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Kindle First free picks for Prime members are all women's books


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Initial post: Dec 26, 2013 1:56:36 PM PST
Bruce K. says:
"Kindle First" offers Prime members an opportunity to read 4 different books prior to official release. That's great except that every one of them is female oriented, not surprising because they were picked, all 4 of them, by women editors from Amazon.
Hey Amazon, there are men who use Kindles and buy books too!

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 2:14:39 PM PST
the real problem is that they are all published by Amazon, basically self-published dreck

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 2:24:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 26, 2013 2:25:22 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
actually most of the stuff published by AmazonCrossing is pretty good (it's their translating division that looks for and then trnslates and publishes books originally published in other languages). I especially like this one and the rest of the series:

The Hangman's Daughter (A Hangman's Daughter Tale Book 1)

website: http://www.apub.com/imprint-detail?imprint=3

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 3:19:58 PM PST
Artist says:
Maybe December's choices (I didn't notice), but in November I got a book about a former PI who was trying to solve one last case before he died. Definitely not a book for women only.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 3:22:24 PM PST
Artist says:
Books like The Hangman's Daughter are not offered with the Kindle First program. We only get a choice of one book from an offer of four. So far, they haven't been that great.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 3:24:36 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
The Widow File is only for women because the lead character is female???? So I guess women shouldn't read thrillers with a male lead character.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 3:25:20 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
being that it was first published back in May 2011, it wouldn't be considered a "prior to official release" book - my point was that not all Amazon published books are bad and some, in this case, are quite good

btw, I can't even see the list as I'm not in the US

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 3:46:49 PM PST
Artist says:
I got that. I was just letting you know that books of the quality of The Hangman's Daughter have so far not been offered as a Kindle First selection.

You would agree that there are different skill levels of Amazon-published authors, wouldn't you?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 3:51:19 PM PST
Verbose says:
>> every one of them is female oriented

As The Artist mentioned, last month we were offered a book called "Silent Echo" by a male author with a male protagonist which seems like it should surely be sufficiently "male". I chose that one and wasn't too crazy for it, but it was ok.

I chose The Widow File for this month, but haven't read it yet. However, I see reviewers with male names when I look at the reviews on Amazon, with a wide variety of ratings. We have a Stephen with 2 stars, a Dave with 4 stars, a Jeremy with 2 stars, a Richard with 1 star, a Louis with 5 stars, a Roger with 4 stars, and I quit after page 4 of 26. Clearly some males liked it.

I imagine the mix will vary from month to month. If I see something I like, I'll get it. If I don't, I won't. But why box yourself in with false boundaries between "men's books" and "women's books"? As a female, I enjoy books in all combinations of author genders and protagonist genders. Some of my favorite books are from an epic fantasy series with a male protagonist written by a female author. I got into fantasy because of a book by a male author with a male protagonist. Right now I'm reading a great science fiction book by a male author that so far has focused primarily (but not exclusively) on a female protagonist. My last read was a fast-paced thriller by a male author with a male protagonist. What difference does it make? A good story is a good story.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 3:59:50 PM PST
R. Wilde says:
So if none of the books appeal to you this month... don't get any of them.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 3:59:56 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
of course, I just have a problem with people saying "all" if there are exceptions and especially with the implication that all Amazon published works are self-published dreck.

they aren't and it may be a needle in a haystack search to find a good one (I rely on outside reviews), but good ones exist and they aren't all self-published either.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 4:00:54 PM PST
There have only been two months of offerings.... Really, can you give it time before complaining about another "bonus/perk/freebie" that they have given to prime members?

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 8:07:42 PM PST
OK, I should have said:
"So far they seem to be mostly self-published dreck"
That better?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 8:22:21 PM PST
Artist says:
I understand that.

It bothers me when people say they aren't going to read any self-published books because they're all bad. Well, I've read a few books that were as good as, or better than, books from major publishers.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 8:25:20 PM PST
I'm willing to believe that there may well be a gem or two in the slush pile, but how can you find the needle in that haystack?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 8:30:00 PM PST
Artist says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 8:32:28 PM PST
 nospin  says:
Suzanne never self-published.

Many others have and there are many previously trad dubbed authors, like Julie Smith, who now have their e publishing rights.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 10:30:14 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
Hugh Howey and Peter Heller started out as self-published and now have contracts. I found out about Howey via the boingboing blog and a friend recommended Heller.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 11:19:03 PM PST
M. Ratcheson says:
Or demand your money back?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 11:23:10 PM PST
M. Ratcheson says:
I have to admit, I've been hanging onto a KOLL book for months, without trading it in for another. It's a cookbook, and I like it. When I find a compelling novel, and actually many more have been showing on my radar, I'll let it go, and likely just buy it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 11:27:21 PM PST
Artist says:
Either I was misinformed or I'm confusing her with another author. I do see now, after checking wiki, that her book was published in the beginning by Scholastic.

It's possible I'm confused. It happens a lot. Thanks for the correct info.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 11:30:23 PM PST
Artist says:
I was able to get two of The Hangman's Daughters via the KOLL. I would have purchased them otherwise, so it was a win win for me. Some of my KOLL selections haven't been that great (despite the fact that I check everything and download samples), but they're free, so I don't worry about it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 11:34:13 PM PST
M. Ratcheson says:
No, you aren't confused. I wasn't intending to refer to Suzanne Collins specifically, I meant to speak generally. Sorry, Artist (Blaize?).

It is kindof interesting that Collins was originally published by Scholastic.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 11:40:45 PM PST
M. Ratcheson says:
Well, with the Hangman's daughter books, I have been collecting them as they have been offered to me for $.99. My book club has actually selected the first one as a read during the next few months, so I figure I'm ahead, since I've picked up all of them for about the price of just one.

But it is true, if I would let go of the cookbook, I would have been able to get all of them at no cost. Owell.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013 11:42:03 PM PST
Artist says:
M., I was responding to Nospin's post.

That was my former user name (without the "e" at the end) but I don't like to use my name on the net anymore. A friend of mine lost out on a job she interviewed for because they googled her and didn't like something she wrote on her blog (not even about that company)!
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