Kindle Tips: September's Monthly Kindle Books for $3.99 or less - 210 items currently - listings by Most Popular or by Average Customer Rating. Also, free non-classics by publication date + discounted-book alerts
I highlight this monthly set of deals at or near the beginning of the month for those who don't know about it or might not remember.
Amazon changed the layout of this monthly feature on their U.S. pages, and they no longer call it the '100' monthly books. In fact, this month there are 210 Kindle books, and recently they included an Editors' Choice scroll-box that had 20 Kindle books in it at hefty discounts. This month it has 21 Editors' Choice at the same level of discounts. I also like that the offerings for the month are broken down into separate categories.
For those who want to quickly look first at only the ones that are star-rated at 4 or above, I ran across Amazon's page for exactly that (the image for this blog article is from that page. There are 179 Kindle books in that category.
As of September 4, there are 210 titles overall, though, and separate categories that are highlighted, using Amazon's usual horizontally-scrolling pick-lists, for the following topics that may show fewer titles highlighted on the main page than you'll find if you click on their alternative, vertically-scrolled listing (with sorting options) which they link to via "See all" at the bottom of each horizontally-scrolled category row [ I'm adding direct links to the full category listings ]:
THEN, at the bottom of the new main monthly Kindle book-deals page, they offer the FULL current monthly listing, defaulting to sorting by "New and Popular" and there are 210 in all, currently, but the number may vary.
FREE KINDLE BOOKS (Non-classics) for September (and August)
I've updated the "Temporarily-free books -- Non-classics" search results to show free contemporary Kindle books for SEPTEMBER, sorted by publication-date, as of September 4, 2013. There are only a few shown on the first day or two of any month, and these include pre-orders due that month. On the first few days of the month, most of these are listed as "free preview" of whatever chapters chosen, some are short stories, and a few (overnight) not-entire-family-safe titles may show up.
The Kindle Daily Deal page
for any given day now shows a lot of books since it includes children's books, a couple of genre-specific deals, and the monthly daily deals as well.
DISCOUNTED / Price Dropped Kindle eBooks II - the ongoing Kindle Forum message thread
This is an ongoing message thread in which Kindle owners share information on recent drops in pricing on specific Kindle books, often with some added info by the person posting it.
Here's a link to the thread, starting at a September 3 posting that includes books that are still on sale today September 4, - with the Lucky Harbor Series by Jill Shalvis discounted briefly from $6.64 to $1.99 by Hachette Book Group.
Most of the temporary price drops reported are smaller than usual, but one notable $-drop is still effective as of today, on the same starting page:
Four Sue Grafton Novels (Kinsey Millhone Mystery) in one Kindle book.
Was $31.99, and during the last two days, it's $6.83. A $25.16 price drop. saraf, who posted this, quoted part of an Entertainment Weekly review on this set of four novels from The NY Ties bestselling series featuring "the spunkiest, funniest, and most engaging private investigator in Santa Teresa, California, not to mention the entire detective novel genre."
Following that are many mostly temporary price drop reports from the larger publishers, though the savings are less dramatic. These tend to be very short-term discounts.
That forum topic link is to a specific day to start, in this case, a book alert on Sept 3, as mentioned, but you can look at previous days or keep up with ongoing alerts after that, as Amazon keeps track of the last message# that you read, so that you can start from there next time. While many of the better deals seem around $1.99-$4.99, there are a good number of larger-publishing house deals included (primarily price-matching) that tend to end in a DAY, so you'd need to double-check the current pricing of ANY Kindle books that interest you to see if the discounts are still active.
Again, Kindle book prices are discounted for only a very short time, too often, and are promos, and that's another reason to watch the list. Most of the large-publisher discounts last only one or two days even when they originate the discount.
DISCOUNTS ON ACCESSORIES Amazon's current pages (some, ongoing) on accessories for Kindle e-Reader and Kindle Fire
1. Up to 50% (higher discount as a "Spring Sale: than usual) on covers for Kindle eReaders
2. Up to 50% on covers for Kindle Fire (Gen 2) and Kindle Fire HD tablets
Current Kindle Models for reference, plus free-ebook search links.