100 Kindle books for $3.99 or less each: June 2013

100 Kindle books for $3.99 or less each: June 2013

Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal, 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 100 Kindle Books for $3.99 or Less each 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 46% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (902,231 of 1,974,209). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something. :)

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.

Mother Night
both by Kurt Vonnegut

I’m so grateful that RosettaBooks bought the rights to these Kurt Vonnegut novels, and brought them to us as e-books! They made those moves when the tradpubs (traditional publishers) were sort of ignoring e-books, and they haven’t followed in the footsteps of the tradpubs. These two books are quite different. Galapagos is more of the surrealism you might expect from Vonnegut; Mother Night isn’t even science fiction. If you haven’t read Vonnegut, you may find that Mother Night convinces you of the author’s worthiness to be considered one of the American greats.

Forever, Erma: Best-Loved Writing From America’s Favorite Humorist
by Erma Bombeck

For decades, Erma Bombeck was one of America’s favorite humor writers. The columns and books were observational and often domestic…the idea of a mother telling us (in a funny way) that motherhood wasn’t always sweetness and light gave birth (so to speak) to other comedians who did the same (Roseanne comes to mind, but certainly, not the only one).

Open Road has published a number of Bombeck’s best known works in e-book form, but at $2.99 at time of writing, this one is a bargain and a good introduction. Some of the others, so you can see a price comparison:

Fuzz (RosettaBooks into Film)
by Ed McBain

Some big names this time! This is one of the 87th Precinct novels by Ed McBain, which was a very popular police procedural series…it was also made into a movie with Burt Reynolds.

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness
by Alice Walker

Alice Walker is a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist (for The Color Purple). It’s important to note that this one is not a novel, but a series of essays and thoughts on how to be a better person.

Deviants (The Dust Chronicles)
by Maureen McGowan

Young adult, post-apocalyptic…and 4.2 stars out of 5 with 95 reviews.

They Came to Baghdad
by Agatha Christie

Not a Christie mystery, this one is more of a spy thriller.

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
by Sam Kean

Science! Non-fiction, with 240 reviews and 4.4 stars.

The Secret Zoo
by Bryan Chick

Well-reviewed kids book…looks like around seven or eight years old is good.

Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth: A Celebration of Scientific Eccentricity and Self-Experimentation
by Trevor Norton

Yes, that’s right…”self-experimentation”. This is another non-fiction book, and it covers just what it suggests..scientists can (and do) experiment on themselves.

The First Deadly Sin (The Edward X. Delaney Series)
by Lawrence Sanders

The first in a popular series of mysteries…and $1.99.

The Boo
by Pat Conroy

You know how some people (I think not typically readers of this blog) refer to independent authors who self publish their works in…um…less than glowing terms? Pat Conroy was one of those, with this book. No, you probably aren’t going to like it as much as The Prince of Tides, but arguably, without first self-publishing in the face of rejection from tradpubs (traditional publishers), you wouldn’t have eventually had that book, either.

The Taliban Cricket Club
by Timeri N. Murari

Gender politics and sports…in contemporary Kabul. I find the comments about this novel intriguing.

Well, those are a few of the ones that caught my eye. I’m happy to say that only one I checked had TTS (text-to-speech) access blocked. It’s nice to see a number of well-known authors in this batch. I’m guessing there is something that will appeal to just about everybody. If there is one here you want to point out to other people, or if you have other things to say to me and/or my readers, feel free to comment on this post.

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

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