FREE (with DRM): “The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography” ebook

We have an ebook freebie that is of direct camera-and-photo interest, and for a limited time, the University of Chicago (UoC) is offering it for FREE. However, the ebooks they sell come with DRM, Adobe Digital Editions, so you need to install their crap on your computer or use a mobile app that is compatible with their crap in order to read it.

The UoC freebie ebook for this month is “The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography” by Peter Buse (320 pages). UoC offers one free ebook each month but every time it is with Adobe’s nasty DRM stuff.

IF you are curious about the ebook without committing to Adobe’s DRM, you can “Look Inside” at amazon.com (they only have a Kindle preview, no preview of the hardcover).

PS: typically Kindle previews are a number of pages (or a percentage of the ebook) starting from the front cover, while hardcover previews jump all over the book and you can get a better feel for it ~ depending on the book of course…

Monday: “Sontag: Her Life and Work” for $4 (w/60c store credit)

One of the hundreds Kindle ebook deals of the day at Amazon for Cyber Monday is the “Sontag: Her Life and Work” e-book by Benjamin Moser (793 pages, September 2019) for $3.99 but because it’s a “Great On Kindle” ebook, you will receive a $0.60 store credit towards future “Great on Kindle” ebooks. The 60c credit happens automatically and gets applied automatically in future orders. It is a promotional credit so it expires if not used. The ebook averages 4.1 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings.

A TL;DR refresher on her career at Wikipedia. In terms of photography, her “On Photography” essays are often a recommended read…

Spend $20+ in Kindle ebooks, Get $5 ebook credit [YMMV]

This is a YMMV promotion as it may be targeted, and you have to login to your Amazon account to activate the offer (if you don’t see an activation button it means your account is not eligible ~ how they decide these, I have no clue)…

The offer is this: spend $20+ in Kindle ebooks by the end of day on December 4 and receive a $5 promotional Kindle e-book store credit. You must first activate the offer, so you won’t earn anything before that…

The link is the second box, the cyan-blue color at the Amazon Book Deals page. Click on that while logged on to Amazon (or login if prompted) to see if you are eligible…

PS: I’m not posting the direct link to the offer because that’s a login page, and that’s bad practice from a security standpoint ~ not to mention that people get spooked if they click a link that takes them directly to a login page…

Tuesday: Dorothea Lange ebook for $3

One of the Tuesday Kindle deals of the day at Amazon is an e-book written by Dorothea Lange’s grand daughter about her grandmother, “Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning” for $2.99.

Speaking of ebooks, for a limited time (but longer than a daily deal), Amazon is running a 99c+ ebook sale

Kindle Offer (YMMV): Spend $15+, Get $4 ebook credit

This is a targeted / invited offer, so there’s no general use link. You will find the offer while browsing around the Amazon website, or if you want to “encourage” their website to show you the offer (if you are eligible for it) start browsing around their eBooks pages

The offer is this: spend $15+ in any Kindle ebook purchase(s) between August 27 and September 5 in 2019, and receive a $4 ebook credit towards future purchases. The $4 credit will be automatically added to your account two days after you reach the limit, and will be used automatically in your next eligible e-book purchases in the next 30 days after it was received. If not used within 30 days, it evaporates.

In addition to general fiction/non-fiction, there’s a number of camera and photography related ebooks. The ones with pictures and diagrams are best enjoyed on larger color screens but text-only books (eg Susan Sontag’s essays) can be nicely read on e-readers.

NOTE that you must manually hit the “Activate Now” button while logged on to your Amazon account in order for the offer to …activate 🙂

Monday eBook: “The Planets: Photographs from the Archives of NASA” for $4

Good until Monday at 11:59pm pacific time, one of the Kindle daily deals is the Kindle e-book The Planets: Photographs from the Archives of NASA (258 pages, November 2017, Chronicle Books) going for $4. You can get a Kindle sample on your device or app OR to go deep inside the book, use the “Look Inside” feature on the Print Book page

Sun ebook: James Aldred Wildlife Cameraman adventures for $3

I almost missed this. There are over 80 e-books featured in today’s Amazon USA Gold Box daily deals. One of them is of camera-photo-video interest, it is a book about wildlife BBC camera man James Aldred, “The Man Who Climbs Trees: The Lofty Adventures of a Wildlife Cameraman” (272 pages, May 2018) going for $3 until Sunday at 11:59pm pacific time. eBooks don’t sell out 🙂 It averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 28 customer reviews.

Refunds are coming in July: all Microsoft ebook purchases

Trigger warning for Zune fans!

Microsoft has one more time decided to kill a previously-launched media store. This time they decided to kill their ill-conceived e-book store. All ebooks purchased (including the free ones) will disappear in July 2019. Until then, you can access them with the Edge browser.

The refunds should happen automatically in July to your original payment method IF that payment method can accept refunds (eg credit or debit cards). IF your original payment method cannot accept refunds (gift card, expired/cancelled card, etc), you will receive a Microsoft online store credit).

And IF you left any notes/annotations in any of their ebooks prior to today, you will receive a “bonus” $25 Microsoft store credit.

More details at the MSFT FaQ, via the The Verge

PS: at this point, when should we expect the Microsoft App store to shutdown? 🙂

Select Alexander White Camera Guides for $8 to $10 [updated]

If you like reading camera guides, Alexander White has a number of his titles, in e-book format, on sale for $8 to $10 for the Amazon Kindle. They have “Kindle samples” and you can also “Look Inside” from within the web browser without the need of a Kindle or Kindle reading app.

UPDATE: the one below I somehow managed to post it in a Canon mirrorless post instead of here, so I’m moving it here below:

Speaking of camera guides, on the Micro Four Thirds front, a number of “menu simplified” e-book titles from David Thorpe range from $4 to $5 depending on the age of the camera…