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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:21 pm

In today's haul of free kindle books,I noticed something peculiar. Twice.

The following pairs of books have what appear to be identical cover images, even though the titles and authors are different.

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If you click on an image it will take you to the amazon product page for that book. If you then click on the author link, there is no author information, and each of the four authors have only that one book listed.

All four seem to have some other things in common:
  • same exact publication date, July 3, 2017
  • no publisher is listed
  • available only as an ebook
  • same genre "interacial fantasy"
And of course all four are free today, which is how I came to acquire them in the first place.

That's as far as I've gone with this mystery. What's that saying about minds that are easily amused? :dunno: :reading:

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:57 pm

You expect original cover art? :lmao:
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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:59 pm

May I take it that you are bored now that you have finished reading your "interacial fantasy" novels? :BigGrin3:
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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:21 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:May I take it that you are bored now that you have finished reading your "interacial fantasy" novels? :BigGrin3:
Sheesh, I'm not so bored I would consider reading that stuff. I got too many other books already on my to-read list.

I just collect whatever's free. I'm not real picky about content. They're good for data mining, though. Let the computer read the damn things.

In fact since I rarely ever look at the contents, judging a book by its cover is the only thing I can do. :P

In some ways it's a lot like collecting postage stamps. Sometimes they come in sets and they look cool. Other times, maybe not so much.

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:20 pm

xouper wrote:I got too many other books already on my to-read list.
Like this one I'm currently reading:

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Which isn't currently free on amazon, and likely never will be. Instead, I borrowed it from the library.

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:46 am

xouper wrote:In fact since I rarely ever look at the contents, judging a book by its cover is the only thing I can do. :P

In some ways it's a lot like collecting postage stamps. Sometimes they come in sets and they look cool. Other times, maybe not so much.
For example, this set has (somewhat) interesting cover art:

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The Starlight Chronicles (7 Book Series) by C. S. Johnson
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06ZYSK7MG/


Back in December I bought #2 and #4 (when they were free of course).

Then in February I bought #5 and #6, and in March I got #7 (each one free at the time).

And then today I got #1 and #3 to complete the set.

So that's what a hobby is for, being patient and collecting the entire set as each volume becomes free.

In fact today, I completed three other sets, though maybe not as interesting to look at as the set above.

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:00 am

Yesterday, this kindle book was free, so I bought it:

Grit (King's Harlots MC Book 1)
by J.M. Walker

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D7Y1FEK/

Obviously it is book one of a series.

A series of three books . . . or so it says on the product page.

However, if you look real close, the third book is titled:

Rude (King's Harlots MC Book 4).

:shock:

The three book series shows books 1, 2, and 4. So what happened to book 3?

Here it is:

Grim (King's Harlots MC Book 3)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7B72EG/

And yet that product page does not show the series it is part of.

Anyway, I now have books 1 and 3, and do not yet have books 2 and 4, of this set:

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:10 am

xouper wrote:
Abdul Alhazred wrote:May I take it that you are bored now that you have finished reading your "interacial fantasy" novels? :BigGrin3:
Sheesh, I'm not so bored I would consider reading that stuff. I got too many other books already on my to-read list.

I just collect whatever's free. I'm not real picky about content. They're good for data mining, though. Let the computer read the damn things.

. . .
I just had a thought (having just read some articles about Artificial Intelligence), what if someone could develop an AI that could evaluate and review fiction? It would then be easy enough for a single program to rate and compare thousands of new books on a regular basis and have some sort of consistency (and perhaps some objectivity) in the ratings.

Or maybe not.

One problem I foresee with using my collection as a database is that it doesn't contain a truly representative sampling of authors. That is to say, my collection seems to have an under-abundance of best-selling authors.

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https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... s-calling/

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by gnome » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:56 pm

xouper wrote:
I just had a thought (having just read some articles about Artificial Intelligence), what if someone could develop an AI that could evaluate and review fiction? It would then be easy enough for a single program to rate and compare thousands of new books on a regular basis and have some sort of consistency (and perhaps some objectivity) in the ratings.
It will be used to rate commercial viability before it will be used to rate actual literary quality :)
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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:04 pm

Here's another puzzle that makes this hobby more "interesting".

Sometimes two books by the same author will have different links to the author's page, one of them might link to the author by ID number and the other uses the author's name.

Example, given these two book product pages:

book #54: https://www.amazon.com/book54/dp/B0744YJ344/
book #51: https://www.amazon.com/book51/dp/B0731RQCT8/

Those are two books from the same series by the same author.

The author link in book #51 uses the author ID and book #54 does not.

Here are the author links from the above two product pages:

by name, book #54: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_ ... evancerank

by ID, book #51: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Gillard/e/ ... t_ebooks_1

The consequence is that book #54 does not show up when you click the author link by ID.

Or do a manual search:

Type "B01D23TXMM" in the search box for the kindle store and the results will not include book #54.

But of you type "Susan Gillard" in the search box for the kindle store, the results will include book #54.

I never noticed until today that amazon has this defect. It is yet another example of how amazon's search function is broken and unreliable.

In this case, the fault may lie with the author for not ensuring that her newest book has the correct author link. However, I predict it will be corrected by this time next week. Perhaps that is a deliberate strategy by the author. In which case, :Scratch4:

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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by gnome » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:07 pm

Are the contents different?
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Re: Free kindle ebooks

Post by xouper » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:14 pm

gnome wrote:
xouper wrote:
I just had a thought (having just read some articles about Artificial Intelligence), what if someone could develop an AI that could evaluate and review fiction? It would then be easy enough for a single program to rate and compare thousands of new books on a regular basis and have some sort of consistency (and perhaps some objectivity) in the ratings.
It will be used to rate commercial viability before it will be used to rate actual literary quality :)
Good point.

