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Ready Player One: A Novel



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Originally published: 16th Aug 2011
Authors: Ernest Cline
Page count: 374pages (Paperback)
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Subjects: Sci-Fi
Language: English
ISBN-10: 030788743X
ISBN-13: 9780307887436
Product Dimensions: Kindle eBook / Audiobook

100 Word Book Review:

Wade Watts, along with other global players, dedicated his life studying hidden puzzles. These puzzles are in the virtual world, and it is based on the creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. Individuals and teams, everyone is using all ways to win the final prize. In this narrative story, as the race drags on Wade needs to win in order to stay alive. At the end of the day, Wade needs to face the real world that he tried to turn away from.

Who should read:

Anyone who has a passion in gaming will enjoy this book thoroughly. From the hardware specifications, to the software requirements, this book is peppered with many IT lingos, concepts and terms. Common terms include, ‘experience points’, ‘level up’, ‘high score’. If you are a gamer, you will find these terms very familiar.

Who should NOT read:

If you are looking for romance, or something close to real life, please stay away from this book. It is not entirely according to the typical boy meets girl and fall in love while they go on dates. It is a complete story of how Wade overcome the game and life challenges. Surely it is not a romance story as that is not the focus.

Takeaway points:

Overall as a gamer myself, I find this book very appealing and comfortable to read. I finished it in one seating, immersed in the literary world that the book has described vividly. At times it brings me back to my younger days when I was gaming delirious, a little similar to the character (Wade) in the book.

About the Author

Ernest Cline is an internationally best-selling novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. He is the author of the novels Ready Player One and Armada and co-screenwriter of the film adaptation of Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. His books have been published in over fifty countries and have spent more than 100 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.

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5 Sites To Buy Books (Not Amazon)

Okay, let’s admit together. Amazon is way too simple to buy sell books. One click, one payment, one address and within 3 days it’s here.

So what if one day, in some extreme case that Amazon is not around. How can we feed our reading appetite and fuel our brain with knowledge?

Fret not. That’s why BooksAvenue did some searching and digging. There are many book sites with equally competitive prices. So yes, we can till survive without Amazon.

Presenting you the 5 popular book sites:

 

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RedShelf believes in making educational content more affordable and accessible for all readers. Students can access eTextbooks and eBooks through our eReader platform across any browser-enabled device including mobile, tablet and desktop.

Offering more than 500,000 titles, and this number continues to climb every day. While the focus is on higher ed content, they also offer a range of trade and self-published books for the leisure reader.

 

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Dubbed the Netflix of books, BookLender.com is an online rental service for paperback, children’s and audiobooks, offering subscribers access to more than 250,000 titles. The company offers a variety of subscription plans, starting at just $11.99 a month. There are no due dates or late fees and shipping both ways is free. Even better, now with promo code: SAS

 

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BookCase.Club is a monthly subscription service for avid readers. BookCase.Club was created to share the joy of reading with the world. They believe in the importance of literature, and the magic of the written word. Stories help to expand minds, expose us to new experiences, and show us that we are not alone. Reading can often feel like a solitary activity, and the company wanted a way to bring book nerds together. By sharing the fun of unboxing BookCases, as well as reading each month’s chosen novels along with other members, BookCase hopes we find a safe and happy place among their community.

 

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GoPeachy.com offers customers great deals on new and used Books, Textbooks, Blu-rays, Video Games, DVDs and CDs.  Their customers have learned they can count on quality products at great prices. But the value GoPeachy.com provides does not stop there. They  are dedicated to providing customers with the best media buying experience. What separates them from the competition?

From the website:

1. We strive for perfection when it comes to providing our customers with a website that is clear, accurate and comprehensive regarding product categories and descriptions, condition details, shipping and payment options and shipping times.

2. We inspect all products for sale and grade each of them under strict condition guidelines so you know the product you will get BEFORE it arrives.

3. We pass on shipping savings to our customers by offering low standard and priority shipping rates, further shipping discounts when you take advantage of multiple item shipping discounts and FREE shipping on orders $25.00 and over.

4. We provide the fastest order processing guaranteeing shipment within 24 business hours of order date and time.

5. All of our customers receive e-mailed order confirmations, tracking numbers for every domestic order no matter how small or large and professional customer service.

We are proud to have served thousands of satisfied customers and look forward to serving you.

 

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5. With AudiobooksNow you save on every audiobook you purchase. They do not use gimmicky credits to hide the true costs. Whether you want to save big through their Club Pricing Plan or simply purchase at their everyday low prices.

