Holiday Deals on Kindle Books (replaces Monthly Kindle Deals) for December

Holiday Deals on Kindle Books (replaces Monthly Kindle Deals) for December

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 (as it did last month). They do end at the end of the month) There are many more of these than the typical monthly deals: 1,188 at the time of writing…more than 100 more than last month! They are up to 85% off…but some of them are more than the normal $3.99 top limit Weirdly, the most expensive one I found was $13.99 (which is just like last month…there was one for $13.99), and did not appear to be discounted…I thought that might be a fluke last time, but having it happen two months in a row is…odd. One other was $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 426 of these are available through

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

Amazon lists that information prominently…and it’s now commonly a filter in search results. 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.

By the way, in the new version of the

eReaderIQ advanced search

you can make KU a filter. So, you can search for books by an author, a keyword, an average customer review which you can read as part of your KU membership…nice! I’m not associated with eReaderIQ except as a user (we have had some correspondence), but I do think it is the most valuable website for Kindleers.

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 Cecelia and Kate Novels: Sorcery & Cecelia, The Grand Tour, and The Mislaid Magician by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
    • The Vietnam War Trilogy: The 13th Valley, For the Sake of All Living Things, and Carry Me Home by John M. Del Vecchio
    • Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1 – Revival (Ultimate Spider-Man (Graphic Novels) by Brian Michael Bendis and Dave Marquez
    • The SPECTRE Trilogy: Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, You Only Live Twice (James Bond) by Ian Fleming (KU)
    • SAVEUR: The New Classics Cookbook: 1,000 Recipes + Expert Advice, Tips, and Tales by Saveur magazine The editors of and The Editors of Saveur Magazine
    • Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command by Haden Blackman and Rick Leonardi
    • Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunchescby Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa
    • The Brontës: Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of Three Sisters by Juliet Barker
    • Tiny Food Party!: Bite-Size Recipes for Miniature Meals by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park
    • The Creole Historical Romance 4-in-1 Bundle by Gilbert Morris
    • Star Wars Vol. 1: In The Shadow of Yavin by Brian Wood and Carlos D’Anda
    • Android Karenina (Quirk Classics) by Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters
    • One Tuesday Morning / Beyond Tuesday Morning Compilation Limited Edition (9/11 Series) by Karen Kingsbury
    • Tuttle Chinese for Kids Flash Cards Kit Vol 1 Simplified Character: [Includes 64 Flash Cards, Downloadable Audio…by Tuttle Publishing
    • Nick and Tesla’s Special Effects Spectacular: A Mystery with Animatronics, Alien Makeup, Camera Gear, and Other…by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
    • The Korean Mind: Understanding Contemporary Korean Culture by De Mente, Boye Lafayette
    • My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy by Guillaume Olive and Zhihong He
    • The Art of the Japanese Garden by David Young and Michiko Young
    • The Ultimate Guide to Tarot: A Beginner’s Guide to the Cards, Spreads, and Revealing the Mystery of the Tarot by Liz Dean
    • Everyday Thai Cooking: Quick and Easy Family Style Recipes by Katie Chin and Katie Workman
    • Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories Book 1 by Florence Sakade and Yoshisuke Kurosaki
    • The Legend of the Candy Cane: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy by Lori Walburg and James Bernardin
    • Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher
    • Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe
    • The Cement Garden (Ian McEwan Series Book 2) by Ian McEwan (KU)
    • Titan (The Grand Tour Book 16) by Ben Bova
    • Four Blondes by Candace Bushnell
    • The Night Watch Collection: Books 1-3 of the Night Watch Series (Night Watch, Day Watch, and Twilight Watch) by Sergei Lukyanenko
    • The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night by Anthony Haden-Guest
    • It’s All Chinese to Me: An Overview of Culture & Etiquette in China by Pierre Ostrowski and Gwen Penner
    • Pearl Harbor: Final Judgement: The Shocking True Story of the Military Intelligence Failure at Pearl Harbor and…by Bruce Lee and Henry C. Clausen
    • A Cooper and Fry Mystery Collection #1: Black Dog, Dancing with the Virgins and Blood on the Tongue by Stephen Booth
    • Easy Affordable Raw: How to Go Raw on $10 a Day by Lisa Viger
    • The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Knickerbocker Classics) by Arthur Conan Doyle
    • The Lion’s World: A Journey into the Heart of Narnia by Rowan Williams
    • We Install: And Other Stories by Harry Turtledove
    • Maude by Donna Foley Mabry
    • Detective Strongoak and the Case of the Dead Elf by Terry Newman
    • Desperate Measures by Fern Michaels
    • Hot Blooded (Rick Bentz/Reuben Montoya #1) by Lisa Jackson
    • Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
    • Way Station by Clifford D. Animal
    • Worlds Enough and Time by Joe Haldeman
    • Unfinished Business by James Van Praagh
    • Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines #1) by Marko Kloos
    • Spider Woman’s Daughter (Navajo Mysteries #19)
    • Epitaph: A novel of the O.K Corral by Mary Doria Russell
    • The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle
    • Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston
    • When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman
    • Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom
    • The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
    • Capitol Dames by Cokie Roberts
    • No Turning Back (Kathleen Turner #1) by Tiffany Snow
    • The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan and Stan Berenstain
    • The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke (KU)
    • Taylor Swift by Chas Newkey-Burden
    • ABC of Reading by Ezra Pound and Michael Dirda
    • Masterminds by Norman Korman
    • Nightstalkers (Area 51: The Nightstalkers #1) by Bob Mayer (KU)
    • The Maiden by Jude Deveraux
    • The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon (KU)
    • The Happily Palmer Quartet by Len Deighton
    • The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis (KU)
    • The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg and James Bernardin
    • The Dream Merchants by Harold Robbins (KU)
    • Probable Cause by Ridley Pearson (KU)
    • Jefferson and Hamilton by John Ferling
    • Arthur’s Halloween by Marc Brown (KU)
    • The Woman in His Life by Barbara Taylor Bradford (KU)
    • The Cocktail Waitress by James M. Cain
    • The Hustler by Walter Tevis (KU)
    • The Graduate by Charles Webb (KU)
    • Red Alert by Peter Bryant (KU)
    • Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison
    • Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou
    • Selected Poems by Ezra Pound
    • The Taking of Pelham 123 by John Godey
    • Steve McQueen: Full-Throttle Cool by Dwight Zimmerman and Greg Scott
    • The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White
    • All I Ever Did Was Ask by Terry Gross
    • How Literature Works: 50 Key Concepts by John Sutherland
    • Dickens: A Biography by Fred Kaplan (KU)
    • Skulking Permitted by Robert Sheckley (KU)
    • Once Bitten by Stephen Leather (KU)
    • Grant vs. Lee by Wayne Vansant
    • The Asphalt Jungle by W.R. Burnett
    • The Little Journey by Ray Bradbury (KU)
    • A Plague of Unicorns by Jane Yolen
    • Four in One by Damon Knight (KU)
    • The Wind Between the Worlds by Lester del Rey (KU)
    • High Sierra by W.R. Burnett

