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 101 for this month at the time of writing (significantly fewer than last month, when there were 126).
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 (1,377,957 of 2,809,946). 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 will mark them with KU.
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.
I’m putting this one on my KU Wish List, which I use to make it easy to borrow more books more quickly. I do like short stories: they can be great for a short trip to the store using text-to-speech.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West (at AmazonSmile*)
by Dee Brown
4.7 stars, 443 reviews
Another one for my KU list! This one is a true non-fiction classic…check out the number of reviews and the high rating! Not an easy read, but history isn’t always easy.
Another well-reviewed history…but of a different place.
A children’s book from the beloved author of the Discworld series.
This is one to consider as a gift…remember that you can delay a gift until the appropriate date. Might be a nice small gift at the holidays, for example.
It can be difficult sometimes when an author writes something very different from what you are used to reading by them…but this personal memoir may be worth it if you can put that aside.
You want the backlist? How about a 1967 Pulitzer Prize winning novel?
Again, that’s just a few that stood out to me…there are books (not the best-known ones) by Michael Crichton and Ed McBain, John Rain books by Barry Eisler, books in the Not Quite series by Catherine Bybee, and more.
If there were others you’d like to mention for me and my readers, please comment on this post.
Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your
You can get one of the four books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:
- The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg (historical fiction…might go with that one)
- Tunnel Vision by Aric Davis (mystery)
- Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond (young adult fantasy)…hmmm, I do like young adult fantasy. These will probably all be in KU after they are released, so it’s a question of which one I think someone else on my account might want to read at some point: that’s the one I should buy
- Playing it Safe by Barbie Bohrman (romance)
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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.
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