KSO owners: Get a Kindle Book from a List of Thousands for $1

KSO owners:  Get a Kindle Book from a List of Thousands for $1

There is one of those great offers for Kindle owners who have  Kindle with Special Offers going on right now.

You can select one book out of a specific list of thousands for $1.

I think there are a lot of great possibilities this time, and I’m going to suggest some. For those of you who don’t have a KSO on your account, I think you’ll still find the post interesting…you may not have realized these books were available for the Kindle, and may want to pay more than a dollar for some. :)

Our interactions with the Special Offers have changed in my house, since I now have a Mindle (the $79 in the USA Kindle with Special Offers).

It used to be that just my Significant Other in our household had a Kindle with Special Offers…and for those of you who worry that the ads could be intrusive, well, my SO never even noticed them. :) Part of that was that my SO rarely turns on the wireless, so they don’t change as much.

If you have a KSO, you can check what the current Special Offers (I know, it’s weird that Special Offer and Significant Other are the same abbreviation) are by doing

Home-Menu-View Special Offers

You need to request this one by October 27 (this Thursday), and then you have a month to pick one.

More Details

By the way, we can thankful to Open Road Media for some of the books on this list. They do not use the Agency Model, so Amazon is able to discount their books to give us special like this…and they have some great books!

One more interesting thing until I started listing some notable books in the list.

This offer is being sponsored by the movie Anonymous. I have to say, the fact that is was sponsored by Anonymous threw me on the website…it didn’t say “by the movie Anonymous”, and I thought we might have had an unknown benefactor to thank. :) That doesn’t say much for that part of the advertising…but I do have an advert for Anonymous the movie on my Homescreen (just in that little spot where we usually see one).

This also is a good example of why Special Offers aren’t available around the world (yet).

The movie opens in the USA, US, Canada, and some other markets on Friday (the day after the ad will probably stop appearing on our Kindles, since we can’t redeem it after the 27th). So, Columbia gets their money’s worth out of sponsoring the Special Offer in the USA, presumably. But if you are in France, the movie doesn’t open until December…which wouldn’t make the ad much of a driver for the box office for that market. Different companies are also distributing the movie in different countries, and that might also have an impact on who sponsored the offer.

Now, on to

The List (all books do not have text-to-speech access blocked)

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
by Carson McCullers
published by Houghton Mifflin
size: 188KB (160 pages)
categories: literary fiction; short stories
$6.15 without Special Offer at time of writing

Carson McCullers is known for her literature of loneliness. Among her other works are The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Member of the Wedding (both of which, along with Ballad, have been made into movies).

This is the one we got…I was a little concerned that this was just the title novella, but I checked, and it is the short story collection.

Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It
by Karl Weber
published by Public Affairs
size: 662KB
categories: nonfiction; nutrition
$8.52 without Special Offer at time of writing

This book is a companion to an Oscar-nominated documentary.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
by Richard and Florence Atwater, illustrated by Robert Lawson
published by Open Road Media
size: 1307 KB
categories: children’s
$5.99 without Special Offer at time of writing

I remember this well from reading it as a kid. Separate it from the Jim Carrey movie…I didn’t see that, but the original is charming and whimsical. Yes, this is the illustrated edition, optimized for larger screens…should look great on the Kindle Fire, although I suppose it’s possible they’ll do an interactive version as well.

Sophie’s Choice (Open Road)
by William Styron
published by Open Road
size: 1939KB (includes an illustrated biography of Styron)
categories: fiction
$8.99 without Special Offer at time of writing

It was a National Book Award winner…and the basis for a major movie, for which Meryl Streep got a Best Actress Oscar.

Cold Sassy Tree
by Olive Ann Burns
published by Mariner Books
size: 3823KB
categories: literature
$4.95 without Special Offer at time of writing

This is a much beloved novel.

