Monday, February 25, 2013

Free Kindle Books and Changes at Amazon 2/25

This post comes with an important introduction, because as of March 1st 2013, there are going to be some dramatic changes to the Kindle landscape that will affect the Kindle Fire Department. If there's one thing we can count on, it's that things change, and this should be a pretty big one.

What am I talking about? Amazon has altered its Amazon Associates Operating Agreement concerning free Kindle books. Most of you probably know that when you visit a site like ours to find free books, if you go on to buy other things we get a small percentage of that, though it adds nothing to your prices. This has led to a huge number of Kindle book sites.

But now Amazon is forcing sites like ours to reduce the number of free books we feature or lose one of our most important revenue sources. From Amazon, if the following two conditions are met, our site will lose most of the income that allows it to operate:

  • At least 80% of all Kindle eBooks ordered and downloaded during Sessions attributed to your Special Links are free Kindle eBooks
  • 20,000 or more free Kindle eBooks are ordered and downloaded during Sessions attributed to your Special Links
Now, the Kindle Fire Department and Book Blast can move about 20,000 free Kindle books in little more than a day, and it adds up to far more than a 4:1 ratio of paid books. 

So what's going to happen to us? Actually, not all that much. It's likely that other sites will have to completely revamp their operations, but because we do also focus on apps and bargains books as well, we should be able to continue to feature at least a couple free Kindle books each day on the Fire Department and a few more on Book Blast. 

We've always felt that the most important part of a book is its quality, because even FREE can be too much to spend on a bad book, am I right? So we'll continue to feature the best apps and books, whether free or not, that we can, and we hope you'll continue to visit us and make us one of your key sources to find books and apps.

Thanks to you, we quickly became the #1 Kindle Fire site on the Internet, and it's the thousands and thousands of visitors we get on a daily basis that make this worth it to us. We love introducing you to the best books and apps we can find, and we appreciate it so much when you stop by to visit, let us help you with your Kindle Fire, tell your Kindle friends about us, or even just play "Rate this Reading Room" with us on our Facebook page

So with your help we're excited to make this coming year and the ones that follow the best time to own a Kindle. Thanks for your support, and please feel free to share your thoughts in the blog comments or Facebook comments to let us know how we're doing. And of course, check out these free books...

Though everything below is free at the time of this posting, that can change at any time. Make sure you check the price before you purchase! Get FREE book emails or download our FREE app!

Ferris' Bluff - Romantic Suspense
Rated 4.5 stars on 97 reviews
Description: Ace is on the run from everyone, it seems. He’s running from a busted Witness Protection Program assignment, an international collection of gangsters and arms merchants he pissed off working undercover, and worst of all—from his own scarred self-image and the nightmares that haunt him.

After two lonely years on the road he risks a short visit with his old friend, Granville Tubbs, who lives in the sleepy small town of Ferris’ Bluff, Arkansas. He hasn’t even had a tingle that anyone has been on his trail for almost a year. What could go wrong in a few days?

Plenty, it turns out. But some things go right, too…shotgun ambushes aside.

The ultimate loner, Ace is soon brought under the spell of the quirky small town and its residents. As he tries to help Tubbs, all the while jealously guarding his alias, the friendliness of the townsfolk chips away at the wall of solitude he’s built. It’s as if Leets and Dicky and Art Drury are determined to become his new friends. And the pretty widow, Annie Travers—well, try as he might he can’t deny the growing mutual attraction between the two of them.

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Only the Truth - Literary
Rated 4.5 stars on 120 reviews
Description: Harkening back to the writing styles and small town settings of earlier American authors – John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, and Carson McCullers - "Only the Truth" is a psychological mystery with as many twists as the country road leading to the humble home of Billy Ray Hutchins, a lonely uneducated man living in the hills of Arkansas. Life changes little for him from day to day until he brings home a young drifter he meets at the railroad tracks, the mysterious Charlene, whose last name he never asks. He becomes her Sweet Billy Ray and his love for Charlene is steady and uncomplicated until the sheriff shows up to take her away in handcuffs. With the only woman he has ever loved behind bars for the coldblooded murder of the old man across the road, a confused and devastated Billy Ray sets out on a quest to find the truth, only the truth, whether it leads him to be able to save his Charlene from a death sentence or it frees him from her spell.

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Capture - Thriller
Rated 4.1 stars on 38 reviews
As four-year-old Sunny Exley drowns in the icy waters off a luxury beach house, her father, Nick, smokes weed on the shore and her mother, Caroline, is lost in the arms of a lover. Hidden on nearby boulders, rent-a-cop Vernon Saul watches the child die and chooses to act only when it is too late.

In the days following Sunny's death, gutted by grief and guilt, Nick falls under the spell of Vernon who presents himself as a friend in time of need. When the sinister Vernon's true motives are revealed, Nick is drawn into a spiral of manipulation and murder that leaves him fighting for his sanity and his life.

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  1. This is the best place to come for bargain and free books as well as apps. I purchase more than a few books from here, plus a lot of "book two and three's that aren't free" hacking the first book in a series free is a good way to get us hooked and I don't mind buying the rest in a series when the first book is well done. I thank you for your short!

  2. Thanks, Ken. Much appreciated. I agree that giving away a first book free is a good strategy for authors, but that may come under fire with this as well. We'll continue to do our best to pick out the best books and the best sales.

  3. I agree with Ken. I have purchased many books from this site and have discovered so many new authors that I probably would have never heard of and have bought more of their books because of the free or bargain book. Thanks for all you do for us and the work you put into it so we can do what we love to!

    1. We appreciate you coming to visit and checking out our daily selections. Be sure to let us know if there's ever anything you need help with! :)

  4. I do the same. I love reading trilogy books. It's like Lays chips, can't have (read) just one. :)


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