“Back to School” Kindle Fire sale…in July?
I don’t even think that if they mean summer school that makes sense. 😉
Still, it’s a good sale, even if I don’t understand the way Amazon labeled the sale. They actually have that label in more than one place…maybe people are shopping now for the fall year? Maybe it’s for modular schedules? Oh, well…
You can get $50 off some Kindle tablets (and $30 off some) and 20% off some accessories:
From that page, you can choose the configuration you want:
- 8 GB, with or without Special Offers, $20 off (as low as $119)
- 16 GB, with or without Special Offers, $40 off (as low as $129)
- 16 or 32 GB, with or without Special Offers, with or without 4G, $30 off (as low as $199)
- 64 GB, with or without Special Offers, with or without 4G, $50 off (as low as $259)
- Any configuration $40 off (as low as $339)
What do I have? The Kindle Fire HDX 7″ with 16GB and Special Offers without 4G, but different people will have different use cases.
I don’t put a lot of movies and such on my device at a time, so the memory has never been an issue for me.
I tried using 4G for a year…it wasn’t worth it for me (you have to pay for a data plan for that). There’s just too much wi-fi in my area to make it a big issue.
I like having the Special Offers…and that’s especially true on the Fire. They do these Limited Time Offers (often, they sell out in seconds…and you get maybe an hour’s warning that it’s going to start)…we’ve literally saved hundreds of dollars that way.
I prefer the HDX over the HD for a number of reasons, not the least of which is Mayday, the live onscreen help option.
I’ve had a Kindle Fire with a bigger screen…I didn’t find that the extra weight and awkwardness of carrying it was worth it for me. I do have the
so it’s easy to throw it on a big screen if I want to do that.
Weirdly, I can’t easily find which accessories are 20% off. There would normally be a link or a section promoted on the main accessories page.
This is advertised as a limited time sale, and may not apply in your country. As always, check before you click or tap that Buy button.
Definitely think about this one as a gift (the price will likely go back up…this is probably a result of price competition at launch)…you can delay the delivery to a date you choose. It’s also a good one for your guest Kindle.
Right now, it’s number 113 paid in the Kindle store. I’ve said I think it may be one of the bestselling e-books of the year, and I’m sticking with that. I think it will have legs (keep selling for a long time), and again, should see an upsurge at gift-giving times.
There was a time when a lot of people were surprised by how expensive older books could be for the Kindle, but I’d say there are some bargains out there now.
I ran a search for literature classics prices from $0.99 to $3.99, and tried to filter out public domain titles:
I did this using
which I consider the most valuable resource on the web for Kindleers (I am not associated with that site except as a user, although we have had some correspondence).
Some titles standing out to me in the search:
- Marathon Man by William Goldman for $2.51 (I wouldn’t consider this a classic, but the publishers get to define the categories for marketing reasons)
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck for $3.50
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston for $1.99
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck for $2.50
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath for $2.99
- As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner for $2.50
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (that was one of the most wanted on Kindle for a while) for $2.99
If you’d pay that much for a new book and you haven’t read one of these (or you want to re-read it…or give it a gift), why not pay for one that has stood the test of time?
I can tell that, at least in this case, excluding public domain didn’t work very well. 🙂 Many of the books in the search results are in the public domain (not under copyright protection). You can often find those free: but it can be nice to have, say, 10 books in a series in a single volume. That kind of thing is showing up a lot.
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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.
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