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Daily Deals: Stuck With You and BalloonMaker

Stuck With You

Stuck With You is the ebook written by Trish Jensen which you can get today with great discount – the price drop from $9.99 to $1.99 within Kindle Daily Deals.

When tax attorney Paige Heart took on her cousin’s multimillion-dollar divorce case, she didn’t expect her opponent, Ross “The Snake” Bennett, to be so good, or so handsome. Regardless, Paige takes Ross to the cleaners until a love-inducing virus hits the sparring lawyers simultaneously, forcing them into a shared quarantine.

Here are some reviews on this book:

“Trish Jensen is a one-woman laugh riot.” — Sandra Hill, NY Times Bestselling Author

“Trish Jensen is the undisputed queen of comedic romance.” — Kathy Boswell, The Best Reviews

Two feuding divorce lawyers. One infectious “love bug” virus. The symptoms are hard to resist . . .

Paige Hart is blessed and cursed with a large, loving and . . .colorful Southern family. As the only lawyer in the clan, she can’t say no when her cousin needs her help in a messy, no-holds-barred divorce. Tax attorney Paige squares off with Ross “the Snake” Bennett – one of the slickest divorce lawyers in the county. The case is going as well as an acrimonious, zinger-filled, wrangle of epic proportions can go until exposure to an infectious bug with an unusual side effect lands both lawyers in quarantine together.

 

BalloonMakerAlso you can download for free the following game – “BalloonMaker“.

Up, Up, and Away…

Balloon physics is perfected in BalloonMaker, a simple yet entertaining app in which you inflate and pop vibrantly-colored balloons. The realistic balloon-like motions and sounds are fun for all ages.

Watching All the Red (and Yellow and Pink and Green) Balloons Go By

Watch your balloons inflate as you press your fingers to the screen. When they reach the size you like, let go and watch them float up. While your balloons are inflating, drag them around the screen and watch them bump other balloons out of their way. Tilt your device in any direction and watch your balloons rotate and float against gravity. Your balloons also bounce off of the sides of your screen and ricochet gently off one another.

Shake your device to switch from day to night, and night to day. Touch your balloons to pop them after you let them go–the bigger the balloon, the bigger the pop. The bigger the pop, the more it affects the flight of your other balloons. Your balloons can’t be popped right away after you release them, so you can make a steady stream of balloons fly from your fingers as you quickly tap at the screen. You can pop them when they are about a half-second old. Use several fingers to create multiple balloons at once, pop multiple balloons at once, drag them around all together, or pop one and create one at the same time.

Little kids will love to occupy themselves playing with BalloonMaker. Older kids and adults will also enjoy relaxing with the endless balloons that they create and pop. The multi-touch tracking and reliability of performance in this app make it great for children with autism. The simplicity, consistency, predictability, and relaxation factor of this app has proven very enjoyable for autistic children.

Agency Model Set To Fall! Kindle Book Prices Will Follow Suit

Not much is known at this time about what options are being discussed by the publishers under attack by the Justice Department.  We do have good information that there are settlement options on the table and that the Agency Model pricing model currently to blame for high Kindle Edition eBook prices will be on the chopping block regardless.

Reports from unnamed informants close to the matter have indicated that there is reason to expect a settlement within the next several weeks.  Neither Apple nor the publishers have responded to any requests for comment at this time.  The Justice Dept declined to say anything.

Whether this is a sign of consensus among the defendants or merely that one or two are feeling the pressure and wanting to end what they see as a losing battle should not matter much in terms of the outcome.  In the event of one publisher involved in the price fixing scheme reaching a settlement, the terms would undoubtedly involve release of evidence necessary for ensuring a successful prosecution of the rest.

Basically, assuming the news is true, this means that the end of the Agency Model is at hand and that the Kindle has made it through possibly the most harmful barrier to eReader adoption without so far becoming irrelevant.  A return to the wholesale model, even temporarily, will mean more affordable reading material for Kindle owners.  This in turn should spur sales of the eReading line.  Amazon’s willingness to take a loss on bestsellers to promote their product line is what game them over 90% of the eReading market before the Agency Model was imposed and there is no reason to see this practice changing overly much if the Agency Model is destroyed.

The big question will be what comes next.  Settlement or unfavorable ruling aside, publishers are not going to give up on their position that readers have no right to expect inexpensive books.  It is incredibly unlikely that they will all pull out of Amazon in reaction to this, but they’re going to have to find some new way to prevent Kindle customers from being too happy with digital books.

The case at hand is all about how the defendants collaborated to impose the Agency Model on Amazon.  The means to achieve this goal is in question, not the model itself.  Depending on the terms of the settlement, publishers could be permitted to go back to it in time.  They could also turn to something even more unpleasant for potential customers.  It is hard to tell at the moment.

In the short term, the clear winners will be customers.  Prices on eBooks should drop abruptly, especially in the Kindle Store, following official announcement of the deal being made.  In reality, expectations may need to change with regard to how profitable a new bestseller should be per unit sold.  Big 6 publishers will be forced to come to terms with this.  Beyond the immediate benefits to Kindle customers there is little that can be asserted reliably about the effects of this situation.  It will be interesting to see how the situation evolves.  Any thoughts or predictions?