Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for 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 121 (one 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 49% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,295,250 of 2,661,124). 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. However, as I worked through the list this time, I was very disappointed to see a large number of books by Simon & Schuster that had blocked the access. I’ll have to look at that more carefully, and hope it isn’t part of a trend.
America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great (at AmazonSmile)
by Ben Carson, M.D.
politics & government – commentary and opinion
4.8 out of 5 stars, 2,409 customer reviews
$1.99 at time of writing
I’ve noticed that faith-based books (this is published by Zondervan) tend to have good customer reviews, but this is really an unusual average for this many reviews. I suppose sales may be up for the 4th of July, but I don’t know that that tends to raise the average of the reviews.
Racing in the Rain (at AmazonSmile)
by Garth Stein
children’s books (really? I would not classify this as a children’s book by any means…the publishers make that choice)
4.6 stars, 618 reviews
$1.99 at time of writing
I read this one in 2012: Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain.
This one is a children’s book…and a Newbery winner.
Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages
by Dean Koontz, illustrated by Phil Parks
4.7 stars, 163 reviews
$1.99 at time of writing
Koontz might not be the first person you think of when you consider authors that could cross over for kids…but this was (Koontz’ first book for “young readers”) has been well received.
Not an easy book to read, certainly, but one that has stood the test of time.
- Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
- The Berenstain Bears and the Forgiving Tree by Jan and Mike (not Stan) Berenstain…even though this is illustrated, text-to-speech is enabled
- Rod: The Autobiography by Rod Stewart
- Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
- Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
- The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown
- Topaz by Leon Uris
- A Season in H*ll by Jack Higgins
- Pines by Blake Crouch
- Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey
If there were others you’d like to mention for me and my readers, please comment 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: Inamorata by Megan Chance (historical fiction); As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka (young adult thriller); Rain Girl by Gabi Kreshlehner (mystery); and The Empty Quarter by David L. Robbins (thriller).
* 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.