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Daily Deals: After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Daily Leg Workout

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Crimescape)

Today Amazon offers you the following items: After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by Marilyn Bardsley and Daily Leg Workout. The first one is cost $0.99. The second one is free to download today only.

After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Marilyn Bardsley exposes the naked truth behind the death of Danny Hansford at the hands of his eccentric lover, the iconic Savannah, Georgia, socialite Jim Williams. It’s a bizarre, page-turning look at the crime which inspired the best-selling novel and hit movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

(A 100-page True Crime Short with photographs) Clint Eastwood’s movie and the book from which it was made — Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil — put the grand historic city of Savannah on the map. Tourists flocked to see the gorgeous mansion where flamboyant designer and antiques dealer Jim Williams, played by Kevin Spacey, killed his young gay lover, played by Jude Law. While the movie portrayed the natives of Savannah as remarkably decadent, exotic characters, it missed the amazing dark side of Jim Williams himself.

Savannah owes Jim Williams an enormous debt of gratitude for his remarkable restoration of historic houses. A brilliant and intensely interesting, charismatic figure, he brought a style and sophistication to the city that it did not have before. Rich and famous people, like Jacqueline Onassis and Rockefellers, made special trips to bargain for his extraordinary antique treasures. However, he was also a smooth predator, whose crimes could have put him behind bars long before he shot his lover.

The wonderful world of Jim Williams came crashing down on him one night after he killed Danny Hansford. Williams stood trial four times for premeditated murder. Between the passionate and dedicated prosecution and the best defense lawyers money could buy, precisely what happened that night is still a mystery. The prosecution’s documents, never published before, reveal its highly effective strategies and the intrigue that caused the Georgia Supreme Court to overturn two convictions.

“Finally! The real story of one of the most bizarre cases in modern crime history. Marilyn Bardsley has nailed it. The movie was Hollywood. The book was…a stretch. After Midnight is the unvarnished truth.”

—Chuck Hustmyre, bestselling crime novelist and screenwriter, A Killer Like Me and House of the Rising Sun

 

Daily Leg Workout

Daily Leg Workout

If you think your lower body could use some strengthening–or you just need a good excuse to grunt more often–try Daily Leg Workout. This exercise app for your Android device could be just the thing to get your legs toned, stronger, and feeling more fit.

Strengthen Your Lower Body

Daily Leg Workout contains two 5- to 10-minute daily leg routines that guide you through 20 great lower body exercises. This workout is developed and demonstrated by a certified personal trainer. Spending just minutes a day can strengthen and tone your legs.

The routine’s simple interface, complete with video and timer, allows you to easily follow along and understand each exercise. This full version includes two workouts, landscape mode, randomized features for different daily workouts, and is ad-free.

If you’re looking to get your lower body into better shape, give Daily Leg Workout a shot. The only thing you have to lose is the old you!

Draw Something for the Kindle Fire Now Available

Have you been wanting to engage in a social experience with friends using your Kindle Fire despite its lack of camera or microphone?  If so, it’s a good time to head to the App Store and check out the new releases.  OMGPOP’s hit game “Draw Something” is now in stock.  With both Free and Ad-Free flavors ready for your download, everybody has a way to play.

Much like the ever-popular Words With Friends, a game which came packaged with the Kindle Fire, users are matched up with friends in a turn-based back and forth game.  There are no time limits, and you can have a number of simultaneous games going if that suits your mood.  Don’t have friends who play?  No problem.  Draw Something will match you up with complete strangers at random just so you have something to do with your time.

The core game mechanic in Draw Something is…ok, you can probably figure that one out on your own.  Anyway, each player takes turns either drawing one of three word options presented at random or trying to guess what word the other player was trying to represent with their drawing.  It’s a pretty straightforward kind of game.  Scoring is done using in-game currency, which can then be used to purchase things like extra colors for your use when doing more drawing.  Naturally there is also a micro-transaction option, but it is unobtrusive and easily ignored.

This new release still has a couple problems with it compared to more established incarnations.  There have been issues reported when logging into your account from multiple devices.  There have been similar, yet seemingly unrelated problems for people who own multiple Kindle Fire devices on the same account.  Perhaps the biggest problem that people are running into is the lack of an option to take a screenshot.  Since achieving popularity, Draw Something screenshots have been shared all over the internet and the inability to save a particularly good one due to limitations in the Kindle Fire’s software may be frustrating.

