eBook: 344-page eBook on Music and The Brain for $2 [limited time]

If you are interested in the scientific connection between music and the brain, for a limited time, Amazon is offering the Kindle ebook version of Daniel Levitin “This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession” for $2. This is a 344-page ebook that as of the time of writing averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 700+ ratings.

I just bought it but I can’t read it fast enough for a quick review 🙂 It has been added to my “book review list”, right below the Schiit Audio story 🙂

Friday: Neil Young’s “To Feel the Music (a songwriter mission to save high quality audio)” for $3

Good until Friday 3/13/20 at 11:59pm pacific time, Neil Young and Phil Baker’s “To Feel the Music” Kindle ebook is one of their deals du jour going for $3. This is a 270 page ebook published in September 2019. It talks about high-quality audio in the digital age with the Pono story as a backbone.

I just purchased the book after going through the Kindle sample (it includes the various intros/prologues and the first couple of chapters) and will be reading it. I will be taking notes and if I have enough notes and things that merit discussion, I will be writing about it on the content-side of this website. In the Kindle Sample, Phil Baker did a good explaining in simple terms to the “common people” digital audio. Although I may take some technical issue with the pixel analogy but again the point is to make this accessible to the average Joe who’s listening to 28Kbps YouTube video music through a $10 half-working earbud 🙂

Wedn (ebook): David Byrne’s How Music Works for $2

Good until Wednesday 12/4/19 at 11:59pm pacific, one of Amazon’s Kindle daily deals is David Byrne’s (yes, the Talking Head one) ebook “How Music Works” going for $2. It averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 260+ customer ratings. It is nearly 400 pages long…

Used 2007 Book on Import/Export market of Audio parts for $7

In addition to headphone-related stuff, I occasionally post random “deep cut” type of audio-related products. This is one of those “occasionally” times. Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) has a used copy of the book with the railroad title of “The 2007 Import and Export Market for Parts for Audio-Frequency Electric Amplifiers, Microphones, Loudspeakers, Headphones, Earphones, and Combined Microphone-Speaker Sets in United States” for $7 and it is Prime eligible, so if you are a Prime member, shipping is free as usual as AWD actual is the seller

Used Book: 2007 Audio Parts Import/Export for $9

This is the definition of a very deep cut 🙂 If you happen to be looking for a copy of the 2007 book “Import and Export Market for Parts for Audio-Frequency Electric Amplifiers, Microphones, Loudspeakers, Headphones, Earphones, and Combined Microphone-Speaker Sets in United States”, you are in luck! A copy is available in “Used – Acceptable” condition for $9~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The note says that “associated media” may not be included. In new condition, this 94-page printed book by Philip M. Parker and published by the ICON Group goes for $188…

PWYW ($1 minimum): “Manga Guide to Electricity” (DRM-Free)

If you are interested in the more technical aspects of DACs and AMPs and DAPs, impedance matching and other audio related technobabble, or want to a better understanding of the NwAvGuy detailed blogs, but find all the electricity talk intimidating, then how about this?

With a donation of $1 or more, the MakerSpace Humble Bundle includes the DRM-free e-book “The Manga Guide to Electricity”, a 224-page manga-style e-book that explains many things electricity in simple and fun ways. As if you are reading a manga (comic book). By Kazuhiro Fujitaki, Matsuda, and Trend-pro Co, Ltd.

I just purchased this and e-flipped through it, it is pretty good! You get a PDF and an ePUB version, both are DRM-free so you can read them with any device and app you like. You can download both, you don’t have to pick between PDF and ePUB.

The publisher has posted updates on the book, there are three corrections listed.

Better yet, you can randomly dive inside the book using the Amazon “Look Inside” feature on the Print Book page. Keep scrolling to see more and more of the book. This is better than a Kindle sample, because the Kindle sample only shows the beginning of the book.

This averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 42 customer reviews at Amazon.

