FREE e-Book: Troublemakers (using Art Shay photography)

This is a FREE e-book from University of Chicago Press. It is offered for free by them, not through the usual ebook portals. As such, if you don’t use any of the services they use, you may have to create an account or login or use *GASP* Adobe DRM!

If I haven’t scared you away yet, keep on reading 🙂

For the month of February 2023, to celebrate Black History Month, the University of Chicago Press is offering their book “Troublemakers – Chicago Freedom Struggles through the Lens of Art Shay” by Erik S. Gellman for FREE. There are over 250 Photographs by photographer Art Shay, along with essays/text of Gellman. This is 304 pages long and came out in January 2020.

You can get the book for FREE in three different ways, you have to give them your email address:

  1. read it online at BiblioVault, login required via Google or Facebook or a Chicago Press Books account
  2. download using the Readium/Thorium/Aikido apps on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, or Linux (Chromebooks can use the Android option or Linux if they have it installed); you have to create a “PassPhrase” for access
  3. download it using Adobe DRM (BOOOOOOO!!!!!) and an appropriate eReader app

The last time I tried to download from them (a while back), the only option was the yucky Adobe DRM. Thankfully now there are two more options. Still not as simple as buying an ebook on a Kindle or Google Play or iOS (or Windows Store whenever Microsoft flirts with offering digital content (and then promptly shuts it down it #ZuneLivesInOurHearts))

PS: if you want to get a feel for the book (Look Inside) and read customer reviews, check its Amazon page [NOT FREE at Amazon, it is $16).

B&N: 25% off Book Pre-Orders with coupon (39 photography options)

Good until the end of day on 1/27/23, coupon code PREORDER25 gets you 25% off Book Pre-Orders at the Barnes and Noble website. The coupon is good for online orders only. Terms, restrictions, limitations, etc, etc, apply…

They even have 39 pre-order books in the Photography Category, including a biography of Richard Avedon.

Please note that these are pre-orders, so the publication/shipping date may be far far far into the future 🙂

PS: while on their website, look for the “See All Offers” text at the top right corner of their website (as seen on a laptop screen) that shows in-place their other offers, including $20 off on one of their Nook e-readers (GlowLight 4e).

Wedn: Learning to See: A Photographer’s Guide from Zero to Your First Paid Gigs for $4

Among the Wednesday Kindle daily deals at Amazon there’s a photography e-book! For $4 you can get the “Learning to See: A Photographer’s Guide from Zero to Your First Paid Gigs” by David Molnar. You also receive automatically a $0.40 “Great on Kindle” promotional credit that automatically goes against eligible future ebook purchases.

This is 256 pages, September 2022, from Harper Holton, averaging 4.8 out of 5 based on 452 customer ratings as of the time of writing.

Friday eBook: How to Photograph Everything: Simple Techniques for Shooting Spectacular Images for $2

Among the Friday Kindle daily deals, we have a recurring photography ebook, on sale for $2 it is the “How to Photograph Everything: Simple Techniques for Shooting Spectacular Images” by The Editors of Popular Photography Magazine , November 2014, Weldon Owen (publisher), 528 pages.

As of the time of writing it averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 187 customer ratings.

If you have “Great on Kindle” promotional credit, it will be automatically applied towards this purchase!

eBook: How to Make the Best Coffee at Home by James Hoffmann for $2

No, we are not turning into a coffee blog, but this is such a great deal if you are into coffee or want to learn more and take your skills to the next level or expand to different kinds of brewing methods!

For a limited time, Amazon is offering the Kindle e-book version of “How to make the best coffee at home” by James Hoffmann for $2. I just bought it enthusiastically!

This is 224-pages long, September 2022, Mitchell Beazley (publisher), averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 295 global ratings. “Look IN” and Kindle samples available.

If you are not familiar with the author, check his YouTube channel, many years of useful and fun coffee info!

Below you will find YouTube-embedded his video about his book.

