Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: August 2015
Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which discounts (usually) four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kids’ book).
They’ve also been doing Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each) (at AmazonSmile). That’s a rebranding: they used to say it was “100 Books”, but that’s also gotten to be more…there are 291 for this month at the time of writing (fifteen fewer than last month…).
Those prices only apply to the USA, and one weird thing is that some of the books seem to sell out at that price sometimes (or become unavailable for some other reason).
It’s also interesting…about 50% of the books in the USA Kindle store are $3.99 or less (1,869,098 of 3,715,922). Still, these are on sale, and that’s worth something.
Another thing is that many of these books may be part of
Amazon lists that information prominently. 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.
Oh, interesting! I see they are now also clearly marking when a book is available through the KOLL (Kindle Owners’ Lending Library)! That’s nice…there was a period of time when it was quite hard to tell. Eligible Prime members can borrow one per calendar month. If you are both a Prime member and a Kindle Unlimited subscriber (like me), I think you are more likely to get them through KU (where you can have up to ten at a time out, with no limit per month), but I’m sure I have many readers who are Prime members and don’t subscribe to KU. I’ll mark those with KOLL.
I’m going to list some of the $3.99 or lower ones 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.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke: 4.5 stars | 604 reviews (KU)
- State of Fear by Michael Crichton: 3.4 stars out of 5 | 1,592 customer reviews
- Murder 101: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series Book 22) by Faye Kellerman: 4.0 stars | 640 reviews
- Truckers (Bromeliad Trilogy Book 1) by Terry Pratchett: 4.6 stars | 53 reviews
- Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson: 4.7 stars | 733 reviews
- Taken by Tuesday (Weekday Brides Series, Book 5) by Catherine Bybee: 4.6 stars | 557 reviews (KU)
- Accused: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel (Rosato & Associates Book 12) by Lisa Scottoline: 4.2 stars | 384 reviews
- Deadly Decisions: A Novel (Temperance Brennan Book 3) by Kathy Reichs: 3.9 stars | 237 reviews
- Heal Your Body by Louise Hay: 4.5 stars | 756 reviews
- Agenda 21: Into the Shadows (Agenda 21 Series) by Glenn Beck: 4.7 stars | 295 reviews
- Classic Goosebumps #1: Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine: 4.6 stars | 107 reviews
- Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well by David L. Hough: 4.6 stars | 334 reviews
- Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd: 4.2 stars | 155 reviews
- The Ruby Brooch (Time Travel Romance) (The Celtic Brooch Series Book 1) by Katherine Lowry Logan: 4.4 stars | 532 reviews (KU)
- Sweet Liar (The Montgomery/Taggert Family Book 6) by Jude Deveraux: 4.3 stars | 332 reviews
- Warriors: Dawn of the Clans #1: The Sun Trail by Erin Hunter and Wayne McLoughlin: 4.8 stars | 442 reviews
- The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig: 4.4 stars | 401 reviews (KU)
- The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks: 4.4 stars | 1,472 reviews
- The Burning Wire: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel by Jeffery Deaver: 4.1 stars | 226 reviews
- The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell: 3.9 stars | 292 reviews
- The Detachment (John Rain) by Barry Eisler: 4.2 stars | 762 reviews (KU)
- Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon (author of The Other): 4.3 stars | 195 reviews (KU)
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark: 3.9 stars | 150 reviews (KU)
- The Long Way Home by Karen McQuestion: 4.2 stars | 1,012 reviews (KU)
- The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates: 3.1 stars | 289 reviews
- The Anodyne Necklace (Richard Jury Mysteries Book 3) by Martha Grimes: 4.3 stars | 54 reviews
- Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space by Dav Pilkey: 4.7 stars | 136 reviews
- Grub Line Rider by Louis L’Amour: 4.3 stars | 136 reviews (KU)
- The Pusher (87th Precinct Mysteries) by Ed McBain: 4.0 stars | 61 reviews (KU)
- The Urantia Book: Revealing the Mysteries of God, the Universe, World History, Jesus, and Ourselves by Urantia Foundation: 4.4 star | 456 reviews
- Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon by Paul Rosolie: 4.6 stars | 113 reviews
- Enter the Saint (The Saint Series) by Leslie Charteris: 3.9 stars | 77 reviews (the movie and TV series of The Saint recently came up in comments on this blog)
- Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes: Share and Sing in Two Languages [Downloadable Audio Included] by Faye-Lynn Wu and Kieren Dutcher: 4.2 stars | 53 reviews
- The Worst-Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure Novel by David Borgenicht and Hena Khan: 4.5 stars | 38 reviews (KU)
I think there are some great choices here! I’ve also added a few things to my KU Wish List. :)
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
You can get one of the six (it’s only been four before) books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:
- The Girl from Krakow by Alex Rosenberg (historical fiction)
- The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner (psychological suspense)
- About That Fling by Tawna Fenske (romance)
- City of Echoes (Detective Matt Jones Book 1) by Robert Ellis (mystery)
- Young Babylon by Lu Nei, Poppy Toland (modern fiction)
- The Hundred-Year Flood by Matthew Salesses (literary fiction)
People like to know which one I pick…I’m going with The Hundred-Year Flood. When science fiction and fantasy tend to draw my eye first, literary fiction always gets a serious consideration from me. I do look at the customer reviews, and if the only thing presented as a negative is something I think I would actually find appealing, which is the case here, that’s actually a big selling point for me. :)
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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! By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.
** 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.
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