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Daily Deals: How To Slay a Dragon and Ultimate Jigsaw Puzzle HD

How To Slay a Dragon (The Journals of Myrth, Book1)Today Amazon offers How To Slay a Dragon (The Journals of Myrth, Book1) by Bill Allen for $1.99

Greg Hart can’t slay a dragon. He’d be lucky to win a fight against one of the smaller girls at school.His only real skill is that he can run faster than any other twelve-year-old boy in his class, a necessity, since that’s who he’s usually running from. Oh, it’s not like he’s never been the hero at the center of an adventure. It’s just the kind of adventures he’s been involved with have always been the made-up kind he’s written about in his journal.Now the magicians of Myrth have yanked Greg into a strange new world, where the monsters he must run from are far scarier–and hungrier–than anything he’s ever run from before. He tries to tell everyone there’s been a mistake. Ruuan is a very large dragon, while Greg, on the other hand, is neither large nor a dragon. He’s barely much of a boy. Unfortunately, such trivialities could never stop the people of Myrth from believing Greg will rescue King Peter’s daughter from Ruuan. After all, Greg has been named in a prophecy, and no prophecy has ever been wrong before.Why, Greg wonders, does he have to be at the heart of the first one that is?

Some words about the Author

Bill Allen may be described as an unusual man who has accomplished an unusual many deeds. In fact, it has been said that if you total up all the things he claims to have done, he cannot possibly be less than seven hundred years old.

No one knows if this is true. All that is certain is that for a good many years he has been living in Melbourne, Florida with his wife, Nancy, writing software by day and, well, mostly sleeping by night. Every now and again he writes stories, too. But then I guess that’s why you’re here.

 

Ultimate Jigsaw Puzzle HDUltimate Jigsaw Puzzle HD is a game for your Kindle Fire.  Today only you can get this game for free.

Truly the Ultimate in Jigsaw Puzzles

You’ll want Ultimate Jigsaw Puzzle HD on your Android phone or tablet if you’re at all into putting together jigsaw puzzles for an enjoyable and fun pastime and for that real sense of accomplishment when you’ve finished.

Featuring more than 150 HD pictures to reconstruct to your heart’s content, Ultimate Jigsaw Puzzle HD lets you toggle between jigsaw or square shaped pieces, offers you a choice of eight difficulty levels, and you can also set alignment and locking options.

You get ULTIMATE control over how you want your puzzles to look and work.

Features
  • Solve over 150 HD jigsaw puzzles
  • Make jigsaw puzzles from your own photo gallery
  • Save the picture to your phone or tablet after you solve it
  • Challenge mode
  • Play square or jigsaw shape
  • Play square or widescreen mode
  • 8 new levels of difficulty (up to 10×10 sized puzzle for tablet, 7×7 for phone)
  • Save games for later play
Play the Ultimate

So, if you love putting together breath-taking scenery or your own more familiar photos in a jigsaw puzzle, you’ll love how Ultimate Jigsaw Puzzles HD looks and feels on your Android device. It’s a great way to kill time and entertain yourself.

Did the Kindle Start a Trend Toward Paperless Living?

A recent survey put out by Gartner looked at portable device usage among five hundred or so participants to see how things like tablet computing were changing the way we live.  One of the more notable results that they came up with was an indication that over 50% of those involved said that they prefer reading on a screen to reading on paper.  This includes newspapers, magazines, and books.

They didn’t specify whether or not the participants logged any of this data based on using a Kindle or other dedicated eReading device, but that matters surprisingly little in this case.  The reading experience on portable devices is becoming comparable to, and sometimes superior to, that of reading on paper.  Who would have thought?

It would be somewhat foolish to claim that this was the result of the Kindle’s impact of consumer impressions.  We’ve been heading toward digital text distribution since the first computers were capable of storing enough text to be useful.  It was only a matter of time for it to reach the reading public.  It was what the Kindle signaled that accelerated the transition.

Sony already had a better eReader on the market when Amazon released the first Kindle.  What they didn’t have was the Kindle Store.  Amazon made it easy for their customers to buy popular books.  They even went the extra mile and made sure that purchasing could be accomplished right from the device itself.  With no more need to find USB cables or memory cards, eReading was finally more convenient than picking up a book from the store.  It was sometimes even easier that picking up a book off the shelf.

Over time, adding devices as they went, Amazon brought their selection to practically any device with a screen.  The Kindle itself was and is still important for many people, but just about anybody who is interested will always have a device within arm’s reach that can load a book for them now.  Convenience has reached an extreme.

Convenience is what the Gartner survey attributes the move away from paper to.  Their participants indicated that they were willing to pick up whichever device lay closest to hand for practically any reading situation, even to the point of excluding print at times.  Since all participants were required to have a media tablet and at least two other similar devices, being out of touch would have been a stretch.

None of this says that the printed book is really going to disappear.  We know that won’t happen any time soon, despite the fact that the death of print has been declared regularly since at least 1984 (extra points for catching the obvious movie reference).  What this means is that print is likely to lose its primary position in the reading world, even for magazine and newspaper readers, before too much time is up.  Tablets used to be toys, now they are becoming household tools.  Prices are dropping, exposure to options like the $79 Kindle is up, and it seems like every day readers get more to choose from.  Publishers can’t even entertain the notion of maintaining their old model unaffected at this point.