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Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: October 2017 

October 3, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: October 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: 1,103 at the time of writing…221 fewer than last month, which makes close to 500 fewer than two months ago.

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 310 of them (17 more than last month…and when you consider that there are a lot fewer books, it does seem to me like the percentage of books in KU has been increasing in the past 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 is 5, which is 4 morethan 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 think blocking has become pretty unusual.

Okay, books!

  • The Man of Legends by Kenneth Johnson (KU)
  • House Rules by Jodi Picoult
  • Hitler’s Children: Sons and Daughters of Third Reich Leaders by Gerald Posner
  • Accidentally Hers (Sterling Canyon #1) by Jamie Beck (KU)
  • Wives of War by Soraya M. Lane (KU)
  • Zero Sum (John Rain) by Barry Eisler (KU)
  • The Power of Time Perception: Control the Speed of Time to Slow Down Aging, Live a Long Life, and Make Every Second Count by Jean Paul Zogby (KU)
  • Abducted (Lizzy Gardner #1) by T.R. Ragan (KU)
  • Code Breakers (complete series, four books in one) | 4.2 stars | 583 reviews $1.20 (KU) (quite the bargain for a well-reviewed series)
  • Good Behavior by Blake Crouch (Kindle in Motion) (KU)
  • Death Around the Bend (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery #3) by T.E. Kinsley
  • Stone Song: A Novel of the Life of Crazy Horse by Win Blevin (KU)
  • The Man Who Could Be King by John Ripin Miller (KU)
  • Company Commander by Charles B. MacDonald (KU)
  • How Dogs Love Us by Gregory Berns (KU) (I recommend this one)
  • Time of the Celts by Jane Stain (KU)
  • Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth #5) by Terry Goodkind
  • Glory Box (Road to Babylon #1) by Sam Sisavath (KU)
  • His Bloody Project by Graeme MaCrae Burnet
  • The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg (KU)
  • The Player (The Player Duet #1) by K. Bromberg (4.7 stars out of 5 | 470 customer reviews)
  • Moon Angel (Vampire for Hire #14) by J.R. Rain (4.8 stars | 113 reviews) KU
  • In Another World with My Smartphone #1 (4.4 stars | 37 reviews)
  • Beautiful Bodies by Kimberly Rae Miller (KU)
  • A Goblin’s Tale (The Iron Teeth #1) by Scott Straughan
  • Ripper by Patricia Cornwell (Kindle in Motion) $1.99 (KU) (I’ve been slowly reading this one..I find it quite convincing)

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 November 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan-Lake (book club fiction)
  • The Extraditionist (Benn Bluestone #1) by Todd Merer (legal thriller)
  • The Unremembered  Girl by Eliza Maxwell (suspense)
  • Mark of Fire (The Endarian Prophecy #1) by Richard Phillips (fantasy)
  • The Honest Spy by Andreas Kollender (translated by Steve Anderson) (historical fiction)
  • The House by the River by Lena Manta (translated by Gail Holst-Warhaft

People like to know which one I pick…and nothing is grabbing me yet. 😦 My experiences with translated books from Amazon have not been good, so that makes me unlikely to pick one of the last two. The fantasy, which would be sort of my fall back, has reviews that concern me (even though there aren’t that many). Something new that I’m seeing is ratings filtered by “customers interested in” genres. According to that, people who are interested in science fiction books rated it 3.6 out of 5…hm, but there are only four reviews altogether. That’s what can be misleading sometimes…the one sub 4 review is actually pretty positive and the reviewer intends to read the whole series, so I think I will go with Mark of Fire.

By the way, I did want to say (even if my readers don’t particularly want reviews in this blog), that the Kindle First book I got last month

The Naturalist (Theo Cray #1) by Andrew Mayne (at AmazonSmile*)

is the best Kindle First book I’ve gotten…and so far, a good book regardless. 🙂 The science has been reasonable and it is hasn’t been too dark or graphically violent. I’m enjoying the characters and the plot…the main character reminds me a bit of Don Tillman of The Rosie Project (which was a book I really enjoyed, as did my Significant Other…we were quite disappointed when, after we’d purchased it, the publisher chose to block text-to-speech access. The way that works is it doesn’t take away the access from us, but does from new purchasers. I just double-checked, and it is still blocked). It’s a somewhat light murder mystery, although there is violence…maybe The Rosie Project meets Stephanie Plum. 😉

Enjoy!

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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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Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: September 2017 (and National Read a Book Day)

September 6, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: September 2017 (and National Read a Book Day)

Today (September 6th) is National Read a Book Day!

