Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: November 2017 

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: November 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: 840 at the time of writing…263 fewer than last month, which there were 1,324 in August, so if the trend of the past few months continues, we’re getting down to half as many. That’s interesting, in part because there are so many more books in the USA Kindle store, so the percentage of books in this deal is dropping. December may see a big uptick, though, for the holidays.

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 149 of them (161 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 are 7, which is 2 more 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!

  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon | 4.7 stars out of 5 | 3,509 customer reviews | $1.99 | (KU)
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody Book 1) by Elizabeth Peters (book 1 of 19) | 4.5 stars | 580 reviews | $2.99
  • The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee and David John | 4.8 stars | 1,571 reviews
  • Little Boy Lost by J. D. Trafford | 4.2 stars | 2,167 reviews
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison
  • Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) by Amy A. Bartol | 4.1 stars | 2,997 reviews…I read this one, which I got free as a Kindle First. I did enjoy it…there were some strong characters, although I wasn’t in love with the world. I would say it was worth reading
  • The Other Side of the Sun by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Fatal Charm: The Shocking True Story of Serial Wife Killer Randy Roth by Carlton Smith
  • A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang | 4.2 stars | 1,683 reviews
  • The Devil’s Star: A Novel (Harry Hole series Book 5)J by Jo Nesbo and Don Bartlett
  • Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel
  • The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
  • Daughter of Fortune: A Novel by Isabel Allende and Margaret Sayers Peden | 4.1 stars | 547 reviews
  • Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening by Stephen E. Ambrose
  • The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition by William Peter Blatty
  • How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority by Clay Scroggins and Andy Stanley
  • Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim | 4.6 stars | 12,696 reviews | (KU) | My Significant Other and I both read this one…and both liked it! That doesn’t always happen…I recommend this one
  • The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy Book 1) by Joe Hart
  • The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor
  • On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase to Catch Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
  • Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeleine Albright
  • Serve No Master: How to Escape the 9-5, Start up an Online Business, Fire Your Boss and Become a Lifestyle Entrepreneur or Digital Nomad by Jonathan Green and S.J. Scott
  • How to Work a Room, 25th Anniversary Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Making Lasting Connections–In Person and Online by Susan RoAne
  • Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World by Andrew Breitbart

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

  • The Good Samaritan by John Marrs (thriller)
  • What Remains True by Janis Thomas (family drama)
  • The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites (translated by Alison Layland) (war fiction)
  • The Unkillable Kitty O’Kane by Colin Falconer (historical fiction)
  • The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves by James Han Mattson (literary fiction)
  • The Night of the Moths by Riccardo Bruni (translated by Anne Milano Appel) (suspense)

People like to know which one I pick…and in this case, I looked at them quite a bit, and discussed it with my Significant Other (we are on the same account). I was tempted by The Unkillable Kitty Kane, but the reviews weren’t convincing to me. That’s an advantage of waiting until later in the month…more reviews. I ended up going with The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves…partially because I did like the reviews. 🙂


Bonus deal: there has been an evolution in  the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) in November. It used to be that they were all pretty inexpensive…under $5. Recently, there have been more expensive books (but still discounted)…for example, Scythe by Neal Shusterman is $10.99 and Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham is $13.30. I’m not sure how I feel about that…I liked the idea that it really felt like a bargain bin/remainders, and that’s not the case now.

That said, there are a couple today I wanted to mention which are on the lower price end:

  • Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke for $2.49 (also available through KU)
  • The Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie for $2.99
  • Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard (this was a big NYT bestseller back in the day…and a poorly reviewed movie) for $1.99 (KU)
  • A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford $2.49 (KU)


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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! :) 

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.


3 Responses to “Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: November 2017 ”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    Did WordPress eat part of your post, or is there a problem with my browser. You wrote “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…” and then left us hanging. Enquiring minds want to know;)

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Whew! I appreciate that heads up! I’ve fixed it.

      It’s the opposite of WordPress cutting it off…I incompletely deleted a comment from the previous month. 🙂 For these monthly posts, I start by cpying the previous one and then edit it.

      This is the full quote from October (with inactive links):

      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. 😉

      • Lady Galaxy Says:

        Thanks for the explanation. I figured you had some sort of template for your monthly posts like this one. My browser is outdated and doesn’t always display pages properly.

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