The Big Deal: through October 5 (and more!)

The Big Deal: through October 5 (and more!)

One of my favorite things that Amazon does is the “Big Deal”, which will discount hundreds of books, generally a large amount, for a limited time.

This time:

The Big Deal (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

there are 494 (70 more than the last Big Deal) at time of writing. As always, check the price before you click that Buy button. It’s possible that books will move in and out of the deal, and it may not apply in your country.

Here are some that caught my eye:

  • A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford: more than 32 million copies sold, 4.7 stars out of 5, 192 customer reviews…and $1.99. Even better, it is part of Kindle Unlimited (KU), so members of that can also borrow it at no additional cost
  • Missy’s Murder by Karen Kingsbury (many more by Kingsbury in this deal), 4.0 stars, 131 reviews
  • Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day: A Doctor’s Guide to Solving Your Sleep Problems by Robert Rosenberg, 5.0 stars, 47 reviews
  • Pete Rose: An American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy, 4.4 stars, 134 reviews
  • Rising Sun, Falling Skies: The Disastrous Java Sea Campaign of World War II (General Military) by Jeffrey Cox, 4.5 stars, 62 reviews
  • Crackpot: The Obsessions of by John Waters, 4.9 stars, 22 reviews: could be a good gift. Waters is a real cult figure. Remember that you can delay the delivery of a gift until the appropriate  occasion
  • Lonely Planet Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet, Bradley Mayhew and Carolyn McCarthy, 4.2 stars, 102 reviews, KU
  • Sucker’s Portfolio: A Collection of Previously Unpublished Writing by Kurt Vonnegut, 4.0 stars, 148 reviews, KU
  • Deadpool Classic, Vol. 1 by Fabian Nicieza, Joe Kelly, Mark Waid and Joe Madureira, 4.4 stars, 55 reviews: the Deadpool movie (this is a Marvel character) just got a release date…this is a comics collection, and for that reason, won’t be accessible through text-to-speech. It won’t have been blocked by the publisher, it’s just that the words aren’t seen as text by the software, but as part of the image
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review: Fast Facts and Practice Questions, Second Edition by Leik MSN, Maria T. Codina, 4.4 stars, 94 reviews
  • Big Medicine by Louis L’Amour, 4.3 stars, 75 reviews, KU
  • Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (A World War I Tale) (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales) by Nathan Hale, 5.0 stars, 18 reviews…think of it as a graphic novel, but non-fiction. Great reviews!
  • LIFE The Day Kennedy Died: Fifty Years Later: LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment by The Editors of LIFE, 4.7 stars, 104 reviews…with audio/video, so it won’t work on every device, but might make a good gift
  • Why Your Weirdness Is Wonderful: Embrace Your Quirks and Live Your Strengths by Laurie Wallin, 4.8 stars, 46 reviews
  • Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane by John Skipp, Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Block and Ray Bradbury, 4.7 stars, 11 reviews, KU…read that author list again 😉
  • Expedition to Earth (Arthur C. Clarke Collection: Short Stories) by Arthur C. Clarke, 4.2 stars, 26 reviews, KU
  • Nuclear Dawn: The Atomic Bomb, from the Manhattan Project to the Cold War (General Military) by James Delgado, 5.0 stars, 5 reviews
  • The 13th Warning by R.L. Stine and Tim Jacobus, 4.3 stars, 51 reviews, KU
  • Woman of the Frontier by Zane Grey, 3.2 stars, 5 reviews, KU


Again, that’s just a small part of this over 400 book sale. If you’ve noticed others in the group you think my readers should consider, feel free to comment on this post.

Interestingly, that’s not Amazon’s only e-book sale right now:

20 Kindle Books for $2 Each (at AmazonSmile*)

One in particular that stands out to me is

A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion, 3.9 stars, 554 (!) reviews, KU.

30 Kindle Books for $3 Each (at AmazonSmile*)

This sale goes through October 15.


Bonus story: I also wanted to mention that the

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

appears to be a hit. It’s only available for pre-order at this point, but one configuration of it is already #2 bestseller (behind the Google Chromecast) in electronics at Amazon.

Looking at more of that list, different configs of the Voyage have many of the top spots: #2, #5, #9, #12…


new entry level: “Mindle Touch” as a suggested nickname, any configuration (at AmazonSmile*)

by contrast, is #13.

The new Fire tablets? Maybe not so much enthusiasm yet…the least expensive one, the

Fire HD 6, any configuration (at AmazonSmile*)

is at #17. That’s good, but it’s not like the Voyage…

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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 “The Big Deal: through October 5 (and more!)”

  1. Joan Huston Says:

    I really was hoping Amazon would not only improve the new Kindle but add the audio back on, we could enjoy their offers of reading as well as listening to a book. Just seems strange to me that they want you to buy both, but you can’t enjoy both on the kindle (unless you still have a Kindle 3.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Joan!

      Particularly when they promote Kindle Unlimited on the product page…and mention the ability to borrow audiobooks. The biggest thing for me about it is no text-to-speech (which I use for hours a week)…

  2. Anne Says:

    I haven’t seen too much that’s interesting on the Big Sale list, without looking anything up. The Psycho anthology looks good and worth it at 99 cents for 603 pages (to save for strictly broad daylight.) I did see a selection of Cooking Light Magazine cookbooks. The mag does a good job of lightening up dishes without making them ‘diet’, and I’ve found some real winners there. They have a crockpot one, a 5 ingredient one and the 2014 anthology. Likely worth the 2.99, I saw a cast iron book of stories and recipes from Lodge–I enjoy cooking with cast iron.

    Not listed, but now 2.99 for ‘a limited time’ on all ebook formats is Annihilation, book one of The Southern Reach Trilogy. I am definitely buying this asap. I read the first chapter on the publisher’s site and was hooked. It is a creepy story of an expedition to government restricted territory “Area X,” they send in a biologist, psychologist, surveyor and engineer, I think, all women because unfortunate things seemed to have happened on previous expeditions. I’ll say no more but you can read the full first chapter on link. I don’t know if this is futuristic or just it’s own genre.

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