May 2013 Kindle book releases

May 2013 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.

May is a big month for books…it’s the unofficial start of summer, and just as we start to see the movie blockbusters, some of the books show up for that Memorial Day weekend as well.

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 2,274 (at time of writing May releases in the USA Kindle store:

May 2013 USA Kindle store books

I won’t intentionally link to individual books which block text-to-speech. However, I’m very happy (and heartened) to tell you that this time, only one of the books I took a look at it had the access blocked. That’s a big improvement (in my opinion), and that includes books from major publishers that used to block it routinely.

Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon)
by Dan Brown
pre-order for May 14

Undoubtedly, this is going to be a biggie. Brown is the author of the Da Vinci Code (and others), and this features the same main character. You’d probably see this a lot on the beach…if you could see what people were reading on their devices. 😉

Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel
by Charlaine Harris
pre-order for May 7

This is supposed to be the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series (the inspiration for the True Blood TV series).

Deeply Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel
by Dean Koontz
pre-order for May 28

Odd Thomas has been a popular series for the horror writer.

A Delicate Truth: A Novel
by John le Carré
pre-order for May 7

Very popular writer, for decades. I liked this story on him which ran recently in the New York Times: John le Carré Has Not Mellowed With Age.

The Rithmatist
by Brandon Sanderson
pre-order for May 14

This one looks interesting! It’s the first young adult novel from Sanderson (Mistborn, co-author of the last Wheel of Time book).

Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
by T. Colin Campbell with Howard Jacobson
pre-order for May 7

Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
by Walter Moseley
pre-order for May 14

The return of Easy Rawlins!

Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness
by Mike Johnson, illustrated by David Messina
pre-order for May 15

This is a comic book series (in one volume) (check available devices to see if you can get it for yours) which is a lead-in to the new movie…which is a sequel to a reboot to a TV series from is getting to be close to fifty years old…feelin’ it yet? 😉

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 3
pre-order for May 14

See, you can reboot something, or it can live again as a comic book series…or app…or audiobook…or…dang, you just can’t kill these old pop culture properties! Where’s a slayer when you need one? 😉 Actually, I love that pop culture is forever, although I’m still waiting for a big screen version of Herbie Popnecker (which I still think could be a big ((no pun intended)) hit).

The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer, Tinseltown’s Most Powerful Lawyer
by B. James Gladstone, with a foreword by Robert Wagner
pre-order for May 1

You need a big inside Hollywood book for the summer, right?

In Her Majesty’s Name: Steampunk Skirmish Wargaming Rules (Osprey Wargames)
by Craig Cartmell, illustrated by Fabien Lascombe
pre-order for May 21

You don’t have to actually play a war/role-playing game to enjoy reading the rules. I’ve certainly done that (although I should mention that I use to manage a game store, in addition to a bookstore…we weren’t just RPGs, though). The description of this one makes it seem as though the author is grounded in the appropriate literature…certainly might be worth a sample for you Steampunk fans (no samples until the release, usually).

A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley
by Neal Thompson
pre-order for May 7

Ripley was a true original, and certainly influenced pop culture. I used to see the comics, and went to the museum.

Leopard’s Prey (A LEOPARD NOVEL)
by Christine Feehan

Romance from a #1 New York Times bestselling author

Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization
by K. Eric Drexler

Well, you know…it’s the little things that count. 😉

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (The Liberation Trilogy)
by Rick Atkinson
pre-order for May 14

For some people, summer and a big old history (wait, can you have new history?) 😉 go hand in hand. This one is 896 pages in paper…but don’t worry, it won’t make your Kindle heavy.

The Art of Thinking Clearly
by Rolf Dobelli
pre-order for May 14

I love this kind of stuff! Eventually, we might even get thinking figured out…

Well, there’s enough to get you started. Are you excited for any of these? Do you have another book coming out in May you’d like to recommend? Do you read a lot over Memorial Day, or is that more for movies and outdoor pursuits? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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

2 Responses to “May 2013 Kindle book releases”

  1. don christensen Says:

    i used to receive a list of free books from michael gallagher. apparently, amazon has forbidden such lists being sent out. or at least that is what seems to be the case. what do you know about this and how can we access free books.

    also, with all the lawsuits seemingly being settled around who owns the copy e-readers/kindle users, etc purchase, is there never a chance that we can swap or even give to friends or relatives what we bought (sort of like we can do with hard copy)? this seems really prejudicial to purchasers. we did pay for the book and even if the cost was lower, so too are production costs.

    don christensen

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Don!

      Amazon has not forbidden the lists, but I can see why you might think that.

      What they did was say that if a site has 20,000 downloads of books in a month, and if 80% of those are free, that site does not get their “referral fees” for that month. This is a post I did for another blog that explains it:

      Only very few sites were affected by that.

      Certainly, you can see all the free Kindle store books at Amazon:!133141011%2Cn%3A154606011&sort=price

      All I did there was sort them by price, low to high…

      While public domain books (those not under copyright protection…typically older books) are amongst my favorites, they may not be for you. Here’s another search for freebies with those removed:

      Amazon also has a reference page that directs you to other sites where you can get free public domain books:

      What Amazon didn’t want to do, which I don’t think is unreasonable, was to bear the costs of the free books (and there are costs involved, in maintaining people’s account, Customer Service, and so on) for sites that weren’t additionally generating sales.

      There hasn’t been a case settled yet about who owns the e-books: that seems to be quite clear at this point. There aren’t even well-known cases about that. The cases have been about what is called the Agency Model, which was imposed on Amazon and other retailers (Amazon fought it), and was basically about the publishers setting the prices…which resulted in the prices being the same everywhere. That’s what the US Department of Justice took action against, and the same thing was true in the European Union.

      Here’s something I wrote early on about that:

      There’s no prejudice involved here, in my view. When you “buy a book” in the Kindle store, you are buying a license (which you own) to read it. That’s very different from buying a physical copy…it has advantages and disadvantages. The sharing that you can do with other people on the account has been much better for my family than paperbooks ever were. We have four people in two timezones on our account, and we can typically all read the same book at the same time…for one purchase price. Sending around a copy of a paperbook would be far more difficult.

      I’ve written a lot about this in the past…I’d be happy to point you to more information on it if you want. 🙂 The key point is that you are buying a license, and you agree to be bound by the terms of the license. There really is no relationship to the production cost or the consumer price of the book.

      Friends and relatives can all be on the same account and share the book freely (there is typically a limit as to how many devices can have the same book at the same time…unless it says otherwise on the book’s Amazon product page, that number is six).

      Amazon recently got a patent that may allow them to set up “used” e-book selling, so that may even become possible to sell the e-book to someone not on your account. Again, I can point you to more information on that as well.

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