There are many great ways to enjoy audiobooks. Whether you’re working out, on a road trip or long commute, or simply doing chores around the house, audiobooks are the perfect way to enjoy great books anytime, anywhere.

Narrators make a story come alive and allow you to enjoy books in a whole new way. Audiobooks also allow you to be more productive by doing other things while you listen. Download audiobooks to your smartphone or tablet.

Amazon Prime Singapore

Over in the US, Amazon Prime Day (8 July 2019) is the stuff of legend. This is Amazon’s signature sale for good deals, especially for electronics and home stuff: Think Apple Watch, Fitbits, Amazon Fire TVs, Kindles, etc. These deals are only open to Prime members.

In Singapore, Amazon Prime Day happened for the first time last year. And it is back now again, today!

What does it mean?

Customers in Singapore are given two delivery options:

  1. 2-hour delivery for orders more than S$40 will be free.
  2. For orders less than S$40, it will cost S$5.99 to deliver the orders within two hours, or S$9.99 for a faster 1-hour delivery. 2-hour delivery is available across all delivery areas. 1-hour delivery is only available in selected postal codes.

 

On top of that, please note:

  • Delivery times are between 10am to 10pm, seven days a week, available across Singapore and Sentosa. Amazon does not currently deliver to the outlying islands.
  • Amazon Prime Now allows customers to place orders for same-day or next-day deliveries.
  • If the delivery arrived later than stated, customers can reject the order. 

 

Membership program offers special benefits including:
* Instantly watch thousands of movies and TV episodes
* Borrow Kindle books
* Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping (no minimum order size)

If you don’t have a Amazon Prime yet, fret not. Sign up via the link below to start your 30 days trial today.

Join in the cost savings together!

 

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3 Steps to Find Paid Audiobooks on Audible For FREE

If you spend more time in the car driving to and from work than you have time to read, you are a good candidate for audiobooks. As the name suggests, audiobooks are voice recordings of the text of a book that you listen to rather than read. Audiobooks can be exact word-for-word versions of books or abridged versions. You can listen to audiobooks on a portable music player, cell phone, computer, tablet, home speaker system, or in cars that support streaming audio.

There is a simple trick using which you can now find free version of paid audiobooks on Audible. There is actually a free Chrome extension which can help you do that with ease. After installing this extension, it will automatically find free version of paid audiobooks from the public domain, and show them to you on your Audible search. There are literally thousands of free audiobooks available in the public domain which might match with the audiobooks on Audible.

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3 STEPS to get FREE Audiobooks

 

STEP 1: Sign up for Audible trial for FREE here.

If Audible is not available in your country, you can also get a FREE VPN here. With the VPN, you can change the country to where Audible is available.

STEP 2: Install the “Sponge” extension on Chrome browser. Only Chrome browser.

STEP 3: Click on the “Download Audiobook Now” button to download them to your PC

 

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The Sponge extension for Chrome makes it very easy and simple for you to find free audiobooks and save money from buying paid ones on Audible. All within clicks and scroll.

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8 Book Titles Showing On Netflix Now

Without a doubt, we love books, and, yes, Netflix too. Though there are other premium video subscriptions such as Amazon Prime, we are just comparing based on Netflix only. So we have rounded up some of our favorite Netflix shows and movies that are actually inspired by works of literature. Though not all shows are of the orginial plot, the gist of it remains the same. What we’ve found will probably surprise you—and maybe inspire you to pick up the original.

 

 

1. The Land of Steady Habits

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Do you feel trapped by the daily grind, the same old routine? Do you ever wish you could just leave it all behind and … do loads of drugs and generally sabotage your middle-class suburban life? Then you might relate to the main character of the film The Land of Steady Habits, released on Netflix in 2018.

This film, another dramedy, stars Ben Mendelsohn, Edie Falco, and Connie Britton of Friday Night Lights fame. It was directed by Nicole Holofcener and debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018. Continue reading 8 Book Titles Showing On Netflix Now

Amazon Audible: Enjoy 2 FREE downloads

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Sign up for a FREE account and you can download any 2 audio books for FREE. Plus you get to swap them whenever you want.

And that’s not the end after the FREE trial.

What do I get?

  • 30 days of membership free, plus 2 audiobooks and 2 Audible Originals to get you started.
  • After trial, you’ll get 3 titles each month: 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals of your choice.
  • Easy exchanges. Don’t like your audiobook? Swap it for free.
  • Cancel anytime, your audiobooks are yours to keep forever.

 

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Why read when you can listen? The luxury of a narrator reading the story to you, invoking the emotions, creating the scene and atmosphere for you. Listen to it while you are travelling on the subway or train where reading is simply not that convenient.

