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Saturday Midday Links: Some Valentine’s Weekend Special

I was browsing books last night and came across Patricia Briggs’ Silver Borne (non affiliate Kindle link).   Right now the Kindle price is $9.99 if you pre-order.   My understanding is that Kindle pre -orders do count for bestseller lists so you can get the book now and still help out a favorite author.

Amazon is playing around with pricing so you might want to check in every so often to see if you can get a deal before the March agency pricing kicks in. Charlaine Harris’ May book, Dead in the Family (non affiliate Kindle link), is priced at $10.80 today.

Here are some weekend specials:

The Wall Street Journal did an article on basketball player’s reading habits. Quite a few of them read, particularly the international players. Remember Julie James’ book, Practice Makes Perfect, when J.D.’s friend Tyler explains about using P&P as a pick up tool?

Tyler shook his head. "Lit 305: Eighteenth-Century Women's Fiction." He caught J.D.'s look and quickly defended himself. "What? I took it because of the girls in the class. Anyway, I see a bit of a P and P dynamic going on between you and Payton."

J.D. didn't think he wanted to know. Really. But he asked anyway. "P and P?"

Tyler shot him a look, appalled. "Uh, hello-‘Pride and Prejudice?" His tone said only a cretin wouldn't know this.

"Oh right, P and P," J.D. said. "You know, Tyler, you might want to pick up your balls-‘I think they just fell right off when you said that."

Up front, the cabdriver let out a good snicker.

Tyler shook his head. "Laugh if you want, but let me tell you something: women go crazy for that book. And even crazier for men who have read it. If I plan to bring a girl back to my place, I might just so happen to leave a copy of it sitting out on my coffee table and, let's just say, hijinks frequently ensue.”

Seriously? Is there anything more sexy than a well read man? What about One Summer by Karen Robards (lord, I love that book) and, of course, there is the English literature major in Jennifer Crusie’s Crazy for You.

Shoot. I should have saved this for a Tuesday article.

Anyway, this is a long way to say that men who read are sexy and Dwayne Wade saying that one of his favorite books is Pride and Prejudice just made him exponentially more so.

Miami’s Dwyane Wade isn’t afraid to admit that one of his favorite books was Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” which he first read as a student at Marquette.

TechCrunch posted a rumor from a “reliable source” that Amazon wants to give the Kindle to all its Prime members. Thank god I signed up for that in December. I’ve often wondered why device manufacturers haven’t done a subscription service + device package much like cell phones. Sign up for a two year agreement to spend $20 per month and get the Kindle/nook for free or something like that.

USA Today will include nook and Sony sales in its bestseller compilations. It already includes Kindle numbers. I hope that the Times start to do this as well. I wonder if the urge to get these books on the bestseller list will affect pricing? One thing that I would love to see would be reverse windowing or the release of ebooks before print editions come out. You could charge more for this and it could be a win for publishers as early buzz of the book sweeps across the internet and on review sites by the early and anxious readers. These pre print sales would need to be included in the bestseller tabulations, though, for publishers and authors to like this option.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. KJ
    Feb 13, 2010 @ 13:23:53

    Thanks Jane, for letting us know about the $5 off coupon at Powell’s!

  2. Kim
    Feb 13, 2010 @ 13:36:55

    Regarding “men who read are sexy”, my romantic hero (and husband) periodically reads my books that he finds around the house. He is a Victoria Alexander fan after reading “The Princes’ Bride”. Since he wears glasses, he enjoyed the humor of the heroine who was too vain to wear glasses. More recently, he read Jo Beverly’s “The Secret Wedding”. He kept reading it because the story included a self absorbed cat that the hero inherited from the heroine. At one time, he cared for 4 rescued cats that I kept bringing home, so he could relate to the situation.

    I don’t think hubby has read P&P, but he has watched the 5-hour BBC production with me. Today and tomorrow, he is performing Singing Valentines with his Barbershop Quartet. He’s a keeper!

  3. RRRJessica
    Feb 13, 2010 @ 14:07:05

    While the Prime/Kindle deal makes a lot of sense, I confess it does sort of piss me off as a newish Kindle owner and oldish Prime member. Grrrr.

  4. Joanne
    Feb 13, 2010 @ 15:35:58

    Re:free Kindle with prime membership.

    It’s great for those who have the prime membership anyway– that’s a good deal when you shop with them on a monthly basis– but if they sell a lot of $79 memberships based on people thinking they’ll get a free Kindle and then Amazon decides that they can’t “work out how to do it without losing money” then that’s just not-so-great.

  5. stevie
    Feb 13, 2010 @ 18:02:16

    I can’t see myself pre-ordering Charlaine Harris’ next title from Amazon.

    Actually I can’t see myself pre-ordering *anything* from Amazon.

    After all, their track record – in Germany, Britain and the US- of pulling every title from a publisher if they happen to feel like it doesn’t exactly inspire me with confidence…

  6. jessica
    Feb 14, 2010 @ 01:50:33

    What? Amazon wants to give me a Kindle? I wish they told me that before I bought my husband a Nook for Christmas!

    We have a Prime account and it has more than paid for itself in the meantime and it has been in their favor–we order items from Amazon that we would have normally ordered from another source but want the 2-day shipping. And I ordered all the candy for our wedding’s candy buffet off of Amazon–I probably would have shopped around more for it otherwise.

  7. Nadia Lee
    Feb 14, 2010 @ 02:08:35

    @stevie: has Briggs’ latest (UK version) for less than $6.00 plus free shipping. (pre-order price)

  8. Sarah
    Feb 14, 2010 @ 10:15:14

    @Nadia Lee: Thanks for the heads up on that! I didn’t want the hardcover so I was going to wait on that title. I also ended up checking a bunch of other stuff I had sitting on my wishlist to remind me of release dates and they were all worth preordering. It’ll be like Christmas in my mailbox on random days!

