KDD: The Hunger Games for $1.99

KDD: The Hunger Games for $1.99

One of today’s

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

is Suzanne Collins’

The Hunger Games (at AmazonSmile)

for $1.99.

As always, check the price before you click or tap that Buy button…the price may not apply in your country (I have readers all over the world), or you may be seeing this after the sale has ended (it is a Kindle Daily Deal, after all).

This is a book beloved by many. In the more than five (!) years since its initial release (someone who was thirteen and read it when it first came out could be voting by now), it has remained popular. The third movie based on the series (there are two more books in The Hunger Games trilogy) will likely be one of the biggest movies this year, and was a buzzy property at the just ended San Diego Comic Con.

I wrote my own review of it in this blog more than two and a half years ago:

Review: The Hunger Games

Outside the value of the book as a book, it’s an important example of something else.

Its publisher, Scholastic, is not one of the Big Five…but it is a large publisher with major bestsellers.

They don’t fall in line with the Big Five, often giving customers benefits that the Big Five tend not to do.

They weren’t part of the Department of Justice legal action against publishers and Apple for price-fixing: they didn’t do the Agency Model.

Programs in which they participate in the Kindle Store (and specifically on The Hunger Games):

  • Text-to-speech access is not blocked…you can listen to being read to you by software
  • X-ray is enabled, meaning you can get information about the characters and other elements
  • It has “real page numbers”
  • Lending is enabled: you can loan the book (once, for fourteen days) to someone not on your account
  • Eligible Prime members can borrow the book as part of the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
  • You can read the book at no additional cost as part of Kindle Unlimited
  • It has Whispersync for Voice (which also means you can listen to an audiobook version at no additional cost as part of KU)

Scholastic (in business since 1920) doing all of this (and participating in community programs), while keeping customers and (as far as I know) authors happy puts the big challenge to the Big Five…why can’t they do it, too?

However you’d like to get the book, be it purchasing it or borrowing it, enjoy!

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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! :) 

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.

3 Responses to “KDD: The Hunger Games for $1.99”

  1. Edward Boyhan Says:

    Scholastic AFAIK does mostly juvenile-oriented publishing. In addition to “The Hunger Games”, it’s biggest publishing score was of course the Harry Potter series (:grin)

    I agree that it would be nice if the big 5 could adopt some of Scholastic’s business practices — OTOH maybe pigs could fly (:grin)

    I see where Amazon has made public a number of proposals to Hachette about eBook pricing, and the minimum royalty percentages that its authors ought to receive.

    See the Trachtenberg article:
    http://online.wsj.com/articles/amazon-calls-for-hachette-to-cut-e-book-prices-1406675179

    One interesting point that Amazon brings up that I don’t think tradpubbed authors understand very well is how radically the quantity sold increases in response to just modest price decreases.

    If more authors paid more attention to these kinds of business details (instead of leaving all that to their agents), I think the Hachette dispute would be perceived differently.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      Yes, that’s correct: Scholastic is oriented towards kids.

      Well, I sort of like the idea (even if it isn’t really reality) that authors can concentrate on the creative process while agents concentrate on the rest of it. I remember Elizabeth Ashley saying, “The only thing I like about acting is acting.”

      That said, the agents could perhaps be explaining the benefits of greater volume at a lower price…unless their cut is affected in some way by it.

  2. Man in the Middle Says:

    When first available in March of 2013, the entire Hunger Games trilogy cost $5 as a single Ebook. Now THAT was a good purchase!

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