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

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: December 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: 700 at the time of writing…327 fewer than last month. That’s a significant reduction…there will be a lot of other sales on e-books this month. The highest priced one actually is $3.99, which isn’t always the case.

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 (or become unavailable for some other reason).

Another thing is that 363 of them (29 more 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.

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.

This is the second month for my measurement of  which ones are

Prime Reading (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

eligible, which is Amazon’s new benefit for Prime members, a rotating list of books you can borrow each month.

This month there are 43, nine more than last month.

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!

  • When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde | 4.4 stars out of 5 | 8,312 customer reviews | KU
  • The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen | 4.2 stars | 3,698 reviews | KU
  • The Night Before Christmas by Gennady Spirin and Clement Clark Moore | KU
  • Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines Book 1) by Marko Kloos (I’ve read this one and enjoyed it enough to read others in the series) | KU
  • The Second Ship (The Rho Agenda Book 1) by Richard Phillips | KU
  • Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) by Arthur C. Clarke |KU
  • The Queen’s Poisoner (The Kingfountain Series Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler | KU
  • Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
  • Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield | KU
  • Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir  by Alan Cumming
  • Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  • Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Black Lyon (The Montgomery/Taggert Family Book 1) by Jude Deveraux

Remember that you can buy them now as gifts and delay the delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print them out and wra thatl

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) books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:

  • Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star (Contemporary Fiction)
  • Hope’s Peak (Harper and Lane) by Tony Healey  (Thriller)
  • The Missing by Caroline Eriksson, Tiina Nunnally (Psychological Suspense)
  • Fate of Perfection (Finding Paradise Book 1) by K.F. Breene (Science Fiction)
  • Into the Thickening Fog by Andrei Gelasimov, Marian Schwartz (Literary Fiction)
  • The Original Dreamby Nukila Amal, Linda Owens (Magical Realism

People like to know which one I pick…I’m going with Fate of Perfection. It has 93 reviews (at time of writing) with an average of 4.7, which is quite impressive!


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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.


2 Responses to “Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: December 2016”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I noticed that 3 of the 6 books listed translators. Just wondering why the increasing interest by Amazon in books by foreign language authors. 50% seems to be a high percentage. Are these books that also appear as Kindle Firsts in their native countries? Do other countries besides the US have the option of Prime membership?

    I ended up with Sisters One, Two, Three. One of the two that interested me was written in present tense, and I find that viewpoint protrudes through the 4th wall for me. I keep picturing the narrator writing while walking down the street and stepping into traffic or dropping through a person hole cover as in a Warner Brothers cartoon. Sometimes I envy your inability to picture what you read;)

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Prime isn’t only in the USA, but I don’t that’s really a factor here. Amazon is doing a lot with translations…AmazonCrossing is an imprint which does that. They’ve had some big successes that way: The Hangman’s Daughter series is a good example. I’ve haven’t been very happy with AmazonCrossing translations…the language has felt sometimes stiff to me. All Kindle First books have been published by Amazon, and they probably see it as a good way to promote their translations.

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