May 2017 Kindle book releases

May 2017 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 6,713 titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in March 2017 (nearly 900 more than last month):

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

Of those, by the way, 984 (169 fewer than last time…and that’s with a lot more titles) 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 doesn’t do these by popularity any more, they do them by featured…and this month, those aren’t Kindle First books.

Some of those Kindle Unlimited titles are way up on the list (eight of the top ten). 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!

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? / Oso pardo, oso pardo, ¿qué ves ahí? (Bilingual board book – Spanish edition) by Bill Martin, Jr., and Eric Carle
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan | This is a Kindle First book, and I don’t always include those in these posts…but this one has 4.9 stars out of 5 with 507 customer reviews…impressive!
  • Atlas Obscura (Spanish Edition) by Joshua Foer and Dylan Thuras | Atlas Obscura is a fun website with unusual places to visit (or just to enjoy as stories)
  • Anne of Green Gables (Macmillan Collector’s Library Book 126) by L. M. Montgomery | $1.20 (this series is inexpensive…and you have to be willing to pay something for a book you can get for free, at least in the ones I’ve seen. That means they are counting on production value, at least in part)
  • Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto and Zachary Slayback
  • The Other Side of the Sun by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Swayed: How to Communicate for Impact by Christina Harbridge
  • Murder in the Dark (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Book 16) by Kerry Greenwood
  • Dalton’s Undoing (The Cowboys of Cold Creek) by RaeAnne Thayne
  • Deep in the Valley (A Grace Valley Novel) by Robyn Carr
  • The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry by Paul Starr
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth: Inside the Creation of a Modern Fairy Tale by Guillermo Del Toro and Nick Nunziata
  • A Swift Guide to Butterflies of North America: Second Edition by Jeffrey Glassberg
  • The Best Gift (Sisters & Brides #1) by Irene Hannon
  • 23 Minutes in H*ll: One Man’s Story About What He Saw, Heard, and Felt in That Place of Torment by Bill Wiese
  • Along Came Trouble: A Romance Novel (A Trinity Harbor Novel) by Sherryl Woods
  • DK Readers L3: Star Wars: Star Pilot by Laura Buller and Tori Kosara
  • Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books by Cindy Wang
  • The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy
  • The Sense of Wonder: A Celebration of Nature for Parents and Children by Rachel Carson

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 May 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).


My current Amazon Giveaways:


Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)

by George Takei (in honor of the actor’s 80th birthday on April 20, 2017)

1 winner


Start:Apr 11, 2017 3:56 PM PDT
End:Apr 21, 2017 11:59 PM PDT



One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

Ten winners


Start:Apr 8, 2017 12:05 PM PDT
End:Apr 23, 2017 11:59 PM PDT


CelebriDucks Rocky Horror Picture Show Dr Frank-N-Furter RUBBER DUCK Tim Curry (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*

1 winner


Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
18+ years of age (or legal age)
Tweet a message: “Happy birthday, @timothycurry! Tim Curry born April 19 1946 #giveaway”

Start:Apr 19, 2017 7:04 AM PDT
End:Apr 26, 2017 11:59 PM PDT


* 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! :) 

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.

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