September 2016 Kindle book releases

September 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…well, that’s irritating! I’ve always been able to give you a count of how many books there are for the upcoming month, and I’ve shown you the change from the previous month. This month, it says “500+” instead of the actual number. I tried refreshing, I tried it in two different browsers…oh, well. I don’t stay irritated long. 🙂

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

Of those, by the way, 1,438 (565 more than last month…that’s a big increase, and reverses last month’s drop) 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.  Reversing the last two months, Kinddle First books are back to dominating the list.

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!

  • Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes by Kira Breed-Wrisley and Scott Cawthon
  • Cradle and All by James Patterson
  • The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld) by Gena Showalter
  • Redwood Bend (A Virgin River Novel) by Robyn Carr
  • The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution by Richard Dawkins
  • Warleggan: A Novel of Cornwall, 1792-1793 (Poldark) by Winston Graham
  • A Game of Chance by Linda Howard
  • The Dance of the Dissident’s Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Cats: An anthology of stories and poems by Mark Bryant
  • The Ingenious Victorians: Weird and Wonderful Ideas from the Age of Innovation by John Wade
  • How To Audition On Camera: A Hollywood Insider’s Guide for Actors by Sharon Bialy and Bryan Cranston
  • The Boy Who Could Run But Not Walk : Real Hope for Children with Early Brain Damage by Karen Pape
  • Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction by Elizabeth Vargas
  • The Bestseller Code by The Manuscript Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers
  • Closed Casket: A New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie
  • The Sound of Seas: Book 3 of The EarthEnd Saga by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin
  • Letter to My Teenage Self by Grace Halphen
  • How to Speak Football: From Ankle Breaker to Zebra–an Illustrated Guide to Gridiron Gab (HOW TO SPEAK SPORTS) by Sally Cook and Ross MacDonald
  • Loose Lips: Fanfiction Parodies of Great (and Terrible) Literature from the Smutty Stage of Shipwreck by Amy Stephenson and Casey A. Childers
  • Nzinga: African Warrior Queen by Moses L. Howard (KU)
  • Death by Pumpkin Spice (A Bookstore Café Mystery) by Alex Erickson

Feel free to suggest other books being released in September 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.


Bonus deal: thanks to a reader who asked me not to post their comment, but wanted me to share this deal with you…which ends August 31st at 11:59 PM Pacific:

Audible anniversary sale

These are great deals on audiobooks…most are $3.95 or less! I’m not a big audiobook person myself (I listen to text-to-speech a lot), but I know a lot of my readers are. Books (and there are over 200) include Life of Pi and The Wizard of Oz, and readers include Anne Hathaway and Claire Danes. There isn’t much time left on this deal!

Thanks to my reader!

Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project! Do you have what it takes to be a Timeblazer?

* 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.


5 Responses to “September 2016 Kindle book releases”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I clicked on the link to your search results and found several books that sparked my interest. In each case, I discovered reviews. Amazon had put up a header saying: “This item has not been released yet and is not eligible to be reviewed.
    Reviews shown are from other formats of this item.”

    At first I assumed the early reviewers had received advanced copies for the purpose of review, but I checked closer and found that all 5 of the ones I checked were already available for purchase in paperback format. I know that’s a very small sampling, but I wonder why the print format would be available before the Kindle version.

    One of the books I added to my wish list was “Memoir Your Way: Tell Your Story through Writing, Recipes, Quilts, Graphic Novels, and More.” The Kindle release date is September 6. The earliest review from a verified purchaser is August 15. Neither the paperback link nor the Kindle link would let me “Look inside” the book to get a sample or preview. Is it a book that will never offer that feature, or will it become available once the book is released in Kindle format.

    I know none of this is of much importance, but all my life I’ve been plagued by this type of curiosity. Was I a cat in a previous life? Oh no, we all know the ending of that piece of folk lore. Oh well, real life calls. I’m off to get the laundry out of the washer.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I’m so glad that the link helped you find books I didn’t mention! I’ve hoped that’s the case…I don’t want to be the sole curator of how people find their books. 🙂 I want to enable additional discovery.

      I took a look at Memoir Your Way. The paperback format says it is being released on September 6, 2016…although reviews go back to August 13th. An August 15th review is from a “Verified Purchase”. The Kindle pre-order is also for September 6th.

