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Amazon Launches Textbook Rental – Save Up To 70%

Print textbook rental program can help students save up to 70%

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 6, 2012-- (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the launch of Amazon Textbook Rental. Now college students can choose from thousands of textbooks to rent for the semester and save up to 70%. To rent a textbook, simply search Amazon.com for the book, select “Rent Now,” choose shipping and payment options, and check out. All textbook rentals are Fulfilled by Amazon and are eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25, and Prime Free Two-Day Shipping. At the end of the rental period, returns are free and simple with a prepaid, printable label.

“College is expensive, and students are always looking for ways to save money on textbooks, which is why we’ve long offered great prices on both new and used textbooks,” said Ripley MacDonald, Director of Textbooks at Amazon.com. “With Textbook Rental, Amazon gives students yet another great option for saving money – it’s now easier than ever for students to get the books they need, in the format they want, at affordable prices. So no matter if a student wants to buy or rent their textbooks, Amazon can be their one-stop shop.”

Textbook rentals and millions of other items including books, backpacks, electronics, video games, the latest fashion in clothing and shoes, and other college essentials are eligible for Free Two-Day Shipping with an Amazon Prime membership. By signing up for Amazon Student, a free membership program exclusively for college students, students can get six months of Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, plus exclusive offers, and then up to four years of Amazon Prime at 50% off. Students can learn more by visiting www.amazon.com/joinstudent.

For more information about Amazon Textbook Rental visit www.amazon.com/textbooks.

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Barnes & Noble Announces Lowest Prices Ever on Award-Winning NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™

Amazing Products at Best Value: NOOK Tablet As Low As $179 and NOOK Color Just $149

New York, New York – August 12, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced amazing new, lowest-ever pricing on its award-winning NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color devices, just in time for the back to school season. Starting today customers can purchase the highly acclaimed NOOK Tablet starting at $179 and NOOK Color for $149 at all of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 stores nationwide, online at NOOK.com and through the other leading retailers offering NOOK® products.

Customers seeking a fast, lightweight tablet with an incredible 7-inch VividView™ display and long-lasting battery life will love the popular NOOK Tablet, now available at $179 for the 8GB model and $199 for the 16GB version. NOOK Tablet offers access to the world’s largest digital library of more than 2.5 million titles, popular movies, TV shows, music and more, plus thousands of high-quality NOOK Apps™, fast Web browsing, e-mail and expandable memory. NOOK Color provides tablet essentials at a great value for only $149. The 7-inch device is ideal for reading and exploring a variety of great content including books, magazines, interactive children’s books, apps, access to top video and music services, e-mail and Web browsing.

“Our Reader’s Tablets have consistently been the highest rated products by the leading technology experts and now they're available for the lowest prices ever,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products at Barnes & Noble. “With NOOK Color for $149 and NOOK Tablet starting at $179, customers can enjoy our best-in-class digital reading and entertainment experience with an expansive selection of digital content and apps at an unbeatable price.”

All NOOK customers can shop Barnes & Noble's expansive NOOK Store™ of more than 2.5 million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy their NOOK content across a wide array of popular devices. Barnes & Noble offers always free in-store NOOK support for customers to set up and learn how to use their new device face-to-face with friendly neighborhood NOOKsellers.

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Seeking Sponsorship for Reviewer’s Retreat 2013

Sponsor DealPeddler to Reviewer’s Retreat 2013

Rebekah Hale – Admin@DealPeddler.Net
Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest

Reviewer’s Retreat is a great opportunity to learn more in depth blogging techniques that will not only help me grow as a blogger, but will also help me best represent my future product review sponsors. I believe having a great working relationship with brands, companies, and PR firms is important, so I am not going to tell you strictly what I can offer in return for your sponsorship to Reviewer’s Retreat 2013. I want to work collaboratively with you! I want to know how I can best represent your company/product at Reviewer’s Retreat 2013 and on DealPeddler. Of course there are basic options I can offer, and they are as follows:

  • Blog posts about your company and/or products with complimentary Facebook shares and Tweets before, during, and after the conference. (#RevRet)

Do you have a new product coming out, a sale coming up, a press release, a great company mission or philosophy, or something else exciting you want people to hear about?

