Special Offer: get one of 100 humor books for $1

Special Offer: get one of 100 humor books for $1

Here’s the latest Special Offer on books from Amazon.

First, a word on that. If you have a wi-fi capable Kindle (that seems to be the determining factor), you can turn Special Offers on, get the offer, and then just turn them off again if you want.

You do that at


then click on

Manage Your Devices

You’ll see a place to subscribe or unsubscribe. If you paid less for your Kindle because it has Special Offers, it costs you to unsubscribe. If you didn’t, it costs nothing to subscribe and then unsubscribe again.

Here’s the kicker on this one: the deadline to accept this offer is 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time), November 24, 2011 (Thanksgiving). You have to click it on your Kindle by then.

You’ll then get an e-mail, and you’ll enter a code (you can copy and paste it from the e-mail). You must select your book by  December 24, 2011.

For more details, see

Exclusive Offer for Kindle with Special Offers Customers: Buy One of 100 Humor Titles for $1

By the way, this one says “…limited to one discounted Kindle book per Kindle with Special Offers device.” So, that sounds like I should be able to get multiple books on the deal with multiple SO-subscribed Kindles on the account. I’ll try that and let you know. Update: I just checked that out. It says it differently in the offer on the device. There it says, “Limit one per customer and per device.” That suggests to me that, since the account is the customer, I can only get one…even if I deregister that specific Kindle and re-register it to another account. I wonder if that’s something people have been doing? I would think the device is unsubscribed when it is deregistered, and you’d have to resubscribe it.

The people making these offers (and this one could be Amazon, but they would have an agreement with the publisher) may be basing the costs for the ads on the number of devices with Special Offers…so they wouldn’t want the same device to get it twice, even if it was sold to somebody on a different account in-between. Fascinating. Now I shall have to choose more wisely…

As to the list of the books, it’s an interesting mix this time. I wouldn’t call them all humor, for one thing…I don’t think of Goosebumps as humor, personally.

Here are some notable ones from the list:

From celebrities

Is It Just Me?: Or is it nuts out there?
by Whoopi Goldberg

Pretty Good Joke Book
by Garrison Keillor

Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny
by Marlo Thomas

Holidays in Heck
by P.J. O’Rourke

Come on, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors
by Bill Cosby

This is one of the ones on the list I wouldn’t consider a humor book. It’s not listed that way on the product page: I think they just stuck this here because Cosby is a comedian, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the bargain.


Some other titles:

Mercury Falls
by Robert Kroese
Also available for Prime Lending (if you have a paid Prime account, you can borrow up to one book per calendar month from Amazon…that’s a limited list, and right now, this is one of them. I’m letting you know that in case you’d rather borrow it than use your Special Offer on it. Note that these titles change…I’ve got a borrowed book from Prime right now, but it is currently on Prime lending)

This is an apocalyptic (not post-apocalyptic) fantasy novel with hundreds of five star reviews.

The Ultimate Book of Top Ten Lists: A Mind-Boggling Collection of Fun, Fascinating and Bizarre Facts on Movies, Music, Sports, Crime, Ce
by Jami Frater

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Jane Austen and Seth-Grahame Smith

This really popularized the idea of literary mash-ups. It take the original Austen novel and adds new parts…and then eats them. 😉 Grahame-Smith is a rising pop culture star.

The 2,320 Funniest Quotes: The Most Hilarious Quips and One-Liners from allgreatquotes.com
compiled by Tom Corr

I love books of quotations (I’ve been working on one for quite some time). I took a look inside this one (that’s an option on some books), and the selection looks okay. I’d like more thorough sourcing, but this could be fun on an EBR (E-Book Reader), where brevity can count.

Random Kinds Of Factness: 1001 (or So) Absolutely True Tidbits About (mostly) Everything
by Erin Barrett and Jack Mingo

Now that I see this is Jack Mingo (Couch Potato Guide to Life), it’s moved up to first position in my selection process.