This Humble Bundle offer expires on 4/9/18 at 2pm eastern. A minimum $1 donation also gets you five other e-books and a sample from “No Starch” (the publisher). You can donate as much as you like. There are additional tiers with additional ebooks added to the bundle.

eBook: “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk” for $2

If you like reading about music, the Kindle e-book version of the “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk” book by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain is on sale for $1.99 at amazon.com. Only the Kindle version is on sale like this. It has 448 pages, and averages 4.6 out of 5 based on nearly 300 customer reviews.

[DEAD] Thursday: Music eTextbook Sale (two options)

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$2 eBook: “Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal”

If you are interested in heavy metal music, there is a deal at the moment at Amazon, you can get the Kindle edition of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal for $2. This has 768 pages, and is written oral-history style. It averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 90+ customer reviews.

You can check the Kindle sample and the “Look Inside” feature of the Paperback to get a pretty good feel for it. The Kindle sample shows the first few pages, while the “Look Inside” allows you to jump around the book.

Hardcover Book: The Technology of Binaural Listening for $106

And now some lightweight reading 🙂 The 511-page “The Technology of Binaural Listening (Modern Acoustics and Signal Processing)” (March 2013) in hardcover is on sale for $106~ by Amazon actual. A couple of sub-90% marketplace sellers have it for under $100 shipped, but they are not Prime eligible. The sale is such that the used prices are higher than the new condition prices. The hardcover is lower than the Kindle even.

There are two ways to look inside at the above Amazon page. The Kindle sample shows the first paper of the book (“Introduction to Binaural Processing”), while the “Look Inside” on the hardcover shows random pages throughout the book. The combination of the two can help you get a pretty good feel on whether this is something you’d be interested in.

A total of 18 research papers are included. This is not a consumer-facing book.

eBook: “Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time” by Rob Sheffield for $2

And now a music ebook is on sale, the 240-pager “Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time” by music writer Rob Sheffield is on sale for $2 for the Amazon Kindle.

But if you find emotions and feelings talk schiity, well, here’s another ebook on sale, Schiit Happened: The Story of the World’s Most Improbable Start-Up for $3.82, written by the two co-founders. This is a 383-pager. You can get a feel for it by looking at their various forum posts about the company at the head-fi forums.

Textbook: “The Technology of Binaural Listening” for $121

This surfaced while doing headphone-immersion at the Amazon website, the hardcover edition of the 2013 book “The Technology of Binaural Listening” (Modern Acoustics and Signal Processing) by Jens Blauert is going for $121~ with free shipping by Amazon actual. It is “temporarily out of stock” but if you like the price, buying it locks the price.

You can get a feel for the book by doing a “Look Inside” on the hardcover page (this allows you to jump all over the book), and you can also get a Kindle sample. The Kindle sample is always the first few pages of a book, so check both to get a better feel for it.

eBook: “Schiit Happened: The Story of the World’s Most Improbable Start-Up” for $3.82

Not a lot of dedicated books are out there about headphone-related matters, but if you are interested in reading about the story of Schiit Audio (the company), directly from its two co-founders, their 383-page e-book “Schiit Happened: The Story of the World’s Most Improbable Start-Up” is on sale for $3.82 for the Amazon Kindle.

Book: “All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release”

This is a two-parter. On-going is a sale for $2 of the Kindle e-book version of “All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release” by Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon. NOTE however that the e-book DOES NOT have the pictures. The hardcover is a fully illustrated book, but the Kindle e-book has the text only, not the pictures. It is 672 pages. The ebook is good for reading and searching and quickly referencing the text but not the visual/pictures.

However, the hardcover edition will be a lightning deal on Tuesday starting at 7pm ET at Amazon. The price before the sale is $35 for the hardcover.

[DEAD] Ends Tue 3am ET: $10 off purchases of $25+ in print books

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I kept forgetting to post this, but it’s better late than never I guess. Sound and audio books are not discounted as frequently as other books, which makes this a good opportunity, coupon code HOLIDAYBOOK gets you $10 off purchases (not rentals) of $25 or more in new condition printed books sold by Amazon actual. Books sold by marketplace sellers or “fulfilled by Amazon” are not eligible. Amazon proper must be the seller. The offer expires at 3am eastern on Tuesday 11/29/16 [updated]. The coupon works on all books, not just sound/audio books.

