Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: February 2015

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

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 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
KU

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
KU

This is the first book in this series (seven so far).

The Sixth Shotgun
by Louis L’Amour
4.1 stars, 405 reviews
KU

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid
3.8 stars, 408 reviews
KU

Dhalgren
by Samuel R. Delany
3.7 stars, 153 reviews
KU

The Children
by David Halberstam
4.8 stars, 61 reviews
KU

One of the great and most popular non-fiction writers…

Heaven
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
KU

The second book in the series

Sullivan’s Sting
by Lawrence Sanders
4.0 stars, 13 reviews
KU

The Great Alone
by Janet Dailey
4.4 stars, 31 reviews
KU

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

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*)

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.

Enjoy!

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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.

8 Responses to “Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: February 2015”

  1. Karen Says:

    You actually get two picks with the Kindle First program at this point.

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    The only Kindle First that doesn’t appeal to me is “The One that Got Away,” so I guess I’ll wait for a few more reviews before I make my final decision. Will they end up being Kindle Unlimited selections next month? If so, then I can wait on one of them. I’m starting to get a major backlog of unread books!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Yes, they should all be in Kindle Unlimited once they are officially released on March 1st…so if it’s just reading, and not owning which concerns you, and you are a KU member, you’re good.🙂

  3. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I ended up downloading “Wreckage,” instead of the mermaid one, and I’m disappointed. My usual way of reading a book is to read the beginning and the ending, and if I like the ending, I go back and read the middle. I read the first two chapters and the last three chapters of this book and found out all I really cared to know about the plot. I fear if I get too specific about why I didn’t like the book enough to read the middle part, I would end up spoiling it for those who like this sort of book. My major disappointment was that I was expecting something along the lines of “Alive” or “Castaway,” and what I ended up with was more romance novel than mystery. I’m sure folks who love romance novels will really enjoy this book. I didn’t.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Well, as I think you know, my head is spinning at the idea of reading a book out of sequence!😉

      I appreciate your caution on spoilers!

      • Lady Galaxy Says:

        I don’t always read that way. Sometimes I start at the beginning and go straight through. Sometimes I get impatient, other times I want to see if my early speculation is correct. If I know how it ends ahead of time, I can pick up the clues I would have missed otherwise. Or perhaps my sense of time is more quantum than linear. Ironically, it annoys me when TV shows start out at a crucial moment where all our favorite characters are in danger, then the words, “x hours, days, weeks earlier” appear on the screen and the story starts back at the beginning.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Lady!

        Interesting! I wonder which factors affect your approach…

        I also have to assume you might not have been a Columbo fan?😉

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