Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: August 2014

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

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

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.

The Eternal Wonder (at AmazonSmile)
by Pearl S. Buck
3.9 stars, 312 reviews
Yes, this is Kindle Unlimited

This book made a big splash when it was fairly recently published…a “lost novel” by the other of The Good Earth.

The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam (at AmazonSmile)
by Andrew Wiest
history – military
4.8 out of 5 stars, 137 customer reviews
$1.99 at time of writing
not in KU

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
fantasy, horror
$1.99 EACH
in KU, with Whispersync for Voice

Not Young, Still Restless: A Memoir (at AmazonSmile)
by Jeanne Cooper
4.7 stars, 540 reviews
not in KU

Cooper played Katherine Chancellor on the Young and Restless for almost forty years…good rating on this one. Again, might be a good gift.

The Wolfe (at AmazonSmile)
by Kathryn Le Veque
romance – historical – medieval
Kindle Unlimited

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

The 39 Clues Book 1: The Maze of Bones (at AmazonSmile)
by Rick Riordan
children’s – mysteries & detectives
4.5 stars, 271 reviews
$2.99 at time of writing
not in KU

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

Anathem (at AmazonSmile)
by Neal Stephenson
science fiction
3.9 stars, 567 reviews
not in KU

Stephenson is a big name and award-winning author whose works in include Cryptonomicon and Snow crash.

Others include:

  • 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.

6 Responses to “Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: August 2014”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I just returned the second book of the “Witching Savannah series as my “Prime” book for July. I like the series, but it’s one the definitely needs to be read in order or the next book won’t make sense. Who knows if the series is still available for Prime now or not. No way to tell.

    I thought this month’s selection was one of the weakest so far in that I’d already acquired the ones of interest to me through Prime or because they had previously been Kindle Daily Deals. Some of them had previously been offered free for a limited time.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I’ve been checking in with Amazon on the change in how KOLL eligibility is labeled (which seems to be not at all in some places).

      However, since that series is published by Amazon (their 47North imprint) I’d be sure that it is KOLL eligible.

      I don’t know who you borrow a book with the KOLL right now, though…

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I managed to borrow my KOLL book for August, but I was going in blind. I have not signed up for the free trial, so perhaps that’s why the borrow worked for me but not for you.

    I would advise any folks who have the free trial of KindleUnlimited to NOT return their current KOLL book before trying to borrow a new one. That way, they at least will get the notice that they need to return the current book before the loan can go through. If they decide that’s the book they really want to borrow, then they can go ahead and click the button to return the perviously borrowed book. If they want to back out before the chosen book gets borrowed, they can opt to keep the current book.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Well, I actually did return my July book…to see if that would make the “Borrow for Free” button show up. I’ve never returned one when not in the process of borrowing a new one before, I think.

      No luck…I’ve asked Amazon about this, because I don’t see how I can borrow a KOLL book this month.

      I suppose it’s legitimate to ask why I want to borrow a KOLL book if I can get the same book as part of KU. Not much of a reason this time, but I want to feel like I’m getting my money’s worth out of Prime, and there may be times when the “ten books at a time” limit come into play.

  3. Zebras Says:

    Are there books in KOLL not in KU? It hasn’t been clear to me. If there are not, it really shouldn’t matter, but then people might feel they deserve a discount when they have both services.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing zebras come! The books in the KOLL were automatically enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. I understand that people can opt out but I would have to doublecheck. I have heard from Amazon that they are working on the ways that the buttons display.

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