Kindle book deals – a quick and complete guide

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Kindle book deals - a complete guide

Find all the most important facts and tips about Kindle book deals in this handy overview.

Each day a couple of hundreds of titles are available in the Kindle Store at deal prices. Sometimes the book is discounted for only one day, sometimes for a few days, but usually no longer than a month.

The prices of the books are cut by up to 85%. However, the average savings are 50% at most. The average deal price of the Kindle book is between $1.99 and $2.99.

In this post, we will list all the deals in the Kindle Store, together with tips and important facts:

When you check out the Kindle Store, before or after buying the Kindle e-reader or Fire tablet, you may have the impression there are a lot of different Kindle deals everywhere. In fact, there are a few of them, presented in different combinations across the entire Kindle Store.

The most convenient way to find out what’s currently available at discounted prices is to visit Kindle Daily Deals page. You will see here all today’s deals, but also featured books and links to other deal sections.

There are three things all the deals on Kindle ebooks have in common. It’s good that you know them. You’ll be able to evaluate right away the attractiveness of the deals for you.

  • few bestsellers from major publishers – the bestselling books from the Big 5 publishers rarely get into the deal section of the Kindle Store,
  • most books are published in the Amazon ecosystem – these books were either self-published in Amazon’s KDP, or published by one of Amazon’s imprints,
  • most books are exclusive to Amazon – the books published in the Amazon ecosystem are usually available only in the Kindle Store and in no other ebookstore,

In other words, don’t expect the hot new bestsellers like Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman to be featured in any of the deal sections in the Kindle Store.

What you can assume is that if the book comes from a major publisher such as HarperCollins or Simon & Schuster (or their divisions) and costs above $10, there is a little chance its price will ever go down to $2.99 or below.

There is another reason why the hottest bestsellers are picked for Kindle deals very rarely. It’s the psychology of a deal. By offering the product at a discounted price, the seller wants the customer to visit the store – and buy other products. If the top bestseller is available at a bargain price, you will leave the store with just this one title purchased.

So, are the Kindle ebook deals any good?

If you read books occasionally, don’t expect the Kindle deals to become the most important way to grow your Kindle book collection. You should only pick up the books that are of real interest to you. Don’t let the price dictate you what to read.

Things look different if you read a lot of books. For someone who buys several books a month, one or two bestsellers are simply not enough. Therefore, you are willing to discover new titles writer by new authors. There is a risk, however, that you won’t like them. Grabbing the book at $1.99 is a good way to explore the works of the author that is new to you. You can find a lot of such books in deal sections of the Kindle Store.

Do you have any question related to Kindle ebook deals or would like to share your experience? Leave a note in the comment section, and give our readers and us a chance to learn and discuss.

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A complete guide to Kindle book deals

Kindle Daily Deals

Kindle Daily Deals - landing page

The first Kindle Daily Deal was offered on August 24, 2011. Since that time, KDD has become the most famous and popular deal section of the Kindle Store.

In the first year, one book was offered every day, usually from a popular category, such as mystery, romance, or literary fiction.

Since August 2012, at least four books are featured every day. The prices are usually between $0.99 and $2.99. Sometimes they are grouped by category (kids, fantasy, romance, crime, etc.).

The usual savings are between 40% and 80%. As I wrote earlier, most of the Kindle Store deals feature the books published within the Amazon ecosystem. Most of these books are priced below $10, usually between $3.99 and $6.99. Therefore, the average saving is closer to %40 than to %80.

I’m frequently checking the Kindle Daily Deals landing page, and I must admit it’s not my favorite deal section of the Kindle Store. For five years, I’ve checked the deal hundreds of times but bought only a few books.

What you have to keep in mind is that KDD is aimed not at allowing the customers to buy attractive books at attractive prices, but at luring the customers to the store so that they would also buy other Kindle books or products from other categories.

International availability

The books featured on Amazon.com Kindle Daily deal can be bought by all customers, those who live in the US, and abroad.