PS: how is this on-topic you ask? Well, if you make better coffee, you will feel better, and will take better pictures and improve your Photoshopping 😉

PS2: if you feel like going on a coffee ebook buying spree, also for $2 and also about the same number of pages and review score is “The Coffee Book: Barista Tips * Recipes * Beans from Around the World” by Anette Moldvaer, from DK (August 2021). This was surfaced by the Amazon algorithm.

Wedn: “Right Place, Right Time: The Life of a Rock & Roll Photographer” by Bob Guen for $4

Yes dear readers, rock-n-roll is king! Among the Wednesday 8/24/22 Kindle daily deals, Amazon is offering the “Right Place, Right Time: The Life of a Rock & Roll Photographer” by Bob Gruen for $4. This is 400 e-pages, October 2020, ABRAMS Press. As of the time of writing it averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 281 ratings.

As usual, you can “Look Inside” and/or get a Kindle e-book sample (the start of the book).

Thursday eBook: “Advancing Your Photography: Secrets to Making Photographs that You and Others Will Love” for $3

Looks like the Kindle daily deals have “discovered” photography books because one of the Thursday 7/21/22 deals du jour is the “Advancing Your Photography: Secrets to Making Photographs that You and Others Will Love” by Marc Silber for $3.

This is 257 pages, Mango Media, May 2017, and as of the time of writing it averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 317 customer ratings.

Wedn (Kindle fiction ebook): The Photographer for $1

Photographers are not typically the stars of books and movies but in this case, in one of the Kindle ebook deals of the day, for Wednesday 7/20/22, Amazon is offering the Kindle ebook version of “The Photographer” by Petra Durst-Benning (translated to English) for $1.

It is 337 pages long, Amazon Crossing, published in March 2020. There is a second book in the series.

Brief description of the book by Amazon:

“From the bestselling author of The Glassblower Trilogy comes an inspiring historical saga of a female photographer who must defy convention to live her dreams in turn-of-the-century Germany.”

Saturday: Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos: 83 Composition Tools from the Masters for $3

One of the Kindle ebook daily deals for Saturday 7/16/22 in the pacific time zone is the “The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos: 83 Composition Tools from the Masters” by Marc Silver for $3. This has 170 pages, from Mango Media, May 2018. As of the time of writing it averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 260 customer ratings.

Friday: Filmmaking for Dummies ebook for $3

For Friday 7/15/22, among the Kindle daily deals, for $3 you can get the new condition [HA!] “Filmmaking For Dummies” ebook from Bryan Michael Stoller. It is 421 pages and as of the time of writing it averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 171 customer ratings…

Sunday (Kindle ebook): Digital Photography Complete Course: Learn Everything You Need to Know in 20 Weeks for $3

It is rare that we have two photography ebooks in a single day’s Kindle daily-deals but today is your lucky day! On sale for $3 is the Kindle ebook version of “Digital Photography Complete Course: Learn Everything You Need to Know in 20 Weeks” by DK books.

It is 359 pages and as of the time of writing it averages 4.7 out of 5 based on over 5040 global ratings.

This too I purchased when it was on sale last September but this too I have yet to e-read 🙂

Sunday (Kindle ebook): How to Photograph Everything: Simple Techniques for Shooting Spectacular Images for $2

This recurring deal is back at the Kindle daily deals for Sunday 7/3/22, it is the Kindle ebook version of “How to Photograph Everything: Simple Techniques for Shooting Spectacular Images” by the editors of Popular Photography for $2.

It is 528 pages and as of the time of writing (of this blog-post, not of the book LOL) it averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 169 global ratings. You can send a sample to your Kindle device/app and also “Look Inside” with a web browser.

I bought this in January when it was on sale but it pains me to say that I have yet to e-read it 🙂

Monday: The Physics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained eBook by DK Books for $2

Physics, not directly related to photography but decidedly of the “six degrees of separation” kind! Which brings us to one of the Monday Kindle ebook daily deals, the 731-page The Physics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by DK Books for $2. If you have any “Great on Kindle” promotional credit, it gets automatically applied as a discount.

