Friday: Photoshop Elements 2020 Dummies ebook for $5

Reading is FUN-da-mental! Of the Friday Kindle daily deals one is of photography interest, it is the Kindle edition of the Dummies Photoshop Elements 2020 by Barbara Obermeier and Tad Pavoda for $5. This has 425 pages and as of the time of writing it averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 260+ ratings…

Of “6 degrees of interest” to photography, and a wordplay on the more famous books, of math interest, it’s the The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity by Steven Strogatz for $3…

Monday: “Picture This – How Pictures Work” Expanded Molly Bang classic for $3 [eBook]

The 1991 classic book “Picture This: How Pictures Work” by Molly Bang is now available in an expanded and revised edition (2016, 154pp, Chronicle Books), and it is one of the Monday 7/6/20 Kindle daily deals going for $3. It averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 170+ ratings [rating is the (weighted? who knows) sum of written reviews and plain star-ratings].

Speaking of Amazon, it’s a very busy day of tech in the Germany Gold Box where the sales including a stunna ASUS Zen Ultrabook for 899 euro, MSI gaming, TP-Link, 15 euro multimeter kit, Oppo’s Find X2 smartphone line (PRO, NEO, Lite), Huawei MateBook 13, EGLO lighting, refurbished iPhones, IBRA cables, Amazon hardware, SodaStream, Melitta shiny coffee machines, Fitbit, Sennheiser, Bosch and Samsung Galaxy M31 smartphones…

Thursday: Zen Camera by David Ulrich for $2 [ebook]

Good until Thursday 6/4/20 at 11:59pm pacific time [I almost forgot to post it!], as one of the Amazon Kindle daily deals, you can get the 224-page Kindle ebook “Zen Camera” by David Ulrich for $1.99 but you also receive a $0.30 store credit towards future purchases of “Great on Kindle” ebooks. The store credit is applied automatically and expires automatically if not used.

The ebook averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 74 customer reviews. The price was right so I just purchased it but obviously I can’t read it and digest it and review it before the expiration time. I’m not a 32-core system after all, I’m just a Celeron 🙂

As the Zen in the title hints at, this is a blend of photography and (Westernized) Zen, so prepare for some spiritual materialism 😉

If you want to take a shot at the book but you are not sure whether it’s something you’d like, and you are going to have the time in the next few days to dive into it, note that Amazon offers refunds of ebooks within a few days after purchase. Locate the purchase under [myk = my kindle] and request a refund.I think it’s seven days but I’m not 100% certain.

Tuesday: “Picture This: How Pictures Work” eBook for $3 [Molly Bang, August 2016, 154pg]

Among the Tuesday 4/28/20 Amazon Gold Box deals of the day is a photography ebook on sale for $3! It is the “Picture This: How Pictures Work” ebook by Molly Bang, 154 pages, published in August 2016. As of the time of writing, it averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 160 customer reviews…

You can read the first few pages of the ebook with the Kindle sample, or you can jump around inside the book when you use the “Look Inside” feature at the Print Book page

This book was originally published in 1991…

Sale ends on 4/28/20 at 11:59pm pacific time. eBooks do not sellout 🙂

Sunday: “Understanding Exposure” [4th ed, 2016] ebook by Bryan Peterson for $2

Don’t want, RUN to Amazon! Good until Sunday 4/5/20 at 11:59pm pacific time [ebooks don’t run out], you can get the 4th edition of Bryan Peterson’s “Understanding Exposure” for $2 as one of the Sunday Kindle deals of the day. The 4th edition came out in 2016 (Random House).

If you haven’t seen this book before, you can get a Kindle sample for the beginning of the book, and you can use the page for the print edition of the book to “Look Inside” which allows you to jump around a book, very helpful in trying to figure out whether this is something that might interest you. o/~ Jump, jump, jump around! o/~

Used Print Book: “Instant: The Story of Polaroid” for $5

If you like print photography books but don’t want to pay new condition price, in “Used – Good” condition you can get the book “Instant: The Story of Polaroid” by Christopher Bonanos (2012, 192 pages, 4.5 out of 5 based on 70+ customer reviews) for $5~ by a 3rd-party seller at Amazon Warehouse Deals with free shipping from the seller (not fulfilled by Amazon, so more people get free shipping). Better conditions go for slightly more ($6~ in “Used – Very Good”)

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

10% off 700+ B&N Photography Outlet books

One of the popular things to do back when there were big-chain bookstores on many street corners was to go inside and browser around the Clearance section where you could find giant photography books at a bargain price.

