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Initial post: Apr 3, 2014 10:48:00 AM PDT
The April picks are out for the free Kindle First books and once again I am underwhelmed. None of the titles interests me in the least. I am a science fiction fan. Amazon needs a serious SF editor, one who knows the difference between fantasy/supernatural/zombie/vampire stuff and real science fiction.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2014 10:57:50 AM PDT
King Al says:
Since there are no sci-fi books in this month's selections, I'm not sure what that has to do with your statement that you are underwhelmed.

Posted on May 30, 2014 6:21:50 AM PDT
T. Buskey says:
I would like to see more genres represented. History, Science, etc.

And as the OP says, Science Fiction that is separate from Fantasy. I'm not interested in signing up for Kindle First if it doesn't have the genres I'm interested in or if the genre picks are wildly different (SF and Fantasy lumped into same genre).

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 6:24:24 AM PDT
LadyH95 says:
You don't sign up for Kindle First - it is a perk of being a Prime member.

Posted on May 30, 2014 6:24:41 AM PDT
T. Cook says:
"I'm not interested in signing up for Kindle First"

You don't sign up for it, so I guess you're safe.

Posted on May 30, 2014 6:37:33 AM PDT
Remember these free books are selected by the editors that select newly submitted books for Amazon. They are usually new authors, and are selected because the individual editor thinks they are worth reading and to give the author exposure. They are limited to books that come across their desks(screens) and genre is probably not their major consideration. THEY ARE FREE!!!.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 6:40:56 AM PDT
Kindle Firsts are titles published by Amazon's own publishing houses. Since they currently don't publish history or science books you will not see those genres in the selections.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2014 6:55:41 AM PDT
Actually, the customers' tastes aren't really considered at all. These are more like those shelves at B&N where they let employees put "Our Staff's Favorites".

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 4:18:07 AM PST
Overall, I've enjoyed the Kindle First perk as a Prime member during the last year- HOWEVER, both the November and December offerings have been quite unattractive and aimed at a very narrow readership. In the past Kindle First has opened up new authors to my reading interests, but by offering 4 books focused on a narrower set of readers, Amazon reduces the impact and the chance to enhance readership. Why doesn't Amazon offer 4 very different, new books that point at many and very different reading groups- such as History, romantic stories, mysteries (without horror or the supernatural), science fiction, etc.?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2014 4:35:59 AM PST
T. Cook says:
"Why doesn't Amazon offer 4 very different, new books that point at many and very different reading groups- such as History, romantic stories, mysteries (without horror or the supernatural), science fiction, etc.? "

Marketing.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2014 5:37:07 AM PST
Why not horror or supernatural?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2014 5:43:30 AM PST
I am certainly not opposed to those topics, I would just like to see others in subjects that I am more inclined to read. December's four selections seem to focus around those topics when there are so many others that might attract a wider audience of readers.
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