Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: January 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: January 2017

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. Today, there are 67 (!) KDDs, focused on self-improvement.

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: 791 at the time of writing…91 more than last month. It’s a bit interesting that it stayed about the same as December, but January is also a big sales month, partially due to returns, partially due to gift cards, and with e-books, people getting new devices presumably affects that. 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 498 of them (135 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 third 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 103, sixty more than last month. There were around 500 more books in PR altogether, but this is an even greater percentage increase…good sign!

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!

  • Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry (The Rabbi Small Mysteries) by Harry Kemelman (and others in the series…you could buy these former New York Times bestsellers to give as a gift at some point)
  • Casino Royale (James Bond – Extended Series Book 1) by Ian Fleming (not the only one in this series in the sale)
  • Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking (Mindfulness Books Series Book 1) by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport (also available through Kindle Unlimited ((KU)))
  • My Sister’s Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1) by Robert Dugoni | 4.4 stars out of 5 | 11,262 customer reviews (KU)
  • A Quiet Life in the Country (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 1) by T E Kinsey (KU, PR)
  • The Butterfly Garden (The Collector Trilogy Book 1) by Dot Hutchison (KU) | 4.3 stars | 10,317 reviews
  • Death and Her Devotion (Rogue Vows Book 1) by Kendra Elliot (KU)
  • Maude by Donna Foley Mabry | 4.4 stars | 11,863 reviews
  • No Ordinary Billionaire (The Sinclairs Book 1) by J. S. Scott
  • In the Blood (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery Book 1) by Steve Robinson | 4.3 stars | 1,977 reviews (PR, KU)
  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere 1) by Meg Elison (KU)
  • Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy Book 1) by Shannon Mayer (KU)
  • Vanished (Callahan & McLane Book 1) by Kendra Elliot | (KU)
  • Time Is the Simplest Thing by Clifford D. Simak
  • Constitution: Book 1 of The Legacy Fleet Trilogy by Nick Webb
  • Kissing the Beehive by Jonathan Carroll
  • The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series, Book 1) by Charlie N. Holmberg (KU)
  • True Detective (Nathan Heller Novels) by Max Allan Collins (KU)
  • Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani | 4.3 stars | 5,727 reviews (PR, KU)
  • Forging Zero (The Legend of ZERO, Book 1) by Sara King (KU)
  • The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler
  • Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) by Blake Crouch | 4.1 stars | 7,664 reviews | made into a TV series)
  • King Solomon’s Carpet (Onyx) by Ruth Rendell
  • Doing It Over (A Most Likely To Novel Book 1) by Catherine Bybee
  • Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Keith McCloskey
  • Not Quite Dating (Not Quite series Book 1) by Catherine Bybee
  • WIRED by Douglas E. Richards
  • The Rejected Writers’ Book Club (Southlea Bay) by Suzanne Kelman (PR, KU)
  • Ink Mage (A Fire Beneath the Skin Book 1) by Victor Gischler (KU)
  • No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Segar
  • Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller | 4.5 stars | 1,799 reviews
  • A Plant-Based Life: Your Complete Guide to Great Food, Radiant Health, Boundless Energy, and a Better Body by Micaela Cook KARLSEN and T. Colin CAMPBELL
  • My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall (KU)
  • The Line (Witching Savannah Book 1) by J.D. Horn (and others in the series)
  • Thunder City (The Detroit Novels) by Loren D. Estleman
  • The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods – Unofficial Recipes from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones
  • Killer’s Payoff (87th Precinct Mysteries) by Ed McBain
  • Cuba – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture by Russell Maddicks
  • The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams—On Your Terms by Sara Horowitz and Toni Sciarra Poynter
  • Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet by Carol J. Adams and Patti Breitman
  • So Terrible a Storm: A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior by Curt Brown
  • A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson
  • Americanos: Latin America’s Struggle for Independence (Pivotal Moments in World History) by John Charles Chasteen
  • The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Peter Popham
  • Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food: 65 Everyday Meal Ideas for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Over 150 Great-Tasting, Down-Home…by Alicia C. Simpson

Remember that you can buy them now as gifts and delay the delivery for the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print them out and wrap them for whenever you want.

It makes a lot of sense to have so many series starters, but I should also mention that there may be other books in the series in the group…I didn’t list two book in the same series.

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. This line was at the bottom of the listings this time (I changed the link): “Please note: Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) subscribers can borrow these Kindle First books when they are officially released on February 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • The Night Bird by Brian Freeman (Suspense)
  • The Mutual Admiration Society by Lesley Kagen (Family Life)
  • In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell (Historical Fiction)
  • The Winter Over by Matthew Iden (Thriller)
  • Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz Gabás, Noel Hughes (Saga)
  • Never Again So Close by Claudia Serrano, Anne Milano Appel

People like to know which one I pick…I went with The Mutual Admiration Society, in part because I thought it would appeal most to my Significant Other.


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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: January 2017”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    From the initial description, I was going to go with “The Mutual Admiration Society,” but after using the “look inside” feature to read a sample, I found there was only a single paragraph of the actual story in the sample. The rest of it was taken up by mini reviews and table of contents. I find it irritating when the samples don’t really sample the book. That short paragraph didn’t really strike a chord of interest. I then sampled my second choice, “The Night Bird,” and that sample had enough of the plot to get me hooked, so I chose that one. I might borrow The “Mutual Admiration Society” when it becomes available next month. I’d prefer fewer translations and more fantasy/science fiction.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Fascinating! I don’t usually use the “Look Inside” in making a decision…not sure why not. I would have looked at the blurbs on a book, but when I was shopping in a physical bookstore, I didn’t open the book itself…I didn’t want to risk cracking the spine for somebody else.

      I have recommended to e-book publishers that they move all that ancillary matter (including the Table of Contents) to the back of the book to improve the sample…and your story suggests that is a good strategy.

      I agree with you on the translations as they are in the current state. What I would love is if their translations were better, more natural feeling…I like reading things from other cultures, but they still need to read as though they are well-written in English.

      They’ve been pretty good at including fantasy/science fiction, although they didn’t do so this time.

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