At least, that’s what our

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

and the internet tell me. 😉

This is one of those weird things where it should be obvious to find the history…but it isn’t. “Holiday Insights” told me it had no information on it. 🙂 I’ve seen the early 2000s quoted as when it started. I’ve asked the internet “who started National Read a Book Day” without a satisfying result.

I want to just say, “Who cares? It’s a great idea!” However, I do like facts…especially timelines. I have several timelines going now, and more in development:

In development, and not public yet, are timelines for 1939: The Best Pop Culture Year (I’ve written about that before, but a timeline is a good way to approach it…there is a new novel set in 1939 and getting a lot of buzz, The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews (( at AmazonSmile*))) and a Bufo’s Weird World timeline (this is a traditionally neglected area, and I often see it inaccurately reported in the mainstream media).

Even with all that fascination on my part, I won’t be adding National Read a Book Day to the ILMK timeline today…because I don’t have the necessary data. Let’s go back that “who cares?” thing…and read a book today! 🙂

You don’t need to read a whole book in one day, although my record is 3 1/2 books (for this context, I consider a book to be at least 100 pages of text). I don’t care if you re-read a book, or read one you already own…and of course, whether or not you actually read today is up to you, but I would be surprised if very many of my readers don’t read at least a bit of a book most days.

I haven’t written about the Kindle Monthly sale yet this month, so I’m going to do that next. Before I do, here are a few interesting news stories I ran across looking for more on National Read a Book Day:

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…210 fewer 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 (19 fewer 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 is 1, which is 5 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 think blocking has become pretty unusual.

Okay, books!

  • Curious George by H. A. Rey and Margret Rey | 4.6 stars out of 5 | 750 customer reviews | $1.99 (this is the original…consider it for a gift!)
  • A Mother’s Dance: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward, Full Circle by Pattie Welek Hall
  • Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box by Madeleine Albright
  • All There Is (Juniper Hills Book 1) by Violet Duke (KU)
  • Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Michael Gruenbaum and Todd Hasak-Lowy
  • And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering by Kate Merrick
  • How to Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather (related to Cotton Mather? I don’t know)
  • Where the Wind Leads: A Refugee Family’s Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption by Dr. Vinh Chung and Tim Downs
  • The Running Dream (Schneider Family Book Award – Teen Book Winner) by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Swipe Right: The Life-and-Death Power of Sex and Romance
    by Levi Lusko
  • Say You’re Sorry (Morgan Dane Book 1) by Melinda Leigh (KU)
  • Chronicles of Old San Francisco: Exploring the Historic City by the Bay (Chronicles Series) by Gael Chandler
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips) by Mignon Fogarty
  • Among The Shadows: A Detective Byron Mystery (A John Byron Novel) by Bruce Robert Coffin
  • The Replacements (A Bruno Johnson Thriller) by David Putnam
  • Harold’s ABC (Purple Crayon Book) by Crockett Johnson
  • The Trapped Girl (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 4) by Robert Dugoni | 4.7 stars out of 5 | 1,518 customer reviews | KU
  • The Brave Ones: A Memoir of Hope, Pride and Military Service by Michael J. MacLeod (KU)
  • In Grandma’s Attic (Grandma’s Attic Series Book 1) by Arleta Richardson and Patrice Barton
  • Chair Yoga: Sit, Stretch, and Strengthen Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You by Kristin McGee
  • And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality by Mark Segal
  • Where the Birds Never Sing: The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau by Jack Sacco
  • Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution by Peter Ackroyd
  • Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet by Carol J. Adams and Patti Breitman
  • No One Lives Twice: A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, Book One: A humorous geek girl mystery by Julie Moffett
  • Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel by Dan Slater (this one got a lot of coverage when it was released)

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 October 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series Book 1) by Andrew Mayne (thriller)
  • Mad City: The True Story of the Campus Murders That America Forgot by Michael Arntfield (true crime)
  • The Designer by Marius Gabriel (historical fiction)
  • I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll (suspense)
  • A Beautiful Work In Progress by Mirna Valerio (memoir)
  • Happy Dreams by Jia Pingwa, Nicky Harman (literary fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…one interesting impact of doing this a tad later in the month is that there are a lot more reviews…which encouraged me for The Naturalist and discouraged me from Mad City. I’m going with The Naturalist. I love animals, and really enjoy encountering them in the wild. However, I do have some doubts: it sounds like it might include graphic violence and unredeemable characters, and I suspect that the science may have been oversold, but we’ll see.

Enjoy!

