BookGorilla is giving away a Kindle Fire tablet each and every day this year. We want to do everything we can to maximize chances for our regular subscribers and readers to win these very cool Amazon devices, so here are a few tips, followed by a link to today’s giveaway sweepstakes:
Each day’s Kindle Fire giveaway will have a distinct entry link or URL, and you won’t be able to enter unless you have that link. Occasionally we will put these links on Twitter or Facebook, and occasionally we will allow sharing of these links with friends and other online acquaintances, but the only place where you will be able to find the entry link every single day will be in our daily BookGorilla alerts via email or the BookGorilla alert app.
Once you have the entry link for a given day, it just takes a few seconds to enter that day’s sweepstakes, and the only other requirement for entry is that you follow BookGorilla on Twitter, which is incredibly quick, easy, and free.
That’s it. We wish you good luck, and, oh yes … here’s the link to today’s Sweepstakes (January 29, 2016, and it may well last into the weekend):
Oh, finally, we should tell you this. About 85% of the time, the daily sweepstakes will be based on a random number, chosen by AmazonGiveaways, so that the winner could be anyone from the very first entry on a given day to the 4999th entry, or anywhere in between, depending on the number of entries we establish as the maximum. The other 15% of the time, like today, we will establish a lucky number and the prize will be awarded to the entry that matches that lucky number, such as the 1999th entry or, today, the 7777th entry.
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“A miraculously brilliant book.” –The New York TimesShip of Fools: A Novel
By Katherine Anne Porter
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Katherine Anne Porter’s first and only novel is a masterful allegory of the passions and prejudices that sparked World War II…
August 1931. An ocean liner bound for Germany sets out from the Mexican port city of Veracruz. The ship’s first-class passengers include an idealistic young American painter and her lover…
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One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace
By Andra Watkins
2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction Nominee
Andra Watkins needed a wingman to help her become one of the only living persons to walk the historic 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. She planned to walk fifteen miles a day. For thirty-four days. After striking-out with everyone in her life, she was left with her disinterested eighty-year-old father. And his gas.
A novel of laughter, passion and more than a little magic from the late Colleen McCullough at her vintage best:
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1960, Sydney’s Kings Cross. Harriet Purcell leaves her conventional, respectable home and respectable, passionless boyfriend and moves into a rooming house owned by Mrs. Delvecchio Schwartz. There, Harriet finds a life she relishes – excitement, adventure and passion…
A Hollywood Alphabet Series Thriller with 400+ rave reviews, totally FREE today for BookGorilla readers!
A Hollywood Alphabet Series Thriller
By M.Z. Kelly
Things could be worse for LAPD Detective Kate Sexton. Okay, so her ex-husband cheated on her and the DVD of his indiscretions made the rounds of the entire department, she’s broke and living above an appliance store with her canine partner Bernie who is a sexual predator. But things could be worse… as she’ll soon find out…
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No Honor Among Thieves:
An Ali Reynolds Novella
By J.A. Jance
For the first time ever, Ali Reynolds and Joanna Brady, New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance’s popular series sleuths, join forces to solve a terrifying crime in this exclusive e-novella that has everything you want in a thriller—page-turning action, breathtaking twists and turns, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and… Legos…
An in-depth examination of examination of serial murderers and their victims, in
Serial Killers Case Files
By RJ Parker
RJ Parker delves into the gritty, gruesome details of the most notorious serial killers to strike the United States, Canada and the UK, including the unidentified killers who may still be on the loose. Close to home, Parker compiles a thorough case file on husband and wife serial killers Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka…
High comedy and deep wisdom combine in a tale of one remarkable boy’s rise in a fantasy-infused Victorian London:
By Sir Terry Pratchett
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Seventeen-year-old Dodger is content as a sewer scavenger. But he enters a new world when he rescues a young girl from a beating, and her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England. From Dodger’s encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd, to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens…
32 out of 33 rave reviews for the second Christian cozy mystery in the Father Frank series!
