Monthly Kindle Deals for under $3.99 each: December 2014

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 for less each: December 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 108 for this month at the time of writing (eleven 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 50% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,504,087 of 3,032,502). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something. :)

Another 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 link (if I do get any linked this time) also don’t block text-to-speech access**…but I think blocking it is becoming rarer.

These books can make excellent small gifts! Remember that y ou can delay the delivery of a Kindle store book until the appropriate gift giving occasion.

The Beginning of the End (Apocalypse Z)
by Manel Loureiro and Pamela Carmell
4.2 stars out of 5, 2270 customer reviews
$1.99 at time of writing
Kindle Unlimited

Very high rating with this many reviews! I’ve read this one: you can read my mini review of it here: They also have other books in the series in this deal.

Switched (A Trylle Novel Book 1)
by Amanda Hocking
3.9 stars, 845 reviews

Hocking was the poster child for indie success through Amazon publishing…and has one of my favorite Twitter feeds. 🙂 This book is actually published by Macmillan.

The Long Way Home
by Karen McQuestion
4.1 stars, 771 reviews
Kindle Unlimited

Another indie success…

  • Books in the Happy Herbivore series by Lindsay S. Nixon
  • Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe by Bob Berman and Robert Lanza
  • Books in the Frontlines series by Marko Koos
  • Books in The Remaining series by D.J. Molles
  • Books in The Game series by J. Sterling
  • Books in the Kathleen Turner series by Tiffany Snow
  • Ink Mage by Viktor Gischler
  • Deadpool, Vol. 1: Secret Invasion by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon
  • The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human by Vint Dvm Virga
  • The Princess (The Montgomery/Taggert Family Book 8) by Jude Deveraux (Deveraux is one of the major romance authors)
  • The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien by J.R.R. Tolkien and Humphrey Carpenter (good small gift for a Lord of the Rings fan
  • Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick by Philip K. Dick and Jonathan Lethem
  • Jerusalem Inn (Richard Jury Mysteries Book 5) by Martha Grimes (Grimes is a very popular mystery writer)


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 (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:

  • Marked (Servants of Fate Book 1) by Sarah Fine (romantic fantasy)
  • The Last Passenger
    by Manel Loureiro, Andrés Alfaro (suspense)
  • Fatal Puzzle (Zons Crime Book 1) by Catherine Shepherd, Julia Knobloch (thriller)
  • Guardians of the Night (A Gideon and Sirius Novel) by Alan Russell (mystery)

I’m going with The Last Passenger, and it was an easy choice. Loureiro is the author of the Apocalypse Z books, the first of which is the most reviewed book I listed above. They classify it as a suspense novel, but it involves time travel…one of my favorite subjects.


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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.

5 Responses to “Monthly Kindle Deals for under $3.99 each: December 2014”

  1. Zebras Says:


    I noticed several people on the Echo threads saying they were able to buy Echo pre-invite, so I tried, and it worked.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Zebras!


      Not available for me yet.

      Generally, what I’ve seen is that the ability to buy becomes available somewhat before you get the invitation…maybe on the order of half a day.

      Based on the process people were given to exercise their options, we may see another wave of invitations go out in the next two days. I’ve already checked a few times today. 🙂

      Love to know what you think of it! Are you getting it Friday?

  2. Zebras Says:

    Yes, I’m getting it on Friday. Feel bad, because if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have clicked on the request for invite that early, and you would have clicked first! For financial reasons, I was thinking about not spending the money, but I just had gotten the Fire TV Stick (loving it), but can’t get my technologically challenged husband to even try that to access the music on Amazon, so now he’ll be able to do it verbally.

    I am amazed at the Fire TV Stick’s capabilities already. Loaded up the Game of Life App that I already had been playing mindlessly on my Fire, and its a more intricate version. Love that you can use its traditional remote, the one on the Fire, or even if you are searching on the video section on the Fire, you can tell that to start watch on the TV stick, and then it displays the notes and actors in a live feed right on the tablet.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Zebras!

      Oh, don’t worry about me…I appreciate that, but believe me, I’m happy you are getting one! From what I’ve seen, they may be deliberately not sending them to tech writers until it has matured a bit.

      Yes, I’m quite impressed with the Fire TV Stick! I have had one problem with the remotes, but I need to speak with Amazon about it and I’ll write it up.

  3. Zebras Says:

    Just got the official invite now.

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