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Today’s KDD: “Top-rated Kindle best sellers, $1.99 & up”

August 20, 2017

Today’s KDD: “Top-rated Kindle best sellers, $1.99 & up”

Today’s

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is one of my favorite themes Amazon does. It’s books which are both Kindle best-sellers and top-rated. That doesn’t mean you will have heard of all of them, but I would think most of my readers will have heard of at least one. 🙂

Remember that you can buy these books at the discount and then delay the delivery until the appropriate gift giving occasion, or print them out to give whenever you want…you could even wrap it, then. 🙂

Check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze (the last in virtual reality) that Buy button…the sale may not be happening in your country, and you may go to look after the sale has finished.

Titles include:

  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin | 4.8 stars out of 5 | 3,065 customer reviews | $2.99 at time of writing
  • Gravity by Tess Gerritsen
  • Too Late to Say Goodbye by Ann Rule
  • Rainwater by Sandra Brown
  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
  • Kisses from Kate by Katie J. Davis
  • Cruel Intent (Ali Reynolds #4) by J.A. Jance
  • The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
  • Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne
  • Tangled by Emma Chase
  • A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux (when I was the manager of a brick-and-mortar bookstore, I suggested that my employees read a book from every section…and to ask regulars for recommendations. I did that myself, and Jude Deveraux was recommended for romance: I did enjoy it)
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
  • True Evil by Greg Iles
  • This Calder Sky by Janet Dailey
  • The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko
  • Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
  • The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  • Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
  • Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
  • I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
  • Luckiest Man by Jonathan Elg
  • Traveling with Ghosts by Shannon Leone Fowler
  • Once Upon Now by Ali Novak

Enjoy!


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We Can Do It!: A Problem Solving Graphic Novel Guide for General Physics (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

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Limited time offer: $20 more on Kindle trade-ins

August 15, 2017

Limited time offer: $20 more on Kindle trade-ins

Many of us have older Kindle EBRs (E-Book Readers…not tablets) which we don’t use much, if at all. You might also be interested in one of the newer models, up to and including the Kindle Oasis (the current top of the line).

Amazon has had a trade-in program for some time (not really natively Amazon, but you can get to it through Amazon).

Some people have been disappointed in the amounts, but used electronics just typically don’t have much value. I used to teach QuickBooks, and when I was explaining depreciation, I would jokingly say that a computer depreciated 100% by the time you got it to the parking lot from the store. 😉

Right now, through the end of the year, Amazon has a special deal which gives you an additional $20 on your trade-in!

Kindle Trade-in @ Amazon.com (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Looks like you can only do it once, but you can do it for up to five devices per account/person.

These are the ones you can get:

Interestingly, they use this to also promote the

Amazon Pop-Up Stores (at AmazonSmile*)

They list that page as “Amazon retail locations” and even though they are “pop-ups”, which suggests existence for a limited time, they certainly make it seem like they have a solid presence. They list five specific stores where you can trade in your Kindle (in five states) and go on to list more than thirty.

I think the trade-in is a nice deal, and that some people will take advantage of it, either in the pop-up stores or online…

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Today’s KDD: “Select New York Times Bestsellers, $1.99 & up”

August 13, 2017

Today’s KDD: “Select New York Times Bestsellers, $1.99 & up”

The New York Times bestseller list has an amazing cachet, when you think about it. When I managed a brick and mortar bookstore, we had a special section for them, and discounted them. One publication, which uses its own methods of calculating bestsellers (not including some categories, for example), can have a tremendous effect on the success of individual book titles and authors’ lives.

I’m not saying that’s wrong, by the way…just remarkable. 🙂

Certainly, many people consider a book or author having been on the NYT list an imprimatur.

That’s why it’s nice to see that today’s

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

features (former) NYT bestsellers.

As always, check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze that Buy button. The prices may not apply in your country, and you may see this after the sale is over.

Titles include:

  • The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombe
  • The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy
  • Blood Flag (Paul Madriani) Steve Martini
  • The 16th Seduction (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson
  • Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Mississippi Blood (Penn Cage) by Greg Iles
  • Price of Duty by Dale Brown
  • The Obsidian Chamber (Agent Pendergast) by Douglas Preston
  • The Mothers by Brit Bennett
  • Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
  • The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva
  • This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas
  • The Fall of Japan by William Craig
  • War Cry (Courtney Family) by Wilbur Smith
  • Eat Dirty by Dr. Josh Axe
  • Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis
  • The Hanging Judge (Judge Norcross) by Michael Ponsor
  • Crazy Horse and Custer
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  • In the House of Brede by Rumer Godden
  • Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs
  • Return of the King (Lebron James) by Brian Windhorst
  • Adnan’s Story by Rabia Chaurdry
  • Darkness Visible by William Styron
  • Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis
  • Small Data by Martin Lindstrom
  • Great Lion of God by Taylor Caldwell

It’s also worth noting that these are generally highly-rated…enjoy!