  • Advertising space on DealPeddler : Sidebar 150x150 or 250x250. Prime ad space includes bottom in-post ad size 468x60. (Prime ad space reserved for 100% sponsorship.) Will run all ads for 6 months with minimum $250 sponsorship.
  • Company name/logo on my business cards that will be handed out at the conference.
  • Company name/logo on a customized Samsung Galaxy 10.1 2 case. (Reserved for tablet sponsor.)
  • Hand out swag for you – business cards, clips, pens, lanyards, samples, etc.
  • Host a giveaway/contest
  • If you are an apparel/shoe company, consider sponsoring my wardrobe during the conference. Your products would be worn during the conference, and (if appropriate) during any free time. This would include while traveling, activities, restaurants, etc. Photographs will be taken while wearing your products and posted to my blog, Facebook, and Twitter with your @ and # of choice in addition to #RevRet.

*Sponsor my entire trip to Reviewer’s Retreat, half, or a portion of it. If you choose to only sponsor a portion, packages will be based on which costs you offer to cover, i.e. transportation, lodging, food, conference pass, etc. Minimum sponsorship package is $100.*

With nearly 100 bloggers in attendance at Reviewer’s Retreat 2012, this is a great opportunity for exposure and advertising.  The fantastic thing is that there are no small fish in the blogging world. One blog can be networked with dozens if not hundreds of additional bloggers. We share our experiences and influence one another in addition to our readers.

I sincerely hope you will consider sponsoring DealPeddler! I look forward to working with you to create the best sponsorship/advertising package for your company/brand. If there is an option you would like, but do not see it on the basic list provided above, please feel free to ask about it. I’m all ears and want to make this a gainful experience for everyone. For more information about DealPeddler, check out my Media Kit.

Date: 06/30-07/02

Location: The Lodge & Spa at Calloway Gardens

Pine Mountain, Georgia

Conference Costs:

Conference Pass - $199

Lodging - $139/Night (3 Nights)

Food - $100

Transportation - $750 (Flight & Rental Car)

Total - Approximately $1,500

Optional Conference Costs:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1” - $400

Clothing/Shoes - TBD

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CouponChief.com – 100K+ Coupons & 30K+ Stores

Wow! There have been some great Coupon sites popping up lately, and CouponChief.com is one of them. CouponChief.com is one of the fastest growing coupon code sites with more than 100,000 coupon codes available and more than 30,000 stores to choose from.

The best part, is that they have a Pays-2-Share program where users are actually PAID to submit coupon codes. This helps make sure that CouponChief has as many active codes as possible. In return, if someone uses your Coupon Chief coupon code(s) that you've uploaded, you'll make a 2% commission on their purchase - up to $25 per month per store. That's awesome! Help someone save some money, and you get rewarded. If you don't want to sign up for a Pays-2-Share account (but really, why wouldn't you want to), or a CouponChief account you can still post codes anonymously.

CouponChief is super easy to use too. Just go to their "stores" tab to see a giant list of all of them. They're in alphabetical order so they're easy to find. If you already know what you're looking for, just type in the store name and search for it. Stores we all know and love include Amazon, American Eagle, Kidorable, and even Knot Genie!

Your account on CouponChief is FREE! They have a newsletter you can sign up for, and of course you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Still a little skeptical? Several well-known websites have listed CouponChief as a reputable coupon website, including Mashable, Lifehacker, and the Wall Street Journal. What are you waiting for? Check them out, save some money, and make some money!

 

*I was compensated for my time in writing this post. See Disclosure Policy.

 

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New NOOK® Customers Will Receive Free Collection of Disney eBooks with In-Store Purchase of an Award-Winning NOOK Tablet™

Limited Time Offer Is Available August 6 Through September 2 As Part of Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Kids Summer Reading Program  

NEW YORK, NY – August 6, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced new NOOK Tablet customers will receive an instant free collection of exciting and beloved Disney eBooks as part of our NOOK Kids Summer Reading Program (www.nook.com/kids-summer-reading). This collection features a variety of NOOK Kids picture books along with interactive Read and Play™ and Read To Me™ titles featuring favorite Disney characters, perfect for families to read together. This limited time offer applies to new in-store purchases of both NOOK Tablet 16GB ($249) and NOOK Tablet 8GB ($199) at any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 stores nationwide.  This is the third collection of eBooks offered through the NOOK Kids Summer Reading Program, specially designed to keep children engaged in reading all summer long.

The latest and final collection of titles, available August 6 through September 2, is for readers ages 3 to 6 and features the following bestsellers and interactive titles from Disney:

  • Winnie the Pooh: Party in the Wood
  • Cars Read-Along Storybook
  • Just Squidding (Phineas and Ferb Series #5)
  • Cinderella Read-Along Storybook
  • Toy Story 3: So Long, Partner
  • The Great Tournament (Wizards of Mickey #1)

Once customers purchase their new NOOK Tablet, young readers can choose to enjoy one title or the entire collection of free Summer Reading eBooks, which can be instantly downloaded and added to their free digital locker via access codes they will receive at the time of their NOOK purchase.  For more information, ask a bookseller or go to: www.nook.com/kids-summer-reading.

