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

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: June 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 many times that now: 720 at the time of writing…a remarkable 421 more, more than double than last month. Welcome to the summer reading season! They are up to 80% off…but in a return to form (and continuing the last three months’ trend), none of them are more than the normal $3.99 top limit.

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 357 of them (249 more than last month…again, more than double) 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.

  • Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim (KU) (my Significant Other both read this one and thought it was good…4.6 stars out of 5 | 9,498 customer reviews at time of writing (it will likely hit 10,000 this month)
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco and William Weaver
  • Casino Royale (James Bond – Extended Series Book 1) by Ian Fleming (KU) (you can have a James Bond summer with this sale…or with KU)
  • Commando Dad: A Basic Training Manual for the First Three Years of Fatherhood by Neil Sinclair
  • Chicago Assault (Hawker) by Randy Wayne White
  • Lilith’s Brood: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago by Octavia E. Butler
  • Veronica Mars – the TV series: Caller ID (Kindle Worlds Novella) by Laurie Baxter
  • How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits by Judy Robinett
  • Love Fed: Purely Decadent, Simply Raw, Plant-Based Desserts by Christina Ross
  • The Return: A Titan Novel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Peace with God: The Secret of Happiness by Billy Graham
  • Pizza: A Slice of American History by Liz Barrett
  • Arthur Lost and Found (Arthur Adventure Series) by Marc Brown
  • When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Goodnight, Little Monster by Bonnie Leick and Helen Ketteman
  • White: The Circle Series by Ted Dekker
  • Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations Hand-Lettered by Lisa Congdon by Lisa Congdon
  • Killer Germs by Barry Zimmerman and David Zimmerman
  • Cinderella Man: James Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History by Jeremy Schaap
  • It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality by Michelangelo Signorile
  • Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet by Carol J. Adams and Patti Breitman
  • Elizabeth Baxter’s Ten Secrets to a Happy Marriage by Karen Kingsbury
  • The Big Book of Gross Stuff by Bart King
  • A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White (KU)
  • Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love Series Book 1) by Jessica Park (KU)
  • Resident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy by S.D. Perry
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson (KU)
  • A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry and Jenni Oliver
  • The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America by D. Watkins and David Talbot
  • Congo: The Epic History of a People by David Van Reybrouck
  • Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson
  • Heist: The Oddball Crew Behind the $17 Million Loomis Fargo Theft by Jeff Diamant
  • Arghh: Being the Vexing Letters from Pirate Anne Bonny to her Secret Sister (The Adele Bonny Adventures) by Wendy Wilkinson
  • The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White (KU)
  • Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella (KU): 4.4 stars | 2,594 reviews
  • The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis
  • The Dark Man (The Graveyard: Classified Paranormal Series Book 1) by Desmond Doane (KU)
  • Walk Me Home by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Disney U: How Disney University Develops the World’s Most Engaged, Loyal, and Customer-Centric Employees: How…by Doug Lipp
  • The Complete David Bowie by Nicholas Pegg
  • The Winter Prince (The Lion Hunters series Book 1) by Elizabeth Wein (KU)
  • The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers Saga Book 1) by David Estes (KU)
  • The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
  • Lean Six Sigma for Service: How to Use Lean Speed and Six Sigma Quality to Improve Services and Transactions by Michael L. George
  • How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott D. Sampson
  • Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day, The Allied Invasion of Hitler’s Fortress Europe (Zenith Graphic Histories) by Wayne Vansant
  • Rat Pack Party Girl: From Prostitute to Women’s Advocate by Jane McCormick and Patti Wicklund  (KU)
  • The Dummy Line (A Jake Crosby Thriller Book 1) by Bobby Cole (KU)
  • Shiloh, 1862 by Winston Groom
  • The S Word: A Short History of an American Tradition…Socialism by John Nichols
  • Raising Vegetarian Children: A Guide to Good Health and Family Harmony by Joanne Stepaniak and Vesanto Melina
  • Casino Royale (James Bond – Extended Series Book 1) by Ian Fleming (KU)
  • Crimes Against Magic (The Hellequin Chronicles Book 1) by Steve McHugh (KU) (and other books in the series)
  • Watch Me Die by Lee Goldberg
  • Above Suspicion by Helen Macinnes

