindle Touch. The store manager told me that some of the folios that Barnes and Noble sells would fit the Kindle Touch.
The Amazon store has a good selection of Kindle touch designs, but I think they are pretty expense. I don xFFFDt know why someone would spend $60 to cover a $99 device.
I think a great place to look for cover would be Etsy. You can find all sorts of unique covers and you can make special requests from the designers. They have a few Disney designs, but I haven xFFFDt seen a good Haunted mansion design.
Another good place is Ebay! There are all sorts of economic covers and if you search by the dimensions (6.8" x 4.7" or 172 mm x 120 mm) you can get a much larger selection. Some sellers don xFFFDt target their covers for a particular device so they may not list their product description.
Williams Sound's NKL-001
Williams Sound's NKL-001 works really well with an iPhone and the iPod touch. Obviously it can't be used to talk on the iPhone.
I mention it on this Blog because there's no other mention about how well this device work on the popular iPhone. Hopefully Williams Sound comes out with one soon! There's other devices out there, but Williams Sound quality can't be beat!
This morning I stopped at Dunkin Donuts on 692 Cochituate Rd in Framingham, MA. I decided to get some munchkins for my co-workers.
I asked for 25 munchkins mix and no plain munchkins. So the first thing the guy did was reach for plain munchkins.
I told him again no plain munchkins.
He said it wasn't plain since there was a Jelly label underneath the basket. However, it was clearly plain and the basket in the bottom row were clearly Jelly munchkins.
I didn't argue with him anymore, as it was only munchkins and it didn't matter. But seriously do people really judge everything by the labels and not use common sense by looking at the product.
Thanks Jorge R, for the jelly munchkins that will taste very plain...
CVS Battery Sale
CVS is having a great Buy-One-Get-One-Free (BOGO) sales on CVS brand Batteries. You need a CVS card and must purchase in their stores.
This is a great sale if your looking to restock on your battery supplies, are you running low on AA, AAA or D batteries. This sale also includes hearing aid batteries. You won't find cheaper hearing aid batteries online. CVS is the place to go!
You should look at CVS' Halloween collection. They have some great decorations which are sure to disappear as Halloween gets closer. The early ghost gets the scare!
Sale ends this Sunday.
Flip Video Camcorder
I got a MinoHD Flip Video camcorder for Christmas this year. Very very cool. This is a portable video camera that takes excellent HD video.
This HD camcorder now features 120 minutes of record time and a large, 2" anti-glare display, making it even easier to capture stunning HD video. Video is recorded at 16:9 widescreen, HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per seconds (fps) progressive scan; recorded as MP4 file.
The really cool thing is that you can customize the camera on their website. The picture you see is my MinoHD camera, yes its the Haunted Mansion in Disney World.
I already uploaded a video to YouTube, check out what Chatham Light Beach looked like the day after Christmas. It was pretty windy that day, so all you hear is the wind blowing into the camera.
Within hours of taking the Chatham Light footage, we watched the video on a large Sony TV using the HDMI connector on the bottom of the MinoHD. The video quality was very good and everyone that saw it was impress that it came from a small camera.
I had no problems connecting the camera to my PowerBook G4. It plugged into the USB port and iPhoto opened automatically. I was able to export the video from the camera very easily. I didn't have to install anything or configure any software.
I am looking forward to taking lots of videos with the new camera. I already tried the XShot and it works great and definitely a must have accessory to get with the Flip Video Camera. I also got the USB and HDMI cables with the camera and they work great.
I am looking forward to going on vacation and not having to bring my Sony DCR-TRV720 to take only a few minutes of video. Having a small camera will make it easy to take video whenever I want to, and not be bothered by a large camcorder bag.
ClearSound Neckloop Headset
I got a lot of exciting gifts for Christmas this year, including an Amplified Neckloop Headset by ClearSounds. This is a handy device that allows hearing aid users to use their cell phone hands free. The really cool thing about this model is that it will work for any phone type - cellphone and home phones!
The CLA7v2 kit comes with 4 different cables to handle both a 2.5mm and 3.5mm connections. There's a mono and stereo cable for the two connector types. It took a while to figure out which one would work with my LG Vx8360, but after a couple of tries I discovered that my phone uses a 2.5mm stereo cable!
I did a quick test of the Neckloop this morning and it worked great! The sound was very clear and the caller said that my voice was also clear. I was able to answer the phone very quickly and didn't encounter any problems using the new Neckloop. It was a little weird to hear the conversation in both ears.
This is supposed to also work with iPods too, but I haven't tested that yet. However, since the Neckloop needs two AAA batteries to opperate, I am not sure I would be using this for my iPod on a regular bases. I can see this being handy for traveling since I can use one device for multiple sources.
I would highly recommended getting the Amplified Neckloop Headset. ClearSounds has a Bluetooth model, but its more expensive and will only work with Bluetooth devices. This means you can't use it on home phones or with an iPod. The CLA7v2 model works great and very easy to set up.
Christmas Shopping 2009
Looks like the online shopping is completed for Christmas 2009. Any last minute shopping will be done at the local malls or other shopping areas. At the Natick Collections, it has been really busy. The traffic around the mall is terrible and there are some issues with getting a parking space.
Best advice if you are going to the Natick Collection is to park near JCPenny. There's plenty of parking on the basement level and its easy to get out of the mall back on to the Mass Pike or Route 9.
Here are some good last minute stocking stuffer ideas:
- Lottery Scratch Tickets
- Purell Hand Sanitizers
- AA Rechargeable Batteries
- Bath and Body Works have great sample sizes
- Small Yankee Candle Jar
- USB Thumb Drive
Last Christmas you couldn't find a Wii any place. Stores weren't able to keep inventory of them for even a day. On Ebay, people were selling Wii's for $500, and were getting multiple bids!
This year it might be much easier to find a Wii, according to this Wall Street Journal Story:
Nintendo Co. said Friday it was caught off guard by how quickly the market for its Wii videogame machine slowed down and estimated that it would take some time for the home console to regain its momentum.
We got a Wii last year and its a fun machine. We don't use it that much, no real reason. We have plenty of games to play with, there's no real game that we feel that we have to play with all the time. It makes great fun with company is over and people are looking for things to do.