Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: January 2016

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

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.

  • 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

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:

  • 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. 

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 “Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: January 2016”

  1. Alan Church Says:

    I think you once said one could leave his kindle account to another just by including him/her on his account. This from amazon discussions suggest otherwise. What do you think?

    I would say that based on Amazon’s Kindle Digital Content Licensing terms, that no, passing your Kindle account and content to your heirs would not necessarily be viewed as legal:

    Use of Digital Content. Upon your download of Digital Content and payment of any applicable fees (including applicable taxes), the Content Provider grants you a non-exclusive right to view, use, and display such Digital Content an unlimited number of times, solely on the Kindle or a Reading Application or as otherwise permitted as part of the Service, solely on the number of Kindles or Other Devices specified in the Kindle Store, and solely for your personal, non-commercial use. Digital Content is licensed, not sold, to you by the Content Provider. The Content Provider may include additional terms for use within its Digital Content. Those terms will also apply, but this Agreement will govern in the event of a conflict. Some Digital Content, such as Periodicals, may not be available to you through Reading Applications.

    Limitations. Unless specifically indicated otherwise, you may not sell, rent, lease, distribute, broadcast, sublicense, or otherwise assign any rights to the Digital Content or any portion of it to any third party, and you may not remove or modify any proprietary notices or labels on the Digital Content. In addition, you may not bypass, modify, defeat, or circumvent security features that protect the Digital Content.

    Can you do it? Sure, you can allow access to your account to anyone you choose, and from there, they can do with it whatever they want too, provided it’s all still in your name, at least where you personally purchased content is concerned. Is it legal? That’s a bit murkier based on various articles I’ve read on such matters.

    It’s really no different then selling (or giving away) your Kindle with all of your digital content still on it. Many on here would tell you it’s not right to do this, based on Amazon’s Kindle Digital Content Licensing agreement, but it can still be done. Should you? Probably not, since when you purchased your Kindle content from Amazon, you only purchased a license, for you personally, to read that content. You didn’t purchase the content itself, nor were you given any other license to that content that would allow countless others to read that content via you distributing that content to them in any form.

    Honestly, I would suggest consulting a lawyer if it is truly a concern to you, as it seems to be. You could consult Amazon Kindle CS, but there’s a real chance that they will only quote you their licensing policy, or worse, lead you to believe that willing your content to your heirs is perfectly legal when that may in fact not be the case.
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    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Tom!

      I’ve actually addressed that more than once…this is one post that I pulled up right away:

      I agree with the writer (is it you?) of the post that you should consult with a lawyer. I said,

      “Now, I have to be really clear: I am not a lawyer, and you may want to check this information with an estate attorney.

      Given that, though, I disagree with some elements of this post.

      One of the very key things is this unequivoacal statement:

      “Probably not, since when you purchased your Kindle content from Amazon, you only purchased a license, for you personally, to read that content.”

      The issue there is with the word “personally”.

      I’ve cited several places where it is clear that Amazon expects more than one person to use the account (which I think is pretty obvious).

      There is only one question which Amazon simply hasn’t answered for me when I asked it, and it’s crucial here: the definiton of the word “you” in he terms that wre quoted. That’s a problem with English: we don’t have official plural and singular forms for “you”, unlike many languages. Certainly, we have common usage in different dialects: “you all”, “y’all”, “youse guys”, and so on.

      I wrote to Amazon’s legal department, trying to get a specific statement on this exact question…and never heard back.

      I find this statement difficult to defend:

      “It’s really no different then selling (or giving away) your Kindle with all of your digital content still on it.”

      When you give away a device to someone not on your account with licensed content on it, that appears to be to violate the terms. Amazon has, I believe, specifically said that’s not okay under the Terms, but I’d need to find that again (it’s been years since I’ve written about this).

      If the information is still on the account, no transfer of rights has occured, as I understand it.

      If the writer of the post is correct, I would assume that this scenario would be true. A married couple (we’ll use that construct, to make it as simple as possible) both use the same Amazon account. They both read e-books purchased on the account. One member of the couple dies. According to what is suggested here, Amazon, on finding out about the death, would shut down access to the Kindle books in the Cloud.

      If that was happening, I think we would hear about it…loudly.

      Amazon does not require any sort of certification of a relationship when you add people to your account or use features, with the exceptions of some things that are based on being in the same “household”, and some statements about minors, I believe.

      Based on that, I think that it is likely okay within the terms of service to have someone else on your account who will continue to access your books after your death.

      By the way, one other odd thing here to me in the post: “…lead you to believe that willing your content to your heirs is perfectly legal when that may in fact not be the case.”

      There is no willing of content going on here, if someone has access to the account…no transfer of license is happening. Second, is the suggestion here that Amazon determines what is legal? They can determine what fits their Terms of Service, but actual legality? An interesting concept…

      Here is a search that will find you several articles on the topic:

      The bottom line for me is that there doesn’t appear to have been a definitive statement made by Amazon. My intuition is that they don’t mind it being fuzzy, and fuzzy in favor of consumers rather than rightsholders in this case.

      Would you mind linking to the discussion? I probably wouldn’t add to it, since it’s just a matter of opinion, and although the writer makes some definitive statements, they also make it clear that they don’t know for sure how it would go in a court of law…as I don’t. I used to weigh in on matters of opinion in the Kindle forums, but I’ve largely decided not to do that unless something is stated as true which may be harmful for people…when I might cite contradicting evidence.

  2. Alan Church Says:

    No I am not the writer. I found that at an amazon forum. Thanks for your comments. Makes sense to me. Can I add a minor to my account who doesn’t use it Dow might when she becomes of age?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Alan!

      In my opinion, sure! Very clearly, Amazon anticipates minors using accounts. They have “parental controls”, Kids’ editions of the devices, and so on.

      There has also never been a “use it or lose it” for account access…that’s sometimes true at some places (I have a few things at work where I have to log into them periodically or I lose access).

      Of course, I’m unofficial, and this is just my opinion. You might want to ask Amazon…and I appreciate hearing what they might say. 🙂

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