150 “Summer Steals” through July 22

150 “Summer Steals” through July 22

What’ are the three key secrets to success in e-book sales? Well, to paraphrase the old real estate line, “Promotion, promotion, promotion.” 😉

Sales don’t always equal profits (that’s part of why the publishers were mad enough at Amazon to get involved ((according to Judge Cote)) in a conspiracy to raise e-book prices).

It’s not that the publishers weren’t making just as much money per sale under the old wholesale model, regardless of what Amazon actually got the customer to pay. They were: Amazon paid them the same amount regardless.

However, Amazon was making less per sale…and even losing money in some cases. The publishers were concerned that Amazon doing that was going to cause “price perception devaluation”, meaning that people would think that hardbacks should cost $9.99 because e-books did, basically.

With the collapse of the Agency Model, I’m sure we are seeing more promotional prices from Amazon.

I mean, you have the Kindle Daily Deal and the monthly 100 Kindle Store Books for $3.99 or Less.

Now how much (less) would you pay? But wait, there’s more! 😉

Amazon has another promotion for Kindle books going on (at least in the USA Kindle store):

150 Summer Steals

This one is definitely worth checking…there are some big names in here! The deal goes through July 22, although it’s possible the books in it will change during that period.

As always, check the price before you click that Buy button.

Here are a few that caught my eye:

North and South: 1 (The North and South Trilogy)
by John Jakes
Whispersync (synchronizable audiobook) available for $3.49

Immensely popular book that became a TV miniseries (before we called them “event series)…$3.03 at time of writing.

While waiting for something to happen at San Diego Comic Con (officially starting today) isn’t like waiting in line for the next iDevice (there are always things happening around at a con…no matter where you or what time of day it is), you might still want something to read. They have some great choices this time!

More Than Human
by Theodore Sturgeon

A real classic…and the Whispersync narration you can buy is in part by Harlan Ellison.

by Alan Dean Foster

Parable of the Sower
by Octavia E. Butler

by Robert Silverberg

TekWar: 1 (The TekWar Series)
by William Shatner

Speaking of waiting in line, you may be going to see The Conjuring this weekend. That’s based on real life (well, the first word I associate with them is “demonologist) investigators Ed and Lorrain Warren.

While there are Kindle store books directly related to them (for example, Conversations With Ed and Lorraine Warren) one of the Summer Steals is a book by Hans Holzer:

Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond

I have literally shelves of paper books by Hans Holzer. You would not have any of the contemporary connections with “ghost hunting” if it wasn’t for this popular author.

I hope to have time to add links to some of these, but I wanted to get you started. 🙂

  • Bride of the Rat God by Barbara Hambly
  • Chaos by James Gleick
  • The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck
  • We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young by Harold G. Moore & Joseph L. Galloway (classic non-fiction about the Vietnam War)

I’d be surprised if you can’t find something in this promotion for yourself or as a gift for someone else. If you spot something you’d like to add, feel free to comment on this post.


Unrelated update: there appears to be an update for the Kindle Fire HDs rolling out. I don’t have it yet, and it isn’t available from


at time of writing.

I’m only seeing it mentioned in the Kindle forums. What alerts people? They can highlight in a choice of colors instead of just yellow.

I’ll let you know when I know more.

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

2 Responses to “150 “Summer Steals” through July 22”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    The summer steals are an interesting collection. They represent quite a blast from the past. Quite a few of them were made into TV mini series or movies.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Yep…that’s partially the influence of Open Road, the publisher that bought up rights when the tradpubs (traditional publishers) hadn’t figured out the value of the backlist for e-books yet.

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