Big Kindle book sale coming December 25th

Big Kindle book sale coming December 25th

In this

press release

Amazon announces digital content deals…and they don’t end with Christmas.

In fact, the one that is most pertinent to this blog starts on December 25th…Amazon’s annual sale on popular Kindle books. You’ll be able to get to it here: (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

They are mentioning some of the authors who will be involved (not all of their books, I’m sure): James Patterson, David Baldacci, Rick Riordan, Sandra Brown, Kristin Hannah, Jeff Kinney and Barbara Freethy.

It’s going to be like the Big Deal which happens from time to time: up to 85% off.

That’s going to run through the end of the year.

The Amazon Appstore will have a special Free App of the Day deal from the December 24th through the 26th…they are calling it a “bundle”, but I’m guessing you’ll click or tap on them one at a time.

That will be at the regular site:

Amazon Appstore (at AmazonSmile*)

Next, the

Holiday Deals in Amazon Instant Video (at AmazonSmile*)

go through the 25th.

On the 25th, there will also be a special music deal, with some popular albums at $3.99. That will be part of the

Gold Box Deals (at AmazonSmile*)

which happen every day. One of the deals today is 30% (!) off the current generation

Fire HDX 8.9″ (at AmazonSmile*)

which brings it to as low as $299 for large screen tablet, with front and rear cameras, the fastest processor, the most pixels per inch (which affects how sharp images are), and the longest battery life.

They don’t usually tell us ahead of time what Gold Box Deals will be.

One of the questions (in case you don’t want to just grab the great bargains, but are curious) would be…why do they do this?

It’s not like they have extra digital stock sitting around after the holidays. 😉 When I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore, one of the real challenges was predicting how much of something you needed. Too little, and you lost out on income. Too much, and you had “leftovers” (or “remainders”, although that term is actually broader than actual overstock). You might be able to return books to the publisher for credit on future purchases, but that was still inconvenient.

There are two main reasons, I think.

One is to totally immerse you in your new device. If you’ve never had a Kindle/Fire before, and you aren’t joining an existing account (where you could download compatible previous purchases on that account), you want to stock up. Engaging heavily with the device and Amazon as you do that will reduce the chances you’ll send it back.

The second one is…people have money to spend. They might have gotten an Amazon gift card, or, perhaps, been gifted a Kindle book. In the latter case, you can covert the value of it into a store credit (you contact Amazon), which is great if you already have the book.

Amazon doesn’t want people getting distracted by other shiny things when they have that money to spend: have them spend it at Amazon.

I’ll keep my eyes open for good deals! Of course, I’ll also be spending time with the family (I have ILMK’s own annual tradition of Doctor Watson’s Blog in the queue), but they understand I might jump on for brief periods.

Enjoy the deals!

Oh, one other note: there were some rumors that the Amazon Echo was going to be made publicly available for purchase today. I didn’t think that was the case…I think when people are seeing the “Get it by Wednesday December 23rd” statement, that only applies to people who get an invitation. I don’t have an invitation, and can not purchase it from Amazon at this time.

Do I think it’s possible the Echo will go on sale (at least to Prime members) this week?


I could see them doing that while those gift cards are out there…the 25th, 26th…getting a lot of publicity for it.

However, I also think they reasonably may wait until next year, and kick it off with a big splash.

On the other hand, I will still keep checking today. 😉

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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 “Big Kindle book sale coming December 25th”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    Not at all related, but I thought you might find this article interesting. As somebody whose sleep pattern is totally out of whack, I can’t blame my Kindle but I am thinking maybe I need to turn my laptop off earlier in the evening.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I’m finding the article pretty confusing…I may try to read the original.

      The illustration is a Sony model. It appears that they had them read from an iPad, but they mention a Kindle. This paragraph seemed odd:

      “The researchers measured the amount of brightness coming from several devices, including an iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Kindle Fire and Nook Color. The Kindle e-reader does not emit light, while the iPad, Kindle Fire and Nook Color emit similar amounts of light. However, the iPad is the brightest of the devices measured.”

      Yes, tablets have more “brightness” than non-tablets…but that’s quite a fuzzy way to put it.

      I appreciate the article…just need to make more sense out of it. Like this:

      “Each participant read from an iPad before bedtime for five nights in a row, and did the same with a printed book.”

      Was that on successive weeks? I suppose…I don’t think they are reading both in the same night.

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