Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: May 2014

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: May 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 rebranding: they used to say it was “100 Books”, but that’s also gotten to be more…there are 110 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 (1,259,425 of 2,580,012). 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.

Go Like H*ll: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans (at AmazonSmile)
by A.J. Baime
non-fiction automotive history
4.7 out of 5 stars, 168 customer reviews
$1.99 at time of writing

I am definitely not a car person…I once put washer fluid where the oil was supposed to go. 🙂 However, I’m always interested in the forces that shape culture, whatever they are. This sounds like an interesting moment, when Ford decided to challenge the rising perception of European cars by racing at Le Mans. This one might make a good gift…remember that you can delay the delivery until an appropriate occasion (Mothers’ Day or Fathers’ Day, for example).

Everyday Happy Herbivore: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes (at AmazonSmile)
by Lindsay S. Nixon
4.7 stars, 397 customer reviews

In the Heat of the Night (RosettaBooks into Film) (at AmazonSmile)
by John Ball
4.6 stars, 33 reviews

This one inspired a movie, a TV series, and six sequels about Virgil (“They call me Mr.”) Tibbs.

The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic (at AmazonSmile)
by Hazel Gaynor
historical fiction
4.4 stars, 492 reviews

Interestingly, according to reviews, this was self-published…and then edited and published by William Morrow, apparently to considerable improvement (again, just based on the reviews). That’s an intriguing trajectory.

Survivors #1: The Empty City (at AmazonSmile)
by Erin Hunter
children’s books
4.3 stars, 241 reviews

Very popular anthropomorphizer Hunter begins a series seen through the eyes of dogs.

Mother Night (at AmazonSmile)
by Kurt Vonnegut
fiction, humor
4.6 stars, 207 reviews

With how often the Vonnegut books are on sale (this is not the only one in this promotion), everybody has an opportunity to read books which have stood the test of time…at bargain prices.

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: The Life and Times of Warren Zevon (at AmazonSmile)
by Crystal Zevon
4.3 stars, 138 reviews

Some artists are just different. The fact that it’s Zevon’s ex-spouse putting together an oral history of the music legend (at Zevon’s own request) is just one more sign of that. The reviews make it sound raw and fascinating…another possible gift.

Time for me to just listing:

  • Naruto, Volume 1 (that’s right…manga ((Japanese comics)), and it’s not the only one here. Text-to-speech is not enabled, but as is the case with American comics and graphic novels, it’s not because it’s blocked…it is because the words are part of the images and the software that reads it out loud can’t detect them). This is a well-known series. I’ve mentioned my now adult kid is a linguist. When my kid was younger, I borrowed a manga to see what they were like. I went through it a bit and said I was having a hard time following the story (although it was in English). Turned out that it was printed as it had been in Japanese…so I was reading it back to front!
  • Midnight Exposure by Melinda Leigh
  • Being Henry David by Cal Armistead
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul (the original #1 bestseller) by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen…for $1.99!
  • The Tide of Live by Catherine Cookson
  • Stories from the Twilight Zone by Rod Serling
  • The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader
  • The Adventures of Ellery Queen by Ellery Queen
  • A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion for $0.99!
  • Glory Riders by Louis L’Amour
  • The Asphalt Jungle by W.R. Burnett
  • Refining Felicity by M.C. Beaton
  • The Sands of Mars by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy
  • The Grove by John Rector
  • Angel by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • Liquid Fear by Scott Nicholson
  • The Dinosaur Feather by S.J. Gazan


* 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. 

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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