Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each:March 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 117 for this month at the time of writing (two more than last month…it has been trending upwards).
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 (1,664,311 of 3,298,023). 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 Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America’s Future
by Jonathan Cahn
4.6 stars out of 5 | 6,477 customer reviews
This is a major price cut on a very popular book (sales rank #439 out of more than three million). In the sale, it is $3.99 versus a digital list price of $16.99. It is faith based, and I’ve mentioned, I’ve noticed those tend to have higher average reviews.
Handle with Care
by Jodi Picoult
3.4 stars | 598 reviews
by Italo Calvino
4.4 stars | 185 reviews
The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
by Steven Strogatz
4.5 stars | 210 reviews
The Skies of Pern
by Anne McCaffrey
4.1 stars | 184 reviews
Before people watched dragons on Game of Thrones, we read about them in the Pern series. Undoubtedly, Avatar felt a bit…familiar to some of us. 😉
Blood Test (Alex Delaware #2)
by Jonathan Kellerman
4.1 stars | 122 reviews
The Many-Colored Land (Pliocene Exile #1)
by Julian May
4.3 stars | 82 reviews
I sold a lot of this Locus Award winning novel when I managed a brick and mortar bookstore. Be aware, though, that you’ll probably feel like it doesn’t finish the story and want to go on to the others.
The Dreadful Debutante (The Royal Ambition Series Book 1)
by M. C. Beaton
4.2 stars | 75 reviews
The Crocodile Bird
by Ruth Rendell
4.3 stars | 70 reviews
by Dennis Miller (yes, that Dennis Miller)
4.2 stars | 56 reviews
by J.R. Rain and Elizabeth Basque
4.1 stars | 56 reviews
Tori Amos: Piece by Piece
by Tori Amos and Ann Powers
4.4 stars | 49 reviews
by Jose Saramago and Margaret Jull Costa
4.0 stars | 50 reviews
Saramago is a Nobel Prize winner who wrote Blindness, which was adapted into a movie with Julianne Moore (and reminded me of The Day of the Triffids). Another one for my Kindle Unlimited Wish List.
The Quick and the Dead
by Louis L’Amour
4.5 stars | 46 reviews
L’Amour is, of course, one of the most popular writers of Westerns.
Curious George Visits the Dentist
by H. A. Rey
4.7 stars | 3 reviews
The Girl with No Name: The Incredible story of a Child Raised by Monkeys
by Marina Chapman, Lynne Barrett-Lee
4.5 stars | 197 reviews
This is a true story…which makes it quite remarkable. Even Edgar Rice Burroughs didn’t fictionalize Tarzan being raised by monkeys…or the great apes we know, for that matter. Completely unrelated to the book immediately above. 😉 This one is going on my Kindle Unlimited Wish List.
Joss Whedon: The Biography
by Amy Pascale
foreword by Nathan Fillion
4.5 stars | 33 reviews
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 third month in a row where that has been the case) 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:
- Younger by Suzanne Munshower (thriller)
- Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella (historical fiction)
- It Had to Be Him by Tamra Baumann (romance)
- The Gemini Effect by Chuck Grossart (science fiction thriller)
Well, I knew I would probably go with The Gemini Effect (while I consider myself an eclectic reader, science fiction is a plus). However, I read through the information about the other books to pick my second. I decided to go with Helen of Sparta. The title was intriguing: I know the legend reasonably well, and I could see how Helen might even choose to be known that way. I’ve also been rewatching The Time Tunnel recently, and saw a Trojan War episode not that long ago. 🙂
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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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