Reading on the Cheap: The Kindle Daily Deal

I am starting a new series of posts where I highlight fun (or, you know, really good) inexpensive books available on kindle – or strategies for finding them… this is only an introduction!

For Those Times When I Can’t Borrow A Book Off My Sister’s Bookshelf…

I resisted buying a kindle for a long time. I love physical books! It felt wrong. Yet somewhere along the way, I began to waver. I travel often and I have also moved apartments more times than I care to remember over the past couple years. A Kindle started to look better and better. My boyfriend finally got tired of my hemming and hawing and got me one for Christmas two and a half years ago.

And I have loved it! But it has definitely been an expensive addition to my life. The sudden ability to buy books immediately and for free?! DANGER, WILL ROBINSON! However I’ve learned that there are many free or inexpensive books available for kindle – and these are books that I actually want to read! I apologize to those of you for whom this is old news, but I wanted to share my own experiences. So without further ado, my strategies and recommendations!

Kindle Daily Deals

With kindle daily deals, you can sign up to receive an e-mail from Amazon each day alerting you to a featured book which is being offered for 24 hours (daily deal!) from somewhere in the range of $0.99 to $1.99.

If you have a kindle and aren’t already signed up for these e-mails, I recommend you do so immediately! The selections are varied. Some mornings, I eagerly open my e-mail only to find I have been given the exciting opportunity to inexpensively purchase a book on volleyball technique. (That might be a stretch, but not much of one… no offense to volleyball players!)

But every now and then, there’s a book being offered that I do want to read! As an example, here are some of the books I’ve purchased through the kindle daily deal over the past year:







The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness – all three were available for $0.99 each one glorious day









Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke – I was super excited this particular morning!










Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West - a Stephen Ambrose classic!










Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Scorpio Races, which I reviewed here.

The downside here is that you get yet another daily e-mail. Though for what it’s worth, the Amazon Daily Deal is one e-mail I am really excited to see. (Here’s the other!) And of course, as I warned you previously, they are very hit-or-miss! But being of an optimistic frame-of-mind, I never get too disappointed when I go through a stretch of having zero interest in any of the featured books – after all, there’s always tomorrow!