With all NOOK products, customers can shop Barnes & Noble's expansive NOOK Store of more than 2.5 million digital titles. In addition, Barnes & Noble offers always free in-store NOOK support for customers to set up and learn how to use their new device face-to-face with friendly neighborhood NOOKsellers.

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Amazon Instant Video App Now Available for iPad

“Buy Once, Enjoy Everywhere” – Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video Customers Can Now Enjoy Their Movies & TV episodes on iPad

Amazon Prime members can instantly stream more than 20,000 movies and TV episodes to their iPad

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 1, 2012-- (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon.com, Inc. today introduced the Amazon Instant Video App for iPad, enabling customers to stream or download Amazon Instant Video movies and TV episodes from their video library directly on their iPad. The app also makes more than 20,000 titles from Prime Instant Video available to Prime members such as hit TV shows like Glee, Downton Abbey and Fringe, or popular movies such as Mission: Impossible 3, Mean Girls and Ocean’s Eleven, to stream instantly on their iPad at no additional cost. For more information visit http://amazon.com/instantvideo/ipad.

“We want to give customers the convenience of being able to watch all of their movies and TV episodes, wherever they are, on their iPad,” said Anthony Bay, Amazon.com vice president for video. “Today we’re excited to extend our ‘buy once, enjoy everywhere’ approach to iPad, giving customers the chance to enjoy more than 120,000 titles from Amazon Instant Video and more than 20,000 titles from Prime Instant Video anytime, anywhere.”

To watch movies or TV episodes from Amazon Instant Video on iPad, customers can simply search for the content they've already rented or purchased from Amazon Instant Video--including the latest hit movies like 21 Jump Street, Mirror Mirror, and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows and the latest episodes from TV shows like Breaking Bad Season 5, Mad Men Season 5 and Pretty Little Liars Season 3.

The Amazon Instant Video App for iPad offers features including:

  • “Your Watchlist” feature that lets customers make a list of all the movies and TV episodes they want to watch in the future, regardless of whether they own the video or not, making it easy to keep track of specific videos for later viewing.
  • “Your Video Library” feature that gives iPad customers access to purchases and rentals from Amazon Instant Video on the web.

The Amazon Instant Video App for iPad is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.

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Barnes & Noble Announces Red-Headed Stepchild from Jaye Wells’ Sabina Kane Series As the Latest Spotlight Pick – Available For Only $0.99

NOOK Bookstore Will Offer Red-Headed Stepchild for Only 99 Cents for a Limited Time

New York, New York – July 30, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Red-Headed Stepchild from Jaye Wells’ Sabina Kane series, will be featured as the latest pick for “Barnes & Noble Spotlight” (www.bn.com/spotlight), a NOOK Book program that features great writers at irresistible prices. Twice a month, Barnes & Noble Spotlight picks an author of a popular or breakout series from various genres and offers one of their titles at a special price, helping NOOK® readers discover new authors and dive into an exciting series for a wallet-friendly price. From July 28 through August 10, Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Bookstore will offer Red-Headed Stepchild for only 99 cents.

The Red-Headed Stepchild introduces readers to Sabina Kane, half-mage, half-vampire assassin.  Despite her mixed background, Sabina’s loyalties lie with the Dominae, the vampire rulers who have raised her to be an assassin.  Sabina’s latest mission threatens the fragile peace between the mage and vampire races. As she fights to choose a side, she uncovers family secrets, new powers and a political web. Red-Headed Stepchild is the first of five urban fantasy novels in the Sabina Kane series. Each book follows Sabina as she seeks to reunite the warring dark races and bring peace to the land.

Jaye Wells is the author of the critically acclaimed Sabina Kane series.  The much hyped final novel in the series, Blue-Blooded Vamp, was released last month. In addition to this series, Wells has written many short fiction stories and flash fiction novels.

Spotlight features titles from different genres including popular romance, young adult and fiction. Customers who “like” NOOK on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nook) and follow NOOK on Twitter (www.twitter.com/nookbn) will be among the first to hear about the Spotlight picks.

