August 2016 Kindle book releases

August 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 5,799 (at time of writing an increase of 336…reversing what was a somewhat concerning trend of significantly fewer books the past two months):

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

Of those, by the way, 873 (143 fewer than last month…that seems worth noting, since there are also more books overall) 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, continuing last month’s trend, 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!

  • Six Scary Stories by Stephen King
  • Random Acts: A Joanna Brady and Ali Reynolds Novella (Kindle Single) by J. A. Jance
  • A Great Reckoning: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel) by Louise Penny
  • Doubt (Caroline Auden Book 1) by C. E. Tobisman
  • Sweet Tomorrows: A Rose Harbor Novel by Debbie Macomber
  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia and John Ringo
  • Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory
  • Living for Change: An Autobiography by Grace Lee Boggs
  • Damaged: A Novel (A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel) by Lisa Scottoline
  • Curious Minds: A Knight and Moon Novel by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton
  • The Daughter of Union County by Francine Thomas Howard
  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
  • A Time of Torment: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly
  • Pokemon Go: Hack Your Way To The Top (Unofficial Pokemon Go Guide Book Book 1) by Level Thirty and Pokemon Go
  • Bullseye by James Patterson
  • The Jealous Kind: A Novel (A Holland Family Novel) by James Lee Burke
  • Batman Noir: The Killing Joke (Batman: The Killing Joke)Aug 9, 2016
    by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
  • Travels in Alaska by John Muir
  • The Swarm: The Second Formic War (Volume 1)Aug 2, 2016 | Kindle eBook
    by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
  • Rocket Raccoon and Groot Vol. 1: Tricks of the Trade (Rocket Raccoon and Groot (2016-)) by Skottie Young and Filipe Andrade
  • A-Z of Curious Suffolk by Sarah Doig
  • Life Behind Barbed Wire: The World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawaii Issei by Yasutaro Soga and Tetsuden Kashima
  • A Is for Atom: A Midcentury Alphabet by Greg Paprocki
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Politics: Transmedia World-Building Beyond Capitalism (Radical Cultural Studies by Dan Hassler-Forest
  • Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Rise of Alpha Flight (Captain Marvel (2016-)) by Michele Fazekis and Tara Butters
  • Literary London by Eloise Millar and Sam Jordison
  • The Word Collector by Alexandria Nolan

Feel free to suggest other books being released in August 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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