Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: April 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 125 for this month at the time of writing (eight more than last month…it has been trending upwards, and that’s a big jump!).
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 link (if I actually link to specific books) also don’t block text-to-speech access**…but I think blocking it is becoming rarer.
The Gift of Fear
by Gavin de Becker
4.6 stars out of 5 | 1308 customer reviews
$0.99 at time of writing (digital list price: $6.39)
Also available in Kindle Unlimited (KU)
I found this a really interesting book when I read it years ago, and still have a paper copy. It’s not an easy book, and you may philosophically disagree with some of it…but it does seem to have a practical basis. The core tenet is that if you are fearful in a situation, don’t ignore it. It posits that you can predict human behavior to some extent, and it’s better to be embarrassed by being wrong that someone was a threat (and, for example, crossing to the other side of the street) than falling victim. As optimistic a person as I am, I could understand this. I would consider it as a KU read, if you haven’t read it…and this one does have a new introduction since the one I read. I may borrow it just to read that…I wonder if it’s ten percent of the book (probably not). If it isn’t, and that’s all I read, the publisher won’t get a royalty…
A Cry in the Night
by Mary Higgins Clark
4.5 stars | 266 reviews
One of the most popular thriller authors…
by Douglas E. Richards
4.6 stars | 156 reviews
From the bestselling author of Wired…
Hour of Need (Scarlet Falls)
by Melinda Leigh
4.5 stars | 417 reviews
Farewell, My Lovely (Philip Marlowe series Book 2)
by Raymond Chandler
4.4 stars | 110 reviews
While I suppose some people may have been introduced to Raymond Chandler by watching Birdman, the Philip Marlowe character is one that many people know. This is noir, and some may also know this specific book from the Robert Mitchum movie version.
Time to start listing:
- True Love (Nantucket Brides Trilogy Book 1) by Jude Deveraux
- Devil Bones: A Novel (Temperance Brennan Book 11) by Kathy Reichs
- Sniper Elite: One-Way Trip: A Novel by Scott McEwen and Thomas Koloniar
- Abducted (Lizzy Gardner Series, Book 1) by T.R. Ragan (and some other books in the series)
- The Mephisto Club: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen
- The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg
- Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears by Margaret Feinberg
- The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde
- Special Circumstances (Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thriller Book 1) by Sheldon Siegel (and some other books in the series)
- Reason To Breathe (The Breathing Series, Book 1) by Rebecca Donovan (and some other books in the series)
- Classified (Godmothers Book 6) by Fern Michaels
- Live to See Tomorrow (Catherine Ling Book 3) by Iris Johansen
- The Album by Mary Roberts Rinehart
- It’s So Easy: and other lies by Duff McKagan
- A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion (and other books by McQuestion)
- The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman
- Sackett (Sacketts Book 7) by Louis L’Amour
- Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich
- Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter
- King City by Lee Goldberg
- A Mah Jong Handbook: How to Play, Score, and Win by Eleanor Noss Whitney
- The Lion’s World: A Journey into the Heart of Narnia by Rowan Williams
- Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest Gift by Harvey Araton
- Fates Worse Than Death: An Autobiographical Collage by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Myth of Leadership: Creating Leaderless Organizations by Jeffrey Nielsen (Amazon owns Zappos which is in the news right now for offering people packages to leave if they don’t like their leaderless structure…coincidence?)
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 one (after three straight months of being able to get two…it was fun while it lasted)) 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:
- Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic #1) by Melissa F. Olson (urban fantasy)
- Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani (contemporary fiction)
- The Altar Girl by Orest Stelmach (mystery)
- This Thing Called Love (A Mirror Lake Novel) by Miranda Liasson (romance)
Boundary Crossed seems like the obvious choice for me…but I think I may go with Trail of Broken Wings. After all, these should all be part of Kindle Unlimited after they are released, and I think it seems more like a book a guest might want to read. Also, I think it might appeal to my Significant Other more…although it sounds like it may be a gut wrencher.
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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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