Holiday Deals on Kindle Books (replaces Monthly Kindle Deals) this month

Holiday Deals on Kindle Books (replaces Monthly Kindle Deals) this month

Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which used to discount four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kids’ book). Now, it seems like it is generally more books than that, and not categorized.

They usually do Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each (at AmazonSmile). This month, though, that same link takes you to Holiday Deals on Kindle Books (we are in the same month as Black Friday, after all). They do end on November 30th. There are many more of these than the typical monthly deals: 1,020 at the time of writing! They are up to 85% off…but some of them are more than the normal $3.99 top limit…the most expensive one I found was $13.99, and did not appear to be discounted…that one may be a fluke. Others were $5.99, though, and down from there.

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).

Another thing is that many of these (it looks like 291) 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.

I’m going to list some of the books in this sale 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 and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (illustrated by Patricia Castelao) | 4.7 stars out of 5 | 1698 customer reviews | $1.99 at time of writing: Applegate wrote the Animorphs series. This is a Newbery Award winning book, based on a true story
  • Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse by James Rawles | 3.9 stars | 1849 reviews | $1.99
  • A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren | 4.7 stars | 1395 reviews | $2.99
  • Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf by Ben Hogan and Herbert Warren Wind | 4.8 stars | 1184 reviews | $0.99: good gift!
  • Someone To Love (Someone to Love Series Book 1) by Addison Moore | 4.1 stars | 1166 reviews | $1.99 | Kindle Unlimited (KU)
  • The Dog Lived (and So Will I): The poignant, honest, hilarious memoir of a cancer survivor by Teresa Rhyne | 4.6 stars | 1073 reviews | $1.99
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin | 3.7 stars | 1065 reviews $1.99 (bestseller, made into an HBO production with Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin)
  • Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0 Book 1) by Scott Meyer | 4.4 stars | 865 reviews | $1.99 | KU
  • American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal by Taya Kyle and Jim DeFelice | 4.8 stars | 604 reviews | $1.99
  • A Beginner’s Guide to American Mah Jongg: How to Play the Game & Win by Elaine Sandberg and Tom Sloper | 4.7 stars | 578 reviews | $2.99
  • Tracks: One Woman’s Journey Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson | 4.2 stars | 389 reviews | $1.99 | KU
  • Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough | 3.7 stars | 378 reviews | $1.99
  • Ball Four (RosettaBooks Sports Classics) by Jim Bouton | 4.2 stars | 370 reviews | $1.99 | KU: a classic sports book
  • Flee (Codename: Chandler Book 1) by J.A. Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson | 4.0 stars | 284 reviews | $1.99 | KU
  • The Searchers: The Making of an American LegendFeb 19, 2013 | Kindle eBook
    by Glenn Frankel | 4.3 stars | 265 reviews | $1.99: Hollywood history
  • Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat | 4.3 stars | 191 reviews | $1.99: made into a movie
  • War Against the Mafia (The Executioner Book 1) | by Don Pendleton | 4.2 stars | 185 reviews | $1.99: very popular series
  • Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany and William Gibson (foreword) | 3.7 stars | 185  reviews | $1.99 | KU: classic science fiction
  • Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived by Chip Walter | 4.4 stars | 147 stars| $1.99
  • Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller | 4.5 stars | 144 reviews | $1.99: yes, that Jason Segal, writing for kids
  • Life On Hold by Karen McQuestion | 4.3 stars| 120 reviews | $1.99 | KU
  • The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality by Richard Panek | 3.9 stars | 117 reviews | $2.99
  • Plain Murder (An Amish Mystery Book 1) by Emma Miller | 4.4 stars | 115 reviews | $2.99 | KU
  • The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu | 4.7 stars | 93 reviews | $1.99
  • Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking by Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby | 4.6 stars | 91 reviews | $1.99
  • The Making of the President 1960 by Theodore H. White | 4.5 stars | 68 reviews| $1.99: iconic political non-fiction
  • Casino Royale (James Bond #1) by Ian Fleming | 4.2 stars | 708 reviews | $2.99 | KU: you can actually get any of the 14 original James Bond  books…and for about $42, get them all. 🙂 You might also want to look at gifting Kindle Unlimited…it depends on how quickly your gift recipient reads, but it could actually be cheaper to go the KU route. Even just looking at the Bond books, will your recipient read fourteen books in four months? Will they want to actually keep the books?

