Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: September 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 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

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 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.

The Best American Short Stories 2013 (at AmazonSmile)
edited by Elizabeth Strout, Heidi Pitlor
3.9 out of 5 stars, 38 reviews
$2.99 KU

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
$2.44 KU

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.

The Wars of the Roses (at AmazonSmile*)
by Alison Weir
4.3 stars, 152 reviews
$1.99

Another well-reviewed history…but of a different place.

The Carpet People (at AmazonSmile*)
by Terry Pratchett
4.0 stars, 61 reviews
$1.99 KU

A children’s book from the beloved author of the Discworld series.

John Lennon: The Life (at AmazonSmile*)
by Philip Norman
4.0 stars, 181 reviews
$1.99

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.

A Widow’s Story: A Memoir (at AmazonSmile*)
by Joyce Carol Oates
4.0 stars, 197 reviews
$1.99

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.

The Confessions of Nat Turner (at AmazonSmile*)
by William Styron
4.1 stars, 90 reviews
$2.51 KU

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

Kindle First books for September (at AmazonSmile*)

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. 

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: September 2014”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    Your mention of KU reminded me that my free month ends today. I had originally intended to opt out at the end of the free month, but I picked out several really long books that I’m now barely 25% of the way through, so I’ll be keeping it. Amazon got me hooked once again!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Gotcha!😉

      As I expected to do, we also stayed subscribed. I haven’t gotten my Significant Other to use it yet, but I will. It has meant that I am reading more expensive books (and not paying additional for them) than I would have, which gives me more flexibility in what I read. I just finished (and really enjoyed) the second of the These Are the Voyages books…and I would probably never have read them without KU.

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I’m still on the first “These Are the Voyages” book. I’ve read and returned several mysteries. I really like being able to borrow cookbooks. I always hate it when I pay for a cookbook only to discover that there isn’t a single recipe I’d want to try.

    I also wonder how Amazon determines if one actually reads 10% of a recipe book or not. All I have to do is scan the ingredients to know if I want to attempt a recipe or not. If I see something in the ingredients list I don’t like, I quickly page through or skip to the next recipe. One interesting thing I’ve noticed about the cookbooks, though, is that many of them open up to a page that is more than 10% of the way through the book. One of them opened at the 17% point. Is this an anomaly or a deliberate attempt to get past that magical 10% payment point? Surely Amazon has a way to detect the difference between having read the first 10% of a book or simply bypassing the first 10% of a book?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I have to say, I was disappointed after I finished the second “These Are the Voyages” to discover there wasn’t one for the third season…yet.🙂

      I wouldn’t expect Amazon’s checking to be that sophisticated…I think they’ll just do it based on where your location is when your book syncs with Amazon. That said, they’ve also made it clear that “cheating” on this can get you kicked out of the system. So, if somebody had a thousand page book, and one hundred people got through ten percent in the first day, that would be a red flag…and they’d investigate.

      As to a book opening at 17%, I think that’s neither an anomaly nor a deliberate attempt. I don’t think indie publishers can set the start point, but I could be wrong on that. Typically, if a book opens farther into it like that, it’s because there are images in the beginning pushing it forward…even the cover image could count, I believe.

      • Lady Galaxy Says:

        I’m still working my way through the first “These are the Voyages.” I’m bogged down in pre-production because most of what is there is stuff I already knew from other sources. I was disappointed after reading Will Wheaton’s “Memories of the Future” that there was no Volume 2. I enjoyed his snarky take on Next Gen.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Lady!

        Wheaton has had an interesting career…or careers.😉 From what was widely a reviled character (because it felt to some people like it was trying to “Lost in Space” Star Trek to have a child prodigy on board) to voice artist to slimy villain guest star (I’d particularly recommend The Guild, although some will naturally go to The Big Bang Theory). Clearly, this is also a creative person in different ways…I’ll take a look for the book, even though I wasn’t a big ST:TNG fan.

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