A Grimm Companion

Free Today on Amazon and iTunes

I am a big fan of the NBC television show, “Grimm,” so I was delighted to find a companion book available for free. The edition on Amazon is only available for the Kindle Fire, Kindle Cloud Reader, and the Kindle app for the iPad and Android. I have an iPad, so woo-hoo! I downloaded it and happily fired up my tablet.

What a disappointment. It looked like crap. No interactivity and lots of blank pages. No wonder it had so many 1 star reviews. I looked at the those reviews and one reviewer recommended downloading the book from iTunes.

I went to iTunes and found the book there for free, so I downloaded it. So glad I did! It looks beautiful and has all kinds of interactive features. If you are a “Grimm” fan, you will want this book.

If you have a Kindle Fire, you will probably want to try downloading it from Amazon first. I don’t know about the Android, but it’s certainly worth a try.

Grimm

Grimm: The Essential Guide is here! Download this free interactive eBook and let the NBC hit drama series Grimm, inspired by the Grimm brothers’ fairy tales, come alive!

  • Learn about Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt and the rest of the characters on Grimm.
  • Enter Aunt Marie’s Trailer and view her mysterious artifacts.
  • Read the pages from the family journal passed down by generations of Grimms.
  • Navigate through the Creature Gallery.
  • See behind-the-scenes photos from the filming of the television series.
  • Be one of the first to see the terrifying new creature, Mauvais Dentes.
  • Meet the cast and so much more!

iTunes Version

Amazon Version

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Disclaimers and Disclosures

I found this book via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store and iTunes. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.

Free books are usually limited time offers and there is no guarantee this book in either format will still be free when you click on the links. Grab it sooner rather than later.

A Slew of New Kindles

To Buy or Not to Buy

Today, Amazon announced it is releasing a whopping seven new versions of the Kindle and the Kindle Fire. I’m guessing this is an attempt to steal Apple’s thunder before the announcement of the new iPhone. If so, well played, because those who love and/or lust after tablets and eReaders will certainly take notice.

You can read more about it in this article from the LA Times, including these important details:

Amazon’s seven new devices are a cheaper Kindle e-reader for $69; two versions of its new front-lighted Paperwhite e-reader; an upgraded Kindle Fire tablet for $159; and three HD Kindle Fires: a 7-inch Wi-Fi version, an 8.9-inch Wi-Fi version and an 8.9-inch 4G model. Prices for these HD models range from $199 to $599. Paperwhite, which comes in $119 and $179 versions, features a higher resolution, up to eight weeks of battery life and a slimmer design. The Kindle Fire HD family features 25% less glare, dual antennas for faster Wi-Fi and a front-facing HD camera.

You can also read the CNET reviews of these new products:

I have to say, I was mighty mighty tempted by the Paperwhite. If you look at the specs on Amazon, the resolution of the Paperwhite seems much superior to the Touch. The built in light means no more turning on lamps or opening blinds so I can read.

However, a couple of things have put me off. The Kindle Touch holds up to 3,000 books. The Paperwhite holds up to 1,100 books. That’s a significant difference. The Touch also has a nifty audio function that can play audio books and even read your book to you in a robotic voice. I haven’t used it much, but I like that it’s there. It makes for less juggling between devices.

The deal breaker for me, though, remains the screen. I bought a Touch because I didn’t want a backlit or frontlit screen. I get tired of sitting in front of a computer all day. I was attracted to a device that was very much like reading a book. With a book, you do need to turn on a light or open the blinds. No big whoop.

Sadly, the Touch has been discontinued. However, a six-inch button-controlled Kindle with the unlit screen is available at a nice price, starting at $69, and a keyboard Kindle is still available as well.

You can see the new line-up of Kindles eReaders and tablets here.