Book sales: Gold Box for book clubs, Big Deal

Book sales: Gold Box for book clubs, Big Deal

When I wrote

10 ways Amazon saves us money on e-books

I didn’t mention Gold Box deals…but if the deals are on e-books, they are typically overlapping with the

Kindle Daily Deals (at AmazonSmile: support a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Today, there a couple of deals advertised on my

Kindle Fire HDX (at AmazonSmile: support a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

I want to call out…even though they aren’t the only book deals on there. 😉 You don’t need a Kindle Fire to get these deals, by the way, but this does show one reason why Special Offers models tend to outsell the equivalent non-ad-supported model. Some deals are exclusive to them (like yesterday’s Limited Time Offer on a 32GB memory card), but sometimes, it’s just a good place to get the news.

The first one is a Gold Box deal and a Kindle Daily Deal (linked above), so it is only good for today. It also may not be available in your country: always check the price before you click or tap that Buy button. In the Amazon Kindle forums, somebody recently asked which price they should believe: the one they see on an ad page, or the one on the Amazon product page. It’s the one on the Amazon product page: you might be seeing an ad for the USA, when you are in another country. On the product page (the one with the Buy button), it knows who and where you are, and you’ll see the correct price for you.

If you ever do get charged the “wrong” price (one you weren’t expecting), you can “return” a Kindle store book within seven days of purchase for a refund. You do that at

which is why there really isn’t much incentive for Amazon to do a “bait and switch”, contrary to what you hear from some people. It costs money (not much, but some) to process a sale and return…and it costs them more in customer goodwill (and that’s very important to people) if customers feel they have been “tricked”.

So, the Gold Box/Kindle Daily deal is any of 43 highly-rated

Book Club Favorites (at AmazonSmile)

for $1.99 each.

There are some interesting books in this bunch…and I’d be curious as to how they determined which ones are “book club favorites”.

  • The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani, 4.3 (out of 5) stars, 2,414 customer reviews…that’s a high rating with that many reviews!
  • Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
  • The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
  • The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan
  • Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  • The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece by Roseanne Montillo

Worth looking at the list…I can see how these could spark conversation, which I suppose is one of the key points of a book club.

The other group is 427 books (at the time of writing…books might go in and out of the sale), up to 85% off. No uniformity of price like the above, and we do have some of the “usual suspects” during this sales. This one goes through May 11. I do want to say that, surprisingly to me, I found it easiest to run through the list on my Fire (rather than my desktop). To actually buy them, it would be easier on the desktop, because I want to see if text-to-speech access has been blocked…and that doesn’t appear on the first screen when you tap a book on the Fire (you have to tap again to go to Amazon to see that). Still, scrolling through the list is easier than loading one page, then the next page, then the next, and so on.

The Big Deal (at AmazonSmile)

Here are some that caught my eye:

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer $2.99
  • The Joe Dillard series box set by Scott Pratt $1.99 4.7 stars, 67 reviews
  • Gun Games by Faye Kellerman
  • Breakfast of Champions (and several other Kurt Vonnegut books)
  • Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich (regular readers know I love animals, and this one is non-fiction. My proudest achievement, outside my family, is having hand-tamed a wild scrub jay…I could literally open the door to my apartment, whistle a certain whistle, and the bird would fly into the room and land on my finger. Yes, it took months) 😉
  • The Walk (and other books) by Lee Goldberg
  • Hold the Dream (and other books) by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America 1932-1972 by  William  Manchester
  • Cro-Magnon (non-fiction) by Brian Fagnan
  • Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell (the short inspiration for The Thing from Another World…and John Carpenter’s bizarre version)
  • Perry Mason books by Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Better Than Fiction: True travel tales from great fiction writers (Lonely Planet Travel Literature) (includes stories from Joyce Carol Oates and Alexander McCall Smith)
  • White Bones by Graham Masterton
  • Happy Hour is 9 to 5: How to Love your Job, Love your Life, and Kick Butt at Work (Your Best Self) by Alexander Kjerulf. I understand this one: I wake up in the morning and say, “Oh boy, I get to go to work today!” 🙂 I remember one of my employees saying, when I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore, that they couldn’t wait to get home. I said, “You are home. You spend more time awake here than anywhere else.” 😉
  • Winter Soldier (and other Marvel Comics). Note: like many graphic novels and comics, they may show that text-to-speech is not enabled. That doesn’t mean it was blocked by the publisher (I don’t buy books where that is the case), but that the “text” is part of the image and can’t be accessed by the software. Might be something for a fan of the current Captain America movie
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic by Katie Cook (illustrated by Andy Price). Yo, bronies!
  • Bob Books by Bobby Lynn Maslen, illustrated by John Maslen. I’m buying these! We’ve given the paper versions of these elementary kids’ books, and it makes sense for us to have them in our library for when kids might borrow a Kindle. These might be very good gifts (you can delay the delivery of a Kindle gift for an appropriate date). They have several sets in the deal. Oh, I see they aren’t available for Paperwhites and other non-Fires, but are available for our Android phone…and the Kindle Cloud Reader. If you con’t have a Fire, you might want to download the free Kindle Cloud Reader so you can buy these
  • Books by Winston Churchill
  • The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully (Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write) by Arielle Eckstut, David Henry Sterry
  • Dr. Feelgood: The Shocking Story of the Doctor Who May Have Changed History by Treating and Drugging JFK, Marilyn, Elvis, and Other Prominent Figures by Richard A. Lertzman, William J. Birnes (full disclosure…I’ve done some work with Bill Birnes with a non-profit, but don’t know Birnes outside of that)
  • The Golden Straw by Catherine Cookson
  • The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos (Pulitzer Prize winner)
  • Dreaming in Chinese by Deborah Fallows (gifted this one to our adult kid, who is a linguist)
  • Hot Money by Sherryl Woods
  • Now, Voyager by Olive Higgins Prouty (basis of the Bette Davis movie)
  • How Life Imitates Chess by Garry Kasparov
  • The Zinn Reader by Howard Zinn
  • Call of the Jersey Devil by Aurelio Voltaire: 4.7 stars, 64 reviews for this humorous cryptofiction
  • Mesmerized by Alissa Walser (translated by Jamie Bulloch): I think some people still use that term to mean…stunned in fascination by something. Franz Mesmer was a real person, often linked with hypnotism (although that’s not the same as “animal magnetism). This is a novel featuring Mesmer

Whew! That’s just a small portion. If you want to let me and my readers know about others in the sales, feel free to comment on this post (if you are personally connected to the book, besides as a reader, please mention that).


Update: I’ve updated this post with more books. 🙂

* 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! :) 

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