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

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: September 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: 329 at the time of writing…351 fewer than last month (so, more than cut in half this time). They are up to 80% off…and two of  them are $9.99 and one $8.99, so we can really say it is 326.

Those prices only apply to the USA, and one weird thing is that sometimes some of the books seem to sell out at that price sometimes (or become unavailable for some other reason).

Another thing is that 101 of them (279 fewer than last month) 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.

I don’t think it’s a bad thing that a lot fewer of the e-books on sale are in KU…for happy KU members like me, having additional books on sale outside of KU increases the value of the sale.

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.

Okay, books!

  • The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison (KU)
  • The Body Reader by Anne Frasier (KU)
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy | 4.6 stars out of 5 | 1,144 customer review | $1.99 at time of writing
  • Illumination Night by Alice Hoffman  $2.51
  • Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea by Kenneth Bae and Mark Tabb
  • Flight by Sherman Alexie
  • The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean by Trevor Corson
  • The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Johnson, Spencer, M.D. | $1.99
  • The Rich Are Different by Susan Howatch
  • The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D. (KU)
  • The Promise of Provence (Love in Provence Book 1) by Patricia Sands (KU)
  • Not Quite Dating (Not Quite series Book 1) by Catherine Bybee (KU)
  • The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Clark Styron
  • Abducted (Lizzy Gardner Series, Book 1) by T.R. Ragan | 4.4 stars | 3,948 customer reviews | (KU)
  • Powder Burn by Carl Hiaasen and Montalbano Bill
  • The Fifties by David Halberstam $1.99
  • My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday
  • The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Sixth Commandment (The Commandment Series Book 1) by Lawrence Sanders
  • Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy
  • Black Like Me: The Definitive Griffin Estate Edition by John Howard Griffin and Robert Bonazzi
  • Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman
  • We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong by R. Albert Mohler Jr.
  • I’m OK–You’re OK by Thomas Harris
  • Bloodchild: And Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
  • The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father . . . and Finding the Zodiac Killer by Gary L. Stewart and Susan Mustafa
  • Schismatrix Plus by Bruce Sterling
  • Mother Teresa: An Authorized Biography by Kathryn Spink
  • Deadly Night (The Flynn Brothers Trilogy Book 1) by Heather Graham
  • Agent of Byzantium by Harry Turtledove
  • Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym
  • The Shrinking Man (RosettaBooks into Film) by Richard Matheson (KU)
  • Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington (KU)
  • The Greatest Speech, Ever: The Remarkable Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Gettysburg Address by James H. Cotton Jr.
  • Anything Goes by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman
  • Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories by Paul Theroux
  • Dracula (Enriched Classics) by Bram Stoker

There are some good choices here…really well-known authors.

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:

  • Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell Series Book 1)  by Barbara Nickless  (police procedural)
  • Who We Were Before by Leah Mercer (family life)
  • The Unbroken Line of the Moon (The Valhalla Series Book 1) by Johanne Hildebrandt, Tara F. Chace (historical women’s fiction)
  • Exhume (Dr. Schwartzman Series Book 1)  by Danielle Girard (psychological thriller)
  • The Special Power of Restoring Lost Things by Courtney Elizabeth Mauk (literary fiction)
  • The Age of Daredevils by Michael Clarkson (historical fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…interestingly, I liked the cover of The Unbroken Line of the Moon, and I’m usually not that influenced by covers. However, and even though my Significant Other probably won’t read it, I chose The Age of Daredevils. I really like reading about forgotten pop culture. 🙂


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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. 

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.


6 Responses to “Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: September 2016”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    For the past few months, I’ve had a hard time choosing because none of the books seemed appearling. This month, all of them seemed interesting. I finally chose “The Unbroken Line of the Moon” because both my paternal grandparents were born in Norway so I have an interest in Norse mythology. I was a bit concerned because the editor’s comments about the book mentioned “Game of Thrones,” and I’m not a fan of that series. I added the rest to my KU wish list knowing they’ll all be available there in a month. I’ll let you know if I find the content of “Moon” is worthy of the cover art;)

    • Lady Galaxy Says:

      I’m following up because I said I would despite obvious disinterest in my original comment. For me, the content did not live up to the cover. I got hopelessly lost in the first few chapters, so I skipped to the final chapter hoping for clarity. I was satisfied with the ending but felt no need to read the middle to find out how they got to the end. Reading reviews, it seems as if the parts unread contain explicit sex and violence, neither of which I find entertaining.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Lady!

        I appreciate you following up! I did find your comment interesting, but before I respond, I do want to explain something. It’s not exactly to make an excuse, but I do feel bad that you might have felt I didn’t appreciate your previous comment.

