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wow, i have to agree with Rockman.  the Scudder series is one of the best.  if you like gritty crime novels featuring a flawed lead trying to do right while battling his own demons, this is great reading.  and for this price it is a steal.  i plan to reread this series again from the begining and i was hoping to do so this year, but other books keep getting in the way.  i got A Drop of the Hard Stuff, which is the new one that came out last year, but takes place in the past when Matthew is still drinking, and was going to wait to read as part of my reread, but i may have to just squeeze it in soon as i am not sure when i will get to the reread.  anyway, i highly recommend taking advantage of this deal.

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BLOOD WORK will be on sale for $2.99 in the USA on Wednesday, 4/25. This is a one-day-only sale.


Got it!
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I've read 'The Point' by Gerard Brennan and loved it. Haven't read this one yet, but it's in my TBR stack and unfortunately I didn't pick it up for free.

Free from Amazon this weekend only:

Wee Rockets by Gerard Brennan
does for Belfast what Irvine Welsh did for Edinburgh. It’s a frank look at the drink and drug-addled youth ejected onto the streets of a socially deprived community as they smirk in the face of authority and play Russian Roulette with their adolescent lives.



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Today, 4/27, Amazon has 71 free Kindle books!

The Loyal Servant Eva Hudson - Political Thriller
Casting Stones G.M. Barlean - Literary Fiction
Splintered Energy Arlene Webb - Science Fiction
Frozen Prospects Dean Murray - Epic Fantasy
Down The Memory Hole Bonnie Turner - Middle Grade Fiction
The Gate Of Lake Forest Ami Blackwelder - Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Man Of Steel Dave Conifer - Thriller
In Dreams J. Sterling - Young Adult Romance
The Loves Of Leopold Singer L.K. Rigel - Historical Romance
Rikki Tikki Tavi Rudyard Kipling - Children's Books
Turning Inside Out Phyllis Lily Jules - Biography
Mechanics Of Murder RaeAnne Hadley - Mystery & Thriller
The Cloud Elmore Hammes - Science Fiction
The Swords Of B'ajj James Buehler - Young Adult Fantasy
The Fifth Avenue Series Boxed Set Christopher Smith - Suspense Thriller
Grandpa Hates The Bird Eve Yohalem - Children's Book
The Man In The Seventh Row Brian Pendreigh - Contemporary Fiction
Every Last Kiss Courtney Cole - Young Adult Romance
Friends On Fire Dale Whisman - Mystery & Thriller
So Wonderful As Want Joyce DeBacco - Historical Romance
Night Of Wolves David Dalglish - Epic Fantasy
Johnny B. Fast Tom Doganoglu - Middle Grade/Children's Book
Gone For A Soldier Jeffrey S. Hepple - Historical Fiction
Dirty Blood Heather Hildenbrand - Young Adult Paranormal
At Road's End Zoe Saadia - Historical Romance
Robin Nixon's HTML5 Crash Course Robin Nixon - Website Design
When Farts Had Colors Mark Thomas - Middle Grade Fiction
Game: Small Town Football Phil Truman - Sports Fiction
Moses - Steps To A Life Of Faith Bob Saffrin - Christian/Non-Fiction
On Unfaithful Wings Bruce Blake - Urban Fantasy
In The Company Of Darkness Kerri Droban - Romantic Suspense
Sex, Lies, And Hot Tubs Elissa Ambrose - Contemporary Fiction
Pyxix KC Neal - Young Adult Paranormal
Before & Gone JM Pierce - Science Fiction/Fantasy
The Only Suspect Jonnie Jacobs - Mystery
Bad Wolf Tim McGregor - Horror/Paranormal
The Sun And The Moon Kerry Liu - Children's Book
Hidden Legacy Margaret Hodapp - Historical Fiction
Vengeance J.E. Taylor - Suspense Thriller
The Phoenix Prince Kristen Gupton - Fantasy
The Whisper Jar Carole Lanham - Horror
Tainted Morals Janene Hudson - Romantic Suspense
Mad Science Institute Sechin Tower - Middle Grade Science Fiction
Follow The Bouncing Ball Derrick M. Eason - Children's Book
Brain Games And Puzzles Brain Spelling Games - Kindle Games
The Notice Sean Chandler - Historical Fiction
Brainrush Richard Bard - Suspense Thriller
Finding Poe Leigh M. Lane - Gothic Horror
The Spirit Keeper Melissa Luznicky Garret - Young Adult Paranormal
Faded Lives Edward T. Vaughan - Contemporary Fiction
Storytellers Martin C. Sharlow - Fantasy
California Man E.C. Sheedy - Contemporary Romance
The Pig Princess Angela Muse - Children's Book
Delicious & Nutritious Dessert Recipes Martha McBride - Cooking, Food, & Wine
Crimson Rogue Liz Maverick - Paranormal Romance
Instant Replay Karl Fields - Middle Grade Fiction
Anna's Amazing Animal Alphabet Robin Casbarian - Children's Book
Wiggle, Wiggle, Bloop, Bloop Adam Casbarian - Children's Book
Martha Ann's Quilt For Queen Victoria Kyra E. Hicks - Historical Fiction
The Stolen Crown Susan Higginbotham - Historical Fiction
The Contented Achiever Crouch, Hutson, Lucas - Self Help
Follow Titanic Ken Rossignal - Thriller
The Pitcher's Mom Heather Choate Davis - Sports Fiction
Cholesterol Revitaliser Stuart Brown - Low Cholesterol Diet
The Accidental Existentialist Joshua Graham - Suspense
The Assassin's Mistress J.H. Bogran - Crime Thriller
Chick Lit For Foxy Hens Various Authors -Contemporary Romance
Underdog Glenn Langohr - True Crime
Open Season Archer Mayor - Suspense Thriller
Never Buried Edie Claire - Mystery