Over My Dead Body
By James R. Callan
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A large corporation is seizing land by eminent domain. Syd Cranzler stands in its way, threatening a court battle. After a heated meeting with the corporation representative, Syd is found dead from an overdose of heart medication. The police call it suicide. Case closed. But Father Frank doesn’t believe Syd committed suicide…
Today only, this rich and compelling novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Herman Wouk is $7 off!
By Herman Wouk, author of The Winds of War and War and Remembrance
Israel David Goodkind is a minor bureaucrat in the Nixon White House, killing empty office time by writing the story of four generations of his large, sprawling Russian-Jewish immigrant family. As he recounts his brief stint in show business, his torrid affair with a showgirl, and his encounters with a hassled and distracted Nixon…
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Men of Intrigue: A Trilogy
By Doreen Owens Malek
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“MEN OF INTRIGUE: A TRILOGY is a three book anthology of my bestselling romances from the nineteen-eighties assembled in one volume. I have combined them because the stories share the common theme of adventurous heroes who get involved through fate and circumstances with ordinary (not!) women.” -Doreen Owens Malek
Whispers from the Dead
(Serenity’s Plain Secrets Book 2)
By Karen Ann Hopkins
92% rave reviews!
Sheriff Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman are once again partnered up in a criminal investigation, when they travel to a northern Amish settlement that has been riddled by arsons for the past two decades. Serenity quickly discovers that there is a lot more going on than barn burnings in the touristy community of Poplar Springs…
From the creator of the Constable Evan Evans mysteries comes a colorful new series set in turn-of-the-century New York City:
By Rhys Bowen
(Molly Murphy Mysteries Book 1)
When spirited redhead Molly Murphy was growing up a peasant on the coast of Ireland she always imagined there was something more in store for her. She couldn’t have known how right she was until the day she became a murderer, albeit in self-defense. Under drastic circumstances, Molly is forced to strike out into a new world…
A chance encounter, a forbidden taste of passion… it should have ended there…
The Veiled Heart (The Velvet Basement Book 1)
By Elsa Holland
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After a cold and cruel Victorian marriage, Miriam rejects the foibles of her class and is determined to help London’s fallen women. A fleeting brush with a handsome stranger at the scandalous Velvet Basement creates a chance encounter to sin. Surrendering once could be forgiven, but what happens when it extends beyond one encounter…
Assurance in the face of life’s hardest struggles…
Ninety Days of God’s Goodness: Daily Reflections That Shine Light on Personal Darkness
By Randy Alcorn
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When life throws challenges at us, our view of God’s presence can become cloudy. If God is good, why is there so much evil and suffering? In times of hardship, it’s easy to lose sight of God’s purpose, goodness, and love. 90 Days of God’s Goodness helps disperse the fog—little by little, discovery by discovery, day by day.
A neo-Biblical story set in a post-apocalyptic future, and it’s yours FREE TODAY!
Sun Salt Stone
(Echoes of Former Things Book 1)
By Henry S.
Noah is a twelve-year-old slave struggling to survive in a nightmarish world ruled by a depraved king. The king’s guards afflict and starve the slaves. They torment Noah and his family, and they defile the girl he hopes to one day marry. Noah is sustained by his mother’s absolute love. She is compassionate and courageous, a prophet…
A heartwarming story about growing up, starring America’s original double shot of trouble:
The Bobbsey Twins: Or, Merry Days Indoors and Out
By Laura Lee Hope
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The first installment in the beloved series by Laura Lee Hope follows two sets of audacious twins—Bert and Nan, age eight, and Freddie and Flossie, age four—through an entire school year. Relive the stories that have thrilled generations of young readers as the twins learn important lessons about love, responsibility, and having fun.
For the twisted killer she escaped, she is not a survivor, but simply
The One That Got Away
By Simon Wood
3700+ rave reviews for this bestselling thriller!
