It’s Digital Day 2017!

It’s Digital Day 2017!

Amazon did their first “Digital Day” (digital content sale, basically) almost a year ago, on December 30, 2016.

Just as there were last year, there are some great deals, listed here:

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

I’ll list some of the Kindle specific books shortly, but first a quick comment on the sale itself.

Obviously, with digital content, Amazon isn’t clearing out stock, the way a store (I’m a former manager of a brick-and-mortar bookstore) might do to lower their inventory for perhaps a smaller tax assessment. It’s also possible that a physical store overbought for the holidays: I did overbuy on occasion, although I’d say I tended to be pretty good. I knew a local celebrity was going to be a talk show, for example, and ended up with way too many copies. 🙂

It is possible that licenses are running out at the end of the year, but I really think it’s more about the same things it would be for physical stores: gift cards, returns, and competition.

A lot of people got

Amazon Gift Cards (at AmazonSmile*)

for the holidays. In my

The gifting poll 2017

42% of the responses said that they had given or planned to give one…and 64% wanted to get one. 😉 That wasn’t the only discrepancy like that: it seemed to me like more people planned to give physical books (33%…the highest format), but wanted to get e-books (46%…the highest format). There may still be a perception factor there, that people see p-books as being more valuable.

I did get some non-Amazon, general gift cards…and I spent them at Amazon. 🙂  Sort of: what I did was buy things at Amazon, and I’ll use the gift cards for routine purposes instead (like at the grocery store). I bought a “sand tip” for my cane…sort of like a snowshoe in function. I have several canes for different purposes: I do feel like The Penguin with umbrellas, except it is with canes. 😉 I’ve joked with my Significant Other that I should get a quiver. I also bought the

Samsung Gear VR headset (at AmazonSmile*)

Unfortunately, my first generation one is not compatible with my new Galaxy S8 phone…and I definitely miss it! I watch video (Netflix, Hulu) in VR quite often, especially when I exercise doing my “floor work”. It’s the underrated “killer app” for VR: it looks so much better than on my TV, and with Netflix, the screen will follow me as I roll over to switch sides.

People also did returns (Amazon has generous return policies, generally), and that puts cash/store credit at their disposal.

The competition is with those physical stores and online stores which are reducing inventory…

You’ll find all sorts of items, including movies, videogames, comics, and apps…often at 50% off or more. There is even a Dollar Deals section, where items are $1 or less! Here’s a link for e-book Dollar Deals:

e-book Dollar Deals (at AmazonSmile*)

If that isn’t already filtered for you, you should see a filter or a tab.

There are some big name authors in the Dollar Deals including Fern Michaels and Debbie Macomber.

Here are some of the e-books in the featured sale:

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz $4.99
  • Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as told by Christian by E.L. James $4.99
  • The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz $2.99
  • My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella $2.99
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari $2.99
  • The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts $1.99
  • The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti $2.99
  • The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver $2.99


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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.

4 Responses to “It’s Digital Day 2017!”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I’m what you would call a small sample. I exchange gifts with two people. Neither of them have a Kindle or Kindle app for their computer or smart phone. I do. So that’s why I wanted to receive an e-book but didn’t plan to give one. I didn’t receive an e-book or an Amazon gift card, but the gifts I did receive were thoughtful and much appreciated. I think I might gift myself with the newest James Lee Burke book in the Dave Robicheaux series.


    I just used your deals link to pre-order it.

    I wish Amazon would extend it’s “Smile” program to cover digital books.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I can see that…although they could get a free app. 🙂 My guess was that many people prefer gifting physical books to children, and it is safer if you don’t know someone as well.

      Glad you were able to get the Robicheaux book ordered!

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I was so sad to learn of the death of Sue Grafton, author of the Kinsey Milhone series. I first discovered her with “C is for Corpse.” I then went back and read A and B, then each new book as it was published. Apparently her health had been too frail for her to work on “Z is for Zero.” To quote her daughter, “…the alphabet now ends at Y.” When authors die, all their characters go with them. Rest in peace!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Yes, Grafton had been popular for a long time! One of our local radio hosts, Brian Copeland, used to interview the author, I think after each book was released. I have heard that Z was not near publication status, if even started. I assume they’ll have someone else do a Z…

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