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Kindle Haul #1

I’ve brought a load of Kindle books since my last haul so I’m not going to go back to them, rather I thought I’d have a an hour looking around at Kindle books and I can write this blog post at the same time, so you really are getting my very first impressions as I make the decision to buy and download a Kindle book.

As for physical books, I’ll do a mini catch up haul of those and just show you a selection I got since my last haul post soon – telling you about all of them would be simply too much! Then we’ll be all up to date.

You may notice that a lot of my Kindle books are free or cheap – if you’re wondering how to find free and cheap ones, I have a blog post about that right here. Be sure to check that out!

So lets get started!

Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl by Elizabeth Byler Younts
Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl by Elizabeth Byler Younts

Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl by Elizabeth Byler Younts
Although I’m a little disappointed that this says “real story” and yet it’s fiction – just drawn from the authors experiences as a child in the Amish community, I’m still finding myself wanting to read this book anyway. I would much rather read a true real account in a lot of respects but the fact that the author has the knowledge to write accurately about the Amish way of life does help.
I can’t help but be fascinated by the different ways people live their lives and see the world.
I absolutely love documentaries like this so thought this was definitely worth a read – if only to learn a little more about the human experience and how it differs from person to person.
It’s only 192 pages so not all that big of a read so it shouldn’t take too long to get through and hopefully it will be a nice break from my usual reading habits.

I Think I’m OK by C S Kenny
This book has quite mixed reviews but mostly because it has a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes, which I can totally understand as I’m a bit of a grammar Nazi myself but reading the synopsis of this book which is about the author looking back on his childhood as a “problem child” it’s clear that although there maybe spelling mistakes the author is writing exactly how he would tell you the story in person. It’s very personal to him.
I think – I hope I am right in thinking that a lot of editing would really take away from the charm of this genuine man telling his story.
Either way I look forward to reading it and finding out.
H. P. Lovecraft: The Complete Collection. (With Accompanying Facts): 62 Short Stories and 5 Novellas. by H.P. Lovecraft
H. P. Lovecraft: The Complete Collection

H. P. Lovecraft: The Complete Collection. (With Accompanying Facts): 62 Short Stories and 5 Novellas. by H.P. Lovecraft
I’ve only read a few H.P. Lovecraft short stories before as horror isn’t really my thing usually but what I have read of his, I did enjoy.
So I thought I’d give this a go, as you get the biggest collection from this version at the cheapest price (£0.77) – not to mention it says it has facts and I love me some facts.
Perhaps this will serve me well for the Halloween season, we shall see – I don’t very often read something especially for this time of year but perhaps a few short stories from this will go down well.
As I said though I’m not really a horror fan, I have a far too active imagination and it doesn’t mix well with horror. So if I go quiet, I’m probably still hiding under my duvet.

Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1) by Robin Hobb
Robin Hobb is one of the authors I really want to get into but just haven’t yet. A case of so many books so little time I’m afraid, but I will read one of her books one day. This caught my eye as it’s currently free on Kindle, so naturally I snatched it up.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
This is one of those books that seems to keep showing up everywhere and everytime I see it I pick it up… but then put it back down. There’s something about it but I just couldn’t seem to fully commit myself to buying it.
Then I read ConfessionsofaBookGeek’s Review and I started to think that maybe this book really was worth reading.
I still had to a read a few more reviews on Amazon UK to convince myself fully but I finally took the plunge and brought this book.
I’m not sure why I’m so hesitant but hopefully it will prove me a fool for being so undecided and be a fantastic read. I know this book is gaining quite a bit of momentum in the YA community so hope it lives up to the hype.

The Unicorn Crisis (The Hidden Academy Book 1) by Jon Rosenberg
Ever just be scrolling through Kindle Books and something just catches your attention? This is what happened with this book.
And then I read the synopsis – it’s fantasy with humor, perhaps even a bit along the lines of Terry Pratchett – which is right up my street.
Hopefully this will be a fun read.

Other Kindle books purchased at this time – Ethan Wright and the Curse of Silence by Kimbro West, Peter: The Untold True Story by Christopher Mechling, Wild-born (Psionic Pentalogy Book 1) by Adrian Howell

What was the last eBook you brought?

Kindle Unlimited – Yay or Nay?

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Amazon Kindle UK, has just launched it’s Kindle Unlimited Premium service. I don’t know about you but I’m intrigued by the concept, so I thought we could take a closer look together.