On the way home from their road trip to Vegas, something goes terribly wrong for grad students Zoë and Holli, and the last time Zoë sees her, Holli is in the clutches of a sadistic killer. Zoë flees with her life, changed forever. A year later, Zoë latches on to a police investigation where the crime eerily resembles her abduction…
Living in constant fear. Always looking over your shoulder. The source of your fear?
(The Institute Series Book 1)
By Kayla Howarth
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Allira Daniels will do anything to keep her Defective brother safe from the Institute. They claim to protect Defectives, but it’s human nature to fear the unknown. Defectives are dangerous, they possess abilities that no human should be able to. To Allira and the rest of her family, the Institute seems more like a prison…
It’s been orbiting our planet for 13,000 years. Now it’s coming down…
The Black Knight
(Warner & Lopez Book 4)
By Dean Crawford
Manhattan, USA, 1899: Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla detects strange signals coming from an object orbiting the Earth at a high velocity, 50 years before mankind’s first satellite is launched into space. The signal is again detected by radio operators in Norway 20 years later and is confirmed by the USAF. Then, silence… until now.
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Amazing Facts about SHARKS
(Great Knowledge Book for KIDS)
By Dan Jackson
Sharks are a marvel of nature. Able to swim continuously around the clock, these amazing creatures never stop. From the tiny sharks to the giant sharks, there are nearly 500 individual species swimming in our oceans. Some sharks are even able to live in freshwater rivers and streams…
If you enjoyed the INDIANA JONES books, or books by Nelson DeMille, you’re going to love this technothriller!
By Marshall Chamberlain
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Dr. Corey Parnevik, the director of Pharmco’s DOD project, who functions under heavy medication to control behavior disorders, disappears along with proprietary, hi-tech nanite inventory—test products capable of significantly affecting human behavior. A pattern of mysterious homicides manifests, and Parnevik becomes a prime suspect.
Over $10,000 in apps and In-app purchases are ACTUALLY FREE with Amazon Underground, including
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
By Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
Normally you might go to Google Play to download an app to your phone. But Google’s rules don’t allow an app that offers apps or games to be included in Google Play. So, to get started, you just need to download the Underground app directly from Amazon.
A Log Cabin Christmas: 9 Historical Romances during American Pioneer Christmases
By Margaret Brownley, Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jane Kirkpatrick, Kelly Eileen Hak
Experience Christmas through the eyes of adventuresome settlers who relied on log cabins built from trees on their own land to see them through the cruel forces of winter. Discover how rough-hewed shelters become a home in which faith, hope, and love can flourish. Marvel in the blessings of Christmas celebrations without the trappings..
Eighteen-year-old Ria, a fire elemental and privileged student at the University of Magic, thinks nothing can get in the way of her happiness. Even when she falls for Michael, a boy whose element is different from hers, she is determined to make their forbidden romance work.But when she starts experiencing the symptoms of magic…
When Tansy Poole inherits a run-down shoe shop tucked away in the village of Sticklepond, ‘Cinderella’s Slippers’ is born – providing the footwear to make any fairytale wedding come true… Carrying everything a bride would want to walk down the aisle in, Tansy’s shop soon expands to carry shoe-themed wedding favours,…
A fresh take on climate change by a renowned journalist driven to protect his daughter, your kids, and the next generation who’ll inherit the problem For twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard has investigated global warming for outlets including the New Yorker, NPR, Time, Vanity Fair, and The Nation. But the full truth did not hit home…
A journey beyond imagination is about to unfold. . . . It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold. When the answer comes, it’s not one she expects. Welcome to the Abarat.
A king bent on conquest.
A murderous warrior tribe.
And the slave-girl who dares to stand between them!When Shioni, slave to the Princess of Sheba, travels to the legendary Simien Mountains of Ethiopia, she encounters adventure beyond her wildest dreams. Little does she imagine the powerful forces lurking in this jagged volcanic…
Dr. Chris Alexander, a borderline sociopath and technological genius, has designed an advanced cybernetic life form from prototype decommissioned military drones and top-secret experimental DARPA technology. The HADroid was supposed to be a military grade robot with the transplanted heart and brain of a human donor that would…
How far will you go for perfection? For “Perfect Paige” Westfeld, today is “D” Day. As in, she just got one on her calculus test. With her dreams of Stanford, her reputation, and her parents’ expectations at stake, Paige needs to find a way to save face before everything she’s worked for goes up in flames. Ben Franklin (yes, he’s.