As of the time of writing this averages 4.7 out of 5 based on nearly 1200 global customer ratings.

To get a feel for the book, you can use Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature using either/or the Kindle version of the preview and/or the Hardover. You can also send a Kindle sample to any Kindle devices or any device running an Amazon Kindle app.

Kindle YMMV: Spend $15+ ebooks Get $5 e-credit

We have another variant of the Kindle eBook Credit offer. This is YMMV, may be only pre-selected customers and requires simple offer activation (eg by visiting the offer page while logged on to your designated Amazon account).

The offer this time is this: spend $15+ and get a $5 ebook promotional credit that must be spent within 21 days of issuance.

The purchase window to get to $15+ is June 13-24 in 2022. As in previous incarnations, the whole purchase window counts as long as you activate the offer within the window. So if you activate on the 23rd, all purchases from the 13th on-wards still count towards the $15+ target…

Return Of The Kindle eBook Offer: Buy $25+, Get $6 bonus

We have a Return of the Recurring Kindle e-book offer. This is YMMV as it is by invitation. I saw it as an in-page banner while surfing around the Amazon website.

The terms are as before. You must spend $25+ in Kindle e-books between May 21-28 in 2022. If so, you will receive a $6 promotional Kindle e-book store credit.

The offer counts the whole time period of 21-28 regardless of when you activate the offer, as long as you activate it during this window. Meaning if you active it on the 28th, all your purchases made 21-28 count towards the $25+ limit.

The offer only works for and on Kindle e-books. Terms and conditions and restrictions are listed at the promotional page

Friday Kindle eBook: “Digital Photography Complete Course: Learn Everything You Need to Know in 20 Weeks” (DK, 359pp, Jan2021) for $2

This is a recurring Kindle daily deal, this time around it is back until Friday 4/29/22 at 11:59pm pacific time, it is the “Digital Photography Complete Course: Learn Everything You Need to Know in 20 Weeks” Kindle ebook by DK (359 pages, January 2021, Penguin) going for $2.

Kindle sample is available. On the “Hardcover” view there’s 12 images from the book (no separate “Look Inside”). As of the time of writing it averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 4642 customer ratings.

PS: and a freebie to help you with your reading sessions. During this weekend, members of the Lucky Rewards program can get a FREE Rockstar tin at your local Lucky’s brick and mortar store…

Friday: National Geographic The 21st Century: Photographs From the Image Collection for $33 [hardcover]

Nat-Geo time at the Friday 4/22/22 Amazon USA Gold Box. You can have the new condition hardcover “National Geographic The 21st Century: Photographs From the Image Collection” (November 2021, 400 pages, 4.5 out of 5 on 37 ratings) for $33 with free US shipping.

Elsewhere, at the NewEgg daily deals there’s another bonus Adidas gift card option along with the Bose 700 headphones for $329 which has also been price-match at Amazon’s

Meanwhile if you want to low-cost dabble into non-famous kinda-smartwatches, the Friday Meh daily deal is the Virmee VT3 IP68 Waterproof Smart Watch for $15 plus shipping…

Sunday (Kindle ebook): Photoshop Elements 2022 For Dummies 1st Edition for $5

Good until Sunday 4/10/22 at 11:59pm pacific time, as one of the Kindle daily deals you can get the “Photoshop Elements 2022 For Dummies 1st Edition” by Barbara Obermeier and Ted Padova for $5. This has 446 pages and as of the time of writing it averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 50 ratings…

Spend $25+ in Kindle eBooks, Get $6 credit [YMMV]

If there any Kindle ebooks, photography or otherwise, you want to buy, and they never go on sale, this recurring promotion might give you an extra boost.

I do not know if this is targeted or offered to all Amazon customers so YMMV.

Between March 21-28 in 2022, if you make $25+ in Kindle ebook purchases, you will receive a $6 promotional ebook credit to be spent on future ebook purchases.

If you are logged on to your Amazon account, this promotional page will tell you if you are eligible.

