Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: September 2017 (and National Read a Book Day)

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: September 2017 (and National Read a Book Day)

Today (September 6th) is National Read a Book Day!

At least, that’s what our

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

and the internet tell me. 😉

This is one of those weird things where it should be obvious to find the history…but it isn’t. “Holiday Insights” told me it had no information on it. 🙂 I’ve seen the early 2000s quoted as when it started. I’ve asked the internet “who started National Read a Book Day” without a satisfying result.

I want to just say, “Who cares? It’s a great idea!” However, I do like facts…especially timelines. I have several timelines going now, and more in development:

In development, and not public yet, are timelines for 1939: The Best Pop Culture Year (I’ve written about that before, but a timeline is a good way to approach it…there is a new novel set in 1939 and getting a lot of buzz, The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews (( at AmazonSmile*))) and a Bufo’s Weird World timeline (this is a traditionally neglected area, and I often see it inaccurately reported in the mainstream media).

Even with all that fascination on my part, I won’t be adding National Read a Book Day to the ILMK timeline today…because I don’t have the necessary data. Let’s go back that “who cares?” thing…and read a book today! 🙂

You don’t need to read a whole book in one day, although my record is 3 1/2 books (for this context, I consider a book to be at least 100 pages of text). I don’t care if you re-read a book, or read one you already own…and of course, whether or not you actually read today is up to you, but I would be surprised if very many of my readers don’t read at least a bit of a book most days.

I haven’t written about the Kindle Monthly sale yet this month, so I’m going to do that next. Before I do, here are a few interesting news stories I ran across looking for more on National Read a Book Day:

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…although they have been doing themes this year as well.

They also do Monthly Kindle Book Deals up to 80% off (at AmazonSmile*). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now: 1,324 at the time of writing…210 fewer than last month.

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 293 of them (19 fewer 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.

In terms 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 is 1, which is 5 fewer than last month. I can see an argument that not discounting (as much?) a book which is available to borrow for free makes that look like more of an advantage.

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 has become pretty unusual.

Okay, books!

  • Curious George by H. A. Rey and Margret Rey | 4.6 stars out of 5 | 750 customer reviews | $1.99 (this is the original…consider it for a gift!)
  • A Mother’s Dance: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward, Full Circle by Pattie Welek Hall
  • Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box by Madeleine Albright
  • All There Is (Juniper Hills Book 1) by Violet Duke (KU)
  • Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Michael Gruenbaum and Todd Hasak-Lowy
  • And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering by Kate Merrick
  • How to Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather (related to Cotton Mather? I don’t know)
  • Where the Wind Leads: A Refugee Family’s Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption by Dr. Vinh Chung and Tim Downs
  • The Running Dream (Schneider Family Book Award – Teen Book Winner) by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Swipe Right: The Life-and-Death Power of Sex and Romance
    by Levi Lusko
  • Say You’re Sorry (Morgan Dane Book 1) by Melinda Leigh (KU)
  • Chronicles of Old San Francisco: Exploring the Historic City by the Bay (Chronicles Series) by Gael Chandler
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips) by Mignon Fogarty
  • Among The Shadows: A Detective Byron Mystery (A John Byron Novel) by Bruce Robert Coffin
  • The Replacements (A Bruno Johnson Thriller) by David Putnam
  • Harold’s ABC (Purple Crayon Book) by Crockett Johnson
  • The Trapped Girl (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 4) by Robert Dugoni | 4.7 stars out of 5 | 1,518 customer reviews | KU
  • The Brave Ones: A Memoir of Hope, Pride and Military Service by Michael J. MacLeod (KU)
  • In Grandma’s Attic (Grandma’s Attic Series Book 1) by Arleta Richardson and Patrice Barton
  • Chair Yoga: Sit, Stretch, and Strengthen Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You by Kristin McGee
  • And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality by Mark Segal
  • Where the Birds Never Sing: The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau by Jack Sacco
  • Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution by Peter Ackroyd
  • 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
  • No One Lives Twice: A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, Book One: A humorous geek girl mystery by Julie Moffett
  • Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel by Dan Slater (this one got a lot of coverage when it was released)

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 October 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series Book 1) by Andrew Mayne (thriller)
  • Mad City: The True Story of the Campus Murders That America Forgot by Michael Arntfield (true crime)
  • The Designer by Marius Gabriel (historical fiction)
  • I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll (suspense)
  • A Beautiful Work In Progress by Mirna Valerio (memoir)
  • Happy Dreams by Jia Pingwa, Nicky Harman (literary fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…one interesting impact of doing this a tad later in the month is that there are a lot more reviews…which encouraged me for The Naturalist and discouraged me from Mad City. I’m going with The Naturalist. I love animals, and really enjoy encountering them in the wild. However, I do have some doubts: it sounds like it might include graphic violence and unredeemable characters, and I suspect that the science may have been oversold, but we’ll see.



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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! :) 

3 Responses to “Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: September 2017 (and National Read a Book Day)”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    For me, every day is “Read a book day.” Today I’ve been reading parts of 3 books. I’m sure I will finish at least one of them before the day is over.

    In all my years of teaching, I don’t remember having used it as part of a lesson plan. I retired in the spring of 2005, so perhaps it came after that. Since it occurs so early in September, I’d speculate that it was first noted in a year when September 6 was the day after Labor Day. Even though my own school district and most school districts now start school way before Labor Day, many folks still consider the day after to be the “first day of school.”

    I wish Amazon would allow readers to download samples of K1st books to their Kindles, but for some reason, the only way to read samples is to go to the Amazon website and use the “look inside” feature. The Kindle First book I chose this month is “I am watching you.” I read the samples and this one caught my interest from the start.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Hm…it seems like the first day back in school wouldn’t be a day teachers would want kids to focus on “free range” reading…a lot to do to get caught up, no?

      I think you just can’t download books which haven’t been officially published yet, which is the case with Kindle 1st books…

      • Lady Galaxy Says:

        My thought was that the read a book day might have been intended for adults who no longer go back to school in September, part of the whole “lifelong learner” philosophy. Sometimes I forget folks can’t read my mind;)

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