There are two geographic restrictions for international customers, though:

  • the books may not be available for sale in certain countries – you may see the book in the KDD section, but you won’t be able to buy it – the message on the product detail page says “currently unavailable,”
  • the books may be available but not at deal prices – logged in international customers may see the deal price on KDD but when they go to the detail page, the displayed price will be regular.

Kindle Daily Deals are not specific to the US Kindle Store. If you shop in Amazon stores localized in different countries, you may also find daily deals for Kindle ebooks.

Here is the directory of Kindle book deals by country. Please note, that in different countries the deals are organized differently. For instance, in Germany you’ll find weekly and monthly deals, but no daily offers.

Ways to connect

There are several ways to find out what are the current daily deals in the Kindle Store. Many third-party sites offer Kindle deals, as well, but this is the topic for another post.

Below, you’ll find ways to connect with Kindle Daily Deals via official Amazon channels:

  • visit the home page Kindle Daily Deals – if you bookmark this page in your browser, you can have a quick and easy access; if I were to bookmark a single deal section, it would be KDD – on this page you’ll find the link to other Kindle deals across the Amazon website,
  • subscribe to Kindle Daily Deals email newsletter – you will get an email once a day with all the featured titles and other connected deals,
  • follow @amazon on Twitter – most attractive Kindle Daily Deals are shared from this official Amazon profile.

Monthly Kindle Deals $3.99 or Less

Monthly Kindle Deals $3.99 or Less

It’s my favorite way to search for discounted Kindle titles.

Opposite to Kindle Daily Deals, where you should check out the offer every day if you don’t want to miss any good book, the monthly offer is valid from the first to the last day of each month.

Therefore, you’ll just need to visit the Amazon store once a month to find the book worth buying.

The number of featured books ranges from under 100 to over 1,000. November is usually the month with the biggest number of books.

When there are 500 books or more, the section gets its own bestseller list. This is a very useful feature, as it lets find the best of the best in an instant.

You’ll find the link to bestsellers in Monthly Kindle Deals $3.99 or Less home page. Just scroll down the page a bit to reveal the section “Best Sellers in Monthly Deals.”

What’s also very useful is that monthly deals can be searched using the search box, which is set by default to narrow search results to this section only (see screenshot below).

Monthly Kindle Deals $3.99 or less - searching for books

The books in Monthly Kindle Deals $3.99 or Less are selected by Amazon editors. In this section, you can find the biggest number of Kindle bestsellers. It’s also where there is the biggest number of discounted books published outside the Amazon ecosystem. Only one-fourth of the books featured as monthly deals are Kindle Unlimited eligible – that means published inside Amazon.

International availability

The monthly deals in the Amazon.com store are available for both US and international customers.

However, some geographical restrictions may apply to users shopping from outside the US. The book may not be available for sale or its price on a detail page will be higher than stated in the monthly deals section.

The similar deal category can be found in the UK Amazon store. The section is called Kindle Monthly Deals, and the books cost £1.99 each. The new offer is revealed at 12:00 am on the first Tuesday of the month and expires at 11:59 pm on the first Monday of the following month.

Ways to connect

If you are interested in the monthly deals, you’ll have three convenient ways to check out the new offers:

  • visit Monthly Kindle Deals $3.99 or Less in your browser – I set a reminder that triggers at the beginning of every month. I’ve pasted into the reminder a link to the monthly deals, so that I don’t need to search for the url address,
  • subscribe to Kindle Monthly Delivers – this monthly newsletter will be sent to your email address and will inform about editors’ picks, new releases, and the monthly deals, among other topics. Here is the sign-up page of Kindle Monthly Delivers,
  • subscribe to bestsellers in Monthly Kindle Deals $3.99 or Less – this bestseller list, just like any other bestseller list on Amazon, offers an RSS feed of the items that enter the top 10. The feed is being updated a couple of times a day. You can grab it here: RSS feed of Monthly Kindle Deals $3.99 or Less.

Kindle Countdown Deals

Kindle Countdown Deals

Kindle Countdown Deals is the largest single directory of the Kindle ebooks that are currently discounted.

