Daily Deals: Run to Overcome and Bubble Defense 2

Run to Overcome

Today Amazon makes big discount for “Run to Overcome” written by Meb Keflezighi, Dick Patrick, Joan Benoit Samuelson from &24.99 down to $0.99.

When Meb Keflezighi won the New York City Marathon in 2009—the first American to do so in 27 years—some critics questioned whether the Eritrean-born runner was “really” an American despite his citizenship status and representing the USA on two Olympic and several World Championship teams. Yet Meb is the living embodiment of the American dream. His family came to the U.S. to escape from a life of poverty and a violent war with Ethiopia; Meb was 12 at the time, spoke no English, and had never raced a mile. Yet he became an A student and a high school state and national champion. And when he stood on the platform as a silver medalist in the 2004 Olympics, Meb knew his hard work and determination had paid off. How could life be any better?

Then it all came crashing down. Meb, a favorite for the Beijing Olympics, fractured his pelvis during the trials and was left literally crawling. His close friend and fellow marathoner suffered a cardiac arrest at the trials and died that same day. Devastated, Meb was about to learn whether his faith in God, the values his parents had taught him, and his belief that he was born to run were enough to see him through.

Run to Overcome tells the inspirational story of a man who discovered the real meaning of victory, and who embodies the American spirit of overcoming the odds.


Bubble Defense 2

Addicted tower defense players beware, Bubble Defense has evolved. With 13 maps and six tower types–two towers are brand spanking new–Bubble Defense 2 is a bigger, more challenging version of its predecessor.

Bubble Defense

Plan and implement your tower strategies and prepare for the bubbles’ wrath. Like the previous version, Bubble Defense 2 is a tower defense game that allows you to strategically destroy waves of bubble cretins at various difficulty levels. Bubble Defense 2 employs these new functions sure to challenge and entertain you:

  • New power towers are required for all other towers to shoot
  • 7 new levels (13 total) guarantee new user experience and challenges
  • Flying towers provide an effective way to destroy hordes of evil bubbles

Tower of Power

Each time a new tower is added, ensure a power tower is in range; add one if necessary. Select towers according to bubble types present. You will need to spend the greenbacks to win. Disappointed in your tower? Sell back at anytime for a discounted rebate.

The enemy comes in various bubble types. Expect to see yellow and orange speed bubbles, bubbles that multiply when popped, and so on as you progress. Click on the fast forward button to quicken the wave of bubbles if you’re looking for a challenge.

Switch up towers according to bubble types as some towers are more effective at popping certain bubbles than others. Place towers at strategic points on the maps to guarantee optimal pops. Need to pull out the big guns? Use the flying towers to destroy hordes of evil bubbles easily and effortlessly.

Make Waves

Even though Bubble Defense 2 is soundless, the game is certain to entertain you for hours no matter your skill level–Easy to Insane. Prepare to lose track of time as you destroy waves of bubbles and move on to new, more challenging levels. With 30 waves for each map, that grueling bus ride is bound to fly by.

Download this game within today for free here!

Is the Kindle Fire Hurting E-Ink Kindle Sales?

I recently read a couple of articles discussing the idea that the Kindle Fire has dipped into the sales of its e-ink counterparts, the Kindle and Kindle Touch. more

Well sure, this shouldn’t be too surprising, but there are other factors to consider as well.

First off, e-book prices have gone way up in the past year.  Bestsellers used to be capped at $9.99.  At that price, they were well below hardcovers, so I bought them all the time.  Now they can be as high as $14.99.  You can have a cheap e-reader to boot, but e-books with that high of a price makes the e-reader’s cheap price (almost) useless.  I say almost because there are other options such as library lending, free or reduced priced books, or Kindle Daily Deals.

With the Kindle Fire, there are so many other options to choose from, which makes reading just one small component of what the device can do.  You can surf the web, play games, watch videos, and the list goes on…

Another thing is that we’re in that usual slow first quarter sales slump that is sandwiched between the holiday rush and the slew of new product releases that start showing up in the spring.

Speaking of new product releases in relation to the e-ink Kindle.  I will be interested to see if the rumored color e-ink is in the cards for the next e-ink Kindle refresh.  If this does come to be, then it will give the e-ink models a much needed jump start.

I love my Kindle Touch.  It is extremely portable, and allows me to enlarge the font to a comfortable size.  But I have been using it less and less because of the rising e-book prices.  I hope that one day soon, my local library will carry more bestsellers for the Kindle, and I also hope that a deal can be worked out to make e-book prices more reasonable.

By producing the Kindle Fire, Amazon has shown that it is willing to move out of the realm of traditional e-readers to compete in the tablet market.  This ability to innovate will be key to their success in the long run in terms of future e-readers and tablets.