Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: February 2014
Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), 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 Kindle Monthly Deals for $3.99 or less each (at AmazonSmile). That’s a recent rebranding: they used to say it was “100 Books”, but that’s also gotten to be more…there are 113 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 49% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,175,205 of 2,414,529). 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, although frustratingly, I read a book I liked a lot recently which was not blocked when we got it (we wouldn’t have gotten it otherwise), but is now blocked for new purchasers. That doesn’t affect out copy, but I intend to write the author and/or publisher to let them know how I feel about it.
A Perfect Blood (Hollows) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*
by Kim Harrison
$1.99 at time of writing
4.3 out of 5 stars, 472 customer reviews
I wrote a review of the first book in this series (Review: Dead Witch Walking) more than three years ago. I enjoyed it (I compared it to early Stephanie Plum…but with supernatural elements). Three of the books are $1.99 right now, and the earlier ones are generally under $5 (the first one, Dead Witch Walking (at AmazonSmile) is only $3).
Literary fiction, set in Ireland.
Children’s fiction about what happens when a sixth-grade substitute teacher doesn’t show, and the children try to run the class. From the reviews, it may seem more realistic than one might at first imaging…
Kellerman’s first novel…this series is up to twenty-one books.
I remember there was quite a bit of buzz about this novel when it was released.
A chance to get another debut novel from someone who would go on to great popularity.
This is poetry from 1977…but if you don’t recognize the name “Charles Bukowski”, be prepared: this may not fit what you think of as the “sensibility” of poetry. This one could make a good gift.
The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England (at AmazonSmile)
by Marc Morris
4.5 stars, 99 reviews
“1066 and all that,” as they say…nonfiction about the Norman Conquest.
Sounds interesting! Young adult social science fiction…the premise sounds interesting.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
by Ben Fountain
4.1 stars, 496 reviews
Certainly has laudatory comments!
by Richard Wright
4.3 stars, 269 reviews
Good to buy it now…not just for itself, but because somebody on your account may get it as assigned reading at some point.
Continuing the Dune series by Frank Herbert.
Reminder: if you are Prime member, there is a new set of books from which you can choose one to own (at no additional cost) from
Bonus deal: you can get
the first book in the Remo Williams series for free right now! There would eventually (this was released in 1971) be more than 100 books in the series, and there was a movie. Back in the day, you might have found this in the “Men’s Adventure” section of a bookstore. I was quite surprised to recently read an interview with an author who asserted that there weren’t books classified as “Men’s fiction”…suggesting that the idea of “women’s fiction” shows that books by female authors have been put into a separate (and presumably, intended to be perceived as lesser) category. That’s another whole discussion, but certainly, there are books marketed as men’s fiction which are not generally perceived to be in the same quality category as literary fiction.
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* 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!
** 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.
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