June 2013 Kindle book releases

June 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 3,093 (at time of writing) June releases in the USA Kindle store:

June 2013 USA Kindle store books

I won’t intentionally link to individual books which block text-to-speech. That’s because I think that disproportionately disadvantages the disabled.

The Heist
by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
pre-order for June 18

Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books; Lee Goldberg (among other things) wrote scripts for Monk and Monk novels. There’s probably going to be quite a bit of interest in this one. I’ll be interested to see how their styles mesh, and if that creates a new style between them.

The Long War (Long Earth)
by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
pre-order for June 18

This is a science fiction sequel to The Long Earth. Pratchett is the author of the Discworld books, and quite popular. Baxter is the author of the Xeelee sequence, and co-authored books with Arthur C. Clarke.

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story
by Lily Koppel
pre-order for June 11

This is non-fiction about the wives of 1960s astronauts. I suspect there will be a lot of buzz about this one, and that it might be a great read. Hm…I wonder if Jeannie Nelson will be included. 😉

My Life with Cleopatra: The Making of a Hollywood Classic (Vintage)
by Walter Wanger, Joe Hyams, and Kenneth Turan
pre-order for June 4th

This is a re-issue (I guess I can’t say “reprint” for an e-book) of the story of the making of the Elizabeth Taylor version of Cleopatra. For the time, the movie was outrageously expensive…and many, many times over the intended budget. It seemed like they were trying to find ways to spend money. I remember hearing that they had not only reproduced the night sky over Egypt accurately…but accurately for the time period. I always pictured some astronomer in a theatre in Iowa seeing the picture and calmly saying, “Wow.” 😉 I also remember that the star wore a gold outfit that wore pounds…and that there was something like a $200,000 budget just for Elizabeth Taylor’s costumes.

The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths
by John Gray
pre-order for June 4

I’m happy to list a book which sounds like it has a very different world view from mine. 😉 As regular readers know, I tend to think the world is good and getting better over time. This non-fiction book, as you can tell from the subtitle, appears to argue the opposite…that intrigues me.

Choose Yourself!
by James Altucher
pre-order for June 3

It’s a self-help book, about taking advantages of opportunities that are out there as the world changes.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
pre-order for June 18

A new book by Gaiman is a reason to celebrate, and my intuition is that this is going to appeal to people who may not have read the author before. I don’t usually do this, but I’m going to quote a bit from the product page:

“A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.”

My guess? This may be a novel that makes a big impression on a lot of people this summer.

Gotcha! (Sisterhood)
by Fern Michaels
pre-order for June 25

Michaels is one of the most popular authors in the world. I also have to note the good work the author has done, including working to get police dogs special bulletproof vests. This is the continuation of a series.

Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill
by James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, Laura Park (illustrator)
pre-order for June 24

Yes, this is that James Patterson (Alex Cross), but this is in a continuing series of young adult novels. Sounds like a fun read.

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined
by Scott Barry Kaufman
pre-order for June 4

I love, love, love the idea of re-examining core beliefs. Are we wrong about not only how we measure intelligence, but how we should measure it? I believe it was Isaac Asimov who said that if an aborigine designed an intelligence test, all of Western civilization would fail it. It might presume some things as basic knowledge, such as what plants did what, and then use that as a basis for other questions. I recall hearing when very young students in Los Angeles took an intelligence test. Those students were doing poorly compared to the rest of the country, and there was a big hue and cry about how they were being failed. Somebody looked at the questions and answers, and these young L.A. kids were all “missing” the same question. It was a “one of these things is not like the others” test. The choices were a: a bird; a horse; and an elephant. You were supposed to pick the bird. The kids from Los Angeles were picking the horse. When the researcher asked the kids to explain their choice, it was perfectly logical: “Birds fly. Dumbo’s an elephant and he flies. Horses don’t fly.” Remember, these children lived near Disneyland…it was a common point of cultural knowledge for them. In this case, Kaufman was basically “diagnosed” as unintelligent, and went on to become a cognitive psychologist and adjunct assistant professor.

Those are few that caught my eye. One note: some of these are on the pricey side. If you don’t want to pay the full price, you can list them for free at


They’ll send you a free e-mail when the book drops an amount you specify. Generally, e-books drop in price when the paperback is released. Of course, it’s possible in the future that pattern doesn’t hold, especially if the “hardback now, mass market paperback a year from now” cycle goes away with the dropping popularity of mass markets.


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

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