Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: October 2017 

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: October 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…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: 1,103 at the time of writing…221 fewer than last month, which makes close to 500 fewer than two months ago.

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 310 of them (17 more than last month…and when you consider that there are a lot fewer books, it does seem to me like the percentage of books in KU has been increasing in the past 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 5, which is 4 morethan 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!

  • The Man of Legends by Kenneth Johnson (KU)
  • House Rules by Jodi Picoult
  • Hitler’s Children: Sons and Daughters of Third Reich Leaders by Gerald Posner
  • Accidentally Hers (Sterling Canyon #1) by Jamie Beck (KU)
  • Wives of War by Soraya M. Lane (KU)
  • Zero Sum (John Rain) by Barry Eisler (KU)
  • The Power of Time Perception: Control the Speed of Time to Slow Down Aging, Live a Long Life, and Make Every Second Count by Jean Paul Zogby (KU)
  • Abducted (Lizzy Gardner #1) by T.R. Ragan (KU)
  • Code Breakers (complete series, four books in one) | 4.2 stars | 583 reviews $1.20 (KU) (quite the bargain for a well-reviewed series)
  • Good Behavior by Blake Crouch (Kindle in Motion) (KU)
  • Death Around the Bend (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery #3) by T.E. Kinsley
  • Stone Song: A Novel of the Life of Crazy Horse by Win Blevin (KU)
  • The Man Who Could Be King by John Ripin Miller (KU)
  • Company Commander by Charles B. MacDonald (KU)
  • How Dogs Love Us by Gregory Berns (KU) (I recommend this one)
  • Time of the Celts by Jane Stain (KU)
  • Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth #5) by Terry Goodkind
  • Glory Box (Road to Babylon #1) by Sam Sisavath (KU)
  • His Bloody Project by Graeme MaCrae Burnet
  • The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg (KU)
  • The Player (The Player Duet #1) by K. Bromberg (4.7 stars out of 5 | 470 customer reviews)
  • Moon Angel (Vampire for Hire #14) by J.R. Rain (4.8 stars | 113 reviews) KU
  • In Another World with My Smartphone #1 (4.4 stars | 37 reviews)
  • Beautiful Bodies by Kimberly Rae Miller (KU)
  • A Goblin’s Tale (The Iron Teeth #1) by Scott Straughan
  • Ripper by Patricia Cornwell (Kindle in Motion) $1.99 (KU) (I’ve been slowly reading this one..I find it quite convincing)

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

  • A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan-Lake (book club fiction)
  • The Extraditionist (Benn Bluestone #1) by Todd Merer (legal thriller)
  • The Unremembered  Girl by Eliza Maxwell (suspense)
  • Mark of Fire (The Endarian Prophecy #1) by Richard Phillips (fantasy)
  • The Honest Spy by Andreas Kollender (translated by Steve Anderson) (historical fiction)
  • The House by the River by Lena Manta (translated by Gail Holst-Warhaft

People like to know which one I pick…and nothing is grabbing me yet. 😦 My experiences with translated books from Amazon have not been good, so that makes me unlikely to pick one of the last two. The fantasy, which would be sort of my fall back, has reviews that concern me (even though there aren’t that many). Something new that I’m seeing is ratings filtered by “customers interested in” genres. According to that, people who are interested in science fiction books rated it 3.6 out of 5…hm, but there are only four reviews altogether. That’s what can be misleading sometimes…the one sub 4 review is actually pretty positive and the reviewer intends to read the whole series, so I think I will go with Mark of Fire.

By the way, I did want to say (even if my readers don’t particularly want reviews in this blog), that the Kindle First book I got last month

The Naturalist (Theo Cray #1) by Andrew Mayne (at AmazonSmile*)

is the best Kindle First book I’ve gotten…and so far, a good book regardless. 🙂 The science has been reasonable and it is hasn’t been too dark or graphically violent. I’m enjoying the characters and the plot…the main character reminds me a bit of Don Tillman of The Rosie Project (which was a book I really enjoyed, as did my Significant Other…we were quite disappointed when, after we’d purchased it, the publisher chose to block text-to-speech access. The way that works is it doesn’t take away the access from us, but does from new purchasers. I just double-checked, and it is still blocked). It’s a somewhat light murder mystery, although there is violence…maybe The Rosie Project meets Stephanie Plum. 😉



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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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