A guide to Black Friday ebook deals 2012
One of the greatest benefits of ebooks is that you don’t have to go to a crowded store in order to buy them. You can browse for ebook deals from a comfortable chair, using the computer. Once you buy the book, you can enjoy reading it in minutes. This detailed guide with most important Black Friday ebook deals is prepared for those, who prefer the cozy way of bargain hunting.
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When it comes to ebooks, Black Friday is not, let’s say, “fully consumed” by online retailers. Amazon set up Black Friday Kindle Deals page, but there are actually less deals on electronic books than on print books. I’m sure it will be changing for the better year after year. It’s not about rushing to stores, but getting ready to hunt for deals. It doesn’t matter if it’s offline or online. The only difference is that online shopping is much more comfortable.
Some of the deals listed below are valid longer than by the end of Friday, so check landing pages for detailed info on eligibility. You can also come back to us to check recent ebook deals that we list on a special page, updated a couple of times a day: Top ebook deals. You can also subscribe to our daily deliveries with discounted books:
Amazon launched Black Friday Store on November 1st, but as I said, so far Kindle ebook deals were less attractive than print book deals.
All discounted ebooks are collected on this Black Friday Kindle Books page, buy we’ve found some very attractive offers elsewhere, too. Here is the round-up.
Today’s Kindle Daily Deal should meet everyone’s expectations. As much as 25 books are featured. Each one sells for $1.99. This time the titles are not selected by genre or author. Today, you can pick up from books that were previously featured on Kindle Daily Deal and were customers’ favourites.
The books are grouped into 5 categories: literature & fiction, mysteries & thrillers, romance, science fiction & fantasy, biography & memoir. Fans of Philip K. Dick will find Ubik. There is also Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five. But the most attractive offer is Wool Omnibus Edition by Hugh Howey. The book collects all five volumes of the bestselling Wool hi-tech series, and costs only $1.99.
Many authors who publish directly to Kindle Store want to benefit from a bargain hype and decrease prices of their books – or even make them free. These free books are not listed on an official Black Friday Kindle deals page, but it doesn’t change the fact that they are attractive, not only when it comes to prices.
You can browse for free Kindle books on Twitter, using tags #kindle and #free, or just go to the list of Top Kindle Bestsellers (right column) and find out which free books enjoy most downloads. This is what I’m doing pretty often.
I’ve found a couple of great titles on a list. Love Will Find a Way by the New York Times bestseller author Barbara Freethy is currently at #1. Other recommended books: The Devil’s Deep by Michael Wallace, and Ten Shades of Sexy – a special collection of love scenes from erotica books by 10 authors, including Kathryn Shay and Julie Ortolon.
In a November edition of this monthly selection of discounted books there are more bestsellers than usual, so it’s good to browse through the titles. The list includes Oliver Pötzsch’s The Hangman’s Daughter, Jeffrey Archer’s Only Time Will Tell, and The Righteous by Michael Wallace.
This is a special list with extra titles discounted before the Black Friday week – and it remains valid until December 5, so there is still some time to make a decision. The Detachment by Barry Eisler is on the list, as well as J. Carson Black’s The Shop, and Already Gone by John Rector.
A couple of days ago 5 recently published books from a blogger Freeman Hall were added to Black Friday Kindle deals. Good to check if you’re looking for books on the humorous side of the shelf.
Also featured in Black Friday Kindle deals. Two romance novels by Tiffany Reisz, The Siren, and its sequel The Angel, are 70% off for Black Friday.
If you’re looking not only for Kindle ebooks, but also Kindle accessories, you should look further than Black Friday Store. You won’t find a lot there. In fact, on Amazon there are a lot of discounted products that do not enter any promotional channel like Gold Box, and have to be discovered by users themselves.
Yesterday we collected 10 affordable Kindle covers. They come from trusted brands and are priced $15 or less. They are currently discounted by 25% to 67%, so if you’re using Black Friday time to hunt for good accessories, the list seems to be a good destination.