You can sort of do this online by heading to the B&N Outlet page and more specifically digging down to the Photography Section where they have 700+ books on clearance/sale there. You can further drill down on them using the categories (and then the sub-categories) on the left hand side of their page…

And for a limited time, coupon code FIREWORKS gets you 10% off your purchase over there and for many other items sold at the B&N website ~ with the usual coupon exclusions they have (eg, no Nook books, no LEICA Legos, etc). Check website for details…

Friday Blurb flash sale: 30% off Photography Book purchases with coupon

Blurb is not only selling custom photo books for photographers to print, but also allows photographers (and others) to sell their own books to the general public. Which brings us to this limited time flash sale for Friday 6/21/19, coupon code SUMMERSAVING3RT gets you 30% off the purchase of other people’s books at the Blurb Bookstore which features Photography books, along with other related categories such as Travel and Cookbooks and more. Browse through or use their detailed categories selector.

Or jump directly to the Art & Photography Books page, where they have “just” 110,000 (!!!) options. Happy browsing 🙂

If any of you have photography books published there, post them in the Comments so our other readers can check them out and mayhaps purchase them using the flash sale coupon!

And for the speed-readers, this is a coupon for buying other people’s photography books. It is not a coupon to create your own custom photo books!

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.

Still Good: Photographer’s Guide ebooks by Alexander White on sale for $8 each: Fuji X100S, various Panasonic LX*, Sony RX1/RX10/RX100 models, Etc

Alexander S. White has written a lot of camera guides for various RAWsumers/serious-compacts and a number of his ebooks are currently on sale for $8 for the Kindle! You can find them all under his name.

How useful these type of ebooks can be to you depends on many factors. For example, if you purchased every single Sony RX100 camera since they started coming out, you may have no need for the RX100 Mark V book. On the other hand, if the Sony RX-something is your first ever Sony digital camera, a camera guide can be helpful in getting you familiarized with the world of Sony.

Among the camera guides that are going for $8 as of the time of writing:

+ Fuji X100S
+ Sony RX1R II
+ Sony RX10 IV, I
+ Sony RX100 V, IV, II, I
+ Nikon P900, P610, P600, P510, B700, etc
+ Panasonic LX10/LX15, LX100, LX5, ZS70/TZ90
+ Canon S95
+ some Leica D-Lux models

There are two ways to get a feel for these camera guides before buying them:

1. you can get read Kindle sample (typically the first few pages of the book)
2. if you go to the hardback/print version of the book, it may have “Look Inside” enabled. “Look Inside” often lets you jump all over the book, and that’s the best way to get a feel for it since you can read actual content, not just the beginning

PS: you can find out at any time how much no-rush shipping digital credits you have by doing to – it’s easy to remember, no rush credits. As far as I know, there’s no way to tell ahead of time whether an ebook is eligible or not for no-rush-credits.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Susan Sontag’s “On Photography”

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day! Our pick to photographically celebrate this day is to read or re-read, parts or in-whole, the photography classic book from 1973, “On Photography” by Susan Sontag. It is also available on Kindle for instant gratification, or if you want to rest your eyes, there is also an Audiobook version (6 hours and change).

(ENDED) Lightning Deals Round-Up: Nat Pho Book, D-Rebel T7i Book, Etc

This 4-hour block ended… For future action, check the Gold Box tag here and of course the Amazon Gold Box itself…

[Read more…]

(ENDED) Lindsay Adler’s “Photographer’s Guide to Posing” Paperback for $18 after coupon

These lighting deals expired… For the latest, check our string of Gold Box posts

[Read more…]

(ENDED) Book: “The Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Crafting Light and Shadow” for $19

These lighting deals expired… For the latest, check our string of Gold Box posts

[Read more…]

(ENDED) Book: “Photograph Like a Thief” for $21

This lightning deal expired..

[Read more…]

(ENDED) Sunday (eBook): “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck” for $2

This 1-day promotion expired…

[Read more…]

(ENDED) Wednesday: Photoshop CS4 QuickSteps ebook for $2

This offer expired…

[Read more…]

15% off Used Textbooks (includes up to 600 photography books)

Barnes and Noble also has another coupon, coupon code STUDYGROUP gets you 15% off the purchase of USED Textbooks. The coupon only works on used textbooks, not new condition textbooks. Coupon expires August 12, 2017 at 2:59am Eastern Time.

