Daily Deals: Eight World Literature Titles and Night Ride

Today Amazon continue offering set of books within Daily Deals. You can get 8 books from the incredible true story of a child prodigy’s family torn apart by the Chinese Cultural Revolution, to a romantic thriller in which a German ballet dancer’s new obsession with the tango soon turns horrific, this selection of fiction and nonfiction features vivid characters and ingenious plots set in locations that span the globe. Each book price is $0.99. Here are the list of the books:

  1. The Secret Piano: From Mao’s Labor Camps to Bach’s Goldberg Variations by Zhu Xiao-Mei
  2. The Greenhouse by Audur Ava Olafsdottir
  3. Fatal Tango by Wolfram Fleischhauer
  4. On the Cold Coasts by Vilborg Davidsdottir
  5. Life After Forty by Dora Heldt
  6. Thirst by Andrei Gelasimov
  7. The Brummstein by Peter Adolphsen
  8. The King of Kahel by Tierno Monénembo

Night RideAlso, Amazon offers to get Night Ride for your Kindle Fire for free.

Feel the thrill of motorcycle racing like never before in Night Ride, the sci-fi racing game by Black Bunny Studio. Collect points, use exciting power-ups, and try to last as long as you can while you indulge your need for speed.

Ride Like the Wind

You’re zooming down the highway on your high-tech motorcycle. Collect points by hitting various lighted targets on the road.

Some of these targets are awesome power-ups, such as a laser gun, turbo boost, and a bonus that increases the width of your bike, making it much easier to hit the lighted targets. But watch out! You’ll want to avoid zapping yourself with the high-voltage electric beams placed in your path.

Levels and Achievements

Level-up by unlocking achievements. Each level increases your score multiplier and makes the game more challenging.

Don’t take your eyes off the road for a second. You’ll be riding against tough opponents from around the world. Compare high scores and achievements with other players through OpenFeint. Download this game here!

Nook Steps Ahead of Kindle With Announcement of GlowLight

While we recently learned that Amazon was planning something new with a front-lit version of the Kindle, Barnes & Noble has gone a step further and launched a lit Nook complete with release date.  There’s no reason to think this is anything but a reaction to the leaked info regarding Amazon’s plans, but the fact that they already had a response prepared like this indicates a great deal of foresight.  What was already quite possibly the best eReading hardware on the market will be the first to get upgraded for the next generation.

Those familiar with the Nook Simple Touch will also have a good impression of the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.  They are the same product, as the name might imply.  GlowLight, Barnes & Noble’s solution to the problem of reading in poor lighting, has just been added into the existing model with minimal fuss.  It doesn’t even get in the way of what have traditionally been the strengths of the un-lit eReader.

The new Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight will still have the same E Ink screen that we’re used to.  It will work as well as ever in direct sunlight and any other situation where reading from a paper book would be plausible.  The difference now is that holding down the ‘n’ button on the Nook will turn on a set of LEDs along the sides of the display.  This provides sufficient light for any situation while avoiding a drastic increase in battery drain.

This upgrade will add an additional $40 to the price tag of the Nook.  It is likely more than worth the investment, though.  You are getting all of the advantages of E Ink with the conveniences a standard LCD would provide, but supplied in such a way as to be fairly easy on the eyes even when the adjustable lighting is in use.  That’s the sort of convenience you really can’t pass up in an eReader.

The Kindle product line is still my preference and the eReader line that I would recommend to anybody I knew personally.  That is not so much a matter of hardware superiority at this point, though.  If anything, it is a matter of hardware adequacy and highly superior back-end support to shore up the physical product by comparison.  There is nothing wrong with the Kindle Touch, per se, but it also doesn’t come with any such compellingly interesting new features.

We know that Amazon will be releasing something similar to GlowLight.  Chances are even good that now that B&N has set a May release date for the new Nook, a shiny new Kindle will appear by June.  If circumstances surrounding the settlements in the DOJ price fixing investigation didn’t seem likely to offer Kindle owners some truly amazing advantages in the near future, though, this would be the time when Amazon needed to sweat a little over the competition’s superior offering.