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

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: October 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 (the same as last month).

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 (1,418,268 of 2,889,220). 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. However, this month, there were a few from Simon & Schuster I probably would have linked, if they hadn’t made the decision to block the access.

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)
by Susan Ee
4.5 stars out of 5, 2453 customer reviews
$1.99 at time of writing
young adult paranormal & urban

Did you notice the number of reviews and how highly rated this is? It’s published by an Amazon traditional publishing imprint, so it has the features. That includes an audiobook for Whispersync for Voice…and that you can hear as part of your Kindle Unlimited membership (if you have one).

A Night to Remember (at AmazonSmile*)
by Walter Lord
4.6 stars, 350 reviews

The classic account of the sinking of the Titanic…and it was a #1 New York Times bestseller.

Classic Goosebumps #1: Night of the Living Dummy (at AmazonSmile*)
by R.L. Stine
4.6 stars, 77 reviews
children’s books – scary stories

Note that this isn’t the first book in the original series of children’s horror stories…it’s the first book in the series of reprints (and includes supplemental materials).

Betrayal (at AmazonSmile*)
by Fern Michaels
4.3 stars, 75 reviews
women’s fiction – mystery, thrillers, and suspense

One of the bestselling authors…

Six Days of the Condor (at AmazonSmile)
by James Grady
4.1 stars, 74 reviews
mystery, thriller, and suspense

It became the Robert Redford movie, Three Days of the Condor. Well, you know, they always have to cut things out when they make a book into a movie…in this case, half the days. 😉

I’m going to list a few more:

  • Cashelmara by Susan Howatch KU
  • Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima  by Jame Hahaffey KU
  • Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd
  • Not in Your Lifetime: The Defining Book on the J.F.K. Assassination by Anthony Summers KU
  • Some Came Running: The Definitive Edition by James Jones KU
  • Luke Jensen, Bounty Hunter: Bloody Sunday by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone

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 Fire Seekers by Richard Farr (Science-Fiction Thriller)
  • The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning, Samuel Willcocks (Historical Fiction)
  • The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter by Craig Lancaster (Fiction)
  • My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni (Mystery)

I did consider a The Fallow Season, but I’m going with The Fire Seekers…


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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: October 2014”

  1. Harold Delk Says:

    Off Topic: Interesting post on Hatchette v Amazon at:

  2. Zebras Says:


    Also off topic! Have you encountered the no-rush shipping for Prime members, that if you choose that option, you get $1 print books or e-books?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Zebras!

      I have, but I haven’t written about it because the availability of it doesn’t seem to be universal. It just seems to happen some of the time for some people, and I don’t know what the rules are…so I can’t say much that is useful about it. Here’s the page I found:

      No-Rush Shipping Terms & Conditions

  3. Anne Says:

    This month’s First books look a lot more interesting–I didn’t take anything last month. I’m still deciding which to select. (Oops your First link say September instead of October.)

    I’m trying to figure out how to tell if a free or low price is a limited deal. I see Defending Jacob by Wm. Landay for $2.99 I plan to get it. It is a legal thriller/courtroom drama with family and ethical aspects going on, was compared to Presumed Innocent and on lists for people who enjoyed Gone Girl. The author is an attorney.

    Zebras, I get that offer if you use free no-rush shipping for a physical book purchase– $1 is just a credit you get toward your next book or ebook purchase, not a book for that price, but a credit for that amount.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Anne!

      There isn’t a way to tell if a book price is a limited deal, unless it is part of the

      Kindle Countdown Deals (at AmazonSmile)

      in which case there will be a time shown as to when the price expires.

      The reason is that the publisher (which may be just the author) can change the price at any time, with no prior notice. Some prices are changed algorithmically, with no human involvement…which can lead to some quite interesting prices.

      One of the best resources on the web for Kindle owners and Kindle book readers (a group with considerable overlap, but they aren’t exactly the same) is

      You can list books there and they will send you a free e-mail when they drop in price an amount you specify. I am not associated with them except as a user, although we have had some correspondence.

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