Daily Deals: King City and Ion Racer

King CityToday Amazon offers King City by Lee Goldberg just for $1.99

Major Crimes Unit detective Tom Wade secretly worked with the Feds to nail seven of his fellow cops for corruption…turning him into a pariah in the police department. So he’s exiled to patrol a beat in King City’s deadliest neighborhood… with no back-up, no resources, and no hope of survival.

Now Wade fights to tame the lawless, poverty-stricken wasteland…while investigating a string of brutal murders of young women. It’s a case that takes him from the squalor of the inner-city to the manicured enclaves of the privileged, revealing the sordid and deadly ways the two worlds are intertwined…making his enemies even more determined to crush him.

But for Tom Wade, backing down is never an option…even if it will cost him his life. It’s one reason why bestselling author Janet Evanovich calls Wade “an unforgettable and deeply compelling character in the most original crime novel to come along in years.”

Some words about the Author

Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award nominee who has written and produced scores of highly successful network television series, including Diagnosis Murder, Spenser: For Hire, Baywatch, SeaQuest, Hunter, Nero Wolfe, Martial Law, Missing, Monk, and The Glades.

He’s also the author of over thirty novels and non-fiction books, including The Walk, Watch Me Die, Successful Television Writing, My Gun Has Bullets, the long-running Diagnosis Murder and Monk series of original mystery novels, and the new Dead Man series of monthly horror-thrillers for Amazon’s 47North Imprint.

As an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, and the Netherlands on the creation, writing, and production of episodic television series.

Goldberg lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter and is already hard at work on the further adventures of Tom Wade.

 

Ion RacerIon Racer is another game for you Kindle Fire which you can get for free today only.

Exploding into the Amazon Appstore at warp speed, SGN brings you Ion Racer. A sci-fi, action-packed, agility race with heart-stopping thrills, Ion Racer takes speed to a whole new level.

Customize Your Thrills

With endless ways to customize your craft, you’ll never run the same race twice. Experience the mounting challenge of mission-based progressive competition. How long can you stay in the race?

Ion Racer is a truly strategic racing game. Choose strike mode to burst through obstacles or play in + Focus mode for precise steering. Control your craft with accelerometer tilt steering or the easy-access light touch controls.

Show Me the Kions

Buy or earn valuable Kions to gain boosts in speed and accuracy. Repair Heal your damaged ship through intensely accurate gameplay or hit auto-repair for instant healing to get back into the race, fast.

Catch multipliers for an out of this world score, and earn perks and upgrades. Are you ready for the ride of your life?

PLEASE NOTE: This app lets you purchase digital content using actual money. You can configure parental controls for in-app purchases, which will require your Amazon account password or a 4-digit PIN, by tapping the Menu icon and then Settings.

Nook Services Follow Kindle to Browser-Based eReading App

As was bound to happen eventually, Barnes & Noble has joined Amazon in offering a browser-based reading solution for their Nook customers.  Since last August, the Kindle Cloud Reader has been offering the same capabilities to users of the competing platform.  The current promotion set to launch Nook for Web, as the new application has been dubbed, offers users six free best sellers for giving it a try.  Both the promo and the features make this worth taking a look at.

To try it out for yourself, simply head over to the Nook for Web site.  Currently supported browsers include Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.  In the preview, you can choose from any of the six selections available in this promotion.  You get the first portion of the book immediately with no need to establish a Barnes & Noble account.  This allows you to check out the features of the web app and see for yourself if it meets a need.  Should you like what you see, these books are available for download through a link at the end of their sample portion.

In terms of features, Nook for Web is definitely competitive with the Kindle Cloud Reader.  You can choose from eight font sizes, eight font styles, and a set of different page layouts.  The default layout will take into account the width of your browser window and decide whether or not you need two columns for an optimal reading experience.  If you don’t like the choice it makes, you can also choose to go with the publisher’s default layout preference or restrict things to a single page no matter the width of the window.  At this time you can’t force a two column view.

Pull-down menus let you access the table of contents on the fly, as well as use the Nook platform’s social networking features and access information about the title you have open.  The whole package fits well in Barnes & Noble’s established eBook platform and you can see where they have made efforts to keep the experience consistent for existing users.  Obviously any books you already own for your Nook will be available to you as soon as you log in.

In some ways B&N has done a great job of meeting the needs of their community here.  The features are sound and compatibility is extensive.  They have even made Nook for Web work in Internet Explorer, which the Kindle Cloud Reader still does not do.  On the other hand, they are missing compatibility with non-desktop browsers and I think that is going to hurt adoption.

The motivation behind the Kindle Cloud Reader was Amazon’s need to get around Apple’s restrictive terms and conditions for in-app sales.  As such, iPad and iPhone owners were the priority in its development.  Launching without letting those users take part in the new service immediately costs Barnes & Noble the chance to pull in some potential converts from the Kindle Platform.  No matter how many people use Internet Explorer, and that isn’t a small number, the percentage of people who read on their mobile device is far higher.

It doesn’t hurt to take advantage of this promo (available through 7/26) even if you’re otherwise a Kindle customer.  A free book is a free book.  To gain access to the complete text of each title, you will need to create an account.  Other than that, there’s no hoop to jump through.  Having tried both, I definitely prefer the Kindle Cloud Reader.  This is a good first step in what could eventually be a really impressive web app, though.