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All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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! :) 

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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Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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! :) 

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: July 2017

July 2, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: July 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. I’m going to mention today’s (Sunday July 2nd’s) KDD at the bottom of this post, because it’s an especially good one. 🙂

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: 1,108 at the time of writing…43 fewer 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 217 of them (13 fewer 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 3, which is 12 fewer 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!

  • Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld | 4.9 stars out of 5 | 2,674 customer reviews (this is a children’s book…and those are amazing ratings!)
  • The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring, and Enjoying the Health Benefits of Fermented Tea by Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory
  • Live the Best Story of Your Life: A World Champion’s Guide to Lasting Change by Bob Litwin and Joel Greenblatt
  • Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe by Tom Doyle
  • Accounting for the Numberphobic: A Survival Guide for Small Business Owners by Dawn Fotopulos
  • The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees by Joseph S. Wilson and Olivia J. Messinger Carril
  • The Irresistible Revolution, Updated and Expanded: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne
  • From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon | 4.8 stars | 1,246 reviews | KU
  • No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War by W. Lee Warren
  • Hoodwinked: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need To Knock It Off by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk
  • Cat Shout for Joy: A Joe Grey Mystery (Joe Grey Mystery Series) by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Genetic Mystery, a Lethal Cancer, and the Improbable Invention of a Lifesaving Treatment by Jessica Wapner and Robert A. Weinberg
  • Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe by Leonard Maltin and Robert Matzen
  • A Game of Inches (A Jack Patterson Thriller) by Webb Hubbell
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl and Harold S. Kushner | 4.7 stars | 3,657 reviews (this is an inspirational classic…for $1.99)
  • Amazing Spider-Man Masterworks Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (the new Spider-Man movie is likely to be a big hit and well-reviewed…I did love Tom Holland’s earlier appearance as Spidey). If you like to read the (comic) book before you see the movie, these are early ones
  • The Hope by Herman Wouk (Wouk is a brand name author…and this one is $1.99) | KU
  • Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War by Sebastian Gorka
  • Black Like Me: The Definitive Griffin Estate Edition by John Howard Griffin and Robert Bonazzi
  • The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam by Andrew Wiest
  • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley (Newbery Award winner by a popular author for $1.99)

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:

  • The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed [Kindle in Motion] by Scott Parazynski, Susy Flory (Memoir)
  • Little Boy Lost by J. D. Trafford (Thriller)
  • Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) by Amy A. Bartol (Science Fiction)
  • A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang (Historical Mystery)
  • Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer (Contemporary Fiction)
  • Kings of Broken Things by Theodore Wheeler (Literary Fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…this was a tough one! The Sky Below might be good, and Secondborn is by an author I’ve never read but with a great rep, and I thought Mrs. Saint and the Defectives might be good for my Significant Other. I decided to go with Secondborn…I like having books I can use with text-to-speech in the car, and The Sky Below (being a Kindle in Motion book) probably needs to be sightread, to see the illustrations. Reading abut Mrs. Saint, my feeling was that my SO might not like it.

Enjoy!

Bonus deal: today’s

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

is quite similar to one they did a week ago, where it is 80% off select New York Times bestsellers…and there are thirty of them. These are only good for today, while the ones I listed above are probably good for the month of July. Some of the titles in this group:

  • The Wedding Party by Robyn Carr
  • Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shetterl
  • NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
  • Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  • Since We Fell by Dennis Lahane
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich
  • Wait, What? And Life’s Other Essential Questions by James E. Ryan
  • Journey to Munich (Maisie Dobbs) by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell
  • The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

 

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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! :) 

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: June 2017

June 5, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: June 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: 1,151 at the time of writing…18 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 230 of them (497 fewer 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 15, which is 33 fewer 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!

  • Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin | 4.9 out of 5 star | 1,609 customer reviews (that’s a really high rating!)
  • Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen
  • All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics by James Herriot (this one might be a particularly good gift at $2.99)
  • Miracle on Voodoo Mountain: A Young Woman’s Remarkable Story of Pushing Back the Darkness for the Children of Haiti by Megan Boudreaux
  • Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner
  • The Awakening of HK Derryberry: My Unlikely Friendship with the Boy Who Remembers Everything by Jim Bradford and Andy Hardin
  • The Fully Raw Diet: 21 Days to Better Health, with Meal and Exercise Plans, Tips, and 75 Recipes by Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram
  • The Contract (Baseball Series Book 1) by Derek Jeter and Paul Mantell
  • Hope for Film: From the Frontline of the Independent Cinema Revolutions by Ted Hope
  • Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Philip Yancey and Paul Brand
  • Granite Mountain: The First-Hand Account of a Tragic Wildfire, Its Lone Survivor, and the Firefighters Who Made the Ultimate…by Brendan McDonough
  • How to Really Love Your Child by Ross Campbell
  • Japanese Tattoos: History * Culture * Design by Brian Ashcraft and Hori Benny
  • Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan and Bret Witter
  • Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body by Martin Pistorius
  • Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
  • The Seasons Collection: Seasons Under Heaven, Showers in Season, Times and Seasons, Season of Blessing (Seasons Series) by Terri Blackstock and Beverly LaHaye
  • And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition by Randy Shilts
  • Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J. Warner Wallace and Lee Strobel
  • Pavilion of Women: A Novel of Life in the Women’s Quarters by Pearl S. Buck
  • Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us About Life by James Van Praagh
  • Woodwalker: Creatures of Light, Book 1 by Emily B. Martin
  • Fields of Fire (Frontlines Book 5) by Marko Kloos (KU) (I’ve enjoyed other books in this series)
  • Go Like H*ll: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans by A. J. Baime
  • Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin
  • The Great Siege: Malta 1565 by Ernle Bradford
  • The North and South Trilogy: North and South, Love and War, and Heaven and H*ll by John Jakes ($3.99 for what was a big bestseller? Score!) 😉
  • Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli (KU)
  • Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley
  • The Possibility Dogs: What I Learned from Second-Chance Rescues About Service, Hope, and Healing by Susannah Charleson
  • House Arrest by K.A. Holt
  • Face the Music: A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley (KISS)
  • The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Book 5) by Louise Penny
  • Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim (my Significant Other and I both liked this one…and so did lots of other people, with 4.6 stars and a very high 12,210 customer reviews)

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 July 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • The Man of Legends by Kenneth Johnson (Supernatural Thriller) (this is the Kenneth Johnson behind so much geek TV, including The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation, The Incredible Hulk, and V)
  • Soho Dead (the Soho Series book 1) by Greg Keen (Crime Fiction)
  • Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (Psychological Thriller)
  • Wives of War by Soraya M. Lane (Historical Fiction)
  • The Man Who Could Be King by John Ripin Miller (Biographical Fiction) (a novel about George Washington)
  • Lost in Arcadia by Sean Gandert (Dystopian Fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…this one was easy, I went with Kenneth Johnson. Even if the legendary creator’s book turns out to be not the best (I don’t know yet), I figured it’s a debt I owe for the great television. 😉

Enjoy!

My current Amazon Giveaways

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

the award-winning, highly-rated mystery by my sibling, Kris Calvin!

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/2114e3e0b5fc4832

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:
  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Kris Calvin on Amazon (to my knowledge, all that you’ll get is a notification when Kris publishes a new book in the Kindle store, although I don’t know that for sure…that’s all I’ve ever seen for authors I follow, I think. Kris is working on the second book in the Maren Kane mystery series.
Start:May 28, 2017 5:20 AM PDT
End:June 4, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Thanks to the hundreds of people who have entered my previous giveaways for a chance to win Kris’ book! I don’t benefit directly from Kris’ book, although we have had a lot of conversations about it. 🙂 Congratulations to Gordon H, who one the last OMM giveaway!

Amazon Giveaway for And Then There Were None!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/3e6a60b4814649a3

Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winner.
Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
18+ years of age (or legal age)

Start:May 12, 2017 6:24 PM PDT
End:Jun 11, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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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! :) 

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: May 2017

May 4, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: May 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: 1,133 at the time of writing…261 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 727 of them (a 195 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 48, 25 more than last month.

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!

  • Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin & Free by Susan Peirce Thompson Ph.D.
  • The Son by Philipp Meyer | 4.0 stars out of 5 | 1,578 customer reviews
  • Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love by Rachel Macy Stafford
  • A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick Book 1) by Kendra Elliot (also available through Kindle Unlimited…KU…at no additional cost)
  • Fly By Wire (Jammer Davis Thriller Book 1) by Ward Larsen
  • Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert [Kindle in Motion] by Patricia Cornwell (I’m reading this one right now, and enjoying it very much. It’s hard to read it and not think that famous artist was Jack the Ripper. That said, a couple of cautions: some of the descriptions (and pictures) are graphic. Second, this is a Kindle in Motion book, which is why I borrowed it through KU. What I do find is that on my Kindle Voyage, it “crashes” repeatedly…simply closes and goes back to the homescreen. Sometimes, I can just open it up again and it’s fine, although it may have gone back to the previous time I opened it. Other times, I need to use the “page flip” feature to get to a future point (you can read that way…it’s just smaller), and then it works)
  • A Haven on Orchard Lane by Lawana Blackwell
  • My Sister’s Grave (Tracy Crosswhite #1) by Robert Dugoni (KU)
  • The Girl from Krakow by Alex Rosenberg
  • The Beach House by Mary Alice Munroe (4.6 stars | 662 reviews)
  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Caroll Tavris and Elliot Aronson
  • 10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness by Alanna Collen
  • Fancy Dancer by Fern Michaels
  • The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry
  • The Tracker (Sam Callahan #1) by Chad Zunker (4.6 stars | 439 reviews)
  • The Girl from Krakow by Alex Rosenberg
  • Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner
  • Dawn of Wonder (The Wakening Book 1) by Jonathan Renshaw (4.6 stars | 2,669 reviews)
  • Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagán (4.3 stars | 3,473 reviews)
  • You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are by Rebekah Lyons and Ann Voskamp
  • The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale
  • CyberStorm by Matthew Mather (KU) (4.3 stars | 6,869 customer reviews)
  • The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World’s Greatest Footrace by Dean Karnazes
  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
  • The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy 1) by Taran Matharu
  • Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) by Blake Crouch (KU)
  • Life at the Dakota: New York’s Most Unusual Address by Stephen Birmingham
  • Bruce Lee Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living (Bruce Lee Library) by Bruce Lee and John Little
  • The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler (KU) (4.4 stars | 2,180 reviews)
  • Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years Book 1) by Gregory Maguire (read my review here: https://ilmk.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/wicked-oz-and-reimagining-public-domain-works/

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 May 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner (Psychological Thriller)
  • The First World by Isley Robson (Romance)
  • The Hundredth Queen (#1) by Emily R. King (Fantasy)
  • The Lioness of Morocco by Julia Drosten (translated by Christiane Galvani) (Historical Fiction)
  • North Haven by Sarah Moriarty (Contemporary Fiction)
  • The Great Passage by Shion Miura (translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter) (Literary Fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…hmm, this one was a bit tough. I like the premise of The Great Passage (it’s about one of my favorite things, dictionaries), but I’ve had disappointing experiences with translations at Amazon. The Hundredth Queen sounded interesting, and the reviews were good (4.5 stars | 32 reviews). I took the risk with The Great Passage, figuring I could perhaps borrow The Hundredth Queen…

Enjoy!

My current Amazon Giveaways:

Yesterday marked the ending of one Giveaway for

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

and there were 184 entrants! I’m doing a new one for the same book:

1 winner

Requirements for participation:

  • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
  • 18+ years of age (or legal age)
  • Follow Kris Calvin on Amazon (you’ll be notified when future books are added to Amazon…I think that’s the only contact you get, although I’m not positive)

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/ffab73bbd6512571 

Start:Apr 30, 2017 9:46 AM PDT
End:May 7, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

LAST DAY TO ENTER!

Cryptozoology A To Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature by Loren Coleman (at AmazonSmile*)

Note: this is the paperback. For some reason, I couldn’t make the Kindle book for this one public (like I could with Kris’ book). I really wanted this one to be public, because the whole goal is to promote Loren Coleman’s medical expense fund GoFundMe campaign. I’ve never met Loren personally, and we have no shared business interests, although we have had some correspondence. I’ve read Loren’s books for decades, and admire how the cryptozoologist/Fortean helps others, including being the Director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Maine (although in so many smaller ways, too). It’s sad to me that someone who has done so much is having trouble dealing with medical expense (due to multiple operations). That didn’t stop Loren from going to the Bigfoot festival in Willow Creek, California recently, but for people who have enjoyed and benefited from Loren’s work, the medical expenses fund is an opportunity to do a thank you. Over 500 people have entered and they’ve all tweeted (as a requirement to entry) a link to the fund’s page. I do not ask people to endorse the fund or to ask other people to contribute (or for them to contribute themselves)…I’m just hoping to raise the profile so people who might want to contribute and don’t know about it get the word. Unfortunately, no one has donated yet as a result of this, but it could still happen…

  • Winner:Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winners.
  • Requirements for participation:

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/303e4f5c496116a2

Start:Apr 27, 2017 9:45 AM PDT
End:May 4, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

 

 

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: April 2017

April 4, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: April 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: 872 at the time of writing…nearly double 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 532 of them (a whopping 384 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.

This is the fifth month for my measurement 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 twenty-three, 18 more than last month.

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!

