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

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: June 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 120 (ten more than last month) 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 48% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,259,761 of 2,598,154). 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.

The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel (at AmazonSmile)
by James Rollins
4.4 out of 5 stars, 709 customer reviews
thrillers, military
$1.99 at time of writing

The Beach House (at AmazonSmile)
by Georgia Bockoven
4.2 stars, 90 reviews
contemporary fiction

Horns (at AmazonSmile)
by Joe Hill
4.2 stars, 935 reviews
fiction, horror

This one may not be what you expect from a horror novel. Hill is a New York Times bestselling author, and Daniel Radcliffe starts in the movie version.

Raylan (at AmazonSmile)
by Elmore Leonard
3.9 stars, 363 reviews
Westerns, hard-boiled mystery

The inspiration for the TV series Justified…

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy) (at AmazonSmile)
by Leigh Bardugo
4.5 stars, 492 reviews
young adult science fiction and fantasy

This one sounds like something different in young adult…a fantasy based more on Russian society.

My Mother Was Nuts (at AmazonSmile)
by Penny Marshall
4.0 stars, 1,575 reviews
biographies & memoirs

This was traditionally published by Amazon, but appeared to be hurt in sales when a number of brick-and-mortar stores wouldn’t carry it for that reason. This is not wholly dissimilar from what Amazon is doing with Hachette books, in the sense that one business is inconveniencing their customers to get back at another business.

The Song of Achilles (at AmazonSmile)
by Madeline Miller
4.1 stars, 598 reviews
historical fiction

The reviews are quite persuasive (including by J.K. Rowling), with comparisons to Mary Renault.

The Accursed (at AmazonSmile)
by Joyce Carol Oates
3.1 stars, 191 reviews
literary historical fiction

Unnatural Death (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, 3) (at AmazonSmile)
by Dorothy L. Sayers
4.5 stars, 68 reviews

Galapagos (Galapagos)
by Kurt Vonnegut
3.9 stars, 195 reviews
fiction, satire

The Introvert Advantage: Making the Most of Your Inner Strengths (at AmazonSmile)
by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.
4.2 stars, 281 reviews
psychology & counseling

I’m an extrovert myself (surprised?), but I can tell you that one of the errors I see some leaders make is to try to “cure” someone of being “shy”. They’ll require that everyone introduce themselves, or that people take turns leading the conversation. Introversion, as a strategy, is just as valid as extroversion…and it doesn’t help the situation by getting people to do things with which they are uncomfortable and that they probably don’t do well. Even if they do it well, how does it help to have them resent what you’ve had them do? I used to teach a class called “Advanced Interpersonal Communication”, and like most classes like that, it could be boiled down to one sentence: “People are different…and that’s okay.” 😉

Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book (at AmazonSmile)
by Ben Cohen, Jerry Greenfield, Nancy Stevens
4.5 stars, 599 reviews
cookbooks, desserts

Ask the Dust (at AmazonSmile)
by John Fante
4.5 stars, 151 reviews
contemporary fiction

If I asked you to name ten American novelists, the odds are pretty good that John Fante wouldn’t be on your list…but Fante might have been on Robert Towne’s and Charles Bukowski (this book includes an introduction by the latter).

Some others in this sale:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (these are the comics…it says that text-to-speech is not enabled, but rather than meaning it has been blocked by the publisher, it means here that the “text” is part of the image and can’t be accessed by the software
  • The Baby Thief by L.J. Sellers
  • Changing Lanes by Kathleen Long
  • The Summoner (The Dominic Grey Series) by Layton Green (and others in this series)
  • Born of Night (A League Novel) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • The Reason for My Hope: Salvation by Billy Graham
  • The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Lindsay S. Nixon
  • Blue Exorcist, Vol. 1 by Kazue Kato (this is a manga, so again, text-to-speech not enabled, but not blocked)
  • Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda
  • Transformers: Classics Vol. 1 (Transformers Classics) by William Johnson, Frank Springer, Bob Budiansky and Bill Mantlo (again, no TTS for technical reasons)
  • Lancelot by Walker Percy
  • The Return of Little Big Man: A Novel by Thomas Berger
  • Showdown: A Paradise Novel (The Books of History Chronicles) by Ted Dekker
  • A Short History of Cambodia: From Empire to Survival (A Short History of Asia series) by John Tully

I think it’s a good selection this time! There may be some others which stand out to you…feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.


Bonus deal for eligible Prime members: Kindle First (at AmazonSmile). As an eligible Prime member, you can get (to own…not to borrow, like the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library) one of four yet to be published books. This month, those free books include: The Fracking King (literary fiction) by James Browning; Supreme Justice (thriller) by Max Allan Collins; One Lavender Ribbon (romance) by Heather Burch; and Artful (fantasy) by Peter David.

* 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.

5 Responses to “Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: June 2014”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    What hurts is to see a book I purchased in March for $11.04 is one of this month’s “deals” for $2.99!
    Her Last Breath: A Novel (Kate Burkholder) [Kindle Edition]
    By: Linda Castillo

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Well, I know a lot of people find this hard to believe, but in a situation like that, I smile. I’m happy to think about the other people getting a great deal, and I figure I thought the price was fair when I bought the book (or I wouldn’t have bought it)…and that hasn’t changed just because it is cheaper now.

      You can always list a book at

      and they’ll send you a free e-mail when it drops an amount you specify…so if you think a price is too high, you can wait to see what happens. 🙂

  2. Harold Delk Says:

    Sent pix via email, but here’s link to view video.

  3. Jody Says:

    I got a text alert about this and sat for 10 minutes with two of our Kindle Fires open and waiting. The second that timer ran out I hit the buy now button and it immediately said more available at the regular price. Is there some trick that people do to reserve some before the timer runs out or some trick to use that I am not aware of. Man, I got all excited I would be done with my Christmas shopping- ha ha. Any advice?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Jody!

      No trick…I think quite a bit of it is just the luck of the draw. Fun to try for it, though!

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