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Friday News: Scribd’s most downloaded books, Amazon Prime’s price increase, what sexual assault victims were wearing, and Microsoft and Nook renegotiate

Friday News: Scribd’s most downloaded books, Amazon Prime’s price increase, what...

The Most Popular Book in Each of the 50 States – So the first caveat here is the results are limited to Scribd downloads, which makes the results both narrower and more interesting. Alabama, for example, was Lisa Kleypas’s Midnight Angel, Missouri, The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, Tennessee, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max, and in Texas, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.  –Parade

Amazon raises price of Prime membership to $99 – For anyone who joins Prime after March 20th or renews an exiting Prime membership after April 17th, the cost will now be $99, instead of $79. Since Amazon originally floated the possibility of a $40 increase, this almost seems like a bargain, and since Prime members spend more money at Amazon (well, duh), it’s definitely a long-term win (again) for Amazon. Not to mention all of us Prime Members who will likely buy even more stuff to justify that extra $20 (suckers that we are). Seriously, though, Amazon Prime has to be one of the best advertising strategies of all time.

“Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same. If you consider things like inflation and fuel costs, a Prime membership valued at $79 in 2005 would be worth more than $100 today,” she said. –USA Today

Sexual Assault Survivors Answer The Question “What Were You Wearing When You Were Assaulted?” – MAJOR TRIGGER WARNING! I’m not even going to quote any of this piece, it’s so heartbreaking and infuriating. Still, it’s always important (albeit sadly necessary), to battle the bullshit ‘women are asking for it’ insinuations. –Buzzfeed

Microsoft and Nook redo their agreement; no Microsoft e-reader in the works – So apparently it’s official now, and the expected Microsoft digital reading device is now dust in the wind. Or, more properly, merely an ereading app. I admit to being kind of excited by the idea of an Office Reader App, which apparently is in development, but it appears that Nook is the real winner in this deal, at least in terms of the way it will continue to deliver digital content via Nook ereaders and Windows Phones.

Here’s exactly what the 8-K says:

“Pursuant to the Amendment, NOOK Media LLC (“NOOK Media”) and Microsoft agreed to co-branding within the Microsoft Consumer Reader for reading content delivered by NOOK Media. The Amendment also provided that subject to certain conditions NOOK Media would be permitted to discontinue distributing the NOOK Windows app and will cooperate in good faith with Microsoft to transition users to the Microsoft Consumer Reader. Microsoft and NOOK Media also agreed to updated revenue sharing to address this possibility. The Amendment also permits NOOK Media to cease efforts with respect to a Windows phone app.” –ZDNet

Daily Deals: Recommended read along with a history of perfume sellers, harmless sexy stories, and a PNR with editing issues

Daily Deals: Recommended read along with a history of perfume sellers,...

The Nekkid Truth by Nicole CamdenThe Nekkid Truth by Nicole Camden. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

A sizzling e-novella from erotica author Nicole Camden!

In this sexy erotic novella from Nicole Camden, crime scene photographer Debbie Valley loses the ability to recognize faces and must instead identify people by their bodies. Soon she finds that the wonders of Detective Marshall Scott’s body never cease…and that he needs her to help catch a dangerous killer.

Everyone must download this. Everyone. If you don’t download it, I’m going to block you from visiting Dear Author. (Kidding, I’m not going to do that) I’m not saying you have to read it but you at least need to download it. For real. I LOVE this novella (and people I hate novellas). The heroine suffers from facial recognition disorder. She can’t remember you from day to day. That’s really challenging for a relationship. The fall in love parts, the suspense parts, the disability parts, the sex parts are all wonderful. Download it. Please.

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A Little Harmless Six Pack by Melissa SchroederA Little Harmless Six Pack by Melissa Schroeder. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Get six Harmless books for one low price including four full length books and two short stories.
Available for .99 during the preorder and through the first week!

A Little Harmless Submission
For a tough as nails Dom, hunting a sadistic serial killer is nothing compared to losing his heart.
BDSM, Erotic romantic suspense

A Little Harmless Fascination
Wanting her isn’t smart, seducing her is inevitable, but falling in love with her could be downright deadly for both of them.
BDSM, Erotic Romantic Suspense, Interracial

Prelude to a Fantasy *SHORT STORY
Find out how Zeke and Maura meet and first fall in love.

A Little Harmless Fantasy
What starts out as simple fantasy among friends, becomes an overwhelming need that none of them can deny.
BDSM, Menage, MMF, Erotic Romantic Suspense

A Little Harmless Ride
When this Dom falls hard, he will do anything to protect the woman he loves.
BDSM, Erotic Romantic Suspense, Interracial

Prelude to a Secret
A brand new, never before released short story that gives you a glimpse of how Ali and Devon first met.

The Harmless Series
A Little Harmless Sex
A Little Harmless Pleasure
A Little Harmless Obsession
A Little Harmless Lie
A Little Harmless Addiction
A Little Harmless Submission
A Little Harmless Fascination
A Little Harmless Fantasy
A Little Harmless Ride
Coming Soon
A Little Harmless Secret

I know I’ve bought a couple of this author’s books but I can’t remember if I’ve read them…

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The Perfume Collector Kathleen TessaroThe Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

An inheritance from a mysterious stranger . . .
An abandoned perfume shop on the Left Bank of Paris . . .
And three exquisite perfumes that hold a memory . . . and a secret

London, 1955: Grace Monroe is a fortunate young woman. Despite her sheltered upbringing in Oxford, her recent marriage has thrust her into the heart of London’s most refined and ambitious social circles. However, playing the role of the sophisticated socialite her husband would like her to be doesn’t come easily to her—and perhaps never will.

Then one evening a letter arrives from France that will change everything. Grace has received an inheritance. There’s only one problem: she has never heard of her benefactor, the mysterious Eva d’Orsey.

So begins a journey that takes Grace to Paris in search of Eva. There, in a long-abandoned perfume shop on the Left Bank, she discovers the seductive world of perfumers and their muses, and a surprising, complex love story. Told by invoking the three distinctive perfumes she inspired, Eva d’Orsey’s story weaves through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London.

But these three perfumes hold secrets. And as Eva’s past and Grace’s future intersect, Grace realizes she must choose between the life she thinks she should live and the person she is truly meant to be.

Illuminating the lives and challenging times of two fascinating women, The Perfume Collector weaves a haunting, imaginative, and beautifully written tale filled with passion and possibility, heartbreak and hope.

More than one reviewer said that the editing was poor (several typos). This is a book published by a Big 5…It’s also not really historical fiction but merely a recount of the history of perfume sellers. And, of course, infidelity…

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Born to Fight by Tara BrownBorn to Fight by Tara Brown. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Twenty years ago scientists made some remarkable discoveries with genetics and the ability to perfect the babies we gave birth to.

Ten years ago the governments of the world made a hard choice, earth or people.

Nine weeks ago the choices they made came full circle.

Fourteen days ago the truth of their mutations leaked out into the borderlands and other areas.

Yesterday the worst thing they ever made learned about what she was.

Today she’s coming for them and she knows about the strengths they gave her.

Tomorrow she plans on destroying everything.

She plans on starting with her her own creator. Her own father.

This is the second in a trilogy. The reviews say it is a good story but the editing is horrible. Maybe it’s been edited since it’s release last summer?

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