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Today’s KDD: “Up to 80% off select best-selling Kindle reads” incl. Murder on the Orient Express, Dune, The Color Purple…

August 6, 2017

Today’s KDD: “Up to 80% off select best-selling Kindle reads” incl. Murder on the Orient Express, Dune, The Color Purple…

Today’s KDD

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

has some amazing deals! If you were going to poll people for 100 books they’d like to see on sale, my guess is that some of these would be on it.

Note that this deal is for August 6, 2017, Pacific time in the USA. As always, check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze that Buy button…the prices may not apply in your country, and the sale may have ended before you see it.

You can buy the books at these discounted prices and then delay the delivery until the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print them out to give whenever you want.

Titles include:

  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (one of the best-selling books of all time, with a new movie coming out soon…it belongs on your “guest shelf”)  $1.99
  • Dune by Frank Herbert (a truly significant science fiction classic, spawning a series and adaptations) $2.99
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Pulitzer Prize winner: movie nominated for 11 Oscars) $1.99
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
  • Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies by J.B. West
  • The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
  • The Hero and the Crown by Robert McKinley
  • Strong Poison (Lord Peter Wimsey #6) by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • We Were Soldiers Once…and Young by Harold G. Moore (popular non-fiction)
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg
  • Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad by William Craig
  • The Great Santini by Pat Conroy
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
  • Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors (sold a lot of these when I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore)

Those are just some of them! Other authors in the group include Michael Chabon, Ellis Peters, J.A. Jance, Nicholas Sparks…

Enjoy!

By the way, I’d be curious: are there well-known books that you’ve been waiting to see go on sale? What titles would really impress you in a KDD? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: August 2017

August 3, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: August 2017

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…although they have been doing themes this year as well.

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: 1,324 at the time of writing…216 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 293 of them (76 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 6, which is 3 more (double) than last month. That is notably fewer in KU and PR…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 think blocking it is becoming rarer.

Okay, books!

  • Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
  • DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters, and More: From Almonds to Walnuts by Melissa King
  • Jane Two by Sean Patrick Flanery
  • When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic and Wes Hargis
  • Here Goes Nothing: An Introvert’s Reckless Attempt to Love Her Neighbor by Kendra Broekhuis
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
  • The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray and Nick Mann
  • Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day by Robert J. DAVIS and Brad Kolowich
  • How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets by Dana K. White
  • The Best Seat in Second Grade (I Can Read Level 2) by Katharine Kenah and Abby Carter
  • A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex by Chris Jericho and Peter Thomas Fornatale
  • All Waiting Is Long by Barbara J. Taylor
  • Liked: Whose Approval are You Living For? by Kari Kampakis
  • My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire by Maurice White and Herb Powell
  • The Hidden Plague by Tara Grant
  • Why Kids Make You Fat: …and How to Get Your Body Back by Mark Macdonald
  • Leadership as an Identity: The Four Traits of Those Who Wield Lasting Influence by Crawford Loritts
  • Blue Hollow Falls (Blue Hollow Falls Series Book 1) by Donna Kauffman
  • ReLaunch: How to Stage an Organizational Comeback by Mark Rutland
  • American Contempt for Liberty (Hoover Institution Press Publication) by Walter E. Williams
  • The Witness by Nora Roberts’A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Vol. 1: The Birth of Britain by Winston S. Churchill (KU_

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*)

