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Daily Deals: Eight Inspiring Books, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and Nuke Your Neighbor

Today’s deal features a best-selling selection of memoirs and motivational books for just $1.99 each (up to 91% off). From Professor Randy Pausch’s “The Last Lecture,” to Michael J. Fox’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future,” these books are filled with insightful, humorous, and helpful observations. Here is the full list of this book:

1. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow

2. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned by Michael J. Fox

3. From The Heart: Seven Rules To Live By by Robin Roberts

4. Just Who Will You Be?: Big Question. Little Book. Answer Within. by Maria Shriver

5. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways To Keep The Little Things From Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson

6. Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies Of Life by Teri Hatcher

7. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation In Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

8. Hope’s Boy by Andrew Bridge

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: Stories of Life, Love and Learning (Chicken Soup for the Soul)Also you can buy a book for your kids: Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: Stories of Life, Love and Learning (Chicken Soup for the Soul) by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger just for $1.99

This book, the latest in the hugely popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series, contains stories, poems, and cartoons relating to the specific troubles that traumatize teenagers everywhere. There are plenty of stories about dating (“HE KISSED MY TEETH!”), friendships (don’t gossip), and school. But Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul doesn’t shy away from the big issues either, with essays on suicide, dying young, and drunk driving. This book stems from the knowledge that teens know their own concerns best—thus, much of the book is written by teens themselves, which gives the book a very accessible, informal tone. Also, the authors had each piece evaluated by as many teenagers as possible. The care shows. Teenage Soul is always respectful, and doesn’t minimize any of the dramas of adolescence. It does, however, mete out plenty of perspective. This wise, tender, funny book is filled with wisdom useful to teens (and everybody else, too).

Some words about the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling co-authors, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.

Kimberly Kirberger is president of Inspiration and Motivation for Teens, Inc. (I.A.M. for Teens) and speaks at high schools and to youth organizations. Jack, Mark and Kimberly have formed The Teen Letter Project, a foundation dedicated to encouraging troubled teens to reach out for help and guidance.

 

Nuke Your NeighborFor those who wants to spend some time Amazon offer a free game:  Nuke Your Neighbor. This game is free today only.

Nuke Your Neighbor puts both your strategic skills and reflexes to the test like no other card game out there. Compete against three other players to see who can get rid of all their cards first! Earn all 15 Awards and build your player record for endless hours of exciting gameplay.

No Ads is one of great advantage of this game.

Product features:

  • global online leaderboard
  • fast paced uno-like game play

Kindle Fire HD Sold At Cost – Jeff Bezos

People have generally assumed that Amazon was subsidizing the Kindle Fire to some degree.  Analysts have estimated that the cost of materials and manufacturing was roughly equal to the asking price and when the first Kindle Fire was launched it was suspected that Amazon could be losing as much as $15 per device to keep the costs down.

When the first Kindle eReader was released, Amazon’s position was that the hardware had to justify its existence by providing profits separate from the digital content sales it encouraged.  With the frequent price drops that have occurred in the past few years, that’s obviously harder to stick to.  The Kindle was first priced at $399 and sold out in a matter of hours.  Now you can get a basic Kindle for just $69, so it’s hard to imagine the money coming in at the same rate.

The new position makes more sense given Amazon’s digital content ecosystem.  Bezos has come out and said, for the first time, “We sell the hardware at our cost, so it is break-even on the hardware.”  It isn’t a surprise and it certainly isn’t going to upset the status quo, but the confirmation of even fairly obvious suppositions breaks the secretive pattern that generally surrounds Amazon’s hardware business.

This is a convenient way to highlight the differences in sales philosophy between major competitors at a time when Android tablets are drawing roughly equivalent in both price and performance while Apple is rumored to be releasing a smaller version of the iPad before the holidays.

Apple, for example, is not known for releasing any hardware they can’t make at least a 40% profit from.  This is the biggest point against the constant rumors of iPad Mini development.  The only reason it’s becoming likely that Apple will release a smaller iPad at this point is the possibility of being shut out of a growing market.  Even then we can expect them to be getting significant return on each sale.  They’re not a company that’s willing to settle for the 30% cut they get from every sale of associated content.

Google, on the other hand, sells their Nexus 7 at cost with the expectation of a different return.  Yes they have a return from their Google Play sales, but the real money is in information acquisition.  Android is available for free to anybody who wants to use it because unless significant effort is made to avoid it, Android ties people into the Google system.  That means more marketing data and more potential for advertising revenue.

Amazon’s course, hoping that cheap devices will result in such a significant increase in sales that it will be worth the initial investment so long as no money is actually being lost on the hardware itself, may be the least obviously profitable of these.  Their experience and expertise when it comes to suggested sales and media serving make it totally believable that the Kindle encourages people to read four times as much as they normally would, but it’s not something that many other companies could hope to pull off.