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Right, have some suggestions from Amazon UK's latest ebook deal newsletter. These are all under £2 at Amazon; most are also on offer at Kobo. Penguin Modern Classics seem to be having a sales binge so it's worth trawling through the rest of the deals list if you like their catalogue. As always, check the price before clicking the buy button.

I know some of you do find these posts useful for flagging up stuff to have a closer look at. I put in the covers this time because there were a couple I specifically wanted to show. Is it useful to see the covers, or does this make the post too unwieldy on people's flist?

John Wyndham - The Day of the Triffids - in a Penguin Modern Classics edition, with the newest cover art by Brian Cronin. The art's a good match in tone/period feel for the book, but I still think of Harry Willock's reverse colour line drawing cover art of the 1970s as the ur-cover art for Wyndham, just as Tom Baker is My Doctor.

Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1) (Aubrey & Maturin series) by Patrick O'Brian
I have provided the title exactly as given on the Amazon and Kobo pages. Yes, I am easily amused.

Val McDermid - Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime
Non-fiction from one of the greatest crime writers of today. One for the writers, but also of general geeky interest.

CS Lewis - Mere Christianity
Lewis's collection of radio broadcasts setting out the case for Christianity.

Tony Robinson - No Cunning Plan
Another acting memoir. Haven't looked at the sample yet, but if Robinson's any good at writing prose, this is probably going to be interesting.

George Orwell - The Road to Wigan Pier
Orwell's non-fiction is as important, and as topical, as his fiction.

Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange
Haven't read this in at least thirty years, but I suspect I would still find it equal parts horrifying, terrifying and laugh-out-loud funny. It's only just occurred to me that this book pressed some of the same buttons for me that Iain (M) Banks would some years later.

And while I was looking for Amazon US links for these books, I stumbled across this:

There. Are. No. Words.
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Haven't posted one of these in a while, because I haven't posted much at all. But the latest Amazon UK "buy our ebooks" is a "start a series from 99p" promotion, and I spotted a couple of books that might be of interest. Some are also price-matched on Kobo UK, and possibly other online retailers. Do check the price before you click the buy button, because it can change.

The full promo page is at http://amzn.to/2rCe3xN. Items particularly likely to be of  interest to you lot:

"The Silver Pigs", the first in the Falco series from Lindsey Davis about a private eye in Imperial Rome. I tried this on the recommendation of other sf fans and loved it - it's a good chance to try the series to see if you like it. £1.99 at Kobo and Amazon

"The Ides of April", first book in the Falco: The New Generation series. Just added that one to my own collection. :-) 99p at Kobo and Amazon

Agatha Christie's "The Murder at the Vicarage", the first of the Miss Marple novels. £1.49 at Kobo and Amazon. I'm in the middle of re-reading this right now, because it was there on my Kobo when I wanted some cheerful murder.

"The Long Earth" by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter - £1.99 at Kobo and Amazon.

"The Atrocity Archives: Book 1 in The Laundry Files" by Charles Stross. If you're an sf&f fan and haven't read this - buy this book. And not just because Charlie's a mate of mine from sf writing circles. It's the start of a series in which the eldritch horrors of Lovecraft are all too real, and one of the UK three letter agencies is devoted to putting off the forthcoming invasion for as long as possible. Charlie lovingly pastiches various spy, mystery and thriller series along the way. (There was much squeeing amongst the crit group for a later novel when we realised that we were reading a chapter starring avatars of Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin.) £1.49 at Kobo and Amazon.

"The Vesuvius Club" by Mark Gatiss. Yes, *that* Mark Gatiss, written before he became much more famous for his scripts than his novels. Edwardian derring-do, with more than a little tongue in cheek, in multiple senses. 99p at Amazon only.

That's just a sampling - I could quite easily buy another dozen interesting-looking books off that list were I not horribly aware that there are four dozen still queued up on my Kobo...
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Stuff from the Amazon UK Christmas saleof potential interest. I'm just picking out ones I think likely to be of interest to several of you - there are far more than this. Check the price at the site before purchasing. A lot of the titles are also on sale at Kobo, for those of you who prefer open file formats.

As previously noted:
99p Alan Garner - The Weirdstone of Brisingamen


£1.49 Hercule Poirot's Christmas (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series Book 20)

£1.69 The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries: The Most Complete Collection of Yuletide Whodunits Ever Assembled
(Note: this initially looked to me suspiciously like one of those anthologies assembled by collecting a lot of material which fell out of copyright in the US during the period when copyright had to be actively renewed, but it's a UK edition and a lot of the material is later than the "use it or lose it" period or pre-Mouse, so there's a mix of material.)