Among those, according to the search results, over 600 photography books qualify as textbooks. Many of these have USED options available. This coupon will only work on USED, not NEW.

(ENDED) Make Your Own Photography Book Deal: $5 off $15+ coupon [updated]

This Prime Day era offer expired…

[Read more…]

(ENDED) Book: “Your Family in Pictures: The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life” for $11.32

This lightning deal expired…

[Read more…]

(ENDED) 100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time for $19 (hardcover)

This Saturday lightning deal expired…

[Read more…]

(ENDED) Hardcover: “William Eggleston: The Democratic Forest” for $540

This Friday lightning deal expired…

[Read more…]

15% off a $40+ or 20% off $75+ order at B&N website with coupon [updated]

A new coupon is running at the Barnes and Noble website, coupon code BNREAD40 gets you 15% off an order total of $40+ at their website, PR 20% off an order of $75+. All eligible items in your shopping cart will get discounted. Coupon details on slide #4 of the slideshow running on their homepage. Strategically this is a good idea for books that are rarely discounted or have the same price everywhere. Free shipping with a $25+ order. Of interest for both photography/camera books and books in general. Coupon ends 3/1/17.

Coupon and post updated late on 2/27/17 with a new coupon with better discounts!

(ENDED) 20% off one item at B&N with coupon (think Camera and Photo books)

This offer expired… If you looking to buy camera or photography books, especially ones that have the same price at all retailers or ones that rarely get discounted, good until Monday night (2/20/17), coupon code BNPRES20 gets you 20% off a single item at the Barnes and Noble website. Free shipping with orders of $25+ or if you are a paying B&N member ($25 per year). The usual B&N coupon terms apply (ebooks are not eligible, but printed physical books are eligible).

(ENDED) Hardcover Book: “Wildlife Spectacles: Mass Migrations, Mating Rituals, and Other Fascinating Animal Behaviors” for $4

The hardcover sale ended, but Kindle continues as of 2/22/17…

The 320-page hardcover book “Wildlife Spectacles: Mass Migrations, Mating Rituals, and Other Fascinating Animal Behaviors” by Vladimir Dinets is currently on sale for $3.86 at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit one per customer. You can “Look Inside” to see the table of contents, and many sample pages throughout the book. Free shipping for Prime members (it’s not an Add-On item) or with a $25+ book order (or $49+ mix) for non-Prime members.

Meanwhile the digital version is on sale for $2 for the Kindle and other online e-book reading platforms.

This is currently the #3 best seller under the Photography and Video book category at Amazon, where the physical printed Ansel Adams 2017 Calendar for $5 remains the #1 best seller.

There are about two dozen subcategories there (on the left-hand side) you can further drill down and explore/discover popular photography/photographer books.

Hardcover: used National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary for $12.50 w/free S&H

UPDATE: the new condition price jumped to $27… As far as I can tell the undying Amazon book coupon GIFTBOOK finally expired, but it doesn’t hurt to type it in just in case 🙂 Regardless, the October 2015 hardcover of National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary is on sale for $21.75 with the usual free shipping terms (Prime or $25+ in books or $49+ in general; of items shipped by Amazon).

It is currently the best seller among Photojournalism Books.

On the other hand, if you are comfortable with used photography books (a bigger risk than text-only books since pristine photography is the raison d^etre of a photography books) you can get it for $12.50 with free slow shipping by eBay seller “BookOutlet2” (99.4%, New Jersey zipcode).

(ENDED) Book: “Adobe Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC for Photographers Classroom in a Book” for $23

The book on this deal closed 🙂

[Read more…]

(ENDED) Hardcover: “Peter Lindbergh: A Different Vision on Fashion Photography” for $51 to $56

This lightning deal expired…

[Read more…]

40% off Books, DVDs, Maps at National Geographic

Good until Tuesday night (11:59pm pacific), the official National Geographic store has a 40% off sale on Books and Atlases (including their various photography books) and Educational DVDs/Videos (including the photography training DVDs) and Maps. There is no coupon code to enter, the price drops in the shopping cart the moment you press the “add to cart” button.

