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Initial post: Sep 26, 2010 3:44:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 31, 2010 9:46:47 AM PDT
RandomizeME says:
(Edit Oct 31) Before you post to this thread, please read this:

"This thread is NOT a book promotion thread for authors, or for people to post about indies. (And it's not for posting freebies either.) This thread is to post discounts and price drops that readers find for books from publishers."

Yes we complain all the time about inflated eBook prices, but if you pay attention to the prices, Amazon frequently discounts / price drops many books by as much as 90% all the time (for a limited period of course). I've collected many of these ebook links in some posts on my blog, and almost all of them are from the $0.89 to $2.99 range. (I was going to add this to the 2.00 thread, but I noticed that they were populated by just authors advertising their books.)

(Updated) Link to relevant posts ->

There's more discounted books everyday, the problem really is just keeping up with them before the prices revert to normal. If you find any good books that are discounted, add them here! Or check out the post link above to check out the other books.

For example: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is 74% OFF at only $3.96 now.
Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer is 65% OFF at $4.84 now. I grew up reading her charming romances.
Forbidden Falls by Robyn Carr is 64% OFF at $2.84. I like Robyn Carr's romances.

- RandomizeME (a blog for freebies & bargains)

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 6:06:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2010 7:10:11 PM PDT
RandomizeME says:
I'd been tracking this one, happy to see the price has dropped:
Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey at 79% OFF at $2.99.
It's about a girl vigilante who's the child of a "Wolf-Man" - "one of a group of men genetically-manipulated and used by the US government as a weapon." It was $9.99 last time I checked.

I've been looking at Brandon Sanderson's other books since he got on my radar co-writing Robert Jordan's The Gathering Storm. His fantasy novel Warbreaker is now $2.99 (63% OFF) - it was $15.37 when I started tracking it.

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie starring a curvy heroine also dropped the price from $7.99 to $2.99 (63% OFF).

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 7:55:11 PM PDT
RandomizeME ... thanks for the information. I am really fond of Robyn Carr and will have to take advantage of "Forbidden Falls" for only $2.64.

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 8:04:48 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
I'd also recommending using They'll send you an e-mail when a title you specify drops, and you can see recent drops there (that other people requested) as well.

Pretty effortless way to keep track...

Bufo Calvin
Amazon Author Central page:

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 12:29:11 AM PDT
I looked up all the titles I had bought for bargain prices this last year, but all of them have gone back up to normal prices since then. So don't have any books to add. This does underline though that if a book you've been interested in goes on sale like this to take advantage and buy it, even if it's a book you don't plan to read for quite a while. It's worth it to get the savings!

I've bought 10 books this last year at radically reduced prices. It's all a matter of timing in being able to take advantage of it, but it does really support the value of owning a Kindle. It's not unusual to find remainder hardcovers for cheap prices, but it's pretty rare to find a paperback on sale for dirt cheap (outside of used bookstores anyway)!

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 12:38:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 7, 2010 8:09:31 AM PDT
RandomizeME says:
I've been wanting to buy this book for a while now, but was holding out since I thought that $24.95 was too much to pay - glad to see it's $1.50 today!

Crossing Hitler : The Man Who Put the Nazis on the Witness Stand by Benjamin Carter Hett

Also, The Forger: An Extraordinary Story of Survival in Wartime Berlin by Cioma Schönhaus is discounted to $1.43 (previously $9.99). It's the memoir of a man who was a graphic artist in Nazi Germany, and who risked his life "forging documents for people fleeing the Reich."

- RandomizeME (a blog for freebies & bargains)

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 3:54:15 PM PDT
mm says:
thank you for posting these

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 4:50:09 PM PDT
Dang. In Cold Blood is one of my favorites!

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 8:06:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 7, 2010 8:10:05 AM PDT
RandomizeME says:
Any fans of Gregory Maguire (Wicked)? His children's fairytale book What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy is discounted to just $1.24 now (82% OFF).

Also fans of Alyson Noël? Her paranormal Evermore: The Immortals is just $2.99 (70% OFF).

Douglas Adams' The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (5 books in 1 collection) is just $9.99 (digital list price was $20.00)

p.s. I've also posted a whole bunch of massively discounted children/teen/YA books for those who might want some savings for their kids/teens who share your Kindles. Link here:

- RandomizeME (a blog for freebies & bargains)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2010 8:44:37 PM PDT
Carla says:
What a great bunch of YA books. I'm always on the lookout for good quality young adult fiction to introduce my classes to (and friends with kids to Kindle ;-) Unfortunately not one was available for Australian readers. Curses!

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 1:31:07 AM PDT
Went to buy Forbidden Falls and surprise surprise not available to Australian readers. Bummer!

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 7:14:54 AM PDT
Amanda says:
I have a feeling that YA book list is going to get me in trouble when it comes to trying to keep to my book budget!