As with many other popular social games, Draw Something is a cross-platform program.  Players can connect with their friends over Facebook or via usernames chosen within the app itself.  If you want to do without a Facebook account then you will need an email address, but there have been no reports of these addresses being abused or spammed in any way.

What it all comes down to is that Kindle Fire users have access to perhaps the most popular time-waster type of game on the market for the moment, which by extension more than doubles the potential Android Tablet user pool.  Better late than never, of course, and there will most likely be months yet before something else comes along to capture popular attention.  Have fun with it and exercise your creative side.

Daily Deals: More than 100 Mystery and Crime Novels and Link

Today Amazon makes good deal: more than 100 Mystery and Crime Novels. Buried beneath every modern mystery and crime novel is an influential body of work. The Prologue Crime Collection mines these gems to shed light on books from generations past that have influenced today’s new releases, offering a page-turning look into the evolution of the modern-day crime and mystery genres.  All books within today’s daily deal cost only $0.99 each. You can have a look at all of them here.

 

LinkAlso you can download for free Link. It is a modern take on a classic bridge-building game from the 1980s. Build bridges using wood and steel girders, and in more advanced levels, with stone blocks and rope cables. With 100 levels, Link will provide you with days of enjoyment and frustration. As a 19th-century industrialist, you’re building trains across the great West. The expansion of America depends on the delivery of coal, lumber, crates, animals, and of course passengers across a variety of valleys, ditches, waterways, and canyons.

Decisions, Decisions

Link uses principles of civil engineering to create stable structures. Creating bridges using randomly-connected materials will probably result in a lot of casualties. Instead, you’ll need to think like a designer. Will a rectangular or triangular girder structure provide less strain on the girder joints? Does it make more sense to attach cables near the ends, or near the middle? If there is no place to attach cables, what type of structure can you build on which to attach cables?

Choose Wisely

You should also consider the physical properties of wood vs. steel. Steel is heavier and sturdier, while wood is lighter but probably not able to handle as much stress. Concrete is the heaviest and sturdiest of all construction elements, but you have a limited number of blocks to use and a limited number of places to put them. Cables provide some additional support from above, but they are also limited, and in some cases you will need to build a support structure for them.

In each level, you have a limited number of construction elements and structural anchors. On levels with concrete blocks, the tops of blocks also provide additional anchor points. Use these blocks carefully though! An improperly placed anchor can make all the difference between success and failure.

Tools of the Trade

Several user controls are available, including zoom in and zoom out, grid overlay toggle, show or hide bottom controls, reset the entire level, undo, and delete (the “X” icon). This should be fairly obvious based on the icon. At the far right, bottom corner is an up and down arrow to toggle the bottom control bar display.

Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin

Charles Martin is one of my favorite authors.  I hate that he only comes out with a new book once every two years, but you can tell that he puts a lot of thought into each book he writes.

Thunder and Rain is his latest, and I’d say, one of his best.  This is the first of his books that I’ve read on my Kindle.  I heard him speak a few years ago and took all of my books to be signed.  Makes me wonder what will happen to book signings once e-readers become the norm?

Thunder and Rain is set in Texas.  Martin’s books have been set in different parts of the country, which I find very refreshing.  The narrator is Ty Steele, a third generation retired Texas Ranger.  This book takes the reader through all of the emotions from sorrow to joy, and touches on many controversial issues.

Ty Steele is highly respected in his community, and cares deeply for his family, friends, and random people he meets on the side of the road.  He goes out of his way to help out those who are down on their luck.  His selflessness and service to others shapes the direction of the book as a whole.  Chivalry is not dead!

Now, I will admit that Martin can get a bit sappy at times, but the depth of the story and the easy going nature of his writing help make it more real.  I always feel like I’m right there with the characters because his writing is so conversational.

Charles Martin’s most recent book prior to Thunder and Rain, The Mountain Between Us, didn’t capture my attention as much as some of his other books, but it was still a good book.  It is currently in the process of being made into a movie.