I was more impressed last month, but there are still good choices here…

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 has often been four) books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:

  • Intrusion by Mary McCluskey: psychological suspense
  • The Temporary Agent by Daniel Judson: thriller
  • Cold (A Joe Tiplady Thriller Book 1) by John Sweeney: espionage thriller
  • The Last Woman Standing  by Thelma Adams: historical fiction
  • Journey’s End (Gilded Promises) by Renee Ryan: inspirational historical romance
  • Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel, translated by Jordi Castells: literary fiction

People like to know which one I pick…and for the second month in a row, I’m not particularly inspired. There isn’t any science fiction or fantasy, and while I read a lot of types of things, that’s a default. Historical fiction can be good, but that offering just isn’t drawing me into it for a choice. I’m going to go with the Laura Esquivel (Like Water for Chocolate), despite my not great experience in the past with Amazon translations…


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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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7 Responses to “Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: June 2016”

  1. thepizzapassport Says:

    Thanks for recommending my book, Pizza: A Slice of American History on your list! –Liz

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Liz!

      Certainly! I love cultural histories, and your book intrigued me. I used to jokingly say that cold pizza for breakfast was “nature’s perfect food”. 🙂 My Significant Other is a native San Franciscan, and we were shocked at how good the pizza at a little hole in the wall place was in Chicago when we were there for a wedding. Years ago, one of my favorite restaurants was “Jose’s: Worst Pizza in Town”. It was Central and South American styles…very light crust, and the fresh (not canned) jalapenos would have melted a battleship. 😉

      We don’t eat pizza any more (it just doesn’t fit with our lifestyle), but that doesn’t diminish the cultural importance of it for me.

      I appreciate you stopping by to comment in such an honest manner! 🙂

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I’m getting frustrated with the Kindle First selections. Last month, my cat made the decision for me by jumping up on my lap unexpectedly while I was in the process of looking at the book descriptions and causing me to accidentally click the “buy” button on the book that was open at the time, “Time Heals No Wounds”. This time, I think I’m going to go with “The Last Woman Standing.” There’s so much mythology about the whole OK Corral story, so I imagine there will be more fiction than history, but that’s OK. I grew up on TV westerns like Wyatt Earp. I remember “Spectre of the Gun,” the Star Trek version of the OK corral. I’ve read biographies of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday. This will be a new perspective.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!


      Back in the Windows 3.1 days, one of our cats would not infrequently delete folders on the way to a sleeping spot, I think. I solved the problem, since it only happened once a day, by daily creating a folder just for the cat to delete. 🙂

      Spectre of the Gun has one of the great Star Trek bloopers, if you haven’t seen it!

      Took a quick look, but I didn’t locate that specific clip.

  3. Allie D. Says:

    re: KU filters – can’t you use KU as a filter on amazon? What’s the advantage of using eReaderIQ as a search? Just wondering. I get an eReader email every day, listing sale books, and I try to scan through but that’s my only interaction with that site.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Allie!

      While Amazon has now added Kindle Unlimited to some search results, there are a lot more filters on eReaderIQ.

      Here are some that I use (and they can be combined):

      * Price range (specifying top and bottom)
      * Release period (I use it to say “during May 2016”, or example)
      * Including or excluding public domain books (you can do that roughly on Amazon, but not as intuitively
      * You can filter based on average star rating (three stars and above, for instance)

      That’s a few things. 🙂 Take a look at it here:

      Some other features of the site:

      * Tell me when a book is Kindleized (released for the Kindle)
      * Tell me when a book drops in price (or show me most recent price drops…again filterable)
      * Track an author’s releases

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