Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: February 2015
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 115 for this month at the time of writing (five more 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 (1,601,705 of 3,183,506). 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 Man in the High Castle
by Philip K. Dick
4.0 stars out of 5, 407 customer reviews
I read this one recently as a Kindle Unlimited (KU) borrow, and there is a pilot for a TV series based on it currently available from Amazon Prime video. They have other P.K.D. books in this sale, too…
A Clean Kill in Tokyo (Previously Published as Rain Fall) (A John Rain Novel)
by Barry Eisler
4.1 stars, 488 reviews
This is the first book in this series (seven so far).
The Sixth Shotgun
by Louis L’Amour
4.1 stars, 405 reviews
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid
3.8 stars, 408 reviews
by Samuel R. Delany
3.7 stars, 153 reviews
by David Halberstam
4.8 stars, 61 reviews
One of the great and most popular non-fiction writers…
by V.C. Andrews
4.7 stars, 187 reviews
The author of the Flowers in the Attic series…
All Things Bright and Beautiful
by James Herriot
4.9 (!) stars, 54 reviews
The second book in the series
by Lawrence Sanders
4.0 stars, 13 reviews
The Great Alone
by Janet Dailey
4.4 stars, 31 reviews
Futureland: Nine Stories of an Imminent World
by Walter Mosley
3.9 stars, 54 reviews
KU (added to my KU wishlist)
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 two (this is the second month in a row where that has been the case…thanks to reader Karen for pointing that out) 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 Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble (fantasy)
- The One That Got Away by Simon Wood (crime thriller)
- The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley (mystery)
- Wreckage by Emily Bleeker (contemporary fiction)
I debated about Wreckage, but I’m going with The Mermaid’s Sister. Update: since I can get two books, I’m also going to get Wreckage.
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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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