Amazon Kindle deals on non-fiction often require work — and never forget the deals will change

Update as of September 22, 2018: Tonight this group of non-fiction books was expanded (by 600% so far) and emphasized as a Kindle option. My guess is that they tested the concept with a small group and have decided to let it rip after seeing the response. Bravo. Just hope it doesn’t lose its focus. Why (for example) three books authored by Joel Osteen? I hope they don’t stop giving the discounts that made this group valuable financially as well as intellectually.

My initial thought is that keeping the selection smaller was more effective. Organization has totally vanished. On the other hand, I may be literally watching the webmaster at work as I can see changes being made. Interesting.

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As I’ve mentioned before, the US website of Amazon has a group of (currently) 45 books that it labels “Great on Kindle.”  They’re drawn from different subject areas: history; health, mind & body; business & investing; biographies & memoirs; and religion & spirituality. Altho some titles have held the Great on Kindle label for lengthy periods, others come and go. Bestseller status in one of the subjects is apt to bring the book into this select group, at least for a while. The normal prices for the designated books range from free (under the Kindle Unlimited program) to fairly hefty.

Within the past month or more, Amazon has begun offering a credit of 40% of the purchase price on books that are not Great on Kindle (and often not even in one of the subjects, altho usually non-fiction) with the credit usable only toward Great on Kindle books. If you buy a lot of books, that credit can mount up.

How do you use this combination of apparently unrelated facts to your benefit? Think before you buy. The current best seller on a subject falling into “politics” is likely to receive the Great on Kindles designation. If you’re eager, you already pre-ordered that book. Stop, think! If you’ve built up a credit from buying other books, you may be able to buy the book for free by simply waiting a short time until that hot book gets the Great on Kindle designation. They will undoubtedly change their pattern but it’s worth pondering whether a short wait might save you $20 or more. [Examples for which this has worked: “Fear” by Bob Woodward, memoirs by John McCain and James Comey, two different books by Anthony Bourdain,

Random comment without a shred of factual support. I glean the editorial choices are being curated by a relatively small group of opinionated (in the nicest way) editors. It’s fun to see what appears to be a personal touch within the Amazon behemoth.

Final quirk. The search term “Great on Kindle” doesn’t work. What I do is keep a few of the semi-perennial members of this elite group on my Kindle Wish List. From there, I can find the list to see what’s currently available. Without that trick, I would find the page only as serendipity.

If you read to the end of this post, congratulations! You are now officially as much of a book (and Amazon Kindle ebook specifically) nerd as I am. Isn’t it fun?

 

 

 

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