KDD: 500+ educational books up to 80% off

KDD: 500+ educational books up to 80% off

Amazon does this kind of deal from time to time (they might say “for students”), and it’s a wonderful opportunity, whether you are in a situation where you are being formally educated or not. 🙂

I have always liked Yul Brynner’s response to the question of what the actor would like as an epitaph (“on your tombstone”). I’m going from memory, but this may be close:

“I would like it to say ‘I have arrived’…because when you believe you’ve arrived, you’re dead.”

That goes along with what I’ve said about my admiration for one of my fictional heroes, Doc Savage…to strive every day to make yourself better, so that all may profit from it.

That said, these “bargainocopias” can also be a bit stressful: how will you even click through the list to see 535 books (at time of writing) before the one-day sale ends, let alone take advantage of the best ones for you? That’s especially true if, like me, your day is already pretty booked (so to speak). 😉

Fortunately, writing these posts is already in my “time budget”, so that gives me a justification to take the time to go through it. 😉 Here they are:

These are some that caught my eye. I won’t have time to directly link to all of them, but you don’t need a code or anything to buy them. Do, though, check the price before you click or tap that Buy button: this may not apply in your country, and Amazon can move books in and out of the deal without notice. Just a reminder that you can delay the delivery of a gift e-book, so this kind of sale is a great way to save on gifts that you would give later in the year.

  • A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn ($2.49 at time of writing)
  • On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser ($2.49 at time of writing)
  • Doing Data Science: Straight Talk from the Frontline by Cathy O’Neil, Rachel Schutt ($7.99 at time of writing…this is one of many O’Reilly computer books in the deal)
  • Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley: 30 drawing lessons from the creator of Akiko by Mark Crilley ($3.99 at time of writing)
  • Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun ($3.49 at time of writing)
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips) by Mignon Fogarty ($3.49 at time of writing)
  • Head First Design Patterns by Eric Freeman, Elisabeth Robson, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra ($12.49 at time of writing)
  • Click Millionaires: Work Less, Live More with an Internet Business You Love by Scott Fox ($3.49 at time of writing)
  • Lonely Planet South America on a shoestring (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet, Regis St Louis, Sandra Bao, Greg Benchwick ($8.99 at time of writing)
  • Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management by Scott Berkun ($6.49 at time of writing)
  • Hezbollah by Matthew Levitt ($5.49 at time of writing)
  • The Positive Dog: A Story About the Power of Positivity by Jon Gordon ($2.99 at time of writing)
  • Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World by Janit Calvo and Kate Baldwin ($4.49 at time of writing) (dollhouse-sized gardens…with furniture!)
  • Blueprints Obstetrics and Gynecology (Blueprints Series) by Tamara Callahan and Aaron Caughey ($14.99 at time of writing (there are a lot of medical review books in this bunch)
  • Excel 2010: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald ($8.49 at time of writing) (the Missing Manual series is a popular one)
  • McGraw-Hill’s Conversational American English: The Illustrated Guide to Everyday Expressions of American English… by Richard Spears, Betty Birner, Steven Kleinedler and Luc Nisset ($3.99 at time of writing)
  • American Spies by Michael J. Sulick ($3.99 at time of writing)
  • A Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease (300 Tips for Making Life Easier) by Patricia R. Callone MA MRE, Connie BS Kudlacek and Barabara C. MA Vasiloff ($3.49 at time of writing)
  • Dead Men Flying: Victory in Viet Nam The Legend of Dust off: America’s Battlefield Angels by General Patrick Henry Brady and Meghan Brady Smith ($1.99 at time of writing)
  • The Sherlock Holmes Handbook by Ransom Riggs and Eugene Smith ($3.49 at time of writing)
  • How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere by Bradford Angier ($1.99 at time of writing)
  • Unbeatable Resumes: America’s Top Recruiter Reveals What REALLY Gets You Hired by Tony BESHARA and Phil, Dr. MCGRAW ($1.49 at time of writing)
  • Hidden Champions of the Twenty-First Century: The Success Strategies of Unknown World Market Leaders by Hermann Simon ($6.99 at time of writing)
  • Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know by Beau Kilmer, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Mark A.R. Kleiman and Angela Hawken ($2.49 at time of writing)
  • The New York Times: Disunion: Modern Historians Revisit and Reconsider the Civil War from Lincoln’s Election to the Emancipation Proclamation by The New York Times, Ted Widmer, Clay Risen and George Kalogerakis ($3.49 at time of writing)
  • Cherry Ames Boxed Set 1-4 by Helen Wells ($7.49 at time of writing) (I think they were confused when they put these mid-20th Century mystery novels into educational books, but okay by me) 😉
  • The Job Search Solution: The Ultimate System for Finding a Great Job Now! by Tony Beshara ($1.49 at time of writing)
  • Story of a Secret State: My Report to the World by Jan Karski, Madeleine Albright, Zbigniew Brzezinski ($2.99 at time of writing)
  • Haitian Creole Phrasebook: Essential Expressions for Communicating in Haiti by Jowel C. Laguerre Ph.D. and Cecile Accilien Ph.D. ($3.99 at time of writing)
  • How to Build Cobra Kit Cars & Buying Used (Performance Projects) by D. Brian Smith ($4.49 at time of writing)
  • REPLY ALL…And Other Ways to Tank Your Career: A Guide to Workplace Etiquette (Quick & Dirty Tips) by Richie Frieman ($3.49 at time of writing)
  • Freedom 7: The Historic Flight of Alan B. Shepard, Jr. (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) by Colin Burgess ($7.99 at time of writing)
  • The Onion Presents: Love, Sex, and Other Natural Disasters: Relationship Reporting from America’s Finest News Source by The Staff of The Onion ($3.99 at time of writing) (Um…educational? Does Amazon realize this is satire? Yes, they probably do…but publishers get to choose their own categories)
  • The New York Times: The Times of the Eighties: The Culture, Politics, and Personalities that Shaped the Decade… by William Grimes ($3.49 at time of writing)
  • The Music of James Bond by Jon Burlingame ($5.49 at time of writing)
  • The Tunguska Mystery (Astronomers’ Universe) by Vladimir Rubtsov and Edward Ashpole ($2.99 at time of writing)
  • The Songs of Hollywood by Philip Furia and Laurie Patterson ($3.99 at time of writing)
  • Physicists on Wall Street and Other Essays on Science and Society by Jeremy Bernstein ($6.99 at time of writing)

Remember, those are just a few…and you only have today for this sale!

One thing I will say: I was surprised at how many of the books appeared to me to be really, really advocatory of a given position (and they seemed to fall on one side of the political fence to me). That’s partly subjective, though, so I don’t want to name individual titles. As I’ve said before, I think the best thing to do with an idea with which you disagree strongly is to give it as much exposure as you can. Let everybody see it: if they agree with you, they’ll know the idea is out there. If they don’t, well, that’s good for you to know, too…might make you re-examine your own reaction to it. 🙂


* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


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