Limited Time Offer: Free 2-Day Kindle Shipping On All Models

In order to make sure that the maximum number of people are able to get their new Kindle purchases in time for Christmas, Amazon has decided to offer Free Two Day Shipping to anybody who completes their transaction before 8pm Pacific Time (UTC-8) on December 21st.  This offer extends to every model currently available, from the $79 Kindle 4 to the $199 Kindle Fire tablet, and will cover shipping to any location in the continental United States.

The Kindle line, and eReaders in general at this point really, make excellent gifts.  The price has come down to the point of being practically large-scale impulse purchases, and the fact that you can expect ongoing support and content updates for the indefinite future makes a strong case or the practicality of ownership. Owning a Kindle eReader provides access to practically any title on the market today at the touch of a button with no need to worry about shipping, travel, or retail crowds.  This last one is likely to be a welcome benefit for people doing their holiday shopping this late in the year.

Additionally, according to Amazon the Kindle Fire is the most gifted, most wished for, bestselling item on the entire site and has been since before it was even released.  Like the eReader counterparts, it provides users with access to a huge library of content.  In addition to eBooks, you can also draw on a large App Store, all of Amazon Instant Video, and basically any digital content Amazon handles.  Top that off with access to services like Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, and other content streaming services and you have a media consumption experience it is hard to argue against.  Keep in mind that each Kindle Fire comes with a month of free Amazon Prime membership and the access to all the benefits that that entails (free Instant Video selections, free 2-Day Shipping, etc), which means that anybody who gets one as a gift will have a chance to most of its more enjoyable features even without any post-purchase investment.

Keep in mind when considering Kindles as gifts that you can also include eBooks to go with them.  At present, all US customers have the option of choosing to gift a Kindle Edition eBook to anybody with an email address.  This will work as a cheaper gift option for anybody who might already be using a Kindle app for iOS or Android, incidentally.  Also, while I have no personal experience with the feature, you can also apparently also schedule your purchase’s delivery for exactly when you want them to get it.  This could help a lot when it comes to scheduling since, even with instant delivery and a smartphone, it is annoying to be making last second gift acquisitions.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of Amazon’s offer, keep an eye on the clock.  This will certainly not be extended, given their lack of direct control over shipping matters.

Enjoy your holidays!

Daily Deals: Forget Me Not: A Memoir and Sound Sleep Deluxe Edition (Music Therapy)

Forget Me Not: A Memoir

Today Amazon offer Forget Me Not: A Memoir by Jennifer Lowe-anker for $1.99. This book has positive feedback from readers. Average evaluation is 4.7 from 44 reviews. It is really good result.

Here are shot description of the book

In 1999 Jennifer Lowe’s husband Alex Lowe died tragically in an avalanche on the Himalayan mountain Shishapangma, leaving her alone to raise three sons. Alex was widely considered one of the greatest modern climbers and the world mourned his loss–Tom Brokaw did a one-hour special for Dateline, and Sting narrated and composed music for a tribute film.

While Jenni and her sons faced the absence of the most important man in their lives, Alex’s best friend and longtime climbing partner, Conrad Anker, was dealing with the terrible loss as well as feelings of survivor’s guilt. Jenni and Conrad gradually, and unexpectedly, found solace in one another and married in 2001–Conrad is now the adoptive father of the three Lowe children.

Through letters and expedition notes from Alex, Forget Me Not spans continents and tells the story of three people whose lives intertwine to a degree they could never have imagined. Jenni’s account takes readers inside a woman’s heart and mind as she navigates her shattered life and survives, ultimately finding transformative love through her great loss. From the valleys of Montana to the peaks of the Himalayas, this never-before told story exposes the controversial yet ultimately redemptive power of love.

From the Publisher

Forget Me Not won the award for best outdoor literature presented by NOBA (National Outdoor Book Awards). About the Author

Jennifer Lowe-Anker was born Jennifer Daly in Missoula, Montana. She spent parts of her childhood riding horseback around the Missoula Valley and across the fields of her great grandparents homestead in Grasshopper Valley. A well-known artist, her paintings are rendered in the vivid color and rich texture of livestock markers, depicting whimsical images of a Western upbringing. Lowe-Anker began using the oily paintsticks while a student at Montana State University in 1984. Her work has been featured in gallery shows and exhibits throughout the West and hangs in private and corporate collections worldwide. Lowe-Anker is founder of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation and resides in Montana with her husband Conrad Anker and their sons, Max, Sam, and Isaac. This is her first book.