NOOK Books that are featured in Barnes & Noble Spotlight, along with the more than 2.5 million other NOOK Books, magazines and newspapers available, can be purchased and read on the award-winning NOOK line of devices, which includes the award-winning NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight.  All NOOK Books can also be read through a range of free NOOK reading apps, available for iPad, iPhone®, Android, Mac® and PC, and can be downloaded at www.bn.com/freenookapps.

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Dear New Jersey – Stop Slapping Our Veterans In The Face

I rarely involve myself in anything that has to do with politics or the military. I follow along, but more as a silent bystander. However, today is a different story. Today I'm livid. Today I am trying with all of my willpower not to use profanity when I write this. Why? Because, TODAY I found out a friend of mine, who served in the Navy for five years, has been denied "Veteran" status because he just so happens to be a resident of New Jersey.

Yes, you read that right. My friend Steven Schwartz has been denied "Veteran" status because he did not serve in a "combat zone" during a peace mission - AKA the Iraqi freedom/Global War on Terrorism. And this, in the State of New Jersey means he is not a veteran. First of all I don't see why New Jersey has any say, but that's a completely different issue.

The ISSUE is that my friend has written a letter to his Congressman, Bill Pascrell, TWO weeks ago and still has not received a response. Good going New Jersey. You're not only a bunch of jerks slapping military members in the face, but so far, your Congressman is failing to do his job. Your Congressman is there to represent the people, especially the veterans. Pascrell is ignoring a person who voluntarily served our country. And while Congress is supposed to pass laws, they are overlooking one big law failure.

So, what I'm asking is that anyone who reads this, SHARES this on your Social Media outlets, link to it in another post, tell your friends and family, and SPEAK OUT. This is horsesh*t. Woops - see I told you I'm furious. This needs to be changed NOW!

Want to read Schwartz's letter toPascrell? Here it is:

"Congressman Pascrell,

My name is Steven Schwartz. I am a five-year Veteran of the United States Na vy. I served those five years on board a nuclear submarine. I came home about a year ago after my most recent deployment to the "western pacific". As you most likely know, the submarines of the United States carry the name "Silent Service". Very little people know or understand the critical role that they play in intelligence gathering and peacekeeping. However, being a Congressman, I am sure that you have a general idea of their role. If you are not very familiar with submarines, I recommend reading the novel “Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage” by Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew, and Annette Lawrence Drew. However, that is all beside the point my real quarrel is with the State of New Jersey’s Veteran Law P.L. 2007, CHAPTER 115. I have read it thoroughly and it only makes mention of “combat zone veterans”. I have a major issue with this especially because large portions of “combat zone veterans” never actually see combat. Of course, they are in a greater danger than people that are stateside. However, with that being said some “combat zone veterans” face no greater danger than you or I driving to work each day. Furthermore, could you consider them being in a greater amount of harm’s way than the crew onboard is the USS George Washington when it caught fire on April 22nd, 2008 or possibly the crew of the USS San Francisco (My Vessel) when she struck an “undersea mountain” on January 8th, 2005. Granted I will not argue the fact that many men and women have gone to Iraq and Afghanistan and seen traumatic events that I am glad I will never have to experience. However, that does not prevent the fact that when my ship was in dry dock in Washington State. I did still applied to be a volunteer to go on an Individual Augmented tour for a year to Iraq in 2007. With submarines being some of the Navy’s most elite, I was denied the opportunity that I would have gladly accepted at the time. Nonetheless, when I participated in my “Western Pacific” deployment we had several missions that were highly classified missions. Obviously, I cannot speak about the missions possibly in 30 years I can however, there is no documentation of where my ship patrolled. Regardless of whether I was in a “combat zone”, I feel I was in harm’s way based solely on our area of operations. In addition, to the area of operation I feel as though whenever I went “underway” I was in grave danger. If you feel otherwise please feel free to look up the most recent event onboard the USS Miami if that had happened while the ship was submerged chances are we would have lost her and her 130-member crew. With everything until now said, please do not forget about the horrible excursions to “Davey Jones’ Locker” that the USS Thresher and USS Scorpion faced. Both ships were lost with their entire crew. In conclusion, I do appreciate the efforts that the actual combat veterans have contributed to this wonderful nation. However, I do feel as though any veteran that has been deployed for greater than 30 days should enjoy the rights to the same benefits. There are many non-combat seeing veterans of “warzones or peacekeeping missions”. As a result, I feel as though I am entitled the same benefits for serving in the United States Armed Forces. Furthermore, while being part of the Elite of the Navy, whom have risked their lives and served onboard a nuclear submarine.

