Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: March 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 Monthly Kindle Book 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.
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? (at AmazonSmile)
by Rick Warren
4.5 stars, 511 reviews
$2.99 at time of writing
This is a special tenth anniversary edition of the super-seller.
Wolf is best known for TV (Law and Order, Miami Vice): I believe this is the writer’s first novel.
(Alice’s) Wonderland as dystopia…
Island Beneath the Sea
by Isabel Allende
4.3 stars, 280 reviews
$1.99 at time of writing
Award winning author of The House of the Spirits, among others…
Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) (at AmazonSmile)
by Agatha Christie
3.9 stars, 20 reviews
$0.99 at time of writing
Think you’ve read all of Agatha Christie? This is an early version of Dead Man’s Folly, originally created as a fundraiser. According to the book’s product page, it has been unpublished for sixty years. Interesting, this is an e-book exclusive novella (longer than a short story, shorter than a novel). This might make a particularly good small gift (you can delay the delivery of a Kindle store book until a date you choose, if you buy it as a gift).
The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at Englands Most Notorious Queen (at AmazonSmile)
by Susan Bordo
4.2 stars, 118 reviews
Biographies & Memoirs
This is a sequel to Birdman, which was popular, but has a reputation of being very dark…
Hangman: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Decker/Lazarus Novels) (at AmazonSmile)
by Faye Kellerman
4 stars, 96 reviews
Note that this is an enhanced edition, which means it has multimedia content. Amazon says: “Audio/Video content is available on latest generation Kindle Fire (except 1st generation), Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices.” You can buy a version without the audio/video, but that one is not on sale right now…and is $10.67. Why buy that one? Well, the enhanced version takes a lot more memory, and if you have a device which can’t play it anyway, it might not be worth it. On the other hand, you may add a device to your account later on which can use it.
Sacagewea, Abigail Adams, Martha Jefferson…
The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope (at AmazonSmile)
by Jonathan Alter
4.2 stars, 77 reviews
Politics & Government
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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! By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.
** 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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