Sound Sleep Deluxe Edition (Music Therapy)

Sound Sleep Deluxe Edition (Music Therapy) is an Android music app that is designed to help you unwind and relax, so you can sleep more soundly. With low-speed alpha waves, the sounds will comfort your mind and help you to naturally and smoothly fall asleep. The app is easy to use, so you can simply let the soothing sounds carry you off into a deep and restorative slumber.

Ambient Sound Mixer

There are plenty of natural noises to select from in Sound Sleep Deluxe Edition, such as ocean waves, gentle rain, and other pleasant ambient sounds. The Deluxe Edition of Sound Sleep (Music Therapy) features a sound mixer that allows you to customize each track. You can include one or several ambient noises, and adjust the volume of each for the perfect mix.

Creative and Enriching Sounds

The tracks offered in Sound Sleep Deluxe Edition are far from so-called leisure music. Rather, you’ll experience relaxing natural sounds with embedded alpha waves, which are delicately set to a rhythm of a specific frequency. Certain sound effects also have the potential to awaken the subconscious to soothe you as well as spark your imagination and creativity.

How It Works

The low-speed alpha waves in Sound Sleep Deluxe Edition have a frequency of 8 Hz to 9 Hz, which stimulates a brain state that is close to sleep. To generate such a frequency in the listener’s brain, binaural beats are applied. For example, if the left ear is presented with a steady tone of 500 Hz and the right ear with a steady tone of 508Hz, the difference, 8 Hz, is perceived by the brain and is a very effective stimulus for brainwave entrainment.

You will also enjoy the app’s elegant interface, varied music themes, and options to specify listening time and set an alarm. Let the sounds in Sound Sleep Deluxe Edition help you to feel more relaxed and sleep more soundly.

Simple Kindle Touch Jailbreak Released Using MP3

The Kindle Touch may not be running Android like its tablet counterpart, but it also doesn’t run the operating system found in previous models of the Kindle eReader line.  The focus is now on HTML5 and Javascript interfaces rather than the previous Java implementations.  This means that pretty much none of the old hacks and mods that have been released for the Kindle line will be of any use to customers this time.  Of course that was bound to be addressed fairly quickly.

Yifan Lu, a freelance developer, has found an exploit in the way the Kindle Touch handles MP3s which will allow people to easily jailbreak their new eReader.  Along with that discovery, he revealed that the majority of the device’s interface is simply HTML pages in disguise.  This alone means that coming up with interesting mods will be significantly easier than was previously the case, unless I miss my guess.  It implies a greater degree of system control through Javascript than is normally possible.  For now there isn’t much for an end-user to work with, but there is every reason to believe that you will find modules for adding EPUB support and any number of other fun extra functions in the months to come.

In order to attempt this Jailbreak (Which neither I nor this site recommend or take any responsibility for as it voids the warranty and may render your Kindle unusable if something goes wrong), head to this site and follow the instructions included in the Zip Archive’s README file.  This involves nothing more than connecting your Kindle to a computer, copying a .mp3 file to your music folder, disconnecting from the computer, and running the music player.  A button pops up labeled “Press to Jailbreak!” and you’re done.

My trial of this process went smoothly and did pretty much nothing.  It is definitely anything but an urgent need or an inherently beneficial act for most people.  All you are doing is enabling root access to your device, which means that among other things installing third party software will be possible. Chances are good that even with this it will not be possible to open up general 3G internet access, use of neglected hardware like the internal mic, or removal of advertising, but other than that there shouldn’t be many limits.

If you are interested in the potential that the process opens up, I would recommend both acquiring your Kindle Touch in the near future and making sure not to allow any software updates on the device until it is certain that the changes will be kept around.  While Amazon has been incredibly open in their lack of interest in securing the Kindle Fire in any significant way, they have a history of being somewhat more closed with their eReaders.  Not the least important reason for this is the heavy investment the company has made in their proprietary format, the evasion of which would likely be the first thing that customers use their new found freedom to achieve.

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