August 2015 Kindle book releases

August 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.

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 4,984 (at time of writing…more than 200 more than last month) August releases in the USA Kindle store:

August 2015 USA Kindle Store Releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 788 (114 more than last month) are in

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

about 16% (almost 3% fewer than last month).

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

In the past several  months, the top four had been the

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks for this month.

Amazon no longer does the “New and Popular” search as a default, but does “Featured”. Presumably, a human being picks those titles in some way…and the list is clearly not the same. Yes, the top book is a Kindle First book, but they aren’t the top four. It’s an interesting choice, on Amazon’s part. I like curation, generally, but I think of Amazon’s book search results based on impartial data, but that’s not the case any more.

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.

Okay…books!

  • X (Kinsey Millhone Book 24) by Sue Grafton
  • Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes (A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Guide) by Rick Riordan and John Rocco
  • Herculean (Cerberus Group Book 1) by Jeremy Robinson and Sean Ellis
  • Invisible by Jennifer Rothschild
  • Fool’s Quest: Book II of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb
  • Immortal Guardians (Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 1) by Eliot Schrefer
  • The End of All Things (Old Man’s War Book 6) by John Scalzi
  • The Phoenix of Destiny (Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy) by Geronimo Stilton
  • The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
  • The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Applied Minds: How Engineers Think by Guru Madhavan
  • Wind/Pinball: Two novels by Haruki Murakami and Ted Goossen
  • Edge of Darkness by Christine Feehan and Maggie Shayne
  • Trouble in Paradise: From the End of History to the End of Capitalism by Slavoj Zizek
  • Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
  • The Thinker’s Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words (Expanded Third Edition) by Peter E. Meltzer
  • Coming of Age at the End of Days by Alice LaPlante
  • The Murderer’s Daughter: A Novel by Jonathan Kellerman
  • Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War by Raghu Karnad
  • Iron Wolf: A Novel by Dale Brown
  • Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books by Michael Dirda
  • Irona 700 by Dave Duncan
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
  • New Methods for Crochet Socks by Rohn Strong
  • NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
  • We Install: And Other Stories by Harry Turtledove
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Thinking Engine by James Lovegrove
  • Latest Readings by Clive James
  • Midnight on the Mississippi (Secrets of the South Mysteries) by Mary Ellis
  • Dragonbane (Dark-Hunter Novels Book 19) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Frodo’s Journey: Discover the Hidden Meaning of The Lord of the Rings by Joseph Pearce
  • Of Goats & Governors: Six Decades of Colorful Alabama Political Stories by Steve Flowers and Edwin Bridges
  • The Making of a Navy SEAL: My Story of Surviving the Toughest Challenge and Training the Best by Brandon Webb and John David Mann
  • The State We’re In: Maine Stories by Ann Beattie
  • Dog Years: Faithful Friends, Then & Now by Amanda Jones
  • Archie 1000 Page Comics Jam (Archie 1000 Page Digests) by Archie Superstars
  • May Sarton: A Self-Portrait by May Sarton
  • Windows 10: The Personal Trainer (The Personal Trainer for Technology) by William Stanek
  • What Color Is Your Parachute? 2016: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles
  • Horror Show by Greg Kihn
  • The Face That Changed It All: A Memoir by Beverly Johnson and André Leon Talley
  • The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan
  • Death at Hungerford Stairs: Charles Dickens & Superintendent Jones InvestigateAug 15, 2015 | Kindle eBook
    by J C Briggs

Well, again…quite the mix! It’s particularly interesting to see some famous “backlist” novels: Never Cry Wolf and The Bell Jar. There were also quite a few Ellery Queen books and Mr. Moto books.

Enjoy!

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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! :) 

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2 Responses to “August 2015 Kindle book releases”

  1. Man in the Middle Says:

    My wife had been thinking of subscribing to Kindle Unlimited for some time, so when it was marked down $100 for 2 years on Prime Day, we signed up. So far, we ARE getting our money’s worth out of it, but have been negatively surprised by two things:
    1) We can only have 10 books checked out at a time, which defeated my plan of pre-downloading everything on my Amazon book wish list that’s available in Kindle Unlimited, and
    2) We’ve both been surprised at how many of the books we want to read are NOT included, not just from major publishers but also from self-published indie books from Amazon.
    Because we have already paid for Kindle Unlimited, we’ve both agreed not to pay for any more of our usual under-$3 impulse book buys until we’ve finished reading everything we want to that IS included in Kindle Unlimited. So far, that has already prevented more than $10 of purchases, and might be a factor for indie authors to consider if other Kindle Unlimited subscribers behave similarly.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Man!

      As far as the “dime at a time” limit (“dime” standing in here for the number ten), I’m a bit surprised that you were surprised.🙂 I know I’ve written about it before, but that’s okay. Since the information wasn’t relevant to you at the time, it’s not surprise (there’s that word again) that it didn’t make much of an impression on you.

      I find it to be a reasonable rule. Remember that there is no limit to the number of devices/people that you can have on your account, and that Amazon pays the publisher (at least the ones using Kindle Direct Publishing) for the pages read. If you a hundred people on your account who could each have a book out at the same time, it would not be an economically viable system. Even under the current system, Amazon likely loses money on the power users (which are presumably a tiny minority…they are balanced by people who don’t use it much). Let’s say ten people are reading fifty pages each a day. We don’t know what Amazon is paying per page, but that’s 500 pages a day. 500*30 is 15,000 pages a month. The assumption is that a 200 page novel is roughly equivalent under the old system and the pay-per-page system: let’s call it $2.50.

      Let’s see…15,000/200*2.50=$187.50 a month cost to Amazon for that $9.99.

      Now, very few accounts are going to read 500 page a day with the dime a time limit! Make the simultaneous borrows 100, and that becomes far more likely.

      I’m also curious: why would you want to download your whole Amazon wish list (which is presumably significantly more than 10 books)? I typically only keep about ten Kindle store books at a time on any of my devices.

      As to your second point: exactly! I think we are getting indicators that people are buying fewer e-books because of subsers (subscription services…KU, but also Oyster and Scribd), and especially indie (independently published books). I think that is going to grow.

      It affects indies more than tradpubs (traditional publishers), because the demand equation is different, and because there aren’t as many tradpubs relatively in KU. By the demand equation, I mean that people are typically willing to pay more for a tradpub…they want a favorite, brand name author more than they want an indie (I would guess that’s true for most people).

      It will become increasingly challenging for indies not to be in KU…

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