You have to activate the offer, either by visiting the above page (auto-activation) or clicking something (eg a banner on the Amazon website mentioning the promotion).

The great thing about this offer is that it is retroactive. For example if you activate it on March 27, all purchases you made between March 21-28 count towards the offer.

Friday Only: Stock Up on Tolkien
Thanks to the above promotion, if you want to stock up on J. R. R. R. R. Tolkien ebooks, for Friday 3/25/22 in the pacific time zone, Amazon has a sale on 19 Tolkien e-books including the famous ones (LOTR, Hobbit). These will likely become very trendy again once September comes and Amazon’s new half-a-billion Lord of the Rings TV series rolls out…

Wedn: “How to Photograph Everything” ebook for $2

We have an e-book as one of the Kindle daily deals running until Wednesday 3/9/22 at 11:59pm pacific time (e-books don’t/can’t sell-out 99.999% of the time). It is the “How to Photograph Everything”, Simple Techniques for Shooting Spectacular Images Kindle Edition, from the editors of the Popular Photography magazine, going for $2.

This is 528 pages long, from Weldon Owen (publisher), came out November 2014, and as of the time of writing it averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 156 customer ratings.

I bought this the last time it was on sale (earlier in 2022) but it pains me to say I haven’t e-opened it yet, so I can’t tell you much about it. If I manage to go through it before the deal expires, I’ll post an update {don’t hold your e-breath though!}

Elsewhere at the Amazon USA Gold Box there is a TechOrbits standing desk converter sale, with options ranging from $48 to $184. Converters are cheaper and more flexible than replacing your existing desks with standing desks… On the other end of the price spectrum, an unopened kitchen roll can be a standing desk converter for small laptops 😉

Wanting to remind people that Microsoft had a Surface Studio before it was cool, they have a Surface tablets sale ($170 to $650) under “Computers” at the Woot daily deals.

Then at the NewEgg dailies they have, among others:

+ 512GB Sandisk Ultra microSDXC for $49 after promo code
+ 10% off Samsung internal SSD
+ 128GB Samsung EVO A2 V30 U3 microSDXC for $16
+ Core i9 and i5, 32″ Gigabyte, WD blue, ASUS Strix R10, etc

DiscountMags 3 magazines for $12 total per year

No photography magazines this time around but the prices are right, the DiscountMAGS current sale (usually ends Monday night) is a 3 for $12. You select three magazines and you pay a total of $12 per year total.

You add more than three for additional cost. These are printed magazines delivered to US addressed (except for those that say they are a Zinio digital subscription). No auto-renewals…

YMMV: Buy $25+ in Kindle ebooks, Get $6 promotional eBook Credit (exp 1/28/22)

This recurring offer is …recurring at Amazon. Running until January 28 in 2022, if you buy $25+ in Kindle ebooks during the promotional period, you will earn a $6 promotional eBook credit. The offer needs activation by either clicking on the banner of the offer or the button on the page. Needless to say, you must needs be logged on to the Amazon account that will be using this promotion.

Here are the details of the promotion… As usual, the offer may be YMMV depending on how the big AI machine in the Bezosverse decides to offer the promotion…

DiscountMags: 5 Premium Magazines for $50

If you had been looking to get premium magazines (eg Consumer Reports) at a lower price, the Cyber Monday deal at the DiscountMags website is a 5-magazine bundle for $50 per year. The options include Consumer Reports.

The strategy here is to pick magazines that typically don’t get offered for under $10 per magazine per year. As usual, these are printed magazines (except for Zinio digital subscriptions), delivered to USA addresses by snail mail…

Buy $25+ in Kindle eBooks, Get $6 promotional credit

As it is often the case during the BF/CM season, Amazon also has book-related offers. This time around, if you purchase $25+ in Kindle ebooks, you will receive a $6 Kindle promotional credit.

The Terms & Conditions describe the offer. The purchase window is November 21-28 in 2021, you don’t have to make a single $25+ purchase. The $6 promotional credit will be automagically emailed to you four days after you qualify for it, and it must be used 21 days after it is added to your account.

