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Daily Deals: Swarm and PolyClock World Clock

Swarm (Star Force Series)

Those who loves science fiction can take the opportunity to get good book “Swarm (Star Force Series)” written by B. V. Larson just for $0.99. This is the first book of  “Star Force Series“.

Earth arms marines with alien technology and builds its first battle fleet!

Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there….

SWARM is the story of Earth’s annexation by an alien empire. Long considered a primitive people on a backwater planet, humanity finds itself in the middle of a war, and faced with extinction. SWARM is an 88,000 word novel of science fiction by bestselling author B. V. Larson.

 

 

 

PolyClock World ClockAmazon also offer for free downloading PolyClock World Clock.

Need to know the time here, there, and everywhere? PolyClock for your Android device has the answer. The global clock app is an easy way to keep up on the time all over the world. Featuring a clean look and an easy interface, Polyclock lets you save multiple cities, view a time zone’s area on a map or globe, and see which parts of the world are experiencing daylight and which are experiencing darkness.

Simple to Use

PolyClock easily lets you save favorite cities to the app’s home screen. Choose virtually any city in the world or select for any timezone. You can save as many cities as you wish. The city and time are displayed in clear, large text, with white letters for AM and green letters for PM.

View by Map or by Globe

Polyclock’s unique globe and map view feature provides an interesting look at the time of day as related to the rest of the world. Choose one of your previously selected cities and see it appear on either a map or globe. Also displayed are the borders of the time zone that city falls in. Move your finger across the map or globe to see what parts of the world see daylight and what parts are experiencing darkness.

Extras

PolyClock supports landscape and horizontal view and includes a full-featured alarm clock. PolyClock also comes with different home screen widgets. Each widget is a different size, and you can choose which widget is the best fit for your device. You can also edit the “label” field for each clock. Get a satellite view of the world map. If you have a Honeycomb/ICS device, you can set resizable widgets. (You will need to delete your exisiting PolyClock widgets and re-add them). PolyClock supports a dyanimc International Date Line to reflect recent time zone changes for certain countries.

Release of Harry Potter for Kindle Magically Removes Buy Buttons From Kindle Store

Now that J.K. Rowling’s last major addition to the Harry Potter experience, the Pottermore site, is about to go live, people are starting to get excited about the series all over again.  The Pottermore Beta is ongoing, but things have advanced to the point where the eBooks are finally available and launch is expected some time in April.  Kindle owners can now pick up the series right through the Kindle Store’s product listing, or by going directly to the Pottermore shop.

Oddly enough, the way Rowling has insisted on keeping control of her work entirely in the hands of her own site has caused Amazon some issues already.  They have clearly made an effort to accommodate in order to get Kindle customers easy access to the collection, to the point of linking potential customers off-site to the Pottermore store, but launch did not go as smoothly as anticipated.  For the first several hours after Harry Potter came to the Kindle, any number of popular selections were completely unavailable for purchase.

Anybody looking to get their own copy of the newer children’s book series, The Hunger Games, on Tuesday morning was presented with a large green button claiming that “This title is not available for customers from: United States” where the Buy button would normally have been.  Presumably this only affected US readers, but I was unable to confirm either way before the problem was resolved early that afternoon.

There is always some chance of error when attempting to integrate services between different major projects like this.  That is especially true in the case of something as complex as Amazon.com and the Kindle Store.  It is strange to think of Amazon having trouble with anything as trivial as accommodating the number of Harry Potter fans who wanted to read their favorite books on the Kindle for the first time, but sometimes the problem is a bit more complex than dealing with heavy loads.

For the future, this has a few implications.  If more major authors follow in Rowling’s footsteps, which seems unlikely but will always be an option, the staff at Amazon now have slightly more experience with integration and a good idea of some of the likely bugs that go along with it.  This means that such business relationships will almost certainly go a bit more smoothly.

It also might emphasize for people how important it is to always have multiple sales avenues.  While Amazon’s service is second to none when it comes to self-publishers and readers, there is always a chance for error when dealing with a single source.  Some authors choose, quite profitably, to go with the KDP Select option and increase their earnings through book lending.  For those who aren’t going that way, it might be useful to maintain a secondary personal store just in case a glitch like this occurs.

There are a lot of Kindle owners out there, many of whom would be willing to check author sites if the Kindle Store was offline.  A lost sale is a lost sale, even if you’re talking about just a few hours of outage.