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Jeff - are any of these free books ones that you recommend or suggest as worthwhile? 
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I downloaded Open Season by Archer Mayor.  It is the first book in the Joe Gunther series.  I haven't read any of the series yet but I've been looking at it for awhile.  I couldn't find the first book, though, and didn't want to buy it when I have so many other books to read.  Now I have it for free!

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Jeff - are any of these free books ones that you recommend or suggest as worthwhile? 


No clue. I go by genre and then the description. Can't go wrong with free.
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Good find Jeff, it's like Christmas morning, lot's of goodies!
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'Buck Fever' by Ben Rehder is currently free on Amazon. Also five of the early Parker books by Richard Stark are currently only $3.99 each. Great time to try one if you haven't already.
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Thanks for the heads up on Rehder! Don recommended them originally and I read them all right away! Well worth the read!
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A couple more decent looking freebies on Amazon 'The Dead Room' by Robert Ellis, 'The Good Lawyer' by Thomas Benigno, and another Tim Hallinan book (sorry can't remember the title). 
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Amazon - Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/business/media/byliner-takes-buzz-bissingers-e-book-off-amazon.html?hp?hp

I recommend reading the article for some insight.

Jumping on the "free ebook" bandwagon may turn out to be like jumping on the "pirating music" bankwagon. The good news is, you can get what's available for little or no money. The bad news is, it could happen that nothing new will be produced or made available, because it's unprofitable.

Amazon will continue their giveaways while they can to help sell Kindles, other sellers will hold their breath, publishers and authors will pull titles when that happens. If you're a reader, there's nothing to be happy about with this scenario. Pay for the books you get, or patronize the library.



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Patronizing your library is a good thing.

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What Betty said.

With the music pirating deal, people were actually stealing, were they not? Downloading unauthorized copies? This is not the same thing. I do not own a Kindle but do have an iPod Touch and a Sony S Tablet. Both of them have free Kindle apps. Offering authors for free gives you a chance to read new authors and buy more of their books if you like them. I have purchased several books from Kindle. I have downloaded 2 Ben Rehder books when they were free even though I own copies of both. Also Vince Flynn and our own MC.

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With the music pirating deal, people were actually stealing, were they not? Downloading unauthorized copies? This is not the same thing.

The effect is nearly the same. The value of a product (and the economic opportunity for all that wish to be in the market) plummets if it can be obtained for free or for cheap.

It's a potentially ruinous practice, not just for the authors and publishers concerned, but for the industry in general
 
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I do not own a Kindle but do have an iPod Touch and a Sony S Tablet. Both of them have free Kindle apps.

