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Amazon offers 99cent Kindle games for a limited time

first_imgAmazon’s best-selling product of all time, the Kindle, is now offering its best-selling games for only 99 cents from now until March 27.There are 12 games available in this promotion. The “customer favorite” picks include Scrabble, Chess, Sudoku Unbound, Solitaire, Mahjong Solitaire, Texas Hold ‘Em, New York Times Crossword Puzzles (two sets of “easy” and two sets of “challenging” puzzles), Hangman for Kids, and Triple Town. You’re not going to be playing Angry Birds on your Kindle (yet?). Most of the games are pretty dumbed down due to the Kindle’s monochrome E Ink display.It’s been less than a year since Amazon launched Kindle games. Shortly after releasing the Kindle Development Kit, Amazon launched Kindle games in August 2010. The first premium app was Scrabble, which was released in late September 2010.According to PCMag.com, software developers receive 70 percent of the revenues. That means they get a whole 69.3 cents out of this deal.You should jump on this price now though, because according to the Wall Street Journal, big-box retailers, like Walmart and Target, are joining a campaign to get Amazon to charge sales tax in hopes that it could help the budget crisis that’s largely effecting the U.S. The stores are backing a coalition — Alliance for Mainstreet Fairness — that asks politicians to change sales-tax laws in more than a dozen states, including Texas and California. Until recently, the group has been mostly associated with mom-and-pop shops who think its an unfair advantage for Internet retailers to not be required to collect sales tax. Best Buy and Home Depot are also said to be joining the fight.The law says that only companies that have a physical presence in a state must charge sales taxes. But, because Seattle-based Amazon.com is an online retailer, it doesn’t have to collect sales tax in most states. Right now, Amazon only charges sales tax fees in Kansas, Kentucky, North Dakota, Washington, and New York.Read more at Amazon, the Wall Street Journal, and PCMag.comlast_img read more