99p Tad Willams - The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar 1
(The next 2 books are also 99p each at Amazon and Kobo.)

£1.69 Kim Newman - Anno Dracula

£2.29 Tom's Midnight Garden

£1.99 Pippi Longstocking
£2.29 Do You Know Pippi Longstocking?

£1.49 First Term at Malory Towers (Malory Towers (Pamela Cox) Book 1)
Be warned that the few one star reviews are single stars because this is a "modernised" edition and not the original text.

99p Jen Frederick - Losing Control (Kerr Chronicles Book 1)
99p Jen Frederick - Taking Control (Kerr Chronicles Book 2)
Yes, *that* Jen Frederick, now known to be Jane Litte of Dear Author. I am... conflicted... about this one. I have no regrets about donating to her legal defence fund, and would do so again. But I think her actions relating to the dual identity amounted to catfishing, and were rank hypocrisy given how her DA persona would have treated any other author who did the same thing. Going to think a while longer about buying these.

ETA: katlinel notes in comments "many of Helen MacInnes' thrillers (WW2 and Cold War era) are available for 99p for Kindle at the moment." Bumping up to the post because it sounds like an author/series that if one of my friends likes it, several will.
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Just checked the Amazon monthly Kindle deals, and... Look what's on offer for 99p!

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen


(Now to go back and check the rest of the deals for items of potential interest to this parish.)

ETA: also 99p at Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-weirdstone-of-brisingamen
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This week's selection of deeply discounted Kindle books includes The Princess Bride for £1.69. This price is Amazon UK only - I can't see Kindle prices on other Amazons, so I've no idea whether it's also on sale on those.

Also likely to be of interest to this parish: A Rare Benedictine: The Advent Of Brother Cadfael (The Cadfael Chronicles) at £1.69.
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Another month, another batch of deep discount book offers from Amazon. Of particular interest (at least to me) is Alan Turing: Unlocking the Enigma (Kindle Single). This is short at 63 pages, but I'm about half way through it since buying it this morning, and enjoying it a great deal - definitely worth the current 99p offer price if, like me, you're interested in Turing's life and work.

Also of likely interest to some of you : Ben Goldacre's Bad Pharma: How Medicine is Broken, And How We Can Fix It is at £1.49 this month, and about to be on my phone.

I've heard good things about Lev Grossman's The Magicians: (Book 1), but at £1.99 for Book 1 of however many, it's slightly too expensive for my "but what if I run out of books on my phone!!!"[*] impulse buying. I shall think about it a while longer.

Ditto The Time Traveller's Almanac: The Ultimate Treasury of Time Travel Fiction - Brought to You from the Future from the VanderMeers, at £2.39.

[*] Last weekend I'd got to the bus station after work on Friday before realising that my smartphone was not in my handbag but still on my desk, and I Had Nothing To Read on the bus, having deliberately left the treeware and the Kobo at home that morning to cut down weight. Panic ensued... This was as nothing to the tantrum on the bus this morning on realising that the Turing bio I'd taken the time to order before rather than after work had not actually synched onto the phone before I left home. Fortunately I found some free bus wifi to hook onto.
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This morning's cat-vacuuming -- setting up my Author Central account and author page on Amazon Japan. Here it is: http://www.amazon.co.jp/-/e/B002BMHH60

Top tip - use Chrome for this. The in-browser translation makes life ever so much easier. As far as I can tell you'll need an ordinary account on Amazon.co.jp first, which you then use to sign into Author Central at https://authorcentral.amazon.co.jp/

No idea why only some of my books are on .jp - I may have to pick up the Amazon IDs of the missing ones from .co.uk and try searching directly.
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Some books of interest to this parish in the Amazon UK autumn sale, including Peter Hamilton's Void trilogy for 99p-1.19 per volume. UK only, although there may be similar sales going on elsewhere.

The Dreaming Void: The Void trilogy: Book One (Void Trilogy 1)
The Temporal Void: The Void trilogy: Book Two (Void Trilogy 2)
The Evolutionary Void (The Void Trilogy)

(I like Hamilton, but I'm not in the mood for what one reviewer described as "blockbuster epics so huge that the hardcovers can be used as aids to hippopotamus euthanasia", so I'm dithering on this one even at that price.)

My Word is My Bond: The Autobiography - Roger Moore's autobiography. I bought this when The Works was remaindering the hardback, and found it an enjoyable tour through the film industry, if not quite as entertaining as his friend David Niven's memoirs. And if you're old enough to remember Niven's memoirs with fondness, there is a (rather sad) coda to Niven's story from Moore. At 99p I bagged it in order to clear space by Oxfamming the hardback.