Reviews of Thunder and Rain are overwhelmingly positive.  Many reviewers are with me on the writing style observation.  So, if you’re looking for books to stock your Kindle with for the summer, I recommend adding this one to the pile.

Daily Deals: Because of Winn-Dixie and Zen Hopper

Because of Winn-DixieToday Amazon offers you to get Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo just for $0.99. What can I say – harry up to get this book for your kinds and for yourself. It has 836 customer reviews with average 4.6 out of 5 stars.

The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor.A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive.Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of WAR AND PEACE. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar.

Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship and forgiveness can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.

Recalling the fiction of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers, here is a funny, poignant, and utterly genuine first novel from a major new talent.

 

Zen Hopper
Also you can download the following game: Zen Hopper. It is free today only.

A Zen Master… of Hopping?

Welcome to the Cave of Transcendence, where Zen masters apply their skill and training. Prove yourself worthy of the title Zen Hopper.

Move Without Moving

The concept is simple. Hop across a series of wooden pillars over a bottomless pit. Don’t miss any; try to touch the center of each pillar as it passes for a perfect score. The poles move faster and faster, increasing the challenge. See how far you can go in Endurance Mode or find out if you can complete the Belt Mode challenges from white belt to black belt–achieve your black belt for a special ending.

Focus Without Looking

A dragon slides gracefully up the left side of your screen, marking the time until the end of your current challenge. Meanwhile, your sense of balance is marked by the lotus flowers on the right. If you close all of the lotuses, you’ve missed the pillars too many times, and you must repeate your training for the current level.

Review: Barnes & Noble’s GlowLight Nook Leaves Kindle Playing Catch-Up

The biggest complaint about eReaders since Day 1 has been the fact that you can’t read them in the dark.  Now, normally I’m the first to call out such complaints as poorly informed since they tend to involve comparisons between E Ink Kindles and LCD alternatives.  Apparently that will no longer be an important distinction soon.  The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight has begun shipping ahead of schedule and should already be in the hands of many of the earliest preorder customers.

Now that there are actual devices available for review it is possible to make a more informed comparison.  We can start with the Nook Simple Touch that we already know and love.  The differences between the two models are minimal.  The new incarnation has a gray border around the outer edge of the device, but it is otherwise hard to tell them apart.  It apparently has an screen protector to reduce glare laminated to the display, but this does not reduce clarity in any significant way even in side by side comparisons.  There is no essential loss involved in the addition of the new technology.

What you gain by going with the GlowLight version of the Nook Simple Touch is fairly impressive.  Any other additions aside, the lighting feature is the important part.  It is not, as some have claimed, an example of back-lit E Ink.  The new Nook uses a type of LED-lit front-lighting to spread the illumination evenly without causing any significant increase in eye strain.  Unlike the situation for many reading on something like the Nook Tablet or Kindle Fire, there will be no noticeable discomfort due to the light even after hours of extended use.  It also does not drain the battery in a shocking fashion.  While I have not had a chance to map out the exact side by side comparisons in battery life with the original Nook Simple Touch, the drain from the GlowLight feature seems to pale in comparison to the WiFi connectivity that comes standard in every device.

There are downsides, as always, but in this case they are minimal.  The extra forty dollars added to a $99 eReader is a fairly big jump, but the expanded number of potential use environments will likely more than make up for that in the eyes of many.  There is currently no option to get this model with 3G connectivity or integrated audio.

The Kindle has a lot of catching up to do.  While they still have what is arguably the best eBook selection on the net, this development puts Amazon way behind in terms of hardware features.  Nothing that has happened since the release of E Ink Pearl has been more important to the development of the eReader as a product and we can only hope that Amazon gets their front-lit Kindle in production and ready for sale as soon as possible.  In the meantime, the Kindle might honestly not be the best option for new users regardless of how much nicer the integrated store is than the Nook’s.

Daily Deals: The Sirens of Titan and Recipe Guru Pro

The Sirens of Titan (Kurt Vonnegut Series)Today Amazon offers great deals for whose who fall in love of reading: The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut just for $1.99

The Sirens of Titan (1959) is Vonnegut’s second novel and was on the Hugo ballot with Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers but lost in what Harlan Ellison has called a monumental injustice. Sirens of Titan is a picaresque novel which almost defies being synposized; it is an interplanetary Candide (lacking perhaps Voltaire’s utter bitterness), the book follows lead character Malachi Constant, a feckless but kind-hearted millionaire as he moves through the solar system on his quest for the meaning of all existence.

