Amazon is at it again, offering us discounts on Kindle books, making ebooks even more affordable. Kindle Countdown Deals are limited time offers on books, giving discounts off of the retail price. Kindle First gives you early access to books before their publication date plus a deep discount. These recent announcements make for sweet deals on Kindle books and may even help you save money on Audible books as well.
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Kindle Countdown Deals
Kindle Countdown Deals are like Amazon’s Lightning Deals, but for Kindle books. Countdown Deal promotional prices come complete with a countdown clock telling you how much time you have left before the discount disappears.
You can see which books are included on the Kindle Countdown Deals page at Amazon’s website. Countdown Deals range from one hour to seven days and only books that are exclusive to the Kindle format are eligible for the deals. As of this writing, Countdown Deals are only available in the US Amazon store.
Publishers are required to discount the price of books by at least $1 to qualify a book for a Countdown Deal, but all of the discounts I saw were significant. Many books were reduced in price from prices such as $13.95 down to $0.99.
As an added incentive for you to check out Countdown Deals, you can combine the discount on a Countdown Deal with the discount given for Whispersync for Voice enabled Audible books. For example, the book Elizabeth Street, by Laura Fabiano, is being offered as a Countdown Deal at $2.99, marked down from $15.99. The price of the Audible audiobook version of the book becomes $1.99 with the Whispersync for Voice discount, instead of $9.79. By using the Countdown Deal and Whispersync for Voice discount you would pay $4.98 rather than $25.78 for both versions of the book, a savings of $20.80.
You can search Countdown Deals by genre, customer rating and keywords. You can also see which books have Whispersync for Voice available. As of this writing, 825 books are available as Countdown Deals of which 447 are rated four stars and higher and 38 have Whispersync for Voice enabled.
Amazon is giving customers early access to Kindle books with its new Kindle First program allowing you to select one book a month to buy prior to the publication date. In addition to early access to the book, you can also get significant savings off of the price of the book: each Kindle First book is priced at $1.99.
Amazon editors pick four books each month to include in Kindle First and you can purchase one of the four at a discount. If you want any of the other three books you can pre-order them at the regular pre-order price and they will be automatically delivered to your Kindle or Kindle app on the publication date. Check out which books are available each month on the Kindle First page at Amazon.
You can sign up for an email subscription to be notified each month when new books are offered from Kindle First. The email subscription is free and you have no obligation to buy any of the books.
Because the books are available pre-publication, you may not be able to discover whether the books will have Audible versions and Whispersync for Voice available. None of the first four books offered in November list an Audible book as being available.
This month’s Kindle First offerings include books in the categories of general fiction, mystery, romance and inspiration. The inspiration book, We Will Survive, tells the stories of people who were inspired by Gloria Gaynor’s classic song, I Will Survive.
From the editor: “A Holocaust survivor. Families of 9/11 victims. People devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. There were also powerful contributions from victims of domestic violence and child abuse, and those who faced the loss of loved ones. All of these disparate people came to Gloria’s song at that pivotal moment in their lives and persevered as a result.”
Kindle First Free for Amazon Prime Members
Amazon Prime members can get one Kindle First book free per month. Free, as in you pay nothing. Zero. Zilch. If you want more than one book, you can pre-order the book for delivery to your Kindle or Kindle app on the publication date and pay the pre-order price for the book.
Kindle Matchbook Now Available
Good news! Kindle Matchbook has been launched. Matchbook is Amazon’s program to give you discounts on Kindle versions of print books you previously purchased from Amazon.
Read more about Matchbook at: News from Amazon: Kindle MatchBook and the New Paperwhite!
Have you discovered any books using Countdown Deals? Have you combined Countdown Deals with the Whispersync for Voice discount? Did you get a Kindle First book for November? Are you a fan of Gloria Gaynor’s song, I Will Survive? Let us know in the Comments section below!