A Blunt Instrument - Georgette Heyer
One of Heyer's police procedurals, and great fun. At £2.07 not as heavily discounted as the others.
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Amazon are being thugs again, and this time it's Hachette they're trying to intimidate. (And if you're a reader who's thinking "Yay, go Amazon! Cheaper books for me!" think again. What happens to those cheap prices when Amazon's the only store in town?) So once again I'm torn on whether to put Amazon buy links on my book log; a pertinent question for me since I'm making an effort to catch up with said book log, and there are a couple of items I intend to say "Go forth and buy this" about.

No two ways about it -- Amazon is the most useful link for most people. They've got the biggest market share, they have the most reviews by other people, they sell both print and ebooks. That's also why they have so much power. So do I withhold my minuscule contribution to their coffers and mindshare, when that might reduce the chance of someone thinking, "I'd like that!" and actually following through with a purchase?

Posting the reviews to Amazon is an easier decision. It does make a difference to sales when there are reviews, and I think on balance it does more good than harm to provide Amazon with that content.

But I think I need to make more of an effort to get Kobo links as well, where possible. They're ebook-only, but at least they use an open file format and eschew DRM unless it's requested by the publisher.
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Here's the weasel word reply from Amazon about that message saying "You are receiving this email because our reports indicate that you have sent users directly to www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca or www.endless.com through paid search advertisements that were displayed to users who searched on keywords which you bid upon and purchased in search engine keyword auctions." You will note that they are now trying to claim that it was just a reminder, and not in any way acknowledging that I was explicitly and falsely told that I appeared to have been engaged in the forbidden activity. Wonder how many people they annoyed with this nonsense, given that it's clearly a form letter set up for the helldesk drones to use on the annoyed.


The email notification you received was intended to be a reminder that as of May 1, 2009, we will no longer pay referral fees to Associates who send users to www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, or www.endless.com through keyword bidding and other paid search advertising on Google, Yahoo, MSN, and their extended search networks. We sincerely apologize if you received this message and aren't engaging in paid search advertising activities of this kind.

We want to reassure you that this change only affects traffic generated when Associates purchase advertising on search engines and use an Amazon URL as the destination URL. You will continue to receive payment for all qualifying sales you refer to Amazon as long as those sales are not generated through paid search advertising of this sort.

We appreciate your understanding.

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Not censorship this time. Just weaselling their way out of paying commission. I got the following email from Amazon US today. Note that I have *never* used paid search ads for anything, let alone to drive traffic to Amazon. In other words, they're either incompetent or lying through their teeth about why they're going to renege on paying the money they owe me for any sales made after the end of this month.

Dear Amazon Associate:

You are receiving this email because our reports indicate that you have sent users directly to www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca or www.endless.com through paid search advertisements that were displayed to users who searched on keywords which you bid upon and purchased in search engine keyword auctions. As a reminder, starting May 1, 2009, we will no longer pay referral fees to Associates who send users to www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca or www.endless.com through paid search advertisements on Google, Yahoo, MSN, and other search engines, and their extended search networks. Of course if you use keyword bidding as a component of your strategy to drive traffic to your own site, you may continue to do so. Associates will continue to be paid referral fees on qualifying sales that result from traffic coming to www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca or www.endless.com from a customer affirmatively clicking on a Special Link on the Associates’ site(s). If you're not sure if this change affects you, please visit this page for FAQs.

We appreciate your continued support and participation in the Amazon Associates program. If you have questions or concerns, please write to us by using the Contact Us form available on Associates Central.
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Oh joy. There's been some suspicion over the last few days that Amazon has been hiding LGBT books (and possibly small press het erotica) from general view by removing the sales rankings so they don't show up unless you actively search for them by title or author. There'd been a lot of bland evasion when the authors asked them about it. Now a publisher has asked via a publisher-orientated back-channel, and been told that yes, it *is* very deliberate censorship of the "adult" titles to keep them out of general view. And in the case of LGBT titles, it's not just the smut that's been hidden. The YA titles are being suppressed from view as well.

More details via [livejournal.com profile] storm_grant's post here: http://storm-grant.livejournal.com/160240.html

I don't normally make a point of this, but in this case I think it's necessary: I'm Kinsey 0, i.e. very, *very* straight. I am, at least on the surface, one of the people Amazon thinks needs to be protected from exposure to That Sort Of Thing. Thanks, but I don't really need to be protected from the knowledge that YA gay literature exists, at least not while you're still happy to show me the raunchiest of mainstream bonkbusters and airport novels.


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