Kindle Unlimited boasts that you can read as much as you want and choose from 650,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks for just £7.99 a month. You can even Try it out for free for 30 days. Currently Kindle Unlimited (UK) is currently available only to customers located in the United Kingdom, Gibraltar, Jersey, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Ireland.

For an avid reader who buys around 10 books a month, not even counting Kindle purchases this sounds like a pretty good deal. So naturally I wanted to know more.

The first thing I wanted to know is what I could get for my £7.99 a month, after all this has the potential to be some saving!
Alas, next to no big publishers are signed up to Kindle Unlimited – purely because it’s not feasible for them. I won’t go into too much detail, if you want to read all about it – you can read information on it here and here. However basically an author and/or publisher only gets a share of what is in that months “pot” not their normal profit .
This means the majority of books that are available are from indie authors and small publishing companies – not that there is anything wrong with either of these, we readers should still support them because everyone had to start somewhere – however your not going to get the latest best sellers.
As I said, do give love in indie authors and small publishers – but one also has to consider than normally their books do not cost a whole lot anyway – plus they take advantage of Amazons promotional system and have offers on and sometimes free books regularly. The bulk of books available on Kindle Unlimited would cost under £2 each anyway – most at 99p infact so one will have to buy at least 8 of these to make the £7.99 a month worth while.

But hey, that could happen… but it’s less appealing than they make it sound, but moving on!

The next problem I encountered is when I assumed I could buy 8+ books a month – which I can, I really can – technically. You can only keep 10 Kindle Unlimited books on your Kindle or Kindle app at a time however. Better read fast.
Also, if you cancel you Kindle Unlimited subscription… all those books, will be deleted from your account. Whether you have read them or not. Whilst this is understandable if I had spent time getting my money’s worth and then for some reason finding myself not being able to afford £7.99 a month, I’d be pretty miffed about the amount of books been taken off my Kindle.

Needless to say my initial excitement about Kindle Unlimited… has well now become limited. So I’m sorry to say, it’s a “Nay” for me.
Nice try Amazon, but the benefits just don’t measure up in the end for an avid reader. It’s a good attempt at “book streaming” but it doesn’t work for me and for it to have any kind of future you need to give a better deal to the indie authors and small publishers. Plus make it work for bigger publishers too. Books, even eBooks are nothing without authors, publishers and readers. Sort it out.

What are your thoughts on Kindle Unlimited? Will you be signing up?

How To Get Kindle Books for FREE or CHEAP legally

Before we start – NO, I’m not going to talk about getting books illegally nor will I tolerate it in the comments. 

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A few days ago, a post about me getting 75 kindle books for free drew some unexpected attention. Friends – reading friends – who own a kindle were curious as to how I got so many books for free. I didn’t think I was part of an elite group of people who were privy to this knowledge of finding them, so I was a bit taken aback.
After explaining my really-not-secret-at-all bargain finding ways, I sat back and wondered how many other book loving kindle owners out there are really unaware of how they can own more (e)books? Better write a blog post on this I thought!

I can only comment on Kindle because that’s the reader I have (if you don’t have Kindle you can download the Kindle app for you phone or PC here – then you can enjoy some free books too!) and I can also only advise on the UK – but if you are elsewhere in the world or own a different e-reader, I’m sure you can put these things into action and find free or cheap e-books for yourself.

I personally tend to by Kindle books when they are cheap or free because if they are full price, they can be more expensive than paperbacks in some cases because in the UK physical books are not subject to VAT, anything digital is subject to VAT. (Don’t ask me why, I don’t make the rules – but hey certainly no complaining about the physical books side of this!)

So here is the 3 really not secretive at all ways to find free or cheap books for your kindle:

  1. Go to the Kindle Bookstore, in the search area at the top type in your favourite genre and the word “free”. Easy!
  2. For free Bestsellers go to the Kindle Bestsellers Lists, you will notice they are sorted into “Top 100 Paid” and “Top 100 Free”. Click Top 100 Free. (DUH!). Also if you click “books” on the left hand side, it will open up a menu of all the genres, click on your favourite genres to show to the Top 100 Paid and Free in that genre.
  3. Cheap books are usually found either in the Best Sellers Top Paid (as above) or in the Kindle Daily Deals section (which changes daily obviously).

Hold on! I’m not done. I have a few more hints and tips up my sleeve also!