If it is used that way, then it might behoove the developers to guard against a feedback loop that rewards self-fulfilling prophesies.

Reminds me of a book I read last year:

Weapons of Math Destruction — by Cathy O’Neil

http://time.com/4477557/big-data-biases/
. . . Her work makes particularly disturbing points about how being on the wrong side of an algorithmic decision can snowball in incredibly destructive ways . . .

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Post by xouper » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:16 pm

gnome wrote:Are the contents different?
I'm not sure I understand your question. Can you be more specific?

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Post by gnome » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:45 pm

For those books that have identical covers, same genre, and little author info: is the text of the books actually different, or is it the same book under different titles?
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gnome wrote:For those books that have identical covers, same genre, and little author info: is the text of the books actually different, or is it the same book under different titles?
Good question. I did not think to look until you asked. For the first two books, here are the table of contents:
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Table of Contents

BOOK 1: THE INTER-GALACTIC LOVE (ALIEN GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 2: THE CURSE TRILOGY (GAY SHAPESHIFTER)
BOOK 3: SATURN’S CHILDREN (ALIEN ROMANCE)
BOOK 4: THE COMPLETE CIRCLE (ALIEN ROMANCE)
BOOK 5: THE OTHER WOMAN (BWWM ROMANCE)
BOOK 6: THE OUTLANDISH (ALIEN ROMANCE)
BOOK 7: THE ARTIST’S KISS (BILLIONAIRE ROMANCE)
BOOK 8: THE SEXY OFFICE ROMANCE (GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 9: ONE NIGHT AT THE PUB (GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 10: THE SECOND CHANCE (GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 11: LOVING UNDER THE STARS (LESBIAN ROMANCE)
BOOK 12: COMING OUT (LESBIAN ROMANCE)
BOOK 13: THE DROWNING THAT SAVED ME (LESBIAN ROMANCE)
BOOK 14: THE RIDE (MILITARY ROMANCE)
BOOK 15: LOVER AVENGED (MILITARY ROMANCE)
BOOK 16: THE NEW CHAPTER (MILITARY ROMANCE)
BOOK 17: DECEPTION (REGENCY ROMANCE)
BOOK 18: COMING HOME (WESTERN ROMANCE)
BOOK 19: ONE NIGHT AT THE RANCH (WESTERN ROMANCE)
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Table of Contents

BOOK 1: THE CURSE TRILOGY (GAY SHAPESHIFTER)
BOOK 2: THE INTER-GALACTIC LOVE (ALIEN GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 3: THE OTHER WOMAN (BWWM ROMANCE)
BOOK 4: SATURN’S CHILDREN (ALIEN ROMANCE)
BOOK 5: THE COMPLETE CIRCLE (ALIEN ROMANCE)
BOOK 6: THE ARTIST’S KISS (BILLIONAIRE ROMANCE)
BOOK 7: THE SEXY OFFICE ROMANCE (GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 8: ONE NIGHT AT THE PUB (GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 9: GOOD ENOUGH (GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 10: THE SECOND CHANCE (GAY ROMANCE)
BOOK 11: LOVING UNDER THE STARS (LESBIAN ROMANCE)
BOOK 12: COMING OUT (LESBIAN ROMANCE)
BOOK 13: THE DROWNING THAT SAVED ME (LESBIAN ROMANCE)
BOOK 14: THE RIDE (MILITARY ROMANCE)
BOOK 15: LOVER AVENGED (MILITARY ROMANCE)
BOOK 16: THE NEW CHAPTER (MILITARY ROMANCE)
BOOK 17: DECEPTION (REGENCY ROMANCE)
BOOK 18: COMING HOME (WESTERN ROMANCE)
BOOK 19: ONE NIGHT AT THE RANCH (WESTERN ROMANCE)
It appears they are collections of short stories, one per chapter.

Chapters 10 through 19 appear to be the same in both books. I only spot checked some of the paragraphs, so there could be differences I suppose. If I were truly motivated, I could convert them from kindle format to text format and do a document compare.

The other chapters appear to be the same stories but in a different chapter order.

Except each book has one chapter that is not in the other book:

In Flavor of the Week: BOOK 6: THE OUTLANDISH (ALIEN ROMANCE)
In Set Up: BOOK 9: GOOD ENOUGH (GAY ROMANCE)

I did not check the other pair of books (The Stranger vs Don't Arrest Me).

I'm glad I didn't pay good money for them. It might be interesting to read some of the reviews, assuming there are any. Except all four books have gone missing from amazon. Good thing I archived the original product pages on my hard drive.

Wait, I found them. All four are still there on amazon but using different ASINs. All four have a new publishing date of July 24, 2017, and they are priced at $0.99. Same covers, same titles, and same authors. Probably same content, although I have no way to verify that unless they become free some day (they're on my watch list).

Fascinating.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:01 pm

Amazon authors can provide their own cover art if they want to go to the trouble (as "Elbow Jobertski" did).

But I expect Amazon also presents authors with a gallery of cover art to choose from, perhaps broken down by genre.
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Post by xouper » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:13 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Amazon authors can provide their own cover art if they want to go to the trouble (as "Elbow Jobertski" did).

But I expect Amazon also presents authors with a gallery of cover art to choose from, perhaps broken down by genre.
This one?

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https://www.amazon.com/Elbow-Jobertski/ ... dp_epwbk_0

Looks like a generic amazon cover to me.

Fuck, I didn't know he published a book. That one's worth buying. And I'll keep it separate from my collection of free kindle books.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:36 pm

That's not the cover art I recall, but what I said in general still goes.
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