Constant is aided by another tycoon, Winston Rumfoord, who with the help of aliens has actually discovered the fundamental meaning of life (the retrieval of an alien artifact with an inscribed message of greetings). With the assistance of Salo, an alien root and overseeing the alien race, the Tralmafadorians (who also feature in Slaughterhouse-Five), Constant attempts to find some cosmic sense and order in the face of universal malevolence. Together Constant and Rumfoord deal with the metaphysics of “”chrono-synclastic infundibula””, they deal with the interference of the Tralmafadorians; the novel is pervaded by a goofy, episodic charm which barely shields the readers (or the characters) from the sense of a large and indifferent universe.

All of Vonnegut’s themes and obsessions (which are further developed and/or recycled in later work) are evident here in this novel which is more hopeful than most of Vonnegut’s canon. It is suggested that ultimately Constant learns that only it is impossible to learn, and that fate (and the Tralmafodorians) are impenetrable, unavoidable circumstance.

On the basis of this novel, Vonnegut was wholly claimed by the science fiction community (as witnessed by the Hugo nomination), but Vonnegut did not likewise wish to claim the community for himself and the feelings were not reciprocal. He felt from the outset that being identified as a science fiction writer could only limit his audience and trivialize his themes. His recurring character, the hack science fiction writer, Kilgore Trout (who also features in Slaughterhouse-Five), represented to Vonnegut the worst case scenario of the writer he did not wish to become.

Some words about the Author

Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) is one of the most beloved American writers of the twentieth century. Vonnegut’s audience increased steadily since his first five pieces in the 1950s and grew from there. His 1968 novel Slaughterhouse-Five has become a canonic war novel with Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 to form the truest and darkest of what came from World War II.

Vonnegut began his career as a science fiction writer, and his early novels – Player Piano and The Sirens of Titan – were categorized as such even as they appealed to an audience far beyond the reach of the category. In the 1960s, Vonnegut became closely associated with the Baby Boomer generation, a writer on that side, so to speak.

Now that Vonnegut’s work has been studied as a large body of work, it has been more deeply understood and unified. There is a consistency to his satirical insight, humor and anger which makes his work so synergistic. It seems clear that the more of Vonnegut’s work you read, the more it resonates and the more you wish to read. Scholars believe that Vonnegut’s reputation (like Mark Twain’s) will grow steadily through the decades as his work continues to increase in relevance and new connections are formed, new insights made.

 

Recipe Guru ProAlso Amazon give a chance to download and use for free Recipe Guru Pro.

Discover a World of Flavors

A world of sumptuous cuisines beckons you at Recipe Guru, where you can find practically anything and everything that your taste buds crave. Recipe Guru Pro comprises a database for thousands of professionally-tested recipes from famous cookbooks, magazines, and chefs.

Explore Your Palate

Recipe Guru offers more than 35 different cuisines, from southwestern U.S. flavors to Filipino delicacies, and from mouth-watering Greek dishes to heart-warming kimchi. Choose any cuisine, and the categories below–including breads, vegetables, soups, poultry, and 20 other categories–change according to what Recipe Guru offers for that cuisine.

Must try every one of these…

As if all of these choices aren’t enough, Recipe Guru Pro provides special sections, including:

  • Kids Recipes: healthier choices for tasty treats, plus dozens of baby food recipes
  • Pet Recipes: forget the fillers in commercial foods and serve up smarter kibble
  • Cocktail Recipes: shaken, stirred, blended, and poured for your next mixer
  • Diet Recipes: hearty healthy choices, diabetic alternatives, Weight Watchers options (with points), and much more

Widen Your Culinary Horizons

Explore the world of fine cooking and baking with Recipe Guru Pro, and try thousands of new things, from Hot Potato Salad with Bacon Specks to Miso Shiru (Japanese Miso soup with bean curd and spinach). Too exotic for your first taste test? Make your own English muffins–it’s unbelievably easy–or try a quick and simple vegetable stir fry. Mark your favorites to make them again, and take note of the nutritional information provided for each dish.