  • Psycho by Robert Bloch
  • The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Gregory Koukl and Nancy Pearcey | 4.9 stars out of 5 | 122 customer reviews at time of writing
  • Swipe Right: The Life-and-Death Power of Sex and Romance by Levi Lusko | 4.9 stars | 84 reviews
  • The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell | 4.8 stars | 504 reviews
  • Bruce Lee: Artist of Life (Bruce Lee Library) by Bruce Lee and John Little
  • Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser | 4.8 stars | 439 reviews
  • The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
  • First Over There: The Attack on Cantigny, America’s First Battle of World War I by Matthew J. Davenport
  • Go to School, Little Monster by Helen Ketteman and Bonnie Leick (also available through KU at no additional cost)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot series Book 4) by Agatha Christie | $1.99 | 4.5 stars | 649 reviews
  • Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose | 4.7 stars | 1,080 customer reviews
  • Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less by S.J. Scott (KU)
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson and Steven Polson | 4.7 stars | 544 reviews
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change: Snapshots EditionFeb 20, 2016 | Kindle eBook
    by Stephen R. Covey
  • He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado
  • Amelia Earhart: A Biography by Doris L. Rich
  • Dreams of Awakening: Lucid Dreaming and Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep by Charlie Morley
  • The Hidden Plague by Tara Grant
  • Henry and June: From “A Journal of Love” -The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin (1931-1932) by Anaïs Nin
  • Deduct Everything!: Save Money with Hundreds of Legal Tax Breaks, Credits, Write-Offs, and Loopholes by Eva Rosenberg
  • FaceOff by Lee Child and Michael Connelly
  • Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut’s Journey to the Moon by Al Worden and Francis French
  • Arabic Stories for Language Learners: Traditional Middle-Eastern Tales In Arabic and English by Lutfi Mansur Hezi Brosh
  • Healthy Is the New Skinny: Your Guide to Self-Love in a “Picture Perfect” World by Katie H. Willcox
  • Primed to Perform: How to Build the Highest Performing Cultures Through the Science of Total Motivation by Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor
  • Jackie Robinson in Quotes: The Remarkable Life of Baseball’s Most Significant Player by Danny Peary
  • Ice (87th Precinct Mysteries) by Ed McBain (and some others in the series)
  • Hour of Need (Scarlet Falls Book 1) by Melinda Leigh (KU)
  • Faustian Bargains: Lyndon Johnson and Mac Wallace in the Robber Baron Culture of Texas by Joan Mellen
  • Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
  • The Second Ship (The Rho Agenda Book 1) by Richard Phillips | 4.0 stars | 2,171 reviews | (KU)
  • The 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni (KU)
  • Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet | 4.5 stars | 375 reviews
  • The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk
  • The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It by Dr. Larry Arnn
  • Hero Cat by Eileen Spinelli and Jo Ellen McAllister Stammen
  • The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson
  • A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony by Hector Garcia
  • Korea: The Impossible Country by Daniel Tudor
  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  • I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro
  • How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns (I really enjoyed this)
  • The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Autobiography of James T. Kirk by David A. Goodman
  • Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions by Lisa Randall
  • The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth by Matthew Algeo
  • Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda (Open Media Series) by Noam Chomsky
  • Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
  • Vegan Bowl Attack!: More than 100 One-Dish Meals Packed with Plant-Based Power by Jackie Sobon
  • and lots of Catherine Ryan Hyde!

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 May 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • Beach Lawyer (Beach Lawyer Series) by Avery Duff (thriller)
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan (historical fiction)
  • All the Lies We Tell (Quarry Road Book 1) by Megan Hart (romantic drama)
  • Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman (contemporary fiction)
  • Paper Boats by Dee Lestari, Tiffany Tsao (coming of age)
  • A Small Revolution by Jimin Han (literary suspense)

People like to know which one I pick…this time, I didn’t pick one…because my Significant Other did. 😉 Honestly, I wasn’t really getting hooked by any of them, and my SO is about to fly across the country. The decision was Beneath a Scarlet Sky. I think it was really the reviews which turned the tale.

Enjoy!

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All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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. 

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.

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: March 2017

March 5, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals up to 80% off: March 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: 464 at the time of writing…exactly 121 fewer than last month. Six of them are $4.99, so that would really make it 585 books that are $3.99 or less, but that’s okay. 🙂 To be clear, Amazon doesn’t say they are $3.99 or less…just that they are up to 80% off.

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 148 of them (a whopping 350 fewer 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.

This is the fourth month for my measurement 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 only five, 10 fewer than last month.

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!

