How I find great kindle deals.

How I find great Kindle deals | Modern Mrs Darcy

I’ve always tried to share great Kindle deals on facebook and twitter, but there have been so many recently (for summer reading season, perhaps?) I decided to make a permanent page for them here on the blog. View it here.

You can bookmark the page, or visit the blog to check it. I won’t necessarily update it daily. (Sometimes there are great deals to be found, sometimes not.) But if I find something great, I’ll always share it there.

When I share Kindle sales, you always ask how I find them. Here are five ways I  find great Kindle deals: 

1. I get lucky. I blog about books, and spending time on Amazon is part of my daily workflow. When I pop over to link to a book, check a publication date, or verify a subtitle, sometimes I make a happy discovery. When I happen to find a great sale, I share it with you.

2. The publisher or authors tells me. This is another form of getting lucky. Publishers and authors often plan—or at least know about—Amazon’s Kindle promotions. Some sales last for just a day; some last for weeks. Either way, I’m always happy to get a heads-up so I can pass the information along to you.

3. An MMD reader tells me. You guys are great about sharing the book love. Many of you have been kind enough to share the great deals you’ve found with me, so I can share them with you.

4. I check the ebook deal sites. There are tons of these, as well as daily email services, but the only site I regularly use is eReaderIQ. I’ve found choosing the right filters is important: I typically search for books that are on sale for between $0.99 and $6, and are discounted by at least 10%. I check this site a few times per week.

5. I use the “customers who bought this item also bought…” feature on Amazon. I can’t explain why this works, but it does. I start by searching for a book I love and recommend—making sure I’m searching in the Kindle store—and can quickly page through other books I’m likely to enjoy, with their current prices. There will be a lot of duds in the mix, but I find winners often enough to make the search worthwhile.

If you have any tips or tricks for finding great Kindle deals, please share them in comments!

P.S. The budget summer reading guide, and how I make time to read.

Links I love.


a dollar’s worth of happiness from the farmers’ market

I’m experimenting with ways to share great links more often than in my monthly What I’m Into post, and more reliably than Facebook has proven to deliver. Let me know what you think.


• I have a German heritage AND a German minor, and still thought this interview with Luisa Weiss (author of My Berlin Kitchen) about parenting in Germany was chock-full of interesting tidbits.

• I didn’t love How To Tell Toledo from the Night Sky (I’m disappointed, too), but these marriage vows you never hear at weddings but totally should from author Lydia Netzer is perfection. (h/t Vanderbilt Wife)

The longlist for the Man Booker Prize is out. I’ve got some reading to do.

• I clapped and cheered at Deb Perelman’s announcement that she’s writing a second cookbook, because her first became an instant favorite around here. Beautiful photos, recipes that work, terrific writing.

14 signs you’re an old soul. (Me. Me. Me again.)

mmd collage 7.27.14

Best of MMD:

Is Kindle Unlimited worth it? (It depends.)

My photos from the Jane Austen Festival.

A How She Does It story from my real life friend, who holds down an on-site office job, in a non-creative field, and still managed to reconfigure her work schedule just enough to volunteer in her son’s classroom (and make it to the gym).

My new ROYGBIV bookshelves.

Have a great Sunday!

For grammar geeks.

For your Saturday: this video is so much fun for grammar geeks, with references to Prince, the oxford comma, and my husband’s bete noire: there’s no “x” in espresso.

Happy watching, and have a great weekend!

An education-minded summer reading list.

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I know not all of you are parents, and even fewer are homeschoolers. But since we homeschool our kids, I’m over at Simple Homeschool today sharing a summer reading list for homeschooling parents.

(#3 and #4 are for everyone—whether you’re 17, 29, 46, whatever—and all of these books are worthwhile reads for parents, regardless of how they educate their children. Of course, I read #1—aimed squarely at homeschooling parents—when I was twenty-something, childless, and had no intention of homeschooling my kids. Ever. And look where it got me!)

From the post at Simple Homeschool:

For weary homeschooling parents, summer is a great time to rest, re-group, and remember why you chose to homeschool in the first place. I don’t know about you, but nothing kindles my enthusiasm for a subject more effectively than a good book.

Come July, my enthusiasm for homeschooling needs some kindling.

That’s why, every summer, I like to stock my bookshelves (and my beach bag) with books that remind we why we chose this homeschooling path, inspire me to do better, and encourage me for the upcoming school year.

I’ve found these 5 books extremely helpful at times when I needed to be reminded why we do what we do….

Read the rest at Simple Homeschool.

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P.S. While we’re talking good books, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by Shauna Niequist is $.99 right now for Kindle. Highly recommended. Get on that!