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:

  • Christmas in Good Hope (A Good Hope Novel Book 1) by Cindy Kirk (Romance)
  • Daughter of Sand and Stone by Libbie Hawker (Historical Fiction)
  • The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons (Thriller)
  • Gateway to Fourline (The Fourline Trilogy Book 1) by Pam Brondos (Fantasy)
  • The Burned Bridges of Ward, Nebraska by Eileen Curtright (Modern Fiction)
  • Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind by Anne Charnock (Modern Fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…I have to say, I’ve read a couple of Kindle First books fairly recently, and wasn’t thrilled with either. That may be the way I pick them…or the way Amazon picks them. 😉 Not an easy call, but I think I’ll get The Burned Bridges of Ward, Nebraska.


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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.


6 Responses to “Holiday Deals on Kindle Books (replaces Monthly Kindle Deals) this month”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I was able to pick up a book from my wish list that had been $9.99 for $1.99. I like it when that happens.

    I’m really struggling to find a Kindle First this month. Since you can’t download samples, I went online to use the “Look inside” feature to get a feel for the writing style of the ones that sounded interesting. Just out of curiosity, why do they put “This view is of the print book (Paperback edition). A preview of the Kindle book is currently not available.” in front of each Kindle First sample? Is the Kindle book going to be that different from the paperback? Oh well, through reading the samples, I discovered I didn’t like the style of either of the writer’s I’d been considering.

    My first choice was “Here and There” but the prose in the sample was so tedious that I didn’t think I’d ever be able to read over 600 pages of it. A one star review from a fellow English teacher helped seal the deal.

    I also considered “Life and other Near Death Experiences,” which was supposed to be humorous, but the first page revealed it was about somebody diagnosed with cancer, and since five members of my family including my mother died of cancer, well, I just don’t see that as a “humorous” topic.

    I think I’d like “Infinity Lost,” but it’s part of trilogy. I don’t mind starting a trilogy if all three books are already available, but I don’t like to be left hanging for another year or so waiting to find out what happens next. The same problem with “The Concealed.”

    The sample for “This is the Night” starts with a group of teens being stopped by the police and the teens are arguing over the correct use of who or whom? I’m sorry, but I taught high school English for 19 years, and the correct use of who or whom didn’t seem to be of much concern to teenagers of today except maybe during a grammar test. 😉 Perhaps in a dystopian world, grammar is more important than why the police are stopping you?

    That leaves me with “The Mentor,” which is yet another Scotland Yard mystery. Yawn! Maybe I’ll stick with “This is the Night.” It might be refreshing to get to know a group of teens who care about correct grammar, though I doubt this will be a recurring theme.

    I need to start paying more attention to the names of the Amazon editors who present these books. I need to check to see who presented the ones I liked and the ones I didn’t so I can compare my taste in literature to theirs. I can remember in the old days of the digest sized TV Guide, I always knew that if Cleveland Amory loved a TV show, I was probably going to hate it. Which didn’t stop me from enjoying reading his reviews or loving his book, “The Cat who Came for Christmas.’

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I appreciate your opinions of the Kindle First books! I’m sure that will help other people, too.

      Glad you got your bargain! 🙂

      You are just right on reviewers…it’s key to learn the names, because it then becomes informative whether or not the person says a book (or TV show or movie or…) is good.

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    Note to Bufo: I know you started a thread awhile back for book recommendations, but I can’t find it now. I was going to put this there, but I’ll put it here instead. If you want to move it, please feel free! Just leave me a bread crumb so I can find it. And feel free to leave off this first paragraph.

    I previously borrowed and really enjoyed one of the monthly deals, “The Lion in the Lei Shop.” It’s part of the Nancy Pearl collection of older books that she has “rediscovered.” I’ve read several of the books from her “book lust” and “book crush” collections and enjoyed them.

    “The Lion in the Lei Shop” starts with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its effect on the military families stationed there. It is told from several points of view, and I found it interesting to see who different characters remembered the same incident. In addition to being a monthly deal, it’s also available through KU. I think anybody who liked the TV series “Army Wives” would really like this one. Same for those who enjoy historical fiction.

  3. Peter C. Says:

    I hope they continue to give more and more books under discount every day, so we can enjoy costly books at a lower price when we can catch the deals.

    Thanks Bufo for the list and writing in such detail.

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