May 2015 Kindle book releases

May 2015 Kindle book releases

While I don’t generally pre-order Kindle store books myself, I know many of you do.

I understand the fun of just having the book show up, but I figure I’ll order when I want it…since I could have it within a minute, usually.…

However, it’s worth noting that pre-ordering at a low price will tend to preserve that price. Back when the Agency Model was solidly in place, Amazon couldn’t guarantee that books sold by the publishers using that structure wouldn’t go up in price after you pre-ordered them. It wasn’t likely, it was just that Amazon couldn’t control it. We have started to return to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances…I’ll have to dig into that effect.

These aren’t necessarily the most popular of the pre-orders…I’m just going to list ones that catch my eye. Since we might not agree on that, here’s a link to the 5,729 (at time of writing) May releases in the USA Kindle store:

May 2015 USA Kindle store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 991 are in

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

about 17%.

As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.

One interesting thing before I get into some individual titles: the first four (sorted by new and popular) are the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month!

Since Prime members can already be reading one of these (even though they aren’t officially released until April) at no additional cost, you can see how that would drive up their popularity as compared to actual pre-orders. The top four being Kindle First was also true the last time I did one of these.

The other thing is that some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list. I’m concerned (and I’ve alerted Amazon about it) that people are confused: they think they are pre-ordering a KU borrow, when they are actually pre-ordering a purchase. In other words, they may be thinking they’ll get the book at no additional cost, and actually be charged for it. Amazon has confirmed for me: you can not pre-order a borrow from KU.


  • Rock with Wings (Leaphorn and Chee Mysteries) by Anne Hillerman
  • A Shade of Vampire 13: A Turn of Tides by Bella Forrest (KU)
  • The Crown of Ptolemy (The Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan
  • Born of Defiance (The League: Nemesis Rising Book 7) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell
  • Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig by Mark Essig
  • I, Ripper: A Novel by Stephen Hunter
  • Benchwarmer: A Sports-Obsessed Memoir of Fatherhood by Josh Wilker
  • American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal by Taya Kyle and Jim DeFelice
  • Sesame Street Let’s Cook! by Sesame Workshop
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
  • Archie 1000 Page Comics BLOW-OUT! (Archie 1000 Page Digests) by Archie Superstars
  • The Fall: A Novel by John Lescroart
  • Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
  • The Enemy Inside: A Paul Madriani Novel (Paul Madriani Novels Book 13) by Steve Martini
  • Shigeru Miyamoto: Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda (Influential Video Game Designers)by Jennifer deWinter
  • Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News by A. Brad Schwartz
  • What’s Your Story?: True Experiences from Complete Strangers by Brandon Doman
  • The Secret History of Kindness: Learning from How Dogs Learn by Melissa Holbrook Pierson
  • Smart Blonde: The Life of Dolly Parton by Stephen Miller
  • The Rose Hotel: A Memoir of Loss and Renewal From Iran to America by Rahimeh Andalibian
  • Avengers Epic Collection: Behold… The Vision (Epic Collection: Avengers) by Roy Thomas and John Buscema
  • Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews
  • The Art of Inside Out (The Art of…) by Amy Poehler and Pete Docter
  • The Gates of Janus: Serial Killing and its Analysis by the Moors Murderer Ian Brady by Ian Brady and Colin Wilson
  • Have Gun-Will Travel (TV Milestones Series) by Gaylyn Studlar
  • Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford
  • Piranha (The Oregon Files) by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Well, again…quite the mix!


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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! :) 

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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