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Check out Amazon’s Kindle Cloud Reader!

August 10, 2011 2 comments

Interesting! It’s pretty obvious that this is Amazon’s answer to Apple stiffing them (and the other bookstores) out by refusing to allow ebook buying via the apps.

Check out the Kindle Cloud Reader (the page is LIVE!) on your Chrome or Safari browsers (both on iMac & iPad) right now, and follow the easy instructions to install the cloud reader app! 🙂 The reader works offline too – all you need to do is right-click on a book cover (in your cloud library) then select “Download & Pin Book”. All your most recently read books are also stored in the ‘downloaded section’ of the library. Very cool!

Buy Once, Read Everywhere
Instant access to your Kindle library
Continue reading even when you lose your internet connection
Optimized for iPad: shop the integrated Kindle Store for Tablets

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Amazon Appstore for Android FREE App of the Day – New York Post

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve decided to just post the only ones I like from Amazon’s Daily FREE paid app from Amazon’s Appstore for Android. Anyway, we’ve got a good one for today, it’s “New York Post” by New York Post for FREE today only and save $1.99!

Product Description

In print since 1801, the New York Post is the oldest continually published daily newspaper in America. Now you can use your Android device to get the best headlines, sports coverage, and celebrity gossip from The Post, updated 24 hours a day.

The Post On the Go
Navigating the New York Post Android Edition is easy and intuitive. The app’s home screen reveals the day’s top stories in a scrollable, vertical display. At the top of the home screen, you’ll see tabs that direct you to popular features of The Post, including the famous Page Six gossip section, The Best Sports in Town, and Photos, in addition to other popular sections.

So head on to the Amazon Appstore now and start browsing! Here’s a helpful link where you can browse through all the FREE android apps right now (after you’ve downloaded New York Post of course!)

P.S. Take note of these download restrictions for now:

• AT&T has enabled purchases from the Amazon Appstore for some devices (Learn more)
• Amazon Appstore is only available to customers located in the United States

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New App for the Kindle – Cluemaster Kakuro Volume 1 (A Puzzle for Kindle)

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Here’s a new game app for the Kindle!

Cluemaster Kakuro Volume 1 (A Puzzle for Kindle)‘ by Cluemaster is available on the Amazon Kindle site for $1.99! Just click here to download!

Game Description

Kakuro is a logic puzzle that crosses Sudoku with crossword puzzles to produce a challenging and addictive number puzzle.

The aim of the game is to fill all the blank squares in the grid with only the numbers 1-9 so that the numbers you enter add up to corresponding clues, and no number is duplicated in any entry. When the grid is filled, the puzzle is complete.

This pack includes 100 puzzles – 25 Gentle, 25 Moderate, 25 Tough and 25 Diabolical. Your progress for all puzzles is shown in the menu and you can restart a puzzle and try to beat your best time. You can enter pencil marks to help you solve the puzzles and there is also an auto pencils feature which calculates the pencil marks for you automatically. You can also turn on auto check, which highlights incorrect numbers. If you like more of a leisurely puzzle then you can hide the timer.

Cluemaster supplies puzzles to numerous newspapers across the world including the Daily Telegraph and Chicago Tribune. All our puzzles are expertly graded to give you the best possible enjoyment.

Give Kakuro a try and you could well be hooked!

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Be sure to check out Amazon’s Popular Kindle Games & Active Content page for a review of all the games available! And if you want to see the apps as a bestseller list, check out the Bestsellers in Kindle Games & Active Content!

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Book Review – The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart

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Book Description:

The fabulous foursome readers embraced as The Mysterious Benedict Society is back with a new mission, significantly closer to home. After reuniting for a celebratory scavenger hunt, Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are forced to go on an unexpected search — a search to find Mr. Benedict. It seems that while he was preparing the kids’ adventure, he stepped right into a trap orchestrated by his evil twin Mr. Curtain.

With only one week to find a captured Mr. Benedict, the gifted foursome faces their greatest challenge of all — a challenge that will reinforce the reasons they were brought together in the first place and will require them to fight for the very namesake that united them.

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I loved Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Mysterious Benedict Society (here’s my review), so the sequel The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey was definitely on my TBR list. Honestly, I was so pumped about immersing myself in the further adventures of Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance – the four exceptionally talented kids who acquitted themselves so admirably in their first mission for their mentor Mr. Benedict.

In The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are brought together again one year later by Mr. Benedict for a new mission. The original plan was that the children would be embarking on a surprise adventure – a globe-trotting scavenger hunt where they will have to solve special clues that Mr. Benedict has left for them at each stop. Unfortunately, things don’t go according to plan, and the treasure hunt instead becomes a race to save their mentor’s life. Mr. Benedict has been kidnapped by his evil twin Mr. Curtain, and the only way to find/rescue him may be by successfully completing the treasure hunt! Will the children be up to the task?

The four kid members of The Mysterious Benedict Society and their strong friendship was a huge reason why I enjoyed this series so much – and let me assure you that the kids are as clever and lovable here as in the first book. The children are like family now, and it’s so satisfying to see them working so well together. Another plus for The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey is that the plot is much more fast paced & exciting this time around. Book two is much more action-oriented, and the children have to quickly figure out brain-teasing riddles and puzzles while dodging Mr. Curtain’s henchmen on their hops around the world (going as far as Portugal and Holland!). There’s lots of  twists & turns, plus  tense exciting scenes where I was literally at the edge of my seat – hoping that the kids would be able to outsmart their enemies!

There is a fair amount of having to suspend your disbelief though when reading the book – the children truly have extraordinary talents (especially three year old Constance who develops extra sensory powers) and the non-villain characters are all unbelievably noble & idealistic (for example, Kate’s secret agent father Milligan takes special pains not to kill anyone, even those who would have no qualms about killing his daughter).

And now am off to get the last book in the trilogy!

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart is available on Amazon as a Kindle Edition ($6.99), Hardcover Edition (Bargain) ($6.55), Paperback Edition ($6.99) and Audible Audio Edition ($29.95).

You can also get the ebook at the Apple iBookstore, Sony eBookstore, Kobo books, and Barnes and Noble.

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