You know the question. Do I buy the paperback or the e-book? That is the question. Why would I buy both? Well we don’t have to ask this question anymore, says Amazon. The retail giant is about to test a new book service that slashes the print book price significantly. Today, the new service for Kindle and Matchbook, lets its customers buy the electronic versions of books they have already purchased in print form. The prices will range from $.99 – $2.99. Some books are free. What a deal! For Matchbook owners, you can buy Kindle edition of books as far back as 1995.
“One of the most common requests Amazon receives from its Kindle customers is a way to build parallel print and digital book libraries, which hasn’t been practical at full retail prices. …many print lovers will enjoy Kindle features like text searching of books, especially reference books. Kindle fans, meanwhile, still want print editions of books as souvenirs and art objects.” (Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle Content)
I am a big e-book buyer. My iPad is filled with a great selection of eBooks loaded on my Kindle app. But I do get a warm comforting feeling when I see books lined up on bookshelves. I would love to get all my favorite books in print form. The sound of flipping through a book, making dog ears, taking notes, and admiring the binding.
Yeah, I’m in. Are you?
We understand the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but reading is still fundamental in the busiest of lives! It’s important to have a seat, relax, and take in knowledge from the written word, outside of (yes, even the juicy) blogs. Most companies around the world are encouraging lifelong learning to their employees and partners. It is a simple notion. People are never too old to learn a new lesson! Take the time to download these e-books on your tablet, soak it in throughout the day. If you’re old school feel free to rent, buy, or check out a hard-copy They are worth reading, and are likely to change your outlook on life!
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
About: In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey uses penetrating insights and anecdotes to present a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems.
Why It Made the List: The book was published in 1989 but is still acclaimed a must read for people that want to gain some practical tips on navigating through life more efficiently. Covey’s advice is very straightforward but makes readers think about how they can make each habit a part of their daily lives.
Download The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People from Amazon for $1.99 today.
About: Inspired by true events, R.J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be.With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.
Why It Made the List: The book is an easy read as it was written for young readers but it teaches a lesson that many adults can benefit from.
Download Wonder from Amazon for $9.99 today.
About: In Mastery, Robert Greene’s fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world’s masters. Debunking long-held cultural myths, he demonstrates just how we, as humans, are hardwired for achievement and supremacy.
Why It Made the List: Everyday, we face obstacles that make it difficult for us to reach our goals. InMastery, Greene offers some keys to achieving mastery, which he believes is attainable by every human being.
Download Mastery from Amazon for $12.99 today.
4. The Secrets to Success
About: You may have seen the video where a man is speaking to a classroom full of students saying that in order to be successful, you have to want it as bad as you want to breath. That man was Eric Thomas. In The Secrets to Success, renown speaker, educator, author, activist and minister, Thomas shares his experience of how he made it from high school drop out to where he is now and also gives the secrets to readers on to how to live up to their full potential and greatness and by breaking the cycles of crime, hopelessness and despair that many may face daily.
Why It Made the List: Thomas is a dynamic speaker and has a way of showing folks who follow him ways to be successful. Having those tips that you can watch on YouTube in his videos in a concrete form is even more helpful.
Download The Secrets to Success from Amazon for $7.69 today.
5. The Happiness Project
About: On a city bus, Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon. They included, “The days are long, but the years are short,” and “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.
Many can relate to Rubin who didn’t have the option to uproot herself to make a dramatic change in her life. Instead she focused on improving her life as it was. Her conclusions are sometimes surprising and are though provoking.
Why It Made the List: Who doesn’t want to be happy? This book is an example of how people can approach finding happiness if they are not satisfied with their current situations.
Download The Happiness Project from Amazon for $10.99 today.
What are some of your latest reads? How have they changed your outlook on life?
So you’ve bought the newest Kindle or iPad 2 for the holidays – why not up the ante by adding a few of the “Best of 2011” eBooks for your reading pleasure? Nearly 1 million subscribers have chosen the most popular eBooks of 2011! The leading eBook website, Free-eBooks.net, is a destination for readers looking for the next big thing or working to stretch their book budgets.
Free-eBooks offers readers additional perks, including formats for all eReaders, tablets and smartphones; quick previews, reader ratings and an active blog used by both readers and authors. It has welcomed and been enjoyed by about eight million visitors in 2011.
These eBooks, based on Readers’ Choices, topped the Best Seller list at Free-eBooks, heading into this 2011 holiday season:
1. Quatrain, fiction by John Medler
A historical puzzler. A father and two teens race to prevent a terrorist attack predicted centuries ago by Nostradamus. But will anyone believe them?
2. Diary of a Serial Killer, fiction by F. Cameron Lee
A serial killer’s world and crimes seen from his own point of view.
