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Daily Deals: Romance Novels and Big Book Series plus Dummy Defense

Summer Days (Fool's Gold)Today Amazon offers 10 Popular romance novels featuring authors like Susan Mallery, Heather Graham, Gena Showalter, and Debbie Macomber are up to 80% off the digital list price ($1.99 each).  Here is the list of these books.

1. Summer Days (Fool’s Gold) by Susan Mallery

2. The Unholy (Krewe of Hunters) by Heather Graham

3.  Wicked Nights (Hqn) by Gena Showalter

4. 16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove Novels) by Debbie Macomber

5. Shadow’s Edge (A Night Prowler Novel #1) by J.T. Geissinger

6. Between Love and Honor by Alexandra Lapierre

7. Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen

8. Making of a Gentleman by Shana Galen

9. In Her Sights by Robin Perini

10. Tall, Dark and Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy

Also Amazon offers Big Book Series by Bart King. He is a master of balancing humor, facts, and activities for middle-school readers. His three, critically acclaimed books instruct how to build a play fort, explore the world’s most disgusting jobs, expose the nitty-gritty details of international espionage, and much more. Today, they’re up to 74% off yesterday’s price. You can look at these book on the following links:

1. The Big Book of Boy Stuff by Bart King (Author), Chris Sabatino (Author), Chris Sabatino (Illustrator)

2. The Big Book of Gross Stuff by Bart King and Russell Miller

3. The Big Book of Spy Stuff by  Bart King and Russell Miller

 

Dummy DefenseDummy Defense is a small game for your Kindle Fire. If you decided to try it you can make it for free today only.

The spin-off of SimplePhysics. Protect your dummy from explosions, boulders, spiked walls, and more!

Use the blueprints editor to design a structure that will protect your dummy, Melvin, from some random danger. You’ll have to work with the available materials. Most of the time you’ll use wood, sometimes you’ll use concrete, but you must always use your most important asset: your brain.

A wise person once said: “An engineer is someone who can do for a dime what any fool can do for a dollar.” In Dummy Defense, your design must not only be strong enough, it must be cheap enough to win. Building cheaper structures will earn you more stars on a level.

Create your design in seconds with the blueprints editor. If you make a mistake, simply tap the Undo button. Zoom in and out by pinching the screen and pan the view using a two finger drag.

While testing, you can see how the strain is distributed across your design. Areas that are under immense strain are colored bright red, while other areas are colored green. This allows you to find and fix problem areas in your design.

The slow motion slider lets you slow things down so you can see how your design is failing, and it is also incredibly fun to watch explosions destroying your design in slow motion.

Kindle Fire Ad Debacle Resolved!

It took all of a day before Amazon realized the extent of their mistake in creating mandatory ad space on every Kindle Fire and changed their tune.  Users will not be able to disable ads on their Kindle Fire tablets in the same way that they can when using the Kindle eReader.  This removes what was by far the most upsetting bit of information related to the launch of these devices.

The use of ads to subsidize a very cheap price on all hardware sales is something that Amazon has been working with for a while now.  The original Kindle Fire has not been covered by any ad revenue so far, but it was inevitable that the next generation would be.  The bad decision to force the ads on everybody would indeed make them far more profitable for Amazon since advertisers have expressed concern about the variability of their audience, but it would also drive away sales.  Clearly the scales were not balanced in the way that Amazon expected given the quickness of their response to consumer pressure.

The new plan is to offer the ability to opt-out of Special Offers on the Kindle Fire HD for just $15.  While Amazon has indicated that very few customers end up going through with the removal of these ads, the fact that the option is available will earn a great deal of goodwill.

The opt-out page will be available when the device begins to ship.  That is currently scheduled for September 14th.

As much as the ads were not a deal breaker if handled properly and implemented on an otherwise impressive piece of hardware, I think many people who wanted a Kindle Fire HD are breathing a sigh of relief right now.

$299 Kindle Fire HD 8.9” Details

We’ve been hearing rumors for months now about a larger Kindle Fire that Amazon was on the verge of releasing.  Now that there is confirmation and information more substantial than supply-line gleanings, it’s probably time to start looking at whether the real thing lives up to the expectations.  Here’s what the new 8.9” Kindle Fire HD looks like on paper:

Display 8.9” IPS LCD1920x1200 Resolution

254ppi

Processor TI OMAP4470
Storage 16GB Onboard (32GB Model Available)
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n dual-band MIMOBluetooth
Camera Front-Facing
Battery Life 11 hours
Sound Dolby Audio optimizationStereo Speakers
Ports USB 2.0HDMI-out

 

Basically, this is a generally superior tablet in every way, compared to their previous offering.  Amazon claims that the processor in this new Kindle Fire will perform significantly better than the Nexus 7’s Tegra 3, for example, which puts them at the top again in terms of balancing price and power.

The improved storage space is a big step up over the often-problematic 8GB that the older Kindle Fire came with.

Wireless issues have been addressed and the speeds that are advertised, while dependent on the networks they are connected to, are ideal for HD video streaming.

Most importantly, the comparatively large HD display and HDMI-out make this a tablet better suited to video consumption than the company’s previous offering by a wide margin.  Both of these features were frequently requested over the past year and that was taken seriously.

The audio improvements may be equally impressive, but given how poor the performance has been in the past it might be better to avoid jumping to conclusions about Kindle Fire speaker quality.

As a communication tool, the front-facing camera should help a lot.  Every Kindle Fire HD will come loaded with Skype by default, tying Amazon customers into probably the most widely used internet calling service available today.

Even the battery life looks good, though that will take some hands-on experimentation to judge accurately.  So much depends on what tasks are being carried out on the device that any claim would be hard to take completely at face value.

Overall this is a strong offering that really demonstrates a commitment to continue creating excellent affordable tablets.  There are some issues on the software side of things, however, such as the advertising situation.

Kindle Fire tablets will now come with Special Offers.  This in itself is not a bad thing.  That’s how the price has dropped so low on Kindle eReaders after all.  Unlike on the eReader, Kindle Fire Special Offers cannot be removed.  This is a major imposition for many customers, at least at the moment of purchase, and has the potential to turn a lot of people away from the product.

While I will follow up more on the ad situation and other quirks in a subsequent post, overall I still believe that the Kindle Fire HD is a good product.  The option to root the device is always there and Amazon has proven in the past that they can display ads in a way that makes them fairly unobtrusive.  It’s an upsetting precedent and everybody is hoping that a change of heart will allow customers to buy out of the ads should they so desire but it isn’t enough to damn the product on its own.