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Daily Deals: An American Tragedy and Wordoku

An American Tragedy
Today you can get the very good book – An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser just for $1.99.

Novel by Theodore Dreiser, published in 1925. It is a complex and compassionate account of the life and death of a young antihero named Clyde GRIFFITHS. The novel begins with Clyde’s blighted background, recounts his path to success, and culminates in his apprehension, trial, and execution for murder. The book was called by one influential critic “the worst-written great novel in the world,” but its questionable grammar and style are transcended by its narrative power. Dreiser’s intricate speculations on the extent of Clyde’s guilt are countered by his searing indictment of materialism and the American dream of success. — The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

 Product Description
Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy (1925) is nothing less than what it purports to be — the harrowing story of a weak-willed young man who destroys himself, a villain who is also victim of the values of a deceptive, materialistic society. Dreiser patterned the story of Clyde Griffiths on a real-life murder that took place in 1906, a charming young social climber who killed his pregnant young girlfriend in order to romance a rich girl who had begun to notice him. A powerful murder story, An American Tragedy is much more than that. For Dreiser pours his own dark yearnings into the character of Clyde Griffiths, while grimly charting the young man’s pitiful rise and fall as he pursues empty ambitions to wealth, power and satisfaction. The Indiana-born novelist Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945) has never been a dashing or romantic figure in American literature, and he has no Pulitzer or Nobel Prize to signal his importance. His big, rugged novels were shocking in their day — unapologetic in their sexual candor, antagonistic to the norms of conventional morality and organized religion, often banned or suppressed — and challenging still to readers. Yet the brooding force of his writing casts a deep shadow across modern American letters. At his best, in An American Tragedy, Dreiser examines the flip side of The American Dream in a gathering storm of a story that develops with a power echoing Dostoevsky in Crime and Punishment. Inspired by the novels of Balzac and the ideas of Spenser and Freud, Dreiser became one of America’s greatest naturalist writers, and An American Tragedy retains its rocky intensity and its devastating view of American longing almost a century later.

Wordoku

With Wordoku you can play this new Sudoku/Crossword game, enjoy 3000 unique puzzles, customize difficulty level, find the hidden word in each puzzle, use intuitive touchscreen interface. Right now the price is $0. You can get this game for free from Amazon.

Get Hooked

Love word games? Discover a new obsession with Wordoku, the addicting Sudoku/Crossword crossover game. You’ll get hooked in a minute, but play for hours and hours. This full version includes thousands of unique puzzles and words for unending puzzle fun.

A New Puzzle

Want a new twist on the classic Sudoku puzzle? Light up new regions of your brain by playing with letters instead of numbers. Whether you’re a Sudoku expert or novice, you’ll pick up Wordoku’s rules in a second.

Each unique Wordoku puzzle consists of nine letters that must appear only once in each 3×3 grid, once on each row, and once on each column of the puzzle. A hidden word is located on one of the nine horizontal lines. Find the hidden word and you’re done! Or keep going, complete the entire puzzle, and satisfy your inner Type-A.

Once you’ve got your Wordoku-legs, up the ante and adjust the difficulty level. Choose from three settings, and see if you’re up to the challenge.

Wordoku on the Street

Play on your ride to work, during a boring lecture, or anytime you need to kill time. The Wordoku app is up to the challenge, with over 3000 puzzles. Pick up the Wordoku app, and you’ll never be bored again.

Barnes & Noble Cleaning Up After Misleading Kindle Fire vs Nook Tablet Campaign

The competition in the 7″ Tablet market was obviously thrown into disarray by the arrival of the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet devices.  Even if you completely set aside the service being offered in conjunction by either company, any moderately powerful Android Tablet in the $200-250 range is attractive.  Just look at how well the Nook Color did, even locked down with ridiculously few apps and a marketing campaign focused on reading.  What’s also rather clear, however, is that with the Kindle Fire getting the majority of the attention pre-launch, B&N needed to make an impression on potential customers.  They may have overdone it a bit.

The most obvious disappointment for Nook Tablet early adopters was the storage space.  One of the biggest draws in this case was the fact that they included twice the Kindle Fire’s storage space.  This is especially important given the huge emphasis on video viewing that’s been happening lately.  The Nook certainly offers more natively supported formats, so 12GB of available space to side load your library onto is great on paper.  As we’ve learned since then though, that’s not going to be happening.  Barnes & Noble decided that Nook Tablet owners would probably be needing to have around 11GB of that space blocked to outside content.  That’s less than 10% of what was promised, which means that the only people likely to ever get the most out of their new Nooks in this regard are the ones who root them.

Also related to the video viewing qualifications of the device is the quality problem.  Probably to set themselves apart from the Kindle Fire yet again, B&N advertised the new Nook as “The best in HD entertainment”, among a number of other similar claims.  Now, obviously this could not be the case.  Anybody who gave it a decent amount of thought already knew that, given the resolution of the screen if nothing else.  This sort of language has since been dropped from the Nook Tablet product page.

The official response was that what they “really” meant for customers to understand was that they pull a higher quality video feed from Netflix than the competition and the message just got lost in translation somewhere. Where the Kindle Fire pulls the standard definition stream and fits it to the tablet, the Nook Tablet grabs the HD and downgrades it.  This does, admittedly, result in a better picture for those with the network reliability to support it and would have made sense to advertise.  Instead, they opted for what seems to have been deliberate misinformation.

It’s taken a bit of time, but corrections are being made to the advertising.  I think it’s important to make note of these early efforts to drum up preorders, though.  While the Nook Tablet is definitely a good product for the money, there’s something a bit off about this approach to selling it.  There is a big difference between fixing launch bugs and having to significantly modify your product descriptions to avoid deceiving customers.