Free 36-page ebook: “Music Science” from O’Reilly

If you are also interested in the music industry way of things, O’Reilly Books have a free 36-page e-book. All you have to do is enter your name and email address to get it (this even if you are logged on to your O’Reilly account). The e-book is “Music Science” by Alistair Croll (September 2015) and is available DRM-free in ePUB, Mobi and PDF (you can download all of them). They even have direct buttons to save them to Google Drive. (this looks to be a chapter from an upcoming book?)

Here’s the table of contents:


Since we are talking O’Reilly, coupon code DRM2016 gets you 50% to 60% off e-books on their website until 5/4/16 at 8am Eastern time. Coupon only works for e-books.

$5 Used book: “Introductory Guide to High-Performance Audio Systems” by Robert Harley

If you are a Prime member (or planning to place a bigger order that would qualify you for free shipping), you can get the book “Introductory Guide to High-Performance Audio Systems” by Robert Harley (2007, paperback) in “Used – Acceptable” condition for just under $5 and eligible for 2-Day Prime shipping because it is fulfilled by Amazon. This is the shorter “Intro” book, not to be confused with the 500+ page book that is “Complete Guide…” by the same author. This particular “Intro” one averages 4.2 out of 5 based on 26 customer reviews.

Used “Complete Guide to High-End Audio” Book for $4 shipped [2004 edition]

If you are a book completist, the 2004 edition of the “The Complete Guide to High-End Audio” paperback book by Robert Harley is available in Used Condition for $4 (with shipping included) by various sellers through Amazon.

Please note this particular edition of this book was published in April 2004, it was the 3rd edition, and has 640 pages. Since then, there was a 2010 edition and that was followed by the 2015 edition. The newer versions go for a lot more. So the 2004 edition is perhaps more of historical interest or for comparison between different eras.

eBook: The story behind Schiit Audio for $5

If you want to find out how Schiit Audio came to be, the two cofounders wrote a 383 page book chronicling their adventures. This book is currently on sale in e-book format for the Kindle for $5. The paperback goes for $15, so you can save big by doing digital. It averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 9 customer reviews, none lower than the 3-stars. So no one found the book …schiiity [sorry, I couldn’t resist!]. The ebook can also be loaned to other Amazon users using the Kindle system infrastructure.

$5 eBook: “Schiit Happened: The Story of the World’s Most Improbable Start-Up”

Schiit Audio has generated a lot of excitement among some audiophiles, and now you can learn more about how it all began. The two co-founders Jason Stoddard and Mike Moffat published their story in the 383-page “Schiit Happened: The Story of the World’s Most Improbable Start-Up” book (June 7, 2015 publication). The Kindle version is currently on sale for $5, while the paperback goes for $15. If you have any Amazon digital credits (eg Prime members slow-shipping) you can pay even less out of pocket for the $5 e-book. The book averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 7 customer reviews.

Audio Annual 2014: The Definitive Audiophile Reference for $4.59

If you like shiny glossy pictures of mostly high end audio gear, you can get the “Audio Annual 2014: The Definitive Audiophile Reference” book (it’s like a thicker glossier magazine) by the Thalakoturs for $4.59 at fulfilled by Amazon. This is new condition, comes sealed. Free 2-day shipping for Prime members. Non-members need a $35+ order for free shipping. This averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 8 customer reviews. Keep in mind, this is the 2014 edition, so it won’t have some of the recent models. Headphones are only one of the many subsections.

[DEAD] Monday: “The Mind’s Ear: Exercises for Improving the Musical Imagination for Performers, Composers, and Listeners” e-book for $2

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[DEAD] Free ebook for limited time: Record Collecting in the Digital age by John Silke

As of 5/11/15, the limited time $0 purchase promotion expired at amazon.com, but the ebook “Record Collecting in the Digital age” (59 pages, November 2013) by John Silke is part of the Kindle Unlimited subscription (a Netflix-style $10 per month e-book subscription service).