50 Kindle books for $2 each
It’s possible to become jaded to sales in the Kindle store…there are so many of them, and the prices are often quite low even when books aren’t on sale.
Right now, there are more than half a million books in the USA Kindle store that are two dollars or less, for example.
though, has some interesting elements to it.
First, they all look to me to be traditionally published by Amazon.
When I say “traditionally published”, I mean that Amazon chose the book…the publisher didn’t just put the book in the store without it being editorially evaluated, which is what happens when books go through Kindle Direct Publishing.
In my experience with Amazon’s traditionally published books, they’ve felt professionally done: not a lot of typos, for example.
Tradpubbed by Amazon also means that they will generally have the extra features: they’ll be available in the KOLL (Kindle Owners’ Lending Library); they’ll have text-t0-speech available; they’ll be lending enabled; and they may have X-Ray and Whispersync for Voice.
So, this sale is a good opportunity to get professionally produced books with the extras for a low price.
Second…I’ve read some of them. :)
I do read some pretty obscure books, but it’s possible that you will also have heard of some of these.
Here are a few of them which caught my eye:
How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain (at AmazonSmile)
by Gregory Berns
4.2 stars out of 5, 323 customer reviews
I read this one and enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s not a technical book…there is quite a bit about how they were able to get the experiment approved and get conscious dogs to stay still in an MRI (it can be hard to get people to do that).
I read this one, too: my mini-review is in this post:
I said, in part:
“Overall, I found it an engaging, fast read. It will be too violent for some, but it isn’t just gore for gore’s sake. It’s much more about how the character reacts than it is about that. I always like to let people know about the use of the “F word”, and that’s here, but not really out of place. I have a lot more trouble with books that just indicate everybody is horrible, and that isn’t the case here. I like that.”
Two other books in the series are also available as part of the sale: Dark Days; and The Wrath of the Just
That means that for $6, you could get yourself (or somebody else…you can delay a Kindle gift being delivered until an appropriate gift giving occasion) three novels in a series, all rated four stars or above.
The Boy from Reactor 4 (The Nadia Tesla Series, Book One) (at AmazonSmile)
by Orest Stelmach
4.0 stars, 750 reviews
mysteries, thrillers, and suspense – espionage
The Boy Who Stole from the Dead, the second book of the series, is also available as part of this sale for $2.
A heist caper…with elves!
I’m tempted by this one! I do like humorous science fiction, such as Bill, the Galactic Hero. :) The reviews make it sound like it might be fun.
I wouldn’t say the title or cover engaged me, but the author and premise both do. Gregory Widen is a screenwriter, known in my kind of geek circles for Highlander (“In the end, there can be only one.”). The story is based on true events surrounding the body of Eva Peron…and the CIA’s involvement with it.
An illustrated children’s book…with text-to-speech enabled…and well-reviewed…for $2!
I’ve read another book by Stephen Leather. I wasn’t crazy about it, but it was worth reading.
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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!
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