So sign up now while it is FREE! And what’s more? You get 2 free books of your choice!

 

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Only for Non-US citizens…

You will need a VPN installed on your computer, and buy books or sign up using your computer only.

The Amazon can detect your location through your computer IP address. By using a VPN, it will mimic your computer IP address into a US address (your computer location will display as United State instead of Singapore). The steps are quite easy, just refer to the following:

– Visit this link: Private Internet Access VPN, sign up is FREE for 7 days. You will get an unlimited data after signed up the account. If you are using it for 1 time, then go for the monthly option. This is cheaper and it is only $8+ per month.

Yet if you are using this just to buy Kindle books over 2 years or so, then go for the longer period for more cost savings. Furthermore, this VPN service can be used for other functions such as access other blocked sites in future.

Private Internet works on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices.

– After signing up the account, download the VPN software and install.
– Login and connect.

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Only by changing your IP address, Amazon will assume you are in the US or so. This helps to ease the geographical constraints.

Hope this free tip will be useful to you, fulfilling our mission to bridge readers to the world of knowledge and fantasy.

 

 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris

 

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Originally published: 11 January 2018
Page count: 288 pages (Paperback)
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 4, 2018)
Subjects: Romance/History
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062797158
ISBN-13: 978-0062797155
Product Dimensions: Kindle eBook / Audiobook

100 Word Book Review:

Based on a true story, a powerful evocation of everyday horrors of life as a concentration camp prisoner. In the worst circumstances, there is no excuse for pessimism. In the test of extremes, being positive is still a choice. And even in hell, love can be found. The unspoken horrors of what humans are capable of reveal the unbreakable strength of what the human body can endure, physically and emotionally. This illuminates humanity greatest strength: Hope. Towards the end even with liberation, there are myriad of aftereffects and scars that will be etched and cast forever in this lifetime, permanently.

 

Who should read:

What is true love? To answer this question, reading this book might be a good start to it. While it will not give the full complete answer to the question, it captures the essential fundamental definition of love. Anyone in mood to read a love story, this is a good short book that is based on actual events.

No doubt it is a positive ending, the book gives a comprehensive coverage after the story ends. In this way, readers get to know what happens after that. It somewhats give a closure, a full picture of what happens after in the real. Unlike other romance stories, this is the real love story that brings tears and smiles.

 

Who should NOT read:

Perhaps the survivors of concentration camps or anyone who is not in the mood for romance stories in rough times. Not forgetting the faint hearts who cannot stand reading the gruelsome human experiments in camps. It is horrifying and shocking, almost like reading the proof of a living hell. It is painful, and hard to accept that humans as sentinels, can bring themselves to perform such cruel acts according to one’s volition.

 

Takeaway points:

Love is simple, love is sweet. It is what one can do for the other, in good and bad times. Love is not fair, never fair, and it is not a transaction of this for that, or to have a partner at someone’s beck or call. It is an eternal promise to each other, to pamper and care mutually, to converse casually in daily events, to have mutual support and rapport even in the simplest thing that one does not agree at all.

Where can we find love? In all places, in all ways. Which in this case, it is in the concentration camp, where it is almost the last place where love can be found. Yet, Lale and Gita proved us wrong. Love was found.

Personally, I really love this book, and I am glad that I picked this title. It reminded of my happier days. A good and easy book to read when I was travelling alone.

 

About the Author

Heather Morris is an Australian writer and social work administrator. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US.

In 2003, Heather was introduced to an elderly man who ‘might just have a story worth telling’. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives, as their friendship grew and he embarked on a journey on self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote Lale’s story as a screenplay – which ranked high in international competitions – before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Are ebooks Really Cheaper Now?

Many eBooks are cheaper than paperbacks & many are free to download. Look at the economics of the system & you’ll see the price inefficiencies woven throughout the pricing mechanism.

Here are some very important consequences of the internet & eBooks:

1) The publisher’s old standby of the no, or very little, royalty cost book business has been devastated by the existence of sites like Project Gutenberg. Now, instead of buying a copy of Plato’s Dialogs in paperback format, just download it for free at the Plato page on gutenberg.org!

2) Downloaded eBooks have a moderately high cost of creation, but a near zero cost of distribution. The distribution expenses of server storage & electronic marketplace are a high barrier of entry, but ultimately amortize over millions of downloaded eBooks.

3) There is an ongoing fight over the pricing of eBook versions of Best Seller books.

