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Love, Sex, and Freedom on the Kindle

Kindle Nation is a pluralistic society, and it very likely that there will be little consensus among our citizenry as to whether or not we should be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the FDA’s approval of the birth control pill for contraceptive use. (Given the fact that our Kindle Nation citizen surveys have revealed that Boomers make up a very large percentage of Kindle owners, it’s entirely possible that the news of this anniversary will simply make many of us feel a little older.)


But Time Magazine and Amazon are apparently celebrating the anniversary with the roll-out of a Kindle exclusive e-book Love, Sex, Freedom and the Paradox of the Pill: A Brief History of Birth Control, newly available today for $5.59 in the Kindle Store:

As iPadMania continues, Amazon’s business strategy continues to involve making sure that the Kindle for iPad App — like its other apps for the iPhone, the iPod Touch, the BlackBerry, the PC, the Mac, and the Kindle itself — offers access to a much larger selection including lots of exclusive content. 

Here’s the guts of Amazon’s news release this morning:


TIME Magazine’s ‘Love, Sex, Freedom and the Paradox of the Pill: A Brief History of Birth Control’ Now Available Exclusively in the Kindle Store
 
An exclusive e-book about the history of the birth control pill–published to coincide with TIME magazine’s issue covering the 50th anniversary of the pill–now available in the Kindle Store for download in under 60 seconds
 

SEATTLE, Apr 22, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that TIME magazine has released the short e-book by the magazine’s executive editor, Nancy Gibbs, “Love, Sex, Freedom and the Paradox of the Pill,” exclusively in the Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore). The e-book is being published to coincide with TIME magazine’s May 3 issue commemorating the 50th anniversary of the FDA’s approval of the birth control pill for contraceptive use. It will be exclusive to the Kindle Store for one year.

Customers can download this book from the Kindle Store for $5.59, and can read it on their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, PC, Mac and iPad.

The Kindle Store now includes over 500,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including New York TimesBestsellersand New Releases. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle, including titles such as “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Treasure Island.”

“We’re happy to be able to offer our customers this exclusive e-book from TIME magazine’s executive editor, Nancy Gibbs, in the Kindle Store,” said Melissa Kirmayer, Director, Kindle Content. “Timed to the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill, ‘Love, Sex, Freedom and the Paradox of the Pill’ is a timely and important addition to the Kindle Store, available for our customers to download and start reading in less than 60 seconds.”

“Love, Sex, Freedom and the Paradox of the Pill” is expanded from a May 3 TIME cover story on the birth control pill. The book traces the invention of the pill half a century ago by its unlikely pioneers–from the early feminists looking for a way to free women from the fears of frequent childbirth to a prominent Catholic doctor who was seeking a treatment for infertility and instead found a guarantee of it. It traces the social upheavals that coincided with the pill’s arrival and asks which ones it actually caused. It follows the unfolding attitudes of women toward the first form of contraception that they could totally control–and the backlash in recent years among social conservatives who once welcomed the pill as a blessing and now challenge it as a threat. And it explores the social, political and philosophical issues that men and women face when considering the most private questions of family life.

Gibbs is the executive editor of TIME. She has written more than 100 cover stories, including eight “Person of the Year” essays, as well as dozens of stories on the past three presidential campaigns. Gibbs has won several awards for her journalism, including the National Magazine Award for a single-topic issue from the American Society of Magazine Editors, Time Inc.’s Luce Award for 2002 Story of the Year and a New York Press Club Award in the Anticipated News category. She currently writes the back page essay for TIME.

“Nancy’s original research was so rich we decided to publish the unabridged version of her article and make her complete research available in e-book form exclusively for Kindle,” said Richard Stengel, managing editor, TIME. “We’re glad TIME readers and Kindle customers can now discover and read ‘Love, Sex, Freedom and the Paradox of the Pill,’ available only in the Kindle Store.”

TIME magazine is also available to purchase as both a single issue and subscription in the Kindle Periodicals Store.

"Blockade Billy," Stephen King’s Macabre New Novella with a Baseball Backdrop, Available Now in the Kindle Store with Buzz-worthy Publication Details


By Stephen Windwalker
Originally posted April 20, 2010

Ur, Er, Play Ball!

Stephen King has served up a nice fat pitch for Kindle owners to hit out of the park with what appears for now to be the Kindle-only publication of a macabre new novella with a baseball backdrop, and the details of the release — discussed below — are likely to create serious buzz among readers, authors, publishers, and retailers. (Update: Blockade Billy is beginning to turn up at various prices at other ebook venues including Sony and B&N, but is still unavailable at the iBooks Store).




Kindle owners may remember Mr. King, a novelist who makes his home in Bangor, Maine, but spends many hours each Spring, Summer, and Fall in a pretty good seat at Boston’s Fenway Park. A little over 14 months ago King traveled to New York to appear on stage with Jeff Bezos for the launching event of the Kindle 2 and of Ur, a novella that featured excellent product placement for a Kindle that was, perhaps to some tastes, pretty in pink.

