July 2016 Kindle book releases

July 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 5,463 (at time of writing…an even steeper drop than last month’s 733, with 863 fewer titles. This is the second month in a row with the better part of a 1,000 fewer titles):

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

Of those, by the way, 1,021 (25 fewer 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, in a change, Kindle First books aren’t dominating the top slots..

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.

June is a big release month for books (not unlike movies)…summer vacation is here, and books for “grads and Dads” are also big.

Okay, books!

  • The Arrangement 22 (The Ferro Family) Jul 25, 2016 by H.M. Ward
  • The Black Widow Jul 12, 2016 by Daniel Silva
  • Night and Day: An Eve Duncan Novel July 19, 2016 by Iris Johansen
  • Getting started with Tambour Embroidery (Haute Couture Embroidery Series Book 1) Jul 10, 2016 by Saskia ter Welle
  • A Shade of Vampire 30: A Game of Risk Jul 14, 2016 by Bella Forrest
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of…Jul 31, 2016 by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne
  • Ultimate Physics Jul 11, 2016 by Scientific American Editors
  • The Trial: A BookShot: A Women’s Murder Club Story (BookShots) Jul 5, 2016 by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  • The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey Jul 12, 2016 by Chris Colfer
  • Why Politics Sucks: With Just A Few Modest Proposals That Might Make It All Suck A Little Less (Why Everything…Jul 4, 2016 by Steven Womack
  • The Last Woman Standing: A Novel Jul 1, 2016 by Thelma Adams
  • Lowcountry Book Club (A Liz Talbot Mystery 5) Jul 5, 2016 by Susan M. Boyer
  • Murder on the Einstein Express and Other Stories (Science and Fiction) Jul 16, 2016 by Šiljak, Harun
  • Children’s Book of Experiments: 30 Incredible Experiments For Young Scientists Jul 7, 2016 by Jaroslaw Wasilewski
  • We are Big Data: The Future of the Information Society Jul 23, 2016 by Sander Klous and Nart Wielaard
  • 1000 Terrible Ideas for Another Star Wars Movie Jul 9, 2016 by Francisco Cutter and Jeff Rose
  • I’ve Got Sand In All the Wrong Places Jul 12, 2016 by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
  • The High Ground: Imperials 1Jul 5, 2016 | Kindle eBook
    by Melinda Snodgrass

Feel free to suggest other books being released in July 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.

4 Responses to “July 2016 Kindle book releases”

  1. Edward Boyhan Says:

    I ordered “Black Widow” a couple of hours ago. DaSilva is one of the few big 5 published authors that I still bother with. He has never failed to please.

  2. D. Knight Says:

    Not really related to this post, but regarding the newly updated Kindle (Mindle): I received an email from amazon saying it has Bluetooth but the product description barely mentions it (I had to search for “blue” to find it–it’s under accessibility features). This is exciting as it’s the first Kindle with audio that we’ve had in a long time.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, D.!

      Yes, they definitely buried the lead! TTS (text-to-speech) had been a tricky issue with them…they lost on it early on with the publishers…some publishers blocked it, which I honestly think surprised Amazon. It surprised me…I think having TTS is sales positive.

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