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 on August 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • All the Little Children by Jo Furniss (suspense)
  • P.S. from Paris by Marc Levy (translated by Sam Taylor) (romantic comedy)
  • When They Come for You by James W. Hall (thriller)
  • Song of Edmon (The Fracture Worlds Book 1) by Adam Burch (science fiction)
  • The Heart Echoes by Helena von Zweigbergk  (translated by Tiina Nunnally) (contemporary fiction)
  • The Judgment of Richard Richter by Igor Štiks, (translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac) (literary fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…I would have picked P.S. from Paris, but although I’ve tried several, my experience with translated books published by Amazon has not been good (usually, the language has been too “stiff”). Hm, that three of them out this time. I’m not saying I’ll never get another translated book published by Amazon, but not this month. 🙂  I don’t think my Significant Other would like any of them…they all sound harsh. I always (eventually) finish a book I start, but I’m reading one now where I had to recommend that my SO not read it (even though we can both read the same book for free with our Kindle account…and I think my SO might have gotten the book). It is quite violent, and it certainly has a dark view of human motivations…for many of the main characters. The “protagonist” is someone for whom I can’t find much sympathy. Given that I’m the only one (at least of the two of us) who is going to read it…I guess I’ll go with All the Little Children.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday July 26th: KDD is “Up to 80% off select award-winning titles on Kindle”

July 27, 2017

Wednesday July 26th: KDD is “Up to 80% off select award-winning titles on Kindle”

Today’s

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is another great selection!

Now, I do want to stress that I am posting this relatively late in the day (my apologies…had some family things). This sale is for Wednesday, July 26th Pacific Time…you may not see it until Thursday. The prices may also not apply in your country, so as always, check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze that Buy button.

You can buy these at the discounted price, and then delay the delivery of a gift item, or even send it to yourself so you can print it out and give it whenever you want.

Titles include:

  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel | 4.4 stars out of 5 | 6,861 customer reviews | major movie adaptation| $2.99
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
  • Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
  • Blood and Money by Thomas Thompson
  • Lion (basis of the movie) by Saroo Brierley
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich (National Book Award)
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (Newbery Medal)
  • The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
  • The Color of Water by James McBride
  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Pulitzer Prize)
  • Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Blindness by Jose Saramago (Nobel Prize for Literature)
  • Dragon’s Teeth by Upton Sinclair (Pulitzer Prize)
  • Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty (Edgar Award)
  • Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King (Pulitzer Prize)
  • Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson (National Book Award)
  • B*stard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (National Book Award)
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  • Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez (National Book Award)
  • Among Others by Jo Walton (Hugo Award Best Novel)
  • March by Geraldine Brooks (Pulitzer Prize)
  • A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (Printz Honor)
  • Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick (National Book Award finalist)
  • A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert Wilson (Gold Dagger)
  • Carolina Skeletons by David Stout (Edgar Award winner)
  • Bearing the Cross by David J. Garrow (Pulitzer Prize)
  • Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan (National Book Award)
  • Imbeciles by Adam Cohen
  • Small Island by Andrea Levy (Orange Prize)
  • Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
  • The Confessions of Jack Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer

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Original Echo $50 off 1-day sale (Monday July 24 Pacific)

July 24, 2017

Original Echo $50 off 1-day sale (Monday July 24 Pacific)

The original

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

(“The Tower”) is $129.99 today, $50 off the normal price of $179.99. It says that’s today only, Monday, July 24th, Pacific time.

Both the black and the white are on sale, although neither is in stock right now. The black one is expected in stock on August 11th, and the white one on August 16th (although they might beat that).

That’s the only model on this one day sale, although there are some other deals.

The

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

still has the buy 2, save $100 deal (which I now wish we had done), and the

the All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – White (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

lets you save $20 when you buy three of them.

People ask if this means a new model is coming…in this case, I think it might. Amazon may want to improve the sound quality to compete with Apple’s home Siri, when they are emphasizing the sound quality.

As always, check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze that Buy button…the price may not apply in your country, and the sale may be over before you see this.

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One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals: Mists of Avalon for $1.99!

July 23, 2017

One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals: Mists of Avalon for $1.99!

On of today’s

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is a book that my customers bought many times when I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore. It’s a beloved, respected, best-selling (as a trade paperback) Arthurian tale by Marion Zimmer Bradley. 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1,396 customer reviews. It’s the #30 best-selling paid book right now in the entire USA Kindle store.

Gee, can you tell I think this is a great buy? 😉 Whether you buy it for yourself, for a gift, or to have for your guests when they visit, I think this is one of the best deals I’ve seen in a Kindle Daily Deal.

It’s

The Mists of Avalon (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

for $1.99!

You wouldn’t have to ask very many people to get a recommendation for this one, I think, but if you “piece buy” books at all (paying for one book at a time to own it), this is one where I would say buy it as a gift, have it sent to yourself so you can give it whenever you want…or perhaps, buy it now for someone you know would enjoy an epic fantasy.