Macs Get Send-to-Kindle Option

It hasn’t been all that long since we first saw the release of the Send-to-Kindle program for the PC, but it has already proven to be a huge improvement to the Kindle’s functionality for many users.  Not only does it make things like exporting DRM-free eBooks from Calibre that much easier (nobody likes having to find their USB cable, assuming they even have one), the ability to print from practically any window directly into a Kindle document makes life a lot easier.  Now Mac users will get to experience the same benefits, thanks to Amazon’s newest software release.

If you are a Mac user and have an interest in taking advantage of this new feature, head over to this page on the Amazon.com site and download the application.  The installation is simple and will result in having a “Send to Kindle” icon sitting in your dock.  Any time you want to send something to your Kindle, you can simply drag and drop the document into the dock icon.  Multiple simultaneous documents are acceptable as well, of course.

If you want to send something active to the Kindle, perhaps a web page or working document from Word, the Send to Kindle application also includes the same sort of “printer drivers” that the PC version makes available.  Simply print as you normally would, choosing “Send to Kindle” as your device of choice.  The same window will appear that you see when dragging document icons into the dock.

This window offers a few useful options.  Most importantly, you get to tag your document with both Title and Author metadata.  This means that it is not important to worry about file naming prior to transfer.  One less hassle.  You also get to decide on delivery options.  You can choose to have your documents sent via Wi-Fi or Whispernet.  If you choose Whispernet, the usual charges will apply and as such it is usually preferable to avoid it.  You also get to decide which Kindle or Kindles get access to the document being sent.  This can be everything on your account, just your smartphone’s Kindle for iOS app, or any combination in between.

You also get the option of archiving your document in your account’s Kindle Library.  This is particularly handy and may get used more often than you expect.  While each account only gets 5GB of free storage space, this does not generally fill up quickly when it is used primarily for document storage.  This means that anything you think might be handy to have available can be stored in the cloud even when it is not worth the trouble of keeping on your Kindle itself at any given time.  I find myself frequently using this function even when I have no reason to need an immediate transfer to the Kindle.

So far we lack any information about a possible “Send to Kindle for Linux” option.  That would seem to be the next big step if another were to be take.  Given Amazon’s enthusiasm for Linux as a platform, it might be a fairly long wait.  It is definitely nice to see Kindle eReader and Kindle Fire functionality continuing to be expanded and made available to the largest possible audiences, however, and we can only anticipate the trend continuing as Kindle eBook prices drop in the near future.

Daily Deals: Blue is for Nightmares and Audubon Birds

Blue is for NightmaresToday Amazon offers you to get Blue is for Nightmares (Stolarz Series) written by Laurie Faria Stolarz just for $0.99. Customers evaluate with book 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is very high score as the book got 93 reviews.

“I Know Your Secret . . .”

Boarding school junior Stacey Brown has nightmares too real to ignore.  Her nightmares come true. This time they’re about Drea, her best friend who’s become the target of one seriously psycho stalker. To  try and protect her, Stacey’s working with what she knows-candles, cards, incantations, and spells…

In this Deluxe Spellbook Edition you’ll find: Spells created by You and other keepers of secrets-poems, spells and meditations contributed by fans of this popular series. Extras also include an interview with the author.

Some words about the Author

Laurie Faria Stolarz (Massachusetts) has a great interest in teen culture, and admires young adults for their passion, energy, and creativity. Blue is for Nightmaresis the product of her desire to write a novel that would have appealed to herself at that age, namely one that has a blending of suspense, romance, and the art of keeping secrets.

Stolarz has an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Young Adult Literature from Emerson College in Boston. She currently teaches writing and is a member of the SCBWI as well as several professional writing groups.

 

Audubon Birds: A Field Guide to North American BirdsAlso you can get Audubon Birds: A Field Guide to North American Birds for free. You need just click here and download to your Android device today only.

Identify North American birds with quality photos, bird songs and calls, range maps, descriptions, and more. Audubon Birds is your essential guide to identifying common and rare species of birds in your backyard or in the field. Great for seasoned and amateur bird watchers, Audubon Guides for Android places nature at your fingertips–no bulky books.