3. 101 Romantic Ideas To Woo Her, relationships by Michael Webb
Female readers love this book, which should ensure its wild success with men who could use a little help when planning a romantic surprise. Here’s one: Add an artificial rose to a real bouquet with a card reading “I will love you until the last rose fades.”
4. Clearwater Journals, mystery by Al Rennie
Joe Holiday, an ex-cop pulled into a cold case murder investigation, finds himself and the victim’s sister the targets of a master villain.
5. After the Facts: An After Coffman Mystery, mystery by Vincent M. Lutterbie
After Coffman’s P.I. career pits him against drug lords, gun runners and the local police homicide squad, but his greatest foe may be a cat.
6. A Convenient Solution, fiction by Trevor Whitton
High stakes intrigue ensues when a French Cardinal is arrested on spurious charges and Pope Clement sends an envoy to investigate. Set in 14th century France, whose king is challenging the papacy.
7. Beginning at the End, romance by Nicole Duffeck
A childhood dream draws Ella back from the brink of suicide following her father’s death and her devastating discovery that her husband is cheating on her.
8. The Landlord, fiction by Ken Merrell
Five young girls are dead in a small Utah community. Officer Rick Stacy and his K-9 dog, Sig, are unable to prevent a sixth. Can they forestall number seven?
9. A Bridge of Time, fiction by Lou Tortola
Physics, mysticism or maternal bonds transport William back to the 19th century. Can he return or will the Natural Bridge tie him to a past he never knew?
10. Blindsight, romance by Kait Nolan
A man who deals in death offers to rescue seer Isla from a paranormal crime lord. What does such a man want?
This morning Amazon has announced it’s newest addition into the eReader / tablet market – The Fire. According to details revealed early to Bloomberg, the Kindle Fire sports a 7-inch display and is priced at $199. Offering Wi-Fi connectivity (no 3G, camera and microphone.) One would think that it could pose threat to the tablet market – but we don’t think so.
Most other tablet devices, including the iPad and BlackBerry PlayBook, bear price tags twice that of the Kindle Fire but with the areas that Blackberry & Apple seem to thrive in – it’s safe to say that their pricing justifies what they offer. It’s clear that in the arena of eReaders perhaps it’s better to think of it as a competitor to Barnes & Nobles’s $249.99 Nook Color.
Available November 15th…
Since seeing Prince & Michael Jackson in concert was on my bucket list – it’s imperative that I write about my experience watching Prince perform live in his first East Coast concert since 2004. The Welcome 2 America Tour hosts a variety of jazz and R&B special guests from Lalah Hathaway, Sheila E, Janelle Monae and more.
After seeing his mind-blowing performance last week, I thought – “If I had any way I could thank Prince for this experience, what would I do?” Instantly I thought, “I’d buy him a Christmas gift.” (Wait, isn’t Prince a Jehovah’s Witness? *insert Homer Simpson “D’OH” here*) Which spawned yet another thought… if Prince did celebrate Christmas, what would his tree look like? What about his presents? So for all you Prince stans (and purple lovers…) I present “A Very Purple Christmas”…
Everyone Loves A Snuggie!!! (Apparently, even Ray Lewis *blank stare*)
Everyone has that one gadget on the top of their Christmas list! Divas and Dorks has caught up with some of NYC’s top bloggers to find out what’s on their Christmas list & you’d be surprised at some of these answers…
“I want to be a Spa Ninja and try the Face Trainer!” – Michelle (@Spaweek) www.spaweek.com
“I’m in the market for a new ceramic flat irom AND a Nikon Digital SLR.” – Misha (@thefabchick) www.thefabchick.com
“The #1 Gadget on my list is the myTouch 4G! Must have!” – Shoshi (@Shoshi) www.lusciouslifestylediva.com
“I’d love to get an external hard drive this holiday season to back up my 30+ gigs of music and photos!” – Jakora (@Cleosunshine) cleosunshine.com
“I would totally love Santa to drop off a Sony Internet TV” – Lea (@LvM) www.bizzy.com
“I want a Sony 3D TV…the BIGGEST ONE THEY HAVE!” – John (@johnsimonjsd) www.johnsimondaily.com
“I love the Clarisonic Plus for Face & Body. The sales go to an organization that helps people with cancer inprove their self esteem and manager treatment and recovery. Can’t beat that, right?” – Shaunequa (@templeofglam) www.templeofglam.com
“My number one gadget this Christmas is the Kindle. I was so against the e-reader at first but now that the Kindle offers free 3G +Wi-Fi I’m all in.” – Krishna (@F_Uitlist) www.randomnycsarcasm.com
“I’ve always wanted to try Zumba since I heard wonderful things about it and I’d love to get the Wii Zumba Fitness party video game.” -Starrene (@GangStarrGirl) www.GangStarrGirl.com
“I want the Xbox 360 Kinect. I currently have a Wii and I heard that it sh*ts on the Wii something major!” – Eb (@EbtheCeleb) www.EbtheCeleb.com