The Big Deal: Kindle books up to 85% off through March 29th

The Big Deal: Kindle books up to 85% off through March 29th

Amazon saves us money on e-books in so many ways, but I do think it’s fun when they do the Big Deal. It’s over 400 books (431 at time of writing).

The Big Deal: Kindle Books Up to 85% Off (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

These are typically e-books which are genuinely on sale…they aren’t just cheap to begin with. 🙂

When the sale is over, they tend to go back up in price…although they may be reduced again later, of course.

Remember, as always, that you can buy e-books as gifts and delay the delivery until the appropriate date. You can also print out the gift and just hold on to it, so you have something to wrap. 😉 In that case, you don’t really need to specify to whom it goes, so these can also be good “emergency gifts” (we always keep a few of those around).

Do check the price before you click or tap that “Buy button”…these prices may not apply in your country (and I have readers in a lot of countries) 🙂 and I think it’s possible for books to go in and out of the set.

One more thing: some of these books are also available through

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

as part of the $9.99 monthly membership. It feels to me like Amazon sometimes uses the sales to promote KU, although there are now enough KU books that it may just be coincidence. On the other hand, they may be able to more freely discount the books which are in KU, so that may be part of it as well.

Here are some that caught my eye:

by Wm. Paul Young
4.5 stars out of 5 | 1,451 customer reviews
$2.99 at time of writing

That’s a very high review rating, but this is a faith-based book…and I’ve mentioned before that I think they tend to have higher scores. Don’t know why that is: they could actually be better, or could be that the audience for them is more generous with stars (which could be for different reasons). Still, that many reviews makes it impressive. Oh, and this is published by Hachette, so Big 5 publishers are part of this sale.

Don’t Go
by Lisa Scottoline
4.3 stars | 597 reviews

Scottoline is a very popular author! Nice to see that here.

Green for Life
by Victoria Boutenko and A. William Menzin, MD
4.4 stars | 485 reviews

I’ve been a vegetarian for a very long time. This is a popular book that focuses on “green smoothies”, which is something I don’t do. 🙂 I only drink water…I just found that simplifies things quite a bit, and has some health benefits. I carry a Brita Sport Water Filter Bottle (at AmazonSmile*) with me at work (in my laptop case…away from the computer, just in case, but it hasn’t leaked)…it’s much cheaper than buying bottled water, and I don’t taste anything with it (which I did with some thermoses). I also like that I’m not dealing with all those empties from bottled water.

by Paul Harding
3.5 stars | 402 reviews

A Pulitzer Prize winning debut novel…you don’t get to say that very often. 🙂

Exceptional (book 1 of the Exceptional series)
by Jess Petosa
4.0 stars | 353 reviews
Available through Kindle Unlimited (KU)

Young adult dystopian science fiction…well reviewed. If you like doing audiobooks with Whispersync for Voice through KU, that’s available on this one.

Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness (Edward Abbey Series Book 1)
by Edward Abbey
4.5 stars | 335 reviews

Also available in the sale: The Monkey Wrench Gang

Ball Four
by Jim Bouton
4.3 stars | 317 reviews
KU (with Whispersync for Voice…WFV)

This is classic baseball non-fiction…controversial, but I sold it a lot when I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore. This one could be a great gift…and a nice KU read.

Six Days of War
by Michael Oren
4.5 stars | 313 reviews

Non-fiction about the Six Day War in the Middle East…the impact of these events is still in the news today.

Moving Target: A Novel (Ali Reynolds Book 9)
by J.A. Jance
4.5 stars | 307 reviews

Another very popular author!

Black Dahlia Avenger: The True Story
by Steve Hodel
3.3 stars | 277 reviews

This book claims to solve the notorious and horrific Black Dahlia murder case…

Guinness World Records 2015
4.7 stars | 277 reviews

Another great gift, especially for a curious kid…

A Cry In The Night
by Mary Higgins Clark
4.5 stars | 258 reviews

One of the most popular authors of all time!

A Passage to India
by E.M. Forster
3.9 stars | 221 reviews

Probably needs no introduction… 🙂

‘White Girl Bleed A Lot’: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It
by Colin Flaherty
4.5 stars | 211 reviews

Controversial, to say the least.

Who Really Killed Kennedy?: 50 Years Later: Stunning New Revelations About the JFK Assassination
by Jerome Corsi
4.3 stars | 202 reviews

The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating
by Autumn Carpenter
4.8 stars | 178 reviews

Come on…you watch those shows, right? 😉 Very high star average! Another possible gift…

Who Goes There?
by John W. Campbell
4.3 stars | 163 reviews

The science fiction classic, inspiration for The Thing (from Another World), John Carpenter’s version, and more.

Linda Goodman’s Love Signs
by Linda Goodman
4.6 stars | 161 reviews

Goodman was responsible for some of the mainstreaming of astrology, back in the day.

Audition: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part
by Michael Shurtleff and Bob Fosse
4.7 stars | 146 reviews

Got an aspiring actor in your circle? Great gift…this has been the definitive book on auditioning.

Time to start just listing:

  • Secrets from the Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • Undercurrents by Ridley Pearson (KU)
  • Emmett & Gentry Westerns
  • Morgue Drawer series
  • Promised Land by Robert B. Parker (a Spenser for Hire novel)
  • The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
  • Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans by Brian Fagan
  • Secret Santa by Fern Michaels and Marie Bostwick
  • The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges
  • Some of the Kindle Worlds books, including Hugh Howey’s entry in the Kurt Vonnegut universe
  • The Millennials by Thom S. Rainer and Jess W. Rainer
  • Don’t Wake Up the Bear! by Marjorie Dennis Murray and Patricia Wittmann: kids’ picture book, also in KU
  • César: ¡Sí Se Puede! Yes We Can! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and David Diaz
  • Daredevil, Vol. 1: Yellow by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (new Daredevil ((a Marvel superhero)) series coming to Netflix…)
  • The Hope by Herman Wouk
  • No Dawn for Men: A Novel of Ian Fleming, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Nazi Germany by James Lepore and Carlos Davis

I have to say, this may be the best Big Deal yet! Classic backlist, current novels, children’s books, non-fiction…something (or more than one thing) for everyone. 😉

Those were just some of them, of course…if you see another in the deal you want to recommend to my readers, you can comment on this post.


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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.

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.


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