From Amazon's standpoint, there's no risk of a massive shift in the market to prefer using the iPod/iPhone platform to read Kindle books. The best experience for reading a Kindle edition, is achieved by using a Kindle. Selling Kindles sells Kindle books and vice versa.

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Offering authors for free gives you a chance to read new authors and buy more of their books if you like them.

If you read the NY Times article, you'll see that neither the author nor his publisher agrees with you. The author has a new book coming out within weeks - he sees no synergy from this giveaway, you shouldn't either.


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most of the time when amazon gives books away,  it is the publisher that actually does it.......i am on the mailing list of several publishers.   and i always get emails on thur or friday telling me what books are coming up for free.   

the books that are always free on amazon to my understanding is that the authors have written them to be free.     

me personally i get a ton of ebooks for free,  but i also spend 2 to 3 hundred dollars or more a month on my books,  i feel fine getting what i can to read for free.   whether it be trading or getting from library for free.  


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Patronizing your library is a good thing.


I agree !!!  

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I think most (if not all) of the free deals are offered with the approval and cooperation of the author and publisher. 
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I think most (if not all) of the free deals are offered with the approval and cooperation of the author and publisher. 

So you figure that publishers and authors prefer free giveaways in lieu of selling their products?


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No, I think they make a business decision to promote their product that they feel will pay off for them in the long run.
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I think most (if not all) of the free deals are offered with the approval and cooperation of the author and publisher. 

So you figure that publishers and authors prefer free giveaways in lieu of selling their products?



Just curious ...  Aren't these deals coming from reputable places ?  It seems they would be prosecuted if they were stealing ?  Just my opinion ...  When music or videos are pirated,  there are high fines and jail time if caught ... They usually have the downloads on secret sites for protection ... Not Amazon.com etc ... 

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No, I think they make a business decision to promote their product that they feel will pay off for them in the long run.


I agree ...

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No, I think they make a business decision to promote their product that they feel will pay off for them in the long run.

Individual book titles are perishable, there's no long run. It comes out, it either sells for money or it doesn't.

The point I'm trying to make is that what's behind the giveaways is the power of the 800 pound gorilla, Amazon. They're not trying to spread the love of reading, enhance the reputation or reach of authors, or anything even remotely altruistic. They're trying to cement their position and crush the opposition.

There's nothing at all wrong with what they're doing, if you're a shareholder, you want them to act aggressively to be successful. For the sake of the health and vibrancy of the book industry, I just don't want them to succeed in eliminating competition. 

I'll let it rest, we seem to be talking at cross purposes.
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I think most (if not all) of the free deals are offered with the approval and cooperation of the author and publisher. 

So you figure that publishers and authors prefer free giveaways in lieu of selling their products?



Just curious ...  Aren't these deals coming from reputable places ?  It seems they would be prosecuted if they were stealing ?  Just my opinion ...  When music or videos are pirated,  there are high fines and jail time if caught ... They usually have the downloads on secret sites for protection ... Not Amazon.com etc ... 

Yes, it's perfectly fine, no stealing involved. I was drawing a parallel to what happened in the recorded music business. The underlying cause doesn't matter.

When the changes that happened significantly reduced/eliminated the revenue opportunity for recorded music, the supply (production) of recorded music decreased proportionately. I don't want that to happen to books, and I don't think anyone else does either.


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I think most (if not all) of the free deals are offered with the approval and cooperation of the author and publisher. 

So you figure that publishers and authors prefer free giveaways in lieu of selling their products?



Just curious ...  Aren't these deals coming from reputable places ?  It seems they would be prosecuted if they were stealing ?  Just my opinion ...  When music or videos are pirated,  there are high fines and jail time if caught ... They usually have the downloads on secret sites for protection ... Not Amazon.com etc ... 


Yes, it's perfectly fine, no stealing involved. I was drawing a parallel to what happened in the recorded music business. The underlying cause doesn't matter.

When the changes that happened significantly reduced/eliminated the revenue opportunity for recorded music, the supply (production) of recorded music decreased proportionately. I don't want that to happen to books, and I don't think anyone else does either.



Doesn't seem like a parallel to me ... The music industry was pirated ...  The ebooks are not ... If I'm understanding you correctly ...

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