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An Acceptable Sacrifice (Bibliomysteries)
An Acceptable Sacrifice (Bibliomysteries)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clever, bookish little thriller, December 21, 2014
This is the first of the Bibliomysteries that I've read, and I liked it a lot. No books were harmed in the crafting of this violent bit of justice, but many classics were given their due. Bravo.


Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience
Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through a Screen, Darkly..., November 18, 2014
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I love how Pete Meyers peers into the future of books with passion and originality. For example, his idea of the reading dashboard intrigues me. It would help navigate not only a specific book but entire topics of interest, "a living interest cluster of what's important to any reader." How cool would THAT be?

Instead of pining for yesteryear, when we could settle down with a long, text-only book for hours on end, sipping tea and smoking a pipe, Pete dreams up clever inventions like "skim/grok/master" for plucking a non-fiction book's key points. It's a combination of skimming and deep reading, a way to hack a book's content in order to arrive at precisely what you want and need from the book to benefit your own life and understanding.

You will find useful trails to follow from this book to the work of other book visionaries and innovators, as well as text-bending apps to try, such as Robin Sloan's Fish: A Tap Essay and a scrubbable-video-enhanced confection named Hello Cupcake.

When it comes to the future of books, Pete Meyers dares to see through a screen, darkly. Will everything he envisions come to pass? Assuredly not. But his zest and savvy inventiveness make him a great guide for book lovers and makers alike. He's turning the pages of a great story: what happens next to the way we read.


The Amazon Fire Phone: Master your Amazon smartphone including Firefly, Mayday, Prime, and all the top apps
The Amazon Fire Phone: Master your Amazon smartphone including Firefly, Mayday, Prime, and all the top apps
Price: $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Guide to the Fire Phone, November 11, 2014
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I thought I knew just about all the tricks of the Fire, but Scott McNulty's clear, well-organized book taught me some new ones. For example, I didn't know about alternate characters on the keyboard, right-panel additions of VIP addresses in email, or that you can delete emails from the carousel by swiping them. If you have a Fire Phone or are thinking of buying one, this book is a must!


Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age -- From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between
Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age -- From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between
Offered by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Price: $10.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource for parents, grandparents et al, August 13, 2014
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This book is a goldmine of ideas, research, personal experience, and wisdom about how to introduce babies and children to the joys of reading in the fast-evolving digital age. Boog makes the story personal and entertaining by weaving in the reading experiences of his daughter, Olive. You'll never read a book to a child the same after reading Born Reading. You will be asking questions, playing games, and tapping the imagination in ways that will transform you both.


The Set-Up: A Jeremiah Funk Mystery (Jeremiah Funk Mysteries Book 1)
The Set-Up: A Jeremiah Funk Mystery (Jeremiah Funk Mysteries Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fast-Moving Detective Story Told in a Voice You Won't Forget, August 3, 2014
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What I love most about The Set-Up is the voice of the narrator, Jeremiah Funk, a detective who doesn’t own a gun and falls in love easily and often, beginning with his first love, Nancy McGuire. Jerry was 17 at the time and played his heart out in a football game against a rival school where Nancy, 16, was a cheerleader.

“She was beautiful,” Funk recalls. “That beauty that young girls get all of a sudden, and, if they’re lucky, maybe it lasts a few years—like a fresh, new, perfect blossom that just takes your breath away.” He stopped nearly every play Nancy’s team ran, winking at his princess each time he got up from the pile. She rewarded his dragon slaying with a brief and passionate bit of kissing at the end of the bleachers and a giggled assent when he asked if he could visit her home. Well, that visit didn’t go well when it turned out that Nancy was from a way different background that included an imperious butler and maid. It’s a poignant vignette told in Funk’s memorably matter-of-fact voice.

As for the story of The Set-Up, it moves quickly and entertainingly through a series of murders and mishaps set in Colorado. It turns out some bad guys from Detroit are after Funk from his days as a cop there. A drug raid that went bad ended up getting him badly shot and providing him with an ill-gotten windfall of $2 million in cash. It’s a well-told detective story that will keep your interest and make you smile along the way, for the sheer joy of listening to this tough-talking, romantic would-be dragon slayer tell it.


Wool: The Graphic Novel (Silo Saga)
Wool: The Graphic Novel (Silo Saga)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Navigation design detracts from an excellent graphic novel, June 3, 2014
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I was disappointed to see that when I double tap on a panel in the book, it does not enable me to move from panel to panel. Instead, when I tap on the right side of my Kindle Fire HDX 7" (same on 8.9"), the view moves among four quadrants of each page. It starts at upper left, then to upper right, lower left, and lower right. Sometimes this messes up the flow of the text and illustrations and you have to move back to see what's next in the story.

By comparison, Watchmen uses the panel-by-panel navigation and is much easier to read on my HDX than Wool is.

Maybe this can be fixed in future books in the series? I hope so. The illustrations look terrific, and it's a shame for the clumsy navigation to detract from the enjoyment of the book.
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The Cowboy and the Cossack (Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries)
The Cowboy and the Cossack (Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries)
Price: $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful!, August 6, 2013
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Thank you, Nancy Pearl and Amazon for bringing this terrific tale back into print. The characters are mythic but believably human, the plot pulled me round the world eager to find out what happens next, and the wisdom sayings of the cowboys and the Cossacks inspired me deeply. Nancy's introduction and afternotes add a great deal to the pleasure of reading this unforgettable book.


President Barack Obama: The Kindle Singles Interview (Kindle Single)
President Barack Obama: The Kindle Singles Interview (Kindle Single)
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63 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-prepared interview with the President, July 31, 2013
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Nice work on a very tight deadline by Kindle Singles editor David Blum. And thank you for making it available at no charge on Kindle. I wish a snippet of video had been included, to show the scene where the interview took place. Must have been surreal.
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The Battle of $9.99: How Apple, Amazon, and the Big Six Publishers Changed the E-Book Business Overnight (Kindle Single)
The Battle of $9.99: How Apple, Amazon, and the Big Six Publishers Changed the E-Book Business Overnight (Kindle Single)
Price: $1.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview of eBook price-Fixing Case, June 20, 2013
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This brief but thorough account of the struggle over eBook prices reads like a novel. FederalJudge Denise Cote will write the next chapter in her decision on the case against the only defendant who didn't settle - Apple. Meanwhile, this timely Kindle Single offers an enlightening and satisfying look at how we got to this point in the saga.


The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $8.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Accomplishment, June 15, 2013
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This book changed the way I see this country and what has become of it in the last several decades. The lives Packer portrays have dignity and meaning that advance the central theme of the unwinding of previous certainties and institutions that worked. It's a sad story mostly, except for how the human spirit keeps showing itself to be stronger than you'd think possible. I am convinced that this book will be seen decades hence as a brilliant, seminal portrayal of our era.


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