Later in 2009, Kindle-packing King fans were disappointed when King’s bestseller Under the Dome was one of the first books to be “windowed,” i.e., withheld in ebook format to give its hardcover launch a better chance. Today’s announcement of the Kindle availability of Blockade Billy, five weeks ahead of the book’s scheduled May 25 hardcover release, suggests an instance of reverse windowing that is unlikely to be upsetting to Kindle readers.

It appears that King has bifurcated or trifurcated his negotiation of book contracts for Blockade Billy, and published the Kindle edition under his own Storyville imprint, for which the only other Kindle publication has been Ur. Amazon has, at this point, discounted Blockade Billy‘s hardcover pre-order price by 33% from $14.99 to $10.11, and set a Kindle price of $7.99. Amazon’s product pages for the novella show Storyville as the Kindle-format publisher, no publisher line for the forthcoming hardcover, and Simon & Schuster as the publisher for a forthcoming audio CD release, scheduled for May 25 at a price of $19.99.

In addition to the discounted hardcover, Amazon’s news release and its website reference a limited edition hardcover that may have already sold out at a $25 price from tiny Maryland-based horror publisher Cemetery Dance Publications, with illustrations by Alex McVey.  The product page for the Kindle edition shows that the Kindle’s text-to-speech feature is enabled for Blockade Billy.

Under the Dome, one of the books at the center of a price war between Amazon and some big-box retailers last fall, was widely discounted then to prices below $10 in both its hardcover and ebook formats. Its Kindle edition is currently priced at $16.99 under the agency model, with a hardcover price discounted from $35 to $20 and paperback pre-orders discounted from $19.99 to $13.99 ahead of their July 6 release.

Your humble reporter’s initial research indicates that, as of 9 a.m. April 20, 2010, Blockade Billy is not available in Apple’s iBooks Store. That could change at any time, and Amazon’s news release does not refer to the novella as a Kindle exclusive. (Update: Blockade Billy is beginning to turn up at various prices at other ebook venues including Sony and B&N, but is still unavailable at the iBooks Store).


However, as long as Blockade Billy effectively remains a Kindle exclusive, not only is it likely to help Amazon sell Kindles but, just as importantly, it is likely that to drive iPad owners to the Kindle for iPad app and increase public awareness that the Kindle Store provides iPad owners with a free catalog-rich, convenient “No Kindle Required” reading environment.

Here’s the guts of today’s news release from Amazon:

Bestselling and Iconic Author Stephen King Publishes New Novella “Blockade Billy,” Available in the Kindle Store

 

Kindle customers can now download Stephen King’s “Blockade Billy” and begin reading in under 60 seconds
 
SEATTLE, Apr 20, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that the new novella by bestselling author Stephen King, “Blockade Billy,” is now available in Amazon’s Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore) for $7.99. The Kindle Store now includes over 480,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including New York TimesBestsellersand New Releases. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle, including titles such as “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Treasure Island.”

“We’re excited to be able to offer our customers Stephen King’s new novella in the Kindle Store, especially after seeing customer enthusiasm for King’s Kindle-exclusive novella ‘UR,'” said Melissa Kirmayer, Director, Kindle Content. “‘Blockade Billy,’ a shorter format book with a limited physical print run, is not only a great example of the publishing freedom Kindle allows writers, but also the rich content Kindle customers can find in the Kindle Store.”

“Blockade Billy” tells the story of William “Blockade Billy” Blakely. He may have been the greatest baseball player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first–and only–player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game’s history. Blockade Billy has a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse… and only Stephen King can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all. Publishers Weekly writes of the book: “As King’s fiction goes . . . a deftly executed suicide squeeze, with sharp spikes hoisted high and aimed at the jugular on the slide home.”

The Kindle edition of “Blockade Billy” features both the cover illustration by Glen Orbik and the interior artwork of Alex McVey from the limited-edition hardcover published by Cemetery Dance Publications.

Stephen King has written more than 40 books, including “Misery,” “The Green Mile,” “Cujo,” “IT” and “Carrie.” He is the winner of numerous awards, including the Bram Stoker Award, O. Henry Award, Horror Guild Award and was the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

“Kindle is a great way for authors to make different lengths of their writing available and to reach diverse audiences with their work,” said Stephen King. “I’m excited to be able to offer ‘Blockade Billy’ in the Kindle Store.”

Kindle is in stock and available for immediate shipment today at www.amazon.com/kindle

Bestselling Author M.C. Beaton Offers eBook Exclusives of Two Previously Out-of-Print Historical Romance Series "Six Sisters" and "The Traveling Matchmaker" in the Kindle Store

Amazon has just announced yet another major signing that allows it to expand the largest commercial ebook catalog with an exclusive on out-of-print series from a bestselling author, M.C. Beaton. Here’s a link to Beaton’s Amazon Author page.

