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They’re Here, and They’re Gamechangers! Amazon Announces Four New Kindles at Stunning Prices, Including a $199 Kindle Fire Tablet, a $99 Kindle Touch and a New $79 Kindle Base Model

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By Steve Windwalker

September 30, 2011

Amazon held a press conference in New York Wednesday morning, and Kindle Nation was well represented by correspondent Len Edgerly of The Kindle Chronicles, who provided our readers with a live blog of a truly dazzling event marked by the launch of four brand new Kindles — include the new Kindle Fire tablet — at prices that shocked us all.

There’s a lot of information to share with you, but we’re going to try to strip it down and proceed from the simple to the sublime, with links in this week’s Kindle Nation WEEKENDER to more information and video for those who want to read more.

In that spirit, let’s begin with a very simple comparison chart for the hardware Kindle models that were unveiled Wednesday:

 

COMPARING THE NEW KINDLES

Model Kindle* Kindle Touch* Kindle Fire
Price $79.00 $99/$149 $199.00
Connectivity Wi-Fi $99 Wi-Fi Only; $149 Free 3G+Wi-Fi Wi-Fi
Release Date Available now 11/21/2011 11/15/2011
Covered by 30-day no-hassle return policy Yes Yes Yes
Content Millions of

books, newspapers,

magazines, games,

and docs

Millions of

books, newspapers,

magazines, games,

and docs

18 million movies,

TV shows, apps,

games, songs,

books, newspapers,

audiobooks,

magazines, and docs

Web browser Experimental

browser

Experimental

browser

Amazon Silk

cloud-accelerated

browser

Display 6″ E Ink Pearl 6″ E Ink Pearl 7″ Vibrant Color IPS
Text-to-Speech No Yes No
Battery Life 1 month 2 months 8 hours continuous reading or

7.5 hours

video playback

Cloud storage Free for all

Amazon content

Free for all

Amazon content

Free for all

Amazon content

Dimensions 6.5″ x 4.5″

x 0.34″

6.8″ x 4.7″

x 0.40″

7.5″ x 4.7″

x 0.45″

Weight 5.98 ounces 7.5/7.8 ounces 14.6 ounces
Interface 5-way controller multi-touch multi-touch
*Models with Special Offers Kindle Kindle Touch Not yet
*Prices with Special Offers $79.00 $99/$149 Not yet
*Models without Special Offers Kindle Kindle Touch Kindle Fire
*Prices without Special Offers $109.00 $139/$189 $199.00

Kindle Nation Bargain Book Alert: Jack Harney’s Compelling Page-Turner THE MILLSTONE PROPHECY, 4 Straight Rave Reviews and Just $2.99 on Kindle!

Famed NYPD homicide detective, Dax McGowan, seeks to track down and kill the pedophile priest that caused his daughter to commit suicide. What starts out as an inner city investigation soon turns into an international manhunt leading to the Gates of Vatican City and beyond.

Our hero faces never before encountered obstacles thwarting his grief driven odyssey. He is livid at a politically weakened response by the D.A.’s office, an intransigent and deceitful Catholic hierarchy, and a cast of highly trained assassins bent on killing him. Why so much protection for this one, particularly hermit-like priest?

Constantly assailing his incredible deductive and memory skills is the battle he confronts with his conscience, as murdering any perpetrator defies the very fabric of his personal moral code. Further complicating this contradiction is his encounter with three new players in the mix who he must employ to get at his prey. One of them, a lesbian SVU detective, is a constant reminder of what real duty means. Another, an expert who provides a needed mentor’s education into the vagaries of the Catholic Magisterium, yet carries what appears to be the oxymoronic name of Seymour Hirsch.  But, most notably his introduction to a woman, the CEO of the world’s largest clergy sex abuse survivor’s network, who offers him a chance at real love, something he’d never before experienced.

An overriding question? At what point will Dax’s one minded quest to exact revenge lead to a breakdown in his formidable skills and his own demise?

The Millstone Prophecy

by Jack Harney
4.8 stars – 4 Reviews
Lending and Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Famed N.Y.P.D. Lieutenant, Dax McGowan, tracks down the pedophile priest who caused his daughter to commit suicide. A city-wide investigation soon turns into an international manhunt taking him to the gates of the Vatican and beyond with startling results. An intransigent hierarchy, a wimpish legal community’s response, and his own conscience thwart the detective’s efforts as his own life becomes imperiled in the process.
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Material Girl, the first book in Julia London’s Lear Sisters Trilogy, is here to sponsor lots of great, free Kindle romance books:

Material Girl (Lear Sisters Trilogy)

by Julia London
4.2 stars – 23 Reviews
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Rich. Sexy. Beautiful. Robin Lear is all that—and her jet-set life is golden. Until the day her indestructible father sends her tumbling off her pedestal with
the startling news that he is dying. Then he further shatters her illusions by demoting her from the cushy job in the family business to teach her “about
life.” In an instant her whole world unravels, and Robin is suddenly swimming in uncharted waters, including a bogus night in jail, a new job as the lackey of
her toady ex-boyfriend, and a major distraction in the form of one very sexy contractor who’s renovating her house.

