Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: January 2016
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 also do Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each (at AmazonSmile). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are ten times that now: 1,215 at the time of writing…27 more than the holiday sale they did 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 $13.64 (which is down thirty-five cents from last month), and did not appear to be discounted…I thought that might be a fluke last time, but having it happen three months in a row is a pattern. This time, there were also two pages of titles higher than $3.99…I guess were going with the high discount rather than the low price this time.
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 670 (244 more than last month) of these are available through
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
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.
- American Conspiracy Theories by Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent
- Old Yeller by Fred Gipson and Steven Polson
- Actors Anonymous by James Franco (KU)
- The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle Book 1) by Greg Bear and Neal Stephenson (KU)
- New Blood (HALO) by Matt Forbeck
- American Appetites by Joyce Carol Oates
- Tough Customer by Sandra Brown
- Alien: The Official Movie Novelization by Alan Dean Foster
- The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer and Brené Brown
- Dead Spots (Scarlett Bernard Book 1) by Melissa F. Olson
- Location is (Still) Everything: The Surprising Influence of the Real World on How We Search, Shop, and Sell in…by David R. Bell (KU)
- Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room by Jen Rudin
- Max Allan Collin novels (KU)
- Secret Lives of the First Ladies by Cormac O’Brien and Monika Suteski
- Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey
- Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike by Jared Orsi
- Batman Arkham Knight: The Official Novelization by Marv Wolfman
- Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel (KU)
- The Blooding by Joseph Wambaugh
- Sonora Sundown: Arizona (The Americana Series Book 3) by Janet Dailey (KU)
- Things We Set on Fire by Deborah Reed (KU)
- Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
- Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine by Tim Hanley
- Linda Goodman’s Love Signs by Linda Goodman
- Secrets to Die For (A Detective Jackson Mystery) by L.J. Sellers
- The Grail (Area 51 Series Book 5) by Bob Mayer
- Marley & Me by John Grogan
- Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe by Tom Doyle
- Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie
- Mastering the West: Rome and Carthage at War (Ancient Warfare and Civilization) by Dexter Hoyos
- Women Who Don’t Wait in Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way by Reshma Saujani (KU)
- Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond by Galen Dara and John Joseph Adams (KU)
- A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion (KU)
- Three Plays: Six Characters in Search of an Author, Henry IV, The Mountain Giants (Oxford World’s Classics) by Luigi Pirandello and Anthony Mortimer
- Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
- The Saint In New York (The Saint Series) by Leslie Charteris (KU)
- The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America by Colin Quinn
- Constantine the Emperor by David Potter
- All Dogs Go to Kevin: Everything Three Dogs Taught Me (That I Didn’t Learn in Veterinary School) by Jessica Vogelsang
- Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye: The World’s Greatest Detective Tackles the Bible’s Ultimate Mysteries by Len Bailey
- Going Vegan: The Complete Guide to Making a Healthy Transition to a Plant-Based Lifestyle by Joni Marie Newman and Gerrie L. Adams
- The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932-1972 by William Manchester
- King City by Lee Goldberg (KU)
- Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History by Daniel Durchholz and Gary Graff
- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying by Carol Leifer
- A Time to Embrace (Timeless Love Series Book 2) by Karen Kingsbury
- Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 by William L. Shirer
- Last of the Duanes by Zane Grey (KU)
- Fire from Heaven (Alexander the Great series Book 1) by Mary Renault (KU)
- Fatal Voyage: A Novel (Temperance Brennan Book 4) by Kathy Reichs
- Worlds of Arthur: Facts and Fictions of the Dark Ages by Guy Halsall
- Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community by Joy Deangdeelert Cho and Meg Mateo Ilasco
- Homecoming: Sixty Years of Egyptian Short Stories (Modern Arabic Literature) by Denys Johnson-Davies
- Vegan Finger Foods: More Than 100 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for Bite-Size Eats Everyone Will Love by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes
- Survive the Bomb: The Radioactive Citizen’s Guide to Nuclear Survival by Eric G. Swedin
- Between Love and Honor by Alexandra Lapierre and Jane Lizop (KU)
- To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science by Steven Weinberg
- The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.: From “Solo” to Memphis by David J. Garrow
- Democracy’s Fourth Wave?: Digital Media and the Arab Spring (Oxford Studies in Digital Politics) by Philip N. Howard and Muzammil M. Hussain
- The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (A Game of Thrones) by George R. R. Martin and Ben Avery
- A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing (The Albright Sisters Book 1) by Elf Ahearn (KU)
- The Two Minute Rule by Robert Crais
- Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
- Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
- “Is This Thing On?”: A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming by Abby Stokes
- Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt by Todd Harra and Kenneth McKenzie
- Outsider in the White House by Bernie Sanders and John Nichols
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente and Ana Juan
- An Innocent Abroad: Life-changing Trips from 35 Great Writers (Lonely Planet Travel Literature) by John Berendt and Dave Eggers (KU)
- Attachments: Why You Love, Feel, and Act the Way You Do by Tim Clinton
- Flights of No Return: Aviation History’s Most Infamous One-Way Tickets to Immortality by Steven A. Ruffin
- Funny on Purpose: The Definitive Guide to an Unpredictable Career in Comedy: Standup + Improv + Sketch + TV by Joe Randazzo and John Hodgman
- Bean By Bean: A Cookbook: More than 175 Recipes for Fresh Beans, Dried Beans, Cool Beans, Hot Beans, Savory Beans…by Crescent Dragonwagon
- The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration by Bernd Heinrich
- Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair Bonnett
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
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:
- Fields of Wrath (Luis Chavez Book 1) by Mark Wheaton (mystery)
- The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bomann, Alison Layland (contemporary fiction)
- Captain Riley (The Captain Riley Adventures Book 1) by Fernando Gamboa, Alexander Woodend (action adventure)
- Harmony Black (Harmony Black Series Book 1) by Craig Schaefer
- Becoming Marta by Lorea Canales, Gabriel Amor
- The Oddfits (The Oddfits Series Book 1) by Tiffany Tsao
People like to know which one I pick…and this month, I could have gotten several of them. Last month, I had Alexa (in our Amazon Echo) randomly pick one…that one was okay. I think I’m going with Harmony Black. I may need to rethink my approach to this. These books all become part of KU, so maybe I should make the decision based on what other people in my account in the future may want to read, not what we want to read right now…
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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.
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