Laugh and Learn: 95 Ways to Use Humor for More Effective Teaching and Training
by Doni Tamblyn

I’ve trained other trainers on using humor…this one sounds interesting, although I haven’t read it.

Stupid History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions Throughout the Ages
by Leland Gregory

This has been free before, and I’ve read one of the books in the series…it’s fun little anecdotes about history, told in a snarky manner.

Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse; The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon
by Caseen Gaines

Oh, the reviews are good on this one…I’m tempted. I like in-depth books about TV shows, and I did like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

The Story of English in 100 Words
by David Crystal

This is by a linguistics professor…professor of linguistics…Professor of Linguistics…drat! Fortunately, my relative who is a linguist tells me nothing is “wrong”…it’s just the way it is used.

The Alphabet Of Manliness (revised and updated)
by Maddox

Warning! This one is really politically incorrect and NSFW (Not Safe For Work). Not my cup of tea, either, but the books have been quite popular.

Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults upon Our Language
by Richard Lederer

On the other hand, I think I’d rather enjoy this one…and that the author wouldn’t mind my saying “cup of tea” above. 😉

I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era
by David Knoedelseder

This one sounds good, too! It’s about what happened with stand-up comedy in the late 1970s…there will be names you know (Leno, Letterman), and names you may not. It’s probably more serious than you expect…and it would be fun to hear the text-to-speech do the routines I presume may be quoted. Well-reviewed at Amazon.

The Eight Characters of Comedy: A Guide to Sitcom Acting And Writing
by Scott Sedita

Hmm…another temptation. There are eight classic character types in TV sitcoms…this book delineates them. Start naming them…go!

Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City (Smart Pop series)
Edited by Dennis O’Neill

Sigh…picking is going to be harder than I thought. 😉 At least I’m adding things to my gift list for my family…that’s one way these sales work for Amazon.

That’s enough to get you started! Don’t forget, acknowledge the offer on one of your Kindles on the account by Thanksgiving at 11:59 Pacific.

Feel free to tell me what you pick (you have another month to do that), or ask questions. I know more of the books, but didn’t want to make this too long.

Update: by the way, getting the Bathroom Reader book would have been a complete no brainer for me…but it shows as unavailable. 😦  I would have considered some other books, if the text-to-speech access had not been blocked.

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


4 Responses to “Special Offer: get one of 100 humor books for $1”

  1. Marvin Says:

    Hm, limit one per customer per device. What does that mean ? One per customer is understandable but why do they add “per device”?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Marvin!

      I wrote my speculation on that in the post…I think it may be because the advertiser pays based on the number of likely viewers, and that Amazon may lose money on their own bargains (as in this case). Quite a few people deregister their Kindles and register them to other accounts (which could mean the same Kindle got the offer twice). Let’s say the book is normally $9.99 and you can buy it for a dollar. Amazon probably paid the publisher $5 for it, so they lost $4 on that sale. Now, it’s possible that Amazon is paid something by the publisher for including the book…let’s say that’s $1 in this case.

      Amazon gave people a discount when they bought the Kindle because they agreed to see the ads (although we can now see the ads without the discount on a wi-fi device). So, on this book, Amazon loses $3 when it’s purchased once. The publisher doesn’t give $1 again if the device is reregistered and gets the same book again (which you can do on a different account…you can’t buy the same book twice on the same account).

      Amazon would have taken in $1…and with two account, lost $3 the first time, $4 the second time, and $4 on each succeeding account.

      If the same device gets a different book on each account, it’s not as bad, but Amazon loses each time it happens.

  2. webhill Says:

    I used the discount to get “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” in kindle format. Even though I already own the full set in paperback :). Those books are amazing.

  3. Steven King (@stevejk) Says:

    Unfortunately, I read this post too late to take advantage of the Special Offer, but I am pleased that those of us who bought our Kindles before the SO models were released, can now opt-in to Special Offers.

    Besides, I was getting tired of the default screensavers anyway.

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