The Big Deal: 500 Kindle books on sale through August 4

The Big Deal: 500 Kindle books on sale through August 4

The deals just keep on coming!

Whether Amazon is trying to make a point about e-book discounting now that Apple has lost (although they will likely appeal), or we are just back to “business as usual”, there are a lot of good deals happening at Amazon. Every day, you have the Kindle Daily Deals, which has at least four books in it (more today, Saturday, and I’ll highlight that at the end of  this post). Every month, you have 100 Kindle Store Books for $3.99 or Less.

Then, you have the more irregular deals, like the 150 Summer Steals…and this one:

The Big Deal: Kindle Books Up to 85% Off (through August 4)

I think this is a particularly good set, with a broad selection, ranging from Charles Bukowski to children’s books (and those are arguably two opposite ends of the spectrum).

Here are a few that caught my eye. As always, check the price before you click that Buy button…it may not be the same in your country, and books could move in and out of the deal. Also, there may be some good gifts in here…you can delay them being sent until the appropriate occasion.

Eye Of The Needle
by Ken Follett
$2.99 (all prices are at time of writing)

A 1978 thriller that won an Edgar award. It was made into a movie with Donald Sutherland.

I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson
by Jackie Robinson

Are you a baseball fan…or know one? This one, written by the groundbreaking star, is also a good tie-in to the movie 42 (which I enjoyed).

Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
by Simon Winchester

Non-fiction about the ocean…

Black Boy
by Richard Wright

A classic autobiography…

Deadpool Classic Vol.1

Comic book compilation…Deadpool may, at some point, be a big Marvel movie. Note: although this one says text-to-speech is not enabled, I include it because what is happening is that the words are part of images. The publisher has not inserted something into the file to block access (which is the case when they block text-to-speech access in most books), but it is that the software can’t figure it out.

Bang the Drum Slowly
by Mark Harris

Another classic baseball book…’tis the season. 🙂

The Hollywood Economist 2.0: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies
by Edward Jay Epstein

This is a collection of articles about the economics of Hollywood. I find that a fascinating subject, and cover the box office in another blog of mine, The Measured Circle.

Drummin’ Men: The Heartbeat of Jazz, The Swing Years
By Burt Korall

I gifted this one (I didn’t wait for a special day) to a relative, who used to play with a big band (actually, it was the relative’s big band, too). I used to play conga drum, but this oral history of kit drummers will appeal to my relative.

Kurt Vonnegut:

Cat’s Cradle $1.99
Welcome to the Monkey House $1.99

Vonnegut is often on sale, being published now by RosettaBooks (which was never part of the Agency Model). Nice to have the opportunity to get these at a bargain.

Well, those are just a small sampling of the 500. 500…hmm…

“E-b0oks to the left of us, e-books to the right of us…into the valley of deals read the 500.” 😉

If you’ve noticed any you want to mention, feel free to do so by commenting on this post.

Now, I also mentioned that I was going to point out one of the Kindle Daily Deals. It’s

48 Hard-Boiled Crime Novels

for $1.99 each.

You know the type…where a dame walks into some poor slob of a private dick’s office, and lays out a sob story that makes better judgement go the way of yesterday’s newspaper. 😉

Again, this is an interesting selection, and has some authors you might not expect.

Top of the Heap
by Erle Stanley Gardner

That’s right…the author of the Perry Mason books. This is one of the Donald Lam / Bertha Cool books.

Honey in His Mouth
by Lester Dent

I bought this one, although the cover image meant I had to explain to my Significant Other what it was when it showed up in my SO’s Kindle Fire carousel. 😉 Dent, under the house name of Kenneth Robeson, wrote the vast majority of the Doc Savage novels. If I’m more helpful than some people, it’s do in part to Doc’s ethos…I do believe that. This is not a Doc Savage novel, but I’m looking forward to it.

Getting Off: A Novel of Sex & Violence
by Lawrence Block

If the cover of the Dent novel is a bit risqué, this one is definitely NSFW (Not Safe for Work). Block is the best-selling novelist (under more than one name) of crime novels, including those involving Matthew Scudder.

These 48 are all published by

Hard Case Crime

which does both reprints and new novels (including Stephen King’s recent paper-only-for-now title). It’s a company that exemplifies how a narrow focus can bring more quality.

