October 2014 Kindle book releases

October 2014 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 6,152 (at time of writing) October releases in the USA Kindle store:

October 2014 USA Kindle store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

One interesting thing before I get into some individual titles: the first four (sorted by new and popular) are the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month!

Since Prime members can already be reading one of these (even though they aren’t officially released until October) at no additional cost, you can see how that would drive up their popularity as compared to actual pre-orders. The top four being Kindle First was also true the last time I did one of these.

The other thing is that there are some Kindle Unlimited titles way up on the list. I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.


To Kill a Mockingbird (Enhanced Edition) (at AmazonSmile*)
by Harper Lee
pre-order for October 21
Other formats: 4.6 out of 5 stars, 3370 customer reviews

When the first legal e-book of TKaM came out recently (it’s been overing around the top 400 mark in the USA Kindle store), it was also announced that HarperCollins was doing an “enhanced” version, which means it will include audio and or video content. At this point, the pre-order is priced at only $3.99, the same as the unenhanced version. I haven’t been able to find out yet what is in the enhancement, but this could make an excellent gift. Remember that you can delay the delivery of a gift e-book through the Kindle store for the appropriate date.

A Christmas Memory (at AmazonSmile*)
by Truman Capote
pre-order for October 28
$3.21 at time of writing
Other formats: 4.7 stars, 117 reviews

That’s right…Truman Capote for children.

Divergent Collector’s Edition (Divergent Series) (at AmazonSmile*)
by Veronica Roth
pre-order for October 21
Other formats: 4.5 stars, 18013 reviews
$4.99 at time of writing

They are adding a lot to this one for the Collector’s Edition!

72 pages of bonus content, including:

  • Two essays by Veronica Roth, including excerpts from early drafts of Divergent
  • An essay about the psychology behind fear and the “exposure therapy” of Dauntless initiation
  • Artistic renderings of the Choosing Ceremony Bowls
  • An excerpt from the movie script
  • Favorite quotes from Divergent, illustrated by fellow Initiates
  • A map of the Dauntless compound
  • Divergent discussion questions

I should mention, I don’t think you can pre-order a gift…you’ll have to wait for it to be published.

QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (Princeton Science Library) (at AmazonSmile*)
by Richard Feynman
pre-order for October 26
4.6 stars, 105 reviews
$9.99 (but it appears you’ll also be able to rent it for $4.84…not until it is released, though)

Surely, you’re joking… 😉

I’ll just list some more:

  • Turing Evolved by David Kitson (October 1, 2014)
  • The Wolf in Winter: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly (Oct 28, 2014)
  • Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming (Oct 7, 2014)
  • The Eye of Zoltar (The Chronicles of Kazam) by Jasper Fforde (Oct 7, 2014)
  • Theories of International Politics and Zombies: Revived Edition by Daniel W. Drezner (Oct 26, 2014)
  • A Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids by Margot Datz (Oct 14, 2014)
  • The Moosewood Cookbook: 40th Anniversary Edition by Mollie Katzen (Oct 28, 2014)
  • Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words by Maeve Binchy (Oct 28, 2014)
  • Revenger: A John Shakespeare Mystery by Rory Clements (Oct 14, 2014)
  • Let’s Talk Terror (Nancy Drew Files) by Carolyn Keene (Oct 7, 2014)
  • The Baby-Sitters Club #78: Claudia and Crazy Peaches by Ann M. Martin (Oct 21, 2014)
  • Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi, Jokei Molly Delight Whitehead and Shohaku Okumura (Oct 14, 2014)

One more interesting thing: this time, we can filter for books which will be in Kindle Unlimited! I may do a separate listing for those later, but here is the link for the 916 titles at time of writing:

Kindle Unlimited books in the USA Kindle store being released in October 2014 (at AmazonSmile*)

What I do is keep an Amazon wish list for Kindle Unlimited books I may want to read. That makes it easy for me to pick a new one when I want. 🙂 If you do that, you will just need to check to make sure it is still in KU when you go to borrow it…some books will go in and out of that list. Indie publishers, for one thing, can change that.


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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.

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