February 2018 Kindle book releases

February 2018 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 “over 8000” (all numbers at time of writing) titles listed as being released in the USA Kindle Store in January 2017 (more than last month, but I can’t say exactly how much more):

February 2018 USA Kindle store releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Of those, by the way, “over 1,000” (don’t like these imprecise numbers…I ran them in two different browsers) 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…but I think that may have stopped, or at least substantially reduced from major publishers:

We’ve gone back and forth recently on whether the top four were

Kindle First (at AmazonSmile)

picks . Amazon doesn’t do these by popularity any more, they do them by featured…and this month, they are on top again…marking five 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.

Okay, books!

  •  Out of the Darkness by Heather Graham
  • The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim and Kevin Behr
  • One Child by Torey Hayden
  • The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One 1929-1964: The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of All Time Chosen by the Members of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SF Hall of Fame) by Robert Silverberg
  • Confessions of an Adoptive Parent: Hope and Help from the Trenches of Foster Care and Adoption by Mike Berry
  • “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman and Ralph Leighton
  • Merton’s Palace of Nowhere by James Finley and Henri J. M. Nouwen
  • Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ (Revised Edition) by Giulia Enders and Jill Enders
  • The Pride of Jared MacKade by Nora Roberts
  • Murder on a Midsummer Night (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Book 17) by Kerry Greenwood
  • What the Valley Knows by Heather Christie (KU)
  • Murder on the Brewster Flats: A Gus LeGarde Mystery (LeGarde Mysteries Book 12) by Aaron Paul Lazar (KU)
  • Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class by Michelle Tea
  • I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski: 20th Anniversary by Ben Peskoe and Bill Green (foreword by Jeff Bridges)
  • A Study in Scarlet (AmazonClassics Edition) by Arthur Conan Doyle (this is worth noting because the AmazonClassics imprint now lists over 100 titles…it’s the new version of Amazon’s free public domain titles, although these editions may have new copyrights because of additional material…not sure about that)
  • Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann
  • Maze: The Waking of Grey Grimm by Tony Bertauski
  • Table for Five by Susan Wiggs
  • The Man Within (Feline Breeds Book 2) by Lora Leigh
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Illustrated edition by J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander
  • Travel as a Political Act (Rick Steves) by Rick Steves
  • Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
  • Same Time, Next Year (The Manning Family) by Debbie Macomber
  • Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla by John F. Wasik
  • The Autism Job Club: The Neurodiverse Workforce in the New Normal of Employment by Michael Bernick and Richard Holden
  • Words That Built a Nation: Voices of Democracy that Have Shaped America’s History by Marilyn Miller and Ellen Scordato
  • The Boggart Fights Back by Susan Cooper

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 February 2018 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 “February 2018 Kindle book releases”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I wish Amazon could find a way to allow those of us with KU to “pre-borrow” Kindle Unlimited books.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I think that would be tricky, because of what could happen if the book is withdrawn from KU between the pre-order and the date…

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