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A young, sheltered woman comes to terms with her deluded, murderous mother—and what she must do to survive.
The Crocodile Bird
By Ruth Rendell
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When the police come to the door at the gatehouse of a remote British estate, sixteen-year-old Liza and her mother know that their lives are about to change forever. After all, Liza watched her mother kill a man—well, more than just one. Having lived as a virtual hermit on the estate, Liza knows nothing of the outside world…
When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible, and any of them is capable of unspeakable brutality.
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BEST PRICE EVER on a monumental novel about one man’s rise from life as a penniless immigrant to the head of a family empire:
By John Jakes
(The Crown Family Saga Book 1) – Over 1200 pages
In late-nineteenth-century Chicago, the tragedies and triumphs of the Crowns illustrate the power of the American Dream. As immigrants to America, their turbulent story spans a decade marked by the vicious Pullman Strike, the birth of motion pictures, and the Spanish-American War….
A few weeks ago we shared a reader-facing post about a brand new feature called BookGorilla Author’s Pages, which are meant to make it easier than ever for BookGorilla readers — and all readers — to find your books.
BookGorilla Author Pages are an absolutely free service, and here (at left) is a screenshot example of one that has been live for a couple of weeks, Pulitzer Prize winning NY Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof’s BookGorilla Author’s Page. We hope you like the idea.
We think this will be the ultimate win-win, because our goals are simple: we want to help great authors sell great books, and we want our readers to find the books that they want to read, at the best possible prices. (And of course, the more readers discover great deals on great books, the more BookGorilla will be rewarded, without authors having to pay a dime for this service.)
As with just about anything worth doing, the more we all put into this project, the more good will come of it, but it is clear that It can make a nice difference not only in an author’s book sales but also in the discoverability of his page. Just the other day Nick Kristof sent these updates out to his 1.59 million Twitter followers, his 1.4 million Google Plus followers, and his 600,000+ Facebook followers:
And now we’ve added a special feature — a “Follow [this author]” button — which gives every visitor to Nick’s page the opportunity to have more of Nick’s Kindle books included in that visitor’s daily BookGorilla alert:
In addition to the Follow button, we’ve just added an index page (soon to be further enhanced), as well as another user-friendly feature that allows readers to sort the books on any author’s page by price or sales rank:
Of course you don’t need millions of followers to be effective at driving traffic to your BookGorilla Author’s Page. What you will need, if you don’t have it already, is your own BookGorilla Author’s Page. We’ve already responded to amazing author interest by creating thousands of new author pages, and we’ll be glad to do the same for you. To get you started, we’ve created a user-friendly web form so you can provide everything we’ll need to create, update, or improve the accuracy of your own BookGorilla Author’s Page:
Please be patient, but we’ll do our best to create or update your BookGorilla Author’s Page soon after you submit this form. When your page is live or updated, we will send you a link to your page so that you can share it with your readers and fans. Whether you use tweets, Facebook updates, a static link on your website, your email signature, or all of these, we hope you’ll use that link to spread the word and encourage your fans to click the “Follow” button on your BookGorilla Author’s Page. When readers click that button, they’ll see your books much more frequently in their daily BookGorilla alerts!
Thanks for taking a moment to read this post — we are very excited about the chance to work with you to help our readers find your books! We hope we’ll see your BookGorilla Author’s Page Input Form soon, and please feel free to share this news with other author and publisher friends!