  • The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Book 3 by Louise Penny
  • Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico by Rick Bayless
  • Orphan X: A Novel (Evan Smoak) by Gregg Hurwitz
  • Abandon by Blake Crouch
  • The Professor (McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers Book 1) by Robert Bailey | 4.6 stars out of 5 | 2,377 customer reviews
  • Cinders to Satin by Fern Michaels
  • Blood Defense (Samantha Brinkman Book 1) and Moral Defense (Samantha Brinkman Book 2) by Marcia Clark (yes, that Marcia Clark)
  • The White Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels) by Philippa Gregory | 4.3 stars | 1,343 reviews
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • The Fountains of Paradise (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) by Arthur C. Clarke
  • I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius by Robert Graves
  • Miracles & Mayhem in the ER: Unbelievable True Stories from an Emergency Room Doctor by Brent Rock Russell
  • Huntress Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers Book 1) by Alexandra Sokoloff

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 February 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • The Halo Effect by Anne D. LeClaire (suspense)
  • The Breaking Light (Split City Book 1) by Heather Hansen (science fiction)
  • A Criminal Defense by William L. Myers Jr. (legal thriller)
  • The Last Paradise by Antonio Garrido, Simon Bruni (historical fiction)
  • Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations by Garson O’Toole (non-fiction)
  • The Practice House by Laura McNeal  (literary fiction

People like to know which one I pick…I actually had quite a debate with myself on this one. My Significant Other might like A Criminal Defense, and Hemingway Didn’t Say That is a subject right up my alley (I wrote a book of quotations myself, The Mind Boggles: A Unique Book of Quotations (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which was the #1 book of quotations at Amazon when it was first released in 2012…for a very short time). 😉 I decided to go with Hemingway…my SO will be just as happy borrowing A Criminal Defense from Kindle Unlimited when it is released next month, and I do still like to own books.

Enjoy!

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All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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. 

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.

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: February 2017

February 3, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: February 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 for $3.99 or less each (at AmazonSmile). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now: 591 at the time of writing…exactly 200 fewer than last month. That’s actually not an unreasonable adjustment…we are now out of the holiday/returns period. Six of them are $4.99, so that would really make it 585 books that are $3.99 or less, but that’s okay. 🙂 To be clear, Amazon doesn’t say they are $3.99 or less…just that they are up to 80% off.

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 148 of them (a whopping 350 fewer 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.

This is the third month for my measurement 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 only fifteen, 88 fewer than last month.

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!

  • Jonathan Strange and Mr NorrellJun 5, 2010 | Kindle eBook
    by Susanna Clarke
  • The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election by Malcolm Nance
  • A Fatal Grace: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Book 2) by Louise Penny
  • In Good Faith (Joe Dillard Series Book 2) by Scott Pratt (and books 3 and 4…but not #1, from what I saw) (also available through Kindle Unlimited…KU)
  • A Spell Of Trouble (Silver Hollow Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Leighann Dobbs and Traci Douglass (KU)
  • Rebel Fleet (Rebel Fleet Series Book 1) by B. V. Larson (KU)
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler | 4.5 stars out of 5, 949 customer reviews
  • Good Behavior by Blake Crouch
  • The Lyra Novels: Shadow Magic, Daughter of Witches, The Harp of Imach Thyssel, Caught in Crystal, and The Raven Ring by Patricia C. Wrede | $3.99 for 5 books by a well-known author (in an omnibus)!
  • Turbulent Intentions (Billionaire Aviators Book 1) by Melody Anne (KU)
  • Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari
  • The Short Drop (The Gibson Vaughn Series) by Matthew FitzSimmons | 4.5 stars | 7,222 customer reviews
  • One Tuesday Morning / Beyond Tuesday Morning Compilation Limited Edition (9/11 Series) by Karen Kingsbury (Author)
  • Even Dogs in the Wild (Inspector Rebus Series Book 20) by Ian Rankin
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
  • Perfect Match by Fern Michaels
  • Run by Blake Crouch
  • Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxietyby Seth J. Gillihan PhD (KU)
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick and Steve Wozniak
  • Phantom Evil: Book 1 in Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham
  • A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism…by Joseph Loconte

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 February 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II by Rhys Bowen (Historical Fiction)
  • Extracted (Extracted Trilogy Book 1) by RR Haywood (Science Fiction)
  • Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm (Duck and Hippo Series Book 1)
    by Jonathan London, Andrew Joyner
  • Signature Wounds by Kirk Russell (Thriller)
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by JS Drangsholt, Tara F. Chace (Contemporary Fiction)
  • Only the Truth by Adam Croft (Suspense)

People like to know which one I pick…for some reason none of them really grabbed me, but I went with Extracted.

Enjoy!

Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* 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. 

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.

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: January 2017

January 2, 2017

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: January 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. Today, there are 67 (!) KDDs, focused on self-improvement.

