If there's anything better than free money, it's a good deal on a new book. (Well, for some of us.)
Today, some Kindle users have been blessed with the bonus of free money to spend on new books: as a result of a settlement by publishers in an ongoing anti-trust case, customers who bought qualifying books have had refunds of between $0.73 and $3.93 deposited in their Amazon accounts.
So what to do with all that dough? Here are a few ideas:
For the Marshmallow who can't get enough: The first novel in a Veronica Mars tie-in series, titled The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, is out today. Series creator Rob Thomas is one of the authors of this mystery, in which Veronica investigates the case of a girl who disappears while on spring break in Neptune.
For the sports fan: Mark the beginning of baseball season with Kostya Kennedy's Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, which was released earlier this month and takes on one of the sport's most enduring questions. Should the great player, out of baseball's good graces due to gambling, be forgiven?
For the person who can't wait to find out what happens: Saw Divergent in theaters over the weekend? Can't wait for Game of Thrones to come back on April 6? Generally impatient about plot developments? Read ahead with the complete sets of Veronica Roth's Divergent series and George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. (This is actually eight books total, but we'll count it as two.)
For your Lean In circle: Out today, Thrive by Arianna Huffington is the latest addition to the work-life-balance genre. Huffington focuses on teaching readers to make sure that the pursuits of money and power don't prevent achieving the personal success that's just as important to someone climbing the career ladder.
For the news hound: Get a deeper understanding of some of today's thorniest issues by pre-ordering one of these newsworthy tomes: Michael Lewis' new book about Wall Street, Flash Boys, out next week; Glenn Greenwald's book about Edward Snowden, No Place to Hide, which is due in May; or Serhii Plokhy's The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union, also due in May, which promises to put recent events in Crimea into context.
For the literary laggard: If you're yet to read Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, now's your chance. One of last year's most acclaimed novels, it's Kindle-friendly — read: heavy — and a book-club must.
And haven't you heard? We're all in book clubs now. So, with the three dollars you saved, you can buy more cheese — which is the only thing better a good deal on a book.