This is the 54th post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.
This is great news! I never understood why I couldn't read article on my Kindle or play games on my iPad during takeoff or landing. It looks like the Federal Aviation Administration has relaxed the rules.
I think this move by Amazon is designed to encourage people to sign up for Amazon Prime (membership that cost $79 per year and offers unlimited free 2-day shipping on most items).
This makes good business sense because people will either purchase more items to make sure they get free shipping or pay for Amazon Prime. Most people don't like the idea of paying for shipping and would rather buy an extra $10 item to avoid a $4 shipping fee.
I think this is a really neat program that Amazon just launched. If you are intrigued by one of the four books that Amazon editors pick out for early e-book release, you pay $1.99 (where in the real world could you purchase a brand new book for $1.99?). If you are an Amazon Prime member you get to pick one of the four books for free.
This month's selection is between the following four books:
- Soy Sauce for Beginners
- The Widow File
- Sweet Nothings (A Sugar Springs Novel)
I am debating if I want to get The Widow File or Timebound.
To learn more about Kindle First and to sign up for the monthly email to be notified of which books you can choose from, click on the link earlier in this paragraph.
Adam L. Penenberg:
Agreed. I bought the iPad Air the day it came out and it is lighter, thinner, and much faster than the iPad 4 that came before it. If you like the iPad, you will love the iPad Air!
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