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

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: July 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 306 for this month at the time of writing (seventy-five more than last month…it has been trending upwards, a huge skyrocket of a 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 (1,817,689 of 3,643,239). 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.

Oh, interesting! I see they are now also clearly marking when a book is available through the KOLL (Kindle Owners’ Lending Library)! That’s nice…there was a period of time when it was quite hard to tell. Eligible Prime members can borrow one per calendar month. If you are both a Prime member and a Kindle Unlimited subscriber (like me), I think you are more likely to get them through KU (where you can have up to ten at a time out, with no limit per month), but I’m sure I have many readers who are Prime members and don’t subscribe to KU. I’ll mark those with KOLL.

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 One That Got Away by Simon Wood | 4.2 stars out of 5 | 3,741 customer reviews | KU
  • WIRED by Douglas E. Richards | 4.1  stars | 2,762 reviews | KU
  • Agenda 21 (Agenda 21 Series) by Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke |4.3 stars | 2,218 reviews
  • Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat by Melissa Joulwan and David Humphreys | 4.6 stars | 1,300 reviews | KU
  • The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D. | 4.3 stars | 915 reviews
  • No Ordinary Billionaire (The Sinclairs Book 1) by J. S. Scott | 3.9 stars | 834 reviews | KU
  • 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy | 4.6 stars  | 719 reviews
  • Witches on Parole (WitchLight Trilogy: Book 1) by Debora Geary | 4.6 stars | 666 reviews | KU
  • Loving (Bailey Flanigan Series Book 4) by Karen Kingsbury | 3.5 star | 604 reviews
  • Running for My Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games by Lopez Lomong and Mark Tabb | 4.8 stars | 471 reviews
  • The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith | 4.0 stars | 434 reviews
  • All-American Girl by Meg Cabot | 4.5 stars | 338 reviews
  • Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi | 4.5 stars | 222 reviews
  • Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All by Karen Ehman | 4.8 sars | 330 reviews
  • Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz | 4.0 stars | 276 reviews
  • Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson | 4.1 stars | 273 reviews | Newbery Medal winner
  • Cop Hater (87th Precinct Mysteries Book 1) by Ed McBain | 4.0 stars | 260 reviews | KU | first of 55 books in this very successful series
  • Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann | 4.0 stars  221 reviews
  • No Man’s Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel by Ruth Rendell | 3.8 stars | 211 reviews
  • Busman’s Honeymoon (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries) by Dorothy L. Sayers | 4.6 stars | 208 reviews
  • The Sweet Spot: A Novel by Stephanie Evanovich |3.3 stars | 198 reviews
  • Trial by Fire: A Novel of Suspense (Ali Reynolds Book 5) by J.A. Jance | 4.4 stars | 150 reviews
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson | 4.1 stars | 142 reviews | Ronson is a great writer of investigative non-fiction
  • Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas | 4.5 stars | 64 reviews
  • The Origin of Brands by Al Ries and Laura Ries | 3.9 stars |30 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

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*)

You can get one 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 Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello (thriller) (
  • Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel (contemporary fiction)
  • It’s In His Heart (A Red River Valley Novel) by Shelly Alexander (romance)
  • Cold Black Earth by Sam Reaves (suspense)

People like to know which one I pick…I debated this one a bit, between The Einstein Prophecies and Crooked Little Lies. Too big an Einstein fan not to go with that one, though. 🙂


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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.

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