  9. Lyn
    Feb 14, 2010 @ 11:11:27

    Regarding Free Kindles for Amazon Prime Members. According to Amazon, this rumor is FALSE. I made an inquiry to Amazon since I wanted MY free Kindle, and here’s there reply. Which is fine since I’ve just recently acquired a Nook, but a new gadget, especially a free one, is always a good thing.

    This rumor is false. There are no plans to offer this type of promotion. Thank you for your interest in Kindle.

  10. stevie
    Feb 14, 2010 @ 15:15:20

    @Nadia Lee:

    Thank you!

  11. stevie
    Feb 14, 2010 @ 15:18:59


    So who did you manage to contact at Amazon who was prepared to comment? All of the media reports note that the Amazon spokeswoman said

    “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation.”

  12. Lyn
    Feb 14, 2010 @ 15:49:59

    @stevie: I logged in, went to Help and contacted Customer Service and they got back to me right away. Simple as that. I really can’t see any company giving away free ereaders.

  13. stevie
    Feb 14, 2010 @ 17:45:04


    Then I suggest you forward the email to the New York Times which will be delighted to discover an authoritative comment on this from Amazon.

    Of course the person who sent you this may lose his/her job, since company policy is to refuse to comment on ‘rumors or speculation’ but you have a definite scoop…

  14. Jane
    Feb 14, 2010 @ 18:31:24

    It never hurts to check with customer service. We’ll have to wait and see what Amazon comes up with.

  15. Lyn
    Feb 14, 2010 @ 19:46:27

    @stevie: Sorry, not forwarding anything to NY Times. I don’t see how authoritative that comment is anyway since it’s the CS department and not PR and you’re right, they’d probably get fired. Sorry, I don’t see any scoop here. Just a bunch of speculating on the blogs. It’s great PR for Amazon as always when these wildfires spread.

    Did I expect CS rep to ask me when I’d like my free Kindle shipped? No, of course not. As much as I’d like a free Kindle, I don’t think it will happen. If I want Kindle ebooks I can just download their free reader app for my computer or phone.

    At ease people.

  16. stevie
    Feb 15, 2010 @ 04:50:28


    I’m having considerable difficulties in seeing this as ‘great PR for Amazon’; the people who paid out hefty chunks of money for their Kindles are justifiably cheesed off with the idea, and I don’t blame them.

    And the Book Depositary is getting a lot of custom because Amazon has blown the entire customer service thing by refusing to sell books which people had pre-ordered…

  17. Lyn
    Feb 15, 2010 @ 10:27:31

    @stevie: Anytime anyone blogs consistently about anything true or not is great PR for whoever it’s about negative or positive.

    I’m not sure what you are talking about with Amazon refusing to honor their per-ordered books. I’ve gotten the paperbooks I had pre-ordered last summer just last month on time and one already this month from from them. I haven’t had a problem. I don’t buy their ebooks so I’m out of that loop if that’s what you were referring to.

    I’ve never purchased anything from Book Depository so I can’t comment on that as well. At least they are getting some good PR out of all of this. See? Now I’m going to check them out. Nice go.

    I’m not pro Amazon and definitely not pro Kindle. I don’t believe they would give a free Kindle away to any customer no matter how good they are with the big potential to lose an already established ebook customer base just to attempt to troll in more? Cutting of one’s nose to spite your face is never attractive.

    Let’s just wait and see what Amazon OFFICIALLY says, and they will say something with all the blog wildfires spreading. Rumor mills do suck.

    Keep fanning the fire. It keeps my workday going.

    Let’s just wait and see what Amazon OFFICIALLY says, and they will say something. They’ll have to with all this PR.

    Maybe I’ll eat my words one day IF I’m hungry enough, but I don’t anticipate that much of an appetite.

    I’m apathetic towards the expensive proprietary ereaders like the Kindle DX, Que’s, iPads, etc… I’ve got a Nook that was a gift and they aren’t very expensive to begin with. I’d say 90 percent of the books weren’t even bought at B&N or any of it’s subsidiaries. I’m not going to be tied to any one retailer for my ebooks. I won’t even do it free Kindle.

    And how come my paragraph html tags don’t work??

  18. stevie
    Feb 15, 2010 @ 11:41:40


    You are cleaving to the ‘no publicity is bad publicity’ line but I’m really not convinced; Harlequin managed to offend a lot of people with the Horizon debacle and nowadays could tie with a Trappist Monastery in the Loquacious Stakes.

    As for Amazon saying anything publically, they have still not provided a formal comment on the Macmillan fiasco so I’m not holding my breath. pulled all its Macmillan titles, not just the e-books; I did email them to ask whether they could assure me it wouldn’t happen again, but alas they could not come up with an answer.

    Google is apparently now adopting a more ‘flexible’ approach to getting in on the e-book act, which is also good news for people who don’t want to be tied to any one retailer.

    Sorry, can’t help you with the html…

  19. Debbie
    Feb 15, 2010 @ 13:50:38

    Is anyone else having problems with ebook downloads from Powell’s? I made a purchase last night using the coupon. When I went to my ebook library on the site to download the book, I got a message saying “waiting for authorization.” So, I let it go until this morning, same message showing. I contacted their customer service to inquire. The rep. checked my account, confirmed my payment, suggested that “it might have something to do with the coupon” and put me on hold. She came back to inform me that “the computer programmers are working on it and will have it cleared up as soon as possible.” This is really odd.

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