Here’s an annotated screenshot example, the “Getting Your Shot” book goes for $20 on their website, but when you press add-to-cart, it drops to $12:


(ENDED) Book: Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision (2nd Edition; paperback) for $23.12

This lightning deal expired…

[Read more…]

(ENDED) Book: Taming your Photo Library with Adobe Lightroom for $14.56 (ends 3:50pm ET)

This lightning deal expired…

[Read more…]

Amazon Teases Two Camera and Photo Black Friday items: Fuji Instax and N-Geo Rarely Seen Photography Book

It’s only a matter of time before we start getting movie trailers from Black Friday retailers, but at the moment, Amazon is happy to tease us with press releases. They list items that will be offered at any point in time between now and December 22 in 2016. I have no clue when the items mentioned will be offered. Of camera and photo interest, they tease two products:

+ Fujifilm Instax Mini 26 film camera with Film Bundle for $49.99

+ 52% off on the “National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary” by National Geographic and Stephen Alvarez (website)
+ the list price of the hardcover book is $40, so assuming it is 52% off that, the sale price will be $19.20. The current price of the book (as of the time of writing of this post) is $27.19
+ published October 2015, 400 pages, 9.6 x 1.2 x 11.3 inches

I will be keeping an eye out for these, but I have no clue when they will be offered…

(ENDED) Book (ends 6:10pm ET): Lightroom Transformations: Realizing your vision with Adobe Lightroom plus Photoshop for $20.86

This lightning deal expired…

[Read more…]

(ENDED) Three Photography Books by Viviane Sassen and Henry Carroll and of Bjork [updated]

These 4-hour book lightning deals expired…

[Read more…]

(ENDED) Photography Book: “The Way We Were: The Photography of Julian Wasser” for $43.47 w/free S&H

This 4-hour lightning deal expired…

[Read more…]

20% off one item at Barnes & Noble website

Barnes and Noble is still live and kicking and until 7/31/16, coupon code BNWILD gets you 20% off a single item at the Barnes and Noble website. This is a good idea if you want to get a photography book or camera guide that is rarely discounted or has the same prices everywhere. Excluded are e-books, Nook devices, Legos and a few more items.

Barnes & Noble Coupon: 20% off One Item and Free Shipping (think Camera/Photo Books)

If you are looking for photography or camera physical books (or any other printed books), especially ones that rarely get discounted, there is a new Father’s Day coupon promotion at the Barnes and Noble website. Coupon BNLOVEDAD gets you 20% off One Item AND free shipping (even if you are not a member or place a $25+ order). The coupon can be redeemed once per customer, and expires June 15, 2016 at 2:59am Eastern.

Free shipping is eligible for items with ” an availability of “Usually ships within 24 hours” on the product page” per the coupon restrictions. Also excluded are NOOK devices, NOOK Books, LEGO items (in Toys & Games Department) and Gift Cards.

Humans Of New York e-book for $4 [updated]

This was a daily deal, but as of 6/6/16 PM the sale continues for one of the two e-books, the Humans Of New York [continues as of 6/6/16 PM] by photographer Brandon Stanton.

The sale on the “Stories” version ended: Humans Of New York: Stories [corrected link]

Barnes and Noble Buy More Save More Coupon (think photography books)

If you like to buy photography or camera books, especially ones that rarely go on sale, Barnes and Noble has a new online coupon, code BNBEACH gets you discounts as shown in the annotated screenshot below:


Use the search bar or navigate the categories to find items of potential interest. The coupon expires on Friday June 10, 2016 at 2:59am Eastern Time.

50% to 60% off DRM-free e-Books (ends Wedn 8am ET)

Today is, among many other things (because there are many things and only 366 days per days), is “Day Against DRM”, freedom from artificial digital leashes (insert anti-DRM-rant-ExTreMe-EDiTiOn-2016-rem1x.html here). To celebrate, O’Reilly Books have a 50% off sale with coupon DRM2016. If your order total is $100+, then the coupon gets you 60% off. This only applies to e-books, not print books, not print+digital. Their “Learning Paths” are not eligible for the coupon, but they are on sale for $99 each. Sale ends Wednesday at 8am eastern.

They have mostly technical books, so you can either browse the categories or search for your items of areas of interest, for instance, photography related things to search for:

+ Photoshop, Lightroom, GIMP
+ DSLR, Camera
+ Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc (sadly nothing for Pentax)
+ Photography, etc, etc, etc

(SOLD OUT) Book: “Road to Seeing” by Dan Winters for $41.18 [Update: JOIN WAITLIST]

The nature of the lightning deals, the one time I didn’t post them ahead of time, they featured an item that sold out quickly… The book offers previously mentioned in this post ended…

[Read more…]

(ENDED) Ends 5pm ET: Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 Classroom in a Book for $22.58 (paperback)

This lightning deal expired…

I did not get around to posting the Lightning Deals schedule last night, but I “caught” one shortly after going live, the Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 Classroom in a Book by Evans and Straub is on sale for $22.58 in paperback format at Amazon. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order (of books) or $49+ of general purpose items. Non-Prime members can start buying it at 1:30pm ET. It is 19% claimed as of 1:24pm ET.