The good thing with this type of offer is that purchases made during the window count, regardless of when you activated the offer. So maybe you made $27 in purchases on November 21st but activated the offer on November 26, you still qualify for the bonus!

Black Friday at Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble has survived the ebook turmoil and they too are running their Black fRiday specials including:

+ 50% off print books for all ages
+ get a $10 e-gift card for every $100+ you buy in Barnes and Noble gift cards
+ buy 1, get 50% the 2nd collectible edition
+ FREE LEGO Harry Potter book type thing with $50 LEGO Harry Potter purchase
+ $30 off the 10-inch Nook HD Lenovo tablet
+ 50% off Criterion Collection

DiscountMags Black Friday

DiscountMAGs has also launched their Black Friday sales! Most of them are printed magazines delivered by USPS mail, but at the end of the list there are also some digital subscriptions delivered by Zinio, so do pay attention to each offer to make sure you are getting the delivery method you wish.

There’s one photography magazine, “Smart Photography” (6 issues per year, digital subscription by Zinio) for $6.07 per year… They also offer VideoMaker (print magazine) for $7.25 per year… Among others, Consumer Reports (print magazine) for $16 per year…

Elsewhere on Black Friday, Monoprice has launched their Black Friday deals where you can find more of the utilitarian kind of offers, such as low-price quality cables and such…

1-Year Consumer Reports (print) for $16

If you are a fan of the printed version of Consumer Reports, DiscountMAGS is offering a 1-year subscription for $16 as a limited time offer that runs until 11/24/21 at 11:59pm eastern time.

Rarely Discounted Magazine sale includes 1-year Camera (digital edition) for $10

The theme of this weekend’s DiscountMAGS sale is a rarely discounted premium titles. And surprisingly there’s a camera and photo magazine participating in the sale. It is a digital subscription (through Zinio) of “Camera”. The offer is a 1-year subscription (six issues) for $9.83 per year. Zinio typically does auto-renewal, unlike the printed magazines sold directly by DiscountMags.

Other participating magazines include:

+ printed magazines: various National Geographics, Consumer Reports, etc

+ Zinio digital magazines: MaximumPC, Popular Science, All About Space, etc

As this sale is a mix of print and digital, ALWAYS check each magazine’s offer before buying…

The offers typically run until Monday night…

eBook: “Sontag: Her Life and Work” for $3

The ebook Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser is on sale for $3 at Amazon for the Kindle. This is 793 pages, September 2019, published by Ecco [no, not the shoe company?]…

As of the time of writing this averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 221 ratings. This is part of a limited time Kindle sale but it is not part of the daily deals, so I do not know the exact expiration date of the offer…

DK Kindle ebook: The Physics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained for $2 (694 pages)

Among the latest Kindle e-offerings is this nearly-700 page DK ebook, “The Physics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained” offered for $2. You can “Look Inside” to get a feel for the book and listen to the Audible audiobook sample.

These are of course the big DK coffee-table style books, but this is an ebook, so given that, they are best read on bigger color screens if you want to enjoy the graphics and charts and pictures and such. But if you mostly care for the text, you can read it on the Kindle e-reader too.

As of the time of writing this averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 779 customer ratings.

The link to photography is of course light, plus the physics of camera and lens design and such.

I am tempted to get it after I go through the sample.

UPDATE: a few more of the Big Ideals Simply Explained ebooks are also on sale for $2 each including Ecology, Feminism, History, Religions, Classical Music, Crime Book, Shakespeare, Politics (or as Kinky Friedman called them, poly-ticks), etc. There are at least 20 ebooks in this DK series but only some of them are on sale…

PS: this may be the perfect excuse to justify getting a new 13-inch iPad. “Honey, I need a large screen iPad to read my science books!” 😉

PS2: I’m not sure if this is a daily deal or part of the longer running “Kindle deals” that may last from weeks to a month.