February 2015 Kindle book releases

February 2015 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.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it.

For the most part, we are back to Amazon selling the books…which means they can guarantee the price.

If we see a return of the Agency Model (the rumor is that’s happening with Simon & Schuster), we’ll be back to that non-guarantee situation.

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 4,946 (at time of writing) February releases in the USA Kindle store:

February 2015 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.


  • Deadly in High Heels: High Heels Mysteries #9 Feb 3, 2015 by Gemma Halliday
  • Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances Feb 3, 2015 by Neil Gaiman
  • Waking the Dead (Cafferty & Quinn Novels Book 2) by Heather Graham
  • Desperate Measures Feb 17, 2015 by Fern Michaels
  • Wrongful Death (A Detective Jackson Mystery) Feb 24, 2015 by L.J. Sellers
  • The Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul Feb 24, 2015 by Rankin, M.D., Lissa
  • Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales Feb 3, 2015 by Terry Pratchett and Mark Beech
  • I am Haunted: Living Life Through the Dead Feb 10, 2015 by Zak Bagans and Kelly Crigger
  • The Fall Line: How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge Jan 15, 2015 by Nathaniel Vinton
  • Superman: Earth One Vol. 3 Feb 10, 2015 by J. Michael Straczynski and Ardian Sya
  • Time Patrol (Area 51: The Nightstalkers Book 4) Feb 24, 2015 by Bob Mayer
  • DC: The New Frontier Deluxe Edition Feb 17, 2015 by Darwyn Cooke
  • Harry Potter: The Creature Vault: The Creatures and Plants of the Harry Potter Films Feb 24, 2015 by Jody Revenson
  • Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined World sFeb 12, 2015 by Joseph P. Laycock
  • 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music Feb 3, 2015 by Andrew Grant Jackson
  • Two Strangers Feb 1, 2015 by Beryl Matthews
  • The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Feb 10, 2015 by Issa Rae
  • Princess Treasury Feb 10, 2015 by Disney
  • DISNEY’s Darkwing Duck: The Definitively Dangerous Edition Feb 10, 2015 by Aaron Sparrow and James Silvani
  • The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution Feb 3, 2015 by Patrick Cockburn
  • The Mind of the Maker Feb 10, 2015 by Dorothy L. Sayers and Madeleine L’Engle
  • Doctor Who: Human Nature: The History Collection Feb 12, 2015 by Paul Cornell

One more interesting thing: we can filter for books which will be in Kindle Unlimited! I may do a separate listing for those at some point, but here is the link for the 805 titles at time of writing:

Kindle Unlimited books for the USA Kindle Store February 2015 (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.


4 Responses to “February 2015 Kindle book releases”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    The other day I was browsing in the Kindle store and came across a Macmillan book that said, “Price set by publisher.” I thought I had stepped through a time warp.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Oh, I understand. 🙂 It’s important to note that it wasn’t the Agency Model itself that brought on the action from the Department of Justice: it was its use as a tool to coordinate rising prices between hypothetical competitors. If the publishers set the prices, but those prices are different, that would be okay…just as much as it is if retailers set their own prices. At least, that’s my understanding of it. 🙂

  2. Tom Semple Says:

    Prime members can choose up to 2 of the January Kindle First books for free (until the end of the month). Wonder if they’ll keep doing that.

  3. Tom Semple Says:

    I also find wish lists great for tracking KU titles (as well as books I may want to purchase). I also have one for ‘KU Favorites’—books I’ve previously borrowed and might want to borrow again. When you return a KU book, it disappears from your library and any Collections they may have been in. And there’s no order history. So they are a little slippery.

    Wish lists can also be prioritized and sorted and annotated and viewed in any web browser. And of course eReaderIQ can ingest them to let you know of price drops.

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