Jake Manning has had some tough knocks in life. Now all he wants is to make enough money to finish his degree and, maybe, get a nice house with a nice wife and a nice kid. But this Prada-clad ice princess is turning his life upside down with her sassy—and disastrous—ways. Jake’s head tells him to run, don’t walk, from this gorgeous train wreck of a woman. A man would have to be crazy to pursue someone like Robin Lear. But Jake is crazy—about her….

 


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As vacationing Ben Candidi and Rebecca Levis sail through International Waters toward Grand Bahama Island, they receive a strange welcome—a sinking cabin
cruiser with a dead man at the helm. Ben knows how to patch bullet holes below the waterline and Rebecca knows how to estimate time of death. And they agree
that the West End marina is the right place to bring the body. To avoid trouble, they play it dumb and treat the cocaine-smuggling marina tenants as the divers
and sport fishermen they are pretending to be. Unfortunately, the mailbox corporation in Miami that owns the yacht ignores Ben’s $100,000 salvage
claim—and the Bahamian police won’t let him move the yacht to Florida. The harder Ben and Rebecca press their claim, the more sinister West End becomes.
Should they cut their losses and run? Or is it too late already?

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Using everything she has learned growing up and in college, Sam is working to stop an extortion group that has evaded detection and prosecution for years. She starts by stealing their money. She is finding disturbing evidence and with every discovery, they put more resources into trying to kill...
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The power went out. The monsters showed up from out of the darkness. The world changed in an instant. That was just the first day.A state sponsored cult has infiltrated the US. They’re everywhere we don’t want them. In our military, government, infrastructure, and on anywhere-street, USA. An...
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Who would you trust if your life was no longer in your hands? Humans have escaped to The Ring — a space station that encircles the dying planet — leaving sentient synthetic beings behind to brave the harsh conditions of Earth alone. But life on The Ring is far from perfect.Thomas Eayres had once...
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An off-the-books government program. Mexico City’s sleazy underworld. A former baseball star with an uncontrollable temper.Jake Williams takes a job with a mysterious company south of the border to save his parents' home. But things and people are not what they seem in Mexico. Will Jake earn the...
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KND Kindle Free Book Alert for Friday, September 30: TWO DOZEN (24!) BRAND NEW FREEBIES in the last 24 hours added to our 1,100 FREE TITLES Sorted by Category, Date Added, Bestselling or Review Rating! plus … 4.4 Stars on 108 Reviews for M.P. McDonald’s NO GOOD DEED (Today’s Sponsor, Just $2.99)

Powered by our magical Kindle free book tool, here are this morning’s latest additions to our 1,100+ Kindle Free Book listings….
But first, a word from ... Today's Sponsor
The novel is a commentary on post-9/11 excesses, wrapped in a paranormal fantasy, tucked into a tale of romantic suspense... A gripping, well-written read..
No Good Deed: Book One of the Mark Taylor Series (A Psychological Thriller)
by M.P. McDonald
4.4 stars - 108 reviews
Supports Us with Commissions Earned
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Mark Taylor discovers first hand that no good deed goes unpunished when the old camera he found during a freelance job in an Afghanistan bazaar gives him more than great photos. It triggers dreams of disasters. Tragedies that happen exactly as he envisions them. He learns that not only can he see the future, he can change it. Then the unthinkable happened and everyone ignored his frantic warnings. Thousands die. Suddenly, the Feds are pounding on his door and the name they have for Taylor isn't urban hero. It's enemy combatant. And, it means they can do anything they want to him. Anything at all. Approx. 368 pages
One Reviewer Notes:
Mary McDonald has created a unique storyline, essentially a variation on clairvoyance wherein the protagonist not only sees the future, but has the ability to change the outcome. The result of his benevolence is the subject of the title - No Good Deed - - - goes unpunished. I was captivated by McDonald's story and read it in two sittings. She is an excellent writer, crafts a solid plot line and holds the readers interest from start to finish. What more could a reader ask of an author. A great read and worthy of the success it has achieved.
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About the Author
M.P. McDonald was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois. The town's claim to fame is the home of Ray Bradbury. In addition to writing, M.P. McDonald works as a respiratory therapist. You can reach the author at mmcdonald64@gmail.com or visit M.P. McDonald's blog at http://www.mmcdonald64.blogspot.com
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No Good Deed: Book One of the Mark Taylor Series (A Psychological Thriller)
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When you meet someone new, through daily life, at work, or as a doctor seeing a patient, you form an immediate impression of that person. Over time, you get to know that person better by becoming familiar with their habits, quirks, and mannerisms. "Picture It: Homeopathy" combines both of these...
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All they wanted was to get out of the infinite forest where they'd been imprisoned for what seemed like millennia. Immortal and frozen forever at age sixty four, their leader was set on revenge and his loyal pair of eight-year old followers were more than happy to go along for the ride. They...
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KND Kindle Free Book Alert