The catalog includes hundreds or thousands of books, depending on the time of the year. The closer it is to Christmas, the more books are offered at reduced prices.

All the titles are exclusive to Amazon. More specifically, they are books sold by authors using Amazon’s self-publishing platform called Kindle Direct Publishing.

In other words, these deals are not offered by Amazon editors, but by self-published authors themselves.

Why “Countdown Deals?” It’s because of the mechanism of a sale. The detail page of the book included in the Countdown Deals features a countdown clock that shows how much time there is left until the price goes up.

Kindle Countdown Deals - a detail page of the included Kindle ebook

Usually, the price goes up gradually. In the beginning, it’s set to $0.99, in the next few days it’s raised to $1.99, then to $2.99, and then to its original level.

The books included in the Countdown Deals are not that attractive as the monthly deals. It can be easily explained. Authors are using the Countdown Deals to promote the books, gather ratings, reviews, in order to jump up in the Kindle Store bestseller rankings. Therefore, you will rarely find here the books with a large number of reviews, but the ratings are usually positive.

In the left sidebar, you will be able to narrow down the results to a specific category. From what I’ve seen, in the Countdown Deals you’ll find the books from literally every Kindle Store category.

What’s more, you can also learn here which Kindle Singles and Kindle Short Reads have reduced prices.

The Kindle Countdown Deals home page starts with featured sections (popular authors or genres), but if you scroll down, you’ll reach the full list of titles. From here you can sort the titles by price or average review (see screenshot below).

Kindle Countdown Deals - entire list of titles

International availability

Kindle Countdown Deals are offered on Amazon.com website. Both US and foreign users are eligible to buy the books at discounted prices. However, there may be some geographic restrictions set by authors. In this case, the international user may not find the book in the Kindle Countdown Deals section, or won’t be able to buy it.

If you shop in Amazon.co.uk, you will also be able to benefit from the deals offered by self-publishers. Here is the homepage of Kindle Countdown Deals UK.

Ways to connect

There is no way to subscribe by email, so there is only one way left: to check out Kindle Countdown Deals home page from time to time.

I usually check out the Countdown Deals at the beginning of each month, together with Monthly Kindle Deals $3.99 or Less.

Digital Deals

The deals listed above are specific to the Kindle Store, but you can also find Kindle deals elsewhere on Amazon website.

As you probably know, every day Amazon Gold Box lists hundreds of deals on products from several categories. One of the categories – Digital Deals – includes digital items at reduced prices, such as songs, videos, games – and ebooks.

Simply, go to Digital Deals home page, and find on the right side the drop-down menu in the “Featured Digital Deals” section.

From the drop-down menu select “Kindle ebooks” to check out what’s currently available (see screenshot below).

Deals on Kindle ebooks can be found on Amazon Gold Box

Usually, no more than ten titles are listed. They are different from books included in the daily deals or monthly deals.

When it comes to timeframe, the Kindle ebooks included in Digital Deals are valid for a couple of days, just like any other item featured in Amazon Gold Box.

An important thing to mention is that in the same section you can also find the deals for Audible audiobooks. Scroll down the page to reveal the section devoted to Audible deals. You’ll also find here links to Audible Audiobooks homepage.

Ways to connect

You can check out the Digital Deals in one of the following ways:

  • navigate from Amazon Gold Box homepage – in the top navigation bar, find Digital Deals on the far right side,
  • subscribe to Amazon’s daily deals via email – here is the sign up page – what you need to know is that you won’t be able to select a deal category, like “Kindle” or “Audiobooks”. You’ll receive all the featured deals from Amazon Gold Box,
  • follow Amazon Gold Box deals via RSS channel – this is probably the most popular way to get updated with all that’s new in the Gold Box. The major benefit of the RSS is that, unlike an email that is being sent once a day, you will get the new deal to RSS as it happens. Here is the RSS feed to grab.

Kindle First

Kindle First - each month pick up one book before its official release date

Kindle First is the least known of the Kindle deals. However, the deal is worth checking. You can access the books exclusive to Kindle Store, and ahead of the others.

