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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!

Book Review: First Born by Brandon Sanderson

Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson is only available in eBook format and is a short story/novella of only 47 pages. Many of you will know that Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite authors so I couldn’t resist a short eBook for £0.62!

First Born by Brandon Sanderson
Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson

This novella follows Dennison Crestmar. As the son of a High Duke of the interstellar Empire which means not only is he of noble birth but is expected to do great things and be a prodigy when it comes to war – just like his much older brother. Unfortunately Dennison has no talent whatsoever for battles he fails all his test battles, makes a mockery of simulation battles and the sad thing is – he really is trying.
And yet the empire won’t let him quit, won’t give up on him even when he begs and pleads with them. And then he meets his older brother who has been at war for the very first time and he learns a few things.

The writing is great as you would expect, and as much as possible is provided given the shortness of the book. There isn’t a whole lot of character development but what can you expect in 47 pages? You know what you need to know however to set the scene in your head and keep the story interesting.

Because of the central character’s position and the setting of the story (war) there is a fair bit of battle strategy, this was fine for me but I can imagine if your new to that sort of thing or even your interest in it is zero you may not enjoy this book so much.  It’s nothing overly complicated to understand but as Dennison is working on his skills a lot throughout it just may not be your cup of tea.

Sci-Fi and Sanderson is a new combination to me and he does write it well, but I’m torn between the fact that it lacks the pull, the “just one more page” pull of his actual full length novels and making allowances for the fact that this is only 47 pages (maybe that’s why I keep mentioning how short it is?).

Measuring this against other short stories I’ve read – it’s right up there, it’s a great, quick read with lots of action. Would I recommend it? Yes I think I would.

Rating: stars_4

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Author Website: http://brandonsanderson.com/
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 47
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Short Stories, War
Purchased From: Amazon UK (Kindle)

10 Facts About My Love of Books

*Totally stole this from LittleBookBlog

  1. I sometimes have two books on the go at the same time – but usually one of them is a “light” read that I can go to if my concentration is bad or I’m tired.
  2. I still buy physical books even though I have a Kindle. A “proper” book is just part of me and always will be.
  3. It’s not very often I will give up reading a book part way through – even if the part I have read is bad, I feel if I don’t finish it, I didn’t give it a fair chance.
  4. I keep nearly all my books – 99.99% of my books. Only books that I really didn’t enjoy and I know I won’t read again do I part ways with.
  5. Books have always been a part of my life. As well as having many books of my own, I was also a member of the library as a child. My mum would take me to the library every week and I’d always take out the maximum number of books I could (which was 6 or 8).
  6. I read mostly in bed snuggled with my dog under my duvet, before I sleep – sometimes I go to bed early so I can get some extra reading in.
  7. I love reading children’s books that I read when I was a child – Roald Dahl and Dick King-Smith for example.
  8. I love old books. Of course I still have to find the subject/story interesting in order to buy it but I just love old antiquarian books.
  9. I use bookmarks but I find it hard to find ones I like.
  10. I read a variety of genres, but I’m not really a fan of Chick-Lit or Romance. However my favourite is Fantasy.