January 2017 Kindle book releases

January 2017 Kindle book releases

Correction: this post was originally incorrectly labeled as December 2016 releases, when it actually reflects January 2017 releases. My apologies for the error. Within the post itself (past the headline), it correctly identified the scheduled release date.

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 6,518 titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in January 2017:

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

Of those, by the way, 920 (219 fewer than last time) 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.  Continuing last time’s trend, they aren’t dominant.

The other thing is that some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list (but not as high as last time). 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.

Okay, books!

  • Below the Belt (A Stone Barrington Novel) by Stuart Woods
  • Allora (The Silver Ships Book 7 of 7) by S. H. Jucha
  • The Piper: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Story by Charles Todd
  • Winter Roses by Diana Palmer
  • Selfienomics: A Seriously Funny Guide to Living the Good Life by Revant Himatsingka
  • Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere by C. Donald Ahrens and Robert Henson
  • Surgical Technology for the Surgical Technologist: A Positive Care Approach by Association of Surgical Technologists
  • The Final Day (A John Matherson Novel) by William R. Forstchen
  • Waterloo: The Aftermath by Paul O’Keeffe
  • World Civilizations: Volume I: To 1700 by Philip J. Adler and Randall L. Pouwels
  • Sold to Miss Seeton (A Miss Seeton Mystery Book 19) by Hamilton Crane and Heron Carvic
  • The Wild Cards Collection: Books I–V by George R. R. Martin and Wild Cards Trust
  • Trust Me (The Last Stand) by Brenda Novak
  • Criminal Justice in Action: The Core by Larry K. Gaines and Roger LeRoy Miller
  • Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Great Responsibility (Amazing Spider-Man (1963-1998)) by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
  • Enchant: Beauty and the Beast Retold (Romance a Medieval Fairytale Book 1) by Demelza Carlton
  • Hope’s Peak (Harper and Lane) by Tony Healey
  • Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star
  • Fate of Perfection (Finding Paradise Book 1) by K.F. Breene (I just read this one as our Kindle First selection. It was worth reading, with some good characterization and world building. Not perfect, but I did look forward to getting back to it when I was reading it)
  • Feversong: A Fever Novel by Karen Marie Moning
  • Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner
  • The Undercover Witch (MAGIC, Inc. Mysteries Book 1) by Gina LaManna
  • 1066: The Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry by Andrew Bridgeford
  • The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters by Helen Jacey
  • The Mistress by Danielle Steel
  • Stop Me (The Last Stand) by Brenda Novak
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston
  • Never Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox
  • Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day: A Treasury of Six Original Stories by Karen B. Winnick and Laura Watkins
  • Freedom in the World 2016: The Annual Survey of Political Rights and Civil Liberties by Freedom House
  • The Past in Visual Culture: Essays on Memory, Nostalgia and the Media by Jilly Boyce Kay and Cat Mahoney
  • Creating Music: What Children from Around the World Can Teach Us by Patricia Elaine Riley

That’s only a small fraction, and just ones that caught my eye. If you have other books being released to the USA Kindle store in January 2017 to suggest for me and my readers, you can do so by commenting on this post. If you are directly connected to the book (the author, the publisher) that’s okay…just identify yourself as such and make your comment in your own words (not as 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! :) 

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5 Responses to “January 2017 Kindle book releases”

  1. Karen Salmons Says:

    Hey Bufo, I ordered the Bluetooth speaker you recommended and love it but also wanted a hard wired speaker that I could put on bedroom Dot and not have to charge all the time. Found a great one on Amazon, of course, Logitech Z50 $18.97 I think. Came today and it is great! Just ordered another.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Karen!

      I appreciate you telling me that! For others who would like to try your recommendation:

      Logitech Multimedia Speaker Z50 for Smartphone, Tablet and Laptop, Grey (at AmazonSmile)

      I haven’t used it, but I have found Logitech products I have used to be solid performers. While most video communication at work is done on mobile devices, we do use Logitech webcams for desktops. The software is all on the webcam itself, so I can plug one into any computer at work and it works.

      • Edward Boyhan Says:

        I’ll add another speaker suggestion at a (ahem) slightly higher price. It’s the Bose Soundlink Color $129 at Amazon. It’s both a Bluetooth speaker and it can use a stereo audio cable to an aux port on the speaker. I am using the aux cable to connect to my Dot 2nd gen. The quality is about the same as what you would get from the original Echo. It is portable, and it can handle two simultaneous Bluetooth connections.

  2. Edward Boyhan Says:

    We are in very different places — nothing on your list interests me one bit (:grin)
    I have 6 titles on pre-order. FWIW they are:

    Expected delivery: Aug 1, 2017
    On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service (A Royal Spyness Mystery) by Rhys Bowen

    Expected delivery: Apr 25, 2017
    Before I Go (The Maria Kallio Series Book 7) by Leena Lehtolainen

    Expected delivery: Jan 31, 2017
    Rather Be the Devil (A Rebus Novel) by Ian Rankin

    Expected delivery: Jun 6, 2017
    The Wanted (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike) by Robert Crais

    Expected delivery: Mar 14, 2017
    In This Grave Hour: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear

    Expected delivery: Mar 7, 2017
    Cursed Command (Angel in the Whirlwind Book 3) by Christopher Nuttall

    Interesting: I usually read more science fiction, but here it’s 5 mysteries and only one Sci-Fi.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      Well, one way we are in a different place is on the calendar. 😉 My post only reflects books scheduled to be released in January of 2017, whereas yours covers more than half of the upcoming year. If I had seen that the Rankin book was being released, I would have included it…and I will update the post to do just that. 🙂 I looked at more than 100 bestsellers…which the Rankin book will be.

      Second, just to be clear, this isn’t a list of books I particularly want to read. It’s more about what I find interesting…it may be because I think it might appeal to some of my readers, it might say something about the industry. I also very intentionally don’t want to just include bestselling titles being released, but since Amazon doesn’t now sort them as “bestselling”, it’s trickier what I see. There are some here I would really like to read…The Past in Visual Media, for one. In that case, I put them on my Wish List for my family. I tend to read books I already own, books from Kindle Unlimited, and books I get as gifts (outside of those McFarland books I bought during the big sale).

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