Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: January 2018

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: January 2018

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…sometimes, it’s been pages and pages of them.

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: 1,075 at the time of writing…285 more 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 365 of them (80 more 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 29, which is 2 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 recently wrote that I think that may have ended:

Has blocking text-to-speech access ended?

I’ve checked other books, and so far (virtual fingers crossed), that does seem to be the case.

Okay, books!

  • The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series Book 1) by Andrew Mayne | 4.3 stars out of 5 | 3,822 customer reviews at the time of writing | $1.99 (also available through Kindle Unlimited…KU at no additional cost) | I enjoyed this one 🙂
  • Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success by Esther K. Choy
  • Have a Little Faith: A True Story by Mitch Albom | 4.8 stars | 1,100 reviews
  • Treasured by Thursday (Weekday Brides Series Book 7) by Catherine Bybee
  • Saigon Kids: An American Military Brat Comes of Age in 1960’s Vietnam by Les Arbuckle
  • No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War by W. Lee Warren
  • Many books in the A Shade of Vampire series by Bella Forrest are in this sale
  • Among The Shadows: A Detective Byron Mystery by Bruce Robert Coffin
  • Down the Long Hills (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures) by Louis L’Amour
  • Dueling with Kings: High Stakes, Killer Sharks, and the Get-Rich Promise of Daily Fantasy Sports by Daniel Barbarisi
  • Jet Age Man: SAC B-47 and B-52 Operations in the Early Cold War by Earl J. McGill
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden | 4.7 stars | 1,546 reviewss
  • Goodnight, Little Monster by Bonnie Leick and Helen Ketteman (KU)
  • Black Like Me: The Definitive Griffin Estate Edition by John Howard Griffin and Robert Bonazzi
  • The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi
  • A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Vol. 1: The Birth of Britain by Winston S. Churchill
  • Wintersmith (Discworld Book 35) by Terry Pratche
  • Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker by David Nihill
  • The Art and Science of Staff Fighting: A Complete Instructional Guide by Joe Varady
  • The Writing Desk  by Rachel Hauck

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* )

It’s worth noting that they have rebranded this to “amazon first reads” (sic) which also allows you to get the hardback (up to ten copies) for a really significant discount. There are also two KU short reads listed on that page…one is The Sign of the Beast by Joyce Carol Oates, which they say is a 66-minute read.

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 next month”. The choices this month are:

  • Tips for Living by Renee Shafransky (psychological fiction)
  • As Good as True by Cheryl Reid (historical fiction)
  • Punishment by Scott J. Holliday (thriller)
  • Not Perfect by Elizabeth La Ban (contemporary fiction)
  • Twist of Faith by Ellen J. Green (mystery
  • The Birdwoman’s Palate by Laksmi Pamuntjak (literary fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…and honestly, none of these are appealing to me right now. 😦 I’ll try again later in the month…if you read one and have an opinion, feel free to let me know.

They also are promoting

Richochet Joe by Dean Koontz (at AmazonSmile*)

That’s an Amazon Original Stories publication (that’s an imprint now), listed as 95 pages, and it’s a Kindle in Motion (there will be optional animation) book. 4.0 stars, 80 customer reviews.



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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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4 Responses to “Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: January 2018”

  1. Danny Dunne Says:

    Thanks for the interesting and useful information once again! I just want to pass along that I was intrigued by Richochet Joe by Dean Koontz just a few days ago, but I gave up on it at about 30%–too much science for me. But my opinion is well nigh worthless, as I don’t usually read fiction. I recall Sherlock Holmes casting aside the news that sun or earth or some planet revolved around the other. Nothing he needed to know. Would only interfere with the proper use of his brain power

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Danny!

      Yes, that’s a great bit in the first Sherlock Holmes novel! It’s part of Dr. Watson getting to know Holmes. I reproduce the public domain Holmes works a chapter or a short story a day in my 221B Blog Street blog. Here’s that section:

      His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know next to nothing. Upon my quoting Thomas Carlyle, he inquired in the naivest way who he might be and what he had done. My surprise reached a climax, however, when I found incidentally that he was ignorant of the Copernican Theory and of the composition of the Solar System. That any civilized human being in this nineteenth century should not be aware that the earth travelled round the sun appeared to be to me such an extraordinary fact that I could hardly realize it.

      “You appear to be astonished,” he said, smiling at my expression of surprise. “Now that I do know it I shall do my best to forget it.”

      “To forget it!”

      “You see,” he explained, “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing
      out the useful ones.”

      “But the Solar System!” I protested.

      “What the deuce is it to me?” he interrupted impatiently; “you say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work.”

      • danny63 Says:

        Thanks for the full quotation! I was astounded to learn recently that Doyle wrote a six volume history of World War One. I picked this up from Kindle browsing, but I find no mention of it at Wiki or Enc. Brit. Well, there’s another rabbit hole! I’m off to retrace my steps.

  2. Tom S Says:

    TTS blocking has not ended, though probably major publishers are backing away from that option. I find, for example, that many Russian- and Spanish- language books that I’ve bought (mostly for under $2) block TTS, which is baffling. But it is not an issue for me: I mostly read on iOS devices, Speak Screen ignores TTS blocking, it is very easy to invoke, and as this can be enabled independently of VoiceOver, it does not affect one’s mode of interaction with the UI.

    On Amazon devices same is true of VoiceView (but I think that only works with English), and VoiceView greatly changes how one interacts with the device.

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