Kindle Nation Daily Bargain Book Alert: Think “Ray Bradbury meets Neil Gaiman” and you have “a fresh and true voice that will affect you, disturb you, enrage you, or make you laugh” in Scott Nicholson’s collection THE FIRST – 4.3 Stars on 9 Reviews, Just 99 Cents, and Here’s a Free Sample!

Here’s the set-up for Scott Nicholson’s The First, just 99 Cents on Kindle:

A collection of 14 dark fantasy, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, and science fiction stories from award-winning author Scott Nicholson.

These stories visit undiscovered countries and shadowy avenues of the heart, lands and times where night never ends and matter doesn’t matter. Features the six-story Aeropagan cycle where time is literally money. Includes an afterword and Nicholson’s first-ever published story.

Nicholson, a 1999 Writers of the Future award winner, has published 12 novels, including the bestselling Kindle thrillers DISINTEGRATION and the RED CHURCH and the comic books Grave Conditions, Dirt, and Little Shivers.

Look for his other collections ASHES, FLOWERS, CURTAINS: MYSTERY STORIES, and MURDERMOUTH: ZOMBIE BITS. If you like science fiction with a pulp horror feel, check out FOREVER NEVER ENDS. Visit Scott at www.hauntedcomputer.com

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From the reviewers:

“A fresh and true voice that will affect you, disturb you, enrage you, or make you laugh.”-Kevin J. Anderson, Dune series

“A literary shadow land between Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman.” –Sharyn McCrumb, the Ballad books

“Always surprises and always entertains.”–Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero

“Quirky, twisted, finely crafted tales that carry a powerful emotional impact.”–David Farland

“A very entertaining writer.”– Tim Powers

The First is a magnificent collection of short stories that really showcases the breadth of imagination, talent and skill of the writer in the fascinating world of Dark Fiction   –  DJP

Visit Amazon’s Scott Nicholson Page

I love hearing from you! My writing is a journey of faith and exploration, and I am always willing to tackle the big questions with an open mind and willing spirit. I believe we all have the opportunity to make this world a more beautiful, powerful, and peaceful place by embracing the mysteries and power of our hearts. And I believe the customer/reader (you) is always right. I hope you’ll join me on the journey.

 

Look for Liquid Fear and Chronic Fear from Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint in December. More at http://www.hauntedcomputer.com.

 

plus … Don’t Miss Today’s Kindle Daily Deal!

 

And here, in the comfort of your own browser, is your free sample of THE FIRST by Scott Nicholson

 


 

 

Save 75% on a Kurt Vonnegut Classic with Today’s Kindle Daily Deal!

 
But first, a word from … Today’s Sponsor 

by Christopher Meeks
4.3 stars – 15 Reviews
Lending: Enabled
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Love At Absolute Zero is about a physicist who tries to apply the tools of science to finding a soul mate. Specifically, Gunnar Gunderson, a 32-year-old physicist at the University of Wisconsin, gets a promotion, and all he can think of now is finding a wife, causing his research to falter. To meet his soul mate within three days–that’s what he wants and all time he can carve out–he and his team are using the scientific method, to riotous results.”As if Einstein didn’t struggle hard enough failing at a unified field theory,” says Philip Persinger, author of Do The Math, “Meeks ups the ante by tossing philosophy, anthropology, hashish and love (with a capital L) into the mix. And while we’re so sorry, Uncle Albert, in Love At Absolute Zero, Meeks succeeds absolutely.” “I’ve read both of Meeks’s short story collections and The Brightest Moon of the Century,” says author Kevin Gerard (Conor and the Crossworlds). “I roared through Love At Absolute Zero in a day and a half. Meeks’s prose is carefully crafted, his characters compelling and entertaining. I love everything he writes, and I recommend Love At Absolute Zero without reservation.”

 

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Breakfast of Championsis a slippery, lucid, bleakly humorous novel. Throughout its pages, reader’s are treated to Vonnegut’s unique opinions on America, war, love, and the idea that “We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.”

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