October 2016 Kindle book releases

October 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 7,876 titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in October 2016:

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

Of those, by the way, 1,259 (179 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.  Different from last month, but the way it had been going before that, they aren’t dominant.

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.

In October, there tends to be a lot of brand name author big titles. Books can take a while to build up steam, and publishers want to have the gift books solidly in the market by Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). Gift books benefit from word of mouth and from reviews…meaning people have already finished it. That doesn’t mean there won’t be good indie (independently published) books, too, but you may see more expensive, tradpubbed (traditionally published) books in this listing than I often do.

Okay, books!

  • Take Me Home (A Callaway Novella) by Barbara Freethy
  • The Whistler by John Grisham
  • Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Obsidian Chamber (Agent Pendergast series) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Beard Science (Winston Brothers Book 3) by Penny Reid
  • Escape Clause (A Virgil Flowers Novel) by John Sandford
  • Order to Kill by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills
  • Sex, Lies & Serious Money (A Stone Barrington Novel) by Stuart Woods
  • Terrifying Tales: 13 Scary Stories for Children by David and Shawn Kobb (KU)
  • Hero by R.A. Salvatore
  • The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr
  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
  • Winter Storms (Winter Street) by Elin Hilderbrand
  • Earth-Shattering Events: Earthquakes, Nations, and Civilization by Andrew Robinson
  • The Greatest Album Covers of All Time by Barry Miles
  • His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae (Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016) by Graeme MaCrae Burnet
  • Otherlife Awakenings: The Selfless Hero Trilogy by William D. Arand and Tamara Blain (KU)
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  • Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell Series Book 1) by Barbara Nickless
  • The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith
  • Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith
  • Darkest Journey (Krewe of Hunters) by Heather Graham
  • Birds, Beasts and Relatives (The Corfu Trilogy Book 2) by Gerald Durrell (one of my favorite authors)

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.


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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.


2 Responses to “October 2016 Kindle book releases”

  1. Phink Says:

    Please forgive me if I have made this point on here before. I can’t remember if I have or not.

    You mentioned agency pricing and it made me think of something. Back when Amazon was wanting to sell almost every Kindle book for $9.99 or less publishers were still getting the price from Amazon they were wanting and Amazon just took the loss. That’s the way I understood it anyway. Although publishers were getting the price they wanted in the first place they still did not like it because they said “it cheapened their product.”

    Cheapening a product can certainly happen. I remember when transitioning from cassettes to CD’s around 1985 I was paying, I think, around $14 to $15 per CD and that’s 1985 money. I can get 90% of the CD’s (MP3’s with free CD sometimes) I want now for less than $10 if I wait a couple months after the release date for it. I get many for less than that. I simply will not pay more than $10 for a CD. Their product has been cheapened from what I can tell. Also, with books I used to pay $15 or more for a hardcover book but now I just simply won’t hardly pay more than $10 for one. The last book of the “My Majesty’s Dragon” series has been out a couple months now and I really want to read it but I know I can get it $5 cheaper if I just wait. I used to pay $15 to $20 for books but just will not do it today. I would make another example about pizza prices but this is already too long.

    Perhaps I am just much more frugal than I once was. That seems to happen with age but I think it’s more than that. There is inflation and there is deflation on some products I guess. It’s funny how the mind works. I view $15 as too much for a book but somehow instead of eating at home for $10 we eat out for $25 and somehow that extra $15 we spent was no big deal. The mind sure is a strange thing. At least mine is anyway. Part could be I know the prices at the restaurant are not going to go down but the price of some books on my wish list will for sure go down at some point and there is little doubt about that.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Phink!

      Yes, that was the issue for the publishers: “price value perception devaluation”. You illustrate the problem ably. If a consumer considers a hardback and an e-book equivalent when making a purchase decision (if they thought about it more long term, they might separate them more…but I think when most people want to read the new Stephen King, they are primarily thinking about the experience of reading it…not the resale value and such).

      So, if a book which happens to have a digital container costs $10, why pay $25 for one that happens to have a tree pulp container?

      Just to clarify, it wasn’t ever that “almost every” Kindle book was $9.99 or less…it was bestsellers and popular recent releases. As the first press release (November 19, 2007) put it:

      “More than 90,000 books are now available in the Kindle Store, including 101 of 112 current New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases, which are $9.99, unless marked otherwise.”

      By the way, there are now more than four million, eight hundred thousand books in the USA Kindle store…amazingly rapid growth!

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