      The paperback is also listed as being in stock, suggesting that these reviewers are not just people who got advance copies.

      It wasn’t unusual, when I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore, that we would get a book before it’s official release date. Part of that was that the publisher couldn’t predict exactly when copies would reach a given store…like leaving early to allow a “cushion” to get to work on time. It’s just not that precise a process.

      Back then, we didn’t tend to have “embargoes”, preventing us from selling a book before a certain time (as they did with some Harry Potter books, for example).

      It’s possible the publisher sent the book to Amazon ahead of time, trying to time the delivery to physical bookstores, and just didn’t embargo the sales…although three weeks ahead seems long.

      That might be true for the others…

      As to that old saying, the way I know it is: “Curiosity killed the cat, and satisfaction brought him back.” I think most people just know the first half. 🙂

      I’ve personally added to another old saying:

      “See a penny, pick it up, and all the day you’ll have good luck. See a penny, let it lay, and make somebody else’s day.” 🙂

  2. Man in the Middle Says:

    My wife and I have both accidentally “bought” books we intended to read via Kindle Unlimited. It’s so easy to do that I have to assume it is intentional on Amazon’s part – presumably because they expect most victims to just go ahead and live with the unintended purchase.

    We, however, are not like that. Every time it happens, we go into our Manage Content and Devices page and choose the Return for Refund option for the accidental purchase within the 7 days allowed for that. Yesterday, we had to take it a step further and open a case with Amazon help because an accidental purchase from 4 days ago did not offer a Return for Refund option.

    If enough others do the same, hopefully Amazon will make it harder to accidentally buy a book we intended to read for free via Kindle Unlimited, if only to cut down on their tech support costs.

    That said, I really do appreciate their tech support. It has always come through for us.

    • Lady Galaxy Says:

      I’ve had the same problem. It was the main reason I dropped KU for awhile. Unfortunately, in my case, I wasn’t paying close enough attention to the confirmation of purchase e-mails and didn’t realize I’d purchased the books until I tried to return them. By then it was too late to return them. The first time, I just assumed I’d clicked the wrong button and tried to be more careful, but when it happened again, I started to wonder if there was some glitch in the Kindle Store buttons available directly on the Kindle.

      I signed up again during prime day, but now I make sure to do my borrows from my computer where I can take a screen shot of my curser over the “read for free” button before I click. And as soon as the book downloads to my Kindle, I check to make sure it’s listed in the KU borrow are of the Kindle Store. And I now open all mail from Amazon as soon as I see it instead of just filing it unopened in my invoices folder.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Man!

      I know you are a sophisticated user, so I’m somewhat surprised that you’ve bought them by accident when you intended to borrow through KU. I think I’ll do a poll at some point to see how widespread that problem is.

      I think it’s quite unlikely that Amazon wants to create “victims” on any given transaction. There’s very little logical advantage to them on that, particularly with e-books. The money they make on an individual e-book purchase is tiny; the profit is quite low. People can easily return the book for a refund, even generally doing it themselves, as you note. That “Return for Refund” option may not be there for free books, and if someone returns an atypically large number of e-books, they may take it away generally requiring contact.

      You can’t control people’s mistaken opinions, but if people could legitimately feel they were cheated by Amazon (even for a very small amount), they certainly might sever the relationship…and spread the bad news. That means they won’t be doing more profitable transactions with Amazon (“diapers an windshield wipers”).

      It would be against Amazon’s self interests to cheat people in a detectable way for a couple of dollars.

      Of course, entire industries are built on people acting against their own self-interests, so it’s possible… 😉

      It’s also hypothetically possible that Amazon has calculated that people will feel that the costs/benefits of Amazon cheating them in a minor way are tolerable, or that they believe customers will blame themselves for the “mistaken purchase”, and that way hold Amazon blameless.

      That seems less likely to me than Amazon just not having a very customer-friendly interface.

      They could do some things, although it might degrade the performace of the website, especially on mobile devices. One way would be to have a pop up when anyone (KU member or not) goes to buy a book which is in KU: “This book is available to read at no additional costs for Kindle Unlimited members. If you are a member, would you like to borrow it instead of buy it? If you are not a member, click here for more information”. That would create some friction; if someone borrowed a book and then wanted to buy it (which I think happens fairly often…sometimes as gifts), but if it was just a click, that might be acceptable.

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