They also do Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each (at AmazonSmile). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are many times that now: 791 at the time of writing…91 more than last month. It’s a bit interesting that it stayed about the same as December, but January is also a big sales month, partially due to returns, partially due to gift cards, and with e-books, people getting new devices presumably affects that. The highest priced one actually is $3.99, which isn’t always the case.

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 498 of them (135 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.

This is the third month for my measurement 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 103, sixty more than last month. There were around 500 more books in PR altogether, but this is an even greater percentage increase…good sign!

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!

  • Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry (The Rabbi Small Mysteries) by Harry Kemelman (and others in the series…you could buy these former New York Times bestsellers to give as a gift at some point)
  • Casino Royale (James Bond – Extended Series Book 1) by Ian Fleming (not the only one in this series in the sale)
  • Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking (Mindfulness Books Series Book 1) by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport (also available through Kindle Unlimited ((KU)))
  • My Sister’s Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1) by Robert Dugoni | 4.4 stars out of 5 | 11,262 customer reviews (KU)
  • A Quiet Life in the Country (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 1) by T E Kinsey (KU, PR)
  • The Butterfly Garden (The Collector Trilogy Book 1) by Dot Hutchison (KU) | 4.3 stars | 10,317 reviews
  • Death and Her Devotion (Rogue Vows Book 1) by Kendra Elliot (KU)
  • Maude by Donna Foley Mabry | 4.4 stars | 11,863 reviews
  • No Ordinary Billionaire (The Sinclairs Book 1) by J. S. Scott
  • In the Blood (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery Book 1) by Steve Robinson | 4.3 stars | 1,977 reviews (PR, KU)
  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere 1) by Meg Elison (KU)
  • Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy Book 1) by Shannon Mayer (KU)
  • Vanished (Callahan & McLane Book 1) by Kendra Elliot | (KU)
  • Time Is the Simplest Thing by Clifford D. Simak
  • Constitution: Book 1 of The Legacy Fleet Trilogy by Nick Webb
  • Kissing the Beehive by Jonathan Carroll
  • The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series, Book 1) by Charlie N. Holmberg (KU)
  • True Detective (Nathan Heller Novels) by Max Allan Collins (KU)
  • Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani | 4.3 stars | 5,727 reviews (PR, KU)
  • Forging Zero (The Legend of ZERO, Book 1) by Sara King (KU)
  • The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler
  • Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) by Blake Crouch | 4.1 stars | 7,664 reviews | made into a TV series)
  • King Solomon’s Carpet (Onyx) by Ruth Rendell
  • Doing It Over (A Most Likely To Novel Book 1) by Catherine Bybee
  • Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Keith McCloskey
  • Not Quite Dating (Not Quite series Book 1) by Catherine Bybee
  • WIRED by Douglas E. Richards
  • The Rejected Writers’ Book Club (Southlea Bay) by Suzanne Kelman (PR, KU)
  • Ink Mage (A Fire Beneath the Skin Book 1) by Victor Gischler (KU)
  • No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Segar
  • Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller | 4.5 stars | 1,799 reviews
  • A Plant-Based Life: Your Complete Guide to Great Food, Radiant Health, Boundless Energy, and a Better Body by Micaela Cook KARLSEN and T. Colin CAMPBELL
  • My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall (KU)
  • The Line (Witching Savannah Book 1) by J.D. Horn (and others in the series)
  • Thunder City (The Detroit Novels) by Loren D. Estleman
  • The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods – Unofficial Recipes from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones
  • Killer’s Payoff (87th Precinct Mysteries) by Ed McBain
  • Cuba – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture by Russell Maddicks
  • The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams—On Your Terms by Sara Horowitz and Toni Sciarra Poynter
  • Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet by Carol J. Adams and Patti Breitman
  • So Terrible a Storm: A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior by Curt Brown
  • A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson
  • Americanos: Latin America’s Struggle for Independence (Pivotal Moments in World History) by John Charles Chasteen
  • The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Peter Popham
  • Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food: 65 Everyday Meal Ideas for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Over 150 Great-Tasting, Down-Home…by Alicia C. Simpson

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 February 1, 2017″. The choices this month are:

  • The Night Bird by Brian Freeman (Suspense)
  • The Mutual Admiration Society by Lesley Kagen (Family Life)
  • In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell (Historical Fiction)
  • The Winter Over by Matthew Iden (Thriller)
  • Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz Gabás, Noel Hughes (Saga)
  • Never Again So Close by Claudia Serrano, Anne Milano Appel

People like to know which one I pick…I went with The Mutual Admiration Society, in part because I thought it would appeal most to my Significant Other.

Enjoy!

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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. 

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.


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