Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: October 2014
Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which discounts (usually) four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kids’ book).
They’ve also been doing Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each) (at AmazonSmile). That’s a rebranding: they used to say it was “100 Books”, but that’s also gotten to be more…there are 126 for this month at the time of writing (the same as last month).
Those prices only apply to the USA, and one weird thing is that some of the books seem to sell out at that price sometimes (or become unavailable for some other reason).
It’s also interesting…about 49% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,418,268 of 2,889,220). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something.
Another new thing is that many of these books may be part of
Amazon lists that information prominently. If they are, then you need to consider whether it is worth buying them…even at these low prices. While they are in KU, you can, if you are a subscriber (and there’s a free month available right now), read them at no additional cost. There are, of course, advantages to owning books, especially if you want to re-read them. A book could move out of KU at any time. Even if you think you want to own it, if you are a KU member, you could always read it first to make sure. ;) I will mark them with KU.
I’m going to list some of the $3.99 or lower ones that caught my eye…I’m not necessarily recommending them, but I do think they are interesting.
The ones I list also don’t block text-to-speech access**…but I think blocking it is becoming rarer. However, this month, there were a few from Simon & Schuster I probably would have linked, if they hadn’t made the decision to block the access.
Did you notice the number of reviews and how highly rated this is? It’s published by an Amazon traditional publishing imprint, so it has the features. That includes an audiobook for Whispersync for Voice…and that you can hear as part of your Kindle Unlimited membership (if you have one).
The classic account of the sinking of the Titanic…and it was a #1 New York Times bestseller.
Note that this isn’t the first book in the original series of children’s horror stories…it’s the first book in the series of reprints (and includes supplemental materials).
One of the bestselling authors…
It became the Robert Redford movie, Three Days of the Condor. Well, you know, they always have to cut things out when they make a book into a movie…in this case, half the days. ;)
I’m going to list a few more:
- Cashelmara by Susan Howatch KU
- Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima by Jame Hahaffey KU
- Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd
- Not in Your Lifetime: The Defining Book on the J.F.K. Assassination by Anthony Summers KU
- Some Came Running: The Definitive Edition by James Jones KU
- Luke Jensen, Bounty Hunter: Bloody Sunday by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone
If there were others you’d like to mention for me and my readers, please comment on this post.
Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your
You can get one of the four books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:
- The Fire Seekers by Richard Farr (Science-Fiction Thriller)
- The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning, Samuel Willcocks (Historical Fiction)
- The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter by Craig Lancaster (Fiction)
- My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni (Mystery)
I did consider a The Fallow Season, but I’m going with The Fire Seekers…
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help! By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.
** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.