Kindle Matchbook: Amazon issued a press release this morning to announce a new service they’ll be launching in October called the Kindle Matchbook. This new service will allow Amazon customers who purchase or have previously purchased a new print book from Amazon to purchase the e-book edition for a cheap price of under $3. And in some cases those same print book buyers will even be able to obtain an e-book version of the same title they’ve already purchased in print for free!

Additionally of note, this new service works with more than 10,000 books printed by a variety of publishers and is retroactive to 1995. Translation – if you have purchased a print book from Amazon by one of the publishers whose titles are available in the Amazon Matchbook library anytime between 1995 and the present you can purchase the Kindle price for less than $3 and in some cases the e-book will be free for you to download! Amazon hasn’t offered a list of all the 10,000 books that will fall under the umbrella of this program but still it cool! And some of the qualifying titles include books written by Jodi Picoult, James Rollins, Ray Bradbury, Michael Crichton, Neil Gaiman, Jo Nesbo & J. A. Jance.

Here’s a link to an Engadget article on the new Kindle Matchbook service:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/03/kindle-matchbook/

And a link to Amazon’s rather dry press release on the same subject:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1851331&highlight=

The Growing Internet of Things: The term “The Internet of Things” refers to the ways that we can use the Internet 23/7/365 in our increasingly Internet connected high tech world to access and share data, to remotely control devices (like turning the lights in your house via a an app on your smartphone while you are at work) and ordering items online for delivery in the physical world. This is a concept that is growing in relevance as computers, smartphones and tablets are joined in the space of everyday items always being connected to the Internet by household appliances, cars and other devices.

National Geographic offers a short article today on the “Internet of Things” which offers additional information.

Here’s the link:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130830-internet-of-things-technology-rfid-chips-smart/

And the Washington Post offers a related article on the subject which sheds a brighter light on how homes are becoming smart and their owners are thus better able to keep track of what is going on in their homes when they’re not there.

The article is titled “The Internet of Things” and here’s the link:

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-08-29/business/41594783_1_smartphone-users-devices-kickstarter

Hugo Award Winners Announced: The 2013 Hugo Award Winners for the best Science Fiction and fantasy works of 2013 have been announced. The best novel of the year is  “Redshirts” by John Scalzi, the best novella “The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson, the best novelette “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi” by Pat Cardigan and the best short story “Mono no Aware” by Ken Liu.

And you can read more about all of the Hugo Award winners for this year and even access free samples of their award winning works at the Media Bistro site – here’s the link:

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/2013-hugo-award-winners-revealed_b77103

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Amazon Press Room: Latest News. Amazon. Online. Accessed September 3, 2013, http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1851331&highlight=

Boog, Jason. (2013, September 3). Sample the Best Science Fiction of 2013. Media Bistro. Online. Accessed September 3, 2013, http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/2013-hugo-award-winners-revealed_b77103

Cooper, Daniel. (2013, September 3). Amazon launches Kindle Matchbook: discounted e-books for those who own the hard copy. Engadet. Online. Accessed September 3, 2013,http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/03/kindle-matchbook/

Howard, Brian Clark. (2013, August 30). How the “Internet of Things” May Change the World. National Geographic. Online. Accessed September 3, 2013. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130830-internet-of-things-technology-rfid-chips-smart/

Ravindranath,  Mohana. (2013, August 29). Building the ‘Internet of things.’ The Washington Post. Online. Accessed September 3, 2013, http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-08-29/business/41594783_1_smartphone-users-devices-kickstarter

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