How I find great kindle deals.

How I find great kindle deals.

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: 

How I find great Kindle deals | Modern Mrs Darcy

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.

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33 comments

  1. EricaM says:

    You can find a lot of classics over on Project Gutenberg. Or, if you like audiobooks, Librivox. (Although that’s hit or miss. I was listening to a recording of The Odyssey, which went well until they changed readers to an older woman who sounded like she perpetually needed a throat lozenge. I couldn’t listen without wanting to clear my throat.)

  2. sarah says:

    Thanks so much for this! I love when you post Kindle deals. I always click through to purchase some of them immediately. 🙂

    By the way, the link for Thinking Fast and Slow isn’t going to the Kindle version. I purchased it after a couple of extra clicks, so I’m not sure if you still get affiliate link credit for that. (If not, sorry!) Anyway, just thought you want to replace that link with the Kindle one. Thanks again!

  3. Rachel says:

    I’ve been hoping Quiet would be marked down! I’m in the middle of it, it’s due back to the library soon, and I’ve said countless times to my husband as I read it that I’m going to NEED a copy to keep. (Not want. NEED.)

  4. I love when you post the deals. Speaking of, every single time you post the link for Quiet, it’s never marked down on my side (from South Africa). We always pay $2 more for anything but this is the only book that is always still full price when I click. Very weird!

  5. Michelle says:

    I’m cheap, so I get a daily listing of free and cheap books from BookBub. Some days, I don’t like any titles. Other days, I get 4 or 5. But since it’s an every day thing, I just pick what I want. (You can also pick the types of books you want. I think I’m on cookbooks and mysteries right now.) 🙂

  6. Farida says:

    I subscribed to WWW. Christianbook.com daily email on deals. I read mainly christian fiction. They let you know what books are free and on sale

  7. Alison says:

    – I keep my wish list on eReaderIQ so I get an alert if the price drops on a book I want by more than 30%
    – I check the Kindle free bestsellers list most days and sort by my favorite categories (business, religion) and check the monthly deals and “Big Deal” lists when Amazon has them
    – If an author has a new book coming out, often one or two of their older books are discounted around the release date

  8. Kristen says:

    Bookshout.com is also a great resource. It doesn’t link to Kindle unfortunately, but they send daily emails with the free book of the day — I’ve scored some great finds there! Love this post, so many great ideas here. Thanks for sharing, Anne!!

  9. Kelly says:

    I put all of the books I am interested in on a private wish list on Amazon. Every morning I take ten seconds to sort that list from lowest to highest price and I can easily see which books have dropped in price. I am a very patient person and this has worked well for me to get my many of my TBR books for $2.99 and under.

  10. Muriel says:

    EreaderIQ is a fantastic resource. I particularly appreciate their author tracker tool – sends an alert whenever a title by a tracked author drops in price.

    I also find Books on the Knob and Fussy Librarian to be good resources.

  11. Laura says:

    I have recently signed up to bookbub.com and they email me daily deals on kindle books.It’s a great site for us bookworms!

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