Thank you for your consideration,
Steven M Schwartz"

 

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mygofer.com – Let Them Know They’re Loved By Mom

I was a college student once. Seems like it was a very long time ago. Fortunately I didn't live too far from home, and was able to stop in to do laundry, pick up groceries, and visit. But, I had several friends who were states away from their families. Many were sent care packages, and I could tell that they felt a little less lonely when their eyes lit up at all of the goodies their mom (parents) had taken the time to mail to them.

mygofer.com published an interesting info-graphic about college students. The info-graphic shows that college students' eating habits, hygiene, and personal care are sub-par. Students are likely to gain weight in their first two years of college (mostly in the first semester) due to poor eating habits, including eating fast food multiple times a week. Even 3 out of 4 students admit to poor oral hygiene.

Now moms, I know sending your kids off to college can be scary, and sad, but you can help them out with mygofer.com and help make sure they maintain healthy, and clean habits while away. mygofer.com allows moms (parents) the ability to shop online for your college student. It's like a huge grocery/retail store online. mygofer.com carries personal care and beauty products, toiletries, paper goods, pet supplies (just in case your student felt FiFi needed to come along for the college experience), and healthy foods and snacks. Talk about an awesome grocery delivery service! With more than 100,000 products to choose from, you're sure to be able to customize the perfect care package for your student.

Don't worry, you won't have to drive across the country to deliver it, or even stop in at the Post Office. mygofer.com is different in the fact that after you place an order, someone actually goes to a local store and picks out the items and then delivers them. If your student needs something immediately, mygofer has partnered with Kmart, and your student will be able to pick up the ordered items for FREE. Otherwise items will be delivered same-day, or you can select a specific date for your package to arrive.

mygofer wants to make sure this is an affordable service, and offers money saving perks that include Refer-A-Friend, GoPass, Shop Your Way Rewards, and their Savings Center.

Campus Delivery

* I was monetarily compensated for my time writing this post. See Disclosure Policy.

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Amazon.com Books Editors Announce the Big Fall Books Preview

Amazon customers get an early look at fall’s most anticipated reads at Amazon.com Books

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 23, 2012-- (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com, Inc. today announced its Big Fall Books Preview (www.amazon.com/fallbookspreview). In anticipation of the publishing season that’s known for some of the most exciting debuts, well-regarded nonfiction and blockbuster fiction, the Amazon.com Books Editors have made their selections for fall’s ten most intriguing releases. Their Big Fall Books Preview also features the season’s most anticipated releases in fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, biographies and mysteries, along with the most exciting upcoming releases for kids and teens.

“Fall tends to bring readers some of the best, most-sure-to-be-talked-about books, and this year’s lineup looks especially impressive,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle, Amazon.com. “In fact, our Editorial team was so excited about so many upcoming books that, in addition to the Top 10 list, each of us picked three more upcoming books that we already love, or can’t wait to get our hands on, and included these suggestions as another feature in our Big Fall Books Preview. Whether customers are looking for a book for their teenager, or the delicious novels they’ll soon devour in front of a fire, there’s plenty of great reading to go around.”

Below are the Amazon Books Editors’ picks for the 10 most intriguing books of Fall, listed alphabetically by author:

  • Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon: The beloved author of “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” returns with a knowing story of life in politically correct northern California.
  • America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t” by Stephen Colbert: According to the author and TV phenomenon, this one might “singlebookedly pull this country back from the brink.”
  • The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy)” by Justin Cronin: In a world ravaged by the vampire apocalypse that spread in “The Passage,” survivors band together to eradicate the origins of the virus.
  • Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy” by Ken Follett: The follow-up to “Fall of Giants” is a doorstop of a tale of World War II and the nuclear age.
  • Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver: Global warming has never been so fascinating—or beautiful—as in this novel by the renowned author of “The Poisonwood Bible.”
  • The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling: The very definition of “highly anticipated,” this blackly comic tale of a town in trouble is the Harry Potter creator’s first book expressly for adults.
  • Joseph Anton: A Memoir” by Salman Rushdie: From the celebrated novelist, the true-life tale of hiding for his life.
  • NW” by Zadie Smith: A characteristically brilliant comic novel about four young people making their way in complicated London.
  • The Oath: The Obama White House v. the Supreme Court” by Jeffrey Toobin: A surprising look at how two branches of government do—and don’t—get along.
  • Back to Blood” by Tom Wolfe: Think “Bonfire of the Vanities” goes to Miami. Class, race, politics. It’s all there—in Wolfe’s typically audacious style.

To see the complete Big Fall Books Preview, go to www.amazon.com/fallbookspreview.

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