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 7:52:34 AM PDT
saraf says:
Thanks for this post! I grabbed What the Dickens and while I was at it, Leaping Beauty too. I love Gregory Maguire! Very excited that the Hitchhiker's Guide books in one volume will be out in a couple days...I had done a search for Douglas Adams to start buying the series for my Kindle (who's name is Trillian, fancy that!) and found it was going to be released with all five books for $9.99 and of course pre-ordered! YAY!

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 8:32:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2010 8:36:46 AM PDT
RandomizeME says:
Anyone into history? I just got this for my dad - the Roosevelt memoir Too Close to the Sun by Curtis Roosevelt which is just $1.85 (the digital list price was $29.95). That's 90% savings.

Info on the book (Amazon):
"Curtis Roosevelt was three when he and his sister, Eleanor, arrived at the White House soon after their grandfather's inauguration. The country's "First Grandchildren," a pint-sized double act, they were known to the media as "Sistie and Buzzie." In this rich memoir, Roosevelt brings us into "the goldfish bowl," as his family called it - that glare of public scrutiny to which all presidential households must submit. He recounts his misadventures as a hapless kid in an unforgivably formal setting and describes his role as a tiny planet circling the dual suns of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Blending self-abasement, humor, awe and affection, Too Close to the Sun is an intimate portrait of two of the most influential and inspirational figures in modern American history-and a thoughtful exploration of the emotional impact of growing up in their irresistible aura."

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 8:43:30 AM PDT
A.Bennett says:
Great thread! Just finished " The Lodger " a freebie, very good. Love Gregory Maguire and am going to pick up " What the Dickens...." plus love history, so will also pick up " Too Close to the Sun ", then am going to check out the Kindle AM I GOING TO READ????? Too much fun....

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 9:32:15 AM PDT
Rose4U says:
This collection is .99 from 4.79
The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night (1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS) also called The Arabian Nights. All 16 volumes (mobi)

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 7:12:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2010 7:13:57 PM PDT
RandomizeME says:
Swedish crime writers are big right now. One of the popular/respected ones is Henning Mankell whose The Man Who Smiled (Kurt Wallander Mysteries) is currently discounted to $3.46 (77% savings)

Another Henning Mankell book Kennedy's Brain: A Novel is just $2.87 now. (Digital List Price was $26.95)

* I also searched out a bunch of bargains for serious-business people (mystery/crime/nonfiction) like my dad (ex. Nevil Shute, etc) if you want to check them out. Link:

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 7:14:21 AM PDT
RandomizeME says:
My sister thinks they're lame, but I like collecting the Chicken Soup books...

Chicken Soup for the Soul (The Book of Christmas Virtues: Inspirational Stories to Warm the Heart) is discounted to $1.90 (Digital List Price was $18.95)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2010 10:54:23 AM PDT
A.Bennett says:
RandomizeME: Thanks for this tip, I LOVE Henning Mankell, have read just about all this books, but not this one! just ordered it.
Thanks again!

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 11:13:50 AM PDT
HELP! I tried looking for the site and keep coming up empty handed.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2010 4:13:45 PM PDT
RandomizeME says:

This is the link for KindleIQ -> (not sure how long they can keep the name though, I know that Amazon has been sending out notices to sites to not use "Kindle" as part of their site names).

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 4:49:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 29, 2010 4:52:04 PM PDT
A. says:
RandomizeME, thanks for starting this. I was just thinking about a thread that talked about bargains rather than a specific price, and voila, here it is. I bought the "Tooth Fairy" book the other day. What a steal.
The other bargain I just got was Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts. It is now $5.99. It has been $9.99 for the longest time.
Also, Ken Follet's The Pillars of the Earth is $6.99. That's a lot of book for the money. :)

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 5:39:56 PM PDT
A. says:
One more bargain that has been on my wishlist and just dropped in price is Max Brooks' World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. It is now $6.36. Down from $9.99. And darnit. I also noticed that The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead is down to $5.69. I just paid $9.99 for that about 2 weeks ago. I've had the physical book forever, but I figured I really needed a portable copy. You never know. ;)

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 12:19:08 AM PDT
RandomizeME says:

Thanks for adding bargains! I was feeling a little lonely. I love Max Brook's World War Z, and I was so happy when I heard it got optioned for a movie by Brad Pitt. Unfortunately, there's been no news since then...

P.S. This isn't really a bargain, but just in case there are scholars here or students who might be interested, the British Library has put up digitized copies of ancient manuscripts from their library. Great for students I think. Link:

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2010 3:40:49 AM PDT

I gave a paper copy of the Zombie Survival Guide to my best friend a couple years ago. I've told her that by giving it to her she's now responsible for our survival come the zombie apocalypse. (We've already determined that neither of us is living in a good place to defend against zombie attack, alas.) But maybe I really should get my own Kindle copy now...
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