Today’s KDD: up to 80% off books by guests of The Daily Show

Today’s KDD: up to 80% off books by guests of The Daily Show

Hopefully, you’ll see this soon enough to take advantage of one of today’s

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

This is a clever one.

Jon Stewart has left The Daily Show.

A lot will be said about Stewart’s tenure, but the comedian/host was undeniably important to authors and publishers.

I’ve read repeatedly that Stewart actually read all the books that appeared on the show. In Entertainment Weekly, there was a telling recollection from Rob Corddry: “I caught him reading a book once, and and he was literally turning a page every five to 10 seconds. He was almost embarrassed to be caught.”

I think a lot of us have had that experience…feeling sort of ashamed to be caught reading. That’s a bad thing, and maybe that only happens in school. Hopefully, not as much as it used to happen. E-books can help with that: you can be a stealth reader. You know, they might think you are doing something cool, like playing Candy Crush. 😉

Amazon is commemorating Jon Stewart’s stay by giving up to 80% off on 52 books by guests of the show.

Please check the price before you click or tap that Buy button! I’m getting this out relatively late in the day, and it may not apply in your country (I have readers all over the world). Of course, even if you don’t see them in time for the discount, there are many books here which would be good to read regardless. 😉

Remember that you can buy these as a gift now, and delay the delivery until the appropriate gift giving occasion.

Titles include:

  • Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowley
  • Ashley’s War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  • I Must Say by Martin Short
  • In Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Zakaria
  • Lost in Shangri-La by Michael Zuckoff
  • Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
  • Space Chronicles and The Pluto Files by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • March Books 1 & 2 by John Lewis
  • Pay Any Price by James Risen
  • This Town by Mark Leibovich
  • The Divide by Matt Taibbi
  • Havana Nocturne by T.J English
  • Rosewater by Maziar Bahari
  • Missing Microbes by Martin J. Blaser, MD
  • Wiser by Cass R. Sunstein
  • A Curious Man by Neal Thompson
  • Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright
  • Gods, Guns, Grits, and Gravy by Mike Huckabee
  • The Closer by Mariano Rivera
  • The Assassins’ Gate by George Packer
  • Reign of Error by Diane Ravitch
  • On Bullsh*t by Harry G. Frankfurt
  • The Great Deformation by David A. Stockman
  • League of Denial by Mark Fainaru-Wada
  • Thomas Jefferson by Christopher Hitchens
  • The Favored Daughter by Fawzia Koofi
  • Bailout by Neil Barofsky
  • The Future of Freedom by Fareed Zakaria
  • Courting Diaster by Marc A. Thiessen
  • A  Fighter’s Heart by Sam Sheridan
  • Before the First Shots Are Fired by Tony Zinni
  • City of Lies by Ramita Navai
  • Magnificent Delusions by Husain Haqqani
  • The Obamas by Jodi Kantor
  • The Rule of Nobody by Philip K. Howard
  • The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide by Wayne Allyn Root
  • Finding the Dragon Lady by Monique Brinson Demery
  • David Crockett: Lion of the West by Michael Wallis
  • Why Governments Fail So Often by Peter H. Schuck
  • The Book of Mormon Girl by Joanna Brooks
  • Arrogance by Bernard Goldberg
  • A Slave in the White House by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
  • Falling in Love with America Again by Jim DeMint
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming by Christopher C. Horner
  • American Turnaround by Edward Whitacre
  • We’re with Nobody by Alan Huffman
  • One Nation Under Therapy by Christina Hoff Sommers
  • The Party of Death by Ramesh Ponnuru


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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.


3 Responses to “Today’s KDD: up to 80% off books by guests of The Daily Show”

  1. dbarnett99 Says:

    Hi, Bufo,

    Your mention of these special prices pushed a button for me, so let me add a lament to what appears to be happening to Kindle prices.

    You’ve helped me understand some of the intricacies of this business, and I appreciate your calm voice, and I need it now.

    A friend suggested I read the latest Daniel Silva spy thriller, and just now I checked for the Kindle version. Under the agency model, HarperCollins has priced the Kindle edition (released at the end of June 2015) at $14.99. Amazon has discounted the hardcover edition to $14.83.

    I’m running into this disparity in pricing more and more often as the agency model takes holds among the Big 5 publishers. Yes, HarperCollins periodically experiments with lower Kindle prices, but the old $9.99 “standard” Kindle price seems now to be more an aberration.

    Maybe we can call that extra $5.00 the “agency tax”? 🙂

    I’m worried that “windowing” will be next–that publishers will not only set higher prices for Kindle books but will delay them until after the hardcover is released.

    When it comes to e-books, the big publishers seem firmly in control of their prices. When I read that sales of e-books in most categories are shrinking, as you discussed in an earlier post, I wonder whether the e-book “revolution” may have to happen all over again.


    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Dan!

      I can’t say that I’ve specifically seen an increase like that…comparing the p-book (paperbook) price to the e-book price…but it is logical. Amazon can freely discount the p-book, and while reportedly, they have some ability to discount e-books now it’s not like the p-books.

      If we look at the New York Times bestseller hardback fiction equivalents from my Snapshots since January 1st, we do see an increase:

      Average: $11.51 (-$0.62) 6 titles under $10
      Average: $12.13 (+$0.16) 5 titles under $10
      Average: $11.97 (+$1.69) 5 titles under $10
      Average: $10.28 (-$1.40) 10 titles under $10
      Average: $11.68 (+$0.57) 4 titles under $10
      Average: $11.11 (+$1.34) 7 titles under $10
      Average: $9.77 (+$0.11) 11 titles under $10
      Average: 9.66 (+$0.09) 9 titles under $10

      I also have been suggesting that rise in tradpub (traditionally published) novel prices is a strong possibility.

      So, while my voice (and actual demeanor) 🙂 may be calm, I can’t refute what you are seeing entirely.

      Let me say this: these disparities of the p-book costing less (for the customer) that the e-book have been around since the beginning of Kindles. The question used to come up a lot…although pre-Agency Model (the first time), the discounting hurdle wasn’t one of the causes.

      I think windowing is unlikely…that was threatened before, and didn’t happen then.

      I think the e-book revolution is already here. 🙂 It’s a question of either not buying those expensive frontlist tradpubs, or waiting on them.

      You can list them at

      and they’ll send you a free e-mail when it drops an amount you specify.

      Kindle Unlimited (and other subsers…subscription services) are part of the revolution…so are indies (independently published books).

      You can think of buying a new tradpub like buying a hardback versus buying a paperback…that’s a choice you can make, but you don’t need to make it.

      • dbarnett99 Says:

        Hi, Bufo,

        Thanks for your calm analysis!

        Of course, like the bigamist, I want my Kate and Edith too–I want to buy the newest e-books but at a lower price.

        You’re right–if I wait the price will likely drop (though I’ve seen cases where an older e-book is still more expensive than the corresponding paperback!).

        But tradpubs have to factor in that as I’m waiting, and months go by, I’m less inclined to buy after all that time. Something else has probably caught my eye.

        And yes, the revolution is already here. But it seems to be having a hard time just now.


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