Amazon revealed a new and really cool feature today: The Kindle Daily Deal. They will put up bestselling Kindle books for a really big discount.
It started August 25 with Water for Elephants. Water for Elephants is by bestselling author Sara Gruen, and is told from the perspective of a former circus worker. I read it a couple of years ago, and thought it was great, but heartbreaking. It was made into a movie that hit theaters earlier this summer.
It is normally around $6, but with the discount it is over half off.
This is a really good strategy, especially with the high prices on the bestsellers.
So, keep a close eye out everyday. Who knows, they may have a book you’ve been dying to read. Follow the deals on Facebook, Twitter, and on the website: www.amazon.com/kindledailydeal
Wow, owners of the new Special Offers Kindle can gets some pretty sweet deals through Amazon (NASDAQ: Amazon). One of the current offers is, when you order select bestsellers or classics for your Kindle, you can get a $10 Amazon.com credit.
The additional catch is that you have to use your Amazon visa card. Now I will say this, I recently got one, and have heard great things about it. You get points with your purchases, and can get extra points for purchases from Amazon. Once you accrue enough points, you can redeem them for amazon.com credit and many other goodies. So far, there haven’t been any annoying fees or promotions that most credit card companies push.
Some of the bestsellers include the recent hit Water for Elephants, The Hunger Game series and Michael Lewis’s The Big Short. You’ll also find classics from old favorites such as Mark Twain, the Bronte sisters, and Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables).
Check out this page for a complete list of bestsellers and classics that you can choose from.
The current offer goes until May 21st. Happy reading!
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is an excellent novel that chronicles the life of Jacob Jankowski and his experiences in the Benzini Circus, one that is second rate at best compared to the Ringling Bros. Water for Elephants opens in the present day with a cranky old Jankowski living out his last days in the nursing home. The novel flashes back to the Depression era when Jankowski’s parents are killed in an automobile accident one week before he is supposed to take his final exams for vet school. Left with nothing, he abandons his exams and randomly ends up on the circus train where he spends the majority of his adult life.
There are some heart wrenching moments in this book, and Gruen touches on heavy issues such as animal cruelty, human-animal bonds, the experiences of being a misfit and living life in a nursing home. It was interesting to hear from the viewpoints of the people who have to live as a freak in the circus, or who go to a nursing home knowing that is where they will die. Gruen has definitely done her research into the circus life and lingo. This novel has a lot of depth to it that makes it much more than a simple beach read.
Gruen, also known for her earlier sequels, Riding Lessons and Flying Changes, has a new book called Ape House coming out September 7. Ape House features the communicative behaviors of bonobo apes. It presents another human-animal bond that is present in all of Gruen’s books. One of the critics says that this book does not fare very well compared to its predecessor, however, another critic says that it is a wonderful book. So it is a matter of preference I suppose. Water for Elephants will be a tough one to beat. It was published in 2006 and still remains in the Kindle Top 100 list.