Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: November 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 119 for this month at the time of writing (seven fewer than 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 (1,453,402 of 2,962,759). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something.
Another 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.
The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will by Stephen Sinatra and Jonny Bowden
4.7 out of 5 stars, 663 customer reviews
$2.99 at time of writing
When I’m reviewing these, I sort by average customer review…and this is a really good average with this many reviews!
Wings of Fire Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
4.7 stars, 289 reviews
Again, great reviews…this is “middle school” fiction from Scholastic Press. They are one of the few publishers where I consider that the fact that they published the book indicates that it is likely to be good.
- The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt series Book 1) by Edmund Morris $1.99
- LEGO: The LEGO Movie: Junior Novel by Kate Howard $1.99
- Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes and Ricardo Cortés $1.99 KU (very popular parody of a children’s book…not safe for work or kids 😉
- To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild $2.99 KU (this one is going on my KU wishlist! It looks fascinating)
- The Drifter (The Last Gunfighter Book 1) by William W. Johnstone $1.99 KU
- The Virtues of Oxygen by Susan Schoenberger $1.99 KU
- How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns $1.99 KU (I’ve read this one…I recommend it, and would be a good use of KU)
- A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley by Neal Thompson $3.79
- Dawn (The Xenogenesis Trilogy Book 1) by Octavia E. Butler $1.99 KU (another good use of KU!)
- Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum by Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino $2.99 KU
Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman $2.99 KU
- Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye by Lois Lowry $1.99 KU
- Watch Me Die by Lee Goldberg $1.99 KU
- Burning Water (A Diana Tregarde Investigation Book 1) by Mercedes Lackey $1.99
- Boys and Girls Together: A Novel by William Goldman $1.99 KU
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith $2.51 (soon to be a major motion picture…with Matt Smith)
- Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin $2.99 KU (oh, it was…daring to buy this when I managed a bookstore…and now it is part of KU!)
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:
- Ticker by Lisa Mantchev (fantasy)
- The End of Secrets by Ryan Quinn (espionage thriller)
- The Unimaginable by Dina Silver (romantic adventure)
- Shadow Boys (A Jon Cantrell Thriller) by Harry Hunsicker (crime thriller)
I’m going with Ticker…it would intrigue me even if it wasn’t free to own with our Prime membership. 🙂
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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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