Free Guide to the Night Sky Magazine with $100+ Skywatching Collection NGeo order

The National Geographic store has a special promotion for skywatchers. If you spend $100+ on more on items that are part of their Skywatching Collection, you will receive the “National Geographic Guide to the Night Sky Special Issue” magazine for FREE.

There is no coupon code, but you have to manually add the magazine to the shopping cart (it’s at the top of the aforelinked page). The promotion explains: “For the free promotion, please add the National Geographic Guide to the Night Sky Special Issue Magazine to your cart. Once your cart has the qualifying $100 or more from the Skywatching Collection and the National Geographic Guide to the Night Sky Special Issue Magazine, the promotion will be applied.”

Offer ends 4/13/16 at 11:59 pacific time.

20% off tech ebooks include some camera-related (DRM-free)

Aptly named e-book seller has a coupon promotion for April 2016, use coupon code Categorysalecp at the payment details page to get 20% off the price of books in select categories (computing, business, etc). A few photography related books are in this category as well. To see which ones are available search for your item of interest (eg Photoshop, DSLR, GIMP, etc) using the second lower search bar under “Computer Science” in the Computing category page. If you use the main search bar, you have to enter the category ID in the search box, eg type something like “photoshop SubjectID:2239” or “DSLR SubjectID:2239”. These are DRM-free e-books and are available to download in ePUB and PDF formats and/or read online.

Use the

Pay $88, Get $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Cards [think Camera & Photo books]

If you want to buy camera and photography books, especially ones that have the same prices at the major retailers, one way to get a discount is to get a discounted gift card at one of the stores offering them. Which brings us to the latest eBay Deals where the SVW Gift Cards eBay store is offering $100 Barnes and Noble Gift Cards (plastic gift cards delivered by mail) for $88 with free shipping. Limit three per buyer… Multiple book sellers sell at the BN website (just like Amazon), so you can also get books of interest at lower prices in used condition…

(ENDED) Ends 3pm ET: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers for $38

This lightning deal ended… For future action, check the Amazon Gold Box

[Read more…]

(ENDED) 20% off a singe Book with coupon (Leap Day only)

The Leap Day promotion expired…

[Read more…]

25% off Prepaid Kindle Unlimited Subscriptions (includes some Camera and Photo ebooks)

If you like to read a lot of ebooks, for a limited time during the Valentine shopping season, Amazon has a 25% off discount on Prepaid Kindle Unlimited (KU) subscriptions. With this prepaid promotion, you get 6 months for $45, or 12 months for $90, or 24 months for $180. The price will be discounted automatically in the shopping cart when you reach the Checkout page (top right corner will have the 25% off discount factored in). You can delete it from the shopping cart if you just want to check the price. With the discount, it comes out to $7.50 per month with the prepaid options.

There are a handful of Camera and Photo ebooks that are part of KU. This list was created in October 2014 (at the main blog) so you can get a feel for it. Please keep in mind that new books have been added since then, and some may have been removed since that list was posted. Many of the camera and photo books have pictures and diagrams and menus, so bigger screens (PCs, laptops, tablets, big smartphones) are better suited than black and white e-ink readers. In addition to photo-related ebooks, if you like to read a lot of fiction and non-fiction, especially from non-major publishers, this is a good way to go through a lot of books – whether you do the prepaid or month to month subscription.

Kindle Unlimited is typically a $10/mo month-to-month no-contract service (like Netflix but for ebooks). Just like Netflix, only a percentage of all available ebooks are participating, mostly non-major publishers and self-published authors. You can checkout up to ten ebooks at any time. You can borrow each book for as little or as long as you like while a paying subscriber. You do not own any of these ebooks. You can switch books as many times as you like during a month, but you can only have ten ebooks out at any given time (think of it like a brick and mortar library system). Some audiobooks are also included in Kindle Unlimited (through seamless transition to Audible) .

In parallel, Amazon has a sale of their own Fire Tablets and eBook Readers.