April 2015 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 started to return to the Agency Model, but Amazon is allowed to discount in some circumstances…I’ll have to dig into that effect.
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 5,727 (at time of writing) April releases in the USA Kindle store:
As usual, I won’t be deliberately linking to books which block text-to-speech access blocked**.
One interesting thing before I get into some individual titles: the first four (sorted by new and popular) are the
picks for this month!
Since Prime members can already be reading two of these (even though they aren’t officially released until April) at no additional cost, you can see how that would drive up their popularity as compared to actual pre-orders. The top four being Kindle First was also true the last time I did one of these.
The other thing is that there are some
titles way up on the list. I’m concerned (and 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.
- Never Too Late by Robyn Carr
- The Dead Play On (Cafferty & Quinn Novels Book 3) by Heather Graham
- Virtuous (Quantum Trilogy Book 1) by M.S. Force
- The Clash. Photographs by Bob Gruen
- The Outlander Series 4-Book Bundle: Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
- Make ‘em Laugh! American Humorists of the 20th and 21st Centuries by Zeke Jarvis
- A Shade of Vampire 12: A Shade of Doubt by Bella Forrest (KU)
- Masculinity and the Paradox of Violence in American Fiction, 1950-75 by Maggie McKinley
- The Liar by Nora Roberts
- Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Aliens, Humans and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who by Nina Allan and Seanan McGuire
- Perfect Match by Fern Michaels
- Gathering Prey (The Prey Series Book 26) by John Sandford
- The Divine Spark: A Graham Hancock Reader: Psychedelics, Consciousness, and the Birth of Civilization by Graham Hancock
- My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair
- Baseball Maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets by Steve Kettmann
- The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Set of 33 volumes (Macarthur New Testament Commentary Series) by John MacArthur (nearly $500)
- Prison of Hope (The Hellequin Chronicles) by Steve McHugh (KU)
- Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
- The Cambridge World History: Volume 1, Introducing World History, to 10,000 BCE by David Christian
- Woof by Spencer Quinn
- The Hemingway Log: A Chronology of His Life and Timesby Brewster Chamberlin
- The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age by Robert Wachter
- Avengers: The Vibranium Collection by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas
Well, again…quite the mix!
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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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