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:

  • Out of Sorts by Aurélie Valognes, Wendeline A. Hardenberg (Contemporary Fiction)
  • Terms of Use by Scott Allan Morrison (Thriller)
  • A Death in Sweden by Kevin Wignall (Conspiracy Thriller)
  • Before Goodbye by Mimi Cross (Coming of Age Fiction)
  • The King of Taksim Square by Emrah Serbes, Mark David Wyers (Modern Fiction)
  • Grave of Hummingbirds by Jennifer Skutelsky (Literary Fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…I’m having a tough time this month. Nothing immediately stands out for me. So, I cheated: I said, “Alexa, roll a six-sided die” (that’s using our Amazon Echo (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)). Alexa got a six, and I had previously determined to go my left to right, then down, like you would read a book in English. That  means we are getting Grave of Hummingbirds. 🙂


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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.

2 Responses to “Holiday Deals on Kindle Books (replaces Monthly Kindle Deals) for December”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I’m at the point with Kindle First books that if I don’t find any of them particularly interesting, I just don’t pick a book for that month. I won’t be getting one out of this batch. For one thing, there’s not much diversity. No science fiction? Two of them sounded interesting, but when I used the “look inside” feature to check out the writing style, I discovered that both of them were written in present tense. I hate books written in present tense. When reading first person present tense, I can’t focus on the story because my mind is picturing the narrator at the keyboard or with open notebook writing every detail as it happens.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I too noted the lack of diversity this month. Since this is in part a promotional tool, I wonder if perhaps the science fiction/fantasy doesn’t need as much promotion. 🙂 I would say that there are some titles here that might be a tough sell…given how well the Kindle First books do, it might make more sense to use them to promote harder to summarize books.

      It’s an interesting reaction to first person! I think the intent is to place you more in the moment, but your super ego is putting you into the process of writing the story…fascinating.

      The weird one for me was Draculas (, where they included the authors’ e-mail correspondence at the end of the book. It got so close to the publication date that I felt like if I could read it fast enough, I’d be reading the future. 😉

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