Note: Audubon Birds has 529 MB of additional content available as an optional free download. Because of the large file size, if you choose to download the content we recommend using a strong Wi-Fi connection–the bulk download is not a requirement for using the app. This application is not optimized for large tablets.

See Where They’re Soaring

Browse by first name, last name, and scientific name of every species, by family, or by species shape and type. Search by multiple advanced variables including size, shape and color, and zip code for localized identification. Create your own Life Lists, Sightings, and Photo Albums, and record your own Field Experiences. Track a species using GPS, take a picture of it with the camera, take notes, and save to the app for records of your nature adventures.

Advanced search functions allow you to search birds by wing shape, locomotion, song type, song pattern, likelihood by month, within state and province, and much more. This comprehensive mobile field guide app contains the most up-to-date range maps with additional wintering range maps for over 125 migrating species. The wintering range maps are an exclusive feature to Audubon Birds.

Special features include:

  • Conservation status plus range maps with color key
  • Multiple images of each species in their natural habitat from the best bird photographers
  • Ability to enlarge each image to see incredible detail
  • Over 6 hours of bird sounds and calls from the best audio field naturalists in North America
  • Personal sightings tracker and life list

Built for Beginning Birders and Advanced Field Naturalists

Explore the World of Birds with the Experts

Audubon Birds: A Field Guide to North American Birds includes over 770 species and contains the most complete species descriptions updated to the latest AOU checklist, with extensive details on behavior, habitat, life history, nesting times, number of eggs, nest location, bird family information, similar species, and family. All Audubon guides feature professional color photographs, in-depth descriptions of each species, fast and easy navigation, state-of-the-art search functions, real time availability, life lists, sightings, and photo albums. All apps are created in affiliation with the National Audubon Society.

Synch It and Share It

  • Optional Species Synchronization: Enable the synchronization feature to receive updates to your app in real time. Every time a new species, photo, or any other information enriches the Audubon database, your app will be updated accordingly.
  • Optional Content Synchronization: Enable synchronization to upload your user content, including lifelists, sightings, and photos to AudubonGuides.com, and share your findings with friends.

Kindle Faces Major Competition Internationally

While the Kindle name is practically synonymous with eReading for many people, it has been confined largely to the US for a rather long time now and as such Amazon may have lost a chance to build the same momentum in other markets.  Much of what made them so successful was being the first company on the scene ready to get eBooks out there when customer interest began to stir.  The situation will be a bit different moving forward.

When it comes to international market coverage in eReading, Kobo is the name to reference.  They haven’t had the same impact in the US that Amazon has managed with the Kindle, but the Kobo Touch eReader has been available in areas where a Kindle was hard to come by for quite a while now.  They have recently partnered up with WHSmith in the UK in an effort to gain more coverage.  The Kobo Vox, essentially their attempt to match the Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, is just £149.99 (by comparison, the Kindle Fire is not even available).  That’s not to mention the fact that Kobo devices are already available in 190 countries with expansion still ongoing, or the newly revamped  self-publishing platform that they are having some success with.

Sony is also making something of a comeback.  While they were possibly the first company to launch a major eReader line with the Sony PRS series, they have failed to stay relevant in recent years.  Their new Reader Store has finally opened (months behind schedule) in the UK and they have a fairly substantial presence in select other markets where the Kindle is just beginning to move in.

Even Barnes & Noble is going to be something of a threat, potentially, in specific international markets.  Well, one specific international market if they’re lucky.  The much-reported partnership that the company has with Waterstones has produced very few results so far.  The partnership is still likely to happen, but they are taking their time about it.  This is most likely a matter of developing relationships for content to fill UK eBook stores with and could be held up at least partially due to the chance of the Agency Model being abolished in book publishing by ongoing lawsuits.  This would naturally have widespread implications.

None of this is to say that the Kindle won’t be able to make it outside the US.  If anything, the international launch of the Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G enjoyed such popularity that even Amazon was shocked.  Since the creation of a real, local Kindle Store in any given market is likely to be a major undertaking, however, anybody who has already got their store and device out there for customers is at a distinct advantage.  Amazon certainly has enough weight to throw at the problems they encounter, and they will do so without much hesitation as the recent small publisher negotiations prove, but it may be a long process at best with all the other big names already at work.