Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: August 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 126 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 (1,335,022 of 2,728,188). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something.
Another new thing is that many of these books may be part of
Amazon lists that information prominently. If they are, then you need to consider whether it is worth buying them…even at these low prices. While they are in KU, you can, if you are a subscriber (and there’s a free month available right now), read them at no additional cost. There are, of course, advantages to owning books, especially if you want to re-read them. A book could move out of KU at any time. Even if you think you want to own it, if you are a KU member, you could always read it first to make sure. 😉
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.
This book made a big splash when it was fairly recently published…a “lost novel” by the other of The Good Earth.
Very well-reviewed book…could be a good gift (you can delay a gift for a date you choose) for someone interested in Vietnam War history.
The Line (Witching Savannah Book 1) (at AmazonSmile) 4.3 stars, 2319 reviews
The Source (Witching Savannah Book 2) (at AmazonSmile) 4.5 stars, 417 reviews
by J.D. Horn
in KU, with Whispersync for Voice
Cooper played Katherine Chancellor on the Young and Restless for almost forty years…good rating on this one. Again, might be a good gift.
Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul: Stories of Canine Companionship, Comedy and Courage (Chicken Soup for the Soul) (at AmazonSmile)
by Marty Becker
spirituality, pets & animal care
4.6 stars, 130 reviews
Riordan is the super popular author of the Percy Jackson series. This is the first in an eleven book series…
Dead Man’s Folly: Hercule Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot series Book 31) (at Amazon Smile)
by Agatha Christie
4.2 stars, 44 reviews
not in KU
Stephenson is a big name and award-winning author whose works in include Cryptonomicon and Snow crash.
- UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record by Leslie Kean $3.99 (not in KU) 4.4 stars, 226 reviews
- Not Taco Bell Material by Adam Carolla $3.99 (not in KU) 4.4 stars, 436 reviews
- Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard $2.51 (not in KU) 4.8 stars, 28 reviews
- The Beast: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Decker/Lazarus Novels Book 21) by Faye Kellerman $1.99 (not in KU) 4.1 stars, 315 reviews
- Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi (continuing the work of H. Beam Piper) $2.99 (not in KU) 4.0 stars, 244 reviews
- Spellbound by Silvia Day $1.99 (not in KU) 3.5 stars, 120 reviews
- Amusement Parks (Shire USA) by Jim Hillman $1.99 (not in KU) 5.0 stars, 1 review
- Palo Alto: Stories by James Franco (yes,that James Franco) 😉 $1.99 (not in KU) 3.3 stars, 127 reviews
- The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman $1.99 (not in KU) 3.9 stars, 314 reviews
If there were others you’d like to mention for me and my readers, please comment on this post.
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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.
** 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.