        I know I’m not obligated to reply to every comment, although I almost always do. Some comments (especially if there is already a thread of comments in which I’m participating) don’t seem like they need a comment, but that wasn’t the case with yours.

        It’s just been super busy for weeks.

        I don’t want to get into details, but we’ve been shorthanded at work. I’ve literally had 12 hour days (door to door…my variable commute can be considerable). This is also a seasonally busy part of the year.

        Suffice it to say, I haven’t been able to have as much time to get things done as I’d like.

        In my mid-year review, I’ve already said I don’t deserve a raise this year, and I will repeat that in my annual review. That’s because I missed completing some required paperwork. I have been able to (barely) keep up with what I would consider the non-paperwork part of the job, and even to do some good innovative work. In judging myself, though (and specifically not in judging other people when I’ve managed them), one failure outweighs a thousand successes. 🙂

        One result I didn’t like: I think I had the longest gap between posts on this blog I’ve ever had in the past week. Earlier, Amazon made me change the official listing for this blog from daily posts to two to five posts a week…and I’d had two posts within 48 hours, but not one every 24.

        I’m hoping this settles down in a couple of months…there are reasons why it should.

        That brings us to comments.

        I read them before I post them, so I should get to see them all.

        Unfortunately, I may not be able to respond at the same time I see them. I can post them from my phone, but responding from there isn’t convenient (to some extent, I think with my fingers).

        When I do get to where I can look at them on the computer, it might be the next day lately.

        The comments are listed in reverse chronological order…that means I see the most recent ones first.

        I probably get around ten comments a day. Some of those are spam and don’t get posted. They can also be on different posts (or on the About page).

        If I have replied, my comments are there, too.

        So, I can’t see all the comments easily to get back to them…they may be on later pages.

        However, you may have noticed me responding to some: how do I prioritize?

        If somebody needs help and I can help, those are the highest priority.

        If somebody inspires me to write a post (and I prioritize writing a post higher than responding to a comment…people are paying for that), I want to let them know before or at the same time that I do that.

        If I can do a quick, sort of reflexive response, I get those done.

        After that probably comes the thoughtful ones…especially if they require research before I respond.

        I would guess I could do an hour a day just on comments. 😉

        My Significant Other laughs if I actually fall asleep while typing. I have looked at the screen, and seen things like, “Thanks for writtttttttttttttttttttt”. 🙂

        All of this would be easier if I could filter for ones to which I’ve replied and to which I haven’t, but I think most bloggers don’t care about that much. If I could filter by commenter name, that would help, too. I knew you had written something to which I wanted to reply, but I couldn’t find it again easily.

        Well, that’s enough of that! 🙂 I’ll make a second comment on your comment…I want to go back and read what you wrote before to refresh my memory…and there’s a good chance not many people have read this far…

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Lady!

        Okay, I found the original comment. 🙂

        I understand the connection idea. I’m curious about things that tie into my ethnic heritage. I have more than one heritage. 😉

        I do know something about the Norse gods (and not just from Marvel’s Thor) 😉 , although I’m not at all an expert. I could name Huginn and Muninn, for example. While the Greek and Roman gods were supposed to interact with mortals extensively, the Norse gods always had a…grounded practicality to them that some other deity canons lack.

        Your point about trying to connect it to a known property being a risk sometimes is a good one. Many people love Game of Thrones…but others either have never seen it, are indifferent, or some are…uncomfortable with themes and scenes.

        As to sex and violence in books…I don’t like to be surprised by them, I don’t like them when they feel like they are just there to sell the book, but they can be good in a book as far as I’m concerned if integral to the story.

        As I think you know, I’d never skip to the end…but that seems to have been an advantage for you in this case. 🙂

        Again, thanks for following up!

      • Lady Galaxy Says:

        Thanks for the explanation, and I’m sorry my second comment sounded harsh. I totally understand work overload. I was getting a little concerned because I’d noticed a delay in responding to posts and longer gaps between new articles. Hang in there, and I’ll make a stronger effort to notice when my tone starts drifting into snarky. I didn’t mean to be rude, but I certainly was. Forgive me please. And thank you for all you do!

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Lady!

        Not to worry! I care about what you (and my other readers) think and feel, and there’s been justification lately to notice some reduction in my output. Thank you for your comments, and I’ll take your advice to hang in there. 😉 I think it should be better in November…we get past a major project, and our seasonal demand should slow. My Significant Other and I and our dogs are going to go down to Carmel (really Pacific Grove) for a few days in October; we’ve been once before and it was a great and relaxing trip!

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