April 2016 Kindle book releases

April 2016 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 6,213 (at time of writing…eight more than last month):

April releases in the USA Kindle store (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of you choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 951 (27 more than last month) are in

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

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 month, again, Kindle First titles dominate.

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.

Okay, books!

  • Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley and Lauren Castillo
  • Chains of Command (Frontlines Book 4) by Marko Kloos (KU)
  • Now That I’ve Found You (New York Sullivans #1) (The Sullivans Book 15) by Bella Andre
  • Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age by Jo Ann Jenkins
  • The Kasari Nexus (Rho Agenda Assimilation Book 1) by Richard Phillips
  • Aztec by Gary Jennings
  • They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age by Didier Ghez and Pete Docter
  • It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein
  • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
  • The Big Fear (Hollow City Series) by Andrew Case
  • Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas
  • Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee: From Scout to Go Set a Watchman by Charles J. Shields
  • Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance by Leonard Peltier and Harvey Arden
  • The Blooding by Joseph Wambaugh (and lots of other Wambaugh books)
  • Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Gone to Soldiers by Marge Piercy
  • The New Space Opera by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan
  • The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner: Stories by Alan Sillitoe
  • Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
  • Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family by Stephen H. Segal and Valya Dudycz Lupescu
  • More Than a Season: Building a Championship Culture by Dayton Moore and Matt Fulks
  • The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton and Maxine Kumin
  • Aimee & Jaguar: A Love Story, Berlin 1943 by Erica Fischer
  • Mom Candy: 1,000 Quotes of Inspiration for Mothers by Jena Pincott
  • Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama by Sam Leith
  • Inventing The Middle Ages by Norman F. Cantor
  • Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
  • The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
  • Sister Light, Sister Dark (The Great Alta Saga) by Jane Yolen

Feel free to suggest other books being released in April in the USA Kindle store in March. If you are the author, or are otherwise connected with the production or publishing of the book, I’d appreciate you saying so. That won’t stop me from publishing the comment, but it should be in your own words and not an ad.


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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! :)

** A Kindle/Fire 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.


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