See Amazon.com: The Battle of $9.99, How Apple, Amazon, and the Big Six Publishers Changed the E-Book Business Overnight (Kindle Single) eBook. A $0.99 eBook on a part of this war!

4) The fact that places like Amazon, Barns & Noble, and others have “Discount Books of the Day/Month” and other pricing schemes & the eBook pricing bounces all over the map as the sellers attempt to maximize sales & profits. (Think airplane seats & the idea of “Yield Management” and you should get the picture.)

Even so, over the years a lot of things have changed the industry, the publishers and ultimately the end users: readers.

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So to answer the question, “Are ebooks really cheaper now?”, you have to read our earlier article here: Why Are E-books More Expensive Than Printed Books? 

Yet bear in mind, that article was written and compiled in 2013.

In recent years, it is relatively cheaper. And to make things easier to compare, I will list it in points.

  1. Read Amazon books for FREE
  2. How to Buy Kindle Books For Those Living Outside US
  3. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited (Unlimited ebooks, apps and TV programs for kids)

And lastly not forgetting, we have FREE book swaps in Singapore.

So on an ending note, e-books might be cheaper. It depends on where you are getting it from and if you have the promo links to get the better, cheaper rates for your reading pleasure.

 

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How To Book Swap in Singapore?

To book swap means you exchange book or books with another person. In other words, it will be Book A to be swap with Book B. That simple.

If you want your books back, that will be called a swap back, and you should indicate your preference from the start.

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Before you start, you will need to have the followings:

  1. Telegram app (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, etc..) No? Then download from:
    iPhone: https://telegram.org/dl/ios
    Android: https://telegram.org/dl/android
    or web version: https://web.telegram.org
  2. Some books to swap or swapback. Duh.

 

 

Once ready, do the following:

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Step 1: https://t.me/booksavenuebookswapsg
Or you can look for the BooksAvenue Bookswap Group @booksavenuebookswapsg

Step 2: Share the books you would like to swap. This can be done by taking a picture, or to literally list out the books you would like to swap.

Step 3: Indicate your preferences, such as what books you are looking for to swap, whether to swap back and etc.

Once there is a match, you may contact the interested party directly to swap your books.

 

There you go. Volia. No fees, no service charge or whatsoever. All arrangements are done at your convenience.

Be sure to SHARE the Telegram group with MORE readers. This increases your chance to get more book swaps too!

 

Please note, BooksAvenue staffs will not ask for any fees or whatnots. Do report to us if there is any of such abnormality.

It is a FREE and SOCIAL group to promote reading by readers for readers.

 

 

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If you do not like to book swap, and would prefer to read FREE ebooks, click here: https://booksavenue.co/2019/05/02/read-amazon-books-for-free/

 

 

FREE eBook: Tea with Crypto Shakers: A 17 Years Old Crypto-Investing Prodigy in Conversation with Crypto Shakers Kindle Edition

 

Tea with Crypto Shakers is a book on how to get prepared for the upcoming cryptocurrency market by getting into the minds of Crypto Shakers about how they think and what they are working on to capitalize on this upcoming opportunity that the blockchain technology promises.

Here the list of Crypto Shakers that Shawn managed to team up with

– Roger Ver
– Timothy Draper
– Sherman Lee
– Chris Long
– Warren Seah
– Lex Na
– Hong QiYu
– Sen Ze
– Malcolm Tan
– Max Ng
– Kathryn Hew

Now, with this book, watch 17-year-old Shawn who has achieved success in early age with cryptocurrencies, has interviewed and team up with a group of crypto shakers to provide you their insights into cryptocurrencies.

Here some insights you are going to learn about the crypto shakers
– How they got started into the crypto space
– What are they working on
– How are they preparing for the blockchain revolution?
– What’s their advice to a 17-year-old if they can turn back time and transform to their 17-year-old self, how will they get prepared for the upcoming blockchain revolution

Yes, this is going to take determination and hard work with any new disruptive technology, but once you have received the new perspectives from these successful crypto entrepreneurs, it’s going to make you see cryptocurrencies in a whole new way.

 

Now with BooksAvenue, how can you get this book for free?

 
Step 1: Sign up for a free Amazon Account to access the app for unlimited reads on cryptocurrency trading: https://amzn.to/2Vxv9jQ

Step 2– Download his book for free with this link. It should appear automatically in your Kindle App, after you click to buy at $0.00. https://amzn.to/2VW4MDD

Step 3– You will receive an email from Amazon with download instruction too.

If you enjoy this ebook, please give him a five stars review. He’s a young trader who gives refreshing perspectives. Let’s support him!

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