First, and foremost, of course, this is one more example of great news for Kindle readers, regardless of whether they are getting to the Kindle Store on the Kindle or on a PC, Mac, BlackBerry, iPhone or iPad Touch. But it’s also an important step on Amazon’s path of continuing to keep the Kindle platform a go-to venue for growing numbers readers, as we discussed in this earlier post.

Here’s the guts of Amazon’s news release this morning:

News Release
Bestselling Author M.C. Beaton Makes Electronic Editions of Two Historical Romance Series Available Exclusively in the Kindle Store
Previously out-of-print series “Six Sisters” and “The Traveling Matchmaker” now available for the first time electronically

SEATTLE, Apr 15, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that two historical romance series of six titles each from the bestselling author M.C. Beaton–also known by her real name Marion Chesney–are available exclusively in the Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore). These books are from the previously out-of-print series “Six Sisters” and “The Traveling Matchmaker.” This is the first time any of the titles have been available electronically, and the 12 books will be exclusive to the Kindle Store for one year. Rosetta Books is the publisher of the electronic editions. The Kindle Store now includes over 480,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including New York TimesBestsellersand New Releases. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle, including titles such as “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Treasure Island.”

“For the first time ever, Marion Chesney’s fans will be able to discover and read these previously out-of-print books and enjoy them not only on Kindle, but also on their iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, PC, Mac and iPad,” said Melissa Kirmayer, Director, Kindle Content. “With its light weight which makes it fit comfortably in one hand for hours, its e-ink display that is easy on the eyes even in bright daylight and two weeks of battery, Kindle is a great way to read an author as prolific as Marion Chesney–or M.C. Beaton as many know her.”

M.C. Beaton is the most well-known pseudonym for author Marion Chesney, who is best known for her two most recent bestselling mystery series Agatha Raisin” and Hamish Macbeth,”each of which have been published for several decades. While M.C. Beaton is the pseudonym she reserves for mystery novels, Marion Chesney has also written under the names Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, and Charlotte Ward. All names combined, the author has written over 100 books. These electronic books will be listed under the names M.C. Beaton and Marion Chesney in the Kindle Store.

“I am delighted to think that because of Kindle I am once more back in the Regency period,” said Marion Chesney. “I hope Kindle readers have as much fun reading my books as I had writing them!”

Kindle is in stock and available for immediate shipment today at www.amazon.com/kindle.

1st Critical Assessment of Sarah Palin is Top Political Campaign Book in Kindle Store; Begins Shipping in Paperback; Newsweek Issues Kindle Exclusives

Boston, MA, October 13, 2008 — The first book-length critical assessment of Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin — Thanks But No Thanks: The Voter’s Guide to Sarah Palin by Sue Katz — has soared into position as the top political campaign book in Amazon’s Kindle store, where it will soon be joined by four “Kindle Exclusives” from Newsweek on the four major national-ticket nominees.

Unlike the Newsweek publications, Thanks But No Thanks is also now shipping in a paperback edition and is available through most bookstores nationally as well as Amazon.com.

“It was especially cool to have Thanks But No Thanks come out on this new Kindle technology, even before the paperbacks were ready to be shipped,” Katz said. “Kindle has allowed tech savvy readers to be the first to get into my brain and my book, but we also want to reach readers who get their information from the printed page.”

Katz began blogging about Palin and her selection as vice-presidential nominee just hours after John McCain announced his choice in late August. Within a few days, a book deal with independent publisher Harvard Perspectives Press had landed in her lap.

Now, the newest book on the 2008 presidential campaign – and the first to take a critical look at Sarah Palin – has caught fire following its launch Wednesday on the eve of last night’s vice-presidential debate.

Launched as a Kindle exclusive prior to its paperback edition launch on October 10, Thanks But No Thanks is the product of a month of intensive work by Katz and was published by independent publisher Harvard Perspectives Press. The book has already received rave reviews from several major authors, including Harriet Lerner, author of bestseller The Dance of Anger: “Sue Katz’s meticulously researched book cuts through the media fog and political doublespeak, bringing the facts about Sarah Palin into sharp resolve.”

“The response to my blog entries immediately after Palin’s selection made me realize that people were hungry for help in distilling all the information that started pouring in,” said Katz this week. “Now that my publisher has announced the book, I’m astonished to see how the mesh of networks kicks into gear when it finds something of interest. The circles I’ve been involved in all my life have been telling all their various networks and the resulting buzz over just 48 hours is stunning.”

The Newsweek publication on Sarah Palin will collect the magazine’s coverage of Palin since her selection Aug
ust 29 and will be available for Kindle readers on October 15.

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Links:
Detail Page in Amazon Kindle Store: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001H0G6M8
Blog Page for Book, with cover art: http://palinvoterguide.blogspot.com/
Sue Katz: Consenting Adult blog: http://suekatz.typepad.com