  • Classics (Dracula, Grimms Fairy Stories, Moby Dick, Pride and Prejudice,etc) are always free. They are technically out of copyright (the distribution side of it – you obviously can’t claim it as your own), and so unless you need the physical text for school purposes or personal reasons – get downloading these – well worth it.
  • If you Sign-up to the Kindle Daily Deal email list before May 31st, 2014, you can choose a book from the small selection on that page for free.e
  • StoryBundle – basically every 6 weeks or so they release a genre themed bundle of ebooks – usually 7 or 8 and get this! You choose how much you pay for them (minimum of $2). Not only that but you can choose to give 10% to charity. Check out how it works here. It’s super easy to get them to your kindle (if anyone gets stuck, comment below I’ll help) and yes you can buy these from anywhere in the world.

I’m guess you’re all wondering – what’s the catch? Well there isn’t one.
The free books on kindle are made up of classics or other old texts, indie authors and well established authors who maybe put one of their books for free to give a taster to new readers.
Might you pick up a few not so great books? Sure but as always read the reviews, take a chance on a new author or genre and if after that you still didn’t like the book – well it didn’t cost you anything or very little.
As for StoryBundle and Daily Deals – well you know what you like, so whether these great deals apply to you is for you to decide – but keep checking, they do have some great ones sometimes!

Disclaimer – I’m not responsible for loss of hours or days browsing and downloading free and/or cheap Kindle books (or any other eBooks for any eReader).

Hope you find something you like! If you did, comment below and tell me what you brought (and how many eBooks you brought!).

Psssst! Want to know how I get physical books for cheap? Stay tuned, blog post on that coming soon!

I Got Myself A Kindle – Shocking Right?

It’s no secret that I love my books and I love reading. But most who know me well know that I love real physical books and despite the title of this blog I still very much do. Allow me to explain.

I’ve thought about getting a Kindle for a long time (yes, I’ve looked at other ereaders but Amazon is so much easier for access to eBook downloads, plus I know they have great customer service when it comes to their Kindles), so for about a year or so I had the Kindle app on my PC but to be honest, it just wasn’t the same experience for me as reading a book – my laptop just cannot be relaxed with in the same way. However I can see how the Kindle app would work well for a tablet, maybe a phone but I feel that would just be too small.

But that didn’t really convince me to get an actual Kindle – there two main reasons I decided I wanted one.
The first one being that this year I’m doing a bit of travelling and a Kindle is much easier to carry than a few books (and much lighter too). It also means that I don’t have to worry about books getting dog-eared and damaged whilst I travel with them.
The second is to do with advanced reading copies (ARCS) of books, as well as getting classics for free and access to indie authors.
ARCs I’ve wanted to get involved with for a while, and Kindle or another popular ereader is the easiest way to receive an ARC now. If your not sure what this means it means you get a copy of a book before it’s released – on the understanding you will write a review, it’s not written in stone that you must write a review but if you do you are more likely to get (ARC) books from a publisher in the future.
As for the classics, there are a number I want to read – classics are basically out of copyright, hence them being free in digital format, if you buy a book, you obviously have to pay for the printing. I’m not keen on those girly classics from the likes of the Bronte sisters but I do want to give them a try, along with others I’m not so keen to read – so for free, why not right?
Indie authors find it much easier to publish an eBook – even with the likes of Kindle rather than get it actually printed and getting a publisher and all that jazz, this is a great way to find new, fresh indie authors that may just have a great story to tell but just haven’t made it in the publishing world (yet).

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My Kindle in it’s case.

Actually, I asked for some money for Christmas so I can buy a Kindle for myself, but my sister and brother in law actually brought one for me (so nice!). So I just used my Christmas money to buy a case (Purple! see above! – yes I’m currently reading Wind in the Willows).

So have a used it much? Yes! I’ve downloaded a bunch of classics and I’m now reading my 3rd or 4th book on it.

However I still do love my physically books, and will probably continue to buy those as well. Particularly as a lot of the ebook versions are more expensive as they charge it as a new totally new book plus you have to pay VAT on eBooks, but not on normal books – hence it can be more expensive to buy the eBook. So no, I haven’t at all abandoned physical books – I’ve brought several since Christmas, but my Kindle is a great edition to my bookshelf and I love it too. We’ll see if I use it more and more in the future.

Do you have an ereader?
Would you ever buy one?
What’s your favourite Classic book?

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