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

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: September 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). However, I have to say…today, it looked different. Then didn’t have each of the deals tiled, as they usually do. They were in a “ribbon” along with other Kindle deals. Amazon is clearly changing things: they just dumped the Free App of the Day in favor of Amazon Underground. The links for offers on my Kindle Fire HDX aren’t going directly to the products. It may just be part of Amazon Phase 2 (as I call it), or it might presage a major announcement along with new hardware, probably this month.

They are stilldoing 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 299 for this month at the time of writing (eight more than last month…).

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 51% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,923,320 of 3,802,069). 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.

  • Kiss and Tell by Fern Michaels (and other Sisterhood Fern Michaels books)
  • The Field of Blackbirds by Thomas Ryan
  • Deserves to Die by Lisa Jackson (and other Lisa Jackson books)
  • My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
  • Dust by Hugh Howey
  • Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke (and 2010, Rama II, The Garden of Rama, 2061, 3001)
  • The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett (Discworld)
  • Highland Surrender by Tracy Brogan
  • The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard
  • What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick, Colleen M. Madden
  • Play Dirty by Sandra Brown
  • At least some Beatrix Rose novels by Mark Dawson
  • At least some Eve Duncan novels by Iris Johansen
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (kicked off the classic/horror mash-up genre, soon to be a major motion picture) $3.49
  • If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders by David Wong
  • The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
  • Winter Wind by J.R. Rain (and other J.R. Rain novels)
  • Missy’s Murder by Karen Kingsbury
  • The Einstein Pursuit by Chriz Kuzneski
  • The  Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (has had  an Oscar honored movie)
  • We All Fall Down by Simon Wood
  • The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (a classic of science fiction)
  • The Gathering Storm by Winston Churchill
  • Easily Amused by Karen McQuestion
  • Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies by Nancy Naigle (and lots of other Naigle books)
  • Stinger by Robert R. McCammon
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (a popular TV series..could be a way to get a child reading more
  • Bloodchild: And Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (already a movie)
  • At least some of The End series by Tim LaHaye, Craig Parshall
  • I, Zombie by Hugh Howey
  • The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, and Joie de Vivre
  • Golf in the Kingdom by Michael Murphy
  • At least some books in The Mongoliad series (authors include Greg Bear and Neal Stephenson)
  • The Boys of ’67 by Andrew Wiest
  • Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark
  • True Detective by Max Allan Collins (and many other Collins books)
  • Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
  • The Reckoning by David Halberstam
  • The Brimstone Wedding by Ruth Rendell
  • The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie

This is probably the best Kindle Monthly Deals ever! Many of these are highly rated, and I was familiar with what seemed like a much higher percentage of them than was typical. 🙂 It’s definitely worth looking at the list: I’d be surprised if you couldn’t find a gift for somebody here (e-books from the Kindle store can be delayed until the appropriate gift giving occasion).

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 six (same as last month…previously, it had been four) books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:

  • The Prettiest One by James Hankins (Thriller)
  • Pale Queen Rising #1 by A.R. Kahle (Fantasy)
  • Still Waters by Viveca Sten, Marlaine Delargy (Mystery)
  • Kissing M. Right by Michelle Major (Romance)
  • The Capital of Latecomers by Nina Nenova, Vladimir Poleganov (Modern Fiction)
  • Hot Sur by Laura Restrepo, Ernesto Mestre-Reed (Literary Suspense)

People like to know which one I pick…I’m going with The Capital of Latecomers. This is a science fiction novel, translated from the Bulgarian. It sounds intriguing! It’s set in the modern world, by the way, so if you are resistant to things that are too “unrealistic”, that might not be a barrier. “Eastern Europe” has some fascinating science fiction/fantasy, and the feel is often quite different what may be more familiar “space opera” or military science fiction. That’s not to say that a Bulgarian author will write like the Czech author Karel Čapek, the Russian author Alexander Volkov, or the Polish author Stanislaw Lem…but there is some shared market there.


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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.


7 Responses to “Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: September 2015”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    Did you notice that the purchase price for Kindle First books has gone up from $4.99 to $5.99 on this latest batch? I haven’t made my choice yet. I’m leaning towards “Pale Queen Rising,” but “The Prettiest One” and “Still Waters” also interest me. Whichever one I choose, I’ll eventually pick up he other two as borrows.

    Once again, I was able to pick up on of last month’s firsts as a “Prime” choice. For some reason, within the first hour or two after 3:00 AM my time, the previous First books are marked “Prime” but not “KU”. Apparently when the techs make the changeover, they have to do it in two steps and the “Prime” step comes first. I know it really doesn’t make a difference whether the book is KU or Prime, but since I started using KU, I felt as if I’d somehow lost part of Prime. This gives it back to me. Now, if I just had something on which to view Prime video or listen to Prime Music!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I didn’t notice the price jump…thanks!

      It surprises me somewhat…$5.99 is a very different psychological price point than $4.99.

      Yep..that’s interesting about the switchover!

      You don’t have a SmartPhone, right?

      • Lady Galaxy Says:

        I don’t have any sort of cell phone. I really don’t talk on the phone much, but then I realize that smart phones aren’t really phones at all. They’re hand held computers. Having never used cell phones, I’m so far behind the learning curve that I wouldn’t even know how to start.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Lady!

        You are absolutely right…in terms of actually talking on the phone, that’s probably less than ten percent of my use on it. It’s much more for e-mail, the web, and texting. Some video as well…like you, I’m not much of a talker on the phone.

        Phones have been getting easier and easier to use. The ability to talk to them certainly makes things simpler!

        I think this line (which I love) is becoming less true:

        “I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because i can no longer figure out how to use my telephone.”
        Bjarne Stroustrup, computer scientist

  2. Phink Says:

    This has nothing to do with anything you’ve discussed recently but I know that you describe yourself as a wordsmith. I think that’s the word you’ve used. You also enjoy the invention of words such as mindle. I discovered a new word a couple days ago that describes me, especially in the Prius. I think it’s a word someone recently invented but I could be wrong about that, I don’t know.

    It’s Hypermiling. That is the practice of using driving techniques that will maximize fuel economy. So, when in the Prius, so long as nobody is behind me and I have juice in the battery, I very slowly accelerate taking 90 seconds or so to get to 35 MPH. On short distances it’s nothing for me to get 70 or 80 MPG if I start with a half full or full battery. Each time you shut the car off the display shows what your MPG was on that trip and how much you spent in gas getting there.

    This is something I don’t understand. I see this all the time. I am always looking down the road at red lights and seeing if chances are that I am going to have to stop before it turns green. I see people accelerating all the way up to stoplights that are clearly turning red. Why would you do that? It’s going to be red, and you’ll have to stop. Instead, just take your foot off the gas pedal and try to avoid stopping at the light altogether. I guess I am a hypermiler LOL.

  3. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I got the Amazon newsletter for the Kindle first books today, and it said:
    “Kindle First September Books
    Read one of next month’s new releases now for $1.99. FREE for Prime members.”

    Has this always been the case, or is offering the books at a reduced price to non Prime members something new this month?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      No, that hasn’t always been the case…I actually don’t remember that being an option before, but I’ll try to check back.

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