The following paragraph from the very smart and well-written book I am reading today is certainly not rocket science, but it is a very nice, concise summary of the way in which the making of a bestseller can be very much a social process, all the more so in the age of the ebook:
“… there is an accidental quality to success, in which high-ranking songs take an early lead for reasons that seem inconsequential, based upon those taste-makers who sample it first. Once this lead is established, it is exacerbated through social feedback. A bookshop, for instance, might notice that one particular book is proving more popular than others, and therefore decide to order more copies. At this stage, the book may be selling 11 copies for every 10 sold by its next most popular rival–a marginal improvement. But when the new copies arrive they are displayed in favorable places around the shop (on a table next to the front door, for example) and soon the book is selling twice as many copies as its closest rival. To sell even more, the bookshop then decides to try to attract new customers by lowering its own profit margins and selling the book at a reduced price. At this point the book is selling four times as many copies as its closest rival. Because customers have the impression that the book is popular (and therefore must be good) they are more likely to buy it, thereby driving sales up even more.”
For many readers who have been keeping up with those daily side-by-side comparisons that have shown BookGorilla to be far outpacing BookBub when it comes to recommending great book deals on bestselling books by well-known authors, there has been a pretty obvious question:
“Why doesn’t BookBub just work harder to find the kind of books that are featured by BookGorilla each day?”
The answer? It’s complicated, but it’s all about the bottom line. BookBub has nearly 10 million reasons to focus on books that it needs readers to buy, while BookGorilla’s more customer-centric mission is aimed at providing readers with books they already wanted at prices they never dreamed were possible.
We’re sure that BookBub would like to be able to present great deals on more prominent books, but they are constrained by a few obvious structural facts that are implicit in their business model:
For starters, BookBub depends on two major revenue streams, which together provide revenues of over $26,000 daily, or about $9.7 annually, according to our estimates based on information provided on the company’s website. For instance, the 27 books recommended on BookBub’s deals page yesterday would have paid BookBub just over $16,000 for their placement on BookBub’s “curated” list, and are likely to have brought the company an additional $10,000, at least, in affiliate fees such as Amazon Associates proceeds. “Curated” is as “curated” does, but that $16,000 daily would be a lot of money to leave on the table if BookBub were to make a strategic decision to add value for readers by opting to drop some of those 27 ad-supported spots in favor of more prominent, highly desired books at great deal prices such as those featured on the BookGorilla site.
But with that much money coming in, one might ask, wouldn’t BookBub still be profitable if it decided to improve the quality of its daily recommendations by doing just that: replacing some ad-supported spots with more widely known books by bestselling authors? Sure, but then BookBub would run into another difficult structural challenge: the company is increasingly in the position of having to answer to venture capitalists and other angel funders. Indeed, since its May 2014 announcement that it had raised $3.8 million in Series A funding, BookBub has ratcheted up its ad-supported offerings: from 15 to 20 daily spots in early 2014 to 25 to 30 now, with no concomitant increase in bestsellers or other well-known titles. Meanwhile, Bookbub has recently been experimenting with adding paid third-party advertising banners served by LiveIntent (see screenshot above at right ) to the millions of emails it sends out to self-identified book lovers each day. Naturally, the point at which a company accepts investor funding is usually the point at which its autonomy with respect to its mission begins to come under pressure.
While BookBub founder Josh Schanker keeps the lowest of online profiles, it would not be surprising to see him exit with a payday in the high nine figures or beyond, given his history as a serial entrepreneur and BookBub’s impressive success to date. With such heady outcomes looming for Schanker and other key players, one can’t really expect BookBub to allow short-term revenues to soften in favor of a longer-term commitment to adding value for readers by changing the ratio between ad-supported spots and truly curated recommendations of the best books available at the best prices each day.
Not to worry. BookBub is doing just fine. But with its need to get readers to buy the books that it wants them to buy even if they’ve never heard of the title or the author before, it does present a real contrast in mission with our BookGorilla upstart.
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you already know what that contrast in mission is all about. Although BookGorilla certainly continues to sell all the ad-supported spots it makes available, it remains true that fewer than 20% of all the books recommended by BookGorilla are ad-supported. That leaves us free to pick the best deals at the best prices each day, and to remain true to our mission, which is to provide readers with books they had already wanted to read at prices they never dreamed possible.