Each month, Amazon editors select a few books. Users can pick up one of them for $1.99.

The biggest advantage of Kindle First is that the selected books are available before their official release dates. Each of these books will be launched during the current month.

Not every Amazon customer has access to Kindle First. You will need to sign up separately to the Kindle First newsletter. By doing this, you’ll become eligible to purchase a Kindle First title at a reduced price. The newly released set of books will be sent to you by email at the beginning of each month.

Kindle First is most useful for Amazon Prime members. When you join Prime, you won’t pay $1.99 for the selected book. You will pick it up for free.

International availability

In Amazon.com, Kindle First is available only for US customers.

The deal is also available for UK customers shopping on Amazon.co.uk. Kindle First UK lets buy one book a month for £0.99. UK Amazon Prime get it for free.

Ways to connect

Once you sign up to Kindle First, you will be able to check the new deal using one of the following ways:

  • from your browser – simply, visit the Kindle First page, log in to you Amazon account, and add a book to your cart or buy it with the 1-Click option,
  • via Kindle First email newsletter – you will get notified of the new Kindle First offer by receiving an email at the beginning of each month,
  • on an Amazon Fire tablet – tap “Books”, then “Store” / “More to Explore” / “Kindle First,”
  • on a Kindle e-reader: tap or select “Shop in Kindle Store”, and then “Kindle First.”

50 Kindle Book Deals for $2 Each

50 Kindle Book Deals for 2 Each

This section lists books that appear in daily or monthly deals. So, this is not a separate deal, but rather an another way to explore the existing ones.

50 Kindle Book Deals for 2 Each features books from popular categories: mystery & thrillers, romance, and literary fiction. Usually, entire book series are featured here, so if you want to collect all the volumes from your favorite sci-fi saga or crime novel series, the price of under $2 for each title is pretty attractive.

From time to time, Amazon includes the section in the Kindle Daily Deals or temporary deals. Otherwise, it’s rather hard to find the section in the Kindle Store, unless you have it bookmarked in your browser.

The offer is being changed every month, what is also a proof the section is another way to explore Monthly Kindle Deals $3.99 or Less.

Ways to connect

I haven’t found an email subscription, so if you want to keep track of what’s new, you can add the bookmark to 50 Kindle Book Deals for $2 Each in your browser.

If you know of any other way to get notified of this deal section, please leave a hint in the comments below.

Temporary Kindle book deals

Temporary Kindle book deals

All the deals listed above are ongoing ones. When you visit any of the deal pages, you should be able to see the current offer.

On Amazon, you can also find Kindle book deals that run temporarily. Usually, they are tied to Amazon’s seasonal offers:

  • spring cleaning deals,
  • Prime Day deals,
  • Black Friday and Countdown to Black Friday deals,
  • pre-Christmas deals, such as 12 Days of Deals,
  • Year-end deals.

Ways to connect

Any of the Kindle deals that are offered as a part of the temporary promotions will be included in the Kindle Daily Deals section.

You will also be able to find them listed on Amazon Gold Box. If you subscribe to Kindle Monthly Delivers, you’ll most probably get notified of these temporary deals as well.

As I mentioned above, the best way to explore Kindle ebook deals is to visit frequently Kindle Daily Deals. However, some deals, naming only Kindle First, are not featured here.

For your convenience, I’ve put together all the deals below. If you are planning to check them out quite often, bookmark the pages in your browser for quick access.

  • Kindle Daily Deals – every day, at least four titles are offered for prices between $0.99 and $2.99,
  • Monthly Kindle Deals $3.99 or Less – the deal opens on the first day of each month and is replaced the next month,
  • Kindle Countdown Deals – the largest list of discounted Kindle books, with up to 2 thousand titles,
  • Digital Deals – a good way to check out the deals for Audible audiobooks, plus there are a few Kindle ebooks as well.
  • Kindle First – each month a few books are available in advance of their official release date – you can pick up one of them for $1.99,
  • 50 Kindle Book Deals for $2 Each – select Kindle books from popular categories are available at reduced prices.

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