December 2017 Kindle book releases

December 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 7,532 titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in December 2017 (that’s 333 more than last month):

December 2017 USA Kindle store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, 1,671(339 more than last time) 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, they are on top again…marking four months in a row. 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.

December is also a big month for “brand name authors”. People buy books as gifts, even people who don’t read much themselves. If someone is not very familiar with books, they often want something they can recognize. Some of the very bestsellers of the year will be released in December.

Okay, books!

  •  Fast-Track Triathlete: Balancing a Big Life with Big Performance in Long-Course Triathlon by Dixon Matt
  • The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018 by Sarah Janssen
  • Curlee Girlee by Atara Twersky and Karen Wolcott
  • The Demon Crown: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force Novels) by James Rollins
  • Dawning Ascent (The Pearson Prophecy Book 1) by Jen L. Grey
  • Curious George Makes a Valentine (CGTV) by H. A. Rey
  • When the Servant Becomes the Master: A Comprehensive Addiction Guide by Jason Z.W. Powers
  • Year One: Chronicles of the One, Book 1 by Nora Roberts
  • Moonlight Over Manhattan (From Manhattan with Love) by Sarah Morgan
  • Natural Disaster by Ginger Zee
  • The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger M.D. and Gene Stone
  • Persepolis Rising (The Expanse) by James S. A. Corey
  • Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Death at Nuremberg (A Clandestine Operations Novel) by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth
  • No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin and Karen Joy Fowler
  • Beau Death (A Detective Peter Diamond Mystery) by Peter Lovesey
  • The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • Bryant & May: Wild Chamber: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery by Christopher Fowler
  • The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
  • Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
  • Spy of the First Person by Sam Shepard
  • Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard
  • A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert

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 December 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).


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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! :) 

** 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 “December 2017 Kindle book releases”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    When I clicked on the link for Kindle First, it took me to a page announcing that Kindle First is now Amazon First Reads. They’re promoting the hard cover copies for $9.99 for Prime members and $12.99 for everybody else. They also show an MP3 CD for $14.99-$16.99. It doesn’t indicate if. I haven’t made a pick yet. I’m between “Halsey Street” and “Pretty Girls Dancing”, but both of those books have multiple narrators. One appears to have 5 and the other 2. I’m not fond of multiple viewpoints. I’m going to wait for a few more reviews to come in.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Thanks for the heads up! I hope to write my post on the Kindle Monthly Deals today, and that’s when I’ll check out that page.

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