Reading devices

Amazon Prime Now Offers Free Books

Starting this week, Amazon Prime members can now access more than 1,000 books, magazines and more via Prime Reading. The program is open to members – and any devices (so you don’t have to have a Kindle).

A Prime Membership costs $99, providing unlimited 2-day shipping on most products, access to movies, TV shows, music and more – and now makes an even bigger play into the reading world. You can try Amazon for 30-days free here.

For those already with Amazon Prime, you can dig in on your Kindle or Kindle App (on any device). Look for the “NEW! Prime Reading” category on the homepage, or watch for the Prime logo button while browsing.

Here’s a peek at the Prime Reading list, which will rotate content (like Netflix) and includes popular titles like Harry Potter, The Hobbit and genres from Mystery & Thriller, Romance to Nonfiction and Children’s.

Oyster launches new online store

In a move to compete with Amazon.com’s ebook sales, Oyster, the monthly book subscription service for $9.95, is now going to sell ebooks.  The new option is likely a move to provide readers with access to new releases and other books that aren’t available through their subscription site.

Here’s a look at the online store:

Book checkout screen on Oyster's new ebook purchase site.

Book checkout screen on Oyster’s new ebook purchase site.

 

Oyster book ebook purchase site.

Oyster book ebook purchase site.

According to cnet.com, “Even with these changes, Oyster still faces an uphill battle. Its service doesn’t run on Amazon’s popular Kindle, and the company doesn’t offer its own e-reading alternative. Anyone hoping to read Oyster books must own a smartphone, tablet or computer, and read from the same screens they use to respond to email and watch cat videos on the Internet.” Full article here.

Amazon: Same-day delivery of books

Amazon-homepage-8.5Amazon is on our news list again!  Most recently they launched their Kindle Unlimited; Now they’re offering same-day delivery in six major cities (Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC). For an additional $5.99 Amazon Prime customers can have many items – including books – at their home the same day.

It’s an interesting play to see if Amazon can make bookstores irrelevant in our day.

Read more in this Forbes article.

Which makes us wonder – where do you get your books?

Where do you get your books?

Tell us: Where do you shop, download and read your books? We want to better customize our site to suit your needs.  We currently provide a lot of links to Amazon.com for Kindle downloads – but if our readers shop elsewhere, we want to know! Please select as many options as applicable and feel free to add your own or leave us a comment.

Thanks for following!

 

Amazon vs. the World

Do you keep up and wonder about the financial relationship between authors, booksellers, publishers and more recently Amazon? I’ve caught several interesting headlines on the battle between Amazon and a top-five publisher Hachette … and this article from Sound and Video Contractor does a great job explaining the honest relationship.

Here’s the full article: Amazon vs. the World.

Some notes from Books for Her:

  • Publishers and booksellers negotiate prices that retailers will sell books – along with the place where the books will be visible (for instance, the books you see at the end of an aisle). This includes ebooks.
  • Recently Hachette didn’t want to agree to Amazon’s ‘rather cutthroat terms’ so its books are not available on Amazon (for instance, J.K. Rowling’s new book The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Book 2) was not immediately available though it now is). Authors and readers were upset by Amazon.
  • The author, Jason Bovberg, explains that Amazon has actually helped the book publishing industry to be more author-centric. For instance, its self-publishing platform allows authors who wouldn’t have been published to be seen – and potentially get bigger book deals for their next publication.

Bovberg ends his article citing another by Mishka Shubaly, “Sympathy for the Devil: In Defense of Amazon.” “Jeff Bezos didn’t build Amazon: We did. Amazon didn’t buy out and board up independent bookstores. We abandoned them. We chose convenience over community, commerce over art. The Big Five sell glossy covered, sensational page-turners and celebrity tell-alls and escapist vampire soft-porn because this is what we’ve told them we want to read.”

Who’s side are you on?

Kindle Unlimited is here

Well friends … we weren’t dreaming when we heard rumors of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. The full site launched today offering a 30-day free trial and access to more than 600,000 books and thousands of audiobooks on any device (from Android tablets and smartphones to iPhone and iPads).

First day of Amazon Kindle Unlimited

Amazon Kindle Unlimited launched today.

Some noteable offerings:

    • 600,000 titles, including some popular series like Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
    • Thousands of free audiobooks + a separate 3-month Audible subscription
    • Only available to US customers for now.
    • You don’t need a Kindle to use the app.  You can download the app for free on any device: Amazon.com – Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

We’ll start using it this week and write a full review soon.  Immediately we don’t see too many differences from Oyster – one of  Books for Her’s favorite books services.  Price is essentially the same – based on Amazon’s information; Kindle Unlimited seem to have more selection.  Like Oyster, Kindle Unlimited is offering a month free, but Oyster also offers a $15 referral bonus per person you sign up.  More to come!  Let us know if you try it out.

Kindle Unlimited?

Update: See our most recent "Kindle Unlimited is here" post by clicking here.

 

Rumor has it – there may be a new competitor for one of Books for Her’s favorite books services – Oyster.  Amazon is currently testing Kindle Unlimited, a monthly subscription for $9.99 that would compete directly with Oyster and Scribd for the ‘Netflix of Books’ title. We can’t wait to see this come true … especially since we’ve been loving Oyster so far (see our updated and let us know your thoughts here).

Check out this cached link spotted by GigaOM and reported by TechCrunch.

Here’s some screenshots of the site.  Once we hear more about the availablilty and book offerings of Kindle Unlimited, we’ll let you know.  Or read more about the potential offers (could be more than 600,000) on this GigaOM article.

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Oyster Book App: What do you think?

We’ve been overwhelmingly excited about the book app Oyster (now on Android/Kindle too – see our review). Are we alone? We’d love your thoughts.oyster_activity

Can you tell us:

  • Is your favorite genre represented?
  • Do you see any holes or lacking material?
  • Is it easy enough to use?
  • What’s your biggest complaint?

My favorite reading is usually historical romance – of which I found a plethora of options and have 50 books waiting in the queue – but there’s also so many other options that I find myself testing new genres that I never would have before.  I’m reading Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson because I think he was a fascinating man. I’ve added The Bronze Horseman Series, which Books for Her/ Erin just reviewed. My 8-year-old son (and avid reader of Captain Underpants and Big Nate) read several Phineas and Ferb books on vacation recently. I’ve even added some professional reads from the ‘Business Essentials’ category (How to Win Friends & Influence People and What Would Google Do?).

Please share your thoughts here, on our Facebook page, Twitter page, or contact us at terra@booksforherreviews.com.

Happy reading!

 

Corner book swap

Just blocks away is this beautiful library and book swap site.

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Little Free Library #1908

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Today’s book swap collection. Any favorites?

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Here’s how my 2-year-old and I stumbled upon this gem … a neighborhood walk.

The sign reads:

Little Free Library #1908
In the beginning -2009–Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS.

Our Mission
To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

Learn more at the Little Free Libary’s website. Or see if one is in your neighborhood.

To our friends at #1908: We’ll return and donate some books soon.  Thanks for an adorable way of sharing books (and literacy) with the world and our neighborhood.  One Little Book Library at a time.