Amazon First Reads

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  1. Yvonne Smith

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    This used to be called “Kindle First”, and Amazon just changed the name, but it still is the same thing. How it works is that once you sign up for this, each month on the first, they send you an email with around 4-5 books of different genres. You can look at the info on each book and choose whichever one you want and download it for free.
    These are usually new books that are not even on the Kinde Store yet, and there is always an interesting selection to choose from.

    If you have Amazon Prime, you can also borrow a lot of books from the Prime Reading Library. You can borrow the book (or magazine) for as long as you want to keep it; but you can only have about 10 books at a time checked out, so as you return the ebooks you can check out new ones.
    You do not have to have an actual Kindle to read any of these books, just the Kindle app on your tablet or computer will work. I have a little Kindle Fire, and all that I use it for is reading books because it is the perfect size for that, and very lightweight.

    Just in case you didn’t already know about these, there is also Bookbub.com, and Bookgorilla.com and both of these websites have free or discounted ebooks that you can get. Once you go to the website and register, they send you an email each day with the new books that have been listed that are in the categories that you choose when you register (these can be changed or modified anytime).

    Here is the link to sign up for Amazon First Reads, and you can also see the selection of ebooks for January.

    https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/firstreads
     
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  2. Nancy Smith

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    Can you read the books from Bookbub.com, and Bookgorilla.com on your Kindle?
     
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    Yes, you can download them to your Kindle, or whatever you read ebooks with, just like any other books that you get through Amazon. the nice thing about places like Bookbub is that they do the “searching” for you instead of having to go to Amazon and look for new books in the categories you want to read. When you register, you fill out a profile of the types of books you are interested in, and the book service goes through the books on sale and sends you an email each day.
    You can be as specific or as broad as you want to be in your specifications for books. At first, I picked too many catagories, and had a huge list to go through each day, so then I narrowed it down to where I get a lot less, and you can always revise your choices anytime you want to do that.
     
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    I haven't signed up for either of those programs but I read a lot of books from Amazon. I thought I had or might have a serious medical and I read at night to keep me from lying awake thinking on it. I have been reading mysterys and westerns. I found a new western author who had self published on Amazon. The first three I read were really good stories, but the last four I got were, to my mind, unreadable, simplistic unrealistic plots. However, they only cost .99 cents each, so I'm back looking for a good western writer. I do get emails from Bookbub periodically.
     
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    I also buy books on Amazon, used and very inexpensive. I love reading memoirs and biographies. I find them most interesting if written after 1900 and in the US. Ones that excite me the most are from places I have lived or been and can relate to much mentioned in the book. I would love one of those Kindles or electronic reading gadgets. I believe you can download books from your local public library onto them. I have used my sister's and found it to be very comfortable and easy reading. Some hardcover books can be cumbersome.
     
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    Used Kindles and other ereaders are often pretty cheap on ebay, @Angela Teed . The first ones that I had were used ones that cost me about $20.
    I really enjoy having the Kindle to read with, it is the perfect size, and very lightweight. Also, you can choose the size font that you need to read the book properly, which is something that you cannot do on a regular book.
    In my estimation, it is well worth the money spent to get one, even if it is a used one.
     
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  7. Angela Teed

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    Thanks Yvonne, I will take heed to your suggestion.
     
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    I don’t know if you saw my post in the Kindle thread here, @Angela Teed ; but Amazon has a sale on all of the new Kindle Fires, plus they are offering no-interest, no credit check to purchase on on payments.
    The Fire 7 is now $39, with payments of $8 for five months, the Fire 8 is $12 payments, and the Fire 10 is $24 per month for 5 months. It is automatically deducted from your amazon account, just like the payments for Prime are taken out.
    This is an awesome deal, and really makes getting a new Kindle easy to afford.
     
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