Bonus: For your Comic-Con shopping pleasure…

Amazon’s Geek Boutique

Amazon has a special section just for geek interests. From books to videos to game…to a TARDIS USB Hub (yes, I own one), it’s nice to see them all in one place. 😉


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

7 Responses to “The Big Deal: 500 Kindle books on sale through August 4”

  1. Joe Bowers Says:

    Hi, B.C.,
    A quick heads-up, the link to the “Geek Boutique” doesn’t seem to work.
    Thanks for your good info, otherwise!
    Joe Bowers

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Joe!

      Yep, I looked at it…there was a problem. I’ve fixed it now: would you mind trying it again?

      I thought that one might appeal to you. 🙂

  2. poisonalice Says:

    I read Black Boy in high school (the entire book too! It was one of the few in high school assigned for the class to read that I actually read right to the last page!) and I thought it was an excellent book. It was a fast and easy read and fascinating. I recommend that everyone buy this book while it’s still on sale. I believe it’s the author’s autobiography. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong though. I have a terrible memory and there’s much about my life I don’t remember, or perhaps have subconsciously blocked out haha. It’s also been 15 years since I graduated (I know it’s not THAT long ago, but it is for me!)

    A question about the 48 crime stories-is the price below the link for a collection of 48 stories? Or is there a list of 48 stories that are each that price? I ask because I’ve seen rather large collections sold for very cheap prices (in fact, I have a collection of novels, somewhere around 8-10, that’s aset of an entire novel series, tht I purchased for either $2.99 or $3.99. In fact, I purchased 2 sets of complete novel series from the same author for the same price because I thought it was such a great deal, and all the books in both series have quite a few really good reviews. Besides, I’ve read a book by the same author and think she’s a very good writer, and they’re my favorite genre, horror and paranormal thrillers hehe.)

    (P.S I don’t know if you noticed,but I’m the one who started the thread on the Kindle message board at Amazon with the question about how to save magazine issues and remove them fom my device and still be able to read them after uploading them back onto my Kindle Paperwhite. So far I have saved the .POBI files of the magazine issues to my PW to my SkyDrive account, which I’ve devoted to just for backing up Non-Kindle content, and my notes from my Take Note Kindle Active Content “app”, which is the best Kindle Active Content notepad-type “app” I’ve ever used and I think I tried them all out to see which ones I liked most, including the ones I used on my dead Kindle Keyboard pre-death. Now I just need to test it by deleting an issue from my PW then reload it back onto its hard drive but I still haven’t read an issue front to back and I don’t want one disappearing before I get the chance to read everything in it I want to read first. I guess I’ll just have to take a break from the book I’m currently reading and do so, which will be very hard as I’m VERY into the book I’m currently reading about a soldier’s experience stationed at an atomic bomb testing base on an island in the Pacific in the mid 50s for a year a little over 100 miles from Bikini Atoll. It’s absolutely fascinating, and has quite a few funny, and heartbreaking-when speaking of soldiers with mental illness, that’s obvious with these men likely caused by battlefield psychic trauma-parts in the book. Or I could just deal with the annoyance of all the issues on my homepage, since I can’t put them in collections myself, and just speed through the rest of the book. Either way I’ll be testing it soon, and if you want I’ll let you know the results. I’ll be posting the results in the thread I started about it too. And the reason I posted the question there in the first place is because I figured that with all the Kindle owners on that board , I would have thought that at least one of them had tried and perhaps successfully figured a way to remove past magazine issues from the device memory and reupload them later on and successfully was able to read them again. And thanks for the reply on my thread 😀 )

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, poisonalice!

      The hard-boiled books are $1.99 each (each book is one novel, I think…there might be some that are short story anthologies or collections, but it is $1.99 for each book). Sorry if that wasn’t clear.

      Yes, Black Boy is an autobiography…you remembered. 🙂

      What’s the title of the book you are currently reading? I suspect some other people might be interested.

      I really can’t make the assumption that a screen name used here and a screen name used on the forums which are the same represent the same person…I see them duplicated too often. I’m glad I was able to give you some helpful information. I’ll be interested in the results of your field testing.

  3. Lady Galaxy Says:

    The Geek Boutique seems to be tied in to ComicCon. I wonder if it will disappear until next year?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I hope not. 🙂 Geek culture goes year round, nowadays…I’m guessing that it will be worth the effort for them to maintain it.

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