Do check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze that buy button…it may not apply in your country, and you might see this after the sale is over.

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Today’s KDD: “Books for your summer reading, $1.99 & up”

July 16, 2017

Today’s KDD: “Books for your summer reading, $1.99 & up”

Today’s

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is another particularly good one!

These aren’t the “usual” suspects…there are some books and authors which tend to show up pretty often (Kurt Vonnegut, for example). There are really well-known books and authors in this group, and the prices are good. Remember that, in addition to buying for yourself, you could buy these as gifts (either delaying the delivery, or sending them to yourself so you can print them out and give them whenever you want). There are also some good ones for a “guest Kindle”. 🙂

As always, check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze that Buy button: the sale may not be happening in your country, and you may see this after the sale is over.

Here we go!

  • The Martian (at AmazonSmile*) by Andy Weir | 4.7 stars out of 5 | 29,894 customer reviews | great reviews, bestseller, basis for a movie…and $3.99!
  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice, Book 1) by George R.R. Martin | 4.6 stars | 9,490 reviews | $1.99…quick! Read it before the new season starts tonight! 😉 There would be an argument for buying an omnibus edition, but this is a low-cost way to get started, or to give as a gift
  • The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by John Le Carre
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  • The Last Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy Book 2) by Nora Roberts
  • The Last Day of Night by Graham Moore
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts
  • The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
  • The Travelers by Chris Pavone
  • The Fifth Petal by Brusonia Barry

Enjoy!

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Wrap up: Prime Day 2017

July 15, 2017

Wrap up: Prime Day 2017

I found that this year, after the third

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

on July 11th, the buzz was generally positive. People at work knew about it, asked me about, and smiled about it. I know some of them saved some real money…some with my help, some without it.

In this

press release

Amazon gives us some of the statistics.

While I have no doubt that there was really significant growth, Amazon doesn’t make it easy to tell. They compare this year’s 30 hour Prime Day to “…the same 30 hours last year”. Was that July 10th at 6:00 Pacific to July 11th at midnight (not Prime Day to Prime Day)? Seems like it…

When we look at the amount of participation, we have to note that there were more countries participating this year, and there were probably a lot more

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

in the USA going into it as well.

Those caveats out of the way…

These are two of the big stats, in this short excerpt from the press release:

“More new members joined Prime on July 11 than on any single day in Amazon history. Tens of millions of Prime members made a purchase on Prime Day 2017, more than 50 percent higher than the prior year.”

Getting and keeping Prime members? That’s an important part of Amazon’s retail strategy (which is only one of Amazon’s revenue streams).

They are also right to tout the growth for third-party sellers.

Now, in terms of what sold, no question that Amazon devices dominated, with the

All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – White (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

on sale for $34.99 ($15 off) leading the way.

They also gave us the bestsellers (outside of Amazon devices) from each Amazon site, and they are interesting to compare!

One surprise for me for the USA was that they list one of the

23andMe DNA tests (at AmazonSmile*)

as one of the bestsellers.

You can tell looking at this that people did buy expensive items (they might have bought inexpensive ones, too), which is good…bigger cash savings for the same percentage.

That’s what people did generally…what about you, my readers?

We’ll start with a poll I already had up in a post where I tried to help you find bargains. If you already answered it there, you can answer it again to add other choices…just don’t put the same one in you already did. 🙂 I did it this way because I posted it before Prime Day was over, and I figured your circumstances might change. I also added one option (about Kindle Unlimited) at the suggestion of my regular readers and commenters, Lady Galaxy:

I also said I would add a poll about how much you saved. When you answer this, count money you saved on the 40% off Kindle Unlimited deal, or other deals which were on the Prime Day page before Prime Day officially started. Oh, and I’d combine all the money from one account (even if more than one person was shopping on that account), and, I suppose, if you shopped on more than one personal account on Prime Day, I’d combine those, too:

I’ll be interested to see how many people saved more than the normal Prime membership cost!

One last thing: the most downloaded

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

book was

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (at
AmazonSmile*
)

It’s well-reviewed and one of the most read books, and it was published by one of Amazon’s traditional publishing imprints, Thomas & Mercer.

Well, that was fun this year! I’m looking forward to next year!

Have anything to add? What was the weirdest thing you bought during this year’s Prime Day event? Did you find Prime Day uninteresting? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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