Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: November 2013

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: November 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). That used to often be to $0.99, but I’ve noticed lately it’s more likely to be $1.99…or higher. Oh, and recently, it’s been five books commonly, not four…they just can’t seem to give us enough discounted books from which to choose! 😉

They’ve also been doing Kindle Monthly Deals for $3.99 or less each. That’s a recent rebranding: they used to say it was “100 Books”, but that’s also gotten to be more…there are 117 for this month at the time of writing.

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 48% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,067,377 of 2,231,990). 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.

Hallowe’en Party (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
by Agatha Christie
3.9 out of 5 stars, 64 customer reviews
$2.99 at time of writing

The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple Mysteries)
by Agatha Christie
4.3 stars, 78 reviews
$2.99 at time of writing

Nice! You can get either (or both) of a Hercule Poirot and a Miss Marple!

For a Few Demons More (The Hollows, Book 5)
by Kim Harrison
4.3 stars, 254 reviews
$1.99

I read the first book in this series, and quite enjoyed it…it felt more like Stephanie Plum than the recent Stephanie Plum’s. 😉 You do need to be tolerant of vampires in your books, though. Interesting that this sale is on the 5th book in the series…

Midnight in Austenland
by Shannon Hale
4.0 stars, 135 reviews
$2.99

A sequel to the popular (and movie-inspiring) book about a Jane Austen-based theme park.

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
by John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
3.6 stars, 885 reviews
$2.99

Everybody was talking about this book at one point…

Ex-Patriots
by Peter Clines
4.6 stars, 145 reviews
$2.99

It’s the second novel in a series of superheroes and the zombie apocalypse…wait, before you skim to the next one, do check out the rating above. 😉 Looking at the numbers and ratings of the books on the list so far, though, it’s clearly suggested that people judge different types of books on different scales…and that perhaps different demographics are more or less likely to write reviews.

Mystic River
by Dennis Lehane
4.2 stars, 688 reviews
$2.99 at time of writing

This well-known novel is also part of the Kindle Matchbook program…so, if you did want to buy the p-book (paperbook) also, perhaps to give as a gift or donate, you could get this even cheaper…$1.99. In this case, you could get the mass market paperback as a bargain book (I checked, and it does have the Kindle Matchbook information on the bargain book’s Amazon product page) for $3.20 (although there were only 9 left when I saw it). So, your choice would be: $5.19 for both the mass market bargain book (and it may be indicated as a bargain, perhaps by having a corner cut or a magic marker line on the bottom of the pages) and the Kindle book, or $2.99 for just the Kindle book.

The Memory of Earth (Homecoming Saga)
by Orson Scott Card
3.7 stars, 123 reviews
$2.99

No surprise to see a deal on an Orson Scott Card book with the Ender’s Game movie opening. By the way, I did read today that Card is not getting any money directly from the movie…which may give an interesting additional perspective on those who are boycotting it because they don’t agree with Card’s personally stated views. The other people who are involved with the movie (some of who are publicly on the other side from Card on that issue) will be hurt if you don’t see the movie. Of course, sales of Card’s books are likely to go up more if the movie is a bigger success, so it’s complicated.

Exit to Eden
by Anne Rice writing as Anne Rampling
3.7 stars, 113 reviews
$2.99

It was a bit odd to see this listed as being written by Anne Rice and Anne Rampling, since they are the same person. 🙂 It’s categorized by the publisher as erotica.

The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey
by Ernesto Che Guevara
4.1 stars, 104 reviews
$2.99

Certainly of historical interest, and the source for the movie, my understanding (I haven’t read it) is that it is also just a good read…

The Tin Drum (Danzig Trilogy)
by Gunter Grass
4.0 stars, 26 reviews
$2.99

Great to see a backlist book like this in this group! It was published in 1959, but in 1979, an Oscar-winning adaptation brought it a much larger audience.

Thy Neighbor’s Wife
by Gay Talese
4.3 stars, 24 reviews
$1.99

This was an incredibly influential non-fiction book about the business (and other things) of sex in America. If you look at the openness and mainstreaming of attitudes about sex from the 1950s until the dawn of the AIDS era in the 1980s (the book was first published in 1981), you can see seismic cultural shifts.

The Making of the President 1960
by Theodore H. White
4.5 stars, 40 reviews
$2.99

Another non-fiction title that was solidly in the public consciousness…this one might make a good gift for someone into politics and/or the Kennedys.

Seekers: Return to the Wild #3: River of Lost Bears
by Erin Hunter
4.7 stars, 35 reviews
$1.99

Very popular children’s book series…

The Space Vampires
by Colin Wilson
3.3 stars, 13 reviews
$1.99

How did this one get in this list? Oh, that’s not because I don’t know who Colin Wilson is (I certainly do, although I associate the author more with non-fiction), or that it wasn’t made into a movie (it was directed by Tobe Hooper), but it just doesn’t seem…to have that much broad appeal.

Geek Wisdom
edited by Steven H. Segal
4.3 stars, 57 reviews
$2.79

Yes, I bought this one. 😉 My Significant Other might benefit from reading it, but I’m sure that won’t happen. 🙂 We geeks share a lot of common culture, and this book consists of essays looking at some of the lines we often use with each other…and what they mean. I would definitely look at this as a small holiday gift for a geek you know. I get the impression it won’t be that accessible to a non-geek, though.

Those are a few I noticed. If you saw anything else you think me and my readers would like to know about, feel free to comment on this post.

Enjoy!

* A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books. 

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

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