Earth Abides
by George Stewart
published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
size: 479JKB
categories: fiction; science fiction
$7.69 without Special Offer at time of writing

This 1949 post-apocalyptic book is a classic work of science fiction, and respected outside that genre as well. It has hundreds of five-star reviews at Amazon. That’s not too oversell it, I don’t know if you’ll like it…it’s just to show it’s had broad appeal.

The Eagle Has Landed
by Jack Higgins
published by Open Road Media
size: 836KB
categories: suspense
$3.79 without Special Offer at time of writing

This was a #1 bestelling World War II adventure novel, made into a movie with Michael Caine.

The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
published by Open Road Media
size: 797KB
categories: fiction
$8.50 without Special Offer at time of writing

Pulitzer-prize winning novel that was also the basis for an Oscar-nominated movie and Tony-nominated musical.

The Selfish Gene : 30th Anniversary edition
by Richard Dawkins
published by Oxford University Press
size: 837KB
categories: science; genetics
$9.48 without Special Offer at time of writing

This was a huge international bestselling science book, and very influential.

Secretariat
by William Nack
published by Hyperion
size: 830KB
categories: nonfiction; sports; horse racing

The story of the Triple Crown-winning racehorse.

There are ten suggestions for you, but there are many more notable titles in this group. If you have ever wondered if you might be interested in a Special Offer, this should convince you.

Did you find a different book on the list you want to suggest? Are you mad that you don’t have Special Offers? Do you think I’m exaggerating  the value? Feel free to let me know.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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9 Responses to “KSO owners: Get a Kindle Book from a List of Thousands for $1”

  1. Donna Says:

    Is this offer good only for one book for an account? I have 3 kindles with s/o but could only enter one code. I’d like a few more books if I could get them.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Donna!

      Yes, it’s one book per account. It’s confusing the way they say it on the offer details page where you are entering the code:

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kap_846_em_shop?ie=UTF8&gcIsProcess=1&gcpcCode=N2QR-3NLH6T-D3WY4Q&docId=1000732411#gc

      It says both:

      Promotional offer limited to one discounted Kindle book per Kindle with Special Offers device.

      Limited to one per customer.

      I think it’s the last one that counts. I’m with you, though…I would have gotten more than one. However, Amazon is likely losing money on these books at a dollar, and the sponsor may not be willing to make up that loss on potentially millions of more books. My guess is that there are certainly more than a million Special Offers Kindles out there. Let’s say ten percent of the households with a Special Offers Kindle have more than one (I’m just making up these numbers). If we presume that the sponsor (the movie Anonymous) is making up $2 per book, that would be another $200,000…and that might not be in the advertising budget. :)

      We bought one more not at $1, and I put a few on a wish list…

  2. Georgia Says:

    I just have a regular Kindle – no SO. Darnit.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Georgia!

      Yes, I think if they let people add Special Offers to their existing non-KSO Kindles, they’d get a lot of takers.

      Of course, at $79, a Mindle might pay for itself in Special Offers pretty quickly…

  3. Brian Hartman Says:

    Hi Bufo!

    Got the Hunger Games trilogy for a buck and am very happy! Thanks for the heads-up!

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Brian!

      Were all three of them in one book? I didn’t notice that…I did see the individual ones, though.

  4. Brian Hartman Says:

    Sorry it’s been so long for a reply but yes, it was the trilogy for a buck–a great deal. I have the picture-capture if you’re interested.

    Out of town for a couple days then out of power for 5 nights due to this freakish snowstorm–true Halloween Horror. I would have written sooner. -B

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Brian!

      Sorry to hear about your electrical problems! Hopefully, your Kindle was charged (or you had a charge option).

      I guess I can be kind of glad i didn’t see that…since I will soon be able to borrow them from Amazon for free. :)

  5. Brian Hartman Says:

    Lol for sure. Btw I used Kindle to get lots of batteries of the AA C and D sizes. I had no internet but “slogging” through with the Kindle was actually a life-saver.

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