The shining star of Black Friday from Barnes & Noble is Nook Simple Touch, which got a $40 price cut and costs today only $59. You can buy it only in Barnes & Noble stores – the discount doesn’t apply to online purchases. The promotion runs while supplies last, so if you really want to leave the store with an e-reader in your bag, you’d better get up early. One customer can buy up to 5 devices.
The good starting point to online Nook bargains is the Black Friday home page on Barnes & Noble site. Below you’ll find deals for Nook books and accessories.
The list includes 73 titles. From what I’ve checked, most of the titles have both print and Nook editions. The titles are, in my opinion, more attractive than ones in the Kindle Store. You can get, for instance Emily Giffin’s Where We Belong ($14.99), or Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young ($12.99).
A list of 55 discounted titles for kids and teens. Different formats, including Nook editions. Books from James Dashner, Pittacus Lore, and Neal Shusterman are here.
You can get Lyra Light in Ice for $7.47, instead of $14.95, or Nook Simple Touch adapter for $4.97.
It’s hard to find out how much you can save, until you open accessory’s detail page, but actually a lot of these accessories are discounted. For instance, you can get Jack Spade Novelty Eyes in Red cover for $29.50. It has been recently marked down from $59.
As I said, no info about discounts is available on the results page, but once you open a single accessory’s info page, you’ll be surprised with a saving. You can save 50% on Kate Spade Rain or Shine Magazine Cover. It costs only $14.75, instead of a regular price $29.50.
Vera Bradley bags and accessories are 20% off during Black Friday, and I found three very stylish tablet covers that are $30.40 instead of $38.
The book featured today is Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes. The price is $0.99 (unusually low) and you can save 87% if you buy the book today. Unfortunately, there is no Nook Daily Find Families today, which is a bit surprising. Let’s see if Cyber Monday will bring more bargains.
You can also browse through the list of over 150 books that are priced $10 or less. The list is sorted by price, from lowest to highest.
On Monday Kobo will open Cyber Monday store, where you will be able to shop select titles discounted by 80%, 50%, and 30%. The books will be on sale from midnight to 11:59 PM on Monday. Only customers from USA and Canada will be eligible to benefit from this promotion. We’ll be covering the deal, so stay with us.
In the meanwhile, here are current bargains on Kobo to explore.
Bestsellers from Pan Macmillan, Faber and Faber, Bloomsbury and Cannongate, are offered at reduced prices. The highest discount is 40%, but you can expect to get some 25% on average. There are several titles from David Baldacci and Jeffrey Archer on the list. Our recommendations: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green for $15.98 (28% off), and Umbrella by Will Self for $27.54 (28% off).
This list is ongoing, and you can find here bestsellers with their prices being temporarily reduced. Patricia Cornwell, Ken Follet, Vince Flynn, and Clive Cussler books are here.
Again, this is not Black Friday special. You can get back to this section any time you want. The prices are from $0.99 to $4.99. Choke Collar: Positron, Episode Two by Margaret Atwood is available for $2.99. You’ll pay the same price for A Face in the Crowd by Stephen King & Stewart O’Nan.
A couple of other ebook deals from around the web.
Shop Marware store until Sunday midnight, and you will save 30% on any cover you buy. Use promo code blackfriday2012 at checkout. Additionally, Black Friday Bundle offers are up to $45 off.
Pad & Quill is a producer of gorgeous, handmade cases for Kindles, tablets and smartphones. Currently a couple of covers is on sale. You can get Fire Keeper for Kindle Fire for $49.99, or Mini Keeper for Kindle Touch for $44.99
CaseCrown runs a promo for their iPad Mini and Kindle Fire cases. You can get a 25% discount, if you use getyours promo code at checkout. The offer is valid through November 30.
In the special offers section of Proporta, the producer of great tablet, smartphone and e-reader covers, I’ve spotted a price cut on a Kindle 4 Leather Style Protective Cover. Current price is $26.95. There are more discounts to discover.
Several covers and cases get price cut on Tuff-Luv website, Kindle covers are among them.
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I hope I covered all most important deals on ebooks, ebook devices and accessories. Please suggest in the comments if there is anything missing. We’ll be sharing them throughout the day on Ebook Friendly’s social media channels: Twitter and Facebook.