May 2016 Kindle book releases

May 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 7,059 (at time of writing…a significant 846 more than last monh):

May USA Kindle store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 1,119 (168 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!

  • Blood Defense (Samantha Brinkman Book 1) by Marcia Clark
  • Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon
  • Don’t Believe a Word by Patricia MacDonald
  • The Thief’s Daughter (The Kingfountain Series Book 2) by Jeff Wheeler (KU)
  • 15th Affair by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  • TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson
  • Blood Flag: A Paul Madriani Novel by Steve Martini
  • 100 Years: Wisdom From Famous Writers on Every Year of Your Life by Joshua Prager and Milton Glaser
  • The Cthulhu Wars: The United States’ Battles Against the Mythos (Dark Osprey) by Kenneth Hite and Kennon Bauman
  • Kitten Kaboodle (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 20) by Kathi Daley
  • Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Patriots by David Fisher
  • Murder Frames the Scene: A Hawai’i Mystery by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
  • Lisa Murphy on Play: The Foundation of Children’s Learning by Lisa Murphy
  • The Emperor’s Revenge (The Oregon Files)by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • D-Day (Time Patrol)May by Bob Mayer (KU)
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich
  • Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency by Charles Rappleye
  • Turner Classic Movies: The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter by Jeremy Arnold and Robert Osborne
  • Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky
  • The Sorcerer’s Daughter: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  • The Brooklyn Experience: The Ultimate Guide to Neighborhoods & Noshes, Culture & the Cutting Edge by Ellen Freudenheim and Steve Hindy
  • The Strength of Sensitivity: Understanding Empathy for a Life of Emotional Peace & Balance by Kyra Mesich
  • Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines by Thomas H. Davenport and Julia Kirby
  • J.J. Abrams: A Study in Genius: The Unofficial Biography by Neil Daniels
  • The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
  • The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb
  • The Drowned Detective by Neil Jordan
  • Workplace Research: Conducting small-scale research in organizations by Zina O’Leary and Jennifer S. Hunt
  • In Praise of Simple Physics: The Science and Mathematics behind Everyday Questions by Paul J. Nahin
  • Stranger in the Mirror: The Scientific Search for the Self by Robert V. Levine
  • Steampunk Soldiers: The American Frontier (Open Book) by Philip Smith and Joseph A. McCullough
  • The Apartment by Danielle Steel
  • Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash (Archie 1000 Page Digests) by Archie Superstars
  • Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnes Martin-Lugand
  • Holy Heroes: The Gospel According to DC & Marvel by Scott Bayles
  • The Fireman by Joe Hill

Feel free to suggest other books being released in May in the USA Kindle store. 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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