October 2015 Kindle book releases

October 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 largely returned 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 7,179 (at time of writing…263 more than last month.) October releases in the USA Kindle store:

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

Of those, by the way, 1,153 (86 more than last month) are in

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

about 1% (about 1% more than last month).

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

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were 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. This time, the top four are not the Kindle First picks…when last month they were.

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.


  • Departure by A.G. Riddle
  • Man’s Search For Meaning, Gift Edition by Viktor E. Frankl and Harold S. Kushner
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Saga Deluxe Edition by Frank Miller
  • Esperanza Renace by Pam Munoz Ryan and Nuria Molinero
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  • If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell
  • Salt (The Last Flotilla Book 1) by Colin F. Barnes (KU)
  • The Promise of Provence (Love in Provence Book 1) by Patricia Sands (KU)
  • The Complete Walt Disney World 2016: The Definitive Disney Handbook by Julie Neal and Mike Neal (KU)
  • I Stink! by Kate McMullan and Jim McMullan
  • Motor City Shakedown (A Bright & Fletcher Mystery) by Jonathan Watkins
  • Crisis On Infinite Earths 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez
  • How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide by Colin Adams and Abigail Thompson
  • Kissing Mr. Right by Michelle Major
  • Resilience from the Heart: The Power to Thrive in Life’s Extremes by Gregg Braden
  • A Gift from Bob: How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas by James Bowen
  • Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtze by Peter Harmsen
  • Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares
  • Unbreakable: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life by Thom Shea
  • Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian by A. Douglas Stone
  • How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise by Chris Taylor
  • Quarry by Max Allan Collins
  • Detective by Arthur Hailey
  • The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (Penguin Christmas Classics) by L. Frank Baum (public domain, so available in other editions for free)
  • Quartet in Autumn: Picador Classic by Barbara Pym and Alexander McCall Smith
  • Wizard’s Hall by Jane Yolen
  • The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God & Other Stories by Etgar Keret
  • After Alice by Gregory Maguire (author of Wicked)
  • Lassie Come-Home 75th Anniversary Edition by Eric Knight and Marguerite Kirmse
  • Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley
  • Stress: Living and Working in a Changing World by George Manning and Kent Curtis
  • Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Betsy Maestro and Loretta Krupinski
  • Flamingo Diner by Sherryl Woods
  • Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
  • Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics (Princeton Science Library) by A. Zee and Roger Penrose
  • Bridge Builders: How Superb Communicators Get What They Want in Business and in Life by Maria Keckler
  • A Banquet of Consequences: A Lynley Novel (Inspector Lynley Book 19) by Elizabeth George

Hm…that turned out to be a seemingly geek heavy selection. 🙂 That’s not intentional on my part…maybe they are becoming more popular? It is more likely I spot those, though. I also noticed more “gift editions”. It’s the season for that, of course…


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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.


4 Responses to “October 2015 Kindle book releases”

  1. Allie Says:

    I’m curious: Is there a decent way to differentiate between new Kindle books that are completely new releases (i.e., releasing a print edition on the same date, or close to it), and books that have already been published in print and will be newly available in Kindle format?
    Sorry if you’ve addressed this question before! But, I figured if anyone could answer it…. 🙂

    I’m generally more interested in the latter – newly published books might come to my attention in some other way – media, word of mouth, etc. Whereas it’s not big news when suddenly “Hey, they’ve finally put all of Evelyn Waugh on Kindle!”

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Allie!

      Publishers can give Amazon any date they want, so I’m not aware of a good way to check that directly from the Amazon product page.

      You might find this helpful, though:


      You can sign up there to be notified when particular books are Kindleized, but you can also see recently Kindleized books.

      • Allie Says:

        Thank you, Bufo! You are my go-to kindle guy.. I know I can trust an answer from you 🙂 and I appreciate how much work you put in.
        eReader IQ, I have heard some rumblings about, but not really looked into it – maybe I’ll get over there today, after I slog through some more of today’s seeming endless email……
        Anyway, thanks again!

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Allie!

        No problem! I have said more than once that I think eReaderIQ is the best resource for Kindleers on the web. They have several good services, all free to you. They make money in part by being Amazon Associates…if they tell you a book has been Kindleized, and you go through their link to buy it, they will typically get an advertising fee from Amazon.

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